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Working on staying on track today.

Monday, March 05, 2012

I was off track since Saturday. Ever since I heard about my friend Coan's accident. While I was off track it felt like I was messing up for a week rather than just those two days. The days seemed endless, when my mood was "off" and my eating and effort to exercise sucked. But they were only TWO DAYS!

I can do this. I can get it back together. I woke up with resolve to move on. My weight was up a little, but I'm not going to let that get me down. I can get back to my healthy lifestyle and continue on making progress, and I WILL reach my goals.

Today, so far I'm
ON TRACK with water: 12 glasses by 2:oo pm.
ON TRACK with exercise: had a 30 minute swim and the motivation to get my walk after typing this.
ON TRACK with ST: I've done 4 sets of 55 push-ups, as well as some planks, crunches, bicep curls, etc.
ON TRACK with my pedometer: about 45oo steps so far, almost half of my goal for the day.ON TRACK with eating: no sweets yet, (I allow 1 per day so I won't binge) Calories, between 550 and 900 left for the day, which is great considering it's date night and we'll eat out.
ON TRACK with my sleep: had my usual 9 hrs last night.
ON TRACK with mood: I'm not down or lacking motivation. I'm feeling great!

Here I go, Off to take a walk!

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_JODI404 3/5/2012 10:14PM

    Sounds like you are totally back on track!! Way to Go!!

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SHERIO5 3/5/2012 3:51PM

    I'm glad you are feeling back on track today. You have met some awesome goals already! Keep in mind, your goals are pretty big, it's always ok to adjust especially during times of stress or illness...and then readjust when things are more "normal". I think you are doing a great job!

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Sad News about a close friend. I need support! Help...

Saturday, March 03, 2012

I got such horrifying news yesterday that I actually nearly passed out. I never react so strongly to news like this and I never had something like this happen to someone I feel so much love for.

My young friend, in her 20s, was at an IHop waiting outside for her dad. A car (put in forward instead of reverse,) jumped the curb and sidewalk and pinned her to the wall!!! She almost lost her leg. She has had two surgeries by now, but I just heard about it at work, where I know her from. The girls there were like "didn't you hear what happened to Coan?" and then they told me. That's when I had a strong emotional reaction.

I hurt for her and will go see her now that she's out of ICU. I will feel better once I see her, I think. Please pray for her to get full use of her leg. She has a wedding planned for next spring, just started grad school and just started a new job as a deputy clerk at the courthouse.

I just had to share all that with people who care about me.

The repercussions of this were that I, at 9:30 last night on my way home from work, got chick-fil-a chicken strips and a shake. I had already had all I needed calorie wise for the day. I never eat at night, and I certainly didn't need it. Emotional eating at it's worst. I slept fine, though I would normally get heartburn from an indiscretion like that. I woke up in less than 8 hrs and couldn't stop thinking about Coan. She's a strong girl, and has faith, so I'm sure she'll be alright. But I woke up with an attitude of "who cares" about my breakfast. I ste some of my usual, minus the protein in yogurt I usually have. I've had 6 glasses of water by 8 o'clock. That's a good sign. I took a 5 minute walk, then it started raining so I walked 5 more min. to get home. 10 minute walk that started out to be planned for 30. I'm in a funk.

I'm thinking about what I can bring to her when I visit her this afternoon. Something from Hallmark, since I have to work today until 3:30.

Love that girl...

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 3/4/2012 6:43AM

    One of the best things you can do for her is to take care of yourself. In this way you can be at your best to be fully present for her.
She is very fortunate to have people who care so much. A true friend is rare.
I will pray for her and her family-wishing her a speedy recovery. I will also keep you in my prayers. You, will be guided through these difficult moments. emoticon emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 3/4/2012 2:04AM

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_JODI404 3/3/2012 11:25PM

    Wow, that is a terrible accident!! I will definitely be praying for your friend.

I hope things are going better after you got to visit her today.

The emotional eating is not that unusual in such extraordinary circumstances as these. Don't worry too much about it.... it's not a normal thing for you and it is nothing in the grand scheme of what is really important in life such as your friend's survival and recovery.

I hope you are doing better emotionally now that you have had time to process this shocking news.

Sending you hugs and positive thoughts.

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    Just another reminder to never take anything for granted--and that your life can change in a new york minute.
Tell your friend that complete strangers are praying for her.

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YIWEN39 3/3/2012 9:34PM

    I hope your friend is OK. That is such a terrible accident. It's good that you can be there for her. Take care of yourself so you can be strong for her.And don't worry about one little emotional eating incident. It happens.
Thinking of you and your friend,
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HDHAWK 3/3/2012 10:53AM

    Take care of yourself so you can be there for her. What a terrible accident. She is young and strong and can overcome this with prayers and the help of her family and friends. Remember that is could have been much worse. She is lucky to be here. All the best.

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GBELLOUS 3/3/2012 10:30AM

    Wow, what an awful and terrifying experience for your friend. Your love and support for her will will be a huge comfort to her. Don't beat yourself up for eating something bad, it happens. Just get back on track. If you will be at the hospital for a long time be sure and toss some healthy snacks and water in a bag. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your friend and her family! emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 3/3/2012 10:14AM

    Sorry love, you do not need support. Your friend needs all the support you can give her. Put your feelings aside and think about her, realize how much she needs all the friends she has and prayers.

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LADYIRISH317 3/3/2012 10:14AM

    That's terrible, but thank God your friend survived! Sending prayers for her AND you.

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SHERIO5 3/3/2012 10:10AM

    Wow. Terrible news. I can understand why you felt you needed to emotionally eat...

Today is a new day though, and you will be such a comfort to your friend I'm sure. Remember, when you eat well you are caring for yourself, and you will have so much more to give to others when you do that! (need to keep telling myself this one as well!)

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CAT609 3/3/2012 9:07AM

    Just by being there will be such comfort to her. It will show that you care. We will pray for her, too. If she is still in ICU, they may not let her have anything in the room like flowers. My heart and prayers go out to her. Stay strong. You can do it. emoticon

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Stats and a couple questions for you...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Just a few stats:

Inches lost since the end of July
Waist: 5"
Hips: 2.25"
Thigh: 3.5"
Arm: 2"

went from 28% BFC to 25.5% between 11/11 and 2/12. (Over 3 months)

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Went swimming today for 30 minutes at a vigorous rate. I am now officially exhausted.
I want to get a second wind to get some walking in.


I walked 16,700 steps yesterday. Really enjoying my new pedometer. I find myself parking farther away from stores to get in extra steps. At work when it was quiet, (no customers for the last 90 minutes!) I walked laps within the store some of that time. I'm tired today though, but I'm planning to still get a walk in.

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How often do you find yourself taking naps? I don't mean if naps were a part of your routine before you started exercising. I wonder if it would help to eat more? Maybe I'm just low on energy because I need more calories. Does that work for you? I don't necessarily feel hungry...though now my stomach is feeling hunger. I drank 4 glasses of water and I had a carb/protein snack within an hour of my workout, but now it's only been another 1.75 hours since I ate. It's not lunch time yet... it's 10:45.

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BSEANACAIN 3/1/2012 11:49PM

    always get sleepy after swimming not sure why

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_JODI404 2/29/2012 3:05PM

    G*R*E*A*T* job on your stats!!! & your steps yesterday!

You are doing so awesome!!

I find that I have to use my lunch hour to take a nap much less often since I have been working on getting more sleep. For me, a nap was needed because I did not get enough sleep overnight.

I have been wearing myself out so good with my exercise that I am exhausted by bed time. I sleep like a rock and get a wonderful nights sleep. It's those nights I stay up too late that I have trouble the next day... tired.. crave bad things etc. Good sleep is so key!

I'm really not sure about the calories part. I just think of it as gas in the gas tank.... and if your body is telling you it is low on fuel... you need to give it something no matter what the clock says. More exercise will need more calories to support it -- even if you keep your differential going to lose.

Congrats on all of your awesome success!!!

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    I never take naps but sometimes, I think I should. My opinion is that our bodies ask for what they need and we should listen. So, if it says, "Give me a rest," by all means, do it!

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SHERIO5 2/29/2012 12:16PM

    You are doing some great work here, lady!!! Your stats are impressive!

I nap, but not every day, or even every week. I think, for me, it's just monthly fluctuations in energy level and amount of sleep...I have trouble sleeping soundly during my mid-cycle part of the month. Sorry if this is TMI!!! Lots of women struggle with this though...

One thing you might look at, if you haven't already, is where your calories are coming from...you might need more protein in your diet since you are losing weight...I have trouble getting the suggested amount the tracker gives me...I'm usually at the lower end of the suggested amount....but when I really plan and work to bump that up...I have more energy...just a thought. I know eating whole-grains as a carb source keeps your energy more consistent as well.

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    I dont get a full night sleep so I normaly sleep in two shifts so I dont count those as naps BUT I know the more I work out the more tried(sleepy tried) I get wish I had a better answer...BUT awesome work in the 3 months your doing great

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My day, I behaved.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Used my pedometer today. Over 12,500 steps for the day. I did take an hour walk. But of course there were many other steps taken today. I'm excited that it is motivating me to walk more. I think walking is the best thing for me, good for my bones and my core strength to protect my back. Great for cholesterol levels and blood pressure. I used to walk all the time, but have gotten away from it. Biking and Swimming and doing DVDs has been nudging walking out of my schedule. I can't seem to find time to do more than one type of workout per day. Or maybe I just don't want to spend all my free time exercising. I have to have a life, too. Like today, I was able to sew a jumper for my one-year-old granddaughter. And spent a few hours with a good friend.

I ate two meals out today. Recipe for disaster, BUT I behaved! My friend took me out for a belated birthday lunch. She took me to a cafe, really just a hole in the wall. I wasn't so sure I wanted to do this because there's no documented calorie charts for their menu. I tend to only eat out at places where I can see data on nutrition. I hoped and hoped I'd be able to find a healthy choice. Turns out they had an egg white omelette with turkey and salsa! And turkey bacon was an option for the side. Plus a nice small piece of wheat toast. No hidden sauces or gooey cheese. Just a straightforward "dieters" option. Yay! My friend asked the waitress what was on the dessert menu. A long list. I'd already decided on no dessert, even though I could have said to myself that it was a birthday celebration which would only be complete with a dessert. When they told her they were out of the tiramisu, I was glad because she was going to get it and I would've been drooling. She kept saying,"you're so GOOD" (we also shopped at a store together after lunch and we walked past a huge mirror. I said,"I should buy that mirror, it's a good one-it makes me look skinny!" She said, "you are!" and then I saw her in the mirror beside me and it was showing us to be the same size! She looked normal but I was sure the mirror was distorting me. You know how some mirrors make you look fat? Well I just had bought a mirror for my closet. I had no full length mirror, and wanted to see the whole me. But the one I bought makes me look fat! I should have bought the mirror I saw today!!

I came home and took my hour walk. My hubby came home. It was date night tonight. I had a tilapia wrap. Ate half of that and some onion rings. A bit of grease, but it was my only treat for the day. And probably my only splurge for the week.

I'm happy with my day. Now I'm going to end the day with my final few sets of push-ups, and will reach a total of 250 push-ups for the day!

AND settle down with a good book and get to bed at 10 or 11.

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SHERIO5 2/28/2012 10:34AM

    Your day sounds perfect! What I love about your day is that it was "normal". What I mean is, you were LIVING, not DIETING. Does that make sense? I think that is something I would like more of for myself, more enjoying the journey and not seeing it as being bad or good, a couple of onion rings or cake can be included, right?

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_JODI404 2/27/2012 11:14PM

    Glad you are enjoying your pedometer and walking! 12,500 steps is really awesome!!

All of those various workouts you do make for awesome cross training so your body doesn't get too used to it, and keeps it more interesting for you.

Sounds like a really nice day with lunch with your friend and date night with hubby! Glad you were happy with the choices you made.

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BABY_GIRL69 2/27/2012 9:50PM

    I choose a little of both. I know I can't quit cold turkey & that's when I would crave it all at once. I find that just saying no to certain items I have balance. I am out of control cause I know I had enough but I will take one more spoonful of ice cream or another donut or slice of cake. I think just have 3spoonfuls makes satisfied. Anything more than that makes me out of control at that moment. I could stop but I just don't feel like it. lol

Glad you "behaved" & God bless!


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    I enjoyed reading your blog--you made some really wise choices--good for you!
What I find helpful is not to use terms like 'behaved' and "good" when we make healthy choices. I am really trying to reframe my thinking--choosing a dessert for example, or onion rings does NOT make you "bad"...its just a choice.
Same as choosing healthy like you did, does not mean that if you choose to eat something else--you misbehaved...ya know?
Thinking of things like that , really helps me understand that choices are just that--choices that I am in control to make.
I hope you see yourself as thin and beautiful--even if you are not at goal weight, or still have many pounds to lose ( I have not loooked at your sparkpage to know!) :)

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New gadget motivated me today

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I had some birthday money. I was in wally world with my hubby today and I saw the pedometers they have. I've thought about getting one, but a long time ago I had a cheap one that wasn't worth 2 cents, so I've never replaced it, not realizing there are reliable options. So, today I invested in one. I had started out the day not feeling motivated to work out, and had even planned to skip it altogether today. But once I got my gadget home and set it up, measuring my stride and all, I was eager to head outdoors and see how many steps I could rack up. I also wanted to see how far I've been walking, distance wise. I didn't realize how far off my calculations have been. (I overestimated) I didn't let that discourage me because now I have a way to measure my steps and can set goals. I could do that before by just spending more time walking over time, but having a new gadget and a new way to measure is motivating me to compete against myself. I've heard that a good goal is 10,000 steps a day. It took me 65 minutes to get just over 8000! I don't know yet if I'm only going to carry it when I'm on actual walks or if I should carry it throughout the day. What would you suggest?

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SHERIO5 2/27/2012 9:07AM

    Hey, Lori!

What a great way to boost your motivation! Maybe I need to get one? I think I'd wear one all day, just because I know I seldom sit still...

I like your idea! Keep us posted onyour progress!

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BLUE42DOWN 2/27/2012 1:55AM

    When I wear mine, I wear it all day. (Well, I have to take it off sitting at my desk. I have a tendency to bounce my legs randomly ... and it counts those as steps.)

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FRANCESCHA 2/26/2012 7:38PM

    I wear my pedometer all day long. I average between 2,000 and 6,000 on a good day.

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_JODI404 2/26/2012 7:38PM

    I love my pedometer.... it is very motivating to get me moving. I do aim for 10,000 steps a day.
I wear mine all day. I only count my true cardio in fitness minutes... but as far as steps, they all count towards my 10,000 goal.

Way to go on your one hour walk today!!

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