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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Whew! Yesterday was a big day! I was semi prepared for it, but there were a few twists and turns so by the end of the day the culmination of stressors had me mentally reaching for food. But good sense ruled and I went to bed a little over in calories, but not partaking in any binges.

This is what I saw out the window while Sparking before my big day began:

Started out by driving mom to the Quilt Show that she had to work at. It's part of the Fall Festival. They hold a raffle for 3 prizes. I hope I get the big fall colored quilt. These pics are of my mom and niece giving a demo. And a quilt Mom made and has designated as one she is going to give me. It's over 100 inches by 100 inches!

Having plenty of time before the parade, I went to my favorite bakery and had my favorite donuts and coffee. The baker has a nice norwegian accent. I love it. It's a norwegian, swedish, german town, where I was born. While I was standing on the parade route before it began, my SIL and nephew showed up. She talked the whole parade, making it hard to enjoy the action, but I managed to get photos for my grandchildren to see. First photo is of the chairs lined up for blocks, since early in the morning, holding places for people.

After the parade i went to collect mom and take her home. My SIL waited in town for me to get back. I had my lunch when I got there. My planned brat, though I ended up passing on the beer. SIL and three kids came back to the woods and made a healthy meal. But I really wanted peace and quiet. Not grateful, though I felt I should've been more interested in them. I just don't feel close to them, and the stress and anger had me tempted to binge. But thinking about not wanting to end my binge-free streak of 45 days, I opted to not eat more. Success!

I only pray that I don't have delayed reactions and want to blow off steam these following days causing me to reach for food. I hope to heaven that I will just remain peaceful and content.

Thank you for bearing with me on reading my long blog. I just needed to vent and share with all you, my true friends what my stressful day was like. I'd really looked forward to the day, but felt disappointed. I'm working on seeing the good in all of it. Getting lots of hugs from my very special daddy!

Love you all!

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_JODI404 9/18/2013 11:45PM

    Very proud of you for not binging!! emoticon

Very sorry that the stress started to happen though.

You did get great pictures, and the quilt is spectacular! Just beautiful!! My Mom was a quilter, and I absolutely treasure the quilts that she made me.

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SHERIO5 9/16/2013 10:41AM

    What a gorgeous area to visit! I would be taking some nice long walks and soak it up!

The quilts are so amazing! Your mom is quite talented!

I'm sorry you are feeling the stresses of family, it is challenging, we don't get to pick our families...try to focus on the Good things, the pleasure you are bringing your parents, how short this time will be...the progress you have made, the wisdom you have gained...you have so much to be proud of, lady!

Praying right now that you feel your heavenly Fathers love and comfort, and delight in you.

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SUEPERWOMAN 9/16/2013 9:54AM

Thanks for sharing your day, looks like a great one!

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PEZMOM1 9/15/2013 10:32PM

    emoticon where in Wisconsin are you visiting? I am from Wisconsin.

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SPARKLISE 9/15/2013 7:41PM

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ANGGEL40 9/15/2013 7:21PM

    Beautiful pictures...way to go on staying binge free..Success..Yay! Keep Sparking my friend! Love you too! emoticon

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LARISSA238 9/15/2013 5:37PM

    Beautiful pictures, and great job of staying binge-free! I hope the rest of your vacation goes just as well!

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KELLIEBEAN 9/15/2013 2:33PM

    What a fun day. I love parades. That is huge that you didn't binge after all that. You have come so far. Keep going. I know you've got this!

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MJREIMERS 9/15/2013 2:12PM

    Another reason we "get along" so well. I'm German/Swede and my husband is Finnish/Norwegian so our family is all around Scandinavian. Your town sounds lovely!

You have more will power than you give yourself credit for! If you didn't binge last night, then you know you can do it every time. Easy no, but you can do it! Think of all of us rooting for you!!

It looks like it was a fun day for all of you! The pictures are beautiful!

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KNYAGENYA 9/15/2013 12:35PM

    You can do it. Thanks for the pics of the parade.

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CHRISTASP 9/15/2013 12:22PM

    emoticon I hope you can continue to take good care of yourself. Dealing with relatives can be a challenge.
That quilt looks amazing.

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MYUTMOST4HIM 9/15/2013 12:03PM

    I also know someone who can't control their constant chatter - it wears me out!!!

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Mmmm Raspberries

Friday, September 13, 2013

Started out the day hungry and have been hungry all day. Maybe I burned extra calories trying to keep warm out on the porch last night.

Had to go to WalMart to get food today. I needed familiar food and things I knew I could snack on without breaking the calorie bank. It's a half hour ride from Mom and Dad's. I was hungry all the way there. When I got there I was tempted at 10:30 to stop in their Subway and get a sandwich. But decided to safeguard against buying the wrong kind of snacks (though a sub would have been ok) by picking up some raspberries. i've used this trick before and it works every time. Raspberries are a special treat to me. Having this huge container of really good looking raspberries in my cart enabled me to pass by several other treats, including my favorite candy bar in the check-out line. I ate almost all the berries on the way back to the house. it was a double size box. Yum. I did save a few for mom and dad.

I had a good balanced lunch and have had two healthy snacks this afternoon, and I'm still hungry. I will not wait till late to eat tonight like I did last night.

I was sitting outside with my mom. We were just out there talking. I felt something by my arm and brushed it away. I didn't realize until it stung me that it was a hornet! Stung me right between my fingers. That smarts! I iced it and soon it felt better. There are so many hornets out this time of year here. I don't see them in NC. I decided to come in the house for a while. Not much of a fan of those critters!

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GOULDSGRANITE 9/14/2013 4:21PM

    Love your Raspberry fix! So sorry about the sting. They hurt! Just a side note about your hunger; I look forward to that feeling every once in a while. It reminds me that for years, I never had a tummy growl. Now when I get a growl, it makes me happy. Good digestion AND a little less fat on my body. That being said, DH and I have very little fat reserve on our bodies now, and for the first time in a LONG time we experience true hunger. We often marvel at the new sensations from a really "empty" stomach. Enjoy every moment with your folks. emoticon

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LARISSA238 9/14/2013 2:00PM

    Good for you to have a strategy to pass by tempting foods! Raspberries are awesome, but my favorite is blackberries. I should get some the next time I'm at the store. maybe it will help me limit what goodies I get. Thanks for the good idea!

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KANOE10 9/14/2013 10:01AM

    i love raspberries also. You are wise to find a healthy substitute and bypass the non healthy choices. Great job. I hope you are feeling better with the sting.

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KNYAGENYA 9/14/2013 8:46AM

    I love raspberries. I love having them with my yogurt. I hope you are enjoying your vacation. Beware of those flying bugs. I hope your finger is ok.

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POPSY190 9/14/2013 3:54AM

    I read today that they are also a fruit with one of the highest levels of anti-oxidants. I love that sharp, fresh flavour they have.

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KELLIEBEAN 9/13/2013 7:54PM

    HORNETS??! Eeeyikes!

I am a fan of raspberries. Sounds great!

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SPARKLISE 9/13/2013 7:00PM

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SHERIO5 9/13/2013 5:24PM

    I love raspberries too! Frozen with a squirt of whip cream is a tasty dessert!

Sorry about the sting, I'm really allergic, so I'm with you for getting inside!

Sounds like you are doing well, have fun!

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My First Day on Vacation

Friday, September 13, 2013

I am waking up to a chilly start here in Wisconsin! At 6:30 i checked the temp outside...38 degrees! No heat in the three season porch where I slept last night. All windows! To top it off I slept with the ceiling fan on, to help with hot flashes. I had on a summer weight quilt and summer nightgown. BRR. It's been high 80s and low 90s up till the day I left NC. Even here it's been quite warm. I did not really come with warm clothes, even though I know it's a chilly time of year here usually. I'm sure it will be 70 out later today. I packed light, only a carry on and backpack. For a 2 week stay. And half of my suitcase was filled with things I brought for my mom. She said it was like an early Christmas.

The sun is just now peeking through the trees; beautiful. The leaves aren't changing yet. Last night at dusk, outside my parents' window I spotted a family of deer. A buck, doe and 2 young deer. It was beautiful. What a nice welcome to the woods.

Yesterday, my travel day, I ate my usual breakfast. I was to fly over the lunch hour, so I packed a sandwich on a bagel. That was very satisfying. . .gave me something to chew. I knew my dad would take me to the A&W before heading to the house. (I take a regional shuttle from the Twin Cities to a small town, a 45 minute ride, where it drops me off at a hotel parking lot. That's where Dad picks me up, and we have another 45 minute ride to the house) The Root Beer Stand is across the road from where he picks me up, so we HAVE to go there. It's our ritual. Ahead of time I checked out a nutrition menu and decided what I would have that would allow me to also eat whatever they wanted for supper. I got a medium float with diet root beer. only 170 calories!

I didn't snack later, but I really should have. I usually eat at 5 at home, but my parents don't eat until 6. That adds up to a two hour delay for my meal. To top it off they delayed their meal and I didn't get to eat until 6:45, their time. Which meant 2 hours and 45 minutes late for my hunger signals. Now, if I were at home with hubby, I'd be cranky. But I kept myself calm and patient and realized I would really enjoy my food. They wanted to get Mc Donald's! Oh dear! I got on the nutrition chart for Mc D's and decided on the perfect amount of calorie sandwich, and allowed room to snack on a few of their fries. Just a few! But a few was better than trying to suffer and smell theirs and drool. I never eat fries. And of course, they aren't as good as all that anyway.

I stayed within range! We'd gotten take out, and ate it at home. After the meal they ate apple pie cake mom had just taken out of the oven when I walked in the door. I know she made it for me. But I didn't sample it when it was hot. And when they had some after Mc D's, I didn't have any. I was determined to stay within range. Fortunately, it doesn't look all that good. (There was a time not so long ago, that I'd try anything home baked, no matter how it looked. And I would've tried it out of a feeling of obligation.) I don't want to feel coerced into having some.

One thing great is that Mom asked me if I'd lost weight since she last saw me in April. I had lost 6 pounds and firmed up my belly lately. I think that helped her not to push for me to eat her treat. Over the last few years, my dad always apologizes and tries to be sure they aren't tempting me to "go off my diet" That's really sweet of him. They know I'm always working on it.

There is a Fall Festival in town, parade included. I'm going to my mom's quilt guild Quilt Show tomorrow. I think I'll stay away from Festival Food, though I may visit the beer garden and have beer and a brat. I'm in Wisconsin after all! I will include it in my food budget. I'm determined not to gain weight this trip. I lost a pound last time here.

Well, I just wanted to check in. I got to bed before 9 here with the time difference. That's late for me! So I'm awake way before them. That gives me lots of time to Spark. I've been up for 3 hours already and it's only 8:30!

Wish I got a picture of the deer for you!

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LARISSA238 9/13/2013 7:01PM

    Have fun and be healthy! Good for you for turning down the cake and limiting your fries! You are awesome!

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ANNEMAC5 9/13/2013 2:34PM

    getting much cooler in the UK too enjoy your family and the break. Sounds like you are in control,,, what are bats ?

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SHERIO5 9/13/2013 1:13PM

    You sound happy!

Enjoy your parents, don't you love that they still want to treat you! ? When I go home there's a little part of me that enjoys the spoiling!

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KNYAGENYA 9/13/2013 12:35PM

    I hope you are enjoying your vacation. Enjoy and take time to relax and smell the brats.

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ANGGEL40 9/13/2013 11:26AM

    Enjoy your Mom and Dad..Good job on staying focus on what you are eating..don't focus on it to much, as to where you won't be able to enjoy your vacation..I did this last month on my vacation and I didn't enjoy it because I too busy worrying about what I ate and how I couldn't workout! So Have Fun! emoticon

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LINDA! 9/13/2013 10:48AM

    I hope you have a wonderful visit with your parents. I also cut out french fries (which I dearly love) and now if I see my husband eating them at a restaurant I eat one or two. I really cannot eat anymore than that now. It's great that we are making healthy choices.

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GOULDSGRANITE 9/13/2013 10:22AM

    Enjoy every moment!

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_JODI404 9/13/2013 10:14AM

    Sounds like your vacation is off to a really AWESOME start!! (except the chilly temps!)

Good for you looking up the nutrition info for those fast food places!! My Uncle used to own an A&W, and going there when we visited is a very fond childhood memory!!

Great job on not eating dessert if you didn't really want it. Beer & brats sound good though!

I hope you enjoy your family time!!

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CHERYL_ANNE 9/13/2013 10:14AM

    Keep going with your planned intentions and enjoy yourself!

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KELLIEBEAN 9/13/2013 9:07AM

    Yeah, we finally cooled off here in the midwest. What a beautiful start to your vacation and how great that your parents respect your healhty habits!

You must have a beer and a brat, I think it's the law in Wisconsin.



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MAGIK0731 9/13/2013 8:54AM

    Enjoy Wisconsin!

Congrats for staying focused and not being swayed.

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FERRETLOVER1 9/13/2013 8:49AM

    Sounds like a great start to a great vacation for you! Enjoy!

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CHRISTASP 9/13/2013 8:46AM

    Enjoy your vacation! I hope you can make sure to have some fruit and/ or nuts with you so you won't need to go so hungry again.

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I Missed a Great Opportunity!

Monday, September 09, 2013

My binge-free streak continues on, in spite of having a day with a little bit of a battle keeping out of the kitchen yesterday. I stayed at the low end of my calorie allowance anyway. But the afternoon was one of a feeling of just not quite feeling content.

I don't imagine it was anything about being content with foods I ate for the day, but with feeling happy with myself. No obvious reason. Just a blah feeling. No motivation to do anything. Hubby even offered to take me canoeing which I've asked him to do with me soon. It never seems to fit in. We haven't gone in years. But I said no! How ridiculous! Here I am, sulking around, and he offers (though he was in the middle of working in the yard landscaping, and I knew he'd really rather keep doing that, but would make a sacrifice for me). Today I look back and see what a big mistake I made in saying no. It would've been a really special time, especially since we will be apart for two weeks starting Thursday. I am kicking myself today! But I have to make the best of the last three days, and not beat myself up for this. LIving in regret will only distract me from making the most of this time we have. I've concluded that on the weekend I was living in the future, not able to live in the moment, thinking only how I couldn't wait for getting on the plane and finally being with my parents. This morning I came to that realization and made up my mind to enjoy each day and each moment leading up to my trip.

I have planned to make him a batch of favorite cookies to put in the freezer for him, like I did last time. He really enjoyed that. He is so good at eating two a day and not eating the whole batch, like I used to do. He can take out a couple at a time and they'll stay fresh. I'm also going to make him a pan of stuffed shells. Something easy to reheat in the microwave for a few nights. He could even have our son over for a meal. Hubby will do fine fending for himself while I'm away. I just want him to know I was thinking about him and wanted to leave him something special. (I never cook, so I know he'll appreciate the effort. My shells are really good, and I'll miss out! Maybe I can make a pan of them for my parents, too!)

We both have Macs, so we can do FaceTime. That helps me not feel so lonely for him. I started packing on Saturday. I had to decide between just using carry on, or my huge monster of a suitcase. Seems my small one will be perfect. Last time I brought a pair of my larger pants, so I'd be comfortable if I gained weight! I am NOT doing that this time. I am planning on sticking with my plan!

Any ideas for things I could do to make my time special with hubby the next three evenings? Tonight is date night anyway. We are going to Cracker Barrel. Maybe a walk at the Mall? If we go straight home after eating, he will just want to go out in the yard. We could watch a movie. We don't have cable, but we do have AppleTV. That is the extent of fun things we do together. We are not very creative with our times together. He is a quiet kind of guy. Now if it were up to me, we'd go dancing! Haha! Now you can see why I wish I'd said yes to canoeing!

On a happy note, I did get busy bustling around the house cleaning. Got the island in the kitchen cleaned off. My end table in the kitchen straightened up. Lists made for the trip and for things to do before going. Tackled a few of those things, too. Felt better after doing those things. Lots planned for today. Here I go!

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KANOE10 9/10/2013 7:26AM

    Great job on staying binge free. Hope you enjoy your time with your husband before you leave. Have a great vacation.

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LINDA! 9/9/2013 11:36PM

    Keep up the great work. emoticon

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LARISSA238 9/9/2013 9:40PM

    I hope you have a good time on your vacation! I know it's hard to leave your DH alone for a couple weeks. I go to see my mom every now and then and I miss him so much. We have Skype, so we can talk face to face. As for doing special things, going for walks, watching movies, reading funny stories together, and just going to dinner and talking for hours is fun. Geo and I used to have our dates at Taco Bell when I was on unemployment. We would sit there for a couple hours and just talk. It was so nice to spend so much time with him. The people that worked there knew us too, it was so nice. They would know what we were getting and I didn't have to remind them of special orders (no rice in burritos). *hugs* Have fun!

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ANGGEL40 9/9/2013 8:42PM

    Awww,,you are so sweet..nothing like love for your hubby..I hope you enjoy your date night..oh, how about taking a walk together or just sitting outside at night looking at the stars..either way enjoy your hubby! Thanks for sharing

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_JODI404 9/9/2013 5:57PM

    emoticon on your continuing binge free streak -- that is awesome!!

Sounds like you have some thoughtful ideas for hubby in advance of being away -- I'm sure he will appreciate your baking & cooking efforts.

Is it a possibility to canoe on one of these 3 days?

I hope you have a wonderful trip & FaceTime will definitely be wonderful for not missing hubby so much!


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POPSY190 9/9/2013 2:57PM

    Great blog! I always get a bit down when getting ready to go away, even when I'm looking forward to it! I think you have thought it all through well; now just enjoy the next few days with DH.

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GYMRAT_AT44 9/9/2013 11:19AM

    Cooking together is always fun - especially grilling outside.

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SHERIO5 9/9/2013 10:16AM

    We all have blah days!

I like that you are making the effort now to enjoy each other's company. My husband and I are a lot like you and your husband...same ole same ole! My husband really appreciates back rubs, so that might be an idea. Sometimes I try a new recipe, or get cheeses for us to try together. I plan the portions so it fits, but just doing something new together is fun. A new board game to play?

Have fun with this! Your husband is a lucky guy!

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KELLIEBEAN 9/9/2013 9:38AM

    I understand how you feel. You guys sound a lot like me and my husband. Make the most of the next three days. Game night and movie night sounds like good ideas.

Nothing beats a good hug, lots of hugs!

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MIMIDOT 9/9/2013 9:12AM

    Enjoyed your blog. You are doing great! Keep up the good work.

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KNYAGENYA 9/9/2013 9:11AM

    Look at you go! You guys can go on a nature walk, rent movies from the library, have a cooking night together, or a board game night. Maybe you can write him letters for each day that you are gone and he can read each day. Congrats on being binge free.

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Is it All About the Sweat?

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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Eight days till I take my trip to see my parents in Wisconsin. Iím hoping for some pretty leaves. Iíll be sure to include a photo or two if I can get some good shots.

For once, Iím not stressing about the food Iíll be exposed to there. I am in control of what I put in my mouth. No one is forcing me to eat useless calories. I will be able to stay in my calorie range. Iím really hopeful about that. I will not let myself eat out of stress or boredom. I will allow one day each week Iím there to have some extra calories in my day. Iíve decided that if I want to bake anything, I can make rice krispie bars, or angel food cake. These I know I wonít go crazy with. Nothing gooey and chocolatey, which I have a weakness for!

I know I can get some exercise. Iíll miss my new bike, but Dad has an elliptical, and I will bring my computer so I can do videos if I want.

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Today is day 34 of my binge-free streak. Speaking of streaks, Iím having my longest streak in NOT getting ST twice per week! I really want to rectify that! It seems so easy to get it done once I set my timer and get down on the floor and do my 60 push-ups, which leads easily into my minute long plank, which leads to my bicycle crunches, bench dips, bicep curls with squats, and on it goes! I have no problem once I start my timer, but I resist doing this. I do not know what my block is. Sometimes, I use the excuse that I donít want to get all sweaty. That is actually my consistent excuse! Once I do it, I decide I want to do it again tomorrow. The next day I am sore, so I rationalize needing to let my muscles recover. The next day Iím sore still, so I remember hearing that itís ok to wait two days in between workouts (ST). But on the third day, I am no longer motivated. Then a week passes and I decide, I better get this week off to a good start! So Iím getting one good ST workout a week. I do have a long streak doing that, but I donít track once a week streaks of ST.

Some people schedule their workouts as appointments they must keep with themselves. Iíve never tried this; I like to wing it. I know, thatís probably my problem! I just need to get serious about this. My main motivation for ST is to strengthen myself to arm against osteoporosis. What motivates you to keep up with your ST workouts?

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    Great job on your streak of 34 days binge-free emoticon . I'm with you on the ST and I like your idea of setting a timer and just start doing them. I'm going to have that as a goal this month to do at least two ST sessions/week. Have a great visit with your parents in Wisconsin. I live in central WI and the leaves have not started turning yet. We just came from Northern WI for a short vacation (Hayward area) and they are just starting to turn there. Hope you have a fabo time!

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SHERIO5 9/5/2013 9:35AM

    Like you, I want to prevent bone loss, and I know muscle supports the bones...

Sounds like you are really prepared for your visit!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/4/2013 10:28PM

    Sounds like a great plan for visiting the parents! I have a hard time doing my ST at home, which is why I take classes at the fitness center. They are T/TH and are 75 minutes long!

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SUEPERWOMAN 9/4/2013 5:08PM

I hate strength training but I just bought a sleeveless dress for my daughter's wedding in May, so if that's not motivation for me, nothing is, LOL.

I so appreciate that you said that when you go to see your parents you will stay within your calorie range. So many, it seems, blame others for "forcing" food on them. The words, "no, thanks" are so powerful.

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ANGGEL40 9/4/2013 5:02PM

    I do ST and sike myself up every time I do it.I like to sweat because I know that I am burning fat..there is this quote I like(Sweat Is Just Fat Crying)..Enjoy your parents and have a safe trip..Have Fun!

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CASTIRONLADY 9/4/2013 4:50PM

    I must schedule myself in as I haven't been at doing anything at all. Thanks a bunch.

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PLMITCH 9/4/2013 3:39PM

    I found I have to schedule my weekday workouts (which are at lunchtime) -- mostly to keep coworkers from scheduling meetings in "my" time. Saturday and Sunday I do more "winging" -- depends on my mood, what else is planned, etc.

Bottom line -- whatever works for you!

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CHRISTASP 9/4/2013 3:02PM

    I can relate.

I do not keep up with ST workouts! I start and like you, I get sore, I wait a day, and another day, and then....

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LARISSA238 9/4/2013 2:32PM

    I don't like ST very much, but I do it because I need to ward off osteoporosis. Yes, I'm young, but I'm on the Depo shot which can cause bone loss. I've made it my goal this month to do ST 3 times a week at least. I'm going to volunteer today, so when I get home it will be ST time. I also plan to try and take a walk besides walking to work and back. I don't have my FitBit yet, but I want to get ready for when it comes.

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KELLIEBEAN 9/4/2013 2:29PM

    I use the same excuse when I don't feel motivated for a workout.... "I don't feel like getting sweaty now."

I have ST 3 days/week on my Other Goals page so it helps when I look at that page and see how many days I have not filled it in.

In your list of strength exercises, are you working all muscles each time? I try to break it up through the week... arms, back and chest one day, abs one day and lower body another day. I agree it's good to rest muscles a couple days, have to get those micro tears repaired so they get stronger.

I like that you set a timer to get it done. Great idea and congrats on 60 pushups!! That is fantastic. I'll get there some day.


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KIMBERLY_Y 9/4/2013 2:02PM

    Great thoughts! I am sure you will do fine with your eating. It is a mental mind set and you seem to have it.

I am motivated to strength train because since I started over 1 1/2 years ago, I do not have back pain because my core is so much stronger. Not to mention the fact that I can now see arm muscles for the first time EVER! And my leg muscles are back in rare form. I am finally happy about the way I look and FEEL!!!! That is motivation for me!

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