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January 2012

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Let's start 2012 with some good news. I lost 2 pounds over the holidays. I said I was going to lose and I did it. And Im pretty proud of that. I did have cookies, drinks and snacks over the holidays but I also continued running and lifting weights and I did watch my portions and try to make good choices when possible.

So where I am today? I'm sick with a nasty cold. I can't hardly breathe when doing cardio or running, so I've had to give that a break. I'm going back tomorrow to try brisk walking. Hoping that flies okay. I haven't been sleeping well because of the cold and that's decreased my stamina considerably. Which is a bummer. I like starting a new year off strong and I've had to delay my strong start.

But I'm hoping that I can start my 2012 this week.

People make resolutions to lose weight and get healthy every year. In 2011, I kept that resolution. I took up rollerblading, climbed to the top of Yosemite falls, starting running, lost 15 pounds, and learned to cook with a lot of new vegetables. It was a great year for me. I want to keep that streak alive in 2012.

I will lose another 15 pounds, I will continue to challenge myself with running, with eating healthy foods, with being a great, fit role model for my girls. 2012 willbe a great year too and I'm ready to get going with it.

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MOMTONOAH 1/10/2012 7:55AM

    emoticonGreat job losing weight over the holidays! I hope you're feeling better. I had a bad cold this past week definitely makes it harder to get good workouts in. Congrats on an amazing 2011....good luck in 2012!! emoticon emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 1/10/2012 6:57AM

    emoticon Sounds like you had a great 2011! I look forward to reading about your progress in 2012. We can do this!

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Holiday challenge: week 1

Monday, December 05, 2011

Monday: medium-level success.
1. Did not snooze it. Yay! Excellent way to start.
2. Ran a mile, did weights, ran a second mile. Impressed that I am now someone who can run a mile, but a bit disappointed that i was not able to convince myself that i could run 2 miles at once as i did last week. Want to be able to run a 5k by the end of January.
3. Planned out all my meals-which were very healthy choices with fish, fruits and veggies. Delicious and healthy.
4. Ate a chocolate croissant mid-morning. Boo. But faithfully logged it and compensated in the evening to stay in my cal range.
5. Binged a bit on homemade granola after work. Boo. But at least I'm the kind of person now who binges on oatmeal, nuts, and dried fruit granola instead of cookies. That's a good thing, right? Compensated tonight to stay in range.
6. Updated my page and goals. Ready at the starting line to make some real progress this winter. Excited and ready to step it up.

That will be my gift to myself this holiday season.

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MINDA31807 12/5/2011 10:28PM

    Great job not beating yourself up for some minor slip ups today, that is 100% the best attitude to have. emoticon staying in range today!

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GETSTRONGRRR 12/5/2011 10:05PM

    Good plan! I highly recommend Jeff Galloway's boon called "Running" It has great plans & programs to get yourself to run everything from a 5K to a half marathon


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Stage 4: Not a Turkey Button and other Musings...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

So I got the email telling me I had graduated to Stage 4 of the Spark Diet and I put off making the switch for a day. I was hesitant for some reason. I searched my heart and discovered that II had this feeling of if I was in the last stage, then I should be at my goal weight by now and I'm not.

But I've since had some time to think about my journey and what it means to me and what it will mean for my future. I've come to realize that Stage 4 doesn't mean that I'm done. It's not a magical red button on a turkey, indicating doneness. Instead, I'm seeing it as a license to take off my training wheels-set some bigger goals and start using the lessons I've learned in the first three stages to accomplish my dreams.

So what are my dreams?

1. I want to be a fit, healthy mother and a role model for my girls. I want my girls to grow up enjoying a healthy lifestyle and I want to have as much time as possible to enjoy life with them.

2. I want to be a healthy, happy, amazing-looking wife for Mike. He is truly the kindness, smartest, funniest, most handsome man I've ever met and he deserves the best version of me that I can be.

3. I want to be proud of my choices and confident in my own skin. I want to believe myself when I promise things like I'm getting up at 5am to work out, or I'm going to stay away from the halloween candy. I want to have personal integrity. I want to be strong-physically and emotionally and psychologically.

4. I want to be a force for good in this world and a leader and inspiration for others in this life.

So in Stage 4 I set a lofty goal. To lose the last of the weight and to keep it off. And I used the medium-term goals to tackle these other goals and to help keep me on the path of a healthy life. I'm proud of myself and stage 4 is going to help me keep that streak alive.

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MOMTONOAH 11/19/2011 7:43AM

    You're doing great!

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    emoticon I like to think I am a work in progress. Always evolving.
Spark on!

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MINDA31807 11/15/2011 7:03PM

    emoticon Your goals are great! Keep it up!

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Good news, bad news

Thursday, November 10, 2011

My school's levy didn't pass. Leaving our district with a $23 million shortage. Not only will we lose art, music, sports, reading intervention, etc. for all schools, but my daughters' own school will close as a result of the levy failing. We've invested in this school for 4 years, I'm PTA president, and so this news late Tuesday was like a punch in the gut for our family. Our school will close after this year. We will lose our sweet little school community. I am both furious and heart sick over it.

What could be the good news?

At no point during the past couple of days did I turn to food as a comfort. I wasn't even drawn to that as a solution. I didn't sleep well and I've been in a very bad mood, but I wasn't tempted to medicate with food. That was a real change for me.

I'm trying to see the silver lining in any of this and I came up with that. My husband has been traveling all week and I know I will feel better when he gets home and we can discuss a plan for next year for school. I don't do well with living in limbo and I really miss the comfort of him. Oh, and tomorrow is my birthday and I'm taking the day off work to go to the movies. That is my gift to myself.

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    I am sorry about your school.

Hope you have a happy birthday!

Spark on!

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GRANDMA1951 11/10/2011 11:45AM

    This also happened to the community near me. However, the parents put up such an uproar, that they kept the school open. Maybe you need to organize and look for other ways that money can be cut. It's difficult when the school closest to your neighborhood closes since you loose part of the community fabric. Good luck. I hope things work out.

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Running is working!

Saturday, November 05, 2011

The downside to weighing myself at the gym in the locker room is that when the scale FINALLY dips below 179 after 6 weeks of the worst plateau, you can't whoop it up. Which is what I wanted to do this morning when that scale lit up.

So...I'm running now. And liking it. Which is the biggest surprise. Today I ran for 10, walked for 2, ran for 10, walked for 2, ran for 5, walked for 2, ran for 7, then cool down. Then I did weights and to end it all ran another 7 minutes. I felt amazing and was positively dripping with sweat. It was awesome. It was a great morning.

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NYS_EMT 11/7/2011 9:03PM


I am trying running too! I am just starting, so I take it one mile at a time! :)

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MINDA31807 11/5/2011 7:10PM

    Way to go! I have been debating starting to run, I think I might , you've convinced me!

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