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My new Adventure

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

After a year or talking, looking, more talking, more looking, we did it. We bought a new trailer camper! We get it today and I'm very excited for me and the kids and my husband. We are going to have so much fun. The kids are very excited about it and my daughter was already asking me this morning "when are we going camping?" Unfortunately for us it may be in the driveway this weekend since most of the campgrounds are already booked. We were able to get in a campsite on Thursday and Friday but we have to switch sites. That's okay though because it will give us more practice on backing it in and setting everything up.

The benefits of course will be all the outdoor activity we will be getting in. I can't wait to go hiking, playing at the beach, riding bikes. We are going to be outside doing fun activities most of the time. I was thinking this is going to be GREAT for my exercise routine, it will change things up and won't even feel like exercise. It will also be a great example for the kids on how to stay active while having fun.

Then I started making piles, piles of clothes, piles of sheets, games and then the food. Graham crackers, check, marshmallows, check, chocolate bars, check, Twizzlers, check, Pringles, check, what? What is going on here? I couldn't even believe all the junk that we had purchased for camping. We never buy this stuff in our everyday life. Why had we all of a sudden gone crazy with snacks? Of course I wanted to do something different and special for the kids but this was over the top. I didn't even realize it until I started making my piles.

Anyway, I've learned a valuable lesson on shopping for camping. Stop with the snack madness. My goal now is prepare a recipe book of camping "snacks" that are healthy so we can eat healthy but still enjoy it. I also learned how easy it is to fall back into old habits without even realizing you are doing it. It's almost like my subconscious has been waiting for a moment to strike. Luckily I caught it this time.


Running - If you haven't tried it you should!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I'm very lucky, a couple years ago after going to a National Night Out neighborhood gathering I discovered that a few of my neighbors went walking together three nights a week. They invited me to go along and I accepted. This was one of those turning points in my life. First, I found support through my neighbors and made some very good friends along the way.

They also introduced me to running. I remember one of them had just started running and was training for her first 5K. I said I could never run, I just didn't have it in me, I wasn't a runner, I couldn't do it...blah...blah...blah... She said she used to say the same things but now she was doing it. A few months later I gave it a try on the treadmill. I had trouble running even three minutes. I remember vividly on Thanksgiving Day 2008 I ran two full miles (without stopping!) on the treadmill. It was the best feeling ever, what an accomplishment! I couldn't even believe I had done it! The feeling of accomplishment was so great it is something I don't think I will ever forget. After years of saying I couldn't do it I did it! Who would have thought?

Since then I have finished a couple 5K's and a 10K. I got an IPod and I am always on the hunt for a new perfect running song. What I have found is that I really enjoy running. I don't know that I will ever run a marathon but I love putting on my headphones and just taking off for 45 min. to an hour. It is such an escape from the stresses of life. I have found that I am happier and more patient. I don't know what I did before I had this stress reliever.

So if you have ever said you can't do it I think you should give it a try. I'm so glad I did.

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SSCHULTZ59 6/23/2010 9:17AM

    my sister and i are working up to the running.. right now we are fast fat jiggling.. we did our fist 5K walking/fat jiggling this past weekend. have a long way to go before ready to run a full 5K... going to try in august.. we know we wont be able to run the whole way but we are going to do it.

will be looking for shoes.. knees and feet hurt when done..
dont want to jepordize my line dancing 7 hours a week.

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LYNNET 6/23/2010 8:59AM

    Running can be very hard on your knees. My number one recommendation would be to make sure you have premium running shoes. I prefer ASICS but everyone is different. If you aren't sure what to get I would go to a running store. They will watch you run and give you recommendations on shoes as well as your running form. Good luck and don't give up!

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DMORRISON2 6/23/2010 8:55AM

  I walk alot and also have a gazelle, I am trying to work running in but it hurts my knees any suggestions? I think I would enjoy it and the benefits are great

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Why is it so hard?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

My question for the day is: Why is it so hard? I have yet to find my answer to this question. I suppose each person has their own answer but mine remains to be seen.

The thing is it really isn't all that hard. When I find myself in the zone it seems so easy. I exercise, record my meals ahead of time and find it rather easy to stay within my calorie range. When I am in this "zone" I avoid candy, don't even crave it because I don't want to feel that candy stomach ache. I am disappointed when someone asks me to lunch or dinner because I don't want to eat something high in calories. I don't even feel deprived, I am just in the zone. And I feel great! I usually feel skinnier, I feel healthier and I just feel better overall.

So...why is it so easy to fall out of this zone. If I feel so much better why is it so easy to fall out of the zone and so hard to get back in the zone. It seems so basic, so easy but it always seems to be so hard.

I have been struggling the last week, it was my birthday (ice cream, cake, eating out), it has been cloudy and raining for the last week (no outdoor exercise, emotional eating) and I have fallen back into bad habits (eating candy at work, snacking after dinner).

The good news is that I recognize this pattern and I am committed to getting back on track before I veer too far off course. I want to wake up feeling great, not bloated and disgusting. After this blog I'm headed right over to my food tracker and I'm going to plan out my days worth of food!

The other good news is the sun is out today and that alone is good news!!

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AMANDAP2986 6/17/2010 9:22AM

  I have the same problem, although I have never been able to stay in the zone longer than a few weeks. I think it's great that you were able to pinpoint these feelings and it seems like the blogging helps, so I think I will try it. Also, what I have loved about SP (only been here about a month) is that whenever I am losing motivation and falling out of the zone I know I can come ot the website, read posts, success stories, learn that it is okay to get out of the zone sometimes, and the get right back on track.

Sounds like you are doing GREAT! Enjoy the sunshine!

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LDAWSON61 6/17/2010 9:12AM

  The spark is in you - the evidence is in your blog that you identified the situation. It sounds like you are making progress back towards your zone.

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KMOMA2 6/17/2010 8:46AM

    I completely agree with the weather issue. It happens to me too. Being the zone does make things easy and getting out of the zone happens even easier. I still have not been able to figure that one out either. You are not alone in trying to figure out why it is so hard. Chin up and puppies put keep moving forward and pick yourself back up when you do get put of the zone.
No one is perfect. emoticon

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My 1st Blog - Dessert

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Here we very first blog. I've thought about writing one but never really have anything interesting to say. Well what the heck, I'll write one anyway.

I've been thinking about dessert a lot lately and how to get rid of it. I can't stand dessert. The problem is my kids LOVE it. They ask about it daily, after dinner and even after lunch. Not only do I think it is unhealthy for them but it is incredibly hard to watch them eat it and not join in! One evening when my husband broke out the girl scout cookies I had to go up to my room and read while they all ate them.

I personally think dessert should be something you have rarely and on special occassions like birthdays or Thanksgiving. My kids think it should be daily. It doesn't help that they spend a lot of time around my in-laws and over at Grandpa & Grandma's dessert is something you eat after every meal. Of course my husband thinks that is fine as well since he grew up with that philosophy.

So here is my problem, what do I do about dessert? Do I keep it and make it a part of everyday life? I don't want my kids to always think they should get a treat just because they ate a meal? I could just accept dessert but try to make it a healthier dessert like a bowl of assorted fruit or raisins?

Or do I try to break this habit while they are still young? Is it better to give them "dessert" but teach them it should be healthy or is it better to teach them that it is okay to indulge but only occassionally?

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STIMPYGRACE 6/9/2010 8:44PM

    Dessert is a toughie. I grew up in the house where dessert came after every meal except breakfast. My mom had a really sweet tooth, so desserts were de rigeur. However, as her hypoglycemia began to creep up on her, desserts somehow morphed into canned fruit. Pear halves or sliced peaches. Occassionally we had a little ice cream with them, but usually just the fruit. And, that morphed into a fresh piece of fruit sliced up on a plate. The change was gradual for all of us. Maybe you could start your sneaky campaign for the erradication of dessert and the introduction of fruit. Not sure if you'll ever get to serving vegetables in place of fruit, but who knows? We sure were fooled. Hope this helps. emoticon

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