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Me: 1, Box of Birthday Chocolates: 0

Thursday, January 20, 2011

On Sunday my parents gave DH a box of candy as a fun little addition to his birthday present. Guess how many I've had? ZERO! That's right, zilch! This is quite a feat, since the box is on the counter in the kitchen staring me down whenever I am in there. I keep telling myself that those are HIS chocolates and it would not be nice of me to eat them. :) But dang, I hope he finishes that box between now and December. He is a slow chocolate eater!

Last night I made a healthy dinner that my husband and I both enjoyed, thanks to my Spark friend Amber's delicious recipe for black bean casserole, and I had fruit for dessert.

Today, I chose to go to the gym for a workout rather than take the little one to the library sing-along like I usually do. Not that I want to deprive her of that, but sometimes I need a break because she never wants to sit still when we are there. Plus, she has lots of fun at the gym's child care. Lately she's been running to the door and knocking on it for them to let her in while I am still gathering stuff out of her stroller.

I am slowly getting back into running regularly. I'd like to run the Monument Ave. 10K again in Richmond beginning of April. I ran it last year as my first official run. It feels good to run again, though I think I need some new "tires" on my feet.

Oh, any Starbucks drinkers out there who can give me ideas for yummy low-cal drink there? When I am out walking with my daughter, she sometimes falls asleep in her stroller and I can't go in the house without waking her up because it would entail taking her out to go up the steps. Therefore, I end up hanging out in my neighborhood Starbucks until she wakes up. Last week we were there almost every day. I don't want to do too much caloric damage with this little habit. Lately I've been choosing a tall caffe misto with skim milk and SF vanilla syrup. It's OK, but I need some variety. :)

I hope everyone is having a great Thursday!

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PALOMINOGIRL3 1/24/2011 6:22PM

    Great job on avoiding the chocolates! And please DO share that recipe with us!

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    Share the recipe, please! I'm loving beans these days.

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SPARKNMOM 1/22/2011 1:26PM

    Glad to hear you're beating out that box of chocolate!! Hope he finishes it soon!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/21/2011 9:21AM

    My Starbucks favorite is a skinny caramel latte. "Skinny" means both fat-free milk and sugar-free syrup. You can mix it up with different flavors of sugar-free syrup...I think they have hazelnut and some others. You can also play around with the cinnamon and other spices they have over by the napkins. Fun!

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*AMBER512 1/20/2011 4:35PM

    Yay! I'm glad you liked the casserole. I always get nervous when I post something and people say they want to make it. I always hope that they think it's delicious! I don't drink coffee, but I hope you can find a good drink. Oh and great job on the chocolate avoiding!!

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DNJEN471 1/20/2011 4:03PM

    Have you tried the skinny cinnamon dulce latte? It's a refreshing change. I also enjoy the soy SF vanilla latte- the soy milk gives it a creamier taste, believe it or not.

Nice that she really enjoys the daycare at the gym!

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NATPLUMMER 1/20/2011 3:35PM

    Great job avoiding the chocolate! That is quite impressive!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Don't feel like you're depriving your daughter of the sing-along. She obviously prefers the gym. You might as well run with it (sorry about the pun).
New "tires" are probably a good idea but don't get them too close to race day. You'll want to do some training in those babies.
Sorry, I can't help you on the Starbucks front. I do go there pretty often but I always get regular coffee or an Americano. I'm not one for the foo-foo drinks.

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Mental funk...but exercise helped

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hi everyone! I've finally dug myself out of the backlog of e-mails I had from late November. UGH...was that ever a chore! Speaking of chores, feels like that's all that my life is about anymore. When it's not e-mail backlog, it's cleaning, grocery shopping, and above all, trying to declutter and create storage where there is none. I think we've spent more time and money trying to come up with storage solutions for this house than we would have if we just bought a larger house in the first place. What does this have to do with health and fitness? Well, nothing! So...moving on!
I got a nice hour-long workout done today (I just have to remember to track it.) It felt great. A 25 minute run on the treadmill, plus a few minutes of walking on a steep incline, then a 25 minute session on a stationary bike. I have been in a bad place mentally the past couple of days, just in a funk, and the workout totally helped! I left the gym feeling 50 percent better! Gotta love the power of exercise!!!
Overall I have been doing so-so with the exercise and healthy eating. I track my food but miss days here and there (especially on the weekends). I go to the gym most days. I am still not perfect; I sometimes get lazy, especially now in the winter. For example, Monday night when it was just so cold and dark I did not want to go anywhere. In those situations, I try to accept my decision as the best one for me at the time instead of beating myself about it, and then do my best to make up for it the rest of the week. I am still 3 to 4 pounds away from goal. It's OK. Better than the 63 pounds I started with. I know if I just get my head in the game and really focus, I can get back to my goal weight. I am lucky to have such great Spark buddies right there with me along the way! Thank you.

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    I'm sorry, Friend! I think I was unsubscribed to your blog.

Clutter and storage are health and fitness issues. I believe we have to create home environments that foster success. If we are distracted or overwhelmed by disorganization, mess, the inability to find the resources or space we need then we're forced to depend on foods made by someone else and always going to a gym to exercise. I don't think that's the lifestyle you intend. Its not my goal, either.

We'll have to share storage ideas. Our home is very small, too, but I'm a thrifty person and committed to living within our means, even if that means extreme simplicity. To start with, I don't know where we should store recycling (here we must sort it and take it to a centralized depot) or for how long we should keep it so we are both clutter-free and not to waste gas or time. Groan. I feel like a hoarder when the recycling builds up but I also don't want to throw it in the garbage.

We are playing musical bedrooms in our house -- which you may be reading about on Facebook -- in the hopes of making more room for Corey and I. I'll keep you posted.

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NATPLUMMER 1/20/2011 8:51AM

    I think finding storage solutions in any house is hard. It seems like no matter how big your place is, there is still always for stuff to store.
Great job on the workout!! It does really help. Just try to remember that.

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 1/19/2011 3:47PM

    I find January very hard on my motivation. However, I continue to exercise 5-6 days a week. I love getting the 1000 minutes of exercise award. I do a large block of biking or running and then 2 walks with my dogs and weights as well. I like the feeling of accomplishment it gives me during this grey time of the year. Keep going, you are doing great.

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DNJEN471 1/19/2011 3:25PM

    Winter is hard for most of us. I think by nature we just want to stay in doors! Welcome back!

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You know you need to pump some iron when...

Thursday, January 06, 2011

... your 17-month-old thinks it's fun to pinch the flab on your arms! Yes, she started doing that yesterday. I'm taking it as a sign that I've got to find a way to fit Body Pump into my schedule again. I love the class because it works all my muscles and it is structured so I don't have to think about how many sets, reps, etc. I'm doing. Plus, with an instructor showing you the exercises, it's easier to do them correctly. Machines at the gym bore me to tears, so Body Pump is really the only way I get some strength training done (unless I do Jillian Michael's DVDs, which I also like). I will be working on a plan for more strength training. I'm thinking that at the very least I can do it once a week on Sundays. The hubs can watch the baby while I go to Body Pump at noon.

So, how ya been, Sparkfriends? Happy New Year! I know I have been MIA here lately. The holidays threw me for a loop this year. I did pretty well over the holidays the past couple of years that I have been on Spark, but this year for some reason my mind was not as focused on my healthy lifestyle. Time to pick myself up, dust myself off, and move forward. I did exercise over the holidays, just not as much as I wanted. But this week has been a good one in terms of fitness and it's only full speed ahead from here.

Speaking of the New Year, I'm not one to make New Year's resolutions. I'm of the mindset that you can and should start a goal any time of the year. Why wait for a new year, a new week or even a new day? Start now and you will be that much closer to where you want to be. I know if I sit down and make resolutions, I will just get overwhelmed with too many goals. That, in turn, will cause me to shut down and then nothing will get accomplished. Instead I take it one day at a time, even one hour at a time. Baby steps....

On the same vein, I have realized that I am incredibly overwhelmed with e-mails and spend most of my free time (when baby is napping) reading and deleting e-mails and not enough time doing something productive or useful. I could for example, do a fitness DVD, or find a healthy recipe for dinner, or if I am going to be on the computer, spend time on Spark doing things such as tracking my food, reading health articles, catching up with Spark buddies, getting inspiration/motivation here, or blogging to keep me on track. So, this is not a "resolution" per se, but I would like to dig myself out of e-mail hell and pay more attention to what really matters - my daughter and family first and foremost, and also making sure I continue to live a healthy lifestyle.

For any of my Sparkfriends reading this: Because I took that little hiatus from Spark, I am incredibly behind reading blogs and responding to my Spark page comments. I can't wait to read your blogs and reconnect soon! HUGS!

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SPARKNMOM 1/17/2011 6:03PM

    SO good to hear from you. I let myself go a little more than usual this holiday season as well....and I'm not liking the results LOL!! Here's to continuing our healthy lifestyle without resolutions, but with consistency and Sparkfriends!! :)

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    Here's to baby steps... and taking good care of our babies. Happy New Year!



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*AMBER512 1/7/2011 6:04PM

    While I do want to have a child soon, I don't necessarily look forward to that aspect! ;) lol

I also am not a big advocate of New Year's resolutions, which is why I don't make them. But I think it can really work for some people!

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DNJEN471 1/7/2011 1:14PM

    No worries- we all need a break from time to time. Xavier loves slapping the fat and extra skin on my stomach. You've gotta love kids. Hope her Christmas was fun this year. I know it wasn't her first, but I know it felt like it was for us this year. He actually was excited to open stuff.

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PALOMINOGIRL3 1/6/2011 11:54PM

    I have been on hiatus, too and really need to get back into the swing of things! My only New Year's "resolution" is to reach my goal weight this year - plain and simple. I'm not putting any time restraints on it this time (I think a year is plenty of time to lose a few pounds and tone up!).

My gym offers a "power pump" class. I wonder if that's the same thing as what you're talking about? I've been wanting to give it a try!

Welcome back, my friend... and Happy New Year! xoxo

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/6/2011 7:44PM

    I feel the same way about Body Pump...especially when the instructor goes, "round three!" and I think to myself, "If I were working out on my own I would have put the weights down two minutes ago!"

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NATPLUMMER 1/6/2011 7:36PM

    Yes, I suppose it does mean it's time to pump some iron. It's good for you in other ways as well.
You are so right. Start when you decide to start whenever that is. Might as well.
I've been finding myself overwhelmed with spark emails recently. It seems like people have been pretty active this week. Whew.
Get through your email clutter so you can do something productive.
Good luck!!

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RKBABCOCK 1/6/2011 4:54PM

    I have been struggling with getting back into a good ST routine since I had Ethan, so I know where you are coming from! I'm doing good if I get in one workout a week, though I would like to be doing 2-3 a week, like I was before.

It is so hard to keep up when we have the little ones running around! I just this morning cleaned out my inbox with emails from early December - yikes! I'm not usually THAT bad!

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

I am doing OK calorie-wise today. Tracking my food. But tonight is the first night of Hanukkah and I am planning to eat a jelly donut or two. emoticon And debating on making latkes, which are NOT low in calories or fat. But I'm going to consider these special treats and just make sure I put in some serious time at the gym this week.
Maybe I won't make the latkes...

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BSTELLING 12/21/2010 6:42PM

    Happy Hannukkah! Enjoy a once a year treat!

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*AMBER512 12/3/2010 7:06PM

    I don't know a lot about Hanukkah, but it is one time a year. I say indulge a little. A little, mind you, is not going to hurt ya!

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CARRAND 12/1/2010 8:50PM

    Happy Hanukkah!

Being gluten intolerant, I can't eat donuts, and probably not Latkes, either. Nor Christmas cookies, for that matter.

I say go ahead and eat a treat or two. You can eat anything, just don't eat everything at once!

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NICOLE12-01 12/1/2010 6:46PM

    Happy Hanukkah!
I say make the latkes and enjoy every bite! Just put in the extra sweat time at the gym!

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MOM2ACAT 12/1/2010 6:29PM

    Happy Hanukkah!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/1/2010 6:26PM

    I am not making them just yet. I am stepping up my workout so that I can have a guilt free jelly donut!

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    I'd love to know more about the food you prepare for Hanukkah. Is it simply "traditional", like our turkey and stuffing, or is there religious significance to it, also? Hmmm... a ceremonial jelly donut sounds heavenly. Pun intended. I hope you enjoy the start of your holiday.



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NATPLUMMER 12/1/2010 4:42PM

    I was thinking of saving the latkes for the weekend. They won't go to well with the spaghetti and turkey meatballs I have planned for dinner tonight. Might as well spread the fried goodies out over the whole 8 days. I can't eat a whole donut anyway. They make my tummy feel icky. The most I can have is a donut hole.
My husband brought home a box of the Streit's potato pancake mix. I have a weird fondness for the boxes ones but usually had some fresh potato to it.

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Missing: motivation. If found, please return to MDTWEETY.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Somewhere along the line in the past few months, I lost my motivation. Not completely, but enough for me to be concerned.
- My workouts have been lackluster.
- I am tracking sporadically.
-I am eyeballing portions rather than measuring everything out.
- I am eating too many sweets. And it's stuff that's on my "not worth it" list, meaning that the taste to me is not amazing enough for me to overindulge and pay the calorie price. Fig bars, animal crackers, and even those seasonal Candy Cane Joe Joe's that everyone else (including the DH) seems to love.

All of this adds up to trouble. And I've got to correct my path before it gets out of hand. Seriously, it does not take that much time to measure out my food and track it here. Daily workouts make me feel amazing, but not if I am just biding time on the dreadmill or elliptical. I've got to make sure that I break a serious sweat. Now that winter is here, it is only going to get more difficult to get out of the warm house and to the gym. But I can and WILL do it. The holiday season is here. This is no time to give up on myself.

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NICOLE12-01 12/1/2010 8:25AM

    I think this past month has been rough for a lot of us. I know that November was probably the absolute worst month I've had in a LOOOOOONG time (hello 11 pound weight gain!!!). It's so easy to give into the snowball effect of letting the healthy habits go by the wayside and letting those....less healthy ones sneak back in for an appearance! Don't give up. Your motivation is still there, it's just playing hide-and-seek. I know you'll find it again! If I can find mine, you can find yours!
Now, put the fig cookies down and go exercise! HAHAHAAH!

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*AMBER512 11/30/2010 5:02PM

    Lacking motivation is rough. But I know you can do it! Sometimes we just need a break to remind us how much better we do when we are eating healthy.

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CARRIE310 11/30/2010 8:26AM

    I am in your corner, but keep going to the gym and start measuring again. I hate the gym and I hate to measure. I also hate the winter and the time change because it is dark and cold. So I can really relate.


You can do this. SP is here and so are we your teammates.

We love you. emoticon

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KELLEY1010 11/29/2010 10:39PM

    you can do this!! Im glad tho that I am not the only one having issues like this!

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CARRAND 11/29/2010 7:56PM

    You can do it! Think how good you feel after a good workout.

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NATPLUMMER 11/29/2010 6:13PM

    Try starting with one thing at a time. Maybe start measuring portions today and then cutting back on the sweets on another day and so on. It might make it easier.
You've recognized the problem and that is half the battle.
How about we make a pact to cut down on the sweets? We can post on each others page if we've had sweets (and if they were worth it). I know I had some jelly bellys today and they weren't even my favorite flavors. Not good.

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IGSBETH 11/29/2010 6:12PM

    You can do it!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 11/29/2010 5:33PM

    I can't offer you a suggestion because I've struggled, too. All I know is that I feel better when I eat right and nothing gives me the "warm cozies" during the holidays more than feeling good. So what's the problem?! We can do it. Kick my butt and I'll kick yours.



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