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Worth the wait and the effort

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I'm pondering the nature of time and patience over a refreshing glass of iced tea. Seems unrelated but it isn't. To make my tea I had to start last night. I had to brew a cup of strong English Breakfast tea, add a teaspoon of Splenda with Fiber and stick it in the fridge if I wanted to enjoy this glass with breakfast. And if I want to see the body, mind and soul I know I want to have I have to keep doing the prep work now. It isn't about the finish line, it's about starting towards it every day.

  
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NEELIXNKES 7/18/2011 9:04AM

    emoticon I often brew a few cups at a time so that I have it to grab in the future or I brew a very strong cup and then cut it with cold water and ice so that I can enjoy it sooner.

Have a terrific week!


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STILLFLYIN 7/16/2011 11:57AM

    And it's about learning to enjoy the process!

Mmmm, I love my tea. Except I mostly drink mine straight.
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PMFISH 7/16/2011 11:54AM

    Planning always gives us a better chance of sucess. Whether it is about our bodies or about our work. You have your plan in place. emoticon

We will be seeing less of you in no time. emoticon



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Out to Dinner

Thursday, July 14, 2011

So we went out for dinner tonight with another couple kind of on a whim, so I hadn't planned for it in the day's calories. As a result I went over by about 250 calories but I'm still super proud of myself. I had no bread, no desert, only a glass and half of wine and I still got to have some foie gras. I got a pleasant surprise when I logged that because I didn't realize it had any nutritional value, I thought it was all fat but it's got protein, lots of vitamin A and a good dose of iron. Still lots o' fat but that's why it is so very very tasty. Mostly unsaturated though, another surprise. Since I split it with the hubby I got fewer calories from that then I did the Lean Pocket I had for lunch. Go figure. Did get a little flack for pausing the refilling of my wine glass until the entrees came and for not wanting desert. And for saying I was watching my calories and then ordering foie gras but I think that's fair :). Hubby is generally in favor of healthy eating but he wanted to split deserts, ice cream and sorbet. I was just ordering tea but said ok, I'll order the sorbet. Turned out he wanted me to order the ice cream so I just passed and he got his sorbet and didn't share. Joke was on him though, it came with blueberries which he won't eat so I got desert after all :-P

  


C25K W4D2

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Along with coming back to SP I'm coming back to C25K. I didn't start at the beginning again because I haven't let my exercise lapse that entirely so I started with week 4 on Tuesday, which felt pretty good, and then another 30 hour on the elliptical so I still felt like I got enough of a work out. Today I tried doing the intervals with hills thrown in on the treadmill setting. It wasn't too bad but I'm pretty beat now. I had to remind myself at 3pm, after the gym and a client call, that I should eat something and then I might feel less dead since I still hadn't eaten lunch. So I just ate a Lean Pocket and had a caffine free diet coke and feel human enough to contemplate some email and one more "half hour session of quality work" before I call it a day. In addition to SP and C25K I'm also reading a book called "The Now Habit" which helped me a lot years ago but I've fallen back into my evil procrastinating ways. Don't know what brought on this spurt of self improvement, just generally fed up with myself I guess. I want to have kids in the next few years and for a while it felt like I could barely take care of myself. Now, after my blog post yesterday about hating the me in the mirror, I can say I looked over at the mirror while I was hoofing it on the elliptical and even though I drenched in sweat, hair done up in a messy bun, I looked good. I looked strong.

  


Chin, Chin

Thursday, July 14, 2011

So I am once again coming back to SP 'cause I hate the me the mirror. Really, I don't hate myself, or even my body, I just really hate the way I look in the mirror. Most of the day I go along thinking I look just fine, then I see a photo or try on pants and I am reminded that I don't like the mirror me. So back again I've come. Part of a general get out of my rut shift I'm doing. All good.

And one of my strategies this time is I've started a group. Weirdly, since there's even a beer lovers group on SP, there is no cocktail lovers group. And cocktails are a great place to save some calories while still making sure you don't feel deprived. So if you're reading this and you like cocktails you could come check out the group so it has more members than just me :). You can find it at
teams.sparkpeople.com/WorkingOurCock
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. Now I know that these are "empty calories" (which is silly 'cause all calories are just energy, nothing empty about them) but studies show moderate drinking helps reduce stress and helps people live longer. So have a moderate cocktail (3oz of booze or less) once or twice a week and enjoy guilt free. Plus it's fun to look at recipes and figure out how to lighten them up and these require very little "cooking" time.

  
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NEELIXNKES 7/14/2011 4:28PM

    emoticon Back!

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HUGMONKEYMOM 7/14/2011 1:25AM

    Nice to see you back! I just returned myself after some time away.

Sorry I won't be joining your group though, I have never really liked alcohol, which, now that I am trying to lose weight, seems to be a pretty serious positive. I'd much rather spend those calories on a cookie...

But I digress. Good luck with the group and welcome back!

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Accountable inaccuracies

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I've decided I do better when I log, which isn't a surprise. But I've also decided I need to accept that logging will never be perfect. I had a salad with breaded soft shell crab, olives, a little cheese, and roasted beets. Pretty healthy but it wasn't at a chain restaurant so I don't know exactly how many calories were in it. But then again there's been strong evidence that even when calories are posted they're not going to be that accurate. So I'll guestimate.

I spent 2 hours trimming the hedges in my front lawn. It wasn't very high impact but it was exercise and I want to count it. It included some raking but perhaps raking is higher impact? Ah well, I'll put it down as raking and halve the time.

I need to accept these things are approximations only. Even if I had raked, the calories burned with be approximate because I'm going to burn at a slightly different rate than someone else. That doesn't make the numbers useless, it just makes them approximate. But if I'm approximately where I should be most of the time I do and will lose weight, and that's the goal here. I've stopped in the past because I figured if I didn't know exactly how bad I'd been but I knew it was bad, it didn't matter if I tried to log. But it does, and I need to. So here's to close enough!

  
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BREW99 5/27/2010 2:25PM

    Sounds like it was hard work. I try to count my calories burnt but I think you have to listen to your body too. If you are tired, then you must have worked out a great number! :)

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KALORIE-KILLAH 5/21/2010 7:07AM

    Definitely invest in a heart rate monitor. It takes all of the guesstimating out of your physical activities. But, remember, this is only to be worn when doing activities - not during your normal day (sitting watching TV, working at the computer, etc.).

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