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I am NOT working out today!!!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

That's what I told myself when I woke up. Nope, not working out. I slept badly and I'm tired and sore.

That's what I told myself as I pulled on my workout clothes. No way am I working out. I'm still getting over my chest cold and I need more rest.

That's what I told myself as I tied my shoes. I'm simply not up to this, it's not a big deal if I take today off.

That's what I told myself as I filled my water bottle. I've been sick for a week, I didn't work out yesterday and everyone knows that it's best to restart your exercise program on a Monday.

That's what I told myself as I walked downstairs. I wasn't going down there to work out; I had wash that needed to go into the dryer.

That's what I told myself as I picked up my dumbbells. This isn't going to really be a workout; I'm too tired and weak.

An hour later, as I cooled down and stretched, I was really glad that I'd told myself I wasn't working out.

Now I'm telling myself that this afternoon I'm not walking to the post office and then the community center to vote.

  
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EUPHRATES 11/13/2011 2:17PM

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Haha! You rawk!

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JACKI1033 11/9/2011 2:24PM

    Great blog!

This is my inner monologue a few times a week!

I love it when exercise just becomes what we do, no matter what we tell ourselves!

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HONBAD 11/9/2011 1:56PM

    Good for you pushing yourself! You should be proud!

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COLEENCOLE 11/8/2011 4:12PM

    Great way of putting it.

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LJCANNON 11/8/2011 11:46AM

    emoticonI am glad that I am not the only one who has that conversation with myself.
emoticonWhat's REALLY Funny is when I tell my Husband "Let's go for a walk. We only have to walk for 10 minutes." He is married to a Habitual Liar!

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SUSAN134 11/8/2011 11:10AM

    LOL...isn't it amazing what a little reverse psychology can do! Good for you - that is awesome!!!

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PROJECTLOSEIT 11/8/2011 10:44AM

    Hah, this was great! Congratulations on standing your ground! I think I'm totally not going to work out today, either!

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Well, there's your problem!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Turns out that a good deal of my sad mood was because I was coming down with a terrible chest cold that's had me hacking up a lung all week. I am getting a little better, but walking up and down the stairs more than once has me coughing hard again. I went out yesterday for a couple client meetings and was completely wiped out by the time I got home.

Needless to say, there hasn't been any exercise this week.

It's frustrating to feel okay when I'm sitting still, which leads me to feel guilty that I'm not working out. But I have to remember to be good to myself and give myself time to recover or it will just last longer.

Grr.

  
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COLEENCOLE 11/7/2011 10:33AM

    I hope you are feeling better this week.

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AIRPEACH 11/6/2011 2:17PM

    I hope you feel better soon! Try to give yourself the time you need to recover.
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EUPHRATES 11/5/2011 1:13PM

    *hugs* Lots of fluids and water, and watch your food intake - lots of freggies to get those great vitamins into your system.
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Hang in there sweetie! Hope you feel better soon!
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MISSG180 11/5/2011 11:22AM

    Resting a bit is definitely my plan, though I'm getting antsy. But a walk around the block last night left me coughing. No fun.

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APPLESBANANAS 11/4/2011 7:48PM

    Oh not fun :( Hopefully if you rest a little it will resolve even sooner. Feel better!

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ILLINITEACHER52 11/4/2011 6:29PM

  I'm trying to recover from the same thing. I hope you are on you are on your way to feeling better!

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K1TT3N 11/4/2011 11:41AM

    I was dealing with that earlier this week. I hope you feel better soon!

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MISSG180 11/4/2011 11:25AM

    This time of year is AWFUL for colds! It's so hard to be patient, though!

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AMANDASHRINKING 11/4/2011 11:17AM

    im right there with ya I cant breath or laugh or exercise without dying we will get better though and hopefully soon good luck girly Ill be thinking of your good health

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TRACEYROCK 11/4/2011 11:17AM

    I'm having the same problem. Fighting a cold and feeling like I am just using it as an excuse not to exercise, instead of congratulating myself for eating well and taking care of my body so that it will recover from the cold quicker. You are doing to right thing by taking it easy. Here's some soup to speed up your recovery. emoticon

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Thhhppt

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I would like to be writing a glowing post-con report about how much fun I had at World Fantasy (and I did), but for some reason today I am feeling like simply crying incessantly or crawling back into bed. This is not the start of November I was looking for. It can go about its business and move along.

My house also looks like it was ransacked by ADD pirates: they made a mess, but forgot to actually take anything. I am intellectually aware that this is not improving my mood, but cannot muster the energy to get off the couch and do anything about it.

What I am is a crabby 4-year-old. I'm bored by what I'm doing, but don't want to do anything else, either. The only difference is that I'm old enough to know that flinging myself to the floor in a tantrum would only result in additional joint pain and bruises later.

Fingers crossed that tomorrow I will be better. Messages of encouragement and love gladly accepted.

  
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SPATTERS3 11/2/2011 8:43AM

    *hug* buck up, lil buddy. Love your "starry night" background picture.

Now pick up the mess !

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COLEENCOLE 11/2/2011 7:50AM

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MISSG180 11/1/2011 3:52PM

    NStar, I try never to take myself TOO seriously - that's a sure way to hang onto such a mood for a long time. I'm amused by your image of rock throwing. Thanks for making me smile a bit.

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3016DEBRA 11/1/2011 3:51PM

  emoticonlol...We all have those kinda days. Go ahead and scream if you want! It might help. Tomorrow is a new day so get it out of your system and start fresh. emoticon emoticon

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NSTARSMITH 11/1/2011 3:43PM

    Oh, wow, that is one crummy mood you got goin' on there. I am assuming that the title - thhhppt - is a transliteration of the sound you are making ... Well, a seriously bad mood is not cast in concrete, or you would not be even slightly humorous about it in your blog. Actually, if it were me, I would be so locked into the possession of the grumpies I would not even blog. I would stand on the edge of my street and throw rocks at passersby! Ooops - just joking! Look, you have the self-awareness to to know the pouty 4 year old is tantrum-prone and you are lying low. And you are trying to slide in a slightly less serious point of view. Keep up the good work! Crying and screaming releases endorphins that will make you feel better! emoticon

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Vacation day one

Friday, October 28, 2011

6am flight, with no time to eat, no time at airport, essentially 8 hours of travel time, on top of a night's sleep, without food.

I was a little cranky. And succumbed to Eggs Benedict. After breakfast met up with people, then while they went to an activity I went to the gym here.

It was not the most stellar experience. Trying to find entrance to spa fell over hidden wall and bashed knee. Found out that working out costs $5 per session. Discovered there is no locker room so had to change in a restroom. All in front of a cute, petite 20-something who succeeded in never actually sneering but still made me feel idiotic. Cried in the restroom and thought about giving up.

Worked out anyway.

It definitely made me feel stronger and more positive for the rest of the day. Resisted all junk food and had a salad for dinner.

The drinks at the party put me up to my calorie limit, but I felt okay about that becaused I'd rationed for it.

Got up this morning and didn't let vacation mentality derail me. Went and had my workout. It was a crap workout, as some are, but I did it anyway. Eating a healthy snack now before heading out again.

When I felt tempted, I thought of Spark. It really helped

  
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EUPHRATES 11/1/2011 6:18AM

    Seriously, the hotel charged you? Wow, I'd complain to the organizers to find a new host hotel! That said, I am SO PROUD OF YOU for pushing through and working out anyway! Screw those skinny minnies who try and make you feel less than - you're awesome!
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Can't WAIT to hear how it all went (I haven't even seen much of facebook this weekend, what with working Sat. and Sun - I'll be stalking you there and on LJ to get all the details)!

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COLEENCOLE 10/30/2011 1:45PM

    I hate days like this.

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Challenges

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

We have a weekend trip to a convention where we have a lot of friends and a busy schedule. The good news is that it's going to be a lot of fun. The bad news is it means restaurant eating from Thursday (we fly out at 6am) through Sunday. It's going to be a bit of a challenge.

I had a revelation this weekend that may be helpful. It was that I have a tendency to use other people's overeating as an excuse to overeat myself. And I discovered this by NOT overeating this weekend. When everyone else had ice cream, I realized that just because they were having a treat didn't mean that I automatically was due one. So I just had a Diet Coke (I know that even diet soda isn't really good for me, but I had to order something). Then at dinner I was able to remind myself that, as delicious as it was, I could take half of it home and spread out that deliciousness over another day. That all worked really well, and I am pleased with the weekend's results.

The problem with a weekend away is that I can't bring home the leftovers, so the impulse will be to eat everything because it can't be saved. And my schedule will be completely messed up because there will be parties until late. But I only get to see these people once a year, so I don't want to miss out on the opportunity to enjoy them!

At least the hotel has a very nice workout facility. Any tips people have about staying on target will be greatly appreciated!

  
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FREESPIRITANGEL 10/27/2011 7:49PM

    Restaurant eating does not need to be a bad thing. I have learned to ask for what I want. Most places will make a salad the way you want it or they will prepare a meal the way you want it. You just need to ask!!!!!

Enjoy the company of goods friends

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Ask for what you need to eat healthy

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Have a great time!

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MISSG180 10/26/2011 8:26AM

    No fridge or microwave. I am not really a snacky person, but I like the idea of carrying around small snack packets. And the water bottle will be a must.

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EUPHRATES 10/26/2011 12:12AM

    Having a work out facility is REALLY useful (but of course only if you use it). I discovered that this summer, when I tried walking in the area around our usual hotel (when we come to the NEO we stay at the Knights Inn in Macedonia since it's half-way between Cleveland and Kent, so no matter who we're visiting or what we're up to it's convenient) and OMG, trying to cross Rt. 8 at Highland is taking your life in your own hands! For the handfasting we stayed at the Days Inn in Kent (mostly 'cause my not-quite-daughter-in-law's car is super old and she didn't want to do all that driving back and forth to Mike's Place) and having a fitness center was DA BOMB! :)

My tricks -

1) Is there a fridge in the hotel room? Can you get one if it's not automatically provided? That way you CAN take leftovers back to the room (particularly if there's a microwave), and you can also bring along (or pick up at a local store when you get there) healthy stuff for breakfast and snacks, so you're not limited to restaurant food. My mate is NOT a breakfast eater, and I really need to start my day with protein or I get the munchies all day, so having something quick without needing to make a special trip really helps.

2) I have a backpack I take around the cons we go to in which I keep the 100 cal packs of almonds (cocoa roast by Emerald, or the "natural almond" packs, I avoid the salty ones 'cause they just make me hungrier) and other easy snacks, so my blood sugar doesn't crash when I'm busy. Particularly because we generally don't stay at the host hotel (I save tons of money with priceline and the incovenience of having to go back and forth is still generally worth it), so that way I've got everything with me.

3) If you can get a feel for the restaurants in the area or at the hotel, you can probably take a look at their menu online and get an idea of what your options are (and look at their nutrition info if they post it, so you can plan ahead for healthier choices). Oh, and the con suite can be your best friend (at Con on the Cob there were always carrot sticks and celery available) or your worst enemy (there were also copious amounts of junk food like chips etc) - scope it out early so you'll know if it'll be a haven or a place to avoid so you don't end up snacking mindlessly. :)

4) Another trick when I don't have a fitness center handy is taking work out DVDs and my mate's laptop. Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred is my friend. :)

5) DON'T FORGET YOUR WATER BOTTLE - I swear mine is permanently attached anymore. Staying hydrated is even MORE important when you're at a convention (and it'll help keep the munchies away).

6) And of course, always remember the 3-2-1 rule of con-going (at least 3 hours of sleep, 2 meals, 1 shower EVERY DAY). :)

7) And of course, most important of all - HAVE TONS OF FUN!!!!!

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COLEENCOLE 10/25/2011 7:49AM

    I hope you still manage to do well.

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