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111 days to Hawaii

Sunday, March 31, 2013

My mother-in-law is taking the whole family on a Hawaiian cruise in July. I am very excited about it, but also in need of stepping up my training and eating. I'm actually not fussed about what I will look like in a swim suit; this is much more about comfort on a very long flight and being able to enjoy the activities once we arrive.

So for the first time in a long time, I will be taking a more aggressive, diet-minded approach to my eating. This makes me very nervous. I tend toward obsessive behavior, and if I obsess too much about food, I end up going off the deep end.

But, I also trying to be realistic. I am aiming for no more than 2 pounds a week. If I stay on that track, I can lose 30 pounds by the time we get on that plane.

So my goals for April are:

1. Bike every day
2. Strength train at least 2x a week, swim at least 1x a week
3. Lose 8 pounds
4. Track my food intake religiously
5. Be more positive

I can do this. I am completely capable of accomplishing these goals!

  
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KAUAI-CAROLANN 4/6/2013 12:23PM

    Guess with a profile name like "Kauai-CarolAnn" you know where I live, yes?
the 110 (or so) days will fly by and soon you will be cruising your way around the islands.
emoticon Stick with your plan, modify if necessary & you will get to those goals!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/1/2013 12:18PM

    You can do it!

How is your tailbone doing?

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 4/1/2013 10:47AM

    What a wonderful gift! Love your training plan! emoticon

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.DUSTY. 4/1/2013 10:35AM

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Now that's motivation!

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TATTER3 3/31/2013 9:49PM

    Yea you!!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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GCHUNG 3/31/2013 7:35PM

    You go!!! You can do this.

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NATPLUMMER 3/31/2013 5:25PM

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LUCKYDOGFARM 3/31/2013 4:31PM

    You CAN do this! GoGirl!

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MURRAYGOLD 3/31/2013 2:46PM

    Great plan and great vacation in store for you....ps...we are headed to Kauai in 20 days!!!!

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BARBARASDIET 3/31/2013 1:48PM

    Lucky you!

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YENGLISH100 3/31/2013 1:34PM

    Good luck. I am going to Hawaii with my husband and two grandkids are joining us on day 6. I am apprehensive as I hurt my already bad knee last week.

If you follow your plan, and track it, you will feel much better on the trip.

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Step one: fuel the tank

Saturday, March 30, 2013

First MetroPark ride today! The wind managed to be in my face no matter what direction I turned, and about 3/4 of the way into the ride I remembered what the thing was I'd been standing in the living room trying to remember to do: eat something. 12 miles into the ride I was FLAT--blood sugar bottoming out. I was deep in the weeds and didn't really think I had what it would take to get back out. And I didn't even have a single snack in my bike bag.

The MetroPark is in a gorge, which means that at the end of the ride, you have to climb back out of the gorge. I got to the bottom of the hill and thought, "I can't do it. I don't have the juice." But I figured I'd at least start pedaling up and stop when my speed dropped below 4mph or my wind gave out. Amazingly, neither happened. My wind was going as I neared the top, but I coached myself on because it was getting flatter again.

That was 17 hardwon miles, but I did it!

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/1/2013 9:00AM

    Holy smokes! That was a tough ride.

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GCHUNG 3/31/2013 7:37PM

    Fantastic!!! Great job.

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CORNERKICK 3/31/2013 3:15AM

  Wooo hooo...Good for you!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 3/30/2013 9:31PM

    You are out there doing what I shouLd have been doing today! I have a couple of those huge hills that I dread. And yep, fuel is so important! Glad you were able to get out of there!

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NATPLUMMER 3/30/2013 7:55PM

    Glad you made it. I bet you won't forget snacks again ;-)

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CAKEMAKERMOM 3/30/2013 6:49PM

    I'm glad you were able to finish it!

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Stretching dinner

Friday, March 29, 2013

I went from "Guh, I have nothing planned for dinner and am too hungry to cook" to really tasty bastardized Indian curry with tons of veggies in, like, half an hour. Thanks, stray jar of masala simmer sauce in the cabinet! I totally ignored your cooking instructions and made you about 50 times healthier, but I'm sure you will forgive me.

See, the jar called for just browning a pound of diced chicken breast, then dumping the sauce in and simmering for 15 minutes. But instead, I chopped onion, garlic, red peppers, mushrooms, green beans, and carrots and sauteed all of them with the chicken before adding the sauce. Suddenly, we went from a dish that was really only big enough for 2 and was really high-calorie and veggie-free to one that was mostly veggies with the chicken and sauce serving a condiment role.

Don't be shy about adding more veggies to dishes! The whole family eats them better when they are incorporated into the main dish.

  
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KAREBEARCARES 3/30/2013 7:18PM

    I love this! this is what I always do! just toss in carrots, onions, broc and/or mushrooms into everything I make. simples!

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NATPLUMMER 3/30/2013 12:10PM

    YUM!!!

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GAILRUU 3/30/2013 11:29AM

    My husband will eat mainly meat if I cook a roast or steak. It is more cost effective to use it in a dish to flavor the dish and incorporate healthy vegetable choices.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 3/30/2013 11:20AM

    Delicious!
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TATTER3 3/30/2013 9:46AM

    Yum!!!

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ROBERTAUP 3/30/2013 8:48AM

    sounds great

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LUCKYDOGFARM 3/29/2013 11:47PM

    Great idea! I am gonna have to go find some of that sauce!

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TAFODIL24 3/29/2013 10:07PM

    emoticon emoticon thanks for sharing

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FRANCIEVW 3/29/2013 9:48PM

    Way to rally and find a great dinner in your own home! :) Love those simmer sauces. I don't even bother with the meat. Just veggies, sometimes a few raisins. Yum.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 3/29/2013 8:55PM

    It's always good to add veggies.

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RISAMEANSLAUGH 3/29/2013 8:28PM

    Dear Miss180's,

You're quite right about the veggies!! I hope you continue going in the right direction on your weight loss journey. All the best! sincerely,

Riisa
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Hibernation day

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Today was one of those days when I just could NOT wake up. My girls left around 9am to go snowboarding up in New York, and I got up to help them get out the door. Then I crawled back into bed with my sweetie, snuggled up on his shoulder, and fell back to sleep until noon. Woke up long enough to look at the clock, roll over, and fall back to sleep until after 1:00!

But I think I really needed it. I'm feeling very mellow and happy today, and the fact that it's already 2pm isn't throwing my into a tizzy. Other than getting laundry done, I think it's going to be a very lazy day of just playing on the computer and watching movies. I kind of need that.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/25/2013 7:36PM

    Every once in a while we really need a day of rest...I guess this was your day!

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 3/25/2013 10:58AM

    Sounds like a good, cocooning type of day!

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JANETRIS 3/25/2013 9:22AM

    We all need a recovery day. It makes us appreciate what we have! emoticon emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 3/24/2013 8:13PM

    Every once and again, a person just has to have a day like that! Glad you have enjoyed and appreciated it!

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TATTER3 3/24/2013 7:55PM

    Yea for you!! Keep Sparkin'!!!

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DOGLADY13 3/24/2013 4:39PM

    If anyone needs a break, it is you! Enjoy your rest. Falling back asleep in a warm bed with the man you love is one of life's greatest gifts.

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Just do it!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Just completed a 5k as a family. of the 700+ people who signed up, less than 200 actually participated because it was all of 26 degrees. And DH, Younger Daughter and I were the only walkers in the crowd. (Older Daughter ran, then came back around and walked the last mile with us.) We were slow. We were, in fact, dead last. But we were lapping everyone who stayed in bed instead of showing up!

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/24/2013 10:50AM

    Congratulations on participating and getting your whole family involved....I bet you all had a lot of fun!

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TATTER3 3/23/2013 3:18PM

    Yea for the success!!

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MRS_FLOWERS1 3/23/2013 10:51AM

    That is Awesome! You were doing it for YOU, anyway. Way to go! emoticon
Sheree

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