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Hit a Valley last week

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Last week was pretty frustrating to say the least. I was only able to get one workout in, and that was on Monday. Tuesday I went to the doctor. The scale there was a cheap floor scale, not what I'm used to at the doctor's office. I expected it to be high. I felt extremely bloated from PMS and constipated on top of that. December was hard. I ate way too many Christmas cookies. I didn't expect the scale to read 7 pounds higher than my last measurement. Ouch!!! That's been a blow to my motivation. The next two days I spent recovering from an upset stomach, and then I worked Friday through Sunday. Definitely a downer of a week.

It's a new week now and I have more resolve to stick with it. Frustrated, though I am, I am still plugging through. I got in a full workout yesterday, and will head downstairs after blogging to get today's workout in. I'm also going to be more careful about treats, be it popcorn or the occasional adult beverage to try to relax. I'm also making more of an effort to drink more water and less coffee. I'm hoping that some of that weight was water weight. I can see the expansion in my gut area. I bloated out in a short period of time. The timing of my doctor's appointment was the absolute worst time of the month for me to step on a scale. I realize this and that my actual weight gain is probably half of the seven.

Anyway, because of Spark People, I'm picking myself up and getting back at it. I bet these winter months are hard on a lot of people in the colder climates. I can't wait to get new running shoes and get back outside again. Until then, elliptical, here I come!!!

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MOMMY_MIMI 1/25/2011 2:09PM

    Ug- the dreaded 7lbs on the holidays. I got hit with it too. And I've been slow to recover. You'll get there! Just put one foot in front of the other- baby steps! I should practice what I preach! =)

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ZANNACHAN 1/25/2011 1:32PM

    I'm glad that you're feeling better!

Winter is hard, though winter activities like snow shoing, ice skating and sledding all eat lots of calories. But it's hard to walk quickly, let alone jog or run, in ice and snow--too much risk of injury. And hot cocoa is all too tempting!

I've had experences like yours, when life, health etc. disrupt my plans and for some reason I seem to put on 7 pounds over night (usually water weight--caused by inflammation, salt, or hormones--is the culprit) and it can be so discouraging! But stick with it and you'll be fine. Set backs are normal, unfortunately; what's important is that you don't give up.

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/25/2011 12:57PM

    We missed you last week! Glad you are feeling better. Have a great week!

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MAGIC10FINGERS 1/25/2011 12:16PM

    good news is, the next time U go to the Dr, the loss will be even bigger!
I was sick last wk, so my exercise was lacking too. Seems like just when I get in2 the swing of things, SOMETHING ALWAYS comes up & messes with the system.
I too had a bad wk last wk, the scale was going down .5#s/day, then suddenly I popped back up 3.5#s!!! I THOUGHT I had it figured out, twice, but neither has allowed me to go back down now. More times than not, I think it's hormones!

Keep up the awesome job!
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CAROLYN0107 1/25/2011 12:13PM

    Omaha in the winter isn't an easy place to exercise if you like to do so outside. I've done mall walking in the early morning. I suppose though as a mother of SIX you can't get away in the mornings. How old are your kids? I hope that your Christmas cookies are all gone. I know you made many!

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Sledding is listed as an exercise option!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

One of my favorite things to do with the kids is go sledding. Well, with six plus inches of new snow on the ground, and decent temps yesterday, we did it. I usually drive the couple blocks to the school so we don't have to walk back up the hill to our house. The roads were horrible, so all six kids and I walked down, sleds in hand.

We had a blast!!!!!

I only regret that my husband couldn't come. Brian finally got his plantars wart worked on yesterday. It's been keeping him from doing any cardio since walking is painful. He rested his foot while we went out.

Did you know that sledding is a listed exercise on Spark People? I didn't until yesterday. I guess I burned a lot of calories while out there. I figured as much. Climbing back up the hill, through the thick snow, over and over really wore me out. I'm extra proud of myself since I also ate well too. When I needed carbs, I ate peanuts in limited amounts. I also fixed myself a healthy dinner, taco salad-no shell-lots of veggies, when everyone else had french fries and fish sticks. I was too worn out to fix everyone a healthy meal, and most of mine was a left-over, just had to fix the salad part.

Have a great week everyone!
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STACYSMILES 1/12/2011 12:36PM

    What a great way to exercise and spend time with your kids!!

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ASMPP1 1/12/2011 4:36AM

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MAGIC10FINGERS 1/12/2011 12:19AM

    Sounds like a blast! I couldn't get any1 to go from here. Oh well, it's cool. I'm glad U were able to spend that time with the kids while getting a good workout in.

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CAROLYN0107 1/11/2011 11:07PM

    emoticon for getting your exercise in...by sledding with your kids!

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IAFARMERWIFE 1/11/2011 5:42PM

    What great family time! emoticon

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LOSINGITALL4ME 1/11/2011 3:52PM

    That's great! Having fun and getting great exercise time in too.

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DETERMINEDJANET 1/11/2011 3:47PM

    Sledding is fun! I'm glad it is on the SP list because it is a lot of work hiking up and down!

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/11/2011 3:43PM

    Glad that you enjoyed the sledding. I leave that to Mike! I hate the cold. Enjoy the rest of your day!

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Wow! A New Year!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

I can't believe how fast time passes. I started on Spark People almost a year ago. Last year had both ups and downs, but through it all, I am down at least 25 lbs from where I started. I don't weight myself often, and only at the doctor's office. My last visit was before all the Christmas cookies. YIKES!!

My next appointment is on the 18th. I've been extremely good this week with both eating and getting back on the exercise track. I'm still doing the elliptical and weight machine. With my bad knees, I can't take a chance falling on the ice outside (or even the sand and gravel left behind on the streets). Monday through Thursday, I've done complete workouts. I hope to squeeze in some elliptical time Friday and Saturday before work. We'll see how it goes. I haven't been sleeping well and I work ten hour shifts.

My plan for 2011:
1. Continue with low-carb eating. It works best for my metabolism. I also feel best that way.
2. Continue with the elliptical, weights, crunches and stretching until the roads improve.
3. Get new running shoes from a running store.
4. Get back to jogging 3 miles when the roads improve and I have better shoes.
5. Enter a 5k race (couldn't do that in October due to fall).
6. Try to be at 150 by my birthday in June. I will be happy with being in the 160s.
7. Keep hubby inspired to join me. He's doing great so far, but we're only in the first week of 2011.

Well, that's my plan in a nutshell. Pretty much the same as last year, but I'm still at it. Thank you Spark Friends for keeping me going!
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TSABONIS 1/10/2011 9:44PM

    good luck with the 5k

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ASMPP1 1/7/2011 9:35PM

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MAGIC10FINGERS 1/7/2011 4:16PM

    Sounds like a great plan to me! 25# is awesome! It's a great journey, now matter how fast or slow it goes! I like slow so I don't miss a thing!
Hugs

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CAROLYN0107 1/7/2011 10:52AM

    You've got your plan. Way go go!

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/6/2011 7:20PM

    25 pounds gone is awesome!!! Keep up the great work!!

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SHESTOUGH 1/6/2011 6:18PM

    Congrats on losing 25 pounds so far on your journey! Good luck with all of your goals in 2011 and I know you will reach your goals!

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GRACIE1232 1/6/2011 3:17PM

  good luck

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Happy Sunny Thursday!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

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I was slow getting going today. This lack of sunlight gets me down. I finally did get up and got moving though! I went outside for the first time in weeks to walk! My knee (which I fell on in October) seems to be doing fine. I may even go for a jog tomorrow!

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I pushed the twins in the stroller and felt different muscles being used today than the last three days on the elliptical. It boosted my spirits so much to get out for a little bit. I even finished up with weights (triceps), various crunches and stretches.

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I think I'll have to try to get out on occasion this winter to walk or jog. Something about being outside just lifts me up. I hope the weather cooperates from time to time to allow this.

Anyway, happy sunny Thursday! Have a great weekend everyone!

  
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MAGIC10FINGERS 12/11/2010 10:46AM

    I'm glad the knee is feeling better. Don't over do just b/c it feels better. Been there, done that & it's not fun getting set back. Listen to your body, not your heart or mind. They can fool U sometimes. LOL!
Hugs,
Ruth

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CAROLYN0107 12/10/2010 3:49PM

    emoticon on the walk outside!

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MUSICMOMOF2 12/9/2010 5:45PM

    Way to go on getting outside for a walk!! It was nice to see the sun for a little bit today!

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CUPCAKE4248 12/9/2010 5:22PM

    emoticon I wish i weren't such a sissy when i came to being outside. I just get so cold now!!! Good job on getting up and moving and keep up the good work!!! emoticon and theres some sun for you to enjoy!!!

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Happy Sunny Monday!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Well, I'm finally feeling better! My sinuses are still a little plugged, but I'm much more myself today. I managed to get in two workout sessions last week, before taking the rest of the week off to recover from whatever virus attacked me. Eating was good, until the weekend. Way too many carbs all weekend, but I was tired and looking for comfort food. Honey and I finished off a box of See's chocolates together. Yum!! Time to stop the binge, though, and get back on track.

The weekend was good. We finally finished rearranging the living room on Friday, so Saturday we were able to put up the Christmas tree. Sean, one of my five-year old twins, was asking every day last week, "Can we decorate today?" He's still asking the same question. The tree is up, I don't get it. I guess he wants to decorate the outside of the house now.

Today got off to a good start. Kids and hubby got off to school and work ok. I've caught up deleting emails, caught up the checkbook, started laundry and dishes. Now, after a little sparking, I think I'll go workout. I don't expect to lose this month. I just hope I don't gain!

Have a great week everyone!

  
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ASMPP1 12/6/2010 9:22PM

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MUSICMOMOF2 12/6/2010 1:27PM

    Glad to hear that you are feeling better. Good for you on taking some time to let yourself get over whatever hit you. Have a great Monday!

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CAROLYN0107 12/6/2010 10:59AM

    I had to double check when I saw the blog roll and saw your name. I mean, I didn't realize that you were on the Slowest Losers team...and not just SparkOmaha with me. Yes, it was you. Maybe it's my memory. Anyway, I'm glad you got the tree up and have had a bit of time to get caught up before going to work.
Me too, if I don't gain in December, I'll be glad.
HUGS.

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SWEETMOMMY41 12/6/2010 10:52AM

  it sounds like you had a great weekend! thanks for sharing and have a fabulous week!

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