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Day 50! WooHoo!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wow! Have I really done 50 straight days of 10 min of exercise per day? I really try to make my minimum 20 minutes, so I am rocking this challenge!

Today I got a full workout in:

Elliptical total 60 min- pretty fast for most of it (16 +16+16+12)
Weights Set one (chest press, delt press, bicep curl, quad extension)
Crunches (regular, bicycle, reverse)
Stretching

In those 50 days I've completed 2119 fitness minutes, and I've traveled 63.8 miles (walking, jogging, or elliptical). I've also done a lot of swimming, which takes away mileage since I don't know how to convert my strokes to miles yet. Keep in mind I have an Endless pool where I swim in place. In January, I've made the commitment to do weights at least three times per week. That added to my swimming has increased my upper body strength and endurance. I've also eaten really well since January 2nd, eating tons of vegetables. I hope to weigh myself on Friday if I get a chance at work. My clothes seem to be fitting better, although I don't think I can get back into the size 16s I bought last spring. If I keep this up, I will fit into those clothes before I know it!

  
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ALLISON145 1/17/2012 11:30PM

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You can do it! Keep it up!!

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JAMARIEHICKEY 1/17/2012 10:21PM

    Great job!!! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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KPETSCHE 1/17/2012 9:43PM

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Look at those miles and minutes!! Way to rock the exercise. Keep it up!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/17/2012 8:28PM

    You are doing awesome! Keep it up!

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GUNDAD 1/17/2012 8:12PM

    Good job, you inspire me! Let's make 012 the year we reach our goals!!!!!! Juice up! emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 1/17/2012 6:48PM

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Your streak is so much fun to watch!

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Day 48 and I survived the sleepover

Sunday, January 15, 2012

What a busy Friday it was! I managed to get a workout in to keep my streak going, but I had lots of picking up to do around the house to get it ready for Stevie's party. I also had to get some groceries and party gifts and be sure I was at the school to pick up all the kids. Four of the boys came over right after school. Four others showed up at various times in the evening. Seven boys spent the night. We let them splash around in our pool for a little bit. They also played video games, some football in the yard, ate chips and pizza and watched "The A-Team." We got Stevie a giant cookie from Eileen's in Omaha. My kids prefer a birthday cookie to a cake. Mary and Mikey helped put up streamers and balloons. Mary drew on the balloons to make them look like aliens. The boys tried to sneak in a second movie after 11pm. I put a stop to that and told them to get some sleep. The next morning we had donuts for the kids and I made scrambled eggs. All the boys loved the eggs and said they were the best ever. That made me feel pretty good. Everything went really well and Stevie had a very special tenth birthday.

I've kept up my exercising through the weekend. Yesterday I swam for 30 min. Today was beautiful, so I went for a walk/jog. I jogged a total of 3 miles (one mile intervals) and walked a total of 1.5 miles. I'm pretty happy I can go so far.

My eating has been good all weekend. My only diversion was a little bit of homemade ice cream. I tried to make creme brulee with eight egg yolks I had left-over from making coconut maccaroons. It never set. When I tasted it, it tasted like melted ice cream. I found our old ice cream maker and put the canister in the freezer. The next day I made it into a very rich vanilla ice cream. It had double the egg yolks from a regular recipe. I had a small serving of that, but it really didn't have all that much sugar in it. Other than that, I've stuck to my plan.

So week three of the new year is getting off to a good start. 4.5 miles down already this week, and I'm still eating right.

  
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BLUE42DOWN 1/16/2012 4:36AM

    A birthday cookie sounds amazingly good. I like the texture of cookies better than most cakes. Hmmmmmm ...

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KPETSCHE 1/15/2012 11:58PM

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ALLISON145 1/15/2012 9:29PM

    Way to go!!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/15/2012 7:46PM

    Sounds like a great time was had by all! Way to stick to your healthy eating and your exercising. Have a great week!

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FREELADY 1/15/2012 6:29PM

    The double-yolk frozen creme brulee has lots of iron . . . so good for us moms!!

Sounds like a delightful party! You built many joyful memories for them! Three cheers for you eating mindfully, moderately, ,and squeezing that exercise in. Impressive!

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Day 46

Friday, January 13, 2012

Wow! I really overdid it yesterday. Hubby came to my rescue and warmed up my dinner for me while I guzzled some water. I've learned a valuable lesson, when TOM hits hard, take it easy on the workout! I'm proud of myself, however. I remembered past lessons, and didn't give in to the sugar cravings. I did not eat cookies or anything else that's bad for me. I had a healthy serving of squash and ham soup, and I felt better pretty quickly. I must have really needed some calories later. A couple hours after I had the taco meat I was going to have a salad with. No energy to chop things up for a salad, so I just had the meat (it had a lot of tomatoes in it, and beans). Still, no cookies!! I woke up this morning with a TOM headache. I usually need a Lortab to get rid of one of those. I stuck with my low carb eating, had coffee, Tylenol, Naproxen and my headache went away. I think all the extra sugar I usually ingest when I'm not feeling well must make the headaches worse.

Today I managed 30 minutes on the elliptical. I went a little slower than yesterday, but I was still sweating. I'm eating low carb, but skipped my veggie drink this morning. I think I'll have some dipping veggies this afternoon. I think Stevie will have seven or eight friends over tonight for his birthday sleepover. He's a great kid. He deserves a great party!

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BLUE42DOWN 1/13/2012 3:38PM

    That will be good news if the difference in what you ate really does help with headaches!

Here's to a very successful sleep-over and party!
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MUSICMOMOF2 1/13/2012 2:03PM

    So sweet that your hubby took care of you! Sounds like you are taking care of yourself today. Have a great weekend!

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Day 45

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I did 60 minutes on the elliptical today, all at one time, not divided like I normally do. I also did weights, and a non-crunch ab routine. I hope to stretch later.

I hate these frigid temps! I want our unseasonably warm weather back. I guess it's coming back a little on Sunday.

Tomorrow we will be celebrating Stevie's 10th birthday. He's having a sleep over with seven of his friends. Wish me luck! I hope I can keep them all occupied through the night. We have the pool, and a couple of game systems, and a movie planned too. Stevie is really excited. It should be a lot of fun for him.

  
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ALLISON145 1/12/2012 10:47PM

    That wind was ridiculous today! I'm with you... Bring back the 50s!! Way to go on the elliptical! I'm not sure I could do sixty minutes straight. I did fifty last week and it felt like forever. Ugh!

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KPETSCHE 1/12/2012 9:45PM

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Today was your 1-1/2 month mark - great job!! Awesome on the elliptical and all your other exercise. Have fun with Stevie's party - the big 10. I'm sure you'll have plenty to keep them going well into the night. Have a nice weekend.

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/12/2012 7:03PM

    Way to go on the elliptical! Good luck with the kids! Sounds like they should have a great time!

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BLUE42DOWN 1/12/2012 6:57PM

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Very nice! I don't think I'd last 10 minutes on the elliptical right now.

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MTRICE 1/12/2012 6:54PM

    Good luck with the sleepover!

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Day 44

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Today I swam to give my body a break from the jogging and elliptical and weights. I swam for 30 minutes including 1200 backstrokes (500+700). Today is early out so we'll be having some friends over. Only the older three kids will have friends. I've decided to split it up. I'm going to bake cookies for them. I WILL be good and not eat any. I've been great with my nutrition since Jan 3rd. I've already baked twice this week without indulging. I made herbed biscuits on Monday and cornbread yesterday.

I'd better get my dipping veggies out in advance. That should help me avoid the bad stuff.

  
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KPETSCHE 1/11/2012 10:21PM

    Good job, Chris. I don't know about up your way but it was cold and windy today by the time I got up. Feels more like winter - I agree that it would be fun to be able to swim right now.
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CAROLYN0107 1/11/2012 5:59PM

    emoticon Keep up the good work!

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/11/2012 12:26PM

    I would love to be able to swim for exercise. I'm jealous! Have a great day!

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