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Day 181 Accountability

Friday, July 20, 2012

Thursday -

Thursday was kind of a kickback day. SparkFriend CARLA0716 is visiting from Canada. Carla got her hair cut while I swam laps. Then we went out for lunch and shopping. We've been eating out a lot, and enjoying desserts. It will be an interesting weigh-in tomorrow.

emoticon1 - Exercise - 25 minutes swimming laps.
emoticon2 - Calories - 2,589.
emoticon3 - Sleep - 7 hours. Spark curfew - midnight.
emoticon4 - Freggies - 1 fruit, 3 veggies.


July 2012 accountability goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day. Per the book, "Younger Next Year," I am going to shoot for 6 days a week of exercise - 2 days of weight training (I'm taking a weight training class) and 4 days of aerobic exercise, mostly biking and swimming. I'm also taking a golf class in July.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to less than 1700 per day. Goal weight is 148 pounds by end of July.
3 - Sleep 6+ hours per night. Stop Sparking by 10pm. The number of hours that I sleep is directly related to how late I am Sparking/Facebooking.
4 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.

  
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SNOWANGELDIVA 7/26/2012 4:30PM

    Awesome that you got a friend to visit with...
+ on calories...doing AWESOME on your freggies...the sleep, oh...I watch your sleeps logs not quite able to reign that monster of mine in but knowing it sets the tomorrow pace.
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JANETRIS 7/23/2012 8:20PM

    Another great day for you! How nice to spend time with Carla and be a tourist in your own city!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/21/2012 2:31PM

    Cool! Enjoy!!

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JOYINKY 7/20/2012 6:02PM

    Sounds like you're having a fun week.

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PUDDLEBY 7/20/2012 5:09PM

    I think it is great you are spending some time with one of your Canadian sparkfriends. They are awesome people, aren't they??? ( I could be a bit biased maybe, LOL.) No seriously, there are some good bonds made here with like-minded people, don't you think? Good work on your training!

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THETROUT 7/20/2012 10:49AM

    Great goals! i'm going to adopt your last one. I'd rather eat fruits than veggies, but your approach would work better.

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Day 179 & 180 Accounability

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Monday & Tuesday

I had to go back to work to get a rest from all the tourist activities over the weekend! I haven't walked that much in ages. It felt great. Carla did some sightseeing on her own while I worked on Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday night, Carla, Harry and I went out for deep dish pizza - you gotta have deep dish pizza when you visit Chicago. It's on the bucket list.

The library that I work at is preparing to undergo a major renovation that will take close to two years to complete. Next week, the general collection of books (about 200,000 volumes) will move from one side of the campus to the other into temporary quarters. My office is moving from one floor of the library to another floor, as the renovation will take place one floor at a time. We are going through every file, leaving no stone unturned, and are throwing away or recycling everything that we don't want to take with us to temporary quarters. It feels great to purge all this stuff. Kind of reminds me when I first started on Spark. I had to take inventory of where I was at and let go of a lot of lifestyle habits that were no longer serving me well. It's a cleansing, a purging.

emoticon1 - Exercise - Monday: 20 minute walk/run drills; 40 minutes strength training; 90 minute golf class. Tuesday: 45 minutes physical therapy and foam roller exercises.
emoticon2 - Calories - Monday = 1,863. Tuesday = 2,130.
emoticon3 - Sleep - probably 5 hours both nights. Spark curfew - it was late both nights.
emoticon4 - Freggies - at least 1 fruit, 4 veggies each day.


July 2012 accountability goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day. Per the book, "Younger Next Year," I am going to shoot for 6 days a week of exercise - 2 days of weight training (I'm taking a weight training class) and 4 days of aerobic exercise, mostly biking and swimming. I'm also taking a golf class in July.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to less than 1700 per day. Goal weight is 148 pounds by end of July.
3 - Sleep 6+ hours per night. Stop Sparking by 10pm. The number of hours that I sleep is directly related to how late I am Sparking/Facebooking.
4 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.

  
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JOYINKY 7/19/2012 12:25AM

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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/18/2012 9:39AM

    I remember when our office at the court went through a renovation and we had to move to another floor. Chaos! Afterwards, very nice and so worth it.

I am going to have to think about purging in my life, too. I never thought of it that way.

emoticon Don't ask me why...just what I saw when I thought of purging.

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JANETRIS 7/18/2012 9:27AM

    You are one busy lady. I'm so glad you are fitting it all in. I know what you mean about the liberating feeling you get when cleaning out old stuff...good for you!!

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Pictorial of Taste of Chicago and other sites - Day 178 Accountability

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sunday -

On Sunday, Carla (CARLA0716), Tony (HEALTHDUDE), and I went to the Taste of Chicago, then hoofed it over to Navy Pier - and stopped at various landmarks along the way. Harry, my Sweetie, is still recovering from surgery and this would not have been a fun time for him. We were downtown from shortly after noon til almost 7pm, and I think we only sat down twice for about 10 minutes to rest and cool off. I take that back - we stopped for a beer and that was longer than 10 minutes. The rest of the time, we were walking around in 95* heat. But, we were right on Lake Michigan, so that gave a welcome breeze from time to time.

I haven't spent this much time in downtown Chicago in years. It took Carla coming from Canada to get me out there and do the touristy things! It was a very fun day. Tony is a great tour guide - he knows the city like the back of his hand. I would not have known where to go if he hadn't been with us. It gave me the bug - and the confidence - to get into the city more often.

The Taste of Chicago was a food-fest. We ate a lot, but we walked around and sweat so much, I actually lost a pound.

Here's a pictorial of our day --

Buckingham Fountain - The Taste of Chicago was on the streets surrounding the fountain.


The Art Institute - Those lions roar and then tell you to get off of them or the police will be called!


The Bean at Millennium Park with the diamond-shaped Crain Communications Building and Trump Tower behind it.


The Bean at sunset with the Chicago skyline reflected in it.


Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier.


Carla doing her photography thing from the ferris wheel. She takes beautiful photos. I use the camera on my phone. Can't wait to see her photos.


Carla letting me take her photo.


Chicago skyline from the ferris wheel.


Sailboats on Lake Michigan from the ferris wheel.


Wrigley Building with Trump Tower in the background.


emoticon1 - Exercise - Carla and I did a 65-minute walk/run before going downtown; 4+ hours of walking around Chicago.
emoticon2 - Calories - 1,623. I thought I ate more calories than that. No wonder I lost a pound.
emoticon3 - Sleep - 7 hours. Spark curfew - I wasn't on Spark much yesterday. I took a shower and went to bed when we got home.
emoticon4 - Freggies - 1 fruit, 4 veggies.


July 2012 accountability goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day. Per the book, "Younger Next Year," I am going to shoot for 6 days a week of exercise - 2 days of weight training (I'm taking a weight training class) and 4 days of aerobic exercise, mostly biking and swimming. I'm also taking a golf class in July.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to less than 1700 per day. Goal weight is 148 pounds by end of July.
3 - Sleep 6+ hours per night. Stop Sparking by 10pm. The number of hours that I sleep is directly related to how late I am Sparking/Facebooking.
4 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.

  
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SNOWANGELDIVA 7/17/2012 12:53PM

    Chicago skyline from the ferris wheel, and the bean...on your camera phone. You have skillz, Nan! Those were my fav photos, the angles you got the subject at were awesome and all were great!
I really, really, really gotta have a stop Sparking time...I'm just not ready yet.


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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/17/2012 9:22AM

    Thanks for sharing! It reminded me of our visits to Chicago. I've never been to Taste of Chicago. Maybe next year!

Wish I could lose a pound. Great job!

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JOYINKY 7/16/2012 9:46PM

    What a great day! Thanks for sharing; brought back lot of memories. I grew up in Chicago.

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JANETRIS 7/16/2012 7:57PM

    What a fun day! How great you met up with fellow sparkies too! emoticon

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PUDDLEBY 7/16/2012 6:22PM

    Sounds like a great day! Thanks for the photos. I really enjoyed looking at them.

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Day 177 Accountability

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Saturday -

Very busy day today with my SparkFriend and teammate Carla (CARLA0716), who is visiting from Canada. Carla went for a run early Saturday morning. Smart girl that she is, she took a pen and wrote down street names as she was running so that she could find her way back to my house!

When she got back from running, we went to Centennial Beach for a couple of hours of swimming and sunning. My boss and coworkers were also there. We all went to lunch at Hugo's Frog Bar to celebrate Carla's 40th and my boss's 50th birthdays. We were commenting on how 50 is the new 30 and 40 is the new 20. I'm telling you, those ladies are looking pretty good! After lunch, we walked around the Naperville fine art fair - gosh, some beautiful things there.

Later, our SparkFriend and teammate Tony (HEALTHDUDE) came over for dinner. Tony lives about 30 minutes away from me, but it took Carla coming from Canada for us to finally meet in person! We chatted til almost midnight - thus the late hour for my blog. We've got a busy day planned tomorrow, so heading to bed now.

emoticon1 - Exercise - 45-minutes swimming laps; lots of walking around.
emoticon2 - Calories - 2,291. We had carrot cake at birthday lunch and ice cream cake at birthday dinner.
emoticon3 - Sleep - 7 hours. Spark curfew - 12:30am.
emoticon4 - Freggies - 2 fruit, 6 veggies.


July 2012 accountability goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day. Per the book, "Younger Next Year," I am going to shoot for 6 days a week of exercise - 2 days of weight training (I'm taking a weight training class) and 4 days of aerobic exercise, mostly biking and swimming. I'm also taking a golf class in July.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to less than 1700 per day. Goal weight is 148 pounds by end of July.
3 - Sleep 6+ hours per night. Stop Sparking by 10pm. The number of hours that I sleep is directly related to how late I am Sparking/Facebooking.
4 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.

  
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JANETRIS 7/16/2012 8:02PM

    What a nice connection you have made with Carla and Tony! I'm sure you made many great memories. emoticon

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JOYINKY 7/15/2012 10:32AM

    What a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing.

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THINGETTINOUT 7/15/2012 6:56AM

    Another great day. Well done. Looking forward to the next Nancy Carla adventure.

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LJ32920 7/15/2012 1:42AM

  Dang! You are so organized! Good for you.

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Day 176 Accountability

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Friday -

Love my Fridays off for the summer! I started reading the women's version of "Younger Next Year" in bed this morning. It's very similar to the men's, only with women's stories and not as much tough guy talk. I highly recommend this book. It really helped me to see the importance of putting my health first. My Canadian SparkFriend Peter recommended the book, and am I glad that he did!

I started out with a 10-mile bike ride this morning; then swam laps for 1/4 mile. I came home from the beach and drove my car into the front yard and hand-washed it so that the yard got the benefit of the water run-off instead of the driveway getting it. Then I picked up my Canadian SparkFriend Carla from the airport. Her flight was delayed a couple of hours due to storms in Chicago. The rain was much needed, but not nearly enough to break this drought we are having. More hot weather (perhaps in 3-figures again) and scattered showers for the next few days. Carla says she likes it hot. Well, she's gonna get hot!

emoticon1 - Exercise - 45-minute bike ride, 25 minute swim.
emoticon2 - Calories - 1,744.
emoticon3 - Sleep - 5.5 hours. Spark curfew - 10pm.
emoticon4 - Freggies - 1 fruit, 5 veggies.


July 2012 accountability goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day. Per the book, "Younger Next Year," I am going to shoot for 6 days a week of exercise - 2 days of weight training (I'm taking a weight training class) and 4 days of aerobic exercise, mostly biking and swimming. I'm also taking a golf class in July.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to less than 1700 per day. Goal weight is 148 pounds by end of July.
3 - Sleep 6+ hours per night. Stop Sparking by 10pm. The number of hours that I sleep is directly related to how late I am Sparking/Facebooking.
4 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.

  
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THINGETTINOUT 7/14/2012 5:53AM

    Glad you got the book Nancy. You have to let me know the differences between the two. Say Hi to Carla for me. Yep she will appreciate the heat but 3 figures is a bit much lol.

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