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Good exercise day today!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

I got up early and ran 2 miles/walked 1.77 miles. It was great. I plan to get up early in the morning to do more. This evening hubby and I walked briskly to a local fruit stand 1.71 miles. Burned 519 calories and enjoyed every minute of it. It was a part of my day rather than a hindrance.

Going around our neighborhood, of which I have written before, especially the street behind us where those of lower socieoeconomic status live... I made some really sad observations. The trash all around was awful... and so much of it fast food. This kind of connects with what I have seen in WIC clinic... people who don't have a clue what constitutes healthy food or how to prepare it. How do you teach people? What if they don't want to learn?


I also wanted to share a tasty treat I had for 2nd breakfast after getting out and running... I had waffles with orange segments and a drizzle of chocolate syrup (only 10 grams) and it was great! The orange and chocolate combo reminded me of a candy I had in Europe, they were dark chocolate filled with sharp orange liquid... so good.

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ASMPD2 8/23/2008 9:57PM

    Glad to hear you had a good workout day after your day off (which, by the way, sounds like it was much appreciated per your last post!).

Your waffle treat sounds wonderful, and I'm inspired to try it sometime (if and when I make myself a waffle, that is!). ;-)

Your comments on people's nutrition awareness hit a chord with me. There were a lot of things I hadn't known or took the time to consider throughout my life, even growing up with a well-informed, well-educated family and environment. Every time I learn something new, I see the world around me with new eyes, and I have to stop myself from saying, "why doesn't everyone know this? It's so obvious!", and then I realize I was one of those ignorant souls not so long ago. How do you teach people? I don't know...

What if they don't want to learn? Maybe you're right in some cases. Often it's easier to live in a world of convenience. I believe that making good choices about fitness, nutrition, the environment, etc., are often the less convenient, more difficult choices.

Just a few thoughts your post brought to mind. Take care--


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SHAREBEAR74 8/23/2008 9:30PM

    I'm proud of your accomplishments! I hope to get back to running in the near future; it's been too many years for me. You are an inspiration, girl! emoticon

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133 days straight... streak ends... needed a night off...

Friday, August 22, 2008

This has been a hard week for keeping up the exercise... just feeling a bit of burnout I guess. I've also been pretty tired all week. I have gone 133 days straight... I've proven a lot to myself.

133 days has meant to me:
--I can stay committed to regular exercise
--I like regular exercise
--I have changed my lifestyle

Today hubby and I had lunch together at Subway... I ate good, but more than I usually do. Tonight was a family night, we watched Pirates of the Caribbean 3 after having spaghetti dinner at the table.

It was just a busy week overall with the kids going back to school and having lots to do at work... and being a little burnt out. You would think being so freaking close to my goal would make me even more motivated... but I think I relaxed a little in my mind.

Tomorrow I plan to mow the grass with the manual push mower and wash the car by hand... if I get a chance that is. I also want to go for a nice run before it gets too hot. I am at peace with the night off, but it's a huge change for me.

Starting tomorrow, I will get up early to exercise. I am sick and tired of still having to exercise in the evening after I'm tired from work. I'm also tired of building my salads every morning. I think I need to switch it up... salads in the evening and exercise in the morning.

It's hard feeling time-pressed every morning to get my lunch salads made and dragging out my exercise every evening.

This evening I actually wanted to walk 3-5 miles with hubby but we had our family dinner and movie... and it was too hot to walk then...we got the movie started about 6 pm... and it was 3 hours long and it just kept going and going and going and going... and then it was too dark to go for a walk once it was over.

Tomorrow I start a 180 day goal. I made it 4.43 months on this one.

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SHAREBEAR74 8/22/2008 10:39PM

    What you've accomplished is amazing; 133 days, wow! Sounds like switching your exercise time around is a good idea.
Take care,

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Quirky but True... The Blessings...by Dar Williams

Thursday, August 21, 2008

If youíre gonna get your heart broke, you better do it just right,
Itís gotta be raining, and you gotta move your stuff that night,
And the only friend you can reach isnít a good friend at all,
And you know when he says ínow who dumped who? í that you never should have made that call.

I had the blessings, thereís nobody there, thereís nobody home,
Yeah the blessings, at the moment I was most alone
And aimless as a full time fool, the joke was on me,
I got all those birds flying off of that tree, and thatís a blessing.

And the blessings were like poets that we never find time to know,
But when time stopped I found the place where the poets go.
And they said, íhere have some coffee, itís straight, black and very old,í
And they gave me sticks and rocks and stars and all that I could hold,

I had the blessings, a moment of peace even when the night ends,
Yeah the blessings, can we meet? can we meet again,
At the crossroads of disaster and the imperfect smile,
With the angel in the streetlamp that blinks on as I walk on a mile, the blessings.

And the best ones were the ones I got to keep as I grew strong,
And the days that opened up until my whole life could belong,
And now Iím getting the answers, when I donít need them anymore,
Iím finding the pictures, and I finally know what I kept them for,
I remember, I can see them, see them smiling, see them stuck,
See them try, I wish them luck and all the blessings.

I was fast asleep at three in the morning when I got the payphone call,
And she said, ídid I wake you up,í I said, íhey, no, not at all.í
And she said, íi got this suitcase and I donít know what to pack,í
And I said, íyou can take anything you want, just wait and see,
Itís not a release, not a reward, itís the blessings,
Its the gift of what you notice more,í
And I walked out and I watched her kick the big pile of the night,
And we sat down and we waited for that strange and empty light.
Yeah the blessings...

See them smiling, see them stuck,
See them try, I wish them luck and all the blessings.


Whining... it's a tough week for motivation and time...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

This is the most awake I have felt all week. I haven't exercised nearly as much as I would have liked and I have been just exhausted. Part of it has been staying up to watch the Olympics (bad choice) and part of it is simply not having enough time to spend with Hubby since his return from a business trip (he got back at MIDNIGHT on Sunday night after having been gone for 5 days).

I have seriously lacked motivation to exercise. I've only logged about 1000 extra calories burned and I shoot for about 500 per day. So my burn rate is about half of what it normally has been. Just makes me kinda grumpy. I ate while working, so now I think I'm gonna go for a mile run just to get my blood pumping.


I feel lots better! I got out and did run/walk intervals and got in 1.2 miles run out of 2.28 miles total distance. I am not so antsy or whiny-feeling now. 230 calories burned helps towards my goal. I'll do 30 Day Shred tonight for about the same number of calories and feel even better.

I just wish tonight wasn't my late night when I don't get home until 6:30. Today is the kids first day of school and I want to be there to hear all about it when they get home, but of course I won't be... not even fairly soon... more like 3.5 hours later. I don't care that they are 13 & 16, I just love to hear about their days.

Miss M transferred from Hickman to Rock Bridge High School this year and I think it is a good decision for a long list of reasons. Mr A had a rough year last year in 6th grade but ended the year up much happier. So I'm anxious to see how his first day of the new year went.

Today at work I'm playing a nutritionist on television... our dietitian is out today. I really don't like doing this, mainly because I don't feel qualified to do it. I am still seriously planning on getting my Master's in dietetics and becoming a Registered Dietitian. Hubby and I are making some plans to use that to start up our own business in the future. (watch this space)

I still feel whiny. Now I just wanna take a nap...

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UNEEKNITTER 8/22/2008 12:59AM

    See you did it...and it worked. Good job!!

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MZTRACY 8/21/2008 4:27PM


...for going for a run when you weren't feeling very motivated!

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SHAREBEAR74 8/21/2008 3:50PM

    I love the honesty of your blogs! My teens(15 & 16), went back to school yesterday. So far they're enjoying it, but I know the bloom will be off the rose soon.
Glad your hubby's home, and that you've been burning calories. You look fabulous in your pictures.
Talk to you later,
Sharon emoticon

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Today's weigh-in...

Monday, August 18, 2008

I feel really blessed since I have barely plateaued in the entire course of my weight loss. It's almost like my body has been waiting for me to get a clue and just DO IT. Come to think of it, my mother was NEVER overweight... she was 5-2 and told me her highest weight was 136... sometime before I can remember, prolly before I was born. I just remember her as being small and thin. She was beautiful too. I miss her so.

I just wonder if I may have the same metabolism she does... and wasn't eating to fit it. I know she'd be proud of me. She always worried about my weight creeping up.

So today I weighed in at 151.8! My BMI is now 23.77 and I have lost 52.8 lbs, which is 25.8% of my starting weight. I'm only 1.8 lbs from my goal of 150 and I am sooooo excited.

I am starting to get it into my head that maintenance is going to be a fun new challenge... for the rest of my life.

Some of the things that have helped me achieve this goal:
1. destination, determination, and deliberation... yes, these are the 3 D's of apparition from Harry Potter, but they really do apply if you think about it!
2. salads & focusing on the fruits and veggies first.
3. those small, manageable & measurable goals
4. a strange wellspring of inner discipline that came from somewhere honestly unknown to me before
5. I WANTED to change.
6. Support of my husband, even though at times he's thought I'm semi-out of my mind
7. SparkPeople and my friends here.

That's all I can think of right now.

Other coolness: my boss is a great bargain hunter of the garage sale variety and so I asked her if she could find some jeans for me cheap in her travels. So this morning she presented me with 2 nice pair of jeans and 1 pair of tres cute capris and 1 pair of clamdiggers... and I only owe her $2. They all fit perfectly! I am soooo jazzed!

I have found that I wear a size 10 if they are older and a size 8 if they are newer. Vanity sizing is ALL that is! So very silly. So for someone who started out in an 18, getting down to a 10 is fabulous. I will take it and say "thank you"! My original goal was to get down to a size 12 (the smallest size I remember wearing in high school), which is prolly a size 10 from a few years ago and an 8 today. Every smaller number that I was able to fit into made me happy... and now that I'm down to where I plan to stay, that is fine.

People are calling me "skinny" now and that's fine with me. I know I'm not too thin. I feel comfortable in my own skin again. I just wish there was something I could do about the stretch marks, but my mother had them and so do I... c'est la vie. So I just won't wear any bikinis. I'll just be fabulous in a one-piece!

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PANDORASBOX820 8/22/2008 1:50PM

    hi oak!!! i am in awe!!

i LOVE #4. it is inspiring to think that we CAN change our behavior, our thinking, and our habits. you are THE model of uncompromising, diligent self-discipline. and look at the results!

i'm POSITIVE your mom is beaming with pride as she watches over you :) have a fabulous weekend in your new pants!!! haha!

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SHAREBEAR74 8/19/2008 1:37AM

    Yea, I'm thrilled for you! Oh, and speaking of stretch marks, my 15-year-old daughter(5'7", 120 lbs, size 3), came into the bthrm tonight when I was getting ready for work and said, "Mom, I need to show you something on my butt". The poor girl gained 10 lbs this summer and now has stretch marks on her thighs/butt. Ah, the joys of womanhood!
Talk to you later,

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UNEEKNITTER 8/18/2008 10:38PM

    Congrats on a fabulously successful day!! BTW...my mother is 5-2 and so am I. She too worries about all the weight of have gained. I bet she too never went over 136 lbs. her life either. Funny how so many different people have similar stories.

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ASMPD2 8/18/2008 7:49PM

    I enjoy reading your blogs, especially when you share some of your "new" thoughts about yourself and your life now that you're so close to achieving your goal. That's really the point in my mind, who you are and how you feel on the INSIDE. How you look is just icing on the cake.

I was always "average" sized when I was younger, and didn't worry much about my looks. But then after marriage and work life, the pounds crept on. The interesting thing is that I've always been flabby and out of shape, I just didn't look like I was to the rest of the world until I gained the weight. I always knew, though. And now, thanks to my appearance--and my self image--I'm finally focusing on getting into shape, with or without the extra pounds. Yey!

Just telling you that to let you know how much I appreciate your inspirational insights.

Take care--


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CECEWRITER 8/18/2008 5:50PM

  Wait a minute...let me get this straight-you are 1.8 lbs from your goa; wt, you have lost 52.8 lbs, you have a normal bmi, people now call you "skinny" AND you got some awesome bargain jeans?!!

You are blessed- smile.

I loved reading your wonderful message of success!

Onward to that fabulous one piece! (Good time to bargain shop pon those, too!)


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