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Saturday, June 14, 2008


We got up and went for haircuts, then to the Farmer's Market (lots of lovely fresh veggies!!), and then the library.

After we got home, we cooked wonderful foods including Honey Flaxseed Waffles with Whole Wheat and Applesauce (see the recipe on my page!)... I made a double batch and froze 18 of them.

Tomorrow we plan to have brunch with the kids to include pancakes, sausage, eggs, etc.

Leslie Sansone's 5 mile advanced workout arrived from Netflix, now I want to get a copy.

I feel energized and less stressed.

  
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ANNIEONLI 6/15/2008 7:24PM

    I just read BOTH blogs for today! First of all - BRAVA!! BRAVA!! BRAVA!!! Wonderful blog and progress and haircut and pictures and YOU!!!!!!

Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful!!!!

(If anyone reads this blog - go read her previous blog too! It's GREAT!)

I'm so proud of you!!! Loose size 12's - you go girl!!

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Looking back...

Saturday, June 14, 2008

I welcomed a new person to one of my Spark Teams and she asked how I'd achieved my weight loss... it was neat and gave me a chance to reflect back... I thought it would make a good blog post (slightly edited).

I have been at this since January 1st. For the first time in my life, I made a New Year's Resolution after sort of what I call a "perfect storm" of stuff came together in my life. It really wasn't any one thing, it was just a culmination of little changes that had already been happening and that I had been making. My ultimate goal was to be in a size 12 by the end of the year.... right now size 12 is getting loose on me!

I started with small, measurable goals for set time periods. (I was reminded here of patient care plans in nursing school...) Same thing, but my self care plan was pretty modest to start... it was to exercise once a week, eat at least 2 fruits and veggies everyday, and allow myself one sweet thing per day. That was for the first 4 weeks.

Getting my couch potato butt up to exercise was tough at first... but it slowly became easier and I was doing more.

The next 4 weeks I bumped my goals up a bit to something like exercise 2x per week, 3 fruits & veggies per day, no more than one sweet per day.

Now I am exercising everyday and usually eating 6-10 fruits and veggies per day. (Salads are a great way to pack in a bunch of veggies (& fruits & protein)! And don't be afraid to throw "non-traditional" stuff on your salads! Experimentation keeps salads from getting boring!)

Also, track your food & exercise.... for me that has been a huge key. It's sort of like a financial balance sheet, calories in vs. calories out.

My weight loss has been very steady over 5 1/2 months, averaging 1.6 pounds per week. However, your mileage may vary.

I do lots of different exercises since I get bored pretty easily, however my go-to exercise is walking... either outside, on the treadmill, or Leslie Sansone videos. It keeps it changed up and allows me to follow my mood. I also do free weights (balls & dumbbells) and resistance bands and have seen some great sculpting with them... I have a couple of videos for weight work. Recently I have even pulled a couple of OLD Kathy Smith videos out and dusted them off to use too... they are so late 80's/early 90's, but I still like them.

A year ago I never thought that I'd be where I am today, I was a determined couch potato who preferred knitting. I will be running a 5K next week and couldn't be more excited! I will wear my first 5K t-shirt with a great deal of pride! (5 kilometers is about 3.1 miles, which is what I did for cardio last night!)

You can do it!! With a busy schedule, just start with a ten minute walk when you can get away a couple of times per week. It will get you started until you have the shift of craving exercise! If you have a sandwich for lunch, take and apple and carrot sticks to eat with it instead of chips. The little changes are bigger than we could ever imagine and add up quickly!

Upon reflection, though the weight loss has been steady, the small changes have really let to large ones. It's so much easier to move a mountain a pebble at a time. (I think I just made that up.)

  


Milestones...

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I'm finding that I like to have lots of milestones. It keeps my motivation up even when thing are going to hell in a handbasket around me.

My weigh in today was a real upper. I am down to 164.8, a loss of 38.8 lbs, which is 19.5% of my starting weight of 204.6. I am only 2/10 from an even 40# and my BMI is now 25.7!! I am so pumped. I have also completed 62 consecutive days of exercise!

Motivation has been elusive this week, but I've some how pulled it out and kept going... making salads, exercising, etc. I have held onto the focus of moving and eating right as things around me have gotten kind of unsteady.

A 16 year old daughter and a bad $$ picture have made me want to just close in on myself in depression, but I keep on keeping on. I actually feel better DOING something, so we are cleaning up the yard and I am learning to make granola bars, I am also working on finding healthier sweet snack recipes to try.

Really, everything ties in with the weight loss. I finally decided to get off my (formerly) lazy rear end and get healthy. Now I want my home to be cleaner, nicer, "healthier", too... I want our $$ situation to be healthier... I want the relationships with the kids to be healthier... so I am working towards those ends.

It's interesting how our lives are a microcosm of the world, nothing is discrete, it is all interconnected.

The 7th UU Principle:
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

  
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BATHMOM 6/12/2008 3:47PM

    This is so good, Oakborn! I noticed while watching various home organization shows last year, that the professional organizer was almost always a thin person and the packrat was carrying extra weight. Of course, these are TV personalities, but I have wondered if there isn't a connection. And then this year I've seen two books come out with the same principle: one called "Body Clutter" and another called "Does this Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?" lol! I've been working on the garage. It's so full that we can't park a car in there. As I'm losing my "baby fat," I'm also getting rid of baby bottles, bags, bibs, Boppys, Bumbos, bbbbbbbbbb...

Anyway, congratulations on your progress, especially through the stress. You are inspiring!

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ANNIEONLI 6/12/2008 1:16PM

    Great post Oak - $$ issues are going around, I have a headache right now and a sick feeling just thinking about it.

But I digress, why dwell on that crap - it's going to be here till we die. Death & taxes! LOL

Great milestones! Be proud and happy about that...you really did make a lifestyle change and it's showing. Keep it up!! You rock!!!
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Runner

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Runner
by Mannfred Mann

Through the night...through the dawn,
Behind you another runner is born.
Don't look back, you've been there.
See the mist as your breath hits the air.
And it's underneath the moonlight, passing some;
Still your heart beats in the moonlight like a drum.

Through the night...through the dawn,
Behind you another runner is born.
Don't look back, you've been there.
Feel the mist as your breath hits the air.
And it's underneath the moonlight, passing some;
Still your heart beats in the moonlight like a drum.

And you will run your time, a shooting star across the sky.
And you will surely cross the line, to pass on the flame.

Sun come up...sun go down.
Hear the beat, see the sweat on the ground.
Watch your step, keep your cool,
Though you can't see what's in front of you.
And it's underneath the moonlight, passing some;
Still your heart beats in the moonlight like a drum.

And you will run your time, a shooting star across the sky.
And you will surely cross the line, to pass on the flame, pass on the flame.

Through the night...through the dawn,
Behind you another runner is born.
Don't look back, you've been there.
Feel the mist as your breath hits the air.
And it's underneath the moonlight, passing some;
Still your heart beats in the moonlight like a drum.

And you will run your time, a shooting star across the sky.
And you will surely cross the line.

And it's underneath the moonlight, passing some;
Still your heart beats in the moonlight like a drum.

And you will run your time, a shooting star across the sky.
And you will surely cross the line.

  


The Power & Magic of Music

Sunday, June 08, 2008

I've read here on SP and other places that music can really boost your workout. I used a Podfitness track yesterday and my own music mix today and I could tell the difference it made... it was HUGE.

The song that really sparked me to run and just keep going today (yes I ran, even though I'd not planned to) was Runner by Manfred Mann's Earth Band. It's not the fastest-paced song, but it's so steady and the lyrics are about a runner and what it feels like to run and run and keep running, it was most excellent.

I have found that it's not just the beat of the song, it's the music itself, it's the lyrics, it's something magical that just spurs me on to greater heights of accomplishment. TV is fine to watch while on treadmill but it's not as absorbing as music.

The playlist that I created yesterday is made of a slower song, then a faster, and ends with a slower one. It spurred me to run 1.8 miles @ 5 mph... for a total of 4.5 miles in 66 minutes walk/jog combo. It was excellent.

Hubby calls me the Queen of Jarring Segues, but I know what I like and it works for me!

Here's my playlist for the first mix i have created:
1. Africa-Toto (warm up)
2. Aireshire Lament-Dan Fogelberg (warm up)
3. Amish Paradise-Weird Al Yankovic (speed up a little)
4. Crosstalk-QFeel (running)
5. Army Dreamers-Kate Bush (walking)
6. The Ballroom Blitz-Sweet (running)
7. Between a Man & a Woman-Kate Bush (walking)
8. Cool for Cats-Squeeze (running)
9. Crazy-Seal (walking)
10. Dola Dola-Bride & Prejudice Soundtrack (running)
11. Galileo-Indigo Girls (walking)
12. Relax-Frankie Goes to Hollywood (running)
13. Room for the Life-Kate Bush (walking)
14. Runner-Manfred Mann's Earth Band (running)
15. The Sad Cafe-Eagles (walking)
16. Shock the Monkey-Peter Gabriel (running)
17. Should I Laugh or Cry-ABBA (walking)

Kind of a weird mix. No single style, time period, artist, etc. It's fun. I can't wait to make more of them!!

What is amazing to me is how much I am LOVING the jogging. I always used to avoid running at all costs... I associated it with cramps in my side and spitting and cotton mouth. I don't think I could ever be a sprinter, though... I am more of a steady tortoise. I have gotten to the point of tearing up when I start to talk about how much I love to run!! It just feels so amazing to just get up and go!

Today has been a great day!
--went to church and set up the chancel
--worked in the yard for 45 minutes
--picked mulberries from a tree in the side yard
--made pancakes and froze a bunch of 'em for breakfasts later in the week
--66 mins on treadmill with some weight work
--spent time playing games with the kids
--had homemade fajitas for dinner

Yay!
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