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Back after a really big week

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Didn't get much Sparking or official exercising done last week, and ate on the run most days, but it was a really good week.

We were in dress rehearsal for our concert every evening, then the concert was on Thursday evening. We sang something by Johann Michael Haydn (not Franz Joseph), and a Shostakovich thing. The Haydn I could have lived without--never did really warm up to it--but the Shostakovich was a kick. It was about the execution of Stenka Razin, who really was executed for killing a "tsar or two" as he says in the song, and started a revolution. I ask you, how often do you get a chance to stand on stage in a large concert hall, scream at the top of your lungs, and then get applauded for it? Lots of fun.

In the meantime, our candidate for our next minister was here all week, and when I wasn't doing music, I was at events designed to let all of us talk to her. She is going to be an incredible addition to the church. We operate by "congregational polity", which means that the congregation calls, and votes on getting, the new minister. The denomination helps in the process, but has no say in who we hire for the position. We had to have a formal vote, but it was a done deal as soon as we all met her. 152 people voted, 151 voted for her to come, and one person abstained from voting. I have never known my church to agree on ANYTHING unanimously. That tells you right there how impressive this woman is. She has a lot of ideas, and we are ready for a change.

In the meantime, the only exercise I got last week was walking up and down the seven flights of stairs at work a couple times (and OMG were my calves stiff. Could barely get up the steps to the stage after the second "step marathon". Of course, singing at that level, standing up most of the time for two hours, is exercise in and of itself. Today I did get back to formal exercise. Went to the gym and did the treadmill for an hour. I have lost some of that in the last week or so, not being able to get out and do my running thing, but kept it at 3mph the whole time, with 15 min. at 5% incline, and the last 15 minutes at a 10% incline. I should be able to get some exercise in every evening this week.

In the meantime, my plan of action for our 12 week "slim down challenge" at work is:
1. continue to eat at least four vegies a day and a fruit or two.
2. get at least 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 days each week.
3. continue to avoid restaurants-no more than two times a week.
4. continue to walk the stairs at work, all seven flights, whenever I am there and time allows. And stretch before and after each of these "walks"!! Don't know which muscles I use on steps but not walking/running, but they definitely want to be coddled!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/30/2012 7:41PM

    Screaming at the top of your lungs, especially about an execution sounds like SO much fun! I'd count that as fitness minutes;)
Congrats on getting a new minister everyone is in agreement about!
Your plans sound very excellent. I've added stretching to my monthly goals too, so important!
All the best to you:)

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NORASPAT 4/29/2012 9:58PM

    I must congratulate you and i also must finish reading tomorrow. I am happy it was so successful will write more tomorrow. HUGS Pat in Maine, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FIREFLY_MEDIC 4/29/2012 9:06PM

    welcome back like the goals

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So how do I track THIS?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Knew I wasn't going to get to the gym today (meeting someone for dinner at 5:00, then dress rehearsal until 9:30). We just started a new challenge at work, all of us divided into Teams, with the winning Team to be whichever one has lost the most weight 12 weeks from now. One of the other Team members blogged that she was going to walk up and down the seven flights of stairs in the main hospital every day she is here. I decided that sounded like a good idea, so I did it. I'll tell you, that is an experience that is just special. ;P Went to track it, and ended up putting in a stairmaster for 10 minutes, because walking up and down stairs is not listed as an option on the fitness tracker.

Don't know how I am going to track dinner tonight, either. We are going to a local Thai place. There will be lots of vegies, and I always get shrimp of chicken for a meat (although there isn't a lot of either), and will have a small amount of rice with it, but don't know how to approach tracking the sauce that will be on it. On the other hand, I have about 800 calories left just to get into my range for the day, so that should be OK.

Concert on Thursday this week, and the new minister for our church is here, so when I am not spending the evening singing, I am spending doing church-lady stuff. Walking the stairs is probably going to be the most I can do until at least Saturday. Things get a lot calmer next week, with all the Big Events out of the way for awhile.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/24/2012 7:13PM

    Climbing flights of stairs is no joke. Between that and tracking, I bet you'll get results. I'm never really certain how to track restaurant foods either, but like you, I tend to break down all the parts and try to get close. Have a great time with your church lady stuff!

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NORASPAT 4/24/2012 5:33PM

    When you walk the stairs you should time yourself because time is what counts in the cardio tracker. Go to the mini stepper or the stair machine and put in those minutes under how long.

For different eating outs I use the groupings in there Just look for a thai meal that sounds like it and use that one. I read that somewhere on Spark. I find if I do not put in a meal then I do not get a report so that is what I do.
Thanks for the comments on my blog I appreciate them a lot emoticon emoticon

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My Skinny Pants

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How ironic. There is an article here today about why we should get rid of our skinny pants. A week or so ago, I pulled out some clothes that didn't fit last summer, and have been wearing some of them. Today, I put on a pair of slacks that were WAY too tight last summer, to the point of being painful to wear. I have been pulling them up, hitching them up, pulling down my shirt, and generally uncomfortable all day--they are so loose they are threatening to fall off. Guess it's time for these "skinny pants" to go in the Goodwill sack, huh?

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/17/2012 11:24PM


I love when we can "pants" ourselves! It's a much better marker of progress than a scale, in my book. Great job!

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NORASPAT 4/17/2012 8:25PM

    I read the article and for me it was not my issue. I NEVER had skinny jeans, I was NEVER skinny, why assume everyone was skinny and allowed themselves to become obese. I digress sorry.
DH went away for a week, that was rare he had to go to a training meeting in Atlanta. I went out and bought myself a pair of woollen pants. Lined and for me they were expensive. I got a great deal just because I had altered a bunch of clothes for the owner and she sold them to me at cost.
Weeks later I decided to wash them and hang to dry. BOTTOM line they shrank.
I kept them for years and would keep on trying them on. I never could part with them. Just before Spark 2010 Christmas I squeezed in to them to go to the neighbours Christmas eve, That New year I went looking for a book and I found THE SPARK. A year ago I was able to zip them up. I would never have worn them outside they were really wide legs. That was my first non-scale victory. HUGS Pat in Maine. Thanks , OAK. stay with it.
I have not really grasped the ability to run again yet. I try then I become afraid so I stop. I will overcome I am sure.
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Recognition from a stranger

Monday, April 16, 2012

Took a lot of talking to get myself up and out for my run/walk today. Then I found that my back and hips were unhappy with me (a lot of lifting on Saturday), and I could not run as far as I have been at a stretch. I decided to do what I could, and ran for five short stretches on the way out.

As I was jogging along near the far end of my route, a man was out messing with a BBQ grill. We waved at each other, and he said, "Good going with the exercise." I stopped for a minute, and he repeated that he thought it was great that I was out running.

How nice to have affirmation from a complete stranger, to have some miscellaneous someone recognize that I am doing something good for myself. He made my whole day, and made me really glad I got off this couch and went to do my exercise.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/17/2012 11:22PM

    That's so gratifying! and well deserved.
Someone once told their dog to quit barking at the runner and I got so excited because he was calling me a runner!

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NORASPAT 4/17/2012 8:12PM

    It's great when instead of positive thinking you are rewarded with positive reinforcement from a stranger.
When it happens, the joy of it happening makes it so worthwhile -maybe for a while but as you get more of those comments and I am sure you will, it really helps boost the commitment.
HUGS I am glad you went for that walk.
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OAKBORN 4/17/2012 12:56PM

    Keep on keeping on! I really can't wait to see how you are doing! I am so very very pround of you... and I know how tough it is. But just remember, even your friend in maintenance struggle with the I don' wannas every day...

Hang in there baby! Your health is only getting better every time you move it and make good food choices!

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Attitude adjustment

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I was discouraged and disappointed this morning to climb on the scale and find that it read a little higher this week than last week. I have been so proud of myself this last couple of weeks, and it was frustrating to not find that effort reflected by the number on the scale.

Gave myself a talking to, and said, "Self, you know you are seeing a lot of non-scale victories. You know this is only a number, and doesn't really mean all that much. You know what you have accomplished this last week, whether the scale says it or not. Besides, you are committed to doing this. Even if you stay at just over 200 pounds for the rest of your life, you can still be reasonably healthy if you eat right and get the exercise you need. You know you feel better than you did before starting this. Now get out there and do it again today."

It worked. I have eaten well, getting lots of vegies and fruits in, didn't spend extra money on extra food I didn't need, in spite of several temptations, and did the elliptical for a whole 30 minutes in one session. My previous best on it was only 15 minutes, but I was determined to do it today, and kept at it even when my legs were aching.

Go, me!!

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OAKBORN 4/17/2012 12:58PM

    Hang in there! And remember that what the scale shows may be apparent in other ways... do your clothes fit better? and you said you already feel better!

Keep it up!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/16/2012 10:33AM

    Go you! Great blog! Great work!

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NORASPAT 4/15/2012 9:44PM

    YES, YES, YES the power of POSITIVE thinking makes all the difference.
Great job talking to yourself-WELL DONE.
I am so proud of you OAK, you can do it. Don't sweat the small stuff, keep it all in perspective, it is going to take time but you can do it. Make yourself the PRIORITY HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURELEI 4/15/2012 9:14PM

    Good for you for taking on that eliptical! It can be really hard when the darn scale doesn't move. But you have a great attitude and it is wonderful that you remind yourself of all the good you are doing for yourself. You are being good to yourself by doing what you can to be healthy! CONGRATULATIONS!

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