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Less family time, more ME time.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The election kept me up last night and I'm definitely feeling it today. I need to really work on my sleep and getting it consistent.

I definitely need to spend some more me time. I'm losing sight of myself recently running around for my family. They are driving me crazy quite honestly. Don't get me wrong, I love the both of them...but they are self-absorbed little buggers!!! Living with males after growing up with females is quite different at times. I might be whining a bit here, and I will take it up a positive notch when I get more sleep. :)

It doesn't help that Cameron got himself grounded this weekend from friends, phone with friends, and xbox. Grounding him is like punishing myself. It takes a lot more work. LOL We went to the mall saturday, best buy sunday, Monday we made body scrub, tuesday we went out to dinner for randy's birthday and TODAY we made brownies. Its a lot of good quality time so I guess I shouldn't complain.

I had a Mary Kay function I was suppose to go to tonight - in fact I was dressed up in a beautiful dress ready for pictures when Cameron texted me at work to see when I was going to be home because Randy went hunting (yes every day of his life, but don't get me started on that tangent...). I feel too exhausted at this point to even be mad that I missed it.

Things I was proud of today:
Getting enough protein in! Its been hard for me recently to go above the minimum.
Not blowing a gasket at work.
Maintaining a positive 'tude at work.
Refraining from snacking on candy at work.
Getting in exercise in the morning (despite my body protesting).

Things I am thankful for today:
My cat. (LOL, he's pretty consistent in my thankful column isn't he?) He's let me do my own thing today without being too demanding unlike my other family members ahem.
-Time with Cameron despite how exhausting the little bugger is.
-The election is over. Whoever you voted for - Let's move on and move forward people!!!! Let's spend time investing the same amount of energy that went into the election on improving our country!

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PEPPYPATTI 11/8/2012 5:44PM

    My heart goes out to you. I can relate to what you are going through. Just find even 10 minutes & declare that your me time. You will feel much better!

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JUNEAU2010 11/7/2012 8:56PM

    Right there with you on all counts! Juneau is my Maine Coon and she's, unlike me, athletic, so she's my SP name...

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MKINZNER 11/7/2012 8:42PM

    I find that when I do not get enough sleep, I litteraly eat through my day. I eat ridiculous amounts of food. I think it is because I am dragging and am looking for a way to get some energy.

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Bad habits trying to sneak up on me

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Work is definitely something that gets in the way of my healthy lifestyle. Its a high stress environment that causes me to emotionally eat. I've been managing very well since I began. But I've realized, over the last two weeks, I've been sneaking candy every day. I chalk it off to "no big deal, its just one sucker." Looks like I'm the sucker, because that's at least 14 suckers! Yeesh. Any ways, I need a plan to combat this because the atmosphere at work doesn't seem like its going to break any time soon. GUM. I was keeping gum prior to these two weeks and I ran out.

Also, I didn't get to work out today. I got about ten minutes in (despite my fitbit saying 83 minutes - Yes I know its my overall activity but I don't count it as fitness!). I also fell WAY below the recommended daily amount of steps. I reached about 5300 when I've been going over 10,000 a day. That's half the recommended! I'm so disappointed. I voted (which took forever) and then I went to work. Stayed late, got home, and went out to dinner for Randy's birthday. By the time I got home I was pooped. But I got on the treadmill for a few minutes any ways.

As for dinner, I had filet mignon and fried rice. We were at a Hibachi grill. However, I asked the man to use WAY less butter than they normally do, I ate about a fourth of the porportion that was on my plate of meat, and only about a fourth of a cup of rice. So while it wasn't the HEALTHIEST of choices, I did use portion control.

Todays things to be proud of:
Exercising control over the amount of food I put into my body.
Getting ten minutes of fitness in despite just wanting to go to bed.

Things I am thankful for:
-The right to vote.
-Whiskers reminding me that I need to take time for the important things in life - Snuggling him! lol
-My fitbit, for making me painfully aware of my inactivity today so I can do better tomorrow.

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LRSILVER 11/7/2012 4:35AM

    You are doing great. Some days are easier than others. Keep on going. You will succeed.

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PEPPYPATTI 11/6/2012 11:38PM

    You are doing great!! One sucker a day is not going to kill you-lol! Way to go on getting your exercise in. You did better than me today!
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GIRLYQUE 11/6/2012 11:04PM

    I work in a high stress environment, too... And often find myself working later than expected. I found that if I have a preplanned snack (piece of fruit, granola bar) that helps with the stress eating as well as the 5:00 hunger when I can't leave until 7... then I just have a very small dinner portion (like half of normal) to keep me in my calorie range.

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A brief spot of sunshine in the nonstop clouds of parenting a teen!

Monday, November 05, 2012

So as some of you already know, I am raising a 13yr old boy with my fiance. I met him when he was 8 and ever since then he has been mine (and Randy's). There has been bumps along the way but we've been a strong family.

Since he was 8, if we have gone out or gone somewhere, he use to insist on sitting with his dad. At first, it was because he was more comfortable with his Dad, and that I was understanding of. Then after a few years in, he would sit with both of us. When he insisted on sitting with his dad, it was more of a way to hurt me/jab me. Or at least that's what I felt. I tried to not let it bother me because I understand that having parents that aren't together are hard.

Still to this day, if we drive in separate cars, he will opt to ride with his dad. I'm not going to deny that this doesn't hurt my feelings at this point of the game.

Imagine my suprise and delight when Randy, Cam and I were talking last night, Cam told me that he doesn't insist on sitting with me places or bug me to hang out with him like he does with his dad because he feels that we spend a lot of time together and I actually hang out with him a lot!!!!

That was the best feeling in the world. I'm doing something right! As most of you parents know, parenting is a frightening thing. Step-parenting takes that to a whole new level, especially when I don't have any biological kids of my own. I am still reeling from the realization that I actually fill a void in his life and that's why he doesn't have to insist on spending time with me. *beams from ear to ear*

I love this little family of mine.

Things I'm proud of:
Being the best parent I can to Cameron.
155 fitness minutes today!!!

Things I'm thankful for:
Cameron. He's made me a better person and makes me strive to be an even better person than I was a few moments ago.
My brief moment of parenting satisfaction...because its hard to come by when you are parenting a teenager!
Those who are close to me and support/love me for who I am.

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1LIFE4ME 11/6/2012 8:53PM

    That was a super sweet thing for Cameron to say especially for him being 13. You are obviously doing something right! emoticon

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LRSILVER 11/5/2012 9:16PM

    That is great. Teenagers are really tough. You are obviously doing a wonderful job parenting.

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PEPPYPATTI 11/5/2012 8:18PM

    I have raised about 11 step children & I know exactly how you feel. I have just reunited with my one step son Johnny after 20 years as he moved here to TN & he still considers me his MOM. They kind of grow on you-lol!

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HDHAWK 11/5/2012 8:06PM

    That's great! Teens are tough. I have 3 of my own and 2 step kids.

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November Goals/Weekly Challenge/FITBIT

Sunday, November 04, 2012

For this weekly challenge it asks to plan your meals if possible and keep daily track of your food. I already track my nutrition daily. My Meals aren't planned but I do have a routine:

Breakfast-thing bagel sandwhich roughly around 250 calories
Snack-usually fruit
Lunch (11AM)-lean cusine, subway, leftovers: usually biggest meal of day around 400 calories
Snack-fruit, serving sized popcorn, etc
Dinner-may try to cook something, sometimes it ends up being a sandwhich
Snack-this may be necessary depending on how well I budgeted during the day

I do not plan on doing meal plans for the week, my mind revolts at the idea because it makes me feel boxed in.

As for my November goals: I plan on really stepping up my fitness. I need to change my routine. I'm thinking Yoga or Crossfit. I'm leaning towards cross fit right now. I want to include more strength training.

FITBIT UPDATE: i love it a lot! However, I wish it would let me choose what to upload to my sparkpage. I do not like how it tracks ALL my activity to my page. I like knowing all my activity, but I think it should be separate from "fitness" minutes. Fitness minutes to me are the minutes you do above and beyond your normal activity during the day. I am trying to adjust my mindset but I'm not quite there. I have to figure out how to have FITBIT buddies today. Currently my fitbit is MIA. I have a sneaking suspicion that Randy may have taken it.

Recent Non-Scale Victories:
I went to the mall yesterday, tried on clothes, and didn't want to "get it over with."
(I was thinking, dayum...I'm bringing sexy back! lol)

Things I'm Thankful For:
-Whiskers for insisting on love time -okay this just means I drop every thing I'm doing to completely shower him with affection because he won't take no for an answer...but I like to think he's reciprocating. :)
-That the weather has held up in the sense that I can still walk outside (I refuse to mention the white precipitation that I'm dreading in fear that it might magically appear).

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MATHISC4464 11/4/2012 8:21PM

    Hey sounds like you have awesome month planned! I know you know but I'm glad you like your fitbit too I love mine! I sent you my email so we could become friends and what you do is you go to the dashboard and you scroll down a little bit and it says friends on the right hand side and you click on find friends and you can put in someones email and thats how you do it! If you want to send me a message with your email in it I can add you! Glad your doing good!

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PEPPYPATTI 11/4/2012 4:33PM

    Woo Hoo for you! I love that line that you are bringing sexy back. Makes you feel good huh! Sorry about your missing fitbit. Let me know how you like it as I kind of want to add it to my Christmas list. Hope you had a good walk & thank you for making me get off my butt & going for mine-lol!
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MLH148 11/4/2012 9:48AM

    agree with the planning aversion - but I do plan to try to keep everything logged and under goal - at least for 6 more days!
I'm intrigued by the fit bit. Have heard little bad about it -- may need to talk to Santa.

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MACMOM57 11/4/2012 9:20AM

    So like you are doing well. I really want that cute little fit bit.

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Onward Soldiers!!!!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

This week felt extremely stressful. There were a lot of UPS and downs. It was hard for me to wrap my head around what was going on. The only constant in my life this week is that I continually pushed through in not going overboard and staying within my designated calories.

I had a few days that I ate poorly, but it was usually only for one meal and then I tried to get back on track the rest of the day. This week felt particularly challenging with all the stress, and the fact that every one kept bringing goodies into work. Its one of the first weeks in awhile where I felt that I really had to CHOOSE to make good food choices and get fitness minutes.

My fitness minutes weren't as high as they were last week but I managed to get them in and felt better once I did. My hardwork paid off and I lost 2.2lbs this week!!!!

My goal for this week is to refocus, eat more nutritionally, and up my fitness minutes again.

Things I'm proud of:
CHOOSING this lifestyle despite feeling challenged this week.
Remaining commited and focused on improving my lifestyle, despite the challenges.

Things I'm thankful for:
Sparkfriends this week. You guys made the difference for me. With the stress at home and the stress at work, it was very hard to get a moment of peace and/or encouragement. I drew my strength upon you guys this week. Thank you so much.

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PEPPYPATTI 11/3/2012 1:25PM

    You are doing fantastic! 2 lbs is a big loss for a week but a healthy one so you must have done something right! My fitness minutes are not up this week either but sometimes it is what it is. Keep up the great work!
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-AMANDA79- 11/3/2012 12:42PM

    Nice work!! It feels even more rewarding when you do well despite the challenges around you...

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