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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I met a new friend on the trail biking... He said something to me...

"I exercise to eat!"

I have to confess (and laugh at the same time), this is me too.

I love what exercise does for the body. After the shower to wash away the grime of the road and that hard earned sweat and the muscles recoop some, you feel so fine (mentally, physically, even spiritually .... it all seems to come together.)

That should be enough to get my happy little keister in gear to exercise 4-6 days a week, but it is not. Let's be honest. It is the promise, the anticipation of eating a little more or getting those treats that would otherwise be out of my reach that gets me going.

Is this you too?

Quote for the Day:

"If you are what you eat
and you don't know
what you're eating,
do you know who you are?"
~ Claude Fischler

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JOPAPGH 6/13/2011 12:29PM

    Does not necessarily work as advertised. I exercise regularly (at least 5 days a week, 6 half marathons in the past 20 months) but since I stopped active nutrition tracking I have gained back almost everything I lost over the past 2 years.

"I workout to eat" is a slippery slope. By all means add more calories to your daily quota, but nutrition tracking and the associated accountability are still key.


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SNHSNH 5/19/2011 3:03PM

    That is really my ultimate goal--to be so active that I can eat what I want without gaining.

I love your profile pic! :)

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GEMINIAN1 5/18/2011 6:36AM

    I love that quote at the end.

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/17/2011 10:56PM

    LOL - I can't wait to be at that point where I am exercising to eat and feel good instead of exercising to lose weight and feel good!

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Waiting... Waiting... Waiting...

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Waiting for the bad news....

You know the news is probably not gonna be good, but you just hope for the best.


At the car dealer's, waiting with like 20 people.... for a oil change to make my SUV purr - that's the good thing. Then also waiting to find out why my A/C has decided that producing blown air just a couple of degrees cooler than the outside air is COOL... I love my little Santa Fe (except for it's fuel appetite... it really needs to be on the SP diet plan...LOL) But when it's in the mid to high 80's, Dad and I need the luxury of a fully functioning A/C. Gosh, when did they start charging (like $50) to tell you what's wrong? I am a regular customer and having other work done.

!!! WHINE !!!

Okay, let's think positive. They have WiFI. I am enjoying their nicely air conditioned waiting room (yes, I could be at the gym, cleaning house, running errands, shopping, biking or at the beach... but in the scheme of things.... I really should put things into perspective.)

Good Things:

1) Round 57 of Divorce paperwork is done (this was a big one)
2) Dad is feeling better
3) Home for TWO WHOLE Nights
4) Got to go to the gym
5) Lost 2 lbs from last week
6) The waiting is only gonna kill me if I let it...... emoticon

It could be good news after all.....maybe I will be their 10,000,000th customer and will get my service for free.... or WTH???..... let's go for complete fantasy...

They decide to donate my SUV to charity (or let it retire in peace to some tropical beach) and award me a new fabulous fuel efficient vehicle.... emoticon

No more psyching myself out.... good or bad. Let's focus on what is real and is in my power to affect.

Make good choices and be kind to yourself/others!

Have a Wonderful Day emoticon

Quote for the Day:

"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it." ~ Groucho Marx

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

4EVER21B 5/12/2011 4:02PM

    You have a great sense of humor! Love that! And the quote. Be well, my friend.


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GEMINIAN1 5/12/2011 2:24PM

    What's going on over here? Been a while?
Cool quote.
That's cute what you said, about your car needing a Spark Plan ... lol.
I'm happy to hear that your Dad is doing a little better.

Also, divorce paperwork done ... that's huge.
See yah later 'B'; see yah, wouldn't want to be yah! Right?

Congrats on 2 pounds gone.

You have a wonderful day too.
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AMBERMAN09 5/12/2011 11:03AM

    I'm addicted to quotes, too, and I *love* the one you've posted on this blog.

Keep up the great work!! :)

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/12/2011 10:53AM

    I think they call it "recharging" the AC on the car. We have to have it done on the older of our two Honda CR-V's. After a while, they need to put more of the coolant gas into the system (or something like that). It's not a big deal, but of course (like you say) they charge you for every step of the way. Congrats on the progress of the divorce paperwork - I know that's a real pain and seems endless.

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Be...... NOT a Procrastinator!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I always have the best of intentions:

1) Get up early
2) Go to the gym (or ride the bike.... or take a walk...or do the exercise DVD)
3) Eat right
4) Avoid temptation(s)
5) Make it right
6) Solve all the world's problems

LOL.... okay....***more laughter***.... let's get back to reality today.

This is the real world. Accept the facts and move on.

1) I am not a get up early person...I am a stay a little longer or stay late person to get it DONE.

Truly love all you jump outta bed @ 5 freakin' A.M. bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to take the world on with a smile folks.... but I can't fight my true nature. You are talking with a P.M. girl here.

I try the early morning thing every once in a while...but really, it is just not me. I run on RAD standard time - just think of me as living in a time zone about 3-6 hours behind yours.....

2) I promise to do the "exercise" things....just please, Please, PLEASE.... allow me the dignity of doing it later in the day when the mind and body are functioning as a whole (not in the semi conscious half dream state of the non morning person when I can AND will hurt myself).

Have been doing the exercise thing about 4-5 days a week so why am I still worried about not doing it first thing.... Geeze......

Woohoo!, Embrace the positive!!!

3) More often than not, I am eating right. I will never be perfect!

Moderation is a good thing. You can be assured that I will eventually try all good-n-healthy things looking to replace my devilishly delicious junk food downfall foods. emoticon

Complete denial is a bad thing.... thoughtful choices with an occasional treat works!

4) Temptations.... If you bring it into the house, who do you think is gonna eat it?

'nough said!!!!

5) Make it right. You know what is right, what is questionable and what is wrong. You do and you know that you do.

None of us is perfect, but you know it feels so good when you do the right thing.

6) I can't solve all the problems in the world. Not gonna happen no matter how hard I try.

So let's just work on doing what I can and doing the best that I can:

Basic Mantra for Day to Day living as the "NOT a Procrastinator" that I strive to be:

"I AM worth it. I CAN and DO make a difference."

So can you!


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KATV865 6/15/2011 10:51AM

    Great blog. Personally, I set my alarm for 5:30, and before I am even awake, I am out the door, and before I know it, I am running full tilt! Somehow I manage to trick myself into starting my workout even without being conscious of it.
You are worth it! You can do it!! But only do what works for you. Good luck.

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JULIA1154 6/13/2011 12:35PM

  No way can I seriously work out in the a.m. 10-minute videos as a break from the computer - yes. 15 minute-walk to air my brain - yes. Heavy duty, sustained work out, first thing in the a.m. - No way, no how.

For one thing, there's no way I'm going to do my hair twice in one day. More importantly, I use my workout to discharge a LOT of tension at the end of the day. I miss it on the days I don't work out. Surprisingly enough, I find that I sleep very well despite working out in the evening.

So no guilt tripping about working out later in the day. Embrace your inner night owl! Doing it is what counts - NOT when.

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JENN26POINT2 5/6/2011 11:41AM

    I love this blog!! I too am not a morning person. My husband has always told me I'd be an amazing worker if I worked 2nd shift b/c my body works on 2nd shift. Saturdays and Sundays, I get up with my kids b/c I have to, and sit on the couch until at least 10 or 11 before I start moving around. Then when afternoon hits, LOOK OUT b/c the switch has been thrown and I'm ready to get some stuff knocked out. If 2nd shift didn't suck so bad (in regard to meeting with family and friends), I'd totally do 2nd shift.

Anyhow, I like your attitude, so I'm going to add you as a friend. I hope you don't mind. Have a great day!

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LITERARY_CHICK 5/6/2011 12:17AM

    Great Plan! It is a good idea to re-evaluate what you want to do vs. what you can do.

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GEMINIAN1 5/5/2011 5:45PM

    Thanks for sharing.
I too am a procrastinator.
I work best under pressure; so, if I don't have a deadline it can be a problem for me.
My husband can procrastinate too; we have inside jokes about it ... that's how bad it can be.
Have an awesome day ... :-)
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MAJA124MOXIE 5/5/2011 11:14AM

    Thanks for giving me something to think about :)

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ANGEL7903 5/4/2011 3:08PM

  We all need to work on one thing or another. As you said no one is perfect. Just be the best you can be and be yourself.

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KKINNEA 5/4/2011 11:08AM

    Boy, I needed that reminder today!

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NEW_PARADIGM 5/4/2011 10:29AM

    Great blog.

Way to OWN your rhythms. You are So Definitely All That!

(And if it helps you feel any better...for those of us who can't sleep in to save ourselves, we get TONS of ribbing for struggling to stay up past 9:00 pm)

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/4/2011 10:16AM

    It's always good for me to read about another self-avowed PM Person!! Yes, I exercise at the end of the day...and I LOVE doing it that way.

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MOMONTHERUN1 5/4/2011 10:09AM

    Yes you are worth it and yes you can do it!

Thanks for sharing this!

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My Hormones Kicked my Butt for a Couple of Days

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I hate bad months!

Pardon me while I have a little pity party for one.... I had about 3 really bad days in a row. Some bad eating, negative thoughts galore, extreme couch time, opportunities to accomplish much missed due to total inactivity.

Think I am past the worst of it now. Thank Goodness! I just feel so totally out-of-control, hypersensitive, AND unreasonable (yet I know on some level that I am not being reasonable, it does not change how bad it feels.)

Trying to do what they tell you.... Eat right, exercise, yada, yada, yada. Then those sneaky little hormones just creep up on ya and WHAM! You are in a tail spin for several days. You stay away from people. You warn people. You apologize, Sad songs make you cry. You stay in your jammies until evening. Because nothing you do makes a bit of difference. You just have to wait it out. Still in the far reaches of your mind, you know that there is certainly no excuse for all this self indulgence. You are not sick. Ridiculous.

Now that I am on the other side of the abyss, I can see how silly it all was. How come that is so hard to see in the moment?

Sanity is returning. It is nice to see you in the sunshine again my friends!

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GEMINIAN1 4/28/2011 7:12PM

    I hate them too. I feel for you.
Yep; and when it happens, it's normally 3, never-ending, days.
I wish I had an answer for you as to why it's so hard to see it in the moment. Maybe we can reflect on this Blog next time.
Glad to see you made it.
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NEW_PARADIGM 4/28/2011 3:42PM

    So glad you bounced through to the other side -- with some humor no less! I try to remind myself (in the in-between times when I'm really listening) that as these healthier living habits take more effect it will become more and more 'natural' to stay there (or at least much closer to) during those times.

Thanks for daring to share some of the 'hard stuff'

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THETURTLEBEAR 4/28/2011 1:04PM

    And this is EXACTLY why only our Spark Girlfriends understand us! Glad you are out of "the danger zone!"

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JJOELYNNN 4/28/2011 12:21PM

    Hahaha well just so you know, you were not alone this week. Gotta love hormones! Yay for getting back in the game!

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What will the scale say tomorrow?

Monday, April 18, 2011

I am a little scared... my calories have been much more...but I have also been exercising more... cardio and some weights.

I can feel and see a difference.

I have keister definition. (We are simply NOT focusing on the abs at this point.... I still have a belly, but I can honestly say that it has diminished ....woohoo! But it is a weak area of mine. Those ab exercises tend to irritate my old injuries), and my arms are no longer total flab (semi-flab is a big improvement for me.)

The sad reality is that when I workout more, I eat more....plus a family B-Day dinner about did me in... It was delish!!!.... but way too much. BAD, BAD, BAD....but it was SO, SO Good. Yes, I will be trying to pay for it the rest of the week.

Muscle weighs more than fat so I am trying to prepare mentally if the scale shows no loss tomorrow. I am so wanting to hit the next milestone.

Here's hoping (despite my transgressions....LOL)!

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JUDITHROXANA 4/27/2011 10:51AM

    Abs are a problem spot for me too! Don't forget to measure your waist to see progress! Sometimes your body needs to get more fuel when you work out more, as long as they are not empty calories I think it's ok! Anyways, congrats with the AMAZING progress! Keep it up :)

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LITERARY_CHICK 4/20/2011 3:12PM

    No matter what the scale says, look at the muscle definition and know it will pay off in the end.

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TERESA159 4/19/2011 12:44PM

    You're very realistic! It may not move but the fact that you can see differences in your body is great. Scales are unpredictable at best, don't take it personally, just keep going!

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ANNCHER 4/19/2011 10:10AM

    My scale is on the same weight over a month now. I think I need to try harder. Hoping your scale moves for you! emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 4/18/2011 8:44PM

    I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! You might be surprised!

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