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First Day of SparkPeople Jan Jump Start Challenge and Making Dreams a Reality...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Ran 2.0 miles and 7 min walk cool down/ cals burned: 346
SparkPeople 8-Minute Athletic Intervals Cardio Workout Video 8 mins/cals burned: 71
SparkPeople Toning Video cals??

I had a very nice day off. I ran two miles on my treadmill, did a cool down walk then worked out to a SparkPeople cardio and toning video. It was my first day of the January JumpStart Challenge. Several of my SparkBuddies are participating so it will be a lot of fun. I am looking forward to cheering each other on.

I also went to the mall. My husband bought me a very big ring for Christmas. I exchanged it for a smaller one. It was beautiful but I honestly don't know where I would have ever worn it. And, I have small fingers (size 4 1/2) so it looked like too much. He was fine with me exchanging it. He is such a good guy. I also had to exchange a coat I bought for one of my sons. Afterwards, I ended up in the petite section - I bought a new pair of pants. Today I entered the "120s" so I felt like it was a nice reward to myself. And they were on sale :) I am definitely enjoying clothes shopping again!

My foot is doing fine with running. It's a little red when I am done, but it doesn't hurt. What does hurt is my upper legs! I guess I missed working in that area when I did strength training. The SparkPeople toning video helped to stretch them out afterwards.

My family went out to dinner tonight. My son who moved out was able to meet us for dinner too. It was really nice. I had lobster tail. I ate multigrain dinner rolls tonight (I usually don't, but I was really hungry). That's why my calorie intake was higher than usual. I worked out a lot this morning so I am not worried about it. It was a really good dinner.

I also got on a SparkPeople Live meeting. My computer kept throwing me off. I think it is time to get a new one (this one is about 10 years old, I don't think it is compatible with the newer technology). I am going to look at upgrading it this week. There should be a lot of good sales out there. The meeting was good with what I saw of it. We talked about dreams - making them a reality. I have found that goals are so important. They kept me focused all last year, and I am looking forward to completing new ones this year.

What are your goals for 2012??

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SABLENESS 12/30/2011 11:42AM

    emoticonAnd emoticonfor inviting me to join the Jan Jumpstart Workout Challenge. Three days in and I'm having a blast! I'm pleased with every thing I'm able to do and being creative with what I can't yet do. Whatever works!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 12/29/2011 11:25AM

    Enjoy computer shopping...remember a computer becomes old after about three months. Seriously! That is how fast technology upgrades. I enjoy having you at the meetings.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 12/29/2011 10:02AM

    I hope you have a great time with the challenge! Those can be a lot of fun. You've already proven that you know how to reach your goals, but I'm sure the support will be nice and you'll be a huge motivator for others.

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INFLATED 12/28/2011 11:05PM

    Wow, you were busy!

My husband bought honey crisp apples and navel oranges that are bigger than my fist. They both are delicious.

Hubby brought the trash up through the basement and the bag broke. We were just about to leave for church and I had to help clean that up at the bottom of the basement steps. What a mess! This was cleanup after the dog and cat, so we were late to the church service.

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KAREN_NY 12/28/2011 10:20PM

    Wow - what a great day!!

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One Year Since I Drank Coffee...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Consumed 1123 cals today.

It occurred to me today that it has been one year emoticon since I drank coffee. I did not intentionally decide to quit, it happened when I started running. emoticon All of a sudden, I did not have an appetite or desire to drink it.

I used to drink a nice, big mug of coffee every morning. Every once in a blue moon emoticon I would drink a skinny latte' emoticon in the afternoon. I started drinking coffee many, many years ago when I was 18 and attending college. emoticon I still love emoticonthe whole thought of it. Actually, I loved it so much that I have a coffee bar in my bathroom - complete with it's own sink! I love emoticon the whole ritual of buying it and preparing it in the morning. I loved Trader Joe's Breakfast Blend the best. I have several really cool coffee mugs. emoticon I used to put one sugar cube and 1 tsp fat free half and half in it, so it wasn't super high in calories. I loved the feeling I had after I drank it - full of energy. emoticon I still love the smell when it is brewing.

My husband is glad I do not drink it anymore, he thinks it wasn't good for me. emoticon I never read anything that said the amount I was drinking was bad. He drinks hot tea everyday - how different can they be?

Anyway, I am sure that some day I will go back to drinking coffee again. emoticon emoticon

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INFLATED 1/2/2012 4:27AM

    I drink it daily and get withdrawal headaches when I don't. I bought Coffee-mate Mocha and put that in it with two packets of Truvia, otherwise I use skim milk and Truvia in it.

I love the taste of McDonalds mocha with the whipped cream and chocolate drizzle on top of that, yum! The calories are through the roof though.

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KAREN_NY 12/29/2011 5:56PM

    Mmmmm... coffee. I love the IDEA of it more than the actual thing. I have maybe 2-3/week, and I'm a snob about it, lol!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 12/29/2011 9:49AM

    Your emoticons made me smile emoticon

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QUERIDAANA 12/28/2011 8:52PM

    Good job!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 12/28/2011 12:21PM

    I am impressed, I cannot go without my coffee. I have definitely cut back, but still drink it.

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10 1/2 Weeks After Foot Surgery I Lost 21 Pounds & Am Running Again...

Monday, December 26, 2011

30 mins 2 mile run at 5.2/1.25 walk at 3.0 336 cals burned
Consumed 1253 cals today.

Words can't begin to describe how excited I am right now! After 10 1/2 weeks of foot surgery I have lost 21 pounds and I ran 2 miles today! And, it was all the little things about running that I missed that made it so exciting...

Putting my running socks and shoes on, dressing in my running clothes (which are now too big - yayyy!), filling my water bottle, stepping onto my treadmill, plugging in my ifit module, sweating (yes, I missed that too!), the adrenaline rush and running to my ipod - each song was so inspiring and seemed so brand new! And, a funny thought occurred to me fifteen minutes into the brain usually is trying to talk me into stopping or cutting my exercise short as I look at the clock. Today I wanted to keep going! I didn't want to stop running at mile 2 but knew I had to because I am just getting back into it. Perspectives change so quickly when one is not allowed or able to do something!

I then decided to look back at my running log book . I began this quest December 13, 2010. I started out walking with running peppered in, going 2 miles per day. My goal last year was to run a 5k. My husband was skeptical at first. He didn't think I would use the huge treadmill I bought on my own. I just remember not liking the way I felt (tired, slow, icky) and I was determined to do it...and it worked!

10 1/2 weeks after foot surgery I am doing better than I did when I started. During this past year I have completed five 5k's and a one mile race. I have lost a total of 34 pounds. And I did this with a bad foot! I am proud of my accomplishments.

Now on to next year:

By this time next year I will have completed five more 5ks, competed with a relay team at the Delaware Marathon and completed my first 1/2 marathon at Walt Disney World. I will also lose the remaining 9 pounds.

I want to thank all my SparkBuddies for their support - especially while my foot was on the mend. You guys kept me going! You are all wonderful!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 12/27/2011 12:36PM


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THISISIT-PA 12/27/2011 11:13AM

    emoticon You've been so awesome! As always, I admire your planning and determination. You're an inspiration to me! emoticon

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FITFORMYFAMILY 12/27/2011 4:43AM

I am SO happy for you!!
emoticon job making your surgery recovery period a time of disciplined eating and preparation for being able to run again!
How does your foot feel now after the run?

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KAREN_NY 12/26/2011 11:26PM

    You. Are. Fabulous !!!! Soooo happy for you!!!!
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You're kicking butt!
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Thanks for the day-to-day inspiration that you are!

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MRS*RADISH 12/26/2011 4:24PM

That is absolutely amazing!!! Way to GO!!!

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INFLATED 12/26/2011 2:25PM

    Woo HOO! You will do it! You are a determined woman!

I didn't know you did your running on a treadmill. I run in the house just a little bit chasing Princess when we are playing. My abdomen flops and makes a disgusting noise, but though I am tempted to quit exercising at times. I know it will help me with my health as I age.

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LINDAKAY228 12/26/2011 1:48PM

    That is so awesome!!! When we can't run we really do miss it!

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CHLOESUE 12/26/2011 1:01PM

    I am so happy for you that you are back to running and enjoying it so much!

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Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Consumed 1812 cals today.

Today was so nice. My son stayed overnight at my house so our whole family was together for Christmas. My husband gave me a xbox kinect and dance game. We had a great time tonight trying it out. My mother-n-law (76) loved it too!

Dinner was probably the best ever. My husband grilled really tasty filet mignons which we ate with shrimp and broccoli and homemade mashed potatoes. My bff in Texas sent us a brisket for Christmas, so I cooked that in the crockpot. I am not a big pork eater; I tried a bite and it was good. A lot of spices on it. I made champagne punch (champagne and cranberry juice) to go with it. I also made a lemon bundt cake with lemon icing. Yum, everything was great!

Tomorrow I will be back on my normal 1200 cal food intake. I did enjoy my day off!!

I hope you had a merry Christmas too!

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KAREN_NY 12/26/2011 11:20PM

    Yummy! Sounds like you celebrated just right! Merry Christmas :)

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SABLENESS 12/26/2011 3:22PM

    Over my calories, too; enjoyed every bit. Thank you for the Christmas goodie! When I checked my email, I told my husband, "Oh good. It's one of my favorite Sparkfriends!"

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CHLOESUE 12/26/2011 12:57PM

    Sounds like you had a very nice Christmas.Isn't it nice when all of your family is together for a holiday!We got our granddaugter age 7 a Kids Dance Party 2 Wii game.Everyone had fun dancing to it.Wish they would have got interested in my Wii Walk It Out but I am the only one in our family that enjoys that fun workout:)

Which dance game did you receive?

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MYBULLDOGS 12/25/2011 10:11PM

    Merry Christmas

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Nice Walk, Shopping and Wrapping...

Friday, December 23, 2011

Consumed 1298 cals today.

Took a nice long walk with my husband and Roxy this morning. I then spent the rest of the day shopping and wrapping. I ended up at the mall. It took me 1 hour to get out of the parking lot when I was done! There is only a couple ways out and it was packed. I did good with my eating today. I had a small lunch before I went shopping, stopped at a chinese place around 1:30 when I became hungry and had steamed chicken, broccoli and carrots (no rice), and I ate a yoplait yogurt I had packed in my cooler at 5 while I was sitting in a line of cars trying to get out of the mall! It held me over good until I got home and made dinner.

I am just sitting down now after my long day - it's 9:40 at night. I only have a couple more things to wrap, I can't do any more tonight. My parents used to put our presents under the tree unwrapped Christmas Eve after we went to sleep. My husband wanted everything wrapped for the kids as they grew up. I have no idea why I agreed to it - I am the one who ends up wrapping! AND I am not sure why I am still doing it - my "kids" are 23 and almost 21!! I do like wrapping Roxy's - she LOVES unwrapping her presents - it's a nice workout for her!

Tomorrow I have to run out to the butcher and pick up Christmas dinner. We bring my mother-n-law over for dinner on Christmas. I am serving filet mignon (grilling), steamed shrimp, steamed broccoli, mixed fruit and beek brisket (a gift from my bff in Texas). My mother-n-law is bringing mashed potatoes. I am going to pick up a dessert from a local bakery. We are going to go visit my great Aunt and cousins before dinner - this menu should be easy to put together when we get back.

I hope you had a great day and are ready to enjoy the weekend.

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INFLATED 12/24/2011 10:02PM

    We went grocery shopping! My son's girlfriend came over with her younger brother, they are going to Alabama and she wanted to say goodbye before they left.

Hubby got two loads of wood today. My son told us the grocery stores closed at 5 PM. We left about 3:45 PM to go and the first one we went to had a jammed parking lot so my husband decided to go to another store. I took the grocery list and coupons and tore the list in half. He took half and I took half and we each got a grocery cart. We were done before 5 PM, but the store stayed open until 6 PM.

We have to do shopping for meat on Monday, be the Lord Willing. The clerk asked if I had any messy items so she could bag them by themselves. I told her I used to work at Big Lots and knew not to put chemicals in with food items. She asked if they paid well. I was making $8.50 there after 9 years of working for them. She was making $8.20 after being at this grocery store for 9 years. She told me she is 70 years old and her husband has cancer. She went to apply for assistance and told them that her rent was $900 a month. She said,"Do you know what they told me? Find a cheaper place to live!" I prayed for that woman tonight. I told my husband I wondered how she managed on her pay check.

It has been a busy day.

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