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Two Weeks To Hit Ultimate Goal Weight - I Can Do This!!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Two weeks left in the 5% Fall Challenge and 5 pounds to go! This challenge helped to keep me on track through two vacations, but, now I really have to get down to business! Something about deadlines approaching is ssooo motivating!

So, what am I going to do to achieve this goal?

1. No alcoholic beverages. This is huge - my kids are grown up and living on their own. My husband and I are "free" and go out to eat/socialize with our friends A LOT. It is like we are all back in college again! And, it isn't the problem of the calories in a glass of red wine, it is that my willpower breaks down and I eat more or junkfoods that I wouldn't if I didn't drink the glass of wine.
So, abstinence is best in this case.

2. Continue to track everything I eat. Tracking food has been one of the best tools I have consistently used to this date. I will not stop now.

3. Mixing Nutrisystem meals in my diet throughout the day. Nutrisystem has helped me tremendously with portion control. When I don't use it, my portion sizes tend to get bigger and bigger and bigger.

4. Continue to run, run, and run! I will continue to schedule it in and will be using my treadmill - it's a little too cold for me outside! This is a hard one for me to do. I love to run outside. I will be using my iFit module on my treadmill to try to entertain myself. Jillian Michaels will be kicking my butt!

5. Avoid eating out at restaurants as much as possible. If my husband had his way, we would never eat at home! He loves appetizers - especially nachos! I am great at eating breakfast at home and packing my lunch and snack for work every day - I am going to try to get him to eat dinner at home. I know there will be times where I will have to go out with him (including Thanksgiving dinner), but, I will plan what I am going to order and track it before we go out, when we go out.

6. And, finally, I will continue to drink a lot of water. My office and home are well stocked with water bottles. I will drink water with lemon or unsweetened iced tea when I eat out.

So, there is my plan.

It is time!!

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SUNNYLIFE72 12/3/2012 3:19AM

  Great planning! I can't wait to see what your goals for 2013 are!

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SCAREWALDORF 11/27/2012 10:05AM

    You're so close! You got this!

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JAXMOMMY 11/19/2012 4:01PM

    Awesome plan! I see you reaching that ultimate goal! I need to cut the alcohol too. It does lower our inhibitions! This is an inspiring and uplifiting blog! Thanks for sharing your plan!

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NEWNAC304 11/19/2012 11:08AM

    This sounds like a good plan. I need some of your dedication!

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ONMYMEDS 11/18/2012 6:59AM

    Sounds like a good plan to me.

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KRISZTA11 11/18/2012 3:06AM

    Congrats to your progress!
Your plan sounds very effective.
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I hear you about alcoholic drinks...
Double setback, the calories in the drink + and the loss of willpower, it is hard to beat. Harder than avoiding, for sure!

So I rarely drink more than a half glass of wine, but the good thing is the less you drink the more sensitive your mind is to alcohol : )
I enjoy almost the same effect from a half glass now as I did from 3 glasses in the past. : )
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NEWKATHYNOW 11/17/2012 10:58PM

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/17/2012 9:17PM

    Good plan. You've done so amazingly well. And now only 5 lbs to go yet. You can do it with a lot of hard work over the next two weeks. Not going to pretend it'll be easy. Look forward to celebrating you reaching your ultimate goal.

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GARDEMON 11/17/2012 8:55PM

  Cut the alcohol and keep to healthy food. This 'detox' will do you good and help you loose extra weight. Keeping track of everything also helps a lot. Talking about personal experience. You can do it. Enjoy

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A Vacation Comparison Involving Weight Maintenance...

Friday, November 16, 2012

I got back from Key West on Wednesday. I had a great time. Nine of us went down to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. We rented a house .4 miles from Duval street and 4 blocks from the beach. I got to relax, run, eat, drink, and walk a lot!

One of the days I was running, I compared this trip and the one I took two weeks ago to Jamaica in reference to weight maintenance. We went to an all -inclusive in Jamaica. I ran every day - but only ran 2.5 - 3 miles per day. It was very hot down there AND I had to keep running the same loop around the resort. That got old as the week went. I ran by myself. In Key West, we walked non-stop. Every time we went shopping, etc. we walked 3.5 miles. Most days we walked this route 3 times! Also, I varied my running routes and ran 3.5 - 5.6 miles per day. I ran with my brother.

Here are some pictures of my running route in Key West:







(My brother - my running partner - is in this one)






My brother at the Southern Most Point (I made him stop running to get the picture!)


We saw tons of roosters on our runs in the morning. They were everywhere!


Of course - we had to run by Mile 0!!



The food was great in Jamaica and Key West. When I was in Jamaica, I ordered healthy options at the sit-down restaurants. I went off the wagon at the buffets. I test tasted way too much! I also consumed a fair amount of alcohol. In Key West, we went to all sit-down restaurants. I brought breakfast items from home and ate breakfast at the house three mornings. I ate cottage cheese (one of my staple foods) for afternoon snack. That helped a lot on my calorie consumption. One day, we went out to the Sunset Key for lunch. Here is a picture of my yummy salad:



That is lettuce wrapped in thin cucumber slices with thin apple slices and almonds on top. The citrus dressing was light. That is goat cheese and salmon on the side - YUM! This was a healthy lunch, problem was I coupled it with a Key Lime Colada. Tasted great, but high on calories! And, as much of a "party" town Key West is, I did not drink as much alcohol as I did in Jamaica. I think I drank more in Jamaica because it was an all-inclusive.

One of the BIG reasons I think I did not consume as many calories in Key West is because I used the SparkPeople food tracker on my iPhone. I think I might have driven my husband and friends nuts with it because I would look up meals on the menu and compare calories before I ordered. And, of course I would tell them how many calories their choices were! My son started picking meals with lower calories. Not everyone liked this, but, oh well! I was also able to get on SparkPeople a lot and read all of my Sparkbuddies' status updates. And... I updated my status everyday pertaining to my running. I felt I had to account for it. In Jamaica it would have cost me a small fortune to go on-line, so I did not.

Relaxation is soooo important when I go on vacation. I work with small children and 40 women and hold vacations as "sacred". I slept really good at night and enjoyed the hot tub at the house we rented every single day. I even got pampered one day at a beach resort down the street in Key West. Every thirty minutes they handed out watermelon slices, sprayed light water, handed out frozen washclothes, cold apple cider, and frozen cucumbers!



It was really cool (excuse the pun)!

So, here is the verdict:

Jamaica - weight gain = 2 pounds
(which I lost before my next trip)

Key West - weight loss = 1 pound

I leave you with a picture of my husband and I in Key West...









  
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JAXMOMMY 11/19/2012 4:11PM

    How lucky are you? 2 awesome vacations! Happy 50th to your hubby! When I was in Key west last year I walked more than 8 miles in 1 day! HOw nice to run with your bro too! Sounds like an awesome time!

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FITFOODIE806 11/17/2012 7:19AM

    Awesome blog. Both vacations sound great. You are incredibly dedicated!!

I love the running pics!

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KRISZTA11 11/17/2012 3:24AM

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful vacation with us. Nice pics!
You really mastered how to enjoy & relax your holidays,
but staying active and eating well,
without restricting yourself.
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MLH148 11/16/2012 10:43PM

    Very nice story - thanks for sharing. Sounds like 2 great trips and you had some wonderful insight.
Hope the next vacation is even better.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/16/2012 8:58PM

    Well done my friend. You can be proud of your accomplishments. I'd say Jamaica wasn't too shabby but a weight loss on vacation is a major accomplishment.
Isn't Key West beautiful. It's been years since my visit down there but I loved it. Your pictures of the running routes are gorgeous.
Maria

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SH9719 11/16/2012 8:18PM

    Sounds like a successful vacation on many fronts. Since your health never goes on vacation it was good that you looked after it well during this one. Congratulations.

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Bye, Bye Nor'Easter!!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Yes, I am back out the door and headed on vacation!! Family and friends will be meeting my husband in Key West to celebrate his 50th birthday at his favorite place!

The Nor'Easter is due in our area at noon - our plane hopefully will leave at 7:30 am. I had to deal with Sandy twice last week - I am welcoming the break!!

I will be able to track my food with my phone this time. We rented a house so I will be picking healthy foods to cook when I get there. I cannot wait to run in warm weather again! :). My brother and son will be running with me - Yayyy!

The next time I blog, I will be in sunny Florida...Yayyy!

  
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INFLATED 11/15/2012 9:22PM

    No problem for us from the Nor'easter. I can't believe it is the middle of November and there are still people without power.

I hope you have a great time.

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NEWKATHYNOW 11/7/2012 8:56PM

    Enjoy yourself!! So far the nor'easter has brought us about 3 inches of snow on the grassy areas in NJ. I have always wanted to go to Key West! I hope you have a wonderful time!

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SADWHITEWOLF 11/7/2012 1:28PM

    Have a good time!

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NEWNAC304 11/7/2012 6:23AM

    Have a great vacation!

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KIMPY225 11/6/2012 9:49PM

    Have a wonderful time!!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/6/2012 9:00PM

    Have a fabulous vacation. Years ago I visited Key West over the Christmas vacation. Loved it there and would go back in a heart beat.
Maria

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NCSUE0514 11/6/2012 7:33PM

    Happy birthday, and HAVE FUN!

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Hurricane Sandy - Twice in One Week & Getting Back on Track!!...

Sunday, November 04, 2012


I am going to begin with a really cool video I took when the first high tide occurred on the Chesapeake Bay as Hurricane Sandy stormed through. Because we were on the left side of the eye, the first high tide was sucked out to sea. (I am not sure how to move the video to another area in this blog - sorry!) I am hoping this video works, it's pretty cool to watch...



SO - Sorry I haven't been on to blog lately, here is an update...

I enjoyed Jamaica immensely. It was ssooo relaxing. My husband and I went with my BFF and her husband - we were all celebrating our 25th wedding anniversaries. We stayed at Secrets St James. It was very nice. The food was fantastic. I managed to run four mornings while I was there. We ate a lot, drank a lot, danced a lot, and swam a lot! We even swam with two dolphins which was a totally awesome experience! I held on to their fins and they pulled me all around. I then floated on my stomach with my feet flexed and they swam under and put their noses under my feet and lifted me so I stood up and they took me for a ride that way! I also got a kiss, sang and danced with them! We all had a blast!

We went to the Margariteville in Montego Bay. That was really cool. They had a huge slide going down two stories then it shot out into the bay. They had an inflatable obstacle course.



I went down the big slide. I climbed up on everything. I even climbed up the steps to the tall slide which was quite a workout in itself. I am scared of heights, so I didn't go down the slide - I climbed back down the steps! The round ball was a lot of fun. The handles were ripped out so it took a while to climb up on it, but we did. We then sat on the four seats and bounced all over the place. My husband made sure we were spinning! He is such a kid sometimes! I was really proud of myself! I would never have had the guts to do all of the above two years ago!

The day before we left Jamaica Hurricane Sandy hit. I must say that the Jamaicans worked very hard to get ready for it. They boarded up glass doors, cut the coconuts off all the trees, put all the lawn and pool furniture away, etc. Secrets was very organized and held meetings for us ahead of the storm. One of the heads of the whole organization flew in the night before the storm. We could stay in a ballroom or our hotel room. The ballroom had entertainment, food and drinks. We ate there and then went back to the lobby bar for the duration of the storm. The storm wasn't that bad on that side of the island - the other side got hit bad. Secrets gave every guest a gift certificate for 3 days/2 nights free! It wasn't even their fault! We will be going back for a little trip next Spring!

Here is the sunset the night before Hurricane Sandy hit Jamaica...



So, we flew back up the next day (passing Sandy) just in time for her to hit the North East Coast. Yes, I got to enjoy this Hurricane twice in one week!

Friday we got our house ready (we live on the Chesapeake Bay). Saturday we got our business property ready (which is in Delaware). Sunday my parents were evacuated from their home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. They came and stayed with us. Rehoboth was supposed to get the brunt of the storm.

Here is a picture of the river as the storm starts...



Here is one of the second high tide - we are thankful it did not go over the bulkhead or flood the streets...




We only lost power for five minutes during the whole storm! I had made two Rachael Ray crock pot recipes on Sunday (Seafood Stew and Mexican Chicken Tacos). They were both really yummy and low cal!

My parents found out that their town lost power all night and their streets were all flooded so they stayed with us until Tuesday afternoon. When they got home Tuesday night, the water was up to their step, but never got in their house.

Wednesday night we watched the news and were stunned at how much damage Sandy did in New Jersey and New York. We thanked God we were spared, but have lots of friends up there and our hearts go out to them. Quite a few own small businesses and received no income last week. Many, as of today, still have no power. A neighbor took gas and a generator to her parents home Friday. They have a big tree laying in the middle of their roof! My friend and her husband said it was too big for them to cut down.

Needless to say. between my Jamaican vacation and the drama of Hurricane Sandy I am thrown off track! As I walked Roxy this morning, I acknowledged that I have to get my butt back in gear with consistency!! I need to get back to being consistent with running - I did not run at all this past week :( and did not track my food each day. I couldn't track it in Jamaica (no wifi), but I certainly could have done it when I came back. Yes, there was a lot to do, but, I use my iPhone to track so I have no excuse! So, now I need to get off of the computer and go running!!

  
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INFLATED 11/15/2012 10:33PM

    As I readied for the hurricane and the Nor'easter I prayed for you all. I didn't know if you were hard hit or not. It is hard to imagine it is the 15th of November and some still are without power.

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JAXMOMMY 11/6/2012 11:10AM

    Happy Anniversary! So glad you and your family were safe. Sounds like such an awesome vacation! You'll be back on track in no time, if not already! What an event to experience the same storm twice in 1 week! Again, glad you are safe and sound!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/5/2012 8:47PM

    Glad you've made it safely through the same storm twice over. How often does that happen to someone.
The video of the ocean is most interesting. A unique sight to see the tide being pulled out to sea like that.
Sounds like the vacation was fabulous and now you get to look forward to another visit in the spring. Wow.
Those inflatables in the water look like fun. We had a similar set up out here in a mountain lake. I didn't see many people on the equipment but what you need to know is that the water is super cold as its a deep lake fed by glacial snow.

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EDENZMOM 11/5/2012 9:52AM

    I'm glad that you're home and safe!
Sounds like quite the experience that you went through 2 times. Up in Montreal, we lost power for a couple of hours when the hurricane arrived in NJ! so imagine how big that was!!
funny how we think alike, i also prepared for the storm with a couple crock-pot recipes... just in case we needed food for a few days!
I hope Roxy was ok in all of this, I know my puppy was traumatized...

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BOILHAM 11/5/2012 9:20AM

    Cool video! Glad you did okay during the storm. By the way, we have 2 boston terriers - Barney and Bitsy.

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HICIM705 11/5/2012 6:27AM

    Thrown off track is an understatement!!! I have to get back on track as well ... I'm from NW NJ - we didn't have the damage that they had at the shore, but I have friends still without power. My heart goes out to all of those in the path of Sandy's wrath.

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NEWNAC304 11/5/2012 5:39AM

    Your vacation sounds wonderful inspite of the storm. I'm glad you and your family are safe.

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SHARON10002 11/4/2012 9:09PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Jamaica, and that your hotel really knew how to care about it's customers. So glad you and your home were safe during Sandy, as well as your parent's house. The video was pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing it.

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SHAMROCKY2K 11/4/2012 6:29PM

    The video was amazing. I spend alot of time on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake and can imagine how eerie that would be. Sounds like you had a fun trip too. Hope the storms stay far away.
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KRISZTA11 11/4/2012 3:12PM

    Thank you for sharing the video!
I'm glad you and your family were safe at Jamaica, during your trip back and at home.
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DLDMIL 11/4/2012 1:33PM

    Glad to hear that you and your family made it thought the storm. Stay safe and I will continue to keep the entire east coast in my prayers. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A Morning Run and Jamaica...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

This morning I decided to run. It had been three days since the Half Marathon and I was feeling fine. I bought new Brooks running shoes at the expo and I wanted to try them out.

It was a nice run. I wasn't sore and my sneakers felt fine. It was nice to run - just to run and it was a great way to start the day.

On Friday, my husband and I will be going to Jamaica for a week for our 25th anniversary. We went to Jamaica for our honeymoon. We are meeting my BFF and her husband there (it's their 25th anniversary too). They live in Texas - its gonna be great! I am taking my blackberry so I should be able to track my food and runs. The place we are staying at is an all-inclusive, so i am going to have to pay close attention to calories!! Not sure how much time I will get to "talk" to you guys - I plan on doing a lot of relaxing, hanging at the beach and pool, and hanging with my husband.

Roxy is going to one of my employee's houses - she has watched her before and I know she is in good hands.

I have everything - plus some - done at work, so it should be good!

I hope you are having a great week!

  
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INFLATED 1/10/2013 5:59PM

    I hope you had a happy anniversary. Our anniversary is January 23rd.

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PLMITCH 10/20/2012 10:26PM

    Brooks are the best! And Jamaica...wow! My wife and I are heading back to Sandals in Jamaica next year for our 10th anniversary. We can't wait!

ENJOY!

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WE_PA_FIT 10/19/2012 10:43AM

    Beach RUNS~!~
Enjoy some well deserved R n R!!


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Love it ~ ~ Enjoy a great holiday!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/18/2012 1:47PM

    I'm glad your run went well. Congrats on your 2nd half marathon! I'm hoping to start training soon for a half marathon next year sometime.

Enjoy your vacation and happy anniversary! It sounds like Roxy is in very good hands.

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Have an excellent time! Good luck with all of the food there!

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CHERRY666 10/18/2012 10:22AM

    Happy anniversary! Have a great trip. =)

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MAGNOLIA416 10/18/2012 9:21AM

    Running in the Caribean will be nice! Happy anniversary!

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MARATHONDAD 10/18/2012 7:22AM

    have a great trip

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NEWNAC304 10/18/2012 5:53AM

    Have a wonderful time!

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    Happy Anniversary. Safe travels. Have a wonderful stay in Jamaica. emoticon

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STRIVER57 10/18/2012 3:01AM

    happy anniversary -- sounds very great! enjoy!

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JAXMOMMY 10/17/2012 11:34PM

    Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby! Sounds wonderful! Enjoy! Glad you enjoyed your run today! Have a great time and simply relax and be in love!

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JLPEASE 10/17/2012 9:27PM

    I hope you have a great time in Jamaica and Happy Anniversary!!
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