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August 18-23 reward plan

Monday, August 18, 2008

MONDAY
Get up in time to go running.
Track food & stay within my range.
Bed by 10:45.
Reward: Write a couple of notes to Boston friends (I keep forgetting to do this!).

TUESDAY
Get up in time to go running.
Track food.
Bed by 10:45.
Reward: Plan food for our Ravinia picnic!

WEDNESDAY
Get up in time for strength training.
Track food.
Bed by 10:45.
Reward: Ravinia concert--fun!

THURSDAY
Get up in time to go running.
Track food.
Bed by 10:45.
Reward: Film at Gene Siskel Center.

FRIDAY
Get up in time for strength training.
Track food.
Bed by 11:30.
Reward: Spend time browsing to identify good books & put them on my library hold list.

SATURDAY
Get up in time to go running.
Bed by 11:00.
Reward: Finish my back-porch projects (which mostly involves fastening hooks to the posts). This will feel so good!

  
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SHANSHE 8/19/2008 12:27AM

    Don't know what it is about your blogs, but they just seem so free of so many of lifes daily hassles, YET, i know you have them just like the rest of us!

Regardless, reading them motivates and inspires me and helps me to look at life a little differently sometimes.

Thanks,
Shanno
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The sweetest August indeed

Monday, August 18, 2008

Really, the weather this month has been more delicious than in any Chicago August I can remember. It has made me very happy . . .

* I'm enjoying running (because I don't get overheated) & I've even been incorporating intervals! For most longtime runners that's no big deal, but somehow I had been stagnant for a long time. It's very cool to track my cardio & see how just a bit of faster running is increasing my calories burned.

* The back porch is looking so pretty with my new flowerboxes.

* The herbs in those flowerboxes are going great guns. I have been enjoying the basil in particular--it smells so great, & it's still all overgrown & abundant though I have been snipping off leaves to use in our food a few times a week. I added chives to our chop salad the other day (no need to buy green onion these days!), & at the big garden party on the 29th I'm going to put out mint & lemon balm leaves to garnish the lemonade.

* I just relished my protein afternoon snack, a slice of good cheddar. I'm determined to keep bringing protein snacks so as to beat my addiction to sweets.

* I have a feeling the numbers on the scale are going to start going down again any day now.

Now I need to put together this week's reward plan. I almost forgot.

  
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PJBOKC 8/18/2008 11:23PM

    Your little garden sounds glorious, and you're putting it to such good use.

We've really had great weather this month in Oklahoma too. I'm even enjoying the rain. emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/18/2008 11:22:25 PM

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Honored

Thursday, August 14, 2008

One of my poems, published in April in an online journal, is being nominated for the 2008 Best of the Net Anthology!

I'm a bit giddy. emoticon

  
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DECAROLIFIC 8/15/2008 8:37PM

    Congratulations!!

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SHANSHE 8/14/2008 5:58PM

    Oh MY! this is HUGE news and I am so happy for you!

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Shannon

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I confess

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I have a hard time restraining my sweet tooth. And it is jeopardizing my ability to lose weight. When I go over my calorie range (which I've done way too often lately), it's ALWAYS with carbs--never proteins or fats.

Here's an article I read recently that explains that excessive sugars & other simple carbs are bad for the brain & seem to be linked to Alzheimer's incidence:
www.forbes.com/forbeslife/2008/08/04
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I'm posting it here because I think it will be of interest to others, & because I want to fortify myself against temptation.

I understand the zigzagging thing, by the way--it's good to vary calories & even go over the range once a week or so to keep one's body from getting in a groove & plateauing. I'm afraid I'm currently in a groove of a few too many calories & carbs nearly every day. Gotta change that.

  
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SHANSHE 8/14/2008 12:35AM

    My sweet tooth seems to have taken a back seat lately and given way to my salty tooth... hmmm

You are doing good, you recognize what the issue is.
Shan

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LOWIEMAE 8/13/2008 6:24PM

    Try some high protein bars like South Beach. They are sweet enough and they fix my sweet tooth.

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Forgetfulness + good shoes = unscheduled cardio

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Yesterday afternoon my husband suggested that we meet for dinner at a new little Thai restaurant about a mile from our home. It's right next door to a train stop, & I got off just as he rode up on his bike. We had a GREAT dinner! It's a rather elegant little place in a minimalist way, & each food item was presented beautifully on a different-shaped plate.

Afterward I encouraged him to ride on home while I walked--it was a lovely evening & not quite dark yet. So that was an extra 15 minutes of exercise for me.

Then when I got home, I was going to start the chocolate-beet cake as planned, but first I turned on my computer to check e-mail. And up popped a reminder of a special meeting for new worship hosts at church--I had completely forgotten! And it was now 40 mins. past the beginning time.

So I grabbed a couple of things & took off running. It's a little over half a mile, & I ran the whole way, though I was wearing my work clothes. Now I'm not usually one to make a big deal about brands, but I have to say my Skechers Mary Jane sneakers are cute & feminine with dresses or pants AND great for running as well! I had no socks on, but they cushioned my feet just fine. It wasn't the first time I had run in them either.

I skidded into the meeting 50 minutes late, but it ended up lasting another 50 minutes & was very productive. And later I happily tracked the extra exercise.

  
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FITGIRL15 8/12/2008 6:50PM

    Great job hun! You did awesome yesterday! WOOT!

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SHANSHE 8/12/2008 5:08PM

    Hey! That works! How cool!
Shannon

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