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weekend update

Monday, November 17, 2014

Okay Okay, didn't do my best this weekend. I did pretty well on food choices for meals.. except homemade cookies! ;(
I haven't baked in forever and got my son involved in the process and we had a fun time of it. thankfully it is a small batch and they did a lot to help eat them up! However, a couple of cookies doesn't do much for my 'cut back/cut out' sugar process :(

Workout? didn't happen.. I should have went for a training run and instead ran around doing stuff with the kids, chores, errands etc.. So I was busy and exhausted by days' end, but didn't get my run in.

I'm going for my hill run today with my running buddy/co-worker! Will get my 4 miles in even if it is hard!

I realized this past weekend, I'm either still recovering from my cold or had another mild cold on top of the old lingering one.
Ready to be healthy and get back in shape!
Using positive visualizations of my winter training runs last year to get my mind to push the body out the door! ;)

Next up: Adding Strength training back into the routine in a serious way!

Today's foods?
eggs with mushroom and onion and a half of an english muffin
apple with almonds
Tasty Bites Lentils with fresh spinach for lunch!
greek yogurt, mandarin oranges, little serving of cheese and crackers for snack.

Dinner? undecided.. last night was shrimp stir fry, have that and left over Chicken Noodle soup I can chose from!
Healthy Left overs rock!

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HOBBESIS49 11/22/2014 11:06PM

    You are doing so Good despite what you feel like is a temporary set-back in your regular regimen you are doing AMAZING things!

Be so VERY proud of your journey..

emoticon Jane

Comment edited on: 11/22/2014 11:07:36 PM

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 11/18/2014 2:33AM

    Family time (even with emoticon) and recovery after/during a cold are never bad things!
Good job on going for your run - 4 miles with hills is indeed tough!!! emoticon

Ad you said, end of the year is coming, we can do this !!! You are doing great...

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HILLSLUG98239 11/17/2014 3:40PM

    That sounds like a great weekend, and well worth the calorie "splurge"!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 11/17/2014 2:12PM

    ahh baked goods are so good/evil! hopefully they are done soon and you can focus on the sugar cutting (until pumpkin pie time, of course!)

I had this annoying cough that wouldn't go away and I finally figured out i had recurring bout of tonsil stones. Not fun at all, but after performing DIY surgery on myself, my cough has dissipated! ugh gross

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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/17/2014 1:34PM

    Sounds like you had a good weekend, a little cookies can't hurt to much. Good that your son helped you eat them and I think it was worth it to have fun with your son, enjoy that time

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Mid-November update and 7 weeks till the end of the year!!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hi there! I had a nice long weekend in Northern Cali with my kids, visiting my sister (and my mom who was there for work and visiting my sister already!).
I ate pretty well, no exercise, just walking around etc.

We drove the 11+ hours back in one day (Tuesday) and yesterday I woke up feeling like I had a hang over?!?!?! What? Was it all the driving? or the limited water drinking (didn't want to have to stop too much) or some of the food options (did have a snack size bag of chips).
Anyway, spent yesterday recovering! and I'm feeling better today. Still a little tired, but better.

However, my food choices last night were not the best. 2 slices of pizza (take and bake from Safeway) wasn't very greasy, but not the best dinner either. and I had some of a dark chocolate/peanut butter bar.

Today, I'm renewing my commitment to limiting sugar! Feeling bad, doesn't mean you should give in to eating bad too!

I'm renewing my commitment to training for the 12K of Christmas! My running plan starts tomorrow! Today is bootcamp!

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EVRLNGFOO 11/13/2014 2:08PM

    hangovers are generally due to dehydration and lack of sleep. it's probably due to everything you mentioned.

good luck limiting sugar. this is a tricky time of year for that.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 11/13/2014 1:16PM

    Sounds like a nice trip and you did pretty well staying on track. Pizza is the hardest!! You can do this!

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8 weeks, 1 days until end of year? My holiday challenge

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Wow, that is soon! Thanksgiving is up next and then Christmas will be here!

Where did my accountability go? Well, I may blog every other day the exact same thing so that I keep accountable to my self.

Starting weight? 184 (last time I used the scale, now battery is dead)
ending Weight GOAL: 172 (By Dec 31)
Total loss GOAL: 12 lbs in 8 weeks

That is a lofty goal for me, but I'm going for it.

Action plan:
1. cut sugar
2. cut other bready carbs (my body doesn't do well with them)
3. watch sodium in processed foods (means no or limited canned soups etc).
4. Running a 12K race Dec 21st, Train for distance, train for speed
5. Lift weights and ST 3 days a week! Bootcamp 2 days, one day at home.
6. Add in more veggies: roasted veggies, homemade soups etc
7. Add more green tea
8. Add vitamin routine I used to do!

Okay there it is.. I'll try and blog more frequently to keep myself accountable and how I do with this Action plan!

Happy Tuesday and Welcome to my holiday challenge!

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 11/18/2014 2:37AM

    Where is you 12k race? Maybe I could join you!?! At least as a virtual race if not for real... starting to train again and getting back ready for Hal Higdon training plan for marathon starting in December...
Good action plan! You can do this!!!

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JUNESHOPE 11/9/2014 4:40PM

    emoticon Well planned. emoticon
You and SAPHRAEL are 2 of the strongest women I know.

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HOBBESIS49 11/8/2014 2:23AM

    Here's to your Running a 12K race Dec 21st!! emoticon


Starting weight? 184 (last time I used the scale, now battery is dead)
ending Weight GOAL: 172 (By Dec 31)
Total loss GOAL: 12 lbs in 8 weeks

emoticon Drink your water!

emoticon Jane

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BEATLETOT 11/4/2014 2:54PM

    Sounds like a very good plan!!!

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HILLSLUG98239 11/4/2014 1:39PM

    Awesome plan!

I, too, am wondering how I'm going to navigate the upcoming holidays. Flex that will power, and it will get stronger!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 11/4/2014 1:25PM

    I have to cut the bready carbs too. I'm not cutting fruit like I did last time bc I missed it too much, but I should def cut down on the others. And candy. Oof.

Hey the 12 k should be good to keep you motivated. I know you're no slouch with your workouts like I am, so it's prob just going to be a matter of sticking to your diet. Which is the hardest part, of course!

RE: Roasted Veggies. Yum. I think I should roast up a big batch to last me the week. I could eat those all day I love them! emoticon

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Accountability during travel

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today is my last full day on work travel.. Tomorrow I fly home. Yay!

As per usual, I've been trying to eat the right portions while away and get some exercise. I've been making it to the gym about every other day and doing cardio for 30-45 mins and then some Strength training with dumbbells for 30 mins. On days I don't get to the gym, I've been trying to 'move' around my hotel room for 30-60 mins! yep.. have TV on, and just squats, kicks, high knees, butt kickers, push ups, crunches, etc.. just moving for 1 hour.. It isn't high intensity, but it isn't just sitting still either!

Food choices are limited to what I brought with me.
Breakfast is Kashi high protein/fiber cereal with a banana.
Lunch is noodle, canned tuna/chicken, broccoli, carrot, spinach concoction.
Dinner the same as lunch.
If I'm flying a survey at lunch time, I'll have cheese and crackers and some almonds and chocolate chips.
I brought up a couple of dark chocolate bars (thin kind) and put in fridge and have a square or two in the evening.
Sometimes a snack of a high fiber bar.

So I haven't been tracking calories, but eating controlled portions and will see what the scale says when I get home.
Then the real focus begins.. end of the year deadline to lose some weight!
not because I 'have to' but because I 'choose' to lose weight! (read that on a SP blog today).. using the word Choose!

Happy Thursday! Hope the past two weeks have been good and you are finding tools and tricks to stick to a healthy lifestyle!

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JUNESHOPE 10/17/2014 11:03AM

    emoticon Sounds like you have applied this to a healthy way of Life. Your success is a true motivation for us all.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 10/16/2014 4:50PM

    Wow you are so discipline while traveling! that's so good

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UKNOWITNOW 10/16/2014 4:18PM

  You are doing great. emoticon

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Today's menu and Accountability Day 3 of 99

Thursday, October 02, 2014

I didn't blog yesterday, but I did well with my food choices which included.

Eggs, spinach, small amount of cheese with mulitgrain bread for Breakfast.
Lunch was a 'taco salad' with beans instead of meat, some cheddar cheese, salsa and a splash of Catalina dressing.
Snack was Fiber one bar, few almonds, few chocolate chips.
Dinner was late due to soccer practice, but only ate grapes with cottage cheese.
After dinner treat was 3 Hi-Chew candies.
Drinks for the day? water all day and one cup of decaf coffee with splash of cream in the morning.

Today's menu is a similar repeat.
Usual eggs etc for breakfast
Lunch is spring salad mix with chicken breast and goddess salad dressing
I also have apple, banana, grapes, cheddar cheese, greek yogurt and some whole grain crackers (to go with cheese and salad).
Dinner is undecided at this point.

I weighted in yesterday morning at a new high for me (well since lately). I think it was the canned soup sodium just kicking in the water retention.
I'm eating cleaner yesterday and today and will drink my weight in water and hope the scale turns back to normal tomorrow!

I said Fridays would be my weigh-in day, but maybe Saturdays.. I'm always torn. Bootcamp class on Thursday usually means sore muscles on Friday, which can affect the scale. AND, if I weigh-in on Saturdays, that means I have to be good with food and drink choices on Friday night right! Maybe that is the motivation I need!

Do you have a preferred weigh-in day? Do you take into consideration your workouts and food choices before weigh-in day? Or am I just nutz trying to make that damn scale reflect something positive?

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 10/2/2014 2:38PM

    I usually weigh towards the end of the week like Fri or Sat. I think that started with 5% challenges, but I've stuck with it. It's kind of bad bc sometimes I'll be really bad after a weigh-in, knowing I have a week to be better. My friend Jess on SP does a MONDAY weigh-in which is hard core.

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