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Monthly Check In Month 2

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

I committed to doing a monthly check-in in a particular dress I am fond of (for memories of how great it feels to be in good shape/eating well).

Anyway, August was something about like this:

And after a somewhat lackluster month 2, I'm not so disappointed with September:

Not quite ready to wear out on the town, because I'm pretty sure those buttons would pop open if I took two steps, but two buttons closed is visible progress!

I liked this habit because for some reason the visual is more tangible. If only I knew how to take 'selfies'...I keep wondering if my arms are abnormally short??

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GHK1962 9/4/2014 10:02PM

    Heh heh .... sorry about the laughing ... but when you said, "I keep wondering if my arms are abnormally short?" that made me laugh.

Because if the inability to take selfies means one's arms are too short ... then crap! My arms must be on backwards! (Normally if I have to take a picture I have someone else do it ... or set the self timer while I balance my phone on something and run to the spot I need to be in.)

As for the photo comparisons ... that is a great way to document and compare the month to month differences.

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KNEEMAKER 9/3/2014 11:22PM

  Keep on keeping on! emoticon

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144AUTUMN 9/3/2014 10:52PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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EMMACORY 9/3/2014 10:33PM

    You are making progress. This is a marvelous NSV! emoticon

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CAROL494 9/3/2014 10:27PM

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Week 2 Do-Over

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Jillian and I haven't been hanging out as much lately, so I don't think week 2 got a fair shake last week. I'm starting over this week to see how Week 2 goes. I'm a little bit tired of it, but I figure the additional investment in doing Week 2 "as prescribed" will mean I can go a little longer without making any additional workout video purchases.

Labor Day - it was great! Though I felt kind of bad about everyone I made work at my expense. Husband had a job interview in a town about an hour away, so we went and stayed with him in a hotel with a pool. There was a cute farm nearby with a restored 1940's carousel in the barn, and a slingshot shooting range, and a corrugated pipe slide.

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GHK1962 9/2/2014 11:12AM

    Heh ... I like that part about, "... will mean I can go a little longer without making any additional workout video purchases."

It makes me think about when my wife and I take longer on a run event bike ... we just assume we are getting more for our $$ haha.

And it sounds like you have a fun weekend ... so yeah! (And good luck to your husband on his interview!)

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Some Little Things

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I drank some water

I worked out two days in a row

I just barely tipped over into the "Healthy" range of the ever-meaningful BMI Scale:)

I received a lot of encouragement from my son today while working out - at the beginning of the summer I didn't want to work out because the idea of how bad my kids could be stopped me. Shame on me! Who knew how encouraging they would be?

I made a healthy dinner that everyone could enjoy

I logged at the end of the day even though I didn't keep up with the day as it happened

I'm going to bed now to see my hubs and get some rest!

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GHK1962 8/28/2014 11:25AM

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Those emoticons are for your kids! Way to go little peppers! (Ok ... I have no idea if you call them little peppers ... but your Sparky name is Sgt Pepper ... so I'm making the leap there. Wait, wait ... maybe it's a Beatles thingy your SparkName?)

Anyway ... yeah on the Healthy BMI range. (I'm also guessing if you have been working out, even with the 3 weeks off, your BMI doesn't tell the whole story, as it's more of a generic "this is where you're at number" for people who tend not to work out and don't watch what they eat. I suspect for you, you have some lean muscle built up that the BMI calcs don't account for.)

Geez ... I get wordy don't i????

I hope your day today is even better than yesterday!

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Slow Start

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It has taken me about three weeks to get back on schedule since vacation. Five days after vacation I was recovering from a stomach bug, and the day after that kids started school and my husband left for Portland to do a job interview. I planned really well for my trip and it went pretty good as far as staying somewhat on track, but I didn't plan for the return. An empty fridge and less than stellar health created a challenge, and also the perfect environment for me to revert to what comes easiest.

Also, to be honest, the fact that the scale has continued to move south has let me feel justified in turning my attention to other things without much guilt. I'm sure I'm just losing muscle, as lack of movement and crap eating haven't proven to be the most effective long term weight loss plan for the past 32 years. But numbers going up does light more of a fire under my rear.

Today I did my first workout in three weeks, and it felt great to workout! I was happy that I was able to keep up with Jillian, and I instantly just felt better than I have felt in...well...about three weeks! Here's to being back on track...finally!

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SGTPEPPER4191 8/27/2014 10:19PM

    Thank you guys! I appreciate the encouragement from you both! FCM, I hope you find yourself with a much improved schedule once school starts. High Fives GHK!

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    It took me a long time to get back on track after vacation too and I also think it will get better next week when the kids go back to school and we are all on a better schedule. I am impressed you were able to keep up with Jillian after three weeks away from exercise - good for you

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GHK1962 8/26/2014 5:18PM

    Normally after stopping work outs its always hard to jump back in. In your case, you had a pretty good reason. (Being sick and all.) But that still doesn't make it any easier hitting the workouts or nutritional goodness again.

So HIGH-5 for starting up today!

And ... you make an EXCELLENT point about vacations and pre-planning ... and lack of post-planning. I know I always plan on stuff prior to a trip. Cleaning. Getting the pets stuffs worked out. Bill paying. Etc. But no thought has ever been given to when I get back.

Hmmm ... lightbulb moment for me. I gotta remember this next time for sure.

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Post Vacation and Mid Stomach Bug Lessons

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I was going hardcore the last time I blogged on August 9th. I was in control of my eating, making time for exercise, and generally making my health a priority. Everything had come together. 10 days later and I am slightly worse for wear but still here. A summary:

Trying to Stay on Target While On Vacation:

I left for a vacation on the 10th, and it was fantastic! I never went to the beach as a child, so I spent a good 45 minutes every day boogie boarding and felt like a kid. It was so fun! I loved walking on the sand looking for shells, swimming in the ocean and seeing what it looks like to swim under the waves with my goggles, and playing with my kids. I only went to the gym twice but when I did I really gave it my all, and also took the stairs to our 15th floor condo several times and generally stayed active. I ate generally healthily for maybe the first three days, but after that it got harder. It is really hard for me to track things that I don't eat that often and don't have a frame of reference for. How much fried okra was that? Is a chicken fried steak smothered in gravy a 6 oz portion or more? (To be honest, I don't want to know:) What were the Ethiopian dishes we inhaled even called? Based on their deliciousness I have to think that the fact they were vegetarian did not mean they were calorie sparse. I definitely reverted into an 'all or nothing' mentality along the way and just let go of the tracking.

In the positive column I continued to eat a healthy breakfast every morning and usually had a healthy lunch that incorporated some vegetal and fruit matter. However, the frozen lemonades, New York style pizza, crab cakes, funnel cake and Ethiopian cuisine certainly called my name all in succession, and I also reverted back to my sugary Dr. Pepper habit somewhat, having one with our meals our several times.

Toward the end of our trip I began to feel anxious. A big part of my daily routine is weighing myself every morning. I began to worry about what the scale would say when I came home. What if I gained back every stinking pound I lost in the two weeks prior? The thought was weighing me down and I really began to give up and give in and lose sight of my goal. As soon as we stepped through the door I ran to the scale and saw 153. Okay, well, two pounds gained. Wish I had done better, but not so bad.

Enter the Stomach Bug:

Was it the chicken fried steak on Saturday morning? I will never know for sure, but all I can say is Saturday was uncomfortable, and as soon as we got home Saturday night I was positively miserable. I thought about tracking my food, but thinking about food just made me sick to my stomach and I don't even want to think about it. It's Tuesday, and I'm still miserable...but I lost those two pounds again so there is that. Not that it matters when I don't even want to move and all I want to do is sleep. Clearly there is more to health than the number on the scale - lesson learned! So now I am just kind of in holding pattern but anxious to get back exercising once I get myself in good health. While sitting on the wagon feels a little disappointing after already spending a week away, at least I haven't rolled off yet.

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GHK1962 8/26/2014 5:14PM

    I see you just posted another blog today ... but did want to make that comment on the soda thing.

Not an .. here's some advice comment. Nor a "you can do it - rah rah" comment.

More a .... man ... I like soda too. (Well, you might already recall that from other comments I have made.) And Dr. Pepper mmmm. (I'm not making this better am I? I need to shush.)

But ... I also have diabetes ... so try to control sugar intake. So all my carbonated drinks are diet. (Unless they have hops in it ... then mmmmmm.)

Ok ... stopping my rambling here. To be continued on your next blog post. ...

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SGTPEPPER4191 8/23/2014 10:08AM

    It's lame, but I think I am going to 'start back on Monday'. And I am enjoying the benefits of having been in good health prior to bug - I can feel that my arms and shoulders are stronger than normal, and based on the scale I can tell my metabolism is running a little faster than usual. Now that I'm eating again I did regain the boost in energy I had prior. However I am totally back on the soda wagon. Saving that for Monday too? I think so. Thanks!

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GHK1962 8/20/2014 10:29AM

    I hope your feel better today - stoopid stomach bug!

As for getting back on track, just hop aboard when the sickies go away. Rest is important when you are ill or injured. And I think we (the 'we' in general, not the you and I we ... because if I had really meant the "you and I" we you would think to yourself ... who is this person? Well .. ok ... you might still be thinking that ..but nevertheless ...uh...rats, I am lost as to what I was originally saying ....let me end this parenthetical digression and start over.)

Uhh ... getting back on track, yada, yada ... rest is important, blah, blah .... ok...I remembered what I was going to write...

I think we tend to think that once we have slipped, or stepped back a bit, that when we start up we should be able to start right in on where we were at. But ... it might take some time to get back to where we left off. A few days? A few weeks? Depends on how long we were off I think. In your case, it's just been a week or so, so likely a few days for you.

Now ... the most important thing I think though is .... you had a GREAT vacation! And that is a good thing. :)

(Sorry so long ... I am a rambly sort.)

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