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What a great day

Saturday, October 22, 2011

This morning I woke up unexpectedly early (it's the first day of october break and I went to bed late with a cold) and felt great. So I decided to clean up the apartment a little bit, sip some tea and then plan my meals/and exercise for the week and go grocery shopping.
It didn't happen.
What happend was even better.
after an hour I saw the sun rising and all I could think of was running.
I started week 3 of walk/run a 5 k three weeks ago but pushed myself too much and was in pain for over two weeks so I'd pretty much put off running until... well I did not know.
So this morning I just jumped in my clothes, ate a mini banana and took off for 30 mn of walk/run (2mn each)
It felt amazing to run in the quiet city and see the fog on the river, but most of all to be able to keep it up and even run a bit faster!
After that I planned my meals for the day and then left for the store, got a LOT of shopping done and had time for a two and a half hour phone call with a very dear friend.
I say awesome day!
I am now looking forward to tomorrow (swimming!) and monday (more walk/run), have time to try out spark recipes and read books, do some cardio etc.

I heart having time for myself ;)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HAKAPES 10/25/2011 3:23AM

    What a great day with exercise!
You really have this sparklife!

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1BEACHWALKER 10/24/2011 4:04PM

    emoticonGood for you!!!!

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BADASSBLONDIE 10/24/2011 12:27PM

    Wooo hoooo!!!!!

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JDUFORD 10/23/2011 8:31PM

    What a wonderful day!!! Great job on your walk/run!!!

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BONNIEBONNEAU 10/23/2011 6:45PM

    i like when a day turns out better than i expected - cool emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/23/2011 1:05PM

    Chouette, Shoopette!

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STRIVER57 10/23/2011 3:44AM

    sounds wonderful. 2 des 3 personnes chez moi sont en vacances aussi.
pas moi. dommage. mais je prends des vacances à Noel cette année ...

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YIWEN39 10/22/2011 7:04PM

    Shoopette, that sounds like a WONDERFUL day :-) Congrats on your walk/run, that's awesome!
Have a great Sunday :-)

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/22/2011 5:32PM

    Sounds like a good day indeed!
It amazes me that you can eat anything right before a run, usually there is the "3 hours rule" to avoid vomiting and having cramps in the stomach?... I used to find that I had to be careful even with drinking when I ran - drinking regularly but in small quantities. But I guess we are all different and our bodies react differently!

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MINIUM 10/22/2011 3:13PM

    Well done!!! WTG!

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FITMAY 10/22/2011 2:40PM

    That sounds like a lovely day as well as some more good days coming up! emoticon

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Portugal and Ha Ah moment

Thursday, October 20, 2011

As some of you know I spent a week in Portugal with my students who study wine. We had an amazing weather and the visits were really interesting.
I was worried the all time because I did not get much exercise and ate basically rice and chicken, pastries and drank wine the whole time.

I was sure I'd put on at least 3 pounds so I didn't even weight myself when I came back.
Well I still don't know how much I weight but my pants are still loose and when I went shopping i had to buy a smaller size!!!

Last but not least, I was chatting with a co-worker who said I'd really lost a ton of weight since I came here (last year) and when I told her about my goal weight (118 pounds) she said I'd be really too skinny. SHe is really thin and she is 4 KG heavier than my goal weight, and I have big bones. So since my goal weight is the lowest I can medically be I figured I should maybe weight a bit more and settle for a healthy 127 pounds for my 5 feet 4 frame

I am often told I put too much pressure on myself and I think I just realized how true it is.

I am now setting for a new goal: be kind to myself and reward myself for little victories such as buying smaller size pants.

I just did, ordered a LOT of Kusmi Tea boxes!!! (I am addicted to good tea)

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1BEACHWALKER 10/24/2011 4:01PM

    Wish you would post photos in your blog of Portugal-if you took any that is! emoticon Just a suggestion- I just love it when SPF's do photo blogs, like Claireinparis! I like to do them and even post video-like my latest blog-at the ocean!
Good for you re-evaluating your goals and taking it easier on yourself. I am 5'6' and weighed 128 (med frame) (back a long time ago)and that was a-ok for me-looked great in a bikini too! At least that is what I was told! hehe emoticon
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YIWEN39 10/22/2011 7:18PM

    That's great Shoopette :-) Find what feels right for you, rather than a number on the scale :-)
Same question as Nan: what do you teach?
Bye for now,

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BADASSBLONDIE 10/20/2011 4:50PM

    Wooooo hoooo for reevaluating those goals, being easier on yourself, rockin' at weight loss, and getting smaller pants!!! :D

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FITMAY 10/20/2011 1:30PM

    Kusmi Tea...oh...LOVELY!
Go you on smaller pants! emoticon emoticon emoticon
127 sounds perfectly healthy... just do what feels good to you...and yes be kind... I'm learning that too...


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MINIUM 10/20/2011 11:47AM

    Well done for getting into smaller trousers and being kinder to yourself. Maybe setting a 'trousers' goal rather than a weight goal is the key to our success...
I love tea too!
What do you teach?
See you!

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MIIMA-ME-MY 10/20/2011 10:02AM

    Way to go!!! Great example of flexibility of mind, here!
I am a Tea lover too!!! emoticon

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JDUFORD 10/20/2011 9:23AM

    What a positive way to re-evaluate your goals. emoticon feels great to buy smaller pants, doesn't it?

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New Car et all

Friday, October 07, 2011

This past week has been incredibly tiring, I was moving and looking for a car to buy, my brother was visiting but I couldn't take a leave so I had to pack in a lot of things

Yesterday I finally found a car, finished unpacking and got some quality time with my brother. I am finishing earlier today so I can spend more time with him and tomorrow we can go visit some nice places.

Life is good

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HAKAPES 10/25/2011 3:24AM

    And what car did you choose?

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GINIEMIE 10/8/2011 5:29AM

    Super, quelle voiture as-tu achetée? Tu as eu du bulot, l'appartement, la cherche d'une voiture, ton frère (le plus important) et le travail.
Amuse-toi bien ce weekend.

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MINIUM 10/7/2011 4:39PM

    Have a great week-end!

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JDUFORD 10/7/2011 11:52AM

    emoticon job juggling all of your priorities!! I hope you enjoy your time with your brother today and your new car.....

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/7/2011 9:21AM

    Bravo Shoopette ! Une semaine bien pleine mais productive. Profite de ton week-end maintenant ! emoticon

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YIWEN39 10/7/2011 6:27AM

    Super tout ca :-) Il est bien ton nouvel appart? Tu habites vers ou dans Carcassone, c'est ca? Je connais pas mais ca doit etre sympa, non?
Passe un excellent weekend, moi je bosse demain, tu sais, pour "rattrapper" les vacances emoticon
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LIZALOT 10/7/2011 5:05AM

    Well done. Qu'as-tu achete (sans accents qui deviennent du chinois) ?
Just goes to show that we get more done when we're busy and don't have time to procrastinate!

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yeah progress!!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Hi all,
Today was my 4th Masters Swimming session. you know, the one with the sharks though I ditched the sharks and changed groups
My goal was to not get muscle cramps and finish at least half of the training. I took my Swimming For Cardio team members many advice and stretched before during and after. I also drank water during training and well, did not have banana at home but had potassium enriched pancakes for breakfast before practice.

I completed the whole training!!! I was about to die at some point though. AND I only had a very quick toe cramp but it did not prevent me from swimming.
Oh and ego booster, on a few occasions I actually swam faster than one of the ladies!

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GINIEMIE 10/8/2011 5:31AM

    La natation et la meilleure pour moi. Bon travail. Félicitations!


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TAICHIDANCER 10/4/2011 7:48AM

    Great job! emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 10/3/2011 1:32PM

    That's fantastic!!! Wooo hooo!!!!!

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MIIMA-ME-MY 10/2/2011 10:25PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon YOU DID IT!!! You must be feeling like at the top of the world, right now! emoticon

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YIWEN39 10/2/2011 7:22PM

    That is FANTASTIC!!!! emoticon So proud and happy for you :-)
You go girl! emoticon
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1BEACHWALKER 10/2/2011 5:07PM

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MINIUM 10/2/2011 3:14PM

    Congratulations for overachieving! Amazing job!

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STRIVER57 10/2/2011 8:50AM

    ce que Claire a dit!

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ELPHYY 10/2/2011 8:17AM

That's awesome! Swimming is such a great workout!

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STARMIZER2000 10/2/2011 6:26AM

  Good job

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/2/2011 5:35AM

    emoticon Bravo Shoopette, c'est génial, tu as de quoi être fière de toi !!! emoticon

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