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A little blue but still kinda green!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

As I blog (thanks to SparkCoach for the prompt), I am icing the ball of my left foot after walking around on it all day, supporting my friends who ran the Monumental Half and Full marathons!

Argh, I am blue from not being able to run.

I am green, however, at the "excuse" to swim lots and lots more.

I have a small tiny tiny tiny promise to a friend to run the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon in May 2013.... we'll see how January feels.

At least I don't have to spend $$ on running shoes, right? Heh heh heh...

What is it about running that I love so much? I mean, there's the convenience, of course. Schlepping it to the pool means either waking up at 5:30 AM or getting home at 7:30 PM on weekdays. Forget Saturdays because those are reserved for the boyfriend. Running is something we can do together but I guess what I'm saying is this:

Ain't nothin worth the pain of running on an injured (yes injured, not sore nor painful) foot.

Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation it is. Til then, I guess I'm going pool-side.

Wish me good rest, as I've been quite sleepless the past couple days due to work stress.

Love and Blessings to you,

Oh wait... the prompt was to talk about my nutritional goals. Right. Oh boy. I struggle in this. My nutritional goals actually have more to do with my emotional needs. I need to allow myself to feel the feelings instead of stuffing them away. I have stated to myself that I deserve to sit down while eating. It pretty much cuts down on mindless snacking. Also, I deserve no distractions so I can concentrate on the food I'm eating and enjoy being in tune with my body.

There. Done.

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    Like you said, time to rest your foot and in the mean time you can nail down the food issues. You can do it.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 11/4/2012 9:03AM

    Hope your foot heals fast. Have a great week!

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JUNEPA 11/4/2012 1:24AM

    Swimming is excellent exercise.
Best wishes for your foot, hope it heals well and quickly

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Summer Swimming

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Well, I went to Taiwan 2 months ago and it was like hitting the reset button for my eating habits. I ate a lot, mind you... how can you not with grandparents around? ... but I generally ate what I wanted, when I wanted, in the amount I wanted... which turned out to be less, less often, and less. I dropped weight and gained muscle (did lots of walking and calisthenics) and even though I didn't run once, I did swim once and came back to the States feeling refreshed and goal-oriented. I weighed myself and was astonished because my clothes were hanging a little looser and I was close to my goal weight. About five pounds away.

I've been exercising and trying to keep a reign on my daily calorie intake since then but swimming makes me SO HUNGRY! Since then I've moved, joined a swim team, and run a couple of races, including races three weekends in a row! I've also joined a very nice fancy gym with LOTS of group fitness classes.

I did BodyPump yesterday and am pretty sore today.

I also ran ~4 miles after BodyPump; two outdoors near the gym and two on the indoor track. There was a heat advisory and I wasn't wearing the right shirt for running outside (Craft sleeved shirts are ok for general workout but not for running; the sleeveless may work better) so I brought it indoors. The membership guy kept saying "Please Be Careful" the day before as I biked home from the gym because of the girl from IU Bloomington who disappeared. It's not the best part of town and also, it's located off an access road off the highway and it's dangerous to bike there. I hate not biking as it is close but it's really dangerous. I wonder if there is a way to the gym w/o taking the access road.

Well, going to do a swim workout then head to the school where I work to plan lessons for the upcoming year.

Been a long time since I blogged but I guess it's time I did!


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    You did amazing on the trip. I wish I had access to a pool every day.

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-CORAL- 7/20/2011 12:46PM

    Sounds like you are doing great. Stay safe!

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JUNEPA 7/20/2011 10:58AM

    Here is to renewed Sparking. Nice races, way to go. So you are all graduated now? How is your summer going and what is up next for you?

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Portion Control = Way Hard

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Hello hello all,

Just blogging because school is cancelled for the 4th day in a row (and it's the weekend after that). This week has been havoc on my eating habits because I live alone and the silence is kinda eerie and tiring after a while. I dunno, I guess I get kinda down and sad and feel anxious so I want to chew something.

I went ahead and threw all the chocolate covered _________s away. Yeah, it wasn't good enough to warrant a ___ pound weight gain!

I ran 8.9 miles today in the ice and snow and it was actually too warm. It started at 20F and warmed up to 30F but I had a beanie, a hat with a bill, a long sleeve tech tee, fleece lined tights, and a primaloft jacket and mittens. Whew! I was sweating. My toes ended up getting the beginnings of a blister because my socks kinda got wet and bunched up under my toes. Ouch. A great sense of accomplishment, though.

I wish I were better at not procrastinating when it comes to schoolwork/planning for teaching but... I guess when I don't feel all that confident about making activities, I just don't want to do it.

I think it'd be easier if I weren't in my own house, but seeing as how I can't get out of my driveway, it's a tad tough to go anywhere else.

Tomorrow is my birthday! I will be 27 which sounds SO old.

I'm back to losing and I'm about to put in P90X Ab Ripper X!


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    I hope you had a happy birthday. I can't imagine how you ran in the ice and snow. I can barely walk in it.

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TRAINER_T 2/4/2011 9:31AM

    Happy Birthday and great job on throwing them out!

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JLWOF1 2/4/2011 8:28AM

    Way to go on throwing away the chocolate covered ________! You are worth it! Now on to the important stuff.

Happy Birthday! And to be honest, 27 doesn't sound old! Take if from someone many years older, enjoy it while you can! I'm very proud of you for taking charge of your life while you are still young! Just be sure to continue it for the remainder of your life!

Hope your able to get out of your house soon! Not a fun way to spend your birthday!

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PUSHYFROG 2/3/2011 9:27PM

    Hey we share a birthday! I'll be 31 tomorrow!
I hope you enjoy our day!!!

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THIRDXACHARM 2/3/2011 9:15PM

    Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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THIRDXACHARM 2/3/2011 9:13PM

    Good for you for throwing the chocalate covered _________ away!! Proud of you!

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Wow... that countdown didn't last...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Hi everyone, back again but just for a brief moment.

Things are pretty tough on this end, with grad school, student teaching, the COLD weather, and wiley, riled up students... not to mention training for a half marathon, being in community orchestra, strength training and doing abs, and having a boyfriend...

BUT weight loss and a healthy lifestyle isn't going to make itself work, so just a prayer or well-wishes request for those of you out there who have a spare moment to send some good thoughts and good vibes my way. A couple more months until I graduate grad school, but it seems like "miles to go before I sleep"!!


P.S. I weighed in today and lost weight!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/22/2011 12:05AM

    You have a lot on your plate but it's a really great plate and I know you can do it!! Hang in there. It's almost over!!

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DOPKIGIRL 1/18/2011 2:29PM

    emoticon Thinking of you and sending you positive vibes and I will keep you in my prayers daily. Know that is will all payoff in the end.

Have a great day!!

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SHEENUH 1/18/2011 1:32PM

    Awwww you are so inspiring! I'm SO in your shoes... working full time and being in school and having other obligations and having a mess of a schedule! It makes being healthy an obstacle course! You are doing great! KEEP UP THE HARD WORK! It will be worth it in the end is what I always try to tell myself when it doesn't seem worth it to get up and do strength trainig instead of sitting on the couch and eat cookies with my precious few minutes of spare time. lol, anyways. YOU ROCK! Keep it up!


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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/18/2011 11:15AM

    WTG! One day at a time Shug!

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JLWOF1 1/18/2011 3:57AM

    You can do it! Just stay focused!

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Day 8

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Well, I underate all day. Then I ran 3 miles at a good pace, did abs, went to orchestra, then went to Wal-Mart to buy supplies for tomorrow plus some food. Went WAY overboard on the food. Came home and ate alone (I HATE EATING ALONE) and then dove into a bag of cheddar SunChips. Body craving salt like mad -- Bah.

I hear it's bad to feel guilty about overeating because it's over. I still do, though.

I put tons of pressure to lose the weight by a certain date because I'm visiting my brother in California and a ton of people I know are going to be there. I want to be skinny and I want people to want to be like me. Is that so wrong?

Yeah, I know. Wrong motivation.

Sigh. Well, the life of a teacher is WAY stressful and I gotta beat this emotional / stress eating before it beats (eats) me.

Feeling stressed because this masters' program is high stakes and I'm starting to teach a whole lot more. People always say it must be easy being a teacher... but I am starting to think that if you actually care about your kids learning, it's not easy at all.

I did what SWEETNSKINNY told me to do -- I blogged about it. There, I came clean instead of hiding it. I was tempted to hide my failures but what's the use? It just prolongs the shame and shame just makes me feel worse about myself. Blegh.

It's tomorrow already. Sigh. I have Masters swim team tomorrow.

My plan is to eat balanced at every meal and escape to my room if I feel like my world is swirling.


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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/12/2010 9:40PM

    I have some sunchips once in a while and don't feel guilty. You can work them into your plan and still be on target.

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DOPKIGIRL 12/7/2010 10:35AM


That is wonderful that you got the miles in for the day. I need to get my butt into gear and start working out, it would certainly help my weight loss more. Just remember that not eating enough can also have a negative effect, but I am sure you already know that. LOL!

It's always hard to go to the grocery store. Never go hungry, that's for sure. Otherwise you go off track and get things you don't need or want. I personally, dislike shopping, but I have to do it. LOL! I usually make out the list ahead of time and stick to it for the most part. That helps. I get a salty craving often, but I don't have anything in the house, so its really maddening but I am grateful after the craving subsides.

I know the feeling of not letting go. I feel guilty too when I do something I shouldn't and I know the day is over and I need to move onto today, but I still allow that one mishap carry forward for days. I want to move on, but I can't.
I think in time we will learn to handle this better, or so I hope.

Don't forget to take time for yourself and find a stress reliever. Stress can pack on the pounds or lessen the amount of weight loss. Take small steps and try not to look at the end but rather what you are doing now. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL and you have nothing to prove to anybody. As long as you are happy, that is all that matters.

Sending you many blessings!! Sorry for the long novel. I am sure I could write more but I don't want to bore you.

Have a great week!!!

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SWEETNSKINNY 12/7/2010 12:47AM

    Good job friend. You fessed up! You can do this. Even if you have to focus an hour at a time. Breathe, relax and remember why you are doing this in the first place. Have a great day tomorrow!

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