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It's Monday, AGAIN???

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ugh, mondays. I hate them but I love them, time to get back into the routine. Started off this morning without my workout, but it was well worth it to hit that snooze to finish a grrrreeeattt dream I was having. Isn't it great when you wake up from a dream and then you go back to sleep right where you left off? Glad I got to finish it up - great start to my week, except now feeling guilty about not working out, but will have to do it tonight when I get home.

I have officially switched into my annual HOLIDAY STRESSING mode - I have to finish 90% of my shopping by this weekend as we are heading to WV next Tuesday for Thanksgiving and we always celebrate Christmas while we are there. On a good note, my shopping will be done which allows time for festive, fun things during the month of December. But time just crept up on me, WOW, next week is really Thanksgiving. I better get a move on, should have been shopping alot earlier but it's really hard to be in a shopping mood prior to Thanksgiving.

I really need to get my workouts in this week, need the extra stress relief and this week will complete 3 weeks of P90X so looking forward to being in recovery phase next week for a little break. Been hitting it hard and have to just survive this week of torture, then a break. Gotta step up the running so I can do the 5K on Thanksgiving. Always a challenge - I love it.

Happy Monday everyone.

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ROSE_50CA 11/16/2010 7:47AM

I know exactly what you I love shopping but, this year I am being cut back says my daughter. I can only buy them one gift and a gift certificate from the grocery store. What a bummer! She finally agreed to let me buy my grandsons some extra I wish I was there to help you as I said, I love shopping!!!

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JLITT62 11/15/2010 6:59PM

    I know you will get it all done! Hannukah is early this year -- starts at the beginning of Dec. But it's not as big a deal.

Yup, those workouts will actually help channel some of that stress. Just talked to my folks, and we will be going there for Thanksgiving, so now I have to figure out if there will actually be enough time for me to do the turkey trot. It's a 90 minute drive, and we'll bring the dogs, so that makes it take more time trying to get all their stuff togetherl.

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HEALTHY_45 11/15/2010 11:35AM

    I hear you on the HOLIDAY STRESS - it's crazy how much stress one day can create! I totally agree that keeping up with the workouts is the best stress relief.
Have a fantastic day!!

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NATPLUMMER 11/15/2010 11:35AM

    It's funny how Monday just sneaks up on you, isnt' it?
Try not to stress to much with the shopping. At least you know that you'll be done with it.
You're doing an awesome job on the P90X. You'll make it through this week because you know you've got your recovery coming up next week. It will help you with the stress as will any running you do.
Have a fabulous Monday!!

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MZSLYDE01 11/15/2010 11:27AM

    Ugh - HOLIDAY STRESS. I've been thinking about it too and it's starting to hit me as well. I haven't even started shopping and am scared. Have no idea what I am going to get.
You ROCK it - 3rd week of P90X. Great job. That's awesome. I will someday be able to say I have completed it too. This jut motivates me to want to try it again and finish it. I have made it into week 5 but things happened and yep I have no more excuses.
Have a great day and Bring it tonight.

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SPARTANPHOTOG 11/15/2010 10:57AM

    That's awesome that you're almost done with your holiday shopping. And CONGRATS on your P90X! That's awesome! My dvds have been sitting in the same box since I got it last year. I will have to try it once the new year starts.

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GR8CGRM 11/15/2010 9:47AM

    Tomorrow night run before dinner!!! Don't let the holidays stress you out. I got your back. Tonight, date with Tony!!! emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 11/15/2010 9:34AM

    I'm starting to freak out too. Yesterday was the first day that I actually "felt" the holidays coming on and all I could think of was "the house needs cleaning, the house needs cleaning!"

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HALFFAST 11/15/2010 9:27AM

    Wow, I can't believe Thanksgiving is next week already! That just put me into holiday-stress mode ;) Lol! Happy Monday!

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Super Saturday

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Wishing everyone a Super Saturday, gonna be a great one here in VA Beach. Weather is gonna be perfect for our high school football playoff game this afternoon. Go Dolphins.

Did my morning workout - P90X yoga, I am still so sore from doing so many P90X push-ups yesterday. Didn't realize there were so many different styles of push-ups, I don't think they missed any that's for sure. I have definitely found that push-ups are a great weakness of mine, but before it's all over, I'm gonna be the push-up master, lol.

Having mongolian chicken for dinner, yummy. My daughter is taking her niece and nephew to the sold out Justin Bieber concert tonight, glad it's her and not me. Thousands and thousands of screaming tweenies. Glad those days are over for me, but excited the grandkids get to experience the fun things in life. They've got Bieber fever.

Gonna enjoy some hubby alone time tonight, all the kiddies will be gone tonight - woo hoo !!!!!! Doesn't happen very often so looking forward to a quiet evening with hubby and my mongolian chicken. Ahhhh, the simple things in life. What fun are YOU enjoying today?????

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BANDMOM58 11/17/2010 6:34AM

    I did yard work and a 5K. I told one guy well that worked out the kinks from the yard work when I finished the 5K. lol.....He asked me if I had fun? It was raining and freezing out but I still did it.

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ANITAGOODBODY 11/16/2010 10:53AM

    My SIL was responsible for the Meet & Greet for Justin Beiber on base. And my 12 year old granddaughter had no interest in meeting him - can you believe that??????????!!!!!!!

I got to spend a weekend in Corova with 4 couple friends - and so that was my Saturday (and Sunday) fun emoticon

Have a great week - and thanks for being such a great team captain!

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MZSLYDE01 11/14/2010 2:04PM

    Yoga for you and X Stretch for me.
Hope you had a nice evening alone with hubs. And enjoyed the food.

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BET212 11/13/2010 11:43AM

    I love Mongolian Chicken! Are you making it or ordering in?

DH is in Dallas for a Boy Scout reunion but will be back tonight; probably tired but happy from seeing all his old Boy Scout friends. I thought they should wear their uniforms in adult sizes but no one would listen to me emoticon

I'm going to dinner with friends near the Riverwalk so a walk down there may be in the cards.

Enjoy your alone time with hubby!

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CONDZMOMOFJJQ 11/13/2010 10:46AM

    Well I'm headed to a high school football playoff game! (Go Chargers!!) I'm kind of nervous because it's my son's first game back since his knee surgery. (My stomach is queasy thinking about that!) He's fine and totally rehabbed but I'm just a nervous mom!! He's headed to Pitt on a full football scholarship so I wanted him to stay out for the rest of the HS season. I figured he could FULLY recover and be well prepared for his college career! Oh, well!

Later I'm headed to dinner to celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday. BEFORE going to dinner though, I am heading out for a quick 2 mile jog. NO ANDs, IFs or BUTs about that!!

Enjoy your quiet time with your hubby!! smooches...

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NATPLUMMER 11/13/2010 9:49AM

    Those pushups can really get to you. We had a 25 push ups a day challenge in the JM Sparkers Team last month and I got to be able to do 25 standard without stopping no problem. Just keep working on them.
Mongolian chicken sounds quite tasty...Hmm....maybe we'll have Chinese for dinner..maybe not I haven't even had breakfast yet ;-)
Yes, you should be glad you're not going to the Justin Bieber concert. I can only imagine what a madhouse that's going to be. Probably not full of pot smokers like most of the concerts I've been to.
Have a great evening enjoying the time with your Husband.
We're going to see if I can get some new running shoes. Then we're going to the new Whole Foods to pick up some stuff. Hopefully not too crazy there. Just a relaxing evening alone with my Husband. It should be a good day.

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Happy Veterans Day

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I am proud to be an American and I love my country. I would like to thank all the veterans out there who have served our country and for those who are currently serving. Thanks for all you do to keep our country safe. Remember to thank a service member today.

A shout out to those I know. Thanks and you are on my mind today ... Hubby, Granddad, Dad, Jim Wilkerson, David Knuutila, Scott Martin, Jeremy Wise, Amiebrae & Isaac, and the Hutchinson's.


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MZSLYDE01 11/11/2010 12:03PM


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PARKERB2 11/11/2010 10:35AM

    Glad our country takes a day to remember our heroes. Have a good day and thanks for commenting on my blog. I enjoyed reading your response. emoticon

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DGIBSON02 11/11/2010 9:41AM

    Last I checked, your favorite son in law should have been on that list :)

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SEEAMANDARUN 11/11/2010 9:21AM

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THATGIRL0515 11/11/2010 7:28AM

    and my popa, momma and sister too I guess! Thanks sweetie

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More Food Please - NOT

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I've been seriously eating myself to death or so it seems. I have increased my workouts to 3500 calories per week, which is great, I'm feeling awesome. But with the added workouts, my calorie intake has increased dramatically. I was acustomed to eating a minimum of 1200 -1500 calories a day, now my minimum is 1700-2000, WOW, that's a lot more food.

It seems I am eating constantly, all day long, Do you know how many veggies snacks it takes to make 1700? ALOT. I am just soooo tired of eating all day long, I need to eat more at my meals but my stomach is just not that big, I don't like to eat til I'm miserably full. I'm eating all the right things (lots of fruits, veggies, lean meats) but I am sooo miserably stuffed and constantly shoveling it all in.

Anyone out there have this problem???? and what's the solution????

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LEONALIONESS 11/10/2010 10:18PM

    I've got a friend who is a runner and is naturally VERY thin. She's always trying to avoid losing weight and/or trying to put weight on. Her solution? Good fats from things like nut butters (coconut butter is AMAZING)and other foods that are calorie dense in comparison to portion size. She's a vegan, like I am, so eats a lot of low-calorie fresh veggie and fruits. Another good option is dried fruit. It's not as filling as fresh and the calories are more concentrated without it being a junky choice.

Nuts, seeds, nut butters, coconut, dried fruit - all things I wish I could eat more of myself! LOL. A lot of calories in a little, nutrient dense, not overly bulky package.

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JLITT62 11/10/2010 10:06PM

    Truly, it's just never a problem that I have. And remember that those are guidelines, so just watch what happens & see if it's really the right amount for you.

Oh, and of course avocado is high in fat, but the good fat -- I'd eat a whole avocado easily if I could!

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MASSPEACH 11/10/2010 12:39PM

    I sometimes have this problem. I don't force myself to eat if I am not hungry. I listen to my body-if I am hungry, I eat, and then I eat until I am full.

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HEALTHY_45 11/10/2010 12:19PM

    WOW that's a real dilemma, I can't say that I have that problem. I have increased my exercise to 2000 cal per week and I'm finding that some days I'm extremely hungry.
I do agree with some of the others who suggest PB, healthy fats and other nuts, all are healthy high calorie options. However, they may over load your fat calories if you try to incorporate all of them.
You are doing so awesome, you obviously are doing alot of things right!!

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NITRO.MOJO 11/10/2010 12:05PM

    I usually mix up a protein shake - Whey Protein Isolate. With water, it's only about 100 calories and with skim milk, it's about 180 calories. It keeps me satisfied for awhile.

I also do "intuitive eating" - basically, eat 'till you are "satisfied", but do not eat 'till you are "full".

Of course, if you are losing pounds, I'd just keep on doing what you're doing. ;-)


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NATPLUMMER 11/10/2010 11:52AM

    Unfortunately, I don't have that problem. But as many have said, nuts are a good way to go.

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SWELL10 11/10/2010 10:21AM

    Almonds are a favorite of mine -- lots of protien and healthy fat. They are higher in calories so that might help. Good luck!

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SEEAMANDARUN 11/10/2010 9:54AM

    Yep, the PB is a good idea. Also adding in healthier fats (like olive oil, nuts, or avocado) would bring that calorie count up.

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    Add peanut butter to your snacks. Melty PB and toast at night is soo good.
Otherwise, I suggest snacking on trail mix or eating some red meat? That's usually higher in calories. You could get 2% cottage cheese and drink more milk, too.

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MZSLYDE01 11/10/2010 9:10AM

    Wow - Wish I had that problem. HMMMM Something to work for - A GOAL IT SEEMS.
I say add higher calorie veggies into the mix like Avocado
And of course there is always Peanut Butter and Nuts. Unless you already have those into the mix - Then I don't know. I would hate to say eat high calorie crappy stuff because that is out of the question.
This is a good problem to have I think.
Hee hee hee
Oh by the way - I meant to say Congratulations yesterday for the Steelers win on Monday but forgot - So CONGRATS - way to go Steelers. emoticon
Also did you pick up some hummus yesterday - Was wondering if you ended up eating any and if you liked it?
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CONDZMOMOFJJQ 11/10/2010 8:30AM

    Well, what an interesting problem to have! I don't have any suggestions because I am a newbie who would ABSOLUTELY LOVE to have this problem! hmmm... I wouldn't know what to do if I had a hard time reaching my calorie intake for the day. Right now, I have a hard time not going WAY OVER the allotted daily calories!


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THATGIRL0515 11/10/2010 8:12AM

    wow- thats simple! Corn Nuts and Slim Jims! with some peanut M&Ms thrown in for good measure!

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    Listen to your body. If it doesn't want all that food, then don't give it all that food. Also, you might want to try to work in a little bit of higher calorie, lower bulk foods to keep within your caloric range.

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You Know You're an Addict when.....

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

You know you are a fitness addict when you sign up for a race on Thanksgiving day. Yes, I admit I am a fitness junkie, who else would find a 5K race 500 miles away from home.

emoticonWe are going to WV for Thanksgiving and I was told about a local 5K, Burgettstown Turkey Trot. So I signed up.

emoticonAm I insane????? Most definitely, it has an UPHILL finish, what am I thinking?????

Have I totally gone completely stark raving mad????? Possibly, since it will probably be snowing and very cold.

What the heck has gotten into me???? It's called the SPARK, pass it on if you have it. emoticon

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KATHLEEN0222 11/9/2010 10:17PM

    Enjoy the addiction! I know I am!!! Turkey Trot 5k on Saturday and Holiday Hustle on 12/5! Happy running!

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JLITT62 11/9/2010 9:17PM

    I know exactly what you mean! Once I figure out whether or not we'll actually be home on Thanksgiving, then I'll sign up for one, too. But I probably won't do it if we go to relatives -- just not really enough time.

Hmm, could that be an excuse?

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GR8CGRM 11/9/2010 1:25PM

    Better than being an addict of bad things. You just like the rush. I am with you sis!!

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HEALTHY_45 11/9/2010 12:45PM

    You are an addict, you are insane and you are an inspiration...........have a great time!!

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WILLIAMV3 11/9/2010 12:05PM

    Yep... I think you're addicted. Haha. Have a great time!

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BAILEYS7OF9 11/9/2010 11:54AM

    Good luck!!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 11/9/2010 10:28AM

    SO PROUD OF YOU!!! emoticon

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MZSLYDE01 11/9/2010 10:05AM

    Woo hoo - You are an addict.
Take pics I can't wait to see - Hope it's a great race and good weather. Don't know about the weather in that area this time of year but I am praying for a beautiful day for you. EXCITING.

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SEEAMANDARUN 11/9/2010 9:55AM

    Nah, I'm doing one too. Of course mine is local, BUT I am also hosting Thanksgiving at lunch time.

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ANNE7X7 11/9/2010 9:12AM

    I love it!! Good for you!!

-A fellow addict

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HALFFAST 11/9/2010 9:11AM

    Love it! I'm still planning on doing the turkey trot here so we can run them together in spirit :)

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    You are insane, but that's awesome.
You've definitely got the Spark and that's definitely a GREAT thing.

You go girl, you'll totally own that uphill finish!

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MRSSIBRAT 11/9/2010 8:22AM

    thats awesome!!

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SWELL10 11/9/2010 7:56AM

    Cool! You will do awesome! Bundle up and RUN!!!! emoticon

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GROEDER 11/9/2010 7:56AM

    Yes!!!! You are absolutely crazy - so does that make us twins?? LOL That sounds like something I would do too. I love your spirit and sense of adventure.
From one adict to another - I wish you the best in the run and I hope your Thanksgiving will be GREAT!!!!

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THATGIRL0515 11/9/2010 7:52AM

    yup- confirmed- your a freak! but I love ya! I thikn its just your excuse not to cook!

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HOKIEJEN13 11/9/2010 7:47AM

    Yes, you are mad. But, that's what makes you so inspirationally awesome! You'll be fabulous in that run, I just know it! So kudos to you for signing up!!!! Keep up the momentum!

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