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My Friday Night

Saturday, July 07, 2012

I bumped into a friend last Sunday who I haven't seen in a long time and she suggested we have dinner soon. We put our calendars together and came up with last night. It's funny, in the past whenever we've gone out, we've driven around in circles, trying to figure out where to go. This time she was quick to recommend Ruby Tuesday. To be honest, I've had some less than wonderful dinners there and although I like the salad bar because there are lots of healthy choices and its always very fresh, I'm not a fan of their entrées. Until now. They have revamped their menu and have more fit and trim selections and they've added some great sides, like grilled zucchini and spaghetti squash.

I ended up with the chicken bella (which is about 500 calories) when served with the zucchini and squash. I opted for the squash and salad. I even tossed in a glass of pinot grigio, which was well within my calorie allotment.

You see, I did several things to set myself up for a victory last night. I got 40 minutes of cardio in yesterday afternoon to pad myself a little. I visited the website and looked over the menu in advance. Truth to be told, I had a few blips (like the pumpernickel croutons I added to my salad--I swear I'm addicted to theirs) ... and I caved and ate two of the little biscuits. But it was a fraction of what I would have done in the past. I enjoyed the meal, I didn't feel guilty and my blood sugar was 112 this morning. That's the lowest its been since I started on SP and I'm pretty happy with that.

Given the choice, I probably wouldn't pick RT as my first choice for a restaurant because we have so many non-chain restaurants where they will prepare your meal the way you ask them to and the food is better. However, it's nice to have a chain that works so when you're traveling you know you can adapt it to fit your plan.

After dinner I went to TJ Maxx and rewarded myself with new socks for the gym (I like thin socks in the summer), a drawstring gym bag and some wonderful coconut body scrub.

  
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NASFKAB 7/8/2012 3:04AM

  great job

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KSCRAP363 7/7/2012 12:25PM

    Way to go! (plus, thanks for sharing...it's always nice to know what options are out there!)

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RADFEN 7/7/2012 10:02AM

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BEACONSPARKLE 7/7/2012 9:07AM

    Sounds good (as in way to go and delicious :)! I'm not a big fan of chains either, but totally agree with your point that when travelling it is comforting to know that there is always a place where you know what you'll be getting and it will something healthy. I also like to reward myself with sporting equipment and all kinds of beauty things, especially the ones that smell good enough to eat :). And so good to hear that you are getting results in the health department as well with the blood sugar!! You rock!

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TELFERS01 7/7/2012 7:05AM

  You go!

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One Month on SP!

Friday, July 06, 2012

Yesterday I celebrated one month on SP. I'm happy for all that I've achieved during the first 4 weeks and look forward to my second month! I lost 6.5 lbs, which isn't going to break any records, I'm sure -- but I can feel it, I can see it, and other people are beginning to notice (probably because of the exercise). I'm pretty sure I'm taller (probably because I have better posture and feel better about myself). My clothes are looser. My energy is higher. My blood sugar is controlled. My blood pressure is better. My cholesterol is lower. I sleep better. I give my body better fuel. And I feel happier in general. I remind myself of all of these things because it's important to acknowledge how taking better care of myself improves my life. It takes work and determination, but it's so very worth it.

I already have 250+ fitness minutes for July. I'm tracking food and exercise. I'm recording my blood glucose. And I find myself wanting to learn -- more about strength training and cardio endurance, healthy eating, the glycemic index, and anything else that can help me to be better and to become an inspiration to others the way the spark friends I've made here have become to me.

I took today off to catch up on some things around home (admittedly, by spending more time at the gym, I've been slipping a bit here, but the beauty is, it all waits)!

If I could give advice to anyone who is struggling I would say, believe in yourself. You can take small steps to feel better and the small steps turn into larger ones before you know it!



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DEBBYFROMMT 7/6/2012 7:08PM

    Happy one month Sparkversary!!!! Keep it up! emoticon

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KSCRAP363 7/6/2012 9:09AM

    So very encouraging! I am going to subscribe to your blog!

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CINDYSDAY 7/6/2012 9:01AM

    You are doing emoticon!

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/6/2012 8:36AM

    Congratulations on a successful first month with Sparkpeople! You should be very proud of ALL the progress you're making!!! Keep on keeping on!!!

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STARGAZER420 7/6/2012 8:32AM

    It was my one month too~! WTG~!

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SHERMOR13 7/6/2012 7:52AM

    So glad for your success - you're doing a great job!

Small steps are in fact the beginning of every journey. Good luck with your continued success!

Sherli

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Exercising on Mondays

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

When I left work at 4:45 yesterday, I was tired and hungry. More than anything, I just wanted an evening at home. It was a busy weekend and by the time I made dinner for me and DD, exercising was the LAST thing on my mind ... or was it ...

I set a goal of going to the gym a minimum of 3-4 times per week. Last week I failed, I only got there once, and although I got some walks in, I didn't hold up my bargain to myself. The old me would have thrown in the towel. But the NEW ME got out there Sunday and walked more than 3 miles and that same NEW ME went to the gym at 7:30 last night.

I did 33 minutes of strength training (combination of free weights and machines) and I did 25 minutes of cardio.

The time I spent exercising last night made my day better. I felt great, had more energy when I got home (enough to clean up the dinner dishes and do some laundry).

So here's to exercising on Mondays. It's a great way to start off the week and an even better way to love yourself!

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NASFKAB 7/4/2012 9:46AM

  great

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BEACONSPARKLE 7/3/2012 7:59AM

    Well done! I had the same experince, did not feel like going out running AT ALL, did it and just felt super good afterwards! Hurray for the NEW US :)!

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Ordination Today

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Last fall, I traveled to Italy for 10 days for what (so far) has been the trip of my life. I spent 7 of the 10 days in Rome. I traveled with a group of 25, led by my young pastor, who had lived and studied in Rome for 4 years. We were able to do and see some amazing things because of his knowledge and connections. It was amazing. As part of that trip, we attended a Diaconate Ordination at St. Peter's Cathedral for a 28-year-old young man from my parish and we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of my priest's ordination.

Today, that young man, along with another young man from our Diocese, will be ordained at our Cathedral in Scranton, PA. I'm traveling (about 2 hours) on a 55-passenger bus with friends from my church to attend. Tomorrow, the young man from my parish will offer his first Mass at our church, followed by a reception that I helped to plan and organize.

It will take most of my weekend, but I'm pleased to both witness and celebrate these two ordinations and spend time with people who have become my second family.

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MIRAGE727 6/30/2012 3:30PM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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PEAJAY50 6/30/2012 1:25PM

    Traveling mercies for you and those who will be traveling with you or like you.

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DEBBYFROMMT 6/30/2012 11:03AM

    Congrats to your new priest! What fun!

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BUSYGRANNY5 6/30/2012 7:56AM

    What a wonderful experience! Enjoy your week-end!

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Just gave that last piece of cake a nasty gesture...LOL

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Just went to the kitchen to get my afternoon snack, a fat free sugar free chocolate pudding and there sits the last piece of cake on the counter. I laughed at it and then gave it a nasty hand gesture.

Cake, you are dead to me ... insignificant ... merely a shadow of what you once were ... and not worthy of passing through these lips of mine!

I won, I won, I won!!!!!

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NASFKAB 6/30/2012 6:22AM

  great job

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PEAJAY50 6/29/2012 1:15AM

    *ROFLOL* You ROCK Honey!!! Woo-Hooo! You have overcome that evil cake!!! ((((Hugs))))

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KBRADFORD88 6/28/2012 7:46PM

    Now go put it in the trash! emoticon

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