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I can't get moving!!!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

This week SUCKED. Joey came home on Halloween with the stomach flu. It turned our house into a plague house within 24 hours. First Joey, then Will and my husband the next day, Jonny the night after that. The following morning had us taking Joey to the hospital because the flu and his Type 1 Diabetes didn't play well together. He (and my barely getting well husband) stayed there in the ICU for two nights getting Joey better while I finally fell to the flu as well, trying to manage that and our nine year old twins on my own. Did I mention that this week SUCKED!?!

So I haven't excercised at all to speak of since last Wednesday night when we walked for Halloween and I'm having a really rough time starting again. I still had a bit of a fever this morning, so I probably don't need to be running 3 miles or anything, but I need to start doing something.... I can feel the inertia setting in.

Just ten minutes, just ten minutes is running through my head. In half an hour the boys will be in bed and I can pull up a little 10 minute video and just do SOMETHING.... just have to get started.

  
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KJELLYBEAN15 11/8/2012 9:36AM

    So sorry you have had such an eventful week. A 10 minute video sounds like the trick but don't forget that you have been sick. Your body needs to heal before you start placing demands on it. Hope you feel better soon.


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SHEYLANGEL22 11/7/2012 9:11PM

    Do a 10 min cardio from sparkpeople videos. I usually use them when I'm feeling exhausted. emoticon you and your family. emoticon emoticon

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11 weeks to DisneyWorld!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

On June 25'th my husband and I are going to embark on the second Great Stadter Family Travel Adventure. Last year we went to Chattanooga, TN and with the exception of the hotel fire alarm incident it all went pretty well.... but this year we're upping the stakes.

8 days, 6 states, 2074 miles, 3 boys. Oh boy. We're going to DisneyWorld!!

For Joey's 6'th birthday (and celebrating Will & Jonny's 7'th birthdays which are later this month) we'll be knee deep in Disney. I can't wait!!

Now, for my personal challenge. I want to really be in tip top shape before we embark on this adventure. I'm hoping to lose about 15 pounds before we go (which would put me nicely back into my summer clothes from two summers ago which I really really like, and would save me from having to BUY a ton of new hot weather garb as an added bonus). But the weight loss is secondary - I want to have plenty of energy to chase my little men around wherever they want to go!

My goals, by June 25'th I will be:

Running at minimum 3 miles 4 days a week.
Doing 100 push-ups a day
Doing 100 crunches a day

I am Mom. Hear me roar.

  
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SPUNKY521 4/7/2010 1:54PM

    DISNEY WORLD HOW FUN. GOOD LUCK ON OUR WEIGHT LOSE, YOU CAN DO IT! emoticon

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Week 3 of the 13 Week Learn to Run Program is Complete!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Whew! More importantly, this also marks the third week that I've journaled every bite I've eaten and kept up with a regular workout schedule. I can't believe I've gotten up early every workday and gone to the gym first! Go me!

It was tough this morning though, cold and wet outside and I really, really didn't want to. But now that I'm done I'm glad I did it. I really want to get back to that girl I was a couple of years ago - I was running 3 miles 3 times a week and was down to a breath away from being below 200 pounds for the first time in twenty plus years.

Yes, the last time I was below 200 pounds I was in high school, and that was only briefly for my senior year. I CAN DO THIS!

I realized this morning that I'm taking it sort of like the old AA adage - one meal at a time, one day at a time, one week at a time. If I can do this until we leave for vacation at the end of June I'm hoping that it will all have turned back into good habits.

How do you all keep yourself on track for the long haul? I want to hear from you!

Mary

  
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DCGJONES 7/31/2010 10:46AM

  Is there a maintenance program after completing 13 weeks to 10K?

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CEB2007 3/26/2010 9:32AM

    CONGRATULATIONS! You are doing great. I'll be pulling for you. Below 200 soon.

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I haven't blown it yet!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Weekends are typically my nemesis. During the week when I work all day it's easy to be 'in my routine'. Go to the gym, make my breakfast of egg beaters & laughing cow cheese and a couple slices of low cal/hi fiber toast. A big salad and frozen entree for lunch, then I'm usually only about 600 calories into my day when it's time to go home.

Weekends, on the other hand, are both wonderful (obviously) and terrible, because I'm a snacker, and the kitchen is THIS CLOSE all weekend long. Ugh! I can undo an entire week of doing good in 48 short hours.

I've been doing so well the last few weeks, but this week was my real test. It's Spring Break so I took a few days off to stay home with the hubby and kiddos and I was really worried about the long weekend, but I have to say that I'm pretty darned proud of myself. I've been sticking to my workouts, hitting the treadmill here at home instead of the gym, and logging every bite that goes into my mouth and even though we've been to the movies and the circus I've been OK. Haven't gone over my calories once, although I was a bit over on fat yesterday.

Still two days to go, and we have people coming over tomorrow - but I think I'm gonna be OK this time. Wouldn't it be wonderful if this could become a new way of handling the weekends? I'm working on it, one weekend at a time. :)

  
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VAVAVIOLINA 3/26/2010 10:26PM

    I've never been a runner, but keep thinking about trying to do a 5 k....you've got me thinking harder! :-)

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STLMARY 3/26/2010 9:23AM

    Hi Marni!! It's nice to have a new friend. :)

I'm glad your son is back to school and I hope he has a better day today. I was bullied a lot in junior high, but I think it's different for girls. More psychological, less physical threat. I hope that his teachers are aware of it and watching out for him.

The running plan is going well so far, I just finished week 3, and week 4 is an easy recovery week, so I'm fairly sure I can make it though that. Week 5 is a little tougher, and if I recall Week 6 is a bear, but right now I'm just taking it one workout at a time. :) Care to join me? The plan is listed further down in my blog.

Nice to meet you!

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VAVAVIOLINA 3/26/2010 8:54AM

    Fantastic! I myself have found that the act of having to write down what you eat really, really helps! As a matter of fact, I read a study that food journalising is really the key tool to successful weight loss! I had put on some weight from last year...my first few days it became very obvious why I was gaining!

...Thanks for your comments on my blog. My son is 11. He's back to school today!

I'm interested in the 5 k thing.....let me know how it's going!

Keep it up and have a great day!


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I'm chucking my scale!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Don't get me wrong, I LIKE my scale this week, it tells me that I've lost 4 pounds in my first week back in control of my eating and exercising habits. And for this I say Woot!

However, I've been examining reasons that I have not stuck with these better habits in the past, and I think part of the problem might be that I pay too much attention to what the scale says. I depend too much on it as an indicator of how I am doing and when it inevitably tells me something I don't want to hear, well let's just say that things don't go well. (Well, if I'm not going to lose weight why bother even paying attention to what I eat in the first place?!? - See? Not good.)

So this time I started with some focused workout plans. I'm doing 6 week plans to build my lower body (squats), core (crunches) and upper body (push ups), and a 13 week couch to 10K running program (cardio). I've even got a plan in place to do the Army Workout (thanks Jen!) after I finish those 6 week programs, so I don't just stall out - I'm bad about just exercising - but good about maintaining a training plan.

I almost felt like I shouldn't get on the scale at all this time, because that's not my main focus. It's too easy to let that darned scale sabotage me and frankly, what does that number really mean anyway? Doesn't it matter more that I'm eating within my calories and nutrients every day? That I'm fitting into smaller clothes? That I can run longer and lift more? That I FEEL GOOD?

Yes, yes, I know, there is some value to knowing your weight. You can measure your BMI, and once you are at goal you can catch problems before they get out of control. But frankly, I'm a solid 85 pounds away from my goal, so that's gonna be quite a bit of time to get to - even with my new lifestyle.

So for now, the evil scale is only going to get a shot at me once a month or so. Because I'm sure that I won't be able to stay away from it completely (it's a love/hate relationship - we've all had 'em).

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AIMEEDANGER 5/21/2010 2:26PM

    Mary, what are you eating in any given day? From reading a few blog posts, it seems like you are exercising a LOT, but hardly eating anything before dinnertime! 600 calories 2/3 into your day?
You should really try switching your caloric intake to the beginning of your day, with a small LIGHT dinner at the end of the day and a bit of raw fruit and a ton of water for dessert. It's a matter of balancing your body's caloric needs, because it seems that if you're still struggling with 200+ weight after all that exercise that your body is functioning in a starvation mode.
I'm not certain, as I don't have enough information about your current caloric intake, but at first blush it seems to me that you are starving your body.

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STLMARY 3/16/2010 8:42PM

    Thanks for the support ladies, it's nice to see I'm not alone. emoticon

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TCPATHRUNNER 3/16/2010 3:44PM

    The scale is a good way to track progress but you are correct in that we tend to focus on it too much. With such a great work out planned, I thing the scale may be a bit friendlier next time you pull it out. Good Luck!!

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MARILYN1260 3/16/2010 2:08PM

    Best wishes with your training program. You seem to have it all under control. When you drag the scale out in a month I have a feeling you'll be thrilled with the results of your hard work.
Marilyn

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KATERYN 3/16/2010 2:08PM

    I weigh in once a week at the gym with my trainer. Most weeks it shows a steady downward loss. Sometimes, it will show a slight uptick - usually when I haven't been good about following my diet and cardio plan. My trainer is great with the strength training. I promised to go on my own for my cardio. So, when I fall down - it shows in that weekly weigh in. Stall outs - are usually when we do the tape measurements. I can feel the difference in my clothes. I can feel the difference in my energy levels. I can see the difference in my beginning muscle definition on my upper arms and across my back and shoulders.

I also hear about the difference from my doctor with my falling blood pressure, my blood sugars in check (A1c) and my cholesterol blood test results! All going in the right direction right into freaking normal! Yea me!

So, the hard part was getting away from the scale! And when I did I stopped most of my self-sabotage moments. Keep at it! You'll see better results overall. Start looking at all the other great things going on with your body. And don't forget to reward the effort. Every x many hours of cardio I reward myself. Weight loss rewards? Not so much. I prefer to reward the effort. Special (read expensive) shower gels, something nice for the house. NO food rewards - EVER!

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DVASQUEZ 3/16/2010 1:53PM

    I know what you mean, I was obsessed with the scale in the beginning. I use to go on every day and get discouraged when I didn't see the results I wanted. I spoke to trainers and they basically told me the difference with the flucuations with weight gain, weight loss, water retention, muscle fatigue all of it can change that number on the scale in a day and even an hour. I had to learn to ignore the number on the scale and focus on how I felt and NOT GIVE UP! I only weigh in once a month now and actually this month I gained 3lbs. Uuuagh! MY FAULT, eating way to much, not watching portion sizes, eating way to much food with ALOT of sodium, retaining water now and can totally feel it, BLOATED!!! So, I plan on increasing my water intake, flush out that SALT and hopefully, hit the gym a little more often and by my next weigh in, hopefully, I'll see the result of my efforts.... TIME WILL TELL!

GOOD LUCK!!!!

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