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Fat Tuesday & Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I took the kids to town yesterday which means we ate out. I was good at lunch... headed towards an underbudget day. And then McDonald's had Shamrock shakes. I was pretty sure I was giving up ice cream for Lent and seeing those on Fat Tuesday sealed the deal. I'd have a shake and that would be the closest I'd come to ice cream until after Easter. Done. Of course, it put me waaaaaaay overbudget. I don't know what they've done to their shakes but (1) I think they are even more high-calorie than they used to be and (2) they don't taste as good. I only ever have 1 shake a year - Shamrock - and for the last 2 years they've been McCafe shakes. I've concluded I don't like them nearly as much as the old shakes - which were fluffier... maybe lower in fat or more full of air? Whatever the change, I don't like it. So... it was my splurge and I don't regret it but I don't think I'll bother next year.

Woke up having lost 0.8 pounds. Weird. My body is definitely doing it's own thing these days. So long as I'm maintaining under my 50 pounds lost goal, I'm just going to let things ride until I talk to my trainer about my new fitness and nutrition plan.

I did decide on Lent goals. I have 3.

I'm going to recommit to taking my supplements, especially my calcium and vitamin D and my fish oil. I take the calcium/D because I don't get enough D in my diet. I can't believe I slacked because back before I got the stomach bug I was convinced that my regular intake of D was key to my weight loss and good mood. And then I wonder why the last 6 weeks have been sort of off. Duh. I've also read and been told that I need a lot of omega-3s to shed fat and gain muscle. I was SUPPOSED to really up my intake (not just supplements but in the form of fish) during the last phase of The Female Body Breakthrough but I just couldn't stomach the idea of more fish oil and more fish. Well.... it's Lent so more fish is pretty much a no-brainer and I'm recommitting to taking 3 capsules of fish oil every day.

I'm going to give up my almost-daily skinny cow habit. They aren't really 'bad' for me. The calorie count is decent. There's some fiber and some protein. But they are uber processed and I was eating them because I WANTED them not because I was hungry. That's exactly the kind of calories NO ONE needs so I'm giving them up. I will likely have a black coffee or tea with splenda at the time when I used to have the skinny cow (which is the time I used to have a glass of wine... I obviously have a need for something to help me relax around 8:30-9 at night).

And I'm going to continue to make 'dates' a priority with a little nudge from Jenny. A friend and I have been getting out about once a week to run errands and have a healthy lunch (I count calories, she counts points, we both try to eat well). I'll continue that. Plus I'm going to work on continuing family dates and couple dates. It's HARD to find things to do in the winter that don't include a meal eaten out so I do have to keep an eye on that - building in a meal made at home as part of the date, making the food eaten out a snack over a meal, saving a few hundred calories a day so I have room to splurge on the weekend, etc.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 2/23/2012 7:29PM

    Great job coming up with those goals!
DIdn't realize omega 3's aided in fat loss and muscle gain. Thanks for sharing!
I also love tea at night. I have recently become obsessed with two sites for ordering tea:
Happy tea time!

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SEATTLESIMS 2/22/2012 12:04PM

    I need to recommit to my supplements too! thanks for the idea/motivation!

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JENNYR0506 2/22/2012 8:35AM

    Good for you for setting your goals for Lent. One less thing to think about!

You mentioned subbing coffee or tea for your Skinny Cows. I love the Stash Green Chai. It has so much great flavor I don't even use sugar. It is perfect for this time of year when it is still cold at night and the aroma is wonderful.

I do hope getting back on the supplements helps you to finally feel better. I know it has been a real roller coaster for you so far this year.


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Wobbly Resolve and Getting Ready for Lent

Monday, February 20, 2012

This last week has been rough for me. I think ending The Female Body Breakthrough mid-winter was not good timing for me. It seems to have kicked off a weakening of my good habits. A month ago I was struggling to not let my weight go too low so I relaxed about how I was eating. I was losing when I wanted to maintain so why not eat more? Unwisely, the 'more' ended up being not necessarily HEALTHY food (ala skinny cow ice cream sandwiches and, this week, dark chocolate raspberry truffles). Then this week I started eating way over budget AND eating out often. It's a slippery slope! Done with a workout plan, at maintenance weight (which I AM maintaining), does not mean DONE with my good habits!!!

So... I am shoring up my resolve! Today I hit the gym for Centergy and resolved to eat clean today. And began again. Interestingly by the time I hopped in the shower after lunch (and breakfast and 2 huge mugs of coffee and all my water) I weighed 0.4 pounds less than I did this morning. Maybe I got upset about nothing. Maybe I'm retaining water related to swelling around my piercing and that is being released today. BUT the day after day of eating over budget is not 'nothing' so I do need to recommit to eating good food in proper portions!

Lent starts Wednesday. Last Lent I gave up alcohol except for Sundays and joined the gym. It kicked off a transformation that has been amazing beyond my wildest dreams. I haven't figured out exactly what I want to do this Lent. I usually like to give up something and to work on a new habit. I'm thinking the skinny cow ice cream habit might be the thing I give up. It's only 150 calories a day but I think I could be consuming 150 BETTER calories plus it is the kind of thing I was raised giving up for Lent. The new habit may end up being something as simple as taking my supplements regularly again and focusing on getting enough water. Or it might be something more spiritual/wellness-based. Not sure.

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JENNYR0506 2/20/2012 4:40PM

    It sounds like you are coming up on the one year anniversary of the healthy new you. That is something to celebrate. Maybe the good habit you take up is something related to passing this milestone: like committing to a monthly pedicure to keep your feet in shape, committing to a monthly coffee with a good spiritual friend for a time of communion, or committing to a weekly date night with DH to reward him for making this journey with you and reenforcing your commitment to each other. Notice how all these suggestions support and reward you too! You have done a great thing for yourself and your family over the past year. Make sure to make it a celebration!!


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QUEEN_REINA 2/20/2012 4:39PM

    That sounds like a good plan to me. I also wanted to tell you, your profile pic is so pretty. You look just amazing.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 2/20/2012 3:59PM

    :) How's your piercing? Is it healing ok so far?

Maintaining is a funny thing which is why I stay off the scale. My weight can fluctuate 10 pounds over the course of a week. That is crazy to me. Weight comes and goes off my body at a ridiculous rate. There are certain foods that just don't taste good to me so I don't eat them. There are certain foods that taste really good to me and portion control goes out the window. Each day is a chance to start over so I don't get too worked up over the scale.

I like the idea of a new habit for lent instead of giving up something. Good luck with your choice!

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It's a wrap. Can anyone recommend a yoga DVD?

Friday, February 17, 2012

I did the last workout in The Female Body Breakthrough today. I've been at it since the kids went back to school in September. Honestly, it's a bit of a let down. I'm supposed to be in 'peak' form now. Only my weight is up a tad (my own fault and/or AF) and I feel sort of beat up. I don't feel very 'peak' at all!

It's scary to be done with a workout plan that I followed for such a long time with nothing lined up. I know I can just cycle back to the beginning so there is a fall back plan. Plus I am meeting with my trainer in 13 days so I know there is something coming. It's just not for a while. I need to be patient but careful in the next 2 weeks. With my weight up a bit (I can NOT believe I am kvetching about a weight that was my 'dream' weight a few months ago) and plans for a 2 week 'rest', I have to make sure I don't overeat OR get frustrated and start doing crazy cardio because the scale number is freaking me out.

Must say my clothes are fitting MOST excellently. The scale number might be up and I have a tweaky lower back at the moment but I *look* great. So, for that, I am thankful :-) Just balancing it out with realism - I can't get slack on the food front or I will lose ground and I have to remember that my number one goal when I joined the gym was to get fit, NOT hurt and right now my body is fit and a little hurt.

I think I'd like to do some yoga at home over the next 2 weeks (maybe even beyond). Can anyone recommend a nice yoga DVD?

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DIVEGODDESS 2/28/2012 7:46PM

    I like Rodney Yee too! I got to meet him in person last year and went to his workshop in HK. He was even more amazing in person! Gaim has a lot of good DVDs.

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MOBYCARP 2/20/2012 8:08PM

    I can't recommend anything relevant to yoga, but I can relate to the weight kvetching! I worry when I've gained three pounds, even though the absolute weight is near a 30-year low.

Maintenance is a different attitude. It's correcting the little stuff before it becomes big stuff.

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YCOOLIO 2/20/2012 8:04PM

    I endorse the recommendation for Rodney Yee's DVDs. They are lovely.

You should treat yourself to an "I DID IT" vacation -- even if it's two days less than 50 miles from your house. Because, frankly, it's amazing what you've accomplished in so short a time or really accomplished period.

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    I love using any of Rodney Yee's Yoga DVDs from Gaiam, he is a great instructor! He has a beginner yoga set, which includes pose instruction. You can find his DVDs on Gaiam's website, or on Amazon.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 2/18/2012 3:52AM

    Enjoy your break:)
I hear there are some good yoga podcasts. I have not tired any. I have also heard that for some you need to already know the names of the poses.

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Cookie-making injury. Seriously.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My complex arm injury was caused by using a device called a 'therabite' to stretch tight muscles following my daughter's jaw surgery. It involved grasping the device and squeezing as hard as I could and holding for upwards of 2 minutes at a time. (This is NOT how the device is intended to be used. This is how I was instructed to use it though.)

Anyway.... totally messed up my arm. It took 13 months from the time the symptoms were persistent (between sessions of therapy) and the time I was released by my surgeon (who did not do surgery, although he said without surgery I will always risk retriggering the inflammation). And anything that uses the same hand motion retriggers the inflammation.

Using a cookie scoop is very much the same hand motion. Yesterday I made a double batch of cookies, a single batch of cookies, and a double batch of small johnny cakes. And I washed all those dishes (which is not the same motion but one of my triggers). And I did a ton of paperwork (ditto the dishes). And today I am paying for it. The muscle that I needed all the physical therapy on is a wreck this morning and I'm having numbness in my thumb and forefinger. Decided today is NOT a good day to do the last of my workouts. I had planned to do it today, centergy tomorrow, and take Friday off. Instead I'm taking today off (to dose up on aleve and rest it), will do centergy tomorrow, and wrap up The Female Body Breakthrough on Friday.

It will be very interesting to see what my trainer has to say about my horrible January and February. I have just not felt 'good' since the stomach bug hit. Maybe I should have stepped back down to a lower phase of the program until I was totally recovered. Ah well. I will see what he recommends for 'recovery' and then move forward.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 2/15/2012 10:12AM

    I hope the pain doesn't stick around long. I'm glad you have professionals to turn to.
I also hope the cookies turned out well!

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JENNYR0506 2/15/2012 9:35AM

    I can appreciate the fact that you listen to pros like your Dr and Trainer concerning your injury, however, the person who knows the most about your body is YOU!! It sounds like you are doing a good job of listening to your bodies cues concerning this recurrent inflammation. Keep doing what your body is telling you is right for a speedy and/or long-lasting recovery. Hang in there!! It will be March soon and hopefully Spring will bring a change for the better in your health.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

I scheduled my next appointment with Dave. We'll go over where I'm at, stretching (which I don't currently do and think I need to do), and muscle building strategies. And we'll schedule another session to come up with a workout/workouts relevant to my new goals. I'm very excited to go back to having workouts devised just for me for a bit. The Female Body Breakthrough worked great for me until this last phase. I don't feel like my body changed at all in the last phase, except that I now have elbow pain and lower back pain that I didn't have before. I can only guess at what they are from (and did adjust things which helped A LOT) though because I'm just following a book.

Which leads me to something else that is scheduled..... a 2 week 'break'. My last workout is this Wednesday and my meeting with Dave is 2 weeks from Wednesday. In that gap I am only going to go to centergy classes - 4 of them. I think that will be enough to maintain and I go to centergy mostly for my mental well-being (and to work on flexibility and balance).

The timing is perfect because I also have a doctor's appointment for myself in their on a non-Centergy day that I usually do strength training. I've had strabismus pretty much my whole life and it really limits my driving (and has probably had a negative impact on my self esteem). When I was a kid the doctor told my parents that the risk of the anesthesia outweighed any potential benefit of the surgery when I was a toddler.... and when I got old enough to ask to fix it I was told I was too old and my brain would never learn to use both eyes together again. That is NOT the current belief but it depends on your exact situation. I am excited - an a little scared - to be getting answers.

And...... with this break in here..... DH *really* *really* wants me to do my navel piercing now. LOL! *He's* been shopping for navel rings. I went through a phase of shopping for them a while back but I haven't looked in a few months. I did pick out a piercing studio though. VERY well-reviewed. That must might be what we do on our 'date' next weekend! I know that 2 weeks isn't enough time for it to heal (by a l-o-n-g shot) but I will just have to work around it! (Literally)


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