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Going on a mini-vacation from continued effort of weight loss!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I think I need a vacation from losing weight.

This does not mean quitting but rather maybe relaxing a bit about it. In the last two days, I burned like 2000 calories!!! On Monday I did the elliptical for 40 minutes and walked 5 miles. Than on Tuesday I walked around on the park's trails for 2-3 hours. In other words, I have been exercising like a mad woman. But why?! I do not need to kill myself for this. I can lose weight by doing a moderate amount of exercise and watching what I eat.

In fact, I have gained a pound from yesterday to today! Lame!!! On the flip side, this month I have lost an inch on my tummy and hips.. isn't that really the goal?! To be smaller? Like who cares if you are weighing in at 200 if you can fit into a size 10. I'd like to say I am not going to care. At least I am working on not caring about the number on the scale.

The result of all that exercise? Well, I don't want to go do a single thing today. I don't want to go for a walk. I don't want to go on the elliptical. I don't even want to go to class. Well, I never want to go to class so maybe that isn't so unusual!

I have been debating on whether to go home tonight or tomorrow. I think I am gonna leave right after class. Going home will be kinda like a weight loss vacation.. I will be a more slack there than I would be here. Much of that has to do with that I have less control of what to eat. My goals are usually to maintain during that time. This time I would like to lose a pound but I don't know if that is possible.. But I do know when I come back from a home visit, I enjoy most likely my routine around here again.

I will try to check in a couple times but if it seemed like I went up and missing.. well, I kinda did. I will be gone until Monday or Tuesday! Have a great 4th of July everyone! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 6/30/2010 1:43PM

    Have a great weekend and enjoy your family. Remember...exercise doesn't have to be work, it might be fun to take walks around your family's neighborhood, with your family, and show off the new you. Have a great time emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 6/30/2010 12:16PM

    I Think you deserve a break today. Enjoy your weekend, just don't go crazy and then go thru the emotional guilt. YOu surely don't need that.
Have a Great Fourth and do enjoy your family.

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CREATINGAMANDA 6/30/2010 11:48AM

    It is sometimes easy to be obsessive about losing weight. Give yourself a break, my dear - you don't have to be perfect!

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SUNSHINEART 6/30/2010 11:47AM

    You have been doing awesome and yes you are entitled to taking a break - it's better taking a small break than giving up entirely.

Enjoy 4th of July, we are celebrating Canada day tomorrow.

I will look for your blog on your return.

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A Day at the Park (with pictures)!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I had alot of fun going on the trails at the Pattison State Park. I sure have been missing out the last few years when I wasn't on these and now I feel there isn't enough summer to do everything!!! Eek! Anyhow, I wanted to share some pictures from today! Enjoy!

Some nice people took a picture of me!

The view from the Big Manitou Falls lookout!

Big Manitou Falls

Hope everyone had an amazing day as I did! emoticon

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MSJULES01 6/30/2010 9:14PM

    Thanks for the pictures. I looked at the waterfalls and got the feeling I was there.
I loved the happy relaxed look on your face.

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SUNSHINEART 6/30/2010 8:48AM


thanks for sharing these pictures - beautiful - I love waterfalls

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HEIDISO 6/29/2010 10:44PM

    That is a GREAT picture of you. :D

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REBARUTH55 6/29/2010 6:13PM

    What a great place to hike and explore!

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SHERYLDS 6/29/2010 6:07PM

    beautiful. especially the one with you !!!

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What a great ending..

Sunday, June 27, 2010

What a great ending to a day that started out so poorly.

First off I was kinda annoyed with some friends that didn't invite me a 5K Run/Walk they went to. Mind you, I do not need a graved invitation but these are the same people that bailed on me for my first 5K. Than, they were asking me all the details about it.. to me, it felt like turning the knife is something that just already stung.

On top of that, I was feeling guilty because I was supposed to walk a different 5K with a Spark Friend and I disappointed her once again. I really need to work on this whole morning thing.

On the other hand, my friend SHERYLDS by giving me a shout out in her blog. It really made me smile. emoticon Who doesn't like shout outs?! Not me.. I love them! I feel so special!

I decided to go for a walk on the new trail I found. And, you know what?! I found some really nice people there and chatted with them for nearly 20 minutes. They told me of another trail that I might like. Now I wish I had time to go find it tomorrow. It is a bit of a longer trail so it is one where I can really tire out my legs. I love doing that! It is probably a good idea I didn't because I don't have the greatest shoes for long walks.

That brings me to my next point. I don't care for my new walking shoes.. Yesterday I got shooting pains from my heel, arch screamed, and front part of the foot hurt.. So if any of you or know anyone that needs new walking shoes (size 9) and willing to pay $50 + s/h, message me. We will see what we can work out. I paid $79.99 and would like to recoup some of the losses as I cannot return them because they were on clearance.

Than, after that today I started training for a 5K Run/Walk at the end of September. Basically, I want to get the majority of it nailed down before school starts again so I have seven weeks. I will try to run in spurts during the week following Jeff's Galloway's training. Also on Sundays, I will be running a full mile and focusing on improving my time. Today I ran 12:36! Not bad.. considering.. I wanted 12:00 but I will take it. I hope by the end of the summer or in seven weeks to be under 11:00! How exciting would that be?!!

So, even though the day started poorly, it ended pretty awesome! So keep that in mind, if you are having a bad day, it can get better with the right actions and attitude!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/28/2010 6:21PM

  Maybe this time, you should sing, "Make new friends, and dump the old."
Make your own plans and goals.........only YOU can make you happy and content with what is going on in your life.
You are definitely on the right track. emoticon

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SHERYLDS 6/28/2010 4:08PM

    You are doing fantastic Savannah. And as much as we love being included in other's plans, on this journey what matters is going out there and having fun. How does that song go... "if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with" (I guess it's before your time)

Anyway. Just keep stretching yourself. Maybe make a point of trying to make new friends everywhere you go. The more new friends, the more opportunities to
Live, Laugh, Love, and Learn. emoticon

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SUNSHINEART 6/28/2010 12:16AM

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SUNSHINEART 6/28/2010 12:16AM

    Sounds like you turned a negative into a positive - WTG

That is wonderful that you are being so active - and as for those "friends" that stood you up first time and didn't invite you second time - I think they need you more than you need them you have great motivation - so keep going

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Tried out a new trail.. and discovered my July goals!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

I am excited to say I finally tried out a new trail... it was really nice. It was exactly like what I usually walk but less people, more wilderness and no traffic nearby. It was so peaceful that I even took my headphones out. I do wish it was a bit longer than three miles. Sometimes I want a super long walk on a trail like that and always am sad when the walk is over..

Between all the shopping and walk, I formed new goals for July which I will probably start pronto.

---Work on my running time and run 1 mile by August 1 WITHOUT stopping.

Right now, I know I can run half a mile solid but I have no idea what my time is. I am buying a stop watch this weekend! I CAN do this.. even if I have to get a little more strict with myself!

---Work on my swimming distance.

Right now, I can swim 5 laps with 50' each. I feel like I can do better. Also, for my major I can get certified to be a life guard but you gotta be able to swim 500'. Right now, I couldn't do this.

---Complete ONE 5K.

A few things spurred this.

1) I am proud of myself when I complete one.
2) One of friends who I asked to complete a 5K with me but they broke their promise last October completed a 5K. They didn't even ask me to join them. It really annoys me.
3) I want to be the person that is at every 5K race.
4) I feel I am doing them less and less.. I want 5Ks to be important in my life.

---Try 3 new trails.

In my area we have around five or seven trails. Until this afternoon, I walked ONE and all my other walks are on sidewalks. I think it is time to mix things up especially when I talk about quitting. SHERYLDS and PATRICIAANN46 are correct.. I am NOT giving up! Ha!

These goals are rather simple but I do best when things are simple. I love they are not focused on weigh in numbers. If I focus on these activities, the weight should just fall off.. and who doesn't like that?!!

Oh! I almost forgot!!! Eek! For awhile I have had rewards here and there but never decided on a reward for when I get to my goal weight. Most people decide on a night out, a vacation, or even a new wardrobe. I have decided on a watch pedometer thingy that tells you how far you have walked by GPS!!! No, setting stride stuff.. yay! That stride stuff is complicated for me and I never get it right! Unfortunately, this thingy is $350! YIKES! That is why it is my ultimate reward for my ultimate goal!

What are your July goals? What is your ultimate reward for your ultimate goal?

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SUNSHINEART 6/27/2010 6:06PM

    That is so amazing - Thank you for the inspiring blog

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SHERYLDS 6/26/2010 8:09PM

    I am so proud of you. Your determination and enthusiasm are infectious. I can see you building stamina and endurance even as we speak. You go girl ! Nothing is going to stop you. My goal is to have 1 tenth of your drive. (that and doing at least 45 minutes of exercise every day.) I would love to lose 10 pounds by July 31. emoticon

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IILAAD65 6/26/2010 8:05PM

    woohooo.. I love trails!! Great July goals!

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JUSTBIRDY 6/26/2010 6:45PM

    I haven't really even looked at my July goals all that much yet. One thing I am sure of is that I want to get stronger with swimming all through the month.

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Pep Talk.. and than a vent.

Friday, June 25, 2010

This morning, I can feel it. That creepy monster that comes in and tells you all your faults. It reminds you are not perfect and never will be. Because of this, I feel I was crabby yesterday. I will not let it win. Today it will NOT! It is so bad that I just want a vacation from trying to lose weight.. or just plain quit. NO!!! I will win the war. Yes, sometimes the battles are loss but the war will be won. So today I told myself a few things to fight the monster..

My body is coming along.

I have nice shoulder blades. (I couldn't see them before.)

The arms are really coming along.

The tummy is getting smaller.

The legs are only a little tired from the solid 5 mile walk yesterday.

Yes.. you can do this!

I know I am so much more than this.. but right now, I needed the physical verification.


Edited at 10:53 am

Apparently I lied. I thought my crabbiness was behind me.. it's not. Trust me, you don't want to hear what is wrong but I have decided a few things this morning.

1) I think JM looks like a horse and find I can no longer do the shred.. today, I told her to shut up with a few curse words, lol.

2) I think I need a break from the pressure of losing weight. Any ideas how I can do without sabotaging myself?

3) I might get all dressed up today and go out drinking. Sometimes that helps to de-stress and de-crabby me. Not the best for my check book or my weight loss but I need out of this room and I NEED to relax!!!

I might take a walk but I am kinda sick of that too.. so I don't know. I know I really need a LONG relaxing walk. Maybe I will be able to do that tomorrow. That'd be nice. I tried yesterday and 5 miles wasn't long enough. Go figure!!

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JENNY32MN 6/27/2010 9:20PM

    I splurged and had drinks last night after I discovered that Captain Morgan has the lowest calories of all alcohol. So Captain Diet it was. I didn't eat much throughout the day so I saved some calories for drinks but hopefully I didn't sabotage myself. I agree with Sheryl-- mix it up, try something new. I love yoga and feel so great after it. JM bugs me, too but I'm going to try to stick with the Shred, let's see how successful I am. Hang in there, girl and remember how many people you inspire. :)

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PATRICIAANN46 6/26/2010 4:05PM

  Have you ever tried Pilates or Yoga? My daughter-in-law is an Occupational Therapist and is very into living a healthy lifestyle. She swears by both as not only good exercise for the body, but also a way to keep boredom and depression at bay. It might not hurt to give them a try.
I KNOW you WILL NOT give up. You have come much too far for that to happen. emoticon

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SHERYLDS 6/25/2010 1:23PM

    You don't need a break, you're doing great. You just need to change the program. You're looking good and getting stronger day by day. Try a new variety of healthy stuff. Try a different trail to walk. Do something you haven't tried before. think of hitting the next number range and how good that's going to feel

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