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Testing the Theory - Moment of Truth

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Yesterday was a pretty good day overall. :) I knew going in that it was going to be a challenge to get my workout in. But I had until 7 p.m. to do it. I brought clothes with me so that I could do weights after work and was thinking I would do the elliptical at lunch. Sometime in the morning it occurred to me that I could do weights (way less sweaty than the elliptical) at lunch. I hadn't thought of trying that before - but with everyone out, if I went a little long, it wouldn't be a problem - so I gave it a whirl. There was NO one there!! Only about 2 or 3 other people on the machines. I got back to work only about 5 minutes late. And there's a rec center right across the path from work. I can have the machines set up for me there and just walk over a couple times a week at lunch to do my weights - and saving the time to get to the one by my house. I'm hoping the one here isn't busier at lunch, but I'll check it out - maybe today. Need to see how long it takes to walk and how long it takes to drive.

After work I went home and did the elliptical (amazed myself - I thought I was going to talk me out of it). :) Then I headed over to Ty's tournament game. Christie came over and met me there. I hadn't seen her in weeks! We watched Ty's team get spanked while we caught each other up on everything. After the game, we went to grab food. We toyed with the idea of vegetarian for about half a second before we settled on finding wings. It was my first time in 43 days. And they weren't good. :( Actually that emoticon should maybe be a smiley face. I'm not feeling the need to do it again anytime soon. Even when I was eating wings all the time, I was disappointed half the time. And I would ask myself WHY am I eating this crap? So my fried for the week is done and I can't do it again until after Saturday. No problem. :-D

The good news is I didn't have a ton of them; I didn't have anything else with them (e.g., fries or onion rings); and I didn't order alcohol. As a result - SHOCKINGLY - I didn't go over my calorie limits for the day. Thought for sure I would have, but I checked calorie counts for wings everywhere and they all come out around 60-70 per wing, including lots of sauce and blue cheese dressing. The wings were dry and I probably ate less than a tablespoon of blue cheese dressing total.

Ty has one last tournament game today at 5. Hoping I can make it over there for most of it. Afterward I'll be getting my workout in and taking care of some stuff around the house.

Only other big news is that Shauna's resume was forwarded to the hiring manager for the job in Cairo!!! It would be a great opportunity working on a contract for the Air Force . . . . . in Cairo. Either way, she'll be out of Afghanistan by the middle of June. Not in the habit of wishing my life away, but I can't wait for her to be out of there.

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SHARON10002 4/4/2012 6:14PM

    Good job with the food! Good wings are hard to find here, as I said before. . .
Can't blame you for wanting your daughter out of Afghanistan! Hope things work out for her.

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Not My Best Day, But Could Have Been Way Worse :-D

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

So first of all, the workout didn't happen yesterday. At varying times in the past few days I remembered that we had a board meeting scheduled for last night. And at other varying times in the past few days I remembered that Ty has a lacrosse tournament this week. But there weren't any times when I remembered them both at the *same* time. So with all of that, the math didn't really work out to fit in a workout unless I remembered soon enough to get up and work out early in the morning or unless I acquired a time turner - each equally unlikely occurrences.

I left work at five oh oh and got to the field in time to see almost the whole game. They were ahead the whole game!!! Up by anywhere from 2-4 until the last few minutes when the other team almost tied it up. Nerve wracking. I don't normally get all wired up about it. It's a game - and we have lots of practice losing. But it was a nail biter (if you're into that sort of thing). :)

I sent a note for the board to start dinner without me. Unfortunately, dinner wasn't ready until after 8, so they sat there and didn't do anything until I got there. Normally it's dinner first and I would have been able to get there by 8 without holding anyone up. Felt sort of bad, but what can you do?

Was not a good day for food yesterday. I started out ok with breakfast and not eating again until lunch, but then I felt hungry for most of the rest of the day. I stuck in a few extra snack things that I shouldn't have. They took the calorie count too high. And when dinner didn't happen until after 8, I was pretty hungry and had too much. I also had the cherry tart with vanilla ice cream that I should have passed on. I was afraid to look at my calorie total, but I only went 100 calories (at best estimation) over my top limit. I thought it would be way worse than that. So one of my sweets is gone for the week. I haven't busted in to the allowances for alcohol or fried yet. Tonight might be a challenge.

Ty has another game today and Christie (my wings buddy) is going to come hang out with me. Will try to avoid doing the fried thing with her this early in the week, if at all. But all bets are off. The game isn't until 7. I'm going to get to the gym for weights as soon as I get out of work and then head over for the game. And I want to do the elliptical at lunch. I haven't completely convinced myself yet. We'll see how that goes. :)

One thing I'm pretty happy with - I brought my afternoon snack (a huge apple) to the game last night and had that instead of being tempted with all of the snack bar stuff. :)

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_LINDA 4/3/2012 12:03PM

    A very busy day, what could you do? Bad luck the dinner was so late..Being too hungry does tend to make one choose all the wrong things and too much of it.. Today is another day. If you have a fancy electronic gadget -like those phones that do everything, maybe it would be worth your while to put all your meetings, commitments, things you must do and have it send you daily reminders -like Sparks has a daily planner and you can set it to e-mail you about upcoming events. I am so forgetful I am using it all the time now.
Make your Tuesday Terrific!

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    So you had one bad food've been doing great and today is a new day!

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The New Challenge Has Begun

Monday, April 02, 2012

Yesterday was the first day of the new challenge - which will run the 30 days of April. I'm off the hook on my complete restrictions on fried, sweet, and alcohol - but I didn't indulge. Like I said the other day - "because it's there" is not a special occasion. And now that I'm here, I'd rather make it the whole week without any than pushing the limits. It's going to be an interesting month.

So my bike ride . . . . I finally "manned up" and pumped up the tires, got my bike shoes on, and rolled out the door. I was seriously afraid I wouldn't be able to make it to the corner of my street (straight up hill), but I did it. Then I braved the hills of the neighborhood to get to the elementary school that the cross county trails runs past. The route takes me out of the way - adding about a mile to my trip - but it's well worth it to avoid riding the edge of Braddock Road with the crazies or the washed out path that goes straight up and straight down all the way to the park. I wasn't sure how the cross county trail goes and it isn't very well marked, so I made a couple of wrong turns - but eventually figured it out. Once I get to the trail - there are ZERO drastic up or downhills. A good part of the trail is rough gravel, (which slows down the trip some), so I'm happy that I got the hybrid bike. And it took me about half an hour, including wrong turns, to get to the other side of the pedestrian bridge that I take to avoid all of the highway ramps, etc. That was almost half way to work - as it turns out. So with the trip home, that is almost equivalent to the entire trip!

I could probably ride to work now without too much trouble if I made sure to give it enough time, but I'm going to get my legs in a little better shape before I do it. With my hamstring, my leg was too weak after one big hill to unclip my cleat from the pedal and I fell off the bike. :-/ I also need to get my "seat" in shape. I can tell when I'm sitting that I'm going to need to give that area a rest for a couple of days before I try it again. :-D So I'm going to ride every 2-3 days. Once I'm comfortable enough to get back on the seat on consecutive days and can ride at least four miles in the direction of work in 30 minutes, I figure I'll be ready to start riding to work. VERY excited about the idea of a built in 2 hours of workout for my commute. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get it down to 45 minutes or less each way once I can do the hills easier.

Yesterday I did weights AND walked three miles - besides brunch and a three hour float committee meeting. I think this is the first time I've actually pulled off my goal of doing weights on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday - so I'm very happy about that. Hoping I can keep it going. And the walk was good. It was still slow at the beginning, but I can tell my leg is getting stronger. I can take a full length stride and by the time I got about half way through the loop, I was able to move a lot faster than I've been able to. So I have hope again that I'll get back to a quicker pace before the next 5K on the 15th.

In other news - the size 14 pants that didn't fit even though the exact same pants in a 16 were literally falling off me finally fit!! Wearing them today. :)

Today is sticking to the plan and elliptical. :)

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GOLGGO 4/2/2012 1:45PM

    Great job with starting to bike. I notice you mention Braddock Road...curious as to where you bike. I live near Braddock in Loudoun and am thinking about dragging my bike out as well.

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_LINDA 4/2/2012 11:05AM

    Well done!! Hills! The bain of runners and bikers everywhere. We have some nasty ones here I get to do every time I come to Mom's, as we have to go up and down them each time we hit the trails. You certainly have the right attitude on the food. This will be a success just like your first challenge! Awesome with the pants fitting!
Have a Marvelous Moving Monday!

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End of Challenge - And Still Going!!!!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

This is going to be quick, because I was mistaken about my "day off." Just found out I have a float committee meeting today, so I'll be headed out to that shortly. Had my monthly brunch today. It was a small group. I stuck to "the plan," even though I'm done. :) Nothing fried and fruit for desert. It was a lot of calories though. I'll be making up for it the rest of the day.

Should wait until later when I have more to write about, but don't want to take a chance on breaking my streak, so maybe I'll do a longer entry when I get done with the meeting. I still have to do weights today and some kind of cardio.

I DID MY BIKE YESTERDAY!!!! Finally got up the nerve to try it out. It went way better than anticipated. I did really well with the hills and went about half way to work - so by the time I came home, I had done the equivalent of riding to work. :) HAPPY!!!! More to write about the trip, but I'll get back to it later.

Over and out!!!

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_LINDA 4/2/2012 12:16AM

    Glad you were able to enjoy a bike ride with no ill effects! Meetings -yuck :( On a Sunday?? Do they ever take the weekends off?
Have a Marvelous Monday!

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    Yay for trying your bike and for staying on your streak!

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Nothing on the Calendar Today . . . .

Saturday, March 31, 2012

I KNOW!!!!!!!!! Please be prepared for a major disruption of the space time continuum . . . . .

I have plenty on the list of things I need to do around here and Maura has a bowling tournament this afternoon. I always get a lot more accomplished when I have the house to myself. I'll report in on what I accomplished tomorrow. :)


Yesterday was awesome!! The weather wasn't as good as we expected, we even got rained on - after the weather guy said no rain until late at night. And we didn't have any wind the whole first half of the trip. We were giving up and heading back and the wind picked up and we sailed almost the entire way back!! I had the tiller almost the whole time. And I had a great time with Mark and John. And we were out of work and on the water. I'm not too picky on the details after those criteria are met. :) When I was packing my gear bag I grabbed my extra heavy coat, which I didn't end up needing, but when I was getting it I saw my rain pants and thankfully decided to throw them in the bag. They saved me. I was completely waterproof. I won't be packing my bag without them again. Unfortunately only a few pictures - and not of the boat. Either there wasn't anything to take a picture of or we were too busy with the boat to have time to take one. I'll get them up later.

On the minus side, I lost my phone :( Very expensive sailing trip. Still hoping it's somewhere on the boat, but we looked pretty thoroughly and didn't find it - so I'm thinking it's swimming wit da fishes. . . . And I'll be out trying to find a new one today.

After we got done sailing we met a couple of guys at Southside in Alexandria for dinner. I had a tossed salad with grilled chicken. It's a "southern cooking" place. Food looked good, but most of it breaded or fried - or just too much food. The guys got fried green tomatoes and I passed. :)

As my lovely friend Linda pointed out yesterday, "You said you felt good [after going so long without eating fried stuff and empty calories] which is very telling. So if you let the greasy food and empty calorie beverages back into your life, will you feel worse?"

And my brain is also pushing back on the idea of anything that will lead me back to my old way of eating. I think my plan of a taste of something once in awhile will work. In my current state of mind, I think I'll be saying no way more often than I say yes. I've set up the "3 drinks, 2 sweets, 1 fried a week (or less)" goal as options for special occasions. I'm planning to stick to the (or less) side of the equation. Happy hour isn't a special occasion. Going out to dinner isn't a special occasion - and even being careful, eating out is always more calories than you need. "Because it's there" is NOT a special occasion.

NO fried, NO sweets, and NO alcohol was very simple. No thinking or decisions involved. If I have to go back to that, I'll be ok with it. It'll be interesting to see how the next few weeks pans out.

It'll also be interesting to see how the rest of today pans out. I'm already overwhelming myself with the possibilities, so I'm going to go make my list of one or two things and get to work on them before I psych myself out and blow the whole day! Wish me luck.

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PINKNFITCARLA 3/31/2012 5:21PM

    So how did the rest of the day go?

Great choices at dinner and sailing sounds fun!

Hopefully we can walk soon!

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