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Excuses, justifications & falling off the wagon

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I can honestly say that the last 6+ months have been very busy/hectic/life changing for myself as well as my family.

In August, we moved to a home that we fell in love with but it needed a ton of TLC. Needless to say, it has been project after project. Paint/new carpet/ just basic cleaning of the home that had been neglected.

I just spent the last 3 weekends redoing a half bath. Stripping wallpaper/painting/refinishing the vanity cabinet.

Of course, in the last 6 months we had the holidays which, just like everyone else, are always a busy time full of family/friends/stress/food/drinks/spending an exorbitant amount of money to show people how much you love them.

Then on 1.2.12, I had the put my dog to sleep. Anyone ever had to do that? It was one of the hardest things, emotionally speaking, I have ever had to do in my life. Making that decision was very difficult on me. Being the one 'pull the trigger' and decide that today is the day we take him to the vet was something I never had to do before. It took a toll on me for weeks.

During this time I had sick kids as well with strep throat and a bad case of stomach issues for a week.

My husband and I have had to change our schedules around completely since the girls started school and what was working for us in the past in regards to time/working out just isn't working anymore as we are now working around their school schedules.

Winter time, stress, the days being shorter have all added up to me gaining back 4 pounds and losing my motivation. I hate that my pants are tight again and that my bra is uncomfortable. I ache for the days that I could feel my pants getting baggy and my bra felt loose.

Right now, I am working on eating healthier again. Getting those fruits and veggies in and not the cookies & dips.

Lots of reasons rolled up in to one big excuse. Disappointing to say the least. I have gone out and walked or ran once in a while and I always feel great when I do. I just have to do it on a regular basis again and stick with it.

Moving on from the last 6 months, making a new schedule that works for me, remembering my sweet dog and missing him but knowing that he was not going to get better, looking forward to warmer/lighter days.

Looking forward to getting my butt back in gear.

  
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MILMOM2000NEW 2/1/2012 6:35AM

    Sweetie, tough times totally take the best of me too! We moved from NY to Texas in March/April of this past year and I have to say, I put on 30 pounds in like 3 months! URGH

You are definitely in my prayers!

On another note: You are here! You are back to trying to be healthy and get back into shape! We are ALL glad you are back! Stay strong okay? We are here for you!

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SHERREMAC 2/1/2012 6:35AM

    Huggs!!! thinking about you!

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VIOLET1019 1/31/2012 10:11PM

    These are not excuses! Life got the way and happened....that's what it does! You have to look at the positives...You're back here...It was only 4 pounds (could have been soooo much worse)...And you are starting to make a plan for how to get back on track!
So sorry to hear about your dog. They are such a part of our family and it's always so hard to see them go. My parents had to put their dog down not too long ago and I know what a struggle it was for them.

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AWOLF24 1/31/2012 7:48PM

    You aren't making excuses. Thing happen. LIFE happens. But you are back and that's awesome!

So sorry to hear about your dog. That is horrible to go through. emoticon

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GLC2009 1/31/2012 5:39PM

    i'm sorry to hear about your doggie. isn't it one of the worst things in the world! i've had to do it a few times now, having had dogs constantly for the past 30 years. they just never pass quietly in their sleep.
the worst thing about having dogs is they just don't live long enough.

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LORIBURKS1 1/31/2012 2:35PM

    You don't have far to go...and this is why SP is so great. It doesn't matter if you leave or life gets in the way for a while as long as you find your way back, it's always here for you!
Sorry about your doggie ): I had a dog die at 4 and a half, but never had to put one down. Cannot imagine how hard it must be!

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Just an update

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I feel as though I have been MIA for a while. No particular reason I guess. There isn't some huge disaster going on in my life.

I am still exercising regularly but my food has much to be desired right now and I just can't break the bad habits. I am trying but I know that I am not trying hard enough with my diet.

Water= no problem. I am getting that in with ease daily.

Exercise= easy. I know how great it makes me feel and it is worth it

Diet= not so good right now.

Weather= Crappy. I think that is a major part of my problem lately. I am so tired of the ice and snow and cold. I am tired of being indoors when all I want to do is be outside.

This week, the weather has gotten nice and things are melting. In fact, I actually have my driveway back and it is ice free. I couldn't believe how happy I was to see concrete! There are a few patches of grass starting to come through and I swear I though I was going to cry on Sunday because I could see some grass!

Hopefully by the end of this week the snow will be almost gone and I will be able to get outside more often, maybe open a window or 2 in the house.

Spring can't get here any faster!

  
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VIOLET1019 2/21/2011 12:19PM

    I am with you...I can't wait for Spring to get here. Friday was a tease here...It was in the high 50s, I even wore my sandals to work! Now, we're covered in snow again and it's currently only 13 degrees out. YUCK!

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YB0511 2/20/2011 8:54PM

    I can't wait for spring either!!!

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NIKKIG3 2/15/2011 8:46AM

    Hang in there... spring is coming..... emoticon

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Heed Sparks's advice!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

This morning I read an article on Spark about going to a salad bar and what to watch out for and what to get & avoid. In the article, it said sometimes what you think is "healthy" can be as much as 1,000 calories in a salad.

I read the article and also printed out the section with all the caloric amounts for every veggie on a salad bar.

I went to the cafeteria today for lunch and got a salad. Starting with dark leafy greens just as the article said. My salad came to 661 calories! WHAT???!!! I know this is an estimate because the person who made the salad wasn't measuring things out but still-- I about fell out of my chair and I thought I did a good job in my choices!

The 2 major things on my salad that were full of calories? Italian dressing and cheese. Go figure. I even threw out some of the cheese because I thought there was too much on there.

I live and I learn. Next time I will go without the cheese!

  
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MICHELE0008 1/26/2011 12:43PM

    It's horrible when you think about it. Even if you find a restaurant that gives you the calorie count, who knows? Whoever is back in the kitchen isn't necessarily measuring out everything correctly. They are just trying to get it out as fast as possible.

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20OUTLAND03 1/26/2011 12:42PM

    I read that article this morning too. I know I'll have much better salads in the future!

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Sloth & gluttony

Monday, January 24, 2011

That pretty much sums up my weekend & I am paying for it! I am stuck in a rut of bad food choices and not enough exercise and it is literally making me tired!

I am embarrassed to tell you what I ate this weekend but in order to hold myself accountable, I am going to get it out:
Let's start with Friday night: TGI Friday's burger and fries & 3 beers
Saturday: oatmeal, vegetable soup (homemade) for lunch and mexican food for dinner
Sunday: Biscuits and gravy, homemade veggie soup for lunch, one small clementine for snack and pizza & boneless hot wings for dinner!

I only worked out on Saturday afternoon and that was 35 minutes on the elliptical trainer.

I feel tired, I feel lethargic, I feel gross inside, I feel bloated, I feel disappointed in myself. Today, I have done better but not great. I have had 8 cups of water already and working on my 9th.

Last night as I was slothing around on my couch, covered in a blanket, I wondered out loud why I was so tired at 7:50 p.m. As I laid there pondering my question, it came to me! My food choices this weekend. Between the mexican food, burger & fries, biscuits & gravy, & pizza it's no wonder why I feel bad! It's no wonder why my body isn't responding to me because I haven't been very good to it for a few days. Does anyone else believe that this could be the culprit to my slothiness???

It is time to pick myself back up and DO something about it. No one forces me to eat anything. It is my choice to eat junk or to eat healthy. it is time for me to be responsible because exercise alone will not help my cause. It MUST be diet and exercise! Right?

  
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DVASQUEZ 1/31/2011 4:01PM

    That was me two weeks ago.... Ate burger, Chile's, bad, bad, bad all week gained 2 pounds, this last week ate, way better (didn't exercise) but I lost 2 pounds, go figure.... Crystal's so right, it's totally in the food we eat... Sodium is a killer!

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YB0511 1/31/2011 3:55PM

    I think you are on to something. Bad food = feeling bad. Amazing how it works, and how easily we fall back into our 'bad' habits.

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CLMOORE336 1/25/2011 1:46PM

    Sad but true diet is 90% of the equation! One week I ate VERY good but wasn't able to get to the gym, lost 3.4 that week! That alone proved to me it's about the food. I'm the same way girl, I "want" this and then after eating it I feel crappy. Our bodies don't like the unhealthy food and we know it! Don't fret a off weekend is needed every now and then, you have the skills to pull it off and you will.

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VIOLET1019 1/25/2011 1:43PM

    I would have to agree that the slothiness is due to the bad food. But, the best thing is that today is a new day and YOU can overcome the slothiness and make much better choices today!

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SHERREMAC 1/25/2011 6:02AM

    Becky you will get back on track!!!

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CCANEZ 1/24/2011 4:01PM

    Well I ate pizza, chocolate fondue and wine on Saturday night, had pizza for breakfast Sunday and could not stay awake on the couch Sunday afternoon. So, I'd agree with you.

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It's a new year and I have a new list of goals

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

One morning, before the new year even began, I was getting ready for my day and I had a thought that was so inspiring to me that I have decided to use it as my 2011 goals. If I use the word resolution, it is just cliche to me, so I use the word goal instead.

Some are lofty goals but they all have the same basic principle.

It is time to SIMPLIFY and ORGANIZE. Not only my home with all the meaningless stuff that piles up everywhere but also my life.

I have made a list and I have many organizational goals on it. Some things that need to get done around the house but also I have things like:

-Continue to run!

-clean out master closet

-purge old toys and clothes

-clean out & organize pantry

-organize computer room (this has been our junk collector room for years)

-paint kitchen


There are many other things listed but I also want to read more books. It is something that I have always loved to do but I don't make the time to do it as often as I would like to do.

Not only do I want to improve myself on the outside by running and exercising but I also want to improve myself on the inside by doing things that I enjoy, like reading a good book.

Simplify and organize. Those 2 words have been stuck in my head for a couple of weeks now and I am determined to do just that this year. Simplify and organize!

What are your goals for the new year?

  


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