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Scale versus Tape

Monday, February 04, 2013

I was feeling rather frustrated over the weekend that the scale has only budged a half pound through the month of January. And I was grousing about it to my DH that my early mornings on the treadmill weren't getting me very far. emoticon He gave me a big hug and said he thought I should dig out the tape measure.

And I did. emoticon
I've lost an inch off my waist, an inch off my hips, and inch of my thighs and 1 1/2 inches of my waist at belly button. emoticon

Definitely boasted my self confidence. emoticon

Onward to my objectives for this month. emoticon

Spark on friends. emoticon

  
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CBAILEYC 2/5/2013 10:21AM

    That's fabulous! Congrats on that NSV - way to show the scale it's not the end-all, be-all!
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Keep it up chickadee!
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C~

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120 Day Challenge - Or - What To Do Next

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I decided that since tomorrow was February 1 I wanted to "ink" in some challenges for myself. By the way where the heck did January go?

Why 120 days? Well that gets me through the dark, cold, grey, foggy days of February, into March for the first blush of spring, April and green, sunny days and May when we can get our motorcycles out and start riding.

I've managed, as of today, to get 61 days of continuous cardio exercise in. I don't necessarily like getting on the treadmill at 4:45 in the morning during the week to get it done, but I do and actually can say I feel better for it. It's been a slow process working my way back from dealing with trochanteric bursitis in both hips but time, patience and slow going have finally paid off.

Where I've struggled the last couple months is drinking enough water and keeping my calories in check.

So my goals for the next 120 days:
1. Add strength training to my workout - 3 days a week.
2. Continue to gradually increase my cardio on a weekly basis.
3. Put my walking shoes back in the car so on nice days I can take a walk on my lunch hour.
4. Drink my water. Drink my water. Drink my water.
5. Track my food. Track my food. Track my food.
6. Say no to the office chocolate devil. One of my bosses loves to bring really good chocolate to work. I mean REALLY GOOD chocolate! It 's hard to resist.
7. Keep a positive and grateful attitude each day.

I need to update my weight and retake my measurements. According to the scale my weight is staying about the same. But my DH gave me a hug this morning and asked "how much weight have you lost?" When I told him none he suggested I dig out the tape measure to check. Hmmm, maybe some things are changing.

Spark On My Friends. Here's to the next 120 days.

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Addie

  
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CBAILEYC 1/31/2013 11:15AM

    You've got this, Addie!
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That water is so important - everything else is as well, but that water goal makes everything else just a little easier.
I admire your dedication to hit the treadmill so early!
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C~

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Finding My Way Back - Day Two and Day Three

Monday, December 03, 2012

Wow, where did Sunday go? I was busy all day long and next thing I knew it was time for bed. About 1 am this morning I realized I hadn't done my blog entry. So it's a two for one day emoticon

Sunday Recap:

I kept busy with lots of little projects. I did threw a chicken and a butternut squash in the oven to cook for mid week meals. Made roasted red pepper hummus. Yum! Finished the rest of the laundry, helped my Dad with a couple household issues, exercised, paid bills and cooked dinner. I didn't accomplish anything big - those projects are still waiting for me. But sometimes you just got to start with the small stuff.

1. Do something for someone else. Fixed a nice dinner for Dad and DH.
2. Do something for myself. Drank all of my water. emoticon I've struggled with this a lot lately.
3. Do something I don't want to do that needs doing. Paid bills.
4. Do a physical exercise. 40 minutes on the treadmill.
5. Do a mental exercise. Paid bills. Seems like that's always a mental exercise.
6. Do an original prayer that always includes counting my blessings.
Thankful for the productive day, the beautiful weather that allowed me to open up the windows and doors to let fresh air in. For my Dad. Even though it is emotionally, physically and mentally taxing at times to be the primary caregiver he still has a sharp wit and makes me laugh ~ even on the days when he's really cranky. For a peaceful night of sleep that allowed me to get rid of my migraine.

Monday's Recap: End of day. Dinner done, dishes done, time to catchup on a few things.
One of my bosses was back today after being gone for 14 days. So had a stack of paperwork for him to sign ~ and he just LOVES paperwork (not).

1. Do something for someone else. Helped co-worker with computer issues.
2. Do something for myself. Remembered to breathe in, breathe out when dealing with co-worker computer issues.
3. Do something I don't want to do that needs doing. Got up at 4:15 to exercise
4. Do a physical exercise. 35 minutes on the treadmill.
5. Do a mental exercise. LOL, work in general.
6. Do an original prayer that always includes counting my blessings.
Grateful for my wonderful husband, who on his only day off this week went over to repair the leaking faucet unit in my Dad's kitchen sink.

All and all a good day. Glad to be home.

Onward to sprucing up my page for Christmas.

Have a great evening.

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Addie


  


Finding My Way Back - Day One

Saturday, December 01, 2012

I started my day off by stepping on the scale and taking my measurements. emoticon But their written down and logged in. Check that off my list.

Got the refrigerator cleaned out and restocked with healthy options.

Now on to my basic daily check list.

1. Do something for someone else. Helped my Dad with online Christmas shopping.
2. Do something for myself. Got my hair cut and colored. Feel pretty again.
3. Do something I don't want to do that needs doing. Laundry. Got 4 loads done.
4. Do a physical exercise. 30 minutes on the treadmill.
5. Do a mental exercise. Worked a crossword puzzle.
6. Do an original prayer that always includes counting my blessings.
So grateful for a roof over my head, a job that allows me to pay our bills and a very supportive husband.

Day one has been good. Onward to day two.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

  
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CBAILEYC 12/3/2012 12:45PM

    This pleases me no end, to see you working your way through those negative feelings and thoughts, and doing something positive about it. Wonderful way to lead those of us who feel off-kilter. Thank you for that!
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Finding My Way Back

Friday, November 30, 2012

Seems like FOREVER since I've tracked my food, exercise, water................you name it, it hasn't happened.

I've been in this ugly place where I've been hiding all my emotions and medicating with food. It's been a giant pity party for one. Not a pretty place. emoticon emoticon

Now I'm to the point where I feel emoticon emoticon miserable. But the first step back is recognizing where I'm at, even if it isn't a very pretty place.

So what to do?

Tonight I'm going home and cleaning out the refrigerator, work on meal planning for next week and putting lots of healthy, yummy items on the list. I'm tired of hijacking myself with false fixes that leave me feeling out of control.

I'm also going to go back to some basics that I used years ago when I was feeling lost.
Each day I'm going to do the following:

1. Do something for someone else.
2. Do something for myself.
3. Do something I don't want to do that needs doing.
4. Do a physical exercise.
5. Do a mental exercise.
6. Do an original prayer that always includes counting my blessings.

Tomorrow I'm getting on the scale, taking my measurements and logging them in - no matter how bad they are. I'm also going to track everything I eat and drink. If I don't log it how in the world am I ever going to know.

I keep hearing this whisper in my head saying "you know what you want, you know what you need. You can do this!" I just need to turn off/tune out the negative thoughts and just listen to the whisper.

As a Spark Friend of mine so elegantly puts it. "Love yourself and honor the life you've been given. Earn it. Treat your body as the sanctuary that it was meant to be. Fill it with all that's good and wholesome. Stay firm in your convictions; be good to others; and make a positive difference in others' lives. Hold onto that which will make you better and discard those things that hurt you. Be happy; fill yourself with laughter; be brave; live your best life; and dare to dream. And always remember....you can do this."

Spark On!

Addie





  


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