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Last week was great, let's make next even better

Sunday, July 18, 2010

So last week I posted that I wanted to get on track with losing these last 15 lbs and boy am I glad I wrote these down. Knowing that you all read them and would see if I did it or not definitely held me accountable. I had a great week and I have the weight loss to prove it.
Okay so last week these were the goals:

My plan is to go to the gym or run 5 out of the next 6 days (I technically only went 4 days but worked out 2 times yesterday so I am saying emoticon)
Stay within my calorie range- (this was easy, I usually do stay in range, unless hubby wants to eat out everyday so emoticon)
Avoid eating out- (I had dinner out with a girlfriend Friday night, but mainly to show off my new purchase)
Stay active with the puppers- (We had a long walk everyday with the dogs- the love it but they don't love the heat so emoticon)
Clean the house from top to bottom (House is so clean you wouldn't even know we lived here so yes emoticon)
Lastly I want to spend quality time with the hubby at least 1 day-not watching tv or eating out (Well we went and bought a car together on Friday and spent 4 hours sitting there together, but we also really enjoyed the long walks with the dogs together so again emoticon)

Overall my week was a huge success. Just having these goals written down reminded me to keep pushing even when I didn't want to. I can't wait to see how this helps me get to my goal.

I had a great weekend so far. Friday like I said we bought a new car or a potential "Baby mobile" as the hubby calls it. We ended up with a 2010 Chevy Equinox. So far I love it. We went from 2 coupes to this and it's great being able to haul things, or even just have more than 2 people in the car! After I bought the car I definitely needed a drink with friends, all that car buying jazz is tense. We went to a local place called the Stanford Grill and they are a unique find around here. Basically everything they make is cooked fresh daily and they are a team atmosphere- meaning all the waiters help one another. I had the best margarita I have ever had and a delicious salad. Yesterday I got up and did my long run for the week a day early so that I could relax today. 7 miles was rough. I woke up later than I wanted and therefor had to run when it was a little hotter than I'm used to, not to mention the humidity was crazy yesterday. Regardless I got it done and was glad to not have to do it this morning. I grocery shopped yesterday and then spent the rest of the day at the pool. Today I hit up the gym to do some light cardio- my legs are killing me today- and now I am hitting up the pool again. My sister is driving from Ocean City Maryland tonight to spend a few days with us so I am looking forward to having family around.

Ok so onto next week's goals

I would like to work out 5 of 7 days this week
Focus on strength training and do 3 strength training workouts
Complete our budget for August
Pick paint so we can finally paint the kitchen
Eat out only 1 time all week
Pack nutritious lunches for the husband

That's it folks. I think this week is going to be fantastic and I will be out of the 150's before I know it.

Hope you all are having a great weekend!

  
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KELLIE881 7/19/2010 6:34PM

    Woo hoo for meeting all your goals! Good luck meeting your goals again!

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QUE-SERA-SERA 7/18/2010 12:28PM

    Great job meeting all of your goals! You can do it this coming week as well!

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Weekly Plan

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Since I am fully ready to shed these last 15 lbs I am going to post my weekly plan on here and check in next Sunday so see how I did. I need to be accountable to someone and since hubby isn't into these details you all are the next best thing.

This past week I took some time off of running, I was having some foot and hip issues but I am feeling great today so my focus this week will be getting back to my half marathon training plan.

My plan is to go to the gym or run 5 out of the next 6 days
Stay within my calorie range
Avoid eating out(I make terrible decisions when I eat out)
Stay active with the puppers
Clean the house from top to bottom(one room each day)
Lastly I want to spend quality time with the hubby at least 1 day-not watching tv or eating out

Thanks for listening guys. Here's hoping I stick to it

  
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JWENZEL723 7/15/2010 1:05PM

    great idea to post this for all to see. you'll do great!

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REBECCA180 7/13/2010 8:35PM

    Fifteen little pounds! You're on the home stretch and I'm very happy for you!
Very happy indeed!

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KELLIE881 7/12/2010 4:26PM

    This is a great idea to post so we can help you keep on track. Have a great week... can't wait to see how it goes!

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EXCUSELESS 7/11/2010 6:14PM

    Good Luck! That 15 will be a thing of the past before you know it.

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REBECCALYN10 7/11/2010 2:27PM

    you can do it! i'll be checking up on you :)

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weekend recap and freaked about my future!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010



I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I know I did. My office was closed Friday and Monday for the holiday, which was fantastic since we never get that much time off. Friday the hubby and I went to the trail near our house to get a morning run in. It was nice to spend time with the hubby since we rarely have full days off together and he doesnít usually want to get up early to workout with me. I ran the 5 miles I had scheduled for the half marathon training plan and then hit up the gym for a little arc trainer and strength training sesh. It was nice to be able to workout a little later than normal and take my time. When I workout before work I always feel rushed because I know I have to come home and do all my morning stuff and still make it to work on time. After the gym hubs and I hit up my favorite diner for some breakfast and then did some shopping. I hate shopping lately. I know that is blasphemy right. I used to love shopping especially for clothes(when I was much heavier) and now when it should be more fun since Iím thin, it just isnít. I donít know if part of me is frustrated at spending money on clothes that donít fit after a month or if buying smaller clothes that are tighter donít look as good in my head. I dunno itís weird. All day on Friday I was debating making the drive to Pittsburgh to see my family. Hubby had to work the rest of the weekend and I had no real plans in Maryland for the 4th so I caved in and decided to go. Iím glad I did because my brother and his wife had their baby Saturday so I was able to make it to the hospital to see my new niece Alyssa. Other than seeing the new baby I spent the weekend lounging at the pool with my nephew and sister and pretty much eating my weight in junk food. I donít know what happens to me when I go to Pittsburgh but itís like my self control flies out the window. The damage wasnít too bad when I weighed myself yesterday morning and as of today itís almost all gone so it was clearly water weight but I still want to get to the root of eating badly.

On a completely different note I decided that the husband and I waste the nights heís home going on lame dates(dinner and a movie, dinner and shopping, just breakfast/lunch/dinner, etc) so we are going to switch things up. We are each going to take turns planning a date for the other. Tom decided he would plan Julyís date and he has been secretly making phone calls and searching on the internet so Iím really excited to see what will happen. I am already thinking of some fun things for us to do around here, so anyone in the Baltimore area with suggestions let me know.

Moving right along. One thing that has been bothering me a lot lately is happiness. Generally I feel like I am a pretty happy person. I donít have too many complaints in life and I almost never cry or stay angry for longer than 5 minutes. However, more and more I realize that I need to make a change in my life. Specifically when it comes to my job. More and more lately I have been stressing out over my job and where I see my future going. I am 25 and am terribly jealous of my friends who know exactly what they want to do for the rest of their lives. I think about my future and although there are things that I might want to do for the rest of my life, I just canít be sure. That makes me freak out a little. I thought I wanted to go to law school but the thought of school and spending more money freaks me out, especially when I am not 100% sure. I thought I wanted to be a vet and then I started thinking about having to put animals down and again I freaked out because I think I would cry everyday if that were my job. Lastly I have thought about opening my own bakery or catering company for a long time, I love to cook and bake and get tons of compliments on my creations. However that is a huge money commitment and I worry that if I fail I will have nothing to fall back on. Iím praying that this whole freaking out about my future thing is only because Iím 25 and having my quarter life crisis but what if itís not? I stress about making changes in my life that will affect our future(Tom, mine and our future children) and I just hope and pray that something will click and I will figure it all out. Tom doesnít freak out about this stuff and canít understand why I do, but he has always and I mean ALWAYS known what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Itís easy for him so he just thinks Iím acting crazy. Hopefully someone else out there understands what Iím going through.

Ok I think that might be enough for today!

  
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SUGIRL06 7/22/2010 7:28AM

    Wow I can totally relate to the "what do I want to do?" thing! I have no idea either. There are things that I think would be fun and would like to do (like open a bakery!!! I'm thinking a cupcake shop:) I also make chocolates and love to do wedding favors! but I digres...) but its scary to think of the money that would have to go into it and what if you fail??? And then it would be hard to get back into the career I'm in now! I am just taking my time to figure it out! Good luck girlie!
~Ang

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MANDAO97 7/9/2010 8:53PM

    I love your date planning idea - we may steal it. You'll prob end up doing more active, healthy things that way too.

I am 27 and still don't know what I want to do when I grow up. Can traveling the world be a job? I think there are a lot of us in the same boat. I always think people have it all together and know exactly what they want - esp people I know casually, hear of through my family/friends, or see on facebook. Out of the people I truly know well though - most of us don't know what we want!

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JWENZEL723 7/7/2010 8:49PM

    omg, i am sooooo with you and can relate so much. my husband LOVES his job. freakin' loves it. is excited to go to work, doesn't mind staying late, gets really excited when he talks about work, etc. me? not so much. i don't LOVE what i do and what i know i would love doing (working for the ASPCA or another animal organization) is scary because it would be a huge financial risk and make what my parents paid for my college completely useless. ugh. i don't have any answers either, but it's nice to hear that someone else is going through the same thing.

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FITBECKSRN24 7/7/2010 8:34PM

    i totally understand!!! i feel like i hold myself back when it comes to my career. But i already pay out the wazoo for student loans, i hate to go back to finsh my MS and become a nurse practitioner.....if thats even what i want to do! i do NOT want to end up in an office...i love working with patients at teh hospital. but i get very upset, when i know more than the dr's that come threw....makes me feel like i'm meant to do bigger things but what??

i think you have very valid concerns for all those things....FH wants to own his own golf course, and one is for sale in our area.....for 950,000 dollars!!! im like noooooo way lol.

prayer is always good....gives me a fresh calm insight into many hard situations. i freak about stuff too...i am a long term palnner/worry/thinker.

the right answer will come to you, just give it time. there is always a reason for everything, and when you're meant to do your awesome thing, you and tom will be ready and you'll realize why all those other things never worked out.





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MAKALANI22 7/7/2010 5:38PM

    i'm in the same boat as you as far as future goes (25 too... feeling unmotivated at work)... i'm seriously wondering what the hell i'm doing with my life, lol.

but whatever, we're on our perfect path and it'll make sense when it's supposed to. just be patient with the process and with yourself =)

excited to see what happens with the date!

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AMHFALKO 7/7/2010 1:14PM

    I'm serious when I say I almost wrote a blog just like this! I have been just feeling so down on myself the past week and over the weekend had a total melt down while talking to my boyfriend about how I think I am having a quarter life crisis. I am 24 and am questioning my career choice. I have friends that are completely sure of what they are doing are good at it and love their jobs and I just feel like something is missing. I would love to go back to school, but the thought of spending all that money (again) and then changing my mind down the road scares me to death! My boyfriend thinks I'm just going through a rut in my life and it will pass soon. After my meltdown he just completely changed the subject! lol I know hes a man, but still I feel so lost!! If you ever need to talk to someone feel free to shoot me a message- I may not be able to help too much, but I know exactly how you feel!
Take care!

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MCASTILLO86 7/7/2010 12:36PM

    I know it exactly what you mean when it comes to not knowing what you want to do for the rest of your life. I'm 24 and I feel the same way. I'm starting school this August to become a med tech. I have been out of college for almost 2 years and it took me that long to decide I wanted to become a med tech. However, I'm not 100% sure I want to be a med tech for the rest of my life. Right now I think it's the best thing for me, but I might change my career in the future ???? I'm trying not to stress and yo should too. Like RAINBOWZLPN says, "Sometimes things like this just fall into place when it's time".


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SASSY_1985 7/7/2010 12:02PM

    I LOVE that date idea. I might talk to my boy about that too. I think it's normal to be 25 and not have your entire life figured out. Some of those friends you're jealous of might be jealous that you have the world at your feet and can choose ANYTHING you want since you haven't committed to one path yet. Enjoy this little things and revel in the unknown, that's what this stage in life is all about!

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RAINBOWZLPN 7/7/2010 11:01AM

    emoticon I feel like I can relate, a bit. I'm 38, & didn't go to nursing school until I wa sin my early 30's. Now I'm taking an MT course online & am planning on doing that FT & just doing my nursing enough to keep my license active. It is stressing sometimes.... try & be easy on yourself, I know it's easier said than done. Sometimes things like this just fall into place when it's time.
Jennifer

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My stall pattern

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Weight lossÖ. There have been a few things swirling around in my head lately about weight and size and all those issues. So I have been hovering at 152 for 3 months now and canít seem to break out of the plateau and get to my goal weight. The more I thought about it the more frustrated I became. I lost the first 115 lbs so fast and couldnít figure out why it was taking so long to lose the last few until I realized this is a mental game for me. Part of me was self sabotaging. I feel ok at the weight I am now. I am a size 8 for the first time in my life(at least that I can remember) and I feel like clothes fit well. I want to tighten and tone some of my trouble areas but I know that those changes wonít happen overnight and I am willing to work on them. However when it comes to the number on the scale I was floating and not working as hard because I knew that I could be 5 lbs heavier and my pants still fit comfortably. I know the number on the scale isnít that important to begin with but it is a goal that I set out for myself and one that I really want to strive to achieve. I am a perfectionist and not one to quit until I reach my goal so why the stall with the weight? Itís tough to explain without sounding like I am crazy but basically what it comes down to is that I have been eating willy nilly when I wanted to because I knew it wouldnít affect me all that much. I eat well probably 85% of the time and the other 15% would be a little crazy. I could be up a few lbs 1 week and back down the next only to be back up again the following week. Itís a terrible cycle of gain and lose with the same 5 lbs and I am officially ready for it to end. I want to lose the last 10-15 lbs so I can move into maintenance and try my hand at keeping steady at 1 weight without fluctuating so much.

I donít want this to seem so negative, I am truly happy with my results and would be content to stay 155 lbs for the rest of my life. I think I look fit and healthy and pretty hot in my clothes but thatís part of the problem. When everyone else tells me I look fine and donít need to lose the last 10 I start thinking the same way and start slipping up with my eating and exercise. I need to remember that I am doing this for me and I know I wonít be happy until I see 143 on the scale, even if I donít stay that weight. Iím glad July is here and I am truly ready to step up my game and get rid of this weight. Usually when I set goals I donít post them on here so I am going to try and write them out here so that I stay accountable.

Water- drink 100+ ounces a day. I do this most days but need to be consisten 7 days a week.

Half Marathon training- do the scheduled runs on the days scheduled. I sometimes wait and have to run 2 days in a row which I donít want to do.

Nutrition- track everything, even the days when I eat everything in sight. Seeing the nutrition written out should help curb the binge days

Exercise- be more consistent with exercise. Donít just go to go, get in a good sweat so that itís worth the time there. Shoot for 5 days a week between gym and running

Try 2 new recipes this month. I have a binder full of recipes from Cooking Light I want to try, now is the time.
Marriage- hubby and I have decided to start planning dates for each other. Each month one of us will plan a date for the other as a way to spend quality time together- I made the stipulation that it not just be dinner out since we do that anyway.

Thatís it. I think cutting back on the treats will help shed a few lbs and I hope to be out of the 150ís before the end of JULY!!

Yay. Hope everyone has great plans for a super 4th of July. Stay Safe!

  
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COURTCHEEKS 7/9/2010 4:07PM

    I know what it's like to be a total perfectionist & want the reassurance from your scale. I can't seem to break my "scale number blues" but honestly, once you push away the scale for a awhile and just focus on feeling good & doing the right things, once you do step on it you're amazed. But take it easy on yourself, you look incredible and definitely are working hard!

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EXCUSELESS 7/1/2010 4:16PM

    Good Luck! I know you can do this.

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BECOMINGAPRIL 7/1/2010 2:25PM

    What a great post! You will get there!!

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RACHELLTAYLOR81 7/1/2010 12:28PM

    This is what has happened to me in the past whenever I reach 170 lbs...everyone tells me how great I look and that I'm just big boned and will look sick if I lose any more...blah, blah, blah. This time I'm not listening. My body knows that is not it's best and God has better in store for me! emoticon that goal out of the park!

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ASTRIDG 7/1/2010 10:10AM

    I can totally relate! I have been stuck for some time now and it's because I don't feel like I look bad enough, I can " live" at this weight, especially if it's a choice between having a cold beer or losing one lb! I ran two half marathons last year and still didn't lose the weight. This summer though I am going to get rid of the last 10-15 once and for all, I just don't want to have to think about it anymore!
On the positive side, looks like you are pretty good at maintaining weightloss and that's something to be proud of!


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Out of whack

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Two blogs in two days? That is a rare occurrence for me. We have tomorrow and Monday off of work for the holiday so things are a little tame today which gives me more time than normal for putzing around. Today started off rough. I havenít been feeling rested even with a full 8 hours of sleep. Today my hubby called me at 4:45 am like he does every morning he works(he works the night shift a few nights a week) and I told him I was getting up and shut off my own alarm. I must have laid back down for a few minutes and the next thing you know it was 7:30 am. I never sleep in that late. Now my whole day feels out of whack and I missed going to the gym. Yesterday was my rest day and now I missed today so I really feel out of whack. Itís ok because I know there will be times when I canít always get to the gym and you have to roll with the punches, I;m just more concerned about how tired I feel physically and mentally. Hopefully this long weekend will help me recharge my batteries.

Not only did sleeping in screw with my workout but it also messed up my normal breakfast. Typically I would come home from the gym, walk the dogs and then shower and eat. Today I was rushed so I knew I wouldnít have time to eat at home. I figured I would stop for a bagel at Panera (My favorite treat but one I donít indulge in all too often). I grabbed a bagel pack for the office and when I got here there is a whole table full of treats. Everyone must have had the same idea as me because there are cookies, brownies, chips and salsa, donuts and now bagels on the table. Good thing I can resist that other crap but I did eat a whole bagel plus went back for another half. GAHH that;s like 500 calories worth of bagels not including the iced coffee I picked up from Starbucks. Again I know these days donít happen often and you canít fight the urge all the time but I really donít like feeling out of control not to mention that I now have a tummyache.

Oh well moving on. Nothing exciting going on this weekend really. Hubby has to work all weekend as usual so I was contemplating making the drive to Pittsburgh all on my own with the 2 dogs I just donít know if I can do it. I have never made the drive alone with Remington and he just doesnít sit still so I donít know how safe it is, not to mention I HATE THE DRIVE. I donít mind being the passenger when Tom drives but I really cannot keep my focus for 4 straight hours there and 4 hours back. The drive up never seems so bad because I know once I;m there I get to see my family but on the way back Iím usually terribly depressed and cry a good portion of it(I moved away 3 years ago and I still cry almost every trip there). Weíll see what happens, but the thought of spending the 4th alone is a little depressing. Tonight the hubs is taking me to see Eclipse and he even told me he would wear a Team Jacob shirt- or he would make his own that said ďIím married, straight and still on Team JacobĒ haha. He can be a funny guy when he wants to. I think itís incredibly nice of him to see the movie with me especially when I could go with my girlfriends. Iím just glad he is willing to do the things I like just to spend the time with me. Heís a keeper.

I have another blog I want to write but would really like to keep these separate so stay tuned for an actual weight loss related blog later this afternoon.

  
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EXCUSELESS 7/1/2010 10:58PM

    I know the feeling. My daughter's sleep schedule has been all out of whack, which put me out of whack. My diet and nutrition isn't has good as it had been. I'm working on this though.

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JWENZEL723 7/1/2010 9:29AM

    omg, your hubby is so cute!!! what a good sport. :)

maybe just take the weekend to relax and catch up on sleep because it sounds like you need it!

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