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Still with it after 3 Years

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I decided to go to the gym first thing this morning. First, that is, after I had my coffee and breakfast. As I was deciding what to wear, I pulled out my Nike 2009 Human Race T-shirt. 2009! - That was the year I first started seriously running or jogging, whatever you want to call it.

That is 3 years I stuck with something for more than a month. emoticon Sometimes I get frustrated because I cannot seem to get with an eating program that will be health supporting. I feel like a failure in this area. But, just looking at the date on that shirt tells me that I do stick with something. I have just been more motivated with my running than I have with my eating.

But even with running I have had my ups and downs. There are times when I just do not get out there for a run, but I always seem to get back to doing it. I was encouraged by the fact that I am still sticking with it even though I am not perfect with my routines. I just keep plodding along and if I have a set back, when I get back into it and recognize that I may have lost some speed and endurance then make a plan to work my way back to the level that I was at before the break.

I wish my eating was more like my running because I seem to be off more than on with my food plan. I get so frustrated sometimes with my lack of self-control. It seems I cannot make that commitment to just do it. However, having just returned from the gym and an hour on the treadmill, I realize that it is not over yet. If I want to be a better runner, I have to be a better eater.

I have been tracking my food intake these past few days and boy, do I eat a lot, bread especially. Oh, I love bread. At least I can see where I need to make improvements. If it is not too late, to make a long story short, I am so glad that I was given that Nike T-shirt, because it serves as a visual reminder of what I have accomplished these past three years.

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FRAN0426 11/15/2012 8:57PM

    Having that shirt is a good thing to look at and remind yourself how far you have come in the past three years. None of us are perfect ( regardless of what some think ); we all have areas on our journey to improve. You have started logging your food so you have started improving and know what you must do to make some changes. Bread is a downfall for many, you have plenty of others in the same boat.

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MNNICE 11/15/2012 5:35PM

    Logging the food takes time but it definitely opens our eyes and keeps us accountable. Just start slow and you'll find that the good habits develop along the way!

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LIV2RIDE 11/15/2012 2:51PM


You can do anything you put your mind to. The diet is much better than it was 3 years ago, 2 years ago or even last you. You are doing a great job and will keep getting better.

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I did not know what I was missing

Wednesday, November 14, 2012



I went to the gym yesterday and when I got there I saw that it had received a facelift. Gone were the old treadmills that squeeked and squacked, gone were the recumbent bikes that had the seats all torn. emoticon Also, gone was the Arc machine and old weight machines. emoticon I'll miss the last two, but everything was so nice.

First, I got on one of those really nice treadmills - After my 5 minute warmup, I jogged for 20 minutes without stopping. It must have been my excitement with the new equipment because I had not done that for quite some time now. I jogged at 5.5 mph. Now that I know I can do that, I can tweak my future workouts.

Second, I tried out a few of the new weight machines. I am not sure how I will like them. This setup does not have a how to use picture attached and I am unfamiliar with the machines. I will have to research first to see how to use them properly.

Third, I got on the spin bike. Ever since I downloaded the first Get C'yced episode from Motion Traxx, a coached episode with Gregg Cook, I have been wanting to get on a spin bike to follow along. What a killer workout!! I thought it was a half hour workout, but it was a 50 minute one with three hill climbs. I did not make it through the hill climbs.

Yesterday, was only my second time on a spin bike and I hope I did not look as ridiculous as I felt. I also realized how flabby my legs are. I am a pear and I all those past blogs when I wrote about eating junk food - all that went straight to my hips and thighs.

My goal is to make it through that workout on the spin bike - I am able to do so at home on our recumbent bike, but the spin bike has a whole different feel and the effort was more intense. (Translate that into "Oh, did I feel the burn.")

It was an awesome work out for me and when I returned home, I went outside and cleared out the top of the hillside (see yesterday's blog). When I did the hill workout, I realized the area cleared was a tad too short and so I cleared a path going up and around so next time I do a hill workout I can run up further and then catch my breath as I run around the garage and back down again. Now, I am hoping we do not get snow for awhile.

It felt so good to get in a good fun workout!

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LIV2RIDE 11/14/2012 9:48AM

    emoticon I love gym makeovers! Looks like some great equipment. Are there any instructors there or trainers? They should be able to help you with the machines. Don't be afraid to ask.

I'm interested in the Get C'yced download you mentioned. Where is it? I could probably do that on my trainer in my living room.

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LIV2RIDE 11/14/2012 9:48AM

    emoticon I love gym makeovers! Looks like some great equipment. Are there any instructors there or trainers? They should be able to help you with the machines. Don't be afraid to ask.

I'm interested in the Get C'yced download you mentioned. Where is it? I could probably do that on my trainer in my living room.

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ANEWSKY 11/14/2012 7:59AM

    Good job on the spin bike! I'm sure you'll make it through the whole workout soon. I've always thought the spin bike looked fun, but I've been a little scared to try it. Way to go!
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Hill Workout

Monday, November 12, 2012

I have been busy doing yard projects and my exercise routines were put on hold because the work I had to do was physically hard. However, today the weather was cold, only in the 20's, and snow flurries all day. It was a good day to take some time off.

I wanted to go for a run, but every time I'd open the door I'd decide not to go. It is a good day just to relax, I'd tell myself. I was trying to talk myself into going to the gym, but I really did not want to go anywhere. It is a 20 minute drive.

I had a good workout with Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred in the morning, but I really wanted to go for a run. Or maybe it was I needed to go for a run, I needed a mental lift. Not going anywhere in the car won and since it is hunting season, I really did not want to go on the road. I'd be running between fields and woods. Not really where I'd want to be.

So, since we spent a few days clearing the hillside so we can go sledding this winter (if it snows this year); I decided to do a hill workout. I'd be on my property close to the house and the hunters ought not be shooting in that direction.

So, down I went...

and up I went...

I must have done it about 40 times, I lost count at 20 and my garmin turned over 1 mile. My garmin distance was 2.08 miles. Hills are the worst for me; I am so lazy when it comes to running up a hill. I found myself only walking up only once and it was near the end. I reminded myself I was doing a hill workout and walking up was not allowed. (Yes, I talk to myself a lot.)

I cannot wait for hunting season to be over and the bears in hibernation so I can just go running down the road. I heard there are wolves in close by, but I never hear them howl so I hope that won't be on my list of why I don't want to run. I still remember when I was running at dusk and thought I heard a car but when I turned around I saw a bear crossing the road.

My son-in-law wants to start running and I hope he won't mind me slowing him down so we can run together. There are so many trails I want to go on but I really do not want to go solo.

Well, enough babbling for now, I hope you all have a good evening and week.

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MNNICE 11/13/2012 12:09PM

    Those "critters" need to be watched out for this time of year, and the hunters can be dangerous as well, so wear lots of blaze orange if you're outside in the country!

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LIV2RIDE 11/13/2012 6:40AM

    Great job at getting in the run. Your property looks beautiful and perfect for that "lift" you need. I'm glad you got out and got it done. emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 11/13/2012 3:55AM

    great job! we have hills wherever we run, we wind up looking for the flat(ter) areas. had our first snow yesterday and are also waiting for the bear to hibernate (so we can hang the birdfeeders again!).

great job on getting out there!

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NYARAMULA 11/13/2012 12:20AM

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Avoid the Dreaded Holiday Weight Gain

Monday, November 12, 2012

I think I started early. emoticon This past month has been a trial for me, but I think I am finally getting a grip on what I need to do to get back to eating healthy again. Yeah, just in time for the holidays.

The first thing I am going to do is track what I am eating. This is something that I have not been doing and I started again yesterday. I really should do this more often because it really helps me keep my focus on what I am eating.

There are two programs I am considering using: Cron O Meter and Diet Power. Both have features that the other lacks so I have to decide which feature is more important to me at this moment.

Cron O Meter has the capability to track the amino acids - This is great since I do not eat a lot of meat and I tracked all that I ate yesterday and was amazed that all the essential amino acids were met.

Diet Power offers advice as what to eat and has a function that grades your nutrition score. Hmmmm, what can I eat today that will give me an "A" as my overall grade for the day. Believe it or not, but that competitive nature in me wants to beat my previous grade; so this is a good motivating tool for me. Plus diet power computes the calories burned and calculates that into the calorie count for the day. There is a home screen with a graph so my goal can be visible every time I open the software program.

I think Diet Power is winning for my decision because I can save the files and use on more than one computer. This will be great if my husband gets back into tracking again also; then we can share the "recipe" files.

The second thing I need to do to avoid the holiday weight gain is to lower my consumption of high carbohydrate foods (read junk food here). This has been my downfall ever since last February when the Dairy Queen opened for the season. Although, I got a grip back in June and stopped my love affair with Peanut Buster Parfaits, I seemed to have found another to take its place and then another and another and another.

The third thing I need to do is to focus on my exercise program and make sure I get some high intensity workouts in through out the week. I am going to aim for 5 days with at least one half hour of some sort of routine: gym, stationary bike or 30 Day Shred workout.

The fourth thing I am going to do is focus on my diet. I have been trying to get with some program for the past month and just cannot seem to find my grove. I think using the Diet Power program will be what I need to focus on eating healthier.

I want to get on jumpstart on avoiding that holiday gain so that when the temptations come I will be able to say, "No thank you; I do not want any." I want to be more successful than I have been lately.

How about you? Do you have any plans to avoid that dreaded Holiday weight Gain?

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SWEDE_SU 11/13/2012 3:52AM

    working on it here, too - trying to keep up my miles of walking and running, it's the one thing i know *works* and it's so easy to let it slip once the winter weather hits (we just had our first snow). and of course trying to stick to good vegan whole food cooking, without snacking. emoticon

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ROSALIEESTHER 11/12/2012 8:49PM

    Love your plans.

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LIV2RIDE 11/12/2012 2:11PM

    You should join the November Fitness Challenge on the Vegan Fitness & Nutrition team. We are logging out 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week and encouraging one another to stick to the goal. I'm working to stick with whole foods which is tricky when you love chips!

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5WHITEROSES 11/12/2012 12:51PM

    Sounds like you've got a great plan!

I've been doing Jillian workouts since Sept 1st and will keep doing them indefinitely, along with some added cardio from my elliptical workouts. For food, I will eat in moderation. I'll continue to measure out my portions and avoid the really bad-for-me foods. When it comes to Thanksgiving, I can resist pumpkin pie. However, when it comes to Christmas I will most likely have a few bites of whatever is the most tempting dessert.


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BOOKWORM27S 11/12/2012 12:10PM

    Yes, I'm making healthy side dishes and I'm bringing my own turkey breast cutlet to my MIL's Thanksgiving dinner. So I'll know the exact portion size and calories for the dinner. I'm avoiding the traditional desserts, I'm making a spiced pear for my dessert.

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My eating has been horrendous....

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

I have been eating the wrong things at every opportunity and then some more these past couple of weeks. However, last night, in the wee hours of the morning when I couldn't sleep I figured out why. A couple of weeks ago, I got into a political "discussion" with my mother.

I won't go into details, but I thought my mother was smarter than that. There was no logic or reason to the things she was saying. The things she said about my husband and daughter were uncalled for and I am still holding ill feeling towards her.

This election has been one of the worse in the mudslinging that I recall and it is not just the campaign ads. I think it is worse this election because of the social media that we have now. My mother has always said that she does not discuss politics or religion. Yet, she had been posting political shares daily on facebook. It got so I would not even read what she was posting and would manually hide the post so I would not see it my wall. I admit it was irritating me.

What started the argument, I think (funny how as time goes by we never really know what started the whole thing), was I made a comment about something to which she said, "I think you go overboard on some things." I replied, "Well, that is your opinion and you are entitled to it and I am not going to vote for "__________".

So, I am most likely guilty of starting the argument by saying who I was not going to vote for, but her daily posting the shares was irritating me because she "does not discuss politics"; even though by posting the political shares she was discussing politics. I can now see why some kids cyber-bully when they would not do so otherwise. Because, as with my mother, there is a sort of empowerment to posting online rather than face to face.

I totally understand why she will not (or I should say cannot) 'discuss' politics to your face because she cannot tolerate an opinion other than hers. It was the things she said and the way she said them that upset me the most because it appeared she was blaming my husband and I for something the "other party" was doing. Seriously, like we are making them do the things they are doing? Huh?

She has strong feelings against our political views in which she knows nothing. According to that conversation, she does not even know where we stand, but she does not agree with our political views, never has. That is actually funny because one year we actually voted for the candidates in the party she aligns herself with but she would not believe that we would do that because she is one party and one party only. For years, I have tried to tell her I do not vote by party but by who I think will do the least amount of damage to the country.

I am still upset over the things she said even though she tried to make up by calling my husband (she talks to him rather than me when she calls [he is more of a phone talker than I) and invited us over for dinner and said that we can call and talk to her anytime. We did go and had a pleasant evening. But she has been continuing with the posting the shares on facebook. I have not been seeing most of them since I set up a filter to hide certain things on my wall, but occasionally one will slip through. And every time I see one of "those posts" I get angry all over.

But, back to my eating...

Ever since that argument, I found myself eating things I have not eaten for quite some time and not just a little bit. Last night, as I lay awake during the insomnia hours, I had an "aha moment" and came to the realization I was eating those things because of the argument, in other words, emotional eating. I was letting my frustration with my mother and her illogical argument upset me to the point where I reverted back to the same behavior I had during my high school years when I hated being at home.

I came to realize that it was the same eating pattern and the same frustration. I cannot count the times whenever I would go into a binge that I would evaluate my thoughts and feelings but could never pinpoint exactly what I was thinking or feeling. It seemed like there was a vacuum with this huge hole and no bottom that I was being sucked into.

I am not saying my mother is my problem. But how I am reacting is the problem because I have the same reaction with conflicts with other people. I am so glad for Spark People because had I not been blogging on this site, I most likely would have never given any attempt to actually figure out why I keep eating certain “food” items the way I do. At least now, I feel like I can get get over the bump and move forward.

Thanks for reading my vent.

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DS9KIE 11/7/2012 11:14PM

    you will get back on track emoticon

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ROSALIEESTHER 11/7/2012 10:49AM

    I believe in you. You're going to get back on track. emoticon

It sounds like things with your mother might not just be about this election - though I'm sure your problems with her came to a head during this recent time.

For me, it helps me to keep my phone calendar telling me things like "it's my choice" every hour or so. Something to remind me that, no matter what else is going on in this world or in my life, my choices are mine.

Thanks for sharing your personal experiences.

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KYLIESCHELLE 11/6/2012 6:25PM

    I'm happy to read your "vent". That's what blogs are for! I'm glad you figured out what was triggering your emotional eating. That is half the battle and now you can do something about it! Best wishes, Michelle

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GOTTAPLAN4U 11/6/2012 12:27PM

  I too have had good results from working through and adjusting my irrational thoughts until they became rational. It totally straightens out my eating patterns.

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MLUKEY79 11/6/2012 10:42AM

  You will be back on the right track!!! Good Luck!!

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