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Yep, I gained 10 lbs this month!

Monday, April 30, 2012

And I wish I could say it is just water, sodium retention, that TOM, etc.... But it's honestly not. I am owning up to the fact that I have been binging almost the entire month. The weight gain is due to massive amounts of calories consumed by me. My excuses started the month with "I just ran a half marathon, I need a break".... Then turned into "I don't feel good" from not eating right or exercising.

I think what I need is some change. Something new and different to motivate me. A friend introduced me to some new apps for my phone. One of them is RunKeeper. I like it a lot. I don't have to wear my garmin and timer. I just wear my phone on my arm. The only bad thing about it is that it will only do 1:1 or 2:2 (etc....) intervals (unless I am missing something????). Which is fine right now because in the heat and just getting started back into running I am only doing 1:1 intervals. I need to find an app that will cue me with 2:1 or 3:1 intervals. I am sure they are out there. But it worked with riding the bike! I loved how it would tell me when I've gone every 5 minutes what my distance and pace was.

I also discovered iheartradio. Very cool! I will never purchase another song again! It gives me such a variety of music.

Another friend of mine told me about a running clinic she took on base....Anybody familar with POSE? She really talked it up and agreed to go again with me so I didn't have to worry about being the "old lady" there with the young, fit airmen. Sounds really interesting and totally free. I can't beat that!

Our healthy dinners are going really well as a family! It has been an absolute blast cooking and trying new things and arranging our plates like the plate method. I am going to have to start taking pictures and sharing with you guys because I try to make everything colorful and arrange it all pretty. It's been fun! My 15 yr old is trying new fruits and is discovering he likes them. Haven't been too successful with the veggies, though.... yet. Sweet potatoes with a hint of honey drizzled on them was a hit, but that was in our grain/starch group instead of veggies. At least he's doing a salad. He even made the comment last night that he appreciates us making healthy dinners because it is helping him keep the pounds off. We are really working on the breakfasts, though! I have encouraged him to grab a bowl of cereal while he checks his Facebook page in the mornings.

Oh, here is another thing that has motivated me.... We recently re-did our 4th bedroom for *my* room.... I am calling it my "office" because it is where I have my scrapbook stuff set up. I have been very slow and deliberate about decorating it because whenever I rush into decorating I "settle" on something rather than get the look I am going for. Here is what I put on one of my walls.... Not sure how well you will be able to see it, but it's basicly a collage of my favorite pics from races with me and my family with my medals hanging underneath.
Maybe a little self indulgent, but it really does motivate me!

So now I am looking for a race to sign up for to motivate me. I am thinking about doing the Hotter N Hell half marathon in August where it really WILL be hotter than HELL. . It is a trail race.... one I did before (my first HM) but I did it in January. I loved running on the trail! With all of the trees it will be pretty shaded so I am thinking it will be bearable as long as I take it slow.

We have company coming tomorrow (DH's family) and I have to get my house in order. I am always a nervous wreck when people stay over because you know it's always the wife who gets the blame if the house isn't clean. And I am not by nature a clean freak. I keep things tidy, but I am not detailed in my cleaning.

First time I have had in a while to sit down and blog.... It is very therapeutic for me, so thanks for reading.... sorry so long, lol.... Hope you all have a great week!
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    You'll get it off in no time!! Good job with the healthy meals and meal planning!! :) Your office sounds wonderful and I love the arrangement of photos and medals!! It is very inspiring and displays your awesome successes so well!! Have a wonderful summer!!
    2140 days ago
    I love your collage and medals! That is awesome. I may have to steal that idea!
    2144 days ago
  • CKAYT56
    Love the race pictures and medals!! You should show them off and be proud of your accomplishments!!

    Glad you are back on track and trying some new things....we live and learn....takes time to figure it all out and to decide how and what is going to work.

    Just know that getting healthy is worth all of the trials and tribulations.
    2145 days ago
    Love, love, love the collage and the medals! That is what you are suppose to put in the a room that is dedicated to you!! Good job Helen!

    2145 days ago
    I sometimes feel like there's a hand of fate leading me to blog posts - I too have gained this week - and last. And I have been contemplating skipping my weigh-in. But your honesty has helped me realize that this is life. This is me. I lose but I also gain. I'm not static. I'm more like the tide along the shoreline - it goes in and it goes out - but then it comes back in again. It's always the shoreline.

    Thank you
    2145 days ago
  • JLITT62
    There's a free gym boss app that might work for you.

    I, too, LOVE the collage & medals!

    I am not the best housekeeper. No one has ever complained & many guests are much better housekeepers than me. At least they've kept their complaints to themselves!

    I've heard of POSE - I'd definitely check it out!
    2145 days ago
    So glad that you are trying new things and not giving up!! Great attitude!!
    I would love to see pics of your food presentations!!
    Have a great week!
    2146 days ago
    Helen, I am really proud of you! You gained 10 lbs and your attitude is fantastic!!! Also proud of you for looking forward and taking the right steps to get there! I'm sure your blog is an inspiration to many! Keep up the good work!

    Love and Blessings,
    ~ Judy ~
    2146 days ago
    April wasn't the best month for me either, but on we go. Good luck to you!
    2146 days ago
    So glad to hear your update. It's great that the family meals are going well...that's a huge step! I'm betting that May is going to be a great month for you.
    2146 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    It sounds like you have taken a lot of really good steps to get back on track. I LOVE you collage and medals rack. I've been looking at getting one for myself but haven't been able to decide on one yet.

    Good Luck! You KNOW you can do this.
    2146 days ago
    Love the pic collage and medals! Awesome idea, Helen. I know that would motivate me!

    I use a Gym Boss for my intervals, and you can set it for any intervals you want. I use it for my running and to time my calisthenics when I want to do them one minute at the time. It's a great investment.
    2146 days ago
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