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Good news, bad news, and just news


Thursday, December 06, 2012

The bad news first.

I have had a very bad week with my eating. And it must be because I am stressed, even though it is GOOD stress. We are leaving Saturday for New Orleans and will leave on Sunday on a 7-day Caribbean cruise. BUT, what I've noticed, is I tend to throw my diet pretty much out the window the week or so before we leave on vacation. WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?

Well, I think part of it is STRESS. I've just been so busy trying to get everything done! And the other part, the more practical reason, is that I am always working to use up stuff in the refrigerator. So I'm NOT buying fresh fruits and veggies the week or so before we go. We're eating more meat, more potatoes, frozen veggies. Is that just an excuse? Probably!!

The good news:

I made an appointment to get weighed & measured at the fitness center -- the first time since the end of JUNE. I am not proud for crapping out of that excellent monthly accountability check, but there you have it. So I faced the music. All in all I am down three pounds from the end of June and my measurements are all smaller. In the past year I've lost nearly 30 pounds and 4 inches from my chest, 5 from my waist and belly, 4 from my hips and 1-2 from my biceps and thighs. So that's good! But now I've GOT TO KEEP PUSHING.

TC and I did the Power Pump class this morning with a substitute instructor and she kicked my @$$! The woman who weighed and measured me told me to bump up the weights so I did. But after 75 minutes of that we drove to Mt. Nebo and did 7.5 miles of hiking. My fitbit tells me I walked 23,706 steps and and went up 91 flights of stairs! So I'm a bit tuckered.

The "just news": I hiked for the first time with two poles. I've always thought it would be too cumbersome but I could NOT BELIEVE the difference. I was much more steady and sure-footed and the poles were a big help both climbing up and going down. TC and I just have cheapie poles from the local discount store so now we are going to invest in good quality poles for our major hikes coming up.

So that's it from my corner of the Spark universe. I'll blog tomorrow about my plan for hopefully minimizing cruise weight gain.
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AJDOVER1 12/8/2012 2:49PM

    sounds like you're making great progress!

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NEW_PARADIGM 12/7/2012 6:45PM

    You are working hard to find your balance with all this -- way to go!

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MYTHMYTH 12/7/2012 10:44AM

    emoticon Have a wonderful time! and remember to post and let us know how you are dealing with all of that cruise food!
Jane

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NANCY- 12/7/2012 7:55AM

    The best thing is your awareness. Now you can make changes to help deal with pre-trip stress.
Since you like to travel... you will have ample opportunity to find what works for you. The great news is you kept up your fitness portion.
Perhaps taking a moment to have a relaxing cup of tea would help, soothing music or prepped veggies. It is easier to grab something healthier when it is ready. I found a tea that it smells like I am drinking flowers, each time I bring the cup to my lips the flowery fragrance wafts into my brain and takes me to another place. (it's Steven Smith's Jasmine Silver Tip (Varietal #96) green tea)

You will find what works for you.

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LESLIESENIOR 12/6/2012 10:23PM

    Have a fantastic cruise. It sounds heavenly. Sorry about the stress, but you are so smart to share it and tackle it!!!

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ROCKYCPA 12/6/2012 10:10PM

    Enjoy your cruise - sounds like a wonderful vacation!

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KENDRACARROLL 12/6/2012 9:59PM

    Vacation stress, how dreadful!
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Great job on losing the inches.

Ya, I'll be hiking with 2 poles going forward as well.
Had the same good experience last weekend.
Plus, my ankle, which I rolled over a month ago, is still bothering me.

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EBEAMS 12/6/2012 9:43PM

    WOW ... how inspiring are YOU! Go get 'em! emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 12/6/2012 8:46PM

    Good insights for you to plan for next time. You rock all those steps and flights!

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/6/2012 8:41PM

    I am alwas very stressed the week before a vacation, too. Or I used to be back when I traveled. Congrats on the good stats and have a great trip!
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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 12/6/2012 8:40PM

    Great job with all the hiking, that's awesome! Have an excellent time on your cruise!

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AMARILYNH 12/6/2012 6:11PM

    I'm so with you on the hiking poles - and with you in having cheap ones I need to replace now that I'm sure hiking isn't going to be just a momentary thing. Have fun on your cruise!!

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FIT4MEIN2013 12/6/2012 6:01PM

    Sounds like a great day, overall! Enjoy your cruise! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 12/6/2012 5:49PM

    Remember to lose weight, you must eat enough to support your workouts!
Don't make the same mistake I did.
I do the same thing before vacations-
especially if I have been DIETING and depriving myself.
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