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WUB 1/6/13

Sunday, January 06, 2013

The first week of the year has gone fairly well.
1. Food: I ate out more meals than I would prefer, due to work meetings and social occasions. Overall I made good food choices when eating out. I made EXCELLENT choices at home. I met my fruit and veggie minimums, and followed my food plan 95+%. I tracked everything. Goal: 95% met emoticon emoticon
2. Alcohol: I indulged in more than two drinks per week maximum (I had a total of 5 drinks at 3 different social occasions). Alcohol does set off my acid reflux; itís empty calories; and I donít make good food choices if I have alcohol. Iíll have to do better. The test will be tonight when I meet friends at a local bar for happy hour before a movie! emoticon
3. Exercise: Met my exercise goals! Exercise daily; danced most days (6 out of 7). I went back to Zumba WOO HOO! I skied twice. Stretched 3 times. Goal 100% met. emoticon
4. Personal organizing: I cleaned and organized closets and drawers. I put away the Christmas decorations on schedule.
5. Work: Finished a big difficult project WOO HOO. Did not stress out when other co-workers & project reviewers caused delays along the way; instead I tried to be proactive and a problem solver
6. Sleep: Not great, but used no sleeping pills or energy drinks (which was my goal). Slept at least 6-7 hours most nights. Itís rare for me to get 8 hours unless Iím on vacation. That probably says something about my stress levels at work. Goal 100% met. emoticon

My new furnace is working GREAT. My original goal was to save at least $100 per month on fuel, plus $400 per year savings on insurance (a cheaper homeownerís insurance policy required me to get rid of the old underground oil tank); total goal savings would be approximately $1000 a year. My actual fuel costs have dropped by $250-300 per month! AND the house is comfortable and the furnace is quieter.

I am organizing my ski clothes for a ski vacation to Methow Valley with the Nordic Club. This is one area where there is a shortage of options in larger (plus) sizes! Ski pants are hard to find. There are some nice pants for downhill plus size skiers, but I ski cross county and downhill pants are WAY too hot. (Downhill pants are designed to keep you warm while riding up a lift and skiing down the hill; with cross county you are active all the time). I have plenty of tops, but my old ski pants are wearing out (the ski pants I wear now are 15-20 years old; some have been patched). I ordered new ski pants from Junonia (plus size athletic wear on-line store) this year. The new pants are comfortable, warm and very flattering Ė but they are NOT great for skiing. The fabric isnít stretchy enough for any unusual movements, such as when you fall into an inelegant position and need to contort your body to get upright again! Oh well. Iíll keep looking! emoticon

Of course I could just wait until I fit into regular sizes again. But thatís what I thought last winter, and I really should dress for the size I am NOW (16 W or 1X, down from 22 W). For fitness reasons I canít afford to sit at home being a couch potato, I like to ski, so Iíll find clothes that fit me and GO!

Here's one of the photos that disappeared from my last blog -- me at the beach in California!


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MARALEYNI 1/11/2013 11:57AM

    emoticon Excellent job on meeting your goals!

Your xc ski trip sounds like it will be a lot of fun. I had xc equipment years ago which was lost due to a barn fire emoticon

Would be fun to start it up again! Also need to get the weather to cooperate and act more like winter. Since it's supposed to get in to the 50s to day looks like I'll get to walk outside emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 1/8/2013 10:52PM

    emoticon Sounds like you have things going great in all areas! The ski trip sounds fun!! Even more fun to have new clothes to go with it!!! emoticon
What a nice pic of you and the CA coast!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MICHELELYNN777 1/7/2013 9:28AM

    emoticon You did GREAT for the week! I am so inspired by how active you are! I hope you find some good ski pants~what a fun trip you have planned!

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MARITIMER3 1/7/2013 12:10AM

    Your ski trip with the Nordic Club sounds great. I hope you can find some ski pants that you like and are flattering before you go.

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WATERMELLEN 1/6/2013 8:32PM

    Thanks for commenting on my "crave fade" blog . . . looks like we share lots in common (including a love of XC skiing.)

Hope you find the right ski pants . . .

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MADAMES 1/6/2013 5:40PM

    Great job meeting those goals! I have yet to get my goals in that the holidays have ended and the company has gone home, things will settle back to "normal"around here. I hope you are able to find the ski gear that you are looking for!

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    Congratulations! What a great week!
I hear you on the ski pants - I just had to sew up a rip in my old ones and although they aren't perfect, have a hard time finding new ones.

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