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Peace Begins With A Smile

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Thank you Sandra for this wonderful quote by Mother Teresa on your Feed. I love it. Give it a try friends. Allow yourself to put a genuine smile on your face. Can you feel the positive mojo flowing through you? It seems pretty hard to pop someone in the mouth if they are smiling, don't you think? (No, sneering doesn't count!)

Last night I tried a plank and then 3 more today at the gym. (Thank you, Saphreal!) Wow! Those buggers are a killer! Before you go and get all impressed on me, realize that each plank was 30 seconds long today. Better than my last attempt at 295 pounds. We won't talk about that though. It could be embarrassing.

Tonight I'm fixing a Roast Leg of Lamb that I got at Kroger for a steal. I guess it was leftover from the holidays and 1/3 of the normal price. I love lamb. Mmmmm. I know we'll have leftovers because I'm portion controlling this meal. I've got my scale ready to go. One thing about the lamb roast is that it frequently has a lot of fat on it. And that fat, when melted, is the devil to clean up. Not to mention, it's not very good for me. So I took a knife and trimmed the majority of it away. I may end up with a dry roast, but we'll see. Now I need to figure out what to do with the leftovers. Can I freeze the cooked meat and then cook with it in other dishes later?? I'd love to make a stew and gyros and shepherd's pie and....I'll stop.

I've been doing well this week. no blow-out binges. No restarts. Phew. Unfortunately, I did NOT work out Thursday, or Friday, or Saturday. Thursday I was stuck at work til 9:00. Friday I enjoyed some rare time with my daughter and we went to a movie. Saturday I was too pooped from being out til 12:30 to go to the gym in the morning. And the rest of Saturday was devoted to meeting a SparkFriend for coffee and wonderful conversation and spending time with family. These are all excuses. Not valid reasons. But I'm okay with it. I'm done trying to be perfect. (for today anyway.) I've dropped my Super High Intensity 45 min-1 hour long workouts 6 days a week. I'm shooting for 30 minutes cardio 5-6 days a week. I Zumba for an hour on one of those days instead of the 30 min cardio. I'm looking forward to my weigh in Wednesday. I want to say goodbye to the last of my holiday weight gain. One thing I have not been doing, sort of inadvertently, is running training. I like that I CAN do it. I don't have an aversion to it. I just haven't been working it into my routine. I think I'm a little gun shy about injuries.

By the way, it seems I need to start hanging out at gas station convenience stores because apparently I am particularly attractive when I am standing in one. Yesterday a stranger came up to me and said, "You're so pretty." Yes. I think he was trying to pick me up. It was definitely a bit awkward and I'm not quite sure what his substance of choice was, but it wouldn't have worked. I'm not sure we have the same goals in life. See what happens when I go to the big city? I'm such a sheltered creature.

Have a great week friends! Love you guys!
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    Take every compliment you get and tuck it inside that "beautiful you". You deserve it. They do make you glow. emoticon
    1979 days ago
    LOL Gotta love the convenience store pick up! Its similar to the Walmart Pick up (in my opinion)! At least it hopefully gave you a little boost of confidence! I usually say "Thank you so much, that's very flattering" and walk away haha. Sounds like you have a good plan!!! Have a great week!!
    1981 days ago
    Just tried my first planks with Coach Nicole's January Jumpstart Challenge last week. I was shocked at how effective they are!
    You are rockin' the work-outs!
    1981 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    Hmm, I have never tried lamb before. Hope it turned out well! We must not be going to the same gas stations because I sure can't get a whistle! Oh well...maybe next time ;) Love the quote and the blog! Sounds like you have things going in the right direction! Keep up the good eating!
    1982 days ago
    Sounds like you had a really good weekend. Never had lamb so I like hearing what it is like. I have been courious about it. Love the quote.
    1982 days ago
    Lol that is great u got hit on always feels nice to be noticed :) so glad you are trying new workouts. You are doing amazing with food portions and planning! You will have to let us know how the roast turns out! emoticon
    1982 days ago
    So glad you are using your food scale to weigh the portions! You will be able to enjoy the lamb much more as well!

    Stay Lemon strong!!!
    1982 days ago
    I haven't tried any planks. Your success will motivate me to give it a try. I applaud your efforts are well on your way! emoticon
    1982 days ago
    It's interesting, the relationship between staying on track nutritionally and working out-- you mentioned not really having a ton of time to work out (NO SHAME in any of that-- you were busy, and got to have valuable family time), but also the fact that you didn't binge or have to restart, which is awesome! It's hard for me to get that balance-- working out and staying nutritionally on track. I know it's not one or the other, but sometimes it sure feels like it!

    1982 days ago
    WOO HOO!! What a blog. I loved every word! I hope that you enjoy your lamb and that cutting the fat off doesn't make it too dry, because that was a great choice for making it healthier!
    I'm so happy to hear that you are going to dial back the intensity a bit, usually our bodies respond positively to this sort of change. Just be sure that you are setting your goals and still making a plan. :)
    So happy to hear about the attempted pick-up at the gas station. I don't think that you need to hang out in them more, that didn't have anything to do with the gas station and had everything to do with the fact that you are really pretty!!!! You need to remember that! Despite the fact that you don't think he was right for you I know it feels really good to get a compliment like that no matter where it comes from. Paint that confident smile on your face and just wait to see how many more you will get! emoticon
    1982 days ago
  • LISAMG1220
    I love zumba (as you know!). :) Good luck on the lamb, I love it but never fix it myself. you have inspired me to look for some on sale. sounds like you had a great weekend. I am really glad we got to see one another. we definitely need to do that more often. :)
    1982 days ago
    I have a problem with gas station attendants flirting with me. Here in NJ we aren't allowed to pump our own gas so I have no choice but to sit there awkwardly with my window down and try to avoid eye contact, lol.

    Congrats on your planks! They really are a b***h!
    1982 days ago
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