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Committing to AINT

Monday, April 15, 2013

Hello Sparkers… I’m alive!

Last week was crazy. Temps went up into the 80’s here, setting a new high record after we just set a new low record a few weeks back. I had two days of training at work. Tuesday our building at work lost power during training, so we ended up actually moving outside for a bit to do it in the fresh air. Shoot – training should always be that way, right?! Unfortunately, I could not get my nose to stop running/sneezing the whole time. I thought maybe my allergies were exploding due to the ridiculously sudden rise in temps. Next thing I know, on Wednesday, my voice went kaput. Thursday I really struggled at work. It is hard when your team is cross-country and most things need to be done over web/phone conferences and you have no voice. D’oh. By Thursday afternoon, I was like one of those cold medicine commercial actors with the messy hair and sad face. I drove home from work with tissues shoved up my nose and didn’t care who saw me. I woke up in the middle of the night Thursday night and literally coughed for an hour straight, so I decided to quarantine myself on Friday, stayed home from work and went to the doc. Laryngitis, sinusitis, and my ear is infected AGAIN (like 5th time in a month and a half?!) I got some antibiotics and slept most of Friday & Saturday. Antibiotics really upset my tummy, so I was not very energized. I ate soup and salads every single day last week and still managed to gain weight, so I’m trying not to be so bummed about it but REALLY?!

Yesterday I woke up feeling much better. I decided to take my fancy camera out to take some pix and hike the trail. This was also the first time I have done the trail route with my fitbit, so I was excited to see what it really amounted to and if my estimations were correct – and they were! It is 3.3 miles on the most direct path. It is also quite hilly, so I’m hoping that helps up the calorie burn. Speaking of burns, I ended up with my first farmers tan sunburn yesterday too. The line on my right arm in particular looks super silly. I have a dress to wear at my old roommates wedding this weekend that may need to be rethought! Hah.

I packed my healthy lunch and snacks today. I’m a little bummed because I made a “skinny” French onion soup in the crock pot all day yesterday and it had a funky twinge to it. I don’t know if I’ll be able to eat it. I hate when you make a huge thing like that and it doesn’t turn out! I’m going to do some research today to see if maybe I can save it. I have PT tonight and hopefully the weather improves so that I can walk there.

I saw a blog post from a fellow sparker this morning that got my brain going – about the AINT – All Important Nutrition Tracker. I use the AINT all day at work, I track everything as best as I can. Then I get home and I’m like “AINT doesn’t exist!” and I never track dinner. I actually can’t remember the last time I tracked dinner… or any food I eat on the weekend. At the end of the work day I see I have X amount of calories left on my tracker and estimate how much dinner I can have from there. Uhhh say what?

Why do I give myself a free pass for nights and weekends? That doesn’t seem to make much sense, uh duhhh?!

I need to commit myself to the AINT. I’m trying to work out whenever possible, but what good will that do if I don’t get my eating in line?!

Maybe it is the abundance of vitamin D from the sunburn and hike yesterday, but I’m feeling the Spark this week. My body seems like it is on the mend, using the tracker is an EASY thing to do and an EASY change to make, and I sure as heck hope it will work!

Things I am happy about:

1) How awesome last night’s Game of Thrones episode was, even if they are starting to really deviate from the books.
2) That I am feeling better and have my voice back.
3) My old roommate’s wedding is THIS WEEK – crazy!
4) Seeing the flowers and leaves again!

I’m going to try to make this a great week, how about you?!
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    I'm glad you're feeling better! I was sick off and on for weeks last month, and it gets very depressing when you feel like crud all the time. Hills definitely help you burn more calories and make your legs stronger. I haven't tried onion soup in the crockpot. I normally just caramelize a bunch of onions, add in some beef or veggie broth, a bay leaf and some salt and pepper. It's so good and low calorie too! We've had some crazy warm days so far, but then it goes back to being cooler. I am not looking forward to summer. I hate hot weather.
    1892 days ago
    Glad you are feeling better!! I'm terrible about weekend tracking too. It's so much easier during the structured work week. I need to be better about it too.
    1895 days ago
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    1895 days ago
    Glad you are on the mend, and thank you for the reminder about being consistent with the tracker!
    1895 days ago
    Baby yourself! I hope you're feeling better!
    1895 days ago
  • SLEE103
    I KNOW!! this WEATHER!! so awesome. But so not awesome is you feeling sick again :( boooo. I'm so sorry. but glad you seem to be feeling better already! yay! I give myself a free pass on the weekends. too....ummm about that. Not cool. need to keep each other in check.

    Welp, keep up that Spark, have an awesome week my friend! and what, no pictures from your fancy camera and hike?
    1895 days ago
    OOh, I hate it when that happens---putting your effort towards cooking something good and healthy and it turns out funky.

    Oddly, a friend of mine makes homemade onion soup and adds a dollop of apple butter to it. He says it adds a certain dimension to the soup that is pleasant.

    Other than that, it sounds to me as though you had a good week--so great that you got to go on a hike!

    Good luck with tracking. I have the same issue, though trying to get better with it.
    1895 days ago
    Hey girrl!! Wow- I hope you have a good insurance plan because you seem to go to the doctor a lot!! Im glad you're feeling better, hopefully you stay that way for a LOOOONG time!! Way to go getting outside yesterday- holy JEALOUS of the temps! It's been a lovely rainy 38 average for the past week here. I havent been able to get outside in 2 weeks! URG.

    I hope your soup doesn't go to waste! That sounds pretty good, and slightly unfilling hah. Hopefully you have some yummy bread to dip in it? Mmm like a hard crusted french roll or something. And I don't even LIKE bread, but that sounds good :D

    It's definitely going to help you to use the AINT. IT'll make you stop and account for what you're eating, especially portion wise! I know that when I don't track I always go a little over, if not a LOT over. Keep yourself accountable, itll help for sure! Im glad you're still working out-it's so important!

    OMG Game of Thrones was great last night!! They're burning through the books quite fast! I only read through probably the end of this season. Can't wait for so many things!

    Feel better, keep that awesome attitude I see here! You're strong even when you're sick!
    1895 days ago
    Love the list of good things. I'm going to try to do remember things to
    be grateful for everyday. You are going to have a great week!

    1895 days ago
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