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Friday, July 13, 2012

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So for once this is actually an update about how I've been doing with exercise and eating, and with my Sparking. I'm a little frustrated that I'm stuck at 139-140. But I also know I've been indulging more than occasionally on the weekends and on hot summer evenings with ice cream. I should be happy that my exercise makes me able to maintain. I've also been doing regular strength training, so there may be some muscle weight going on as well.

I am in love emoticon with my gym. It's so much easier to workout in the morning when I leave the house to do it. I have some great workout DVDs, including Coach Nicole's 28 Day Bootcamp, but when I stay at home, there are chores that need done, or episodes of Private Practice and Grey's Anatomy to watch on Netflix. I was lying in my extremely comfortable Tempur-pedic bed this morning, hitting snooze because I didn't really wanting to leave it. I reminded myself how good I would feel once I was done, how much energy I would have for the rest of my day, and that I wouldn't feel any better for continuing to lay in bed. So I got up, grabbed my water and my IPod and headed to the gym. I did strength training, I tried the Stairmaster (WAY tougher than I remembered from my college gym days!) and then did a fast walk on the treadmill. My arms were shaking after my upper body workout. I was dripping with sweat and grinning when I was done with the treadmill. This weekend I really want to try to make it to Zumba on Saturday morning. The only part of my gym that sucks is their weekday class times don't work with my work schedule. Overall though, it's a lovely shiny clean new facility and I am always glad when I go there.

When I'm not indulging on weekends, I am tracking my food. Some days I do track the ice cream, the place my boyfriend and I regularly go has a good website with nutrition information. Some days it's even within my calorie range. But I know there are healthier ways to hit my nutrition goals. I've been cooking breakfast a couple mornings a week, oatmeal or an omelet with salsa. I've also been making at least one recipe from the SparkPeople website or the SparkPeople cookbook every week. With the strength training, I'm focusing on making sure I get more than enough protein.

Gee, this is kind of a boring blog! Thanks for reading it anyway emoticon
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    I agree with what has been said...indulgence is great every once in a while. Find a way to make it work for you and your goals. Personally, I'll let myself have ice cream whenever I want, so long as I walk the 4 mile loop to the ice cream shop and back. If it isn't worth the trek, then I don't really want it.

    Hurrah for your gym time. It's awesome when you find something that motivates you and makes you smile at the end of it. And who would've thunk it...dripping sweat and shaking arms is worth smiling about. Go you.
    2753 days ago
    Indulge on those warm nights, life is for living and you know what you need to do so it is healthy eating :) As for the blog, this is about YOUR journey and we are here to support you. I feel mine are boring too, but its just another tracking tool I use. Keep up the good work.
    2755 days ago
    Yay for gym love XD It's always easier for me to get into excercise mode when I go to the gym. There's something to be said about getting up and having to GO to the gym. It can be very motivating for me, because it's like "I'M HERE SO I BETTER WORK HARD"! Glad you're enjoying it XD

    As for the ice cream I've been getting the 90 calorie weight watcher cones when they're on sale. They're yummy and help a lot with delicious ice cream cravings. When that doesn't cut it I'll get the soft serve cone at mcdonald's ( 170 calories). Def. track it though, because it's ok to have this stuff as long as it fits in with your intake! You shouldn't feel bad about it.

    Great job on cooking healthy and watching the protein!
    2755 days ago
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    Sometimes we write for ourselvesas well as others. Be proud of how far you have come. Identify places to improve. Good job with the gym!
    2755 days ago
    I'm so glad that you like your gym! I love mine too!
    2755 days ago
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