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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Things are going well and I have this week off.  My main  goal for the week was to get in some serious activity each day, and so far, I’ve done pretty well with that.  I’m trying to balance all this working out with being social.  My first instinct this week was to become a hermit (except for going to the gym), but that seems a bit unhealthy and unrealistic.  I do have a few fun outings with friends and family planned, so I think I’ll still be able to meet all of my fitness goals while having a good time.

This week off really makes me long for summer.  I enjoyed those months off so much last year, and I know that it will be here before I know it.  So I’m going to try not to look too far ahead and just enjoy the here and now.

Speaking of which, I thought I’d do a bit of an update about some of the things I’ve been enjoying lately.  These are both social and fitness related:

  • I’ve been getting so much out of reading The Beck Diet for Life.  I can’t wait for our first book club meeting. If you’re looking for something to read that might also help you with your weight loss goals, I highly recommend it.  I hope you’ll join the book discussion, too.
  • I’ve been going to the movies lately, which really makes me happy.  As much as I love films, I find myself watching more of them at home than at the theatre, and I want to make it more of a habit to see them on the big screen.  Two weeks ago I saw Up in the Air, which I loved; George Clooney is like an actor from a bigone era – so smooth and suave.  Friday I went with two girlfriends from work and saw Valentine’s Day.  This was pure fluff, but in that great chick flick way.  This weekend I finally watched Whip It, which I’d had at home from Netflix for at least a week.  I loved the grrrrl power in the film, and if I wasn’t such of a wimp about not wanting to break a nail, I think I’d love to try roller derby.  I know I’d be able to give and take hard hits.  LOL.  The mom of one of my students is actually in a roller derby locally, which I think is beyond cool. I have two more “dates” for the movies – one  with a friend for tomorrow  and one with my mom on Saturday.
  • I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the Winter Olympics.  I’ve always loved figure skating, but this year I’m really awed by the power and grace of speed skating – especially the long track program.  I went to Vancouver when I was 14, and I fell in love with that city.  My mom mentioned the other night that if she had to move to a different city, she’d choose Vancouver over most in the U.S.  The thing that I remember most is that it reminded me of the best parts of San Francisco, although the people were even friendlier.  I loved that there was a lot of culture in the city, and it had a nice mix of cosmopolitan charm.
  • As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve been participating in The Shrinking Jeans Olympics.  So far I’ve “competed” in the crunches (3 min.), cycling (6 miles), jump rope (3 min.), and plank hold.  On tap today is the wall sit squat.  I’m looking forward to hula hoop, rowing, elliptical 5K, jumping jacks, and stair climbing later this week.  If you have some extra time this week, I think you should join us.  C’mon, who doesn’t have 3 minutes?
  • Being the confirmed book lover (bookworm) that I am, I always have at least 2-3 books going at once, and a fiction book that I’m currently reading is The Myth of You and Me by Lea Stewart.  This book has captured my attention with its air of mystery, fabulous writing, and strong character development.  It’s one of those books that you can’t put down, but don’t want to finish either, because you love it so much that you will be sad when it’s over. (If you ever want to see the books I’m reading, look me up on Goodreads.com).
  • I weigh in tomorrow, and don’t expect exciting news because TOM is here.  TOM really sucks, right?  He always shows up at the most inappropriate times.  Ah well, maybe the scale will surprise me.
  • I bought a new workout DVD (as if I needed more of those, LOL), but I was drawn to it because of the title – Biggest Loser 30 Day Jumpstart.  I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s divided into 5 10-minute segments, which I thought would be a great way to customize workouts – something quick to get the blood pumping, or doing them all together for a long, complete session.  I’ll let you know what I think of it (I’m planning on trying it later today).
  • You’ll notice I haven’t mentioned RLR yet.  Well, that’s because I’ve been busy doing other activity.  Or should I say, I’ve been avoiding the RLR by doing other activity.  🙂  I’m scared of the 5 minutes of jogging, but I’m going to bite the bullet and do it today.  For sure.  Wish me luck.

That’s about it for now, dolls. I hope you have a fantastic week.

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I entered the names of the people who entered to win the Beck Diet for Life into a randomizer, and

The Winner Is….


I’ve already emailed Brittany, and she’s sent me her contact info, so she’ll have the book by Friday!


I hope everyone will join in on the Bloggy Beck Book Club beginning on February 25th.

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Week 5 already!  This year is seriously flying by.  It’s about this time in the year that people are going back on their New Year’s Resolutions and asking, “what diet?”  I’m happy to say that I feel that my resolve is as strong now (if not a bit stronger) than it was at the beginning of January.  I want this.  I’m doing this.  It may not be happening as quickly as I’d like (because I want it NOW), but I know that it’s eventually going to happen – it has to.  I’m working hard, and it’s going to pay off.

You guys know that I’ve been sick this week, which meant that my eating was way off (didn’t eat much all weekend).  It also meant that I really only got in one truly intense workout.  (I attempted RLR yesterday, but was still too congested in my chest, so I ended up walking for 30 minutes, instead). Plus, sometimes cold medicine makes me retain water, or just messes with my body.  So I wasn’t expecting big numbers on the scale.  Let’s get to it:

Which means I’m up 0.5 lb this week, for a total gain of 2.2 lbs in 2010.  While I know that this slight gain is nothing to worry about in the long run, it sucks seeing my totals for 2010 still at a gain.  Ugh!

That’s it!  Next week I want to lose 2.3 (at least) so that I can show a loss (albeit 0.1) in 2010!  Please, Scale Gods!  You owe me this.  I’ve stayed positive, I’ve persevered, I’ve portion, I’ve tracked, I’ve RLR’d, I’ve gone to personal training.  What more do you want from me?????!

I know that if I go into this week with the mindset that I want to see a significant weight loss for next week, it will keep my actions in check.  When I don’t feel like getting up to go workout, I’m going to say “2.3” to myself and I know that will be all the motivation I need.  I really need the scale to show a tiny, tiny bit of the the effort I’ve been putting in.  Because I’ve been putting in a lot of work, both mentally and physically this year, and it’s about damn time for that f’ing scale to show it to me!  😛

Weekly Goals:

  1. Try EA Sports Active More Games. Never did this last week, so it’s on the agenda for this one.  I need to make the time (and stay healthy).
  2. Stay Binge Free. I had an absolutely amazing talk with my sister last night.  We discussed so many things, including my bingeing, and she was awesome, as always.  She’s a licensed therapist, so it’s nice to talk to someone who knows you almost better than you know yourself, can really give solid advice, and who loves you unconditionally.  I’m so glad I finally came out with it to you guys and to her.  As I mentioned yesterday, I really feel like telling it took away the power it had over me.  I know I have more work to do to keep myself from bingeing, but LC and I worked out some things I can do to take control.  (keeping a journal and calling her when I feel the urge were the top two).
  3. Drink water!!! This remains on the goals list because I still feel like my water intake is sporadic.  I don’t even know why – I like drinking water.  It’s just some days I can get more of it in than others.  I need to make more of an effort, and one way that I’m going to try to do that is to cut back on my coffee intake in the morning.  I drink A LOT of coffee, and I know that if I stopped at 2 cups (instead of 4), I would get more water in.  So that’s what I’m going to do this week.
  4. Start reading the Beck Diet for Life. I mentioned this a bit yesterday and I plan on mentioning it in much more depth in the near future, but this is a priority for me this week.  One thing I know that Beck suggests is weighing yourself everyday.  I’ve never done that before, but I’m going to start, because I know it will do two things for me: 1. inform me about my body’s natural fluctuations and 2. take away some of the fear/anxiety/power of THE WEEKLY WEIGH-IN.  Wednesdays will remain my official weigh in day (and will be the weight that I record), but the weigh in itself won’t be quite as monumental as I make it now.

Just one last thought: 2.3 for next week, baby!!!

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket What a week it’s been! The emotions had been running high after a death in the family and my admission to bingeing and then, I think it all caught up to me – I got sick. I’m feeling so much better now, both mentally and physically. Because I spent most of the weekend on the couch feeling nauseous, I didn’t eat much, but I also didn’t get any activity in. But you know what, that’s ok. I was sick, and in a way I feel like it was nature’s way of getting me to relax a bit. I guess my body and mind just needed a bit of a break.

Once I felt a bit more human yesterday, I headed straight to Trader Joe’s for some much-needed food for the fridge and pantry. Since I didn’t have the energy to cook some big meals to eat all week, I made sure to get lots of items that I can quickly put together. I don’t feel quite as prepared as I normally do, but I’ve set myself up to have plenty of well-balanced meals all week.

This week’s goals:

  • One of my main goals for today is to get back with my RLR training. I got sick Friday evening, so I haven’t done any yet this week. If I feel strong enough this afternoon, I’m going to hit the gym and get back on the treadmill. As nervous as I am about jogging for 3 minutes straight this week, I do want to stay on course with the training.
  • Begin reading The Complete Beck Diet for Life. Scale Warfare was so generous and sweet and gave me a copy. I’ve heard a lot of great buzz about this book, and I’m really interested in seeing what it’s all about.
  • Stay positive.
  • Stay binge free. I haven’t even had the urge since I made my big admission last week. I really think that coming out with it released a lot of the power the bingeing had over me. It’s no longer a secret that I’m holding in, which is a huge relief.
  • Take an hour each day to catch up on everyone’s blogs. When I don’t keep up, I feel like I’m missing out on so much. Not only the goings-on of your lives, but also the inspiration and motivation that I get from them. I look forward to keeping up this week.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Tuesday!

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