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Been busy, but on track and feeling great!

I’ve been doing great… on track… Lost what I gained, which is great. Feeling alot better. I’ve been busy, but what’s new? lol

My son’s show, Avenue Q is awesome! Soooo hilarious. It’s finishing up this weekend and I’m the full-on, supportive mom who is going to all the shows and working the lobby, helping out and loving every minute of it. He’s awesome in the show, the other kids are awesome in the show… just great fun! Next show is Chorus Line and there is talk of him doing Guys and Dolls which will be scheduled before Chorus Line opens… So, it’s always something.

As for what’s been going on with me. Well, I had some pretty cool news. Last year was my “Let’s get healthy year”… Resolution came late, March… but it was, let’s lose this weight and well, you all know where I am with that… This year, my resolution was… I’m going to write a book on the weight loss journey and I want to get in a magazine with my weightloss story. Well, the “news” is that my sister-in-law ran into someone who works for a very well known magazine and was telling her about my weightloss success… and this magazine happens to have a very well known issue that comes out once a year and I guess this person has the ability to write my story for that issue and made the offer to do so! Sooooo, I am currently MORE motivated to keep on with my journey to keep striving for my goal. We have an email address and an offer, so I’m going to do all in my power to deliver the “goods” so to speak and then it’s in God’s hands. If it’s meant to be, it’ll happen. I’m very excited, though!

I needed this boost of motivation, that’s for sure. I was just hovering and now I’m NOT. I have been amping up the exercising. At my place of employment, we have an indoor walking path outlined for the employees… it’s a loop that includes two floors, connected by two stairwells. I can complete 6 loops in 15 minutes and I’ve taken to walking on both of my breaks. So, I started Tuesday at my second break and have been going strong ever since. I also have been coming home and walking with my Leslie Sansone walking dvd’s as well. 3 miles both yesterday and tonight. I really think that upping the activity will show up on the scale and I’m very excited to see my weigh in on Monday! Even though I do tend to jump on the scale daily…

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Been hovering… and pulling myself out of a funk…

First time in my journey… I guess it’s expected.

I’ve been in a funk. I’ve been stressed. Mostly financial. I guess we all get that. I’m so glad that I’ve done my taxes and am just now waiting. I’m waiting for that check to make things LESS STRESSFUL! The effects? Well, I eat when stressed. I wish I didn’t. I guess old habits die hard and I didn’t even think that I had any old habits when I’ve been so very good for almost a YEAR now! I thought you create NEW habits after what? 7 days? 21 days? What is that saying? Well, I guess it’s not working in this girls’ head.

So, I’ve discovered a few things about myself. I’ve discovered that I am healthier. Thank God! I’ve discovered that nearly 10 months, or 10 months (since March 19, 2012) of eating healthy and nearly 9 months of exercising religiously, have made me healthier on the inside… because, even though I have been eating things I should not have been eating (cupcakes, which is seeming to become a wierd pattern as these aren’t really things I ate in the past, but for some reason they are snacks of the “now world” I think… anyway, pizza, which I don’t feel is horrible, as I have had that throughout the diet, just not as “often” as lately, and bread)… just stuff that I haven’t really had in doses that I haven’t had it over the past 10 months. Anyway, I’ve only gained 3 lbs! I haven’t stopped eating most of the foods on the plan I follow, so maybe it’s that. I sort of have stopped most of the exercise, but not completely.. just not as intensely.

I’m thinking that maybe I have built up lean muscle, which burns calories more efficiently (I hear). Maybe, from being healthier, my metabolism is much higher, and I’m processing things much better… I’m not really sure. It’s sort of a mystery to me that I’m not being that “good” yet I’m not showing it on the scale…

However, with all that said, I’m BACK on track. So, I do hope that I’m not derailed TOO much to see my goal too far away (or rather, further, away). I guess, I can’t be “perfect” all the time (and yes, I do TRY to be, even though I do realize no one can be)… It’s the A-type personality in me. First born and all that, you know. Sort of snaps me back into reality and throws the “You are only human” saying into my mind.

Stress… I did just post something about that recently somewhere… about 5 minutes of stress allows 6 hours of a breakdown of your immunity or something like that.. then BAM… this goes and happens… and Boy, does it ever! I’ve been a bit under the weather as well… and the eating, and the feeling “in a funk”… I don’t get depressed… I won’t say that is what I was feeling… in a funk way better expresses what I was feeling. I’m a very upbeat person… but when I’m “in a funk” it’s just that I get introspective… I don’t want to talk, to post, to do much more than read, watch tv, sleep, read more…

What I was doing alot of was watching Dr Oz and Ellen shows. I love to watch Ellen, because she’s about one of the only people I feel is about as positive as I am! LOL I truly love her spirit… I smile when I watch her and I laugh when she laughs and I just GET her! She’s a beautiful person and if I could be anyone else in the world (if I wanted to be, as I like being me, actually)… but I’d want to be her. Anyway… her and Dr Oz… but his shows get a bit repetitive.. but I have been trying to gleam as much info as I can… and reading tons of books on weightloss just to see if there are any little “tweaks” or things I can use or just think about.

I found a few. I already do quite a few things that are mentioned all over that show. Have been for months. Anyway… One thing I’m going to try is the ginger tea for bloating. I already have green tea all the time, so I’m going to look for decaf ginger tea, don’t need anything caffeinated, that’s for sure… but I’ll try to find something today. Anyway, the other thing I’m going to try is Cayenne before a workout. Who’s heard of this? 200 mg taken 1 hr before a workout is supposed to help you burn 40% more calories. Really? I’ll give it a try. Jorge Cruise gave me that tip and I already use his 8 minute moves in the morning and they are soooo amazing and I totally feel them working, so I’m IN with what he suggests! Another supplement I’m going to give a whirl is CLA. Read about it in “The Eat-Clean Diet” by Tosca Reno and also again, on the Dr Oz show… we’ll see. I’m going to STOP taking the Green Coffee Bean extract… not too much really studied about it and just not too sure it’s really helping or not helping actually… I think I’m losing same rate as I always was.

I like that the CLA is more than just for the fat, but also an Anti-carcinogen and also an anti-inflammatory, so with my arthritis, I love that.

I also am going to add drinking water first thing in the morning, before I even drink my warm lemon water… which I usually have after I shower and dress… so there is usually a bit of a delay.. been reading up a bit on getting water in first thing as a bit of a benefit.

We’ll see… nothing seems harmful to try… I never like to try things that seem too drastic.. just little tweaks. Everything else I’m very happy with… just need to stop the off plan and get back ON PLAN… re-focus and get rid of the stress… that isn’t good for anyone!


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Stress and The Spark

Today, I was reading The Spark by Chris Downie (Founder, CEO and Motivation Expert of SPARKPEOPLE.com) and a line in it stood out to me and I can’t seem to get it out of my head… That line is… Just five minutes of stress can leave your immune system vulnerable for nearly six hours. WOW! How truly insane is that? I knew that stress can leave a huge mark, and even lead to death, it’s that serious… but to have it’s effects measured out so simply and in such a huge variance has just stuck with me all day.

Luckily, I’ve always been one to deal with stress fairly well. I am not sure why. Maybe it’s the “California” in me, just the laid back attitude I have or just knowing that there isn’t much that can be done about something that has already happened. I recently saw an episode of Ellen where she had this woman on who was 105 yrs old… she asked the woman what her secret was to living to that age… and the woman answered… “I never let things bother me that I have no control over” or something to that effect. I’m very much the same way. Plus, I have alot of hobbies that are tedious lol Cardmaking or other things that my friends seem to think are just “busy work” that they couldn’t even be bothered with… they usually make a comment, “No wonder you are so calm all the time”… So, I think that must help me as well… who knows.

I truly feel that having less stress in my life helps me sleep at night… my husband seems to be a terrible sleeper and alot of my friends are as well. I’ve always been a very sound sleeper and I can probably count on my hand the very few times I’ve had troubles sleeping and it’s usually involved my mind not shutting off (which I’ll chalk up to a bit of stress) lol I think there is a link.

I know there are lots of other reasons for lack of sleep or reasons for stress… but I was just randomly talking about stress and that line and how it just stuck with me… does it shock you? What do you think of it?