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Monday, May 9, 2011

Weekend Wrap Up

I had a great weekend. Busy, but great. I did well, not perfect, but well on my diet.  I think I handled the challenges of the weekend and I got in quite a bit of exercise.

Friday morning I got up early and went for a walk/run. I started C25K over. Again. That's right. Again. I am determined to get all the way through that thing and to improve my running. It seems like every time I start something happens to get in the way like injury or illness, but I'm not giving up.  I really want to do this thing. I thought about not even mentioning it here. I've started and re-started this program several times. But then I realized there is no shame in starting again.

I say this to my patients all the time. Especially to those trying to make lifestyle changes. "The more times you try, the higher the probability that you will succeed."  Studies have shown this. Most people who quit smoking or make some other lifestyle change have tried several times. There is no shame in starting over. I used to get so down on myself when I would try and fail at weight loss. I would get so down on myself that I gave up trying. Well, I'm done with that. There is only shame in giving up. Quitting. Not trying. So I'll keep starting over as many times as I have to.

After my exercise, I attended my reuinion medical conference. There were several lectures, some interesting, others not so much. The lunch was kinda yucky so I didn't eat much of it. I was starving by the time we were done with the meeting. I had a snack before dinner and drank a TON of water. The dinner and reception was fun. There were not many of my class there, but we had a good visit. The food was OK. There was salmon and filet, asparagus and mashed potatoes. I ate the salad, salmon and asparagus and left the potatoes and nearly all of the beef. I had one cocktail and the rest just water. I didn't eat the dessert which was a chocolate volcano cake which I understand was pretty good.

Saturday morning we got the kids up early and headed to the zoo for the annual ostrich egg breakfast. The kids had a blast because there were donuts and waffles and chocolate milk and such. Plus there were clowns and fun activities.  I passed on the bad stuff and had a small omelet, no Krispy Kremes for me. After the breakfast we did a lot of walking and saw most of the zoo. It was hot and by mid afternoon the kids were done and so were we. We headed home to basketball games and the air conditioner.

I slept terribly Saturday night and woke with a migraine which stuck with me all day yesterday. We drove home yesterday and when we arrived I got right to bed. I was able to watch the Mavs game (YEAH FOR THE SWEEP OF THE LAKER EVIL HOARD!) But after I went back to bed. Woke this morning with still a bit of headache, but it's better so far (fingers crossed).

Hubbie fixed dinner last night, steak on the grill, which was nice and the girls made me cards and pictures which were sweet. Mother's Day was low key and quiet, but that's ok. I HATE eating out for Mother's Day as the crowds are usually awful.

Phase 6 begins today and so far not so bad. I'm not hungry and I'm guzzling the fluids. The challenge is to stay on the plan exactly and that's what I intend to do. Hopefully the scale will reward me. It was weird this morning. I got on and off and on and off and it finally "woke up" and then proceeded to give me several different weights. I think I need new batteries. I'll replace that tonight, but I'm planning on no weight until next week for the plan. I need to stay off that thing for a bit.

I have had no time over the weekend to read blogs or comment. My  reader is really full. I'm trying to catch up today, so if you haven't heard from me in the last few days, know that I'm still around and trying to catch up. Have a great Monday!


  1. Happy Mothers day. Good luck on Ph 6. Hope your migraine is better.

  2. Good to hear you got through the weekend okay, it's always tough to eat right and stay on track away from home.

  3. Good job on staying on track! We were at the Oakland zoo in CA this weekend! Great day!! good luck on phase 6!

  4. Sounds like you had a busy weekend. I'm also doing the challenge, with high hopes of getting back on track. So far, so good!

  5. Sounds like you had a good weekend other than the darn headache!! I'm the same as you....I need to stay off the scale this week. I'm getting really bad about stepping off and on too often!!

    1st day of phase 6 has gone well here......I havent' felt hungry until just the last bit so I'm chugging water!!!

    Good luck!!

  6. Good Luck with Phase 6 and your fresh start with C25K. Sounds like you had a great trip and did very well.

  7. I like hearing that the more times we try, the more likely we are to finally achieve success. That is a welcome way to look at it, instead of the failure mantra that so many of us know so well.

  8. C25K You can do it!!!

    And I totes agree with you about eating out on Mother's day, I hate it.

  9. Great job! Toasting you with a frosty glass of Pellegrino. Keep up the hard work on making this your normal life style.

  10. Happy mother's day to you Dr. Fatty!

  11. Good luck on Phase 6. I hear it's tough, but worth it.

  12. I've heard that advice that each time you try to quit smoking, the more likely you are to succeed - that even an unsuccessful attempt to stop can prime you up so that next time, you can actually do it. To me, it's always meant that there's no such thing as failure, even if I don't get the success I wanted. :)

    And I've used that logic to start C25K something like 8 times. And last time it stuck and I finished and I've become one of those people who runs so much that I just showed up to a 5K that I hadn't trained for, signed up on the day-of and ran the whole thing. :) Best non-scale-victory of my year. :)

  13. after coming home from the land of fried foods ( vicksburg Miss. I had to shower twice a day less I come back to the hotel room smelling like fried chicken.. we worked a reopening of a store for the week.. was standing on concrete for far too long.. and the food choices sucked.. and apparently grilled means blackened there.. so glad to be home eating healthy again.. and good.. yay... so sorry about the migraine I get them from time to time and I hate them.. hope you are feeling 100 percent and sounds like you had a perfect low key mothers day.. Yay!


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