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Okay, so what's a year anyway :( I'm coming out of the shadows and have no change from my goal of last year. I AM more motivated than I was in 2007 and some of you are helping me with that with your updates. I'm going to follow Monique's example and try to keep a regular record of what I'm doing (or not doing) to work toward this goal. I've started to get back to the gym - was there Saturday, Monday, and yesterday and am planning to hit it again tonight. I'm also trying to add more walking into my routine - did a bit of that on Sunday running errands around Old Town. The +1 and I are also working on eating in more often, not doing the carryout thing, and cooking healthier and more appropriately-sized portions, and probably cut back some on the wine comsumption. Today I am down two pounds, so that is another little boost to keep me on track :(

I'd be up for walks or bike rides with others when the weather is right for it (I don't mind cold, just not rainy!)

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Stretching class on Thurs, cardio Sat. No gym today, but I just made ricotta and spinach-filled ravioli and I think the 3+ hours on my feet involved in that little project must count for something! I'm continuing to try to limit portions, cook at home, etc. Made some homemade chicken soup Friday night and kept weekend breakfasts to a more reasonable size than in the last couple of months. Back to the gym tomorrow.

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Well I'm by no means meeting the high bar set by Meaghan's daily workouts :mellow: but I'm trying... slipped out of work on Tuesday for 30 minutes cardio before A&J and am heading over tonight for that stretching class and some more cardio. Still trying on the healthy food in moderation food and it's helping. Been out to eat a few nights and need to rein it back in with some healthy meals at home. Salmon is in the fridge and will be joined by broccoli and maybe a sweet potato or squash.

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I'm accepting Laniloa's invitation and joining her here (again...).

I've been trying to increase my activity with a regular commitment to the local Pacers store fun run/walk on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lately been working on intervals (run/walk combo) and increasing our regular 3 miles to a 4 mile distance. So far so good, and I'm signed up for the St. Patrick's 8K (just under 5 miles) tomorrow. I need to add some gym visits for weights, yoga, and other cardio.

Now to start working a little harder on cutting back on my caloric intake. Bringing lunch is my biggest challenge, but I've been trying to stick to the cans of soup I have stashed at my office - the single serving, low sodium, Whole Food brand in lieu of the bigger (saltier) Progresso. Planning ahead is always key so I need to get better about that and doing some weekend cooking helps to make sure we have good, healthy options in the house.

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Yea! I'm very happy to have some company here. I backslid a little this week thanks to mid-terms, getting shafted on my paycheck :rolleyes: , and some personal junk that had me craving too much comfort food. On the bright side, I had to dress up to introduce a guest speaker yesterday and NONE of my dress pants fit and my go-to blazer was swimming on me...made it seem like an 80s cut with massive shoulder pads. Dug deep into the reserves for a blazer that hadn't fit in 2 years was but was too cute to give away.

I'm going to have to check out those WF soups. I could stash a couple at school for the days I wind up staying late without planning. Would save me from stopping for crap on the way home or eating too late.

I haven't been able to get into a more regular exercise routine. How are you not only sticking to it but adding to it?

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I haven't been able to get into a more regular exercise routine. How are you not only sticking to it but adding to it?
I think in some ways it's the same thing commitment-wise as this thread. Having a twice a week (could be 3 if I would get up early on Saturdays) commitment to the group I walk/run with, gets me there even when I really don't feel like going. I'm looking forward to the longer days and getting my bike out for after work rides....and if I get myself motivated and organized, riding to/from work with some regularity now that the weather has warmed up.

Still need to make some effort on the lunch front - being at a conference all week last week didn't help at all (but I did get broccoli instead of fries at one lunch outing - baby steps :rolleyes: )

That's got to be a good feeling to be digging for the old clothes and having them fit (I have a few of those things in my closet - maybe I'll pull them out for some inspiration).

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Still need to make some effort on the lunch front - being at a conference all week last week didn't help at all (but I did get broccoli instead of fries at one lunch outing - baby steps :rolleyes: )
Broccoli instead of fries counts for more then a baby step! Putting together healthy lunches has been the easiest part of this for me. Part of it is that the school cafe isn't all that good. There are a ton of places around school but that adds up pretty quickly. Living without an income is a great motivator! Actually, I am working part-time this semester so I'm "splurging" on more fresh veggies instead of frozen, additional condiments to perk things up, and making sure that my few meals out are worth it.
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