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What a pleasant surprise I received when I walked out my door this morning! Cool weather. Sixty-two degree weather. Goosebumps on your arms and legs weather. I walked, ran, AND rode my bike this morning. Happiness!

Good News: lost another pound. I’m now 141 pounds. Last week was a little more challenging because I worked as a substitute all week. I subbed for a 3rd grade class on Tuesday and for the librarian Wednesday through Friday. I had to make sure I worked out, showered, dressed, ate breakfast, packed lunch/snacks, and took care of pets before walking out the door at 7AM. To stick to my exercise plan for the week, I got up each morning at 4AM. It is not easy, especially after having my routine disrupted by Mother Nature the week before. Thankfully, I do not have to get up so early on the weekends; however, I still try to get on the road by 6AM.

I’ll follow my same routine as last week for strength training. The only thing I may change is biking on a couple of the days that I do not run/walk. I’ve also decided to repeat my run/walk schedule from last week. Walk 10 minutes, run 7 minutes. Walk 3 minutes, run 7 minutes (repeat twice). I felt a little soreness in the inner part of my shins this morning. I’m trying extremely hard not to get injured.  

This morning I made chocolate chip pancakes. I used Bisquick Heart Smart Pancake and Baking Mix. I sprinkled in 1 tsp of Nestle semi-sweet mini chocolate morsels for every three pancakes. After cooking, I spread a minimal amount of yogurt margarine on the pancakes and topped them with 1 tbsp of pancake syrup. YUM! This was definitely a treat meal, but with less fat and calories.

I also discovered Whole Wheat tortillas at the grocery store. I’m using two brands: Mission 100% Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas (medium size) – (1 tortilla contains 3g fat; 130 calories; 2g sugar) and LaTortilla Factory Low Carb Whole Wheat Tortillas (large size) – ( 1 tortilla contains 3g fat; 80 calories; 1g sugar). I will use both, but I prefer the Mission brand. 

I will be substituting for the librarian again this week. It is the annual Book Fair at the school. For an entire week the school gym is transformed into a mini bookstore. Andrew and I are looking forward to attending Family Night tomorrow evening. Lots of excitement! Besides being in charge of the library, I get to teach an advanced English class to eight 8th graders. We are working on writing a resume this week, as well as discussing the novel Nothing But the Truth by Avi. Good stuff!

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” ~ Plato

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Pepperoni Pizza was my favorite food until yesterday. Buttery crust, tangy sauce, melted mozzarella cheese, and spicy pepperoni all make for a yummy treat. However, the consequences later on are not quite so yummy. We had a family birthday party for Andrew on Saturday, and decided pizza would be on the menu. Of course, we also had chips and dips, cake and ice cream, and a light Caesar Salad. This weekend was my first experience eating pizza since I started eating clean. I ate in moderation and enjoyed it all. Unfortunately, pepperoni pizza has lots of sodium (didn’t notice prior to eating clean). I was sooooooo thirsty the rest of the day AND night. I kept drinking water hoping it would quench my thirst, but to no avail. Instead, I felt bloated from drinking so much water. After my parents left, I decided to go for a forty minute walk just to feel a little better. Walking helped immensely. However, I was still thirsty and ended up with a dull headache.

The next morning, I went for my run/walk (switched to Sunday due to rain Saturday morning). I felt much better and not as thirsty. I weighed in at 145 pounds (lost another 1.5 pounds). Well, I would love to tell you I did not eat any of the leftover pizza, but it would be a lie. Yes, I ate two pieces along with another slice of cake, Cheetos (can you even imagine this), and pretzel/chocolate treats. And, to top it off…I drank Coke with my dinner. Gasp! I know… it seems horrifying, and I’m a little embarrassed. Well, not really. I AM allowed to have treat meals on the weekend. I did pay the price in the end. I was extremely thirsty AGAIN and drank tons of water AGAIN. I did not like the feeling at all. Lesson learned. 

Running/Walking Schedule

Since school started, I have been getting up super early to get my workouts in before bringing Andrew to school. It is really dark at 5AM in the morning. Thank goodness for street lights. I admit I was a little freaked out the first early morning I walked (consequence of being a horror fanatic). I do have to bring a small flashlight with me on the days I run/walk because I cannot see my watch to time my run segments. I also carry pepper spray for any unwanted scary people or animals that may cross my path.

I LOVE getting my workout completed in the morning. It makes a big difference in my day. I’m more productive, and I don’t have to worry about something unexpected coming up in the afternoon to interfere with me exercising. I would love to continue walking on the days I do strength training (power circuits); however, this can only be accomplished if I split my workouts into two sessions on those days. For example, tomorrow I can walk in the morning and strength train in the afternoon or vice versa. If my schedule for the day would not allow me to be able to do both strength training and walking, I would just do the strength training. I have to incorporate the strength training throughout the week to avoid running injuries.

This week I plan to run/walk on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and possibly Sunday. If my legs do not have enough recovery time between Sunday and Monday, I’ll go back to alternating days. My run/walk workout this week: Walk 6 minutes, run 4 minutes. Repeat three times

Food Find

I discovered Amy’s Organic Soup. There are a few varieties at Wal-Mart. I tried Amy’s Lentil Veggie, which is light in sodium (1 cup contains 4g fat; 160 calories; 5g sugar). I think it’s tasty and has a lot of flavor. I ate the whole can, which is 2 cups. Of course, I didn’t have anything else with it. Next time, I may pair one cup of the soup with a side salad and a couple of whole wheat crackers. Or, pair the one cup of soup with half of a turkey sandwich. Oh, the possibilities.

“Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand.” ~ Hayley Williams

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