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Aloha, April.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

April officially ends tomorrow. I did pretty well these past few weeks. I have been looking over my exercise tracker and my calorie burn goals. I have been worried that I may not be balancing calories in with calories burned. I set my weekly burn goal at 2500 calories. When I reviewed the past four weeks, I realized I averaged a weekly burn of about 3200. So I adjusted my goal up to 3000 calories a week. I just about had a cow when I saw what that did to my calorie intake range. I could do less cardio, but the whole point of this journey, for me, is to get into the habit of exercising. Doing less isn’t an option. On the plus side, I won’t stress when we take my Mom out to dinner tomorrow night.

I also looked back to see how I was doing, weight wise. I did not change my weight goals in January, but I stared the year off at 188. I am now at 173, so that is 15 pounds gone in 4 months. I haven’t done any recent measurements, (plan to do that tonight when I get home) but I haven’t seen a lot of difference in the fit of my clothes. I have a bunch tops and a couple of skirts I bought in early October, when I first started as a secretary, and was down to 168. I haven’t been able to wear them since right before Thanksgiving. So, when the Spring Into Shape Boot Camp Challenge came up, I decided to go for it, and see if I can get back into my “new” clothes.

I have missed only one day of my Elbow Rehab exercises, so that is good. I still have pain, but I have noticed that doing my daily tasks is easier. I started doing Core Performance again, and have managed to do walking/jogging intervals at a pace of about 13.5 min/mile. I have ridden my bike at least once a week for a distance of at least 10 miles.

I am still smoke-free, but I had couple of rough patches this past month. Highly stressful/emotional situations make me want a cigarette, and Pop having problems with his dialysis access was both. Also, I do not want to be one of those rabid-preachy-fanatical ex-smokers who get after people who still smoke. I hated people like that back in the day. But the other day, waiting for the bus, I was really tempted. The person was smoking right there, next to every one, Ugh. If the wind hadn’t shifted and if my bus hadn’t come… Some people are just so rude.

So here’s to a successful May. To my fellow Hawaiians; Tomorrow is Lei Day! Wear one proudly and with style.
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    You are doing great on the smoke free front! I can only imagine how hard that's been. My MIL is smoking a lot right now due to the stress of the sudden death of her husband. I know its so hard for her, but I hear you about being around the smoke (especially when you've been away from it for so long).

    Keep up the great work! 15 pounds in 4 months takes a lot of effort and dedication.
    3295 days ago
    Happy Lei Day tomorrow! You're right - we all need to have one on
    And you have been smoke free for so long now!
    I am super proud of you - - and getting through those tough patches and still resisting is awesome!!
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    Keep up the great work.
    3298 days ago
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