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Monday, April 27, 2009

HASAY Weekly Report: Ready and Willing

Have you finally stopped just lurking around here and decided to join the HASAY bandwagon? Great. Let's get fit together. Don't know the details about the HASAY group diet? Go here and find out more, but please come back because I need your love and encouragement!

Keeping the gym bag ready and in the back seat of the car last week proved to be a smart move. It caused me to go to the gym two more times than usual. You simply cannot drive by without stopping when the bag is in the car.

It was very hot here last week, so my appetite was not as HUGE as it usually is. But my husband was still hungry, so I cooked and consequently ate more than I would have if I was alone. Now, I am not saying that being alone would be better, it wouldn't. But sometimes, it can work against eating lighter, that's all. And a cooked, plain chicken breast over some lettuce isn't called a meal by many people, including Bill. Let's just say, I need to think about how to satisfy all my family needs in the food category.

This week, I am pushing to work hard at the gym 5 times this week. That's harder to do now that I am working lots more hours on the consulting jobs I have recently picked up. But that's the goal, regardless of the work load. (I sure hope that having "active" sex can substitute gym visits or I am screwed...either way!) Ha.

Also, I am carrying the extra weight in the upper stomach area, above the belly button. Does anyone have some exercises to target this odd area?

Original HASAY weight: 135 pounds
Current weight: 129 pounds

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Working in Workouts Inbetween Work

All this new work is really wrecking havoc with my diet and exercise goals. Or rather, this new work has become my new excuse for not devoting enough time to workout or eat properly. But I didn't join Casey's HASAY diet group for nothing! I just need to make some serious adjustments to my everyday routine.

First, I will continue to walk Wrigley every morning for about 45 minutes. We are going earlier each day as the sun comes up sooner and it's starting to get hot, too.

Second, I will pack my exercise bag with clean workout clothes, several sets, and put in the trunk of my car. This way, there really is no excuse for not going to the gym on most days, at some point in the day.

Third, I am going grocery shopping after I write this post and will get food for the whole week. I hate doing this. I prefer picking super fresh items and cook them that evening, but when you are tired at the end of a work day, I find I choose more comfort foods, like pastas, and less fresh fish and vegetables.

Fourth, I will continue to do some serious hard care exercise with Bill over the weekends. This weekend, we did a killer hike in the middle of day. Pretty soon, it will be too hot for such adventures in town.

The good news...I did not gain any weight during this week of missed workouts and having that extra glass of wine at dinner. Probably because I am moving around a lot more these days. My butt has not been attached to my computer chair and that is a good thing. (Although, I have been a lousy friend to my favorite blog sites and have not spent time commenting as much as I usually do! Sorry about that.)

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Monday, April 13, 2009

25 Reasons to Stick with Hasay Diet in Week 25

You have probably visited Casey's website and read guest poster, Jen from Steenky Bee's hilarious story about rear contests and rear gear and stupid radio contests. She made you look at your rear didn't she. I checked out the backside and has kicked me back into a stronger routine with this very special list about rear-ends:

1) Rear ends should not resemble the jowls of a basset hound;

2) A tight rear helps the fat legs look better;

3) People will see you coming and they'll watch you leaving (this was in a 80's exercise tape from a guy wearing 4" shorts);

4) 500 squats a day will produce rear results;

5) 500 lunges will also produce awesome results;

6) A hate long lists;

7) Does anyone ever read past #5 of a long list anyway?

8) Even when my rear becomes the most awesome rear in all of North Scottsdale, I will not send a copy/picture to the local radio station (I already have a gym membership!);

9) While a tight rear is a goal of mine, I don't necessarily want to be known as the 'woman with the tight rear';

10) Why don't radio stations care if men have great rears? The typical double standard is always present. It's time for women to complain;

11) I am tired of focusing on the arms anyway;

12) Also, the legs need a break, it's the rear's turn;

13) Perhaps rear gear will speed up the process of getting a tight rear;

14) If you do a handstand up against the wall and take a picture from that angle, your rear can be right where it's supposed to be;

15) A funny joke: Two rears walk into a bar from the front...WTF? Don't get it, do you? Ha, got ya. Well, most of you;

16) Good friends like Jen have us covered, even if it's Arby's fake cheesy sauce that's covering us;

17) Casey keeps us in gear and this week just happens to be 'rear gear'.

18) I lied a little earlier, or maybe I just got to thinking about it. Okay, maybe I wouldn't mind being known as the 'woman with the tight rear'. Smart and witty are sometimes overrated!

19) Can you name your 5 friends with the best rears? If so, please go to visit another site. That's kind of creepy.

20) But now that I asked you the question, I am sort of curious...

21) It's a little known fact that most of the Easter peeps that we all inhaled yesterday, goes directly to the rear, no stopping at the chest or stomach.

22) I am 'reary tired' of writing this list and have no intention of finishing it to the bitter end of # 25!

I leave you with this "happy moment" to inspire you, to depress you and to get your rear in gear:

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Monday, April 6, 2009

HASAY: Baby Steps Taken

I am still taking baby steps in the diet and exercise category. This is my 23rd or 24th week participating with Casey and the large HASAY group diet. If you want to join us, you should. Just go to her site and read the gory details.

This week, I have been very good with my food intake. After the cleanse/detox program I did with Dr. Keith Smigiel a few weeks ago (see archive posts), my stomach feels like it shrank. I am rarely hungry and when I crave food, it's using good things (although not always green vegetables).

I fell flat on the exercise department, except for my daily morning, hour-long walk. Thank goodness for Wrigley! But I have been keeping busy and have left my computer chair more than a few times this week.

I know what I need to do and I will continue to take baby steps towards my goal.