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Four days. Just Four days.

Monday, January 03, 2011

I gained 7 (SEVEN) pounds over the holidays (gasp).

This has gone on long enough. Last year at this time I was an unstoppable freight train. In the right direction. I need to regain my mojo.

I'm going to start with four days of staying on track.

Four days of staying within the calories LeanMe suggests.
Four days of exercising EVERY DAY. Either strength or cardio or both.

This is what I did last year and I need to do it again. Because I want my hot athletic kayaking body back, dammit. I want my strength and endurance back.

And I am going to be among that 5% who keep the weight off. All off.

So here goes. I'm going to do this for four straight days. Just four. Then I'll do another one, and another one, and another one.

But for now I'm focusing on four. Because I can comprehend doing that.

I'll report back here on Friday with the results.

Because this train is stopping and reversing, right now. Period.

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    I find focusing on those small goals works best for me too. I focus on 5 lbs at a time. Less overwhelming that way.

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ANNE7X7 1/5/2011 9:52AM

    I like this! Divide and conquer!! You can TOTALLY do it!!!

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JESPAH 1/4/2011 6:13AM

    I think you can
I think you can

I know you can

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REAVISHIKER 1/3/2011 11:17PM

    Awesome concept! This time every year, I feel like I start again..... just turned 45 and am going to make this my year. I train for tri's and get plenty of exercise.... but I love to eat.
I am with you. 4 days sounds very reasonable. And now, 1 is done and I have succeeded. 3 to go.
Keep us posted!

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DDOORN 1/3/2011 10:04PM

    Have backslid also, am with you in kicking butt!

Hello 2011, let's get our SPARK in gear!


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    Eff the 5%, be the 1% that keeps it off and paddles the asses of the other 4% all the way down the river.

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STEVIECAT4 1/3/2011 5:08PM

    Yes, that's the way to do it. The way I lost my weight was by taking 5 pounds at a time and concentrating on nothing else. So I really love your philosophy of taking this 4 days at a time. I too put on weight over the holidays and today I started in earnest and I've made it so far and don't feel challenged. We WILL be two of the 5% who keep it off. We WILL!!!

P.S. We're the same weight as each other again!!!!

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30-2-GO 1/3/2011 4:28PM

  great attitude emoticon

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Fun in Rochester

Friday, December 24, 2010

Yesterday they let us out of work early so I spent the afternoon and evening with CCKELLY3 in Rochester.

We had loads of healthy fun. First we went to a nearby orchard outlet and bought a bushel of Crispin apples that we split
...and some potent catnip. Which I just tested on my housemates a few moments ago and it was definitely enjoyed.

Next we went to the Big Wegmans flagship store in Pittsford, NY and battled the holiday crowd for healthy and tasty prepared food.

Then a brief stop for an immoveable appointment for CCKELLY3 while I napped and read, and after that to Manhattan Square Park for some ice skating!

While waiting for the Zamboni to finish we snacked on some really nice sharp cheddar and a variety of heirloom apples:
- Golden Russet
- Northern Spy
- Ambrosia
- Baldwin
- Lady Apple
- Winesap

CCKELLY3 quickly rediscovered her mad skating skillz, while I'm just getting my feet back under me after a long hiatus of my own.

We spent a little over an hour out there, dodging the teenagers pushing each other down, little kids with their parents, youngsters wobbling about, etc. It was fun. I don't think I've ever skated on such rough ice before, ever - it got really cut up soon after people went back on there. I'm feeling it today. LOL

Then we went to Dinosaur Barbeque and had a light dinner that we planned to dance off afterward.

Unfortunately the band was really popular and there was no room so we headed back to her apartment and we attempted some home workouts:

This one was particularly fun, because as a kayaker I could actually DO it:
Holy carp. After about an hour of that I was worn out. LOL

Then we played with her cats for a while and I drove home, arriving around 3am.

Fun times!

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JILLWILSON2102 12/30/2010 3:55PM

    What a great day! I would fall on my a$$ ice skating and you would have laughed horribly at me emoticon Happy New Year!! emoticon

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EILEENV3 12/25/2010 3:50PM

    Sounds like you had a good time!

I also got to leave early. Met my husband for a hike followed by dinner. Could get spoiled with leaving early.

Hoping your having a great holiday! emoticon

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TRABOLD8567 12/25/2010 1:14AM

  Sounds like a great time! emoticon

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JESPAH 12/24/2010 4:34PM

    Ah, I've been to the Dinosaur.

How totally freakin' awesome!!!

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DDOORN 12/24/2010 4:28PM

    What an AWESOME fun time for the two of you...!

So cool to hear of such fun times between two of the BEST Sparkers around!! :-)


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SLEEKKITTY 12/24/2010 9:01AM

    Sounds like great fun.

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/24/2010 8:31AM

    Wow, good times, nice pics. You ladies look fantastic.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/24/2010 8:20AM

Is that an intentional pun? hehehehehe

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CARRIE1948 12/24/2010 8:14AM

    So cool

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More XC Skiing

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Went to Winona State Forest with some friends today. 18 inches of fluffy new snow, beautiful scenery.

Also tried ice skating again for the first time in about 20 years. My boots were so stiff from disuse and cold from sitting in the car that it took about 10 minutes to actually get them on! And I only skated for about 10 minutes. LOL

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JRZG8R 12/21/2010 10:52PM

    Looks like so much fun.

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WOLFKITTY 12/20/2010 4:30AM

    WOW, 18"?! oh my goodness!

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 12/20/2010 2:10AM

    Nice photo!

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CARRIE1948 12/19/2010 1:16PM

    You tried.

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KAYOTIC 12/19/2010 12:34PM

    Love the XC,, we skate though, and too much fresh powder for that, so I think it will be indoors for me today! Great pic!

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EILEENV3 12/19/2010 12:26PM

    Love the pictures!

Sometime you might want to try snowshoeing. It's a great way to be outside. It can get your body temp up in a hurry. It was one of the few things I could do when I lived up north where I would warm enough.

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DDOORN 12/19/2010 7:38AM

    Up north of Syracuse...wow, no WONDER so much snow...!

Here's an article w/ pics on Winona:


And an upcoming winter event in January:


More pics & a map:


Filing this for future ref...! Thx! :-)


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JESPAH 12/19/2010 6:14AM

    How are the ankles today? That was always, for me, the issue with ice skating.

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XC skiing and discounts on hydration tablets & citrus packets

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Last weekend I went for the first XC ski of the year. Everyone else was a lot faster than me, but I made it. I need practice!

(I'm in a light blue jacket crouching down in the front.)

In case anyone is interested, my favorite hydration tablets are on sale at the moment. You can get 20% off with the promo code "stockingstuffer". I don't like the ones with stevia, but the others are good, and seem to help my endurance and power in spinning class.
(I found out about them from ZIRCADIA who uses them on her runs)

TrueLemon citrus packets are also having a promotion. I prefer the orange flavored ones, followed by the lime ones. They're nice to carry with me for flavoring water, sprinkling on salads, apples, etc.
"holidaylemon" (for free shipping and a free 32 count box of True Lemon)
"holidaylime" (for free shipping and a free 32 count box of True Lime)
"holidayorange" (for free shipping and a free 32 count box of True Orange)

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WOLFKITTY 12/15/2010 1:55PM

    You are such an adventure-woman, Ang!! It's breathtaking. Thanks for the promotion links.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/15/2010 12:37PM

    I'm the one in the light blue jacket crouching down in the front.

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JESPAH 12/15/2010 12:35PM

    Where are ya in the pic???

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Tiny Fruit

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

It's that TOM (sorry, BB) and I've been jonesing for sweet things.

So today I went to the store and picked up some fruit. It didn't occur to me until later when a friend pointed it out, that I now have a bowl on my desk filled with TINY FRUIT:

Seckel Pears

(yep, the little one on the right)


(the little ones third from the left)

(everyone knows that tangerines are little oranges, so no need to show a picture here)

I thought it was pretty funny.

The good thing about these snacks is that they're all under 100 calories each. Which is fine, as long as I restrict myself to a REASONABLE NUMBER of them. Workin' on it, OK? LOL

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BOOKWORM27S 12/16/2010 3:53PM


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JESPAH 12/10/2010 6:14AM


Baby fruit
that is the cutest little
baby fruit


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WOLFKITTY 12/9/2010 11:24AM

    "Leet-al bowl of teenie fruuuuit!!"

Why does that kind of refrain keep sing-songy it's way through my head?!
Maybe I didn't get enough sleep. HEheheee.

Now I want one.

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SPARKYWATSON 12/8/2010 8:15PM

    Pictures, yea pictures!

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MABELPIE 12/8/2010 7:35PM

    so cute! except i want to play house with them rather than eat them :)

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GRACEFULIFE 12/8/2010 6:55PM

    Good plan. I have a refrigerator drawer loaded down with vegetables. My weight has crept up a bit, but I've mostly put a clamp on it. I had a plan to drop some this month but I'm not keeping up on workouts or intake tracking, so what do I expect? Heh.

No problem. Persistence, as your status often says. Keep it reasonably front of mind and in control and it will come out OK.

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MKLUCILLE 12/8/2010 6:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Fruit Oh so good & oh so good for you!

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BLOOM49 12/8/2010 4:45PM

    Love seckel pears! Good choices.

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