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It's been a while...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It's been a while since I wrote a blog entry, life has gotten a little crazy so I haven't been able to spark as much as I would like.
I would like to thank all of my sparkfriends for there support in all aspects of my life.
On December 5 marks were released for the exam that I wrote in September to obtain my Chartered Accounting designation. The week before marks came out I was super stressed and had trouble sleeping...however all the worrying was for nothing because I passed! Whoo hoo! I have never wanted something so much and it finally came true. What a confidence booster that was.
I think the reason that I was so stressed was because it was my third try and you only get three tries so it was "make it or break it" time.
So now I have to get ready for the CA ball (graduation) in January. This is starting to worry me because the ball is black tie and I haven't worn a dress in 11 years (high school grad!). So I am nervous and excited because I know that while I am excited to shop I am not at the weight that I would like to be at and there is not a lot of time to make any changes. And after the big challenges I had finding jeans that fit over the summer, I am concerned that dress shopping could turn out to be a nightmare.
I am going to try my best to have a good time since I am so looking forward to grad!!!
It is going to be nice to no longer be in school since I have been in school for about 24 years (I am only 29 so it seems like a long time)!
Thanks for reading and have a great day!

  
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IFNOT2_RETURNS 12/16/2009 8:36PM

    AWESOME and CONGRATS!

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LSDALOIA 12/15/2009 11:13PM

    What a relief to know you passed! I know when I took bar exams I always prayed for a thin envelope (the thick ones had instructiosn on how to retake it).

Yeah! Third time's the charm! The dress is the easy part....

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KAT573 12/15/2009 10:50PM

    Oh, I am SO happy for you, sweetie! See? persistence DOES pay off and I know you will grow into and up through this experience and profession! Keep on keeping on!
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CGREEN717 12/15/2009 9:52PM

    Congrats!! I'm certain your proud, happy, and so many other things right now. Enjoy the graduation!

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POKIEFUZZBUCKET 12/15/2009 9:36PM

    Congratulations! What a relief that must be.
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Patti

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Lessons from the Biggest Loser

Thursday, November 26, 2009

So last night I watched "Biggest Loser - Where are they now?"
It was great to see that many of the past contestants are using their experiences and inspiring others. (I am exicted to read Aly's book).
It was also great to see that many of them continued to keep the weight off. Well many of them were not as little as at the finale of the seasons they were maintaining weights that were healthy and attainable.
However, the winner of season 1 has gained most of his weight back. At first I thought "after going through all that work how do you let yourself go back to that?" and "what was Bob going to say?" However, I soon realized that, like me, he has struggled with his weight his entire life. And Bob said something that really resinated with me, he said "You know how to do things to the extreme, now you just need to find that middle ground and he was not disappointed but rather he understood." Wow what an ah-ha moment for me.
The other thing that I really enjoyed seeing was how happy and confident that everyone was because while they had to live a healthly lifestyle to maintian the weight loss and make the necessary changes in their lifestyles weight was not the main focus of their lives anymore. And they were paying it forward by helping others.
One thing that struck a cord with me, that I was not expecting, they had mentioned the amount of working out that they have to do to maintain the losses because they were formally obese and it was 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours per day 5 days a week. With that in mind, it truely has to be a lifestyle change instead of a diet.
This show could not have come at a better time for me. Since I was struggling at a plateau for the last couple months, but it re-energized and re-motivated me that I have to make this a lifestyle.

  
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BIKERSHARI 12/24/2009 11:22AM

    Good point! I definately appreciated them adding that blurb, because I think it gives everyone a reasononable expectation of what their activity level needs to be to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I realized that I could be doing more, so I started adding 20-25 minutes on the bike or treadmill after my 65 min elliptical workout... and starting losing weight again almost immediately! Isn't that crazy?

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RUBYKNOWS 12/10/2009 11:48AM

    Biggest Loser inspires me as well!

At the Finale, Shay was so brave to be there with all the "skinnies". I can't wait to see her in May!
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INSPIREBYNATURE 11/29/2009 11:48AM

    I love that show! Certainly wakes us up!

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EUREKA71 11/27/2009 8:06PM

    The show was really inspiring for me as well. But the whole thing about having to do that much exercise freaked me out a little considering I am having such a hard time getting myself to exercise as it is!

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WHITNEYFL 11/26/2009 7:18PM

    I totally almost cried last night and I agree! The show could not have come at a better time. I'm so ready to make a lifestyle change! Honestly, if it only takes 6 hours a week to maintain a healthy weight... I think I can handle that!

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DDKITTYP1MP 11/26/2009 7:16PM

    Yeah, working out 1 1/2 hours 5 days a week is a total lifestyle change and a huge commitment. I don't even want to think about that yet, considering I just started exercising and only do 30 minutes 3 days a week!

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POKIEFUZZBUCKET 11/26/2009 1:55PM

    I also loved it when Bob said that he understood! So many people feel like failures when they either don't lose weight or gain weight back (I've been there!) but the honest truth (that Bob was acknowledging) is that losing weight and keeping it off is hard and takes alot of work, and everyone needs to figure out how to do the work and live their life in a way that is manageable. Happy Thanksgiving to you!!
Patti


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MELS-JOURNEY 11/26/2009 1:54PM

    Actually, Erik was the winner of season three. The winner of the first season has also gained back the weight, but he wasn't on the show.

I was really inspired by Matt Hover's Kona experience.

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DIABETIC123 11/26/2009 1:34PM

    Your blog is a good way to show others that there are other ways to loose the weight and try to keep it off. That show is a good one to watch

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FIWC - Week 7 recipies

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Traditional: Roasted Pork
Ingredients:
3lb. boneless pork roast
3/4 cup Catalina dressing
Cut into 2-inch chunks
2lbs. potatoes
4 beets
4 onions
4 carrots
Directions:
Heat oven to 350F
Place meat in roasting pan sprayed with cooking spray; brush with 1/2 cup dressing.
Toss potatoes and beets with 2 tbsp. dressing and add in with meat.
Bake 15 minutes
Toss onions and carrots with remaining dressing and add into roasting pan
Bake 1 hour 30 minutes until meat is tender, basting occasionally with pan juices. Let stand 10 mins before slicing. Serve.
12 servings
Calories per serving: 260

Dessert: Cinnamon Fruit Cobbler
Ingredients:
1/4 cup sugar (I have made with Splenda)
1 pkg low fat Vanilla Instant pudding
4 cup frozen peach slices
1 cup frozen raspberries
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup thawed cool whip light
Directions:
Heat oven to 350F
Combine all sugar but 1 tsp with pudding mix.
Combine fruit in bowl, microwave on high for 1 minute (or use fresh if avaliable). Stir in pudding mixture and water.
Spoon into an 8 inch sq. baking dish. Mix flour and milk and drop in mounds over fruit mixture.
Mix reserved sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm with Cool Whip.
Servings: 9
Approx. Calories: 200

Vegetarian: Cheesy Spaghetti Squash (My favorite)
Ingredients:
3lb Spaghetti squash
1/4 cup light grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup light shredded mozzarella cheese
2 plum tomatoes finely chopped
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
Directions:
Pierce squash several times with fork or knife. Microwave on high for 10 minutes until softened, turning after 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.
Cut in half, remove and discard seeds. Use a fork to scrape the insides of the squash to form strands. Place in a large bowl.
Add remaining ingredients, and toss with fork.
Spoon into squash shell (great presentation feature!!!)
Microwave 2 minutes or until heated through.

Note: Cooked spaghetti squash is also really good with pasta sauce...mmmm

  
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KAT573 11/6/2009 7:01AM

    Wow these look wondermost; esp like the pork roast idea; never considered doing it with catalina and beets! Do you think this could be a crockpot recipe?


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SGTSUNNY 11/5/2009 11:10PM

    Yumm! Good job completing the challenge! I am going to try all three!

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Week 6 - Better late than never

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Workout:
Curves - 3x per week
Treadmill - 30 mins, 5x per week (starting to train for 6K)
Aerobics DVD - 35 mins, 5x per week

FIWC
-I stayed within my calorie budget all week.

  


Week 5 - Results

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I learned this week that persistence is key. For 4 weeks I have been gaining weight or staying the same. While this week I have lost all but 1/2 a pound of the weight that I had gained in the past 4 weeks. Yay! I also lost another inch in my waist. I guess the key is to be patient and if something is not working switch it up. Lately I have been dreading Saturdays (weigh in days) but today's numbers made my day!!

Day 29
FIWC
- Cardio minutes = 38
Insanity
- Pure cardio and cardio abs

Day 30
FIWC
- Cardio minutes = 70
Insanity
- Cardio power and resistance
Other
- Curves
- Treadmill 30 min

Day 31
FIWC
- Cardio minutes = 72
Insanity
- Plyometric cardio circuit
Other
- Treadmill 30 min

Day 32
FIWC
- Cardio minutes = 30
Insanity
- Cardio recovery
Other
- Curves
- Treadmill 30 min

Day 33
FIWC
- Cardio minutes = 68
Insanity
- Pure cardio and cardio abs
Other
- Treadmill 30 min

Day 34
FIWC
- Cardio minutes = 0
Other
- Curves

Day 35
Weight = 267.5
Lbs lost = 4.5

FIWC
- Cardio minutes = 72
- Total cardio minutes = 350
Insanity
- Plyometric cardio circuit
Other
- Treadmill 30 min

  
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MRSKRISTINA 10/25/2009 7:42PM

    Wow, nice job on all the cardio! emoticon

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POKIEFUZZBUCKET 10/24/2009 3:02PM

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Sounds like a great week! Keep up the good work.
Patti

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SGTSUNNY 10/24/2009 1:56PM

    Good job on changing it up! We all get to the point of what we are doing is not working. A change will bring us back up to 100%. I think every 3 weeks we need to re-evaluate and change our routine if we are not get the results.

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LESWHO 10/24/2009 12:16PM

    it happen sometime. Keep the head up

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