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OUCH! and another cooking SUCCESS! Given A+ ( warning food pic)

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

hi all

the OUCH! is...

Mon: P90x : Chest and back = ARMS

Tues: missed Spinning so SWAM 2 miles = ARMS
Skipped PLYO and did Core Syn = ARMS

TODAY: supported friend joined YMCA Cross Training class = ARMS!

I took a 5lb and 2 lb weight! I normally can 6-8 lbs!

5 was IMPOSSIBLE....

and it's been since college I did STEP AEROBICS!

It was fun, but I found my body HEAVIER, less nimble ;p

DING DING DING new opportunities, new exercise out there!

HRM says 150-60 even ;p 300 cals burnt LOL

I didn't push myself ;p


on the the DINNER.

My problem is I get too creative... that is why I can't cook lol!
I can't reproduce my meals ;p

TODAY.....NO idea what I wanted to cook!

Refridgerator God said "BEEF FLANK!"

ok defrosting ;p

As CHERWHOAH said, last night food looks good BUT not healthy!

LOL so true and I only REALIZED that when I posted it!!

Too worried on the process FORGOT the MENU! I had a veggie in mind didn't cook it!

ANYWAYS.........LEFT OVERS, Left overs

I got creative ;p

The broth used to Marinate the chicken yesterday was a UBER or Over glorified chicken stock ;p

SOUP!


Add Tomato, Cabbage, carrots, and shredded left over chicken from last night!

LOVE IT!! NO WASTE!

BEEF FLANK....

I decided to my version of PEPPER Steak ;p I have made it a MILLION times all FAILURES!

IT WAS YUMMY!!!!!!
I am a LAZY cook, I used to just chop and THROW it together ;p CHEWY TOUGH MEAT, veggie not evenly cook.....


this is what I did DIFFERENT! (PROBABLY common sense to you!)


1. Marinated the beef and Stabbed it to death!

2. Shear the WHOLE beef both side till brown (5 secs each side, HOT pan)

3. Take it out, and cook the veggie separately,


4. Take it out, and SLICE the beef

See how red the meat is.

When you are about to eat, just STIR-FRY AGAIN for till pink!

WOW hubby LOVED it, he knows I make this dish all the TIME!
asked WHY it was different!

LOL not LAZY and went through the steps

VEGGIE!!!!

From yesterday's blanching experience

I learn to put some of the stock from soup in the pan!

Cook the HARD (white part of the Bak Choi) first!

then add the tender green ;p LOL (I know DUH-OI!)


LOL

hubby gave A+

  
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RUNJEWELRUN 4/9/2011 11:50AM

    Yay!

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SPARKTHATCHARM 4/7/2011 11:52PM

    emoticon looks delicious! getting hungry...

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AKATUJE 4/7/2011 3:59AM

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LARIESHA 4/7/2011 12:31AM

    Wow it looks great and you got a A+ from hubby. Good job!

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CHERWHOAH 4/6/2011 11:47PM

    yummy looking dinner again! :) hehe yea not everything in cooking is that obvious. at least you're learning! :) great job!

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RUMORLANCELOT 4/6/2011 11:35PM

    Looks and sounds yummy. Good job and keep up the good work. Have you tried any of the sparkrecipes?

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BET212 4/6/2011 10:37PM

    Looks good! Sounds like the extra effort was worth it emoticon

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LUNATIFF 4/6/2011 9:38PM

    Sounds and looks good to me!!

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SKATVEN 4/6/2011 9:15PM

    My brother and I have been dying since Monday's Chest+Back+AbripperX (Week 9) Wow have we made progress, but that being said doing all those push ups takes abs and upper body muscles which are all super sore now~! Know how you feel girl! /flex

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MONA_MONA 4/6/2011 9:09PM

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AZNRUNNER27 4/6/2011 9:05PM

    so...can you come over and cook at my house emoticon I LOVE bok choy.....I just don't know how to cook it....what a terrific idea, though!

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MRDPOLING 4/6/2011 8:58PM

    Omm Nom Nom Nom

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SOULOFADANCER 4/6/2011 8:33PM

    You are something else.
Cooking and working out like a fiend!
You go April! emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 4/6/2011 7:42PM

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DAS92687 4/6/2011 7:21PM

    emoticon Looks terrific

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JOAN_HEO 4/6/2011 7:17PM

    Wow!!! That all looks delish!!! You have been busy!!!

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NATPLUMMER 4/6/2011 7:15PM

    Looks awesome!!! A++++
Poor arms...I totally feel for them. Give them a rest tomorrow.
Step aerobics is a lot of fun. Definitely a good cross training activity.

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 4/6/2011 7:14PM

    Okay, for not knowing how to cook, this sure looks yummo!!!!

P.S. I have the same problem in the kitchen my creative juices start flowing and then I can't recreate anything again! LOL

My boyfriend would always comment and say something like, 'oh this is so wonderful," and I'd be, "good, enjoy it, 'cause I'm sure I won't be able to make it again." emoticon

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FRENCHIFAL 4/6/2011 7:14PM

    Mmmm....looks good! Now I'm hungry... emoticon

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Wkly Progress Pic #30: Undoing Spring Break damage -10lbs SUCCESS!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Hi all

I am going to keep this format! b/c I love it!
it reminds me how far I am come, no beating myself up when it's so hard to see the wkly changes ;p

And I want you all to see HOW I got my result ;p

SP-friends just scroll to bottom for most recent

WHAT'S NEW?

Last week was a crazy week! of UPS and DOWNS!

Down was upset that 10lbs gain from MIL visit and Spring break!

UP! 2 challenges to distract me from it ;p
started back on my DUAL exercise routine (run and p90xing)

TODAY I am 157.4! a lb away from bef the spring break ;p

BUT you know me SCREW the SCALE!

2 challenges?
LOOK nice


Cooking ;p
I am enjoying it!

On to PROGRESS Pics.....


This is my one and only bef pic (totally regret it! wish I had more)
180lbs I think

I have already lost 10 lbs on my first week just by eating right and moving
after 2 wks I decided to SWIM, but that didn't work out, so it started my running!

Inspired by a sparker whom I can't recall, I decided to do my own pics!

WEEK 1: START
This pic is before I ever ran! and yes it's was only of 30 sec! 171 lbs

This was bef c25k, I just push distance, hurt myself! so PLEASE used the c25k!

WEEK 3: First 5k, 44 min
So I ran about 18 miles in total and ran my first 5k! 170 lbs


Week 4: START c25k
Fellow sparkers suggest C25k! So I started! 168 lbs


Week 10: COMPLETE c25k, 2nd 5k 28 min
Finished C25k in 4 wks (daily, 130 miles later) 160 lb!!!! 2nd 5k


Week 11: START b210k
Start b210k, 34.5 miles in 1 wk, (4-6 miles, 1st 6 miles, thanksgiving) 159 lb!!


Week 15: RAN first 13.1 miles training
vacay, 94 miles later, b210k lady slacking so push distance (1st 8, 10, 13.1 miles) 161?????


Week 18: START Half Marathon training (13.1 miles)
83 miles in counting from wk 15, registered for HM in training! 159!!!!


Week 19: ADDED Swimming
Not so many miles, Added Swimming, Day 1, 157 lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Week 22: ADD P90x
155 miles in 2011, 7 swims, Plus P90x, 156.8 lbs ;p (down 2 from last week)


Week 29: first 1/2 Marathon 2:31:12
270.34 miles in 2011, 7 swims, P90x W6D2, and 5 Spinning (159 from 164)


Week 30: TODAY
280.47 miles in 2011, 8 swims, P90x W7D2 and 5 spinning, 1 Xtraining 157.4



Since p90xing
Wk 22 vs 30, 156 vs 157



LOL haven't seen result, either ;p
hiting POST.............

Ok I see my HARDWORK paying off

Now for the DAMAGE CONTROL

BEF 156, 164, 159 and today 157!!!

Wk 27, wk 28, wk 29, wk 30 TODAY

It was definitely WATER retention and SODIUM!
but look how it didn't UNDO at the last week! eventhough I am "heavier"
I got more TONED ;p

TOOK a week of water and back on tracking

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thanks for chking in!

  
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BELIEVER104 4/8/2011 11:02AM

    Your abs are looking fantastic! Love your update pics-- keep up the hard work!!

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BAM-MA 4/8/2011 7:16AM

    Great Job April! Keep up the good work!

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SPARKINGCASSIE 4/7/2011 12:02PM

    nice abs!!!

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KAY-SUPREME 4/7/2011 7:55AM

    I love your posts. Love love love. Keep it up!

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RUNJEWELRUN 4/7/2011 1:02AM

    Whoo hoo!

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SKATVEN 4/6/2011 9:21PM

    Yep definately those abs this week!

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STEPH01234 4/6/2011 9:04PM

    Do I see a 6 pack?! You look great!!

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SOULOFADANCER 4/6/2011 8:45PM

    go girl Look at your ab definition!
nice!!!!

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CMPEARL 4/6/2011 6:27PM

    Great job!!! Can definitely see the definition in your midsection...keep up the great work!!!

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RUMORLANCELOT 4/6/2011 4:39PM

    You are looking so amazing! I really look forward to your weekly pic updates. So, motivating!!! emoticon

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VIAFREE 4/6/2011 1:50PM

    Nice! I love your picture blogs. you look great emoticon

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TINKER-BELL 4/6/2011 1:38PM

    Wow!! I can see a difference. Looks like all your hard work with p90X is paying off. You can definitely see your body sculpting. emoticon

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PRACHI17 4/6/2011 1:30PM

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LOOZINITNOW 4/6/2011 1:02PM

    WOW!!!! emoticon

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KINSBAILE 4/6/2011 1:01PM

    I agree with Nat, you're rocking the bikini this summer!

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WORTHEYMOM 4/6/2011 12:55PM

    DAMN! I want your tummy! congrats girl!

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ONESTUBBORNTART 4/6/2011 12:54PM

    I see definition of that tummy! You look fab!! emoticon

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RUNWITHMICHELE 4/6/2011 12:45PM

    You are looking amazing!!

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LARIESHA 4/6/2011 12:40PM

    Great job. I didn't like my scale this morning either. I am re-evaluating my workout plan to see what I can add and take away. hopefully by June. I will be in shape like your week 30 photo, you look awesome. Keep it up.

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LUNATIFF 4/6/2011 12:40PM

    You look awesome!!

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NATPLUMMER 4/6/2011 12:37PM

    You are so rocking your bikini this summer!!

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JACKIMOON 4/6/2011 12:36PM

    Great job! Thanks for sharing. It definitely helps to see that it was just water retention in the end.

You look great! I need to work on my toning more! emoticon

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MINDY502 4/6/2011 12:29PM

    I can really tell a change especially in your legs looks like. Keep up the good work and getting back on track!

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ROCKCHALKSPARK 4/6/2011 12:22PM

    You look amazing!!! Nice work!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 4/6/2011 12:19PM

    WOW! What a great change!

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MRDPOLING 4/6/2011 12:19PM

    Can I be slightly un-possitive for a second? Seriously struggling with my sweet tooth and ability to make good choices for a couple weeks. How do you get your brain back on track when it gets derailed?

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 4/6/2011 12:17PM

    Wow!!! You look amazing! Your waist is getting so tiny and I can see some quad muscles coming in too! Girl, you're going to rock that HM!!!!

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KAMAPERRY 4/6/2011 12:13PM

    Waaaaay more toned!!! Great work! emoticon

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Virtual Relay SF-JAP'11: Arrived Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, next stop Abu Dhabi, UAE 470 miles

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Thanks for all the interest in my little challange ;p
If you have mileage, please Join!

Combined mileage (run/walk/bike/swim/etc) of fellow sparkers to see how far we get this year! This is now AROUND the WORLD TRIP ;p (28,000 miles)
(I'll change the destination every 3000 miles)

first goal is SF to NYC, 3000 miles DONE!!!!
Second goal is NYC to UK, 3500 miles DONE!!!
Third goal is UK-ISTANBUL, 4250 miles DONE!!!
Fourth goal is ISTANBUL-JAPAN, 10,975 miles

emoticon AWARDS and ACHIEVEMENT emoticon

emoticon Relay Starter @ Istanbul, Turkey: APIRLRAIN888 3/17
emoticon Relay Finisher@ Tokyo, Japan:

emoticon Destination awards
1st Destination: Damascus, Syria 650 miles (10,325): PAPAMIKIE 3/23
2nd Destination: Jerusalem, Israel 130 miles (10,195): WATCHWHEEZIERUN 3/24
3rd Destination:Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 850 miles (9.345): GETFIT2LIVE 4/5
4th Destination: Abu Dhabi, UAE 470 miles (8,875):
5th Destination: Baghdad, Iraq 875 miles (8,000):
6th Destination: Tehran, Iran 430 miles (7,570):
7th Destination: Kabul, Afghanistan 1000 miles (6,570) :
8th Destination: Islamabad, Pakistan 250 miles(6,320) :
9th Destination: New Delhi, India 425 miles (5,895) :
10th Destination: Katmandu, Nepal 500 miles (5,395) :
11th Destination: Naypyidaw,Burma 800 miles (4,595) :
12th Destination: Bangkok, Thailand 500 miles (4,095) :
13th Destination: Phnom Phen, Cambodia 350 miles (3,745) :
14th Destination: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 125 miles (3,620) :
15th Destination: Vientiane, Laos 450 miles (3,170) :
16th Destination: Beijing, China 1750 miles (1,420) :
17th Destination: Pyongyang, North Korea 550 miles (870) :
18th Destination: Seoul, South Korea 120 miles (750) :


emoticon Miles Milestone award
500 Mile Crosser: ABSOLUTEZERO 3/21
1000 Mile Crosser: FITMAMA2JH 3/27
1500 Mile Crosser: ABSOLUTEZERO 4/3
2000 Mile Crosser:
2500 Mile Crosser:
3000 Mile Crosser:
3500 Mile Crosser:
4000 Mile Crosser:
4500 Mile Crosser:
5000 Mile Crosser:
5500 Mile Crosser:
6000 Mile Crosser:
6500 Mile Crosser:
7000 Mile Crosser:
7500 Mile Crosser:
8000 Mile Crosser:
8500 Mile Crosser:
9000 Mile Crosser:
9500 Mile Crosser:
10,000 Mile Crosser:
10500 Mile Crosser:


emoticon Daily 100 mile crosser:
JERSEYFLOWER 3/17
ELYMWX 3/19
FMCDANIEL 3/21
JERSEYFLOWE 3/23
FITMAMA2JH 3/24
PAPAMIKIE 3/26
LILPAT3 3/29

emoticon Daily 200 mile crosser:

emoticon Daily 300 mile crosser:

emoticon Daily 400 mile crosser:

emoticon Daily 500 mile crosser:

emoticon Daily 600 mile crosser:


This is our ROUTE!


How to JOIN? (details is in first post)
Link is too buggy!
MESSAGE BOARD
SP CHALLENGE
Virtual Run/Walk/Bike/Swim SF-EUR'11 ;p



SUBSCRIBE or come in from your recent msg board post!!!


Friends, we are visiting Riyadh. Welcome!

We are Leaving Israel for Saudi Arabia!


We are currently just making our way to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia our 3rd stop!


So a little trivia about our destination city, Riyadh:

1. Capital and largest city of Riyadh
2. Population: 4.8 million
3. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is called "The Land of the Two Holy Mosques"
4. They are: Mecca and Medina
5. Saudi Arabia hs the world's LARGEST oil reserves, and exporter.
6. Language: Arabic
7. Icon and Landmarks: Al Masmak castle, Kingdom Center (45th tallest bldg)


LOL, a little trivia!

Here are some of the Pictures of our goal city!
FLAG

Tourist Map

Al Masmak Castle

Mecca in Saudi Arabia

Market

Language

Street

Dance

Belly dancing

Food


GREAT job sparkers!

IF you join late:
no worries, just add your accumulated miles to date for 2011 on your post ;p
REMEMBER it's a combined effort

OLD miles to go - your mile = NEW miles to go!!!

HAVE FUN, and please run/walk/bike/swim/spin/hike/etc safely!

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HERE IS THE LINK!
BUT please REFRESH!!!
MATH ERRORS GALORE!!!

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb
oard.asp?imparent=22377417&imboard=8

  
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MRDPOLING 4/6/2011 5:33AM

    So very cool!

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    YAY!!

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I did it! SWIMMING and COOKING success (warning food pic)

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

hi all!

first of today was a SUCCESS!

1. swim/spin: I SWAM! I haven't in about 1.5 months!
I was 132 laps, 2 miles in 80 mins. PAR to the last time!

WHAT was not PAR was 4 strokes per BREATH was easy peasy!!!

REALLY?

something is happening, can't see it, scale doesn't reflect!

BUT changes are happening!

2. Caring: since not seeing anyone, lotion and gloss LOL

3. COOKING! On menu: INDONESIAN fried chicken and rice (ayam & nasi goreng)

It's semi-instant ;p Recipe from my real life sparked friend (also in SP)

First my lunch! YUMMY!
left over pesto with smoked salmon ;p (shoulda served it this way last night)


AND I love that I have lunch already to eat ;p

If you saw my Status: I had to prep the chicken at 2 pm

I messed this stage up!
should have waited to THAW chicken!
Kinda bland but YUMMY still ;p

Season the chicken in the seasoned broth!
Leave in the broth once chicken is cooked through (deep fry)

BUT I opt-ed to BAKE at 350 degree, 15-20 mins each sides.

WHEN hubby got home. FRIED RICE (over night rice)



Meanwhile bake the chicken
before

after: smelt so good, didn't take pic fast enough... hubby stole it


SERVE

Supposed to be served with sliced tomato, but FAMILY wasa HUNGRY!

VERDICT:

Hubby was so excited, so proud and yummy all the way!
except for the bland inside and flavor on the crust.

but definitely a REDO!

woo hoo


SO I don't blog again:
p90x is plyo tonight ;p

Same goals for tomorrow ;p

spark on

maybe one more blog for virtual relay I am sure we already crossed Riyadh

  
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KINSBAILE 4/6/2011 12:59PM

    Sounds like you're getting CREATIVE, AWESOME!

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KAMAPERRY 4/6/2011 11:18AM

    Yum! emoticon

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FUNFROG79 4/6/2011 8:24AM

    Looks wonderful! Gret job!

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ONESTUBBORNTART 4/6/2011 6:44AM

    Good for you!!

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AMYGIRL1972 4/6/2011 6:10AM

    Great Job...1st your lunch of leftovers looked so yummy. The chicken and rice looked and sounded pretty good as well. Practice makes perfect, soon enough you will be an old pro at cooking. emoticon on the swimming as well, its been sooooo long since i was able to go swimming. The careing part...sometimes lotion and gloss is the perfect way to go. emoticonon such a successful day.

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SPARKTHATCHARM 4/6/2011 3:37AM

    yey! congrats!

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CHERWHOAH 4/5/2011 11:19PM

    great job in cooking another meal! this doesn't look that healthy though? but still better than eating out!

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SEEHOLZ 4/5/2011 9:31PM

    Holy cow! Swimming 2 miles in 80 min is unbelievable to me- I suck and the 4 stroke breathing.... umm, I'm still working on the 2 stroke one-LOL. That said, I am making strides in the swimming dept and I'm proud of them... you are my HERO for sure!

The food looks great, too.

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MRDPOLING 4/5/2011 9:19PM

    I was watching Andrew Zimmerh today on TV and he was visiting places that lived on frogs, toads and snakes. I found myself craving frog legs and I have never had 'em in my life. Then reading your bog and seeing those wings made me think about frog legs.... I guess I need to go find someplace that makes frog legs real good so I can try 'em.

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SOULOFADANCER 4/5/2011 7:54PM

    great going practice makes perfect and thanks for the comment on my blog

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SKATVEN 4/5/2011 7:26PM

    Heh! I had plyo today too! Whew! Great way to burn 500+ calories

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JORDAN1019 4/5/2011 7:17PM

    Looks delicious. Great job and good for you and the positive reviews.

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NATPLUMMER 4/5/2011 7:03PM

    Definitely a successful day!!
Have fun with Tony tonight!

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LAUROCHKA 4/5/2011 6:50PM

    You sounds like a wee fish with your swimming! I can't wait for the day I can swim feestyle as well as you!
Lxx

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 4/5/2011 6:49PM

    pesto pasta, man every time i look at it i want to eat it! nice job girl, i love your cooking blogs!

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DOWNTOWN02 4/5/2011 6:48PM

    Great job cooking and AWESOME on your laps!!! swimming, to me..is the most respected cardio...it is tough stuff! great!!!!!!


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Uh? My 160lbs body functions like a 120 lbs body according to...

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

hi all

CALORIES BURNT calculators.

so last night...

I pushed real hard, 16 push up (real, whimpy ones) consecutively!
I couldn't do ONE, 6 weeks ago when I started p90x!

Last night I only burn 250 cals doing 90 mins of CHEST and BACK plux AB RIPPER X!

At week one, I burnt 400 cals!!!

WHAT THE HECK?????


so my wheels started turn!

It's true for my running too ;p
6 milers was at least 700-800 in the beginning

and now bearly push 550 cals!!!!!


SO out of curiousity I tried a couple different site. they DON'T take into about height!

Plug in 160 and 6 miler at conservation 6mph : 750 ish (right)

Plug in 155 (my weight at my lightest 2 wks ago: 710 ish (???????) not true 550

Plug in all the way to 120 to yeild 550 cals!!!


same for spinning class: I burn 350-400 in 1 hour class. 120 lbs too.
at 160 it said I should be burning at least 500-600!


Hmmmmmmm.........

I know SP fitness counter is a litle HIGH for me now!

Maybe this is why I am not losing weight my numbers aren't right!

And this may explain why:

when I start p90xing and running I was HUNGRY!!!! had to bump up to 1800 cals
and few weeks later 1500 is FINE again!

Anyone care to share some light into this?

THANKS

  
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SOULOFADANCER 4/5/2011 8:21PM

    Wow we are sooo on the same page with this problem as you no doubt read, Well I do think SP is high and wasn't until I kicked up workout that I saw significant results. In the beginning way slow but I was just post op and getting back into it. Now that I am steadily active and working out regularly I too was hungry. I started drinking meal replacements to lower my calories and eat one square meal and a snack. Trying to keep within 1200-1400 range might work better. I really want to lose 10 more and that's all.
As long as my clothes fit how I want and I can maintain I'm happy! emoticon

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NTSOHLTHNT 4/5/2011 6:01PM

    So it's time to get a heart rate monitor strap for that Forerunner 405 of yours and get some accurate calorie burn readings. I know what you mean, though. I do wear a HRM and sometimes I burn 300 cals on one day and 250 for the same workout the next day. What's up with that?!

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OFFDREA 4/5/2011 5:04PM

    My caloric burn has gone way down in the last few months too. The more fit you are the less your body needs to work. It gets used to things. My run last night I forced myself to run almost 3/4min mile faster then I normally do and I burned waaaaaaay more calories then I have been on a run that long.

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 4/5/2011 4:50PM

    Maybe it's time to change things up again. Are your strength training? More reps? Higher weight? Play with it until you see a change. Like the previous comments, your body get acclimated so easily that you have to trick it sometimes. Good luck!

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NATKITA 4/5/2011 4:17PM

    The more fit you become, the less hard your heart has to work to do the same things (whether the scale changes or not). Ergo, your HR will not go up as much and you will burn fewer calories. However, if you are replacing your fat with muscle, the HRM is not taking that body comp change into account (your new muscles burn more fat...For that matter, Sparkpeople trackers use an "average" (whatever that is) body comp for their estimates as well.

On the other hand, HRMs do wear out like any other piece of electronic equipment (perhaps more so, since they're constantly subjected to moisture, movement, and friction, and sometimes force). My old one used to get all squinky when I would do certain types of high-intensity cardio (almost like it couldn't keep up), and also when I did push-ups, because I think I was accidentally pushing buttons on the watch part of it). Do you maybe need a new one?

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CANDYXPERT 4/5/2011 4:05PM

    Maybe your scale is broken? emoticon

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ALONELYLIONESS 4/5/2011 3:34PM

    I think Spark's calories burned estimates are too high also. I wear a Bodymedia Fit that shows me I burn far less than Spark estimates. I'd rely on your HR monitor. When I feel hungry I listen to my body and eat a little more too.

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THESB25 4/5/2011 2:43PM

    Like someone else said a heart rate monitor will give a more accurate account of calories burned. Mine is my best friend!

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KINSBAILE 4/5/2011 2:41PM

    This is too true. I know soon I will need to TRICK my body once again!

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BEACHGIRL301 4/5/2011 2:17PM

    In the 4 months Ive been on SP, ive entered all my fitness (except ST with my trainer since i cant figure out hte exersice names) and stayed within my range and no weight loss, but definately fat loss. So ive decided not to track my fitness in SP, and stay at or below 1500 calories a day... knowing that if im famished and hungry, i will eat fruit or nuts to be comfy....

Its such a science ive decided not to analyze it (which i tried to figure it out and have decided its not worth my time and effort because i cant BREAK the CODE).

Change things up, add intensity....YOU LOOK GREAT and dont worry about the scale, use your clothes as judgement THROW SCALE AWAY :) BE HEALTHY BE HAPPY...KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!! emoticon

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ALISHAB3 4/5/2011 2:06PM

    Your body adjusted. Its normal. Now you need to shock it again. I did the whole bmr and deficit thing last fall for four months, weighed/measured everything, used my hrm to calculate everything and I didn't gain or lose a single pound. Then, in January of this year I started the couch to 5k program and was cycling my calories, I started to come down a little. Now, I'm adding in coconut oil to bump up my metabolism and I am finally losing. My point is that your body is clever and adapts to whatever you are doing.

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JORDAN1019 4/5/2011 1:50PM

    I have the same issues with calories burned too. I started Kettlebells and expected a higher calorie burn than what I expended and running is burning much less too. I think that you've conditioned your body to the point were you don't use up as much energy for movement. I just stick to my monitor for accurate readings. Great going! Your body is in tip top shape and ready for a harder challenge. emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 4/5/2011 1:46PM

    Some are high, some are low. at 5' I burn about 86 calories a mile. I really wish I burned what my treadmill said.. but that's based on a 170# man! oh well!

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KAMAPERRY 4/5/2011 1:44PM

    I agree with Nat. And way to go!

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NATPLUMMER 4/5/2011 1:35PM

    You are a lot fitter now and your body is used to those exercises. Those calculators can't possibly take that into account like your HRM can. I can't use the SP fitness calculator at all for any accuracy.
http://www.sparkpeople
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