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Sunday, October 17, 2010

So I haven't actually fallen off the face of the earth, but the last two weeks have been tough.

I got laid up with a hurt knee a little over a week ago. I rested it for four days, because I really didn't want to hurt it worse. When I ran again on Thursday of last week, my knee was fine and I figured I was back on track.

Then I got laid up AGAIN with a sinus migrane that started late Friday night. As of now (Sunday morning) it hasn't let up, and I've resorted to attacking it with the sorts of sinus meds I try to avoid because they make me spacy. Currently, I am spacy and I STILL kind of feel like someone took a sledgehammer to my face. I hate decongestants--especially since my nose isn't stuffy--but for reasons that sort of escape me, they seem to help.

I am currently watching the Sunday Morning Runners run past my desk window, wishing I could join them, but I can't let my heart rate get up or else I REALLY regret it.

I was dithering about diet, too, but I'm back on track with that today I think with a well mapped food plan for the day. Pushed diet goal back because of marathon training. I'm getting really tired of pushing these goals back, but I also don't want to get hurt or sick, particularly coming off of being hurt and getting sick (or, well, whatever--I'm not sick, but thanks to the Sinus Migraine I might as well be).

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TIGERJANE 10/17/2010 2:10PM

    Hope you start feeling like yourself soon! Sometimes, it seems like there's always something throwing us off-track, but I try to remember it's the journey, not the destination, and that one way or another I will get to where I want to be if I just keep plugging along more often than not. Planning is on my list today, too. Only way I see drops on the scale!

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SHERYLP461 10/17/2010 11:30AM

    I am so sorry you are feeling bad. Maybe you should just give it a rest for a few days then try again.

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In which Audrey gets chased by a dog.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

I've NEVER been chased by a dog before on a run.

There's a first time for everything.


Marathon training and calorie needs

Saturday, October 02, 2010

On the advice of two dietitians (one of which is the one here at SparkPeople--thank you, Becky) I've had to rethink my weight loss goals again.

I've been having problems the last week of being CONSTANTLY hungry. This is pretty rare for me. And I've been concerned all along that I didn't know how to adjust my calories to account for some fairly intense training for the marathon.

My weight loss goals are going to have to go, if not quite on the shelf, then on a "very low priority" level while I train for this marathon.

I've recalibrated my weight loss goals to account for no more than a half pound a week of weight loss, and there will be days I knowingly go over my calorie count because I can't make it through a long run on 1300 calories a day. I knew that. I was just kind of hoping I could still keep my calorie ranges low enough to lose a pound a week safely, and I'm now being told that half a pound is about as low as I should aim, and not even that if it starts to compromise my health.

I'm a little bummed by this, but I would rather slow or stall my weight loss than get hurt, and I really want to do this.

Ergo my new goal for October is to not gain weight and to lose, if I can do so safely, two pounds.

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KNH771 10/2/2010 7:19PM

    I'm glad that you got some professional advice and I hope it works out for you! Good luck on the marathon training. That is completely awesome!

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Audrey's Kitchen Disaster

Saturday, October 02, 2010

We've known the fridge is starting to go for a while. Our fridge is at least twenty four years old (we have an Admiral. They were bought out by Maytag in 1986, which switched all their products to the Maytag label. Having a husband who has sold appliances means I know this sort of crazy stuff.)

The light died in it the week we moved in. I don't mean "Burned out the bulb." I mean "no longer functions, period."

It tends to freeze things. Keeping produce in the house is bloody nearly impossible because to keep my fridge cold enough that food doesn't spoil, it gets SO cold that produce freezes (my options: spoiled milk, fresh produce, or fresh milk, lettuce Popsicles).

A week ago, the door bars got stuck in such a way that to get the fridge open, we had to break the bars. So now I can't hold food against the wall. Never mind the fact that fitting food in my tiny, dark fridge with its bizarrely placed non-movable shelves is a pain to begin with. Hubby loves salad. LOVES salad. Besides the fact that he has had to learn to enjoy frozen salad, we can't find anywhere in it where we can easily store his dressings.

Two days ago, it began to leak. I'm not sure from where, exactly.

Yesterday, I kept having to mop (because it was leaking). AND THEN ALL THE PIPES UNDER MY SINK FELL APART!!! I thumped them back together, but the fact that it doesn't stay together coupled with the fact that I have to mop, like, FOUR TIMES A DAY is frustrating.

I have a great landlord. We rent from a family that owns a couple of small apartment buildings (by small, I mean "Four apartments in a building" small). They're super understanding and agreed to replace the fridge (hubby will pick one out from work and we'll deduct it from our rent) and send in a plumber.

I'm most excited by the fridge, because although we strive to eat healthfully, it's very frustrating when our produce keeps getting ruined. Yay for new fridge!

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L3_803 10/2/2010 4:29PM

    That is great!

Happy losing! emoticon

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READNKNIT 10/2/2010 10:45AM

    Good for you! Glad you're getting a new fridge!

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JAZZYJAS 10/2/2010 10:36AM

    not only do you get a new fridge but you get to choose it too -- how wonderful.

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THINAGIN2 10/2/2010 10:35AM

    It sounds like you deserve this!!

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September Summary, October Start and October Goals

Friday, October 01, 2010

Measurements on September 2

Waist: 32.5
Hip: 39
Leg: 25.5
Arm: 12

Measurements on October 1

Waist: 31.5
Hip: 38
Leg: 25
Arm: 12

Weight on September 2


Weight on October 1


No pictures today. I did try to take them, but it's so dark and rainy outside that they end up looking really odd.

Weight loss: I'm overall pleased enough. I didn't quite hit goal, which was to hit 154 by today. But it seems stupid to get upset over a half pound. I had some little hiccups: I had holidays to contend with, and two meals out that were utterly unplanned.

Inches Lost: I lost an inch overall except for in my thighs (half an inch) and my arms (no change). I'm okay with this: I'm lifting weights, and my arms look notably better defined, so the fact that I'm not losing arm size isn't a huge deal. I don't really have big arms anyway.

The inches lost is important to me because I'm honestly not much seeing the weight loss in how my clothes fit yet and my weight bounces around like a ping pong ball throughout the week (though it does trend down pretty consistently: I might drop to 155 and then spike up to 156 the next day, but be down to 154.5 two days later). So it's important to be able to look at the tape and go "Well, I might not feel it in the pants yet, but it's real."

My mother in law complimented me a few days ago and told me she thinks that my "waist is slimmer every time I see you." She sees me every two weeks or so in the flesh. That made me feel nice.

Given that I'm only a half pound short of goal for the month I don't see the need to change my November goal weight (which is 150 pounds). It's half a pound, and I'm kind of puffy today from an unplanned wendy's excursion (I ordered a kids meal and it wasn't as bad calorie wise as I expected: I didn't go over yesterday in anything but salt!).


September BMI: 27.1
October BMI: 26.5
November Goal BMI: 25.7

September Start: 158
October Start: 154.5
November Goal: 150
December Goal: 146
January Goal: 142
February Goal: 138
March Goal: 134
April Goal: 130
May Goal: 125 or so. Goal Date: May 1 2011

As for my "reward" for hitting goal (more or less) in's so tight right now I don't really need to worry about deciding whether coming within half a pound qualifies. Here's to hoping that will correct itself in October (it looks like it will).

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KEX820 10/1/2010 9:44AM

    Looks like you're doing great!

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