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Level 2 Continued...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Overall, my Fastbreak was a success. Level 2 is turning out to be a failure. There's lag, and it's apparently taking days to respawn.

Last Wednesday was 3 pieces of Jet's pizza. Woke up super bloated.

Last Thursday - Sunday I was at my in-laws. The land of milk and honey. And candy, and chips, and cheesecake, and macaroni and cheese and au gratin potatoes from GFS (addictive plastic), etc...

I have NOT weighed myself because I know I'm going to be bloated. How do I know? Well, I can actually SEE it. I am visually fatter than I was a week ago. My back fat is even bigger. There's a nice visual for you.

Monday and Tuesday have been damage control - trying to get back to normal - eating within my calorie range, etc... I'm hungrier (probably because my stomach is stretched out and my body is desperate for nutritious food, and also because - as it turns out - Easter candy is higher in calories than celery) than I was last week, but it's getting closer to my range again.

Ha, but Thursday night I'm going to visit my mom and family. They fill the candy bowl special for the kids. Oooohhhhh boy.

I am getting a haircut on Friday though. I really like my cut now, but I was thinking I might like it a bit shorter for summer so I can spike it or give myself a faux-hawk or something. And because the summer is HOT and I don't want hair when it's hot.

Well... I was within my calorie range till I just ate a delicious English Muffin with butter... It was a delicious 150 calories, and I don't regret it. Well... much.

I may have to RESET Level 2 and try this again.

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CHODGES83 4/24/2014 11:59AM

    Love the idea of a faux hawk- so much fun!
Nothing wrong with a reset and no use feeling guilty about a thing. You know this :)

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MEADSBAY 4/23/2014 4:48AM

    Life is for living, blah,blah,blah.
You know (we know) what needs to happen.
Now we need to make it happen in a rational reasonable and enjoyable way.
Otherwise what is the point?

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1CRAZYDOG 4/22/2014 9:41PM

    No advice, just sending encouraging vibes!

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Level 2

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I finished my Fastbreak, doing pretty well. I ate within my calorie range on 11 out of 13 days, and got 20+ sparkpoints on 12 out of 13 days. My 10+minute per day workouts weren't so hot.

I now have new goals -
Eating within my calorie range on 5/7 days per week
Getting 10+ minutes of exercise per day
Getting 30+ Sparkpoints per day
Writing 20+ minutes per day on 4/7 days
Eating 100+ grams of protein per day.

So far, I have been doing ok.


The only manga I have ever loved, Claymore, is coming to a climax. It kills me to have to wait month to month to read the next issue. Each issue is only about 24 pages long. It's killlllllling me! Argh!

But I love Claire, the protagonist.

These are from the latest issue:

But she's been inspiring me for years:


We got a new kitten in February. He's sweet and I love him, but he's been bothering my bratty girl, Nadia. There's been a lot of howling and screaming, but the kitten (Oliver) is being quite relentless.

And I just spent $107 at the vet today taking my big orange cat, Rusty. He has been coughing when he gets wound up. The vet gave him some antibiotics to clear it up - it's not in his lungs, but in his throat. So that's good. I was worried, because he is 11 years old.


It's time for popcorn. I'm out of here!

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 4/16/2014 7:14PM

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What a cute little kitty!!

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CHODGES83 4/16/2014 10:39AM

    Great job on your fastbreak! Exciting to see you meeting goals and challenging yourself with increased goals! Keep it up, you've got this!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/15/2014 9:31PM

    Good luck w/your plan!

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Fastbreak - Day 7

Friday, April 04, 2014

I'm 1 week in, and I'm doing all right. I have stayed within my calorie range every day (1400-1550, + 240 on days I lift, to accommodate a delicious shake to help repair my muscles).

I've been getting 20+ Sparkpoints daily - typically by reading articles, in addition to the wheel. Some of the articles are awesome (learned more about Geocaching this week), and some of them seem really eating disorder inducing (reading anything about how to eat at a restaurant - it sounds really crazy, terrifying and paranoid sometimes).

My workouts I haven't been doing so well on. I'm supposed to exercise 10 minutes each day. I work out for an hour on days I do Supercharged, and they're pretty taxing. On days I teach I'm already pretty active, but I haven't been exercising 10+ minutes each day in addition to that. In fact, this past week, I've only completed some intentional exercise on 2 days - one day I counted some cleaning because I was up and down the steps, stuff like that - but that only makes it 3/7.

I bought a new bathing suit this week. I ordered it online, so I'm a little nervous about how it will look - but buying a suit online was much less traumatic than going to the store half-drunk to do it.

Once I get it I'll take a selfie as long as I don't look like a busted can of biscuits in it. I also want to get some red cat eye sunglasses to go with it. Va-va-va-voom!

My weight loss has been great this week - again, I think I've been bloated. I've been eating around 1450-1500 calories per day, and more on days I work out. I've lost about 7 pounds so far this week - again, I think it's mostly water weight. I'm still strength training while cutting my intake, so I expect the weight loss to seriously slow down. And I'm watching my performance (thank goodness for detailed training logs!) to make sure that I don't start getting weaker - that will mean I need to increase my intake.

And so far I have 33 stars toward my kettlebell (or something else)!

I only have a few more weeks of the semester and then summer break! I'm going to be busy with 2 conferences, a family vacay, a cross-country road trip, a senior capstone project, a 4 year progress review, and a paper (or two) to write. But I'm looking forward to the slower days, and getting to hang out with my husband again. He's in college again (I'm sleeping with a student! Hahahah!), and he's been heavily loaded this semester with intense courses. He'll be taking one at the community college this summer to help offset the heavy course loads during the school year.

Today we are meeting my MIL to send off my step-son to her house for spring break. My younger son will be joining them on Thursday (he's too young to be home alone, and big brother isn't responsible enough to watch him - even though he's frickin' THIRTEEN already!!!).

My younger son is going to be starting kindergarten in the fall.

Seriously - it is TIME to get rid of this baby weight! And the job search weight (it's been 3 years!) too!

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SIMONEKP 4/14/2014 1:01PM

    haven't been by to visit your page in a while, glad I stopped by, you're doing great.

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JESSIHOVER2 4/4/2014 6:15PM

    I totally feel you on the eating disorder inducing articles, it's one of the reasons I had to take a break from sparkpeople. You are doing great!!

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    I think that the NEAT activity is just as important as the gym workouts. I've been really trying to focus on the well-rounded lifestyle changes (NEAT activity, sleep, chill out time, reading, Sane and Simple Nutrition, etc). It is hard when the scale stares me in the face constantly, though emoticon Enjoy your new swimming suit sounds like a fun thing -- great job on the stars as well!!

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MEADSBAY 4/4/2014 5:20PM

    Cute suit!
What a busy fun summer you have planned.
Can't believe your little peanut is going to K-
so is my Lucy!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/4/2014 4:04PM

    Good job!

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JODROX 4/4/2014 2:47PM

    Sounds like you're doing great! Hey it took me 10 years to lose the baby weight :)))

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ADARKARA 4/4/2014 2:18PM

    Sounds like you're doing well! I love love LOVE that bathing suit!

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Fastbreak - Day 4

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I must have been super bloated when I weighed myself on Saturday morning, because I have lost SIX POUNDS since then. Even my rings are fitting better. And it's only been FOUR DAYS. WTF!?

I'm not complaining. Seeing that big 200 was a little uncomfortable.

I just got home from watching my friend Stephanie on Jeopardy! Tournament of Decades. In addition to being wicked smart, she's also a lot of fun. I'll be going to Manhattan with her in June for a conference, and I think it will be a LOT of fun.

I convinced my kids to tear down their awesome fort. I would have let it stay up longer, but they used some of my weights and barricaded others, and also barricaded my workout log sheets. So tomorrow I have NO EXCUSE to miss Workout 2 of Basic Training II of New Rules: Supercharged. I can't remember what is in the workout, because I wrote it a week ago. But I'll find out. It'll be an adventure.

Ugh, an adventure with SETS OF TWELVE. Alwyn Cosgrove is an evil man.

I'm racking up stars and well on my way to a kettlebell. I asked one of my online lifting friends, and she said not to start with anything lower than 25 lbs (I've been lifting for more than a year) so I think I'll start with 30. If it's heavy, I'll adjust pretty quick. I gain strength well. Unfortunately, I also gain fat well, so I have to watch out for that.

But with my summer trips in mind - some starting in only a month - I have the motivation to eat within my calorie range. On days I strength train or work out hard, I'll add a protein shake, but otherwise stay within that range. So I should hopefully fit into my jeans again soon...

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BEECHNUT13 4/1/2014 9:48PM

    Ok, I'll see about testing it first. I can deadlift about 150 for about 10 reps at last check, my 1 rep max was 190 at last check. The hip hinge is the same, but I know when lifting the kettlebell it feels pretty heavy. I would not only be using it for swings, but other general lifting. I would probably swing it at the store to see how it goes. My gym doesn't have kettlebells, hence the intended purchase.

I can do 35 lb dumbbell rows (sets of 10-12), I hold 55 lbs for jump goblet squats and regular goblet squats and things like that. I can back squat around 100 for 5RM at last check (working on depth). So I think I'm a strong woman at this point.

Do you think the difference between 26 and 30 lbs is that great?

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/1/2014 9:35PM

    Hmm, here's what Pavel Tsatsouline says about starting out with KBs from "Simple and Sinister";

Avg woman - start with 18 lbs work-up to 26 lbs, then 35 lbs
Strong woman - start with 26, then 35, then 44 lbs

Try using some at your gym to gauge how they feel. Don't go by how they feel when you lift it and swing a few times....gauge them by how they feel after 10-15 minutes of swings!

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MEADSBAY 4/1/2014 9:18PM

    I disagree with yr friend... Start with a 20.. Or do some more research on that. emoticon

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Fastbreak - Day 2

Sunday, March 30, 2014

So far I'm on a roll. It's only day two, so there's that. But still! Two days!

Today I got on the scale again. One of my plans is to weigh myself more often. The more I weigh myself, the better I am about things. I'm not really concerned with my weight so much as how my clothes fit, but checking in regularly is helpful. The scale said I was down about 2.5 lbs since yesterday. Guess I'm processing the food I ate on Friday - which included a donut, a breakfast sandwich, a brownie... and then all the other food I typically eat. And it was the day after I started a new stage of Supercharged, so I'm sure my muscles were swollen.

Or swol, as the dudebros say.

I bought a little 3x5 journal to keep track of my daily goals and things like that. I also bought some star stickers to keep track of my healthy habit rewards. When I earn 100 stickers, I'm going to buy myself a kettlebell. Or something along those lines - I might decide I want something else by then.

I earn stickers for:
Exercise - 10 minutes gets 1 point, 30+ gets 2
Eating within my calorie range gets 2 points
20+ Sparkpoints gets 1 point
Weigh myself gets 1 point
Running 1 mile gets 1 point (2 miles gets 2, etc...)
Writing for 30 minutes gets 1 point*

*Writing isn't fun. It's crap like journal articles I need to submit, my self-evaluation for 4-year review, crap like that. Not blogging or anything.

So far I have 7 stickers. I know it will be easy to get to my goal, but that's how I want it to be - small, easy changes that add up. My Fastbreak Goals are in there too (calorie range, exercise and sparkpoints).

I don't want to lose any of the awesome muscle I gained while eating too much and lifting. So I'm going to continue lifting twice per week. By lifting, I don't mean tricep kick backs and pilates. I do big compound movements. I'm currently stuck working out at home throughout April, but then it's back to the gym with the Olympic barbell. I have a small barbell and fully loaded it is only about 105 lbs. I can deadlift more than that. I can squat that, but I can't clean the bar to do it - I need a rack. Anyway.

So yea, I don't want to lose the muscle I've earned.

With only lifting 2x per week, I plan on adding some cardio. I want to work on getting back up to a 5K so I can do the Mt. Olivet Sunrise Run I do (almost) every year. I also have a Y membership, so I might check out Zumba there or something. But usually Zumba is just a bunch of uncoordinated white ladies pretending they can dance to Latin and urban beats. But it beats walking on the treadmill!

One of my old students owns a crossfit gym in town, and so I might stop in and check that out over the summer. Sometimes it seems interesting to me, sometimes it seems dangerous. Often it seems stupid to me. But they seem to get a kick out of it, and of my colleagues goes and enjoys it. So maybe I'll check it out and get a membership for a month or something. What makes me nervous about it is that when I lift, I am careful. I have strength, but I don't have so much power (GETTINGSTRONGRRR knows what I mean!). And I don't want another back injury or something. But I think I can tell when something should be off-limits.

Anyway, this is terrible and rambly. I'm out.

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CHODGES83 4/1/2014 3:22PM

    Yay for keeping fastbreak streak up!

Trying new things is one of my favorite things. Go give it a whirl, never know what will get you motivated!

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ADARKARA 3/31/2014 8:45AM

    love the sticker idea! It's great that you've been back on SparkPeople and have already lost weight. Proof it works! emoticon

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KIKKI-G 3/31/2014 8:36AM

    Sounds like a good plan, the hard part is just getting back to it but once you're there your're golden.youve been there before so you'll be back in no time!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/30/2014 10:47PM

    Good plan that seems to be working for you . . . yeah, day #2, but it all adds up! HUGS

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/30/2014 10:14PM

    Alright sister, you've got a plan, now stick to it!

I'm scoping out some kettlebells myself. My reward is going to be a 54 pounder if I stick with it regularly between now and mid June.

Check out the KBs on they sound well made and reasonable priced

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RUNNINGOLLIE 3/30/2014 9:49PM

    Great job on day 2!

It's funny but before I was so hung up on the scale- now I just want to be comfortable in my clothes (that sit in the back of the closest currently).

And I don't mean some unattainable jeans I wore in 6th grade emoticon ... Just my "normal" clothes!

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