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Weigh-In Day = Battle Summary

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Quote of the Day:
“It’s hard to beat a person that never gives up.”

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Weigh-In Day

Starting Weight: 466.6
SP SW: 416.2
Last Week: 364.0
This Week: 358.4
Loss/Gain: -5.6
SP Total Loss: 57.8
Total Loss: 111.2

Thus ends my first battle.
Mental Roadblocks and Fat Girl Inside = 0. Esther's Inner Skinny = 1.

I'm not going to say this week was easy. Most of the time I was "phoning it in" as Jillian calls it. But you know what? Sometimes showing up is the most important part of the battle. Sometimes doing what you're supposed to do while kicking and screaming (and, yes, even crying) is what gets you through. It seems that I do actually know what to do, and that's a comfort to know when I'm facing the Fat Girl and the Mental Roadblocks that hold me back.

In Day 1:
I set my goals. I got my head on straight. I told myself, "If not this week, next week. If not next week, the week after." It was all about moving forward and continuing the fight, even when it hurt, even when I really didn't want to, even when I wanted to just sleep and eat chocolate cake. (I have learned that watching wedding cake shows on TV makes me crave eating those wedding cakes! *lol* Not saying I'll stop watching them, but I should always have some healthy alternative on hand when I do.)

In Day 2:
I thought my ship was sunk with the pizza buffet and a shot in the arm that made me want to do absolutely nothing. But instead of fighting myself, I changed it up. Around 4pm I turned to Hubs and said, "I don't want to go to the gym!" in my best whiny voice. At 4:20pm or so I turned to him again and said, "Okay! I have an idea! Instead of going to the gym, why don't we pack up the bikes and the dog and head to Cedar Lakes instead?" Hubs was excited and so were the kids, and we knew Joey would be super happy about it. So I walked and took it easy but sweated a bunch. I still challenged myself with that hill and with the try on the bike. And I went home feeling proud of myself and just plain happy.

In Day 3:
I procrastinated like it was my sacred duty, like the world would fall apart if I did what I was supposed to do. For like 2 hours I sat here making a plan of action for cooking. I wanted to make sure I did everything the most effective way I could. I wanted to perfect this art of prepping and cooking for the week. Around 1pm I started cooking, and by 6pm I gave up the ghost with 2 dishes done and the ingredients chopped for a third dish. I was so hungry (I thought) all day while I was cooking yummy food. And, yes, I sampled a bite or two - which, btw, is why I keep my calories on the lower end. I could probably easily eat 2,000 calories a day every day and still lose weight right now, but I figure I should aim low in case I miscalculate and/or take a bite of something here or there. Nothing awful went into my mouth yesterday. A bite or two of mozzarella cheese was the biggest thing I remember.

Finally, after eating a huge bowl of Jambalaya (OMG the amount you get is ridiculous!) and rice, I sat on the couch and watched Radio on TV. (*love* that movie!) It was dark outside before I started regretting the fact that I didn't even walk a mile yesterday. I had two choices - 1) call it a rest day and break my workout streak and my goal of working out every day, or 2) find a DVD to do. Jillian's 30-Day Shred was just sitting there. I hadn't tried the thing since May and I was still dreading the jumping jacks. After the first round and a half of real jumping jacks I realized something ....I couldn't breathe. My heart was racing. Yes, I was working out TOO hard. I knew my heart rate was over the aerobic zone and that wasn't going to do me any good, so I gave myself permission to modify and keep my heart in the right weight loss and heart building zone instead of pushing too hard. Yes, I still cried. It was the bicycle crunches...I didn't give up on them, but by the end I was cursing the TV and Jillian herself. But I did it. And I collapsed over the side of the couch and cried, and Shane asked me why I didn't just give up and end it early and I think I said something like, "She said I was a sissy if I gave up!" And we all laughed. And about 10 minutes later I loaded the Day 1 bootcamp video here on Spark and did that too. (MUCH more fun! *lol*)

Pictures from Yesterday:

Cutting up the "root vegetables" for today's cooking - Slow Cooker Beef and Root Vegetables

Slicing mozzarella for the Pan Chicken Parmesan

Bagging the ingredients for the Beef & Root Vegetables meal

The andouille sausage I almost didn't find at the grocery store

Cooking the chicken for the Chicken Parm while...

The jambalaya cooks in the slow cooker

Letting the Chicken Parm cool before I put it in containers in the fridge

One HUGE serving of Jambalaya (finally!). I really was hungry at this point!!

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Battle 2 begins today!
Battle 2 = 355

Goals for the Next 7 Days:
emoticon Healthy and healthful lunches.
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emoticon No less than 64 ounces of water per day.
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emoticon Keep your head in the game!
emoticon Exercise at least 15 minutes per day. 30 minutes + on at least 4 days this week.
emoticon Strength train 3 days.
emoticon 300 crunches this week.
emoticon 10k this weekend! Don't finish last, but more importantly, FINISH!

Going to get ready now for Ethan's football game. His game is at 1pm, but we have to be there at 11:30pm for weigh-in and warm-ups. We're going to have a fun day! I'm going to wear my tennis shoes and try to get in some laps around the track. I may try Bootcamp video 2 tonight too.

  
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THREEE 8/30/2010 6:31PM

    wowie zowie, you already 'went, girl'!!! SOOOO productive...you inspire me...next Sunday, i'll prepare ahead...i WAS proud that i PLANNED the whole week's eating and groceries...but now i lOOk like a slouch...i'm still proud but YOUR buttons should be popping!!! WEIGH to go!!! emoticon

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MENACE79 8/30/2010 5:27PM

    Mmmm... I want to eat everything you made! I love that feeling of productivity. Where did you get the jambalaya recipe? Looks fantastic!

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MAGPIE17 8/30/2010 9:06AM

    Woohoo, win the battles, Esther!

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VANILLAMAMA 8/30/2010 8:20AM

    Keep up the good work. U reminded me of not wanting to give up even though Im tired.

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MRSSIBRAT 8/30/2010 6:53AM

    you're doing great!!! I love how you pushed yourself to still get out and get moving even if you didn't go to the gym!!Thats how to get it done!!

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BOURNBABE 8/30/2010 12:14AM

    Woohoo! Congrats! emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 8/30/2010 12:13AM

    Oh how I love the way you set your goals! You go girl! I want to come to your house for dinner! yum. that looks fabulous! Have great week. emoticon

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RAVENSONG37 8/30/2010 12:00AM

    You make me cry with joy.

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FLWRCHLD97 8/29/2010 11:00PM

    you are doing great! you are worth it!!!!

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WISHICOULDFLY 8/29/2010 9:59PM

    Girl you are doing it ALL!

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KNOWMOREBBK 8/29/2010 9:28PM

    I'm exhausted just reading what you have to do. You are doing so awesome by planning out your meals. I do the same and it helps so much. It eliminates the "middle of the week" trips to the grocery store. Plus, its so great to wake up in the morning knowing that you don't have to pack a lunch. Love me some of that extra sleep time! Way to go! No stopping now!

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PEGGYJO44 8/29/2010 9:21PM

    You are an inspiration. Keep it up. Doesn't it feel great!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 8/29/2010 6:02PM

    DANG! You are KILLING those pounds!!

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LIVE2SAVELIVES 8/29/2010 5:16PM

    Sooo Jillian Makes you feel like the devil too huh?? LOL Sometimes I could slap her, yet if I ever got the chance I would hug her soo tight! lol Your dishes look amazing, I am learning to cook, but still not very good at it. Every time I click on your page I am more and more inspired by you!

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CALLIKIA 8/29/2010 5:02PM

    Lol! I just realized that second picture is a turnip (i think) and not the mozzarella! D'oh!

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CUATROMOMMY 8/29/2010 4:41PM

    You go girl. The pics of your food cooking are gorgeous. Enjoy!!!

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MARYBELLROSS 8/29/2010 3:23PM

    I'm so impressed. You go girl. Wow!

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BAYBELIEVER 8/29/2010 3:13PM

    Wow! You had a great week, even though it sounds like you had some stumbling over the mental part! But you should be so proud--it sure sounds like you are! And you have a 10K coming up, right? You will be ready and you will rock it! Have a great week!

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TNLONGHORN 8/29/2010 3:00PM

    You had an absolutely stellar week. Nice job!

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DLEE27 8/29/2010 3:00PM

    Way to go on DOMINATING Battle #1!!!!!
The food looks yummers!

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SASSAGAIN 8/29/2010 2:28PM

    Awesome, sweet thing! You are doing so amazing, and YOU ROCK for not 'phoning it in'!! It's hard, but you did it!!

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TKPHOTOGIRL 8/29/2010 1:45PM

  Fantastic week! The food looks lovely! Have fun at the game, and I hope next week goes just as well - best of luck with the 10k, you WILL rock it!

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ERIN4771 8/29/2010 12:45PM

    i'm glad i'm not the only one jillian yells at...lol....you are doing so great on your journey, your progress is inspirational....thank you for that emoticon

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ERIN4771 8/29/2010 12:45PM

    i'm glad i'm not the only one jillian yells at...lol....you are doing so great on your journey, your progress is inspirational....thank you for that emoticon

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-SHIMMER-ANN- 8/29/2010 11:55AM

    Haha, I can't watch cake shows either :P And as for your calories, don't keep em too low!! You're creating your skinny metabolism right now, and if your body gets used to surviving on less than 2,000, weight maintenance can get pretty sticky (well, sucky that is...). So take your time, baby that metabolism, and KEEP IT UP!!!

111 lbs, OH MY AWESOME!!!

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SIXTEES 8/29/2010 11:05AM

    Sounds good. Hey if you would send me a link to the Jambalaya recipe - I'd love to try it. Looks delicious.
Nice pictures. and yes...Congrats on beating the 360's. It's definitely good that you keep chipping away by just showing up. I've only been at this for 5 weeks, but I can see the rewards of consistency already. It's my self-esteem and energy perks.

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LIS193 8/29/2010 10:16AM

    You are doing great and you are so right - showing up is half the battle. You're here, right? emoticon
Thanks for posting your pictures - it looks really good.

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_AIYANNA_ 8/29/2010 10:00AM

    "The fact that something is difficult doesn't mean it's impossible to do" That's what I tell my students every day when they complain and just give up, but you my friend are the perfect example of strength of character.

I really like your plan and the fact that you have prepared your meals for the whole week. It's a time-saver plus you're less likely to be tempted to eat something else if your meal is already prepared. Another spark friend recommended a site called lovefoodhatewaste.com that has a two week meal plan and shopping list which help you save time and money.

Keep up the brilliant work and have fun at the game!

Elen xxx

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ANELAKANOA 8/29/2010 9:54AM

  Congrats on that huge loss this week!!! You killed it! emoticon emoticon. I've always wanted to make jambalaya but think its to much work. lol Have a great day!

Angie

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Recap Battle Day 2, Day 3 Plan

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Quote of the Day
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Day 2 Recap Battle 1
Battle 1 = Seeing 359.9

Weigh in Day 1 -- 360.0
Weigh in Day 2 -- 359.3
Weigh in Day 3 -- 358.0

I keep forgetting to take pictures of my food.

Breakfast:
Lender's Wheat Bagel with Whipped Cream Cheese
Coffee (about 12oz.) with 2 Tbsp. of creamer
Calories = 314

Snack:
1 lg. slice of whole grain bread with 1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
Calories = 205

Lunch:
Carloni's Lunch Buffet (Hubs' choice)
1 breadstick
3 tiny slices of veggie pizza
1 tiny slice of pepperoni
about 1/4 cup of chicken alfredo
Calories (approx) = 566

Snack 2:
Watermelon, about 2 cups, diced
Calories = 97

Dinner:
Ham & Turkey Club Sandwich with light mayo and lettuce on whole grain bread with colby jack cheese
1/2 serving of Doritoes
Calories = 483

Dessert/Snack:
a little more than 1/2 c. Edy's 1/2 the fat ice cream
Calories = 174

Total Calories = 1,839
GRRR! A little over, but not too much.

Water for the Day: 64/64 ounces
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Gym - I didn't go.

Our Day -
Instead of the gym, Shane and I went to the grocery store early and I had a plan for my meals for the week. I may have missed one or two things, but otherwise I'm good to cook all day. My knee still felt loose and hurt, and after my shot in the arm my muscles felt like jello = no ST. Instead we took the boys over to the park with their bikes. They rode, I walked with the dog. We climbed a big hill to see the other lake, which I'd never been to before. It was fun and beautiful and hot!

After a while I got brave. I borrowed Hubs' bike attempting to try again. For years I've been unable to bike because my stomach gets in the way. I was really too fat to ride a bike. But yesterday I climbed on, and after one stumble I got both feet on those pedals and then I went. I felt like I was flying! I remembered how great bike riding used to feel. I *love* it!! The whole rest of the time there I kept thinking, "I RODE A BIKE AGAIN! I RODE A BIKE!"

I didn't burn very many calories but I felt amazing! It was an amazing day and I took care of my knee. Sometimes it is important to take it easy.

Hubs has been amazing and complimentary all week. He says he's noticing the changes and told me yesterday that my face was "cute." *lol* Adorable man!

And now I hope the scale reflects my efforts at weigh-in tomorrow.
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Plan for the day:

I'm cooking today. Right now the chicken is all thawing out. I've got a plan to cut up everything, put some stuff in bags to be cooked later. Some stuffed will be cooked today and reheated another time. I've got to work on not sampling everything today, though!! *lol*

Not sure what I'll do for exercise. I really want to buy a bike and just go to the park again and RIDE! *lol* It's funny how much riding sucks in the gym but how great it is outside.
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Pics from Yesterday:

My "cute" face. *lol*


Bike-ridin' boys.


The lake on the hill. (I should've taken pictures of the hill!)


A pic of Hubs, me and the Joe-meister! (Compare to pic in my gallery from late June and there's a huge difference! I can actually stand next to him without "leaning in" to get the shot!)


Joey got in the lake to get a drink and cool his paws. He *loves* hiking! I never would've guessed but he is always happiest when we're hiking and exploring!


Poor Tiggy didn't get to go. :(

And then we all did something really awesome. At 8:50pm we watched the Space Station pop up from the S/SW horizon and go across the night sky, setting on the N/NW horizon! We even got it on video using my iPhone! SO cool!

Yesterday was family day. Now today I just have to keep it together and get this food cooked for this week.

  
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_AIYANNA_ 8/29/2010 2:47AM

    It's so great that you had such a fun family day. Way to go on the bike!!!! I'm sooooo happy for you. My bike was stolen from our garden last month and I can't wait to buy a new one!!!

Keep up the great work!!!

Hugs, Elen xxx

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RAVENSONG37 8/29/2010 12:24AM

    Dude. I love that lake. When I come to visit, you can deliver my meals there. I will live in the lake. Thank you.

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COLD_GOLD 8/28/2010 9:03PM

    wow! what a lovely day! I am so happy for you. Family outings seem so much more holistically healthier than a treadmill. What a great example for your kids. Some of my best memories with my parents are of going hiking and going for bike rides emoticon

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DLEE27 8/28/2010 5:24PM

    I have that same quote on my white board right now.
Yay on the bike!!!!
And you are looking gorgeous as ever in the pics!

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BETTYBOO001 8/28/2010 3:58PM

    You seem to have a great outlook on this journey, great idea to take pictures of your food. Keep up the good work, great pictures
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SIXTEES 8/28/2010 3:17PM

    Beautiful pictures - you look so healthy. I'm inspired to take a hike - beautiful lake there. emoticon

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MARTELLA3 8/28/2010 2:13PM

    How great to have an permanent hiking partner (your dog!) Good for you for not having the all too common perfectionism most of us suffer from. Sounds like your fed your soul yesterday. Great choice!

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When Going to the Doctor Becomes Fun!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Okay, well I didn't really get to see my doctor today. I was really just there for a Depo shot, so the nurse worked with me. I asked her if I could get my BP and weight while I was there and she said sure. (I would've never thought to have ASKED for this before! *lol*)

BP - 114/80
Please note - she took my BP right after shooting me in the arm and I'm sure I was still a little upset from that. Take it as you will.

Weight on 6/24 - 384
Weight today - 362

That means I lost 22 pounds in roughly 2 months! Incredible! (And the nurse agreed! *lol*) (All while taking my first round of Depo! Take that statistics!!)

She also took my height because, well, I've never been totally sure what it is. I usually say about 5'8 and they call it good. 5'7 and a half is where I measured, so I wasn't that far off.

FYI - That means in 2 months I've taken my BMI from 59.2 to 55.9! WOOT! Go me!

FYI 2 - We went to the grocery store and got a ton of stuff for meals this week. Taco salad, Pan Chicken Parmesan (SparkRecipe), Sesame Chicken (SparkRecipe), Slow Cooker Beef & Root Vegetables, Slow Cooker Jambalaya, and Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps with Curried Couscous are all on the list for this week. Should be fun! Trying a bunch of new things this week.

  
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ANGELWENDYMAMA 8/29/2010 10:13PM

    Terrific progress!

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RAVENSONG37 8/29/2010 12:21AM

    My heart just exploded with beaming pride. I love you!

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DRAGONFLYGIRL11 8/28/2010 8:03PM

    WOW! Way yo go! You BP is great! Congrats on the weight loss! emoticon

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FLWRCHLD97 8/28/2010 3:20PM

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you are doing great! thank you for sharing your journey with the members of SP

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PELESJEWEL 8/28/2010 2:41PM

    emoticon Congrats on the 22 lb lost in 2 months! That is incredible. Also pretty incredible is you menu for the week! I love to cook too, so now I'm inspired to come up with a menu for the week. Have a great weekend!

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_AIYANNA_ 8/28/2010 2:43AM

    You rock!!! That's amazing progress!!! Your meals sound mouth-watering...

Have a great weekend xxx

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DESERTFLOWER8 8/28/2010 12:27AM

    You are doing just AMAZING!!! WOO-HOO!!!!!

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LUCYSUNFLOWER 8/28/2010 12:19AM

    Way to go!!

I want to come over to your house for dinner this week...

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BAYBELIEVER 8/27/2010 11:27PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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LINOVER 8/27/2010 9:48PM

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CHICAT63 8/27/2010 8:51PM

    Wow, you have lost 22 pounds in 2 months AWESOME. Your BP is great, your planning & menus sound delish ! You are all set to rock this week. You have reason to celebrate you are doing excellent. emoticon emoticon

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HEATHERALENE 8/27/2010 7:12PM

    Awesome!! You're doing great! I'm so impressed to see you're still losing while on Depo! emoticon

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LIVINGMYLIFE 8/27/2010 6:27PM

    You're awesome! Congrats on the loss and lowering your numbers. Keep it up, lady!

Those meals sound delicious! I've been having fun with SparkRecipes over the past week, and have tried a few things. So far so good.

Have a great weekend! emoticon

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MEREDIE02 8/27/2010 4:55PM

    Awesome job!

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SMOOCHIEFACE 8/27/2010 4:33PM

    Good job!!!! Way to go on the weight loss AND the good BP.


BTW that Pan Chicken Parmesan is awesome - we make it nearly once a week.


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CYNDER 8/27/2010 4:01PM

    Way to go! emoticon

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COLD_GOLD 8/27/2010 3:27PM

    wow! good job! how's the depo going? My friend gained a lot of weight on it and it took her a really long time to normalize once she got off (she was on for 6 years or something) emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/27/2010 3:23PM

    awesome job! Way to go!!!

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BECKYB73 8/27/2010 3:21PM

    Awesome! I almost can't wait for my next appointment!

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X_NITSIRK 8/27/2010 3:15PM

    Congrats!! That is awesome.

And your menu plan sounds great. I'm going to have to go look up that chicken parm recipe....YUM.

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_DASH_ 8/27/2010 2:56PM

    way to go!!! perfect victory to start the weekend!!! and those dinners sound DELISH!!!! ah! celebration!

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MEGSFITNESS 8/27/2010 2:53PM

    that's freakin awesome :D Great job!

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DLEE27 8/27/2010 2:49PM

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Battle 1 - Day 1 Recap, Day 2 Plan

Friday, August 27, 2010

Quote of the Day
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could…”

Day 1 Recap of Battle 1
Battle 1 = Seeing 359.9

Weigh in Day 1 -- 360.0
Hubs told me to go pee again. *lol* That rarely works for me, so I'll just take it and hope it doesn't go back up

Now see, I've already eaten my breakfast and forgot to take a picture. *lol* I'm not very awake in the mornings. *lol*

Breakfast:
Lender's Wheat Bagel with Whipped Cream Cheese
Coffee (about 4oz.) with 1 Tbsp. of creamer
Calories = 276

Snack:
Watermelon, about 2 cups, diced
Calories = 97

Lunch:
Grilled Chicken Breast, about 4 oz.
Baked Potato, with skin, reduced-fat sour cream and Smart Balance light
Calories = 418

Snack:
Dannon Greek Yogurt - Strawberry (post workout)
Calories = 120

Dinner:
Ham Sandwich with light mayo and lettuce on whole grain bread
Grapes - 1 cup
Calories = 350

Dinner 2:
Taco Bell Beef Chalupa Supreme
Calories = 380

Dessert/Snack:
1 slice Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Calories = 109

Total Calories = 1,750
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Water for the Day: 64/64 ounces
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Gym - I did the Cross Training 1 program on the elliptical for 20 minutes. It was super difficult and included back peddling. EEP! This my be the cause of my knee popping out. Did rowing anyways and completed my 2000m in 12:14.1! That's 2 minutes off my past time. I left before I really finished my full stretching routine because I needed to ice and rest my knee.
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Day 2
Weigh in = 359.3
(it's not quite official yet, so we're going to keep going to see if we can keep it for the official weigh in on Sunday)

Goals for the next 2 days:
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emoticon No less than 64oz. of water daily.
emoticon Use healthy snacks - like watermelon.
emoticon Keep calories between 1600-1800 per day.
emoticon Keep training for next week's 10k.
emoticon At least 120 crunches.
emoticon Box for no less than 20 minutes.
emoticon Get outside and play some!
emoticon Be your own cheerleader!

Plan for the day:
- Healthy food; stay on task!
- Doctor's appointment 1:30pm; discuss knee and other issues.
- Gym today; weight training after light cardio (protect the knee).
- Get crunches in today; love your core!
- Box for 20 minutes as an added bonus to cardio and ST.
- Check the garden; one eggplant survived and started blooming!!
- Make a meal plan for the week; use for grocery shopping trip.
- Take the dog for a walk; he misses his time out!
- Running practice with Ethan.

Now let me explain that last one. I'm not a runner...I can't because of my knee. (Sad. :( ) But my youngest runs like a big dork. He leans forward and flings his arms all around. It's ridiculous and he doesn't understand that it's bad form that makes him slow. So tonight I plan on working with him again on his running. Any pointers from the runners out there? I think this will really improve his football skills.

He's doing excellent in football, actually (other than the silly running). Yesterday at practice the coach needed to sub one of the kids out on the 1st string offense and who was his first thought? That's right, my boy! Now he's a first year kid, so the fact that he's getting the respect from the coaches is huge. I'm pretty sure they see something in him (and so do I! He's a great blocker and every day he gets better at understanding the game. He's so much different than my oldest, Logan, who saw it more as a social event. Ethan's dead serious about it. He watches football on TV whenever he can, and football movies too.) because they've decided to put him as first alternate. My theory is that he's good, and they see that, but the first year status doesn't bode well for the trusting him part. They have to make sure he'll know what to do in the heart of the moment to make the plays that count. So far so good!

So tonight there's no official practice, but there will be running practice! *lol* His game is Sunday and I'm really hoping he gets more than 30 seconds of play time! With his status as first alternate, though, he should be in much more!

  
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ANGELWENDYMAMA 8/29/2010 10:12PM

    Yay for out of 360s!!! And Hurray to Ethan as well!! No advice on running here.. Sorry, just never did any myself..


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RAVENSONG37 8/29/2010 12:22AM

    Uh, did you say 359? Like...out of the 360s??? YYYYYYYYYYYIIIIIIIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPP
PPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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KITHKINCAID 8/27/2010 2:14PM

    Way to go Ethan - and way to go YOU :)

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MEGSFITNESS 8/27/2010 12:48PM

    Lol, I loved running and flailing about as a kid. It was so much fun.. otherwise running is boring =P

I run 5ks and from what I've read, just run with your arms bent at the elbow, don't clench your fists, and have fun =P

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FLWRCHLD97 8/27/2010 11:32AM

    best of luck to ethan on his game.

great job on your accomplishments so far, you are worth it!

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DLEE27 8/27/2010 11:20AM

    Awesome day yesterday!

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REBECCAW84 8/27/2010 9:52AM

    Great goals, doing good!

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MAGPIE17 8/27/2010 9:16AM

    Woohoo! Good first battle, Esther, keep it up! Good luck to Ethan on his game!

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Battle 1 - Day 1

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Battle 1 = Seeing 359.9

Goals for the next 3 days:
emoticon Healthy and healthful lunches.
emoticon No less than 64oz. of water daily.
emoticon Use healthy snacks - like watermelon.
emoticon Keep calories between 1600-1800 per day.
emoticon Keep training for next week's 10k.
emoticon At least 120 crunches.
emoticon Box for no less than 20 minutes.
emoticon Get outside and play some!
emoticon Be your own cheerleader!

Weigh in This Morning -- 360.0
Hubs told me to go pee again. *lol* That rarely works for me, so I'll just take it and hope it doesn't go back up

Now see, I've already eaten my breakfast and forgot to take a picture. *lol* I'm not very awake in the mornings. *lol*

Breakfast:
Lender's Wheat Bagel with Whipped Cream Cheese
Coffee (about 4oz.) with 1 Tbsp. of creamer
Calories -- 276

Lunch:

Snack:

Dinner:

Water for the Day: 0/64 ounces


I stayed home again today. My stomach felt HORRIBLE this morning. Not sure what's up...maybe TOM again? Didn't I already go through that this month? *sigh* This adjustment to Depo is a bit annoying. So I slept in til about 10am. Tummy is still a bit upset so I'm just sitting here watching The Back-Up Plan.

I've got an itch to clean a bit today. As far as my gym workout today, I'm half tempted not to go. But I may change my mind in a bit. I won't be going to Zumba because Ethan's football practice is from 6-8pm (Zumba is at 7pm). So if I get out of here by like 1pm I'll get some elliptical in, maybe rowing and/or boxing today...depending on how I feel.

I did some study the other day on what happens to the body when you work out. I found a great sciency article on Discovery Health and it talked about how the body uses ATP for energy (I remembered some of this from my college Biology 101 course). It's a very interesting read, but what I really learned is that, according to the science of it all, you should not only start your ST workouts with some cardio, but you should end it with some as well. See, the body first uses stored ATP (like 3 seconds), then it starts using the lactic acid (the waste product from your muscles when you strength train and what causes muscle soreness) to make more energy (about 90 seconds). So logically, if you follow your strength training with a 2.5 minute cool down of some cardio, the theory is that you'll use up some of that lactic acid and experience less soreness.

health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/di
et-fitness/exercise/sports-physiology1
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So that's what I tried yesterday. Cardio - ST - cardio cool down - stretching. I felt pretty darn good yesterday so maybe it worked. We'll see what happens if we keep doing this for the next few weeks.

I'll be back to fill in the holes later...

  
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ATROTTIER 8/27/2010 2:12PM

    Thanks for sharing the tips on ST and the quick cardio before and after - I never really thought about it before! Keep going girl - your plan is awesome!!! have a great weekend!! emoticon

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_AIYANNA_ 8/27/2010 8:28AM

    Hope you feel better soon. Thanks for sharing the article, too. Look forward to reading it. I admire you for taking Zumba classes. I've got the dvds but with my two left feet I'm hopeless... believe me!!! I think your goals are great.

Good luck and take care xxx

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SUGIRL06 8/27/2010 8:08AM

    Thank you for the article! Very interesting! Feel better girlie. Love your plan too!
~Ang

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HEATHERALENE 8/26/2010 2:01PM

    emoticon sorry your tummy is still feeling bad...I remember trying to adjust to Deop when I was on it a few years back....*whew*! Hopefully everything will balance out soon though (it was such a pain in the butt randomly starting TOM until it did!) and you'll feel better.
Thanks for sharing the article! Definitley some good, interesting info! Keep up the great work...aside from being you're own cheerleader, you have plenty of them out here too!

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CHICAT63 8/26/2010 1:18PM

    I hope you are feeling better soon, take care ! Oh, it's great to have the gym all to yourself at times especially during the day if you can make the most out of it. Interesting article.

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-JENSSPARK- 8/26/2010 12:57PM

    Feel better soon! I have no idea what's on my workout agenda for today either! I want to do something but just haven't decided what. Totally feel ya!

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SASSAGAIN 8/26/2010 12:33PM

    Will read the article when I get back from the school. am loading it now so I don't forget.

((HUGS)) on the bad tummy, that sucks bug time, but may be the reason you're numbers on the scale went back up.

Hope you are feeling better soon.

Now since you can't do Zumba today, can you walk around the field during Ethan's football practice? instead? Put some funky music in your ears and just have fun?

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DLEE27 8/26/2010 12:32PM

    This is me reading the sciency bit - emoticon
This is me reading the upset tummy bit - emoticon
This is me reading all the rest (aka the Esther rocks bit) - emoticon

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MAGPIE17 8/26/2010 11:56AM

    I hope you feel better soon! Tummy aches suck. Can't wait to read the article!

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LISAALLGIER 8/26/2010 11:37AM

  I hope you get to feeling better, and can get your workout in for the day. Sounds like you have a great plan. You can do it!!!

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BECKYB73 8/26/2010 11:10AM

    Here's how my trainer wrote up my ST plan:
10-12 cardio to start (treadmill usually)
first set of reps, either upper body or lower and always, always core
10-12 more minutes of cardio
second set of reps (depends on the day for what sets I'm doing)
cool down with cardio, I always shoot for another 10-12 minutes.



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