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Weigh-In Day and Admitted Frustrations

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Weigh-In Day

Starting Weight: 466.6
SP SW: 416.2
Last Week: 354.8
Loss/Gain: -4.4
SP Total Loss: 65.8
Total Loss: 116.2

Okay, let me explain why this doesn't make me happy. Two weeks ago I weighed in at 352.2. I was so happy to have gotten there, and I spent the next week being miserable with TOM, but good as far as nutrition and exercise went (save one day when I had too much Chinese food). The bloat from TOM was obvious by sight and feel. I'm now at the end of week 2 of TOM. Yes, week two. And not quite done yet. Thankfully the bloat started to come down early this past week and I was starting to feel more back to normal. This past week I was good. I worked out a lot. I ate within my ranges. I had a successful week. Yes, I had a milkshake yesterday, but I have been burning so many calories this week that Spark had been yelling at me that I'm not eating enough. I eat when I'm hungry. I ate good food most of the time.

So I had expected and hoped and prayed to see 349 today, but both of my scales fought me this morning. They went from 345 to 352. Both of them. They hate me. My boys are losing weight and I don't seem to be as successful ...and I'm trying much harder. I'm trying to let it go. I'm trying. But it's hard. I want so badly to be under 350, and it wasn't asking too much today because I have put the time, effort, and energy into it this week.

Maybe I'm not eating enough. Maybe I don't know what I'm doing anymore. Maybe I should just be happy with losing just under 2 pounds in 2 weeks of being good (really?).

Fitness next week:
* Today - No clue, might just take a rest day. *shrug*
* Monday - 2-3 miles elliptical or treadmill, boxing, tons of ST
* Tuesday - Zumba
* Wednesday - 2-3 miles elliptical or treadmill, rowing, tons of ST
* Thursday - Rest Day
* Friday - 3-4 miles elliptical or treadmill, biking, ST
* Saturday - Maybe another Rest Day *shrug*
* Sunday - 5k walk with the family

I need to focus on the fun I hope to have this weekend. I have to take a rest day Thursday because I usually don't fit in any exercise into my long days - I have 10 hours at my regular job, a city council meeting, and then work at the paper. I don't know what time I'll get home. But then on Friday afternoon, once Logan gets off the bus, I'll be heading up to my Mom's house in Ohio. Hopefully plans don't change too much because RAVENSONG is supposed to be coming down to meet me at my mom's to spend the long weekend.

On Sunday I have the 5k walk with my mom, my step-brother, my sister, my 2 nieces, my oldest son, and Becky (RAVENSONG). I don't have any goals for the race other than to support my mom and make sure she makes through it just fine. I'm hoping I won't have any problems keeping up with everyone, but that's about it.

Other than that, this week's lack of results are making me a little sad. Yesterday I took the boys down and we played racquetball for at least a half hour. Then later that day the whole family went up to the park again and we played tennis for about an hour (though I didn't play the entire time). I also did the grocery shopping even though I was super, super tired.

*sigh* Off to get ready for Ethan's football game where I'll try not to eat any bad foods just out of spite. I'll try to make up a few meals for this week later today. I still haven't managed to clean out my van, which is a MUST. Have to get to that tonight!!

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AGUAWOMEN 10/4/2010 7:49AM

    Your doing well so far. Its coming off, and you are exercising. I can understand how frustrating it is not to see the scale move on down. I myself have only lost 9 pounds in 3 months. I haven't lost anything in three weeks. But I continue to remind myself of what I have lost, "Better of then on"Good luck you are doing well. emoticon

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 10/4/2010 6:37AM

    you've come SOOO far!!! I *know* how disheartening it can be when you work really hard and see no results, but just know that EVERY step in the right direction is a healthful one. Have you considered that maybe you're not losing so much because you're building muscle? I've also heard that muscles fill with water when they've been used a lot, so thats another thought.

Just try not to let this bring you down. You inspire me with your optimism, humor, and success. Trust me, this is just a tiny little bump in the road. I know your next weigh in will be better.


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CBARRETT10 10/4/2010 1:20AM

  Don't get discouraged! You're doing a great job! Let's continue the journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 10/3/2010 10:12PM

    Hang in there. You have done incredibly well and can't give it all up now! Yes, frustration is okay, we all get that, but you need to remember how far you have come, how much differfent and better you look and feel. The fact that you can even play racquetball and tennis is evidence enough! So, keep doing what you have been doing and give your body a chance to do whatever catching up it is doing! Hey, if this was easy, everybody would do it! And you are a fighter and can do this! Have a great week and be ready for next weekend! Sounds wonderful!

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XTMONT 10/3/2010 6:10PM

    Hang in there!

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MAIA2011 10/3/2010 1:51PM

    I logged and exercised for two months earlier this year and gained 16 pounds in those same two months. Actually 25 pound gain if you count the nine pounds I had been able to lose on SP. (I have an ongoing war with medications!) My point is that I feel your pain. There is nothing to do except keep on keeping on. That's good advice but I usually sink into a mindless eating depression myself. You are doing such a great job! Please don't let frustration get in the way of your continuing success!


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ANELAKANOA 10/3/2010 1:18PM

  It is easy to become frustrated because we all have certain goals we want to achieve. I think you are doing excellent! You have come so far already and are such an inspiration to all of us. I think your workout schedule is AWESOME! Please rub off some of your exercise vibes my way. lol I'm actually going to have a milkshake today too because I deserve it. Every now and then a little treat is okay:) Have a great week!


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NACHOSMAMA 10/3/2010 12:47PM

    Don't get discouraged! Keep working at it and make sure you eat enough so your body has enough fuel. You can do it!

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SWEETNSKINNY 10/3/2010 12:05PM

    I bet next week you are going to love what you see on the scale! dont let this week get you down. You are doing an amazing job!!

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EMRANA 10/3/2010 12:03PM

  Wow, you have my sympathy for a two week TOM!! emoticon

As someone else already said, I also bloat significantly for ovulation and TOM. I just don't weigh during those times. I weigh in for my SP ticker right after my ovulation and TOM water spills out. I don't have set days for my weigh ins. I just know my body and know when my weight is going to have extra water, so I don't let that frustrate me. Twice a month is enough for me to update my ticker. I know I'm sticking with my program. Just keep with it, and stay one-pointed toward the goal.

I'm just now finally breaking a month long plateau (my second since starting SP, oh YAY!) so I'm with you with the frustrations. We'll get there! emoticon

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MONKEYSNUFFER 10/3/2010 11:52AM

    Hang in there, it will get better. You've been making GREAT progress so far!

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ATREAT4ME 10/3/2010 11:39AM

    I share in this frustration and I'm convinced that for me it is driven my Female Hormones! I tend to gain weight both when I ovulate and when TOM arrives. My gains have been 3 and 4 lbs. at a time. The other two weeks a month, I'm losing as expected. But the frustration does set in and it is so hard to get past it sometimes.

In self-defense I came up with a weigh-in procedures because I cannot be on an emotional rollercoaster that's driven by a weekly weigh-in. For me, this is going to be a long journey and a frank, realistic perspective will help me stay the course. It's kind of silly, super obvious, but I'm hoping it'll work for me. I blogged about it here:

And while our journeys are unique, I do share in this frustration with you. You have done such amazing work and you've come so far. I am confident that some rest, some fun, and some refocusing will get you the rest of the way. You can do this! You have done this!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/3/2010 11:31AM

    Damn girl... two scales? I can't even deal with one. You know, as well as I do, that this is a temporary setback. Next week? You have GOT IT! But, by the way, 4.4 pounds is amazing.

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LOOKY-LOU 10/3/2010 11:28AM

    Don't let the number on the scale get you are amazing and doing great!!!

Sometimes it just takes a week or two for the scale to catch up!

Do not eat bad food to spite the isn't about the's about you!

So exhale....stick your tongue out at the scale if you have to emoticon

You will get there! emoticon

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WW_KAREN 10/3/2010 11:05AM

    Don't get discouraged. Have you measured inches? Maybe you are gaining muscle. As much as you are working out, maybe you do need to eat more. I have found, as crazy as it sounds that if I stick closer to the higher end of SP recommended calorie range that I lost more weight than eating less calories. But you still did lose a good bit of weight this week. You are doing much better than I am at pounds lost weekly. My problem is I can't seem to commit to ST and cardio. I will get past that though. You are doing great!!!

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Having a Ball!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Yesterday will go on record as one of the best Fridays I've had in a while.

Hubs and and I woke up, ate some breakfast and then headed out for our busy day. First stop? The muffler shop. I know, you're all SO jealous, right? *lol* 84 bucks later and with a new muffler on the front part of my van, we were off again, this time to Wal-Mart. We picked up 2 tennis rackets and a bag of balls before heading up to the park.

My sexy man with his new tennis racket.

Hubs says I trash talk too much on the court. *lol* I was just having fun, kidding around a bit, sure, and rejoicing when I actually did something right. It was fun! A LOT of fun! And I can't wait to do it again!

I've learned that my short hair can be a PITA when the wind is blowing really hard and you're trying to concentrate on where the ball is.

We played for almost an hour and, I was right, most of our time was spent chasing missed balls. *lol* But I did hit one. Actually, I hit a lot more than one! My backhand sucks mostly, but I think a lot of people have that problem. By the end of the hour, though, most of my serves were landing in and we had worked our way up to a serve-return-return. Three, that's the most we could do. *lol* Then either one or the both of us would totally screw it up. So my goal for next time is to get to a four. Serve - return - return - return. I also think it might be fun to play with my friend AM who actually knows how to play tennis! *lol*

After tennis, Hubs and I headed to lunch at a local Italian and steak joint. We were hoping they would have lunch prices, since their regular dinner prices are quite high. Nope. No lunch prices or sizes. *sigh* While Hubs really enjoyed his corned beef and kraut sandwich, I had a ground sirloin patty with steamed veggies and a baked potato. It was good, but not good enough to spend the money again at that place! (Plus, the service kinda sucked.) Next time we'll pick someplace different, I'm sure.

Once the boys got home I was off for another adventure. A couple days ago Logan had asked me how much I paid for a month membership to the gym. The next day he came to me and said, "Mom, can you take me to the gym with you?" When I asked him why he said, "Because I have exactly 38 dollars and I want to sign up for the gym." I admit I was a little worried, but when I asked him why he said, "Because I want to get rid of this" and pointed to his gut...but then started talking about racquetball. AH! So that's the REAL reason.

So I took him with me to the gym to see what their rules were for 11 year olds. He was so cute! He brought a pencil box with all his change and the money he had saved from his birthday. Turns out it was only 10 bucks more a month to add him to my account. They prorated it for this month and he paid 4.80 for his membership and got a little card and everything.

Now before I get the criticism that I shouldn't encourage "working out" for my 11 year old (who isn't at all fat), I have to say something. I thought to myself for a minute that the gym is not a place to play. It's serious business getting in shape. And then I thought, wouldn't it be great if it WAS fun? Wouldn't it be great to think of the gym as a place to play? Wouldn't it be nice to not be so serious about it? Wouldn't this all be much more fun to do if as kids we'd been taught that getting into shape is a cool, fun thing? So while I did set the rule that he couldn't go in the weightlifting/free weight area and to not do anything without me around showing him how first (so he doesn't hurt himself), I didn't set any rules and didn't make it seem serious.

We biked for 20 minutes, did crunches, pushups and then he tried the elliptical, the cable machine, the stairstepper and the treadmill. Then we played racquetball, which was a TON of fun.

What I learned yesterday is that it's actually FUN to get in shape sometimes! Tennis, racquetball, sharing the gym experience with my son - it was all a ton of fun! I hope that I can incorporate more fun things into my fitness because it really makes me feel lighter on my feet.

Today is the day when I have a ton to do and don't want to do any of it right now. *lol*

To-Do List:
* Grocery Shopping
* Clean and detail the van
* C25k attempt
* Football with the little man
* Possible racquetball or tennis match with the kiddos
* A little batch cooking for the week
* A TON of laundry

Should be an interesting day! The MCL has been going well. I had a little bigger dinner last night because I was hungry after so much exercise, but I was still under my goals. And today the scale is being so stingy! I want that 349 so bad! Today? 350.0! GRRR! *lol* Still, it's finally moving in the right direction again, which makes me very happy!

Hope you all have a great weekend! Make sure to have some FUN this weekend!!

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KITHKINCAID 10/4/2010 1:14PM

    I don't think it's bad at all that you took him to the gym! Especially when it was his idea! Your boys obviously love you VERY much and are excited about what you're doing, so why not involve them? I love that you had so much fun over the weekend!!! What a great thing to do :)

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ABETTERCHERYL 10/4/2010 10:57AM

    I don't know, I think it's great that you had your son at the gym. I think encouraging a healthy attitude towards fitness is a very good thing. You get bonus points for that!

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READINESSISALL 10/3/2010 10:36AM

  I know people sometimes criticize when parents bring their children to the gym, but I completely agree with you that this is nothing but a GREAT experience for your son!!! You are helping to foster such an important aspect of life! What a great experience for him to develop a life-long appreciation for health and fitness! He's obviously seen the transformation that mom has made, and you've done a great job of showing him not only the physical benefits of health and fitness, but joy it can bring. I think the boundaries you set are perfect--he is lucky to have such a great role model. Keep up the great work!

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MEGSFITNESS 10/2/2010 8:03PM

    I think it's great that he wanted to join the gym with you :) You're obviously leading by example. Getting into shape HAS to be fun (for me) or I'd never do it.

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EUPHRATES 10/2/2010 2:58PM

    The fact that your son sees you doing this, so it must be cool and he wants to do it too?

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MNGIRLIE 10/2/2010 1:26PM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing! I don't think you should get any criticism about your son and the gym. I recently joined the Y and there are a LOT of kids using the equipment during the days and nights. I think it's great that you're a positive influence on him. You're doing great.

As for the tennis I'm glad to hear you liked it!! My fiance played tennis when he was younger and had always asked me to play with him. Just a couple months ago I went and got myself a cheap racket and a bag of balls. We love to go to the tennis courts and just goof around. I'm completely terrible, but it's so fun it barely seems like exercise. Normally we just serve back and forth to each other because I'm terrible at returning. Practice makes close to perfect though.

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CHICAT63 10/2/2010 12:59PM

    Great example for your sons, my girls know how to train, to eat right & make sure they drink plenty of water a day. You had a great workout with your son and hubby WTG !!!!

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LOOKY-LOU 10/2/2010 12:51PM

    This journey can only be better if shared with the ones you love!

I agree, no weights for an eleven year old, but the gym is a great place for him to hang out!!! There is a lot he can do!

Have a wonderful weekend, hope your arms aren't too sore after two raquet sports in one day!!!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/2/2010 12:10PM

    Actually, I think EDUCATING children on what is healthy and what isn't should create no criticism. It's better than not encouraging anything... and I, for one, wish my parents had been good examples. I think you are amazing, and what you are doing IS being an example to your son.

Awesome and standing ovation.

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MAIA2011 10/2/2010 11:40AM

    You had such a good day! I think it is so fun that your gym allows youngsters. A lot of them don't. Good luck with your to-dos. I have to do the same thing except I am not together enough to do batch cooking. Costco here I come!

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DOWNTOWNJEN 10/2/2010 10:58AM

    You ROCK, my friend! Awesome blog post and awesome attitude. You're and inspiration - keep it up.

Don't worry - those lbs will be flyin' off soon!


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SARAWALKS 10/2/2010 10:56AM

    emoticon Fantastic blog! You look wonderful and so does your hubs! I am so impressed that after only a few hours you were doing so well. I am a true tennis klutz.
Our YMCA here has lots of stuff for the kids so they do get the idea that the gym is a fun place to go! It has a climbing wall as well as lots of activities for them. sounds to me like you did just the right thing for Logan. He's such a cutie! emoticon

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September Recap - October Goals

Friday, October 01, 2010

Weight Calculations:

Weight September 1st: 358.4
Weight Goal for October 1st: 349.9
Actual Weight October 1st: 351.2
Actual Weight Lost in September: -7.2

Body Measurements
(Sept 1st - Oct 1st = Difference)

Waist: 49.25 - 48 = -1.25 inches!
Hips: 62 - 59 = -3 inches!
Neck: 15 - 15 = no change
Thigh: 26 - 25.25 = -0.75 inches!
Calf: 21.5 - 21 = -0.5 inches!
Upper Arm: 15.5 - 15 = -0.5 inches!

Total inches lost in September: - 6 inches!

Goal Update

In September these were my goals were very vague. That didn't work out so great for me as I seemed to lose a little bit of focus. I'm going to work on making more definite goals for October so I can really focus my efforts on reaching my goals.

emoticon October Goals:

emoticon Weight Goal: 343.2 (-8)
emoticon Eat balanced meals. Eat proteins with every carb.
emoticon Drink 8/10 glasses of water per day.
emoticon Stay between 1600-1800 calories every day, no more than 2000.
emoticon Do something fun and active with Hubs every Friday.
emoticon Crunches: 1000
emoticon Push-ups: 400
emoticon Plank: Work up to 45 second plank.
emoticon Play football with the little man every Saturday (except next).
emoticon Work toward a 15 min/mile walking. Work on running.
emoticon ST: 13 sessions
emoticon At least 6 boxing sessions.
emoticon At least 6 rowing sessions.
emoticon 1500 total fitness minutes.

Upcoming Events and Challenges:

* WTF will run through October to keep me challenged.
* BL challenge on Team 300 lbs. Plus will run through too.
* 10/10/10 Challenge ends in 10 days. EEP!

* October 3 - Home game v. Warren
* October 8-11 - Weekend in Ohio with Mom and Becky
* October 10 - Dayton Corridor Classic 5k with the family
* October 16 - Auggie's 5k (I want a PR for this one!)
* October 14 - CRD in Ohio (work)
* October 17 - Away game v. Godbey
* October 24 - Playoffs game
* October 26 - FH in Morgantown (work)
* October 28? - Trick-or-Treat
* October 31 - Semi-finals, Halloween

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BTINTERNET 10/2/2010 1:40AM

    Awesome goals and awesome successes in September!!

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FLWRCHLD97 10/2/2010 1:12AM

    Hope your October is AWESOME, you can do it, you'll rock these goals (and then some!)

Woo Hoo!!!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/1/2010 10:05PM

    Damn girl, your stats are AMAZING!!! So proud of you!!

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ANEWKIRBIE 10/1/2010 4:26PM

    congratulations on your 6 inch loss, way to go!!

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    Those are doable. Good luck.

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BOGUSANNIE 10/1/2010 1:26PM

    Way to LOSE IT!!!! great goals for October...good luck!

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BELLALUCIA 10/1/2010 12:56PM

    Hey Esther, haven't forgotten about you! Good goals and good job in September. I began my journey on 9/5 and while I've had my moments, I've held on for a 19lbs loss!

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CHICAT63 10/1/2010 12:40PM

    You are going to be rocking this October - Wooohoo on your 7.2 and 6 inch lost ! Keep it up, have fun with the Planks.

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MAIA2011 10/1/2010 12:22PM

    You have more energy than I have ever dreamed of! You do all this and you have a family, too? I whine about making my husband his lunch in the morning. Today I was too lazy to cut a tomato so he just had turkey, lettuce and mayo for his sandwich.

You totally rocked September and you have great goals for October, too!


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    "Plank: Work up to 45 second plank" -- you are a machine! 6 inches? That's incredible! Wishing you loads of success in October!

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XTMONT 10/1/2010 11:49AM

    Great job in September!

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ATROTTIER 10/1/2010 11:22AM

    What an amazing September!!! Great JOB! I love all your specific goals, I'm gonna take some of those! :) Happy Friday!! emoticon

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LOOKY-LOU 10/1/2010 10:44AM

    7.2 AMAZE me girl!!

Have a wonderful day, and Happy October!

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KARVY09 10/1/2010 10:40AM

    October is going to be awesome for you! I can feel it!

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HARMONYBLUE 10/1/2010 9:46AM

    You go, girl! I don't think I could make it 45 second in Plank. Maybe I should make that an October goal too LOL

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RUNTRILAUGH 10/1/2010 9:36AM

    Awesome job in September, and you will ROCK October!

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MAGPIE17 10/1/2010 9:35AM

    WTG on your weight and inches lost in September! I like your goals for October; I wrote down mine for October and they're pretty specific too. This is our month, Esther, let's own it!

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DOWNTOWNJEN 10/1/2010 8:59AM

    You're making great progress! (and you happen to be an inspiration too!)

Jen emoticon

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DOWNTOWNJEN 10/1/2010 8:57AM

    You're making great progress! (and you happen to be an inspiration too!)

Jen emoticon

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MCL - Day 2 and Possible Weekend Plans

Thursday, September 30, 2010

So yesterday went pretty well.

Food Log:
6:30am - 1/2 whole wheat bagel with 1 Tbsp. whipped cream cheese

6:30am - 8:00am - 2 cups of coffee with cream (my to-go cup holds 16 oz, but I rarely drink it all and I start my day with about a half a cup before I even leave the house)

9:30am or so - I ate my grape-ity-grapes (YUM!) and some pretzels. MUNCH! MUNCH!

11:30am - I ate my lunch. Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Mashed Taters! SO good! It felt weird to eat "dinner" at lunch, but it was so satisfying!

after that, I pretty much couldn't eat because I had the interview on my mind. Once I got back to my office I got hungry pretty quick, but got wrapped up in chatting.

3:30pm-ish - Carrots with Lite Ranch

4:30pm-ish - I heated up some BetterOats MMMMM....Blueberry (yep, that's what it's called) Oatmeal and a cup of Jasmine tea with one packet of Truvia.

I then left my pineapple in the fridge for a snack for today and headed toward home/the gym. Nearly attempted to kill myself at my workout (more on that later) and then went straight home after.

9pm-ish - I made my favorite omelet. About 1/4 cup of sliced mushrooms, which I cook down a bit first, then 1/2 cup egg beaters with 1/4 cup of 2% cheddar cheese. YUM YUM YUM!

By 10pm I was in bed, exhausted!


Workout Log:

I went a little crazy at the gym. My plan was to make up at least 1/2 of the missed workout on Monday, or at least the ST part. I got to the gym about 6:45pm, and after I went pee (have to do this before EVERY workout, I'm just sayin'!), I headed straight upstairs. A quick stretch and I was off!

15 minutes on Cross Training 3 program (OW!), which requires some back peddling (which always just about KILLS the back of my knees, but I know it's helping to make them stonger!).
5 minute cool down
I hopped straight off the elliptical, stretched out my legs, and then headed to my "core/arm" spot in the gym. (It's a spot of carpet out of the way, next to our little classroom area.) I did 3 sets of 15 modified push-ups (my arms were SHAKING!!) and then did 20 regular crunches, 20 bicycle crunches, and 20 more regular crunches.
I then hopped up, drank some more water and headed over to the rowing machine.
A little over 12 minutes and my 2000 meters were done (and I was WORE OUT already!)
Hopped right off that and over to the ab reclining bench. 20 regular crunches, 20 twist with medicine ball, 20 regular with medicine ball.
I did a lap around the track at a fast pace (about 17 min/mile pace) and figured that'd be about it...but I couldn't stop. I found myself in front of the small rarely-used cable machine upstairs, where I did pull downs and cross rows and two ankle strap exercises for the hips (I don't know the names for exercises really, I just have a bit of a photographic memory that helps me remember how to do them when I get there, and I've been reading up on cable machine exercises lately). I did most with about 20-30 lb. weights.
Followed that with 3 more laps around the track and about 10-15 minutes of yoga/stretching. I really took the time with my stretching and I felt good and limber and strong after. Then I headed downstairs.

Downstairs I hit the ST machines and found myself doing 2 reps of every single machine. I did the first 12 reps with a lower weight, and then boosted it up to almost unbearable for the second 12 reps. I took short breaks in between the sets and between machines, but I found myself chasing the clock (the gym closes at 9pm and it was nearing 8:30pm and I was only halfway through). I made it through though, and stretched after, and closed down the place! *lol* I got out of there at 8:45pm, only 15 minutes before closing. It was me, the girl at the front desk, and the cleaning lady sweeping the floor around me. *lol*


How I Feel Log:

Okay, I still had a lull around 3-4 pm or so, but I cured that with the oatmeal and tea. I felt much better all day and not once did I think about snacking on something really bad. At home after my workout, I was too wore out to do much more than eat my omelet and momentarily consider a cup of ice cream (which I didn't have) before I gave up, switched off the TV and went to bed. By 10pm I was falling asleep.

This morning I woke up SORE SORE SORE, but I also woke up at 5am unable to go back to sleep. I don't think I slept restfully, though. I vaguely remember waking up a few times, mumbling something, slapping my husband once across the chest (*lol* I was trying to see if he was in bed with me...he was! *lol*) and looking at the clock and realizing it wasn't time to get up yet. What I wasn't was hungry though. This morning I had a cup of coffee before I finally heated up my bagel. (I was so afraid, waking up at 5am, that I would throw EVERYTHING off today...then I realized that it doesn't HAVE to, I can just watch what I'm doing all day, if I start to get low on calories, I pull back a little.) My 1/2 whole wheat bagel with 1 Tbsp. of whipped cream cheese this morning tasted like HEAVEN! (I *love* it when I really ENJOY my breakfast!) and I followed it with another cup of coffee, vowing that I wouldn't take any with me for the ride to work because I already had 2. (I brought my water bottle, though, and got a jump start on that.)

So I guess the experiment is going well. The self-imposed Boot Camp Circuit Training last night really pushed my muscles to their limit, but not beyond, which is great! I'm looking forward to attempting to make it through Zumba tonight (though I hope she lays off the "arm song" because that MIGHT just send me over the edge! These arms is SORE!!!) and to having lunch with one of my good friends. (Running out of leftovers! *lol* Plus, it's payday!)

Finally, I've been thinking a lot about this weekend. I want to attempt to continue this through the weekend, but it's always harder to keep to a schedule when things change so much.

Friday - Hubs and I discussed the possibility of picking up some tennis balls and a couple rackets and making general fools of ourselves on the tennis courts for 30 minutes to an hour or so while the kids are at school. I've always wanted to play tennis, and never thought I could. Surprisingly, when I pitched the idea, Hubs stated that he always wanted to play tennis too, but had never tried. That settled it! If the rain holds off, we're going to the park to TRY to play tennis! *lol* Hey, at least I'll burn plenty of calories chasing the balls we don't hit! Of course, I have to be careful of the knee.

Saturday - I would *love love love* to do 2 things on Saturday. The first is dinner with a girl from school that I haven't seen since I graduated in May. I miss her dearly and I always feel "lighter" when I'm around her, more care free. We used to joke that she and I are twins in everything but looks. (She's totally stick thin and hates that she CAN'T put on weight because she has just as much difficulty finding any pants to fit her as I do, just an opposite kind of difficulty. *lol*) She's gorgeous, though, and I tell her that all the time (and she always returns the compliment). So, if all goes well, lunch in Charleston with Teeny! (Yes, I call her Teeny or T - her name is Christina, so it's not that far of a stretch! *lol*)

After that, I'd love to drive the boys and Hubs out to Huntington. I'd like to stop at the Old Navy store and pick up the boys some new clothes for school (Logan really needs some new stuff!) and maybe some new pants for the Hubs. Then I'd love to explore Huntington with them a bit. They've never been, so it would be their first time. I only went once with my friend AM and had a pretty good time there. Maybe we'll even catch a movie or something. *shrug*

Sunday - Ethan's football game is at home this week against Warren. (I don't know where or who that is either, so don't worry.) I hope they win!! Football will be coming to a close before we know it, and I'll miss next week's game while I'm up in Ohio with my mom and Becky (RAVENSONG). I've got a race on 10/10/10 (though it's more a family fun thing and support for my Mom than it is an actual competition of any sort).

So that's the 411 on what my thoughts are for the weekend. Today is Thursday, which is my Friday, so by 6pm I'm FREE for 3 days! YAY! Of course, that could all change soon if I land the job I interviewed for yesterday. (For those wondering, I think the interview went really well, but I really have no idea who else they're interviewing or what they really thought of me. I hate the waiting game, but that's where we're at!)

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 9/30/2010 6:54PM

    You are AMAZING!!!

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MENACE79 9/30/2010 3:05PM

    Good GOD woman! I don't think I do that much at the gym in a WEEK! You could definitely run circles around me with your workouts, that's for sure.

Good for you. :)

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  You are DEFINITELY kicking booty! Keep up the great work lady! Have a great weekend! :)

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ERIN1128 9/30/2010 12:36PM

    Wow! You're kicking some booty, girl!

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MAIA2011 9/30/2010 12:17PM

    I got sore just reading everything you did at the gym yesterday! Way to go! I thought I was awesome at the gym yesterday because I did a whole 20 minutes on the elliptical instead of 15. That was really just because some jerk was on the stationary bike which is what I always do next LOL

Sounds like the eating plan is really working out for you. That's great! Have a terrific weekend!

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MEGSFITNESS 9/30/2010 11:44AM

    Looks like you've got healthy meals and snacks down pat. Good job :) What do you/your body think of Truvia? I've heard of it but never tried it.

Lol! I love shutting down the gym. That, along with all the work, makes me feel like an athelete. Go you!

Hey! speaking from experience, even *trying* to play tennis is a good workout for the mind and the soul :) I had so much fun batting the ball around with my sister. Plus--jogging after a stray ball is bonus cardio lol

Good luck to Ethan and good luck to you for your job interview!!! Jeff and I are in the waiting game right now too. It's nerve wracking!

:) great entry

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MEGSFITNESS 9/30/2010 11:30AM

    Holy long blog, batman! off to read it... emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 9/30/2010 11:17AM

    Fingers crossed for you on the interview front!

Can I just say how much I admire you for going to the gym? I hate the gym. And even though I get a ton of exercise every week - I don't do nearly as much as you. You're a rock star.

Your meal plan sounds delicious. It's making me hungry :) I've got crockpot chicken pot pie on the menu for next week, but now that you mentioned pot roast and mash, I'm rethinking that idea. Oatmeal in the afternoon is the best - totally fills you up and pushes you through until dinner. The only thing I might add would be some almonds or something for protein and you're all set. I hope this keeps working for you cause it sounds like an awesome menu!

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MAGPIE17 9/30/2010 11:00AM

    WTG on the MCL and workout yesterday! You're a machine! :D

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LOOKY-LOU 9/30/2010 10:28AM

    Gosh I love your wordy blogs....I feel like I am really getting to know you and your family!

My hubby and I played a bit of tennis when we were was a lot of fun, and if you find some friend, doubles generally doubles the laughter!

Hope the job interview works out well!

Another fun family activity is geocaching. It gets you outside and helps you find hidden gems!

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ANEWKIRBIE 9/30/2010 9:32AM

    Wowzers, you kicked @ss at the gym yesterday, must feel great! I have my fingers crossed for your job interview! Have a great weekend Esther!

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KARVY09 9/30/2010 9:05AM

    Glad the experiment and the interview went well!

Tennis is fun. My hubs and I are horrible at it, but we still have a good time.

Have a great long weekend!!!

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Midday Calorie Loading (MCL) - Review of Day 1

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

For those of you that read my blog yesterday, you'll know that I made my first attempt at midday calorie loading yesterday. Here's the blog that got me thinking:

Now, I'm not the kind of person to just jump on a bandwagon just because I think it might lose me a lot of weight fast. If the ideas in a plan don't click with something in my head, then it's not likely the plan will work for me. It's one of the reasons I can't follow strict menu guidelines - sometimes I don't like all the foods they propose, other times I think, "But what if I'm not in the mood for a hard-boiled egg?" (for the record, I'm rarely ever in the mood for a hard-boiled egg - I hate the texture of the yolk! YUCK!). But while I was reading this blog I kept thinking, "Well, that does make sense."

You see, the plan is simple. Basically, your body doesn't need THAT MUCH to get going in the morning, so you start with a small breakfast. But at lunch, when your metabolism is busy kicking major hiney, you eat a big meal so your body can use that fuel and process it throughout the day. Then at dinner, all you're really going to do is go to bed, so why would you give your body 500+ calories to do something that doesn't require that much energy?

In my head the wheels were turning. First of all, do you all remember that book about why French women don't get fat or something? From my studies of French language and culture, I know that for a long time the French have seen lunch as the most important meal of the day. In the past they shut down offices and schools to allow families to return to their homes and enjoy a nice hearty lunch together before returning back to school or work. It always sounded so lovely to me too. Taking that break midday to really come together as a family. But here in the good 'ole U.S. of A. we've been programmed that you eat light all day and then focus on dinner as the big meal, the family get together. Lunch is generally regarded as lighter, but....WHY? I don't know about any of you, but I fight my "I'm hungry but it's not time to eat" the most during the day. I always attributed it to boredom - I do sit at a desk all day - but maybe it's my body saying, "Okay! I burned all that fuel, now give me more if you want to keep going!" (That's not to say I don't suffer from the evening munchies, but that has less to do with actually feeling HUNGRY, it has to do with tradition and pasttimes of eating in front of the TV.)

What's more, I suffer from a huge lull feeling around 2-3 in the afternoon. There have been times I've simply conked out staring at my computer screen for 2 minutes around 3pm. I never knew why and whatever I tried didn't really work. But maybe, just maybe, my body really does need more fuel midday. One final nail in the coffin, so to speak, is that I rarely feel ravenous after my workout, even though I workout from 7-8 at night. Is my body trying to tell me something? I get a slight hunger, but never anything where I feel the need to pile on a bunch of calories. I can get to bed with something lighter in my tummy, no problem.

So yesterday I put the plan into action. It was actually a horrible day to try to start the plan because I started my day late, around 10:30am or so. Still, it was an interesting experiment, and one I plan to continue today, now that I have more normalcy in my hours.

Around 10:30am I had a half breakfast. 1/2 a whole wheat bagel, with 1 Tbsp. of whipped cream cheese. I also had my usual cup of coffee with cream, and prepared my to-go cup for the drive to work.

I got to work around noon and immediately started munching on my cup of grapes. YUM!

Around 2pm I was feeling hungry, so I ate my lunch, which I usually would have had for dinner. I had a serving of Shane's Slow Cooker Pot Roast with some of my leftover Roasted Veggies.

At 3pm I felt munchy, and hey, I was midday calorie loading so why not give in, right? I munched on some baby carrots with ranch dressing. It wasn't mindless eating, I was actually quite hungry still. (WTF?)

After that I was pretty much full for the rest of the work day. I left the office at 6pm, telling myself I'd eat my banana on the way home. I actually almost forgot, but I did finally eat my banana and then headed to the gym.

GYM: 13 minutes on the elliptical doing interval type training, nearly a mile done in 13 minutes, not to shabby! Following that, a very intense Zumba class, which felt excellent! I was so sweaty and pooped (and worried about my interview today and making sure I had everything ready), I left after stretching and headed straight home.

My plan was simple - a piece of whole grain toast with natural peanut butter and some pineapple. I ate the pineapple while hubby cooked potatoes to make mashed potatoes (hubby peels and boils, but I mash and add the salt/low-fat butter/low-fat milk to make the actual mashed potatoes. The boys all say I make the best mashed potatoes!). Once I was done with the potatoes, I started serving up dishes to the boys and the smell of the pot roast and the fresh made potatoes got to me, I had already set a dish aside for today's lunch but I found myself serving up another dish - for me! I wasn't hungry, I just wanted it. I knew that and I ate it anyways. I was still within my calorie ranges, so I just figured I would try again today with the same plan.

So, not a major fail, but not what I intended. Still, midday meals/snacks were larger than breakfast or dinner, so I'm getting there.

Today's plan:
Already ate my 1/2 bagel with 1 Tbsp. of cream cheese.
Already had my morning coffee.
Already feeling a little hungry so I'm about to munch on my grapes again.
Have pot roast and mashed potatoes for lunch.
Then have carrots and ranch, pretzels, and pineapple for other snacks.
Tonight's workout will be rather long, I suspect. Making up for Monday. Lots of Cardio, Double the ST.
Then when I get home I'm going to have my former mushroom/cheese omelet that used to be my favorite breakfast for dinner. I figure it's perfect, not a ton of calories, a little fat, yes, but mostly good protein - a great post-workout meal!
If I get the munchies again, I'm reaching for either a 1/2 cup of ice cream as a treat or my pomegranate.

What do you think? Have you ever tried midday calorie loading? Does your body give you clues that it might be a better plan for you? Even today I was thinking of going out with a friend this weekend and I immediately thought - invite her to LUNCH, not dinner! *lol* We'll see how it works out.

On a bright note - the scale is finally moving back in the right direction again. Back down to 351 today. I can feel the bloat leaving me (my ankles are back to normal!) and that means TOM is almost GONE! WOOT!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 9/29/2010 8:45PM

    I definitely think you have to find what works for you. For me, it's unlearning the psychological attachment to a big dinner... because I LIKE the idea of a big dinner. That is when I eat a lot of my calories too. I'll be looking to following your progress!

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ATROTTIER 9/29/2010 5:31PM

    Hmm...I think I might try the lighter version of breakfast after hearing all the additional comments as well. I don't think I can switch lunch and dinner, but I'm going to give it some deep thought and if I can convince my hubbs to do it too that would make it so much easier!!! I'm eager to hear about how this feels after like a week or so!!! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 9/29/2010 5:13PM

    I have always done this and I like how it works for me. Typically my calories work out almost evenly for my 3 squares a day, but volume wise, breakfast and dinner are always smaller than my lunch. I typically cook a big crockpot meal and divvy that up for my lunch main courses for the week and then add fruit, veggies, yogurt, string cheese, a granola bar or other snack and a small treat. All that food during the day DEFINITELY keeps me satisfied during the day and wards off the snack attacks in the afternoon.

If you are finding that you're always hungry around 3pm, make sure you are getting enough protein at lunch. Remember - carbs make you FEEL full, protein sustains the full feeling longer and sticks with you through the afternoon. I'm pretty sure you're already doing this, but you should be eating protein every time you eat with carbs to round it out.

And you're not hungry after you work out because exercise elevates your body temperature which physically decreases hunger. Funny how our bodies work like that.

Whatever you choose to do - do it because it works for your hunger levels throughout the day and not because you think it's what your body is burning and when. As long as you're eating in your calorie ranges, you will burn evenly regardless of when you eat, even when you're sleeping. When you exercise, typically you're not burning what's in your stomach anyway - which is why fueling for exercise works for some people and others don't need it. Just do what feels good for you and you're more likely to stick to it!

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FLWRCHLD97 9/29/2010 4:08PM

    Congrats on the scale movement. I hope the mid-day calorie spike works for you.

I'm still amazed at how much you accomplish in a week. Many times I read your blogs and by the time I'm done, I'm exhausted! You rock!


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MAIA2011 9/29/2010 12:01PM

    I just wanted to add an idea about the hardboiled eggs. I hate the yolks, too, so mostly I just eat the whites with a little salt. I saw competitive weightlifters doing that, too, so maybe it's healthy (or not)! Good luck on the meal swap. I haven't found what works yet but right now I am trying to eat mostly the same thing everyday. I've read a few places that that helps variety-craving people like me cut down on calories. It remains to be seen!

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MEGSFITNESS 9/29/2010 11:50AM

    Darn skippy it's not too shabby!! I do my morning mile at a 13 minute pace and it makes me feel so good and really wakes up my body. GREAT JOB!

omg. I completely loaded up on terrible calories this morning. I really need a big smack to get me out of this exhaustion-induced nutrition funk!

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JEREMY723 9/29/2010 11:39AM

    I find that a smaller breakfast works for me. If I eat a bigger breakfast is doesn't help, I'm still just as hungry at lunch. Whatever works best for you, of course:)

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CALLIKIA 9/29/2010 11:23AM

    I'm the same way - You never know until you try, right? Like I said, it clicked in my head. Other things that people have tried and seem to work for them do not click with me. I think it's also important to note that my lifestyle is a little different than most people in that I work so far away from home and spend so much time here at work anyhow and don't get to the gym until really late. By the time I get home I'm so tired I'm pretty much ready to vegg on the couch and then crash! *lol*

Also, please note that I haven't cut any calories from my diet, I just rearranged them a bit. I'm just giving it a go to see how it works. I say I'll give it a week, see how I feel, and then reevaluate from there.

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RACHEL_MAC 9/29/2010 11:14AM

    I think it's different for everyone -- if I eat an enormous breakfast (400+ calories), I'm on top of my hunger all day long and I eat much less during the day. If I have a small breakfast (200ish calories) I'm starving all day and can never seem to get ahead of the hunger ... as soon as I eat, I'm starving again. It's all about finding what works for your body. Bill gave me a great piece of advice when we first started dating and he was trying to convince me to eat bigger breakfasts--he said "try it for a week. If you don't like it, change it up. You're not going to do any permanent damage." That took me to a bigger attitude about healthy eating and working out--it's OK to try new things, play around with new patterns and habits, and see what works for you. Nothing TERRIBLE is going to happen if you make a little shift in things for a short period of time! Bravo for trying something new, I LOVED yesterday's blog!

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-SHIMMER-ANN- 9/29/2010 11:08AM

    I quit eating larger breakfasts a few weeks ago, and it's brought me down five, effortless lbs. The weight keeps coming off, too. If I eat a lot in the morning, I'm still hungry at lunch and dinner. If I eat a little in the morning, I'm satisfied, and STILL just as hungry at lunch and dinner. No more, no less. So basically, I cut 300-700 calories out of my breakfast routine, and I don't even miss them. I say it works!! But I like a larger dinner, too.

Good luck!

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CALLIKIA 9/29/2010 10:56AM

    I have very few nights when I actually make it home in time for a warm meal. Most nights during the week I still have to heat up leftovers, or I pull whatever is in the crockpot out and eat that. For me, leftovers have become my life 4 days of the week. Thankfully, I get a 3-day weekend so for 3 days a week I actually get to eat fresh, home cooked, hot from the oven type meals.

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KARVY09 9/29/2010 10:36AM

    Thanks for this update. I'd love to hear how it works for you. I just find it hard to bring that much food to work during the day that's going to satisfy me. I mean, I could bring leftovers and snacks and stuff, but sometimes I just like that warm meal at night.

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LOOKY-LOU 9/29/2010 10:34AM

    I will be reading your blogs to see how this works for you. I do here lots of people saying that you should eat the majority of your carbs earlier in the day and I am hoping to try this. But with two teeanage kids in the house I find it hard. They are very active and NEED some calories by dinner...

Keep up the great blogs...they make my mornings brighter! emoticon

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  See, that's one thing that I could never get the hang of, because I love being able to eat a meal that was just prepared. I'm not big on leftovers at all, so...

But I'm hoping that this is something that works out for you.

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 9/29/2010 9:31AM

    During the week I tend to mid-day calorie load, but that's just me. I have lunch at around 11:30, so am hungry again by 2 or 3. I usually have 2 PM snacks, but those are lighter... raisins, apples, bananas, or an occasionaly bag of chips. I'm not normally hungry after I workout, so dinners usually aren't that large. A lot of times my dinners appear higher in calories, because I might have a recovery drink (reads protein powder and apple juice) right as I'm sitting down to dinner.

Good luck with your new plan, let me know how you like it!

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