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Weekend Update - Sparkie Friends and Another 5k Down

Monday, October 11, 2010

FRIDAY - DAY OF WAITING

So Friday consisted of breakfast with Hubs, tennis, and 2 hours of cleaning out the car, but the theme for the day ended up being "wait." When the kids got home I finally had to track down Hubs, who had an appointment to get new tires on his car at 1pm. By 4pm I was over at the tire place and his car was JUST coming out of the garage. Apparently the truck with the tires was super late and Hubs waited around the shop for 4 hours for 4 new tires. WTF?

After I dropped off Ethan with Hubs, Logan and I headed up to my mom's house. After a call from Mom, we ended up stopping at our usual "halfway" point - Tim Hortons. The workers thought I was crazy because I wouldn't order a donut until I found out how many calories was in a Pumpkin Spice donut, to see if I could fit one into my day. Took me a bit, but I found out it was only 250 calories, and I could squeeze it in. (I didn't have a lot of time to eat on Friday because I was SOO busy.)

We got to my Mom's house after a quick trip at the local Wal-Mart to make sure I had some of the foods I've come to rely upon. (Wheat bagels, Greek yogurt, etc.) And then it was just a waiting game, waiting for Becks to get into town. Once she got there, she was greeted by 2 tired women and a tired little boy. We hugged like we'd known each other forever, and then chatted for at least an hour before we all crashed.



My mom's dog, Bailey, waiting with us.

SATURDAY - GETTING TO KNOW A FRIEND

I had a horrible time attempting to sleep Friday night/Saturday morning due to what I'm pretty sure is a sinus infection, but once we got up, Becky and I were off to explore. We decided to go to the local Renaissance Festival and just "hang out." It was a lot of fun, a lot of walking.


Crazy, wacky shows.


Beautiful costumes. Though...not all of them were. *lol* We had fun pointing out the wacky from the beautiful from the hoochie!


Becky (RAVENSONG) and I at the Ren Faire.


Isn't she just beautiful? And that little clip = SO cute!


We got some costume pics done by a real skeevie guy.

We were at the park from about 11am to 2pm or so, walking most of the time, so it was a good day. It was a lot of fun and it got us a chance to really get to know each other. After we got back to my mom's house, we headed out to Dayton to pick up our race packets (and $500 gift certificates for Red Star sunglasses!)

After that, all that was left was Starbucks (YAY!) and dinner. Mom made some yummy chicken breasts, mashed potatoes, and then Becky and I prepped as many veggies as we could find for huge salads.

SUNDAY - RACE REPORT

10/10/10 - Dayton Corridor Classic 5k

The goal was simple - get Mom to the finish. It was her first ever 5k and she was really worried that she couldn't do it. What I didn't expect was that the overall support would leave us all running to the finish!


The whole gang.
Back row - Me, my step-brother Justin
Middle Row - Logan (my son), Mandy (my sister), Mom, Becky
Front Row - Librada and Tracy (my nieces)

We started late, but once we were off I could tell immediately that I had a challenge ahead of me. It's really hard to get a good breath when you can't breathe from a sinus infection, but I just focused myself and kept going. My only thought was to keep up with the group. About halfway through the first mile, the kids were eager to run. Justin, Logan and Tracy all took off and kept ahead of us the entire time. One thing we learned was that my step-brother looks like a runner. After the race we wished we had just let him go at the start line and run all out to see what his finish would have been.


Me and Becks ready for the gun to sound the start of the race.


Still feeling pretty good in mile 1


Things I learned about Becky this weekend: She's beautiful, inside and out. She fits right in with my family. Like I expected, she's definitely my SFAM (sister from another mother).


As we were crossing the first bridge, I looked over and pointed out the first mile marker to my Mom. "Already?" she said. My sister updated her on her pace (around 18:40) and mom felt encouraged. After the mile marker we initiated her into the drink cup throw (even though she had her camelback on and didn't really need the water...we knew it was just something everyone has to do in their first race. It made her giggle and that made us all smile.) After that mile, though, she already felt the need to pee and, thankfully, they placed a potty right there (and no line!). We waited for her, even though she told us to go on without her, and what really surprised her was that mile 2 was much faster than mile one, even with the stop.


Starting around the end of mile 1, Becky really started pushing my Mom. "If you can talk that much, Chatty Cathy, then you can go faster!" Surprisingly, it worked! Mom pushed herself to run a bit here and there. Once we got past mile marker 2, Becky said, "Leave it all out on the course!" Mom was confused and we all explained to her that she had just 1 mile left and then she didn't have to do any more, this was the time to push and get her very best time. She admitted to us that my step-dad had asked her, "What makes you think you can do it under an hour?" and that she really wanted to prove him wrong. That's all we needed to know, and the encouragement to leave it all out on the field gave my mom the real push she needed. She ran when she could, she stepped up her pace, and when we turned the corner to go into the stadium and she said, "I'm saving it," we asked her WHY. She didn't have an answer...we were almost there. No more saving! We turned the corner just as the first HMer was coming in.

It was funny, as they cheered for the HMer, we pretended it was all for us. (I really need to get that picture from Becky of my mom with her YAY pose! *lol*)

Suddenly, I didn't know what was happening, but my mom was running...and I was running with her. We ran half the track around to the finish line, the four of us finish together - My sister, me, mom, and Becky. And then Mom and I just about collapsed! *lol* We just hadn't trained for running that much. I felt like walking after about 1/4 of the track, but then the finish line was RIGHT THERE...I would feel stupid to run part of the finish and then WALK in. I couldn't stop. It took all my strength, all my breath, all of it, but I pushed it in, and so did Mom. I was completely 100% proud of both of us.

And how did we do time wise? Mom and I both finished in 56:09. It's actually a little over a minute under my first 5k time in August, which surprised me because I wasn't really even trying to make a PR. Felt good!


After the race, we got free massages from students at a local school.




Post-race food options were great! Bananas, yogurt (lite and fruit-on-the-bottom), pancakes and sausage, and pizza.

We got some free stuff, relaxed, and then checked our times and found out that both Tracy and Logan were the only kids in their age ranges, therefore, both won gold medals for the race!





We were already talking about next year and the next race. I think Mom has the racing bug too now. And both my sister and Becky have HMs coming up this weekend. I'm already thinking that I really want to do the Auggie's 5k this weekend and do better than 55, but I need to check with Shane to make sure we don't have any other plans.


Around 11pm they had a kids fun race. They lined all the kids up at one end zone and then had them run to the other end and back. Librada LOVED it! She did it 3 times and wanted to do it a 4th time! *lol* It was really great because they had all these little medals for all the kids who ran. Adorable!



Both Mom and I were sore after the race, so we headed back to the house, watched the Bengals game (because we couldn't get the Chiefs game in for Becky :( ) and then Becky and I both packed up and left.


And that's my boy after all the racing and a crazy weekend! *lol* Why do all my kids end up like this after racing? WHAT? *lol*
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So that was my weekend. I had a great time other than getting sick. I still haven't broken my plateau, and I think I've decided not to step on the scale for a week or two and just dedicate myself to really setting my fitness and nutrition goals and meeting them. Hopefully in a couple weeks the big P will break and I'll feel better.

I must admit that I had a mini-meltdown on Sunday. First it was listening to Mom and Becky talk about all the changes that have been made since losing all their weight, changes I haven't really gotten to see, changes that are SOO far away. And then again when I realized that in a huge group of family and friends, I didn't feel like I fit. I'm the only one left who is still fat...and it's going to take me years to get anywhere near where I'll feel like I really fit with them again. It was a really sad couple moments. I just want to belong physically with the people I fit most emotionally and mentally...but both this plateau, and the large amount of weight I still have to lose leave me feeling hopeless sometimes. I'm not saying I'll "quit," just that I still get very, very frustrated. My main goal lately has been to fit into 24s by Thanksgiving or Christmas...but I don't see that coming about anytime soon because I'm still stressing over a lack of progress. *sigh*

It's really difficult, you know...feeling like you're working so hard and then realizing that you still have SO far to go. Realizing that many of the people struggling with you are likely to see their "final" success before you even get to the halfway point. I just want to make sure I remember later how hard this was for me. I'm not saying it's not hard for people who only have 40 pounds to lose...I don't discredit that struggle at all, I just want to remember the emotional challenge of always feeling so far behind everyone else. It's that same feeling you have when the HMer passes you up before you even see the finish line, to realize they could run circles around you. It makes you feel emotionally broken and the mountain grows larger mentally with each step.

  
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BAYBELIEVER 10/15/2010 9:59PM

    I love your blog. I loved everything about the race and getting your mom to the finish line! What a special opportunity to do this with your mom and make a new in-person Spark friend.

And, I can relate so much to what you said at the end about always feeling like you are behind. I keep having these, what I call "REALITY" moments because as good as I feel, as hard as I have and am working, every once in a while reality checks in to let me know I am still huge, still have a long way to go, and it seems so unfair. I know it gets you down. I am there with you. But there are other times where I feel on top of the world and know that I have a long way to go, but that I am DOING it. You are too! So, let the down times happen, they have to, but know that you are DOING this and you weren't not so long ago. That is a WIN in anyone's book, right?
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HEATHER_TEACHAH 10/14/2010 12:58PM

    Awww, CK, you have come SO far. Sorry that you had a breakdown after it was all finished BUT - you finished! AND a new PR! without even trying!!! You ran farther than you've trained for, you met a wonderful sparkfriend, and you pushed yourself (and I bet your son was SO happy for the gold medal!! I remember how much the last one meant to him when you had it specially made!)

I am so proud of you and I hope that you can see this as what it is-- another race in what will come to be a LONG list of races :) One day you CAN be that HMer running circles around the 5kers, but I'll bet you'll cheer on the 5kers because you've been there.
And now that you know that you can run more than 1/4 of a lap, it means you can do more! Never stop pushing yourself, because you can do anything you put your mind to. You inspire me to do the same :)

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MARLIMOO 10/14/2010 9:18AM

    CONGRATS TO YOU BOTH!

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RAVENSONG37 10/14/2010 9:05AM

    So, I tried to read this as if I weren't one of the characters, but I kept seeing my face on the page! But seriously, I want you to know that I had a wonderful time with you and your family this weekend. From the Ren Faire to the silly time in the car with your family to running across the finish line, you and your family were so wonderful to me. It breaks my heart that anything I said could have made you sad. I want you to know that I'm still on this journey with you Esther, that I get where you are coming from in so many ways...and that's not going to change if and when I hit my "goal weight". I love you and I think you are an incredible woman, through and through...but you gotta see that babe. (and you gotta see that BABE!) Much love to you...and hey, you set a PR and you're doing another 5km this weekend. You are unstoppable!

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TAMNTN 10/14/2010 12:17AM

    Congrats for pushing through! What a fantastic accounting of your week-end and accomplishment! :)

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SOON2BEFITSLP 10/13/2010 10:26PM

    Such a great play by play of a fantastic sounding weekend! I think it is so wonderful that you got to have this experience with your family and a good friend! Such good memories! Don't let this plateau get you down, you have made so much progress already! Could you imagine being where you are today? You are so inspiring and you fit wonderfully with your family. The pictures above prove so to me!

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JRIMM4 10/13/2010 6:12PM

    I really enjoyed reading about your race and it's super that you all participated as a family. AWESOME that you all (and especially 'mom') came in at under an hour! Big hugs in regards to your moments of sadness. Our moments of disillusionment may not spring from the same sources but the emotions I hear behind them are much the same.

JR

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HARMONYBLUE 10/13/2010 1:19AM

    First congrats on pushing you mom to finish the 5k and see her to the finish line RUNNING! Thats just great. Second, enjoy what you body can do now it couldn't do before. You will get there. I swear I never plateaued until my doc warned me I MIGHT and then it has been slow progress every since. Sometimes I think if I get it in my head, it will come easily and then do everything right to make it true, this whole plateau business will just go away.

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FLWRCHLD97 10/12/2010 12:29PM

    I don't know if this will help or not, but I've started visualizing how I'll look after I lose the weight. When I first started on SP, I was scared because I've never been an ideal weight and I don't know how I'd look or if I'd change as a person (weird, huh, like magically losing fat is going to make me into a different person - it's not, but I thought, what if I turn into a biotch or something??).

Now, I visualize the person I know I am going to be. It will take awhile but I'll get there. And, now I know what I'll look like. I can't wait, I see myself running around in my backyard with my kids. Something I don't think I've ever done before. I can't wait to fulfill these dreams and visions, because it will happen. I just have to keep reminding myself that "Rome wasn't built in a day" and that it took years for me to put on this much weight, so why should I think that it should just "fall off" (I hate that term BTW).

I see you running around with your family, laughing, happy; with tears coming down your face when you realize how far you've come and how proud you are of yourself.

It will happen, I believe in you!

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LOOKY-LOU 10/12/2010 11:07AM

    Great blog. Your accomplishments are so amazing, but it is a long hard road. Just remember at least you are on the right road. It may be a long trip, but you are headed in the right direction!

Congratulations on the race!

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MAGPIE17 10/12/2010 10:34AM

    WTG on the 5K and I'm glad your kiddo got a medal :)! You are fabulous!

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BRIAEL 10/12/2010 1:29AM

    First, HUGE congrats on your family 5k, that is awesome sauce that you can participate in an event like this together. Seriously, it's amazing and that you kept each other inspired and motivated is brilliant. :)

I hear you on the "lots of weight to lose can make it seem like a never ending battle" and some days it's daunting but you CAN do this. Stop competing with your family and friends, you are running YOUR race against yourself, not against them. Did the first person in your circle to start healthy eating and exercise feel isolated because s/he was the "firestarter" that triggered it off? Talk to others about how they feel about the journey. You are NOT alone.

Two weeks ago I came home from visiting my sister in England, after having not seen her for 4 months and since I began eating healthy foods and exercising. Of course I was thrilled to be congratulated on my losses, but what really made me cry was when she said "You know, it wasn't until I saw how much smaller you are that I realised how big you have been. I didn't notice your weight, because all I saw when I looked at you was my big sis!". The people who love us don't see our weight, they see our character and our personality. Hold that thought in your mind when you feel that you are the fat one in the crowd. You are special to your family and friends, and the good news is that they understand your journey because they're sharing it with you! :)

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BTINTERNET 10/12/2010 12:29AM

    I am so impressed and you are so amazing!!!

(On the angst side, I have that a lot reading SP, actually - it's inspiring but at the same time, I'm on the other side of the hump from "all these successful people". Let's be there for each other, hon!

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ATREAT4ME 10/11/2010 9:04PM

    I have been there too. You are right in the groove with the family in all facets but one -- physically. It doesn't diminish neither what you've done nor what is left to do. It is just one day and a mini-meltdown (do those even count?). Like you said, you are not giving up. You are merely recording where you've been: factually and accurately. And you're doing it for your own reasons. Good!

I do want to echo the sentiments of many comments: you have done fantastic work. Thank you for being such an inspiration to all of us who haven't been here as long nor progressed as far. Even in this momentary mini-meltdown, you are an example. I very much appreciate knowing your struggle.

Thank you!

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MAMADELIGHT 10/11/2010 7:42PM

    Yay, medals!!!! Congrats! You are doing awesome -keep you eye on your accomplishments.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/11/2010 7:15PM

    Oh. My. God. I have jealously coursing through my veins that you two got to meet and hang out!!! I would have drove my ass to Ohio to meet you both. You both look BEAUTIFUL. And hello... a 5k in 56 minutes is AWESOME! I was just at the gym working on my own 5k and thinking to myself "If I finish somewhere between 40-50 minutes in November, I have to be satisfied." Remind me of that.

You are so inspiring Esther. Nothing but love!

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WW_KAREN 10/11/2010 7:00PM

    You are amazing! It is going to take you longer, but everyday is one day closer. Also, dieting is not just until you lose the weight. Its a way of life. One day at a time. :)

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ERIN1128 10/11/2010 6:26PM

    Hang in there babe, you are doing so great!!!

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CHICAT63 10/11/2010 3:56PM

    Ah, Esther do not be discouraged you have travelled this far ! Look forward and not back...We are with you, one thing I have learnt over this past year is not to compare myself to others, i.e.: weight loss. You are doing great, I know "plateau city" ain't easy.

Thanks for sharing your weekend with your family and Becky, you must be very proud of your son! At times you want it so much, I hear ya loud & clear and you just feel defeated but you are doing AWESOME, you are an inspiration, and your time is'a coming !

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SLFRISBEY 10/11/2010 3:44PM

    Don't get discouraged. I am also discouraged with being stuck where I am. I am so easily disuaded it's pathetic. I wish I had more where with all to make the changes I need and STICK TO IT! I try and fail and have a tough time getting back up. Luckily I have all of you fellow sparkers to keep me going! I will keep you going for sure! You're doing awesome!!!

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MRSSIBRAT 10/11/2010 3:29PM

    girl i am sooo proud of you!!! aand how awesome that you got to me up with becky

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KITHKINCAID 10/11/2010 3:19PM

    Great job Esther - and your mom too! Wow!

You just gotta shake it off lady. Don't let the emotional stuff bog you down. Feel it for what it is, recognize it, and then say "to heck with it" and just keep doing what you're doing. You WILL come through this. And I swear, I'm sending you some 24s so you've got an eye on the prize :)

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KIRSTEN 10/11/2010 3:10PM

    Wow, what a great time you had! Please, please, please don't feel discouraged because you aren't where others are. There will always be someone smaller, faster, or losing weight quicker than you. You can't change that. You are doing so great, especially with the racing! You are making it happen! Look how far you have come and praise yourself!!!! And just think about how great you'll feel when you have reached your goal!
PS: I know how you feel, this last year I lost 17 lbs.(my goal is to lose 100), and my 72 year-old father started the same time as me and he's lost 65. But I can't let that get to me, I still lost 17lbs!
You are an inspiration!
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NUMD97 10/11/2010 1:23PM

    I rarely comment on people's blogs that I haven't interacted with, but after all you wrote here (up until the last paragraph), it is such a testament of just how much you actually have accomplished. Easier said than done, I know, but this whole journey is not about how we "measure" up against others who have lost or are losing less than we have to. It truly is about us vs. ourselves, and no one else.

I've been watching your blogs for some time now, and you are setting such a positive example for your sons, making exercising and racing such an integral part of their activities with you. Plus, not to leave behind, the over 60 pound weight loss! C'mon! You're some kind of hero to so many of us here. Please do not diminish all you have accomplished by looking at how much farther you have to go. Look instead and see just how far you've come.

Your SP family as well as your original one, are rooting for you. Now root a little for yourself as well.

I wish you miles and miles of future successes,

Nu

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_TRIXIE_ 10/11/2010 1:20PM

    I love it, love it, love it. It sounds like an amazing weekend with great friends and family. I'm sorry you had a "mini meltdown" towards the end, but I think those are totally normal feelings and processes to work through. I have no doubt that you'll look back at this one day and be thankful for the tough days. It sucks, but they do make you stronger. Promise.

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 10/11/2010 1:18PM

    Thanks for the race recap, sounds like an amazing day at the race! Having the support of friends and family can really help push you through to the end... in a race or in life's journey. No matter how much you have to lose, we will be there for you every step of the way. You still want the change and that's the best part. Imagine the converstaions you'll get to have when you start noticing those changes that your mom and Becki were talking about.
Chin up buttercup you just ran a 5k in 56 minutes. Awesome job.

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ATROTTIER 10/11/2010 1:17PM

    Great job on the 5K!!! You guys did great! Keep your head up friend b/c you are making great strides in your journey, you might not see it right away but you are changing inside and out and it's a process that nobody can define for you. Always think about where you started from and you haven't quit and I know you won't. My process is very slow when I compare myself to another's journey and I have to stop myself and realize these things and this is my life and I have to remember that it's not going to be overnight but by not giving up it will be eventual and wonderful when my final goal is reached. I too have jeans waiting for me in the closet...hopefully I can get into those "comfortably" in the next few months too!! C'mon girl WE CAN DO IT!!!

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MEGSFITNESS 10/11/2010 1:16PM

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I'm sorry hun :( I don't know what you feel like, but I know how I feel bouncing back and forth through the same 5-pounds and seeing people I *started* with so far ahead of me. It sucks and even though both of us have worked so hard, the fact that other people "made it" and I "haven't" almost makes me feel ashamed! But, then I remember that I -have- worked hard and I -have- accomplished quite a bit and this plateau is just a number on a scale and my life-victories are so much more than that number.

I hope you're back in high spirits again soon :) you're awesome.

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GOGOSHIRE 10/11/2010 1:00PM

    Great blog, Calli! Don't be discouraged - don't choose that. Don't compare your journey with anyone else's - it's YOUR journey, and therefore you should be on your OWN timeframe. You have accomplished so much and you have so much still ahead of you.

You are doing so awesome and you're such a huge inspiration to so many people on SP here.

Thoughts become things, baby!

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MAMADWARF 10/11/2010 12:56PM

    oh esther, what a great weekend! i just want you to know i understand the last part of what u are saying cuz even tho i have lost 50 pounds i still am not in a normal weight range and its going to be a long time till i am. i just look at how far i have come and keep going. dont compare yourself. u have come soo far and are making such huge progress! i admire u so much and u do more than i ever consider. u will get there. we both will. jan

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/11/2010 12:18PM

    I couldn't help but cry. I am so happy for your and your mom. You did so well or is it good...you did GREAT! Don't let that inner voice and plateau still your joy. You have come a long way and will get where you are going. emoticon

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CALLIKIA 10/11/2010 12:17PM

    Of course the kids race was at 11am, not pm. *sigh*

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YOOVIE 10/11/2010 11:53AM

    Awwwwwww those changes are on their way to you, too, I swear to god.

I can't believe your mom ran! That is wonderful!

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MAIA2011 10/11/2010 11:40AM

    That's an awesome race story! I am so glad that you gave your mom the bug! Really cute pics, too. You guys look so happy!

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I am sorry you are still struggling with the big P. I am sure it doesn't help to look at how far you've come so I won't suggest it. I just think you are amazing and I enjoy reading your blogs a lot! Take care.

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Quick Fire

Friday, October 08, 2010

People say I write too much usually, but I don't have a lot of time right now so here I go...challenging myself to be brief.

* I went to the doctor. She took blood for a thyroid test, but think I'm just generally a cold person and losing 65 pounds has caused me to be even more cold without that extra insulation. She also pricked me for a glucose test. 118 after about an hour of eating a fig bar = really good, they said. As for the plateau and the 3-week TOM? Basically, she told me to just deal. The Depo takes 6-12 months to regulate finally (I'm on month 5) and the plateau will break eventually.

* This morning I ate scrambled eggs, some hasbrown potatoes, and one slice of bacon. I tried to eat a biscuit, but could only manage one bite. No matter what, I just don't eat like I used to anymore. It was a high calorie breakfast, but manageable. I'm not breaking my goals just because I'm P.O.ed at the scale.

* Today's workout? About 45 minutes of tennis with the Hubs and then 2 hours of cleaning/detailing my car. Yep, it took me that long, it was a MESS! It's still not 100% but I had to rush to get to the doctor's office. As for the tennis - we're both getting better. I've got a pretty good jump serve worked out, and we had one pass were we got like 7 returns! It felt good!!

* I'm about to leave (as soon as Hubs returns or I track him down...he went to get tires on his car 3 hours ago!) for my mom's house. I'm taking my oldest, Logan (11) and we'll be there through either Sunday night or Monday afternoon. RAVENSONG is already on her way there (I'll still beat her! *lol*) and will spend the weekend with us! I'm so excited I can hardly sit still and I'm acting all goofy crazy today! Should be a great weekend!

* Pray for my mom Sunday. (Go stop by her page and wish her luck if you'd like - she's SNOWFLAKE57 on my friends list.) The Dayton Corridor Classic 5k (Walk). The crew includes: Myself, my mother, my younger step-brother, my oldest son, my sister, my 2 nieces, and Becky (RAVENSONG). All we're hoping for is my mom's safe finish, time does not matter. Wish us luck!

  
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MEGSFITNESS 10/10/2010 10:03PM

    Who says you write too much? LOL! Certainly not me :) I love your posts.

Grats on cleaning out the car!! I still have to do that :( My poor car looks like it rolled through an old ventilation shaft. So freakin dusty... inside and out!

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MAMADWARF 10/9/2010 11:59PM

    I love you blogs. Enjoy your weekend!!

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BAYBELIEVER 10/9/2010 11:29PM

    Have a great walk! What a great opportunity to be able to walk with your mom! Enjoy! Hope you take some pics and post! And don't let others worry you about the length of your posts. The rest of us enjoy them and others don't have to read them!

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VANILLAMAMA 10/9/2010 12:24PM

  I LOVE your blogs. Keep on writing even if it is 3 words or 3 pages. If you write it they will come.... LOL emoticon

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TIGERJANE 10/9/2010 11:23AM

    Who says you write too much? You're an EXCELLENT writer. i love all your blogs, even when it's stuff that I haven't personally experienced, it's like sitting down with you and having a conversation. Your writing voice is so incredibly personable!

Great job on your car - I really need to buckle down and clean mine too- uugghhhh.
Best of luck to your mom! Sounds like a great family experience :)

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SPUNKYDUCKY 10/8/2010 11:40PM

    Good luck on the 5k walk! I am cold all the time as well, but my thyroid hormone levels are normal, so I think it is just an adjustment period. I almost always have a polar fleece jacket with me. Check out Sahalie.com - they have comfy "butter fleeces" for 19.99 in awesome great colors. No I don't own stock there, just love a comfy shirt and being warm :)

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JEREMY723 10/8/2010 8:59PM

    Have a safe trip! It would be cool to meet Spark friends in person. Enjoy!

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CHICAT63 10/8/2010 7:26PM

    Have a great family time and with RAVENSONG of course !

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ATREAT4ME 10/8/2010 5:53PM

    I love your long posts. Your writing is beautiful and entertaining; your insights, illuminating. I'm a tech writer turned techy-wannabe. Bullets are my favorite tools to avoi building good transitions. I like reading your transitions. Okay, enough about the writing.

Becareful with that thyroid. Getting it adjusted correctly is a crazy thing. I completely lost control of my body temperature this week as we tried to adjust my levels.

Have a great and safe drive. Absolutely will stop by your Mom's page.

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HARMONYBLUE 10/8/2010 4:36PM

    Have a great trip and 5K walk. For the record, I like that you are generally very wordy in your blogs. Very entertaining.

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KITHKINCAID 10/8/2010 4:12PM

    Have an amazing weekend! You guys are going to rock it out!!

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MAIA2011 10/8/2010 3:58PM

    That's great on the tennis! You are going to have fun this weekend and I will stop by and wish your mom good luck, too!

(I had a high calorie breakfast myself but I am sure that I will eat a reasonable lunch and exercise for about an hour this afternoon. That is way better than when I used to eat 5000+ calories a day and not exercise at all. Progress!)

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The Power of Honesty and Lies

Thursday, October 07, 2010

I had a talk with my coworker again today. She’s always saying that she envies my motivation. (Don’t worry, I told her that motivation is a lie, a myth people tell themselves to keep them from having to put in the work.) The other day she said, “If I could just lose like 10 pounds, I know I’d be motivated to really do it!” (Wow…there’s something telling in that statement!) I’ve heard it all before and I’ve said it all before. Finally today she said something again about how she needs to do SOMETHING. This time I got, “But I’m so tired when I get home.” Finally I said, “You know, exercise will make you less tired. I used to say the same thing, and then one day I just decided that I was tired, yes, but I could do 10 minutes. Just 10 minutes. One day you’ll decide that you’re done talking about doing something and you’ll do it. You’ll do just 10 minutes. And the next night, you’ll think, ‘Hey, I did it last night when I was tired, I can do it again.’ And you’ll start a streak.” She didn’t respond, but I hope and pray I put just a little glimmer of doubt in the truth of her excuses. Maybe not this week or next, but someday she’s going to do 10 minutes of exercise and she’s going to realize that it’s not REALLY that hard. Oh, the lies we tell ourselves when we don’t want to face the truth!

Lie, blame, avoid, deny. We’ve all done it – it’s part of human nature. Do you remember the first time you blamed a broken toy on someone else? I think it’s a bit of the survival instinct, learning to lie. We know that telling the truth will lead to getting in trouble, so we try out a lie. And you know what we learn? That lies are very powerful things!

I remember when I was a kid, about 6 or so, my sister told me that I could take some candy from the Brach’s mix and match candy section in the grocery store. She said it was alright and that people do it all the time, and she asked me to grab a few pieces for her as well. I walked out of that store with pockets full of candy. And then my mom found out, and she marched me back to the store, made me hand it back to them and apologize for stealing it. My sister didn’t say a word. Last year, she finally admitted to me and my mom that she had convinced me to take that candy. A lie that held for 23 years! That’s a big, powerful weapon, isn’t it?!

When I was a kid I was addicted to lying. I lied so my friends thought I was cool. I lied so they thought I had money. I lied to keep myself out of trouble from my abusive father (though that rarely worked). I lied CONSTANTLY. And I was damn good at it too! It wasn’t until I had kids and grew up a little that I realized I didn’t want to be known as a liar. I wanted people to know that I meant what I said and said what I meant (for the most part). For a while I was brutally honest. It took me time to learn a good lie from a bad one. And it took me even longer to realize that I was better at lying to myself than I was anyone else. I actually believed the “I can’t”s and “I’m not good enough”s. It’s really quite crazy if you consider that I KNEW I was telling a lie, but it was so much easier to believe that I couldn’t do something than to put in the effort and risk failing. So I started questioning everything I told myself. “Will you REALLY do that?” “Do you really mean that?” “Do you know that to be a fact?” And I started being brutally honest with myself.

You know what I learned? Honesty is also a powerful tool! It doesn’t give you power over others, though. It gives you power over yourself. I decide what I am and am not willing to try. Jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Yea, I don’t think so. Not for me. Rock climb the side of a huge cliff? Well…maybe. Sounds a little fun actually. Could I do both of these things? Do I have the ability to tackle both challenges? Absolutely. I may need to lose some more poundage before I trust both the parachute and the cords keeping me up on the cliff, but they are both completely, 100% doable and achievable. Sure, I’m going to have to put some major work in to get there, but I’m no longer a stranger to hard work. I can DO what I want. I suddenly have the choice and the world is wide open.

What can’t I do? I can’t make someone love me. I can’t make a friend treat me right. (Though I can show people how I want to be treated by treating myself and others with respect.) I can’t make an employer hire me. (Heck, I’ve tried! But I can sell myself the best I know how, have confidence in my abilities, and really make a great impression…still, the final decision is not in my hands.) I can’t make my coworker workout either. (Though I can keep encouraging her and spreading that Spark, hoping it will catch.)

Control over others = can’t.
Control over self = CAN!

So while both lies and honesty are powerful tools, the honest truth? A lie, in itself, is a lie. It gives us a feeling of power over other people. Yeah, we can convince that adult that it was that little boy that broke the toy, not us. But both me and that little boy will always know the truth. Who really has the power here? Honesty is powerful because there's no denying it. It reminds me of what we learned in science about a fact. A scientific fact is something that has been proven, but that can be tested over and over again with the same results. The theory? That no fact is a definite fact unless every test that attempts to deny its validity fails. Try testing those lies of yours. They fall down quite quickly.

I can't run.
Have you tried? Have you done all you need to train for that level of fitness? Have you worked your way into it? Do you have legs? Can you breathe air? Do your muscles function?

Sure, for some people "I can't run" is a fact. But, for you, is it fact or a lie you tell yourself to make it a little easier to accept that you don't run or won't try? Is it your fear holding you back instead? Give yourself a little honesty and try it on for a bit. Maybe you don't WANT to run. Maybe that's never been anything that interested you. Fine! Go with that! Be honest with yourself and say, "I can run, I just chose not to. I like to do other things instead, like swimming!" Or, "I can run, I'm just afraid of the injuries I've heard runners get. I think it's safer for me to stick to my aerobics classes." Nobody can tell you that you're wrong. They can try, but trying to deny honesty is like trying to teach a hippo how to play the piano - funny, but completely useless.

So my challenge for your today is to question all the lies you tell yourself.

"I'm not pretty!"
By whose standards? Who decides what is pretty? If I polled 100 random people, would they all agree that I'm not pretty? Is pretty even something that can be determined objectively?

"I can't lose weight!"
Are you following the guidelines that you know work? Have you talked to your doctor? Has it been medically proven that it's impossible for you to lose weight?

"I'm too tired to exercise!"
Are you too tired to lay on the couch and watch TV? Have you tried just moving? March in place or do crunches. If you feel yourself getting faint, then, yes, you're too tired to exercise. But if you can make it through 10 minutes of even something light in the way of movement, then you prove to yourself that it was a lie. You weren't too tired to exercise, you just didn't want to put in the energy because you were feeling lazy.

Trust true power of honesty, not the false power of lies. It's amazing how in control you begin to feel!

  
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CAROLYNINJOY1 9/3/2011 12:20PM

    Can't believe I missed this AWESOME blog. Thank you for your honesty!

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FLGIRL1234 12/30/2010 2:56PM

    AWESOME blog! It should be a required read for anyone starting their journey here on SP or anywhere for that matter. Great job!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/28/2010 10:09AM

    There is definitely a reason that this was picked for popular blog. Keep writing gems like this.



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A10TIVTRTL 10/16/2010 11:53AM

    Just what I needed to hear. I've been sick, have stopped exercising. Only this morning I told myself I'm ready to start walking again, but after breakfast I was asleep in the living room chair, no energy. I went out in the yard and sawed one tree branch - exhausted. So I was telling myself, "I need to rest more, I'm still not well...." and then I read this blog. Truth is, I need to get up and baby step myself back into the game. Thanks for the positive message!

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HUGAHAV 10/15/2010 10:37PM

    Awesome blog, you make some great points!

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HUGAHAV 10/15/2010 10:37PM

    Awesome blog, you make some great points!

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HUGAHAV 10/15/2010 10:36PM

    Awesome blog, you make some great points!

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BELLE_CHANSON 10/15/2010 9:48AM

    This was a wonderful blog!

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TONISTRELEC 10/15/2010 9:17AM

    Great Blog ...... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAMMY0328 10/14/2010 4:29PM

    I was too tired to exercise before I read this but now I'm not!!
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Thanks for the motivation!!

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GRACEISENUF 10/14/2010 3:42PM

    Good stuff!
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/14/2010 12:14PM

    This, right here, is very powerful:

Control over others = can’t.
Control over self = CAN!

Fabulous post. Brava!
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CORTNEY_NAMASTE 10/14/2010 9:48AM

    Can I just say AWESOME BLOG!!!!!!

I use to the the "I can't run" person and let me tell you it was such a lie.

The Truth: I wanted badly to run, however, I was not putting in the effort it took to really learn how to run and train to run.

I run now and I am starting to really like it and like the way it makes me feel confident.

It really is powerful to be honest and then do something about those want's you secretly desire to have. SO POWERFUL.

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RAVENSONG37 10/14/2010 9:17AM

    Dang girl...this is totally worth the popular blog award. You so smart. Really...this is great to think about.

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LADY_KATHY 10/14/2010 8:33AM

    FANTASTIC Blog.

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PAMINHALF 10/13/2010 6:19PM

  I absolutely LOVE this line "trying to deny honesty is like trying to teach a hippo how to play the piano - funny, but completely useless." - Great blog.

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PROPMAN1 10/13/2010 2:36PM

  Thanks for your honesty. emoticon emoticon

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LOSINGAMBER 10/13/2010 11:52AM

    Wonderful blog... One of the reasons I quit a few months ago was because *I* told myself I'm not an athlete. I wasn't enjoying running that particular day and I let it derail me. Truth is I was having an off day and should have just evaluated it at that. I mean whose side am I on anyhow LOL.

I've learned I shouldn't be my own worst enemy. I should be my own cheerleader and I can do whatever I danged well put my mind to. emoticon

Again great blog, its really tied into a lot of what I'm realizing these days.

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GETDONE 10/13/2010 12:10AM

    Pure fact--well done-----amazing progress.
I conect with the I try but the will power just isn't there---I have simply lost the desire to lose weight when all I have to feel better is food.
That is what I tell myself---yet I KNOW that there are many fun things to do, I do not need anyones permission to go forth and do.
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GOING2LOSENOW 10/12/2010 11:37PM

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Tonight, I was tired, from standing on my feet all day at work, for 8 hours, but I decided not to walk just to the far bus stop, but home. It was a 4 mile walk, took me 70 minutes, but it felt good to do it!


Thanks for sharing!

Tina

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 10/12/2010 10:38PM

    Well said. Thanks for sharing.

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PUGLOVER1999 10/12/2010 8:56PM

    FANTASTIC! You are so RIGHT! I am going to walk for 10 minutes right NOW! Thank you!!!!!!

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2QUILTS4ME 10/12/2010 8:39PM

    I really enjoyed your post.

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CANTONIO 10/12/2010 11:20AM

    This is a really great post. I admire your honesty and ability to take the hard look at yourself.

I love reading what you have to say; it helps me to think about things I don't always want to face!

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MINNA72 10/12/2010 3:31AM

    Very good blog and honest, too.

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JANI-LOU 10/12/2010 12:59AM

  Great blog. Thanks for the encouragement!

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MCKATIE2 10/12/2010 12:43AM

    Wonderfully expressed! Thank you!

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TEJAS1291 10/12/2010 12:18AM

  Great Blog!!! And so so very true.As the saying goes "The truth will set you free". emoticon

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LIVNGLEGND 10/11/2010 7:39PM

    I like to remember that denial is not a river in Egypt.

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CHARLEEE3 10/11/2010 6:28PM

    Your words really gave me something to think about and are very helpful to me. emoticon emoticon Charleee3

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LINDA! 10/11/2010 6:25PM

    WOW!! Great blog.

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VIRGOGURL4 10/11/2010 6:24PM

    My favorite blog from you yet! You just keep getting better and better at motivating me!

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RASLALIQUE 10/11/2010 4:42PM

    Thank you for writing this. I'm working on being honest with myself too. I can't go around blaming others or circumstances for things that I should do something about on my own.

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MCRYTZER 10/11/2010 4:38PM

    The truth will set you free!! emoticon

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BABYFACE26 10/11/2010 3:45PM

    Great blog! and boy, do i know about the power of lying to MYself. ...and I'm starting to get better at catching myself in these untruths! Wake up and say, I CAN!!! that's a big lie I tell myself, all the time. I won't succeed. I can't. I'm fat and disgusting. ..and so on.
All LIES. Well, e xcept the part about being Fat. I am fat, but i'm Not disgusting.
and I am working to abolish the self-destructive lies of the Inner Critic. that came originally from my Mother. ..I also loved the part about not being able to change how other people treat you! thank you for sharing your insights.

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RUNNER12COM 10/11/2010 3:12PM

    This is fantastic!

SDJ

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HARPLUTE 10/11/2010 2:44PM

  Great blog. Thanks for posting.
Gail

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4MEYEHEALTH 10/11/2010 1:57PM

    GREAT Blog.....thanks!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 10/11/2010 1:45PM

    Insightful. Thanks!

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HEART2010 10/11/2010 1:13PM

    Great thoughts! Thank you

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    Thank you for your honesty!
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JORDANADDO 10/11/2010 11:12AM

    loved your blog, and it made me just want to be that bit more honest

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CONTENTCHRIS 10/11/2010 11:00AM

    Thank you for the encouragement to get through another day. Very true statements. Good job!
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DOWN2SEXY 10/11/2010 10:52AM

    The most awesome, inspiring, and motivating blog I've read in a long time. Time to quit lying to myself and get with the program again.

You know what I find? I allow myself to get so busy with life in general that I feel like I don't even have time to think. I have good intentions, but one day goes by...then another...and before I know it I'm on a losing streak (and I don't mean losing weight) instead of a winning one.

Time to figure out how to keep that from happening.

Thanks for lighting a Spark under me today!

Hugs,
Janet

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CAZLINR 10/11/2010 10:33AM

  I just discovered your blog. And I like it!! Thanks for sharing your feelings and ideas--I think you would be an interesting person to know. emoticon

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Guess What I Did?!?! (And Weekend Plans)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

First of all, thank you all for your responses to my breakfast questions! I’ve got a lot of new breakfasts to try within the upcoming weeks, so that should be fun!

Yesterday I did something else I’ve never done before --- I hit ALL of my SP-set nutritional goals. In the past, even when I hit my calories, protein, and fat requirements, I’d lag behind on my carb goals…but somehow yesterday, I found a magic combination and was in every single one of my ranges! WOOT! I’m eating much of the same stuff today, so I’m on track to do it over again. One problem I had was that I felt like I was eating constantly after lunch, just trying to get everything down my gullet that I had set to hit those goals. So today I decided to start a little earlier in the day with my food intake. I ate my normal breakfast with coffee on the way to work, but after arriving I sat down with some Greek yogurt (blueberry!) and a banana. YUMS! About a half hour ago I ate my slice of Quiche for the day and I’m feeling quite good about the whole thing.

For lunch today? Another beautiful salad! Baby greens, feta cheese and almonds! YUM! I also have a Ranch Cheddar Turkey Burger (though I forgot a bun…ah-well, I’ll eat it without one!) and lots of yummy, fresh watermelon!

Snacks for later include: an apple, a cheese stick (string cheese), and a Luna bar (Peanut Butter Cookie! YUMS!)!

Then when I get home after my workout tonight I’ll have my regular omelet with whole-grain toast, and I even get to make a brownie sundae tonight with one of my little Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies, some French Silk ice cream and a couple little dollops of Cool Whip Lite! YUMS!

Breakfast – 225 calories
Midmorning Snack – 245 calories
Pre-Lunch Snack – 142 calories
Lunch – 608 calories
Midday Snack – 311 calories (I will likely split it into 2 snacks)
Dinner – 354 calories
After-dinner Snack – 396 calories

Total Calories: 2281 (range 2130-2480)
Total Carbs: 283 (range 268-387)
Total Fat: 85 (range 53-93)
Total Protein: 115 (range 60-208)

Now, let me first say that I’m not entirely happy at the after-dinner snack. Yep, it is dessert…and it has more calories than my dinner! BUT, it fits within my goals and ranges. It makes the cut because it fits into what I need to eat SP-suggested for the day, but it doesn’t quite feel right. I feel naughty, I swear! But because I’m really trying to break through this plateau (weight today – 350.2! *lol*), I’m attempting to eat a little higher than normal and eat actually WITHIN my ranges. So, while the method of delivery isn’t perfect, it’s better than yesterday and I have to give myself props for improvement.

Truth is, I burn about 4,000 calories a week in exercise, just in general and on average. So I have to really hit my calorie goals (according to Spark) in order to really reach my 2lb. per week loss goal. We’ll see how it works!

Second of all, I don’t like that my fat is still that high. I’m getting better, but I will continue to work on this one. Part of it is the regular Italian dressing I bought for my salad, which I normally wouldn’t eat, but it’s all CVS had yesterday AND it does fit within my ranges. I’d still like to work on getting this number down, but the progress of keeping that fat content within range while still getting in my calories and carbs is MAJOR improvement on my part!

Tomorrow and the rest of the week is going to be a challenge, though. I can’t just eat the same thing I always do because I have a long day tomorrow. Now, for me, it makes me thrilled because it means SUSHI! Yep, twice a month I have sushi for dinner. I treat myself and love every guiltless second of it. I get a tuna roll and two cucumber rolls which still = low calories! I sometimes also get edamame as a little pre-dinner treat, but I never eat all they give me. So I’m going to work later to see what I have to eat during the day to really round out my day right and get within those ranges again.

Friday will be off as well. I’ll be home most of the day while Logan’s at school. I think I’m going to try to get Hubs out to the tennis courts again, and then lunch out with him, our only real “date time” we ever get. After that I have to clean the car and make sure Logan and I are all packed to head out the door as soon as he gets off the bus from school. Oh, and I have a doctor’s appointment at 1:30pm. *sigh* When he gets home, it’s a 3-hour drive to my mom’s house. And, yes, I will likely stop by McDonald’s or Wendy’s to grab a bite to eat at some point, unless I can find some tiny time to squeeze in packing a lunch (I’m really going to try!). We’ll probably get there around dinner time, so I’ll be at the mercy of what Mom and I want to throw together or order for dinner.

Saturday is all up in the air. If Becks makes it out Friday night, as is the plan, we’ll likely spend the day out, doing something, but I have no clue what yet! *lol* We’ve talked about trying some new food this weekend, something out of my comfort zone, but I may reserve that for Sunday, after the race! (Don’t do new things before a race…I know that one!) We have to pick up race packets from 3-5 in Dayton and then the rest of the night is open, we just have to get to bed early.

Sunday is race day. I’m concerned about my mom because she’s stressing MAJOR! I keep telling her to chill, that even if it takes us all day and we have to stop and take a break for her, that we’ll stick by her and we’ll make sure she makes it through so she can actually say that she completed a 5k. I really want that for her! The race will be early in the morning and they’re talking pancakes to follow! YUM! (Can I sneak in some strawberries or blueberries to go on top? I guess I’d have to carry them 3.1 miles first! No thanks…)
After the race…who knows!? Mom is talking about a bonfire at a friend’s house. I’m thinking about Korean food! Something that scares the crap out of me, but I still REALLY want to try. That’s right, I might not even think about logging my food on Sunday. No clue…we’ll see what happens that day.

Monday is the return trip home, so it will be emotional (because I don’t want to leave and I won’t want Becks to leave either if she actually makes it out!). Plus, there’s the added stress of another 3-hour drive home, which could mean more fast food unless I think to plan ahead.

I do know that I’ll be taking my scale with me this weekend. Good or bad, win or lose, I have to know what my body is doing.

So…what are you doing this holiday weekend? (It’s Columbus Day for those of us in the States. For our neighbors up in the cold country, it’s Canadian Thanksgiving.)
How do you plan to use this holiday as an example for some of the more difficult times coming up? (I’ve already broken out the Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer because they aren’t selling any Pumpkin Spice variety here! BOO Krogers!)

Have some happy holidays, all!

  
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FEARLESSFATLESS 10/8/2010 10:10AM

    Congrats on hitting your nutrition goals!

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BTINTERNET 10/7/2010 11:18PM

    Congrats on hitting your numbers! I feel your pain - I'm always low on something or a smidge high on something.

Have a great race!

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LOOKY-LOU 10/7/2010 10:26AM

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend.

I will be here in "cold country" LOL (it was about 70 degree here yesterday, and not a leaf has fallen from my trees yet...) celebrating Thanksgiving with my family.

Haven't thought too much about dinner, may just be "thankful" we can go out to eat since my inlaws will be away...

Otherwise, my hubby has planned a poker night with his buddies so I planned a "ladies" night with a chick flick!

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ELAPOINTE 10/6/2010 10:00PM

    look at you - all full of accomplishments and good stuff! woo hoo! keep it up!

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REBECCAMA 10/6/2010 8:37PM

  That's a GREAT update. Congrats on eating.. I mean MEETING all of your nutritional goals. I haven't reached that level of awesomeness yet. Way to go!!!

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ERIN1128 10/6/2010 6:19PM

    Keep up the good work! Unfortunately neither hubby nor I gets Columbus Day off anymore...budget cuts in California. :-(

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THOMS1 10/6/2010 1:55PM

    You are doing great, keep up the momentum! Good luck in the race. emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 10/6/2010 1:46PM

    Hey Pretty - so does it have to be McDonalds or Wendy's on the way, or will your kids eat Subway? At least it's a better bet than fried. Just a suggestion. I still eat a footlong every Wednesday night after my swim and work it into my calories, so I'm sure you could too!

Congrats on hitting all your SP numbers! That's a big deal - and look at the scale - it totally rewarded you. That .2 pounds is GONZO next time!

Can't wait to read your race report from this weekend - for you AND for your mom!

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HARMONYBLUE 10/6/2010 1:43PM

    Good job on hitting ALL of your nutritional goals. It's hard. Fells sometimes like I need a chemistry degree to get it all right, but by the way you can eat the edemame. The nutrition counts you see on SP for edemame is SHELLED, so really a typical restaurant serving is about 100-150 calories and has tons of protein. Very good for you...and it sounds like you are sticking to the normal rolls (its the fancy ones that will get you into trouble with their sauces and tempura!)

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ATROTTIER 10/6/2010 1:43PM

    Great job on hitting your SP goals - I think I've done that once. Your weekend sounds awesome!! I'm going camping with some friends, you know how camping food goes...yep, usually bad but I'm going to bring some good choices and maybe squeeze in some bad choices in small amounts - it's all about moderation right? =)

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BELLALUCIA 10/6/2010 1:42PM

    I'm treating myself to chicken on 10/11!

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MAIA2011 10/6/2010 1:40PM

    You have a great plan and you will rock this race! I know your mom can do it, too!

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CHICAT63 10/6/2010 12:34PM

    You are doing AWESOME, keep it up ! Best of luck on your race, seeing your Mom and sister. I know road trips are not the best but if you can prepack some snacks you should be ok. Have a great long weekend ! For myself, Thanksgiving weekend with hubby now working shifts he won't be coming to our family dinner on Sunday. Apart from that no plans.

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KAREN_NY 10/6/2010 12:34PM

    Wow - fantastic!

I'm heading to Toronto with my (Canadian) BF for Thanksgiving. We'll be at his (beautiful & very fit) cousin's house overnight. Sweet people, but I'm a little intimidated. I'm not intimidated by much in this life, but this... It's not because they are his family; it's because I don't want to spend my weekend feeling like The Fat Girl stuck in a Womens Fitness layout. (sigh) BF is so supportive and his family has been so nice, but I bring this feeling on myself.

On the upside, I know my portion control will be amazingly dead-on, and that there will be a major walk to brunch on Sunday morning. :)
K:)

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XTMONT 10/6/2010 12:23PM

    Don't worry about your fat, provided it's mostly monounsaturated (fat from almonds and olives, etc).

Good luck on your race!

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MAMADWARF 10/6/2010 12:22PM

    man, you make me tired just reading that!! i have a great after dinner desert for you.
Get the sugar free vanilla pudding cups, cut up a banana (or half a one) and crumble a graham cracker.. it is like banana pie and super yum! Have a great weekend. Im proud of you!!!

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CRAVINGLIFE 10/6/2010 11:46AM

    Isn't it amazing how much food you really need to eat when you eat the right kind of food?

Glad you found a good plan for you. I don't eat as many calories as you (I'm only 1200 - 1500 per day) so I don't have as much trouble staying within all my ranges.

Hope you have a great day! I can feel the excitement from your blog. You are doing a great job!!!

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40PLUSANDFIT 10/6/2010 11:43AM

    Now when you hit your potassium, then you're rocking... hahaha, good job on hitting all those goals.

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KARVY09 10/6/2010 11:42AM

    Aw, sounds like a fun weekend ahead!

You will love Korean food. My favorite is bimbimbap cooked in the stone bowl. It makes the rice really crispy and it's served with beef or chicken and vegetables. A really good dish!

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FRIENDOFBACH 10/6/2010 11:39AM

  Congratulations! I have done this once or twice, but rarely does everything fall into place,
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I Want To Eat Your Breakfast & WTF Template 10/5-10/10

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

FYI - My breakfasts are becoming quite boring. Plus, this small breakfast thing is fine, but I need a little BOOST of calories when I get into work to keep me from having to chow down all afternoon, seriously! (I'm trying to HIT my calorie goals this week, the SP designed ones, not my lower goals.) What's that mean? It means I'm out of ideas and ---

I WANT TO EAT YOUR BREAKFASTS!

So leave me a note here. Tell me what you eat for breakfast. Include brands or recipes, if necessary. I'm also going to need the calorie/carb/fat/protein breakdown please, unless you have your breakfast on your tracker and have shared it.

I'm going to start trying these breakfasts out and see if I find a new thing to love in the morning! So - GIVE ME YOUR EGGO...or whatever it is you eat! NOM NOM NOM!

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I forgive myself for [[not meeting every single one of my fitness goals]] last week.

Forgiving doesn't mean forgetting, so this week I will [[set more reasonable goals that I know I can reach]] to make sure it doesn't happen again.

FITNESS AND NUTRITION

For my last template, I was able to accomplish [[2 Zumba classes, 1 rowing session, 2 elliptical session, 2 ST sessions including a double session, lots of new ST with the cable machine, my SIBCCT, time on the stationary bike, 3 planks getting up to 45-seconds, 2 racquetball sessions, and 2 tennis sessions]]. (PHEW! I'm tired just listing that!)

I also did [[500+ fitness minutes!]] So this week, I will attempt to achieve [[much of the same! Tennis, racquetball, and fun things that make the exercise seem less like a chore!]].

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1. Chips
2. Candy Bars
3. French Fries
(It's time for a road trip so these can KILL me!)

My power food/go-to meal/snack this week will be [[Crustless Spinach, Onion and Feta Quiche or Almonds with Fruit!]].

My main goal this week is to [[eat IN my SP calorie ranges]] and I wont let [[my fear of not progressing]] keep me from doing it.

Last week, I was [[super serious]], this week I will be [[reflective, but fun!]].

LIFE IN GENERAL

For my specially set-aside me time this week, I am going to [[spend some much-needed quality time with my Momma and, hopefully, Becks!]].

I'm going to keep the negative voices in my head at bay by [[reminding myself that it will work, if I work it, in it's own time and eventually]].

And I will STOP PROCRASTINATING when it comes to [[cleaning out my van! *lol* and talking to my Doctor about questions I've been having]].


[[I have earned this weekend away! I will not go crazy because I will be surrounded by people who not only know and believe in my goals, but who share them. We will work to keep each other on task and will enjoy our time together. I will race on Sunday full of the knowledge that fitness does not always have to be such serious business, it can be a fun activity that can bring the entire family together. I will not stress about PRs or even the time, but will simply walk for the joy of being one in a healthier place with my family.]]

[[I will focus my time until then on figuring out more about balance and finding the right balance for my life, and will spend some much needed time with the 2 boys I must leave behind on Friday.]]

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CORTNEY_NAMASTE 10/14/2010 9:52AM

    I love to have once peice of toast and I put 1 tablespoon of whipped cream cheese on the toast, top with a slice of ham and then an egg that I have cooked w/ cooking spray. I leave my yolks a little runny but you can cook the egg to your preference. It's an open faced egg, ham and cream cheese sammy. YUM YUM YUM. You can also use with the 100 bagel thins (I like to use the everything bagel thins by Thomas)

The nutritional info is in my tracker. It usually rings in at about 220 calories.

60 calories for my slice of bread, or 100 for the bagel thin
70 calories for my whole egg
60 calories for my ham
30 calories for my Tablespoon of whipped cream cheese.

Good Luck

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SAMHAINHEATHER 10/9/2010 11:09PM

    Cream Cheese, chock full of diced bell peppers (every color the store has), spinach, and any other fresh veggie you have that you need to use...I put a few cherry peppers in mine, but some don't like a spicy breakfast. Spread this on whatever bread you have that you like (I use low-cal whole grain English muffins or bagels). My daughter calls this 'Confetti Cheese' because of all of the colors!

I also eat 2 hard boiled eggs in the morning...if I don't it seems like I'm ravenous all day. I boil them on Sunday night and shell them before I go to bed. I also package them in snack baggies before putting them in the fridge. I keep the confetti cheese and English muffins at work...I have managed to entice everyone to eat their veggies at breakfast with this dish...my best friend comes over Sunday mornings for breakfast and insists I serve the confetti cheese :-P

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SWTSUCCESS2012 10/9/2010 10:35AM

    I take 1 slice of Ezekial Bread (I like the sesame seed kind) and toast it. Spread it with 1 wedge of Laughing Cow light cheese, and top with 1 whole egg with 1 egg white scrambled together. I'll add 1 cup oj and I have a delicious, nutritious breakfast for about 300 cals. YUM!

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MEREDIE02 10/9/2010 9:57AM

    One of my favorite breakfasts:
1/3 cup part skim ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup frozen blueberries, thawed, something crunchy - ususally a sprinkling of flaxseeds or walnuts, and a drizzle of honey for a bit of sweetness.

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YOOVIE 10/9/2010 7:04AM

    multigrain eggo (2)
1 tbsp of crunchy peanut butter
12 oz 2% milk
10 big strawberries

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MAGPIE17 10/8/2010 11:10AM

    Don't have the nutritional info on me, but my breakfast is a mixed berry smoothie, with about 1 cup of frozen mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries), a "puck" of frozen spinach (about 1/3 of a cup - can't taste it, don't worry!), 1/2 a banana, about 1/2 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, a tbsp of Udo's Oil (all your Essential Fatty Acids mixed together - not necessary), and a few cups of water. I do know it's about 20g of protein, a few of fibre, low fat, and reasonable carbs. It's also really tasty!

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BTINTERNET 10/7/2010 11:31PM

    1) Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger on an Arnold Sandwich Thin (multigrain usually) with a splash of salsa verde

2) Cottage cheese (I'm weird, I like it plain)

3) Smoothie made with fruit-du-jour (fresh or frozen), ice, Chobani Greek yogurt and a splash of fat-free milk, sometimes with protein powder or flax or something

4) Breakfast "muffins" - crumble & cook a sausage meat product (can be pork, veggie, whatever), drain. Scramble together some proportion of eggs and eggwhites. Mix in cheese and assorted chopped veggies (onion, mushroom, spinach etc.) Pour into muffin tins sprayed with baking spray and bake for about 30 mins at 350. Approximate proportions are 1 pound of meat to 16 egg-units (and experimentation says about 2/3 real eggs is nice, much closer to half and they get watery), and about 2 c of cheese makes 24 muffins. Make ahead, freeze in a zip lock bag, grab 2 & nuke gently wrapped in a paper towel. (Nutrition depends on choices!)

5) Breakfast burritos - cooked breakfast meat, scrambled eggs, salsa, cheese, (beans if you like, rice if you like). Roll up in a whole wheat tortilla and freeze on a cookie sheet. When frozen, wrap individually and put in a ziplock. They nuke in about 90 secs depending on size. I make a big batch every few weeks and toss them in the freezer, grab on the way out.

I'm another one for whom oatmeal or cereal means a midmorning snack very soon. And I like a high-protein breakfast.

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FLWRCHLD97 10/6/2010 12:34PM

    I make homemade breakfast wraps (like Dunkin Donuts sells, not sure if DD is in your area). But anyway, homemade is healthier and I just list the items individually when I track it because there isn't much in it.

Whole wheat tortilla + scambled egg, add a small bit of cheddar cheese (or any type of cheese or omit the cheese), fold the tortilla over (to make a half moon shape) + eat.

I make a huge batch and then wrap them individually in plastic wrap and freeze them. I grab one out of the freezer on my way out the door and nuke it (removing the plastic wrap first) at work. This can be mixed up anyway you like it, add breakfast meat, salsa, veggies in the scrambled eggs, etc. I have made breakfast burritos too and frozen them in batches. Grab and go, those are the kinds of breakfasts I like. Hope this helps! Good luck.

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FEARLESSFATLESS 10/6/2010 11:48AM

    I make blueberry bran muffins which are high fiber and actually have 3g of protein for only 98 calories! I share my tracker so feel free to browse. I've also shared the recipe. I find they stick to the ribs and I can add an egg or a piece of fruit and it's just enough food to see me to lunch.

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SPATTERS3 10/6/2010 8:47AM

    my standard breakfast: 1/2 of a Thomas Everything bagel with 1 oz of real cream cheese, coffee, and either a banana or a V8 Strawberry/Banana Fusion 8oz . I track all of my food. With the V8 it = 300 cal., 51 carbs, 7 fat, 6 protein; with the banana it = 288 cal., 51 carbs, 8 fat, 7 protein

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WATCHMEGO2 10/6/2010 8:45AM

    Almost every work day I have two hard boiled egg whites (I don't like the yolks), 1/2 cup of fibre one cereal mixed with a small container of yogurt and coffee of course. I boil a big pot of eggs every Sunday and then I just have to nuke my egg whites in the mornings.

On the weekends I usually have a nice big omelet (usually one whole egg and two egg whites) with peppers, onions, low fat cheese, spinach and some leftover veggies. Sometimes if I am really hungry I will wrap a whole wheat tortilla around this bad boy, maybe a dab of salsa mmmmmm....and coffee of course.

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-SHIMMER-ANN- 10/6/2010 7:05AM

    Oatmeal leaves me hungry too! :P Here's my fave...

3 Egg whites, 1 whole egg, scrambled with two slices of precooked bacon and a serving of 2% cheese. It's less than 300 calories, VERY satisfying...I mean, it has BACON lol, and it's my fave :) Good luck!

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CATHERINEL66 10/6/2010 6:20AM

    Want to eat my breakfast? Please do! My favorite one: steel cut oats (1/4 C dry cooked in a pan on the stove with 1 C water) with 1/4 C granola on top, a sliced up pear and a bit of almond milk. That's my heavenly breakfast!

On mornings when I zoom off to the gym, I eat a kashi granola bar on the way, and then after the gym, at my desk, I have some oatheads oatmeal and a chobani greek yogurt with a 1/2 scoop of designer whey protein powder. Not the greatest, but still yummy. I recently found the oatheads brand and like it over other instant/quick oats that I can have at the office.

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MAMADWARF 10/5/2010 10:51PM

    Lemon Zest Luna Bar (it is on the nutrition tracker) has 180 calories and has good protein. The blueberry are good and so are the macadamia coconut. My 2nd fav is reduced cal wheat toast with peanut butter. The thomas's bagel thins are good for breakfast sandwiches too. You can make them ahead then microwave it when you are ready to eat. If you use eggbeaters and a little bit of cheese, also under 200 calories...

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CARTOONB 10/5/2010 10:37PM

    I eat leftovers for breakfast. Today was lasagna and broccoli. Tomorrow will be potato soup. Other choices have included beef enchiladas and green beans, buffalo chicken and steak. I realize that leftovers are not for everyone, but it might work for you. Good luck!

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SOCKS117 10/5/2010 10:02PM

  I love a breakfast sandwich. I am not including a breakdown only because it varies and YOU can vary. Some suggestions:

I prefer: 2 eggs, whisked and then cooked flat, then folded to fit. If you had a metal round cookie cutter you could make more of a patty. A light thomas' high fiber english muffin. 1/2 slice american cheese, 1 small sausage patty or 2 slices bacon.

You could also: Use a bagel, egg beaters, low-fat cheese, and turkey bacon.

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HARMONYBLUE 10/5/2010 9:34PM

    Either...
Oatmeal (rolled oats cooked three minutes in the microwave in a REALLY big bowl so they don explode) with brown sugar and berries or, lately, walnuts and bananas.
Or egg and cheese on whole wheat english muffin. Microwave egg (one whole + one white scrambled) in a ceramic bowl for a minute and a half. Small bowl will makes them turn out exactly english muffin sized. Sometimes add a little smart balance, 1/2 to 3/4 slice of reduced fat cheddar and a banana. Lately I've been adding a scoop of pico to the eggs for some spice. And always a latte! I'm really into rooibos and chai teas. Steep in hot water, pour into a large cup, add half cup of skim milk and desired sweetener. YUM!

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LILASIAGO 10/5/2010 8:58PM

    Oatmeal doesn't work for me. I'm still hungry.

I have greek yogurt and fruit such as berries or an apple with a latte. I keep the apple in the fridge and then slice it. Oh, and sometimes I have cottage cheese with a granola and berries. It's a weird combo, but delicious with the right granola.

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M0PPET 10/5/2010 8:58PM

    I'm allergic to eggs, so i try to find different breakfast protein sources.
My favorites are:

1. Whole wheat slice of toast with 1.5 tbs organic peanut butter and banana slices with honey drizzled on top

2. Quick (not instant) oatmeal cooked on the stove with 1.5 tbs organic peanut butter stirred in and fresh blueberries on top.

3. Greek yogurt with splenda, vanilla extract and chopped up apples.

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SYK1012 10/5/2010 8:31PM

    my go-to is steel cut oatmeal. I like McCann's Irish Steel Cut. It keeps me satisfied for a good 4 hours. theres the instant kind but I prefer the regular. takes 30 min to cook but i make a double batch on sundays and then separate into 1 cup servings in Tupperware. that way its fast in the mornings before work and all prepared. i sometimes eat it at home before work, others bring it with me. you just add a little water, pop in the microwave, and i add a scoop of vanilla protein powder and cinnamon. sometimes berries or peanut butter or ground flaxseed. It's on my tracker most days!

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ANAJAK 10/5/2010 8:21PM

    Sorry resend - I must really love breakfast :)

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ANAJAK 10/5/2010 8:20PM

    I make my own muesli which has enough fat (healthy) and wholegrains (fiber) to keep me full until lunchtime (essential for me) - I usually eat a handful of muesli, 2 weetbix (NZ wholegrain wheat biscuit), 1/2 cup non-fat milk and fruit. This has been my biggest weight loss strategy by far!!! Oh and a couple of coffees with (another 1/2 cup of non-fat milk (extra calcium and protein).

On the weekends we sometimes eat 2 poached eggs on wholegrain toast and the requisite coffee of course.

I think making my muesli (and I am extremely time strapped ALL the time) makes me feel good - and possibly gives me a sense of control over what I eat.

Hope this helps - I LOVE BREAKFAST!!!

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HAPPYCHERRY 10/5/2010 8:19PM

    I love a protein filled breakfast. I like stuffing eggs, chicken, hummus, and some leafy greens in a whole wheat tortilla shell. it's very filling and yummy!

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RACHEL_MAC 10/5/2010 8:11PM

    The I-Have-A-Lot-Of-Time Breakfast: Eggs-n-oats
- 1 whole egg, 2 egg whites, mixed with 1/3 c. dry rolled oats, then scrambled. Can serve with sauteed spinach (which I put in the skillet while I crack the eggs) or asparagus (ditto), seasoned with salt and pepper. Depending on how long it'll be before I have lunch, I'll sometimes add a piece of toast and jam or almond butter.

The I'm-Running-Out-The-Door Breakfast: whey protein/water, then oats at work
- While still at the house, I mix 1 scoop protein powder with water and chug it. That kick starts my metabolism. I prepare oats (1/2 c. dry rolled oats, 1 T almond butter, cinnamon, Truvia) and bring them in a little tupperware to work; I add boiling water from the coffee machine (or you can get a cup of hot water from Starbucks for next to nothing) and eat the oats at work.

The I-Have-A-Little-Bit-Of-Time-But-Sti
ll-Need-To-Get-To-Work Breakfast: yummy protein shake, then oats at work.
- I pack my oats to bring to work and put them in my purse. Then, I make a protein shake. Usually 1 scoop whey protein powder, a couple ice cubes, sometimes a few cups of fresh spinach (trust me, you can't taste it in the shake, it just turns it green), and frozen berries. Or I'll leave out the frozen berries and add 1 T unprocessed, unsweetened cocoa powder. Or both. :)

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NONIE_C 10/5/2010 8:06PM

    Go check out my "Weekly Food Plan" blogs. While they don't list the nutrition info, you will hopefully get some yummy ideas. I'm all about mixin' it up and keepin' it fun with my food. And if you do go check 'em out, just let me know if you have any questions.
Good Luck and Happy Eating (breakfast)!
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JOHNTJ1 10/5/2010 8:06PM

    Four egg white whipped and made into an omelet with garlic, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms, fried in No-Cal PAM.

(Be sure you have some breath mints handy)

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/5/2010 7:57PM

    oatmeal and protein powder...

rinse and repeat!

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MAIA2011 10/5/2010 7:29PM

    I want to eat your breakfast sounds a tad confrontational like I eat guys like you for breakfast! LOL

Mine is on my tracker, too. I have two main ones. Bite-sized shredded wheat with a ton of blueberries and soy milk. (Nonfat regular milk has less fat than soy but I like soy milk better.) Also, I like cream of wheat with a bit of butter or I Can't Believe It's Not Butter melted in and then add milk (again I use soy) on top--cools it down.

I agree with the poster who said there is no reason not to eat nontraditional breakfasts as well. (Also, I read on the RealAge website that it is actually good to eat the same thing everyday for at least one meal to help lose weight. I also read that in a book by a woman who lost 200 pounds eating right and exercising. In my own experience I got down to my lowest 5-year weight of 217 when I was eating the same turkey sandwich everyday at school BUT I thought I was going to lose my mind!)

That was a long-winded comment. Hope it helps!

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SARAWALKS 10/5/2010 6:49PM

    Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Muffins really fill me up. One of them is enough!
Also oatmeal but I like the oldfashioned kind - with a tsp. of flaxseed meal, a dollop of Splenda brown sugar mix, & maybe 1/8 c. toasted chopped walnuts. Sounds complicated but doesn't take long actually. 5 min. to cook & you get out the other stuff while it's cooking.
Cereal is not enough for me - although if I am pressured for time I will have Kashi cereal with super skim and a banana or some berries.
OR this AM I had 2 medium-boiled eggs (whites cooked, yellows a bit soft) with a whole wheat bagel thin with molasses on it. LOVE Molasses & it is good for you.
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OR smoked nova lox, light cream cheese, on bagel thin.
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BECKYB73 10/5/2010 6:47PM

    I make a smoothie with a banana, some frozen berries and almond milk in my bullet. Sometime soon I'm going to try a pumpkin spice smoothie...probably after I go to the grocery and get some canned pumpkin.

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ELAPOINTE 10/5/2010 6:35PM

    i do a serving of quick oats and a tablespoon of low sodium peanut butter and a dash of splenda/truvia/sugar/honey...and for when i'm starvationing later i grab a mini-whole wheat bagel (thomas') and a shmear of low sodium pb...
OR
dannon light & fit yogurt (80 cals vs yoplait's 100) and 1/4c of bear naked +protein granola and a banana...
OR
i have an AMAZE-bots recipe for raisin bran flake muffins and i'll eat one with a dannon light & fit...(here's the recipe...http://recipes.sparkpeople
.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1
156276) and i've done the muffins in mini-cups as well for fun and just to see, but the calculation may change...i guess its 3:1 for little:normal-sized. AND it really does keep in the fridge for 6 weeks...DON'T MIX UPON SCOOPING OUT! but yumm!

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MNGIRLIE 10/5/2010 4:10PM

    My breakfasts normally consist of a Chobani Greek Yogurt. My tracker is shared and you can see the details there. I'll also add in a scoop of chia seeds to beef it up just a little bit.

I'm normally hungry a couple hours later so I'll have a banana or apple then.

Not too exciting, but some of the egg sandwich recipes here sure sound tasty!

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REBECCAMA 10/5/2010 3:42PM

  My go-to breakfasts are
1. Special K with 2% milk
2. Total cereal with 2% milk
3. Peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread

I also add a yogurt for a snack, or an apple, sometime after I get to work.

Of course I have to save some calories for coffee too. :-)

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BORNAGAINBRAT 10/5/2010 3:32PM

    I have a whole wheat tortilla with egg whites, cheese and pico de gallo. It is on my tracker. Very filling because I have 3 servings of egg whites.

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KITHKINCAID 10/5/2010 2:47PM

    I am all about breakfast sandwiches. I do get the Starbucks variety of ham & cheddar which are 360 calories (37 carbs, 15 fat, 20 protein) and unfortunately a whole lot of sodium. But I make room for them cause they're so darn good.

If I'm making my own variety I get low sodium ham and American cheese and a fresh egg. I pop 2 Eggo Whole Wheat Low Fat Waffles in the toaster (or Aunt Jemima has a similar variety for the same calorie counts). While they're toasting I crack an egg into a small round zip-lock container sprayed with Pam and scramble it. Nuke it in the microwave for 30 seconds. When the waffles are done, I top them with 1oz of the ham and a slice of the cheese and put them back in the toaster oven to melt the cheese. Take out the egg and shake it a bit to remove it from the sides of the bowl then nuke it for another 20 seconds. Once the waffles are done, dump the egg on top, sandwich it together and go! So filling and yummy!

Breakdown is 324 calories (28 carbs, 10 fat, 18 protein) and a whole lot less sodium!

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ARCHIMEDESII 10/5/2010 2:44PM

    How about a nice egg omelet ? Eggs are not evil ! It is okay to eat eggs for breakfast. If you don't want an omelet, you could have a hard boiled egg or two. I do like a nice hard boiled egg.

What are other things you could do ? How about an Amy's Breakfast Burrito ? Amy's Burritos are wonderful as well as organic. Reasonably priced, you should be able to find them at your local supermarket.

Also, you don't have to have traditional breakfast foods for breakfast i.e. like cereal. There are many cultures that have a soup or salad for breakfast. How about a nice leafy green salad with some goat cheese ? I've done that before too. You can have dinner for breakfast. nothing wrong with that. The key is just making sure your meal is balanced.

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KARVY09 10/5/2010 2:34PM

    Sees my tracker....

I make overnight oats a lot (1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup greek yogurt, 1/3 cup almond milk, 1 tbsp flaxseed: mix, cover and leave in fridge overnight) served with fresh fruit or nuts.

Kashi cereal (honey almond flax is my fave) with almond milk and fruit.

Egg white omelet (or egg) on a flaxseed pita (Joseph's brand)

PBJ on flaxseed pita

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MENACE79 10/5/2010 2:33PM

    My go-to breakfasts:

Fiber One Cereal w/ almond milk and fresh strawberries (or any fresh fruit that you have on hand)

Egg Whites prepared in microwave with Cabot 50% light cheddar, a Thomas' whole wheat english muffin, and sometimes a Morningstar Farms sausage patty (as a sandwich - yum)

I find the egg white sandwich keeps me going for longer, but the Fiber One works pretty good too.

Now I am hungry, lol.

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MEGSFITNESS 10/5/2010 2:30PM

    1c. Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds, 3/4 c. skim milk and about 1/4 c. fresh blueberries or other in-season fruit. If I don't feel like having my fruit in my cereal, sometimes I'll save it for my mid-morning snack. I like grab-and-go fruit such as apples and bananas, oranges and grapes.

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40PLUSANDFIT 10/5/2010 2:27PM

    well um, an activia yogurt loaded with flax seed. Really appetizing huh?

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