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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

2.2 pounds down this week

me, rambling about stuff

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STINKYBICHEZ 4/27/2011 8:05PM

    First Facebook, now SparkPeople... Leroy is famous!!

Seriously, congratulations on the weight loss. You work your butt off and you deserve to see results. emoticon

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    Love your kitten! emoticon

Congrats on the 2.2 down!!

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-POOKIE- 4/26/2011 6:15AM

    *laughs* he wanted to show off!

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I wish I were a little bar of soap...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Weigh in day is tomorrow. I have been excellent this week. I have gone to the gym three times and worked hard. I have watched everything I have eaten and have made smart choices. I have drank all of the water I am supposed to each day. There is no reason that I should not have lost weight.

I hate to get my hopes up and not have anything happen. Wish me luck.

Fuel is now $3.85/gallon. It is slowly creeping to $4.00/gallon. I have a weekly fuel budget of $50. My jeep gets appx 20mi/gallon. I have concluded that I may have to start limiting my trips to the gym, as it is 27 miles round trip. I can not join a closer gym because there isn't one that offers the amenities that mine does nor one that has hours that works with my schedule. The one gym that is closer is an old (and I mean OLD) YMCA. The membership there is $15 more a month, no pool, exercise classes are extra, and there is no pool. I figure if I have to limit my gym trips, I am going to start having to get the most out of each trip. I may have to spend up to 2 hours there, but I think that will be ok. If I dedicate an hour to cardio and a half hour to an hour to strength training.

Strength training... argh, I hate strength training. I don't know why I hate it so much. I need to start doing it again, even if it is a half hour 3x's a week. Of course, I don't really need to do it at the gym, I can do it at home. I can use the gym to take advantage of the cardio equipment.

Speaking of cardio, I am really making a lot of progress. When I first started the gym, I could only make it 5 mins on the elliptical. I gradually was able to make it longer on the lowest setting. I can now do 25-30 mins on a middle setting, PLUS I use the "random" feature which varies the resistance in 15 second intervals. I am proud of my progress, because I know that despite my size, I can do a lot more than the so called "skinny" people. I also know how hard I have worked to get to this point, and even if the numbers on the scale aren't changing very much, or are the inches melting off, I know that I am getting fitter and stronger and healthier. I think it is just a matter of finding the right combination.

I am still nervous to weigh in though. Like I said, I have done everything right. Currently, all of my coworkers are enjoying McDonald's breakfast, and I had some homemade oatmeal.

As far as it being Easter Sunday... I am at work. We had our dinner on Thursday since I had to work today. I ate very well, and stayed well within my ranges. I even had a small slice of homemade ice cream pie :)

I hope everyone who is reading this has a great holiday if that is your thing, and if it isn't, I hope you have an awesome day :)

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ALASKASKY 4/24/2011 1:10PM



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HIPPIECHIC68 4/24/2011 9:17AM

    Sounds like you are doing great! Don't worry *so* much about the numbers, look how strong you are you continue to make good choices, your natural weight will make itself known to you! emoticon

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CORTNEY-LEE 4/24/2011 9:15AM

    Thanks for the encouragement. I don't really have a "neighborhood" as I pretty much live in the middle of the woods. Walking is an option, but it gets cumbersome since I am very limited as to where I can walk. My boyfriend and I will also play tennis and basketball once or twice a week once the weather is nice out.

2 hours at the gym isn't a big deal for me. On my days off, I mostly have nothing better to do. Incorporating strength training is the issue as I HATE (and I do mean HATE) strength training, especially at the gym. This is why I am looking to do the strength training at home, and use the gym for the cardio. If that is the case, then I will spend 1-2 hours there 3x's a week as I often like to go swimming (or water jogging) after a vigorous workout on the elliptical.

Again, I thank you for the encouragement. It really helps smooth out the road bumps on the journey :)

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CRAFTYSARAH 4/24/2011 9:00AM

    As the weather gets nicer, can you incorporate some cardio in your neighborhood? Maybe you can workout some days at home and use the gym for the special equipment and variety? Two hours would be awesome if you have the time to do it, but don't set yourself up for an impossible standard just to save a bit on gas.

Keep up the great work!

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super star!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Just an update. Really liking this Vlog thing

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TUBLADY 4/23/2011 12:20PM

    I am glad you are working hard at getting in shape, more fit and healthy.
Prior to my knee replacement surgery this week, i worked out on the elliptical, a half an hour and I burned 900 calories.
I also use the recumbent bike , its not as tough on my knees and i really get a good workout on it.
I have went from 333 lbs in January,2010 to 165.
I track all my meals here on Spark, and track my exercises too.
I know when i was heavier i would reach intensity sooner than i do now. So it's possible weight has something to do with it.
I can't imagine not working out as much as you can. Unless some one is being compulsive about it.
That does not sound like you.
Good luck on your journey.
Just do what ever you can each day and most of all believe in yourself.
You can do it.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tonight's dinner special:

Boneless skinless chicken breast grilled to perfection resting on a fresh bed of salad greens. Reduced fat blue cheese crumbles, slivered almonds and dried cranberries make this a decedent meal.
served with fat free strawberry balsamic dressing

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SARAHNICOLE__17 4/19/2011 10:47PM

    Yummy! :P

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    That looks simply delicious. LOVE those sliced almonds and cranberries! They make the salad, but I have to be careful not to add too many, cause they also add lots of calories. I try to go easy on them. Had a salad last night with my new spritzer dressings. I both the both ranch and balsamic vinaigrette varieties. The vinaigrette only has 10 calories for 10 spritzes and the ranch has 25 for the same number. I used some of each, for a total of 25 calories. It was delicious. I think I actually liked the vinaigrette better, and I am a ranch lover from way back. Something about the non-fat ranch though, just isn't quite the same as even low-fat ranch. Still--to save that many calories, I'm all for using it!

I think I will have the rest of my salad tonight for dinner, hopefully son didn't eat it for his lunch today!!

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Monday, April 18, 2011

I am pretty excited.

I joined Weight Watchers today, and I am really hopeful that this will help me in my weight loss journey and also help me in general with a healthy lifestyle.

To start out, I get 36 points. I don't know how much difficulty I am going to have meeting this goal. Tonight isn't so bad because I am having left over Chicken Brushcetta Pasta from TGI Fridays. They gave me a HUGE portion. In fact, it was so large that I would have gotten three meals out of it. I ate at the restaurant, and packed a portion for my dinner tonight, and threw the rest away.

I wasn't sure exactly how to figure out the points for it, so I looked up the info online and divided it by three. I figured that would give me a strong estimate.

I also got my Pampered Chef spices. I am excited about that too! I got Buffalo, Chili Lime, Smokey BBQ and Sweet Apple Sprinkle. The first three are for chicken and seafood, and I thought that the apple would make something yummy for oatmeal.

I am kind of bummed I didn't get to go to the gym today. I met my Mother at 1pm for Weight Watchers. I didn't think we would be there that long, but it took over an hour! Then I had to go to the bank and make sure money was in my account by 2:30pm. Then I had to run to Blockbuster to return movies. By the time I got all of that done, it was after 2:30 which wouldn't give me enough time to get a workout in and get home, get ready and get to work on time. I still didn't have much time to eat. I did end up having a really good grilled chicken salad.

I am really enthused about this new program and I am hoping that it works well for me.

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CORTNEY-LEE 4/19/2011 4:09AM

    Thanks Pookie for all of your encouragement.

That does sound good, I might have to try it :)

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-POOKIE- 4/19/2011 3:54AM

    I do hope this works for you, I know it frustrates me, let alone YOU to see how much effort you put in and not seeing what you hope to see.

Sweet Apple sprinkle sounds tasty, might also be nice on pork loin?

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