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LOOONG overdue update, which also happens to be long...with pictures!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

As the title says, it has been entirely too long since I blogged here, and there is a ton to say, per se. There has been so much going on that I'm not even sure where I should begin. Therefore, I'm going to start with an update on my measurements:

Weight 6/28/11: 176.8lbs

Measurements: (current/previous/change)
Waist: 32.5 in / 34 in / -1.5 in
Chest: 33.75 in / 34.75 in / -1 in
Hips: 43.5 in / 43.5 in / 0
Bicep: 12 in / 11.75 in / +0.25 in
Forearm: 10 in / 10 in / 0
Thigh: 25 in / 24.75 in / +0.25 in
Calf: 17 in / 16.75 in / +0.25 in
Body Fat Percentage: 42.2% / 40.4% / +1.8% via Omron Full Body Analysis Scale

Not a terrible showing, but not a good one either. Again, I am left with the question of what else can I do? Other than the last two days (when I ate 1600 both days), I have eaten 1200-1500 calories as SP has suggested. And I have burned an average of 1200-1500 calories a week through exercise. Based on those numbers and SP's calculations, I should be losing about 1.5lbs per week. Obviously, that is not the case.

The crazy part? Two weeks ago (7/12-7/18) I burned almost twice the number of calories I had allotted! We were on vacation, and my days consisted of waking up, eating a bagel, sitting by the pool until ~1-2PM, working out for 1.5-2 hours,hanging out in the whirlpool with a book, and then getting ready for dinner. It was PARADISE! Too bad real life can't be like that...... ;p

Here are two pics from our hotel window in Orlando:

But the BEST part of the week was right here:

Yep, that's Hogwarts. BIG emoticon. We went to Universal Studios and of course spent most of our time at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It was amazing! But don't just take my word for it; here are some of the best photos:

After that week and the horrible weekend that followed (short story: flights cancelled, missed Taylor Swift concert, dead battery in my car, then hubby getting called out on an emergency service call) I was ready to settle in and get back to "normal" for a few days before my next IUI appointment.

Ha! Ended up ovulating 3 days early. We went in last Wednesday for Round #2. I have a good feeling about this round. For more specifics, you can read my other blog ( mom-in-faith.blogspot.com/ ). And that's where we stand now. I am trying to keep busy until next week when I learn if it was successful or not......

That's it in a nutshell.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/3/2011 4:34PM

    Sending lots of good thoughts your way for success this time!

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BOBBYD31 6/29/2011 6:57PM

    hogwarts- very cool!!!! i love the movies, all of them. maybe try adding half the calories back in that you burn, that is how anne and i did it. if you are 12-1500 and you burn 500 that day change it to 1450-1750. next question is how are your protein levels? keep them at the high end. on other thing go 2 weeks keeping you fats at the very bottom level. just a few suggestions. you doing the race this weekend? i don't plan on it, i don't think i am ready for that distance yet and anne is iffy she has only done 6 once in the last several months.

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DDOORN 6/29/2011 8:42AM

    Thx for sharing your pics and stories! Sounds like it's time for life to slow down a bit and become more predictable!


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MOONMANSON 6/29/2011 6:23AM

    I have totally given up predicting anything through math.

I blame stress at work. Excuse? Yes. but help make sense of poorer numbers? Yes.

Glad you had an awesome vacay!

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KAREN42BOYS 6/28/2011 10:02PM

    oh wow, hogwarts! someday i want to go, too!

i just spent some time reading your other blog. thank you for sharing your story and journey so generously.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

I had a dream last night that my hubby and I were part of an experiment of the social type. I was called up as the first participant. There was a floor surrounded by spectators. The floor had several lights connected to buttons. The goal of the experiment was to see if the participants could hit each button when lit within a time limit. After all but one button was hit, the last one would not light. The participant would have one chance to hit the correct button within a few seconds. In the dream, it seemed like an impossible feat. However, before I finished the test, I woke up. I began thinking that the dream was actually an excellent illustration of good leadership. How so?

I'm glad you ask. With so many lights and buttons, it would be impossible to track which buttons had been pressed in such a short time period. So how could I have done it? The solution was so simple and was built into the entire paradigm.

But before I get into the solution (and my narcissistic view of myself in my dreams, apparently), let's discuss leadership. What is leadership? What makes a good leader? I posted that question on facebook and got the following responses:

"A good servant" (Brenda Russell)

"Good mind, good heart & good soul. Just my opinion." (Margie Stanford, RN)

I have to disagree to an extent with both responses. They are too simplistic and idealistic. After all, Hitler and Stalin were great leaders. Neither one could be considered a servant, and neither one could EVER be accused of having a good mind, heart or soul. So, what DO they have in common? What makes a good leader? What inspires others to follow? Now it's time for me to be simplistic. I think good leadership requires communication - between the would-be leader and his/her followers. It also requires vision. Someone will always follow vision. And if that visioneer has a dialogue with his/her followers? Even better.

Which brings me back to my dream. The simple solution? Enlist the audience. Have someone or multiple someones track which buttons haven't been pressed yet. It leaves the participant free to act and think while still connecting. What could be more effective?

I've always wanted to be a good and effective leader. What do you think? What's your take?

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BOBBYD31 5/16/2011 8:05PM

    ok now the solution is good but the dream it self........ just a little out there. LOL but hey i never remember my dreams so what do i know

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Just another shameless plug

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

If you're wondering where I've been in my blog, head over here: mom-in-faith.blogspot.com So much is going on right now, and it's so hard to keep my head up. I update that blog at least 2-3 times per week. Hope to see some of you there!

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LYNNANN43 5/10/2011 3:26PM

    emoticon Jen. Lots & lots of emoticon

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DDOORN 5/10/2011 2:36PM

    Can't go to blog urls at work...hope to check it out later!


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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

So, I havenít done a very good job the last two weeks. Started off strong with the 30 Day Shred, and then monsoon season (or so it seems) hit western PA. Consequently, my basement flooded, and I was unable to work out on the wet floor. For the first week, I was still diligent. I ran; I used the elliptical; and I used the arc trainer. Then last week even that fell by the wayside. Oh, and by the way, itís STILL raining.

Oh, and the diet part of this lifestyle? It took a long walk off a short pier. I was good about tracking on SP about half the time the first week, but this last week? Even less. I cannot get the hang of tracking online before work. The search function on SP is cumbersome and so very un-intuitive. I think I may have to return to my previous tracking program for my own good. Since Iím having issues with SPís tracking and the amount of time it takes to input or find the correct foods, I havenít been tracking at all some days. Add to that the fact that I have been nothing but HUNNNNNNNGGGGGGRRRRRRY this last week, and you donít get a very good result.

With the lack of exercise and food tracking, I am afraid to weigh in this week. ESPECIALLY since I started Clomid on Monday (#1 side effect: moodiness; #2 side effect: weight gain). Speaking of Clomid, would you all pray that my husband is home at the end of next week? He just informed me yesterday that he may have to return to Canada next week for work. Whatís next week, you ask? Well, next week is when Iím supposed to ovulate. And if I am going through this irritability and possible/probable weight gain, I want to actually go into the office for intrauterine insemination. Which is impossible without the man with the sperm. Which means Jenn will be even more cranky than she already is if the Clomid is for absolutely NOTHING this month. So, please pray that he will be delayed? It is a possibility, and itís one I HOPE happens.

One last thing: I really wanted an outlet for all of my ďbaby-relatedĒ thoughts, so I started a new blog to catalogue our journey from infertility to parenthood. If you feel like checking it out, you can find it at mom-in-faith.blogspot.com/ .

And here's to a better rest of this week and the weeks that follow......

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CBAILEYC 4/21/2011 10:46PM

    Life has a way of happening in the midst of our best plans. The neat thing is, you can pick up where you left off at any time! Fit it into your schedule, use the small steps to build into bigger steps.
As for your hubby, here's hoping all works out as it should! Fingers crossed....

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DDOORN 4/21/2011 7:03AM

    So sorry to hear of your rough waters lately...but kudos to checking in...hoping for the best in dealing with your VERY full plate! Keep coming back to get the MOST from your SparkFamily!


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DJS-DEBBIE 4/20/2011 9:24PM

    I hope your DH's schedule works out for you next week.

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KAREN42BOYS 4/20/2011 9:03PM

    clomid isn't cheap either. the only time in my life i have ever screamed in a pillow was my 3 cycles on clomid. an upside for me was that i finally learned what mittelschmerz felt like for me.

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Where to go from here......AKA a fresh start

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Last week I ran my 5K (it feels so much longer than that....), and now - after a brief pseudo-break - it's time to reevaluate and go in a different direction. I have learned some things about myself in training for this 5K:

First, I learned that I need a goal to shoot for. Not a weight-loss goal (obviously that hasn't worked this time around) but an achievable yet tough goal with an unmovable date of completion. Unfortunately, another race isn't going to cut it as my goal. I will continue to run, of course, because it is crazy-amazing therapy; but I need something else. Something to beat my ever-present boredom.

Secondly, I learned that I need a training program to keep me on track.

Thirdly, I need to revamp my nutrition in order to see results. Because even though I am shifting my focus, I still have the ultimate goal of losing weight.

So, on those notes, here are the plans:

1) I am going to focus a lot more energy on my nutrition. In that vein, I have decided to use the SP tracker instead of my personal tracker in an attempt to garner insight into ways I may be sabotaging myself. And, yes, I have opened it up to public scrutiny. And, yes, I am going to be brutally honest. Please feel free to "stalk" my tracker. ;p

2) Once a month I am going to post my pics in a certain bikini along with my measurements. It's scary and objectifying, but it does keep me honest. So, here are the first set of pics and measurements (both taken 4/1/11).

Now I could really "evaluate" those pictures, but they are the "before" pics, so no evaluation today. As for those measurements in a template for the future:

Weight 4/1/11: 179.2lbs

Measurements: (current/previous/change)
Waist: 34 in
Chest: 34.75 in
Hips: 43.5 in
Bicep: 11.75
Forearm: 10 in
Thigh: 24.75 in
Calf: 16.75 in
Body Fat Percentage: 40.4% via Omron Full Body Analysis Scale

3) Finally, as for the training program, my new goal is to complete the 30 Day Shred (which I have done occasionally but not regularly) by my next birthday which is May 5. Meaning, 5 days of "shredding" per week. In addition, I will try for two extra aerobic workouts a week. That's only 4.5 weeks of intense training. I can do it, right? Every week I will post an evaluation of my progress and whether or not I'm dying from the training. J/K......I hope. emoticon

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ROBBIEMARIE 4/10/2011 11:42AM

    I'm a week behind on my blog reading but am glad I went back to catch up. As of this writing you should be at the end of week one. How's it going? Sounds like a very good plan and I love the methods you are using to reach non scale goals. That number can be so very frustrating and not tell the entire picture. Good luck with your vision! You can do it.

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NIMAWEYGH 4/9/2011 1:46AM

    It is a good sound plan, well thought out and you will learn about yourself more and more each week.
I personally think you look great, but only you know what you want to do with and for your body.

You know I am emoticon you on to Victory always.


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CBAILEYC 4/8/2011 11:14AM

    I like your plan! I'll be cheering you on all the way!

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DDOORN 4/4/2011 8:46AM

    You are much braver than I...re: posting pics...I am WAY too harsh on myself and wouldn't want to bring on any more self-bashing than I already do...lol!

Agree with Jan, re: including ST in your efforts...great plan...you are just SO SPARKING along! :-)


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DJS-DEBBIE 4/3/2011 9:48PM

    Great plan. I am looking forward to reading your updates.

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BOBBYD31 4/3/2011 8:29PM

    congratulations on putting it out there. that is the first step in the right direction, keep us posted on how everything is going, we are all your support system. if you can add a day or two of ST that really helps. nancy clark's book is pretty good, you can get it on amazon pretty cheap.

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KAREN42BOYS 4/3/2011 5:06PM

    are you measuring your waist at your natural waist (the narrowest point of your body) or where your pants stop? because your body looks pretty nice to me, and when my waist was 34 inches it did not look nearly as nice and flat as your tummy looks.

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BAM0827 4/3/2011 3:24PM

    Sounds like a good plan. I love how you're looking for new things! You'll do great!

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LYNNANN43 4/3/2011 3:02PM

    Best of luck with your plans & your goals:D

I look forward to following your progress! emoticon


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ACTIVE_AT_60 4/3/2011 2:48PM

    Great plan. A couple of comments. Don't focus 100% on cardio. Make sure you include strength training, particularly your core.

You may want to get hold of Nancy Clark's books Food Guide for New Runners: Getting It Right From The Start (2008) and Sports Nutrition Guidebook, Fourth Edition (2008) - look them up at the library and read them before you decide to purchase them. Those books give you a lot of fundamentals on the principles of nutrition, that way you can make better food choices.

I know she mention that you should not plan to lose weight when running. I disagree with her. Many people use her book because they were sedentary and now have a more active life, and the key is to fuel that body right with the amounts and the kind it needs.

Good luck - looking forward to read about your progress.

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