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Week 5 on the Biggest Loser Season 12 - reflection

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sonny won immunity and a trip home to Texas with Bob Harper. Granted, he worked her beyond her limits that week. But in the end, she went from being the lowest percentage weight loss person on her team to losing an incredible 14 pounds in one week!

Take home message:
A week with Bob Harper - priceless!
(If you survive it, LOL)

I went almost 4 miles on the elliptical while the episode aired, so I burned another 500 calories. I'd also biked and done a circuit training class earlier this evening.
It looks like I may have developed a heel spur that is the reason for my recent pain.
It won't stop me - I'll adapt.

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DIVINEPRINCESS 10/19/2011 9:42AM

    If I were on the show I'd be on the blue team with Anna---and I think I'd stangle Bonnie. Is she as nerve-wracking to you as she is to me? emoticon I don't think Anna's the best trainer in the world, but she certainly knows more than Bonnie. But Bonnie whines, won't push herself, makes excuses---and then blames Anna!

What a contrast between Anna and Bonnie this week and Bob and Sunny. Bob pushed Sunny, and as he said, Sunny gave him everything she had every single day...and she had the results to show for it. emoticon

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STRINGI719 10/19/2011 8:10AM

    I always record it and watch the next day - can't wait to see it!

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Getting on Track - Week Four Nutrition and menu planning

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I have a slight injury and have not been exercising as much as normal.
No weight loss at this weigh in.
The meal was chicken, couscous, and broccoli. Fresh berries for dessert.
Our session this week reviewed meal planning by aiming for a number of servings of grains, protein, vegetables, fruit, dairy, and fats. The meal plan is based on the DASH diet, which has been shown to reduce blood pressure and improve diabetes. Reducing sodium, and trying to increase potassium and calcium are beneficial.
The meal plan can alternatively be done in calories, but in order to know that you are getting the right balance of NUTRIENTS, this approach seems helpful.
This upcoming week I aim to exercise (even if it's on the recumbent bike) for at least 30 minutes 3 times, and continue to monitor my fullness / hunger scale before and after eating.
The fall colors are really starting to shine; it's a beautiful time of year.
Hope your week goes wonderfully. emoticon

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PATTIE441 10/19/2011 9:49PM

    Sounds really satisfying and good! emoticonWay to go!!! emoticon emoticonGreat job on your goals!!! Woo Hoo!! You can do it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 10/19/2011 9:50:28 PM

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TRUE-NESS 10/17/2011 8:42PM

    Sounds like you're really learning how to live this thing...it about more than calories and exercise, for sure. Your group is focusing on overall nutrition... That's fantastic! I hope you have a wonderful week as well. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/17/2011 10:58AM

    I hope yours is good, too. You are doing really well, taking one day at a time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WILLITWORK1 10/16/2011 8:52PM

    sounds really healthy and yummy! emoticon

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What sights should I see in New York City?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I'm itching for a travel trip. It's been years since I've visited the Big Apple and so much has changed. If you only had a day to spend, what are the highlights I should try not to miss? Thanks for any suggestions. Please include healthy restaurants.

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MARYELLEN301 10/16/2011 4:51PM

    One thing I WOULDN'T do is catch the Rockettes Holiday show. See it at DPAC instead in November and save that time for something like Ground Zero. My friend and I had a full day after a cruise and we decided to do the "hop on, hop off" bus all day and into the evening. We had a blast! Saw so much on the surface...not really enough time to delve into things, but it was great. Definitely sit on the top deck and prepare to get filthy! Have a great time!

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CATIATM 10/15/2011 2:41PM

    I wish could help. Have fun!

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BABY_GIRL69 10/14/2011 9:30PM

    The Plaza & Ground Zero if I had a chance to visit.

God bless & happy travels!


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OJIBWEEQUAY 10/13/2011 10:08AM

    I am with Little Italy! Gelato!!!!!!! I love NYC(to visit)! I love walking in central park!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 10/13/2011 9:56AM

    I've never been to NY but I've always wanted to go!

As a Titanic enthusiast since 1978, I would probably want to visit Straus Park. It is a small park somewhere in Manhattan, with a statue dedicated to Ida Straus, who went down on the Titanic because she wouldn't leave her husband.

I would also want to see a play on Broadway (any play, I'm not picky!). Oh, and I'd want to see the Flatiron Building too, and the Empire State Building.

I'm sure others will come up with more interesting places to see, lol.

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CHINAGAL 10/13/2011 8:49AM

    Are you kidding? One day? I would definitely not be worrying about a healthy restaurant - I'd head to Little Italy! lol

If I were only going to be there for a day I think I would take in a museum (Guggenheim or Met), do a little shopping, and catch a play or a performance at the Met. Of course, if you're there during the holidays, hanging out at Rockefeller Center and seeing the Rockettes' Christmas show would be at the top of the list.

Oh, I'm a little jealous.

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Need to plan weekends better

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Even though I exercised this weekend, I went over my calorie counts by nearly 1000 calories on both Saturday and Sunday. Much of that was because I did not cook at home. So planning my meals for the week will yield significant improvements and results.

Hope you had a great weekend and got to enjoy some outdoor activity! emoticon

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ME_HERE_NOW 10/10/2011 1:55PM

    aaah the weekends, they are a challenge!!! here's to stocking up on interesting groceries this week so when the weekend comes you will still want to eat at home! much love beamin atcha!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/10/2011 7:31AM

    Yeah, eating out can be a challenge: I'm fond of knowing ahead of time where I'm going so I can do a quick internet search of the nutrition information on line, and make a choice that fits my taste AND my needs.

You'll do better next time. What's a "not great" day but a learning experience, right?

emoticon and you're worth it!

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TRUE-NESS 10/9/2011 11:08PM

    It will definitely help you in tracking the calories. But, if you enjoy meals out, it might help to check out the restaurant's menu online and the nutritional facts in advance. Then when you get to the restaurant, skip looking at the menu and just order first. That'll help you avoid temptation from listening to everyone else order.

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Ironman Triathlon is this Saturday, 10/8

Friday, October 07, 2011

Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life"

The Ironman Triathlon (now named after Ford, the car company as sponsor) is scheduled to be held in Hawaii this Saturday. It is always exciting and inspirational - although I have no delusions of ever participating (I don't swim well enough, much less all the other distance endurance portions).

Here are some interesting tidbits on the Ironman:
emoticon emoticon emoticon The Hawaiian version was originally thought up as a "what if?" competitors tried to complete pre-existing races in swimming, biking and running.
(The Waikiki Roughwater Swim, the Around-Oahu Bike Race, and the Honolulu Marathon). The original triathlon concept was in San Diego, California.

emoticon The Hawaii triathlon is always scheduled for a full moon in October, so competitors will have SOME light as they arrive by midnight of the event at the finish line.

Total of 140.6 miles:
emoticon The 2.4 mile ocean swim must be completed in 2:20 minutes after the start of the race.
emoticon The 112 mile bike must be completed within 10 hours and 30 minutes after the start of the race.
emoticon The 26.2 mile marathon must be completed before 17 hours after the start of the race. It ends on Ali'i Drive.

emoticon up to 1800 entrants compete, ages 18-80 from all 50 states and over 50 countries.

emoticon over half a million dollars in prize money is awarded, in addition to athletes running for charitable causes.

Course records are held by Luc Van Lierde (8:04:08 in 1996)
and Chrissie Wellington (8:54:02 in 2009) beat the prior record of Paula Newby-Fraser (8:55:28 in 1992). emoticon

Famous Triathletes:
emoticon First Ironman - Gordon Haller. First Iron Woman - Lyn Lemaire.
1982 - Julie Moss crawls to the finish line.
Mark Allen wins 5 consecutive times, 6 total.
Jon Blais completes the event although diagnosed with ALS.
Dick and Rick Hoyt ("Team Hoyt") completed 6 Ironmans.
Dave "The Man" Scott is 6 time winner.
Natascha Badmann - 6 time winner.
Paula Newby-Fraser - 8 time winner!!! "The Queen of Kona"
Sister Madonna Buder - "The Iron Nun" who raced nearly into her 80s

"M-Dot" is the registered logo for Ironman.

I hope you enjoyed these little nuggets, and watch the coverage on NBC if you don't want to stream the live coverage online.
Who knows - maybe one of you HAS or WILL be an Ironman!

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IAMDESSIE 10/8/2011 11:54PM

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ACTIVE_AT_60 10/8/2011 10:42PM

    I watched the live feed online. It was awesome. Incredible performances.

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ELYMWX 10/8/2011 3:49PM

    I don't know if I'll ever Tri, much less do Ironman (I honestly think I'm more likely to Ultra), but I *IF* I do I will get the only tattoo that I would ever consider: M-Dot on my right calf.

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FRANCESCANAZ 10/7/2011 3:08PM

    Thanks for the info. I'm not a fan of Ironman but my husband sure is. He'll be watching!

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CANNIE50 10/7/2011 1:13PM

    I got chills just reading this about the Ironman - thank you so much for posting this great blog. When I watch it on TV I always cry watching people come across the finish line - there are as many amazing stories as there are participants and supporters.

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VAS117 10/7/2011 9:51AM

    I had a co-worker who did the Lake Placid Ironman and I loved to hear her talk about it. Just hearing how much training she had to do during the week was enough to make me fall off my chair. I've been spending the last 4 months devoted to half marathon training (not even the full distance of an Ironman run) and that's difficult as it is to work, have other obligations and then get in a 3 hour workout on a Saturday morning. I don't know how those people do it, but I truly admire them for it. It takes true dedication, for sure. My co-worker got the Ironman logo tattooed on her ankle after her first one. I told her that if I had completed an Ironman, I'd get one right on my forehead.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/7/2011 7:29AM

    Thanks for the collection of info... from another Iron Man Fan. I called my personal efforts to do three things in one day the "Feather Woman" because well there's no way I will ever in my lifetime have the time to train for the distances involved in the "real" Ironman.


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KATIEMAC317 10/7/2011 4:23AM

  Thanks for this fun post. I love Triathlon! It is an amzing sport that changes you forever~

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