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Christmas gatherings = CHEAT DAY

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I had not one but 2 Christmas gatherings yesterday, one at lunch and one for dinner... needless to say I had to bail on my training session. (Oh well, it was cheat day, no worries!)
And I have finally managed to find something that will control my GI when I eat Thai foods: ACIDOPHILUS! www.wisegeek.com/what-is-acidophilus
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This stuff was suggested to me by a colleague when I complained about getting sick from eating only certain foods namely THAI! (now that I'm eating much cleaner, my body seems much more sensitive!) Anyways, I took 2 acidophilus capsules before I left for both gatherings and I felt NO ill effect from either of them (well, apart from the usual "I'm stuffed!" feeling)
What a great day and GREAT discovery! I will make sure to keep these capsules handy for any other unforseen eating event! LOL

Also, I got multiple compliments on my weight loss and how my whole attitude has changed! I was completely flattered! I even had one friend (who has just had 2 babies and gained a fair bit of new weight in the process) reach out to me for help! I do want to see her much happier then she is now, so I offered to sit down with her to talk about her current situation. I think she will really benefit from it! (and it will give us time to catch up! We haven't seen each other in ages!)

I can't wait to get to the gym today! I really just want to run for 30 minutes, I kinda feel that all that ICK is still floating around in my system!

  
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JIBBIE49 12/11/2008 6:24PM

    All that ICK in your system. emoticon

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STEPHENIEZ 12/11/2008 2:14PM

    I LOVE it when food starts to make me feel crummy (weird I know). It means I'm eating much better =) Christmas season is hard, but I'm dedicated to getting through it AND losing weight!

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SEEHOLZ 12/11/2008 1:58PM

    Acidophilus rocks- I carry it in my purse--- cool discovery indeed! As for Thai? I cannot remember if I ever ate it-- not too much into Asian or Mexican.
Glad to hear you had fun!

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RA4945 12/11/2008 1:58PM

    I'm glad you had a fun cheat day and found a way to help with the GI issues! Some good cardio will take care of that residual yuck feeling you're having. Enjoy!

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LEANVIXEN 12/11/2008 10:51AM

    What a great find! I stopped eating Thai food since I started this journey just because I know how unhealthy it is. I'll have to check this out to see if I can reincorporate it into my diet. Thanks for the link! It's so great that everyone can see the hard work that you've done. You've done an amazing job so it's no surprise that you're an inspiration to your friend. I'm sure she'll really benefit from your advice.

*hugs*

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WENDEECOURTNEY 12/11/2008 10:13AM

    Awesome. I have started getting that way with Thai as well. I thought the same thing that you did.....it is just the ill effects of eating something that isn't clean when you are so used to it...SO, THANK YOU for that tidbit.....(just in case I want to go with the gals and cheat with Thai, lol!!!)

That is fabulous that you got so many compliments. Isn't it amazing how when we feel good our attitude is amazing as well?! WAY TO GO!!!! emoticon

I think that helping your friend would be a great way for her to get back into shape, feel good about her post preggo body and get to spend time with you!!!! Everybody wins!!!!

So glad that you had a nice time! You deserve it, girl!

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KSTYLEFITNESS 12/11/2008 9:45AM

    I have two holiday parties next week. I'm trying to plan them in my head. One is on my cheat day, the other, well, it's not, so we shall see.

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DANNI10 12/11/2008 9:41AM

    Great discovery! Glad people noticed your hard work - it is sad, but true, we need to hear it! Glad it was a successful day!
Danni

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Feeling the LOVE

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

I have gone to 3 of my SparkFriends blogs today who have mentioned that I have motivated them or given them some form of advice that they are applying to their workouts or diet!

They are:
Andrea - ANDREAPIERSON
Wendee - WENDEESMITH
Mary - MEB0180

You guys rock!!! Thank you so much for making my DAY!!!
I am so touched that you ladies feel strongly enough about my opinion that my advice and recommedations are making a difference in your workouts, nutrition and overall health and wellness!!!!
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I am just feeling the love all over this week: from friends, the scale, my trainer...
LIFE IS GOOD! Gotta love weeks like this!
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ABIZZLE7 12/10/2008 12:16PM

    no, THANK YOU! :)

I'm going to take you up on your offer, btw.

I really do appreciate your advice, your motivation, and your upbeat, positive attitude. It helps to know that you'll be there reading my blog or checking my food log to help me along!

THANKS :)

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FAT_2_FAB 12/10/2008 9:26AM

    Add me to the list!! I don't have a blog but have a special thank you at the top of my sparkpage. You are incredible and thanks for all your help!!

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WENDEECOURTNEY 12/10/2008 9:08AM

    LOVE YA, girl!!!!! You have really helped me SO MUCH with nutrition suggestions and excercise!!!!!!! It feels great to have someone else REALLY CARE and HELP!!! You are an amazing person and I am so glad that I happened upon ya! (LOL!) emoticon

You FREAKING ROCK!!!!!! emoticon



emoticonand emoticonto you!!!!!

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AL9MC2 12/10/2008 12:26AM

    How can anyone NOT be inspired by you? You are proof positive that proper diet and exercise works! Your results are simply amazing!

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JIBBIE49 12/9/2008 10:22PM

    You have such energy and enthusiasm!

I was watching "THE BIGGEST LOSER" tonight, and BOB said that the first guy who won the $250,000 went and gained back every pound he lost during the competition. I had NO idea that that happened. I don't want to gain back ANY of this again! emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 12/9/2008 6:55PM

    YOU SO DESERVE!!! I LOVE YOU TOO AND IT'S SOOOO GREAT THAT IT'S YOUR WEEK!!!
LOVE YOU DEARLY!!!

MUAAAAAWWWWWWW!!!!!


Patty

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New LOWS!!! Calorie Cycling WORKS!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

OK... I have to publish the newest numbers that have been sending my mind into a tizzy.
I weighed myself yesterday (you need your weight to do a Body Fat test using the biomechanical impedance method) and I hit a new low: 128lbs! (And on the first day of my TOM, no less!)
Wow,my cycle was 3 days of low calories with 4 days of regular calories, and THAT made ALL the difference. Calorie cycling WORKS, ladies!
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So, on to the BF test. I think the results are a little bitter sweet... do you remember my friend, Candace? The one I posted a picture of who competed in her first Fitness Competition in October?

Well, we both decided to get out BF tested yesterday. She is coming off her first show, and I'm just going into mine! We are both hitting the same size (weight wise) but she is noticing that I am more muscular then her and it's making her upset about her current progress.
Wendy wouldn't give us our BF results till after our workout. She finally told us the (what I thought was GREAT) news that we were BOTH at 17% BF! I literally cheered "OMG, WOW!" but Candace said " Kinda what I thought!" in a really negative tone, as if to give me the impression that she was super choked! (I think she is mentally confused! She weighed about 100-105 pounds at the show but now that it's off season she has put some of her weight back on (which is normal for OFF SEASON figure/fitness athletes) but she is still new to this world and feels like she is making negative progress!)

So, you see... it's hard to enjoy my 17% BF when I have Candace beside me who is totally pissed about it! I think I will talk to her today and try to understand her frustration. She's normally SO SUPPORTIVE of me along my journey (we both are to each other!) so I feel like I've lost my best ally when she's in this state of mind! :( I know she is going to look EVEN BETTER for the April show (which we are both competing in together) so she needn't worry about a little off season gain, actually, of season gain is necessary to build bigger muscles (why does she think I have so much more muscle then her already? I've been building them up, under layers of fat, for many YEARS! It's true!!!)

Anyways... that is my news. I calorie cycled for only 3, maybe 4 days last week, and I managed to drop 2 pounds, like that! (It sure feels like it happened "Like that!" I think I was way over due!) I was trying to keep my macronutrient ratios to 40-30-30 and that seems to be working for me. I am going to try it again this week (low cal .days are Today, Thursday and Sunday) and we'll see if I can get to 127.something... If I do, I will re-up my calories to 1800 per day for the rest of the month and hold there. I do want to save some mass to help build these muscles even bigger into January! :)

Honestly, overall, despite the sad feelings I have for Candace (I can totally understand WHY she feels the way she does) yesterday was a super-charged positive day for me! YAY!

  
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AL9MC2 12/10/2008 12:37AM

    Congrats on the new low!!! WooHoo!!! You go girl!!!

Regarding Candace - it's weird how girls get jealous or envious of each other when the other is doing so well. Not sure why - I think it's that weird competition thing girls have with each other. I always used to feel like that even with my very best friends! It didn't mean that I liked them less - I just wanted to be a little bit better for some reason. Shallow I know! But that didn't stop me from just feeling it. Maybe Candace is feeling the - I'm not the one no. #1 in the spotlight right now - feeling. I'm sure she's happy for you - but even though we love our friends, at times it easy to feel like you want to be better than them. Don't worry - give her a little time - she'll come around to realize that it's great that both of you are in such great health! We girls are funny about that stuff sometimes! Who knows - maybe she's afraid you'll outdo her at the next competition. She has to come to the realization that both of you are winners just for being able to compete! If you talk to her and you get this vibe - tell her - no matter what you both are winners - it doesn't matter who does better in what! You both have A LOT to be proud of! Hope you two figure everything out!

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SWEET*TOOTH 12/9/2008 10:24PM

    Congrats on the "new low!" Awesome job! Glad to hear that calorie cycling works! I'll put that tip in my bag of tricks for when I get to the lovely point of plateau!

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ZORAHGAIL 12/9/2008 5:04PM

    Awesome awesome awesome!

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RA4945 12/9/2008 4:23PM

    Ok, can I tell you I told you so???!!! emoticon That is awesome Jessica!! I KNEW you would jump off your plateau by calorie cycling and I KNEW your BF was lower than you thought. I'm so very happy for you! Please don't let your friend's bummed out response affect you or take away the pride you should have in yourself. You have worked hard for this and made a lot of sacrifices to get where you are. You are in a great position to start your competition training and now you know exactly what to do the next time you get stuck. I'm proud of you! And thanks for sharing your results. emoticon

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_FITMAMA 12/9/2008 4:11PM

    Hey Jessica! Don't let her get you down, 17% BF is AWESOME!! You GO Girl!!
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LEANVIXEN 12/9/2008 3:10PM

    17 % body fat. That's awesome!! Congratulations :-D I definitely think you should talk to Candace. She can't be at competition levels all the time, it's just not healthy for your body because the diet is so low in carbs. You are totally rocking it. Calorie cycling is such a beautiful thing once you figure it out. It really works!! Keep up the great work babe!

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SEEHOLZ 12/9/2008 11:05AM

    I am so happy for you! I can tell you are 100% into this whole thing and I know you'll be more than ready -- as for Candac? Maybe she was just having a bad day-- too little carbs? TOM?
17% body fat- that certainly doesn't surprise me- AT ALL!!!! You really DO LOOK the part! So, it must be great to have that re-assurance!

CONGRATS Jessica! You SO DESERVE to feel like a super-star! You were overdue!

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ROCKNROLL916 12/9/2008 11:04AM

    Fabulous work!! Congrats!
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SWEETNESS0721 12/9/2008 10:23AM

    Congrats!! Way to go!! 17% BF is awesome!!


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WENDEECOURTNEY 12/9/2008 10:10AM

    OMGah, 17% is awesome! YESSSSSS!!!!!! Way to go!!!!!!

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KSTYLEFITNESS 12/9/2008 9:48AM

    I can understand how your friend feels, so I'd just have a nice talk with her. Since she is new to competing, she'll just have to get use to the gains because most competitors don't stay at their competition weight year round, do they? I read Oxygen mag so I follow the shows a bit but not really. You are doing so awesome with your BF! That's where I want mine to end up at eventually, and since I'm not competing or anything, I don't think I need to get lower than 17%.

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ABIZZLE7 12/9/2008 9:07AM

    Wow! 17%?! That is tooootally awesome!

Don't worry about Candace - she was probably not even thinking about anything but her own number - which is most likely a big increase from her show days (as you said). Especially if she gained back 20 pounds, I don't know why she'd be so surprised with the increase... Anyways, if she's truly a good friend and normally a huge supporter of you and your goals, she probably was in her own little world of shock and wasn't even thinking about how her reaction would affect you. It's very unfortunate, too, because you really SHOULD be celebrating. 17% is a crazy low number, and you lost weight, too! Hopefully, she'll give you the apology you deserve after you guys chat.

Just wondering, how different in numbers were the results from your handheld device and the test at the gym?

Congratulations! Enjoy this success, and stay positive!

Maybe i'll get my S together and try decreasing and perhaps cycling my calories, too... I wish i had the work-ethic you have... I'm good during the day, but fall apart at home!

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BADABING 12/9/2008 8:59AM

    You are a machine!! You go girl!! You already look fantastic but I understand where you are coming from. Soon, I will get back on the band wagon, just need to jump out of this comfort zone. Maintenance is okay but come January, I will be trying out your tricks.

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Body Composition

Monday, December 08, 2008

Today, before our leg workout, we are taking our body comp. measurements. The last time I had this done, I weighed 140 lbs and the test told me I was 30% Body Fat. (I was choked! Then what does that mean I was for Body Fat at 155 lbs???) I have always thought I was more muscular then most people, but that's not at all what the test implied!

For the math geeks like me...
@140lbs, I was 30% body fat... that means I had 42 lbs of fat on me.
So... if I subtract the difference of what I weigh now (140-130 = 10 lbs) from the body fat number that means I could hypothetically have as little as 32 lbs of fat on me now (assuming that I didn't lose any muscle between that time) for a projected body fat percentage of 24.6.
And that's BEST case scenario... unless I've actually built MORE muscle which, I feel like I have, but it could all be in my head!

So, we'll see this afternoon!!! :)

I'm hoping to see some decent numbers today, however I'm just using this as a gauge. I'm just seeking the difference from last time not the actual number. I know it's hard to accurately measure true body fat anyways... and I also do know that I still carry quite a bit of it! (Seriously, I do!) Anyways, it will be fun to see where all the rest of my girls are in relation to me. I am a little competitive, ya think? lol

Oh, here's a fun site for you to check out and create your own avitar like mine :
www.faceyourmanga.it/faceyourmanga.p
hp?lang=eng


Have fun!!!!

~jessica

  
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LILTROUBLE 12/8/2008 10:04PM

    You look so fit, I am wondering if the test is not very accurate. what type is it? This one at my gym has a ultrasound to do it. I guess it really just matters what the change is. I actually need to go look at what I was a month ago and figure out when they are coming back.

Cant wait to hear your progress.

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LEANVIXEN 12/8/2008 8:46PM

    Hey Jessica,

Thanks for the comment on my blog. Conceptually I know that this number is just a jumping off point, but if I've gained weight I know I'll be disappointed (even if it's just until after my workout).

I know you'll do great at your body comp test. I'm sure that you've lost some body fat! I maintained my weight during a 6 week challenge at my gym, but lost 3% body fat. I'm sure that you losing weight will have caused your body fat to go down too! Let us know how it goes :-D

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JIBBIE49 12/8/2008 3:16PM

    I went to the avitar site and made me a "ME GIRL" and it was cute, but I didn't "save" her, because she looked like my dd, Maggie. emoticon

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ZORAHGAIL 12/8/2008 3:09PM

    Can't wait to see how your comp's changed! And thanks for sharing the avatar link - the first thing I thought when I saw yours was 'how can I get one?!' hehe.

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FITGIRL15 12/8/2008 1:59PM

    Rebecca, we use the Bioelectrical Impedance method at my gym. (come to think of it, my hand held unit at home uses the same methodology! Hmmmm!)
There is a +/- 4% margin of error depending on an array of factors: hydration level, food intake and skin temperature... so I'll take the results with a grain of salt!

I do expect a decrease from 30% though, so that's exciting! :)

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RA4945 12/8/2008 1:30PM

    Jessica, hang in there with the zig-zagging. There are always going to be tough days here and there. But you are smart about your eating so I know you'll be fine. In fact, I'm sure you could do it for a couple of weeks where I usually blew it after 1 week. But it still helped me! I can't wait to hear about your body comp results! Will you use calipers to test it? I have a feeling you'll be pleasantly surprised!

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Eating CLEAN!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

emoticon I was a regular Betty Crocker tonight (or should I say Tosca Reno ;) as I made both dinner and dessert from scratch... and using the Eat-Clean Cookbook as my guide! (I didn't make them as clean as the recipes called for but I did good, none the less!)

The meatball recipe was FAB and Collin wants a repeat performance already! LOL (He ate 2 servings!!! It must have been good :) Next time I'll make them with ground turkey (like the original recipe called for) but Collin turned his nose up at that idea so tonight I made them with extra lean ground beef!

While I was preparing the meatballs, I decided to also try the Blackberry and Apple Crumble recipe. (What? Dinner multi-tasking? I never multitask while making dinner, I tend to burn things that way!) But not tonight! I was on fire!!! The crumble came out of the oven just in time! We still haven't tried it but I think it's gonna be great! It sure looks wonderful! And no extra sugar was added! WOW

I wish I had taken pics of it all!!! But I was pretty ***hungry*** tonight so photos were the LAST thing on my mind!
***I think this week of cutting calories is catching up to me! I was really munchy all day yesterday and tonight I've already gone over my NEW calorie limit! I know this is a transition phase for me so I will be kind to myself I can't always stay within my new calorie ranges... AS LONG as I don't go over 1900 per day, I'm good with that!***

  
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WENDEECOURTNEY 12/8/2008 10:30AM

    I LOVE the clean eating recipes that she has. AWESOME!!! And, great job on food prep multitasking! YOU-GO-GUUUURL!!!!!

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LAPIKIOREJUDA 12/8/2008 8:32AM

    Good luck with the transition phase! I love cooking and trying new recipes as well, but I don't do it that often (here in Peru it's quite easy to get a maid.. :P)
Oh and I love your new icon, it's very cute!

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***LISA*** 12/8/2008 7:29AM

    Sounds yummy!!

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SEEHOLZ 12/7/2008 8:18PM

    Man, I wished I could come over for dinner- I just met a giant group of student from Alberta who ran the relay at CIM--- I guess it was warmer in Alberta- 10 C as in Sacramento- 5 C... so ironic, isn't it?
Anyways, if I ever make it to Alberta-LOL- I'm going to find you the day you're cooking-LOL!
Oh, isn't there a saying about getting to a man's heart is through his stomach? Ground beef might be worth the price, haha...
Have a good night, Ms Tosca Crocker!

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ELAINEVDW 12/7/2008 7:24PM

    That sounds like a tasty dinner! I should cook more from my healthy cookbooks too. Well, actually, I should cook more period. Turkey meatballs sound tasty.

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CHUJWAN 12/7/2008 12:05PM

    I'll bet if you use ground turkey and don't tell he won't know the difference! Good for you!! I can't wait to get to my goal too, it sounds like fun.

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_FITMAMA 12/7/2008 11:33AM

    You go girl!

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LILTROUBLE 12/7/2008 11:24AM

    YUM. Sounds awesome. I know what you mean about the problems that can arise when trying to multi task and cook. I combine that and the fact I cook everything on HOT and it is a recipe for disaster!


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AUSSIESAZZLE 12/6/2008 10:36PM

    Yay for healthy cooking! I am a big fan of changing the recipe to make it healthy :)

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JIBBIE49 12/6/2008 10:25PM

    Sure sounds good. emoticon

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