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Day 150 - Schedulin'

Friday, November 16, 2012

Good morning, Sparklers!

Welcome to Friday! YAY!

I hope everyone can see the end - it's near!

So, this weekend I have plans to do my first 4 mile race with the Steel City Road Runners Club. These are real runners. I hope they don't judge me too much! They're having a 'low key' race on a trail this weekend. So, I'm excited just to try. I know I can do the distance, I'm just going to pace myself and take my time.

In other news I bit the bullet yesterday and I joined the Y. Yes, I squirmed the entire time. Yes, I will squirm for the duration of my membership. But, I really do like the facility and I'll really be ready when it comes time to start triathalon training. (That's a long, long way away, folks!)

So, today's plan is to spend an hour with my BFF the stationary bike. Then I want to do some quick interval training and some strength. Nothing too big, just enough to get a little fatigue in my gut and my arms which seem to be worked out the least from all this running I do.

In other news, yesterday was not my day for running. Honestly, this hasn't been my week for much. I'd get right into my stride, be there for five minutes and then somehow bargain myself into walking. Huh? I wasn't even short of breath or in pain. WTF. Man, I need to cultivate some mental toughness over here or I'm never going to make it through the 13.1!

Work has been insane (and I foresee it continuing to be that way until December.) The only thing that makes it suck is that 1) my dog likes to pee and 2) I go home and all I want to do is eat. It's terrible.

So, I have a couple of hurdles and behaviors to work on going into the winter months; but nothing that I think will keep me from taking off the remaining 30 lbs!

I had hoped to be down around 180 for the start of the new year. As I sit right now my scale claims I'm 194. I don't know that 14lbs is do-able (in fact, I'm pretty sure it's not.) Still, I'll be happy to crack the 180's generally, and that is do-able.

Do you guys set year end goals? I'm not really a 'new year's resolution' kind of girl; but, for some reason I do find things that I want to do before the end of the year. Maybe that speaks to my inner procrastinator?

So, outside of 'scheduling' my remaining goals I also have my remaining schedule for the FKC. We're going to monthly meetings in two weeks. Which is insane. I don't know if I'm ready for the training wheels to come off yet! For the curious, I go to weekly meetings where we talk about strategies, goals, and habits related to weight loss. Some of the meetings have been pretty 'no-duh' kind of things (like portion control); but, last week's meeting about eating slowly was a real eye opener.

I had no idea how much I love cheese, hate saltines, and LOVE chocolate. The exercise was to spend like two minuntes on a miniscule portion of food. Really taste it. Really examine it. Really think about it. I mean, intentional eating - probably the third thing I need to work on at this point! Who doesn't just hoover what's in front of them? (I have an answer to this: My Mother. She is the slowest eater I've ever known.)

Well, guys, only seven hours between me and the weekend!

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POMATOJUICE 11/16/2012 8:41PM

    The curse of 194? It keeps sucking me back too! I have been hovering around there for about a month XD

I'm a hoover. I try to measure everything out carefully ahead of time, because if it's in front of me, it's getting eat! (not eaten. EAT. For srs eating)

Good luck with your run! I'd probably be super paranoid, but those runners will probably all turn out to be really nice :D (I hope!)

Ocassionally, I move a certain way that makes certain running parts remember that they're still kinda sore from last weekend. Then I just think.. "Running? WTF was I thinking??" lol

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REVIVED 11/16/2012 1:10PM

    Hoping you break the 180s soon! 4lbs totally doable. Right now I'm going for 3lbs so right there with you!

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REFFIE1 11/16/2012 10:53AM

    Intentional eating is a great idea. I always marvel at how long it takes a small child to eat one cookie. How do we manage to lose that patience and gulp everything down practically whole? Hopefully, you will slow down and in that be conscious and present of all you consume. Good advice and planning for us all. emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/16/2012 10:54:10 AM

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SKEETOR 11/16/2012 9:56AM

    I eat too quickly, also. My husband (very brave) will sometimes put my hand on my arm, look deep into my eyes and say "Hon, no one's going to take it away from you...". He kills me as he chews everything about 30 times! emoticon

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ADARKARA 11/16/2012 8:19AM

    I need to learn intentional eating too. I've started by working on desserts. Yesterday I had a slice of chocolate layer cake that took me 5 whole minutes to eat. It might not seem like a long time, but for me it is. And I realized it was really, really sweet and not very chocolaty! WTH bakery. I can bake a chocolaty-er cake than that. ;)

Have a great time at your race!!!

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Day 149 - I dedicate those 25lbs to....

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Welcome to Thursday, people.

Man, I feel like I'm stuck in groundhog day.

Fortunately, I'm going to choose to be glad I have great weather outside to run in over lunch rather than focus on my morning that imploded.

So, the blog I actually had planned for yesterday is the one I'm writing today.

You see, when I went for my 4 miler on Saturday I felt like a running turd. Nothing felt right. Well, Pandora in all it's wisdom chose the best song ever for the last quarter mile - Katy Perry's Firework. Let me tell you something, kiddos - that song can get me moving when I don't have any juice yet.

So, in five pound increments - I dedicate my weight loss to the songs that give me that little bounce in my step to keep moving:

5lbs to - Pink - Raise Your Glass
5lbs to - Katy Perry - Firework
5lbs to - Great Big Sea - Ordinary Day
5lbs to - Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
5lbs to - Lady Gaga - Edge of Glory
Honorary 2lbs to Eminem - Lose Yourself

So, I hope you guys have found your "Get it in gear!" songs. I'd also love if you'd share what they are! After all, I can always use more of them tunes in my arsenal!

Happy almost friday, everyone!

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COLEYBANANA 11/16/2012 10:08AM

    I like this idea :) Right now I don't have too many favorite songs for working out.

Black Eyed Peas - Pump It!
Not sure of artist name - I'm Elmo and I Know It (LMFAO's Sexy and I Know It parody)
PSY - Gangnam Style

Let's just say I have a 5 yr old and I would rather him listen to Elmo over Sexy....

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CHANGINGSAM 11/15/2012 2:40PM

    "Fighter" by Gym Class Heroes and "New Day" by 50 Cent are two great songs!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 11/15/2012 2:04PM

    These are all in heavy rotation (with the exception of Great Big Sea-- I gotta look that up). I went ole skool this morning. Check out these classics:
Fame- Irene Cara
Percolator- Cajmere
I'm Too Sexy- Right Said Fred

nothing like some good tune to forget the pain :)

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POMATOJUICE 11/15/2012 11:50AM

    The only one I'm going to give the lulz to is Eminem :P though I'd probably be working out to that song he has about sticking a hamster in your butt. :X

I am all about the Gaga though! I bike so hard to her! My favorite biking song of all time is wacky, though. I'm just going to give you a youtube link and ask that you trust me :P It's a german pop star covering/sampling Queen's Bicycle race. It's awwweesome. (I love Blumchen. Also great workout music!)

(Second best selection for making you peddle fast- DRAGONFORCE! lol)

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REFFIE1 11/15/2012 10:25AM

    Music to lose weight by! Very cute! emoticon

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Day 148: Worst Morning Ever.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Well, guys. Today is Wednesday. It's all downhill from here.

And believe me, my morning is off with a bang.

1.) Car battery died (boo)
2.) RUN to the bus stop, and the bus is right there! (WIN!)
3.) Realize I have forgotten my bus pass (boo.)
4.) Brother agrees to taxi-me to work. (WIN!)
5.) Agree to pay him in breakfast at McDonalds (meh.)
6.) Order McMuffin and eat it like I am a starving 3rd world citizen. (boo.)
7.) Have to pay $150 for battery. (boo.)
8.) Not be able to go to tonight's Marathon training seminar due to no car (TRIPLE BOO.)

Ugh, I wanted to write about intentional eating; instead I have to go and do REAL work now.

Have a good day for me, guys!

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GRACEOMALLEY 11/15/2012 6:16PM

    Doo-doo happens - to all of us. This was apparently your turn.
Keep smiling and keep the faith.
It isn't like that EVERY day - right?

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CINDYAST 11/14/2012 5:15PM

    Someone once told me that bad things happen in 3's. You got all yours done in a single morning! Things are bound to look up from here! emoticon Hope your day improves!

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GLADGAD 11/14/2012 2:57PM

    Hope things get better for you. Maybe you can find someone in your running group that will pick you up and drop you back at home. OR do your marathon training in your neighborhood. You don't HAVE to do it in a group.

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REFFIE1 11/14/2012 1:58PM

    Hey, the day's not over yet. Perhaps it can be salvaged with some exercise and healthy eating for the remainder of the day. You probably needed the mickey d with all that a.m. stress. Onward and upward!

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KJELLYBEAN15 11/14/2012 1:03PM

    Sorry your morning sucked. Hope you can make the best of the rest.

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40LESSOFERIN 11/14/2012 11:55AM

    Hope your day gets better!!! Hang in there!

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Day 147: Eat ALL the Fiber brownies!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

OMG, guys, I mean, seriously -

The ONLY thing I want to eat is fiber one brownies.


Well, I should clarify.

I thought I wanted chocolate. So, I got a Milky Way. It wasn't what I wanted. So, I got a Fiber Brownie... After three of them I felt happy.


So, getting on the horse has been a strange adventure the last day or so, let me tell you.

Good news: I sacrificed my poor dog's bladder last night so I could get 30 minutes in on the bike because my boss kept me at work until 7PM. Ugh, I'm a terrible pet owner. To make it up to Jack I'm totally going to take him for a nice long walk this evening and going to be home early tomorrow night.

I just feel like I don't have any time lately!

Once upon a time I did a bit of an exercise to see where all of my minutes during a week go. Time to revisit... The point is - I spend about 18 hours a day working, sleeping, or commuting. That leaves me with six hours for everything else. Cleaning, dog care, writing, eating, bathing... you name it. No wonder I don't feel like there is enough time in the day when my work day explodes to 12 hours or more...

In other news, I've agreed to host Thanksgiving at my house.

I also have the Turkey Trot that morning.

Pray for me, people.

Pray hard.

I hope all of you are doing better at winter time management than I am!

What's your impossible craving?

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POMATOJUICE 11/14/2012 11:04AM

    Haagen Daaaaaaaaaazs T..T

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REFFIE1 11/13/2012 3:26PM

    Clean house, and set the table. emoticon Try to prepare sides ahead. Might help with time management on the day.

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SKEETOR 11/13/2012 10:50AM

    Potato chips, definately!
Oooh, hosting you know what you'll be making?

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GOOSIEMOON 11/13/2012 10:46AM

    Ridged potato chips and onion dip...OMG...

Good luck this morning!

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ADARKARA 11/13/2012 10:42AM

    For Thanksgiving Dinner / Turkey Trot... my advice is this:

DO ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING YOU CAN THE NIGHT BEFORE. That way, if you're really tired, you can just do last minute prep and the actual cooking. =)

I love those Fiber One brownies, too. They really hit the spot!

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Day 146 - Do the Plateau, yo. (1200-0-300)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Welcome to Monday!

I feel so AMAZINGLY happy today - for no apparent reason.

You see, I spent what is likely to be the LAST beautiful weekend of the year (or ever, if you subscribe the the Mayan Apocalyptic Calendar) either a) at work or b) in a windowless room playing games with nerds or c) in front of a video game console. In my defense I a) had to go to work (boo); had already bought my ticket to the con (stupid Mother Nature); and c) waited until after dark to play Borderlands.

Still, I feel like I completely wasted the weekend.

Sad Panda is Sad.

Yet, here I am, optimistic and happy.

Oh, and did I mention that my scale decided it's number was 196.6 this morning?

Oh Flying Speghetti Monster - WTF?

I mean, I thought I had busted my plateau on a three day streak of sub 195 - yet, here I am. Again.

I know why.

I just hate it.

I decided to lapse. I had pizza for dinner (and breakfast!) and I went out to eat three times this weekend. And I didn't get on the exercise bike as I had planned to.

So, obviously, I know I did this to myself.

Though, I did get 245 minutes in so far!

I think that's probably the hardest part for those of us who struggle with food and weight - ultimately, our old habits are going to be there. Ultimately, we're still going to have to make the same choices for the rest of our lives.

Because Maintenance isn't about just being able to eat more. It's about being able to continue to keep up our level of activity as well as be conscious of what goes into our mouths. It's about avoiding relapse. It's about being dilligent.

Really, it's not so different from where I am right now (and where you likely are, too.) The alluring thing about diets (and why they fail) is that they're temporary. Eventually you have to leave Alice's Wonderland and go back to the place where your old rules just don't apply anymore. Where there are no rules. Where you have -freedom.-

So, guys, here are my accountability goals.

1. Back down to 1200. No excuses. I did it for three months. I was happy. I felt better. Time to get back there again.
2. Deny entry of the snacks into my house! I don't mean all snacks - if it grows from the ground it's welcome. I've yet to find a Whopper tree - should anyone find one, well then I'll just have to be amazed. "0"
3. 300 minutes. Come hell or high water.

I know the formula. (1200-0-300)

I'm thinking of posting the formula everywhere.

What's the most creative thing you guys do to remind yourselves to stay on track?

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SKEETOR 11/12/2012 5:37PM

    Dang it! I'm still looking for any way to stay on track (creative or otherwise)..

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REFFIE1 11/12/2012 2:10PM

    I too am always teetering back and forth on the old plateau. I too, know why. It is nice to know that others struggle with this too. emoticon You are right old habits do creep in. You have the right attitude of just getting back on the horse and riding after a fall. Good for you!

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/12/2012 2:05PM

    I don't know if it counts as creative but I have a lot of 'before-after' things around. There's a photo of me at my widest, with a big arrow pointing at me just to make sure I remember.
I also have a kind of chart. On one side is a photo of me just before I started SP and on the other is a picture of my thinspiration girl. Thin girl is covered in blobs of blu-tack and every time I lose a lb I move one blob from the picture of her onto the picture of me. Like the old me is getting hidden and a new, thinner, healthier me is emerging.

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AURORAMILLET 11/12/2012 12:38PM


Looks like you are on the right track..

I have similar goals!

I have post its on my desk to remind of my goals. I have one that says "13.1". Maybe I'll have that tattooed on me someday.

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