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Day 189 - "Off Track"

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Good morning Sparklers! Today's blog is actually going to be about a phrase I've come to hate.

"Off Track."

We all use it. "I'm so far off track!" "I'm off track but I'll get back on!" "I'm so far away from the track I can't even remember what it looked like!"

So, the holidays were very kind to me. I had Christmas with my parents and brother. I got everything I wanted for Christmas and more. (Hellllooooo Garmin FR410!) And I've been blessed with good health and perspective.

I also gained three pounds.

It all started Saturday which I declared "Pajamas Day." AKA "Stay in the house, drink tea, and watch American Horror Story in your Pajamas all day - Day." It was glorious. I also slept for about a million hours that day. I needed the rest. Work has been insane to the point that I feel like all I do is work, go home, and run. It was nice to just unplug.

Sunday was a black hole of nothing. I'm sure I did -something-; but, what it was eludes me.

Saturday I went for a morning run and had Christmas dinner at my parent's house. It was nice. We had family over and just enjoyed one another's company. Sunday was Christmas. All I did was eat.

I mean, I was gluttonous. I literally picked up a sweet potato between my fingers and ate it. It was so delicious.

This is the point where I should be saying "I'm so far off track! I need to get on!"

Ladies, Gentlemen - I never got off the track.

I knew what choices I was making. I knew I was probably going to gain a couple of pounds back. Sure, I have five days to lose one pound to get back into the 180's; but, I'm not stressed about it.

Check it out - I went for a run on Christmas Eve. I enjoyed food with my family without a feeling of guilt. I feel whole. Am I going to eat like it's Christmas every day from now on? No way! Am I going to declare every Saturday Pajama Day? Forget that. No, it was a holiday, it comes once a year and I enjoyed it.

I hope that all of you who are stressing out over weight gained or expectations dashed can find this same perspective: You now get to stay on your track as if you never left it. We all just went up the hill and now we get to come back down the other side.

Now we're on to New Years.

I'm resolving to:

1.) Complete the PIttsburgh Half Marathon and Complete the Air Force Half Marathon
2.) Be the most KICK ASS Wonder Woman EVAR! at DragonCon this year
3.) Reach a healthy BMI in 2013.

Shout 'em at me, guys; what do you want to do in 2013?

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ANDREWMOM 12/27/2012 11:04AM

    I hope I get back "On Track". I have been so far off it is sad!! Thanks for the great attitude... I will use it for my own re-tracking!

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LILAC_LANE 12/27/2012 7:28AM

    We share the same attitude, "it was a holiday,
it comes once a year and I enjoyed it."
That is real life. It's ok to enjoy some holiday treats.
I ate a little too much too I already had given myself permission.
But like you also said,
"Am I going to eat like it's Christmas every day from now on? No Way"

Finding balance is the key. I'm glad you shared. I think
it's important for people to realize that our eating doesn't
have to be perfect 100% of the time, and that it's ok to enjoy
some holiday favorites.

Wishing you success on all your goals.
They are very inspiring to me.

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GRACEOMALLEY 12/26/2012 2:13PM

    Your perspective is JUST RIGHT! You can let go a tiny bit, now and then, as long as you know what you are doing AND have the sense and strength to ultimately do what is best and right for you for the long run. Delighted to hear you enjoyed your holidays and as long as you keep the extra poundage in the enemy camp, I think you'll be just fine.
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CATTUTT 12/26/2012 11:47AM

    Now that is what I call a great attitude! I hope you rub off on me!

Have a great Wednesday.


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POMATOJUICE 12/26/2012 11:40AM

    I ate SOOOOOOO much yesterday! And it was awesome! XD

Today is back to business, though. Lots of bike and calorie counting. I'm up about a half a pound, but I'm not sweating it. Even though I am guesstimating that I ate like 3kcal yesterday.. there's no way I ate enough to ACTUALLY gain a pound!

I am with you for the Healthy BMI in 2013. I'd really like that. I'm going to wait until next week to set New Year's goals. I still have to get through our annual New Year's celebration before things go back to normal XP I have a convention this weekend, then New Year's.. then, hopefully a ton of random strangers that are making sudden New Year's weight resolutions that will not be tempting me with delicious holiday food :P

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REFFIE1 12/26/2012 11:01AM

    It is the guilt of eating something we shouldn't that drives us to continue to overeat. So, it is a real accomplishment on your part to just enjoy things you wanted to eat and squeeze in exercise too! It comes but once a year and you have loads of opportunity the rest of the year to eat healthy. Congratulations and I am glad your Christmas was merry and filled with family.

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BEVERLYB1989 12/26/2012 10:41AM

    Love Love LOVE this! I agree whole heartedly! Glad you had a great christmas!!

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SKEETOR 12/26/2012 10:12AM

    Me, too....a healthy BMI and eating healthier foods!

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/26/2012 9:43AM

    I'm going for a healthy bmi too! Also aiming to complete a 5k running all the way. There should probably be more but that's all I've got so far.

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Day 183 - December Goal Reached

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Well ladies and gents - I can proudly say I have reached my December goal. I wanted to be in the 180's for the end of the year - and at 188.6 I have done it. To celebrate I have reset all of my goal oriented stuff on the site - changing my starting weight to 188.6 and setting my goal weight to what the study has it at - 142. It doesn't seem all that impossible. Nothing does - not when I think that I weighed in at 230 pounds a little over six months ago.

Today I had to forcefully decline invitations to a holiday brunch. Firstly, I'm dying here at work. Secondly, that buffet table is going to be full of things I have no way to track. So, no, I'll live without the calorie-laden free food, thanks.

Free food, it seems, is no longer a perk. I remember when there wasn't much I wouldn't do for free food. For example, consuming an entire rack of ribs in order to get a free dessert. Or, how about a boring lecture atttended for the delicious pizza at the end? I have to be smarter than the free-food and realize that food is not a form of payment.

In other news, I'm considering dumping my bus pass in favor of driving in to work. Right now I only walk about five, six minutes to the bus stop in the morning. When I drive in I not only get to work earlier, but I walk about 20 minutes to fetch my coffee. So, I think it might be worth it. Bus passes are $100 a month and to park would run about $120. With gas I'd be spending about $200. In honesty, I also just really hate the bus.

Alright, back to work. I hope all of you guys all have something to Woo-Hoo about in the near future, too!

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GRACEOMALLEY 12/20/2012 1:27PM


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SKEETOR 12/20/2012 8:54AM

    emoticon emoticon You're my hero!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 12/19/2012 9:38PM

    Congrats FRACK!!!! You continue to amaze me!!! Ditch that bus, royalty such as thyself shall drive.

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CHIBIUSAGISAMA 12/19/2012 5:59PM

  Great job! :)

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REFFIE1 12/19/2012 5:16PM

    How wonderful that you have met your goals and now are busy setting new ones. emoticon emoticon

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REVIVED 12/19/2012 2:50PM

    Very happy for you!

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CATTUTT 12/19/2012 2:13PM

    Congratulations on making your goal! You must be so proud!

I'd do the driving thing, too. Hate riding the bus. And it's double worth it if you will end up with more exercise than you're getting now.

Hope your day continues to be awesome!


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Day 180 : Race Bib Display

Monday, December 17, 2012

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KATEM200 12/19/2012 7:08PM

  I think you can just ignore that jerk. I'm always the fattest, slowest "runner" at the park... more of a jog really... okay sometimes I'm so slow that Spark calls it walking... but in the end I feel great (!) because I did it with my own two feet and self-motivation. So even when I watch an 80-year-old, barefoot dude go zipping past at twice my speed, I'm still proud of me because I didn't sit on the couch doing nothing. If you can do three miles in 30-40 minutes, you are way ahead of a lot of skinny, inactive people who couldn't sustain that pace for more than a few minutes before having to stop and walk. Keep up the hard work!

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XMASTER11 12/17/2012 7:28PM

  Nice! I'd recommend that you get the Nike+ ipod app. I've been using it since I started my workout Regime in April 20th 2012 and I've logged over 250 miles since that time. It's an extremely powerful tool with a great deal of online support - you can track your overall progress, and it shows your splits for each mile.

You not need it given the fact that you have a monitor, but I just wanted to offer a suggestion.

I can't believe that dude said that to you - that's somewhat irritating to hear about, but I think you're going to crush your goals and make people like him look foolish. Congrats, and keep it up.

Oh, I don't race competitively so I don't have bibs, but it's awesome that you keep them.

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Day 179 - Four Miler Re-Cap

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Evening everyone!

I thought I was going to be much more productive today than I was! Oh well, sometimes you need a quiet weekend.

This morning was the 4 mile race with SCRRC - I'll talk a bit more about that in a minute. I also went out for some comfort food (oatmeal and latte) and won the battle with my bathtub. You see, my tub had one of those 'push-pull' type stoppers, and it never really worked. So, I had to replace it. Pain in the rear. Still not happy with my set up since the plug doesn't quite.. plug. All I want to do is be able to soak after my runs, that's it!

I also took an epic nap between the hours of 2 and 4 today. I guess I needed it.

So the four mile race... First off, I got there late. Just as everyone was starting so I played catch-up the entire time. I came in fourth from last - which wasn't very amazing. I was glad to finish, though. I was especially glad just to keep moving. I did take three ten-count walk breaks. I think I just needed them mentally more than anything else.

So, I'm back in the running swing, which makes me happy. I just need more races to train for, is all.

Just a couple more weeks until half-marathon training starts!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 12/16/2012 8:25PM

    I love to see you back in action!!!!!

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REFFIE1 12/15/2012 10:30PM

    Good for you, joining the race late but still finishing. emoticon

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CATTUTT 12/15/2012 10:08PM

    Congrats on getting through the race, and being back on a running program. Good luck with the half marathon training!


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Day 178 - Calories in and Calories Out

Friday, December 14, 2012

Hey everyone!

Today, to much rejoicing, is Hobbit day!

Of course, I plan not to behave much like a Hobbit. I had a sensible breakfast (Oatmeal) and will have lunch. But no Brunch, and I assure you there will be no morning tea or snacks between ;) I also plan to hit the gym before meeting up with my best friend at Noon to go see the movie ;) Get those calories burned so I can have a treat, I say!

Every day after I write my blog I swear I come up with a thousand - nay, a million! - different things I 'should' have written about. Two things stuck with me long enough to get written about today.

First, is the whole thing about calorie differentials. It's such a simple equation, but lately it feels like such a delicate one! My BMR (by most calculators) settles somewhere around 1650. That means just breathing I am supposed to be burning around 1650 calories a day. We're all familiar with the concept. So, when you add in my activity when tracked by FitBit or BodyMedia I'm burning on average a total of 2500 calories a day. That's with light walking. I hit 3000 with a day's jog (3 miles) or some time with the eliptical. That means, on a day when I eat 1300-1500 calories I should have an all important defecit of no fewer than 1000 calories. (That's 7000 calories a week!)

The fun math - a pound of fat is 3500 calories. With a baseline 7000 calorie defecit, I should be losing 2 pounds.

That, dear friends, is what I've been stewing on.

I have also been stewing on the fact that I feel like all I do is go to work, go work out, and go home. That's it. Not so happy about that.

Finally, I've really been fixated on my 'goal weight' as assigned by the IDEA study. 142 pounds. In essence, they're telling me that when I started I was nearly 100 pounds overweight. Essentially they're telling me I have 50 more pounds to lose. I know it's not impossible to get fit or to meet the rest of my goals; but, 50 POUNDS?! I don't know from what part of myself I would lose an average sized 7 year old; but, apparently according to them I need to.

So, today isn't quite as peppy as usual. I'm still excited for the movie and seeing my friend; but, I'm feeling frustrated by 1) lack of progress, 2) feeling a bit in a rut, and 3) what feels like an unattainable goal.

Gimme some mojo, peeps!

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GRACEOMALLEY 12/14/2012 7:11PM

    At this time of year, with the short daylight hours and the long dark hours and colder temps so we aren't outside as much, the whole sense of what constitutes a "DAY" is altered in a somewhat negative direction.

Fixate and stew on things like how many fabulous books there are you haven't read yet, or how many ways you can avoid subverting yourself. Keep smiling and never lose faith!


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REFFIE1 12/14/2012 11:12AM

    I don't believe in letting someone else set your goals. No matter where you decide to stay numbers wise, it should be your decision and be something that is sustainable for you. Just think, you would still be so much better than when you started and why not celebrate that accomplishment. emoticon

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CATTUTT 12/14/2012 10:38AM

    Sorry to hear about the lack of progress. That's so frustrating. But this plateau will pass and you will start seeing results soon! And a piece of advice from my nutritionist... don't get too wrapped up in the numbers or it will drive you bat scrap.

Hope you enjoy The Hobbit!


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SKEETOR 12/14/2012 10:13AM

    Don't get lost in the numbers! They are all estimates! Sending calming waves in your direction! emoticon
Oh, and a Happy Hobbit Day to you, too! emoticon

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