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Inter-office baking...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Just because you feel obligated to bake cupcakes for the office for St. Patty's Day doesn't mean I am obligated to eat them.

Yes I got the email you sent out to the entire office about said cupcakes.

No thank you... I don't want one.

Yes I'm sure they are really good.

No I won't just have one or even half of one.

To you it may be "just a cupcake". To me it is a cancellation of the 300 calories I burned on the treadmill this morning and an erosion of my will power. More importantly, it is a piece of the bigger set of foods that have gotten me to where I am. Please don't ask me again if I want a cupcake. I appreciate the offer and politely declined the first, second, and third times you asked.

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FREE2BE_FREE 3/17/2011 2:29PM

    I agree, this is a great blog. When I worked in the office, Krispy Kreme donuts were my kryptonite . Luckily, I work from home so I don't have these specific temptations anymore. But there are still many others. I'll try equating the number of calories it takes to burn off the things I shouldn't eat. That would definitely curb my cravings.

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KRISTINKP 3/17/2011 11:58AM

    This blog made me laugh out loud!!! I am now a stay-at-home mom (where there are still so many temptations) and I do NOT miss the food around the office! Cake for a retirement, cupcakes for a birthday, more cakes for a baby shower, happy hours filled with appetizers and alcohol, fast food for lunch for supposed "team-building." DON'T MISS IT!!! :-) Although, now I have a trillion little kid birthday parties where the parents buy WAY too much cake and try to force me to eat a piece and force me to take some home. BTW, I am a baker, surrounded by cakes, cupcakes, and frostings all the time, so it really really irks me when people try to force their Sam's/Costco nastiness in my face at a birthday party touting its deliciousness! :-) Way to go in your triple rejection of temptation!

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JULIEIRENE 3/17/2011 11:43AM

    Great Post! Funny, and SO true!!!!

@Shawneda - I wish my dad had taught me that! I really struggle with saying NO to things! I'm getting better slowly, though. SparkPeople has definitely helped me do a better job of aligning my boundaries with my goals and putting them in place.

Way to Go, GoingBack!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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SHAWNEDA 3/17/2011 11:34AM

    Good for you. This reminds me of something my dad told me and a power I'm learning to appreciate in a very small and amazing word. No. My Daddy told me in high school. "Don't be afraid to tell people no Shawneda. It is not a cuss word." When people try to manipulate me or guilt me into their plans that I know don't work for me I say no. It looks like you are learning the polite power in that word! emoticon

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Difficulties of traveling...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

This past weekend I traveled to Alabama to visit family and friends. I really didn't plan for the trip very well in regards to food. Fortunately my friends Jessica and Chris brought along nutritious snacks for our trip to the Nashville Zoo on Saturday. I was able to get in around 2 miles of walking at the zoo before the southern dinner I had at the Loveless Cafe. While I could have made better choices on breakfast and dinner Saturday, I managed to end the day right around my target calories. Sunday morning I went to the local park and walked/jogged two miles. I also did some exercise on the elliptical at the hotel (although it wasn't the best piece of equipment) and a brief set of weight training. I did have 3 beers on Sunday night with friends which set me over my calorie intake for the day. Next time I will plan ahead if I know I'll be having some beers or cocktails.

The hardest piece of this trip I found was finding viable options for eating. Being a picky pescatarian in a small southern town can be difficult when restaurant options are limited. Also, I was pressed for time throughout the trip and was wishing the entire time I had planned better and packed some snacks for the hotel room. Lesson learned - next time I take a trip put more thought into what I am going to eat, otherwise it could be a slippery slope.

I arrived back in Atlanta late last night. I'm really looking forward to getting back into the routine I had established - my ability to eat every few hours and more importantly - getting back to the gym. I'm looking forward to getting my fitness on the rest of the week and seeing what Friday's weight-in has in store.

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SHAWNEDA 3/16/2011 4:47PM

    I'm sure you'll have a great weigh in on Friday! emoticon

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JULIEIRENE 3/16/2011 3:04PM

    Welcome back!!!

I SO hear you on the travelling bit, especially as a pescatarian in the south!!! Sounds to me like you learned some great things, got some great ideas to apply in the future, and did pretty well overall considering! Congrats! :)

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LATTELEE 3/16/2011 2:24PM

  good tries, every new situation requires learning and reevaluation...

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This week's weigh in...

Friday, March 11, 2011

All of the hard work paid off this week as I lost another 2.7lbs!!! I am so excited. It isn't even the middle of March yet and I only have 1.3 lbs to go to meet my end of March goal of 250. In two weeks I've lost 5.7 lbs. This motivates me even more to get out and move it. Thanks to everyone who has left me supportive messages this week!

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BETTERTEE 3/14/2011 10:48AM

    Amazing! Good job! You are winning the race! Keep up the good work and you'll be at your goal weight in no time! emoticon

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FREE2BE_FREE 3/14/2011 10:30AM

    emoticon Great Job. At this rate you will be at your goal weight in no time. Keep it going.

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SHAWNEDA 3/14/2011 1:48AM

    Great work. Be sure to drink plenty of water while you're out there burning those calories and changing your physique! Way to go.

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JULIEIRENE 3/12/2011 4:04PM

    So AWESOME!!! Congratulations - you are on a ROLL! emoticon And what a gorgeous weekend to get out there, celebrate and be active! I'm so excited for you!!!!

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P0KERS0PH 3/11/2011 5:20PM

    That's great! Well done!

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Pushing through...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I was up and at it again on the treadmill this morning. I did a quick 5 minute warm up walk at 3.8 mph and then settled into my usual 4.2 fast walk pace. I believe the calorie estimator on the treadmill is both a curse and a blessing. It gives me a goal to reach for, and yet it serves as a reminder of how many calories I still have left to burn for my workout goal. I try desperately not to look at it, however, my office gym isn't set up very well and I stare at a wall while walking/running. My playlists on my iPod help out tremendously, but I can't seem to find a way to focus my gaze on something other than how many calories I have burned and how many miles I have walked.

At 300 calories this morning I really wanted to stop. Knowing that I am going to hit the treadmill after work again, my mind was telling me just to settle on the 300 calories burned and not the 400 I had goaled myself. Fortunately Destiny Child's "Bootylicious" came on my iPod and that gave me the motivation to keep going. Funny how a song can do that.

Long story short - It felt amazing that I had persevered and met my 400 cal goal. I'm starting to see changes in my heart rate (no longer maxing in the 180s but maxing in the 160s instead) so I know my body is changing and I'm getting in better shape. The endurance will come so long as I keep enduring.

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SHAWNEDA 3/10/2011 10:32PM

    Good job! You're doing great... emoticon

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JULIEIRENE 3/10/2011 12:17PM

    GREAT JOB! Way to stick through it and reach your goal! I love me some good workout music. And isn't it nice that you are already seeing the results?

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Run run run... or walk walk walk...

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Just wanted to jot down a quick note and say that the gym is going well so far. I'm trying to go to the office gym twice a day. Each workout I walk/run around 2 miles and burn around 400 calories. I'm hoping a couple of weeks of this will slowly build my endurance. As it stands, I can usually run at a 5.2 mile per hour pace for 3-5 minutes and then have to slow it down to a brisk walk of 4.2 miles per hour. For me, the calories I burn are the calories I burn - whether walking them or running them. I do have a goal, however, of being able to run a 5K without stopping and in under 36 minutes (12 minute miles). My last 5K time was 46.42 and I want to do better.

I should really find a 5K to start training for for some motivation.

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GOINGBACKTO180 3/10/2011 9:52AM

    Thanks everyone! I'll definitely keep at it. I've heard of the Couch to 5K program and will definitely have to check it out. I'm looking for a 5K in the Atlanta area to run sometime this summer so I have something to work towards. emoticon

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FREE2BE_FREE 3/9/2011 4:52PM

    The Couch to 5K is a great program. I'm doing it now in hopes of being able to run my first 5k in 2 weeks. It has steady goals and it helps you build your endurance slowly. 5.2 mph is awesome!!

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JULIEIRENE 3/9/2011 4:15PM

    Awesome! You are off to a great start! emoticon It's really amazing how quickly the body builds endurance once you commit to consistency. emoticon I started running for the first time in my life last year and could barely handle 30 seconds; now I get cranky if I don't get to run and I love the long-distances!

Keep up the awesome work and don't hesitate to reach out if you feel you need support. I see Shawneda has already pointed you over to the ATL team (Thanks girl! emoticon) She's right on! Definitely stop by the team page as there are plenty others there as well who are running or wanting to run.

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BETTERTEE 3/9/2011 4:05PM

    That's great! You are doing really well and yes the more you run the higher your endurance will get! You'll be on your way to completing that 5k in less than 36 minutes - just you wait and see! emoticon

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SHAWNEDA 3/9/2011 3:29PM

    Hey you should get with RunTrilLaugh and JulieIrene they are runners on the SparkAtlanta team. You're doing great.

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