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Thursday, November 12, 2009

So the local high school swim team has started swim practice at the Y at 7:00. Twice a week, I usually go swimming at the Y at 6:30. This is annoying for two reasons.

#1) Swim lanes for Y members before swim practice - lanes 5 and 6; Swim lanes for Y members during swim practice - lanes 1 and 2. Which means just before 7:00, after the water aerobics class is out of the pool, I have to switch lanes. This causes me to anxiously check the clock for about 15 minutes until I make the switch and therefor makes it impossible to find that meditative state in which I enjoy swimming.

#2) Teenagers! Lots and lots of teenagers. They arrive in droves from 6:30 - 7:00, huddling on the bleachers, giggling, gossiping, flirting. I am 32 years old and too old for such silliness, I know, but they intimidate me. I was the girl picked on in high school, who ate lunch alone in the library because I couldn't brave the lunchroom crowd. Teenagers in packs bring back a lot of bad memories.

So I find myself thinking this morning about what I will do for my nightly workout. A potentially uncomfortable swim at 6:30 or try the Cardio Kickboxing class at 7:30 for the first time. I hear its quite a workout and I really need a good one tonight. My hip hop instructor was out last night. Her fill-in was a Zumba instructor and not even my usual one. I barely broke a sweat and I was TRYING! I wish it didn't get dark at 5:00 these days and that it wasn't raining; I would love to go for a run but the treadmill bores me to tears. I am thinking - Cardio Kickboxing tonight, Zumba tomorrow, run on Saturday. What to you think?

In the next 8 weeks, I know I can lose up to 20 pounds. I am not looking to increase that number since any greater loss wouldn't be healthy or sustainable, but would love to get ideas on how to change up my workout to maximize INCHES I can lose over this same time period. My normal routine:

Tuesday-Swimming (maybe kickboxing from now on)
Sunday-Bike ride
Twice a week I typically fit in a 20 minute yoga routine.

I usually work out for an hour at a time and am open to changing up my routine on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. It is time to start strength training? Since the kickboxing class is at 7:30, I could fit in a half hour before class...

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TEAM-SARAH 11/12/2009 3:54PM

    Go for the kickboxing. It'd be good to mix things up a bit from your normal routine! You could find another more desirable time to get your swim on. I love kickboxing classes. I feel a little awkward and klutzy but I have a lot of fun. And you're already a zumba pro so that shouldn't intimidate you any!

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FINDINGMYWAY09 11/12/2009 10:33AM

    I also think you should try the kickboxing class its a heck of a workout and its fun plus you can get out all your frustrations especially if they use a bag :)

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ROCKINFOX 11/12/2009 10:14AM

    I love kickboxing and anything martial arts related. I think you should try out the kickboxing class. You can always do swimming later to keep it up, but definitely do the Turbo Jam or whatever it's called. Good luck!!
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THEFITMAMA 11/12/2009 9:58AM

    I think I am biased but I will give my opinion none the less. I love kickboxing. I teach Turbo Kick and its a workout. Spark calculates a burn of nearly 600 calories in a 60min class. Turbo Kick is just like Turbo Jam. Same creator ( Chalene Johnson). If you are uncomfortable swimming on Tuesday switch to something else. You want to be comfortable so you are motivated to go. Otherwise you will find yourself making excuses. Strength training is great work it in slowly. I wouldn't personally strength train on a kickboxing day. If its Turbo Kick you will get a true work out all over. Strength train on a different day. Well I hope this is helpful. I wish you good luck and Have a Healthy Happy Day! emoticon

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Exercise motivational tip

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I have seen a few blog entries and forum posts relating to how to stay motivated to workout, so I thought I would offer up my two cents. My trick takes willpower ALMOST out of the equation. Women are 75% more likely to workout if we are wearing workout clothes. I read that somewhere years ago and again last night in one of my fitness magazines (Shape I think) and it was that handy little fact that kept me from losing motivation when I started this journey. I did not often FEEL like working out; it was an effort to find the willpower to do it. But at least dressing to workout was a fitness routine I could commit to doing every day...and then just see what happened. 75% of the time if I was dressed for it, I did it.

I have the luxury of working from home, so I actually dress to work out first thing in the morning even though I won't hit the gym until quitting time. Yes, the hubby is a little tired of seeing me in my exercise clothes ALL the time, but I have no trouble getting off my butt at the end of the day and sticking to my fitness regimen. If I had to work in an office where yoga pants just wouldn't do, I would change after work BEFORE I headed for the gym to make sure I didn't lose motivation during my drive (and decide to hit the Starbucks instead).

There you go...happy workouts!

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CLAYSGAL 11/10/2009 7:27PM

    Way to go lady! I dont have official "work out clothes" just a pair of stretch capris an a tank top that I use for the treadmill. Since reading your blog though I think I might buy myself some.Especially a sports bra. Cant believe I went this long without one, lol. emoticon

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NANA2THREEGIRLS 11/10/2009 11:11AM

    I think you are on to something. I wear a lot of workout gear when I am between sizes and it helps me make the transition to the next size down. You are doing great,keep up the good work! xoxo

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MBVMFLUTIST 11/10/2009 7:45AM

    Hey I never thought of this! What a great idea! :)

And congratulations on hitting your latest milestone! You are doing so awesome!!! :)

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BOO-SHAY 11/10/2009 12:55AM

    I like the idea. Both Jim and I will wear our workout clothes a lot. Your doing great by the way and I always enjoy hearing how you are doing. Keep it up.

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L-OSTER8 11/10/2009 12:47AM

  I need all the motivation I can get . . . Thanks!

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PANDAZONES 11/10/2009 12:14AM

    Thats a great idea. When you are already dressed for it its alot harder to shake it off. Thanks

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DONNA701 11/10/2009 12:09AM

    Hey great I like this thanks for sharing because this is how I felt yesterday. emoticon

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A rant and then a happy ending

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Wow it's been a long time since my last blog. I haven't felt very motivational to tell you the truth. I haven't lost a single pound in two weeks and I am frustrated with myself for that because I am on a deadline here. I have surgery in 18 weeks and need to lose another 40 pounds before then. It's not like I slacked up intentionally. I did the best I could do on my business travels but still only managed one solid workout (a girl's got to sleep) and though I made highly sensible choices in every one of my half dozen team dinners/lunches, no restaurant option is going to stack up to my carefully measured/tracked kitchen menu at home.

Then I came down with the flu as soon as I got home - yes THAT flu. So this week I haven't been able to work out at all and have been mainlining chicken soup. I suspect I just broke even on my calorie intake but I know my sodium was thru the roof which means I am lucky I didn't GAIN weight. But I didn't...I maintained...so I am hoping after a weekend of eating normally and hopefully light exercise (if I am up to it) I will see a loss by Monday. I am still less than 1 pound away from the 230s and would love to get there this weekend!

Ok that I had my pity party, I have one pretty cool thing to report. First a little background...early this year I was faced with a last minute business trip to New York . Having it just turned spring, it was warming up nicely in the South, but New York was calling for snow and I had no "better" clothes to wear...so I took advantage of the end of season sale at LB and came home with a whole new winter wardrobe. A few months later I embarked on my lifestyle change and now that winter has come again...I have a closet full of barely worn clothes that I cannot wear.

Now I have taken a LOT of clothes to Goodwill over the past six months, but I have had this idea in my head of finding one person for my "work" wardrobe who could really use it. So I posted an ad to see if there was anyone in my community who may be just starting a new job and in need of business appropriate attire. I know times are tough these days and I remember how much trouble I had finding plus sized clothes at thrift store prices when I got my first office job. Within an hour of posting the ad, I found her. Sweet as can be, totally deserving, and she starts a new secretary job on Monday. She hasn't bought herself a new blouse in over a year, and had no idea how she was going to get the wardrobe she needs. We talked a bit over email last night and I am off to meet her to hand over her new duds in the next hour or so. I have a feeling I may just make a new friend out of the deal!

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MBVMFLUTIST 11/10/2009 7:48AM

    This is the coolest thing I've ever read. :)))))

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EVESRUN 11/9/2009 6:40PM

    That is awesome! I used to have the same problem and would scrounge around in clearance sections of dept stores and end up with ugly but appropriate attire. As a student now I can wear jeans which I am so thankful for but I still have all my old work clothes which I never plan to wear again. Did you put your ad on Craig's list? Just curious b/c I think it would be a great idea to get rid of some of my plus sized things.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 11/8/2009 8:46PM

    Glad that you are back - I missed you! Sounds like you are starting to feel better, so I know that the weight loss will be coming soon! Hang in there! Love the story aobut you giving your clothes away - what a fantastic idea. I have a lot of nice things that I can't wear anymore and I am sure someone would like them. Love it...

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BGTHAT 11/8/2009 6:04PM

    What an awesome story!!Thank you for sharing! You have done a wonderful thing i hope you get it back 10 fold. Smile when you look in the mirror knowing what a great woman you are!

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RAIN470 11/8/2009 12:18AM

    emoticon What an amazing thing you have done for that women. You should be so incredibly proud of yourself. To make such a difference in one person life is such a reward. I hope that you have found a new friend. We are all brought into each others lives for a reason. I hope you are feeling better and back to normal in no time. Thanks so much for the blog.
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TEACHINMOM 11/7/2009 11:22PM

    AWESOME!! Giving those clothes to someone in need is just the sweetest thing.....you have been a blessing to this woman and will be blessed in return for your kindness. {Also, CONGRATS on NOT needing them any longer!! emoticon) emoticonCindy

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NANA2THREEGIRLS 11/7/2009 4:18PM

    Aww! You made me cry! I've been that girl and it sucks! You are the best! xoxo

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BOO-SHAY 11/7/2009 1:59PM

    Glad your on the upswing, that flu is nasty. But how wonderful that you find a wonderful home and deserving person who really need your clothes. My husband is taking a batch of our clothes today to Goodwill, so were hoping someone will get some use from them. emoticon

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SPINTOWIN 11/7/2009 11:49AM

    What a way to pay it forward!

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PINKCOCONUT 11/7/2009 9:57AM

    Glad you're back and feeling better. And that was really nice of you to get your clothes out there that way! I know she'll love them!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 11/7/2009 9:50AM

    So glad you are feeling better. What you are doing for that lady with the clothes gave me chills. You are an incredible person. So nice that you can help her out. I'll bet you will see your 230's this weekend. Flush that sodium with a bunch of water and you'll be there in no time!

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Just touching base

Friday, October 16, 2009

Ok, feeling a little guilty that I have been letting my sparking slide a bit. I have guests in town, so bear with me. I will be back in force in a few days. the hubby and I have been without a personal computer for WEEKS while it has been at the manufacturer for warranty work, so I have been making due with my office computer. We just got a call that ours is ready to pick up, I will be able to catch up in a few days. Until then, I will be on Spark lite.

I will be posting new pics at the end of the month. I just just got tagged in a photo on Facebook that is a really good (bad?) before photo of me with two of my really close friends. I will be retaking this photo during my San Francisco trip in two weeks. Put it this way...if I was not as far along as I am in my progress right now, this photo would have really depressed me. I am looking forward to seeing the progress shot side by side!

Also I got my royal blue racerback bamboo tank top in the mail today from SP. I wish I had a dozen. It is so soft, fits like a glove and looks great. I will have to get a photo the next time I wear it!

Anyway, hope everyone is doing well and I will be catching up soon.

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EVESRUN 10/19/2009 6:49PM

    When you get busy - it's better to keep up w/the workouts than keeping up w/SP. That's really hard for me to say, but we all will be here when you get back - have fun in San Fran!

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BOO-SHAY 10/18/2009 11:10AM

    I'll be glad when your back, but don't be hard on yourself. We all have to take time away.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 10/17/2009 1:20PM

    I have missed you! Looking forward to seeing new pics! Love the idea of retaking pics in the same place.

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FITNFABMAMA 10/17/2009 11:10AM

    I was considering getting a tank, now I think I will. I can't wait to see updated pics too!!!

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FITSPIRATION 10/17/2009 9:27AM

  We know life is busy! I've seen you around :o)
Can't wait to see your pics!

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Thrift Store Score!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

So I am at that point in my weight loss when I can no longer make do with the clothes in my closet. I unpacked my fall/winter wardrobe a few weeks ago...then proceeded to pack it right back up again to donate. The slacks that I had tailored at the beginning of September are once again too baggy to be worn and I am not sure are worth re-tailoring. Even my "girls" are inadequately housed in bras too big for them, despite the fact that they are too cute and practically brand new (I bought them about 20 pounds ago to replace the ragged numbers I had been wearing when I didn't care about my appearance). I have to have a new wardrobe...and in another few months it will be time to do it all over again.

While this is a good problem to have, it is also an expensive one:(

So the hubby and I decided this weekend to hit our area thrift stores to replace some of our wardrobe staples. The first armload of clothes I took into the dressing room to try on proved that I still see my body as much bigger than it really is. Every shirt was WAY too big. When I found the clothes that actually fit, I was amazed at how small they looked on the hangers.

So I am an XL in sweaters/knits. Do you know how long it has been since I have had clothing with only one X before that L?! I noticed also that the clothes I bought were brands that I can buy at regular stores! I still have to be selective with button up tops and bottoms since not all stores carry 18s and not all 18s are created equally. I know a Lane Bryant 18 is not the same as NY&C 18. But I did buy a pair of Old Navy size 18 jeans that fit great, my first jeans in about six years not from Lane Bryant!!

And I bought a pair of really hot NY&C size 18 jeans that I can technically button, but would not be able to breath and wear at the same time. These I have hung in my closet next to a Lane Bryant 14/16 blouse and cord blazer that are my next "goal" outfit. I actually tried the Lane Bryant items on in my current size a few weeks back and thought they were awesome, but decided I would not be able to wear them until Winter and by then they would be too big. So I bought them in the next size down. I am aiming to wear these for Thanksgiving dinner next month:)

So I spent under $50 and came home with 1 brand new t-shirt, three name brand sweaters, one button up blouse, two pairs of jeans, five moisture wicking tank tops from Reebok with tags still on (ok, so they are all pink), two pairs of yoga pants and two t shirts for the hubby. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for additional bargains at the two thrift stores I liked best, though I think I will have to make another trip to LB in a couple of weeks for bras and dress slacks.

It was a fun shopping weekend! Looking forward to more to come emoticon

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BOO-SHAY 10/13/2009 12:13AM

    Great job, I've also gotten some hand me downs from my sister, who has lost 65 pounds, Only 1 pair of the jeans fit, but thats progress. Sometimes second hand clothes are as good as brand new.

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SMOOCHEMCAT 10/12/2009 5:12PM

  Congratulations on your weight loss and your great shopping trip! And thanks for the tips on feeding the relatives - I always forget about my crock pot!

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TEACHINMOM 10/12/2009 11:32AM

    CONGRATS!! That is the ONLY way to get the "in-between" clothes~so much less wasted money!! I love that you have smaller clothes hanging there waiting for you and you are ridding youself of your bigger clothes~you believe in you and you will get to goal that way!!! WAY TO GO!!!!!

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CATLOVER7731 10/12/2009 8:29AM

    Congratulations!! I know you are feeling good!! Enjoy the new wardrobe!!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 10/11/2009 10:13PM

    What a great idea! I have been trying to "make do" with the clothes I have, but I have noticed I feel much better when things are not hanging off me. I broke down and bought new bras last week (so much better)...but the thrift store is a great idea since everything I get is temporary. I don't know what to do about a winter coat because I know by the time it gets really cold here in December I will be smaller. You are right...it is a good problem to have!

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TEAM-SARAH 10/11/2009 9:08PM

    WOW. That is an incredible amount of clothing for 50 dollars. Way to go. I am going to need to find a good thrift store to hit up! It's rough to be inbetween with the clothes! I bet you can't wait to get to that goal weight and go shopping for nice lasting clothes that wont end up too big or too small! For now at least you've got thrift store finds!

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NANA2THREEGIRLS 10/11/2009 8:55PM

    Good for you! I bought a few new outfits after I lost 30 lbs and only wore them for about a month before I had to give them away. What a waste! Now I go to the consignment shop or get clothes from a friend that is also losing weight. However, when I reach goal there will be no stopping me when it comes to shopping! lol

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