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Friday, March 26, 2010

Since Wednesday, the day after having my tubes put in, I have been holding an extra 3 or 4 lbs. of weight according to the scales BUT, I have exercised, emoticon counted my calories and all that! emoticon I don't get it. emoticon I'm wondering what they put in my IV to make me hold this stuff! My clothes aren't snug or anything either. Could my scales be broke? I mean, I hate to blame it on my hubby but could it be that we are both using them? emoticon I did have to go back into the docs office that did my tubes due to some pain in my ears and they drained some fluid out of them - so I'm wondering if I'm holding fluid for some reason since my ears were/are?

I feel that I'm doing what I'm supposed to do but at the same time I feel so down about it. I am noticing too that the closer I get to the goal I set for myself the harder it is to get this stuff off!!

Besides all that - the forecast calls for a great Saturday so I'm excited about that. emoticon My son has 2 baseball games so it'll be nice to be out in the sunny, warm weather for those. Hoping to get a good walk in around the walking track at the baseball field while he's having pics made earlier too. emoticon

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STARTWME 3/26/2010 10:17PM

    Hope you're feeling better on Saturday and that the weather is sunny for your son's game.

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SILVER1369 3/26/2010 9:22PM

    I agree it is most likely the IV as it is saline which is salt and which will make you retain water. Hang in there everything will work out. Don't stress over it stress will also make it hard to lose. Enjoy your son's games and enjoy the nice weather. emoticon

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LUVIN2BEME 3/26/2010 6:08PM

    I think that it could be just your body trying to recover. Don't stress about it. Enjoy your weekend and your handsome boys games and next week those lame pounds will be gone

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KTANNAR 3/26/2010 5:52PM

    Hang in there. Sorry about the weight gain, it can be very frustrating when you know you are doing every thing right and not seeing it on the scale. emoticon I fluctuate up and down a few pounds even with work outs.

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    it'll be gone soon so don't worry about it. i'm looking forward to the sunny 70's tomorrow too. we have to take advantage of it because the rain comes back sunday. i hope you have a wonderful time this weekend and enjoy the ballgames and don't give another thought to that old saline. emoticon

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ITSALMOST30 3/26/2010 3:05PM

    Of course it's the IV. It's not only water but saline. It's full of salt which will make you bloated and retain water. You can either drink extra water or ask for a couple water pills to be prescribed. Even dexatrim water retention might help. In a week you should be back to normal. No worries.

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THE_JULES1 3/26/2010 2:10PM

    Yes it is the IV's. It is pure saline solution they pumped into you. The other medications can make you retain, also.

Or I could be mean and say no it was the MOUNTAIN DEW! Wow that would have to be a fatting can or soda! LOL

Give it time. You just had a surgical procedure. It freaked out your body and as soon as it calms down, it will release the extra poundage.

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    It is just the IVs...drink your water each day and stay with the program. You are just very well hydrated right now.

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Sam's first workout!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sam's ready for a workout!!

I get home to find my husband working on his back yard "project" so I decide I will exercise before cooking dinner so that he can continue working through the daylight to hopefully finish. He is making a walkway from our kitchen door to the front gate where our driveway is so that we can use that entrance/exit to get to our cars instead of constantly lifting the garage door up and down. Pretty nice little walkway I must say. I have to include here that my husband has lost a little over 35 pounds now too. He stays REALLY active - working on different little projects he's wanted to do outside - our landscaping looks better than anyone's in the neighborhood because of him and now this little walk way - he's so great at that stuff. Another reason I just love him so! emoticon I don't think he will be ashamed for me to say that he is almost out of the 300's!!! He's 6'4" so he never looked as much as he did weigh but he is really coming down - amazing!! I'm so excited for him. (I'm 5'3" so I look like a midget standing with him that's why anytime someone takes a picture of us, I'm usually sitting in his lap! LOL)

I get changed into my workout clothes and see poor Sam sitting at the back kitchen door watching my hubby whom he loves with all his might working away and getting no attention himself. I grab his leash which causes his ears to perk up and I ask him if he'd like to take a walk with me. (Yes, I do believe he understands everything I ask or say to him. . .LOL) He's jumping around like a little 6 month old puppy - all 100 lbs of him. He does sit nicely when told so that I can hook his leash to his collar and away we go!

I feel like he's pulling me at first but I have to get warmed up at least so we do "fast walk" for 4 minutes and then we jog. . . .he's jogging like he's jogged all his little dog life! He stays at a good distance from me both to the side and in front of me on his leash like he's been trained to do this with me. We jog for many minutes then we get back to our fast paced walking. The poor dog is panting with his tongue hanging to the side of his mouth. After a couple minutes of our walk we pick back up to our jog. We continue this several times and included jogging up a big hill in the neighborhood as well. He did so great! I could tell he needed water though, so on the final round of the neighborhood I drop him off at home so that he can get water and rest, then I continue on for "round 2".

It felt SOOOO good to jog outside instead of on my treadmill. Most importantly, I jogged for a total of at least 16 minutes all together which really is a lot for me. Walking was at a fast pace the entire time as well so I really felt good about my first "spring-outdoor" workout for the year. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. Of course, with rain out now, I probably won't get that in tonight as I had hoped but there's always tomorrow!! I have to slowly build up Sam's stamina so he can "hang" with me longer so I will definitely be sure to include him on these walk/jogs.

So, come on Spring Time!!!
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FAWN-MARIE 3/26/2010 11:24PM

    Ya - sounds wonderful.

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LUVIN2BEME 3/26/2010 1:38PM

    GO SAM GO!! It is always better when we can be outside. I had yesterday off so I went on a five mile with Mr and he loved it to bits! And of corse they can understand us, why wouldn't they?

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BRE7482 3/26/2010 3:41AM

    Sounds great! I hope the weather is nice while I'm off, so I can enjoy those outdoor spring workouts too!

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    i'm so glad that sam went with you. it was good for him to get that exercise in too. i think he'll be bringing you his leash everyday now so he can go too. emoticon

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SILVER1369 3/25/2010 8:46PM

    emoticon how great for both you and Sam!

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MONARCHCT 3/25/2010 6:25PM

    Sounds like you've found the perfect exercise buddy!

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THE_JULES1 3/25/2010 4:21PM

    Congrats on the running! Woo Hoo!

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H20, sweat and Mt. Dew

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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. . . . Water!!! That clear wet, thirst-quenching stuff!!! OMG how I LOVE it. This I know now because I couldn't have any after mid-nite on Monday due to having tubes put in my ears on Tuesday morning.

SO, I get this "great" idea that I will get up and exercise on Tuesday morning BEFORE surgery so that I would be sure and get it in since I didn't know how I would feel that evening or this morning for that matter. I choose to do my 43 minute circuit training workout and about 10 minutes into I start reaching for a water bottle......and remember - OMG!! I can't have it - then I think maybe just ONE sip?! NO, because I was told having anything could cause me to vomit during and/or after surgery. SOOOOOOOOO..... I put the bottle down and continue my workout - I'm sweating like a pig and I just KNOW I need water not just because I'm now thirsty and feel as if I'm in some desert walking along and dragging my feet but because I know that my body really needs it because I AM sweating in the first place!!! I mean pouring sweat people - which is why I LOVE circuit training in the first place but you REALLY need to stay hydrated with that workout in particular as far as I'm concerned!!
I finish my workout and I will admit at the end right before jumping in the shower I did take one big sip of water!! I couldn't resist. I think that was the best sip of water I've ever had! And I did NOT get sick during or after my surgery from that sip - thank goodness.

I DID however, learn a lesson - don't workout if you can't re-hydrate your body during/after a workout!! I felt so guilty after the workout for doing that to my body but I just didn't want to quit and not have that workout in. I didn't want to get behind in my calories burned for the week, etc.

After surgery I got to choose what I wanted to drink and you'd think I would've asked for a huge bottle of water. . . .NOPE, drowsy, drugged me asked for a Mt. Dew! Once I got home and looked back I'm like "Are you kidding me? , seriously? Mt. Dew?!!!" Anytime I've been in the hospital for any type of procedure I ALWAYS get a Mt. Dew afterwards - I don't know if there is some "place" in my brain that awaits such an opportunity and then pounces on it when it's there or what the deal is with that. That Mt. Dew did taste awesome though ( I don't have them often but it's my favorite REAL, non-diet drink ever and I consider it a treat when I do have it! YUMMY)

Didn't get all my water in yesterday either for simply being so drowsy and having to sleep most of my afternoon away once I got home anyway. TODAY - I'm getting my water in!! I could tell this morning that I felt swollen/bloated - may be from the IV I had yesterday but either way my body NEEDS and WANTS that water so I will fill it up with the wonderful stuff today.
So back to the normal routine. Hoping to get a little cardio in tonight along with PLENTY of WATER!!

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LUVIN2BEME 3/26/2010 1:30PM

    Mt.Dew used to be my drink of choose as well. Deit Dew is not near as good so now I just have water. You are a silly girl for working out when you couldn't have water but you made it!

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RE2BAH 3/24/2010 4:00PM

    It's understandable that you couldn't drink your water on the day of surgery! emoticon Hope you're fine! Yes, they pump you full of liquids in those IVs-- You probably had enough to replenish your body from the fast, so you really did get your water! emoticon

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    i can't believe you did that exercising before surgery!! i don't see how you kept from throwing your head on a bowl of water and sucking it up !!!! you just prove how dedicated you are to keeping with your spark program and that is wonderful.
i have missed your blogs so i'll try to catch up. my hughes net is either crawling or out here lately. i hope all goes well with your tubes.

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JULIE_MAY 3/24/2010 1:52PM

    Good job on the working out before surgery. You are one MOTIVATED lady! I hate that feeling of being so thirsty you could die and not having any water around. But to do it on purpose?!?! Wow.

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    MEGANC1988 has a great suggestion for getting all your water in.
Praying you are doing well after surgery.

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BELLJOANN 3/24/2010 1:24PM

    You did great. Good luck to you and I hope that your surgery went well.


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THE_JULES1 3/24/2010 1:02PM

    I hope all went well on the surgery side. You aren't responsible for the Mtn Dew. You were barely concious. But you probably needed it after surgery.

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MEGANC1988 3/24/2010 12:53PM

    Try drinking water through out the day, you may find it easier to get your 8 glasses in if you have 1 when you wake up, 1 with breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack, 1 before/during/after working out, it just really starts to add up!

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I wear my

Monday, March 22, 2010

emoticon (sunglasses) at night so I can, so I can". . . . .as the old song goes - I guess I heard that song on the radio or something because I haven't been able to get it out of my head!!

THEN. . . .as I was singing it to myself (in my head) I caught myself replacing the word 'sunglasses' with 'workout clothes'!!!! HOW FUNNY is that?! emoticon

I DON'T like working out in the mornings. I tried it twice last week. It's NOT for me. For my body - those few minutes make a world of difference regarding my rest. I am the type of person that REQUIRES 7 to 8 FULL hours of sleep so cutting that short does not work for me. I will be sure to exercise either 2 hours before eating dinner or 2 hours after eating dinner but not in the AM unless it comes down to HAVING to work out that particular morning vs. not working out at all due to some appointment or something.

I did my Sunday evening cardio workout as usual - still didn't want to once again - but I DID - because I CAN. AND I pushed myself harder this time. I jogged nearly the entire time!! The speed was between 5.2 and 5.0 and it felt GRRRREEAAAATTTTT (as Tony the Tiger would put it)!!!! I even jogged with the incline at 1% some of that time!

So the new plan is to workout in the evening if it's most convenient and in the mornings when the evenings are not convenient but most importantly to PUSH myself harder - running faster, longer, etc.

Cleaned the closet out this weekend for a big community consignment sale called "My Sister's Closet" - you get to keep 60% of the sales you make which is much better than garage sale prices. This way, I can use my earnings to buy new stuff. I don't think I will buy so many clothes - just things I can mix and match. I think my closet was too cluttered before anyway so it was just a great opportunity to clean it out and start over fresh!

Below are a couple pictures of my now mostly empty closet!!
This is the top area of the closet - it reaches all the way across that wall - I have about 2 feet of clothes to the left that do fit:

This is the bottom area below the above - that also reaches all the way across - completely empty!

Before both of these were completely packed with "fat" clothes!!

I've never been so proud to be so "clotheless"! ha ha

OH AND - this weekend, met my BFF from high school for dinner on Friday night. I haven't seen her since December - right before Christmas!! It was AWESOME to hear and see her response to losing 33 lbs. She was amazed and was even impressed with my husbands 31 lbs. lost!! It's great to see someone you haven't seen in a while - you get the most "surprise" out of them and it helps us realize just how far we've come.

Hoping for some extra exercise time tonight - I am having tubes put in my ears tomorrow so 1) I'll be off work (which I'm excited about even if it means I have to have tubes in my ears - not happy with my job)
2) Not sure about exercising too soon afterwards - will ask the doc before I get the "happy" meds!!

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    i need to rid my closet too, it's such a messi think i would have to alert someone to come looking if i didn't emerge !!!!! mostly junk piled in it that needs tossing out !!!!
i'm so glad you got to see your friend from high school, i know having her see the 33 pound weightloss was very exciting for you. congratulations on your 33 pounds and for your hubby's 31. keep up the great work !!

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JOMOMMY 3/23/2010 4:10PM

    You're rockin' on that treadmill! I'm feeling like a slow-poke! How long did it take for you to work up to that speed? Congrats on the clean closet!

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LUVIN2BEME 3/23/2010 1:02PM

    You are a rockstar my dear. I think that mix and match clothes are the best idea. Even a necklace changes a whole outfit!

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THE_JULES1 3/23/2010 10:30AM

    Good luck with your procedure and great job in working out!

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DIAMONDMAMA 3/22/2010 5:24PM

    Great job!!! Good luck with getting your tubes in.

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PERSISTANT123 3/22/2010 3:38PM

    Something for me to strive for ... a closet emptied of fat clothes. Great Job!

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The AM Workout

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

(This is my 2nd - SECOND attempt to write this blog - not happy w/ SP right now - it's done this to me before!!)
emoticon It's 4:30 AM and my alarm goes off. emoticon I'm not happy. I just stay there in my nice warm comfy bed debating on whether or not I REALLY want to get up to workout. That lasts for about 15 minutes. I sit up, put on my workout clothes that I conveniently placed beside my bed last night. Grab my water bottle, and head on over to the treadmill.
First of all, I don't like getting up THAT early. I have a hard enough time getting to sleep, then once I do, I get up several times throughout the night to go to the bathroom (have a doc appt. on that subject in April) so because of that, I don't feel that I get enough sleep where I get that rested feeling.

But I'm up! I hear this voice in my head saying "This is crazy - I should be in bed!". But I continue my warm up. I pick up pace and my legs are just tired. I mean TIRED. They don't want to move that early either. But I ignore the voices and the tired legs and move on. I alternate a brisk 4.0 - 4.2 speed walk with a 4% incline with a light jog ranging from 5.0-5.2 speed with a 1% incline. I do this for 40 minutes and burn 380 calories. YAY! you say - that's great. Well, I'm sleepy - so I'm not all about the YAY yet.

I admit I feel great right after my workout. I did have 1/2 cup of OJ so I didn't have any blood-sugar issues working out as it was suggested I workout on an empty stomach but I didn't want to chance it. I get my shower and proceed to get ready for work. My face is red emoticon as usual after a workout. This is a reason I don't like AM workouts too - it takes a long time for that redness to go away and to put makeup on with a red face is kinda hard to do but I do it. I get to work - I'm tired. The 'energy' I got from the workout this morning is gone. ZERO, none. I want to crawl under my desk for just a 30 minute nap - I think I would feel so refreshed if I could really do that. Wonder if anyone would notice? emoticon
I have a hard-boiled egg and a 100 calorie vita-muffin with coffee for breakfast after drinking 1.5L of water this morning. Having Light & Fit 0% fat yogurt for a snack now and plan on a Weight Watcher's Smart One meal for lunch with a diet coke later. Now that doesn't sound so bad to me. Well, let's rewind to yesterday:

I think I wasn't happy with what the dietician/nurse lady told me yesterday (previous blog). I mean it REALLY didn't bother me that I didn't lose - and I didn't gain - so that was good. Anyway, my employer buys us lunch from a great restaurant called Cypress Inn. If any of you know that restaurant you KNOW it probably wasn't a calorie-friendly lunch. I had the smoked chicken with the white BBQ sauce that I sparingly dipped my chicken in. I had the house salad with lite ranch dressing and the country club squash (basically a squash casserole) and YES, of course I had TWO of the raisin bran mini muffins that they are so famously known for. YUM! Afterwards, one of my itty-bitty skinny co-workers decided she had to have something sweet after lunch and asked if I wanted anything from the local Chevron. Why not!? I say. So I have her pick me up a Milky Way Dark which I consumed faster than I could take a deep breath. Can you say get the fat pants back out?! emoticon 15 minutes later . . . .let's just say lunch, candy bar and all 'left the building' emoticon My body was not happy with me. I had over-stuffed it as it was and then threw in a chocolate candy bar to top it off. TERRIBLE feeling. GUILTY feeling. YUK!

Get home, make a fairly light dinner - shrimp sautéed with fresh squash, zucchini and onions served with rice. But THEN. . . .3 chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk for desert! The FAT me had returned yesterday after my weigh in appointment. Why all of a sudden she returned I don't get. . . .and I mean returned with a vengeance people! What a b*tch!!

Today, I'm over it. The fat me had to rear her ugly head but I've regained control. I have a plan for today so I feel safe now.

After sleeping on it and getting advice from some great SparkFriends about what the nutritionist/nurse lady said yesterday, I decided I won't restrict my carbs quite as much as she suggested but I will track my carb range much closer as I feel I've probably been going over in that area. I will have a little juice instead of working out on an empty stomach. As for the AM workouts as she suggested . . . . . . jury is still out on that one. But I will give it a try again, if not tomorrow morning than for sure on Friday morning.

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Will the AM workouts last? Not sure. Will I be able to find what works for me whether it be the time of day I work out or plan better meals with less carbs? I plan to try. Is the "fat me" gone for good? Hopin' and prayin' 'cause I don't like that one!

What about you? Do you think AM workouts are more beneficial to your body than PM workouts? Have you tried it?

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LUVIN2BEME 3/17/2010 12:47PM

    I will send over my inner fat *itch to kick your inner fat *itchs butt!! I had when that happens but ya know sis we are all human and we go nutz sometimes. I kinda think it is funny that your skinny self hit the eject button on your bad food! My body does the same thing, I think we have talked about that before. But last night I had a slice of thin crust garlic chicken pizza..... and with Elvis, it left the building too. HA HA

There is no reason you can go back and forth from evening to morning work outs. Just find what works and go with it!

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MEGANC1988 3/17/2010 11:38AM

    I agree with Lady, it sounds like your morning work out kind of messed up your day energy-wise. You may want to think about getting that little bit of extra sleep in the morning and using that time in the afternoon/evening when you get home from work to go on the treadmill.

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LADYTSUNADE 3/17/2010 11:22AM

    Good question..they probably are beneficial the AM workouts but I'd say if it is interrupting your sleep and you are not getting enough of it then maybe you need to reconsider them. What about midday work outs? I personally find working out after work , works best for me.

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THE_JULES1 3/17/2010 11:14AM

    Good for you. I am glad you did listen to her, but tailored the plan to fit you.
On the AM workouts, you are on your own there. I am so not a morning person.

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