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Thursday, June 04, 2009

The knee that was bothering me earlier this week is now feeling much, much better. I am glad because I've been doing Leslie for two weeks now and I am getting a little bit bored. It is still challenging and I am still getting a great workout by the end of the 5 miles, but because of the sore knee I've kept doing that video instead of changing to something else this week like I had planned. Maybe tomorrow I will try the Tae Bo I've been putting off because of the sore knee (I'll decide tomorrow depending on how the knee feels in the morning-if it has to Tae Bo can wait until Monday).
So, I weighed in today because tomorrow I start a new challenge and our initial weights had to be in by tomorrow noon. Shock of all shocks the weight is just sliding off this week. On Monday's weigh in I hadn't lost, hadn't gained since last week and I knew that it was hormonal (ughh). So I am assuming that all the exercise I did during that time still worked and my body was just waiting for the hormone thing to clear before discarding the weight I worked off?? I have also totally amped up the workouts this week. Before I was just doing cardio and anywhere between 24 and 40 minutes. This week I have amped the cardio up to between 50 and 65 minutes-not counting the yoga I have been using the last 3 days to warm up for strength training. This week I have been doing my cardio earlier in the day (I am working up to getting up early and doing it before the day starts, but am not quite there) and saving yoga and strength for the evening. These are easy to do in front of the t.v., after the kids have gone to bed, while I "watch" something with my husband. What I am still finding hard to do is meet my calories for the day. I often find myself way under. I talked, yesterday, about baking some cookies-didn't do it, but I still did have a cup of ice cream! Bad choice, but it brought me into a reasonable caloric intake (oops)! It is really close to shopping day and I have run out of the healthy snacks I try to keep on hand-gotta really work on not letting that happen! I think what I am doing is paying WAY too much attention to my calories intake. I'm afraid that even hitting the bottom of the calorie range is going to hurt my weight loss. I know this is WRONG, that I need at least the minimum amount of calories to just keep functioning and to keep me from holding on to my massive energy store because my body thinks it is going to starve to death any day now. I just need to do some fine tuning. Okay, so today I am going to dig up some healthy snacks to boost that calorie intake a little bit, avoid the ice cream in the fridge (lucky me it is not my favorite flavor) and try harder to meet at least the minimum intake with healthy foods.

  
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WBOYACK 6/4/2009 9:41PM

  You're almost there!

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MARJIJANE 6/4/2009 9:30PM

    One day at a time... that's all you can ask and since you seem to plan well, you should have no problem! You are doing great and the marker is moving in the right direction...(vanilla Ice Cream is a good diuretic!LOL) I wish you continued success.

Marjorie

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OREAD_1 6/4/2009 8:13PM

    You sound so focused. And thats a very good thing! Keep up the good work, I am sure you will figure out how to balance you calories and "healthy" snacks. Best of luck!

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 6/4/2009 7:35PM

    emoticon emoticon
Even though you say you goofed! Look at the bright side! You are at your goal! You are doing it!!!!!!
We all have to take one day at a time and one step at a time!

You are doing great! We did not do all this in a day and we can not take it off in a day!

I try to switch off my Leslie tapes to keep from getting bored. Do you have more than one? If not try other videos. Nicole has quite a few that are really good!

Hope your week goes great!

Barbara

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 6/4/2009 4:42PM

    Heather
I am so glad you've said you are under or just on the lower end of your calorie range and that you're aware of the pitfalls of that.
Instead of "snacking" why not try having 5 mini meals evenly spaced out throughout the day. Or making your breakfast and lunch more filling so you lose the snacking habit completely.
Just thought I'd throw those ideas in for your consideration emoticon
Good luck with the scales next time around.
Luv
Caz

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Love the exercise!!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

First, we are enjoying a very rare thunder storm here in the So. Cal. I LOVE thunder storms! It's one of the things I miss most about the summer I spent in Munich. I would lie awake at night thoroughly enjoying the almost nightly fireworks display. We are lucky if we get more than three thunder storms a season here. I've got my window open so I can fully enjoy the smell of the rain and the roll of the thunder. Normally this weather would send me running for the kitchen to bake up a nice batch of snickerdoodles or chocolate chip cookies, maybe fudge if I felt like standing in front of the stove. Now, if I give in, I am going to deliver them to a bunch of friends after having only two for myself!
Yesterday was a great day!! I got alot done and it felt really good. I got my cardio in before I had to pick son up from Kindergarten (we still have all of this week and next week until school lets out). I did some housework after we picked him up-I even managed to find both baseball jerseys, both pair of pants and all four socks before the t-ball game last night!! This is a huge accomplishment-trust me! None of my kids is in the habit of taking their clothes off in any given place and who knows where everything is likely to end up!! After baseball, I got in 20 minutes of yoga-a new routine I wasn't very familiar with, but totally enjoyed! A few poses were out of my ability range, so I modified by doing the last pose in the series that was within my range. I felt so energized after the yoga I did my strength (like I was supposed to)! Now I am ready to repeat the experience!! So, time for cardio, then after k-garten lets out I am going to do some sun salutations to warm-up for some strength for my tushie and legs, which I didn't fit in last night-I focused on abs and arms last night. One of my major goals is to develop a tushie-mine has always been kind of flat and I would like some definition back there when all the flab is out of the way!

  
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WBOYACK 6/3/2009 2:43PM

  I have a flat one too! I'll work on it with you.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 6/3/2009 2:24PM

    Hi Heather
Sounds like that knee is better?! and that you're having fun watching the thunder.
The more stretching and yoga poses you do the more flexible you'll come- it may take a while but you'll notice it.
I can now bend over double with feet together and touch my nose to my knees- why I should want to do that heavens only knows but it does feel good emoticon
And Heather......only 2 cookies........I'm watching!
Caz
xx

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Back to work!!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

So, Saturday I tweaked my knee (ouch), Sunday I did nothing, yesterday my knee started feeling much, much better after some stretching so I did cardio, but not at as hard a pace. I took it a little slower, stopped here and there to stretch out during the workout and kept everything low impact. I felt the soreness in my hip more than anywhere after limping around for two days. Today I feel much better. My knee is still a little stiff, but only when I am getting up after not moving for a little while. So today, it is back to work, still at a little bit of a reduced pace. I am doing strength today since I didn't do it yesterday, but I am going to do just arms and abs and skip legs today. I will do them tomorrow, if the stiffness is gone. I will do easy cardio again today instead of moving up to the more demanding tae bo like I was planning for this week. I didn't lose and didn't gain last week and that is going to change this week! It is time for that scale to get moving downward again. I still have a goal to lose 6 more pounds before my birthday-I've got 27 days! It should still be do-able if I don't slack off too much or eat way out of my zone. Okay, time for breakfast, it's already 9:20 here in So.Cal-if I don't eat breakfast soon it will be lunch!

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/3/2009 8:53AM

    Take care of yourself!!! Glad that you are slowing down and letting your body heal...don't push it too hard if it isn't quite back up to full blast yet!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 6/2/2009 1:00PM

    Hi Heather
I'm so glad you're feeling better and congrats on getting your workout done inspite of it.
I think if you keep the pace up (fingers crossed no more injuries) you'll get your goal wish
Good luck
Luv
Caz
xx

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JENZZ22 6/2/2009 12:25PM

    Glad to hear your ankle is feeling better! Take care of yourself!

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Ouch!

Monday, June 01, 2009

A long time ago I went away to college. I left sunny So.Cal. for Idaho. In Idaho I found out that winter involved ALOT of ice. After a two full semesters of slipping and sliding, I finally tweaked my knee to the point of pain. The doctor diagnosed tendonitis and gave me some muscle relaxers and wrapped my knee and in a week I was good as new-almost. Ever since then, every once in awhile, I do something just right and something in my knee goes out and I am limping for a couple of days. On Saturday I was doing my Leslie Sansone workout and kicked in just the right way and actually felt my knee pop! I sat down for a minute rubbed my knee, felt okay and started working out again. OOOPS! I should probably have stopped working out, because yesterday I could barely walk on my bad knee. Every wrong move was painful. This is a major reason why I want to lose ALOT of weight. I am tired of my knee going out and it didn't used to go out as much when I weighed less. Today, my knee is feeling a little better. I don't think I will do the Tae Bo I was planning, I think I will go back and do the Leslie video again and stay low impact the whole time. I was very proud of myself on Saturday-I did the entire 5 miles!!! I've gotta remember though that exercise really is not supposed to hurt-the old adage "no pain, no gain" is wrong. Soreness and pain are not the same thing! I'll do strength today too, I'm going to skip squats and lunges and maybe work my legs tomorrow if my knee is back to normal. Okay, back to work time..."see" you all later!

  
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MARCI4TONY 6/1/2009 5:35PM

    SO WHERE IN IDAHO ARE YOU???? IM IN POKY!!!
Knees are tricky things - seems the older you get, the harder they are to manage! The best thing you can do is get your body to a healthy weight to minimize the pressure you exert! You can do this!! Just be careful - maybe alternate workout days with some upper body or mid body strength training ;)

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DIANEGETSFIT 6/1/2009 5:11PM

    Hi, I hope your knee recovers soon! I've been having pains and tweeks and wondered.. what is the difference between the pain that means you are working out well and the pain that means you should stop working out and let your body part rest? I don't know if I know the answer to that.
Take care.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 6/1/2009 4:59PM

    Take care with that knee Heather, let it heal or you'll just weaken it further,
Caz
x

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DANIELLE58 6/1/2009 1:49PM

  I hope your knee is feeling better. Maybe a nice hot bath would relax it some more. I must say i am really impressed by your diligence! You are continuing to workout even though your knee is in pain. I am inspired, thank you for sharing!

What Leslie video are you referring to? That is the one that you completed 5 miles on, yes? By-the-by, you go girl! 5 miles is amazing! Keep up the good work, you're doing wonderfully!

Ciao,
Daniel
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WBOYACK 6/1/2009 1:43PM

  careful on that knee. I know you can achieve a point of health where the knees won't feel like such a problem.

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Why is it so hard to make good choices eating out!

Friday, May 29, 2009

My sister blogged today about fast food places using the sex angle to sell food. I am also ranting about fast food but for a different reason. Why do fast food places make it so difficult to make the right choice!!! Did you know that at McD's a 4 piece Chicken McNugget is a better food choice than the basic Hamburger? That is without dip of course. But still...Hamburgers have more calories, less fat-BUT some of the fat in the hamburgers is TRANS FAT and saturated fat-none of the fat in the nuggets is Trans and only 2 gram Sat., more sodium, and more sugar (alot more sugar-31 carbs (6 sugar) vs. 11 carbs (0 sugar). Even Subway, with their low fat sandwiches, serves those sandwiches on LOAVES of bread that up the carb and calorie count WAY higher than it needs to be. I am learning to eat at home and make my own food a lot more than I used to and it is fun and rewarding, but every once in a while I want to eat out and I want more than a salad when I do it. Don't even get me started on fast food salads (nutrient free iceberg lettuce, one low cal dressing choice with no flavor to go with the no calories, and on and on). Why is it so impossible to serve sandwiches on healthy bread (Arby's uses whole grain bread, but the slices are the size of life rafts!), serve imaginative salads using a variety of fresh vegetables and where on earth are these trans fats still coming from??? Come on people it is not that hard to serve nutritious food! And can we please make it easier to find out what the nutrients are? Looking at the paper on the tray after you ordered is not very helpful. I thought I was making a good choice with a grilled chicken sandwich, nope-I forgot about the 1/4 cup of mayo they throw on that baby instead of cooking the chicken with herbs or spices for flavor. Did you know that Applebee's won't even disclose their nutritional information? I checked their website and there is no way (for our area at least) to determine what a good choice at Applebee's would be! What is up with that!!! You can order Weight Watcher's items, but all they tell you is the point value. You cannot confirm independently what is in your food! I really want to be able to eat out occasionally and be able to make informed choices and be able to find a nutritious choice that still has plenty of flavor. Wish it wasn't so hard.

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/3/2009 8:51AM

    This is one of my favorite rants myself! So many times I have ordered something that I *thought* was a good choice only to add it up and realize I was completely screwed! LOL It is way too difficult and if America truly wants to slim us down (I wonder if the Pharms would ever REALLY let that happen though...???) then they need to REQUIRE nutritional values on everything we buy. E~V~E~R~Y~T~H~I~N~G

Hmmnm...
makes me think that there needs to be some group to do some heavy lobbying for new legislation???

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TEXQUILTMAMA 5/30/2009 10:02AM

    Boy, you hit it right out of the ball park! I know what you mean..Here are two that I found do state some of their items..Taco Bell and Chili's has a guiltless part of the menu that they tell you the calories and fat content..When, and I said when we go out, I usually blow that good ole diet to Heck! I just have to get back on the next day, but it makes me mad at myself all over again! So hang in there and hopefully you have at least one of these places to check out..Good luck on your healthy eating..Joyce

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ILIMIKE 5/30/2009 9:48AM

    I wondered the same thing. I love eating out. What I think is a healthy meal ends up busting my calorie intake for the day. I have committed to exercising more so I can counter this but it is still hard. Thanks for the blog.

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KELLIEJOS 5/29/2009 11:42PM

  I guess I am lucky that I dont even eat out that much at all! I have IBS and one of my triggers is fast food/restaurant food. So it doesnt happen very often. But I do agree with you. The US on the whole is an overweight country. Wouldnt you think that the fast food companies would figure this out, and make the food healthier! In my perfect world it would! emoticon(the way I feel after eating out!)

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SDUBON8 5/29/2009 10:17PM

    As far as Applebee's is concerned, you can go to TheDailyPlate.com and type in the menu item's name and they'll tell you the info. However, for some of Applebee's newer dishes they don't have that info yet.

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MARCI4TONY 5/29/2009 9:30PM

    You know, it's difficult in our situation - but if you cannot confirm whats in the food, you need to do on damage control. Grilled over fried; veggies over fries; easy on the breads; dressing on the side; portion control. There is no reason NOT to go out - if you did it every day, that would be one thing. But enjoy yourself the best you can.

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DAISY6871 5/29/2009 9:17PM

    Hi there! I just stubbled across your blog this evening and thought I would say HI! I know one thing that has worked REALLY well for me in the past is to decide ahead of time what restaurant I will be going to and then look up some of the menu info online. I then try to have 2 or 3 options in mind when I get there. I know what you mean about Applebees.... I absolutely LOVE(D) the Tequila Lime Chicken until my eyes almost popped out of my head when I found out that there are something like 1,400 calories in the entree!!!! So yeah, it is great to be informed. Plus after a while, you learn what things are good choices at your fav. spots. Well Good Luck with your journey!

--Stacey emoticon

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