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Day 5: Blackstrap Molasses

Friday, February 05, 2010

I bought some blackstrap molasses in December to make gingerbread cookies. Now, if you have used molasses before, this is not light, sweet molasses, it is dark and has a bite. It made some interesting gingerbread cookies. I enjoyed them. Anyway, I used it twice tonight. I put it in the spicy peanut sauce for the stir fry and I mixed just a little with peanut butter and dipped my apple slices in it. I'm not convinced I'd call it a sweetener exactly, but I like the flavor.

Today was my first fast day since ending Dax's meltdown, so I've eaten all week. Last night after dinner, I refrained from any munching during the game and fun, and didn't eat again until my yogurt, peanut butter, and berries that broke the fast at 4:30pm. I am pretty pleased with how the fast goes. Today, I totally noticed my stomach rumble at 11am when I usually have my first snack, and I was like, really? I'm that attached to the clock? I even did my stairs in the afternoon and felt great.

I am still sticking to my goals, lots of fruits and veggies, blogging like a maniac (you're probably tired of hearing from me), and working out every morning (plus some middays and most evenings).

Tomorrow is my first "free" day in a while because I'm going to a retreat for my microbiology department. Of course, what retreat means is 3 scientific talks, a poster session, and dinner. I am still limited by trying to avoid gluten, so that keeps me from rolls and many desserts. I will also bring at least one healthy snack since I will be there from 1 and dinner isn't until 5:30. I'm thinking fruit (probably clementines) and nuts, plus I should put a larabar in my purse just in case. I should also bring one large tea mug, the cups they have are never enough.

Okay, I have a plan, I'm set. I can do it and so can all of you!

Onward and upward!

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PRUPLEBEAR 2/5/2010 9:48PM

    Sounds like you have a good plan.

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Day 4: Cold

Thursday, February 04, 2010

It was so cold today in my office that I must have drunk a ton of tea. That's okay, I like tea.

Tonight is D&D night, so I just did my workout before dinner (which is crockpot baked ziti). I am really getting good now at the headstand! I still stay near the wall because I would tip over when kicking up, but I held straight up away from the wall for a count of 5, woohoo!

Okay, not much else to say. I'm fasting tomorrow, so after dinner, no more food until dinner tomorrow. That should help keep my wandering hands busy vs last week when I munched all through the game.

Okay, no more time tonight. Tomorrow is Friday! Yay!

Onward and upward!

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TOWANDA132 2/5/2010 8:05AM

    SOunds like you are planning ahead! You are so inspiring to me.

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Day 3: Indoor Jogging

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Yesterday, I did some Wii Fit jogging for the first time in over a month yesterday, and since I've been reading so much about jogging with toes hitting first, I decided to jog in socks and do so so my toes hit first. I was both in place and back and forth. I only went 10 min since it was a new thing. Today, my ankles/shins have been really sore, so that much be one of the different areas that toe-heel running works versus heel-toe running. Anyway, I have a hip issue when I run outside, and if this fixes my hip issue, I'm willing to give it a try. We'll see. I like experimenting.

Food is going well, workouts are going well. I love fruit. Yesterday, I totally forgot to add berries to my yogurt and peanut butter, so I needed a replacement fruit. I went to the Campus Center and their measly selection awarded me a pear. A hard pear. So, I cut it up and heated/softened it in the microwave, and it was absolutely delicious in the yogurt with the peanut butter! I will probably buy more pears this weekend to have with my yogurt.

My friend at work who I have mate with most afternoons keeps eating cookies and chips in front of me, and I nibble on my tiny pieces of very dark chocolate and don't care at all. Actually, I had a piece of 60% dark chocolate yesterday, and it tasted too sweet! Yeah, I know.

I turned the heat on in my apartment tonight because my toes are almost frozen, even with wool socks. I'm hoping a Project Mayhem workout will warm me up! I haven't done one of those in a while, should be, umm, fun? Yes. Fun.

Okay, that's all that she wrote tonight. At least, on my blog!

Onward and upward!

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DJ4HEALTH 2/4/2010 12:21AM

    What are you jogging on? If it is a bare floor then you need to do that in your shoes and not in bare feet. Too much pounding for the feet and shins.

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DAMNITJANET708 2/3/2010 11:20PM

    Great job on all the success, but be careful because that sounds like shin splints which can be really painful! I'm new to running, but I read that any imbalance to the front or back of the foot is bad, and you should aim to hit the ground mid-foot. I feel a little nosy/bossy for commenting, but your post came up in the Weekly Mini Challenge group I just joined, and I just had shin splint problems recently!

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PRUPLEBEAR 2/3/2010 8:59PM

    Dark chocolate too sweet??? Are you sick women? No, I really do understand that, I hate it but I understand!

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Day 2: Goals

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Since I am doing the Spark Your Life challenge, I am resetting myself to the beginning of the spark program. Not literally, but I am getting back into some of the important habits I used to do more often like setting goals. I have set some short, medium, and long term goals as well as specific fast break goals to keep track of. It just so happens that goal setting was a Project Mayhem homework assignment too, so, hooray for me! Here are my goals!

Long Term Goals (over the entire year):

I will get to my goal weight of 135 by Thanksgiving 2010
I will complete a 10K by Thanksgiving 2010
I will be offered a position as a tenure-track assistant professor that will begin Aug/Sept 2010
I will continue to improve my relationship with my husband by implementing romantic habits that we do consistently by the end of 2010

Medium Term Goals (about a month):

I will lose 2lbs this month
I will find at least 1 5K race to sign up for by the end of the month
I will complete a new manuscript on my metabolism data by March 27th 2010
I will plan a date night with my husband for this month

Short Term Goals (daily/weekly):

*Fast Break* I will eat at least 5 veggies per day every day and at least 5 fruits per day a minimum of 4 times per week
*Fast Break* I will exercise for at least 10 minutes every morning and for 10 minutes 1-2 other times during the day at least 6 days per week, including running at least 2 days a week
*Fast Break* I will write in my blog on Sparkpeople at least 5 days per week
I will send my husband at least one romantic text per week while we are at work
I will set aside 2 hour blocks of time each week to write my manuscript
I will finish my job talk for my interview by the end of next week (Feb. 12th)

My fast break goals above I am tracking every day and I have a reward ready (1 hour of playing the piano for fun! I rarely get a chance anymore) when I finish a week's worth of those goals. I am going for 90% compliance to everything overall so I have a little leeway for life.

Today, I had a wonderful day as compared to yesterday which was awful. I did some Wii Fit jogging this morning, did my stairs at work, did a lot of experimental stuff, ate good food, etc.

I made a new recipe in my crockpot, I'll try to post it on Sparkrecipes later so keep an eye out! It was a Mediterranean Beef Stew, yummy!

Okay, time for my evening workout. I need to get moving, it is COLD in my apartment!

Onward and upward!

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JENISNAPE 2/5/2010 5:19AM

    Those are great goals! :) I already did the spark program again (and since I can't win anything I won't be re-doing it again for this challenge! lol). I'm still just trying to keep up with my fast breaks...sometimes it's hard! But I'm getting there, and I'm sure you'll do a great job!

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February Day 1: Month in Review

Monday, February 01, 2010

I promised pictures and measurements so here we go, 30 days of melting down!

Jan 1st: 163.4
Jan 31st: 155.6
Total loss: 6.8lbs!!

Measurements from Jan 1st to Feb 1st
hips 40 - 38.25
belly 40 - 37
waist 32 - 31.25
chest 33 - 31
bust 42 - 40
arm 11.5 - 11

Total inches lost: 10!!


I'm going to be quick tonight, things are still great in diet/exercise land. I am deloading, at least somewhat. Not for much longer though because it is too cold for slow movements.

Today I had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day at work ... and all I wanted to do was run/exercise not get a Reese's out of the vending machine. Bonus points for me! I also realized how much I LOVE extra sharp cheddar cheese and apples while a bag of potato chips was sitting just inches from me. Yay!

Onward and upward!

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JXOCASIO 2/6/2010 7:45AM

  You look great. Congratulations and keep up the good work.


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JENISNAPE 2/5/2010 5:15AM

    Great job! Keep it up! :)

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TOWANDA132 2/2/2010 8:54AM

    WOW! Those are fantastic numbers and pics, great job!!!

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MJSCHUMAN 2/1/2010 11:19PM

    I just read the download routine. I have to decide if I will slowly add foods back or not. My family is ready for me to bake some goodies!

Congratulations on your loss. You look great! I'm so grateful to you for introducing the program to me. Let us know how your first week goes. What challenge are you doing next!


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