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20+ Things For Which I am Grateful This Week

Friday, April 29, 2011

I am feeling so good today, energetic, positive, upbeat, motivated, etc. Seems like a good time to make a positive, upbeat list!

1. I've long cursed the fact that my husband is a chef for many reasons, such as the size of my giant butt and his inability to heat frozen veggies without half a stick of butter. Today I am thankful for his culinary expertise because in addition to making a fantastic bacon wrapped filets covered with hollandaise that I cannot have at this time, he can also make a really tasty fat free vegan veggie soup and a marinated zucchini that is awesome.

2. I'm so grateful that my body is a resilient machine and the years of abuse I have inflicted upon it didn't break it. It is responding very well to being treated well.

3. I'm so incredibly happy about the endorphin rush I get after working out that makes it easier to get back on the treadmill or in the pool.

4. I'm thankful that there is hardly ever anyone in the pool at the gym, I get a lane to myself, I don't feel like I have to hide in a big towel or anything.

5. I'm thrilled that my bazooms are shrinking along with the rest of me. I'm already too small for one of my bras.

6. I'm ecstatic that I won't be working a 24 hour shift today and should be able to slip some pool time into my day. When I make statements like these I am so shocked at myself that I feel I need a psych evaluation STAT.

7. I'm happy my dogs love to go on walks, they can enjoy my newfound desire to exercise too.

8. I'm glad my husband started getting serious about losing weight before I did. It makes it so much easier when we are both moving toward the same goals.

9. I'm pleased that my coworkers think enough of me to choose places for lunch that have things I can eat or things that can be modified so I can eat them.

10. I am so incredibly grateful that I've started off with such fantastic results. It is so much easier to get motivated and stay motivated when you see huge rewards right away. Even when it slows down, and I know it will, losing 17 pounds in 3 weeks is a HUGE motivator.

11. I'm thankful that I can afford a gym membership and quality running shoes.

12. I'm giddy over the replacement ipod my husband gave me for Easter, now I get to listen to tunes in the pool again! YIPPEE

13. I'm thankful for all of the friends and family who love me and don't judge me based upon the size of my ginormous butt and obscenely large belly. Thank you for being OK with me the way I am.

14. I'm indebted to Dr. Joel Fuhrman (Eat To Live) who taught me that a pound of veggies is less than 100 calories and I should eat as many of them as I can stand if I want to lose weight.

15. I'm thankful for my new friends on SparkPeople, who always have something positive to say and who are refreshing in their honesty.

16. I'm thankful that the pants I just freaking bought a month ago are getting to the ridiculously large point. Unwearable new clothes are a small price to pay for losing weight.

17. I'm doubly thankful that we have a Whole Foods here in Columbus, Ohio and I can get lots of organic stuff, weird rare food items, gourmet stuff and much more without a great deal of effort. I just wish pomegranates were back in season.

18. Thank you to my friends, family, SparkPeople and everyone else for being kind to me. This is especially important when my internal monologue sounds like this most of the time, "you are fat, you are ugly, you are disgusting, you are revolting, how could you do this to your body, even if you lose weight you will need plastic surgery to fix your skin because you are so disgusting, you are so fat, you are so ugly, you are disgusting, how could anyone ever love you, how on earth did you find someone who wanted to marry someone as disgusting as you." Thank you for being the positive voice in my ear since I'm not always capable of being kind to me.

19. I am grateful that I didn't wait another year or five to start this journey. I was headed for being 45 and 400 lbs. Luckily, I only got to 38 and 311 pounds instead.

20. I am thankful that I am no longer turning a deaf ear to the screams, pleas, comments and warning signs that my body has been sending me for a decade. I hear you, and I know you really like this, I promise to keep it up!

21. I'm pleased to report that my taste buds are changing. 4 weeks ago I took my tea with 4 tsp of sugar and some Silk soy vanilla creamer. Today, just the creamer, and it tasted plenty sweet to me! Yippee! Sugar addiction, be gone!

22. This nummy salad I had for lunch today:

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BANJO_13 4/30/2011 8:17AM

    You are doing sooooooo great and your enthusiasm is infectious!

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JENNSWIMS 4/29/2011 8:13PM

    Awwww. You guys are so sweet!

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THISISFORME924 4/29/2011 7:34PM

    You are an amazing woman. You have found that inner strength that takes some of us a long time to find. You will too be able to say you lost 100lbs by next May I have faith in you!

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MANGOKAYAK 4/29/2011 6:16PM

    What an inspiring blog! You are doing so well and have such a great attitude to this challenge. I'm glad you are doing it now and that you have someone to do it with. My hubby is a good cook so I understand some of that challenge. Like you say though, chefs can make low fat food too! You can do it and exercise makes you feel so much better. Hugs!

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GOLOPTIOUS 4/29/2011 5:01PM

    I've just gotta tell you that you are a VERY inspiring person. Your blogs make me smile and they make me want to put my shoes on and head to the gym. Thanks for that!


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Just Signed Up For Columbus, Ohio Komen Race For the Cure

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I just paid my entry fee for the Columbus, Ohio Race For the Cure on Saturday, May 14th. This will be the last year where I ask for a XXXL tshirt! If you are planning to do the walk and you haven't registered yet, you can use discount code spreader11 for $5 off. :)
I'm also signed up for the Dash For Donation on July 9th, which supports organ donation.

Next year, my goal is to run these events instead of walking, I think that is a reasonable goal!

Now I just need to find June, August and September 5ks and I will be all set. Although I think swimming Alcatraz in September could be an acceptable substitute, if I get into good enough shape to do it.

I think I signed up partially because of guilt. I had onion rings at lunch today and just hate myself for choosing so poorly. I am still on track for the day calorie wise, so I will try not to fret, but I am a veteran worrier so that may be a challenge.

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BANJO_13 4/28/2011 6:16PM

    Good for you! I love your ambition! That's really cool!

Don't sweat the onion rings too much. You're doing great!

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KABEE2011 4/28/2011 4:06PM

    First of all... WOW! You are being diligent to stay active... Way to go. Now secondly... while the onion rings may not have been the best choice... stop beating yourself up. Just get back on track, and go for it once again. You can do this. - KaBee

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I Was a Treadmill Tortoise This Morning...Do You Take Days Off? Weight Training?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I kicked some butt on the treadmill yesterday, doing a record (for me) 3.7 miles in 65 minutes. That's 60 minutes plus 5 minute cool down. When I first started three weeks ago, averaging 3 miles an hour was a real challenge, so I'm really pleased with my progress.

I don't know what the deal was with me today, but I just wasn't feeling it. I felt sluggish, tired and just didn't have 4mph in me like I did yesterday. I ended up doing 3.3 miles in 65 minutes. I wonder if it is because I totally kicked booty yesterday and my body just needed a break, a day of rest so to speak. My last day off was Sunday.

Do you take days off of working out, just for the purpose of recharging your body? Also, when did you add weight training to your regime? I think cardio is the most important thing I can do right now, but I do believe weight training has its place.

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    Weight training is crucial. It burns the fat. I weight train three days a week with about 20-30 minutes of cardio AFTER. Then I do just cardio the rest. Get a good weight training program (I can send you mine if you would like, it's tried and true) and then add the cardio. It's great to do cardio to trim the fat quickly, and it is important, but without the underlying muscle the fat cells tend to fill right back up during any extended break. Muscles take so many more calories to operate, it is dense, tough tissue. Our body has to use so much more to fuel them and building them up is crucial to keeping the weight off. I've also found that maintaining this routine is so much easier for me because I know that if I take a day off that muscle is still burning more for me than it used to!

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CALGALFOX 4/28/2011 2:04PM

    I do different stuff different days. I rotate which muscles I'm hitting for strength training, typically Monday/Wednesday back/stomach/shoulders/arms, Tuesday/Thursday legs. Then cardio is running typically Tues/Thurs and swimming Monday/Wed/Fri/Sat or Sun. Then an endurance on either Sat or Sun. I will add walking any day, swapping or in addition. Walking is for life.

Build it up slowly but surely. If you just keep at it and on days where you don't "feel it", take a walk, even a short one...or two.

My best strength training advice is to do the basics, push ups, pull ups (or pull up assists), dips, squats, lunges and always balance any stomach muscle exercises with equal back exercises. Warm up for 10 minutes first, always stretch after.

What you'll find is that when you just keep at it, you'll look back and be amazed at how far you've come. It's really fun adding in strength...well, okay, it's not "fun" at first, but after a time it's really amazing.

All the best to you!

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BANJO_13 4/28/2011 1:26PM

    I have good days and bad days when I am running. I can't really pin down a pattern to them. Some are just better than others. I think it's good to at least alternate your exercise. If you run one day, do the elliptical the next or swim, just so you're not overworking the same muscles. You stay mentally refreshed that way too.

Congratulations on your 3+ miles! That is awesome!

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GOLOPTIOUS 4/28/2011 11:38AM

    You did awesome yesterday! Congrats!

My trainer told me that cardio without weight training is like swimming without water. He started me on weights the first training session. I now do alternate days. Yesterday I warmed up with 10 minutes of cardio, then did weights for about 45 minutes, then did another 10 minutes of cardio. Today I am just doing a full hour of cardio with no weights. Tomorrow it's weights again.

I take one or two days off a week. I need that day to rest my body!

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REDSHOES2011 4/28/2011 10:17AM

    Dear Hennswims,
I workout with mon, wed, and friday.. I walk daily and never actually use the gym for cardio.. If doing strength training, I listen to the 48 hour rest required for muscles to recover, repair and get stronger.. Going at it day efter day, makes many people fall of the wagon..
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MABTE52 4/28/2011 10:14AM

    It happens the sluggish feeling I man. Don't worry about it you will find your boost of energy soon.

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JWAKJA 4/28/2011 10:14AM

  Yes, recharging helps a lot!

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21 Things I Learned This Week

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

1. My internal voice is much kinder when I'm heading in the right direction with my diet and exercise.

2. Beets should come with a warning label. Something along the lines of "you are not dying, you are not hemorrhaging to death from your rectum, do NOT call 911, you had beets last night for dinner."

3. Roasted beets are tasty.

4. You can make a meal out of beets, an eggplant, some orange cauliflower, a turnip and an artichoke.

5. The scale is not my enemy, it is merely a tool in the fight against having a ginormous ass.

6. Coming up with a list of 176 reasons to lose weight is harder than it sounds... I'm up to 125... I'm still plugging away.

7. Detoxing from sugar, caffeine, processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, soda, meat and dairy was the smartest thing I've ever done, with the exception of marrying my husband and going to nursing school. Thank you Dr. Fuhrman for Eat to Live.

8. I've learned that I'm not a disgusting food pig with no self control. I am, however, easily influenced by sugar, flour, empty calories, soda, processed foods, high fructose corn syrup and the chemicals in those craptacular foods.

9. I'm afraid to really cheat on my diet because I could lose momentum, fall of the wagon or make my journey more difficult in the long run.

10. I feel guilty for not going to the gym at night even though I do 65 minutes on the treadmill every morning. I feel like I should be swimming at night.

11. I really like SparkPeople.

12. If I'm going to do the Alcatraz swim in September, I need to join a swim team ASAP or I won't be doing enough mileage to complete the crossing.

13. I can't believe that the SparkPeople calculator says I could be at my goal weight by May of next year. Is it broken?

14. Eating clean fills me with a sense of being nourished that I've never experienced before. It is like an inner food glow or something. Hard to describe it, but a really great feeling.

15. If you live in Columbus, Ohio or plan to visit, Northstar Cafe gives me food glow.... I highly recommend it.

16. If I eat any more produce than I already am I am going to demand the discount they give the Columbus Zoo.

17. I think SparkPeople gives me less calorie credit for my exercise than I deserve. It doesn't ask me for my speed, incline, etc.

18. I'm working very hard at this weight loss good health thing, how on earth do those biggest loser people work like ten times harder?

19. I'm going on a cruise in June and I am terrified about what I will eat and how I will get my exercise in. I refuse to return from vacation heavier than I left.

20. Green bean delivery service (organic veggies delivered) is awesome!

21. I struggle to get my cup of beans per day into my diet.

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TERESAJOC 4/28/2011 7:48PM


Love your list! how appropriate that #2 on your list is in fact about #2 haha!

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    #16 made me laugh too :) And don't worry about #19 - there will be tons of produce!

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BANJO_13 4/28/2011 1:28PM

    I know exactly what you mean by #14. I tell people that my stomach is purring.

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GOLOPTIOUS 4/27/2011 11:41PM

    I LOVE this list. And number 16 is my favorite because i feel the same way!

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STAABSGIRL00 4/27/2011 11:24PM

    Funny & insightful - love it!

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Well Meaning Friends Can Mean Diet Disaster--Resist! Resist!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My nemesis appeared today, delivered in the hands of a friend. She doesn't know I'm all about eating clean, ETL, nearly vegan, racing to my 20 year reunion in 164 days, (but who's counting) refraining from all of the crap I used to eat, and eating so much produce my poop is green.

She only knows that 12 packs of mini Cadbury Eggs were on sale, I like Cadbury Eggs (a LOT) and she thinks enough of me to give me a present. Rather sweet, don't you think?

Temptation, thine name is Cadbury.

Watching this happening is my pod-mate, who finds it absolutely hysterical, and also sends me a link to a video of ways to make Cadbury Eggs explode. Unfortunately, none of them can be done in the workplace and result in the egg being gone AND me still having a job.!5794810/let-us-count-t

I'm going to have to do something with these damn eggs. Just to clarify, by "something" I mean, something other than eating all of them in one sitting. I'm not going to even have one. But I will sit here and stare longingly at them a while longer.

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GRACIESUE 4/27/2011 2:14PM

    It's rough....I agree with 4A, share it with others...if friend is at work, stash it and gift it to someone on the way home...

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GOLOPTIOUS 4/27/2011 12:16PM

    ARGH! I love well-meaning friends, but I hate when they come bearing sugary goodness!

I agree with 4A-HEALTHY-BMI. Share them with your coworkers. It'll make you healthy, plus you'll be popular at work! The longer you stare at them, the more likely it is that you'll end up eating least, that's how I am!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/27/2011 11:52AM

    How to get rid of food you don't want sticking to your hips

1) Go to the break room and get a plate or bowl
2) Place food attractively in said plate or bowl
3) Get a sticky note and write "Help yourself!"
4) Put the bowl in a high-traffic area with the sticky note next to it
5) Collect empty bowl at the end of the work day, wash and put away. Crumple sticky note and toss in recycling. Pat yourself on the back.
6) (Optional) Start a lunchtime walking group to help your colleagues burn off the extra calories you gave them.


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