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Monday, September 26, 2011

We get so caught up in the numbers game - I am definitely no exception. Looking at the 5% challenge made me realize that losing just shy of 1 lb per week in 2 months would get me really, really close to my GW.

But I know myself. I bounce back & forth constantly. I'm still trying to figure out why.

Still . . . it seems so doable. My spark buddies do it all the time. Why can't I?

And then I realize that I'm concentrating on the wrong thing: the numbers. And what I should be concentrating on is WWBH?, aka What Would Be Healthy?

The numbers are really a byproduct of healthy choices. This is what I need to keep in the front of my mind, to ask myself when I'm confronted with choices. If I keep asking myself that, the numbers should follow naturally.

Because I had some pretty ripe bananas waited to be used, yesterday I made ohsheglows.com/2011/05/25/how-to-squ
. I did not add any sweetener. Yes, they would have tasted better a little sweeter but I'm still working on the whole sugar thing & they hit the spot without extra sweetener & were the healthy choice over my planned for vitatop - almost the same number of calories but even healthier, at least to my mind, especially since I used dark chocolate chips.

Next time you're faced with a choice, ask yourself WWBH & watch the numbers go down.

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JVANAM 10/7/2011 10:01PM

    A few of my WWBH techniques are:
1) When planning a meal have as many different colors on my plate as possible. The more colorful your vegetable options the more your nutrients.

2) Reduce salt, sugar, and fats.

3) Use SparkRecipes as often as possible.

4) Select foods from the market that are fresh, local, and chemical free. No artificial hormones, pesticides, or fertilization.

In the Sparkteam CD-NY area that would be from the Farmer's Markets, area Food Co-Ops, Hannaford, and at times Price Chopper.

In Malibu, CA that would also be the Farmer's Markets, and Food Co-Ops, added to the list is Ralph's.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 9/27/2011 6:12PM

    That is a great way of looking at things - WWBH? I know right now my weight isn't healthy but I am making strides in improving my overall health.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/27/2011 9:08AM

    That's simple to remember - WWBH, thanks for sharing.

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MZSLYDE01 9/27/2011 9:00AM

    AMEN SISTER - I love that whole WWBH thing. Thanks for that because your are absolutely right - It's not about focusing and obsessing over the numbers - IT's about being healthy. That's what we are trying to accomplish anyway right? So this was a great for me today. A good reminder about what I am trying to accomplish.
I am checking the recipe out right now. I love that blog. She always has great stuff.

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NIKI778 9/26/2011 10:25AM

    I like WWBH!!! I will keep that thought in mind as I am making decisions about what to eat. Great idea!! You are right, making the healthy choices will make the numbers follow.

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NATPLUMMER 9/26/2011 10:09AM

    Those look fabulous. Yes, I'll be keeping WWBH in mind.

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RATFINKROB 9/26/2011 10:07AM

    So true! This is all about being healthy not hitting some target number.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/26/2011 10:06AM

    Very true. Have a fun day.

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JASI27 9/26/2011 8:43AM

    Exactly what I needed to hear right now! So simple, yet extremely effective! Thanks for sharing this!!

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HALFFAST 9/26/2011 7:52AM

    This is so true. I'm a numbers person also. I think it's just the way society drills things into our heads. Oh, and I like that blog too - lots of really good recipes!

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Month 1 HM training done!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Yes, after a week of rest, I got out for an easy 4 miles yesterday. My hip still isn't completely normal, but I iced it before & after & this morning it doesn't feel any worse. We'll see how it does as I ease back into running 3 x week & a long run of 7 miles next weekend.

I used the E3 grips - no idea if they helped or not but since they didn't hurt, I'll continue to use them. Sadly, the pretzel guy was not at the farmer's market yesterday - I bought something that was like a hostess cupcake only with chocolate filling that was totally awesome instead. The pretzel probably would have been healthier, but it was the last day of the market for this year.

It was also the slowest 4 miles I've done in a long time, but it was quite warm & humid even for early in the morning. But I'm really looking to just finish the HM without pain . . . 2 1/2 hrs would be really awesome, but I suspect it'll take the whole 3 hrs I guestimated. And if it takes longer, c'est la vie!

Thinking aout it now, I didn't eat anything while I was running. It was less than an hour running, after all. Do I really run faster if I eat while running or was it just the humidity & the hip? We'll never know but it's an interesting question.

Hopefully onto a pain-free month 2. Will be interesting training on vacation. Hoping to get some beach running in!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 9/27/2011 6:14PM

    You amaze me!!! So proud of you for getting that whole month done and with a sore hip too!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/26/2011 1:05PM

    emoticon that you finished your first month. I'm heading into week 8 of training this week. Glad you are keeping up with the training and glad your hip is better. Humidity and heat will definitely slow ya down, but just take it slow on those kinda days. I always feel completely whipped after a run in the humidity - YUCK !!!! But, we have to train for all kinds of racing conditions, hopefully race day will be perfect, but we have to be prepared for rain, sleet or shine.

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 9/25/2011 7:33PM

    Keep it up!! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 9/25/2011 10:06AM

    I'm glad your run went well. Since it was a short run, I'm guessing it was the humidity and the hip. But I'm no expert or anything.
Boo for no pretzel guy!! The cupcake does sound good, though.
Fingers crossed for a pain-free month 2!! A change of location should be fun.

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TEMPEST272002 9/25/2011 8:28AM

    Glad you took it easy on the run. I don't know about the food - but I know that heat/humidity has a huge impact on how fast I go. Here's to a pain free month 2!

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More balance thoughts & Tin Cup

Friday, September 23, 2011

So my review of the JLo collection at Kohls: the clothes are nice, but I think overpriced & sometimes the fit is rather odd. Except the jeans - they fit me very well - no gaping at the waist, which is hard to find for me. And I like the jewelry - the fact that there're a lot of hearts, my fav, doesn't hurt; I think it's reasonably priced at the sale price. Yesterday's earrings were from her collection & they were $13.50 on sale.

I think that there is never any one answer, it's the sum of everything you do & maybe that's why balance is so hard to find. It's like the nutrition scientists - they find one component of food that helps you lose weight or stay healthy & the next thing you know that's the next wonder food/drug. When the reality might be that it's the combination of ingredients, not any one single ingredient.

I *think* that the weeks I've had good losses are due to a combination of things:

*Eating at the higher end of my range - but the majority of food MUST be healthy food. Back to the 80/20 rule (80% healthy, 20% treat)

*Better sleep

*Less sugar

*Time of the month - yup, it really does matter

*Enough rest during the day.

Let me explain that last one. Was I overtraining? I don't think so - I'm barely running 15 miles most weeks - but maybe my body thinks so. A coupe of the signs are there: possible overuse injury, feeling tired in the mornings.

I'm beginning to think maybe I need 2, not just 1 rest days. Course I walk the dogs every day, but I actually had DH walk them last week when I did my long run. So maybe the day before & after my long runs should both be rest days.

I'm thinking that may be what *I* need - it might not be what *you* need. But I read a lot about how older "atheletes" need more rest. Well, it's a theory I'm willing to test out.

Tin Cup. It's a movie & if you've never seen it & enjoy romantic comedies, I highly recommend it. Kevin Kostner; nuff said.

What got me thinking about it is there's a scene where Rene Russo brings in all this paraphernalia she's bought to help her golf game.

Recently I bought the Chi Running DVD when active.com had a half price deal on it. That was the first book on running I read & it spoke to me, but at $40 the DVD seemed too expensive.

And I'm reading a book called Run for Life that was on one of the frequent kindle sales. The author raves about something called E3 grips, so I bought them. It's an interesting book, btw.

So here I sm with all my running paraphernalia in the hopes of running pain free . . . I'll let you know what I think of this stuff.

Right now I'm hoping to take my new hypotheses for a spin this week & am hoping at the very least to maintain, since this week was a good weight loss week.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 9/25/2011 8:57AM

    I've never been to a Kohls or any of the major US department stores which is probably a good thing as I would probably go broke!

It is interesting that you are so aware of your body that you now know what it needs, ie, the second rest day.

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TEMPEST272002 9/23/2011 5:25PM

    Thumbs up on the extra rest day. It's not copping out - it's being smart & maximizing your workout results. I've been taking Weds & Sun off (still walk the dog - otherwise she gets totally squirrelly). I've been eating higher calorie too & have had a big loss. So right about it being a balancing act.

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NATPLUMMER 9/23/2011 11:15AM

    There are weird fits in every line of clothing, I think. Good deal on the earrings.
What your mind thinks is overtraining and what your body thinks is overtraining can be two different things....witness the boot!
I do think that it is a combination of things responsible for good losses.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/23/2011 9:56AM

    Yes, wishing you a pain-free and enjoyable run. And I so agree that balance entails a combination of many factors. Have a fun day. (BTW, Blue Man Group show was AMAZING!)

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Balance is a b*$#%! & one last dress

Thursday, September 22, 2011

One last dress photo. I'd seen this dress online at Kohls, but missed it in the store. I'd even put it in my online shopping cart, but it sold out quickly. I often put things in my online shopping carts -- for days or weeks -- when I'm just thinking about them.

But it was at the store yesterday. The cut is the same as the 2 other dresses I tried from the JLo collection, pretty much, but the one I thought made my butt look big was a much lighter print. That one also had a cowl neck, which I really like, even tho I like the wrap-style of this dress, too. The ruching is still a bit odd, but in the end, obviously, I decided to buy it.

And because I needed something to bring me up enough to get my Kohls cash . . .

I ordered one pair of the jeans I wanted last night (they have no shorts at t he store). Praying the sizing is similar in short & regular. Now I have $20 of Kohls cash and will probably order the other pair of jeans.

So balance . . . it's so hard to know what to do sometimes. Both times I gained weight recently - a fair amount of weight for me -- I was eating at the lower end of my range. Mainly to make up for foods I didn't really know the value of while I was on vacation, for instance.

Today I lost most -- but not all -- of what I gained the previous week. And I ate a LOT. And I only ran once because of my hip. One thing I have gotten much, much better at is tracking everything. Even the little tastes. I don't always know how to track it -- what's a few bites of brownie, for instance, or a lick of batter? -- but I try my best.

Last week I had:

Crab cake, garlic bread & the tofu fudge pie all on one night
Another crab cake on a different night
Home made vegan pasta alfredo . . . on several nights
Coconut ice cream one night (that's ice cream made with coconut milk)
A very rich brownie after my long (and only, as it turned out) run
CCK's chocolate cookie chip cake (which was awesome, even if it was underbaked -- who knew chickpeas & sugar could taste so good?)

But there were NSVs in there, too. Tracking everything to the best of my ability. Not touching the SECOND brownie even tho it was on the counter for a couple of days (and is now in the freezer, still untouched). Deliberately choosing a smaller brownie when I could have had a larger one.

And then there are days like today when your good intentions somehow just fly out the window. I was planning on a broccoli stromboli for lunch, which is what I got. So far so good. Then I got to thinking how good some garlic knots would taste. Then I told myself no, that's not going to help you towards your goal. Guess what I had for lunch? I'll track it, and it's hardly the end of the world, but truly I would have been better off without them.

I even exercised less than usual this week because of my hip. I did exercise, but much less than normal.

So reviewing all that it seems obvious I'm just not eating enough, right? That might be true. But again maybe not. I've thought that in the past and been burned the next week when I ate more.

Somewhere there is the balance of giving yourself permission to eat more good stuff, because you're working out hard and you need the fuel, but not giving yourself permission to pig out, either, or eat too much junk. I also think the fact that I got a decent amount of sleep most nights this week for the first time in about a month certainly didn't hurt, either.

My weight is still definitely at the higher end of the range I've been hanging out at & I don't like it. I can see it in my face in every photo. Every extra ounce shows up right in my jowls. Some people's faces look so beautiful even when they're quite heavy -- I've never felt that way about my own face. Maybe I'm too hard on myself, but it's the truth. But I definitely liked my shoulders in that coral dress!

Balance. It's all about balance, and finding the right balance for YOU.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 9/25/2011 8:54AM

    Love the dress and the earrings too! You must wear a lot of dresses which is so nice to see as many of us have strayed away from them over the years. When I get some more weight gone I really want to start wearing dressings again! Of course, here it would involve tights and boots but I don't care!

Hope your hip feels better soon! And, I'm intrigued about the chick pea brownies?! Care to share?

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DISPATCHER04 9/23/2011 12:22AM

    Love the dress! So flattering! And the earrings are perfect! :0

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    I like the dress, love those earings!

I am beginning to think that what you do 2 (or so) days ago affects you today. So if you do everything right 2 days ago you will see a weight loss today.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/22/2011 1:16PM

    I'm still hanging in the balance, just can't seem to find something that works. I ask myself the same questions, am I eating enough to sustain the mega calorie workouts or eating too little. Just can't seem to find the balance these days to get the weight to drop, but regardless I'm still being good to my body and eating 90% healthy and 99% of the time in calorie range. Somethings gotta give right? Love your new outfit. I went to Marshall's at lunch today, and of course, I'm bagless, not a darn thing. I did carry around a box of leopard print and black platform pumps, but I put them back. Thinking they might have made me look like I'm trying to hard. I love trendy shoes, but these were definitely over the top and outside the box. So yep,,,,,, I'm a chicken/ emoticon

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JOAN_HEO 9/22/2011 1:11PM

    It is definitely about balance and I continue to search for mine! Do you think we'll ever find it?

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NATPLUMMER 9/22/2011 1:08PM

    I really like that dress :-) Fingers crossed on the jeans. I will find out next week how they fit me.
I think sleep has a lot to do with it.
Choosing the smaller brownie is a total NSV!!
Now I'm craving garlic knots.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/22/2011 1:00PM

    Maybe your body needs more food than you've been intaking on the low end of calorie range? For the past year, when I was grief eating, I did enormous amts. of food sometimes. And I did better then than when I ate less. Of course, I also increased activity level, so I needed more to burn.

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Playing with dresses (photos)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I was waiting for my Kohls order to get here before posting it. I ordered a couple of items online that weren't in the store, which is always just a bit dicey.

Here's a Simply Vera Vera Wang skirt. This one actually looks better in the photo than I thought it did in person. I wasn't quite sure what to pair it with -- it's got zippered pockets which you can't see & I didn't want to cover them up. I'm not an edgy person at all, but sometimes I like to dress just a little edgy.

I like it with the blazer (which I haven't worn yet). The blazer is H&M; the tank is Old Navy; And the skirt is Simply Vera Vera Wang (the line fits curvy girls well) - just one example of playing with clothes!

And here's another example: to belt or not to belt? The photo answered the question for me. The dress is also Simply Vera Vera Wang. It's purple, pretty basic, but somewhat sheer so more for date night. I wasn't sure how I'd like the ruching, which you can't see, but it goes in diagonal lines across the body.

The necklace is the reward I bought myself a while ago. It might be a long time til I get to the next necklace at this rate.

Me embracing the stripes trend. This is the Old Navy Dress. Yes, it comes way below the knee -- but I'll appreciate that when it's colder out!

This last dress is from H&M -- just a simple basic dress for fall/winter. It's just a little tight right now, but I tried on the M and that was too loose. All I need to do is drop a couple of pounds and it should fit perfect. It's indigo, somewhere between blue and purple.

Last week I was feeling like I'd lost weight right up until the day before WI (which is tomorrow). This week I felt like I lost weight again, and so far so good . . . hoping not to screw things up today!

This last dress I bought on one of the Today Show's Steals & Deals a while ago. I really like it -- you can wear the dress a bunch of different ways -- only problem is that it is very sheer. I really need a bra under it and I don't have that kind of bra! Hopefully I can find something at Target. We're going to Miami in about a month & I'm really hoping it's warm enough to wear then. It's very comfortable and will pack down to nothing.

Don't I look like I'm strking a ballerina pose in that photo? Which is really funny cause I'm definitely no ballerina!

I know everything would look better with heels, but I'm still babying my hip (which is much better & I'm hoping to run tomorrow) so no heels for me right now. Good thing I have cute flats, too!

Don't be afraid to play with your girls (OMG, how in the world did I miss that typo? It's supposed to say don't be afraid to play with your clothes!) and shop in your closet! Or maybe you just want to hire me to help you put together outfits. I'm really good at it!

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DISPATCHER04 9/21/2011 11:26PM

    My opinion? No belt on the Vera Wang dress. Especially if it has ruching.

I like the H&M dress. It looks good now, but possibly even better later as you thought.

Love, love LOVE the coral colored dress. Excellent with your figure! :)

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XFITSTRONG 9/21/2011 6:03PM

    I love it when you do blogs like these. You look really great in all of your clothes, but my favorite is the last one. So cute and so stylish! I wouldlove to wear something hip and trendy like that. Thanks for sharing!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 9/21/2011 4:09PM

    I love how you know what fits your body and how to put different looks together. My favourite is the skirt but all pieces are beautiful on you!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/21/2011 2:35PM

    You're HIRED !!!! I absolutely don't have the talent to shop in my closet and put together outfits. I think you have to be born with the Stacy and Clint genes, lol. You look great, love them all, but really like the playful orange one for your Miami trip. And definitely "belt", accentuates the curves. You're rocking them all.

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WEEONE6 9/21/2011 11:05AM

    Love them all

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NATPLUMMER 9/21/2011 10:13AM

    All cute stuff!! Belted, for sure!!
Yes, a little ballerina-ish but there is nothing wrong with that.
I think I should hire you as my personal clothes advisor. You are very good at putting outfits together.

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TEMPEST272002 9/21/2011 8:51AM

    Loving the fashion show. I'll call it shopping by proxy. lol
The Vera Wang skirt is my favourite. It looks great on you with either the tank or the jacket. You have such pretty lines to your body. You might be frustrated with the scale, but you're looking downright HOT!

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CURIOUSGP 9/21/2011 8:10AM

  Belt! You look awesome!

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