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Wipe out

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Nope, didn't take a tumble; just feeling so wiped out.

Had a great 8 mile run yesterday. I totally ignored the pace on my garmin, ran mostly by myself -- and still hit the pace i was aiming for. I felt really strong & even got a second wind & was able to push it the last 3 miles.

I used coconut water instead of plain water; I don't know if it helped or not but it sure didn't hurt. Next week I might try Nuun. I'm a very salty sweater & my eyes kill me afterwards.

I was feeling good afterwards; went home & relaxed a bit in my compression tights & then headed out to be farmer's market, where I did buy a decadent dessert this time. There are only a few more weeks of fatmer's markets, sadly, anyway.

Devoured lunch, watched the previous night's Olympics . . . & crashed. Totally tired. Not sure what happened, other thsn a week of not enough sleep & impending TOM, which thankfully hadn't yet started but now I wish it would so it won't interfere with my HM next month.

I'm not usually that tired after a run of that length & I basically won't be seeing a shorter run until right before the HM.

I didn't swim Friday, as I've been doing the last several weeks - maybe that helped? I was tired then, too; it was pouring & thundering. Hoping to get a swim in today. And lounge inthe spa a bit, too.

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FRECKS96 8/12/2012 10:29PM

    Great job on the run! It's always a treat to have an easy run that you end feeling strong.

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The right to bare arms: wedding photos

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Here I am at the wedding this past weekend. Hey, it was only about 11:30 pm when we got around to taking these photos.

A kind couple offered to take our photo; of course they had ulterior motives -- they wanted us to take their photo, too. I don't know why I'm looking up into outer space in these photos. No doubt cause I was really tired & my eyes start to wander when I'm very tired (despite surgery for a lazy eye at age 12).

I've had that dress for 17 years. I only wore it once, on a cruise around our 10th year of marriage (we'll celebrate 27 years this Oct.).

5 years ago I wouldn't have fit in it. Even 4 years ago I probably wouldn't have worn it. I'm still not loving my arms in it -- especially after a couple of months of no upper body ST. It just tells me that those last 10 lbs do, indeed, need to go.

I'll probably never have the arms of my dreams; but without losing some of the top fat you'll never see those muscles that are really are underneath. More exercise won't do it (altho it will help after that hiatus); only losing the weight will do it.

Anyway, the dress itself wasn't expensive when I bought it, but it's pretty rare these day you have an occasion to wear a long dress. What you can't see is that it's open in the back. The necklace (and bracelet) came from www.baublebar.com ; my first purchase from them & I would definitely recommend them.

They have a lot of pretty inexpensive costume jewelry -- along with some more expensive stuff. This wasn't expensive. The bag I found for $10 at Burlington Coat Factory and the strappy shoes you can't really see were relatively inexpensive, too.

Here's what I wore to brunch the next day.

Arms always look better when they're not hanging at your sides, unless you're really chiseled. I had another form fitting dress I brought with me, but I chose this one because it's not quite as comfortable -- when you're in a situation where overeating is possible, you don't want to be comfortable.

Alas, all my hard work did not pay off with a loss this week. No shoes. Pout. I have my eye on several pairs, of course. It wasn't terrible, but add that to a small gain last week and I am not where I want to be -- so close, yet so far.

It could very well be hormonal -- while TOM is supposed to start in 2 days, that could mean anywhere from 4 days to 2 weeks. This is what happens when you're knocking at menopause's door -- you just never know when it might arrive, so you can't really relax because you know it's just due to TOM -- you never really know for sure.

I am hoping for a loss next week. This coming week isn't going to be very challenging outside of running 8 miles this saturday and thinking I can eat my weight in carbs because I've run 8 miles (trust me, I can't -- I wish I could). But I do have to eat enough to fuel that run, too. That's where it gets tricky.

I still really, really want to break thru to a lower weight. It remains just out of reach -- so tantalizingly close somedays, so far others.

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    You look awesome!!!!

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SPOOKYTHECAT 8/13/2012 1:18PM

    Woo-hooo for wearing a beautiful dress again after not being able to fit in it~!!


& I love that statement necklace, too~!!

You look wonderful!!!

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KANSASROSE67 8/13/2012 1:10PM

    The dresses are beautiful and you look great in them.

LOL at "running 8 miles this saturday and thinking I can eat my weight in carbs because I've run 8 miles." That was me EXACTLY this past Friday!


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KIMPOSSIBLE82 8/10/2012 7:03AM

    "... when you're in a situation where overeating is possible, you don't want to be comfortable."
I laughed out loud at that. It's funny and smart. You rocked both dresses! Love the shoes with the purple dress.

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LJCANNON 8/9/2012 6:15PM

    emoticonYou have worked HARD for those arms and I would Bare Them Proudly, and Without Apology!!
emoticonYou really do Look Fabulous!!

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SKFEREBEE 8/9/2012 5:37PM

    Love the pics! I think you look great :o)

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DEEJON123 8/9/2012 2:43PM

    looking good! Congrat's!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/9/2012 1:47PM

    You look fabulous lady, way to show off your hard work with such gorgeous dresses.

And the pic of you and the DH is very lovely, such a cute couple.

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The lesser of 2 evils

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Speaking of smart choices . . . there I was last night, after a day of good eating & a really nice meal (grilled steak, corn on the cob, roasted baby bok choy & summer squash . . . yum!) . . . still hungry.

We did, indeed, get a goody bag. With lots of small chocolates: mini Reese's cups, kisses. Etc. And I've been having having a couple of pieces a day & tracking them.

But I wanted to lay off the sweets for a couple of days. But those chocolates were calling my name. The internal debate was on.

Maybe a slice of dried pineapple would do the trick? But really, it's still a sweet: suck out all the water & mostly you're left with sugar. So why not eat a chocolate?

I didn't really want to eat anything; after this weekend there isn't a lot of wiggle room. But my stomach just had other ideas.

In the end I went with the pineapple, the lesser of 2 evils.

Was it a win? Remains to be seen.

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TEMPEST272002 8/8/2012 10:20AM

    If you had the pineapple & then stopped - well, I call that a win. The problem, for me, with cravings is that I tend to eat around them. I don't want to cave to the chocolate so I have a little piece of dried fruit & then another one & then a little something sweet here & another there.... and in the end, realize I would have been better off just having what I was craving in the first place. That you were able to make a healthier choice & stick to your limit is fantastic.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/8/2012 9:58AM

    I got on the scale today after weeks of feasting. This is one time a plateau works for me and not against. I've lucked out due to lots
of exercise, but have to rein it in. Can't
wrap my mind around eating just a couple
of pieces of chocolate. (smiling)

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Do you make smart choices?

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I think that's what it boils down to -- making smart choices more often than not. We're going to make dumb choices sometimes -- we're human; and boy did I show that today! So how am I doing today?

SC1( smart choice #1): walked the dogs

SC2: added some protein to my popcorn snack

NSC1 (not smart choice 1): that protein was honey roasted nuts -- but just 1 tbsp. still.

SSC1: (so-so choice 1): went to trader's joe finally -- they opened Friday. So so indicates how I felt about their offerings - for instance, I needed sweet potato fries, but theirs had several ingredients including flour! I only want to see 3 ingredients, tops: sweet potatoes, salt & maybe olive oil. It was still really crowded -- they had a cop directing traffic!

SC2: I brought a bottle of water with me

NSC2: I totally forgot said water & didn't have any

PRDC: (potentially really dumb choice) buying their peanut butter filled pretzels. If only it was available in single serving packets . . . it's actually not that bad & I plan to have them after my tempo run in a few hrs, but tbere's definite abuse potential there. They will be going in the downstairs closet. Hey, I could've bought the dark chocolate covered PB filled pretzels . . . gotta admit I regret not doing so . . . we'll see how it goes with the regular version.

SC3: stopping at fresh market, which wins out in my mind but tbe jury's still out

NSC3: deciding to grab sushi without checking if that would really work instead of what I had planned. It does, fortunately. And I could've checked; I was just being lazy.

So kind of a wash. And I need to be doing better than that to get to my goals.

Any suggestions on what I ought to be looking out for at TJs? Healthy or unhealthy, but healthy preferred.

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ELSCO55 8/7/2012 9:53PM

    Waiting for Houston to finally get a TJ

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/7/2012 3:13PM

    Still waiting for them to open in Houston.
I love their Terrible Very Bad Choices: dark chocolate with almonds (the humongous size bar), and all the nice smelly cheeses.

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NATPLUMMER 8/7/2012 2:19PM

    Dark chocolate covered PB filled preztels...I thought for sure you would get those...they are fabulous!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/7/2012 1:28PM

    OMG, I went there last week and thought of jyou. I walked out with an astronomical food receipt total. WOW! I go nuts in that place
and cannot recommend because I like almost
everything. Enjoy.

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How do you know when it's right?

Monday, August 06, 2012

What your GW should be, that is. Well, it's a highly personal decision. I know when my weight creeps into the 140s, I am not happy: I don't like how my face looks or my clothes fit. It's often only a matter of a couple of pounds, but when you're petite like me (5'1"), it's noticeable.

Your first reaction might be that has nothing to do with your health. In a roundabout way it does, because neither of those weights put me at a healthy BMI. I know that BMI isn't the most accurate measure of your health, but it's what WW goes by.

I suspect a range of 135-9 would make me happy, but I haven't yet been as low as 135. And a healthy BMI for me is 132 -- and because I'd have to pay if I were more than 2 pounds above that, I'm still shooting for 130. So I can hopefully maintain my weight within about 4 pounds. I've had a lot of practice with that over the last 3 years -- just not at that GW yet.

And because I really hate the bipolar feelings I get from the ups & downs of where my current weight is, I will keep on keepin' on.

Would I look even better slimmer? Of course! But I enjoy my food, and for me, personally, the weight doesn't come off easily. I have to eat fairly clean & really watch my portion sizes. I want to enjoy my life, which means enjoy my food, & not stress so much over every little bite.

So that's how I came to my decision & how I stick to it. How did you decide on your GW?

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SKFEREBEE 8/7/2012 3:53PM

    My ideal weight and my goal weight are two different things. Ideally I'd like to be at 112 (I'm 5 feet even) because that was a comfortable weight for me when I was in high school. However, I have had 2 kids and have more muscle than I had back then so my goal is between 118-120. But I'm not even focusing on that right now. If I did it would drive me crazy. I am focusing on one pound at a time because I know eventually they will all add up :o)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/7/2012 3:11PM

    It's been different at different times. After child #3 I started WW, and my goal weight was one thing - 115. I felt fabulous at that weight. After child #4, I couldn't get there, and my GW became 5 lbs higher - 120. I still felt and looked fine.
Without trying to or intending to, my weight plummeted when my marriage broke up, so I experienced some lower weights (down to 104.) The weight at which I feel best is 108. My current weight is higher than that.
Crazy-making, I know. But it really does seem to vary depending on my age and possibly fitness level.

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FRECKS96 8/7/2012 8:05AM

    Prior to last year I had a goal of a healthy BMI. Since the weight was still coming off when I got there, I decided to go a little lower. I think my lowest (maintainable) weight was around 123. I was happy there, but needed some more muscle to carry it well. Not I'm sitting around 130 and my body seems to be very happy there. I know I could take the extra 5-10 off if I really committed to it, but at this point it's not as important as being happy and enjoying myself.

Good Luck!

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NATPLUMMER 8/6/2012 12:35PM

    My GW is one that I've been at where the clothes in my closet fit well and I'm happy.

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TISTEN23 8/6/2012 11:30AM

    I didnt. I just kept at it. Eating healthy and working out. Once the weight stopped coming off and staying stable, (and I am HAPPY where it happened) I decided that is my GW.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/6/2012 10:00AM

    I decided on an adjusted goal wgt after seeing how long my body plateaus. I've always been tempted to accept where I'm at now
as goal so that I don't have to be so
crazy about this stuff. I hate paying so
much attention to calories, exercise, etc.
I guess I was spoiled prior to wgt gain.
Have a good day, JLITT.

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NELLJONES 8/6/2012 9:51AM

    I didn't decide on my goal weight until I got there. I tried it on, like clothes, then had to decide if it was worth eating less. Beyond the health issue, it's different for everyone, and we all have different reasons. There is no "right" answer. Just try it on and see how it feels.

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DDHEART 8/6/2012 9:50AM

    We have so much in common...well not ht...I'm a lot taller LOL but I also chose my goal weight in order to give myself a cushion that I can feel comfortable with and no...haven't hit my goal but I am mostly comfortable with the journey because like you, I love food and it's a very important part of life..that enjoyment. One of the issues with wt, BMI etc is that there are other variables to consider too...muscle mass for instance..I have to keep the fit of my clothing right up there with the number on the scale since it's my butt muscles that make a HUGE difference for me...and that is intended as a pun unfortunately! LOL

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