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Blew It!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Jeez, I was all motivated and doing great and then.... What?!

Yesterday I made a breakfast quinoa dish that had caught my eye online. Well, I should have calculated calories and portion size ahead of time. I measured it all out before combining it into my bowl, but didn't figure calories until after I ate it, and it was something crazy like 600 calories. Ack!

Well, I figured I'd just have to eat lighter the rest of the day.

Lunch. I made burgers. No problem. I really didn't think I did too badly, again, until I entered it all into Sparkpeople. Bad news.

So that left me with a really light supper. Ok. I was making pizza for the family and intended to have my light supper after they ate. Right..... Then I thought What The Heck I'm having one small piece of pizza, which became two, which became three.....
I was over by like 500 calories yesterday. Sheesh. And it was all just kind of brainless.

Back in the saddle today. My usual Kashi breakfast, a smaller portion of the quinoa dish for lunch, a small snack mid-afternoon snack, RUN, and a light supper.

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INGMARIE 1/28/2014 7:47AM

    Happens to all of us, just make a clean sweep today emoticon
and you will be good to go again. (besides Pizza is good)LOL
Have a great day.

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IAMBIZI 1/27/2014 11:34PM

    don't be too hard on yourself.

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CAPECODBABE 1/27/2014 7:32PM

    We all have those days. emoticon
The trick is to get back on track immediately emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 1/27/2014 4:05PM

    It was a one time thing. You will make it up during the week.

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JACKIE542 1/27/2014 3:30PM

    Yep does happen to all of us. emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/27/2014 2:50PM

    No biggie! You'd have to do that seven days in a row to gain a pound. We're not perfect!

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CLRWILLIAMS25 1/27/2014 2:31PM

    Definitely a learning experience. It's always great to try new foods, so hopefully you can take what you learned and apply it for next time you try something new. Track first if it's new and modify the recipe as needed to make it fit within your range for the day.

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DSSECRETS 1/27/2014 1:50PM

    Hey, it happens. Glad to hear you're not letting it drag you down.


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So Far, So Good

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I'm feeling really good about how I'm doing right now. I'm sticking to my running plan and eating (mostly) within range. Weight loss isn't happening at a great pace... but I see a few things I can improve upon.

I've been sticking with my running plan! I've come up with a plan to get me ready for a couple 5Ks later this spring. I hadn't run for a few months due to illness, so I am building back slowly. My knees are not loving it, which is a bummer... I thought my slow and easy approach might alleviate the knee pain, but no... Gotta face facts: I'm getting older!
On my non-running days, I'm cross-training -- toning, walking, elliptical, biking, rowing. Truth be told, I need to stick with my cross-training plan better. I've skipped a day here and there or done a minimal workout cuz I didn't feel like it or didn't have time. Excuses, excuses... I'm not beating myself up about it, just realizing that I'm not going to reach my goals by slacking off!

The eating... Well, what can I say? I love food, and I've been feeling hungry at work... maybe partly out of boredom. I'm still passing on the lunchtime cookie, and any afternoon snack I have is healthy. Still, it's hard to stay in-range, much less a few 100 calories UNDER my max, which it seems is where I need to be if I'm going to lose.

So... in a nutshell... I'm working on it, figuring it out, tweaking the specifics, and VERY MOTIVATED!

Today I'm taking my son to play racquetball with a friend, which means I have a full hour at the gym-- plenty of time to get in some cardio AND strength training. Yippee!

I hope all of you are doing great!!! I'm enjoying Sparking again and seeing what my Spark Friends are up to!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/25/2014 8:51PM


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INGMARIE 1/25/2014 11:07AM

    Woohoo, I just got back into the swing of things too, crazy how we do sometimes.

Glad you are here and back into the running and cross training , hope your knee gets better. emoticon

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JACKIE542 1/25/2014 10:44AM

    emoticon Happy you are back at it again. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 1/25/2014 9:11AM

    "I'm working on it, figuring it out, tweaking the specifics, and VERY MOTIVATED!"
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CAPECODBABE 1/25/2014 8:49AM

    Wow you are doing great, and you sound so motivated!

Hope the knees strengthen!
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

WOOOHOOOOO! I'm back in the game!

We had our 2nd Biggest Loser weigh-in, and I'm at 4.73%! This, after my 0% first weigh-in (due to illness).

I ate within my range and exercised -- even ran a few times!

I'm so happy about my progress this week!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/18/2014 10:06AM

    Nice work! emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 1/18/2014 9:29AM

    Congrats! Keep up the good work.

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IAMBIZI 1/18/2014 9:25AM

    congratulations! well done!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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I Heart Iron

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I've been faithfully taking my iron pills for about two weeks now, and eating more meat.

Wow, is it paying off! I wondered how long it would take because I still felt run-down for a week after starting the pills. But now I have to say I'm feeling a lot more energetic. In fact, I ran again last night -- just two minutes at a time, at a slow pace, with walking in between. I'm thrilled!

I'll stick with this plan for now, but honestly I'd rather cut back on the red meat -- it's so high calorie! I haven't been much of a red meat eater for decades. It really makes me wonder how vegetarians get enough iron. I know iron is present in other foods, but you have to eat A LOT of spinach to get that much iron!

I'll have my blood tested again in a couple weeks. If everything looks good, I'll ask my doctor if she thinks it would be okay for me to scale back.

Cheers to good health!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/15/2014 11:30AM

    Great news!

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KALIGIRL 1/15/2014 8:25AM

    Glad to hear it!

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KNYAGENYA 1/15/2014 7:18AM

    I'm so glad you are starting to feel better.

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IAMBIZI 1/15/2014 12:04AM

    vegetarians have to take b12 supplements

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MOONSTREAM 1/14/2014 11:53PM

    great news. emoticon

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ITSABSURD 1/14/2014 9:55PM

    Great job on seeing the changes in your iron levels!

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Anemia Update

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I started a Biggest Loser challenge on January 1 and started off doing GREAT! I was eating right and working out again. And then....

I fainted again last Saturday. I'm assuming it's the anemia. So I was back to extreme laziness for two days and have been working my way back since -- taking my iron pills faithfully and eating more meat. Actually I'm eating more in general because the iron pills make me a little nauseated, and I seem to feel better when my stomach has something in it.

So the weight I lost at the start of the challenge came right back on, and here we are 11 days into the month and I'm starting over. I'm not too worried about it. Assuming the anemia will gradually fade away, I can get right back to what I was doing -- eating lighter (but more meat now) and exercising again.
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IAMBIZI 1/11/2014 6:15PM

    did your doctor tell you how long it will take to build up your iron counts again?

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KALIGIRL 1/11/2014 5:46PM

    Glad you are taking the pills again and taking some time to recoup.

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KNYAGENYA 1/11/2014 11:00AM

    Take care of yourself.

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