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The End (of the Month) is Nigh...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

...and I noticed that for the last 4-5 days, I've been eating at the upper end of my calorie range (around 1600), and I'm going to try my hardest this week to put an end to that in preparation for Thanksgiving. I had a good weekend (around 1400 both days), so I'm optimistic that I can meet this goal. Ideally, I'd like to eat around 1300-1400 most days with a couple of 1500-1600 days during the week.

You see, I made an ambitious goal for myself this month of 1,800 fitness minutes, and I'm not doing really well with it, though I'm meeting my calories burned goals. Basically I'll have to get 600 in before next Tuesday, which is probably not going to happen. This Saturday I had a big plan to go running, and I woke up feeling stuffed up and headachey and weak. I spent most of the day on the couch. That's what I get for having a cocktail on Friday night that had both tequila AND vodka. Oy. I've taken more rest days this month than I have in the past due to injury or illness and it's really taken its toll on my minutes.

Part of the reason for the lack of minutes is that I've used the 30 Day Shred as a substitute for gym strength training, and those minutes don't really add up to as much as what SP gives me for the gym training. So I'm going to try to keep as active as possible this week with lots of home exercise with the ball and bands.

Also, I have been busy with a number of professional and personal projects, so if I haven't thanked you personally for your messages and goodies yet, I apologize. I do read everything I get, and everyone is so awesome! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Also, I get friend requests every day, and I usually don't get around to checking out everyone's page right away. I like to give my friend feed a lot of attention, so unfortunately I don't add everyone right away, so if I see you around often, it'll definitely tweak that I have to add you to my list.

My final thought for the evening: I am assembling a playlist for the Turkey Trot! Last time I was so anxious/nervous that I completely forgot to charge my iPod and had NO music for the 5K. I'm hoping that the tunes will help me with my motivation and time. So if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know! I'll post my playlist for everyone to see once it's ready!

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STEPHFERNEY 11/25/2009 8:46AM

    I'm struggling right now with eating more than I wish and not getting as much exercise as previously - glad to know it's not just me! Good luck trotting!

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/24/2009 4:39PM

    Keep plugging along babe... You got it.... YOU DO!!!

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MANDAO97 11/24/2009 4:07PM

    I've been listening to the same music for the past 3 weeks now and it is time to change it up. Two songs from my current list that I will probably keep are Kanye West Stronger and Chris Brown Forever - those are my last 2 on the playlist and always give me an extra boost.

Have a great race!!

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BETT2U 11/24/2009 3:08PM

    I am officially inviting you over: my house is stocked with Stolichnaya Vanilla and Sauza (both go great with a diet drink). Har, har! I have a cold, too. Makes it hard to breathe while working out. Remember, it's not who wins the race that matters--it's the fact that you show up at the starting line! You are such an inspiration. I really need to take my calorie count down. Have a good one!

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HEALTHYSASSY 11/24/2009 2:29PM

    Have fun at the Turkey Trot. emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 11/23/2009 5:33PM

    Have a great time on the Turkey Trot! emoticon emoticon

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 11/23/2009 1:16PM

    You'll do it!! I'm envious that you're doing a Turkey Trot. I'll be out of town this weekend and originally before we made these plans I was going to run the local Turkey Trot at the Y. Maybe I can look online for a local one back in MN. We'll see. Times a ticken and I've got a ton to do before we leave. I hope you do well. Music will make a world of difference for you. Mylie Cyrus's new song is one of my new fav's, but Love shack is my fav running song...I have no idea why. Good Luck!!! emoticon You'll do GREAT!

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KARVY09 11/23/2009 10:13AM

    Thanks everyone. I'm trying not to be too hard on myself, but I know that I can do it!

DANCINGPENGUIN, I have been gradually increasing fitness minutes each month and ideally would love to get at least 180 in on the weekends, but my weekends have been rainsoaked and busy. I know I CAN do it, it's just that something is throwing a wrench in my plans sometimes.

YAY MUSIC. I'm excited for my final list which will definitely be a rock/pop mix.

MELISSA, that Fireflies song is so catchy. I kind of hate it, but I admit to humming it when I hear it.

And eek, forecast is rain for Thursday. Might be a mud run?

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 11/23/2009 10:08AM

    Turkey trots sound so fun! I don't know if there are any around here. Here in Iowa, we never know if it's going to be snowing on Thanksgiving or not, but it would be such a fun thing to do.

My music tastes while running are all over the board. I mostly like upbeat fun songs to distract me, but sometimes, i throw in a mellower one like Fireflies by Owl City just to mix it up. One of my favorites is Starstrukk by 3OH3!. That one really gets me going especially when he starts whispering towards the end of the song, gives me a little extra push.

Tequila & Vodka? Sign me up. I'm totally on board for that :) I'm coming to party with you!!!

Have a happy Monday Wild Woman :)

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SARANGEREL 11/23/2009 9:31AM

    You're doing great girl! Don't beat yourself up too much about being on the high end of your calorie range.

I hope that you make yourself a motivating playlist for your run! Mine will mostly consist of The Foo Fighters. You are correct that good music can motivate you during a run. Have a great 5k Thursday!

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ETHEL_MERMAID 11/23/2009 8:53AM

    Best of luck with the Turkey Trot...and finding a fitting playlist :) And I had no idea a concoction featuring vodka and tequila even existed - sounds like Novosibirsk meets Nuevo Laredo, and I can't begin to fathom the results! Glad you made a complete recovery, though. Your fitness achievements are as impressive as they are diverse - keep on keepin' on!

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TRAVELNISTA 11/23/2009 7:53AM

    Don't feel bad for eating at your high end of your calories for the past few days. You may be doing yourself a favor and resetting your metabolism. It is always good to keep it guessing. emoticon emoticon

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FRIZGIRL 11/23/2009 6:36AM

    Good job lady! I always count my 30DS as cardio minutes, because my heart rate stays much higher throughout than a regular strength training (like a very brisk walk or easy jog). Good luck and you can totally hit your minutes!

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KNITTINGFROG 11/23/2009 5:18AM

    Best of luck with meeting your monthly goal!

I too have to put together a running playlist, as the C25K music is not really what I favour, so I'll be watching your posts for inspiration. So far I am thinking girl pop, incl Lily Allen and Katy Perry ...but I must face the possibility that it will result in outloud singing-along :)

Sending you good vibes to fight/avoid the Thanksgiving temptations !

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DANCINGPENGUIN 11/23/2009 12:17AM

    Listening to your body for injury or illness shouldn't be punished. It's GOOD that you aren't overdoing it when those things are happening. I'm wondering if you need to give yourself permission to lower your total minutes. Where'd the numbers you set come from? Vigorous exercise (e.g., running) counts double what moderate exercise does in the national guidelines! emoticon

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COURTNASTY82 11/22/2009 11:10PM

    i don't ever like to run without music when i run without a buddy...i love to jam! i posted a mix that i used for my 10K on the half marathoners board...it's sorta schizo, but it works for me! good luck on the turkey trot!!!

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PINKCOCONUT 11/22/2009 10:21PM

    You're still doing great my dear! Just keep at it! Can't wait to hear your race report!!!

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TEAM-SARAH 11/22/2009 10:08PM

    Tunes are always helpful I find. I almost always run with music, but I have not ever brought music to a race. I find the environment and the people watching enough distraction I suppose. I hope your 5k goes awesome. I know you can have a kick butt week. Be sure to enjoy some favorites on thanksgiving! (within reason of course)

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RODISWYF 11/22/2009 10:00PM

    Oh tunes are a must on any run I do. I am not sure how I could possibly survive without them.

You are doing great. Just keep focused and know that if you don't meet your goals this month it wasn't because you gave up. Next month you can meet your goals and then take them even further!

Keep up the great work!

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"Ouchy Ouch" and Other Thoughts

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Everyone who said my muscles would be aching after doing my first session of Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred (30DS) was NOT KIDDING. Of course, I felt GREAT after my first session on Monday morning, and somehow felt compelled to do ANOTHER session on Monday evening.

Yeah, I'm dumb.

Come Tuesday simple tasks like sitting down and getting up from my chair were only done with great effort, so my exercise was limited to a couple of short walks. Tuesday rocked though, because I hit 50 lbs lost on Sparkpeople! It marked 24 weeks on SP, which means I've been averaging 2.08 lbs lost per week. Hey, I cannot argue with that. I've been very blessed in my weight loss journey so far. I haven't been in the 220s since starting college over 10 years ago. I'm hoping to end 2009 in the 210s, which I haven't seen since high school!

Today, I'm still feeling the burn in my abs and thighs, but I still managed to get a 3-mile run in this morning. Got up to 4.6 mph, my very best yet, surprisingly enough. Still hurting though.

The coolest thing is that I'm finding definition in my muscles that I never did before. My calf muscles were always pretty big, but now they're freaking strong! I think 30DS is going to make a lot of difference, as I was definitely exercising muscles I wasn't before, even though I've been pretty good about strength training at the gym twice a week. I've NEVER felt this way before.

This weekend is supposed to be sunny, so I'm hoping to get an outdoor run in, especially as the Turkey Trot is in 8 DAYS. Next week is going to be awesome, as I'm only working 2.5 days, so I should be able to enjoy myself Thanksgiving weekend and try to stay as active as possible (I need to knock out 800 fitness minutes in the next 12 days in order to meet my goal!). In the past, Turkey Day weekend has been a killer because I usually celebrate two holidays: the obvious one and... my birthday! It was very easy to indulge on Thanksgiving and keep indulging because my birthday was coming up, and binge some more because it was less than a month until Christmas, and so on...

I'm going to be conscious the potential for this downward spiral this year, BUT I've decided I'm NOT going to track on Thanksgiving Day. I was previously going to, but you know what, I'm running a 5K in the morning! So I'm going to enjoy myself on the day, eat what I want, and practice portion control. The next day I'm going to get back to normal. No excuses.

Finally, I've noticed a disturbing trend on SP lately as I browsed some members' pages. Obviously there are the people who really never did much with SP: you see their start dates being a year or so ago and their ticker stuck at a small number and their activity feed at zero. That's expected. Not everyone is going to commit to change right off the bat. But I've also seen a lot of pages of people with a significant amount of weight to lose (75-150 lbs) where the subjects have lost a good chunk of weight (30-75 lbs) and then just seem to drop off the face of the earth. I'm terrified that it will happen to me, and I'm using that terror to get me through the season. I'm very happy with my current weight compared to where I was 6 months ago, but there is still so much more that I want to accomplish.

I want to have the strength in my legs to get through a day of skiing this winter.

I want to run a 10K next spring.

I want to reach Onederland next spring.

I want to never look for clothes in the "women's section" again.

I want to complete a triathalon this summer.

I want to run a half marathon next fall.

I want to reach my goal weight by this time next year.

So guys, let's go into the holidays with a great momentum, not rest on our laurels. We've done great things, but there is still so much more to acheive!

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BETT2U 11/21/2009 9:30AM

    I have every bit of faith that the holidays will not break you. You will come to the end of the year weighing less than you do now. Like PinkCoconut said, " you are driven."

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OVERHAULING-ME 11/20/2009 10:08PM

    emoticonon your 50lbs gone! Wonderful post!!! Very inspiring and uplifting. I love all your goals for next year. I look forward to being lighter and a little more fit to be able to make goals like you. Have a great weekend!

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THREADBENDER 11/20/2009 7:07PM

    Thanks for the thumbs up on my activity feed. I haven't "dropped of SP"....just been to busy to put in the computer time. Tho' I have made a point of getting my food and fitness logged. I figure those are the ongoing habits that are most important. Happy Birthday in advance. Have a great turkey trot. You'll do fine with the holiday food.

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GONE2THEDOGS 11/20/2009 6:20PM

    Great goals and I have no doubt that you will achieve them with such a positive attitude!!

As for Thanksgiving this year....
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HOSTALADY 11/20/2009 11:32AM

    Your words are right on. We need to challenge ourselves in everything we do in life. Our weight lose is the key that gets our engine running and idling smoothly. I do wonder what life will be like once I attain goal and I am not sure. It is a bit scary, but then again change is sometimes ~ so I must not dwell to long on that and concentrate on today.
I did buy the 30DS yesterday and am going to attempt it next week. I previewed it and I think it will be do able but ugly at first.

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LALAFLOWERS 11/20/2009 9:24AM

    Great job on the 50!!!! WOW!!! and in only 24 weeks! I am so impressed!!! Keep it up, and you'll be where you want to be in no time!! I too am sad that so many do not continue their journey... Glad I've friended you.. I need your enthusiasm!!

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PINKCOCONUT 11/20/2009 9:08AM

    My dear, with the amount of drive you have to live a healthier life, I don't think you'll become one of those people. Your life is much different now and you're much happier, I can't imagine you falling back. And if we don't hear from you for a while, rest assured that I'll kick your butt!


Congrats on the 50lbs! That's an amazing milestone!!!

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SEATTLESIMS 11/19/2009 4:43PM

    Great goals!! You can do it!!
I need to get mine down on paper.. but they are very similar to yours..
It is true about how some folks stop utilizing SP.. but then again maybe I am on it way too much!!
I'm right there with you on the 30 DS!! Love it.. I just don't do it often enough.
Best wishes on your Turkey trot and your birthday!!

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CANDICE_A 11/19/2009 2:06PM

    You're an ambitious one aren't you? lol That is awesome! It's good to have goals! Sounds like you will be enjoying yourself along the way, and that is super!

You inspire me =)

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/19/2009 1:35PM

    There is something about your blog that is so fresh, so new, so positive, so wonderful... Thanks for sharing and being an inspiration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CUBANJELLY 11/19/2009 1:02PM

    I'm so proud of you! emoticon

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PLUMSWEET1 11/19/2009 12:31PM

    I love your blog and all your goals that you want to achieve! What a positive outlook you have!

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DANCINGPENGUIN 11/19/2009 12:23PM

    All right, well and good, but "terror" is not a strategy. What will you do to keep SP front and center during your holidays? If not on each holiday itself, at least on the weeks in between them! Maybe you have that worked out, but I don't see it in what you're describing. Break it down into shorter term objectives and tactics that help you achieve those fabulous goals. We cannot afford to lose your enthusiasm from these pages.

And P.S. Congrats on reaching Spark50!

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BREW99 11/19/2009 11:29AM

    Yep, the 30 Day Shred has finally caught up. The first few are okay but then it starts to hurt. I remember those days. Keep with it though, it gets better and you will see results as long as you are trying your hardest. I saw a wonderful change in my stomach muscles when I was following along with the videos. You will be amazed at how well you can start to do push-up and sit-ups in the future too!

Did you find the sunshine? I think I found your rain! We are looking at rain the rest of the week and cooler temperatures.. brrrr Cross Country in the mud... hmmm Whose crazy idea was it to start running in the fall season?

BTW, I'm one of those people with no ticker action... my ticker is stuck I think.. that or it has been talking to my weight scale and they are conspiring against me. haha They are picketing me right now and banning any work = no change in it. haha I'm sure you will continue to do your workout and reach all your goals! emoticon

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 11/19/2009 10:12AM

    Wooohoooo Feel the Burn of Jillian's Wrath!!! She knows how to work some muscles out! The first time I did the shred, I was shaking by the time I got done!

I'm not tracking on Thanksgiving either. I'm going to be mindful but I want to relax and enjoy the day and know that I'm going to get up at 4:30 am Friday morning and run just like any other Friday. I plan to do the same for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If it sets me back a pound or two, I will forgive myself and plug on.

I too get sad when I look at my friends list and see people that have dropped off the face of the earth that were doing well and started strong. I wish they would come back...try again. I could be the eternal optimist and think they figured it out on their own and flying high and losing weight without the support and tools! :)

Congrats on your 50 pounds done! That is AMAZING! Doing kartwheels for you!!! YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR... in case you forgot.

Happy Thursday Chica Doodle!

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FRIZGIRL 11/19/2009 8:02AM

    :) Way to go! You will stick with it!

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RODISWYF 11/18/2009 10:16PM

    Amazing post! You are doing great. Goals are a huge thing. I want to run a half in the fall as well.

Keep up the great work, you are doing wonderful!!!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 11/18/2009 10:05PM

    I feel like you are writing my thoughts! What a fantastic blog. Thanks for sharing!

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TIME4AFITME 11/18/2009 9:44PM

    Great blog! Your poor muscles! I know that you will meet every single one of those goals and I will be here cheering you on! You are doing GREAT! I am right here with you and we are on our way to onderland and to our goals! emoticon

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CAROLYN1213 11/18/2009 9:38PM

    You Rock! I am in about the same position as you as far as weight loss. I've lost 50 lbs. since June 2009 and still have another 40 to go. I don't want to become complacent and slack off. I love the progress I have made and love that I can wear clothes I haven't worn in forever, but that is not enough! I will make it to goal, I will continue to change my lifestyle to be that of an active 43 year old who fuels and feeds her body with healthy foods! I will and I will hold you accountable as you blaze your trail!

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HELLAVAHC 11/18/2009 9:26PM

    I love reading your entries:)

I caught the running bug last year - never thought "the fat girl" could run, let alone love it! I will be running a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, too. Can't wait to hear how your run goes. Congrats on becoming a runner. It's a neat part of your identity:)

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GRACEISENUF 11/18/2009 8:47PM

    You were voted Spark Motivator for the simple fact, YOU MOTIVATE! Thanks you for once again motivating me. I've felt like crap since getting sick and have been a slacker this past week....no excuse, even being sick I should still eat right.

I don't want to throw in the towel either since I have come so far. WE CAN DO THIS! Thanks for being a great spark friend and always encouraging me. You tell it straight up and don't just tell us want we want to hear! :)

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WISLNDR 11/18/2009 8:38PM

    Jillian twice in one day??

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I don't believe for a minute that you will "disappear". You've accomplished WAAAY too much to leave it all on the side of the road. It's unfortunate to see all the people who start the program but don't last; we'll set the pace and the example for that time when they come back!


P.S. You said something at some point about us being close to 10,000 fitness minutes by the end of the year. I'm going to try for it. It's a bit of a stretch but I'll give it my best. Care to join me?

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DAPHNERUNNING 11/18/2009 8:09PM

    First off, your poor muscles! Inflicting Jillian on them twice in one day is just BEGGING for pain! You're going to be seriously shredded in those 30 days, though I fail to see how you can improve on an average of 2.8lbs/week!! Girl, you're a superstar!

I know how you feel--I hear SO many people saying that they lost weight, like 100 pounds, and then gained it all back. It quite honestly terrifies me. I think, "What if that's me? What if I somehow lose all this motivation and inspiration that got me here?" And some days, it doesn't seem so farfetched, when I have a cold or I'm achy or just plain tired, to want to sit down and eat cake instead of going to the gym. I AM afraid that one day, I'm going to start making the wrong choices again.

Maybe we need that fear, on some level. It's a different sort of "fear of failure" than the kind that makes us afraid to get healthy. It's different from the kind that got us to the upper end of the 200s in the first place.

I'll see you in Onederland!

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CHICAT63 11/18/2009 7:44PM

    Hola Chica,

You're one strong Chica and no one is dumb !!!! I have to admit reading your blog I said to myself OUCH big time doing the shred twice in one day. However, I find when I'm sore if I stay immobile it hurts twice as much you need to move around the next day to get the protein going in your muscles to heal & repair. Your legs are strong and you forgot sexy....

I'm all with you about not tracking, you have a lot of things planned including a race, duh major calorie burn so pat yourself on the back and enjoy yourself. I agree with you about some members on Sparks, myself I joined in March 2008 needless to say my weightloss wasn't working for the longest time and I did not use the tools or spend time Sparking on here. By January 2009, I got serious and voilà.

Yes, we have to be determined, dedicated to do this, however, just like I am at my lowest weight that I've seen since the summer 2006. I am 19 pounds from onederland, will I make it, will I stay there.....Yes, I will because with friends on Sparks like you and all the blogs, encouragement for us all. Your goals are excellent and I am confident you will attain them all and then some.

Rock on Sista !!!!! Your Crazy Canuck Chica, Josée

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DESERT_BIRD 11/18/2009 7:40PM

    Your goals are amazing... and so are you! A triathalon?!? You totally rock!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 11/18/2009 7:28PM

    Okay - let me start off by saying "Are you FREAKING insane?!?!?!? Jillian 2x in a single day!?!?!?!?" LOL :-) I couldn't help that one...you are a brave, brave girl! But you know what...you also totally ROCK!!! You are kicking a$$ and taking names! emoticon

I'm so excited for you...2009 has already been awesome, but just think how much more awesomer (I know that's not really a word...LOL) 2010 is going to be!

And finally - I love your comment. It scares me too...that I'm going to be doing good and then all of a sudden let life get in the way and "forget" about Sparking. Well - the first step in conquering a fear is calling it out for what it is, right? So way to go on that! As long as we are cognizant that it is possible - we will try all the harder to make sure it doesn't happen!! :-)


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BUTTAPECANB 11/18/2009 6:54PM

    Good for you. Keep up the good work.

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LAURAWILLBEFIT 11/18/2009 5:54PM

    Your a brave one to do Jillian twice! emoticon
I like your list of goals for next year, and I have no doubt that you are going to meet each and every single one of them.
Have a Great Week!

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FLORIDASUN 11/18/2009 5:47PM

    Hi dear one...my little motivater supreme! I'm so darn proud of you 50 pounds is absolutely frickin' awesome! Look at you go! Before long you'll be running a marathon...how awesome. And...I've been thinking about your little challenge..I really really want to do some running..but I'm a big sis..and I don't want to injure myself as I've read so many Sparkies do...then they sideline themselves for eternity!

I also need good strong legs to stand for all of my art shows and I need nimble knees to get up and down my stairs to my studio. Where did you start..is there a beginner site here on Spark...I'd love to tune into it and see just what I'm made of...ekkks...I think I'm made of marshmellows...fluffy ones at that! emoticon

I think your game plan for the holidays is outstanding...just concentrate on filling up on greens, veggies and fruits..then you won't overindulge on anything...works like a charm for me..I love it! emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 11/18/2009 5:35PM

    Trust me you are not destined to be one of the MIA's. You are destined for Onederland!

Ouchy ouch must be an understatement. Kudos for you for still working out the next day, short walks or not. Then the next day you do a 3 mile run.

Yup! You are destined to be a success! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITMAMA1984 11/18/2009 5:27PM

    I honestly cannot express to you how much you motivate and inspire me. You are doing a phenomenal job and it's really starting to show. 50lbs down?!?! What an accomplishment that is!!! I'm so ready to start the 30 Day Shred so I can share that experience with you. Rock on, girlie. You are freakin fantastic!

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EMILYBCRUZ 11/18/2009 5:25PM

    WHOO HOO!!! 50 lbs! Yeah baby! I am so proud of you!! I had decided not to track on Thanksgiving as well but changed my mind and decided not to track on the 28th. I am going to be strict about my drinking this holiday season. I have picked 2 days that I am going to allow myself alcohol and to not track. November 28th and December 24th. Those are the days we are making tamales and celebrating and what not and I would like to enjoy myself and not spend the whole day calculating the calories in an ounce of masa harina...

I am guilty of being one of those who lost a good chunk and then disappeared. I originally joined in early 2007, lost 41 lbs and then... well, I am not too sure what happened. Mistakes and carelessness happened. I am determined to not let that happen to me again.

I am going full force starting next week to pump up my exercise routine. I even just bought a set of free weights... I need to follow your lead with the strength training or I am going to end up looking like a deflated beach ball!

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JUST-AMY 11/18/2009 5:17PM

    WOohoo!!!! I am so excited and proud and MOTIVATED by you/for you/ with you!

Keep it up girl!

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COURTNASTY82 11/18/2009 5:13PM

    you'll definitely achieve all of these goals and more! don't you worry!

sidenote: you've inspired me to try 30ds! i just ordered it on amazon.com - yay!

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HAPPYPATTY1 11/18/2009 5:10PM

    Thanks for the words... I've been sort of sloggy lately... can't get into gear, but I feel the after burners starting to kick in again!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 11/18/2009 5:09PM

    You've hit the key to success. We just can't sit on our laurels! We need to push on and stay motivated to continue to eat healthy and keep active....Of course that's once we reach goal. I'm still on that --Keep Motivated to Lose Plan. Every day is a challenge to be won. I love your goals and you've come so far. WAY TO GO!!!

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Balls, Weights, Bands, and Shred!

Monday, November 16, 2009

I forgot to mention in my last blog that along with the British store, we made a stop at the local T.J. Maxx's fitness section to stock up on some home fitness equipment on Saturday. I bought some 3 lb and 6 lb hand weights, a stability ball, and some resistance bands for under $30. Can't beat that. Definitely felt the burn after using some of it that night!

This morning I started the 30-Day Shred, and Level 1 definitely was a tough 20 minute workout, but not a complete killer, which was cool. Jillian wasn't as mean to me as she was to the BL contestants! YAY!

Seriously, I know this thing has been reviewed a ton, but she had two other women working out with her. One was doing modified push-ups, lunges, and other exercises for beginners and the other was going nuts, actually kicking herself in the butt with the butt kicks! It was nice to see the modified version because I'm in no way ready for regular push-ups yet. Also, I could do a little more than the "beginner" girl, which was good for my self esteem! This was my first foray into circuit training and I really liked switching over from strength to cardio to abs. The abwork was tough for me because I'm not used to it, so it was nice to actually have someone showing me what to do. But I was sweating and felt like I'd "worked out" despite it being only 20 minutes, (25 with a warmup and cooldown) so I'm satsified.

So yes, a good alternate day workout for my "off running" days! Excited to do more!

Tomorrow is weigh in. I sneaked a weigh in yesterday and was pleased so I'm hoping for good results tomorrow!

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HEALTHYSASSY 11/24/2009 2:27PM

    I have the DVD 30 Day Shred, but never started it. I should make time to do the workouts.

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FLORIDASUN 11/18/2009 5:50PM

    Hummmm this blog has me thinking a TJ MAX attack is on my 'to do' list...woot woot! I love resistance bands! emoticon

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ETHEL_MERMAID 11/18/2009 12:32PM

    Good news about that "sneak preview" of your weigh-in! :) And well done on the fitness equipment you've added to your personal armamentarium! You'll find yourself relying on them often...my free weights and resistance bands have paid for themselves and then some over time. Good GOING!!

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CAROLYN1213 11/17/2009 8:55PM

    Okay, you convinced me! I am starting the 30 Day Shred tomorrow! I will only have a couple days a week to get it in between my C25k runs and workouts with my trainer. But I think I get three sessions in a week! Way to go on the fitness equipment haul! Way to score!

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RODISWYF 11/17/2009 8:26PM

    I hope your weigh in went well today! Your review was very helpful, thanks for that.

Keep up the great work!!!

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FRIZGIRL 11/17/2009 1:36PM

    :) I like the shred too... although I do have a hard time doing videos in general... this was pretty easy to stick with. I did the level 1 over and over until I could do the harder moves and then upped to level 2. Hmmmmm I should totally start this again soon. I did this a year and a half ago on weight loss atempt #1 and lost 15 lbs.... Keep up the great work lady!

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BETT2U 11/17/2009 10:24AM

    You can totally rock this. Those girly pushups will get easier. I collapsed on the second or third one that I tried. It's been almost a year and I have yet to do one on my toes. I love TJ Maxx.

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CATHEITE 11/16/2009 11:11PM

    Congratulations on your new fitness toys! You made great choices.

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HOSTALADY 11/16/2009 10:19PM

    Thanks for your review ~ very helpful. I will look for it at Target.

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JRIESSEL 11/16/2009 10:08PM

    I love the 30 day shred video also. I don't do it as much as i should, but it is a great filler workout when I don't have time to do anything else.

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RAINTHIEF 11/16/2009 8:45PM

    I love my stability ball. Since I've learned how not to fall off of it, it has added a lot to my workouts.

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/16/2009 5:33PM

    OMG I'm so happy you're doing Shred, you're going to LOVE IT!!!

I'm a grad and I felt so accomplished finishing it! WOOT YOU ROCK!


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JKSTEIN123 11/16/2009 1:26PM

    I managed to do the 30 day shred for 18 days one time. I made it to the second level. I never have made it to the third level yet. I heard it is a killer.

I always modified doing it with her if I couldn't cut the jumping jacks, I would do something as hard.

Good luck with the video

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SEATTLESIMS 11/16/2009 1:12PM

    I really enjoy the 30 DS too.. It is tough, BUT you can try doing level 1 and 2 back to back.. sometime the 20 min workout seems too short.. and once you continue with level 2.. you can always stop at 30 mins or finish it up.. I feel it is a great all over workout!! I don't do it often enough..
BUT I do love the option of just doing 25 mins and knowing I got a good total body workout!!
Have fun!

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BECKTY 11/16/2009 12:34PM

    Sounds like you're doing great! I want to get that DVD. After seeing so many good/happy reviews, I think it might be something I'd like. I need that push and something about just seeing Jillian would probably make it feel like work out time. ;)

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 11/16/2009 12:24PM

    Super! I love the 30 day shred, I need to try to work that in more. I'm going to start level 2 next time I do it. I remember the first time I did level 1, I was shaking by the time I got done and drenched in sweat. That girl knows how to work a body out!! I agree, Jillian isn't as mean on here as she would be if you were in front of her :) :) I love her, even though she's a tough cook, rather I should say I love her BECAUSE she's a tough cookie :)

Happy Monday Chica :)

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MANDAO97 11/16/2009 12:17PM

    Glad to hear you liked the 30-day shred! Everyone seems to. I feel like between running, classes and the gym it would be tough to fit in but maybe I can do it once or twice a week. I like to keep some variety and it's nice to have a convenient short workout to do at home. Hope you have a great weigh in tomorrow :)

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KARVY09 11/16/2009 12:07PM

    Yeah, DAPHNE, that's why I got it too. Sometimes I wake up too late to drive to the gym in my crappy car that takes a long time to start. I figure with it getting colder there will be no excuse not to do something!

AWESOMES, my gym is no frills, no classes, but if I ever join one with classes, I definitely want to do a bootcamp!

I got mine at Amazon for $10, but apparently it's at Target for $10 too. Definitely worth the money.

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DAPHNERUNNING 11/16/2009 12:00PM

    Great review! I'm considering buying it for the days I can't get to the gym because of my schedule.

Have fun with your shiny new stuff!

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JUST-AMY 11/16/2009 11:59AM

    Super! I bought the 30-day Shred a few weeks back before my back's latest crash, but haven't unwrapped it yet. Perhaps I should be able to walk right for, oh, a week before I try it! But I am a fan of bands and the stability ball. You are going to be so fit and fabulous we won't be able to catch ya!

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OVERHAULING-ME 11/16/2009 11:47AM

    Your post makes me want to go out and buy 30-day Shred. Great job with all your accomplishments and your motivation to keep challenging your body. Have a Great day!

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BREW99 11/16/2009 11:41AM

    I personally love the 30 Day Shred Video! You are going to absolutely fall in love with all three of the levels. The first week goes smooth but then the second week you can definitely feel a little pain - nothing that a workout pro like you can't handle though. I used to find that I would do at least two and sometimes three of the levels in a row. It really works out the core which I have heard helps with running! Yay! I was working with the videos but had to take a break because I was saying all the lines in the video so it was time for a change up. Sounds like you are going to be buff in no time flat! emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 11/16/2009 11:35AM

    I really find the Jillian Michaels DVDs a lot of fun and challenging at the same time. And I'm always really proud of myself when I finish them as, like you, I'm not a complete beginner so I feel really good but it's also not an easy workout! I love having it as my cross-training and I've recently started seeing a lot of results from using it. Especially in my core!

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WISLNDR 11/16/2009 11:32AM

    Yes, the home gym!! I love toys! I must get back to the Stability Ball soon. I've done parts of 30-Day Shred (when Time-Warner allows it) and I really like it.

Tomorrow is Weigh-In day?? Is it going to be 50 pounds? (I'm sure you'll let us know emoticon)

Have a great day!

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ONLY_AS_HIGH 11/16/2009 11:27AM

    Yay! That sounds great! I have a few fitness videos but no real time/place to do them. I need to start carving out time in my room alone with my computer. emoticon

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TEAM-SARAH 11/16/2009 11:23AM

    Circuit training is a great way to work out! If you go to a gym and they have a "bootcamp" you'd probably like that then.

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LAURAWILLBEFIT 11/16/2009 11:10AM

    Enjoy all your fitness toys!!! I have shred and enjoy working with Jillian. I really started to see results after using her dvd's! I also have No More Trouble Zones and that's my favorite one!
I'm sure you will see Great results tomorrow and many more now that you started with Jillian!

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The Thirteenth and Beyond

Sunday, November 15, 2009

It turned out not to be the luckiest of Friday the Thirteenth, but I got through it. As I mentioned in my last blog, I was STARVING all day on Friday and it really frustrated me. Thanks to all of you, I realized it wasn't the end of the world. I snacked and snacked and snacked, and it turned out fine in the end.

In the end, my husband went home from work really sick, and we weren't able to go out for my friend's birthday. It was a bummer, as I mentioned, because I really love this friend and wanted to celebrate his birthday with him, but I did what the other part of me wanted to do: went to the gym and worked out my angst, kicked back with some thin crust pizza and watched DietTribe, Glee, and Project Runway on DVR. The man is feeling a lot better now, thank goodness. I thought it might be bronchitis, but seems like just a chest cold.

Saturday it rained and rained and rained. The husband felt a bit better, so we went to the British food store, which cheered him up. We actually got away without buying a ton of stuff, but we'll probably be back before Christmas. We're having a Boxing Day brunch the day after Christmas and we're going to cook and bake a ton of English specialties like Christmas pudding, fruitcake, mince tarts, and sausage rolls. Yum.

My registration is in for the 5K Turkey Trot. It's a cross-country race, so it will be on unpaved roads. I'm excited! Today I had the best run ever, though yes, it was on treadmill. It rained all weekend, but was supposed to clear up today. So I waited until 3pm to see if I could get an outdoors run in, but no luck. I did my run at the gym and of course, as soon as I was halfway through my run, the sun came out and it was gorgeous. Ah well. But I ran 4.5 miles in 55 minutes and that included a warm up and cool down walk! Just hoping I can get a few outdoor runs in before Thanksgiving!

My huge gratitude to everyone who's been here to share my success and offer me support and cheers! I wish I could get around to thank you all, but I've been very busy, so I hope this will suffice for now!
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CASADESPONGE 11/21/2009 12:13PM

    WooHoo!! I know you'll totally ROCK this 5k...just like the last one!! You are doing soooo GREAT!!!

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FRIZGIRL 11/17/2009 1:40PM

    I can't wait to hear the results of your 5K! It sounds like you are trucking! Way to go!

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/16/2009 5:34PM

    I am on pins and needles waiting for your 5K race report! :D

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TRAVELNISTA 11/16/2009 1:49PM

    Wishing you luck ahead of time on your 5K. I don't know if the unpaved road will be easier or harder. I know when my knees used to ache I hate walking on concrete or paved roads or marble floors when shopping. Walking on the grass or sand/dirt was always easier. However a 5K on an uneven terrain may not be so good. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 11/16/2009 1:45PM

    Glad to hear the snacking didn't do too much damage emoticon Glad that the hubby is feeling better too! The British store sounds fun and so does the after xmas brunch. I love sausage rolls. Keep up the good work! 30DS is awesome. I did that before running/walking. I thought level 3 was easier than level 2. Someone suggested weights with level 3 to make it more challenging. I think I'll do that when I decide to do it again. emoticon For being such an inspiration!!!! emoticon

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BREW99 11/16/2009 11:45AM

    Glad to hear that the hubby is feeling better - there seems to be a lot of colds all around the nation so early this year in the season. Can you believe it's only 10 days until our Turkey Trot? I'm mixed up with feelings - sad and excited! Just found out that our run is going to be cross country too - scary thought since I haven't run on the grass for years! How are you training for your unpaved run? emoticon

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BETT2U 11/16/2009 10:18AM

    O.k. I got my hair done (dyed) Wed night and my hairdresser was telling me all about glee. He was playing a CD that he had made. Said that he couldn't wait to watch it, etc. I am getting my foot looked at tomorrow. I am guessing it is just arthritis. I hope you have a great weekand that your hubby feels better soon. I guess I somehow missed Guy Fawke's Day. Oh, and I would kill for some sticky toffee pudding!

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STINA6584 11/16/2009 9:43AM

    First of all I LOVE Glee! It's like my favorite show on TV right now!

It sucks that the weather was so crummy for you this weekend. We had some gorgeous weather this weekend in Chicago so maybe it'll make its way to you and you can get a few outdoor runs in this week!

Have a FANTASTIC week!

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LAURAWILLBEFIT 11/16/2009 9:16AM

    You will do Great in your 5K! Don't worry!!

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TIME4AFITME 11/15/2009 8:00PM

    You will do great in the 5K! Glad that Dh is feeling better and that the rain stopped even if it was after you went to the gym! Great job on the running!

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OVERHAULING-ME 11/15/2009 7:35PM

    I'm sorry you weren't able to celebrate with your friend and that you DH was sick but it sounds like you had a very successful weekend! Great job on your run and signing up for the 5K. I'm not a runner, barely a walker, but look forward to getting there. I LOVE Diet Tribe and Project Runway as well. I'm amazed with all the physical activity they have accomplished, especially Lanesha.
Have a wonderful week!

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DRAGONFLY1974 11/15/2009 7:23PM

    You will do awesome in your 5K!!!!

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Hungry Horrors

Friday, November 13, 2009

For the first time in a loooooooooong time, I have the hungry horrors. I had a great substantial breakfast with balanced protein and carbs, but was still starving at 10:30am and had a little snack. Still hungry at 11:30am. So I ate my sandwich early figuring I'd be good until late afternoon.

Now it's 1:30pm and I had a couple of small pieces of dark chocolate and a bit of almond butter and I'm STILL hungry. Don't quite get it because I haven't worked out since yesterday morning, so my body shouldn't NEED extra calories this much. I was hoping to save my calories until tonight because I'm going to a birthday party/pub crawl.

Yeah. I'm frustrated because I thought my body was coping well with eating only about 800 calories before dinner.

What do you do when your genuinely hungry before you should be?

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BETT2U 11/16/2009 10:20AM

    I try to starve during the day then eat a lot at night. I think protein is key but it sounds like you already include that in every meal. The rain makes me hungry.

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ETHEL_MERMAID 11/15/2009 5:46PM

    It's hard to add to these great suggestions! Three ounces of baby carrots plus some fat-free string cheese works for me, as does 100 cal. of almonds, though I need to eat those almonds one at a time (!) and with 16 ozs. of water. Why that works, I have no idea...but for me, it does. Glad I'm not the only one who struggles with this, though I'm sorry you do, too -

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NOMORELIMITS 11/14/2009 4:58PM

    I have those days too!!!
I always drink about 3 cups of water first, then eat. It usually works.

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CHICAT63 11/14/2009 2:05PM

    Hmmm, reading your blog you sound exactly like me at ovulation time....my cycle is very short one month and very long the other but I know exactly when I ovulate, I can't drink enough to keep the foodies away *lol*. Enjoy your night out, come on Karvy you work hard and tomorrow is an another day. Rock on Sista !!!!! Josée emoticon

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POOH_BEAR_69 11/14/2009 10:48AM

    I'm also another person who fills her belly with fluid... Water, unsweet tea, whatever you have around that you like. It gives me a feeling of fullness and helps me get to my next scheduled meal. A lot of time, I force myself to drink first. If I'm still hungry, then I allow myself a snack.


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TRAVELNISTA 11/14/2009 7:02AM

    Your body maybe telling you that you need more food. However try this breakfast recipe you make the night before and it is quite filling and you may not be as hungry thoughout the day.

1 cup raw rolled oats or the minute kind

1 6 oz. container of yogurt

1 T sliced or slivered almonds

several slices of banana and some chopped apples or berries or all of them

Mix all together in a bowl. The oats do not get cooked but get softened up overnight with the yogurt. It is a quite yummy and filling concoction. Saves time in the morning too because you make it the night before.


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CATHEITE 11/14/2009 1:08AM

    I agree with others. Have a healthy snack with a glass of water. Don't worry about the extra calories. You can "even" things out in the next few days. Your body clearly needs extra nutrition right now.

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BUTTAPECANB 11/13/2009 8:28PM

    I eat. I just know that if i go over my limit, THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY!!! Just kidding. If I go over, i just work out extra hard either later on that night, or the next day whether it be my scheduled day to work out or not. Eating extra protein and drinking extra water usually doesn't help me at all but everyone is different.


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THREADBENDER 11/13/2009 3:36PM

    That's what I've been dealing with and have been blaming it on the change of seasons. One thing that helps me is from the Flatbelly diet: make sure there is a serving of monosaturated fats as part of each meal. Things like nuts, olives, peanut butter, olive oil, 1/4 avocado, etc.

It doesn't take much, just a half ounce of walnuts with my oatmeal and fruit, makes all the difference in getting me through 4 hours w/o a meal.

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SHRINKINGALAN 11/13/2009 3:24PM

    I eat. I don't really care what my calorie count is; if my body tells me to eat, I listen. Most people know that starvation mode means your body clamps down on burning fat. What a lot of people don't know is that you don't have to starve yourself over an extended period of time in order for it to kick in.

So, putting this in practice; I eat CONSTANTLY. I just make sure it's efficient calories. I rely on apples, bananas, baby carrots, laughing cow cheese, granola bars, and those little boxes of raisins. I bring 5 - 7 servings of these things with me every day to work.

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HUGMONKEYMOM 11/13/2009 3:16PM

    I'm on the "listen to your body" bandwagon. Healthy and nutritious snacks, even if you go over a little, are good for you.

If I'm working out a LOT, I'm never hungry until a few days after I let it back a bit, I think it's my body saying, "ok, now I need fuel to rebuild and recover". (I'll have to be careful not to eat a horse a few days after my race.)

Have another glass of water and a Karvy-approved snack and wait and see what it tells you next.

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DREAMRUNR 11/13/2009 3:13PM

    Great ideals on the thread.

If it was me I would drink some water, if that doesn't fix it I would eat something. Just make sure it's something healthy. There are going to be days when your body is just going to want more. And as long as you have been on plan all week it should all average out in the end.

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1FITMOMMYJOURNY 11/13/2009 3:12PM

    I find that warm liquids subside hunger pains. .Hot tea may be a good idea.

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DAPHNERUNNING 11/13/2009 3:02PM

    Is it your TOM? That happens to me sometimes. Also, definitely drink more water! I don't care how much you're drinking--drink more!

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OVERHAULING-ME 11/13/2009 2:48PM

    I always grab some protein to curb the hunger. Some almonds, string cheese, soy nuts, etc...
Everyone's given great advice I'll tuck away for later. Have a great evening and enjoy time with your friends!

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ELISADEL 11/13/2009 2:38PM

    I usually just figure that if I'm eating healthy food and my body is still begging for more, I'd probably better eat some more. It just has to be healthy food is all.

I do find chocolate pretty filling, provided it's the healthier kinds of chocolate that have a very high cocoa content. The taste is pretty strong and a bit on the bitter side, and it contains a lot of fat, so I end up eating a pretty small amount before I start feeling like I've had enough. Tastes do vary though, I can't say for sure that it'd affect other people that way.

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TEAM-SARAH 11/13/2009 2:19PM

    I know if I only had 800 calories before dinner I'd sure be starving. If you're really hungry then eat, just don't over do it. You'll have days like that, it's okay as long as it's rare! Like you said it had been a loooooooooooong time.

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FITMAMA1984 11/13/2009 2:19PM

    I was hungry half the day yesterday, but I think it was from being on the lower end of my calories 2 days this week. Have you been consitant this week with that? I also think some days we are just more hungry than others. I keep gum in my purse or mints to keep myself from overeating. I think the chocolate was fine to eat in general.. everything in moderation!

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KARVY09 11/13/2009 2:08PM

    Yeah, I've already had 5 glasses today. Dunno. This is really weird for me. I thought my body had "adjusted."

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COURTNASTY82 11/13/2009 2:03PM

    have you tried drinking some extra water? not a replacement for food, of course, but it can quell hunger pangs sometimes. just a thought!

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KARVY09 11/13/2009 1:56PM

    I already had my apple... grr. And I hardly ever eat chocolate, which is why I went for it. Figured it was OK.

Gonna grab myself some string cheese now and hope that helps.

I think you're right, DANCINGPENGUIN. I might be psyching myself out regarding tonight. Part of me doesn't really want to go. I'd almost rather go to the gym and chill out afterwards. But this friend is hardly ever in town and I really have to go and have myself a social life.

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DANCINGPENGUIN 11/13/2009 1:46PM

    Back away from the chocolate. It tastes great but is not very filling or satisfying when hungry.

I think our bodies need 'higher' calorie days once in awhile, and they tell us that when they do. Therefore I'm not surprised that the 800 calories before dinner thing had its limits. It may very well be that after you have some KETTLE CORN, GREEK YOGURT, and STRING CHEESE, you will be satisfied.

I also wouldn't be surprised if the anticipation of the evening is affecting your psyche re: eating today. I've always had trouble with the idea of eating very little when I know something is coming up later. I end up double or triple thinking myself.

Now, go get one of your Karvy-approved snacks!

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DRAGONFLY1974 11/13/2009 1:44PM

    How is your water intake? I agree with Baribal...an apple does wonders for my hunger!

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BARIBAL 11/13/2009 1:38PM

    The most filling and healthy of snacks: two medium size apples, and two big glasses of water.

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PATTILYNN224 11/13/2009 1:37PM

    I was always told to eat some almonds or other nuts (about 15 or 20). The fat in them is supposed to fill you up until the next meal. It has worked for me in the past.

But somedays... It doesn't matter - I get those hungry horrors too.

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