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St. Patty's Day 5K: It Sucked, But I Did It!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

My first run in the pouring rain! Check me out.

I'm kind of a wimp. I've never run outside when it's been raining. So to have my first 5K of the spring season be in a massive deluge was not really my cup of tea. But I bucked up and did it because part of me thinks you aren't really a racer until you can brave the elements.

First of all, hilariously, they registered me for the race under the name "Krishna," the Supreme Being in Hinduism. Even funnier was that the woman who checked me in was clearly Indian and was clearly perturbed at my name.

Unfortunately, not many people came out to run so the cops decided not to completely shut down the roads. I decided to stick to the sidewalks most of the time. Drivers are kinda nuts around here.

I probably started out a little too fast, because the rain was really weighing me down around Mile 1. I wore fleece gloves at the beginning and they were sopping wet halfway through and I had to stuff them in my jacket. Then my iPod decided to randomly change volume during the run. One second there was zero volume and the next it was ear-achingly loud. Yikes.

My jacket was heavy, but it kept me dry and warm during the run. I realized how much easier it is to run now that I'm lighter and how much easier it will be when I drop even more weight!

According to my watch, my time was about 39:50, more than 2 minutes longer than my trial run on Thursday, which was expected, but I'm still glad I made it in under 40 minutes! I decided not to stick around for the awards and lunch, but I got my goodie bag which contained my T-shirt, brown rice, coffee, two gel packs from the local chiropractor's office, chapstick from the local bank, and a mini box of Wheaties Fuel cereal with Peyton manning on the box (boo!). Too funny. What a weird mix!

I'm excited for my April 5K, where it will (hopefully!) not rain and I can set a new PR! Now I'm relaxing and looking forward to a late lunch of PF Chang's! Mmmm!

Congrats to everyone else who ran a St. Patrick's Day 5K today!
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MSPLACEDAGAIN 3/19/2010 3:57PM

    Congratus for a super job in challenging weather! Awesome!

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SARA_ANN12 3/18/2010 1:56PM

    Wahoooo!! I did my first ever 5k on the 13th and mine was in the rain too. The jogging pants I were wearing were literally covering my shoes by the end of it and my hat was dripping but it was fun--although a run in the sunshine is a smidge better :-p Took me about 2.8 miles to figure out I could use the rain on my hat to cool my neck off, lol!

Kudos to you, you rock!! emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 3/17/2010 11:43AM

    Congrats on getting out there and running your first time in rain...for a RACE no less! You should be so proud and your times have been awesome. You are going to be a little roadrunner here pretty soon...we'll all be trying to catch up to you! :-)

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SWAZY33 3/17/2010 6:40AM

Great job on completing that 5k in THAT weather!
I'm doing my first 5k 3/23 and hoping (really hoping)
for nice weather and also hoping not too pass out along
the way! haha...I'm terrified and excited!
Have a happy day!

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MBSHAZZER 3/16/2010 6:12PM

    GREAT job!!! In the rain, even! I am LMAO over the "krishna" thing!

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ABETTERBECKY 3/16/2010 2:33PM

    congrats on your 5k and for braving the elements - i'm sure where you live, but the eastern seaboard was ridiculously rainy on saturday - horizontal rain! i'm in the c25k program and just finished week 5, though not that strong on d3. looking forward to building stamina this week and finish strong. love your fat runners section in c25k - i agree as the weight comes off this will be even easier. thanks for the motivation!

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MANDAO97 3/16/2010 2:14PM

    Congrats on braving the elements and finishing your race! Next run in the sunshine will feel easy compared to this!

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3JSAND1R 3/16/2010 2:14PM

    Congrats and WTG on braving the elements!! What an awesome time too!!

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TIME4AFITME 3/16/2010 1:23PM

    that is great. good for you for going and finishing in the rain emoticon

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WANT2BEFIT10 3/16/2010 1:19PM

    Great Job--my first 5K is coming up on May 14th (It's a Friday evening run). I am SO NERVOUS! Last night was my longest run at 2.8 miles. I'm hoping to run the whole thing without walking. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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AUGUSTAGLOOP 3/15/2010 8:59PM

    I am very proud, and inspired. Great job!

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BRILLIANTAQUA 3/15/2010 7:47PM

Talk about dedication!!! WTG!!!

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TERRIFICLYFIT 3/15/2010 5:10PM

    Way to rock your 5k! Awesome job!!!

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SLARTYB 3/15/2010 5:08PM

    Congrats! Luckily my HM was in the dry as their is nothing like rain to bog you down. I tried to switch to some fast tempo songs on my last 3k & ended up with a documentary podcast!

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JWENZEL723 3/15/2010 4:51PM

    perserverance! way to go. :) now on to the next race!

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WESTCOASTGIRL1 3/15/2010 4:37PM

    emoticon Way to go. Rain is no fun to run in. You have such a wonderful positive outlook. Your goodie bag sounds great. Mine just had papers in it. lol...

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DREAMRUNR 3/15/2010 3:06PM


Congrats on finishing your rainy 5k and for getting such a grea GOODIE bag. HA!
I have only ran in the rain once, while training, so I am a wimp too. I waited till the rain cleared up yesterday to go out for my run.

GREAT JOB as always Krishna!!! emoticon

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CHERRY666 3/15/2010 2:15PM

    Congrats! That's awesome. =)

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STEPHANON 3/15/2010 12:44PM

    Awesome that you finished in under 40 in the rain! You should be so proud of yourself! Hopefully your April 5k will be in better weather and you'll enjoy it more.

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CK2SUMMERS 3/15/2010 10:16AM

    There is something special about that first run regardless of how good or bad your time is...

You should be so proud you finished, even if it was raining.

Just think...

"I may not run fast, but at least it is faster than sitting on the couch"

You are doing it and that is all that matters...

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KLONG8 3/15/2010 10:11AM

    Go Krishna!

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TKLPICKLE 3/15/2010 9:29AM

    I definitely laughed out loud about the Krishna thing! too funny! Way to go for doing the race even though the course wasn't completely blocked out! I think if I were in your shoes I'd say 'if the cops are skipping it, I should too!' You're awesome!!

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NICOLE12-01 3/15/2010 8:33AM

    Way to go for braving the pouring rain! I'm a pretty big wimp when it comes to running in the rain...I just did it for the first time the other day and by NO means was it pouring. I have to say, it wasn't the greatest thing I ever experienced! lol
I understand what you said though about not really believing you're really a racer until you've done it in the elements. I kind-of feel the same way. I'm already worried about my race day coming up in April and hoping for a nice day! Neurotic...I know. I think you did AMAZING for having to run soaking wet! Woo-Hoo! And that was a pretty sweet goodie bag! I didn't know anything about goodie bags! Now I'm REALLY excited for my race with the possibility of a new tube of chapstick in my future! YES!

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SUGIRL06 3/15/2010 8:09AM

    Congratulations!!! Wow you got quite the goodie bag. I never get that much userful stuff! Mine have always been things like pens and keychains that you never use. LoL. Great job though! And way to tough it out for the rain! (I don't run in the rain either!)

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PINKCOCONUT 3/15/2010 7:40AM

    Way to go on braving the elements and coming out alive! You did an awesome job!!!

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GINGERLY4 3/15/2010 6:25AM

    Congrats! I hate running in the rain, but eventually we all end up doing it.

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FRIZGIRL 3/15/2010 6:24AM

    Great job staying under 40 min under those conditions!

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KNITTINGFROG 3/15/2010 5:30AM

    Well done girl!!

We still have snow here, so I chickened out of my weekend run as the track is not safe...

You did fab!!!!!

Keep up the good work!!

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RABIDHAMSTER87 3/15/2010 4:20AM

    Way to go! I just WALKED in the rain for 3 miles one day and it was hard, so I know RUNNING was so much more difficult! Congrats! emoticon

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MAIA2011 3/15/2010 2:08AM

    Nice job. "Krishna!" You are great! Isn't it a wonderful feeling?


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ROOT4HOME 3/14/2010 11:22PM

    emoticonon running your 1st rainy 5k!! emoticon

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CAZADORES 3/14/2010 10:55PM

    Good for you for braving those elements! I agree with you, it truly does make you a runner! I did the same race here in Ottawa, but we had ideal running conditions! It was 5 degress and sunny. There were 356 5km runners. It made my first experience an absolute dream come true!
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It was nice to read about your race, Krishna!

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FOXXYROXXYD 3/14/2010 10:19PM

    Great time and such STRONG WORK running in the rain! You are such an inspiration to me! Congratulations!!!!

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COMPASSLOST1 3/14/2010 9:57PM

    Awesome time considering all that you endured!!! Stupid rain... I had lunch at PF Changs today too!!!! Yuuuum yuum! You rock for being motivated enough to run in the rain. emoticon

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VALLOUGH 3/14/2010 9:47PM

    Oh my gosh, nice job battling the elements! I was so thankful it didn't rain for us; all week the forecast's icon was a rainstorm with a question mark over it, but the storm passed over us, leaving it sunny but super windy. Your gift bags sounded a lot better than ours, too (though we did get green bagels :-)

Have a good Monday tomorrow!

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TRAVELNISTA 3/14/2010 8:38PM

    You rock my friend for doing it in the rain. I hope you did not have the high winds we had here In Jersey.

Glad to hear you made it safely to the finish line. The police should have shut the roads down especially in the rain. Isn't it more dangerous to run in the rain.

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MMICKEYP 3/14/2010 8:06PM

    Congrats to you!!! That's the way to gain a personal win!!!

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HOSTALADY 3/14/2010 6:08PM

    Well you really have done it now! I am so proud of you braving the elements. Not sure what other runners wear in the rain. On my walk-jogs in the rain I wear a Campmor Rain jacket. it's really roomy very light even when wet. Campmor.com

You really did awesome on your first run in the rain! the story about your name emoticonI think I've said plenty!

Have a great evening! WOO HOO!

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WISLNDR 3/14/2010 6:01PM

    Oops, I think you're getting our rain now, better times are coming!

So should my response be "I'm sorry you had a rainy 5K" or "Wow, you ran anyway"; I think both! Good for you!

(I'm concerned about my 10K training class. It starts on 3/24 and every Wednesday after that until 6/12; we've had such a nice March so far, why do I have this feeling it's going to snow every Wednesday?? This is Wisconsin, you know. We've had snow in May!)

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 3/14/2010 5:59PM

    The Krishna thing is too funny and how random that a person who would understand and be bothered by the name would be the one checking you in!! Congrats on your first rainy run and I will keep my fingers crossed for April!!

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STARLIGHT615 3/14/2010 5:52PM

    Congrats on the run even in the rain!! :)

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TREBLE02 3/14/2010 5:45PM

    Youre a WARRIOR to go ahead and do it in the rain! I have done snow, but I dont know if i could hang in the rain...ewww! HIGH FIVE for finishing in under 40 mins!

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MOCOHOLO 3/14/2010 5:18PM

    Congrats on the run!!! And congrats on the size 12s from yesterday's blog!!! You are doing so awesome!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/14/2010 5:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon for doing it in spite of the rain!

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DOPKIGIRL 3/14/2010 4:48PM

    This is terrific! Way to get it done. Get some rest, you deserve it!

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CHICAT63 3/14/2010 3:51PM

    Totally awesome Kristina !!!! Way to go, woohoo. emoticon

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DRRAZZ 3/14/2010 3:50PM

    Woo Hoo!!!! Congrats on running even in the rain!!!

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CONNEALS 3/14/2010 3:39PM

    congrats on doing the run! I hate to run in bad weather too!

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GONE2THEDOGS 3/14/2010 3:32PM

    Too funny! Good for you for braving the elements... Between that and your goodie bag and the Krishna thing - you won't be forgetting this race!

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CRYSBROWN1 3/14/2010 3:10PM

    Too funny the swag bag randomness, that's what I love about racing...Great job on suckin it up & racing even in the rain, it always happens at least once so now you'll be even more unstoppable! I wish you luck (& no rain) on your April race!

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So Happy Right Now!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Things have been going pretty great right now. And I'm sorry if this is a bit of a "brag blog" but I wanted to share my happiness with you!

I went on an impromptu outlet shopping trip with my aunt today. And my goodness did I ever score. I got 13 pieces of brand name clothing for under $100!

It's strange how different pieces are all different sizes, but each item was definitely cut differently.

-Navy button down cardigan (XL)
-Off-white 3/4 length sweater (XL)
-Black cami (L)
-Belted black mid-lenght skirt (Size 16)
-Tan blazer (Size 16)
-Floral flouncy skirt (Size 14)
-Black sheath dress (Size 14)
-Gorgeous black trenchcoat (Size 14)
-Houndstooth dress pants (Size 14)
-White cap-sleeved dress shirt (Size 16)
-Striped dress shirt (Size 14)
-A beige mid-length skirt (Size 12)
-Tan dress pants (Size 12)

Yes, SIZE 12!!!
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I have NEVER been a Size 12. Not in high school, not in junior high school. I have always been a Size 14 or higher. So to actually FIT into Size 12 clothing (yes, they fit! I could wear them on Monday if I wanted!) is a huge milestone for me.

Friday, I decided to do a trial run of the 5K I'm running tomorrow. It's right in my city, so it wasn't a big deal to do the course. I couldn't believe it, but I finished in 37:35 and this included two fairly large hills where I basically walked. By far my PR! Tomorrow is forecast heavy rains and winds, so I'm not expecting a good showing if I make out there at all.

Thursday, I tried my very first kickboxing class. It was AMAZING! The instructor was tough enough while being respectful of everyone's fitness level. There were several women in the class who were larger than me. (Yes, it is still "fat girl thinking." I still scan the room to see if I'm the bigggest girl in the room. I hope to get out of this habit soon.) This included a woman who was probably about 400 pounds. She did great with modified versions of the moves! After class, I thanked the instructor and told her that it was my first class and she complimented me on my form. WHAT? I have "form?"

So the last couple of days have been marvelous. I have been eating well but still having treats that I love and feeling absolutely great.

Living a healthy lifestyle can be difficult at times. Starting is the worst part though. Once you get acclimated to the little changes and realize that you can still eat the foods you love in moderation and learn to love exercise, it becomes so much easier. I want everyone here to feel as good as I do!

Now for some wine and snuggling with my sweetheart with a good St. Patrick's Day movie, Gangs of New York! I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful weekend so far!

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GLORIA68 3/20/2010 1:39PM

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

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SMYGIRL 3/17/2010 10:12PM

    Thanks for sharing your shopping spree! I love outlet shopping!!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 3/17/2010 11:41AM

    I just put on size 12's this weekend too! It was such an amazing feeling to grab three size 12's off the rack and all of them fit! Way to go - you are doing AWESOME!! And yay for the brag blog! It is good to be reminded just how GOOD it feels when progress is made. You deserve the brag blog!

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    emoticon on the size 12's!!!! That's my ultimate goal--back into my college size in pants. That's so exciting!!! emoticon

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VALLOUGH 3/14/2010 9:52PM

    great blog, as usual. How exciting about the clothes! Kickboxing is my favorite class by far and really was a springboard to my excitement in exercise. And I love love love Gangs of New York. You are a lucky woman to have a husband who will sit through four hours of leonardo dicaprio/martin scorsese fight-a-thon. I actually study Irish immigration during the 19th century and he gets a lot of the random details right!

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COURTNASTY82 3/14/2010 12:33PM

    you have every right to brag a bit! it's just inspiration to us all! WAY TO GO!

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GONE2THEDOGS 3/14/2010 6:41AM

    Hey, if anyone deserves bragging rights you do!! So brag on...although I agree - it's not bragging, it's sharing your accomplishments...And what accomplishments they are - way to go Kristina!!

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QUEENDIVA40 3/14/2010 3:35AM

    I just wanted to say that this blog entry was very helpful to me. I am currently 290, and I would like to be a healthy size 12, its good to see that it can be done right. Thanks.

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ROOT4HOME 3/14/2010 12:55AM

    Brag away! It's great to hear good news!!! So happy for you!!! emoticon

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TEAM-SARAH 3/14/2010 12:14AM

    Yay size 12!! I am also a size 12 and I couldn't THINK of the last time I'd been that size either. Sounds like you made out like a bandit!! Glad you liked the kickboxing class. That's of course hit or miss (like any class it depends on the instructor) I'm a fan of kickboxing even though I'm a giant klutz!! Great workout and the time just flies. I still always scan the room to see if I'm the biggest one there too. I'm not even near as big as I used to be and I still dwarf most other women. ugh.

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DAISES2 3/13/2010 10:54PM

    wow wow,brag away you deserve to emoticon

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HUMBEL 3/13/2010 10:37PM

    Congrats - you have every right to be proud of yourself!!!! You have made it to size 12!!!! That is wonderful! Congrats on the new items in your wardrobe! You deserve some new clothes to compliment the new YOU!
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Good luck tomorrow - you'll be great!

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BRILLIANTAQUA 3/13/2010 10:09PM

    Wow, that's great news!! How exciting for you after all of your hard work!!! (Both the size 12 & the PR on the 5K)
And, you scored when you went shopping!! You Win!! emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 3/13/2010 9:28PM

    Hey, hey...congrats to you you FAB wonder woman! Size 12 is a milestone...i'm just stepping back into it and am SO HAPPY! I dont' take your blog as a brag at all...it is just plain wonderful sharing! We are SO with you and your accomplishments..and forget about thinking about scanning the room...other's will be scanning YOU and saying..."hey who's that HOT friendly babe over there?" Yes, they will...and YOU SO deserve it! Woo hoo...here's a big high five for scoring such great sales! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SARAHJ19 3/13/2010 9:22PM

    It is such a great feeling getting new clothes in a smaller size! Congrats! Keep up the great work! keep on sparking!! emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 3/13/2010 9:19PM

    emoticon emoticon on the size 12, that is just emoticon

You are not kidding that you scored. Your shopping finds were amazing. It had to be so nice buying clothes in smaller sizes and getting them on sale at ridiculous prices to boot.

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PINKCOCONUT 3/13/2010 8:48PM

    Awesome stuff woman! Way to go on the new clothes and the size 12! I am so there with you, I had never been a size 12 so when I actually fit into them I went a little bonkers!!!

And way to go on the trial run! If that was a PR you're going to ROCK IT tomorrow!!!!! Good luck!!!

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APRILB333 3/13/2010 8:35PM

    That is great!! Brag away,you deserve it!! emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 3/13/2010 8:35PM

    Like I said on my friend feed.....AWESOME, SIMPLY AWESOME! Size 12 is a huge accomplishment and I am so happy for you!

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ANNE7X7 3/13/2010 8:28PM

    Awesome job on the shopping!! Wow, you got some awesome deals! Woohoo!!

Good luck on your 5k tomorrow! I'm sure you will do amazing!!

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FOXXYROXXYD 3/13/2010 8:16PM

    I am so happy for you! Keep up the great work!

Wow - what bargins you found - I need to take you shopping with me!

Enjoy your new wardrobe - especially those size 12's!

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NICKANOODLE 3/13/2010 8:07PM

    I'm such a thrift store shopaholic! Congrats on all the great finds...and the size 12's Woohoo!

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DRAGONFLY1974 3/13/2010 7:53PM

    Congrats on the size 12!!!!!!!!!!!!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/13/2010 7:48PM

    You are absolutely amazing! You truly inspire me to want to be more than I am. Thank you my friend. I am so happy and proud of you for getting to where you've gotten.

emoticon on the size 12's and the run! Keep on keepin on. I know you will continue to accomplish great things on your journey!

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ONLY_AS_HIGH 3/13/2010 7:47PM

    Yay, good for you! So happy you're happy!

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Healthy Lifestyle Survey

Friday, March 12, 2010

I'm not usually a survey person, but I have a little over an hour til I leave work, very little work to do and I think this will be helpful to see what different people are doing every single day!

Stolen from ANEWAMANDA, SUGIRL06, ALLYNMC and others!

1. What did you eat for breakfast?
A Joseph's whole wheat flax pita with 1 tbsp of Teddie peanut butter with flaxseed and a dab of honey, a Stonyfield Farms lemon yogurt and a coffee with one half and half container.

2. How much water do you drink a day?
8-10 glasses

3. What is your favorite workout?
It can change from day to day, but I love a good run, bike ride or swim. I just started to love group exercise classes like Zumba and Kickboxing. And when I'm home, I turn to 30-Day Shred, No More Trouble Zones, BL Last Chance Workout and Wii EA Sports Active.

4. What is your favorite fruit?
Can't pick just one! Even limiting it to five is tough: cherries, honeydew melon, blueberries, strawberries and mango. There. I did it! Oh and tomatoes!

5. What is your favorite vegetable?
Ughhh... I'll limit it to three this time: sweet potatoes, carrots, and snap peas. And Brussels sprouts. Shoot, that's four!

6. How many calories do you burn a week?

7. How many calories do you eat a day?
Between 1300-1600, but I'd say my average is 1450-1550.

8. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
Fruit (see above), including cara cara oranges, my current seasonal favorite. Almonds, Greek yogurt, Kashi bars, pitas with Laughing Cow light cheese.

9. What do you usually eat for lunch?
Oh, hard to say. A sandwich, frozen meal or leftovers from the night before usually. Lunch is usually my smallest meal of the day because I snack a lot!

10. What is usually for dinner?
Lean meat and Steamfresh veggies is my quick go-to meal. See my "Breaking the Fast Food/Restaurant Addiction" blog for my kitchen staples!

11. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
Legs. I find it easy to do lunges and squats.

12. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
My arms. I need to get better about toning those guys. I want to have sexy guns!

13. What is your least favorite exercise?
Those freaking stair climbing machines. It looks like a form of torture!!!

14. What is your favorite exercise?
Running! It's so easy just to get up and go running! If you'd tell me I'd respond "running" as my favorite exercise a year from today, I'd have called you crazy!

15. What are your "bad" food cravings?
Pizza, Chinese, wings, cheeseburgers, and fries.

16. What is your go to workout song?
Hey Ya! by Outkast. Classic. Love it.

17. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
I take a multivitamin when I remember to supplement my calcium. So important!

18. How often do you eat out?
Once a week, sometimes less these days.

19. Do you eat fast food?
No, only if I'm in a bind. If we go out, we want a "real" meal. I'm happy to report I haven't been to a "Big Chain" in about six months. Seriously, no McD's, T-Bell, BK, Wendy's, etc.! Woot! If I do have something, it's a Dunkin Donuts egg white breakfast sandwich or a sandwich from Cosi.

20. How do you stay motivated?
You guys here on SparkPeople and all of your fantastic feedback is HUGE to me. And those little concrete differences I see every single day help keep me focused on things other than the scale. Loose pants, check! Can tie my shoe without trouble, check! Fitting in the subway seats now, check! And so on!

21. Who is your biggest supporter?
My husband. He never wanted or urged me to lose weight, but he supported my decision to do so and loves me no matter what.

22. How much weight have you lost?
I've lost 82 pounds from my highest weight in January 2009 and 73 pounds since joining SparkPeople a little more than 9 months ago!

23. How did you determine your goal weight?
My ticker goal currently is 199 because that's my first major goal. After that, I don't know how much farther I'll go. Probably somewhere between 150-160. 154 is "healthy" weight for my height of 5'6", but I've never been at a healthy weight, so I don't know what will be best for me until I get there.

24. Do you have a gym membership?
Oh yeah. I worked out at Planet Fitness from October '08-January '10 and then joined my "workout palace" last month. It's pretty freaking awesome.

25. How often do you work out?
5-6 days a week. Even on my off day, I try to do something like skating, hiking or a walk.

26. How did you find Spark?
A friend told me his friend was tracking on it when I told him I was using FitDay. I never found out who the friend was, but THANK YOU!

27. How much sleep do you get a night?
6-9 hours

28. Are you a morning or night workout person?
It used to be after work, but lately I've actually been waking up to work out. I think I prefer it because it makes me feel great all day and I can chill out in the evening!

29. Do you have a "cheat" day?
Not unless it's a holiday like Christmas or Thanksgiving. I eat what I want. If I really want a "naughty meal" I will have it and try to make it work into my meal/exercise plan.

30. Do you drink soda?
I've cut down from 4-6 Diet Cokes a day to 1-2 which is a huge acheivement. I think I will cut it out almost completely eventually, but not now. Working on my fitness and eating is enough for now.

31. Do you drink alcohol? How much?
I enjoy a glass of wine or beer or a GOOD martini on the weeknights here and there. I drink more when I go out on weekends. Lately, I haven't had more than 2 drinks when I've gone out.

32. What is your favorite thing about Spark?
The food and fitness trackers, the awesome people and teams, and the insightful blogs

33. What do you not like about your body? What do you love about your body?
I'm not a fan of these thighs and how SLOWLY the weight is coming off them.

But I'm liking my body a whole lot more these days, especially my rocking calves! I have killer eyes and a great smile too.

34. Do you have a workout buddy?
Nope. I'd love to find people to run with in the area on summer nights this year though!

35. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to this Healthy Lifestyle?
Energy. I used to have zero energy when I got home from work and now I feel like I can change the world. A close second is not feeling like I'm being stared at or frowned down upon by strangers. It's fantastic!!!

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CJP3000 3/13/2010 4:21PM

    Great blog, you have done an amazing job! Your profile pic is so smiley and happy it is fun to see you on my friend list when I log it!

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TRAVELNISTA 3/13/2010 1:24PM

    I love these things but this is a version I have not seen from the ones going around. emoticon answers/

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EMLG11 3/13/2010 8:53AM

    Great!!! Thanks for sharing this. It is always helpful to see where other people do and how they are feeling about things. We all have so much to share and it supports all of us.

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HOSTALADY 3/12/2010 4:54PM

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CLAREEASA 3/12/2010 4:30PM

    I love this! Thanks for sharing! I am totally going to steal this later and answer the questions myself. emoticon I've always wanted to try the stair climbing machines and I do believe they are a form of torture, but great torture, but I've never had the opportunity to use them because the gym that I went to that did have them, they were always out of order, and then one day they got rid of them. I really do want to try them though and torture myself! emoticon

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PINKJELLY24 3/12/2010 3:35PM

    I used to think that the stair master was torture too, until I went on it, and now I'm addicted! But then again, i like to feel the burn the next day, so maybe it is torture? lol. I used to track on Fitday also, but Spark is so much better!

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PINKCOCONUT 3/12/2010 3:16PM

    Love it! You are one of the most rockinest people around! Love learning more about you!!!

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SUGIRL06 3/12/2010 2:53PM

    LoL "workout palace". I have one of those but its still too expensive to me to join again... And now I've become addicted to some of the fitness instructors at my gym. I would miss them if I left. Loved your answers!

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TX.PATRICIA 3/12/2010 2:42PM

    Awesome blog, thanks for sharing so much about you!

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What is it About FREE FOOD?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

There was a meeting in the conference room at work today, which usually means that by 4 p.m. all of the leftovers are a free-for-all in the kitchen. So if you want to make yourself a cup of tea for example, you need to pass by all these brownies, cookies and other horribly delicious treats. FREE treats that seem to beckon, "C'mon eat me, I cost zero dollars!"

Of course, they are not technically free. They have lots and lots of those calories that we're all trying to limit!

I've been good about bypassing the free sweets lately, but this afternoon, a lemon bar caught my eye. I cut it in half and had it in lieu of the Luna Bar I had planned to eat before my workout this evening. It was so delicious and totally freaking worth it. It actually turned out being less calories, but probably not as nutritionally loaded as the Luna Bar would have been.

But here's the kicker. Always the generous one, I decide to wrap up a brownie to take home to my husband too. After all, it's FREE and I feel bad because I haven't been baking at all back at home. Immediately, I kind of felt guilty. Am I enabling his bad habits or being a thoughtful wife? Probably a little of both.

Ah well. It's off to my first ever kickboxing class! I'm excited and a little nervous, but I hope it's enough cardio to blast away every bit of lemony goodness and then some!
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RABIDHAMSTER87 3/15/2010 4:23AM

    I know exactly how you feel! We always get free food up here at work (in the ER) because drug reps and doctors bring it... it's so hard to resist.

How was kickboxing though? I'm considering trying it at the Y.

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BRIDGETS4 3/12/2010 12:49PM

    One thing I do when there is free food at work is imagine there is some kind of hair in it. That is also how I get around eating most fast foods as well. I know..it is disgusting..but it works for me. In my mind it is similar to the concept of picturing everyone naked if you have stage fright. Love the blog!


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EMLG11 3/12/2010 11:34AM

    I think thoughtful. Enabling would have been taking home the whole dish. Hope you enjoyed kickboxing. That is on my "to try" list. It just looks like it would be fun.

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KELLIGIRL523 3/12/2010 11:17AM

    I vote for thoughtful wife. You got this~

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SHELLEY202 3/12/2010 11:04AM

    So hard to balance the frugal side and healthy side. I always have to remind myself that I haven't been a starving college student in 15 years, so I don't have to latch onto every free bit of food I can find!

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HOSTALADY 3/12/2010 9:34AM

    As always really enjoyed your blog. You earned a bit of something off track for you. I would imagine your husband thought that was very thought full on your part.
Yea Kickboxing is a blast and what a cardio burn. So happy to hear you like it. Moving muscles you didn't know you had sometimes.
Thanks again for sharing your thoughts!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/12/2010 8:17AM

    Go you! It's a lifestyle change and you are changing your life for sure!
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DRAGONFLY1974 3/12/2010 7:19AM

    I'm sooo glad I'm out of my last company, they had things catered all the time...here..I don't have to worry about it!!!

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TKLPICKLE 3/11/2010 10:42PM

    wow, this is a reminder that I could be a LOT better about food... in that situation, I would have "treated myself" to a whole lemon bar! ....and then "treated myself" again later with something else!

gah, it's hard to be disciplined when things in life are stressful! I guess I have to keep reminding myself that what I'm working towards is the ultimate reward.

Thanks for the great blog post!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 3/11/2010 10:41PM

    Your enabling comment was too funny! The phrase that came to my mind was "if he's not getting it at home he is going to get it someplace else"-I know the originator of that thought wasn't talking about brownies, but hey!! I just made fun of my husband tonight about the magic multiplying coke bottles in my car. I don't drink coke, but everytime my husband gets me gas or runs an errand in my mommy mobile a coke bottle materializes!! I think the brownie just shows that you were thinking of him. Thanks for the great blog!!

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NIELSENSLADY 3/11/2010 10:04PM

    My nonprofit organization (that I work for) never has food in the office. We have to provide our own coffee too so I'm able to dodge that bullet. However I have a co-worker who lives by the book healthy but sometimes, she caves to a craving and shares her tempting desserts with me. So bad but good, and I hate to say no because she bought me something, so I usually cut it in half or something. Always a tough situation I understand.

By the way, I love kickboxing. So fun!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 3/11/2010 9:50PM

    Great blog! Your topic is right on. I have a heck of a time passing up the free left-overs at work. Sometimes I'm able to stick with the fresh veggies and that's good-even fresh fruit is good too. But sometimes the pie, bars and cookies are too hard to pass up. I tell myself I'm taking them home to treat my DS but I end up eating them before I'm able to get them home. Finally I've realized that I have to give up the FREE left overs because they're not free for me. Kudos to you for your self control and for treating your DH.

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GRACEISENUF 3/11/2010 9:15PM

    Oh lemon bars, my DD makes the best. Fortunately she hasn't been baking much lately with her heavy school load.

I already know you loved kickboxing as I saw it on my friend feed...YEAH! Just one more new adventure that you have tried and like...isn't life fun?

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KARVY09 3/11/2010 9:11PM

    Yeah, I knew the half lemon bar was going to be history (it was probably only 100-140 calories anyways). Like I said, totally worth it. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself! And if you can limit yourself and cut things in half, AWESOME.

Just like STEPHJOGO, it's something in me that wants to hoard the free food. It's growing up in a frugal family where getting something for free was rewarded. And FINZFANATIC, you are so right. The free food is never ever healthy food. I remember only one time where there was a free vegetable plate!

My husband doesn't have a weight problem. Maybe a few extra pounds and he could stand to eat more healthy, but nowhere near the scale of having to lose 50 more pounds like me. I definitely don't bring home junk all the time, so I feel a little better about the brownie. Thanks!

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L3DESIGNS 3/11/2010 8:57PM

    Great job limiting yourself to half a lemon bar.

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STEPHANON 3/11/2010 8:53PM

    I have great difficulty turning down free food. It's my frugal nature. Hope you enjoy your kickboxing class!

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SUGIRL06 3/11/2010 8:53PM

    Mmm lemon bars. We have the same issue at my work. Today, I had a half of a cookie and no more! I was content with my little snack. Luckily I can avoid the snacks at my place 90% of the time. It can be hard!

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SOPHIKKO 3/11/2010 8:47PM

    I had to have a laugh at the topic of your blog.. this is why I can't go to costco often!! lol

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RAINTHIEF 3/11/2010 8:44PM

    Yes - free food can be evil. I used to love going to restaurants that would bring you bread but now I avoid them, especially places with yeast rolls. Evil!

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TIME4AFITME 3/11/2010 7:51PM

    Half a lemon bar not to bad I would say. How was kick boxing?

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SMYGIRL 3/11/2010 7:51PM

    There is something about free food, why do we feel obligated? Today I was offered Girl Scout Cookies and a container fully of spaghetti...I did bring the spag. home to my hubby! Enjoy the kickboxing class - I've been several times, challenging and sweaty!

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VALLOUGH 3/11/2010 7:11PM

    I had a free food moment today, too! I was at whole foods and they were sampling entire brownie bites, so I dug through the bin with those little plastic tongs to find one that had been broken up in order to only have a wee piece. I then got really mad at myself for immediately eating a pineapple sample that drove out the flavor of the first real chocolate that has hit my taste buds in months. Daaaang!

Weird that the free food at my cafe, including brownies, scones, cookies, pies, etc. don't tempt me the way the free food elsewhere does. huh.

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FINZFANATIC 3/11/2010 7:01PM

    I totally agree!! The problem is there is free food at my job ALL THE TIME! I guess the real question is this: Why is it the free food is never ever healthy?

I wouldn't worry about the lemon bar. No need to deprive yourself when we have the 20% rule. Enjoy and then work out!

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MRS_LOOMIS 3/11/2010 6:59PM

    free food is right up there with samples! ARGH---so hard to resist!

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TRAVELNISTA 3/11/2010 6:08PM

    emoticon does hubby need to lose weight? If not then you are not enabling and you are just bringing him an occasional treat. It is not as if you do this daily. If he does need to lose, then ration it to him like you did your lemon bar. Cut it in half and then tomorrow he can have the other half.

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LOPEYP 3/11/2010 6:05PM

    Good for you having 1/2 of the lemon bar. I'm sure you worked it off at your class. emoticon

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VIOLET_GREWE 3/11/2010 6:03PM

    Kickboxing rocks, your gonna love it!

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EKKING 3/11/2010 5:40PM

    I agree with LENNIEBINO - not enabling if the doesn't have a problem to begin with and especially if the sweets haven't been in the house. Kick the crap out of that lemon bar! :)

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LENNIEBINO 3/11/2010 5:31PM

  I don't think it would be enabling if he doesn't have a weight problem. My husband can have an occasional brownie without craving more as I do.

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Breaking the Fast Food/Restaurant Addiction

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

I get a lot of SparkMails asking about my running, but every so often I get one about nutrition, which surprises me, as I never thought of myself as a go-to person for healthy eating tips.

But this one caught my eye: "How did you break yourself away from a fast food and restaurant addiction?"
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Hmm, good question. I had to think back to how I started.

Fair warning: I ate a large share of convenience meals before SparkPeople but I DID have some rudimentary cooking skills so I wasn't starting from scratch completely.

My dad is a chef. He always did the cooking in our house and is both a kitchen hog and and devoid of the patience necessary to teach me (but I love him anyways). Most of these meals were butter and cheese laden anyways. I got a couple of cookbooks, but most of what I make, I either make on the fly or get some guidance from AllRecipes.com.

I sometimes read people's recipes on SP though and I'm in awe how they carve out the time to make such amazing healthy meals. I would love to do that too, but if I have to choose between a rigorous workout schedule and a rigorous cooking schedule, I'll pick the exercise. I can make healthy meals (maybe not as delicious though) on my own without doing very much hardcore cooking.

Whenever I think of some of my unhealthiest eating days, I think of the time when I was working 60+ hours per week. During my high OT days, I was making a fair amount of money and I was living with family until after my wedding, so I wasn't too worried about spending a ton of money on fast food. A typical workday could go like this:

BREAKFAST: Breakfast sandwich/burrito and coffee from Cosi/Boloco and coffee with cream and sugar (600+ calories)
LUNCH: Chicken kabob platter plate (Chicken, two kinds of rice and salad) (1000+ calories)
SNACK: Chocolate or cookies (250+ calories)
DINNER: Cheeseburger and fries (1000+ calories)
DESSERT: Ice cream sundae (300+ calories)

It's no wonder I ballooned up to 288 lbs by January '09 eating 3000+ calories a day like this and being completely sedentary. I loved eating out. The nice thing about chains is that you basically know exactly what you're going to get and it's comforting to know that your cravings for salt and sugar will be met. I know a lot of us here on SP turn to chains for that same reason: comfort and familiarity.

Now in the past when I realized I needed to change my horrible eating habits, I would have done a complete 180 degree turn and switched to completely healthy foods and meal substitutions. Slimfast or Special K would be a crutch for me. And I'd quit eventually because who can drink crappy shakes or cardboard cereal for breakfast and lunch for every single day?

People will tell you that you can eat anything you want as long as you count your calories, which I suppose technically can be true, but I urge people to stay away from the two extremes. The first extreme is eating at your regular fast food joints, but eating less of it and skipping a meal and snacks in order to "fit it in." The other is eating a diet cereal for breakfast, a salad for lunch and grilled chicken breast and veggies every single day.

For example, take a look at June 12, 2009, about a week into my time at SparkPeople. This day I relied completely on fast food joints. I was going out with friends later on that evening.

BREAKFAST: Dunkin Donuts egg white and turkey flatbread sandwich and medium coffee with skim milk (300 calories)
LUNCH: California Roll sushi (350 calories)
DINNER: Chicken and chili nachos and two vodka tonics (1000 calories)

1650 calories for the day. I remember being completely famished, even after tucking into that plate of nachos. Yes, I stayed within my calorie limits for the day, but even with the "healthier items" at fast food establishments, I was starving. I had no snacks that day because I knew I would be indulging at night. That flatbread sandwich is tasty and pretty healthy overall, but it was salty and it had me craving more salt. Ditto on the sushi. I also remember really wanting to give up and order a cheeseburger along with the nachos we shared along with a couple of pints of beer. It was a vicious cycle. I can see doing this every so often, here and there, but it's totally not sustainable for the long-term.

Whenever I get the urge to check out someone's nutrition tracker and I see someone's fast food heavy choices, you can see that they genuinely tried to make it work using fast food. It looks something like this:

BREAKFAST: Breakfast sandwich (450 calories)
LUNCH: Taco Bell tacos (500 calories)
DINNER: Two slices of pizza (600 calories)

So, technically at 1550 calories, you are likely in your calorie range (probably not your fat or sodium range). But notice how little food that is! With just a little preparation, you can make your own meals and get a ton more nutrition for your calories worth!

As an example I give you February 23, 2010, when my healthy habits were more ingrained. Still low preparation:

BREAKFAST: Whole wheat pita with peanut butter and jam, 1/2 large apple, brewed tea with nonfat milk (271 calories)
LUNCH: Kashi chicken and vegetable red curry and rice frozen meal (300 calories)
DINNER: Two egg broccoli and cheese omelet with 1 slice high fiber toast with coconut spread (437 calories)
SNACKS: 1 small banana, 1/4 cup trail mix with almonds, cranberries, sunflower seeds and pepitas, 1 6 oz. container peach Greek yogurt, 6 garlic flatbread crackers with a wedge of Laughing Cow light cheese (538 calories)

This was about the same. 1550 calories. I probably took about 20 minutes in total to get all three meals together. Notice how much food there is! I remember being snacky that day, and indulging in snacks, but still having three main meals and hitting my calorie goals.

A lot of people will tell you to invest in a lot of high-tech equipment to help prepare healthy meals (blenders, food processors, juicers). While that stuff is great, I recommend buying a lot of low prep groceries that will prevent you from turning to fast food or convenience meals when you come home tired and hungry.

Here are the staples of my kitchen that I can't live without:
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-Apples, bananas, and oranges (highly portable and can't get more convenient than that!)
-Salad supplies (baby carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber)
-Peppers, onions, garlic
-Lean meats, separated into portions and frozen (lean ground beef, pork chops, and chicken breasts, as well as chicken sausage and pre-seasoned pork tenderloin roast)
-Nuts and dried fruit
-Uncured or low-sodium bacon
-Greek yogurt or other high-protein yogurt
-Whole wheat pasta
-Oatmeal and Kashi cereal
-Prepackaged deli ham or turkey
-High fiber bread
-Whole wheat flax pitas
-Natural peanut butter and almond butter
-String cheese or reduced fat cheese
-Whole wheat tortillas
-Frozen veggies
-Frozen rice
-Canned beans
-Canned tuna
-Sweet potatoes
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If I have these things, I pretty much have all of my meals for the week. I can make quick breakfasts of PBJ pitas, breakfast tacos, oatmeal, yogurt or cereal. And my lunches are leftovers from the night before, a sandwich, or the occasional frozen meal from Kashi, Trader Joe's or Lean Cuisine.

For supper, I can make chicken fajitas with cheese, veggies and a black bean side. Veggie omelets with bacon and toast. BBQ pork chops with sweet potato and frozen veggies. Pasta with ground beef, onion, and bell pepper. Cobb salad with egg, tomato, cucumber, bacon, and chicken. Tofu stirfry with veggies and rice.

I usually don't get much more inventive than this, and these meals take about 10-30 minutes to prepare and cook. Again, one of my goals is to be a little more adventurous on the weekends, but if you're just starting out and you need something fast, you don't need many cooking skills to get going. There is NOTHING wrong with frozen veggies and rice that you can throw in the microwave for 5 minutes. If you get them unseasoned, they are exactly the same as making your own, and no high-sodium additives.

Don't get me wrong. I still go out maybe once or twice a week, and it feels like a real treat! Mostly we go out for Asian food because it's really specialized. I can make a stir-fry but I can't make a great tandoori chicken, sushi platter or mango curry. My husband tells me my Italian food is just as good as the trattoria and that I make the best omelet so no need to go to the diner (aw, thanks hon!).

But it's not an addiction anymore. I realize that the food I make will keep me more satisfied and that there is ENOUGH of it to keep me full and happy without having to "save calories" for a big night out. I feel much more sated eating a ton of snacks (yes, even chocolate and popcorn) during the day and having a small sandwich than resorting on fast food for lunch, going into a food coma for an hour and then feeling hungry afterwards. I've learned to crave my own concoctions now that I've perfected them just like I used to take comfort in the assembly line sameness of the chains. The time I used to spend trekking out to get my burrito and waiting in line, I now use to get some fresh air and take a mile walk! All for just 10 extra prep minutes getting my breakfast, lunch and snacks together in the morning!

I realize that this is a long blog, but I hope it's been helpful for some. If you really have zero cooking skills, I recommend investing in a book like this one www.amazon.com/Basic-Cooking-Need-Co
that really helped me when I was in college. It has some recipes that SEEM really complicated, but once you actually look at them, they're totally not that difficult!

Bon appetit!

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/31/2010 11:55PM

    Thanks, great ideas.

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-FEMALE- 3/21/2010 2:15PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing!

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DEAHAMLET 3/16/2010 8:47PM

    Great blog!

Personally, I take the time twice a week to cook a big batch of casseroles and soups that I can switch around with salads and pasta. I only cook twice a week, might take 2 hours each time, but I'm set. :) Some days I really cannot afford even the 10 minutes of prep... but I always have time to throw in a serving of that casserole or soup in the microwave.

Will definitely add some of your breakfast and quick meals ideas though. Breakfast taco, yummy!

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VIPERPILOT85 3/16/2010 3:41PM

  Your entry is excellent. I'm looking for ways to make my grocery shopping more healthy and get my boyfriend and I away from fast food/processed meals, and the tips you provide here are great.

How do you do your tofu stir fry?

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LHEBER4 3/16/2010 3:11PM

    Loved the tips! You sound a lot like me with your "cooking expertise" and having a parent not sharing kitchen "secrets" lol
Love the part about staples for the week!!

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REFRAME2010 3/16/2010 1:55PM

  Fast food addiction and restaurant splurging were definitely my caloric and monetary downfalls. Your blog is an inspiration!

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50PLUSBABY 3/16/2010 10:59AM

  I like simple fast meals too and this was great.

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FLYSOHIGH 3/16/2010 9:58AM

    I came by this post by accident - and what a great read! Thanks for sharing and inspiration!

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RACHELTEEHEE 3/16/2010 9:44AM

    This is totally what I was looking for when I tried to make up my grocery list the other day. Thank you for sharing!!

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TROYSKEEN 3/15/2010 12:07PM

    Great share - TY!

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MAIA2011 3/15/2010 2:12AM

    This blog was amazing and I NEEDED it! Please add me as a friend so that I can refer back to it--what an inspiration! Maia


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LEAH6206 3/13/2010 10:07PM

  Great blog!

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HAPPYCRICKET 3/13/2010 5:09PM

    Read "Fast Food Nation" and/or watch "Super Size Me" and it will really help, too! Great blog!

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MIRANDA2526 3/13/2010 12:28PM

    oh my gosh, thank you so much. i've been eating too many calories in too few foods and just getting HUNGRY AND DEFEATED. thanks for waking me up.

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PCABOO14 3/13/2010 11:33AM

    At work yesterday the girls were ordering in for lunch and one of the women knew the combo she wanted from Taco Bell by number even without a menu. This could be a hint that maybe you are eating fast food too often? emoticon Great blog and thanks for the tips.

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ANNEYANDHANNAH 3/12/2010 11:28PM

    Thank you for this information. It helped me quiete a bit!

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MEAGANNAOMI 3/12/2010 10:44PM

    This really helped me today after a day of bad food choices! Thanks so much for posting easy stuff to have on hand for quick meals. I'm not a grand cook either :D

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CJP3000 3/12/2010 4:02PM

    Thanks for posting this! I've been doing great eating almost exclusively my own cooking form scratch, whole foods. This reminded me to take some smart short cuts to make time to work out AND still eat well!

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ZAEZAE 3/12/2010 3:55PM

    So timely! I fell back into that terrible fast food rut and can't seem to dig out. I needed this today. Thanks!

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JENNYGOGREEN 3/12/2010 10:47AM

    Awesome blog!!! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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JENNYGOGREEN 3/12/2010 10:45AM

    Awesome blog!!! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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RUNSHANBUN 3/12/2010 9:13AM

    You have no idea how glad I am to read this!!! This is MY problem to a T. I think fast food is addicting- some people may say that's in my head, I don't care- I feel horrible when trying to give it up. But I found that taking the attitude that I do have a choice and that it's not horrible to have one or two "fast" meals has started to make me feel better.


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RUNNINGNP2B 3/12/2010 8:26AM

    You are absolutely right, I tell people that all the time. You can still stay in your calorie range and eat chocolate cake all day long, but you're not going to feel good about. eating clean has changed how and when I eat, and I completely meet my calorie goals. Thanks for the great blog!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 3/11/2010 8:41PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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ERICA_NICOLE83 3/11/2010 1:29PM

    Great post really! I find that I being this for lunch like an apple and a can of Progresso light soup and instead I go to McDonald because it sound better. I need discipline!

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SCMAMAJONES 3/11/2010 1:09PM

    You are so right!!!! I also have been struggling with an addiction to fast food, and I have reached the same conclusions. Excellent description of how much better we can eat if we just put some time into it.

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FERJI425 3/11/2010 1:04PM

    Thanks for sharing all the great tips!

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TENDERLOVE1 3/11/2010 12:28PM

    Great blog thanks!

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YELLOWDAHLIA 3/11/2010 11:57AM

    That was a really great blog!

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JEKRUNS 3/11/2010 11:28AM

    Thanks for all the great nutrition info - its nice to be able to see this all in once place and organized. Great blog!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 3/11/2010 12:18AM

    Love this blog!! It can be so hard working through the nutritional land mine that is healthy eating. Once you find those meals and snacks that work it gets a lot easier. Thanks for sharing your healthy eating plans!!

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KURVY_KAITIE 3/11/2010 12:13AM

    great blog! rly helpful :) i loved how creative you got on making your own food but still did it with a low prep time for people who don't have the greatest cooking skills or that much time on their hands :) emoticon

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MRSFARRA 3/10/2010 11:45PM

    Thank you It gave me a lot of information.

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RUNLOLARUN31 3/10/2010 11:37PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I rely on fast food/convenience foods right now & whenever I try to switch to a healthier diet and preparing foods at home, I usually fall off the wagon quickly and right back into the convenience food diet. I think I need to do it more gradually like you suggest. Then I won't be fighting the feeling that I can never have fast food or a restaurant meal again.

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CHARITI1 3/10/2010 11:35PM

    I am fortunate that I have never really liked fast food, so I didn't ever have to kick it. I appreciated a peek into your daily food intake.

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JIM180 3/10/2010 11:27PM

    Just a little suggestion. If u are short in time, cook in large quanity, especially food that you really like. Divide into helpings and either freeze or refrigerate and reheat when convenient.

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RIVERCACTUS 3/10/2010 10:44PM

    emoticon emoticon

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JORDAN1019 3/10/2010 9:55PM

    Great info.. I know that I think more of nutritional needs like fiber and calcium rather than indulging.. The use of knowledge is power. emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 3/10/2010 9:16PM

    Great blog and Way to go on having it voted Popular Blog Post!! emoticon

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ELISADEL 3/10/2010 8:29PM

    Great post! It's really so much more helpful and has a lot more insight than most of the other stuff I've seen floating around the last few weeks masquerading as useful. Thank you for sharing!

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WORKINGSTIFF 3/10/2010 6:36PM

    I loved your personal food list! I'm so happy to see a person who eats real food!

Thanks for the info!


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    I think this is the best blog post I've read since I've been on SP. I'm saving this. Thanks so much for this. I'm on hCG right now but this is perfect info for the aftermath.

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TRAVELNISTA 3/10/2010 5:31PM

    I would love it if some of your eating habits rub off on your buddy who you are playing Jillian with. I know you can emoticon her butt with the exercise. I would love to see her eating more fruits, veggies, and whole foods instead of pre-packaged stuff. You are very much an inspiration to a lot of people here on Spark People and in order for her to really get into running she needs to eat better. I love her dearly as she is a really good friend and maybe if it comes from someone else she will really start to embrace it. To her credit I will say she is eating better from the beginning of Spark People and is trying real hard to eat her veggies but she needs to eat more veggies and less pre-packaged and/or preservatives.

This was a great blog and I hope it inspires other to keep staples like you do in their pantry. I also hope they see they can eat a lot more food if it is whole food and not crap.

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ELLEBE725 3/10/2010 5:23PM

    Great blog! I emoticon
I haven't been a big fan of fast food to begin with so I didn't have to get over it!! emoticon

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LDY_ALI_79 3/10/2010 4:31PM

    emoticonblog! I told my trainer a couple of months ago that once I learned how to cook low-fat meals, everything fell into place.

Great advice for people just starting up, you couldn't have summed it up any better than that! emoticon

Take care~

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LINDABENEDICT 3/10/2010 4:23PM

    thanks for the great info !!!!

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CLEVENT 3/10/2010 4:21PM

    Way to go

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MERCYTHOMPSON 3/10/2010 4:06PM

  Excellent post!

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