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But A Good Weekend Overall

Monday, May 17, 2010

For info about the very "bad" meal that will likely make me eschew unhealthy food for a little while, see the blog I posted a bit ago. I decided to move the good stuff over here!

I was a gorgeous weekend. Warm weather and a ton of sunshine! I did my 5-mile run on Saturday morning and while the last mile was TOUGH especially without a water source yet and the weather approaching the 70s, I DID IT, and I was so proud of myself. 1.2 to go! Today is another 5-mile run and it's a pretty grueling schedule this week so I hope I can keep up!

I LOVE RUNNING. I really do!

My husband and I raked the yard at the beach house, weeded, and picked up branches that were leftover from the winter. I guess everyone else in the area had the same idea because everyone was outdoors doing pretty much the same yard work.

I totally wasn't expecting to have everyone come into the yard and give me hugs, telling me I looked SO GOOD. I was there in my dirty Size 18 pants that were almost falling off me, breaking up branches and my hands all chapped from pulling up weeds. I'd scratched my face with a branch and my hair was all over the place and the entire neighborhood decided to drop by and exclaim that I'd lost a whole person. It felt good, but man, I wish I wasn't sweaty and disgusting when these people would give me hugs.

Even the old lady in the house behind us came RUNNING in the yard and YELLING and I was afraid at first. Did I accidentally pull weeds on her property? Did something happen over the winter? I'd barely spoken a sentence other than "Good morning!" to this woman in the past.

But no, she said she had done a triple take and needed to come over to congratulate me. She said she "didn't want to know how I did it."

Oh geez, I thought. Is everyone going to assume I starved myself or had gastric bypass? The transformation is huge when you consider these people haven't seen me in 7 months, I guess.

"Good food and running," I told her. She winked at me like I was making a joke. Oh Lord.

In any case, it's going to be a fun summer! HAHA!

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RUNNINGNP2B 5/19/2010 5:44AM

    I'm telling you, when people don't believe you, don't hesitate to use my pickle juice and grapefruit line. The local Food Lion will be sold out.

Congrats and enjoy the feeling--you deserve this!!

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SUGIRL06 5/18/2010 4:13PM

    Ha! Love the story about the neighbor. I ran into an old friend today that I haven't seen since before starting Spark. I think she was pretty surprised!

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EMLG11 5/18/2010 1:09PM

    Pretty sad that people assume that the only way to lose a large amount of weight is with gastric bypass!!

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PINKCOCONUT 5/18/2010 10:38AM

    Awesome!!! You know, it's funny, because I see myself all the time and the people in my life have become acustomed to me losing weight I sometimes forget how much I've lost so if something like what happened to you, happens to me (not by an entire neighbourhood, however!!!) it takes me offguard for a few minutes! All the attention is strange!

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PSHANKEY 5/18/2010 10:30AM

    I love it when people grimace when I say, "Eat less; exercise more." Deep down inside, we want a pill...not hard work! Good on you!

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MAIA2011 5/18/2010 10:03AM

    Woo Hoo!


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    what a great story and wow-- doesn't that make you feel great b/c you do look amazing!

keep it up


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    good for you for your running and progress.

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GRACEISENUF 5/18/2010 3:13AM

    ROFL! The old lady story part just got to me. How awesome to get all those compliments...wait till they see ya all cleaned up! :)

Your transformation is amazing. Your latest pic is gorgeous and shows off the success of your journey.

emoticon (this pic is you when you go back to the beach house without a rake!) :)

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VXWALL1942 5/17/2010 10:01PM

    Wonderful! Recognition for a job well done is awesome, even - or maybe especially - when you're not in 'got to meeting' dress, hair and makeup!

Glad your weekend was so great. Running and then cleaning up the beach house outside. Wow!

Have a wonderful week! Enjoy the running.

vicki emoticon

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TIME4AFITME 5/17/2010 8:15PM

    that is great and what a great feeling it would be

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XHOOSIERLOSER 5/17/2010 7:18PM

    Too much fun, grungy or not!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 5/17/2010 4:15PM

    Sounds like a great day with all those compliments!
You had to be emoticon

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WHGRN60 5/17/2010 4:14PM

    And the joke is on them, becuase that IS how you did it! People really just don't want to hear "eating healthy and exercise". That's too hard--they want a quick fix!

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SEATTLESIMS 5/17/2010 3:23PM

    That is a great story!! Good food and running does the trick, believe it or not!! ;)

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CAROLYN1213 5/17/2010 2:51PM

    LOL!!! I love your neighbor! How funny is that! Doesn't it just feel like this is going to be a totally different kind of summer?!

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TEAM-SARAH 5/17/2010 2:28PM

    Hahaha, your neighbors sound comical. Even though you werent looking you best, still must have felt great to have all that hard work acknowledged YET AGAIN. I love the look of disappointment I get from people when they ask how I did it... and I tell them how. Aww such a bummer I have to eat healthy and workout hehe.

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JEANNETTE59 5/17/2010 2:23PM

  emoticon it is a an amazing experience when you meet-up with folks you haven't seen for months. It reminds me of an old TV commercial "Did she or didn't she? Only her hair stylist knows for sure". emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 5/17/2010 2:21PM

    What an awesome day - despite being all sweaty - to have people come up and congratulate you sounds Wonderful!!! You deserve praise for all the hard work!! emoticon

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THEBOOKBINDER 5/17/2010 1:48PM

    Loved it!

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PAPER_WINGS18 5/17/2010 1:35PM

    hahahha I totally died when I read the little old lady came running and then her comment to you....sheesh! Gotta love old people!

What a great feeling! All of your hard work paying off and other people noticing it, whom you haven't seen in 7 months!! Woot woot!

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CHICAT63 5/17/2010 1:34PM

    One suggestion for your neighbors....that I find hilarious: " Oh, why thank you. Yes, last July I decided to become the Incredible Shrinking Woman." Ah, the looks of their faces, priceless *lol*. emoticon. Nonetheless, you are an inspiration Sista !!!

Comment edited on: 5/17/2010 2:56:21 PM

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BURKEBRIZ 5/17/2010 1:07PM

    That is too funny! In these days of gastric bypass, I love that my weight loss is gradual because I never wanted to go that direction--I wanted to do it the hard and PERMANENT way--one step at a time. The mental/psychological part of this journey is the most important piece. If you can do that part and gastric bypass, more power to you! Me, the long way round is the best way! LOL!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/17/2010 1:00PM

    Awesome compliments. Glad there was a big upside to the weekend:)!

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STEPHANON 5/17/2010 12:58PM

    It is so fun to see people who haven't seen you in a long time and absolutely stun them. Congrats!

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STORMTMB 5/17/2010 12:51PM

    The funny thing is that most people will never believe that you lost your "whole person" the right way because so few people really do it - and attain the success that you have. They're probably all speculating about your surgery and who knows what else now! My congrats to you on doing it the right way!

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RUNJEWELRUN 5/17/2010 12:49PM

    LOL "She didn't want to know how I did it". That is a shame! But you keep on running and doing your thang girl :)
Be blessed!

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MBSHAZZER 5/17/2010 12:34PM

    Hooray for LOVING RUNNING! There is a lot to love about it! Congratulations on all the compliments! It's nice when your efforts don't go unnoticed. Glad you made the best of the weekend despite the tummy troubles!

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TRISH106 5/17/2010 11:35AM

    I doubt you will indulging in wings very often. I am sure if you stop and think about the pain you went through it will probably serve as a deterrent the next time you think about wings. I used to make my own for my husband and sons and I baked them. You may want to try making your own.
I am so happy that all of your neighbors had to take double and triple looks at you. It is really neat to have people Not recongnize you at first. It always made me happy and proud of myself also.
Don't worry that you were a mess. they knew you were working in the yard.
I hope your schedule does not interfer with your running time this week. remember even if you can not get your full run in get some of it done each day. A little is better than nothing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAALAN23 5/17/2010 11:25AM

    LOL at the wink! Like she's in on the game! Too funny!

It must be some cosmic law that people will only come up to you when you are not prepared. Trust that if they mentioned how good you look when you are grubby you are going to knock their socks off at the next neighborhood block party / bbq!

Good on you for being so healthy and active this weekend. My yard is in sad need of help. Of course the best thing for it would be to rid ourselves of one exuberant shepherd...but THAT'S not gonna happen. ;)

Have a great monday!

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MAGPIE17 5/17/2010 11:24AM

    Way to go!!

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MANDA_MICHELLE 5/17/2010 11:21AM

  gah ha that is so funny re the old lady! at least you know you did it the right way, and yeah these people haven't seen you in a while, its not like you lost all the weight in one week.
congrats, and that must have felt awesome having all your neighbours come over to say hi and congratulate you!!!
way to go on the 5 mile run!!! so exciting!

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JESSSPARK 5/17/2010 11:20AM

    This gave me a huge smile, thanks for sharing emoticon

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IHEIDIBEFIT 5/17/2010 11:03AM

    haha girl this is so awesome!!! So proud of you! Keep up your hard work and soak all this in...people like to see good and healthy changes in people! WOO HOO

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 5/17/2010 10:59AM

    Sounds like your training is going really well. I hope the busy week doesn't ruin your training (remember that getting in a short run is better than getting in no run at all).

As for you beach neighbors, when they see you running down the street, they'll realize all the hard work you've been putting in. Keep it up girlie.

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SUZANDALE 5/17/2010 10:54AM

    sounds like a great weekend!! even with all the hard work!! it's always nice when people notice how good you look, even when you look bad!! LOL!! keep up the good work!!

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HOSTALADY 5/17/2010 10:50AM

    That is totally FABULOUS and you so deserved to hear and be hugged sweat and all for all you have accomplished for yourself. That is so wonderful that they would come over and congratulate you and tell you how they feel about your hard work. You do look Fabulous and you are so healthy for this journey also.
I agree with one of your other sparkers when you tell people how you're doing it they seem shocked that it's not some new way of doing this or even a magic pill.

A truly wonderful and fabulous weekend you enjoyed! emoticon

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KIMMAS82 5/17/2010 10:44AM

    Oh that's so great!! It's so nice when people notice!!

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BRILLIANTAQUA 5/17/2010 10:32AM

    I find that some people don't want to hear that all it takes is "good food & running", they want a magic pill or some trick, some reason why you were able to do it and she isn't (I could be projecting my feelings about some of the people I've run across...she might be perfectly healthy). They're disappointed if "all you did" was run your butt off & eat healthier foods, because that takes hard work. Anyways, congrats on the weight loss getting noticed!! I'm sure you'll have a blast at the beach house this summer!

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MSGIGGLES72 5/17/2010 10:15AM

    just take it one day at a time..just keep working at it.way to go.keep it up.i walk 3to6 miles a day now.i am working my way up to try to get to 10 miles a day.i walk in the morning and evening.

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MERISSA1315 5/17/2010 10:12AM

    Sounds like you have some fun neighbors. You'll have to have healthy parties to show them just how it is that you've done it and invite them to join you on your 5+ mile runs just for fun.

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"Bad" Food: A Cautionary Tale

Monday, May 17, 2010

My blog followers know that I am a big proponent of indulging your cravings once in awhile. I found thin crust pizza that takes the edge off most of my pizza cravings and find myself indulging in healthier versions of my favorites (my own Japanese and Chinese stir-fries, lower sodium and fat tacos).

But there's no substitute for a good fried chicken wing. Or a french fry. But let me back up a bit.

I ate out twice this weekend. I went to a seafood restaurant with my grandmother, great aunt, and aunt. They ordered fried food with french fries, per usual and I went "healthy." I had a steamed lobster, steamed clams, corn on the cob and a cup of clam chowder. Yum. It was two meals worth of food and it surprisingly was only around 700 calories or so. So worth it.

The next day we were up in New Hampshire and we're running around the beach, doing some yard work, taking care of some shopping errands and we decided to go to our favorite chicken wing joint. I decide I'm going to be "good" at a "bad" place. This means we split an order or 6 wings (we used to eat 10 each at one point) and I get this great grilled burrito with rice, beans, cheese, veggies and pulled pork and immediately wrap up two-thirds of it and immediately put two-thirds of the fries on my side plate to leave behind for good. Now obviously I knew that I wasn't eating healthy, but I thought I was taking the proper precautionary measures for not being a total blowout meal. I figure it's around another 700-800 calorie meal.

Food tastes good, we watch the Celtics game and head out to finish our last errand when suddenly both my husband and I are hit with sharp stomach pains. We SPEED up the highway to the nearest McDonald's... RUN IN... and spend the next 20 minutes in the toilets. Needless to say, it was not a pretty experience. I came out pale, shaky and pretty much ruined for the rest of the day.

It reminded me when I would spend the weekends with my dad's and we would split a bucket of KFC Extra Crispy with some mashed potatoes and mac and cheese and it would taste SO GOOD going down, but then we'd always bump into each other in the kitchen in the middle of the night, drinking down water like it was no tomorrow. We would vow not to get KFC again, but inevitably, 3 months or so later, we'd go back for another bucket.

So, no more wing joint (must have been something wrong there, and I don't even want to know...). I feel so much better eating healthier foods and I just got to get this across my thick skull that while it's OK to eat "bad" occasionally, I am treating my body a whole lot better and FEEL better when I eat healthfully. This doesn't mean I'll never eat another chicken wing again, but I'm going to make fried food an extremely rare occurence from now on.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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KELLYBW3 5/19/2010 2:40PM

    Completely there with you! I've learned the hard way that "bad" food isn't even really very good. Even when I make a conscious choice to eat it (like you did) it's not really worth the aftermath. I think I've finally accepted that. At least I haven't chosen to eat any former favorite foods over the past several months and I don't honestly miss them. I only had to get hit over the head (or more accurately, the intestinal tract) a gazillion times to finally 'get it'. Hope your realization stays with you too. emoticon ;0)

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SOCKS117 5/19/2010 11:23AM

  I still usually eat some "bad" food in moderation once or twice a week (ie I went for chinese this week and had: Green beans, about 4 small pieces of sweet and sour chicken with sauce, and some three pieces of sushi, and some clams with butter, and a few of those little cream cheese things) which sounds like a lot of food lol. But I got about two of those things in each trip and I don't like them to touch on my plate, so I put quite a bit of the "good" food on and squished in some "bad." I don't remember getting ill afterwards.

BUT, when I eat something quick on campus like a burger, after a week of eating "real food at home." I get so sick. (This does not happen if I eat a burger at a restaurant, so I don't think it's the calories or anything...just the grease!)

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SHELLEYNALLS 5/19/2010 10:32AM

    Amen!!! Since making a commitment to a healthy eating/fitness lifestyle, I find myself literally sick to my stomach for at least 2 days after giving in to indulgence! Thankfully, all the baby showers, trips out of town, and major events are out of the way for the next several weeks!!!! I need a vacation from all my vacations!!!!

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THREADBENDER 5/19/2010 8:00AM

    Yup...been there. After healthy eating, my bod rebells at deep fried foods and sugary, fatty baked goods. Had a similar bout with a sliver of cheesecake from my son's graduation banquet Friday night. In fact, my stomach is still not totally back on board. emoticon

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RUNNINGOLLIE 5/18/2010 4:59PM

    It's definitely a reminder that my diet has changed and eating something that normally would be fine can lead to bathroom problems later- I guess just like you I am not as used to the high sugar and fat content in some of my old favorites! emoticon

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SUGIRL06 5/18/2010 4:12PM

    Ha! You are so right. I do this all the time. I eat the bad food, feel terrible, vow never to eat it again, and eat it again a few months down the line. There are certain things that I really do avoid now but sometimes you just gotta have a fry or two!

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PSHANKEY 5/18/2010 10:32AM

    Can so totally relate.

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    What a great story I think we can all relate!

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GRACEISENUF 5/18/2010 3:19AM

    Sounds like a tad bit of food poisoning maybe? My DD ate chinese last week and was sick for two days.

I agree on the fact that when I eat good/wholesome foods I feel so much better. So simple yet when I blow it and eat something nasty I seem to have to learn the lesson all over again. Crap food equals crap feeling.

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HARMONYBLUE 5/17/2010 9:06PM

    This is why the hubby and I have become very, very careful about our choices when we visit our favorite chinese buffet.

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XHOOSIERLOSER 5/17/2010 7:21PM

    Had a similar experience with a mini binge just recently, and right now I couldn't even tell you what it was, just something I have eaten for a while in that quantity! But there I sat, thinking, ugh, I have not felt like this in a long time.... DUH!!!!!! because I have not eaten like this in a long time.

Don't _ miss it _ at _ all!

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CRISPINI 5/17/2010 5:09PM

    Right on, I totally agree!

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WHGRN60 5/17/2010 4:16PM

    Oh yeah, total shock to the system. I hope you're feeling better today.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 5/17/2010 3:56PM

    Oh no.... You are so right, it may taste good going in but the effects are NOT fun. I am finding that I can't eat out that much anymore (unless it is Subway).... my stomach can't take it.

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LAWRALOO 5/17/2010 3:52PM

    I haven't eaten fried chicken for probably a year, but I do remember KFC nights...that evening spending too much time in the potty room.

I'm pretty dang positive it's our bodies telling us 'why are you eating this? I'll show you'.

Especially now, when I eat ANYTHING fried, my body retaliates.

Good job on portioning out. You can't eat 100% healthy 100% of the time, but you can make healthier decisions though, and it makes a HUGE difference when it's all said and done :)))

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CRIS76 5/17/2010 3:22PM

    I'm with you 100% - even if I want to be "bad" like I used to be, it just isn't going to happen because I don't like spending the extra time "powdering my nose" *laughs*

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NICOLE12-01 5/17/2010 2:47PM

    HAHA! I can totally relate to this! My husband and I used to eat out A LOT and EAT A LOT when we were out. We used to frequent this local bar for it's AMAZING wings and pizza. I was just thinking about this the other day when I ate "good" there for the first time EVER. We USED to eat a half dozen breaded wings (each), split a large white pizza, and ALSO have a side of breaded mushrooms and jalapeno poppers. OH MY GOD! I can't even believe that I used to eat that much! This time around, I had the grilled chicken salad, fries on the side (I put maybe 10 on my salad, light on the cheese, light french dressing, and hold the bread stick. It was a great salad and I was completely satisfied when I left. I was so proud of myself! When I eat greasy foods now, it just sits in my stomach and I feel so gross....OR I have to race to the closest potty for your above situation! It's AMAZING how our bodies change! I'm sure they appreciate the change too!

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TEAM-SARAH 5/17/2010 2:25PM

    Hahaha... sometimes I get reminded of why I shouldn't eat fried foods in such an unfortunate fashion. Then it's always long enough to forget before I do it again. Definitely not worth it! I'd rather find that good balance of good going down and something I'm capable of properly digesting.

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CHICAT63 5/17/2010 1:32PM

    I have to agree with the others, once you eat " healthy " and cut down your fat intakes your digestive isn't used to it. Although, you were good in a bad place ! Myself, I go through that cycle when I eat red meat now which is very seldom now.

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BURKEBRIZ 5/17/2010 1:04PM

    OMG! I can so relate. When I went on vacation, I really tried to not eat the bad stuff because I didn't want to be in the bathroom or with gurgly stomach while on vacation. My other two girlfriends had also been eating healthier, but one decided she was going to eat whatever she wanted--and she paid in weight gain and stomach upset. It really is NOT worth it in the end; just in the moment! LOL!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/17/2010 1:04PM

    Uggh!! Since it hit both of you so hard I would guess food poisoning. Still, not a fun experience and I would never go back!! Glad you had other, more positive, experiences though!!

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MBSHAZZER 5/17/2010 12:32PM

    Ugh, it sounds like perhaps something was wrong with the food, aside from it not being the healthiest choice. Maybe that's good Pavlovian conditioning though.. eat contaminated fried food. It's not the fried that gets you, it's the contamination, but the 2 are forever linked! I hope you are feeling better. Nothing is worse than a rebellious stomach.

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WYND10 5/17/2010 11:39AM

    Oh man. I hear that, and completely understand, I've been giving my body healthy food for a much shorter period of time and already my body revolts when I give it something with a higher fat content. I can completely sympathize.

I hope you're both feeling better!

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KIMMAS82 5/17/2010 10:47AM

    Yowza!! Although that sounds delicious. . . the after effects could NOT have been worth it!!

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HOSTALADY 5/17/2010 10:37AM

    Awesome choices when eating with your Grandmother and Aunts. There sure was something wrong on the next time eating out for sure! Like someone said the silver lining we have created eating healthy most of the time really is protecting us. That is pretty awesome in it self!
Sounds like a wonderful weekend other than the emergency food issue.

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BRILLIANTAQUA 5/17/2010 10:24AM

    It's actually common to develop fatty food intolerance if you've been eating somewhat low fat for awhile. Pretty much your body "forgets" how to deal with excessive fat at a meal and you end up with "problems"...I think it has to do with the body producing less of the enzyme used to break down dietary fat since you aren't normally taking in a lot anymore, so when there is a high intake of fat your body can't process it properly (or at least that's what a dietitian told me in the 90's--makes perfect sense physiologically). Sorry you had to have that experience!

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CAALAN23 5/17/2010 10:21AM

    Yikes! That sounded painful!

The foods that hurt me are the rich desserts. I'm not used to them anymore and they will send me in search of the nearest loo in a hurry now. Healthy eating, healthy fuel is it for me!

Thanks for the blog,

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STARLIGHT615 5/17/2010 10:09AM

    I have been there before! and what a crappy feeling!! But just think it might not have been the food that did it persay...When you start replacing bad food for good food your stomach tends not to like the bad food anymore and will definitely let you know very soon after comsuming it!! emoticon

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MRKTGCHICK 5/17/2010 10:00AM

    I totally understand where you are coming from! I don't need a conscience to keep me away from fatty greasy foods like chicken wings or fries anymore because my body now "punishes" me. If I want to eat unhealthy then I inevitably end up in pain and in the washroom for 15 minutes. Guess it's my body's way of saying I DON'T LIKE THAT! CHOOSE SOMETHING HEALTHIER!

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SABLEGRL 5/17/2010 9:58AM

    From the bad came good... you'll never forget this incident.

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  I'm that way with milkshakes...I love them, but they don't love me.

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MAGPIE17 5/17/2010 9:55AM

    As much as I hate the discomfort I feel after eating a heavily fried meal I used to love, I love the fact that I eat so healthy the rest of the time that my body can't handle the crap anymore...It's the silver lining on that dark cloud!

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EKKING 5/17/2010 9:50AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your "troubles". I can't imagine anything worse than having to suffer through that in a public restroom - let alone McDonalds! Yikes!

Hope you are both feeling better. Sometimes, it's those experiences that make you create a mental block against the food. My last burrito made my stomach feel disgusting and I will not eat one again any time soon.

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TIME4AFITME 5/17/2010 9:46AM

    you have a great week too

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DEVORA4 5/17/2010 9:46AM

  I can easily understand what a temptation it was for you. Perhaps, I am too too spartan in eating healthy food and staying away from booze. I was invited to a posh party on a private yacht by people I really like, and refused. I told a white lie that I had a family commitment. Reason I didn't go, I didn't want to be tempted by all the wrong kind of food and explaining why I wouldn't eat drink and be merry. I am both glad and sad I didn't go. emoticon emoticon It was a good blog.

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SAMSPARK1 5/17/2010 9:37AM

    You too have a great week! And stay away from those wings! LOL!

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    Sad! I totally hate it when I have it in my head that I'm going to splurge and it ends up backfiring (no pun inteded) on me. I can't stomach anything fried anymore. Pizza is about as "bad" as my food gets now. I never order fries anymore (which doesn't mean I don't pick a few off of someone else's plate) but I just can't. Everytime I eat fried food I end up feeling like kak for the rest of the day. I'm glad the REST of your weekend was good though! Nice job on the running, sister!

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ORGOLDENDUCK 5/17/2010 9:35AM

    Thank goodness you had something in the near vicinity to get to!! I've had that happen and we end up being out in the middle of nowhere..........and I'm trying to voice to my husband to hurry, hurry....and then when we finally get to a place...it takes me FOREVER to get out of the car...because I have flexed my body so hard...that I can't move!!!

I totally agree with you....it goes hand in hand....I definitely feel rewarded when I eat healthy....thanks for another great blog!!

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WISLNDR 5/17/2010 9:34AM

    I'll never forget the last church fish-fry I went to; it was quite similar to what you experienced.

I was in the grocery store the other day, ogling the fried chicken and reminiscing, and then the memory of the fish-fry came to my mind. Oh, sure, those were the "good old days" but these are the "even greater days"!

It's all behind you now! emoticon

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KYMMC3 5/17/2010 9:33AM

    I totaly hear you! I've noticed that when I eat "bad" I feel like crap. example ~ Last week we went to Applebees for dinner, I stuck with heathly, hubby craved and ordered a Burger (we've only eaten ground turkey/chicken for over a year now, red meat like this is very rare!) He was in SO much pain and spent must of the next 24 hours running back and forth to the bathroom (TMI I know) It took my all to not say "I told you so" It's so intersting to see how much our bodies like our healthy lifestyle!

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SWAZY33 5/17/2010 9:32AM

    It's really amazing how our bodies crave healthy food now and
"reject" the bad stuff. I too indulged in a Friendly's double thick choc shake this weekend and felt horrible (and I only drank half it!) I hadn't had a real milk shake in sooo long and it tasted so good, but, not worth the after effects!
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DIGISCRAPPY 5/17/2010 9:31AM

    Ohhhh ick. Sorry about that! But I guess it will help put you off wings, huh? That seafood meal sounds to-die-for, though. Yum!

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NIELSENSLADY 5/17/2010 9:26AM

    Good lawd girl! I think there was something extra in those wings, although I definitely understand. Last time I had a wing, I got food poisoning, so I haven't eaten one since February 22, 2009. emoticon

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Stronger, Leaner, Faster

Friday, May 14, 2010

Holy head to wall, Batman!

My body was feeling the last two 4-mile runs (I ran 3.5 on Sunday, 4 on Tuesday, 4 on Thursday) last night. I kinda hit the wall when I got home and was in bed before 10. I had to deal with a family issue and then decided to skip the softball game. I felt bad about it (they won their first game and I missed it!), but I definitely needed a long deep sleep and I got it, thank goodness.

Thanks to everyone for their recommendations re: hydration. I think I'm going to the running store this weekend to see what feels best. Also, Ang (SUGIRL06) is being nice enough to do a contest for her too-big fuel belt, so I might get in on that! Oh yeah!

So tomorrow is the last run of Week 1 of Serious 10K Training and a 5-mile run I have mapped out. This will be my longest run to date. Imma scurred!

Breathe, Kristina, 1 extra mile won't kill you.

I have been feeling strong after my 4-mile runs. I did the first one in 49 minutes and the second one just under 47 minutes. I did a flatter two-loop course and left a water bottle on my steps which I drank from halfway through and it definitely seemed to help. Initially, I had the goal in my mind to complete the 10K in under 90 minutes, but now under 75 minutes actually seems in the realm of possibility. We'll see. I seem to have broken through some sort of barrier and I'm running much faster these days. My quads are a bit sore, but other than that, I feel good!

One pound down at weigh-in this morning. I'll take it. That marks 85 pounds lost on SparkPeople and 94 from my heighest weight. I'm definitely feeling leaner and stronger! I can't wear any of my 16s or 18s anymore, which can only mean one thing...


Feels good to shout that out.

A lot of people worry about loose skin when they lose weight and it is a little unnerving but I'll take it over the fat any frickin' day. I'm starting to notice it a little bit in my thighs especially when I was doing a plank in my shorty shorts the other night. Nothing Biggest Loser drastic or anything, but noticeable enough. I finally did my measurements the other day and I've lost 7.5 inches in each of my thighs so far. I mean that's no small amount so something's gotta give.

So whatever happens, happens. I might never be bikini ready and I'll always have some obesity battle scars. Although the 85 pounds lost on SP seems like a big number, I'm losing weight the RIGHT way and averaging about 1.75 lbs lost per week, which is completely healthy and slow enough for my body to adjust to the change.

Stronger, Leaner, Faster Runner!

Or as Radiohead put it: Fitter, Happier, More Productive.

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SWEETLIPS 5/20/2010 9:14PM

    You are Fabulous - I have always wanted to run and now I know I can - thanks much for this. Also, out of plus sizes - that is headline news!

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    Way to go! I always so inspired and so proud of you at the same time. I know one day soon I will be where you are right now I am just working through alot of mental issues but have had a major break through and hope soon to be able to put it all behind me and move forward. I signed up for my first 5k in July-- not sure if I will be walking it or jogging but either way its a big step in the right direction on getting fit.

Thanks for all your love and support on my page- your the best!

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GRACEISENUF 5/16/2010 10:08PM

    No more plus sizes........WOW! That is such GREAT news and I am so happy for you. I have always felt like the ugliest clothes on the racks are in plus sizes...UGH! I am ready to see that day soon too.

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MBSHAZZER 5/16/2010 6:52PM

    GREAT NEWS!!! Congrats on plus size bon voyage! Never to be seen again! And it sounds like you are doing great with the running! I hope the 5 miler on Saturday went well.

Re: lose skin - you are young and you are also incorporating weight training along with a slow and steady weight loss. I think your skin will bounc back.

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SMYGIRL 5/16/2010 1:59AM

    Awesome news! Thanks for sharing :)
I agree with you on doing it the right way - it may not be mega lbs. each week, but you are in this for the duration! Way to go on the running - you are very inspirational :)

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/15/2010 5:22PM

    AWESOME!! Congrats on being out of the pluses!! Can't wait to hear about the hydration device you decide on. I've been putting it off, but really have to settle on something. Have fun on that 5-miler, you are ready for it.

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STORMTMB 5/15/2010 2:42PM

    Keep it up. You look great and your progress is amazing. You inspire me.

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RUSSELLORAMA 5/15/2010 1:08PM


I would be shouting that from the rooftops!


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ANEPANALIPTI 5/15/2010 12:44PM

    I am really proud of you Kristina!! HUGS

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TRAVELNISTA 5/15/2010 12:01PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I am doing the Happy Dance with you! That is fantastic you are now out of the Plus Sizes! Great job!

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YINYANGSJM 5/15/2010 11:30AM

    No more plus sizes...that is awesome!!! Loose skin?? It will tighten up over time and if not...it just shows you how far you've come. I can't wait to have some loose skin :) You're doing a great job...I love reading your blogs because they motivate me. Have a great weekend!!!!

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AHEALTHIERJESS 5/15/2010 11:15AM

    Congrats on no more plus sizes!!!! I am almost there too and it feels fantastic!!!

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FLYINGB16 5/15/2010 10:04AM

    I am so excited for you and your race! No more plus sizes. OMG I cannot wait until I can say that. You have got to be bursting with JOY. What an awesome milestone!!!

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EMMALEEANN76 5/15/2010 8:44AM

    No more plus sizes! Just think of all the cute things you can fit into now! emoticon

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 5/15/2010 8:16AM

    Kristina, you are just SO inspirational!!! 85 lbs GONE. That *IS* a huge number!!! You are working so hard, you are so healthy, and you are so optimistic!!! You ARE the epitome of anti blah :)

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POOH_BEAR_69 5/14/2010 10:01PM

    I think that you are doing an emoticon job!!!

I completely agree with you. I have some loose skin, but I'd take that over being a size 22 again!!!

Cheers to you!!! Keep up the great efforts!!!

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SEANSAUNT 5/14/2010 8:58PM

    Awesome! Congratulations on the weight loss! I can't wait to loose enough to need to get new jeans.

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BUBBASMAMA0508 5/14/2010 8:25PM

    Congrats on the milestone!!!!
No plus sizes means you can shop in any store you want and look good in their clothes too!
Way to go!

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CAALAN23 5/14/2010 8:23PM

    Oh, I hope you do improve times, it gives me hope. I am SO slow. It's sad that some with longer legs *ahem DH* can walk faster than I jog.

WooHOO for dropping the Plus in your size! That is awesome and opens up soooo many fashion doors for you (shoving my inner what-not-to-wear-geekness back into the closet now.) I hate that designers don't take all shapes into account.

LOL that you quoted Radiohead, I thought the first line sounded like Kanye. ;)

Have a great run tomorrow!

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CLAIRESML 5/14/2010 8:06PM

    no more plusses for you! emoticon

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COACHPENNY 5/14/2010 7:42PM

    Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!......oops showing my age LOL!

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XHOOSIERLOSER 5/14/2010 7:11PM

    Oh yeah baby SHOUT IT OUT!!!! So awesome!

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EKKING 5/14/2010 5:55PM

    Congratulations on no plus size! Way to go!

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TRISH106 5/14/2010 5:53PM

    It is fantanstic not to shop in the Plus Sizes. That is a real milestone. emoticon You will find that you will have so many more cute choices in clothing selection.
You have really made wonderful strides with you weight loss and your running.
You will kick the 10K in the butt.

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RAINTHIEF 5/14/2010 5:19PM

    emoticon emoticon That booty continues to shrink away! How does your husband feel about that? emoticon

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TEAM-SARAH 5/14/2010 5:05PM

    I had a point too where I hit a breakthrough with the running speed. It's like you hityour stride and it all clicks or something. I think if you're doing 4 and feeling strong and comfortable you can definitely push it to 5!! Sooo exciting. You're getting close to that 10k and I know you'll kill it.
Its great that you've been dropping the weight so consistently and healthy. I'm sure the skin will bounce back in time. Like you said... battle wounds. You look great so it is aaaall good!

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LISAW/3 5/14/2010 4:53PM

    You are making such great progress- with your weight loss and your running! Way to go!

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T_LEE24 5/14/2010 4:20PM

    Congrats thats one reason why I want to get into running, not only because it helps you lose weight, but it feels great, its an awesome stress reliever and it does wonders for your heart and coming from a family where the women have heart problems I really want to be healthy overall, being a smaller size just helps me reap the benefits.

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WHGRN60 5/14/2010 3:48PM

    WoooHoooo!!! Welcome to the "normal" sizes! I remember being oh so excited to get here. Be warned though, it's ALOT harder to shop--too many choices!!!

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MOCOHOLO 5/14/2010 3:32PM

    Awesome!!! You rock!

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KOOKERBEE 5/14/2010 3:21PM

    Unbelievable - congrats! It really seems like finding running has been a huge part of your success, no? I feel like I need to find a sport that I'm passionate about - something that allows me to keep setting and accomplishing new goals. You are such an inspiration! :)

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SPINTOWIN 5/14/2010 3:18PM

    Good Luck with the 5 miles - you're going to rock it out! Can't wait to hear how the hydration experiment goes!!

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ACTIVEALLISON 5/14/2010 3:17PM

    That's some serious progress! You go girl!! emoticon emoticon

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EPHSTOP43 5/14/2010 3:12PM

    love the post... and love even more the radiohead reference! I'm definitely one of those people who is scared of flappy skin... but I guess a little surgery would fix that (if I decide that is a good thing to do--I dunno)

Anyway... congrats to you and keep up the good work!!!

emoticon for being out of plus sizes!!

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    What an accomplishment! You're awesome!

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    What an accomplishment! You're awesome!

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JEANNETTE59 5/14/2010 2:50PM

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ROOT4HOME 5/14/2010 2:48PM

    emoticon on getting out of the Plus Sz clothes!! You're doing AWESOME!!

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MAKALANI22 5/14/2010 2:38PM

    WOOOO!!! You rock, girl! You got this! I'm so proud of you, and you inspire me!

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HUGMONKEYMOM 5/14/2010 2:23PM

    Congratulations on all your successes, you have worked darn hard for them.

And I too am scheduled for my first 5 miler this weekend (mine is on Sunday)! ...and yes, I am also a wee bit scurred, as you so eloquently put it. But we can both do this. In my case, it's only half a mile off of my longest run to date.

Keep up the fantastic work. You are doing great!

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WALKAWAY 5/14/2010 2:23PM

    emoticonyou are an inspiration. Love your blogs.

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NANASNOW 5/14/2010 2:18PM

    You are an inspiration1 I read your blog and I almost think I can run. I am still a little too large (in my head) to do it, but I do break into a run every now and again. Some day....
Keep runnin'

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JWENZEL723 5/14/2010 2:17PM

    woohoo 94 pounds!!!!!!! you are a ROCK STAR! i know you can absolutely do a 5 mile run. you are rocking the 4-milers! oh, and holy crap on 7.5 inches on each thigh. WOW!

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KYMMC3 5/14/2010 2:10PM

    What a GREAT blog! Horray for the out of plus sizes. And I am SO glad someone has FINALLY been honest about that loose skin. man I've wondered that forever, thank you for sharing... really.....

Keep up the great work on that 10K! I SO hope to run one someday!

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CANDYXPERT 5/14/2010 2:08PM

    You can do it girl!! You are such an inspiration!!

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CHARLENERAE12 5/14/2010 2:02PM

    You are awesome. I should have SparkStalked you more often. You will rock on your five mile run, and a huge congrats on getting out of plus sizes. And as for the bikini, I really thing all it takes is confidence and the right bikini and anyone can wear one. I'm still working on the confidence thing, but when I'm on vacation I pretty much ONLY wear bikinis and I have surf shirts that I wear over top. Two pieces are just easier and tankini tops never quite reach my bottoms.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 5/14/2010 1:54PM

    Good luck on your first 5 miles!!! It may seem daunting but you can do it!

And congrats on how far you have come and everything you have accomplished so far. Shout it out! You deserve it!

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ELLIEW22 5/14/2010 1:53PM

    emoticon emoticon Congrats on being out of the plus sizes!!!

You're doing so awesome on your runs! The 10K will be a breeze! (of course that's coming from someone who has only run one 5K, but I know you'll totally rock it!)

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CONTUSIONS2012 5/14/2010 1:51PM

Good luck with the 5-miler!!!

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40 Days Until Summer: Are You Ready?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Yep, 40 days until the start of summer: June 21st!

I have a goal to be at 185 by then, which means 40 days to drop 10 lbs. I'm on track to meet that goal, but just barely. If I'm not there, I won't sweat it though, because I'm leaps and bounds ahead of where I was last summer.

Why? Well, here's a few of the many reasons, with visual reminders.

1. No more unsightly cover-ups.

I know I still looked good back then though. I was so happy. Summer on the beach!

2. No more triple chins.

That shark had a lot of meat to sink his teeth into!

3. No more thunder thighs.

I've lost at least 7 inches in each thigh (and I haven't measured since the end of March!).

I'm ready for a fabulous summer of fitness and confidence. What are you doing to get summer ready? Is this summer going to be better than the last?

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EMMYKATE616 5/20/2010 9:44PM

    kristina, your blog is so inspiring,

but i just must say that that pic of you on the T makes me so homesick...with all the red sox gear and stop and shop advertisement...

i'm from ct, but went to college in quincy, but now live in syracuse. i miss the boston area!

have a great summer!

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KLONG8 5/19/2010 8:28PM

    Go Karvy!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/18/2010 4:39PM

    You definitely have come a long way!! I can't wait to hear all about your summer adventures this year...the new leaner, healthier Karvy summer! I know that this summer I am just ITCHING to run on the beach...I'm going to take my shoes next time we head out and get a run in before settling in under the umbrella in my beach chair. And the board shorts that were tight last year, are pretty darn baggy now. And I already bought a cute swim top that shows off my new collarbones! Woohoo - can't wait for summer! I think the tank tops will come out of the house this year! LOL

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FLYINGB16 5/15/2010 10:01AM

    You have come so far. I am so proud of you and so happy you are sharing your journey. Your blogs really help to keep me motivated!


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TEAM-SARAH 5/14/2010 6:01PM

    Great blog, very motivational! I'm so ready to make this my thinnest summer yet. I went swimming yesterday in my new super cute tankini swimsuit and I felt pretty good! I know it's only goin to get better. This is the thinnest I've been going into the summer in years and years and years. I'd love to be in the 180's by summer :)

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CANDYXPERT 5/14/2010 2:11PM

    Love the pictures. You are going to look even more awesome than you did last year!
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2 posts in one day? Wow, you're good!

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TURBOTIF 5/14/2010 1:22PM

    awesome blog!!!!

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CAALAN23 5/14/2010 1:16PM

    Oh Gosh, I can't tell you how much I love that shark photo. Candygram!!!

This summer is going to be entirely healthy and much better than the last!

You go girl! You are doing amazing things!


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SUGIRL06 5/14/2010 12:48PM

    Love the pictures to go with the "goals". I like the one with the shark! You crack me up!

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GREEKSPARK 5/14/2010 8:57AM

  omg love this! i've slipped up these past few days, but hey, i've got 38 days to make things better!

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TIME4AFITME 5/13/2010 11:01PM

    you will be where you want to be with your weight

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TRISH106 5/13/2010 9:52PM

    You will meet your goal at the rate you re going. You can and will do it. emoticon

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RUNNINGOLLIE 5/13/2010 5:41PM

    You can so do it!!!! emoticon

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ABETTERBECKY 5/13/2010 5:36PM

    You are amazing and so motivating! I know that you can reach that goal!

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WHGRN60 5/13/2010 3:04PM

    You crack me up! I have very similar goals. June 23 is my daughter's 8th grade graduation, and I'd really like to fit into the dress that's hanging in my closet. 10 pounds should do it nicely!

Let's DO it!

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COACHPENNY 5/13/2010 12:13PM

    You are too funny girl!

I am working on eating more fruits and veggies and replacing one meal with a high protein fresh fruit or other smoothie ala STRLZGRRL's blogs...


So far I am less hungry for the crappy alternatives.

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KAISERSOZE 5/13/2010 9:50AM

    I would love to be 185 by then too! Of course that would require losing 24 lbs in 40 days. Not so doable. But I'll take what I can get!

You've totally got this! You should do a comparision blog of last summer and this summer!

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XHOOSIERLOSER 5/13/2010 9:40AM

    Love all your pics! You have a wonderful history of your life, and the extra plus of seeing how much you have changed your body!

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MBSHAZZER 5/13/2010 9:14AM

    I love the photos! You know why?? Even though you weighed significantly more than you do now, you still look really happy and filled with life! That positive attitude has GOT to be buoying you along on this awesome journey! I have no doubt you'll make your goal, and even if you don't, I know you'll feel fantastic anyway!

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.TARA. 5/12/2010 11:48PM

    You're a rock star and have a great attitude as well! I love your goals and wow, I didn't realize that the first day of summer is only 40 days away. That's a good kick to rear to keep myself moving. :)

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BRILLIANTAQUA 5/12/2010 9:29PM

    I SO want to wear shorts this summer!!! & not be ashamed to be in a swimsuit at the beach!! We can totally do this!!

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SUZALOO 5/12/2010 8:44PM

    You go girl! These are great milestones!

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PAULA3420 5/12/2010 8:41PM

    I had to come read your blog when I read the title, IS IT TRUE only 40 days until Summer?

It has been snowing ALL DAY here and expected to snow until Friday. How can this be?

BUT, reading your blog put a SMILE on my face emoticon and I THANK YOU for that. You look great and I KNOW THIS WILL BE A WONDERFUL SUMMER FOR YOU.

Keep your great attitude and spirit alive. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING!!

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HOSTALADY 5/12/2010 7:59PM

    Although you and I don't have the exact same goals I am with you for the weight lose. I am giving it all I have to give and then some. I will be thrilled to wear thin strapped tank tops not only around the house but out in public too. Shorts are looking really good on these legs too! WOO HOO!
I am so happy for you. An AWESOME SUMMER it will be!

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ANEPANALIPTI 5/12/2010 7:39PM


heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy why don't u come to chicago this summer :) :) :) :) ?

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RUNNINGNP2B 5/12/2010 7:38PM

    Preach on sista' Karvy! I can't wait for summer this year, definitely not the sentiment I had last year at this time!

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    Great blog! I can't wait for summer. I normally dread it b/c of tiny clothes, sleeveless shirts, and being hot and sweaty, but I'm actually looking forward to it. My goal is to wear REAL shorts, not bermudas, this summer, along with more tank tops. And buy a new swimsuit when I lose another 5 lbs.

Here's to us reaching our summer goals! emoticon

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BOOTS1221 5/12/2010 7:14PM

    Love this blog!! You have come so far, you are amazing! You should be super duper proud of yourself!!

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MAIA2011 5/12/2010 7:03PM

    You are beautiful! I won't be ready this summer BUT I will be ready next summer! Keep up your hard work!


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JESSSPARK 5/12/2010 6:56PM

    wow, you are rocking! I'll add my personal summer pledge; NO MORE SWIM DRESSES. Ever. :)

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ANISMENDOZA81 5/12/2010 5:12PM

    10lbs in 40 days? pshhh YOU CAN DO IT plus 5 more and i'll be right behind ya trying to lose them as well....I rarely look forward to the summer heat but I think that if I lose a couple more pounds I will have a totally different outlook on looking cute outside lol. emoticon

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VALLOUGH 5/12/2010 5:04PM

    Oh I feel you!!! I've been thinking about this for the last couple weeks. Hello bikini and good-bye cover-ups. Do you know I lived in Hawai'i and wore jeans and a cardigan everyday? And I thought I didn't have "body issues," oy. Well this is going to be the best summer ever and I can't, can't wait.

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PAPER_WINGS18 5/12/2010 4:59PM

    You, Kristina, are EFFING amazing! (How many times will I say that to you? You keep blowin' my mind, girl!! he he)

I love your blogs--they are absolutely addicting! Keep 'em comin'...and I like your visual reminders..you have come a long long long way baby(no Fat Boy Slim song here) and you look phenomenal! andd you are just an amazing person! I feel lucky to have "met" you, girl! You just keep on inspiring me! I hope that next summer I look at hot as you do!!!!


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CONTUSIONS2012 5/12/2010 4:56PM

    Nope, not even close. emoticon

Good luck with the 10lbs.

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JEANNETTE59 5/12/2010 4:49PM

  You look emoticon 10 lbs in 40 days emoticon summer vacation emoticon
Definitely better than last year emoticon

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BETH0279 5/12/2010 4:41PM

    I am confident you can achive your goal! Good Luck! emoticon

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MERISSA1315 5/12/2010 4:26PM

    You are entirely and truly amazing. I am so motivated to be like acheive what you have acheived. Forget be like Mike. I want to be like Karvy!

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CHICAT63 5/12/2010 4:20PM

    You can totally do this, 10 pounds in 40 days that's 0.25 loss a day very minimal. Hmmm, I have a feeling you'll hit that 10 pounds & more ! Great fun loving pictures, your pictures this summer will be slimmin' ones Sista. emoticon emoticon

As for myself, I will not give up I will keep trudging along my main goal this summer is to start running again. So by October 3rd, I will be running the 5K with my best girlfriend for CIBC Run for the Cure. Having toned arms and defined calves will be a bonus *lol*. emoticon

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NIELSENSLADY 5/12/2010 4:18PM

    Hmm.. I think I'll go for the 10 pounds too. I'd love to start the summer off at 215! That would only be 5 pounds heavier than my MaryMack Challenge goal!

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SLEEPYDEAN 5/12/2010 4:16PM

    Your optimism is catching. I realized this morning that I have 2 months to hit my goal in time for my summer getaway to the beach. I've got all these cute bathing suits to wear on the beach during our dance and bootcamp sessions on the sand!

There is no stopping you - those 10lbs will be gone in no time.

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KARVY09 5/12/2010 4:13PM

    You might not be exactly where you would like to be, but a step in the right direction puts you ahead of where you were last year! Count all your victories!

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WYND10 5/12/2010 4:10PM

    I am so not ready. But, I have faith that next summer I will be :). You've done so many things, so many successes...thank you for being an inspiration :).

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BETHSHEALTH 5/12/2010 4:09PM

    Mine will be better than last because I won't have to buy new shorts. I'm no where near where I want to be but I figure 2-3 summers down the road I'll be in what I'd call skinny shorts. You are looking really good! Keep it up. I'm proud of you!


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_TRIXIE_ 5/12/2010 4:06PM

    Wow. Wow. Wow. Those pics are amazing! So amazing, in fact, that I almost forgot that your blog scared me. Why did it scare me? Cuz I think I need more than 40 days to get ready!

BR>But again, amazing job so far. You have done incredible things, all for the better. Congrats!

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    Awww, you were adorable back then too!

40 days to lose 10 lbs? You got this. I'm hoping we'll have a bit more sun this summer then last. I don't mind the cool weather, but I'd rather it not be accompanied by rain all the time!

As for me, to get ready for summer Imma do some exercises, some good fooding. Basically, I'm gonna behave myself.

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Running, Food and Treats

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Good morning everybody! It's HUMP DAY! Woohoo!

This blog is going to be about a few topics that have been rolling around in my head, so please bear with the tangents.


I've got this new thing where I'm working longer days on my non-running days so I can get out around 3-4 p.m. and do my runs on the other days. I feel like I do my best when it's not too early and not too late and I have breakfast, lunch, and a snack in me. Yesterday, I ate a Luna Bar before my run and I know it's what put me over my calories (only slightly, but still) but I also know that I wouldn't have been able to run 4 miles in 49 minutes without it. I know others have struggled with the fine line between fueling and keeping to a calorie limit for weight loss purposes, so I guess I'm just the next on a long list to wonder about this.

I figure 4 miles is about my limit for no water/no fueling (which makes sense as they say to refuel after 45 minutes of running), so now that I've committed to doing longer runs outside, I need to figure out how I'm going to hydrate and fuel. I was thirsty for water and electrolytes by the end of my run and drank my whole water bottle and most of this bottle of Lemonade Passionfruit Skinny Water (freebie they were handing out at the race last Sunday) when I got back to my car.

I'm sorry, those hydration belts just look so freaking dorky. I know they are functional, but I don't know if I can do it. The other options are one of those Camelbak paks that holds water or one of those water bottles that strap to your hand. I posted a thread on the 2010 Half Marathoners team asking this question, but I'm opening it up to everyone: Any suggestions?

I might also order some Clif Shots or Gu online this weekend and see how that works for me.

Oh, and this is for NEWYORKORCHIDS... thanks for the suggestion!!!!

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I had a neighbor over for dinner and wanted to make something that tasted like it was a lot of calories, but totally wasn't. I so should have taken photos, but I was kinda in a crunch for time, and I didn't. So you'll have to visualize along with me!

I made a chopped salad of lettuce, tomato, and cucumber and unsalted sunflower seeds with a dribble of balsamic vinagrette for a starter. Then BBQ chicken, baby carrots glazed in mango hot pepper jelly, twice baked potatoes and cinnamon apples. Yum. So freaking simple. I made the cinnamon apples the "bad item" but everything else was pretty healthy!

In the morning, I butterflied the chicken breasts and pounded them with a meat tenderizer. Then I marinated in about a 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce (Sweet Baby Ray's) and let them juice up all day. When I got home, I peeled and cored two apples and cooked them in some butter, brown sugar and cinnamon until they were tender and set them aside.

I microwaved three russet potatoes until they were a little bit soft, sliced them down the middle, and scooped out the potato inside. Then I mashed the insides with a little skim milk, scooped them back into the skins and topped them with some shredded Cabot 50%Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese and some Leidy's Uncured Bacon (super low sodium). Back in the oven at 400 degrees until they were crispy and melty!

Finally, I fried up the chicken in a pan with cooking spray and a little more BBQ sauce. I steamed the baby carrots and added Trappist Mango Hot Pepper Jelly as a glaze.

So what was the damage?

6 oz of BBQ chicken, a salad plate full of chopped goodness, a twice baked potato half with cheese and a slice of bacon, and a half cup of carrots. I ate one bite of the apples, and they were yummy but I didn't really need more than that. This was a LOT of food. Oh, and I have leftover salad for lunch! I added some feta and avocado to it this morning to beef it up.

Calories: 602
Carbs: 57
Fat: 18
Protein: 54

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I'm a fan of treating myself to things that seem bad but really aren't along the way. A couple of times a week I get a large Dunkin Donuts Dark Roast Iced Coffee with skim milk and I sip it at my desk all morning. 60 calories. I have these great dark chocolate bars from Trader Joe's that I take tiny pieces out of all day and let melt on my tongue. 100 calories. My favorite snack is Greek yogurt and berries (sometimes with a squirt of agave nectar) that is so thick and delicious. 100 or so calories. My bacon and egg breakfast sandwich made with whole wheat pita and the uncured bacon is only 210 calories.

I think we have to be good to ourselves. Taking the time to find healthier alternatives to our favorites is well worth it.

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2BEABETTERME 5/16/2010 9:14AM

    I don't know how much water you want to bring with; but, I have a inexpensive idea for you. I just got an iGym walking set for $6.99 at Tuesday Morning. It comes with a waist pack, a water bottle, weights and a pedometer. I got if for the waist pack and water bottle combo. The pack holds the water bottle, has a pouch for keys or mp3 player and a small zipper pouch. I am not a runner...yet. I used it for my 5k last weekend (I walked and jogged) and it worked great. I figure at that price if I decide after a few months I need something bigger, I got enough use out of it. If there is a Tuesday Morning near you, you check it out.

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MONEYGOOSE 5/14/2010 9:18AM

  This is coming from a complete running gear dork, so I don't think it will help too much on the feeling self-conscious in a water belt, but I really can't say enough good things about it.

I got the Nathan Speed 4 bottle belt the other week. It is great. I bring 40 oz. of water along with me on my 10 mile runs, and it doesn't get in the way whatsoever. I kind of wear the belt as a source of pride, as if it is saying, "Yes, I am THIS dorky, but I'm also THIS committed to myself that it doesn't matter." When it comes down to it, it is about keeping yourself hydrated, fueled and healthy. Definitely worth it in the "long run".

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GONE2THEDOGS 5/14/2010 7:10AM

    Yah, I held out on the fuel belt too as I thought they were dorky...but getting into the long runs it became very necessary, not to mention the little pockets to hold "stuff". I have had such tummy issues that having my own liquid/fuel at races has forced me to wear it there too (I know a lot of people rely on what the race offers...)as I learned the hard way to stick with what you know...experimenting has been a real "learning" experience & I much prefer being safe than sorry!!

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KAISERSOZE 5/13/2010 9:49AM

    Great idea to use the camel pak for running...I would have never thought of that!

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LALAFLOWERS 5/12/2010 9:17PM

    I got an amphipod 'fanny' pack. It holds a 16oz bottle, and a little pocket that holds my fuel, my key, my phone/mp3 player. And I am now tossing in some sugar free halls candies. (they do a great job on keeping my mouth 'moist' and don't do too much damage to my ranges)

I love the fact that it's a bigger bottle. Great for up to 10 8 miles, early. I will be needing more for longer runs in warmer weather (or find a place to refill along the way) only issue that I have is that now that I've used it for a while, the bottle is a bit loose... I'll be contacting the company.. not cool!

I'll be adding the little bottles as I run longer, in the summer. Even though they are small, the do add up. And Iike my back free to have a breeze on it.. my camel back drips (I need a new bite piece) and is hot... but, it does hold lots of water!!! I might end up with that too... I've used it lots for biking!

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CATHERINEL66 5/12/2010 8:49PM

    So I run with a version of a fuel belt -- it looks like a dorky fanny pack, but has a spot built in to the back for a specially shaped water bottle. I also jam a bunch of plastic baggies in it for dog poo (running makes him poop). Since I'm wearing it anyway, I also clip my ipod on to it.

My very best friend, Hope, runs with a fuel belt with the little bottles.

I felt stupid when I first started using it, but I've gotten to where it's just part of the gear. The dog actually starts to get flip-out excited if he sees me TOUCH it. What can I say -- somewhat dorky, but holds the gear. And my housekey :)

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    If I run across my never-used Camelbak I'll send it to you. emoticon

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SANDSTRA 5/12/2010 4:01PM

    OMG, the baby carrots in mango pepper jelly sound amazing. I happen to have a jar of pepper jelly and was wondering what to do with it! Thanks!

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ACTIVEALLISON 5/12/2010 2:36PM

    I use a water bottle that straps to my hand. After a couple of runs, it doesn't really seem too heavy. I will bring along a hammer gel for runs over 5 miles.

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PALOMARES05 5/12/2010 2:27PM

    Great blog!!! I agree the fuel belts are kind of "odd looking". However, when I venture outside I am going to need something...I live in South Texas and we have already gone into the 90's. In the middle of summer (Think July / August) at 8:00 it will still be in the 90's, so if I start a workout at say 6:30 or so, it will more than likely be 98-99 with a head index of over 100. So after 5 mins of running here you need to DRINK DRINK DRINK. I am leaning more to the Amphipod...

Your "treats" sound so good...and I am right along side you...this is a life style change, not a diet. The way I eat now, I can truly live with the rest of my life. I DO NOT deprive myself of ANYTHING. Chocolate, coffee, french fries, nothing what so ever...I have learned what moderation is...1 piece of chocolate, a small coffee, and 3-4 fries from my daughter who only eats 1 or 2 of them anyways....

Great thoughts....you are amazing!!!!

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LADYSNOWFALL 5/12/2010 2:17PM

    Yum! This post makes me hungry! Off to find lunch now! emoticon

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JEKRUNS 5/12/2010 1:55PM

    I've used q handheld water bottle holder and love it. After awhile, you don't even notice it. Mine even has a small zip pocket on the outside for clif shots or gels, has an adjustable strap and comes with a bottle. It's made by Nathan.

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MAIA2011 5/12/2010 1:35PM

    I did a half marathon and I bought a fuel belt. They work! In retrospect, I might try a Camelbak. Buy both and see which one you prefer.

Happy training!

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VIBRANTVIC 5/12/2010 1:32PM

    A couple of extra low fat ideas for treats. I love the new Yoplait Thick and Creamy yogurts (100 calories) and they come in lots of really great flavors (key lime pie, blueberry cobbler, white chocolate raspberry!)

Also marinade in some low fat Italian for chicken, and throw it on the grill fast and good for you. emoticon

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SARAHSMC22 5/12/2010 1:26PM

    I am totally stealing your dinner! lol I think I could actually get DH to eat it and not complain that my "diet food isn't enough to fill him up". Thanks!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/12/2010 1:18PM

    You treats sound absolutely delicious! You are right - we need to be good to ourselves!

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 5/12/2010 12:34PM

    YUM! Seriously, I just finished a freakin' lunch of popcorn and goldfish (not necessarily by choice). You're meal sounds delish. If there were pictures, I may have tried to eat my computer screen :) Way to go! I've been thinking a lot about hydration while running, too. I'm just up to around 5 miles a run, so I'm right at the point where I need to really be concerned about refueling/ hydrating. thanks for the ideas to think about. Please post what you decide. The camel back seems like the best idea IMHO :)

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CUBANJELLY 5/12/2010 12:30PM

    i like the beer hat idea, too.

i have a camelback, but i haven't used it yet, used it for the adventure race, but we were trail running, biking, canoeing and we had to have it with other mandatory things inside. i may try it later this summer, it seems a bit big though.

i too think the belts are dorky, don't know if i could stand something around my waist. can't run with a bottle in my hand at all, tried it. so now i park half way run half my course, get back to the car, drink, run the other half. when i'm doing longer runs, i stash plastic water bottles filled with electrolyte stuff in bushes or by stores. the health dept ladies said they'd love for me to stop in for a drink and weigh in whenever i like. i also use the jiffy store pretty regularly, but they don't have a water fountain and drinking out the sink is gross so i usually just potty there and splash my face, spit out the water.

have some hammer gel, haven't tried it. let me know how your trials go. i'll holler when i use the gel. i'm only up to 5 miles so far, so i'm still pretty good with just water as long as i have breakfast and get out before dawn!

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PAPER_WINGS18 5/12/2010 12:26PM

    So Kristina, you're going to have me over for dinner next, right? emoticon That meal sounds sooo freakin' good! MMMM! I want, I want!

ALSO I agree with you about treats and finding alternatives that work.. :) What are these TJs chocolate things you speak of??? I'll have to check 'em out next time I'm at TJs. I think i'm going to make a blog asking people to post their favorite TJs items so that when I go, I have a bunch of ideas..Whenever I go there, I get SUPER overwhelmed because there is just SO much, and I never know what to get!

Nice blog, as usual, pretty laday!! You rock my socks!

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WYOWILDDEE 5/12/2010 12:18PM

    I am so drooling over the meal! Sounds awesome. I think I will try it.

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 5/12/2010 12:14PM

    i love all the little treats you give yourself!! Its important that we don't feel deprived... I'm still working on that one... and then go OVERBOARD.

I can't wait to hear more about your 10k training!! (NYO would suggest the water hat haha)

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TRAVELNISTA 5/12/2010 12:09PM

    OK and now I am hungry, your dinner sounded delish. I love Sweet Baby Ray's. I rarely eat meat anymore but when I do and it is barbecue it is Sweet Baby Ray's. I really don't care for the other brands.

As far as ideas, when you do your 5K's do you see any of them carrying water and you can get idea's or does everyone not carry water because they can get it on the way?

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SEATTLESIMS 5/12/2010 12:07PM

    yummy food!! thanks for the ideas!
I used a belt with a special bottle for running long distances, it was like a fanny pack belt that the bottle slipped into. It had a small pouch for holding keys or a Gu or whatever you needed.. sit is sits in the small of your back, and was easy to adjust, it was comfy and I didn't think too dorky ;)

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WISLNDR 5/12/2010 12:04PM

    I'm learning a lot as usual. I'm addressing the hydration issue myself these days; I really don't want to go the belt route, thanks for confirming that for me! So much to learn!!

And the beer helmet? A race you might want to consider is the Beer Belly, held up here in July. It's only two miles but there's four beer stations.

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HOSTALADY 5/12/2010 11:54AM

    Very interesting blog. I am not there yet wondering what to do about water. I don't like caring things either.
Your dinner sounds wonderful. I have never thought to marinate the chicken or anything else in barbecue sauce. I do marinate just never barbecue sauce. I am looking forward to trying that. I bet that gives much better flavor to the meat than just basting it with the sauce at the end of cooking. Really YUMMY!
Your metabolism is so highly charged I don't know about having problems with intake of extra calories. The variety of foods you intake keeps your body in constant questioning in a very good calorie burning way. You are doing AWESOME!
I agree with all the others the BEER HELMET. Wonder if running though if you end up being a bobble head runner with the water sloshing around up there! Just a thought!

Love the blog as Always!

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KYMMC3 5/12/2010 11:52AM

    That dinner sounds SO delish! I am so going to print that out and try it this weekend. I guess I haven't yet gotten to the poing to figure how to make some of my fav. meals healthier yet. I am working on it. Right now, I just don't have them, whic is no good either. But thank you SO much for sharing!!

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CELESTIALAXIS 5/12/2010 11:49AM

    You saw the belt I wore when we ran together in Stoneham, and yes it's dorky (lol) but I find it helpful. I need to rehydrate very often. I also have a Camelbak I may try out, cuz the belt bounces a bit and the water sometimes leaks on my back. Plus, I have to pull it around to the front to get my water (can't wear it in the front, my arms hit it). So the Camelbak may work out better, I just feel silly wearing it for only 2-3 miles.

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MBSHAZZER 5/12/2010 11:42AM

    Mmm, baked apples! That is a blast from my past. I will have to make those soon, thanks for the reminder!

As for the running, I am with you on the fuel belts. Also, they bounce around. A lot. So, I don't use them. As for what I use, the answer is nothing. My route has water fountains. Not helpful to you, of course! My rec would be for the handheld water bottle. As for gels and such, definitely order online! I like PowerBar gels with some added caffeine. I am about to experiment with Hammer Gels that were a freebie at a race and will report back!

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    LOL - Love the beer hat idea!!! :) :)

Ok, I know they're dorky, but I won't go more than 5 miles without my fuel belt. It's awesome. Awe-some. And my boyfriend calls me "Batgirl"....

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CAALAN23 5/12/2010 11:29AM

    Lovin' the beer hat!

That dinner sounds scrumptious! BBQ sounds so gooood. I may have to try this out, thanks!

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KARVY09 5/12/2010 11:13AM

    Yeah, I'm thinking I can do without fueling/water for 4-5 miles, but after that I think I'm going to need a little sumthin'. I'm not going to go overboard. I just want enough to keep moving. The last quarter mile last night was tough.

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LALABUMBUM 5/12/2010 11:11AM

    Ive been having the same problem with refueling during a run. On my long run days I do 8 miles and dont refuel or drink water during just because I dont like to carry things and I always have to go the bathroom. I usually drink a lot of water before and after, and I always have a snack before and end up eating after. Im more worried about having to go to the bathroom all the time when I run my half-marathon...even on my 6 mile run I sometimes stop at a place to go, if I bring water with me then I might have to go even more!

Im definitely going to start doing some research into water devices for running, my best friend did a marathon and I dont think she had any sort of device with her, probably just stopped at all of the refueling stations along the course.

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TEAM-SARAH 5/12/2010 11:04AM

    Hahahah PLEASE run with a beer helmet. As far as water goes... I'm lucky. There are fountains all over on the paths I run along so I head out with nothing but an ipod. I think the belts are so so dorky too!! I also read that about the fueling, you should have gatorade if the run is gonna be about an hour, but unless you're up to more than 10 miles you can get by without an energy source. So I mean obviously see how you feel... but it might not be necessary to choke down those gels yet. Great time to experiment with them though, because you probably will want that when it comes time to do the half!!

Sounds like you've really mastered good eating on a calorie budget. I need to get on par with you nutritionally!

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CREATINGAMANDA 5/12/2010 10:59AM

    I have a hydration belt (correction - had - it's too big now!) and I have to be honest that I was never a fan of it anyway. I mean, it's good - it's convenient and whatever - but unless you're planning on running a LONG distance and never taking a walking break, I don't think you really need it. A bottle that straps to your hand sounds like a good idea though! I'm not much of a runner (yet!) so I don't know anything about fuels, but hydrate - fo shizz.

Dinner sounds yummy ... can I come next time? :)

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SUGIRL06 5/12/2010 10:57AM

    OMG I'm right there with you with the whole fueling for a run and trying to watch calories at the same time!!! It sucks! I've become a big fan of the energy chews. I haven't tried gu yet but I just got some to try on my next long run. I only have stuff if I'm going longer than 5 miles. Also, I try to eat a normally schedule snack close to my run so that I don't need another extra snack to fuel it. And the day after a long run, I'm starving!

Anyway, on the fuel belt, I found one I love and now its too big. It doesn't look as silly as others but they don't have my size at the store either. Well, my running buddy is getting a new one and giving me her old one that fits me perfectly! So I decided I would do a contest (as soon as I get the new one) to give away my old one. It should be soon (I think she ordered her new one online). You definitely get used to it and no matter what, people generally look silly running, belt or no belt. The only problem I see with the hand held water bottles is that my arm would get tired when the bottle was half full, sloshing around with every step! So ya know, maybe you could participate in my little fuel belt giveaway? Unless you get something before then. And if you do, don't get the belts with the one big 20oz botttle. It sucks! Been there, done that.


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BOOTS1221 5/12/2010 10:55AM

    LOL @ beer helmet!!! Doooo it!!!!!

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MOCOHOLO 5/12/2010 10:47AM

    I used a camelback for the 3-day walk and really liked it for its convenience. And then I had an extra bottle for an electrolyte mix in addition to the water. But I don't know how it would be for running. Although I know you can get smaller ones with less capacity and bulk and that might be better. Mine is really big, but since I was walking between 10 and 20 miles a day, I needed a lot of water. Also, they make them with straps that go around your chest or waist, so you wouldn't have that annoying flopping of the pack as you go.

But I like the idea of the beer helmet even better! And wouldn't that make for a great picture? LOL

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KARVY09 5/12/2010 10:44AM

    LMAO @ beer helmet... MUCH better than the belt! I think it'd be hilarious to do a fun run like that!

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PINKCOCONUT 5/12/2010 10:43AM

    Great job woman! Sounds like an awesome dinner and way to disguise it!

I'm not a fan of hydration belts either! I'm also thinking that because I'm pretty hippy that they'd bounce around too much so I'm looking into Camelbacks! I realized that I need to start hydrating more and adding electrolytes as I'm a salty sweater AND I have low blood pressure. Hee hee Looks as if we're on the exact same page in our running careers!

I'm finding it a bit difficult with the fueling/weight loss thing and have decided that once I start half training I'm not going to worry about my weight loss and just about making sure that I'm properly fueled for training. I honestly don't think you can train for a long distance like that and lose weight at the same time and still come out shining. I don't want to gain weight, but just maintain. If I do lose weight, awesome, but it won't be my focus.

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 5/12/2010 10:40AM

  Beer helmet - you know the one that Homer wears sometimes? Stick water bottles in it instead of bear, use the tube to sip and you're destined for all things great!

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CANDYXPERT 5/12/2010 10:38AM

    Wow, that dinner sounds so yummy! I think I'll borrow it! :o)

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XHOOSIERLOSER 5/12/2010 10:33AM

    I love how you've thought out your snacks - I admire that you have the ability to make them last for more than 2 seconds!

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NIELSENSLADY 5/12/2010 10:27AM

    Yum Karvy!

Sounds like you did no damage at all. I really need to get off my butt and exercise again. I've done very little this past month. I'm with you. When I get home from work, after a long day, it can be kind of draining for me, so I've got to find a way to remedy that. The exercise itself might!

BTW: Have you heard of the Starbucks build a latte. You can build your favorite latte and frap anyway you like it. I've heard one can finally build one of those skim milk frapps with fruit or coffee for a healthy treat. Wish I could bring in my Lactaid milk. LOL.

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MERISSA1315 5/12/2010 10:25AM

    I myself am debating how to hydrate during runs. I get dry mouth real fast and hate the thought of having to carry a water bottle. I've checked out the fanny pack water belts and can't seem to make myself buy one. The hand strap water bottles seem like it might get a little aggravating (especially with trying to use my HRM) and all I can envision with the camelbak is a sweat soaked back. Let me know what you come up with for hydration. I haven't yet reached the point of needing to refuel during running, but I'm sure that will be my next hurdle to figure out a way over.

I think I might need to steal that dinner idea. My stomach started growling reading about it!

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MAGPIE17 5/12/2010 10:23AM

    The mantra I'm trying to get into my head now is, will my body appreciate this? I think that's the question you've been asking yourself, and I think it's awesome that you're finding ways to indulge your taste buds without making your body pay for it!

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PRINCESSNURSE 5/12/2010 10:19AM

    I have a dorky fuel belt--I only use it on long runs. I figure I would rather be dorky than dehydrated-LOL.

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