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Friday, May 15, 2009

Man, I must be feeling my high intensity workouts today.
Biking to work was a bit tougher since my thighs were super sore (and my bum!) from the long trek yesterday!

Now, I just finished my 10 min. cardio Jump Start video and OW.
It's normally tough but this was the first time I actually had to stop during some of the hops. Those single leg hops killed me today! If you haven't tried this workout, you should! It's in my favorites and requires no equipment and very little space but it's WICKED. All jumping! Crazy!

Just waiting for my cardio kickboxing video to load then it's a short, intense ab workout and din din! Mmmm.. risotto, garlic toast and a spinach & avocado salad.

The primitive lizard part of my brain NEEDED to finish the other half of my ABC cookie today. I tried to talk it out of it but nothing doing. So, I adjusted my tracker until I could have my cookie and eat it too! Success! Lizard brain is happy and I am too. :)

Going to bike to the MN AIDS walk tomorrow. It's just over in Minnehaha Park so it'll be a nice scenic ride by the river. I'm working the WFM booth thingie, stocking fruit bars for our very preggo marketing chick. She's having issues bending over, obviously. LOL. I think that and the bootcamp vid will be the extent of my workout tomorrow and I'm taking Sunday off. I've definitely earned an extra off day this week. :) RAWR.

*edit* AIDS walk is SUNDAY. I learned this after biking to the park today (Saturday). Sigh. It was a really horrible day to bike, too. Windy and COLD. My hands are still tingly. Oh well. I got in a long long ride and swung by work and did my grocery shopping on the way home. I'm going to make Aaron drop me off at the park tomorrow. LOL. I'm exhausted.

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KVARNLOV 5/17/2009 6:43PM

    You need to give me your recipe for your spinach avocado salad. The combination sounds heavenly! I am so bad at being creative with salads.

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HEZLIZZIE 5/16/2009 8:06PM

    Ha! I was testing you and you passed :D Hooray! Hee. And now I'm writng from home on a pc so I can't send you a hearty (tm) back, sigh!

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LEONALIONESS 5/16/2009 2:29PM

    Gasp! I'm putting you on signmaker time out!
It's Whole Foods Market with the copyright r, not the tm!


*weep* I can't do the r and tm on my PC. Don't know the keyboard commands!
I'm assuming you're at work since you could do it. Heh.

I feel pretttttty stupid right now! *headdesk* I can't believe I got the day wrong. I could have slept in!!! 10.5 mile ride in the cold, windy awfulness was Not Fun (tm).

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HEZLIZZIE 5/16/2009 2:17PM

    Aw, man! I hope you've recovered from your long ride and have a good time hawking the Whole Foods™ at the walk tomorrow :D

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Still Going Strong!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Woke up not even very sore from my run/jumping rope/jumping jacks workout last night. I was sore as heck afterwards but I think the stretching and the long, hot shower before bed made a difference.

Today I biked 10 miles. :)
Very very hilly miles. Heh. St. Paul is all flipping hills!
Biked out to my new apt., filled out paperwork and got my keys/parking pass/etc. Stopped at the vets to pick up Jenna's lasix and then biked home.

Going to finish the laundry I started and hop in the shower, then have some nummy dinner at Panera with Aaron.

Oh! I gotta say, that food tracker is a life saver! I preemptively track what I intend to eat for the day, making adjustments as needed to get my fats/proteins in and hit my low/mid calorie range. Because of this I know now that a bread bowl at Panera is over 500 calories!!! *falls over, is ded from shock* It's like when I found out the tortillas at Chipotle are 300+. What the hey are they putting IN this stuff?

So, now that I know this, I know to get my vegan soup, half cafe salad (dressing on the side), french baguette and grab a small fruit cup INSTEAD of upgrading to the bread bowl. Yipes! Thank you food tracker!

Now, to do my quick bookcamp video and shower the salt off.
YEAH. I feel so great! I don't even care too much about how my weigh in goes this weekend, I'm making huge strides in fitness... of that I'm sure.

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HEZLIZZIE 5/15/2009 8:16PM

    Woasers - thanks for the much needed heads up about the bread bowls and chips calorie counts!

Also you are my hero. Seriously.


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    You go, girl!!
It does indeed sound like you are making *awesome* progress in your fitness! Woo!

I totally agree about the "sticker shock" regarding Panera and Chipotle. I, too, have calculated out what is best to order there calorie-wise, and feel somehow empowered. Eating out and eating healthy, who knew they could work together at mainstream restaurants? :-D

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Ran a mile without stopping (and in only ten minutes!) X2

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

So, I ran my first mile all at once outside. I'd been able to run darn near 2 miles all in one go on a treadmill but found outdoor running harder.

Today I did a mile (in TEN flipping minutes!!! That seems fast to me!) then walked about 1/3 mile and then ran another mile (in a titch over 10, I was more tired by then) and finished up walking 2/3 of a mile back home to cool down. WOOT!

Came home and had some food, did my 10 minute jump rope bit (in intervals, jumped about 1+ min for every 30 seconds I rested) and am going to do some jumping jacks during commercials for LOST.

Speaking of which, commercial is over.
LOST yay! It's two hours tonight, too... score!
And I've got tomorrow off work.

Life is (once again) good.

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LEONALIONESS 5/14/2009 5:16PM

    *falls over with pride*

Guys, guys... JLITT62 called me a RUNNER.
I'm seriously giddy! And know what... I'm running so I AM a runner.
Holy. Carp.

What happened to the girl I once was?

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JLITT62 5/14/2009 12:09PM


Geez, all you runners make me a tad envious. I couldn't do a 10 minute mile to save my soul. I can do a 15 minute mile on my treadmill now -- well, I could when I actually still had the key for my treadmill. Next time I move, I've got to remember to take the key with me, rather than letting the movers pack it!

It's easier to run on th treadmil because of the propulsion of the treadmill bed.

Outside is harder for me, because my dogs aren't really into running a whole mile.

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REBASO 5/14/2009 9:52AM


sounds like you are doing an awesome job!!!

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HEZLIZZIE 5/14/2009 8:44AM

    Holy bejeezus you are fantastic - I'm in awe of you!!!!!


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Anxiety about Rest Days

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

So, I have this irrational fear that if I actually let myself have a real rest day, I'll lose all momentum and stop working out. I KNOW I won't, I actually really enjoy my cardio sessions, but it's still this big looming bad feeling in my head. I haven't had a real complete rest day in... a while. It's like if I'm not doing at least 10-20 of sweating a day, I feel like I'm failing.

I know I need to rest and my body needs time to heal. I know this will make me stronger, in the long run. I just need to get over the phobia that one day will turn into a week and a month and then I'm back where I started.


It's sort of that way with food, too.
I'm letting myself fit treats into my diet again, staying within my calorie range, getting my good fats and proteins in the right range, overdoing my fiber (can't seem to avoid that!) and eating lots of fresh produce but I still feel BAD for letting that half a vegan cookie pop on there.

I KNOW I need to do things like that or I will go bonkers eventually. I'm pleased that I've been able to keep my portions controlled and just eat what I set out to eat of the goodies, not overindulge. If I track a half a cookie (these are big cookies for those going HALF a cookie??), that's what I eat and no more. That's progress! Still, I worry I'll just flip a switch and go crazy like I used to.

I guess what this is is learning to trust myself to keep doing the right thing.
I've been so good and I know I'm strong enough – I just need to trust myself more.

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JLITT62 5/13/2009 12:53PM

    Totally understand where you're coming from. I basically never have rest days, because I walk the dogs every day. Still, that's the only exercise I've been getting for the past 3 weeks or so -- too busy unpacking or too tired -- and I've continued to lose a little weight. We really do have to find that balance.

But I can't live without my treats. No way, no how. So I've always worked them in. I do have to be careful and reign in my sweet tooth to some degree, but just giving it up isn't an option for me.

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HEZLIZZIE 5/12/2009 8:45PM

    You are really smart to incorporate rest, especially when you're not feeling your best. I think maybe the negative connotation is partly because the term 'rest' implies that nothing is happening - but that's completely untrue. Listen to Lafemmedelalune, she is absolutely right!

Think about all of your tiny muscle fibers getting stronger and stronger every single day. Especially when they have the chance to work on your buffness without the strain of constant strength training!

You are awesome, dear :D


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    Oh, I know what you mean! I have the same fears sometimes.

Maybe you could see the cookie experiments as sort of science experiments "within the lab". If the chemical reaction happens within the safe tank at the lab, the scientists don't freak out, because they planned it and were just testing to see. So it's still controlled, and still within bounds. (I hope that makes sense. hehe) Like the scientists, you can note the reaction, and plan how to proceed. :)

As for exercise, since I have a lot of down days currently, I try to spend the "exercise time" part of my day doing fitness planning, calculations of how far I have come, googling new fun parks to walk in, etc. That way, I feel like I am still moving forward.

Also, I have been reading about the relationship between rest days and exercise, and apparently the exercise gains really are bigger when rest days are included (even for cardio).

Hang in there! Your body will thank you for the rest, and that happy body is the goal, after all. :)

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Weigh-ins during PMS?

Friday, May 08, 2009

I can tell it's coming.

I feel fat and bloated and icky.
I'm starting to get irrationally angry at inanimate objects and am easily frustrated.
Plus, I feel sort of ill. All big signs.

My weigh in is tomorrow but I'm not sure I should do it.
If I've gained I'll know (logically) that it's most likely due to PMS and not anything I've done "badly". My calories burned have been high all week and I've eaten well and within my range. But! if I do gain, it'll upset me. :/ Especially since I already tend to feel fat/pudgy/squishy during this time.

I'm torn between this desire to know how I did this week and this anxiety that it'll be a not great weigh in and put me in a spiral of badness.

What would you do?

I have this damn curiosity and, despite being able to tell I'm retaining water (and that in spite of all the water I've been drinking, damn you body!) I have this irrational hope that I'll still show a loss. ARGH.

* So! I'm dumb and weighed in anyway. Down .2 lbs according to the Wii which I'm going to assume means down at least a pound since I feel full of fluid! Heh. Maybe I actually dropped my 1-2 this week but then filled up with fluid to almost my last weigh in weight. See, being positive. Next week's number is going to be big, I can feel it!*

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HEZLIZZIE 5/9/2009 6:25PM

    I can actually hear your voice saying everything you wrote - it's hilarious! I would have ended up weighing myself, too, while preparing myself beforehand with the logic needed to explain away weight gain if the number came up higher!

Congrats to you on your loss, dear, I agree that losing during PMS week is a feat not attempted by the faint of heart! You are ROCKING, my friend :D


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LEONALIONESS 5/8/2009 1:34PM


I think I can handle not knowing and just work out, eat right from now until next weigh in...
It's GOT to be better than seeing the scale jump, right? I'm too easily frustrated/depressed right now to chance it, I think.


Or not.
LOL. I have no willpower!
Hey, .2 is better than +2!
Next week will be awesome.

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REBASO 5/8/2009 12:22PM

    hmmm tough call. my initial reaction was to say "skip it" - just wait til next week and don't put yourself through that torture.

but then I wonder...will you just drive yourself crazy wondering?????

basically you have to decide the lesser of 2 evils: not knowing, or finding no weight loss. which is worse?

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GYPSYSTAR1975 5/8/2009 12:14PM

    understand you completely i like gain an extra 5 pounds during that time......wish had something to help maybe that a midol or what ever the otc pill is that helps with bloating..... emoticon

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