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Charlie's Chocolate Saboteur - FBB Challenge Week two in review

Monday, January 31, 2011

Eh. I didn't do my best this week. It was not the program's fault by any means, It was all me. It started with a chocolate chip binge on friday that lasted until I finished the bag this morning. At least they were dark chocolate chips.

I managed to do 2.5 (I really half assed one of them and I just can't count it as a full session) weight training sessions and 3 one hour long cardio sessions plus some extra mini cardio breaks here and there.

Charlie has been keeping me honest by faithfully tracking my calories burned and steps taken and sleep gotten. He is doing his job like a champ, and I was faithfully looking at his reports and adding in the extra evening calorie burning (mostly by jumping around the house like a freakshow and getting weird looks from the BF) all week to hit 2050 a day, until friday when the chocolate chips entered my life and everything else went to hell. By friday night I just took charlie off and didn't put him back on until this morning.

Today I am back on track. Starting week three of the Female Body Breakthrough Challenge and I will make all my ST sessions - stepping up the weights, plus all my cardio workouts plus my extra mini cardio sessions all week. No excuses. No more chocolate chips.

And I am not going to eat a king cake. I am not going to eat a king cake. I am not going to eat a king cake. I am not going to eat a king cake. I am not going to eat a king cake. I am not going to eat a king cake. I am not going to eat a king cake....

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    I love chocolate chips. I've never had a king cake. I do not need to try a king cake. I do not need to try a king cake. I do not need to try a king cake LOL.

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TEENY_BIKINI 2/4/2011 7:40PM

Go forth and rock those weights. Go girl!


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My 'Fit' tells it like it is. Goal Adjustments.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I wish my Bodymedia Fit was actually a BodyBugg because the name rolls off the tongue so much easer. From what I have heard though, the BodyBugg branded BodyMedia Fits have defects in the fabric arm band that causes them to fall apart after a few days of wear. This is because when Biggest Loser bought the rights to BodyBugg from Body Media, they cheaped out. So even though the electronics are still made by BodyMedia, they found a cheaper source for the bands and now have a substandard product on the market. So if you buy one DO NOT buy the BodyBugg version. Buy the Body Media Fit version.

So what do I call it. I can't abbreviate it to BM Fit - because that sounds like I'm describing a very nice bowel movement in Britain. I could just call it my Fit. But I don't want people thinking I'm talking about an actual fit, as in "I'm having a fit" cause I'm not. I'm usually pretty chill. Why is this stressing me out? Body Fit? BF? BMF? BFF? Maybe I just call it Charlie.

Anyway. It tells it like it is. I was aiming for a 500 calorie deficit per day and thought that was pretty manageable based on my activity level and eating habits. However, Charlie crunched the numbers for me and it turns out that I averaged a 212 calorie deficit per day over the course of the last 8 days. Not what I was going for. Sooooo. Time to step it up on the activity meter and do a closer look at my diet. I'm eating in my calorie range, high middle, but my activity level and low BMR are going to continue to impede weight loss at that calorie level.

(15 minutes later)

OK Charlie and I did some more calculations. Here is my new goal: I am going to add 15 minutes of light interval cardio after my 1 hour strenght training workouts (3 days a week), and I am going to add some more movement of some kind into my heavy 60 minute interval cardio days (other 3 days a week). Either that, or eat less - but I like my diet plan right now. The only thing I think I am going to change, is that I am going to cut back on the number of walnuts I eat in a day, because I loooove them and they are sooooo calorically dense. And I think I am going to start adding in a glass or 2 of wine a day. Extra calories I know, but I like wine and the extra exercise should offset if I calc'd it right. Other than that I think I am going to leave my eating plan alone. Its pretty good. Its healthy and I am meeting all my nutritional requirements except fiber. It's so hard to get enough fiber. I need to make fiber my bitch.

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    It sounds like your BM Fit is really helping you to access your activity needs.

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DEE0973 1/26/2011 1:10PM

    thanks for the blog, and I now wish I owned a charlie. Some fiber suggestions is whole wheat low cal bread with added fiber, bulgar fruits--lots of fiber in apples, berries, oranges. Keep it going...

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/26/2011 12:54PM

    How cool is Charlie?! I love things that provide real data to work with. Wow.

I bet that feels great and the adjustments seems totally manageable.

Well done you!!

Yeah Charlie.


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AMYMOHIO 1/25/2011 4:43PM

    I love this blog, it reads like I think lol

I add 2 tbsp of ground flax to my oatmeal, eat brown rice, eat a low carb wrap for lunch... and I get too MUCH fiber. My wrap that I put turkey in for lunch has 7 by itsself.

Anyway, good luck. My exercise daily burn goal is 500...it's a nice number, 500 lol


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CIVIAV 1/25/2011 4:26PM

    I have my own Charlie but he's my son not a fit or bugg but he does both!

Fun blog and helpful too!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/25/2011 2:46PM

  hahahaha i think charlie is the perfect name! :P fiber is a toughie. ground flaxseed is so easy to add into anything like oatmeal, cereal, smoothies. youll reach your goal in no time now! :)

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SHANTODD420 1/25/2011 2:06PM

    I have a body bugg and love it but I see what you mean about the band. I will have to buy a replacement in a few months. Wish I would have known that before I got it but oh well still love and trying to get my numbers right. Thanks for the update.

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CANTONIO 1/25/2011 1:47PM

    I heard adding ground flaxseed is a helpful way to get fiber, or be me and eat Benifiber (but my reasons are different).

You realize I want my own Charlie REALLY bad now.

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BodyBugg (BodyMedia Fit) and FBB Challenge - Week in Review

Saturday, January 22, 2011

OK Fair warning: This blog is going to be long and rambling and not very entertaining, so you might just want to leave now.

I have been wearing the the BodyMedia Fit monitor for a week, and so far I really like it. Some of you may know this device as the "BodyBugg". Its basically the same monitor made by the same company, but Biggest Loser bought the rights to the name Body Bugg, so if Body Media wanted to sell any on their own, they had to change the name.

What it does:
-Monitors the actual calories you are burning at 1 minute intervals throughout the entire day.
-Montiors your activity levels throughout the day and lets you know how many minutes of moderate intensity and vigorous intensity exercise you perform
-Counts your steps with a pedometer (very accurate - i tested it)
-Monitors your sleep. It detects when you are falling asleep, sleeping and waking up and lets you see a graph of how soundly you slept and how many instances of waking you had during the night. This is really cool!

Here is a sample shot of what you see on your computer when you upload your data for the day:

and each of those status bars have a pull down graph that break it out for you minute for minute during the day like you see under the calorie bar

What it doesn't do:
-Monitor heart rate.
-Make me coffee.
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What things have I learned from wearing it for a week?
-I burn less calories when I am inactive than the average person of my height weight makeup.
-Increased calories burn after exercising drops off almost immediately with either cardio or weight training, at least for me.
-I have a higher VO2 Max than the average person in my height weight group, even though I'm less cardio-fit.
-If I sit idly on my computer all day and do no other activity, I will only burn 1296 calories in a 24 hr. period.
-If I just leisurely walked around my computer continuously all day and did no other activity, I could double that.
I usually have 2-3 episodes of wakefulness during the night, and my sleeping efficiency is below 85%

What is bad about it:
-It costs $250
-You are supposed to wear it 24 hours a day, every day except when you are in water. The band does get a little irritating after a while and you can't switch where you wear it. Always the same place on your left arm. I can wear it for about 12 hours before I need a break for an hour or so.

So, the verdict is that I like it. It was well worth the money I spent on it because it gives me a real visual tool that shows me exactly how many calories I am burning throughout the day, and really motivates me to move more.

Until you see it in graph format, its hard to understand exactly how many minutes of real slow calorie burn inactivity you have during your day. Just getting up and walking around the room can double or triple your burn rate.

My fear that I had a lower BMR than Spark and all the charts and graphs have been telling, has been proven. And now that I know it for a fact, it no longer scares me. Because seeing it graphed out gives me a way to deal with it and makes the fear dissipate. I have a real concrete tool that I can use to complete my goals!

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OK. On to the Female Body Breakthrough Challenge.

This week is week one and is designed to ease you into a new program while you are PMSing.

Cool right? Its a novel idea. My energy is always very low my PMS week and I get frustrated at the gym when I can't lift as much or work as hard as a previous week. In this program you aren't supposed to. This week, cardio is optional. The strength workouts are circuit style and they do get your heart rate going. The warmup exercises are particularly intense. They take about 15 minutes to get through and your heart is really pumping by the time they are done. Its a nice motivator to get you into the weight portion.

Every phase of the program lasts 1 month and every phase has 2 resistance routines. You alternate the routien each day and have a rest day or 2 in between. I did 3 sessions this week: Tuesday Thursday and Saturday. I am quite sore, as all the exercises are new to me (and some of them are kinda weird to do in a gym - people give you sideways looks on "The Inchworm"), and my muscles are working in a new way. I love when a routine makes me sore. It lets me know my body is actually doing something.

The workouts in the book are laid out in such a way that they are easy to understand and there are photos of a model performing each exercise as well as a detailed description. I think everything is well suited for a beginner, and can be modified or weighted for the more advanced.

The diet plan is fairly simple and common sense for phase 1. Eat 5 meals a day all prepared from whole foods. No simple carbs. Eat more on days that you workout and always have a post workout snack within 15 minutes of finishing your workout. She recommends a whey protein shake, but they don't sit well for me, so I substitute 8oz of chocolate milk and a banana. :) I like mine better.

So 1 week down, 15 to go. I think its going to be a good program. Sorry for the long boring update, if anyone is actually still reading. I'm sure I would have stopped reading this ages ago.

For those of you that got this far, here is a pirate:

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IAMDOE 2/6/2011 7:51PM

  So while I was researching, I found your blog. I also so where someone said they wished body bugg could be rented. IT CAN.
I don't know any specifics, but there's the site.

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AIMFOR32 1/24/2011 2:48PM

    That's awesome! Way to go!
And thanks for the info. I've been wondering if the BodyBugg was worth the price or not.

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BTINTERNET 1/23/2011 7:21PM

    Thanks for the review - I've been thinking about trying one for a while.

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CANTONIO 1/23/2011 2:56PM

    Okay, really dumb question time, but there is only *one* type of these, right? The BodyMedia?

Because I just was at Costco and they have that one, in the picture you posted, for 199.99 originally and with a 50 dollar instant rebate 149.99 in store. And I checked it out and it looks exactly like that and everything.

Hmm ....

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DEFINEMINE 1/23/2011 12:24PM

    Awesome blog as I've been wanting to get a real time perspective of the BodyBugg. reading this has convinced me that I must have one. Sooo treating myself. Good luck with the diet; it totally sounds doable and would help me jump start my attempt to break my addiction to simple carbs. I'm still flabbergasted that eating every couple of hours/never let yourself get hungry actually helps you lose. You just have to be eating good carbs/proteins/fats. If I get hungry my craving for the bad intensifies and I feel like I can't think straight. lol! All in all pretty informative blog; I'm glad to have come across it. Thanks.

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LJOHN44 1/23/2011 12:23PM

    That's really cool. I was looking at the Body Bugg at Christmas time. DH said I could pick out my present (he was thinking a Garmin) I read a lot of stuff and ultimately decided on the Garmin because I really needed a GPS for trail running and a HRM 'cause I have no idea how to tell how hard I work. One thing that put me off of the BodyBugg was the monthly subscription fee. I'm too cheap for that!

What are the #s in the 2 different columns?

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SWEETNEENI 1/23/2011 11:49AM

    Perfect timing on this blog! I was just checking this thing out yesterday and the price scared me off. I wish they had a rental option.

ARGH! emoticon

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COMPASSLOST1 1/23/2011 11:17AM

    Thanks for this blog! It was FANTASTIC! I read it twice! (Then I read some parts out loud to my boyfriend!) I am going to ask for this for a Mother's Day gift... I am really curious to see how many calories I burn just at rest, and how accurate the calorie counts are on Spark People.

Thank you so much for this. Keep us posted on your progress!!!!!

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CHEFKATLEANER 1/23/2011 10:41AM

    That sounds like an amazing tool. Sadly, I don't have the $250 to spend...so I'll just keep plugging away on SP. :)

And thank you for the pirate. *lol*

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CIVIAV 1/23/2011 8:53AM

    Knowing what the BodyBugg would say would be really neat. I realize I don't track or know the measures it can and even a few other basic ones like a true measure of my food portions. Today is a day dedicated to getting clear on what's to be done next and you finding out about your fat burning measures gives me a clearer idea of what there is to do for me!

I will be measuring key foods for at least the next week... THANKS for writing!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/22/2011 10:08PM

    I would love to have a Body Bugg/BodyMedia.

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To Catch a Thief

Thursday, January 20, 2011

So, today at the gym I got there early, put all my various accoutrements into the gym locker, did a few warm up stretches in the locker room, locked my locker and headed out to do my workout: week 1 day 3 of the Female Body Breakthrough workout. These circuit style strength workouts are really challenging. I like them better than the 5x5 style squat based workouts I was doing before.

Anyway, after I finished up I went back to my locker - took off my lock and.... nothing. My locker was completely empty. I was stunned. Gone was my gym bag, my wallet with all my credit cards and $300 cash, my beloved iPhone, my day clothes, my car keys, even my copy of The Female Body Breakthough.

My heart skipped a beat, my skin got cold and I just stared into the empty locker. How could this happen?? Who would be able to figure out my combination, steal my stuff, and re-lock the locker? Who would bother to re-lock the damn locker!!??

I went back out onto the gym floor and looked around in disbelief. I don't know what I was looking for. Someone walking around in my clothes? Playing with my phone? Reading my book?? I didn't know what to do

I went back to the locker room and sat down on the bench infront of the crime scene with my head in my hands. I was getting a massive headache. I looked around as if somehow someone could realize I was in distress and come help me.

Out of the corner of the eye, I noticed the locker next to mine standing open a crack, and I could see something familiar inside. I pushed it open a bit further...


I had put my lock on the wrong locker!


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BTINTERNET 1/23/2011 7:18PM

    You're a great storyteller! I'm glad your stuff was safe! (If unlocked!)

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CHRISTINECAN 1/23/2011 3:39PM

    THANK GOODNESS! I couldn't imagine how this was going to end well, but there it was. So glad for you.

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PAMATX 1/23/2011 3:30PM

    Oh no! Well I'm glad all your stuff was still there! Wow!

Female Body Breakthrough workout, sounds interesting.... emoticon

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    Moppie! I had a cold, clutching feeling in the pit of my stomach. What a relief and pure joy that it's only because you're a chowderhead.

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/21/2011 6:30AM

    LOL! Been there, done that, got the t-shirt! Seriously, I have done this too. Thanks for starting my morning with a lauch!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/20/2011 11:13PM

    OMG!! So funny!!! And I am totally relieved. I was about to get sick. LOL.

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SWEETPEA0214 1/20/2011 11:11PM

    Holy Crap. My heart sank when I read this. I could just imagine your panic. Thank God you didn't go around accusing anyone and just gathered your wits. But really - why are you carrying so many valuables with you into the gym? I used to go with my keys and membership card and left the rest either at home or locked up in my car. Oh well, people are different :)

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HONEYFLOWER43 1/20/2011 9:33PM

    emoticon see stories do have a happy ending. Keep sparking! emoticon

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OHSOCOOLLISA 1/20/2011 9:19PM

    Mercy, I nearly had a heart attack just reading that. I am SO glad that you found your stuff and I should tell you that I have done the exact same thing in the past. On a positive note, you did give your heart a double workout with the adrenaline rush.

Take care of you and YAY YOU for doing the workouts!

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QUEENJEANINE11 1/20/2011 8:59PM

    Ah i hate days like that! But thankfully your stuff was not taken! An added bonus was nothing was taken from an unlocked locker too!

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STEPHANIE0982 1/20/2011 8:58PM

    well I'm glad that everything was safe and sound in another locker!!

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CANTONIO 1/20/2011 8:55PM

    I'm Chris Hansen. emoticon

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COMPASSLOST1 1/20/2011 8:39PM

    Ohhhhh dear. My stomach just sank to the floor! I was cursing humaniy as I was reading this. Loved the happy ending.... this is totally something I would do...

P.S. stop carrying $300 in cash to the gym!!!

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CIVIAV 1/20/2011 8:34PM

    Did you laugh a bit later?! How funny we are and how great that you didn't suffer any loss! My son bought his girlfriend and birthday present at Swarovski last night and asked me to carry it. I did and when we went into buy him some socks I left it on the counter.

Thank heavens that someone was looking after me and it was kept in the back until we returned!

The birthday present that is meant to be. By the way, she loves it!

Hope you are laughing about it now. Great blog!

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THINAGAIN66 1/20/2011 8:24PM

    I am so glad all your stuff was not taken. Sometimes we are amazed by our own stupidity. But, we do learn from our mistakes.

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DASARMEHASEN 1/20/2011 7:47PM

    wow, thank goodness your stuff wasn't stolen. that could've been a major pain.

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The Female Body Breakthrough Challenge Week 1 Day 1

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I read a great book this weekend while stranded in a cabin, cut off from internet access. Its called The Female Body Breakthough by Rachel Cosgrove. It really resinated with me. It details a 16 week diet, strength training and HIIT plan that becomes progressively more intense in workouts while getting progressively more restrictive in diet.

It is geared to work with your menstrual cycle also - so you start every new phase every month the week before your period when your PMS is the worst and you least feel like working out. That first week is about learning the new exercises and becoming familiar with them when you probably wont be able to push yourself to your limit due to hormonal issues. Then the final week is two weeks before your next period when you push yourself to your most extreme. Your body is hormonally most stable and best able to take you that extra distance. Then the next week (PMS week) you start with a new phase.

I am very regular and verrrry affected by my cycle, so this seems like a great fit to me. The writing in the book is a bit gung-ho and over the top - but I enjoyed it and both the fitness plans and diet plans make alot of sense.

I am notoriously bad with the follow through, so I am going to try to keep myself accountable by blogging about it as I progress. Today is a pretty intense warm up and all body weight resistance exercises in a circuit.

Here we go!


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PAMATX 1/23/2011 3:33PM

    Interesting concept. Go get 'em tiger!


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AIMFOR32 1/19/2011 8:41AM

    Good luck!

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    Good luck with the new plan!!

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BTINTERNET 1/18/2011 1:00PM

    It's a great book, although I found her stuff more advanced than I was prepared for - I think it will be great for toning when I'm smaller. If you like that one, you might also look at the New Rules of Lifting for Women (Alwyn worked on that one, I think).

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/18/2011 12:17PM

  this sounds awesome! i might need to borrow this book from a library. yay for you you can so do this :D

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QUEENJEANINE11 1/18/2011 11:02AM

    I have never heard of it but it really sounds interesting. Specially with dealing with your cycle. Good luck I cant wait to see where this takes you!

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STACEYJ2008 1/18/2011 10:55AM

  That is a great book! Her and her husband Alwyn are AMAZING! They really know their stuff. Good luck!

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