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Piled on 4.3lbs in 3 days!!! YIKES!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Last Friday I was 157.6lbs. Today I'm 161.9lbs. HELP!

I fell off the wagon spectacularly!

Friday - lots of food and loads of beer (friend's birthday)
Saturday - tons of food and loads of beer (wedding)
Sunday - roast lunch, greasy fry for supper, lots of chocolate watching tv

So, back on track again today. I'm off for a nice long walk after dinner tonight - rain hail or shine!

The good thing is I know where I'm going wrong, I just seem unable to snap out of the "all or nothing" diet mentality. I'm either rigidly sticking to a diet or sensationally un-sticking to it! ARGH!


This week's plan:-

15 mins to work
15 mins from work
60 mins evening fast walk

15 mins to work
15 mins from work
60 mins lunchtime fast walk

15 mins to work
15 mins from work
60 mins lunchtime fast walk

15 mins to work
15 mins from work
60 mins lunchtime fast walk

Weigh in Friday morning and post results.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JULESGL 9/8/2009 12:50AM

    How are you doing? Don't let the numbers scare you - it's likely salt intake causing your body to retain water. So you had a great weekend - enjoy! But now get back to eating healthy again. you're ok!!

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CINDERRELIC 9/7/2009 6:30PM

    I am in a similar situation. I seem to be like a yo-yo, 5 pounds off, then five pounds on, five off again, and then 5 pounds back on. I am in one of those weeks where I have something every day and night that requires hours away from home and eating out. I gained back the five pounds I lost after gaining it back and have the whole week to go.

Okay, we will focus on one day at a time. Not looking forward and not looking back. We can do this.

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HOOEY78 9/7/2009 2:02PM


Shake it off and move forward. Three days of bad food sucks but it is continuing to let those three days plague you that can be the real problem. It looks like you have a great plans in place for the week...just make sure you keep your food on target and those three days will be ancient history!

Also, I agree with Fiona...log everything even if you ate terrible. IT is important that you see just how bad the food was. For me, when I have a day like I did Saturday and then look at it in comparison to what I was trying to consume that day it really helps set my head straight. I have added saturated fat and dietary fiber too my nutrition tracking which helps me see how good/bad i am doing...when I see that saturated fats number way too high I know exactly where it is my hips! LOL

We are here for you this week...get back into it :)

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FISEFTON 9/7/2009 11:52AM

    Maria! You only just started your Halloween Challenge! OK, you say you are back on track so I'm not going to lecture you. One thing I will say though is, I fell off the wagon over the weekend but I still logged EVERYTHING so, even if you don't think you've been good, LOG IT!

Have a great week and best of luck getting in all that exercise. I think it's going to rain a lot this week, especially here in Yorkshire.

Take care

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Halloween Challenge

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

On the 30-Somethings Team, we've started a "Lose 10lbs by Haloween" Challenge, so I've signed up.

Here are my stats:-

Starting Weight Monday, August 31: 159

Goal weight Monday, September 7: 157
Actual Weight Monday, September 7: 161.9 (oops)

Goal Weight Friday, September 11: 156
Actual Weight Friday, September 11: 157

Goal Weight Friday, September 18: 155
Actual Weight Friday, September 18:


Goal Weight Monday, September 28: 157
Actual Weight Monday, September 28: 158.8

Goal Weight Friday, October 2: 155
Actual Weight Friday, October 2: 155.8

Goal Weight Friday, October 9: 153
Actual Weight Friday, October 9: 155.8

Goal Weight Friday, October 16: 152
Actual Weight Friday, October 16: 155.6 (ever so slightly behind target, ahem)

Goal Weight Friday, October 23: 151
Actual Weight Friday, October 23:

Goal Weight Saturday, October 31: 150
Actual Weight Saturday, October 31:

Goal to lose in these 8 weeks, 5 days: 9 lbs
Actual loss in these 8 weeks, 5 days:


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SQUIRTZIE 9/2/2009 10:07PM

    Good luck. You can do it!

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FISEFTON 9/2/2009 8:06AM

    Best of luck to you. I'm sure you can do it if you put your mind to it. Remember to log *all* of your food and drink!

Sorry I haven't popped by for a while.


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18 months smoke-free!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

The freedom is unbelievable - I feel 100% healthier & fitter, a little richer, more optimistic, and so proud of myself.

1y 6m 11 hrs 54 mins smoke-free
8,210 cigs not smoked
3,058.23 saved (eh?!!)
4w 12 hrs 10 mins of my life saved.

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HERE2BME 8/11/2009 8:20PM

  Congratulations! I know how hard it is. I quit 10 months ago. So a BIG WooHoo for me and you!!

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CAROL_ 8/10/2009 9:49PM

    That's so awesome!!! Congratulations!!!!

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SKISINCO 8/8/2009 11:02PM

    A little late but still very heartfelt...

I'm so proud of you! 18 months...WOW! You totally "own" your quit and I know that it will be your forever quit. Congratulations!

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JULESGL 8/8/2009 3:10AM

    Congratulations!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FISEFTON 8/7/2009 6:44AM

    emoticon You really should have put that money in a jar (or bank account) imagine what you could do or where you could go. Well done. I've never had to go through giving up smoking but DH has and he still finds it hard after 10 years!

Keep going.

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SQUIRTZIE 8/6/2009 8:29PM

    How wonderful!!!!!
Make sure you spend the money on something fun.

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SHEWHODOES 8/6/2009 3:01PM

    That is sooo WONDERFUL!! Good for you! It's got to be such a great feeling, because it is such an amazing accomplishment and you should be so proud of yourself!!!
Keep it up!

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CINDERRELIC 8/6/2009 11:43AM

    Marie, I am so proud of you!!!! What a benefit to feel free, not to mention the money you have to be saving !! Just think, you could buy a telescope with your savings!!!Ya!!!! I just did. I found a really nice 8 inch scope, 50 inches tall, for next to nothing. By the time I got there to get it I had 3 people trying to get her to sell it to them instead, but she held to her word and I got the scope. Stop by our team page and read about it. My biggest gripe is that it is a full moon and I can't take it for real spin around the universe yet.

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MARIASPARKLE 8/6/2009 9:32AM

    Thanks so much for your comment.
I wish I HAD saved that 3,000! LOL!
Could you imagine!!

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MY-2-GIRLZ 8/6/2009 9:16AM

    MARIASPARKLE, congratulations on the wise decision you made to save your health and your wallet clearly. Keep up the good working.

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Big birthdays....

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I hit a milestone birthday last Thursday (the, ahem, big four-oh) and, for my prezzie, my BF whisked me off to Rome for the weekend. I nearly died of shock when he handed me the tickets. I doubly nearly died of shock when I saw the date. All my friends were in on the secret. I was plotting a few drinks on Sat night and they were all emailing me back saying "Yep, I'll be there" and "No problem, babysitter is organised" etc. Sheesh!!

ROME - what a city!!!! The sights, the pizzas, the wine, the SUN, the statues of naked men.... I've always wanted to go there, it's been on my hit list for years but I just never got there. But now I can say I've been there. Yaaaay!

I ate my weight in pizzas but walked it off ten times over, I've never walked so much. We got back late last night and I had to go back to work this morning. I had to come down the stairs sideways this morning I was in such pain. Honestly! I've got aches in muscles I never knew existed.

I'll post some photos on my SP shortly, when I get myself organised!

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SQUIRTZIE 4/29/2009 9:52PM

    How romantic. Happy Birthday!

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SKISINCO 4/29/2009 8:20AM

    Happy 40th Maria! Holy cow, I can't believe you went to Rome! So envious I tell you, can't wait to see pics!

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CINDERRELIC 4/28/2009 3:28PM

    Wow! Maria!!!! What a great treat! And it appears that it was a very healthy one at that with all the walking. Yes, please, post photos. I would love to see Rome!

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FISEFTON 4/28/2009 7:54AM

    Wow! What a great surprise. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
emoticon emoticon Happy belated birthday
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Maria the (ahem) jogger??

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

My nutty (super-fit) Irish buddy, Ellen, lives in Colorado. A few of us will be turning 40 this year and she wants to come back and mark the occasion in a special way. Her notion of "special" is to enter herself and four others innocents as a relay team in the Cork City Marathon here in Ireland on 1st June. HELP! Ellen has completed lots of marathons, but us remaining four idiots are complete novices.

Thankfully, she gave me first choice and I picked the shortest stage (3.2 miles). Even if I CRAWL it, it'll take me an hour max. Obviously I don't want to crawl, so I'm going to ease myself into some gentle training.

How do I get myself talked into these things??

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SQUIRTZIE 3/7/2009 2:21PM

    I think that's great. You can do it.

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SKISINCO 3/5/2009 6:36PM

    How cool is that? What a great way to bring in the forties too! I'm sure you'll do great, just stay focused and determined and you will be just fine. =)

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FISEFTON 3/4/2009 2:53PM

    Hi Maria. Firstly, welcome to the madness that is signing up for a "run". I've signed up for a 10k! I must be mad but in my case it's for a good cause. Secondly, 3.2 miles is about 5km. I, personally, walk at 6km/hr pace for my cooldown. If you can get to that pace you'll finish your stint in around 50 minutes.

Finally, if you want to be able to "run" try looking up the Race for Life website for training tips. The last few years they have done a training schedule for beginners which takes you from walking to jogging in easy steps using interval training. From memory, I think you start off with 1 minute jogging then 5 minutes walking and repeat 4 times to give a total of 24 minutes. Runners World also has a beginner to 5km training schedule which I think is available to non-subscribers but it is a while since I looked.

Remember to enjoy yourself and best of luck. Let us know how you are getting on.

Take care

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CINDERRELIC 3/4/2009 1:30PM

    Maria, first you need to BELIEVE you can do this and you CAN do this! We are here to support you on our Astronomy team if you post as you are training.

Next run short distances first until you can do them easily and gradually step up to longer distances. Here I see runners who take someone with them to drive a car for them. That way they can run as far as they can and have back up there.

Some runners use body and muscle building supplements you can purchase from a body building supply. The ones I have heard of are BCAA which is essential for muscle growth and recuperation, energy, and increases nitrogen retention, and protein synthesis. The other is D-Ribose whichs enhances energy recovery in the skeletal muscles. That's about all I know on the subject. LOL

Comment edited on: 3/4/2009 1:34:20 PM

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