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In danger of re-toxifying myself

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

I have eaten so much crap lately that I am in serious danger of going backwards. And that is one place I DO NOT want to go.

A lot of it is emotional eating. I have been very emotional this week for some reason. And sometimes I just let myself get too hungry. Either way, I do not want to continue on this path. No way. I have come too far.

I think I will go to the library tomorrow and pick up a book about healthy eating. "Skinny Bitch" or something by the guy who wrote "In Defense of Food" will probably do the trick. We'll see what I can find at our little local library.

And I seriously have to get back to the gym. Tomorrow will be a week since I last went. Yep, another trip has thrown me off track. Rather, I LET another trip throw me off track. Yes, that's me taking sole responsibility for my actions. But I will get back on track again.

  
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SPARKNMOM 9/5/2008 4:35PM

    Hey...I hope you are back on track...it's SO difficult when we begin to stray to get back on. But I KNOW you can do it!!! I fell for a while a few weeks ago and am finally feeling strong and healthy again...update us and let us know how you're doing!!

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ZIRCADIA 9/4/2008 10:30PM

    I love getting foodbooks/cookbooks from the library. Good idea. And yes, get to the gym. *HUGS* Hang in there and don't surrender to the slippery slope!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You make the choice!

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WORDSGAL 9/4/2008 9:51PM

    Hey girl--
I went a bit off track while I was on vacation the past 10 days. But, I think the advice you have on this page is right and good to follow: remember how you used to feel and how great you feel now. Remember everything you can do and have done since you got Sparkified: Hello, you did the couch to 5K...don't go back to the couch!

Everyone has ups and downs (I've had more downs lately too -- such is life). Just look to your Sparkers and hubby, but most importantly yourself.

Go girl! emoticon

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 9/3/2008 11:48PM

    Hmmm... I could handle being a skinny bitch. I'll have to pick up the book myself. I've cheated too much this month, too. We CAN and will get back on track. We have too much to loose -- or should I say gain -- now/

...Pam

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PUPPYWHISPERS 9/3/2008 10:13PM

    You have come too far to let this continue. Take yourself back to the days when you were first losing and how exciting it was. And when you fit into a size of clothing that you really wanted to wear.

You can get through this, and you will get back on track. And you have a lot of friends who will help you! emoticon

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DNJEN471 9/3/2008 9:09PM

    OMG... read skinny bitch... it's amazing. Don't be surprised if you want to become vegetarian after though! LOL!

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KARALVS2SCRAP 9/3/2008 7:50PM

    the thing that is so important is that now you know you can get back on track and you are taking steps to do so! Have you read Clean Eating by Tosca Reno? that's another good book!

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Note to self: NO TACO BELL on road trips! Ever!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

DH and I were on the road yesterday for our 9+ hour drive home from SC and got hungry. The usual fast food dominates our nation's highways. We unfortunately decided on Taco Bell for dinner. Blech, yuck, blech, YUCK!! I felt sick to my tummy for the rest of the drive and later when I went to bed too. Seriously. That was a mistake not to be repeated.

  
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ANNAHP 9/11/2008 2:46PM

    Omg that is my EVERY road trip. Because we don't eat meat, Taco Bell is one of our only fast food options when driving. From now on I'll be packing my foods or stopping at our other option - Subway. I can't wait till I get to the point where even thinking of eating Taco Bell makes me ill. I mean shouldn't it already? That stuff is so unnatural.

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RUNNERMOMTO3 9/5/2008 10:27AM

    Sorry to hear of your tummy troubles with your stop at Taco Bell. I've actually been craving it for about 2 weeks and have managed to stay away. I'm glad I found your blog entry about your tummy ache....just a reminder of what would happen to me if I did make that unfortunate stop!!!!

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MELINKY 9/3/2008 11:00AM

    Oh nooooo! I'm so sorry. Where did you drive to? We've driven the 9+ hour trip from KY to GA and it is very difficult to find any healthy places to eat. You're body has been purified and can no longer handle the faux food. This is a good thing, but unfortunately the world has yet to catch up with the rest of us that eat healthy. The good news is there are more and more gas station stores selling fruits. Why aren't their grocery stores along highways? LOL
I hope you're all better now.
Mel
xx

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MISSHOLLYDAE 9/3/2008 10:15AM

    Ooh Taco Bell yeah that's rough on the system, I wanted that all the time when I was pregnant though. That was the only time that my DH would indulge me because he hates it, lol. I think when I was pregnant it didn't matter since I was feeling sick usually anyway haha! Not exactly the best thing to feed your growing baby either, blah. Oh well she turned out okay,lol.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 9/2/2008 11:00PM

    Living in a de-toxed body has its advantages. I ate a bite of a brownie yesterday and had to give the rest away. Can you believe us?!

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...Pam

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BLONDEGIRL10 9/2/2008 9:39PM

    Hahaha! Sorry to laugh but, I LOVE Taco Bell, just not the belching and sickness after! They do have a new low fat menu which I am sure is NOT available yet on the road. I am so sorry you feel like crap! I used to say, "I feel like sh*t, I am gonna get Taco Bell, might as well go with it!" hahaha
Feel Better hon!

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ZIRCADIA 9/2/2008 8:48PM

    Isn't it funny how certain unhealthy foods can wreak havoc on our tummies now that we're used to eating healthy??? Hope the rest of your weekend was a lot better than that part!!! *HUGS*

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New mini goals for me

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I've set a few new goals for myself, just to keep things interesting. I don't want to get into a rut with my workouts. I also want the scale to move 2 more pounds, but I am not going to obsess over it. I've been doing pretty well with food this week. This coming Labor Day weekend will be a test. I will try to make good choices.

Here is what I am working on:
- 25 wall pushups/day
- 50 crunches (varied)/day
- run for at least 10 minutes on the treadmill every time I go to the gym, to build up to the 30 minutes I used to be able to do
- circuit training 2x/week
- try to drink more water

A bigger goal is to train for and run a 5K this fall. emoticon

  
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ZIRCADIA 9/2/2008 8:47PM

    I've heard varied opinions on if you should have rest days between working abs (some say YES like every other muscle, others say the abs can take more...), but I haven't heard varied on the upper body, so I'd recommend taking a rest day between pushup days in order to allow your muscles to rebuild -- that is where the magic happens. :) The work is to tear them a bit so they can rebuild and get stronger and not breaking doesn't let them do their job. But other than that your goals look super awesome! :D Keep rockin it, girl!!!! :D

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DNJEN471 9/2/2008 12:58PM

    Go girl! Go!

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JEN_MI. 9/1/2008 10:04AM

    Hello! How is your long weekend going? Great idea to update your goals - you've inspired me to do the same. My son starts first grade tomorrow (!), so I'm going to have some extra free time on my hands to revamp my workout routine. I've been pretty good with the cardio, but I definitely need to incorporate some weight training. Is the circuit training you mentioned below straight weights, or alternating weights with short bursts of cardio? How long do you do it?

So glad you finally saw Peter Perfect! I saw the tail end of the surf shop episode - it was good, but not as great as the candy store (the first episode I ever saw and the most dramatic - keep your eye out!).

Thanks for your comment on my blog about calorie cycling. Since I have a hard time staying at the top of my calorie range, I don't think it's for me! :) Oh well.

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MOM2ACAT 8/28/2008 11:00PM

    With that plan, I'm sure those 2 pounds will be off in no time!

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SPARKNMOM 8/28/2008 10:16PM

    Sounds great!! Keep us updated!!!!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 8/28/2008 9:55PM

    You go girl! Congrats on setting new goals.

...Pam

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Body fat analysis

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The personal trainers at my gym do body fat analysis for free, so I decided to go for it.

It turns out my body fat is 24%. The healthy range is 15%-27%. So I am towards the upper end of that. I'm happy with that, though I want to try to get that number down a bit more.

He also took my measurements. Here they are:
neck: 12.5
chest: 33.5
waist: 27.25
hips: 36
thigh: 19.75
calves: 13.25
biceps: 10.25
forearm: 9.25

I have no idea how I "measure up" (ha ha!), since he said there is no healthy range for measurements. But isn't there anything to use for comparison, based on a person's height? I really wish I had taken my measurements when I first started out.

This morning the scale said 116.6! Woo hoo! I am not going to update my ticker unless it says that weight more than just today. I will weigh myself a few more times this week to make sure.

  
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ZIRCADIA 9/2/2008 8:41PM

    Great numbers! :D Thanks for sharing!

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ASTER2606 8/18/2008 3:22PM

    I just love your blog, your success and your dedication over time.

I often wonder what fat analysis would show for me. I do wonder though where your numbers came from for the healthy range of body fat since I read an article earlier today on obesity research which cited somewhat different numbers for body fat. I went to their source and this is what I found for body fat ranges for women and for men from the American Council on Exercise:

Classification Wom
en (% fat) Men (% fat)
Essential Fat 10-12% 2-4%
Athletes 14-20% 6-13%
Fitness 21-24% 14-17%
Acceptable 25-31% 18-25%
Obese 32% plus 25% plus
*American Council on Exercise

Given these numbers, you're doing even better than you thought!


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MUSTANGAMORE 8/18/2008 11:55AM

    Congrats on all the progress! You are so inspiring!

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PIGLETSMALL 8/16/2008 6:23AM

    Wow! You have a cute little waist! Congratulations sweetie! Hugs xxx

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ROBYNEGG 8/14/2008 9:35PM

    I can't wait to be in the 'healthy' range! You are an inspiration for all - WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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DNJEN471 8/14/2008 11:03AM

    Wow girl! You are tiny! Congratulations on all you have accomplished!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 8/13/2008 6:50PM

    Fantastic! I think your measurements are great. You need to find a place where you're healthy and feel good about yourself. And I for one think you look awesome!

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MSTELZER 8/13/2008 4:12PM

    Wow - sounds great!!!! Keep up the wonderful work!!!!

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MELINKY 8/13/2008 1:54PM

    Congratulations!

there is actually there is a type of barometer for healthy waist measurements. I believe you can find it on Dr. Oz's website. ???

Mel
xx

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KARALVS2SCRAP 8/13/2008 12:00PM

    Wow- that is awesome! Keep up the good work!

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Blech!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

I just feel so full, bloated and tired today. I have not been good on the food front at ALL. Barbecue for lunch, turtle chex mix for a snack, leftover pizza for dinner. DH, the doggie and I just went for a long walk. Then I stuffed my face with the pizza. And you might recall, I did say *leftover* pizza. So ... anyone care to guess what I had for dinner LAST night?
It's weird: I go through long streaks of doing really well (at least during the week) and then all of a sudden I get into these crazy food splurges. It's not as if I am incapable of making smarter choices. I just choose to ignore my common sense sometimes. At this rate, I will not lose these last few pounds anytime soon. I've been too easy on myself pretty much all summer, and it's not good. But I said this on someone else's blog and I need to take my own advice: forgive myself, move on, and seize the next opportunity to make healthier food choices.

  
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JEN_MI. 8/12/2008 2:54PM

    I swear, pizza is the devil in food form. Ug. It's interesting that it makes you feel bad, though. Maybe that's a good sign that your body craves healthier food? I'm sure you've gotten back on track since you wrote this. I just wanted to check in on you. Hey - did you ever catch Peter Perfect? I've also stumbled upon a new (or maybe just new to me?) before/after show: My Parents' Place. Adult kids enlist the help of designers to redo rooms in their parents' houses that haven't seen renovation since circa 1977. Fantastic.

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DNJEN471 8/12/2008 10:40AM

    We all venture down the slippery slope from time to time... as long as we find our way back it will all work out in the end!

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ZIRCADIA 8/11/2008 8:11PM

    Hmmm does not sound like managed splurges to me, sounds like a lot of deprivation turning into crazy overload! :D ;) hehehehe. You're right -- forgive, learn, move on to bigger and better things. Maybe embrace some minisplurges to avoid total disaster? I'm not sure if this is something you do already and this is in addition to the minisplurges or what. Just thinkin aloud. ;) *HUGS* Thanks for your comments on my blog.

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MUSTANGAMORE 8/11/2008 3:40PM

    Remember you are keeping your metabolism up by confusing it! I bet on Monday you'll be back to normal! Drink your water :)

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MSTELZER 8/10/2008 1:13PM

    We all have our days so don't be too hard on yourself. Just remember this is a life style change and working it all in just takes time. You are always going to have not so great food choice days and learning how to work with these days is a big thing for all of us. Just remember, all the good days out weight the not so great days and over time you will have many more good days!!!!



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MRSWIGGLY6 8/10/2008 10:29AM

    I agree with you, we do have our off days. But we have to continue to move on just like you said.

Remind yourself that what happens on any day is not going to break your whole effort. We are not in a contest, it's our life and you will enjoy it a lot more when we can keep the daily ups and downs in perspective. We are going to have days like this, just as long as we know we start new again. We can always make up for it in the next two days or just chalk it up as an experience and move on! emoticon

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PIGLETSMALL 8/10/2008 7:44AM

    I agree. There's nothing wrong with a splurge every now and then. What is a problem though is when you start to feel guilty. Don't! You enjoyed it at the time. However, if you started to feel bloated you know it's not a food that agrees with you and perhaps it will help you to stay clear of it again. Hugs xxx



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BLONDEGIRL10 8/10/2008 5:42AM

    I Hate when I make myself all bloated because of something I ate!! After that I usually kick my butt with exercise and really teach myself a lesson! Splurges remind us that we are human, not perfect! There really is nothing wrong with a splurge here and there, just keep the healthy streaks loooooong.
Get to it! I KNOW You can do it!

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VIDABELA 8/10/2008 3:22AM

    i know how you feel =) hopefully those streaks of being "good" will become longer for both of us!!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 8/9/2008 11:41PM

    There is leftover pizza in my fridge, too. The only thing stopping me is that my calcium intake is restricted while I'm on this particular antibiotic. Not that I think there is real cheese on that cardboard pizza.

...Pam

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ROBYNEGG 8/9/2008 10:19PM

    That's right! Forgive, forget and move on! Life's too short not to enjoy a slice of pizza (even a couple of times) LOL and then get back on the wagon again!!!!!!!! You have to live, and if that means pizza breakdowns every now and then, so be it! You have done AWESOME and that little blip on the radar is just that... a blip!!!!!! emoticon

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KARALVS2SCRAP 8/9/2008 9:52PM

    Exactly- you need to move on. Your next meal is an opportunity to make good choices- you can do it!

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MELINKY 8/9/2008 9:31PM

    oh your body is telling you oh so subtly that it prefers the healthier foods. the streaks will get longer and longer and before you know it there won't be any sliding backwards. =)
Have a great rest of your weekend.
Mel
xx

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LYNNETH7 8/9/2008 9:11PM

    I feel you this week. . . so bad for me too. Hang in there.

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