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Thursday, December 10, 2009

I am up early and DONE with today's 20-minute workout. YEAH!! The LO woke up at 3:30 a.m., which is unusual at this point for her but happens sometimes. I fed her and put her back to sleep. I went back to bed for about 5 minutes, realized I was wide awake and not going to sleep anytime soon and decided to start my day.

For an early Hanukkah gift, DH gave me a new chest strap for my Polar heart rate monitor. I hadn't used my HRM in about a year - ever since the battery started to go. In my old strap you couldn't replace just the battery; you had to replace the entire thing. I never got around to doing that and next thing I knew, a year had passed! This new strap has a replaceable battery, which is nice, and it's so much more comfortable than the old one. It is flexible whereas the old one was made of plastic all the way around. I got used to it, but it was never comfortable.

It's nice to once again know how many calories I am REALLY burning rather than relying on Spark's database or the machines at the gym. Found out that the 20-minute TJ workout I've been doing makes me burn 140 calories. Not much more than sitting around and breathing, right? LOL. Spark's estimate was 190 - a whole 50-calorie difference NOT in my favor. Bah! Oh well. :) At 5x a week, that is 700 calories and then I have my longer workouts on weekends that will burn more.

I made up a new snack that fills me up when I am craving sweets:
8 honey wheat pretzel twists (1 serving)
1 TBSP peanut butter
1 drizzle (no more than 1 TBSP) chocolate sauce (I like the organic kind, but sugar's still sugar!)
Drizzle sauce over peanut butter, dip pretzel sticks. YUM! Calorie count is 265; not too bad. When I want to save some calories, I only use 1/2 the amount of pretzel sticks and just break them up so it seems like more. ;)

Hubby and I are going to get an H1N1 vaccine later today. I was debating about it but decided it's probably safer to go ahead and do it. I'm generally not a big fan of a lot of vaccines, but I know some are necessary.

Have a good day everyone!

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SSANFORD1 12/24/2009 5:33PM

    I have the flexible strap for my polar hrm as well and agree it is much more comfortable. I find for myself that the machines at the gym overestimate the calorie burn as well. Hope you have a happy hanukkah.

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STARTSPARKING 12/18/2009 5:57AM

    What a sweet hubby to get you such a thoughtful Hanukkah present. Your new HRM sounds great! I am very dependent on my pedometer and like checking my heart rate with my HRM when I exercise. However, I have one that doesn't have a chest strap, so I don't think the information is as accurate.

Your dessert sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a wonderful weekend!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 12/10/2009 11:22PM

    That snack sounds delicious! I may have to give it a try...

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SPARKNMOM 12/10/2009 10:57PM

    Yay for the HRM. I'd like to get more healthy gadgets - keeps me motivated!

Woohoo on getting the workout done early in the day. That's the best, in my opinion, even tho it rarely happens for me these days!

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MYTURN11 12/10/2009 7:44AM

    I love my Polar HRM ~ and I agree the machines are nor calibrated correctly.

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KARALVS2SCRAP 12/10/2009 6:53AM

    I put a heart rate monitor on my Christmas list.

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Feeling good

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

I'm feeling good today. I already have my workout DONE for the day!! That is do it at the first opportunity in the morning, before other things start to take priority. I'm on track with my goal of getting some type of exercise in EVERY day for at least 20 minutes. Totally doable!

Ever since I stopped beating myself up about not being able to get to the gym every day and decided that 20 minutes a day (except Monday nights and weekends when I work out longer) would have to do for now, I've actually gotten MORE exercise in. That's because for the past few months, I've been mostly doing the all-or-nothing approach. If I wasn't working out for at least an hour, I wasn't doing anything. I decided that was silly and sure to bring about weight gain. With this daily burst of fitness, I can keep my body in exercise mode, and I definitely feel an improvement in my mood, too.

Watched the Biggest Loser finale last night. I always love to watch the finales - LOVE to see the transformations. Overall, I have mixed feelings about the show.On the one hand, I like to see people lose weight and transform their lives. And you all know I love Jillian! On the other hand, the way they are losing the weight is not realistic for everyday life and it seems like the show exploits people. I don't like some of the backstabbing that sometimes goes on. And I can't stand those product plugs they incorporate into the episodes. Still, I watch. Can we please have a SparkPeople weight loss show? I would definitely watch that instead. :)

What else to share today. Not a whole lot. Looks like a sunny day out there. I think Laila and I are due for a little walk. Burn a few more calories and mail out some holiday cards.

Hope everyone is surviving the holidays! *HUGS*

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SPARKNMOM 12/9/2009 9:59PM

    Please send of your sun our way - we're freezing, blustery and nasty!

Way to go on the exercise attitude. I need to do your deal of committing to a certain amount of time daily - even if it's minimal. I love exercising at the beginning of the day, but it's not realistic for me during the school year. I just can't get up that early consistently. And it's OK : )

I'm very much looking forward to spending gobs of time w/ the kiddos over the holidays. It's all good!!! : )

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    It's great that you have found a way to fit exercise into your busy days. You have a great attitude. I love Jillian too!

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SSANFORD1 12/9/2009 8:45PM

    I was wondering if some of them possibly had surgery too. I mean look at the winner Danny. He was so skinny, there is no way he could look like that without a body lift or something. I was excited to see that they are going to continue to follow Shay thru BL9. She was always my favorite and I was sad when she was kicked off. Hope she does well and wins a lot from the Subway challenge.

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    We watched the finale at our house, too. I think they need to let people know that those big losers are wearing girdles and/or had surgery to remove a lot of excess skin. And if they had surgery, does the skin they had cut off contribute to their weight loss? So much is unanswered and not real. Spark People is REAL.

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 12/9/2009 2:41PM

    That 20 minute workout burst seems like such a good way to tackle fitting workouts into new mommy-hood! I'm making a mental note for the future. =D

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THE_SILVER_OWL 12/9/2009 2:39PM

    I love your idea of a Spark People show! I would be so on board to watch that... ~JJ~

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Snowy Saturday

Monday, December 07, 2009

I think I've mentioned here before that Saturday morning is my gym time. Hubby is home to watch the baby, so it's my opportunity to get a good workout in. I wake up early, feed the baby, watch Ellie at 8:30, then get my workout clothes on and I'm out the door.
This past Saturday we had dreadful weather. Since I walk to the gym, I *almost* didn't go but I talked myself into it. I reminded myself that when I was losing those 63 pounds, I went out in rain, sleet or snow.
My walk started out with a cold rain. During the class I looked out the window and saw that the rain had turned into snow. And you know what? It felt great! The air was fresh. It was quiet. No computer, no TV, no crying baby, no responsibilities for 2 hours. Just me burning some calories. I'm so glad I went! Maybe it's because I hadn't been outside all week, other than that day we we went out for only 10 minutes because it was too windy. (65 degrees and snow in the same week - crazy!!)
Tonight it's back to the gym for my Monday night combat class. If I go to the gym on Monday nights (I usually do) we eat dinner late. Well yesterday, Hubby dug the crockpot out of the shed and I have a meal cooking right now. We'll have dinner ready and waiting when I'm done with my workout. I'm thinking Monday nights will be crockpot nights from now on. I just need some more good and healthy recipes. :)
Below is a picture of me with Laila in her snowsuit. Her first snow!

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SPARKNMOM 12/7/2009 9:36PM

    Look how cute you both are!! LOVE my crockpot : ) Tomorrow I'm pulling mine out!

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ASTER2606 12/7/2009 9:30PM

    You always tell us that this Laila cries. But in the pictures she always looks so cute. Of course I know she is a baby and I don't doubt she cries.

About the crockpot meals, I think you could make Ellie's sloppy joe recipe in there. Bean soup with vegetables and chicken or veggie broth and mushroom and barley soup (with or without beef) as well as chili all seem to me like possibilities. In the winter I usually make a crockpot of soup every weekend so that we have easy dinner and a couple of lunches each. I haven't gotten into the habit yet this year, but until this weekend, it hadn't really been cold.

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MOM2ACAT 12/7/2009 4:59PM

    Awww, sweet picture!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 12/7/2009 3:18PM

    Crockpot Monday sounds like such a great solution! And that picture is adorable!

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    Awww! You match! Congrats on getting out there, no matter what the weather. That's a good example for your kidlet.


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SBATES63 12/7/2009 2:34PM

    I walk and run outside early every morning and sometimes I really don't want to go, especially when the weather gives me an excuse. But like you, I do it, and am glad I did. I had to remind myself that aside from the calories burned, I feel good all day. I love crockpot nights, too. It's great to get home at 5:30 and be welcomed by the wonderful smell, and have nothing to do but wait for hubby to get home to share it.

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PYNNER 12/7/2009 2:30PM

    Aww! So cute, thanks for posting the pic. I love seeing pictures when sparkers post them. They are so much fun. And you look so happy! You did great this last week and I agree, I love crock pot recipes. So easy and convenient. If you get some great ones, I'd love to see them. Have a good day.

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Biggest Loser marathon

Friday, December 04, 2009

I meant to blog about this earlier - did you see this week's Biggest Loser? They ran a marathon again!! I'm assuming that this will be a regular end-of-the show ta-da from now on. Or maybe next time they will up the ante to a triathlon?

I think it's great that they ran a marathon, BUT...don't you have to seriously train for something like that? I mean, I know they worked their butts off every day but from what they showed on TV, it wasn't so much running on the roads as it was heavy weight lifting and exercise machines such as treadmills. I just wonder how much they were prepared for the marathon. Like, did the producers tell them in advance but for the show make it seem like this was just sprung on them? How did they train for it? For example, Liz said she prepared herself by running to and from her mailbox! Really? Are you kidding me?

I don't know, I've always thought that marathon-training takes many months of LONG runs. Any marathoners reading this, please clue me in as to how those Biggest Loser contestants were able to do it on such short notice.

On another note, I just finished another 20-minute workout. It's not much, but I feel better doing something. If I can do this every day, and still go to my hour-long Body Combat classes on Monday nights and Saturday mornings and start Body Pump back up on Sundays, with maybe a short cardio workout at the gym too, I should be fine till I can ramp back up maybe in the Spring. By then the baby will be older and the weather nicer for some runs and 5K training.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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ASTER2606 12/5/2009 10:45AM

    I haven't watched BL either, but my brother-in-law has run multiple marathons including Boston a couple of times and he definitely feels he needs to have a good training schedule to do that. He's probably been running seriously since he was 9 and followed his dad out the door one day. Track and Cross Country in college, probably ran as much as he could in the Navy and kept running in college. He's just a natural runner. Nevermind what he had to do for Ironman the couple of times he did that (and for which he's not been able to train) since his younger daughter was an infant. I think Pam hit the nail on the head when she said that there's nothing real about reality TV.

I hope you continue to do so well. By Spring Laila should be o.k. for the baby jogger...

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SPARKNMOM 12/4/2009 11:31PM

    Interesting....I haven't watched BL, but had heard about the marathon. I've not been running that long, but definitely feel like I need to train much longer before I consider a 1/2 (which, yes, I've thought about, but am nowhere near ready). The thought of how much training needs to go into properly preparing scares me only because of the time it would take away from family. That said...I'm hoping the day will come when I can commit that time to ME guilt-free. Until then, I'm shooting for a 10 K in May - I believe that's very doable!!

BTW....I think you're doing super. I waited until my 4th child was a year old before I started to commit myself to better health. You're doing GREAT!!!!

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    I've wondered about this, too. I really think this show sets people -- especially obese people -- up for huge disappointments because its simply not realistic. I have been running since March. I was at goal weight then and am still now. I run three times per week and am just now up to 10K. I am *thinking about* doing a *half* marathon in May. Maybe. That said, the event I'd enter allows walking. Maybe the Biggest Losers walk part of their marathon, too. I think the producers do many people a dis-service by not being transparent about this. Lets face it, there is nothing real about reality tv. Its entertainment.


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GAMEON123 12/4/2009 12:45PM

    I think they had to have known, BUT, since they were in such great shape, and had run on the ranch, they could have started right at the time they were home for the 60 days and began right away. They were already physically strong, cardiovascularly very maybe? It was a great show...I loved it that they all finished...and with decent times.
Your regimen sounds great right now!!!

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Some exercise today...hooray!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

This morning it was SO gorgeous outside. Sunny and about 65 degrees. It's Dec. 3! However by the time baby and I were ready to go outside this afternoon, it turned cloudy and SO windy! We managed a 10-minute walk - better than nothing. I had to turn back b/c I really thought the stroller might tip over, Scary!!
This morning before she woke up I did my Turbo Jam DVD. Hubby fixed the DVD player last night. So YAY for getting in a few minutes of fitness today!!!!

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DNJEN471 12/4/2009 11:37AM

    Its hard to workout outside when the weather is bad.

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ROCKYCPA 12/4/2009 11:11AM

    Congrats on the exercise - sorry the weather changed. Hopefully you will get out again soon with your baby.

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SPARKNMOM 12/3/2009 9:19PM

    Woohoo you!! Yay for hubby fixing the DVD player too : )

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LOVELY_CURVES 12/3/2009 3:26PM

    emoticonI have to find a way to do my exercise too. I have also a baby but my real problem is my son who is 3 years old and he doesn't let me do anything! So, congratulations again

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 12/3/2009 3:13PM

    Glad the husband got the DVD player fixed!!! That'll make exercising on bad weather days so much easier!

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BRENDAF761 12/3/2009 2:54PM

    Enjoy that beautiful walking weather. Today, in Illinois it's around 30degrees outside. I'll be walking on the treadmill at the gym today. I checked out your sparkpage and your daughter is so cute! Good luck at losing the baby weight. I'm sure your daughter was worth every pound you gained. Best wishes for continued success. Your a beautiful young women. Take Care-Brenda emoticon emoticon

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