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The morning after

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

I went to the gym early this morning and pounded the treadmill. I went to bed upset after the Buckeyes' ugly loss last night, and so this morning I needed something to take my frustrations out on! LOL!

So despite everything, I was determined to make today a good day. It was a gorgeous morning to walk to the gym. Here in Baltimore today, it is in the 60s and feels like spring! Yesterday was the same.

As for the scale, it seems happy to stay at 137. I am trying very hard this week to jumpstart my body back into losing mode. I am hoping that by Sunday there will be some movement in the right direction. Fingers crossed.

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    Good on you for hitting the gym! Better than hitting the chocolate (which is what I did last night) when you're stressed. ...Pam

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What I learned in 2007

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy New Year! Thanks to SparkPeople, I have learned so much in 2007 -- about myself, about food, about fitness and about goal-setting.
A few things I've learned:
1. I CAN stick to a regular exercise routine (6 months and counting). It's true: Exercise treats depression. Endorphins rock!
2. Strength training is actually fun! I go to a weight-training fitness class every week and it is a blast.
3. Peanut butter (a food I never loved before) is amazing on and in so many things! I love it with apples, in oatmeal and on waffles -- Instead of syrup, I sometimes spread 1 TBSP of reduced fat PB on my Eggo and then top with blueberries or blackberries. I also love to put PB on banana slices and then top them with raisins.
4. Egg Beaters, Laughing Cow cheese wedges, Cool Whip lite, Fiber One Bars and cereal, oat cluster Cheerios, raisins, sliced almonds, Pink Lady apples, pomegranates and Fruitabu are my new best friends.
5. Guacamole, hummus and salsa all taste wonderful with sliced bell peppers and cucumbers instead of chips.
6. You can get a drink at Starbucks with half the amount of syrup they usually put in and it tastes the same or even better.
7. Starbucks has a size smaller than a "tall." It's called "short."
8. I can make good food choices at just about any restaurant or fast-food place.
9. I still love my skim milk, but unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze is wonderful in cereal. 1 cup is only 40 calories, but I usually only use 1/2 cup.
10. is an awesome resource. Sign up for her e-mails.
11. My hip bones, collar bones and cheek bones will return if I invite them back.
12. I don't HAVE to have ice cream every day to be happy. And on days that I absolutely do need ice cream, Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom fudge bars rock at only 35 calories.
13. My wallet is fuller and my life is richer now that going out to eat is a treat, not a habit. I can't wait to start using my new cookbooks: Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious and Rachael Ray's new cookbook.
14. I am not alone in my struggles.
15. I can do this!

Update 12/31:
Oops, I forgot, there are 2 more!
1. Yes, definitely -- MUSIC is a huge motivator when working out (see previous blog)
2. I do NOT need sugar on my grapefruit or in my iced tea!

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GIRLINMOTION 1/4/2008 10:29AM

    2007 was an educational year for you. You have the tools and you are using them. You are doing awesome, you have made it a lifestyle, not a diet. Proves you are never too old to learn new tricks.

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CHANGING4LIFE 1/4/2008 8:32AM

    This is awesome.

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LVMYKDZ 1/3/2008 10:04AM

    You are awesome. Your story is so motivating. You are my new motivator. You truely have a spark about you that travels to others. Congrats on you accomplishments so far.

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PEJKUG3 1/3/2008 2:55AM

    I love your list!

I can't wait to use some of your tips in my own life.

WTG on your success!!!!

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MILAYA 1/1/2008 11:16AM

    awesome list! Congrats!

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TLB513 12/30/2007 7:48PM

    WOOOHOOO! Amazing, isn't it!?!? We're gonna lose weight AND feel great in 2008! And all by keeping up the new habits we've started and introducing new healthy habits, a little at a time. Progress!
Glad to have you on the journey with me!

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BLONDEGIRL10 12/30/2007 4:45PM

    MD!! I gotta tell YOU again!!! You are an inspiration!!! YOU forgot to add you learned the benefit of music to your workouts!!! Well, I guess I just blabbed about it... sorry!! Oh you make me so excited to write one of my own!! Here's to the New Beginnings of 2008!!!

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DW3555 12/30/2007 12:25PM

    What a fantastic list of things you have learned over the past 12 months! And if you carry them into 2008 with you, and continue to follow your own advice and newly learned habits .. you will have a GREAT 2008! (Hey .. that rhymes!) - Dave

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Friday, December 28, 2007

I love it! Usually I work out to whatever is on TV at the gym. But recently I was at my in-laws' house on a treadmill that didn't have a TV in front of it. I chose some rockin' tunes, and I discovered I actually wanted to keep going beyond my usual time. Awesome feeling! All it takes is some music to get you going and your workout doesn't feel like work at all!

Here are some of my favorites to work up a sweat to:

1. Fast Life- Freestylers
2. Blister in the Sun- Violent Femmes
3. Just Can't Get Enough- Depeche Mode
4. Crazy- Alanis Morissette version
5. Don't Let Me Get Me- Pink
6. Pretty Vegas- INXS
7. Sexyback- Justin Timberlake
8. Hella Good - No Doubt
9. The Impression That I Get: Mighty Mighty Bosstones
10. Brown Eyed Girl- Van Morrison
11. Lose Yourself- Eminem
12. Everlong- Foo Fighters
13. Suddenly I See-KT Tunstall
14. Hips Don't Lie- Shakira
15. I Fought the Law: The Clash
16. One Week: Barenaked Ladies
17. I'm A Believer: Smash Mouth
18. Love Shack - B 52's
19. Sunday Morning- Maroon 5
20. Everything'll Be Alright- Joshua Radin (cool down)
21. You Raise Me Up- Josh Groban (cool down)

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TLB513 12/30/2007 8:01PM

    WOOOHOOO! Yes, music makes the workouts much better. I cannot imagine this journey without the tunes!
Keep it up!

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JOYCEANN1955 12/28/2007 8:28PM

    I am going to try the music instead of the tv....although sometimes I do get mad enough at the news I can move pretty

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ANNE7777 12/28/2007 4:36PM

    Now that's music to MY ears!!! YAY! I feel the same way! Rock on & Stay Tuned! Peace--Anne

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 12/28/2007 3:42PM

    I agree. Hubby bought Pink's album and I got a collection of 80's tunes during our Boxing Day shopping on the 26th and have been using them both since. Rockin' tunes definitely make a difference for me, too.

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BLONDEGIRL10 12/28/2007 1:52PM

    Isn't it amazing how something as simple as Music can get you all pumped and motivated!!! I even find I listen to all different genres of music and like em because of the musics beat!!! Here's to music!!

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MANDY626 12/28/2007 1:34PM

    I totally agree - I listen to music when I work out rather than watch tv and I find I work harder. What are you listening to?

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Goodbye 40 pounds!

Friday, December 21, 2007

As of today, I have lost 40 pounds!! I can't believe it. I had to weigh myself twice just to make sure. I still have 23 pounds to go, but just knowing I can lose 40 pounds is an awesome feeling! I won't say it's been easy, but I can truthfully say it's been a lot of fun. I love all the ideas I get from this wonderful site - new foods to try, fun new workout ideas, recipes. It certainly hasn't been boring or painful losing this weight.

The other day, someone asked me what I am doing to lose weight. "Are you starving yourself?" Heck no! I don't deprive myself of any foods I enjoy, I just watch the portions. However, the longer I do this, I find myself making more healthy choices and fewer decisions to fill my body with junk. I am starting to realize that some foods I used to love don't have the same appeal to me anymore: donuts, cakes, candy, etc. Most chips taste too salty to me now, though I still eat them once in a while. And I can even resist ice cream -- a major trigger food. If I don't have it in the house, I don't really miss it all that much. But whenever I want something, I go ahead and eat it and just make healthier choices later that day or the next day.

The person then asked me, "Are you killing yourself at the gym?" Nope! Not at all. I do walk to the gym (40-45 minutes round trip) but that is not super strenuous. Once at the gym, sometimes I do 30 minutes, sometimes 45 and sometimes an hour -- but no more than that. I give myself one or two days off a week, too, so my body can rest and recover.

In my journey to lose those last 23 pounds, I look forward to everything I still have to learn on this site and the Sparkfriends I have not yet met.

SparkPeople and good health are truly the best gifts I've been given this year.

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TIME4JUDI 12/22/2007 9:53PM

    Mazal Tov! That is a big chunk of weight gone! I was so excited when I was down 40 pounds (just a short time ago)! Keep uo the good work! You are worth it! hugs, Judi

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BLONDEGIRL10 12/21/2007 5:53PM

    Congratulations on the 40 pounds down and making this a permanent lifestyle change for yourself!!! You are a true inspiration!!! I wish you continued success!

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Feeling unfestive and crappy

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The holiday season sure brings out the "best" in some people. I mean that very sarcastically.

Yesterday my husband got to our car after work, and saw that someone dumped a bunch of oil all over it. He had to then drive (with black oil on the windshield) to a self-serve car wash and spent the next two hours trying to wash it off. He parks in a neighborhood where there are TONS of spots during the day, and he leaves before the spots start filling up. But about a week ago, someone asked him "Are you going to be parked here all day?" He answered, "Yes, is that a problem?" and the person did not say anything. Then he got a note on the car saying "Park where you work, don't take our spots." Then yesterday, this happened with the oil. The thing is, there are NO signs saying residential parking only, no time limits and there are plenty of empty spaces during the time he is parked there. What gives someone the right to make up laws for other people to follow? What is wrong with people? Why do people have to be such

I am not going to the gym today. Don't feel like it. It's one of those days that I KNOW I should go to the gym, but nothing is going to make me go. Just don't want to. I will be walking around a lot today so hopefully that will count as some exercise.

I am feeling under the weather too. Fighting off a sore throat and congestion. I hope to feel well enough and determined enough to make it to the gym the rest of the week.

I hate to be so negative. Hopefully I will have something positive to blog about soon.

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ANNE7777 12/19/2007 1:40PM

    Ditto on the previous comment--endorphins ROCK. Sorry for all the bad events...look to the future, we got your back!!!!!!!!! Peace--Anne

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UP4MORE 12/18/2007 5:06PM

    When I am feeling at my very worste is when I know the gym and the excersize and the ENDORPHINES are needed and will help. Some people totally suck and letting them effect you and your day lets them win. Be strong - the holidays cause a bunch of stress as well - Good luck getting to the gym tomorrow!!

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BLEEZ80 12/18/2007 4:23PM

    How MEAN! People can be so nasty. Sorry about your husband's car. That was not cool. =(

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GETMOVIN 12/18/2007 1:55PM

    No wonder you are feeling negative! I don't understand why people have to be that way. It would be different it the parking situation were very difficult but, as you describe it, there is room enough for everyone. I'm sorry you need to go through this, especially at this time of year.

Hopefully, the negative feelings will leave you soon and you can pick up on some holiday cheer. I hope you feel better soon.

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SCHOOLMARM32 12/18/2007 1:30PM

    Well, that stinks. I'm sorry that it happened and that you don't feel well on top of it all.

Be gentle to yourself and take heart. I hope that someone will come along and do something nice for you both!

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    You should fill out a police report!

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LIZZYBETH2002 12/18/2007 12:09PM

    I hate that your husband had to go through that, I feel sorry for any person with such low self esteem that they have to treat other people like that to make themselves feel better. What a petty sad life to live.

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SOMERN 12/18/2007 11:17AM

    That is just horrible! I can't imagine how it must feel to be so bitter.

I hope you feel better soon!

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