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Friday, July 30, 2010

emoticon Well two things I've done this month are things I haven't done in so many years I can't remember the last time. A couple of weeks ago I played tennis with DH.

Today I played racketball with my BFF for 45 minutes. I couldn't have done that 80 lbs ago. She is slightly injured due to a fall, so I tried running all around chasing the ball so she wouldn't have to. For the fun of it we tried playing left handed for about 15 minutes just to do a brain challenge. We got a lot of laughs out of that.

From time to time I post pics of new food things that I'm trying. Here are a few ideas:



I've been trying to find new snack ideas that have carbs, protein, healthy fats. One orange sliced and a 100 calorie pack of walnuts and almonds was a recent choice.


After racketball today it was 1 cup watermelon, 1/2 of a 110 calorie bagel topped with a 35 cal lite laughing cow swiss cheese.

We're trying alot of Laughing Cow products lately. I used the lite garlic and herb one tonight. Dinner was a 100 calorie sandwhich thin, laughing cow, sliced ham, lettuce, and roasted red bell pepper with 1 cup dark sweet cherries.


All three of these are 35 calories with only 10 calories from fat. I use them now instead of mayo on most sandwiches. My other go to things are hummus and avocados. If I do use mayo now it's the one that has olive oil in it.

I'm reading the brand new issue of Clean Eating magazine tonight and getting some new ideas for August. What are some of your favorite snacks?

  
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CHERKYLE 8/2/2010 1:46PM

    good ideas thanks for sharing

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LAURAWILLBEFIT 7/31/2010 8:35AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your food ideas with pictures!
I love to see what other people eat because I always learn something new from them. Never knew Laughing Cow had spreads, just ice cream!!! That's new for me and now I'm going to look for it!

Sounds like you had a great time with tennis, and racketball! I'm left handed so if I was playing I would have won that one!!! (hehe) just kidding!

I love reading your blogs.
Thank you for always sharing Everthing with us!
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REILLYGIRRRL 7/31/2010 6:45AM

  Great idea about using the cheese instead of mayo. Great job on playing tennis. What a great workout.

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DABINEXIAN 7/31/2010 2:01AM

    I can't find the new Laughing Cow flavors. I love to use the french onion flavor on everything! Sounds like you had fun.

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JMERLAU 7/30/2010 10:28PM

    Congrats on playing with DH and ur BFF, that's so cool!

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Virtual Trip Uodate

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

emoticon For those of you who haven't read one of my blogs about my virtual trip, I'm tracking my mileage to Forks, WA to see my favorite vampire. Can you guess which one by my background? LOL

I'm now up to 419 miles. This week's additions come mostly from biking, but there was a 1/2 mile warmup on the rowing machine before weights the other night. I've been throwing in some alternatives to just spinning lately.

emoticon I've added some new songs to my playlist...Taio Cruz - dynamite is one of my favs when I'm riding now. I also like Misery by Maroon 5. That's a good one to ride hills to.

emoticon I met four of my sorority sisters for dinner last night. I hadn't seen them in 25 years. One is here from Turkey so we all got together through connections on FaceBook. I was happy to walk in being only 10 lbs from my college weight. Yeah SP! One actually commented on how I looked in my jeans...yeah these are the ones I took from my daughter. Thinking those thoughts is when I listen to another song that gets me going on the bike... Sexy Chick (feat. Akon) by David Guetta.

Who else is doing a virtual journey? What are you doing to stay motivated and rack up your mileage and fitness minutes? Got any good music to add to my playlist? Share Girlfriends!!!!

My dinner tonight after my spinning class... whole wheat tortilla, 1 serving reduced fat mexican cheese, sauteed black beans, onions, mushrooms, and jalepenos all topped by a little Greek Yogurt. Veggie Quesadilla...........mmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!

Who has a great meatless dinner to share? Not that I'm going vegetarian but I do a couple nights a week.

See you on the trails!

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SSONIA1 7/28/2010 9:10AM

    I like to run to the Glee soundtrack! I'm just tracking mile for mile that I run or walk and using 15 min of exercise as a mile. It's going to take me a long time to get to Forks. Did you get my mail the other day on how to make the map?

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AMYGOES211 7/28/2010 12:24AM

    Lady Gaga has been my go-to running music lately. I could run to Bad Romance on repeat for an hour!

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DABINEXIAN 7/27/2010 11:39PM

    I love Taio Cruz. We listen to the album in the car all the time. We also love Lady Gaga. I find her songs really get me going. Love your progress. Since I am running instead of biking, I am going much, much slower than you are. I have sort of given up on my journey right now since my focus is training for the 10k and maybe even a half marathon.

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Red Letter Day

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Today was a great day for me on my spark journey. I'm going to show you an old picture. I started losing weight two years ago and started out at 256. I have no idea if that was my highest, I didn't go near a scale. Here's what I looked like then.



Today I was actually able to zip up a pair of my daughter's Miss Me jeans. This means that I could in theory go in Buckle and jeans shop with my junior:



I weighed in this morning at 175.4. I believe that I am down 5 pants sizes now. So I texted my trainer who I have called Mr. Squat Police and now Mr. Swevil (sweet and evil) and complained about to no end and told him I wouldn't call him names anymore. From now on it's just Mitchell. :) He never really cared about the names or the whining. He still made me do the workout.

So what am I doing? Clean Eating diet (www.cleaneatingmag.com) Love that I have learned good habits through tracking on SP! Here are a couple of pics of tihngs I've eaten lately that I really liked:


Fresh spinach, 1 cup mixed fresh berries, 1 T sliced almonds and Newman's Own Light Balsalmic Vinagrette


Grilled chicken breast, steamed broccoli, and 1 medium ear grilled corn taken off the cob and topped with small amount of light butter.


1/2 grapefruit, whole wheat tortilla with homemade shriimp salad.

Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring. DH and I go to IHOP sometimes on the weekend. The healthy option spinach, mushroom, tomato omelette with fruit comes in at 350 calories



Today's workout was 10 mins rowing machine for warmup, 70 mins weights and foam roller stretching, 20 mins spinning and then 1/4 mile walk home.

I'm planning my week now for success so that I can break past 175 and raid my daughter's closet again sometime! Keep sparking!

  
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VIAFREE 7/26/2010 6:32PM

    Once again you have inspired me. I am more determined than ever to get myself back in shape and stay there.
I give you a huge YAY! and a huge PAT ON THE BACK!, you have done an awesome job, and the pics was a great idea.
Your daughters jeans? now that is something to brag about and be proud of

Go MOM!!!!

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LAURAWILLBEFIT 7/26/2010 5:21PM

    Wow, I can't believe how much the same we look in your before picture!
Now seeing you now picture has really given me hope that someday I can look as good as you do now! It's amazing to see before and afters!
Love all the pics. you took of your meals! Thank you for doing that because I'm more of a visual person and to see the amount on you plate is a lot different than mine! I need to get back into portion control, or weighing my foods again.
Thank you so much for your blog. You are my motivator!!!!


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BIKERBABE2BE 7/26/2010 1:09PM

    emoticon emoticon You look amazing. Great job. You are truly an inspiration!

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MICHELLERI 7/26/2010 12:00PM

    Wow! You look fantastic and I know you feel it!! Keep up the great work and have a terrific time with you friends from school! You inspire me girl!

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MOOMOO40 7/26/2010 9:09AM

    You look great!! I finally broke to 174 last week, but I hope I can do even better this week!Keep up the good work!!Have a great week!! emoticon Teresa emoticon

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SPOILTDIVA 7/26/2010 4:15AM

    Brilliant, emoticon. X Mel

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YMUNDERWOOD 7/25/2010 11:40PM

    Congrats, maybe I should take a picture of me where I am now. ove the last 3 years I went down from a size 24/26 to 16/18. my goal is a 8/10.

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AMYGOES211 7/25/2010 10:23PM

    YOU ARE ONE HOT LADY!!!

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WONDERJUL 7/25/2010 8:37PM

    You are so thin. Your comparison pictures inspire me. Thanks for sharing. You are doing sooo great!
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BRIAEL 7/25/2010 8:18PM

    You look stunning Mich! Congrats to you, you're such an inspiration with your healthy eating ideas and commitment to keeping on with the exercise schedule.

I am taking so much strength from all you long term achievers, so thank you for setting the benchmark for the rest of us! emoticon

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ANNESTARR 7/25/2010 8:11PM

    You're coming into your glory stage, hitting your stride! I'm cheering you on every step of the way--you encourage me every day! Anne emoticon emoticon

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DITTY1013 7/25/2010 7:58PM

    You're doing awesome, and you look absolutely fantastic! :-) Keep up the good work!

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Success is....

Friday, July 23, 2010

Today success for me was not going out for Mexican and Margaritas after an exceptionally stressful afternoon.

If I had to name my one temptation above all others it is M&M. I've got two restaurants that I hit with friends when the temptation overwhelms. One is called Abuelos and they have an awesome frozen margarita and Sangria blend. Throw in chips, salsa, chille rellenos, and a to freaking die for piece of Dulce De Leche cheesecake and I have consumed more calories in one meal that I usually do in two days, and more salt and sugar than I care to calculate.

My other go to vice is a place called Luna De Noche. The margaritas there are so incredibly good that I renamed the restaurant to Cavern Of Sin. :) I don't really care what I eat there because after one of their drinks you really just don't care.

Today after work was one of those days where previously I would have said that's it..the stress won and call a friend and say meet me for M&M right now. I have a couple who would drop it all and go if I made that call.

It was all ironic and funny in the grand scheme of life today because my status earlier today said "I'm enjoying life...stress go away you won't win!". At the time there wasn't really stress and I was just in a good mood. When the stress really poured on later I thought about that.

I drove home and changed and DH and I went to the gym. I did 15 mins on the treadmill for warmup, 55 mins of weights, 15 mins spinning speed and hill drills and then 25 mins in the sauna. I sat in the sauna until I knew I could make it home without the M&M.

There is a place I could get 3rd place margaritas 2 blocks from my house. Now it sounds like I drink all the time. I don't but when I do I usually gain 4-5 pounds and then have to fight it back off again. So when I do go out and break the bank on calories that is it for me!

So my success was not giving in to the all too easy diversion of food/drinks in an effort to ease emotional pain. The working out was better and in the morning when I wake up there will be no regrets when I step on the scale. No matter what it says I will be a winner for choices I made today.

  
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ROWERDC 7/25/2010 5:40PM

    Oh, my greatest weakness is Manhattens... just switching to wine when I decide to indulge has made a difference... that, and water!!
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Congrats on an amazing transformation! Great inspriation!

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MESEATURTLE 7/24/2010 9:03AM

    u definitely 100 % r a winner!!!!!! emoticon

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 7/24/2010 8:13AM

    YEAH FOR YOU!!! Keep up that willpower!!!

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BRIAEL 7/23/2010 11:24PM

    Wow. That is a superhuman response, and I'm hoping I can emulate your mental strength next time I hit the stress moment. Good job, very proud. emoticon

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TADTURC 7/23/2010 11:14PM

    Nice job working through the stress today. Keep on doing what you're doing. As I come across these type of struggles, I wonder if it ever becomes second nature, or if it will always be a struggle.

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Recording this

Thursday, July 22, 2010

This is a post just so I remember this.... my son walked by tonight and did a double take and said wow mom you look skinny. That has never happened that I remember. he's 18 and the last time I was skinny he was 6.

Makes two years of working out and trying to eat right worth it.

  
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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 7/23/2010 4:16PM

    YEAH!! GOOD FOR YOU!!!

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BIKERBABE2BE 7/23/2010 2:29PM

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BRIAEL 7/23/2010 1:54PM

    Love it, and I'm so pleased for you. emoticon

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CHERKYLE 7/23/2010 12:32PM

    No matter who tells you, if hubby or kids tell you it seems to mean so much more! Fantastic!!!

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LAURAWILLBEFIT 7/23/2010 12:22PM

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CLWELSH 7/23/2010 11:14AM

    You strut your stuff girl!!! Way to go! It's not easy to get teenage boys to look twice!! lol Good job!

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RUNNINGPFUHL 7/23/2010 10:55AM

    RAWK!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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JULESANA8818 7/23/2010 8:42AM

    That is a whole mess of awesomeness!!!!

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STRAWBERRYLASS 7/23/2010 1:19AM

    That is fabulously emoticon. You must be feeling really proud because you should. I don't have kids, but I can imagine how great that would be to hear coming from your son.

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MKPRINCESS007 7/22/2010 11:32PM

    I don't blame you.............if my son said that, not only would I record it, I would probably pass out from shock! LOL

What a lovely gift he gave you!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 7/22/2010 10:45PM

    That is so emoticon and especially since he said that!

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MATHISDJAX 7/22/2010 10:31PM

    That is an awesome feeling huh! Great job!

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SP_COACH_DENISE 7/22/2010 10:24PM

    emoticon What a great thing to hear from your son!

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