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A New Goal

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My sisters and I are going to run the local 5K for women: the Freihofer's Run for Women ( www.freihofersrun.com/womens_5k.htm ). I'm also signing up for a five mile run in October that's going to be in Disney World ( disneyworldsports.disney.go.c
)! Serious deadlines, goal that I can't cheat on! In other words, exactly what I need to kick myself into shape.

I am so excited about this and it's insane 'cause frankly I hate running. But from what I can tell a lot of people who have tried C25K hated running as well. Going to get new running shoes this weekend I think so I can start right and hopefully avoid hurting my bad knee. Between that and the C25K podcasts on my iPod I should be set to start on Sunday. Wish me luck!

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FIXINMYWEIGHT 12/30/2009 4:22PM

    I too and doing the C25K program! I just finished w1d1 and loved every minute of it. I saw there are podcasts for the IPOD. I have set that as my reward after I run my first 5k. Good luck to you!!

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A new day

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I went into Thanksgiving cocky. I was doing so well since I started SP that I thought I'd go off grid for a day and get right back to it. Well I didn't. I went off grid for a month, gained back all but a few of the pounds I lost and am more or less back at the beginning. But I'm not discouraged. I'm going to do a half of a half marathon in October and I've always done better with deadlines. Time to get back to it.

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JENNIEGETSFIT 12/29/2009 11:09AM

    You can do it! Having a goal is awesome becuase it's something to look forward to. I always do better with goals to. We can totally rock this!!

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The Good, The Bad, The Sorefooted

Monday, November 23, 2009

This weekend was interesting, to say the least. As I said on Wednesday I went off grid, not tracking for the first time since I started SP 'cause I knew I just wouldn't be able to do it and rather than have it drive me nuts I told myself it was ok. Not sure if that was a good plan or not, but that's what I did.

On Thursday I had "field trip" with my office, we went out to a good Italian place (I had grilled salmon with root veggies, so pretty healthy, but I ate it all, which was more than a portion, I'm sure) and then to see WISHFUL DRINKING, Carrie Fisher's one woman show. Laughing burns calories right? And I walked a lot, as I tend to in NYC, but I lost my pedometer before I left the house so I don't know if I'm over estimating.

Then Friday I had a conference, and they fed us lunch and dinner, both of which featured big salads but also things I wouldn't normally go for day to day, like a turkey wrap with mayo (only had half) and a largish steak for dinner with some kind of fruit glaze. Also, lots of wine.

Saturday we had a wedding to go to so drive through snack wraps from McD's for brunch (I voted for Starbucks for a wrap but hubby didn't listen) and then beer, wine, some fried stuff at a bar before the reception, then more wine a nice goat cheese salad with pears (YUM!), and hubby and I split steak, shrimp and chicken, chocolate wedding cake, all really yummy, none of it very healthy (the shrimp were fried and the chicken had cheese on it, the steak was a wonderfully rich cut). But we danced for 4 and a half hours (I did track that and was amazed how many calories I burned, over 1,000). Then before bed we split a hamburger and really good onion rings (think they had balsamic glaze on them in addition to being beer battered).

Next day we went to the breakfast buffet to wish the bride and groom well, had some yogurt, fruit, a chocolate muffin, some crummy eggs (didn't eat much of those), three slices of bacon and half a waffle. Sat on the couch all day watching TV and resting my feet, had a pint each of wanton soup and shrimp lo mein, with a couple of fun sized Snickers bars and half a fortune cookie to finish it off. Then when hubby went to bed, I rebelled and went down stairs to watch more TV and drink water (which I'm proud of 'cause I seriously contemplated opening a bag of cheese flavored popcorn someone brought over).

So it was a mixed bag, I didn't eat great and I only got serious cardio one day and totally missed out on strength training (aside from totting a seriously heavy bag around Manhattan). But the exercise I did do was intense enough that SP suggested I reassess my goals to make sure I was eating enough. And more importantly, it was fun. So I'll call this a win and in the future when the occasion calls for it, I'll go off grid again.

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SPARTANJAI 11/23/2009 1:15PM

    I'm so impressed, you didn't use not logging in your food as an excuse to go totally off the track, you simply knew that it wouldn't be possible to log in everything since you didn't know what was in it. I think you did fairly well for not being in control of your food! Sounds like it was a great time!

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Man Overboard

Saturday, November 14, 2009

I did, I went a little overboard yesterday. It wasn't just that I went over my calories, after all I only went over by 100 so I'm not beating myself up too much about that. What happened is I went into "indulge" mode, as in I worked hard all week and it's Friday night and Hubby's studying for a test so we're not doing anything fun and I'm going to sit on the couch and indulge. I should have just gone to gym, together time be damned. Instead I had a second (small) serving of ice cream after a pretty hefty dinner and I had a beer after I'd had wine with dinner and I had a shot of bourbon in my Chai 'cause damn it I deserved it. Really? What did my butt ever do to me that it deserved extra calories and no exercise?

Part of me wants to blame the hubby (I asked if he wanted to go for a walk, he acted like I was a crazy person), but the rest knows that not only is it bad that I went over, it's bad I didn't even let him know about the shot I put in the tea.

When we were going to bed he gave me a kiss and said "You smell like booze."

I said "That might be because I was drinking."

He said "You know, if you want to lose weight you might want to have the wine or the beer rather than both."

Which is true, and leaves out the extra naughtiness. Who do I think I'm fooling? I'm a grown woman, if I want a drink I can have one but if I want to lose weight I can't pretend that secret calories don't count.

On the plus side I tracked all the calories and I'm confessing here. Self-accountability at its almost finest. I've got two parties to go to this weekend, both at my house :) and a dinner out so wish me luck, I'll try to stick to the veggie platter.

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ALPHAPREP 11/17/2009 12:48PM

    I've been having similar problems, I really need to find separation between me and the man - him: anti-gym/not a healthy eater (yet has lost 40+ pounds since living together/ still has 50 more to go) - and sometimes I think it's sabotage, but really, it's my own personal choice when I decide not to go exercise because he is whining about it!

If I don't motivate myself, nobody is going to do it for me. I just need to get over it and get to changing my own life!

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JAZZLEBUG 11/17/2009 11:31AM

    Self-accountability is important. A defiant attitude is okay, as long as you temper it with some humility to keep it real - and you did.

You're doing well. And...damnit, bourbon and chai sound really good. LOL

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MIRDREAMS 11/16/2009 2:18PM

    Actually I was relatively good on the weekend, didn't go over once, even though a lot of the calories I did get were empty ones.

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SPARTANJAI 11/16/2009 11:45AM

    Of course they count, but there are days when you just go with it... it's not like you are doing it every day.
Hope the weekend worked out for you... I imagine you ended up working hard on the prep so if you went over on your food/drink it probably cancelled out.

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Surprise Food Mine Field

Thursday, November 12, 2009

So the office I work in had a meeting last night. They had snacks. They had candy, they had pizza, they had soda and they had cookies. They didn't finish any of them. So this is what greeted me this morning:

And this:

And just for fun, this as well:

Now normally I know that if I have peanut butter with my breakfast toast, I won't be hungry again until 11:30 ish. Today at 10:30 those cookies were calling my name. I went in to the kitchen, threw a hand towel over them and went back to my desk with a cup of tea. Lunch and snacks for today will come from here:

And blogging this has weirdly gotten my mind off of cookies. Not sure how that works, but I'll take it.

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HUGMONKEYMOM 11/12/2009 5:17PM

    I wouldn't want to eat donuts or pizza from a meeting LAST NIGHT...ick. You know it stayed out on the counter for the whole meeting getting cold and icky (or stale, in the case of the donuts) and only finally got put away just before everyone went home.

By the way, your lunches are always so pretty...I am working at home right now, so I don't have to pack one. But when I do, I will be using your lunches as inspiration.

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SARANGEREL 11/12/2009 2:50PM

    Great job in saying no to the temptation! You lunch looks so yummy! Keep up the great work.

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SPARTANJAI 11/12/2009 12:14PM

    Wait! I see grapes in the fridge... nevermind, those probably aren't leftovers, they are probably part of someone's lunch ~grin~
MMmmmmmmmmmmmmmm laughing cow! That's my favorite!
Good job just throwing the towel over the evil temptation!
Contact who orders the food for those meetings and ask them to either order "better" quality food, or to order less of the normal stuff. We did that at my place and it seems to have worked. No more big trays of cookies at every meeting.

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MIRDREAMS 11/12/2009 11:45AM

    The flower is Fat Free "Cheddar" Cheese on top of left over mac and cheese (made with a little BBQ sauce mixed in). It'd be better if it were whole wheat but at 3.5 fl. oz. worth I don't think it's a huge deal. TALESIN, it takes about five minutes to throw most of my lunches together. As JAZZLEBUG has noticed they're mostly cut veggies with a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese for dip. So if I have bell peppers or baby carrots or celery or grape tomatoes in the house I'm already mostly set. For the rice balls (onigiri) I make up a big batch of brown rice, add sushi vinegar, shape and freeze them. Then just pop them in the lunch and nuke before eating. I keep little containers of leftovers from dinners in the freezer too (the mac and cheese, lots of soups, really whatever we're having). So I pull out a few and throw them in. There's no egg white in this one but that's another favorite trick, I'll boil up a bunch and then just keep them in the fridge and snag as needed. The "cookies" in this lunch are Trader Joe's Very Chocolate Mini Meringues and Trader Joe's Very Mini Vanilla Meringues (9 and 1 calorie apiece respectively). I add those last minute 'cause otherwise the moisture from the cut veggies will make them very soggy and weirdly vegetative tasting.

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TALESIN 11/12/2009 11:21AM

    Wow! Pictures speak a thousand words. And I thought my office was bad! But your healthy lunch looks very tasty! And pretty, too! How long does it take you put that together?

Stay strong!

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JAZZLEBUG 11/12/2009 11:19AM

    Your lunch today looks so much better than any of that crap at the office, anyway. You sure love those bell peppers! :) You and my husband. LOL I love tomatoes, though.

What's the flower?

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 11/12/2009 11:19AM

    Isn't it funny how pure crap is almost always leftover but I bet if there had been a relish or fruit tray there, it would've been gone! Your stuff looks WAAAAY better than leftover pizza!

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