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C25K W5D1 Now with Hills!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

So I'm getting through the C25K program again. Last time I think I only made it to week 5 or 6, although I did finish a 5K and in better time than I expected. This time I guess I haven't let myself go as much as it's easier and I'm using the hill program on the treadmill, as well as getting in some elliptical time at the end so I get a full 500 calories / hour of exercise. It's pretty much hell as I'm doing it but afterward I feel good. And I already like the mirror me a little bit more so score! And today I got to the gym just in time for a Project Runway rerun I hadn't seen so double score :)


Cheesecake Factory Epic Win

Monday, July 25, 2011

So I went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch with friends and had no more calories than I would have for a lunch at home (334 to be exact). I had a beet, pecan and goat cheese salad with a diet coke for lunch. Tea and strawberries with whipped cream for dessert (if I'd eaten the whole thing it would have been 110 but everyone was so enchanted by the bowl of berries I graciously shared). I came home feeling full and virtuous, hard to do at a place that won the two of top slots on The Center for Science in the Public Interest;'s 2011 Xtreme Eating Awards.

Cheesecake Factory Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake: 1,540 calories, 59 grams saturated fat.
Cheesecake Factory Farmhouse Cheeseburger (“topped with grilled smoked pork belly, cheddar cheese, onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo and a fried egg”): 1,530 calories, 36 grams saturated fat, 3,210 milligrams sodium.

There are things at that place that have more calories than I eat in a day. Uggh. It's at times like this I'm glad I live in a place where chains have to post their calorie counts, even though I am philosophically opposed to the law forcing them to do it.

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PSALMISTLD 7/27/2011 10:05AM

    GFY!!! You emerged victorious! emoticon

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FAITH012 7/26/2011 7:16PM

    way to go. Good work on making healthy choices. You have motivated me to think about doing some fighting.


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FILLANGES 7/26/2011 5:17PM

    CONGRATS to you on your victory! Way to go! Keep up those great efforts. Take care and God Bless.
In his service, Rick emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BIGDAD1211 7/26/2011 4:39PM

    Good for you!! Way to go!!

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STILLFLYIN 7/26/2011 9:15AM

    emoticon on the food choices. Your choices sound really delicious and no pain of denial.

Yeah, I agree on the philosophical thing. Although such things are occasionally nice.

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NEELIXNKES 7/26/2011 8:49AM

    emoticon on making good choices!!

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GOSPELCLOWN 7/25/2011 8:25PM

    We don't have that law. I have to just guess how much sodium does this taste like and how many calories could that have?

You did a great job today!

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Worth the wait and the effort

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I'm pondering the nature of time and patience over a refreshing glass of iced tea. Seems unrelated but it isn't. To make my tea I had to start last night. I had to brew a cup of strong English Breakfast tea, add a teaspoon of Splenda with Fiber and stick it in the fridge if I wanted to enjoy this glass with breakfast. And if I want to see the body, mind and soul I know I want to have I have to keep doing the prep work now. It isn't about the finish line, it's about starting towards it every day.

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NEELIXNKES 7/18/2011 9:04AM

    emoticon I often brew a few cups at a time so that I have it to grab in the future or I brew a very strong cup and then cut it with cold water and ice so that I can enjoy it sooner.

Have a terrific week!

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STILLFLYIN 7/16/2011 11:57AM

    And it's about learning to enjoy the process!

Mmmm, I love my tea. Except I mostly drink mine straight.

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PMFISH 7/16/2011 11:54AM

    Planning always gives us a better chance of sucess. Whether it is about our bodies or about our work. You have your plan in place. emoticon

We will be seeing less of you in no time. emoticon

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Out to Dinner

Thursday, July 14, 2011

So we went out for dinner tonight with another couple kind of on a whim, so I hadn't planned for it in the day's calories. As a result I went over by about 250 calories but I'm still super proud of myself. I had no bread, no desert, only a glass and half of wine and I still got to have some foie gras. I got a pleasant surprise when I logged that because I didn't realize it had any nutritional value, I thought it was all fat but it's got protein, lots of vitamin A and a good dose of iron. Still lots o' fat but that's why it is so very very tasty. Mostly unsaturated though, another surprise. Since I split it with the hubby I got fewer calories from that then I did the Lean Pocket I had for lunch. Go figure. Did get a little flack for pausing the refilling of my wine glass until the entrees came and for not wanting desert. And for saying I was watching my calories and then ordering foie gras but I think that's fair :). Hubby is generally in favor of healthy eating but he wanted to split deserts, ice cream and sorbet. I was just ordering tea but said ok, I'll order the sorbet. Turned out he wanted me to order the ice cream so I just passed and he got his sorbet and didn't share. Joke was on him though, it came with blueberries which he won't eat so I got desert after all :-P


C25K W4D2

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Along with coming back to SP I'm coming back to C25K. I didn't start at the beginning again because I haven't let my exercise lapse that entirely so I started with week 4 on Tuesday, which felt pretty good, and then another 30 hour on the elliptical so I still felt like I got enough of a work out. Today I tried doing the intervals with hills thrown in on the treadmill setting. It wasn't too bad but I'm pretty beat now. I had to remind myself at 3pm, after the gym and a client call, that I should eat something and then I might feel less dead since I still hadn't eaten lunch. So I just ate a Lean Pocket and had a caffine free diet coke and feel human enough to contemplate some email and one more "half hour session of quality work" before I call it a day. In addition to SP and C25K I'm also reading a book called "The Now Habit" which helped me a lot years ago but I've fallen back into my evil procrastinating ways. Don't know what brought on this spurt of self improvement, just generally fed up with myself I guess. I want to have kids in the next few years and for a while it felt like I could barely take care of myself. Now, after my blog post yesterday about hating the me in the mirror, I can say I looked over at the mirror while I was hoofing it on the elliptical and even though I drenched in sweat, hair done up in a messy bun, I looked good. I looked strong.


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