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More fitness progress!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The past week was tough, my weigh loss has been stalled for days. I didn't let that discourage me, because the previous 2 weeks were ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL for fitness progress.
Today, the scale rewarded me with another 2 lb loss. January has been AWESOME!
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I recently read a spark thread polling readers about their least favorite body parts. I think most people said they hated their abs.
Not me! I may be fat, but I have to admit, I really love my shape. Close-fitting clothes have always been kind to me. I love my stomach and my hips. Maybe it's the exaggerated bust measurement that makes my waist seem so small, but I'll take it. Hoooray for the classic hourglass!

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JLPNURSE 1/27/2012 7:09PM

    Yah for progress and I like I said on another blog, flaunt what you got!

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PHEBESS 1/25/2012 5:30PM

    Way to go, NB!!!!!!

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MBSHAZZER 1/25/2012 1:19PM

    I think it's much more productive to focus on a body part you love (or at least like!). I don't really have a waist, but I do always have a flat tummy, so I like that part the best. My legs, not so much, but I try to remember that though they may be short and fat, they carry me a lot of miles!

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RADFEN 1/25/2012 12:40PM

    Glad that you realized that your fitness achievements are also important!

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FITWITHIN 1/25/2012 12:27PM

    That's right positive body image. You go girl! emoticon

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How are YOUR New Years resolutions holding up?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Mine are doing GREAT!
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My 5k-per-day resolution is still going strong (and so is my weight loss). So good, in fact, I just returned all of my brand new belts, which are now TOO BIG.

Yesterday was my birthday, so after my 5k, we splurged and went to Shulas, where I had a big 'ole steak and a blue cheese wedge. Yum.
We uncorked a cabernet when we got home, and watched The King's Speech. What a great day. I was so inspired I made reservations for our next next night out.

Today, we finally finished laying the plywood for the new mudroom floor. Yippee! Tomorrow, we'll finish hanging the drywall, and my father-in-law will do the tape and the mud. I'll sand it and paint it during the week, and then next weekend, we'll begin to build the cabinetry. Yahoooo! WHO KNEW it would take so long to do all this????

  
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PHEBESS 1/22/2012 2:45PM

    YAY and happy (belated) birthday!!!!!!

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MBSHAZZER 1/22/2012 7:38AM

    I can feel the energy coming off of you!! Glad to hear you on a roll with the resolutions. My resolution was to be less strict with my diet, but I am not liking the results, so I am breaking it! :D

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TEALPWRAZ 1/21/2012 10:45PM

    So far so good!

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Big improvement on my 5k time

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I can't believe how fast I was yesterday!
I have been using the same trail for years, and I normally associate landmarks along my route with certain times. At my slowest (usually due to having doggie with me) I would be thinking something like '30 minutes, eastern trailhead', then if I was faster, the 30 minute mark was right at the bear enclosure in the nature preserve, after that, it took me 30 minutes to reach the footbridge, if I went a little faster, I could reach the overpass in 30 minutes, and when I was really fast, I could reach the western trailhead in 30 minutes.
Yesterday, I was like a bullet flying over that course. At 30 minutes, the trail was about 100 feet BEHIND me, and I was headed up the paved road through the park. Unbelievable!
And another nice ego boost- I encountered a man walking his dog: a huge and regal Doberman pinscher. As I came upon them, I smiled and said "That's a beautiful animal", and the man smiled back and said "and so are you".
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SHORTY20 1/20/2012 9:29AM

    Nice! It's always great to get faster, and to get nice compliments!

As a side note, I have a huge fear of Dobermans. Our neighbors growning up had 2 of them and they allowed them to roam free all over the neighborhood. I was terrified of them. I had to pass their house each day to get to and from the bus stop and I always tried to tiptoe past so they wouldn't hear me! They chased me more times than I can count. One funny note though, we had a big orange and white tom cat, and one day one of the Dobermans came into our yard and our cat seriously chased him away, it was totally awesome :)

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JLPNURSE 1/19/2012 8:39PM

    aw, very good!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 1/19/2012 12:52AM

    What a nice compliment! :)

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PHEBESS 1/18/2012 1:08PM

    YAY on both being faster and being beautiful!!!!

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MBSHAZZER 1/18/2012 1:03PM

    Double thumbs up!!! Glad to hear you had a great run AND a compliment!

I passed a woman with four Golden Retrievers on Saturday - Goldens are one of my favorite dogs - anyway, i was all excited, like "OOOOH, you are SO lucky, 4 Goldies" but the woman didn't seem as enthused! LOL!

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PJBONARRIGO 1/18/2012 11:02AM

    WHOO HOO for you! It's great to be faster :-)

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How do the celebrities stay so thin?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Today on Live with Kelly Ripa, the guest host (an Olympic athlete) volunteered that when he was younger and in training, he ate 3800 calories for breakfast.
Kelly responded "That's a WEEKS WORTH of calories"!!!

Yeah, maybe she was exaggerating a little, but IMO, not that much. I firmly believe (based largely on my own 40+ years of personal experience) that non-athlete celebrities routinely practice extreme calorie restriction (aka starvation dieting). For celebs over age 40, I'd put money on it.
Sometimes, you hear stories from the few who break the code of silence. So yeah, I guess 542 calories a day might be fairly close to the truth for someone whose career depends on staying size 0.
In some professions, starvation is more than a point of pride. Professional jockeys are frank about extreme dieting. When Laffit Pincay retired, he admitted to an 850 calorie-a-day diet, combined with strenuous workouts, in a constant struggle to maintain his weight. When the legendary Bill Shoemaker retired, the press asked him what he planned to do next. He replied "Eat."

When I feel frustrated by calorie restrictions, I take comfort in the fact that I don't shoot movies and I'm not on TV every day. I remind myself that I live in the real world and size 12 is completely reasonable. I won't be out of a job if I go over 100 pounds, I just need to keep my blood pressure under control and myself out of the plus-size department.
It isn't always easy, but it could be much worse.

  
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KIMWRIGHT7 1/18/2012 5:23AM

  Hello there,
Im in Australia so its kg for me, but a few years ago due to dogged obsession I was down to 66 kg at 175cm- I only stayed that way by eating 900 calories and doing 1.5 hours of exercise a day. the minute I paused, say 1200 calories and 45 minutes of exercise I speedily went back to my bodies natural weight, around 70-73kg. At the moment I have 10 extra on (it was a busy neglectful 18 months) but I believe there is a bodies preferred weight, one that is sustainable by reasonable eating and exercise, and that weight is also different for everybody..and that is hard to accept on a hard day.

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TARABEAR 1/15/2012 6:15PM

    Good point. I'm sure it also doesn't hurt that they can afford personal chefs and daily personal training sessions in their own homes. But, I still wouldn't want that life, either!

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SECRETFUN 1/14/2012 12:48PM

  Good post!

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JLPNURSE 1/14/2012 12:14PM

    I would not want to do it for sure!

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MBSHAZZER 1/13/2012 11:17AM

    I am so glad that I don't *have* to be thin. I guess the exhaustion of trying to survive on so few calories is ameliorated by that huge paycheck.

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PHEBESS 1/13/2012 11:02AM

    So true!!!! Models are even worse - I can't believe some of the women who look skeletal!

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TUCKERKT 1/13/2012 10:55AM

    Great perspective! You're right, even when we think we can't have that 'extra' if we were a celebrity we would have never have gotten to the first one. Take pleasure in the goodness that we do count and allow our self to indulge in because we actually can look in the mirror and see our own beauty and the accomplishment of feeling healthy!

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I had fish, he had pizza

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Even though I never join him, my spouse still buys full size frozen pizzas. Even though he hates leftovers.
He will bake a pizza and sit down beside me and chow down, but he can only eat half a pizza; so he wraps up the leftovers in foil and refrigerates them. The day after, he ignores them and looks for his next meal.

I *used* to eat the leftover pizza for lunch to solve this problem. Once I began my weight loss journey, I quit. I'd let them sit in the fridge for a few days until he got around to them, or I'd toss them over the fence to the neighbor's dog.

But I think I have stumbled on another way to motivate him: cook something he doesn't like. And if it is leftovers from a meal he didn't care much for in the first place, all the better.

Today I had reheated red snapper, and he finally unwrapped his leftover pizza. Then we had lunch. And all was right with the universe.

This evening I will do my 5k and he will sit in a chair for a few hours.

  
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MBSHAZZER 1/13/2012 11:17AM

    I have the same issue, except my partner complains both about his weight AND the healthy food I prepare!

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JLPNURSE 1/13/2012 8:30AM

    Good solution!

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PHEBESS 1/12/2012 8:38PM

    Would it work to cut the pizza in half and bake just half at a time? (We go and just order by the slice.)

I have to laugh at your title, though - tonight we went out, Richard had a burger and fries, I had grilled chicken with grilled vegs and mushroom risotto. YAY for us!!!!!

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TARABEAR 1/12/2012 8:04PM

    Great job! Pizza can be a hard one to ignore. Although, there aren't many frozen varieties that interest me. I wonder if he assumed you ate the ones that went over the fence to the dog. lol

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