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Day 113! Busy week!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

It really has been a busy week at work. I've been trying hard to catch up on all my Communicable Disease cases but it seems like I close one and then get 3 new ones. ARGH. Then on Tuesday & Thursday our dietitian was out sick and so I got to play our nutritionist on television... and Wednesday was Immunization day... and during Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I was also working on another tempest in a teapot... a suspected measles case that was determined not to be measles (yay!)... but it still took up a lot of time before that. I came home on Tuesday and told Mark that even though I only work a 7.5 hour day, I had done about 4 hours of WIC nutrition, 3 hours of WIC clinic and 2-3 hours of Communicable Disease... ARGH again.

Somehow I have managed to keep myself exercising despite it all, mostly in the evening when I'm feeling basically like shredded wheat and grated cheese. I have been fighting making my lunches in the morning since I have been so freaking tired all week too. I should make my calorie burn goal of 2700 for the week... I have far surpassed the minute side of the equation.

We are getting to the height of summer in Missouri, which means humidity and heat... and no weather fit for man nor runner out there. Actually this summer hasn't been as bad as they usually are, so far. I even got out and ran yesterday evening... it felt so good. I ran 1.3 miles straight, it's less outside since my natural pace is nearly 6 mph. I run fast outdoors with my music than I do on treadmill. I think seeing the numbers on the TM is kind of a psych out thing.

I got back to 30 Day Shred Level Two for the 1st time since the brain-sucker virus knocked me back. I'm doing it pretty heavily modified, but I really liked it. It got me sweating like a pig. I will most likely be alternating between levels one and two for awhile. I'd still like to be able to do full push ups on Level One before moving off of it altogether. I know Jillian Michaels designed it to be a 30 day program, but I think it will be more of a 90 days thing for me. So I'm slow, but I get there like the tortoise.

Tonight Mark and I had a nice date. We had free movie passes and a TGI Friday's gift certificate... we had a great dinner, both ordering from the Right Portion Right Price Menu... he ordered the 6 oz sirloin and I ordered the Key West Shrimp... we each had half the steak and a skewer of shrimp with a pile of broccoli. After that, we got the order of dark chocolate cupcakes with raspberry sauce and split it... 1 cake each. So we had a nice meal for about $6... that was the tip. Then we went to see Mamma Mia! LOVED IT! Mark took me to see the stage show several years ago at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis (fabulousfox.com), which was wonderful and the movie was wonderfully well done. Meryl Streep can actually sing... I love her in comedies, don't like her dramas, though. So if you like ABBA and fun, it's a great movie to see.

I could just type and type tonight, but I'm tired and we have to get up for groceries, oil change, etc in the morning!

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JIBBIE49 8/2/2008 12:52AM

    Keep watching those numbers on the TM. emoticon

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Granola perfected methinks & day 108 & great book & netflix discovery

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Well, I didn't accomplish quite so much as I did last Sunday or as much as I wanted to today... but it wasn't a bad day overall.

Laundry got done, got the week's granola made (best batch yet), made dinner, helped out at the morning church service, also had a great treadmill session!

First, the granola... is so good! Has ground flaxseed, oats, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, coconut, cocoa powder, dehydrated milk powder and a ton of other great things in it. Very Very tasty and kinda' chewy too! It's not vegan, but it is vegetarian and works for someone needing a gluten free diet.

Today is day 108... I treadmilled for 4.05 miles and I ran 2.25 miles of that. A 5 mph pace is getting comfortable for me. I will need to bump that up soon. My goal now is to get where I can run the 3.1 miles that is equivalent to a 5K.

I am reading an excellent book that I really have to recommend to everyone. I checked it out of the library and have made it about 1/3 of the way through already. It's called "Mindless Eating" by Brian Wansink PhD. He goes into the research that has been done about how and why Americans eat as much as they do. It's fascinating stuff and it's written as to be approachable by about anyone. It's also fun to read since he has a sense of humour. He talks about how the bigger our plates and the bigger the packages we buy, the more we tend to eat... a lot of it is psychological. Re1.ally interesting and useful stuff. The North Dakota wine is hilarious.

I also found that I can check out exercise DVDs from my library. Additionally, Netflix has exercise vids you can watch instantly. I worked out with an older Jillian Michaels yesterday and it was really good. So there are a few budget helpers for us poor folk!

I'm really tired tonight. I just created a new exercise mix based on the guidelines of the Spark Article "Running Workouts to Build Endurance"... you can access that from my Spark Page faves. Here's my playlist:
1. Early Morning (A-Ha)
2. Don't Pay the Ferryman (Chris DeBurgh)
3. Love Can Do (Amy Grant)
4. Run Like Hell (Pink Floyd)
5. Machines (Giorgio Moroder)
6. Bounce Right Back (Howard Jones)
7. Someone Else's Story (Helen Sjoholm)
8. Song for Ireland (Mary Black)

I have pretty varied musical tastes! Anyway have a good night... wanna' go read more of my book.

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ANNIEONLI 7/30/2008 9:56AM

    I was waiting for you to comment on the perfect granola recipe...I think I'll try your recipe now!

Hope all is well!!!


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It's 22 years and it will be day 106...

Friday, July 25, 2008

I have gone over my top calories today by 120, but today was special really. It's 22 years since hubby and I met at a science fiction convention in St. Louis (Archon).

I had the lunch at which I made the wrong choice... and then we had the same food which we try to recreate every year... Not too bad, considering we were at a con!

Ramen cup soup, applesauce, peanut butter/apple butter sandwiches on wheat, pepsi. Our daughter knows the date, the foods, and loves this meal almost as much as Thanksgiving.

So my calories are way up... and Biggest Loser Power Sculpt just arrived in the mail... so I will be trying it out and working to burn off a few of these extra calories. My dinner just needs to settle some.

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BATHMOM 7/26/2008 9:54PM

    Ooohhh, that is so romantic! emoticon

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ANNIEONLI 7/26/2008 12:50PM

    Lovely, you know, just lovely. What a special thing to do every year!

A slump is a slump - this too shall pass. Just keep up what you are doing. Getting sick always throws a wrench in the works, it just takes time....don't beat yourself up too much! This too shall pass. Before you know it - 2 pounds will be gone in the blink of an eye.


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Motivational Slump...

Friday, July 25, 2008

After being sick last week and managing to push through with just a little bit of exercise, I am just having a huge bout of the "I-don'-wannas". I am maintaining but finding it hard to make those salads and healthy lunches in the morning. I am also finding it hard to get my stuff together to exercise the way I want to. I'll be lucky to hit my 2500 calorie burn goal this week.

It probably has something to do with the motivation I had to put forward from when I was sick. Also my schedule has made it hard at times this week... like yesterday. Thursday we work an extra 2 hours and only get a 30 minute lunch (we get one comp day per month for it). But it's hard to get in even a good walk and eat to start with and then my son had his orchestra concert last night (which was very good and I'm glad I went), but I didn't get home until 8:30 pm after leaving at 7 am for work. That's one long day. I'm really not sure how I pulled out the motivation to do that hour exercise vid, but I did.

Today I had a hard time motivating myself to put anything together. This morning I did manage to grab some homemade granola, chips and homemade salsa, and that was about it. I had some light canned fruit and a south beach pizza and grapes and carrots leftover from other days. So I wouldn't starve or be unhealthy. However I'd forgotten that I have a lunch meeting today with food provided... and that can be a bane or blessing, depending on what they have. However I think there will be a veggie option, so I will work on maxing out on that.

I also love the fact that here I reach a motivational slump and I get this in my Jillian Michaels morning e-mail (don't pay for her plan/website, just get the e-mails):

“Stay the Course
So you're well on your way to achieving your weight-loss goals. Feels good, right? Remember, though, my program is about total health. Those changes you're implementing in your life? They've got to be PERMANENT, baby. You might get into a size 8, or have a six-pack to show off, but that doesn't mean you can cheat, get lazy, or stop counting your calories.

Keep in mind, all this work — mental and physical — is helping you look at your life in new ways, with deeper insight and understanding. The bottom line is this: You can never go back to your old way of life if you want to maintain your new physique. You're on the wagon, my friend. As with any kind of recovery, just because you're rehabilitated doesn't mean you can't relapse.
All that soul-searching and honest examination has to continue. All those behavior modifications and healthy, life-affirming habits you learned have to stay in place every day for the rest of your life.
I know, it sucks and it's hard. Whatever. It's the truth. The good news is that it will get easier. You'll get accustomed to how awesome it feels to treat yourself well, not to mention how awesome you look every time you catch your reflection in a store window or look in the mirror! Eventually, behaviors and choices you've had to think through will become gut instinct.
You can do this. Remember, you're doing it right now. “
And then I get a Biggest Loser Club e-mail with a link to Ali talking about where she is now and that is very helpful. I will probably bookmark it just to have it where I can see it. http://link.brightcove.com/services/player

Well, the lunch meeting wasn't so bad, IF I'd made a better choice. I chose turkey and got meat, cheese and bread. I only ate half because it was a big sandwich. I ate half the pasta salad and left the cookie. It was still a TON of calories. But I will just adjust dinner and it will all work out... as will I when I get home!


Yesterday was day 104! Biggest Loser Cardio Max Review...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I'm sitting here at work with my tub of bunny food.... the sickness has passed as far as I can tell. I think I scared it away with exercise.

Yesterday was a crazy exercise day. I managed Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred Level One, a set of SP strength exercises, and wogged 2.46 miles at lunch (ran 11 of the 30 minutes). It felt most excellent to be back on my game again. Of course, there is a respiratory thing going around here at work and I swear my throat is getting scratchy. (NO NO NO NO... I will NOT be sick.)

My weigh-in today was only 156.8, only down 2/10 from last week, but Aunt Rosie is visiting and that always seems to make my weigh-ins weird. I guess I retain water or something. But my drop last week was 2.2# from the previous week, so I'm not sweating the small stuff. My stats:
Average weekly weight loss: 1.62#
Total loss: 47.8# (23.4%)
Current BMI: 24.5 (started @ 31).

Maybe it's a plateau, maybe not. I've been lucky as the longest one I have had is 10 days so far.

I had the Biggest Loser Cardio Max Workout from Netflix and finally worked my way through all the segments so I could give it a fair evaluation, getting sick really got in the way of that. But anyway, here's my overall review...

The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Workout DVD is pretty good. Over all the workouts are fine, but I have to agree with some other reviews that I have read... they need to change the order of the cardio segments!

Bob Harper (the male trainer on the show) does the Warm Up, Level One & Cool Down segments, all of which are REALLY good. However, Bob's Level One should be the Level Three workout! I found it the most challenging of all three. And his warm up is almost a mini workout in & of itself. He has a yoga-based cool down and stretch that is challenging but very good. I feel very stretched and limber after it!

Jillian's Level Two Cardio segment is fine as level two. It's too advanced for Level One, but not has hard as Bob's segment. Her straightforward non-stop style is evident in this DVD as it is in her 30 Day Shred video. She seems to be serious but having fun.

The Other Gal's (can't remember her name) Cardio segment, which was Level Three on the video, was pretty much a cake walk compared to Bob & Jillian's segments. It was supposed to be a kickboxing thing, but it was pretty lame to me. I felt like it would be a good prelude to harder stuff. Also, she is much more bubbly than Jillian or Bob... and that doesn't work so well with me, personally.

All in all, not a bad workout DVD. It has a customizable feature so you can choose which and how many of each segment you want to do... that's a nice plus. I didn't play with it much, so I'm not sure exactly how to work it. The cast members are actually from earlier seasons of the show... so they are definitely not professionals, which can be distracting or comforting depending on how you do following along with exercise DVDs.

I also wish that there had been more about doing the exercises with proper form... especially since the folks doing the exercises were all over the map in terms of how they were doing the moves... this is more of a safety concern. Most exercise videos I own seem to take the safety component very seriously, including Jillian's 30 Day Shred.

So, there it is.

Have a great day!

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5WOLFCUBS 7/25/2008 11:59AM

    Hey, my library has this video! Cardio is so hard for me. I've been doing the SparkPeople 10 Minute Jump Start Cardio...I think it is getting easier but I've started to dread it. I need a change!

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