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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sometimes its so easy to overlook the obvious.

I got a Wii 2 years ago, and last year added a Wii Fit Balance board to the equation. I love my Wii because I'd much rather be up and moving during a game than sitting and pushing buttons. I was struggling with workouts a little bit because sometimes my day catches up with me and then its 8pm at night, everyone is asleep (DH works 3rd shift so he sleeps from 2pm to 10 pm). As much as I would like to use the Wii to work out, I am afraid of waking everyone.

I forgot that, in addition to the games where you bounce around, there is the "Strength" and "Yoga" sections that I can use to get a workout in a non-bouncy way.

And before you yell at me, yes I know Coach Nicole has all of those videos. Thank you SparkFriends who steered me towards them. Its just the computer room is really COLD. There's no heat back here. The TV room where the fireplace is much more comfortable.

And then afterwards I can sit back with my Roku & watch Glee. (Or Bones. Or Castle. Or Eureka. Or Warehouse 13. Um... That's about it.)

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NIGHTJADE 1/26/2012 7:57AM

    I used to love my Wii Fit! It made jogging on the treadmill bearable when I turned on the jogging feature that doesn't require the balance board. With all my moving around the country, though, my treadmill and wii ended up at my mom's house. Good for you for getting on it! emoticon (PS those are all excellent shows!)

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MMMCGORTY 1/24/2012 9:48AM

    You are not alone! I too have joined the slacking wii community. I do think about doing something on the wii just about every night but like you said, the day catches up with you. I'm going to get on that wii at least 1 time before Friday!


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NYHARLEYHUN 1/23/2012 3:18AM

    I also need to break out my Wii fit and balance board again. Have gotten "slack" about doing much else than walking on my treadmill. I know that's also good for me- but thinking it would also be a good idea to switch things up a bit!
Good Luck with your workouts!

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Eggs and Triathalons

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I'm going thru eggs like some kind of crazy woman.

Because now, instead of having an egg, I have 2 egg whites. So each dozen is getting used up twice as fast. All of a sudden, my egg budget DOUBLED.

On the plus side today, thanks to my new SparkFriends, I've been having this crazy idea about running a triathlon. I mentioned this to the trainer at my gym today who was SUPER enthusiastic and supportive. There are 2 in the area, one Sprint and one full sized, but allows teams. I'm going to broach the idea of a team with some family members.

Do I really want to do this? I dont know. I know I'm tired of being a size 18, and I'm the kind of person that benefits from a competitive goal. I will likely try the training for a bit and see how it goes.

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SCAREWALDORF 1/21/2012 2:38AM

    Triathlons seem HARD to me, because I hate swimming and I hate biking. Do it, and I will be in TOTAL AWE of you!

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PIXIEMOMMY18 1/20/2012 6:21PM

    At least eggs are not too expensive :)

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DOGLADY13 1/19/2012 6:17PM

    I hope I was one of the people who inspired you. YES! YES! YES! Do it!

I highly recommend the JENNSWIMS approach - your own private sprint triathlon. I felt no pressure to compete, which made it much harder for me to quit when I thought I'd never finish the 20K bike ride. I am still feeling really proud of myself and I am planning on doing it again in February.

Re - eggs -- maybe you should do a cost comparison with fresh eggs v. egg beaters. It would be less wasteful.

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Lood Guck!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

For those of you who have recieved some kind of comment from me and may have raised an eyebrow at the phrase "Lood Guck!"

I spent way too many years in Theatre, not professional, just amateur & college stuff, to use the phrase Good Luck lightly. It's like "The Scottish Play" by Shakespeare - we just don't use that type of language around here.

Anyway, the scale has not moved, but my clothes are feeling a bit looser. A figment of my imagination, or a sign of things to come. Who knows. Wish me "guck!"

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DOGLADY13 1/17/2012 8:16PM

    emoticon I will take inches lost every time. I went from a size 14 to size 12 and didn't lose any weight. My body fat percentage went down.

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OPTIMIST1948 1/16/2012 1:41PM

    Look guck is it own thing. "The Scottish Play" - do a Google search on "The Scottish Play" and it will pop right up. Just "Beware the Ides of March!"

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NUOVAELLE 1/16/2012 2:38AM

    Lood guck! I like it! I'm not aware of this Shakespeare's play. Do you meant that this phrase is used in it or that Shakespeare tends to reverse letters in the same way? Whatever the case, I wish you with all my heart: "Lood guck!!!"

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RANGERAMPS 1/15/2012 8:26PM

    Lood guck! It's always good that your clothes feel lose even if you don't lose weight. You may be losing fat and gaining muscle. Either way you are getting smaller. Sometimes you have to look on the 'bright' side and try not to always use the scale as your only measurement of success.

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Measuring cups are dirty - AGAIN

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I'm a reasonably healthy eater, but my problem has *always* been volume/portion control. So one of the things I'm concentrating on for Phase 2 is WHAT I am eating and how much. I asked for a scale for my birthday and have 2 sets of measuring cups. Between the 2, I've really been working on "what does it look like."

Sorry, no pithy ending because as Peg Bracken said in her "I Hate To Cook" cookbook, eyeballing quantities and weights is an intensely personal journey of discovery. Get the idea to fix solidly in your head. And nobody can do that but you.

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TEACHLIZARD 1/15/2012 8:21PM

    I have learned to love measuring. It has helped me lose many pounds, plus I have discovered that you usually get more of somethings when you weigh it over counting! I always get this happy feeling like I'm getting something extra.

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DOGLADY13 1/14/2012 10:31PM

    I have "landmarks" on my dishes. For instance, I know that up to the silver line in the middle of my china bowls is a cup of pasta.

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BALANCEDJESS 1/14/2012 10:31PM

    This is really great advice--learning about what the serving size looks like so you don't have to measure it every time! I want to start doing this.

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PIXIEMOMMY18 1/14/2012 3:39PM

    Measuring portions correctly is a biggie with me too. it doesn't matter how healthy the food is if you eat double or triple portions.

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8 M&Ms

Thursday, January 12, 2012

101 calories!

(Stunned silence)

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DOGLADY13 1/13/2012 9:01PM

    M&Ms are the work of the devil.

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DESERTDREAMERS 1/12/2012 10:49PM

    And seriously, who only eats 8? That's not even a handful!

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