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Sunday evening update:

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Calories In/Calories Out:
Eaten 1,942
BMR* 1,584
Exercise 568
Total Burned 2,152
Differential -210

Do my 9 km run and get full points for exercise emoticon
Drink 64 ounces of water emoticon
Consume the rainbow of veggies (red, green, white, yellow, purple/blue) emoticon got them all but the blue/purple.
Beat 1180 (I can do this by staying in range) emoticon If only I had the purple/blue freggie. I made 1140

At least this gives me a goal for tomorrow!

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AKASHELLY 10/29/2012 9:20AM

    Nice Job!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 10/29/2012 1:34AM

    For blue/purple try gummy plums - the bite size prunes indiv. wrapped.. Two of them is a serving and it's only 40 calories. My 5 yr old son tried them because we called the gummy plums and he loves them. I finally tried them and they're pretty good!

Or.. Bolthouse Farms Berry Boost Smoothie.. really good for the immune system - super high in antioxidants.


You did better than I did on the calorie differential Sunday. Sigh.. but we keep goign on.

That's IF you can get to a store if you're not on the East Coast where the hurricane is hitting like me.

I was looking for blogs of BLC members I didn't know so I could get the points for the And Toto Too part of the weekend challenge. Thanks!

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KAYE454 10/29/2012 12:03AM

  keep up the great work

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Surprisingly enough..

Sunday, October 28, 2012

this morning's run was pretty fantastic. We did 9 kms in an hour and four(ish) minutes - give or take a red light. However, right now, I'm feeling not so hot. My stomach is making weird and inappropriate noises and I feel just plain "bleh". I'm still going to try to make all my goals for today. I'm on track, for sure.
Today's goals:
Do my 9 km run and get full points for exercise emoticon
Drink 64 ounces of water
Consume the rainbow of veggies (red, green, white, yellow, purple/blue)
Beat 1180 (I can do this by staying in range)

I think my water quota may be met one cup of peppermint tea at a time. I deserve this tho'. Maybe I'll remember this moment the next time I'm face to face with a platter of carbs and sugar. (probably not, though)

Rainbow of veggies list for future reference:

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    Sorry you ended up feeling so wonky! Reading your blogs this morning is helpful to me though as I know today may be a tough day resisting temptation because I woke up at 2:30am and couldn't get back to sleep. Thank you for sharing! I do think you should give yourself kudos for the restraint you did show at the potluck with many of the foods. Best wishes for a good today!

- mary

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BLUE42DOWN 10/29/2012 4:20AM

    emoticon run! Hope your tummy is eased by the tea.

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TKAYSMILES 10/28/2012 7:37PM

    Hope you feel better penny! Great job on the run and the challenge!

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CASSIOEPIA 10/28/2012 6:05PM

    Hope you feel better soon. Have you ever tried ginger teas? They may help with the queasiness.

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COOPSM 10/28/2012 5:56PM

    Feel better Penny!!!

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DEL-AND-COMPANY 10/28/2012 5:22PM

  Way to go, man! Keep up the good work. emoticon

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SHASTABEARZ 10/28/2012 5:13PM

    Sure hope your tummy is feeling better soon!

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When I ask you tomorrow....

Sunday, October 28, 2012

why I feel like I've had such a sluggish run, remind me of this:
Eaten 2,948+
BMR* 1,584
Exercise 560
Total Burned 2,144
Differential 804+

Ugh! I had a potluck party to go to tonight and, despite picking healthy nibbles 80% of the time, I still feel like I've over stuffed myself. I blame thoughtless grazing. Sure, I had fruits and vegetables on half my plate but, if I'm talking and not paying attention, my brain and stomach aren't going to notice that I'm also eating. So full!!

BLC points for today: 1180
Better than yesterday but I still have room for improvement.

Tomorrow's goals:
Do my 9 km run and get full points for exercise
Drink 64 ounces of water
Consume the rainbow of veggies (red, green, white, yellow, purple/blue)
Beat 1180 (I can do this by staying in range)

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/28/2012 4:42PM

    Girl-I'm sure I beat you with calories IN yesterday...UGH! and certainly did'nt burn very many on a 3 mile run. Trying hard to avoid that today. Do your best!

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LMK206 10/28/2012 3:20PM

    I hear ya! emoticon

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GAYEMC 10/28/2012 11:53AM

    It's a new day, keep pushing forward.

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A-STRONGER-ME 10/28/2012 6:14AM

    Shake it off and focus!! emoticon

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ALICIA214 10/28/2012 12:43AM


OH Dear!!!

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JUSTCHELLE75 10/28/2012 12:38AM

    Great goals. You admitted the mindless eating so now you are aware. That's step 1

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Celebrating Today

Friday, October 26, 2012

One year ago today, I held my baby girl for the first time. My life has been forever changed. It's complete now. And a little chaotic at times. emoticon She's a test of my patience and strength, that's for sure. I wouldn't have it any other way. Her brothers love her, her Daddy adores her and I, well I just can't imagine my life without her.

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GAYEMC 10/27/2012 7:54PM

    I can't believe it's been a year already! What a little charmer she is.

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NERDLETTE 10/27/2012 7:16PM

    She is just adorable! Enjoy the chaos while you've got it. They grow up WAAAY too fast!

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CARILOUIE 10/26/2012 11:42PM

    Happy Birthday Roo!!!


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COURAGETOMOVE 10/26/2012 11:24PM

    She is beautiful. Happy 1st. emoticon Birthday!!!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/26/2012 10:52PM

    Sweet Roo!!! Give her a hug from me!!!

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DENAMARIE1 10/26/2012 10:11PM

    Very precious!!!!

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REWIND3 10/26/2012 8:56PM

    Children are definitely the best gift. Cherish every moment. She's a doll. Happy birthday!

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    I think 1st birthdays are more a celebration for the parents: Yeah, we survived the first year!!!!! Today is my MILs birthday. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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MIAMIA7 10/26/2012 6:18PM

    Happy Birthday Roo!!! Can't believe she is a year old! My middle boy, Derek (I believe you met him at dinner at JASR) is 26 today. Give Miss Emily a huge hug from me!

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CHRISTINA791 10/26/2012 5:38PM

    Happy birthday! She shares a birthday with my mom - proof that the really cool ladies are born on this day.

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CASSIOEPIA 10/26/2012 5:38PM

    She's a keeper for sure!


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BLUE42DOWN 10/26/2012 3:23PM

    Happy 1st Birthday to a beautiful little lady.


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DARJR50 10/26/2012 1:42PM

  Enjy her. She looks so sweet.

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LASKIE2 10/26/2012 1:39PM

    She's beautiful, my how times fly by when you are enjoying life with someone you love.

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Time to evaluate my progress

Friday, October 19, 2012

We're six weeks in to BLC20 and one of my weekend challenges is to review and assess my progress before moving forward into the next six weeks. To review, here's what I said I was going to do:


Breakfast: I learned that if I eat before 7 or 8 in the morning, I feel really sick to my stomach. I fixed that by having nothing more than a coffee and banana before my morning bus run and then coming home and having something more substantial.
I've been good at eating at home for this so that helps. I haven't really "planned" anything and have been flying by the seat of my pants. It's worked okay so far: sandwiches, salads, soups, leftovers, etc. All mostly good.
Again, flying by the seat of my pants BUT I've stuck to the plan for the most part where contents are concerned. Paul's had to do most of the cooking because, at least for the first three weeks, I haven't been getting home til after he does. One thing I learned is that, if he's not here to make it for me, regardless of what school I drive for I do NOT have time to make my sandwiches before running.

Week one: I ran three times, did BodyPump twice.
Week two: I ran twice, including my 26th Half Marathon, and cycled once. Classes did not happen.
Week three: I ran 3 times, went for a very long walk but, again, no classes. Did my TNT.
Week four: I ran three times, including my 27th Half Marathon. I also went on a nice hike with some Sparkfriends in beautiful Kelowna, BC. Did my TNT.
Week five: I ran twice, went to NewBody once and BodyPump twice. Did my TNT.

The first week of BLC I was "unemployed". Weeks two through five, I was driving a route that had me getting home in the mornings and evenings too late for classes at GoodLife. Heck, I was almost getting home too late for run club. Now that I'm driving a more sensible route, I'm getting more exercise and OH BOY do I feel much better.

Sleep - I'm not even going to go there. My new "sleep in" time is 8:00. Not impressed.

emoticon Checking in with my team. I've been pretty much keeping on top of that even when it's just to say "Hi, I'm thinking of you". They sure do keep me motivated and on my toes.
emoticon Fitting in the minutes. Okay, maybe this is only half met because the first three weeks it was all I could do to get out for a run BUT I'm calling it a win because I've turned it around.
emoticon Food, when I'm home, is still 80/20. That's my goal so I'm still hanging onto this one.
emoticon I traded the skort & tank for a really nice hoodie. It seemed more appropriate. The new sneakers are pretty darned snazzy.

So that's me and my first 6 weeks of BLC20! Oh, and for what it's worth, I've lost 5 pounds (ish)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GAYEMC 10/23/2012 8:06PM

    I'm impressed Penny! You are doing great.

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ALWAYSOWNIT 10/23/2012 1:40AM

    You have always inpired me and thank you for the time to time checking up on me..really means a lot to me .

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BLUE42DOWN 10/21/2012 11:46PM

    emoticon job so far! Making it work as the job adjustments were happening can be tough, but you didn't let is just become an excuse. emoticon

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PKCTTS 10/19/2012 7:31PM

    The 5 lbs says it all. You'll really kick butt now that you can settle into a better routine.

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PARKERB2 10/19/2012 2:53PM

    Congrats on all your accomplishing and especially the 5 lbs which helps to show your efforts are paying off.

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LJOYCE55 10/19/2012 2:28PM

  Congrats on meeting your goals and buying a new hoodie seems like an appropriate reward. emoticon

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