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One pound a week

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

So rather than think of the full amount that I would like to lose, I've decided to break it down to one pound a week. That means I'm doing math to create a deficit of 3500 calories per week. Sunday morning began the count down from 3500. So far, I've created a deficit of 349. Sunday was awesome, today not so much. I woke up feeling too dizzy to stand up but managed to to so because I had to. Once I took care of everything (calling work, eating a banana, etc), I headed back to bed. That's where I stayed until 3:00 this afternoon.

Aside from my snacks being not that great (pumpkin pie, choc. chip muffin), I did reasonably well at getting my calories in. Drank my water and ate two servings each of fruit and vegetables.

I started a new treatment today. It's called MAT or Muscle Activation Therapy. It was amazing. Just the difference between how I felt/moved @ 6:30 and how I was an hour later... well, it was amazing. Two pregnancies, three car accidents and 12 half marathons have certainly taken their toll on my body. Hopefully, MAT, chiro and massage can undo all that.

Tomorrow's plan:
-three good meals, two good snacks
-2 L of water
-six servings of fruit and vegetables
-some form of activity that will, hopefully, burn a minimum of 300 calories.

  
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CARILOUIE 10/20/2009 8:16PM

    Losing weight is so much easier for me when I crunch the numbers. Knowing how much you need to take in and how much you need to burn is awesome.
I hope you feel better soon... there are so many kids at my school who are sick and I am trying my darndest to stay healthy.

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KAYAKID 10/20/2009 1:41PM

    Penny, good luck to you! thanks for being my friend! I know you can do this - I am hoping you feel better. I feel ike I am coming down with something myself - I am fighting it off! Maybe a swim tonight will do the trick!!!

Mike


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GEOGIRL 10/20/2009 11:59AM

  Sounds like a good plan Penny :) I just might have to think of things that way too, do you base it on your BMR and then work in your calories consumed and calories burned to get your deficit?



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JOPAPGH 10/20/2009 9:16AM

    It's just like the USA: all about increasing the deficit.

Sounds like a solid, pragmatic plan. I am sure you will succeed.

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KEAKMAN 10/20/2009 9:09AM

    What a brilliantly simple and do-able plan! I LOVE IT! Can't wait to see how you do. And I hope you are feeling better today....was it the flu, or is this dizzy thing an ongoing problem?

Best wishes, and keep us informed...

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BLUEROSE73 10/20/2009 2:52AM

    Sounds like a great plan. Very similar to my own for tomorrow.
Burn 300 calories
100 side lunges.
Eat clean.
I am lucky. I have a 2 hour dance lesson tomorrow night. That will be bonus calories burned over and above my 300 I plan on burning earlier in the day.

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SHERRY03 10/20/2009 1:40AM

    That's great, I like the way you put it more in perspective. 500 cal deficit a day will make your weekly goal.

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Ten reasons to be a big loser.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I started a new challenge with my LIC group this morning. Our first goal is to be the "biggest loser" but each week there are mini-challenges. This week I set out the following:
Take a starting photo (so you have something for comparison in 10 weeks.
Make a journal entry with your top ten reasons for doing this challenge.
Focus on getting your water intake to the minimum 8 glasses/day.
Track your calories.

So here are my reasons -
1) I want my speed back.
2) I want my confidence back.
3) I want my muscles back.
4) I want more energy.
5) I want my knees to stop hurting.
6) I want to stop the emotional binge eating.
7) I want my new clothes to fit again.
8) I want the "funk" caused by feeling "fluffy" to go far, far away.
9) I want to feel strong again.
10) I want to feel sexy again.

Here are my before pictures:


I got my 2L in today. Maybe a little more. I drank a lot of water at the potluck we had for our HM wrap up party.

I didn't track today. Breakfast was under my control but I ate lunch and dinner at Richard's. Potluck food doesn't have nutritional information unfortunately. I'll be on "track" again tomorrow though. You can count on that.

  
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GIGI1222 10/18/2009 1:57PM

    Great list. You do look great already, but you will be happy in 10 weeks that you took before photos! They can be very motivating. I can not wait for after photos!

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ETTEZEUS 10/18/2009 1:55PM

    I like your reasons. This is a great challenge you are in.
I must say though, if you look this good now, then I can't wait to see you in 10 weeks!!


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GEOGIRL 10/18/2009 1:34PM

  Great reasons Penny and thanks for getting this challenge going! I feel so ready for it!
I didn't get to track all my food yesterday either but today I am on track (although ravenous after this mornings run).

I'm not doing the Nike Human Race, my 10k clinic just started on last Tuesday so I think I just need to focus on that for a bit. Our goal race will be the Chase the Elves race I think and I might sign up for the Santa Shuffle since my husbands group is doing that one and I'm also signed up and excited for the Resolution Run :) I think I saw your name signed up for that one? I'm snoopy I know, LOL!

PS oh I did take pics too, I just have to upload and crop them before the world gets to see!

Once again thanks for the running inspiration!

Comment edited on: 10/18/2009 1:35:07 PM

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KAYAKID 10/18/2009 12:43PM

    P, Your goals are great! I love them! good luck to you. You already look good just like bobby said! I would be a little scared to post pictures like this to the whole world. my body not quite as fit as yours. LOL

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CASSIOEPIA 10/18/2009 12:07PM

    Love your reasons for doing this. You sound determined. Lots of goal setting going on. Must be the season!

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KEAKMAN 10/18/2009 10:14AM

    Great reasons! And a great starting photo - can't wait to see how you look in 10 weeks. AND how you feel about your 10 reasons!

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ASPENJULES 10/18/2009 5:04AM

    Wow Penny - I'll take 9 of your 10 reasons. And I have to agree with the Potluck food issue. I've been at dinners out (potluck style) 2 nights in a row, WITH potluck desserts as well! Thank heavens that's it for a while!

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RACING4ME 10/18/2009 2:33AM

    Hey chicka!!

I LOVE your blog! Your reasons for rocking out are awesome, and I can actually feel each of them..LOL:) Can you do your thang double so I can get fit as well???? OK, OK, at least tell me Richard is feeling better!!

Have an amazing weekend:)

Trish

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BLUEROSE73 10/18/2009 12:26AM

    I like your reasons. I could almost copy them to my blog.

Way to go for getting in what you could today. Keep up the good work.

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BOBBYD31 10/18/2009 12:05AM

    P, you already look great! but in 10 weeks i am sure you will have your list beat.
good luck, bobby

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35068 - oops

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thursday was not as good as Wednesday. It was a scheduled rest day although I guess I could have taken the dog for a walk or tobogganed with the kids. Instead I watched 4 straight hours of television.

Calories eaten: 1856 (126 over)
NO EXERCISE
Water: 2 Litres (edited @ 11:30 p.m.... I just know that much water this late at night is going to be an issue) LOL
Fruit/veggies: 7 servings
General feeling: kind of funky. Maybe it's the changing weather pattern or maybe it's TOM but I feel "bleh".

Oh and I blew my deficit.

  
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WORKOUTWITHPAM 10/16/2009 1:36AM

    OK..Shake it off. Tomorrow is a new day, and a chance for a 'new beginning.' I wish you the best in reaching all of your goals.
HUGS
Pam

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34842 calories to go

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Yesterday was day one (again). According to my Spark report, I burned 158 more calories than I consumed. It takes into account my BMR which is 1630.

Calories eaten: 1821 (81 over)
40 minute (5.5 km) run: 349 calories
Water: 2 litres
Fruit/veggies: 7 servings
General feeling: stressed, actually. Running in the snow didn't give me the usual "ahhhh" feeling I get from running. I'll get used to it again, I have no choice but last night was just "GRRR".

Today I don't have any exercise scheduled. Maybe I'll go toboganning with the kids and/or take the dog for a walk. Suddenly, I wish I had a Wii.

  
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RHYNIC 10/15/2009 5:03PM

    Penny - may day one soon turn into day 100. I am also planning a day 1. Oct. 26 will be my day one. gail

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EVAHUNTLEY 10/15/2009 4:24PM

    I'm liking the calorie scount down Penny. Can't wait for the new challenmge to start.

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Half Marathon list

Thursday, October 01, 2009

05/2006 - Vancouver BMO Half Marathon
05/2007 - Bluenose Half Marathon
02/2007 - Hypothermic Half (walked)
10/2007 - Okanagan International
02/2008 - Hypothermic Half
05/2008 - Bluenose Half Marathon
07/2008 - Calgary Half Marathon
10/2008 - Okanagan International
11/2008 - Last Chance Half Marathon
02/2009 - Hypothermic Half
05/2009 - The Big Run

I think that there's one more but I just cannot figure out which one it is :o)
Upcoming!!
10/2009 - Okanagan International






  
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ASPENJULES 10/12/2009 6:08PM

    You are amazing, Penny, and have another one in the bag! Can't wait to read the race report... LOL.

Any thoughts of trying a full marathon, or do you think you're going to stick with the 1/2 M distance? I'd be interested in your thoughts on the matter. emoticon

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RACING4ME 10/12/2009 12:58AM

    OIM in the bag!!! Great job girlfriend:)

HUGE hugs!

T

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WONGERCHI 10/2/2009 2:54PM

    So.......

You like Halfs eh? Who'd have thought it....

Enjoy Kelowna!

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ETTEZEUS 10/2/2009 10:51AM

    Wow!! I didn't realize you have done so many halves. Way to go!!

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CASSIOEPIA 10/2/2009 10:43AM

    Have a great time in Kelowna (and I mean that for the race AND the weekend).

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JOPAPGH 10/2/2009 10:25AM

    Impressive list!

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KAYAKID 10/2/2009 10:01AM

    Penny, What an inspiration you are. thanks for sharing this. It has been great fun getting to know you! New release of body pump today! my trainer said it is harder than the last. of course she would say that. Is your next Hm close to trish? you are giving her big hugs from me right?

Mike


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GEOGIRL 10/1/2009 11:05AM

  Thats so wonderful and inspiring! The half is what I want to get to and thanks to your motivation and praise of the Running Room Program I think I might actually get to my first one next spring.

Keep on running!

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