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Heading into week three...

Monday, November 02, 2009

Focus on getting your water intake to the minimum 8 glasses/day.
Track your calories.
Give up one thing that might be holding you back from your weight loss goals.
Get plenty of sleep each night.
Try a new workout.
Add 15% more minutes to your cardio total from week two.
Strength train! do a little something at least 3x this week.

These are my challenges for this week. Since I didn't lose OR gain last week, I have GOT to get serious this week. Or more serious. So here is what I'm going to do..
I will maintain my water intake.
I will continue to track my calories.
I will get at LEAST seven hours of sleep. This also ties into what I'm giving up this week: late night tv. I WILL be in bed by no later than 10:30. I can record whatever I want to watch if it goes later than that.
I will add 15% to my 242 minutes of cardio from last week. = 278.3 minutes
I will do a minimum of 20 minutes of strength training ever other day.
~need to find a new workout to try~

Here's to a productive week! Go team AMETHYST!!


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GEOGIRL 11/2/2009 3:49PM

  Well not gaining or losing is something I do need to learn how to do, I'm usually up down and all around so I never even know where I "should" be. Halloween always throws a wrench into it all so now that week three had begun just kick some A##! You can do it!

Yay team Amethyst!

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KEAKMAN 11/2/2009 2:01PM

    When I get bored with my ST workouts, I go to and search for some new ones in their archives...just a thought.

I like how you phrased your goals as positive statements - I hope that helps you to stick with them and to feel good about what you are doing for you. Getting into HTC is a big motivator for me.....the Portland Marathon was so far away that saying I need to drop weight before then seems like forever, but HTC moves it up two months (I know, really just 6 weeks, but don't tell me that!)

Have a great week!

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SKOUET 11/2/2009 11:03AM

    Given the treats that were probably surrounding you this week, no gain is quite the achievement! I feel like stealing this post - this is pretty much exactly what I should do this week. Here's to a more serious week!
PS: I went to Superstore yesterday and got those chocolate PMS things. Hopefully I won't need it, but if I turn crazy again, I will for sure try it out! Thanks.

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Let's see if I can finish this before midnight ;-)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Alright, I've been trying to maintain last week's challenges.
The good:
My water has been bang on.
I'm tracking my calories (except yesterday) and I've been keeping my distance from candy.
I've run Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday and TODAY was another "Functional Fitness" class with DB.
The bad:
Too many calories in. Even with the calorie burn(s) I shouldn't be going over on my calories every day.

The ugly:
GAWD, I want chocolate. I was chewing into a wagon wheel wrapper tonight and thought "you'll be letting the team down".... so I threw it back in the snack jar. Decided on a hot chocolate instead. It *kind* of did the trick.
Tomorrow is another day.... I have two goals:
-stay within calories
-stay away from the sweets

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KAYAKID 10/31/2009 12:06AM

    Good luck with the no sweets! wish me luck too.

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GEOGIRL 10/30/2009 2:02PM

  Enjoy that wagon wheel today when its worked into your calories :) I totally remember eating those as a kid! Believe me, if I wasn't allergic to them now I'm sure I'd have a box of them in my pantry.

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PINKCHICK130 10/30/2009 11:35AM

    Taking one for the team...what a trooper. What did me in last week was the pizza & wings I let hubby talk me into ordering. No excuses this week and besides I'm running 16k on the weekend, that should help.

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SKOUET 10/30/2009 2:07AM

    I wish I had read this sooner Penny, those are very wise words! Thanks for sharing. And thank you for your comment in my blog. It's not usually that bad, but I'll give the chocolate a try :)

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RUNNINGWILD 10/30/2009 1:09AM

    oh but you can bet that I'm working that wagon wheel into tomorrow's calorie count LOL

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KEAKMAN 10/30/2009 1:07AM

    You can do it! HOORAY for you for tossing the treat, and finding a better choice!

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Summing up week one

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

In the first week of our biggest loser battle of LIC, my challenges were:
~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.

The starting photo and the journal entry were easily done (sort of). emoticon My water intake was achieved 7/7 days emoticon I tracked my calories every day with the exception of 4 meals... and I was on track the four full days that I entered everything. emoticon

Cardio - I ran 23.2 kms for a total of 190 minutes
Strength training - did this once but I did it hardcore - 60 minutes with Denise Beatty.
Vegetables - I was a little slack here. I usually aim for 6 servings per day. Last week, I made this goal on only 2 days.

This week's goals (which I stole from Team Sapphire) are:
1) To complete and continue last weeks challenges.
2) Incorporate AT LEAST 30 minutes of cardio at least four times this week.
3) To give up one thing that might be holding you back from your weight loss goals. Try it for the week and see how it goes.
4) To make it through to Halloween with minimal cheating !
5) Get plenty of sleep each night!

For number 3, I'm giving up candy. I actually threw away a chocolate today but I ate three gummy fruits... baby steps. In my defense, the gummies weren't Halloween candy. Not much of a defense, eh? Number 5 is my biggest challenge... and on that note, I'm off to bed.

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GEOGIRL 10/27/2009 12:15PM

  It sounds like you really did have a good week one, I only strength trained once too :)

I hear you on the veggie slow down too, I went to two grocery stores and the veggies (not the fruits) were horrible! I touched a zucchini and it was so mushy that my finger poked right through the skin...ewww,I couldn't find an eggplant and the peppers I bought ended up having black spots on the inside. I am normally about eating in season fruits/veggies but I'm already tired of all the squash I've eaten and frozen veggies just don't do it for me.

Keep up the good work and Team Amethyst will kick some A##!

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RUNNINGWILD 10/27/2009 9:55AM

    There were a couple of reasons for the lack of veggies but what it boils down to is laziness and poor choices. I could have had more on the weekend but it was just "easier" not to.
I'm back at it this week and going for a 7/7.
Plus side, I haven't bought any gummies for home. Probably won't be here so I'm not going to buy ANY candy at all. Mayyyybe when it goes on sale ;)

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KEAKMAN 10/27/2009 6:16AM

    I applaud your ability and willingness to throw away the chocolate! What a great accomplishment!

You did great on your goals/challenges last week. I am curious about the slow down on the veggies...why do you think that happened? Busy? No good veggies to be had? Bored with them? Just curious, that's all...

Best wishes on meeting and exceeding all your challenges this week! Here's hoping you have so many trick-or-treaters that you don't even have a gummy bear left over by the end of the night!

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306 down...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I met all of the goals that I set myself for today except one. Unfortunately, it was the second most important one. I did NOT burn my 300 calories.
I don't know.... I worked late and then I came home and ate. After that, nothing seemed to tweak my interest. There are a lot of should haves and could haves that could be a part of this blog but the truth is... I did not.
Nutritionally, I ran my daily feedback report for the day and the only "goal" that I didn' t meet was that I was over on my carbs by 13 grams. I can live with that. It was one of the best reports that I've had in a VERY long time. I'm happy with that.

My big challenge right now is to create a 3,194 calorie deficit by Saturday. Egads, what have I done to myself? LOL

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GEOGIRL 10/21/2009 11:49AM

  You are on the right track and I totally know how hard it is to work out after eating when you just want to sit down and veg. I'm checking out the Daily Reports here for the breakdown of calories consumed, BMR and calories burned for my deficit, I find it interesting but nowhere else is my BMR calculated as high as it is on Spark. I'm keeping track of it to see where I end up at the end of the week but I don't think the 3500 is going to happen for me!

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KEAKMAN 10/21/2009 8:13AM

    Can you walk during lunch at work? Or do some sort of something during breaks? That way you can be nibbling away at those 300 calories and not have such a big chunk at the end of the day.

I like BLUEROSE's idea - focus on your 300 today and just add 100 for today , tomorrow, and Firday and VOILA! there you go!

You can do it! I have faith in you.

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KLBRZE 10/21/2009 12:41AM

    Congratulations on your progress! Celebrate what you are doing right! Saving workouts to the end of the day is hard for anyone. Would earlier work? 300 calories is very do-able!
Good luck and never give up, you are on the right track!

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BLUEROSE73 10/21/2009 12:40AM

    You can do it. Just stop thinking about the whole mountain. Focus on your next 300 calories. Just add 100 more for the next couple of days. You can do this. I know you can.

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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!!!


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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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