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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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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:)


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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)
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.

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