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X-Weighted Connect Assignment #1

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

So, on Saturday, I attended the X-Weighted Connect event. This week is all about "Housekeeping". Or goal setting as it turns out. I have to journal the following:
*weight-loss goal - 128(ish) - my pre-pregnancy weight.
*current weight/BMI - 24 (normal)
*realistic time frame - in a perfect world, 10 weeks from now - May 16, 2012
**Why do I want to lose weight?
Currently, I do not feel like my "healthy" self.
**Why I don't want to lose weight?
I'm too comfortable?

Maybe. I don't really have anyone or anything pushing me to lose weight. I have four very good reasons to be healthier, though so I'm going to focus on that and hope that everything else falls into place. In the meantime, I'm going to ponder the reasons why and why not.

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BOBBYD31 3/8/2012 10:15PM

    sounds like an interesting assignment

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CASSIOEPIA 3/7/2012 7:50PM

    Some thought provokers there. Sounds like a neat workbook, and good for you to actually get the work done.

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RUNNINGWILD 3/7/2012 5:47PM

    It's a workbook that I'll be using for the next 12 weeks. :)

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ASPENJULES 3/7/2012 5:35PM

    Yep, guess that's why you have a week to do this. They really are good questions.

I think my answer to the Why dont' I want to lose weight is same as yours... I'm comfortable with my lifestyle, and would have to add, I really like eating easy junkier food.

As for the why I want to lose weight... I guess that's why I started the Bucket List thread, to remind myself of all the fun things I want to do, that I really need to be fitter and healthier for. I suppose I should say because I want to be healthy for my husband and kids in my old age but that just isn't motivation enough for me.

Thanks for sharing! Will you go back again next saturday, or how will you get your next assignment? Feel free to share again! emoticon

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LIZZYP609 3/7/2012 4:02PM

    Wow that is a good couple of questions there...

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6th of March

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

So far this month I've been doing okay. For my "no candy, no baked goods, no Tim Horton treats" to myself, I've had two slips. On Paul's birthday (03/02), I had cake. Yesterday, I was talking to my mom on the phone and felt a little stress. Before I knew it, I had unwrapped and eaten a piece of salt water taffy. The *good* news is, I put back the 4 others that I had in my hand and did not eat them.
I'm on a six day streak for drinking 64 ounces of water a day.
I'm 5/6 for fruits and vegetables.
I've been working out. I've been running. I've been tired.
Today, Roo had her first swim lesson. She was such a good girl. The pool was "colder than usual" as per the instructor and we only had to go to the hot tub and warm up once. I was very proud.

Tomorrow is weigh-in day. On Friday, I'm going to get my trainer/friend Lisa to do my measurements for me. It's about time I start tracking something other than my weight. At the very least, it'll give me another inanimate object to yell at.

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WOODHEAT 3/8/2012 8:20AM

    Penny - You've always been one of my inspirations here at Spark People and you continue to be one!

Enjoy life! Enjoy Roo! Be healthy!

Life is good!

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TAMTAM64 3/7/2012 1:02PM

    Penny - have I told you lately how you inspire me to keep on going. I love reading about your work-outs, your running, your fun & funny times with little Roo, and I especially love the way you "yell" at the scale. :)

Keep on going strong. You setting a great example for Little Roo. I can't wait to see you at JASR.


Comment edited on: 3/7/2012 1:02:57 PM

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    YAY!!! LOVE all the pics of you and Roo at the pool-her swimsuit is adorable!
And for you-super high 5s on putting that taffy back! I hope the measurements will show you all that you're doing is worth it. Mine sure did and I'm hoping for more of the same this month!

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CASSIOEPIA 3/7/2012 8:53AM

    Good for you to put the rest of the salt water taffy away. Top marks for tat!

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February went POOF!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

This is a month for challenges: I'm giving up candy and baked goods. I'll also be skipping my "treats" from Tim Horton's. In the meantime, on the 3rd, I'm going to an X-Weighted seminar/boot camp with Paul Plakas -
On the 17th, I'm going to another Shred boot camp with Tommy Europe -
On the 29th, I will be boarding a plane, with little Roo, and heading to Pittsburgh to run the JASR half marathon with Spark friends. All but one I've never met. ALL of them I've been waiting years to meet and I'm so excited that I cry every time I think about it. Or talk about it. Or write about it. (every.single.time)

So, to recap February!
My goals were:
*More days within calorie range.
*More gym time.
*More days with at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies.
*More days with at least 8 glasses of water.

To be honest, I dropped the first goal when I realized that, since I'm still eating to support two appetites, 1700 calories was not nearly enough. So basically, I'm eating until I'm no longer hungry and shifting the focus on keeping my carbs/fats/protein percentages where they should be (50/20/30). I've been nearly bang on all month. My main difficulty has been getting enough protein. And entering my manual foods in correctly emoticon
More gym time - I signed up for my friend Ali's "Burn" class which is kind of like an evil blend of Les Mills classes offered at GoodLife plus whatever else she feels like throwing at us that day. So! Gym time is not happening but strength training has not suffered. I've done 6 classes with Ali plus one BodyPump class for a total of seven hours of strength. For March, I'll be adding more. I also ran 15 times for a total of 68.9 kilometres and walked 4 times for another 11.48 kilometres.
More days with more fruits and vegetables - 5+ servings on 22/29 days
More days with at least 8 glasses of water - 26/29 days

I think I met my goals. I certainly blew January out of the water. I'm down 1.5 pounds since the beginning of the month, too. This makes me happy. I'm well on my way to getting back to my size 6 jeans.

Annnnd, it wouldn't be a blog w/o a new picture of Roo - She's now 4 months old. This was taken to "update" the pic of her first meeting with her brothers, Logan and Colin.

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 3/2/2012 12:13PM


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JENNNY135 3/2/2012 11:06AM

    Wow, you're awesome doing so much this month. You inspire me.

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CASSIOEPIA 3/1/2012 8:49PM

    I almost cry every time I think about JASR too. Gosh I would love to be running again.

Great job on February, and all you have planned for March.

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CARILOUIE 3/1/2012 5:59PM


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I feel the need....

Friday, February 24, 2012

to blog. Bet you thought that I was going to say "the need, for speed", didn't you? I'm not. I don't even know what I want to say tonight but I had the urge to open the "add a blog entry" window and start typing. Weird huh?
Maybe it's because I'm fighting the urge to have a full on chocolate splurge. Maybe it's because my workout got cancelled and I have excess energy. Either way, here I am.
Roo's sleeping quietly in her bassinet/playpen. We've been trying to get her in there for as many hours as possible since Friday. So far, her record is 9. Nine blissful, cuddle with my honey, straight hours of rest. The last two nights have been not so blissful. Here's hoping tonight we do better.
Tomorrow morning Roo has her 4 month check-up. FOUR MONTHS!! Where the heck has the time gone? Wasn't the day before yesterday October 26th? This keeps up and we'll blowing out a birthday candle. I'M NOT READY!!!

*SIGH* I think I'll try sleeping. Here's a new pic of Roo for all her Sparkfans:

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CARILOUIE 3/1/2012 5:38AM

    Crazy - I remember learning that you were preggers, learning that it was a girl, and all that other jazz. She is just too cute! I can't wait to meet her!!!

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BOBBYD31 2/24/2012 8:11PM

    awww sweet roo! take the sleep while you can get it, i remember those days of very little sleep.

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 2/24/2012 12:02PM

    She is soooo sweet!

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CASSIOEPIA 2/24/2012 8:37AM

    I actually thought your need was to vent last night, since I had already read that your run got cancelled. Bummer. Guess winter got some motivation back, and decided to try a little.

And yes, it goes way too fast. I am so very lucky that they aren't far from me, but still miss them hugely.

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CINERICIA 2/24/2012 8:22AM

    Yesterday I laying my oldest daughter down in her crib. Today she is waiting to her back from colleges and starting her first job. The time never slows down. (Sigh.)

Absolutely adorable, by the way.

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VLKSHA 2/24/2012 7:49AM

    love the pics. My little one is 5 and still carries around that stuffed animal we tucked under her arm at that age. It was a bright pink bear; a little grey today. Boy the time really does fly. Enjoy every moment even the sleepless ones.

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BLUEROSE73 2/24/2012 7:44AM

    Love the pics. And you'll get to sleep through the night again... someday.

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JASR countdown

Monday, February 20, 2012

Alright, it's official: Roo and I are going to Pittsburgh. Since Friday, we've booked our flight, had her passport photo taken, secured our room reservation with the lovely Suezette AND ordered the passport. They assure me it'll be here by March 9th. *fingers crossed*
Now I have to, like, train. OMIGOSH. I haven't run a half marathon in almost a year. The MOST I've run is 10 kms and the most I will have run by the end of March is 12 kms (with a little bit of hill training). Having said that, I'm not in this to win it so, even if I have to walk, I will finish.
"Excited" does not even begin to describe how I feel right now. I've met a lot of Sparkpeople over the years but there are a few on this trip that I have waited years (YEARS!) to meet. I've been happy dancing since they gave me the receipt for Roo's passport.

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JONAHSADIE 2/22/2012 4:59PM

    How exciting! I have met only a few people from SP and this will be by far, the most I will meet.

I have been sidelined with hip issues so I know I will be far slower on the 1/2 than you will!

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JOPAPGH 2/22/2012 8:17AM

    That will be the cutest passport ever. My younger brother has one like that on his green card from when we relocated from the UK to the USA.

So looking forward to the meet and greet and race day!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/21/2012 11:28AM

    YAY!!!! I am thrilled for ALL of you!!!!

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CASSIOEPIA 2/21/2012 8:53AM

    So excited for you (and disappointed for me at the same time). You all are going to have such a great time. And SCORE that you get to room with Suezette. How cool is that!

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CARILOUIE 2/21/2012 5:27AM

    OMG How stinkin' cute is that passport photo?!?!?!?

I can't waiiiiiiiiiiit!!!!!

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BOBBYD31 2/21/2012 12:05AM

    we are so excite to have you come to jasr this year! you probably won't get to hold roo much all weekend

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ETTEZEUS 2/21/2012 12:04AM

    And i've been happy dancing since I made the room reservations!!
I Can't Wait!!!

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