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New fitness toys!

Monday, September 08, 2008

I'm wearing a belated birthday present from my husband: a hydrating Camelbak backpack to wear while running! It's the smallest size, quite sleek & light, with a flexible liter container for water & a connecting tube that I can drink from. Isn't that a cool idea?

Last week during my two-hour walk/run in the forest preserve I didn't see a single drinking fountain. This despite the fact that in several places the trail goes through large cleared picnic areas with shelters, volleyball nets, restrooms, grills. My water bottle is too heavy to carry when running, so I drank from it before leaving it in the car . . . but of course I got QUITE thirsty. I stopped twice in bathrooms & managed to drink a bit by sticking my head into the sink as far as possible. emoticon This will be MUCH MUCH better--yay!

The other two new toys haven't arrived yet, but they're on their way: a digital scale (ours has been terribly unreliable as of late) that estimates body fat as well (I have my doubts about that part, but we'll see) & a heart rate monitor & timer to wear while running. I'm really looking forward to both.

I haven't been blogging much lately, but I've been working hard on a challenge with a private team. I don't feel like I'm in the groove yet--too much craving going on--but hopefully it will get easier soon.

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SHANSHE 9/9/2008 8:37PM

    Good Job Ruth and when you DO blog it is so nice to hear from you. There is no hard and fast rule saying you have to blog, right?

I love your toys and I must have missed your B-day, so happy belated birthday!


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CTEMPLE 9/8/2008 10:55PM

    Hi Ruth I bought a heart rate monitor that is like a watch and has two buttons that you press to see your rate, but even when I went to exchange it, still does not show the rate every time because of sweat and because it's too big for my wrist and doesn't make good contact. I think you have to have the ones that have the strap around your body.
The backpack sounds great.
Glad to hear from you.

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Our Second Annual Music & Poetry Garden Party

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The party last night was fabulous. The folks who arrived (50-60, I think) were so lively & attentive & fun; the music was fantastic; & my readings came off well. It was wonderful to share the celebration with my husband this year (last year he was on a work trip to California). I dedicated two poems to him, & he was very moved.

I am down a pound this morning! Yesterday I just worked worked worked & drank tons of water & ate very little. (I took the day off from work.) My exercise was to jog a little over a mile to the grocery store & then to walk home briskly lugging at least 20 lbs. of last-minute groceries.It was really fun to do a bunch of baking, though it was a fairly hot day.

I'm unreasonably happy about the herb bread recipe that I found & altered. I used basil & chives from my back-porch flowerboxes, plus dried rosemary & thyme, & I substituted white whole wheat flour & wheat germ for some of the white flour the recipe called for. Ended up with two SCRUMPTIOUS loaves, & people raved about it. I'll have to run it through the Sparkrecipes calculator to find out the nutritional values.

Late this afternoon, after the heat of the day has passed, we'll put away the lawnchairs & folding chairs that are still set up in the backyard. Happy party aftermath . . .

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CTEMPLE 9/4/2008 9:16PM

    Hi Ruth and very glad your party went so well. Talk to you soon, the computer alarm just went off and I'm not allowed more time this morning. It's a strategy that I devised to unglue myself from it and do other things as well.

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FITGIRL15 9/1/2008 5:17PM

    Yay! The party sounds like it was a hit! Congrats!!!

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SHANSHE 8/30/2008 4:47PM

    I am so glad it all went well!

How sweet you dedicated some poems to your hubby and that it "moved; him is even better!


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Back at it

Thursday, August 28, 2008

With houseguests & the music & poetry garden party coming up (TOMORROW! & more than 60 people have confirmed that they'll come!), it's a funny time to launch back into an SP challenge . . . but I'm doing so with a couple of my Chispa Chicks friends, because we all agree it's high time. Each of us is awarding herself points for doing the fitness/weight loss things that are most challenging for us. Here are mine:

* exercising four times a week (since Iíve been managing just three lately)
* intensifying exercise in some way weekly (intervals, heavier weights, more reps, etc.)
* tracking calories 5x/week & remaining within the recommended range
* making sure to eat a high-protein snack (instead of something sweet) daily
* getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night

I have gotten in two exercise sessions this week & was on track for another this morning; we were at a great outdoor concert last night, but I still managed to get to bed by 10:35 & was gloating over the expectation that it would be easy to get up & go running . . .

but I woke up at 8:15 a.m.! Almost the time I normally leave to catch my morning train to work! Immediately I realized that I had just turned on the alarm without checking the time--& yesterday I had reset it to 9:00 a.m. for my husband. So I got over 9.5 hours of sleep!

Well, at least today I'm VERY well rested. And I fully expect to be able to go running tomorrow (I'm taking the day off work in order to prepare for the party) & to do strength training on Saturday.

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SUPERMOM17 8/29/2008 10:12AM

    Ruth, you are an inspiration to me. Thanks! As for over-sleeping, I think your body was trying to tell you something! Have fun at the party.

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DECAROLIFIC 8/28/2008 9:58PM

    Usually if you've been getting enough sleep, your body will wake you up at your usual time regardless of the alarm. The fact that you slept straight through your usual wake up time and for 9.5 hr at that means you needed it! You did more for your body by paying off some of that sleep debt than by getting up to go exercising. emoticon

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SHANSHE 8/28/2008 8:44PM

    Sounds like you are running on air and i love watching you reach for your goals, it is so neat!

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NOT my best day ever

Friday, August 22, 2008

Thanks, everyone, for your encouraging words & ideas about my obsessing. It's not that I'm actually hungry; I'm going higher than my calorie range pretty much every day (where it looks as if I have not gone over, usually it's just that I quit tracking when I saw that I would be over). It's something in my head. Or it could be that hormones are making me feel weird.

I have not been cutting back much on sweets either, even though I did bring low-fat cottage cheese to the office this week & have had 0.5 cup of it every afternoon. Sigh.

Some clothes I ordered arrived a couple of days ago, & last night I tried on the two jackets. Both are too small! They are size 10T; I'm going to have to exchange them for 12Ts. I know fit varies with clothing style/cut, but it's a bit demoralizing. I don't look like a size 10 in the mirror either.

On top of all of this, my husband is mad at me about a really minor thing. I don't seem to be able to reason with him about it. We are supposed to work on some bookkeeping stuff together tonight, but since he hasn't chatted with me all day I'm sure he isn't planning on it--but he'll say it's my fault we had to postpone it. I hate those vicious cycles.

A list of good things to make me feel better:
1. I went running this morning & continued experimenting with intervals.
2. I am rereading To Kill a Mockingbird & loving it even more than the previous times I'd read it.
3. This week I wrote a poem (about a rainstorm in Colombia) that I'm really happy with.
4. The break in my freelance project is continuing, & I was starting to get a bit worried about cash flow; but the project coordinator just wrote to propose that I take on another editing project for this church, which would be sent to me in short segments. That will really help!

I wonder whether I should keep the 10T clothes & use them as further motivation to lose weight. They are fall clothes, so I wouldn't be wearing them till later anyway.

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FITGIRL15 8/25/2008 6:03PM

I think you should KEEP the clothes, and totally use them as motivation!!! I'm sure that's what I've been doing this whole time, and look at how far I've come! (From fittng into LARGE's to XSmalls... it CAN be done!)

PS.. I hope things get smoothed over with your hubby... tension at home is the worst kind of stress possible!


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SHANSHE 8/22/2008 10:59PM

    Ruth, you will make the right decision on the clothes I am sure. I am also happy that you found some things to to list that make you feel better.

Also, sorry that my comment is screwy... I am tired and my family is bugging me... :)


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CTEMPLE 8/22/2008 5:45PM

    Hi Ruth I read mockingbird a few months ago and it was absolutely PERFECT. I can't bring myself to buy clothes that are tight, or just the size for fear of putting on. Only yesterday I bought 3 pairs of shorts that fit like a glove and it makes me nervous. I had bought pair of jeans that were 1 size too big and regretted it.
Yay for the poem! I can't even read poetry easily. Reading the EANEID in small doses.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I find myself kind of obsessing about food these days. I don't like it.

Before lunch I'm thinking "oh good, it's almost time to eat!" After lunch I start thinking about my upcoming snack. Then I start yearning for supper.

I'm trying to figure out why this is happening. The first time I ever dieted, back in college, a friend recruited me to do it with her. We counted calories & I lost more than 10 pounds. But I was perturbed one day when I sat down to pray & found my mind wandering to calculations of the calories I could have at lunch!

The happiest, most successful weight loss I've ever had was back in 1999. I was a single mom, not dating anyone, & my daughter was off at college while my son was busy in high school. I just did one thing: cut out supper (my son would fix his own). I would eat anything I wanted for breakfast (usually cereal, banana, OJ & skim milk) & then have a regular-sized lunch/supper in the afternoon, around 3:00 or 4:00. I had starting exercising regularly the year before & at this point I was starting to go running. So my metabolism was up. I ate supper out with friends occasionally, or cooked for guests, & it didn't mess me up; I just went back to my two-meals-a-day regime the next day. I did not obsess about food, & I lost weight really easily--25 pounds in about 5-6 months. How I wish it were that easy now.

Part of my struggle to stay within the calorie range these days is the fact that now I'm married & supper is the main connection time with my husband. Another change is that I'm working in an office again, with a long commute.

Tracking helps me keep my nutrients balanced & I do eat more lightly when I'm tracking. But I want to stop obsessing! Maybe it's happening more right now because my work is really peaceful at the moment & my mind gets restless--? At other times I am juggling all sorts of projects at a time, & it keeps my mental energy engaged elsewhere.

It probably doesn't help that the book I'm editing now is a WONDERFUL study of food in Bologna, Italy--what families eat, how they prepare it, how they divide up the chores of meal planning/preparation--& it's based on dinners the investigators had with a number of different couples. Maybe that's what is triggering my cravings. Could be. emoticon

Still, I want to get out of my present plateau NOW, & I want to do it without obsessing.

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SUPERMOM17 8/22/2008 11:32AM

    Hi Ruth,
Sorry you are obsessing. That's a common problem for me, too. I'm sure editing the food book doesn't help! I know I start to want food when I'm watching TV in the evening, and they show all those food commercials. I'm watching less TV now, and not paying attention to the commercials!

I can only echo what FitGirl15 and Shannon have said - you will get through this. In the meantime, know that your Spark friends are rooting for you.


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CTEMPLE 8/22/2008 3:05AM

    Dear Ruth, could it be that you're a bit hungry?
I 'm not sure cutting one meal a day is the solution, more and smaller meals a day always have the effect of accelerating your metabolism. Intervals of more than 3 hours are not recommended no matter what you eat.
I used to obsess with food even when was at the gym, counting how much I burnt so I 'd be able to eat such and such. In me it was an obsession with food that came from my childhood because my mother always persecuted me with food: she wanted a thin daughter and went to any lengths to have her. It only went away when I went to OA for a few years and looked at my food issues. It also had to do with something or other that was troubling me and the obsession kept me from thinking about it.
In your case it could be something different, but to me it sounds like hunger. Working on the food book cannot help!

Have a look at this quiz, it's better than you think


I got 9 out of 12 I think
With affection

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DECAROLIFIC 8/21/2008 1:09AM

    I do the same thing too. Although SP is a great site I wonder if it 's possible to become addicted. My mind frequently strays to how many calories I've taken in so far, and I'm often anxious to get to my computer to log calories or fitness, or to go to the message boards or blogs. E.g. I just opened up my computer to do some work before I went to bed and instead of working I'm reading your blog. And I think about food- my next meal all the time! This happened to me years ago when I first started my weight loss journey- when the pounds started to come off the obsession went away, even though I continued to eat sensibly and lose weight. Perhaps it has to do with hidden anxiety over the plateau? I think that may be my problem. Do you think that you are more anxious than usual over your weight?

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SHANSHE 8/20/2008 12:33AM

    I have done this before too. I think you will get a handle on it quicker since you realize what is going on.

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CHICKEYBABE 8/19/2008 9:23PM

    Ruth: I don't know why you are obsessing and I have certainly found myself doing the exact same thing. Maybe you need to add something new to your life that would hold your interest and override the food thing. I think just the simple fact that you have put it all in writing will help and you can move your interest somewhere else. No matter, hang in there and as we know life will change and your mind with it. Best wishes on your journey!

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FITGIRL15 8/19/2008 6:43PM

    I get a little CRAZY sometimes too... I eat 6 meals a day now, and it feels like I just don't STOP! (really, 3 hours between meals, is not very long!)

I also get obsessive when I track...I MUST get every last bit of food into my tracker before I go to bed! It's pretty mind and time draining, actually... I hope that soon enough I will have this engrained as a LIFESTYLE, and I will no longer keep track of it all... But when will that be? I've been at it for 19 weeks and I'm no where near that phase yet!

Good Luck Ruth! You will get through this!

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