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A nice "problem" to have

Friday, May 08, 2009

"You've gone over your weekly calories burned goal by a significant amount. Your calories eaten goal will not adjust automatically. If you have increased the amount of exercise you are doing, you should update your fitness settings here to make sure you are consuming enough calories to support the additional activity."

So far I'm over my calories-burned target by close to 300; tomorrow it will be 600. I'm not tracking my food at this point, but I'm quite hungry & eating a bit more than before; I think it's just about right for this level of exercise.

Last night I attended a book-launch party for a work colleague. It was fun & I didn't overeat by much; however, I did have dessert-- a couple of cookies & a few little sweet nut clusters. This morning my running seemed to drag, & I ended up about 20 seconds slower than yesterday. That's not much, but I'm wondering whether the end-of-day sugar messed me up slightly. I'm going to experiment & see whether it really does make a difference for me. Tonight I'll avoid sugar.

The other possibility, of course, is that my body is just a bit tired with the sudden jump to daily cardio! Heh.

  
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SHANSHE 5/10/2009 9:57PM

    LOL, I don't think I would experiement iwth it either. All in all, it seems you are really WORKING it!
Shan

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Woohoo!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Down 1.8 pounds already!

I'm off on my third run in as many days.

Yesterday I improved my time by 2 minutes less than the day before. I'm going to stick with the same route all month so I can see how much I'm improving.

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SHANSHE 5/10/2009 9:54PM

    COOL! Great job Ruth, you are DOING it!
Shan

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CTEMPLE 5/7/2009 6:27PM

    Well done Ruth! emoticon
Claudia

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PJBOKC 5/7/2009 2:29PM

    Hey Ruth,

So good to hear from you. I've been wondering how you're doing. So are you running instead of doing the Bootcamp, or doing both? Whatever you're doing, it's working! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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DECAROLIFIC 5/7/2009 9:18AM

    Yeah! Congrats to you-- keep it up!

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Off to a good start

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

I didn't make it to bed by 10:30 last night, but I was there by 11:00, which permitted me enough sleep to get up at 6:30. Then I got ready & took off on a lovely jog/walk along the lakefront & back again. And at lunchtime I did the upper-body exercises for today & the bonus wall pushups. Yay me!

Thinking about ways to streamline my routine for getting ready to run . . . I already put out my clothes & shoes the night before. I think it will be OK to just hang my Camelbak without draining it & drying it out upon my return each day. Then I can just fill it in the morning & put it on. I can save the drying out for weekends.

Putting on the heart-rate monitor takes a minute or two as well, but that's really helpful--though not so much for the heart rate, since I know that when I'm running at a normal slowish pace it's between 160 & 180 (VERY high for someone who has a resting rate of about 68! but apparently some of us just don't fit the norm). When I'm walking in between running, it slows to between 140 & 160. What's most useful for me now is the stopwatch feature so I can time my run precisely. Then I map it on the SP fitness map, which calculates my speed & calories burned--the maps are such a helpful SP feature.

I've been in a super-good mood all day--a combination of the exercise endorphins & my sense of accomplishment! I fervently hope to keep this up.

  
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SHANSHE 5/5/2009 10:53PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Glad you did it and even more glad you feel good about it!
Shan

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CTEMPLE 5/5/2009 6:45PM

    Yeah! It's fantastic when we comply with mini goals isn't it? GOODONYA!
Will be following your adventures.
Claudia

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ILYSE721 5/5/2009 6:24PM

    Good for you! I'm glad you had a good day.

Ilyse

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I've committed myself!

Monday, May 04, 2009

I'm actually going to try the May bootcamp! In the past I've shied away from those focused teams because I don't want to fail miserably. But I need to try rather than just ruling it out.

The MAIN change this requires of me is 10:30 p.m. bedtimes. If I get to bed then, I can get up at 6:30, early enough to get in that half-hour of cardio. My husband has been duly informed & isn't allowed to complain when I need to excuse myself from a conversation or task at 10:00 to get ready for bed. emoticon As for the cardio itself, it'll be sheer joy, as our weather is absolutely beautiful these days--perfect for runs along the lakefront. My well-being quotient will soar!

I'm going to take my resistance band to the office so I can do the daily short strength-training sets over my lunch break. In fact, I'm going to go get it right now & put it in my backpack so I don't forget. --DONE!

The bootcamp focuses on exercising, which is what I need. I'm going to take my measurements before bed tonight & weigh myself tomorrow morning so that I can quantify how much difference this makes. My time is so very limited that I won't track food unless I'm not losing weight after a week or so. I'm betting I will lose.

  
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SHANSHE 5/5/2009 10:50PM

    Great job girlfriend! You can do it, I just know you can!
Hugs,
Shan

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PJBOKC 5/4/2009 11:42PM

    Ruth, this sounds like a great plan! I treasure your wisdom. Look forward to joining this journey with you again. I may try the bootcamp in June. I signed up for it once, but never followed through. May wait until June. Keep up the good thoughts! You'll do great.

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CTEMPLE 5/4/2009 11:25PM

    Well done Ruth, even if you're not completely successful is worth trying.
Based on my experience, tracking food is of paramount importance, it takes a lot of exercise to burn 3000 cals and in my case essential to keep me honest.
Claudia

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May Day

Friday, May 01, 2009

Thankfully I am not posting that title as an SOS call. Just wanting to post some updates . . .

I'm not making any progress on weight/fitness to speak of. I've been going out running on Saturdays, but work & other things have been keeping me up too late on weeknights to get up in time for morning exercise. And my eating has been more maintenance mode than weight-loss mode. Gotta change that.

The issues at church were resolved last night in a good conversation with our pastor & an elder. It turned out that the problems were all rooted in the elder's mistakes, delays & forgetfulness, not in church policy. Apologies were offered & received, & we all understand each other better now. I'm thankful.

Our current step in controlling our finances is refinancing our home to get a good fixed interest rate. It's a big relief to have gotten the appraisal, which places our condo just where it needs to be, & a great interest rate of 4.875%. I'm not sure yet when closing will be, but all the basic work is done.

My husband sent out a work proposal yesterday for the kind of project he enjoys! We're not holding our breath, but it is good for him to have a bid out there.

My poetry reading on April 26 went pretty well--the best part about it was the chance to reconnect with several old friends who came out to hear us. I have sent in my application for a week at the writing workshop I enjoyed last summer; admission isn't competitive, so I'm sure I'm in. It will require me to do some focused work to get ready in the coming weeks, since I hope to be in a poetry MANUSCRIPT (book) class with a poet I greatly admire. I have a pretty substantial series of poems about Colombia that I hope to get published as a book.

The first case of H1N1 flu in Illinois was in an elementary school just a few blocks from my home! We're taking extra care with cleanliness these days; I even wear a respirator mask on public transportation. It's mainly for my husband's peace of mind. It's amusing to see that people are generally avoiding sitting by me when I wear it, as if the mask marked me as an actual flu patient! Fortunately I'm feeling just fine.

  
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SHANSHE 5/1/2009 9:59PM

    If you are in maintenance mode, then you aren't gaining, so that is a good thing, right?

WONDERFUL to hear that things worked out at church. Glad also that things are working out with the refinancing. Youhave LOTS of good news. I remember that poetry worshop you went to last year. Seemed you really enjoyed it and got lots of exercise in.

Well, if nothing else, by wearing the mask, it keeps infected people from sitting next to you. Perhaps hubby has the right idea! LOL!

Good to hear from you and hope hubby gets the job he wants.
Shan


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