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A few Sugar Free days

Monday, September 08, 2014

Okay, I'm feeling bloated and yucky. So I'm cutting the grains and the sugar for then next 3 days to see how I feel. Mon-Wed, then I'm off flying to Europe all day on Thursday. I will pack some of my own food and snacks, but my go-to snack of a Fiber One bar may on the menu.

any recommendations for easy to pack grain-free, sugar free snacks?

I can take some cheese sticks, beef jerky? almonds, fruit.. hmmm what else travels well.

I'm tired of being fat and tired..(although I'm not really all that tired, I have a decent energy level for the most part). So it is up to me to make better choices, shake things up a bit with nutrition and exercise!

Lots of planning and prep has been going on for my upcoming trip!
Hard to focus on work at all! ;) Better get back to it!

What are your favorite tricks for nutrition while traveling? I think I'll get plenty of walking exercise, and will take my swimsuit and running shoes, just in case ;)

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/8/2014 5:21PM

    I am so bad about packing snacks so I'm not the best person to ask! but my go-to's in the past have been cheese, nuts and hard boiled eggs. (will you have a fridge?)

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Back home and back at it

Thursday, September 04, 2014

I had 2 weeks in Alaska for work. I did well on workout out and eating. I did the treadmill with interval running (faster than my steady state pace) for 45 mins almost every other day. On the 'off' days, I tried to move more around the hotel or walk and do a little ST. Not every day, but pretty good.
I do well with food while on work travel, due to trying to be careful with portion sizes so I can make my food last my whole trip!

did the scale move? NOPE!
I really thought it might, as the interval running was very intensive and sweaty!!
Oh well.
I've been watching my food since I got back and pretty active.. Scale doesn't move.

I head to Europe next Thursday for my big 40th birthday cruise with my sisters and mom! I'm not anywhere a goal weight I had wanted to be, but it isn't for lack of trying.

Guess I need to try something new!
I will be active while on the cruise, take my workout gear, just in case and try to eat reasonable portions and have fun! When I get back, I will refocus with an end of the year goal and make something happen! ;)

So what do you do if you hit a wall in weight loss?

Do you find deadlines helpful or hurtful?

I love reading others inspiring blogs..and will try to be better about making mine inspiring! ;)

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MADMANSMAMA87 9/4/2014 10:40PM

    Keep pushing! It'll budge eventually:) I've been stuck for awhile too but as long as we don't stop pushing forward eventually something good will come out of our steady perseverance!!!

Stay Positive,


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SIXFOOT1 9/4/2014 4:56PM

    On the bright side, the scale didn't budge. So you didn't gain while you were traveling and outside of your normal routine. You were consistent and mindful, and you'll be the same way on your European cruise. What a great way to spend your 40th birthday!

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BEATLETOT 9/4/2014 1:57PM

    How cool about Alaska!!! I used to travel for my job. Sigh.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/4/2014 1:51PM

    Omg Cruise!!! I feel like those are all about eating! The one I went on (I was 10) had all these midnight buffets. My mom purposely lost 5 lbs so she could eat a ton and I think she ended up gaining 10, lol. Not very healthy! I have confidence in you! have fun!!! emoticon

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Happy July!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Happy July.. seems like July feels to be more officially summer than June? At least here in Seattle area as it takes a while to really warm up.

Nutrition has been good lately! I'm really really determined to make weightloss progress and my nutrition has been my downfall.
I've really cut back on bread carbs. Focusing on veggies and fruits with proteins. Greek yogurt (plain), cottage cheese, chicken, steak, eggs. With lots of veggies and fruits!

Workouts are pretty much the same as usual. Since running the marathon last month, I've cut WAY back on running! ;) Probably too much! Monday hill runs are consistent. I need to be doing another 2 days of running to maintain fitness and sanity! It isn't always happening, but will be working on that.

I'm going swimming tomorrow! in the lake! One of my co-workers is signed up for the Iron Girl Sprint-tri (this will be her first) and since I can't participate this year (work travel that weekend), I want to support her training by doing some workouts with her!

So, hoping to 'change' things up a bit and get some new workouts back in the rotation!

Happy July. Hope you are having a nice summer.
Anything new in your food or workout rotation?!

I hope to share an updated weigh-in later this week!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 7/3/2014 12:16PM

    Happy July to you! I'm off to Minnesota for 9 days so hopefully I can stay on track there, or at least not get too far off track. I've kinda been in a slump anyway so maybe I just need some time away. Hope your swim goes swimmingly! emoticon

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KIMMAS82 7/2/2014 11:18AM

    I'm just really trying to push ST these days. I've always enjoyed cardio more but need to build some muscle. "Muscle burns more than fat" or so they say.
Food is always a challenge. This mornings donut and muffin were likely bad choices. emoticon

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UKNOWITNOW 7/1/2014 5:56PM

  Its not to cool to be swimming in the lake?

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HILLSLUG98239 7/1/2014 5:40PM

    Enjoy your swim!

I'm letting my foot/ankle heal, so I haven't run in a few weeks. I'm doing Run or Dye on July 12th. I'll try running it and see how the foot feels. My doctor's appointment is a week later, so if running crunches up my foot, at least I'll be able to tell the doc I laid off for a month and it still hurts. (Not sure, but I'm hoping that will help with a diagnosis.)

I still haven't dragged myself into the weight room to resume strength training. But I am now swimming with a snorkel. It allows me to concentrate on my form without worrying about breathing. I do a lap or two at the end of each workout without flippers or the snorkel just to remind my body what it's expected to do. I think the snorkel is helping.

I just realized that the lap pool is available at 4:30 p.m. every weekday, so any time I drive home, I can go for a swim. I'm riding home tonight, but I'll drive home tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it!

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No weightloss progress, but not giving up

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Here I am almost 6 weeks post marathon and a month since my last blog..
Although I've been more aware of food choices, I haven't been perfect, but better.
Fitness/exercise has been different post marathon training. I needed a break from the long runs and had been focusing on sprint work on the treadmill.

I've been away for 2 weeks on a work trip, and did daily morning walks. Sometimes I would do some run/walking but due to my work schedule, the morning walk was the best I could manage before my morning flying for surveys.

I ate pretty well I thought! But came back to weigh in at 182!!

So, NO weightloss progress and the scale is moving in the wrong direction!
but never fear.. Changing things up with healthy food choices and back to routine with bootcamp classes and more interval workouts to challenge the body!

Trying new healthy things and aiming for a positive change in the scale (and the way clothes fit) and will report back in a couple of weeks!

Hope your summer is shaping up nicely and you are finding new healthy options too!

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HILLSLUG98239 6/17/2014 3:22PM

    Good on ya for putting this in perspective and not giving up. You are more than a number on scale!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 6/17/2014 3:06PM

    Yeah, don't be too hard on yourself with the travel. Now that you're back home, just focus on your food and fitness and I know you'll get out of the 180s (that's what I'm aiming for btw so I'm sure you look fabuloussss!) emoticon

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NOT_BIG_BONED 6/17/2014 2:56PM

    I have found that I always weigh more after traveling. It seems like your body holds on to some water weight.

I've always been impressed with your dedication!

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Time to set and meet my weightloss goals for REAL!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Well, back in the fall, after the sprint triathlon, I decided I wanted to do a marathon. the next 'big thing'. So I started running on Saturday mornings as I knew it would be the schedule I would have to stick to during training.. and I started running a little more each time to get the body ready for the increased mileage. Then 18 weeks of focused diligent training to end with one of my biggest bucketlist items of all.. Running a full marathon!!

So, NOW? I just turned 40 and I am ready to lose the weight for good! I've gained weight over the past year and added another 8 lbs during marathon training.
1. My body doesn't like steady state cardio? Studies show cortisol levels elevated during and after steady state cardio.. that is why I'm thinking I gained weight? I tired very hard to eat right and fuel properly before, during, and after long runs, without over doing it.. But I gained weight.

2. I was down to 157 at one point 2 years ago and sat pretty happy at 162 for ages.. what happened? I'm sure I can hypothesize on all kinds of things.. but here is what I'm going to do.

My personal approach to losing weight this spring/summer/fall and Reach my goals along the way..
1. Eat clean as possible.
2. Experiment with elimination of some allergen foods to see how my body responds? Dairy and Wheat. I already know that with Type 2 Diabetes in my family I'm better off without refined carbs.
3. HIIT workouts : Interval running or other cardio.
4. New "fun" activities with the family.. Hiking, Biking, Swimming
5. Strength Train like my life depended on it! Because it might! Muscle Muscle Muscle..

First goal?
I'm starting from 180
I'm aiming high.. 1 lb/week
170 by Mid July
162 by Sept 9.
I would love to see 160 or 159 by Sept 11 as I depart to celebrate my 40th birthday with a trip to Europe with my sisters.

It might take hard work and sacrifice. It might take focus and diligence.. but I just proved to myself that I can do it.. I trained 18 + weeks to run 26.2 miles and I did it. So 20-25 lbs to reach my goal weight is possible!

One of the quotes I had kept in mind while training for the marathon.
"It always seems impossible until it is done." Nelson Mandela

So, here I go.. 20-25 lbs may seem impossible, but I'll deal with it One Pound At a Time!

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PMRUNNER 5/22/2014 6:04AM

    Great plan! Good luck, I am looking forward to cheering on your progress!

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 5/21/2014 10:26PM

    Great Plan! And a trip to Europe for your 40 with family is fantastic reward!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/12/2014 1:21PM

    You can do it!!! emoticon

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