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The Long Weekend Begins

Friday, April 10, 2009

I'm on the left. In the middle is AllieLee1 (a new Sparker), and on the right is her coworker Jen. This was taken on Opening Day! (this past Tuesday) GO SOX!

Third day in a row yesterday - no time for exercise. I went to my parents' house for a seder. I ate whatever I wanted except seconds. I knew I'd gain and I was right - 166.0 today - but all in moderation. I guessed on the calorie counts and came out to over 2,800 calories yesterday.

I have today off. So far I slept in and started the huge task of cleaning this place. I haven't done my taxes yet so I have a lot to do!

Sunday I'm going to a few Easter events with my boyfriend's family (what a multicultural couple we are, huh?) so again there's going to be food everywhere. I'll just try to keep on track when I'm not at one of these events, and keep portions in control when I'm there.

I'm still hoping I'll summon the motivation to get out for an outdoor run this afternoon....and tonight I'll do some strength training at the gym.

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KENSINGTONC 4/11/2009 12:44PM

    Cute pic!!! How did your run and strength training go???

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FITGIRL15 4/11/2009 10:50AM

    Girlie... I haven't been following your blogs for too long, but I seriosuly feel like you've changed! Or maybe when I first started reading your blogs is when you had changed! All I can say is finding a nice balance between the OLD you and the current you is acheivable!!!
I'm just so boggled... where did the OLD Susan go??? The one that was thrilled to spend hours on end at the gym??? What happened to make you decide to stop doing that? Was it over-training? Did you get injured?

Hang in there, find that motivation to live each day to it's fullest and love the skin you're in!!!


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BRUIN2 4/10/2009 3:35PM

    Oh that run will feel so good!!!!

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ZIRCADIA 4/10/2009 2:36PM

    I can't agree more with SEEHOLZ comment -- :D "I like your new attitude -- it's not all or nothing anymore!" I really believe this will be the key to your long term success! :D WOOHOO!! :D

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BOOTS1221 4/10/2009 2:27PM

    YAYYY!! Let's go Red Sox!!!! No one can truly understand the dedication of Red Sox Nation like a true MassHole!!!

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SEEHOLZ 4/10/2009 1:50PM

    I like your new attitude-- it's not all about all or nothing anymore! Way to go Susan! I know that in the long run, you'll reach your goals! I am more on your wavelength as to what I want-- a balanced life where all is in moderation and focusing on family! That is truly great!
Don't worry-- you'll have weeks where you exercise more and some where you do less and live life more!
Happy Passover and Easter!

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Another Busy Day

Thursday, April 09, 2009

So last night I probably ended up (briskly) walking about 40 minutes from where I parked to the ballpark and back. We ate at Quiznos before the game - I had a chicken caesar salad and only used a bit of the dressing, and I gave half of my pita slices to Jess, so I'm guessing my dinner was around 350 or 400 calories. I had a decaf coffee from Starbucks too, with Splenda and just a tiny splash of skim milk, to stay warm - it was COOOOLD!! So my grand total calorie count yesterday was only around 1,650 calories which means I was below my range two days in a row. (The same two days I didn't make it to the gym, so just as well!)

This morning I weighed exactly the same as yesterday - 163.8. I was actually kind of surprised it hadn't gone down, but I don't mind. I already know I can lose 13 pounds in a week of hardcore dieting, but I'm going for long term results now. In fact, I'm going to my parents' house for a seder tonight, which involves a lot of eating and drinking, so if my weight is up a bit tomorrow I won't be surprised. But tomorrow there's no school, so I'll get to sleep in, get a long workout, and hopefully even do my grocery shopping for the week ahead.

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TAMM22 4/9/2009 10:50PM

    Enjoy the weekend and don't feel bad if you splurge just a little, everyone needs just a few chocolate eggs!! emoticon

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TERRIANGEL 4/9/2009 10:24PM

    Happy Passover and have a GREAT weekend! Enjoy your sleep in and long workout! emoticon emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 4/9/2009 5:11PM

    Glad you had fun! I started drinking decaf and like it- I'm not a coffee drinker- mind you!

Enjoy your seder- that's called living!

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ZIRCADIA 4/9/2009 4:47PM

    Sounds like you're keeping good perspective! :) YOU ROCK FOR GETTING BACK AT THIS!!! I just can't tell you how happy I am that you're not throwing in the towel. *HUGS* Anyway. I hope you had FUN last night AND tonight. :)

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Crazzzzzy Busy!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Six more school days until April vacation - thank goodness! I can't wait for some time to really spend on my goals!

The first Red Sox game of the season was yesterday, and I went out to watch at a bar across the street from Fenway Park. I had already eaten over 1,700 calories before dinner, so I just had two rum & Diet Cokes and a side salad with only half of the dressing. No time for the gym though.

Something very similar is going to happen tonight, because tonight I'm going TO the game!!! I was so surprised to find tickets!! So no gym again, but I will probably be walking a fair distance from my parking space to the park - round trip it could be close to an hour of walking. I've been too busy today to eat much (meeting before school, a couple classes, then a field trip!, then another meeting, then an afterschool class!!!), but I will still try to keep it light tonight.

I was at 163.8 today which is exactly one full pound less than yesterday. One thing about us roller coaster types, we can lose pretty fast.

I still haven't had time to use my nutrition tracker for last night's dinner or anything that I ate today. I guess I'll do that now, and then head into the city.

PS - It really helps that so many people, both on SparkPeople and in "real life," seem to be also embarking on a new effort to lose weight. I feel like I have tons of company right now!!

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KMWKENT 4/8/2009 10:11PM

    Glad to see you're losing weight. I'm not dropping quite as fast, but still dropping, so I guess I should be happy with that! 165 today. Like you, no time for a workout! Crazy busy at work from 9:30am until 10:30pm. I'll check in again tomorrow.

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FITGIRL15 4/8/2009 8:39PM

    I think I'm like you: easy to gain, tough to lose... but when you do lose, you lose BIG! (Well, I consider 1 pound BIG! LOL)

Have fun at the game! Yay!

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BOOTS1221 4/8/2009 7:52PM

    I'm sooooo jealous that you're at the game!! I'm watching it right now. I'm the only other Mass-hole in this group, so we gotta stick together during Sox season!!!! SWEEEEET CAROOOOLIIIIIINE oh oh ohhhhh!! Have a blast girl!!!!

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ZIRCADIA 4/8/2009 5:38PM

    WOOHOO on going to the game! :D How FUN!!!!!! :D Congrats on another lb biting the DUST.

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SKYFYRE 4/8/2009 4:36PM

    ooh! 2 games in 2 days! How Fun! Well, I totally second what Seeholz says. you gotta live live and find the balance, looks like you are still trying to watch what your intake is with these activities so good job!

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SEEHOLZ 4/8/2009 4:29PM

    I'm company, but I don't seem to be able to loose, unless I do something drastic-- I guess my metabolism is just so screwed up...
Glad to hear you're living your life though-- I think that's key to finding that balance between exercise, gym and life! It took me awhile to do that a few years back, but now, if I have something going on, I just work out the next time I get a chance--- I call it flexibility! Simple concept, yet I'm not good at simple-LOL!

Have fun at the game!

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When I'm on my third blog entry of the day...

Monday, April 06, 2009

I must be on track, right? I'm on my third blog entry of the day!

Here's a picture Jess took last night of my family. I did NOT want my picture taken at my current size, but I was pleasantly surprised that my loose shirt hid my sins pretty well. Also, our dog looks like a demon here, but he's actually pretty cute in real life.

So I've updated my weight goal and calorie ranges by playing around a bit until I found something that sounded good - I think it's about 1,900-2,200. As a goal weight I just entered 154 for now, which is the highest weight that puts my BMI in the healthy range. I was just looking through pictures and found some from Martha's Vineyard last summer where I weighed about 150. I looked fit but not thin... I realized summer is coming again soon, and I don't want to be overweight. I am fully capable of better than this.

So an action plan is slowly developing, which seems much better than thrusting a strict program upon myself like I've done in the past. So far, so good!

I just had dinner...the Cajun shrimp and quinoa was great and so filling for only 300-something calories! And this is so obvious that you might laugh at me, but I never used to do this... I had a SIDE OF VEGGIES to help fill myself up even more for not many calories. (Technically I ate the veggies appetizer of veggies?) And I'm still well under my calorie range right now...I'm up to about 1,700something and it's 6 p.m. It's not a bad idea to keep today as a lower calorie day since yesterday was a higher calorie day. I think my pants are going to start fitting me better fast!!!

I have to figure out an optional snack for later and make tomorrow's breakfast smoothie... I have this weird situation where I spend every other night at my boyfriend's condo and I always bring food from here rather than leaving anything over there. I'll pack a little something healthy (an apple maybe) and only eat it if I get really hungry later. I also have some diet hot cocoa over there I could have.

Anyway, off to the gym - strength training for chest, abs, and probably a short cardio workout because I'm tired - went to bed too late last night, and then off to Boston to my boyfriend's place. Thanks for putting up with all my blog entries today!

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KENSINGTONC 4/8/2009 2:16PM

    Love this blog entry! I think you look great in that picture, so cute.

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TRACYZABELLE 4/8/2009 5:40AM

    ** I just got my laptop back**

One of my new faves is quinoa! YUM! And you look great! Keep on looking forward and doing what you are doing and you will be at your comfortable goal again soon.

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LILTROUBLE 4/7/2009 11:57AM

    Way to get back on track. You look great now - so just work on trying to get to a more fit place that you are comfortable with.

You can do this!1

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FITGIRL15 4/7/2009 11:13AM

    Girl, you look really good in that family photo! Don't be so hard on yourself!!! (In a way, it seems like you did last year, what I am doing now! You could have entered a fitness competition at your lowest weight last year! LOL)
I think for your height, you need to think more realisticly, like you are doing now! You will be able to stay much more successful that way and hopefully rarely feel the need to "fall off the wagon".

Keep up the great workouts!

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SEEHOLZ 4/7/2009 10:03AM

    I think your family picture is great! Don't you ever be embarrassed for looking that good! Whenever I try quinoa, it doesn't do it for me-LOL- but I'm glad you found what you like!
Have a great week!

P.S. Plyo means plyometrics- it's more a term I use very loosely -- I do 2 sets of 50 burpees ( with jumps), 50 thrust quats ( with jumps) alternated by intervals of 250 jump rope jumps and skater jumps as the lower intensity- but, I call it plyo, because it can be pretty much anything- box jumps, mountain climbers--- the box jumping hasn't been going so well these days---- I don't really take the time lately to be one with the step-LOL! It probably would do me some good, but I am not all that hard core-LOL! I'll change my plyo up soon, though!

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TERRIANGEL 4/6/2009 9:28PM

    LOVE the demon doggie, and you look FABULOUS in this picture!

I had to chuckle at your side of veggies comment. Yup, it's a tried and true trick of the trade, right? Eat veggies first, then the "other" stuff after so you're half full anyway.

I'm kinda worried about Easter at my Aunt's too. It's a virtual food fest. Uggh...

Anyway, have a good day tomorrow. Nice workouts, too! (I just got back from a "real" yoga class at a local studio. There's NOTHING like true yoga in an honest to goodness studio. Aaah....

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SKYFYRE 4/6/2009 7:42PM

    Um, are you sure your scale is correct? You look no where near 170!? I think you look fabulous, and I am glad you are approaching things the way you are :) Keep up the great work!

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BRUIN2 4/6/2009 7:24PM

    I started day-dreaming of cajun shrimp in the middle of the day today. HA.

Glad you're having such a great day!

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MARLIE13 4/6/2009 7:22PM

    Had to come over and check out your pic within the blog. lol! What a great lookin' bunch! And yes, your shirt must be a wonder shirt cuz you look great to me. Good going on the veggie filler-up. I like making that Weight Watchers soup that is 50 calories a cup. All those veggies fill you up and uh...keep you souper (teehee) regular. I like that your plan is brewing. You CAN do this!

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ZIRCADIA 4/6/2009 6:15PM

    You look really cute in that picture! :)

I think setting such a reasonable goal is a GREAT IDEA! And there is no one that said you have to be anywhere else but within the healthy range for your height -- and even for some people that range may not be super accurate. So aiming to be within the top of that range is a good goal, I think. I LOVE adding veggies to add fullness -- and you're getting more of the good stuff, too! :D Also I love diet hot chocolate.

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A couple more random things

Monday, April 06, 2009

I just calculated that I was running an average of 5.8 MPH at the pond yesterday. Not bad considering how out of shape I am now! I want to be back in race form eventually - maybe even do better in the Tufts 10K in Oct. '09 than I did last year or the year before!

I forgot to mention the new word in my vocabulary: arils. As in, pomegranate arils, the little red yummy bubbles that are normally hidden inside a pomegranate. Trader Joe's sells them ready-to-eat and I tried mixing them into some Greek yogurt the other day - a new fave. :)

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TERRIANGEL 4/6/2009 9:24PM

    I thought they were called seeds! emoticon LOVE them!

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JENONTHEROX 4/6/2009 4:07PM

    The Costco I go to also sells pomegrante arils in two big bowls & just like you, I add them to plain yogurt (but with a little honey!) the BOMB! MMM!

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MIMISCA 4/6/2009 3:50PM

    ohhh this sounds delicious! also, i just caught up on all your recent blogs. i am so glad you're back!

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ZIRCADIA 4/6/2009 1:44PM

    OOOH I would LOVE to try somem pomegranite arils! SO COOL! :D And that is a GREAT pace, chica! :D ROCK ON!

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