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Awesome Fun-ness: A Tour of Boston by Sneaker

Monday, April 13, 2009

I just had the most fun workout!!! After work, dentist appointment, and a visit to Barnes & Noble to drink a skinny latte and read Shape, I drove to my boyfriend's office in Boston's South End. I popped up to say hi, and then, with my phone, car key, and ATM card tucked into my sports bra (please tell me I'm not the only one who does this) and water bottle in hand, I ran off. I ran up Dartmouth Street to Boylston Street to Tremont Street, past Boston Marathon signs and parts of Boston Common I'd last run through during the Tufts 10K in October, which made me smile. I was planning on coming back Newbury Street to Dartmouth, but that wouldn't have been long enough - I wanted an hour-long run! So I kept going up Tremont to the end - Congress St(???) and then took some random left turn and ended up in Beacon Hill. That area has STEEP hills, oops! :) Plus I didn't know there were so many roads in there that all look exactly alike - sooo narrow and historical-looking. Anyway, I found my way out of there, ran Beacon Street back to Dartmouth and then all the way back to my boyfriend's office in the South End and it took me EXACTLY an hour. :)

I'm now in his office waiting for him to finish up some work - he's got a deadline - so we can go back to his place and I can EAT...HUNGRY!!!!

Anyway, that run was so fun the time flew by. Much better than the same old boring suburban roads near where I live, and much much better than the treadmill!!!

  
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MIMISCA 4/15/2009 12:26AM

    wow what a great run! and i love beacon street - my sister lives very close to beacon and commonwealth. it's a fantastic area! sounds fun!


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RA4945 4/14/2009 9:30AM

    Wow, what a great run! I'm so jealous! I can't wait to run again. I just love it when the views make the time fly by and it feels so good. I hope you get another one of those runs in soon!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 4/14/2009 8:54AM

    I live in Atlanta, obviously not as cool as Boston, but when I was growing up in the 'burbs, there were no SIDEWALKS! I much, much prefer running here where I can run from one neighborhood with its little bars and shops to the next with its own personality. Way better for sure!

I don't put an ATM card in my sports bra. I probably should carry something. If I am going out for more than say 8 miles I'll carry my camel back that has a pocket and put my phone and maybe a couple dollars in it. That is smart, though. I need to start doing that.

Glad you had a fabulous run!

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FITGIRL15 4/14/2009 8:18AM

    Right on, Susan!

I agree, running outside is SO MUCH MORE EXCITING then running on a treadmill! emoticon

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FRIZGIRL 4/14/2009 7:02AM

    Wow! Awesome job on that run! You are amazing!

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ZIRCADIA 4/14/2009 1:07AM

    WOW that run sounds AWESOME!!!! For me it's usually my gym ID card in the sports bra. I show up at the gym, drop my crap off in the locker, then run around campus and come back -- but you have to swipe again on the way in. I make sure to wipe it off real good on my shirt before I hand it to the card swiper lady/dude but I always feel secretly a little guilty/mischevious about where it's been... ;)

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SKYFYRE 4/14/2009 12:41AM

    Congrats on accomplishing your hour long run! AWESOME!

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SEEHOLZ 4/13/2009 9:36PM

    Amen to that--- much better than the treadmill-LOL!


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KMWKENT 4/13/2009 8:28PM

    Great run! And yes, I totally tuck all essential items in my sports bra. They're sometimes a little sweaty, so I try to avoid having to bring my cell phone, but my ID and credit card fit there perfectly.

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BRUIN2 4/13/2009 8:25PM

    WOW WEE!! What an awesome run!!!!!!!

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I didn't gain!

Monday, April 13, 2009

163.2 again today - that means I didn't gain any weight from Easter dinner!

  
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ZIRCADIA 4/13/2009 12:47PM

    CONGRATS!!! :D That is definitely a lot more than I can say for myself...

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MIMISCA 4/13/2009 12:21PM

    sweeeeet! i guess those 2 workouts paid off!

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MIMISCA 4/13/2009 12:21PM

    sweeeeet! i guess those 2 workouts paid off!

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    Me either - good for both of us!!!! emoticon

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Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

I'm Jewish, but since I've been with my boyfriend I've now celebrated Easter with his family five times, so I think I've earned the right to wish you all a happy Easter! Happy Passover too, though I don't think any Jewish Sparkers read my blog...

So to amend what I said earlier, I've got good news and bad news...which do you want first? Everyone always wants the bad news first so here goes...

The bad news: I didn't even think about my little notepad at Easter dinner! I ate a mound of dinner and then a mound of dessert!

The good news: Actually I have two pieces of good news.

Good news #1 (what is the singular of "news" - "new"????): The crazy eating was limited to Easter dinner only. I ate sensibly earlier in the day and I don't plan on having anything else tonight, and tomorrow is a normal day so it'll be time to eat right again. This is good news because I'm one of those people who used to let one slip-up turn into a whole day of eating off track, which could turn into a week, etc.... not anymore.

Good news #2: I worked out twice today! Gym for an hour before dinner including strength training for shoulders and back for 30 minutes and elliptical for 30 minutes. After dinner (just now) I went for a 25-minute run followed by a 9-minute walk and then stretching since my left thigh was feeling a little bit like I pulled it or something. I was still a bit full during the run which was a little unpleasant but mostly I'm just glad I did it.

Oh, that bridal shower I thought I had two more weeks to prepare for? It's this coming Saturday. Oops. Oh well, I'm fine just the way I am. Jess' uncle, who has run seven marathons, told me today I look like I've been keeping up with the running. Wasn't that nice of him....I know I must look heavier, but everyone's too nice to say so. :)

Going to bed early tonight.

  
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SEEHOLZ 4/13/2009 11:51AM

    Yipee! You did great!

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STEFANIE822 4/13/2009 10:45AM

    2 workouts?? Great job! Dont worry too much about Easter dinner...its a holiday. At least you ate well the rest of the day!!

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RA4945 4/13/2009 10:44AM

    Yeah! This is progress!!! Keep it up! emoticon

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SKYFYRE 4/13/2009 1:00AM

    Fabulous day for you! Woohoo! 2 workouts I think that's awesome!
Happy Passover! (Not Jewish, but dated a Jewish guy and LOVE Passover dinner!)


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My boyfriend and I weigh the same

Sunday, April 12, 2009

He's 5'10", I'm 5'6" and today we both weighed in at 163.2. Yuck! He looks great at this weight - me, not so much. Not only is he taller but he also has so much more muscle. Yesterday was a chest strength training day for both of us at the gym so instead of using my usual 20lb dumbbells I decided I'd try using the big boy 45lb barbell like him instead. I did my first set with no added weight, sets 2-3 with two 5lb plates and was dying. (12 reps each) Then I did three sets on an incline bench with no added weight and could only manage 8 reps. Meanwhile, Jess was adding plate after plate of huge amounts of weight. He's so much stronger than me! I have NO EXCUSE to weigh the same as him, but at least I don't weigh MORE than him anymore. I have officially been back on track a week, and I am down 2lb.

I snuck a little notepad in my purse and will try to secretly write down everything I eat at Easter dinner this afternoon so I can track it all later. I think the simple act of writing it all down will make me keep portions in check.

It's a gorgeously sunny day but it's only in the 40s - hope to get in some good exercise before Easter dinner!!!

  
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RA4945 4/12/2009 3:15PM

    Susan, you are really getting back on track! Great job!!! It's a great idea to write down everything you eat today. I like to do that too when I can't get to the computer. It really does help. Slow and steady wins the race, girl! I believe you can lose the weight permanently this time. I think that the 130s are just too low for you but if you slowly work your way down to the mid 140s you will be happy there and able to maintain it. Keep up the great work!!!

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PAMELA984 4/12/2009 2:46PM

    I remember when I was actually a lower weight than my husband - it was a first for me - and that was so exciting! Fortunately I haven't gotten back to that weight, but will if I am not vigilant. Tracking seems to make such a difference for me - I'm sure it will for you too. Just don't get too obsessive with it.

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MIMISCA 4/12/2009 12:07PM

    hey at least you have a boyfriend who likes to work out with you! what great workout partner! and i'm sure you'll be lighter than him in no time. have a great easter with the fam!

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FITGIRL15 4/12/2009 11:41AM

    I have always been bigger then my BF's. My BF before Collin, once put on my going-out pants and they looked BETTER on him then me! emoticon
That moment broke my spirit and really pissed me off! LOL

As for getting stronger, you simply have to do what you did at the gym today (work till failure with low reps, heavier (then your normal) weights till you are DONE!) more often! I'm sure this is how your BF has trained for many years! Men are so MACHO, always trying to show off by liftng heavier and heavier, which in turn DOES make them stronger eventually!
Women don't seem to have this drive to lift heavier then their training partners... so often don't challenge their muscles to where they potentially can go! I must have a higher level of testosterone of something because I always feel better when I'm lifting heavier then the GUY beside me! LOL And I completely don't understand when I see women in the WEIGHT LIFTING area of the gym doing squats with a 20lb barbell... emoticon ... little do they realize that their your muscles are YEARNING to do so much more!

Muscle may weigh more then fat but when you carry less body fat because you have a higher LBM, your total weight will be less, and you'll look tighter and leaner because muscles have a much nicer shape then fat!
emoticon emoticon Don't be afraid of heavy weights or hard work! It will truely pay off and make you feel SO accomplished after every lifting workout you do! Go for it!!!

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KJNE8O 4/12/2009 10:42AM

    Well, my bf and I are the SAME height and he's the weight I want to be! We are both 5'5" and he's 135 (with clothes on) and I'm 140. I don't know if he's very strong or not because he refuses to go to the gym with me, he doesn't exercise, so I could possibly be stronger than he is (I doubt it.) But I bet I have more endurance than he does! He won't even go hiking with me! Arrgggh!

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Me & Changes

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Passover 2009 - My parents' friends, my dad, me, Teddy the dog, and Jess


First I'm going to get my daily news out of the way, and then I want to respond to FitGirl's comment on my last blog entry..

It was FANTASTIC having Friday entirely free. I cleaned my whole condo, did my grocery shopping and batch cooking (quinoa with eggplant sauce, and beef vegetable soup), did all the laundry, caught up on email, caught up with some friends, caught up on sleep, and had time for TWO workouts. The first one was outside - I ran 30 minutes and then walked 5. The second was at the gym - biceps, triceps, stretching, 15 minutes of running intervals on the treadmill, 5 minutes of walking on the treadmill.

Eating-wise, yesterday was a low day - only 1,400-something calories. I just let my hunger be my guide and I'm sure I was less hungry than normal because I ate so much the day before and had had plenty of sleep.

This morning I weighed in at 164.2. This is probably the first time I've ever started up a new program and DIDN'T lose 5+ pounds the first week. (My first weigh-in was last Sunday at 165.4.) I am eating whatever amount feels right on any given day this time, instead of letting the numbers rule me, and I know that's the main reason the weight loss is slower. It's a good thing though! I am already much healthier - I can just tell. I look better, especially in the belly area, and my resting heart rate this morning was 47 beats per minute which is about what it was before I gained all the weight back. (One of the reasons I knew I had to start working on being healthy again was my resting heart rate. It was too fast - in the 70s - and that scared me.) I'm also just feeling much fitter with all the running. :) It's all good, and it doesn't matter that I'm losing weight slowly.

Another reason I'm losing more slowly is because I'm not working out as much. This is getting into my response to FitGirl now. By the end of 2008 I was working out a minimum of an hour per day almost every day, but most days it was more like two hours and on Saturdays it was even 3 or more. Now, in contrast, I'm NOT working out every day (maybe 5 or 6 days a week?) and when I do, it's anywhere from 45-90 minutes. Also I haven't been to a class at the gym since I started back up. I've been doing strength training on my own instead of Body Pump, and running or cardio machines instead of cardio classes. I don't object to the idea of classes...just right now I'm off that kick.

I guess to really explain the changes I've been going through, I have to back up and explain from the beginning. I grew up slightly overweight and was bad at sports. I wanted to play sports, but after not making it past the first cut in middle school basketball tryouts, and always getting picked last for teams in gym class, I stopped trying. (Now it makes me mad that the adults in charge back then let that happen!) I had no self-esteem and graduated from high school quite heavy - probably around 180.

From then and through most of my 20s my weight fluctuated between a high of the low 180s and a low of around 150 (well, 147 once) with various diet/exercise plans. I'd go to the gym regularly for a while, and then stop. I'd plan out meals in a journal for a while, and then stop that too. I knew counting calories would make a big difference, but it seemed like too much work.

The turning point was January 2007, when I started using SparkPeople (I'd joined several months earlier but really hadn't used it) AND joined a Weight Watchers group that was starting up at school. For the first time, I went all out and didn't let anything stop me, and I was just dumbfounded when my weight went from a starting point of 167 to the mid-130s by April 2007. I honestly had thought it wasn't physically possible for me to get that thin. But I also got to a point where I was almost constantly hungry and weak in the process, and eventually I caved and started gaining. From then a period of gaining and getting back ontrack followed, so my weight was always a constant zigzag, and that lasted until July 2008. I was back up to 167 again and somehow at that point something clicked and I stayed on track until December 2008. I really honestly thought I'd figured out how to make it stick that time because I was eating much more with this round of weightloss than I had the previous time - 2,000-2,200 calories per day most days versus 1,200-1,500. I was also working out tons, as I mentioned earlier.

By December 2008 I was back to the mid-130s - and then everything fell apart. I went through yet ANOTHER period of intense weight zig-zagging (mostly upward) until I was back yet again to my high point - actually even higher this time - 171 was the highest I saw, and that was only 8 days ago.

Soooo... yes, I have changed, but it's the same changes I've experienced before. I honestly believe that when I get thin I binge eat BECAUSE I've been dieting and something within me wants to get back to that higher weight my body seems to gravitate toward. I really don't know what is going to happen this time, but at this point I'm using the more moderate approach I described earlier, and I've made a promise to myself to stick with this for three weeks - one almost down, two to go - until my boyfriend's sister's bridal shower, and then from there I'm sure I won't want to stop with summer coming and all. I would be happy just to be at the top of my healthy BMI range - 154 - and to feel fit, energetic, and active. It does appear that I am going to have a lifelong struggle with this, but I think I can do it.

  
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THIRTEENREASONS 4/13/2009 12:58PM

    Thanks for posting this. I know I haven't been commenting on your blogs, but sometimes you leave me speechless. I think this is one of the main reasons why I'm glad the spark community is here. In my everyday life people think it's weird that I write down what I eat and how much I eat, but around here you'd be weird not to.

My weight has always zigzagged and whenever my weight changes, my mood changes. I guess I'm just not one of those people who can put on some weight and be ok with it or lose some weight and not change my mood. Sometimes I wonder if it's always going to be like this, but then I realize that I am the one who determines the answer to the question. And I am determined to find what works for me. Sometimes we just have to change our approach.

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KJNE8O 4/12/2009 8:27AM

    I think you are starting to move in the right direction and are finding a place and a way of living that you can sustain for the rest of your life. You look great so something IS working! Keep it up - you will get there with this new attitude.

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KJNE8O 4/12/2009 8:27AM

    Same issues :)

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KJNE8O 4/12/2009 8:27AM

    Having issues with the computer and this posting several times!

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KENSINGTONC 4/11/2009 9:02PM

    I *KNOW* you can do this, too! Thanks so much for sharing; your insight and ability to reflect and learn from that are pretty amazing. I think my body gravitates toward some mysterious "set point" as well, as I think that most people's do; I'm working toward accepting that my personal set point is quite a bit higher than my ideal weight (the goal I've set in my head).

Have a wonderful, restful weekend! Love the frequent updates -
Liz

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SKYFYRE 4/11/2009 7:33PM

    Self-analysis, always a good thing, and I think your story is a familiar one! You are doing this the right way, and more impotantly your are incorporating a healthy lifestyle into your busy life (which you shouldn't have to give up to be satisfied with you body!)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 4/11/2009 6:17PM

    Thanks for sharing this, I think we can all relate to it (I know I can) my fluctuation tends to be about 15 pounds, but same frustrations and feelings of failure.

Maybe if we all work together we can figure this thing called maintenance out?

I definitely think that you are on to something with number 4 on your goals. Self reflection about what works is key. Also, like you mention in this blog, going to extremes is what has messed me up in the past, too. Not that I have ever had exercise bulimia or an ED (thank god!) but like you, I have been too strict with my diet, so as not to be sustainable for maintenance, I have also like you worked out ridiculous amounts that weren't sustainable long term. I hope (for both of our sakes) that we're really hitting on something with the idea of moderation and SLOW weight loss to aid in maintenance.

I also think that it takes regular weighing and when the scale starts creeping reflect and assess why I want to readopt the strategies and recommit to the things that keep us at goal weight.

Phew, sorry for writing War and frigging Peace!

Sending mad props your way!

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ZIRCADIA 4/11/2009 5:13PM

    I think SOME things will still be a lifelong struggle for me -- like emotional eating (although now I cope with smaller emotions fine it's just the big ones that are hard...) and parties... but it's more like... there are still MOMENTS in which I have a struggle. But overall most things are now habit, and the other things just require some small effort -- nothing I would call a true struggle. I think maybe over time the struggles will get smaller or less frequent, but I think it's something manageable lifelong for me even if they don't -- and definitely worth it. I'm glad you're taking this approach. :) *HUGS*

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FITGIRL15 4/11/2009 4:29PM

    Susan,
thank you very much for explaining ALL that with me! I guess I'm still intrigued by the many different journeys that everyone has been on, when it comes to weight loss, nutrition and fitness.

I also agree with your new moderate approach! Binging is bever a good thing and I do hope that you can learn many ways to control that behaviour! You will get back to your goal weight of 154, I have no doubt!!! You have shown us that you certainly do have strong will power and control! I also know that your love of cooking will help you in your journey to get and stay healthy! (For me, that's been HUGE!)

There's nothing wrong with losing weight slowly!!! Actually, it's the BEST way! I know for me, I'll never go back to the EXTREME diet I used to follow before I re-joined Spark people and talked to a nutritionist! The diet I'm on now (well, before the fitness competition diet kicked in) is so much better for me then what I was eating before (too much sugar and huge portions!) and long term, I know I will be a healthier person inside and out because of it!


I can't wait till you meet your goal and are successful at maintaining it because that will truely show that you are growing as a healthy person (mentally & physically!) and that is really the whole point!!!

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BRUIN2 4/11/2009 3:25PM

    I *KNOW* you can do this!

I used to think this would be a life-long struggle too, but then I realized "hey, counting calories and working out WORKS for me. Just because other people can stop eating when their full and not have to worry about numbers, doesn't mean that I have to be that way. I'm not that way, so why try and force it?". Once changing my mindset, I've gotten to a much healthier place: "Ok, I will likely count calories in some shape for the rest of my life. That's just how I do things, and that's ok. A little bit more effort means fitting into the clothes I want to and being able to do the activities I want to - and that's worth it".

Anyways.

As for the race schedule - yeah!! Check it out!!! Find a race with a cool t-shirt, or a fabulous course, something, anything, and get yourself signed up!!!

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