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New Charles River Run

Friday, April 24, 2009

AllieLee1 and I are going to do the New Charles River Run 5K on June 28! We have nine weeks to get ready! This will be her first ever 5K and my fourth (including my two 10Ks it will be my sixth race ever). It's time to set a new PR!!

The route will be great - I love running along the Charles.

I was thinking more about what I wrote in yesterday's blog about my goal weight. I am starting to get more excited about 140. It occurred to me (in the shower this morning!) that if I were at 140 most of the time, I could adjust as needed. Say I knew I had a beach weekend coming up - I could go on a mini-diet and get down to 135 or 137 temporarily. Or, for the holidays, I could temporarily reset my goal to 145, and then back to 140 when the craziness is over. That seems like a cool idea - liveable, and much healthier than letting my weight go up and down 30 pounds!!

If I do set my goal weight at 140, that means I have 20 pounds to lose, and I could lose it in 10 weeks and be there by the first weekend in July. Ooh, that's when my boyfriend's sister's wedding is - perfect timing! I will think about this just a bit more, but I feel almost ready to commit!!

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KIMTASTIC! 4/30/2009 8:01PM

    Oh that's a fun race! I ran last year...there's lots of post race food...I accidentally spread peanut butter all over an onion bagel...and din't realize it until I was almost done with it. I was obviously starving!! Won't make that mistake again though!!

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SKYFYRE 4/26/2009 4:12PM

    That run looks like fun! Have a great time training? Have you come up with a plan?! :)

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MARLIE13 4/24/2009 7:19PM

    That's funny cuz I was listening to a podcast today by Jillian Michaels where she does the same thing. She'll go hardcore for a special photo shoot or tv appearance and then up and back down. Sounds very realistic to me. You're going to do awesome!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/24/2009 4:20PM

    it is great you have picked a race. i am sure that will help motivate you to stay on track and reach your goals. keep up the good work!

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RA4945 4/24/2009 3:29PM

    Hi Susan, I just caught up on your last few blogs. I totally agree with Seeholz about maintaining at 140 for a while before continuining on with weight loss again. But it looks like you've already got it figured out. This sounds like a healthy plan and I'm confident that you can do this. All of this will also help with that PR in June! emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 4/24/2009 1:00PM

    Man, I really do get jealous of how great you are at loosing weight-LOL- of course I am thrilled for you! I wished I could seriously loose 5 lbs by July and that is being generous, because instead I just keep gaining... hopefully the nutritionist will shed some light and give me a reasonable program to follow...
I knew you would be figure it out soon-- that's just how you are.... when you're on, you're on.... I actually wonder if the reason you "snapped" ( I think you used those words) was the fact that you went on that bikini diet.... you were so great at it, but maybe it was too extreme for you.... just some thoughts here.....
July, here come Susan!!! Great goal girly!

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ZIRCADIA 4/24/2009 12:59PM

    I love your enthusiasm and approach to the goal weight idea. :) wOOHOO!!! :D Congrats on finding a goal that you feel excited about committing to! :)

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BRUIN2 4/24/2009 11:38AM

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Double smiles today! PR dreams and nearing a goal weight target - right on!

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More Ruminations about Goal Weight

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The more I think about it, the more important I think it is to have a goal weight and stick to it. Unfortunately, I'm no more decisive about it now than I have been!

On the one hand, I know I am capable of getting my weight down to the mid-130s because I have been there a few times over the past few years. I also know that at that weight I'm still not totally satisfied...I remember once when I weighed in the mid-130s I thought about resetting my goal to 124, which was the lowest weight recommended for my height in my Weight Watchers booklet. And aside from just numbers, when I'm at that weight I still see some body areas that could use a little improvement. So, when I've been thin, I've never felt like I reached my goal.

On the other hand, I need my goal weight to be something I can live with long-term. I know my priority should be reaching a healthy weight and maintaining it, not always trying to get thinner. It's the healthiest thing to do, and it's probably more realistic for me to maintain something a little higher than the absolute lowest weight I can achieve. I say PROBABLY because I honestly have never been able to maintain at ANY weight in the healthy who knows what I can or cannot actually do. Common sense might suggest that it would be easier for me to maintain 145 than 135, but a) maybe I COULD maintain 135?! and b) maybe I can't even maintain 145. I just don't know.

I just cannot settle my mind on this. I discussed it with my boyfriend yesterday and together we came up with a number - 140. But all the questions were still there after this conversation:
*Is this too low for me to realistically maintain?
*Is this too high for me to realistically feel satisfied with how I look?
*With all the fluctuations my weight has always undergone, is it possible for me to maintain ANY weight?
*Do I really need to set a goal weight right now? And on the flipside, if I don't, am I setting myself up to fall into the same trap I've fallen into twice already, where I keep losing and losing until I snap and gain it all back? Or.. is that destined to happen no matter what?

Needless to say, I did NOT come to peace with a goal weight of 140, so I am still unsure. I was hoping that writing about it might help me sort it out. Or maybe someone will leave me a comment that helps me decide...but then again, I feel so touchy about this stuff, I really feel like the decision has to come from ME.

One thing I have decided on - I will NOT have a goal weight in the 160s. After just two and a half weeks of being on track I'm already below the 160s again, and it wasn't just a fluke yesterday - I'm still at 159.8 today. And considering that the top of my healthy BMI range is 154, and I'm sooo close to that, I don't see myself setting any goal weight higher than 154. So that narrows it down a bit.

I will not decide on a goal weight today... but I will commit to this (please don't laugh - I'm dead serious!): My goal weight WILL be somewhere between 134-154! (134 is the lowest weight I have achieved minus the one day when I hit 132 as a fluke. I have been at 134 multiple times since 2007, but never for very long.)

That's a start...but it's still a huge 20-pound range. I will need to narrow it down to a number, then hit that number, and then ACTUALLY start doing the maintanence thing I've read about and written about so many times where you only let your weight go up three pounds from goal before you go back into "weight-loss mode" to get back. I have never actually tried out a maintanence plan like that. Why would I, when I was always either off track and gaining, or always striving for something lower.

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SEEHOLZ 4/24/2009 10:26AM

    My suggestion would be to pick the higher goal- eg 145 and stay there for 4 weeks--- kind of practive mainenance. Then, see if you can still shed 5 more lbs ( you have a fabulous metabolism!) and then stay there for 4 weeks before deciding... I am only throwing numbers at you-- you could try at 150 even if that would give peace of body and mind... I think you're on the right track here--- not to get carried away! Practicing maintenance at a more comfortable weight might give you the confidence to do it at a lower weight-- plus, if you give yourself a 5 or even 10 lbs range once you are in maintenance-- winter vs. summer etc. ( because it' s only natural to eat lighter and be more active in the summer) then you can have even more peace of mind and body--- or even 6 lbw range ( 3 up and 3 down)
Whatever you decided, I know you'll get there!

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KENSINGTONC 4/23/2009 11:28PM

    I was just thinking about your blog post from a few weeks ago and how committed and motivated and excited you seem now! I'm proud of you! I think this is a lot to think about but clearly you're on top of it. Your body and your mind will find a number on the scale that works, I'm sure of it!


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ZIRCADIA 4/23/2009 8:08PM

    :) I say just take your time and don't stress it right now. I definitely think that it's good to pick something and stick with it, at least for a while, so that you can know how your body is maintaining that level. There's also the whole aspect of changing your body WITHOUT weight loss -- building muscle, losing fat. I mean I bet your body could be SUPER FIERCE at 140-145, even though you were looking at places you wanted to change when you were at 134. I feel like no matter what, you can always find something that you'll want to work on with your body -- I don't think there is really anyone (or at least not many people) out there who is COMPLETELY 100% satisfied with their body and would claim it to be perfect. When I settled on my goal weight I decided that I didn't want to weigh any less than this, but it's not because I'm 100% satisfied with my body! You know? I still intend to work to improve it to the best of my ability. Hopefully it will become easier to narrow it down as you move into that 20lb range. Best of luck! I've been working at maintenance since last July ish, and while I did gain some weight over Christmas/losing Roscoe, I lost it again and I decided not to really COUNT that as a deviation because it wasn't very long and I got it under control once my head was in the right place again. And what I did was -- I went over my maintenance range, switched to weight loss mode, and when I got back in, switched back to maintenance mode. It works!

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Yesterday's Run

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hmm. I tried to embed a map in my blog, which is a feature I just discovered on, but when I went to post, I got an error message: "No HTML Please!" So instead, here is the link to the map.

6.03 miles
5.4 MPH average pace (I'm a slooooooooooooooooooooooowpoke)
705 calories
11:05 avg min/mile (By the way, the winner of the Boston Marathon ran less than five minute miles!!!!)
25.8 BMI :( - workin' on it though.

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JENONTHEROX 4/24/2009 12:05AM

    less than 5 min miles is SICK! (I'm not sure if I'm jealous or not.... it is just BEYOND human!)

Keep taking your stats, be persistent & you'll see so much progress. I think 11:00min/mile is great... personally that's about my average too 10:30-11:00, but quite honestly I am just grateful to be running at all... emoticon

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 4/23/2009 6:55PM

    The no html is annoying, huh?

I did a 6 miler yesterday too, it was awesome! Perfect running weather - wait no, that was day before yesterday. Yesterday I did a quicky 3 miler :)

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BOOTS1221 4/23/2009 5:24PM

    Your run sounds so fun!! I wish I could get outta work and go have fun running around Boston too! I'm so pumped I just scored my first sox tix of the season as a mother's day gift for my mom, we're going may 20th!! Can you believe they've won their last 7 games?!?!

Keep up the awesome work girl, you're super motivational!!

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STEFANIE822 4/23/2009 4:20PM

    That is a LONG run!!! Congrats!!

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ZIRCADIA 4/23/2009 4:17PM

    Dude, 5 min miles is PURE INSANITY. I'm usually around 11min mile if I'm feeling good -- slower if I'm going a long way and not feeling so hot or tackling hills. So don't feel THAT slow or else you're gonna hurt my feelings. ;) HAHAHAHA

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A very healthy snack, and strong evidence that I've gone crazy!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Just got home from blowing big bucks at Stop & Shop. I know Market Basket is cheaper, but S&S was on my way home and I figured they'd have a bigger selection (that ended up being only partly true though..) So now I'm sitting here eating organic mixed berries with fat-free Greek yogurt and it occurs to me that this is a very healthy snack! (Yeah, I know it has no healthy fat, but I eat raw almonds and walnuts too so gimme a break.)

Now onto the evidence that I am officially crazy: I have the week off from school, so today I met up with my boyfriend at a park near his office for lunch. The skies were very dark and gray, but I had so much fun running in the city last week that I decided I'd do it again, even after the first sprinkles started coming down. At first the rain was light and felt nice, keeping me nice and cool, but after a while it got heavy and I was soaked! Also, I hadn't charged my iPod in a while so after the first few minutes I had no music - I know I know, call the WAHmbulance, right? Running in the city is entertaining enough that I didn't need the music, but it sure would have been nicer.

For any Bostonians out there, here was my route (maybe I'll it later on to get the mileage) - it took me 1hr7min, but I wasn't going for speed at all, just fun:
Albany St. to Mass Ave all the way over the bridge into Cambridge, just so I could say I ran in two cities. :) Then up along the river to the next bridge...not positive about the names of these bridges...only to find that the sidewalk was closed on one side so I had to take a huge detour into Cambridge to get to a place where I could cross the street to the sidewalk that wasn't closed. Back in Boston I took Charles Street and then went through Boston Common to Newberry (sp?) Street, then crossed over at some point to Boylston where some guy promoting something called out to me, "Who needs umbrellas, right? We're tough!" :)

Anyway from there I went through Copley Square to Dartmouth Street and then back to my car on Albany Street! My feet are still wet, but I loved it!! Am I crazy or what??

Oh, totally non-Spark related, but as I was driving through Brigham Circle on my way back to the 'burbs, a guy crossed the street in front of my car and I'm just about positive it's a guy I seriously dated my freshman year of college!!! He transferred to a different school our sophomore year and I never saw him since, but his mom and mine still keep in touch (I have NO idea why, I think it's weird) and I know he lives in the area now! I probably last saw him when we were 19 or 20 and we're 31 now!!! But he looked just the same, and he was carrying the same kind of bag he used to carry, one with the big flap holding it closed. I kind of regret not saying hi...(I was in stopped traffic as he walked by), but how weird!!!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 4/23/2009 6:57PM

    Greek yogurt is da bomb! I just used it in mashed "potatos" (half potatos half cauliflower).

Random about that guy!

You should find out from your mom if he is back in the area?

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 4/23/2009 12:06PM

    You go with your running self! And yeah... I hate those kinds of regrets... I wish'd you had talked to him. Look, call your mom and have her call his mom and just ask for his number and see if it was him. Then let us know... : ) I'm all messed up now... I want to know!

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 4/23/2009 12:06PM

    You go with your running self! And yeah... I hate those kinds of regrets... I wish'd you had talked to him. Look, call your mom and have her call his mom and just ask for his number and see if it was him. Then let us know... : ) I'm all messed up now... I want to know!

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FRIZGIRL 4/23/2009 6:56AM

    Mmmm you definitely make me want to go out and go for a run right now. And your snack sounds delish! Do you live in Boston or just visit? I'm going to be there tomorrow catching a bus to DC!

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SEEHOLZ 4/22/2009 10:10PM

    City running rocks! If you are crazy, what am I then? Sleet, snow, ice, hail.... I bail when it's lightening, single digits Fahrenheit since my lungs start to hurt and "tornado" like winds, even though last year the Cop had to tell me nicely that I was crazy for being out there, after the power line came down and tree branches were falling... Do you still feel crazy???? As long as you dried off so you wouldn't get sick, you are pretty darn sane-LOL!
Your greek yogurt with berries sounds great--- I just bought the 32 oz--- my son was like WTH??? I usually eat the whole 16 oz for lunch, but this time I will split it up.... wouldn't it be funny if Costco sold like a 64 oz--- I like it so much, I'd eat it in plenty time before it got bad-LOL- restaurant size..... but they don't, so there is no worry-LOL!

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BRUIN2 4/22/2009 8:22PM

    What an adventure!!!

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KENSINGTONC 4/22/2009 7:48PM

    Oh man this makes me miss Boston so much it aches!!! Sounds like a really great run, though!

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ZIRCADIA 4/22/2009 6:39PM

    Woah, that's kinda crazy about seeing the exbf!!!! :) But running in the rain is kind of fun... I don't think you're crazy unless we both are! :D

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I'm back under 160 - 159.6 - yay!

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STEFANIE822 4/23/2009 3:32PM

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 4/23/2009 12:07PM

    Oh yeah!

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ZIRCADIA 4/22/2009 6:15PM

    WOOHOO! :D Congrats!!!

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MIMISCA 4/22/2009 1:04PM

    congrats! i knew you would get back there quickly!!

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KSTYLEFITNESS 4/22/2009 12:52PM

    Woohoo! You go girl!

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RA4945 4/22/2009 12:07PM

    Yeah! Great progress! Keep up the good work!

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SEEHOLZ 4/22/2009 11:19AM

    I'll tell you-- you have one amazing body! You can loose weight so easily-- you are blessed and I am really happy for you! ( just a bit jealous, of course-LOL!)

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PAMELA984 4/22/2009 11:05AM

    Okay - now you have some momentum - you will do fine!

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