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Week 5 Ends

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Week 1 -1lb
Week 2 -2lb
Week 3 -1lb
Week 4 -0.4lb
Week 5 -2lb

Yesterday I did two workouts. My boyfriend and I went to the gym for about an hour around 11:30-12:30. I did strength training for legs and thirty minutes of very sweaty running, plus stretching. Then, at dusk, I went for another 30-minute run. I went to the reservoir with the exactly one-mile path around it, and ran around it 3 times. I was expecting each lap to take 10 minutes, but lap 1 was just under 10 minutes, lap 2 was a little faster, and lap 3 was 9 minutes for a total of 28.5 minutes for three miles. Yay. I did a bit of walking and stretching too.

Today I'm sore in a good way, like after a full day of skiing or mountain hiking or something.

Oh, I also got several inches chopped off my hair yesterday - I'll have to post a picture eventually. And I made a veggie lasagna...I ate the first of 10 servings yesterday for lunch (delish) and saved the rest in single-serving containers in the freezer. My freezer is soooo full of frozen meals I've made, frozen vegetables, and frozen fruit (my favorite is Trader Joe's Mangolicious - mangoes and berries - goes into my smoothies every morning now).

Happy Mother's Day!

  
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TERRIANGEL 5/14/2009 9:35AM

    Wow! You're serious, huh! NICE job on the weight loss and the double-duty work out.

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BTW, my favorite (and my kids favorite) TJs smoothie frozen fruits are 1) regular frozen mango and 2) frozen pineapple. Add a bit of TJs organic OJ with calcium, and Stoneyfield banilla yogurt and the kids LOVE it!! Mmmm..... (Trader Joes is the BEST!)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/13/2009 8:47AM

    Wow a "Two-fer" workout day! Color me impressed!

Freezing your own meals is so smart. What kind of containers do you have?

I say that but my dh is a freaking pig so we hardly have leftovers - lol!!!

Isn't it liberating to hack that stuff off :). I say that and I am trying to grow mine, but it has been short for a couple of years. Please post a picture, I would love to see it!

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SABRIELSWEETIE 5/12/2009 2:21PM

    That's awesome :) I'd like to find a way to track how far I run, then set a goal for a less than 12 minute mile :)

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KENSINGTONC 5/12/2009 1:49PM

    WOOHOO!!!

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MARLIE13 5/11/2009 5:12PM

    Sounds like a great run and a great stocked freezer. Look at those pounds melting off you!

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RA4945 5/11/2009 10:35AM

    You are doing great Susan!!! Keep it up!!! emoticon

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KJNE8O 5/11/2009 6:47AM

    You're doing great! Keep up the great work!

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SKYFYRE 5/11/2009 5:42AM

    Hey Girlie! Congrats on your loss! Woohoo!
Veggie lasagna sounds AWESOME! And lets see the new hair!

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MRSTUCKER812 5/11/2009 12:46AM

  Great accomplishment with the running! I'd love to reach those times someday soon. I can hardly jog for 10 minutes, lol. and yes please do post a pic of your new hair, I love pics.

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SEEHOLZ 5/10/2009 9:41PM

    Ha Ha--- me too...-LOL!
Anyways, you are such a machine when it comes to weight loss----- you're totally on your way to any goal!

Have a great week!

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BRUIN2 5/10/2009 11:39AM

    I read that EXACTLY like Dana did!! HAHAHAHA. So funny. Glad you're rocking the running!!

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ZIRCADIA 5/10/2009 11:36AM

    I first read that as "I ate the first 10 servings yesterday for lunch" HAHAHAHAHA I was like WHAAAAAAAAAT? Anyway. :) GO YOU with the meal planning AND the speedy running! That is awesome!

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TRACYZABELLE 5/10/2009 11:03AM

    WTG on the pre planning! Having meals ready to eat is the best thing to help us stay on program! You can do it SUsan! Cant wait to see the new DO!

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Happy Weekend!

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Boy am I in a good mood. I had a wonderfully long sleep last night, had my morning green tea out on my patio while reading Health magazine, and oh yeah, I finally had a great weigh-in!!! After about two weeks of my weight barely changing, I finally went down 2.2 pounds in one day! (160.6 yesterday, 158.4 today) Suddenly I feel like I have some evidence that my plan might actually work - my calorie range might not be too high afterall, and I feel like 140 is within my reach.

I don't know how people with lower calorie ranges do it - sometimes my current range of 1,900-2,200 calories feels like I'm practically starving myself. Actually I'm really not that hungry, but can I participate in the teacher appreciation luncheon? No! Let loose at a friend's BBQ? Nope again. Can I pick at my boyfriend's Pad Thai? No way. I have to be very careful or I'd fly past my calorie range.

Yesterday the weather was so pretty as I was driving home from school that I decided I'd go out for a quick jog. Turns out that was a good thing because I didn't make it to the gym later (my boyfriend decided he wasn't going , so I decided the same). But on my jog I saw a big yellow butterfly and that made me smile. :)

Even though before today I really hadn't lost much weight, I was already noticing a difference in my clothes. I can once again fit into my size 8 jeans (I'm sure they're super big for 8s, but it still makes me happy), and yesterday's jog was in size small shorts, though they were tight. These are things I could not have worn a month ago. Also, the other day a coworker told me I looked thinner than a month ago... actually, come to think of it, it's a little creepy that she noticed so precisely my weight up&down timeframe... but still, it's always nice to know you're looking thinner.

Okay, time to wrap up this series of random comments - have a great Mother's Day everyone... my family might go out on my brother's boat tomorrow to celebrate, in Boston Harbor. Fun!

  
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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/13/2009 8:50AM

    WOO HOO! Congrats! Sometimes it takes time for the initial movement, I hope the momentum keeps up for you :)!

I hear you on the calories. I eat around 1800-2200 and I don't know how people eat much less than that. Do you do a weekly cheat? I know some people don't subscribe to it but it has always worked for me. One per week when I was losing and now I can do 2-3 in maintenance. I understand that it can screw up the calorie in v. calorie out ratio, but I also believe in the idea that it causes a metabolic spike and keeps your body out of starvation mode. I feel like I have trained my metabolism to be fast (because it wasn't naturally). Anyway, enough of my babbling, that is awesome about the scale and the pants!

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SABRIELSWEETIE 5/12/2009 2:20PM

    awe :) this happy entry is great. I' m glad you're making strides..

strides.. get it? you went running?

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TRACYZABELLE 5/10/2009 4:00AM

    Congrats on that "I can do it"feeling! I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow and don't forget the sunblock!

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SKYFYRE 5/10/2009 12:48AM

    Great! Slow and steady wins the race, right?! Well, I love that you got to apprciate the butterfly! Sounds nice!

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FITGIRL15 5/9/2009 4:45PM

    Congrats on the weigh-in today, Susan!!!

Enjoy your weekend! emoticon

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ZIRCADIA 5/9/2009 11:23AM

    Congrats on fitting into smaller clothes and on feeling great AND on seeing a change on the scale. :)

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KENSINGTONC 5/9/2009 11:21AM

    Aw, what a happy blog post! And what a perfect start to your weekend! Thanks for making me smile - I hope my day's as lovely as yours.
Liz

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A Tale of Two Pants

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

I have two pairs of pants that are exactly the same - same brand, same style, same color - there are only two differences: 1) one is capri-length, one is full-length, and 2) one is size 10 and the other is size 4.

This morning I was getting dressed at my boyfriend's place with the clothes I'd brought with me, and I realized I'd accidentally grabbed the 4s instead of the 10s. OOPS - even the 10s are fairly tight right now - I am NOT READY for the 4s, not even close! I was able to button them while lying on my back, but they would have been incredibly painful, unflattering, and at-risk for busting apart! Thank goodness my boyfriend had a pair of 33x30 black pants for me to borrow. They fit me quite well...they're actually a bit short on my legs oddly enough - Jess said he wears them lower at the waist than I do. I was relieved, but I can't wait for his pants to be too big for me again.

I have read that being sleep-deprived makes you hungry, and I'm feeling really affected so far this week. Even minor amounts of sleep deprivation are detrimental to my plan - I've slept probably between 7-8 hours per night the past two nights when my body really prefers 8-10 hours, and I'm having a bunch of negative responses:
*I have the munchies - I'm not feeling satisfied after meals and just wanna keep on eating!
*My mind has on a few occasions started to drift to that dark place where I dream up my next big binge - but my new strategy, thanks to a book I read recently that said it's easier to prevent a slip-up than it is to recover from one, is to tell myself NO and force myself to stop that line of thinking.
*I'm not in the mood to work out.

So far I've stayed strong - I've kept the munchies under control (within my calorie range), and yesterday I did 45 minutes of cardio (stair climber) at the gym even though I would have been happy to blow off the gym altogether. And today, for Cinco de Mayo, the teacher's room was filled with bagels, breads, juice, and - gasp - huge corn muffins. During a binge phase of my life I would have gone crazy with that stuff, especially those corn muffins!! This time though I didn't even let myself get started. Honestly, if there had been something relatively small and nutritious I would have gone for it, but everything was huge and just looked like empty calories. To prevent myself from slipping up, I actually wrote myself a promise early in the day - "I will not overeat today!" I wrote it right into my planbook on today's date. It worked - when I make a promise to myself, I keep it!

  
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TERRIANGEL 5/11/2009 10:08AM

    Way to keep a promise! That's awesome. I might have to try that on days I know will be challenging. emoticon

As for ths sleep deprivation, I'm with ya. Lack of sleep = MUNCHIES! And even though you KNOW that's why, it's hard to reverse the mind's pull towards chips and muffins. :) So, way to go with your determination, sistah!

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SABRIELSWEETIE 5/7/2009 1:18PM

    That's awesome! I love that you've made progress with negative ways of thinking. I always tell myself 'It's easier to say "no!" now than it is to say "Oh-No!" later'

It sounds like someone wrote a book about it ;) I'm glad it's working for you.

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MARLIE13 5/7/2009 10:47AM

    Way to stay strong with all of that food around you!! I'm the same way with sleep. Anything less than 7 hours a night and it's trouble. I like the idea of writing a note to yourself in your planner. I sleep with my planner (ok I don't) but I don't know why I haven't tried writing myself notes.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/7/2009 10:41AM

    You know what, I am right there with you. I would rather have none of that stuff than some.

Girl, I feel you on the sleep, too. I hate being sleep deprived. So I totally commend you for being able to stay disciplined with your workouts and food while sleepy.

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 5/6/2009 4:40PM

    Cool beans on the note to self!!!! Hey, you do HFCS???

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INSPIREDTOBEFIT 5/6/2009 12:41PM

    Nice work! You should be very proud of the changes you are making. WooHoo!

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ZIRCADIA 5/6/2009 12:33PM

    You are one tough cookie for resisting the treats at work! WOW! :) GREAT WORK!

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RA4945 5/6/2009 11:45AM

    Great job on resisting those goodies!!! I think its always a victory when we talk sense into ourselves such as you did. And I agree with what you read; our thoughts are so important to keep in check as they usually turn in to action. There is a lot of truth to picturing ourselves eating healthy and looking fit. You're on the right track. Keep up the great work Susan. Before you know, your boyfriends pants will be falling off of you. emoticon

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JENJENRUS 5/6/2009 11:03AM

    Good job for you....we are all going to have days and even weeks when we just don't feel like fighting the fight. What we need to keep in mind though, is that if we go off on a binge, it sets us that much further away from whatever goal we are working towards. Good for you! Keep up the good work :-)

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KENSINGTONC 5/6/2009 9:33AM

    Good for you for not grabbing up all those corn muffins! It would have been hard for me to say no, I love those. The pants story is pretty funny - let us know when the 4s are back in regular rotation, soon I'm sure!

Re: sleep deprivation causing hunger, YES this is TOTALLY TRUE!!! When I was an intern and up all night every third or fourth night, I was famished all the time. Hello, weight gain. Sleep is so, so important. I'm also an 8-10 hour a night person, and have started prioritizing my sleep, and it's made a huge difference.

Have a super week! Liz

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TRACYZABELLE 5/6/2009 4:13AM

    Also when we dont sleep we can not lose. Lately I am having trouble getting even 5 hours sleep and I am exhausted. I am surprised I am awake right now-- 3.5 hours of sleep yesterday and I am working now on hour 8 and I have 3 left to go! Try harder to get your sleep!

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SKYFYRE 5/5/2009 10:44PM

    Ah so true, wise one! Preventing a binge is WAY better than recovering from one! Way to go! Stand up straight you are in control!

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SEEHOLZ 5/5/2009 9:32PM

    I totally hear you on the sleep deprivation--- said that, I'm going to use Th morning to catch those extra zzzzzsss... it's not ideal, but better than pushing...
Which book did you read that said that preventing a slip-up is better than recovering from? I've never really used those words for myself--- today, tired, I dreamed up one of my binges, but then I didn't go there.. thank God!
I'm going to try to think about preventing binges-- even though it seems impossible at times vs. recovering from them... which takes so much energy out of me...
ROCK ON FOR not giving in!!! I'm really proud of you!

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VIDABELA 5/5/2009 8:29PM

    wow you're doing so great! i too find my brain drifting to that "dark place" you mentioned. AH so true that its easier to prevent than to recover. theyre both kind of painful...but the "prevention" pain is a way shorter pain!

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BRUIN2 5/5/2009 7:27PM

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Look at you! Love the strategy!

Are you drinking enough water? That might help with the munchies...

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Week Four Ends

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Week 1 - 1lb
Week 2 - 2lb
Week 3 - 1lb
Week 4 - 0.4lb

The slow pace of weight loss continues. This week I went from 161.2 to 160.8, which is only a 0.4 pound loss. I have a bunch of mixed feelings about this. I was very comfortable following my plan this week, and at the start of the weekend I was thinking that if I just stepped up my cardio for a few days and stayed at the bottom of my calorie range or even a bit below it, I'd be down at least a full pound for my "official" Sunday weigh-in. Turns out I was wrong about that, but a loss is still a loss. At this point I plan to keep doing what I've been doing and as long as I keep losing, I'm still happy with my plan.

I've been thinking more though about how unfair this weight management stuff is. Yesterday I put in over three hours of exercise in all, including a solid hour and a half of running, but at a restaurant for dinner (we biked there!) I still ordered just a salad for dinner, had water to drink, and ate only one piece of warm sourdough bread before dinner while watching my boyfriend scarf down four pieces. (I broke down and had one more piece after dinner though - they gave us a LOT!) Jess, my boyfriend, doesn't have to worry about what he eats or drinks (he had a beer), never does more cardio than 30 minutes of easy biking, and his weight just stays where he wants it to be. Then today I was running past all these women who were thinner than me, wondering if they had to put in nearly the effort I do.

It's not that I don't enjoy what I'm doing. I'm actually loving the delicious healthy eating and haven't been feeling overly hungry, and the exercise makes me feel powerful and accomplished. I just wonder why I put in so much effort that weight management is the biggest focus of my daily life, and all I have to show for it is my slightly overweight body? Oh well, at least it's probably a pretty HEALTHY slightly overweight body.

That's enough of that negative talk - I have more fun stuff to talk about instead. I have been taking full advantage of the springtime temperatures and doing lots and lots of outdoor running! I really prefer variety though, so I'm trying to run in different places all the time. My new routine on the weeknights that I stay over at my boyfriend's place is doing only strength training at the gym, and then parking my car somewhere along the route to his place for a jog. I discovered that a reservoir directly along my route is exactly a mile around and is lined with gorgeous landscaping - a few days ago I ran around it three times in 30 minutes.
This weekend, both yesterday and today, Jess dropped me off along the route to his place (at two different locations) and I ran while he went to his place to do some work, and then he picked me up on the way back home - two hours each time (about 1.5 hours of jogging, .5 hours of walking). It's funny that even with all that running, AND even if you count the hour on the elliptical I did Friday night, I STILL didn't go as far as a marathon - I estimate I probably did about 20 miles this weekend.
Yesterday's route - I did Jamaica Pond, then got mildly lost in Jamaica Plain, then went into the city and met up with some friends for lunch at Downtown Crossing before jogging back toward Mission Hill.
Today's route - I did the 1-mile reservoir, then went into Brookline, then up to Jamaica Pond and up toward the Arboretum.
Fun stuff! I am loving running right now!

In totally non-weight-related news, two really nice things happened this weekend.
1. My boyfriend's mother gave me a gift - a TomTom (GPS)!! I can't wait to try it out for my summer adventures. :) :) :)
2. I had known for a while that my mortgage rate was due to change soon - I got a 5/1 ARM when I bought my condo five years ago. Well today I opened a letter from my bank that informed me that my rate is actually going DOWN! I'd assumed it would go UP, never dreamed it would go down (because my rate was already SO low - 3.875 percent, and now it's going to be 3.375.) This will save me almost $50/month. I am soooooooo happy. :)

  
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FITGIRL15 5/4/2009 3:19PM

    You are forgetting that your boyfriend is a GUY and his body responds to diet, exercise and stress differently then yours!
But you could have just answered your own question: You mention that your BF doesn't do any more then 30 minutes of low intensity cardio at any one time... and is able to maintain a weight that's both healthy and that makes him happy, yet you do upwards of 3 hours of running/jogging and have to fight to lose 1 pound... do you see what I see?
Maybe you aren't doing the right form of cardio to trigger your metabolism to get into gear!? Perhaps you could take a few weeks off running to try power walking or hiking to see if your body responds favorably to this change in intensity? (I do love running outside too, but I try to limit it to 30 minutes MAX.)
When I started low intensity bike riding, I was shocked at how quickly the body fat fell off and it was easy to keep it up because it didn't take a whole lot of energy to just leisurely pedal the bike for 30 minutes!!!

I still think your weight loss is on track though. After 8 weeks you could create a chart to see the overall trend and to determine how much weight you lost on average per week! I bet it works out to 1 pound! :) Don't fret, next week will be a gooder!

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SEEHOLZ 5/4/2009 2:27PM

    Sweet on the condo rate! And I'm glad you're feeling healthy and happy and accomplished! You really sound happy Susan!

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/4/2009 10:44AM

    great job on all the runs. you may not have dropped the weight you hope for this reason? why i say that is that often after a long run your body retains water to help repair/recovery of your muscles.

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VIDABELA 5/4/2009 7:32AM

    thats awesome news about the mortgage rate woohoo!!

wow you exercise so much, i wish I could be like that! i am actaully trying to get into running. I have been pretty consistent with the treadmill, but when I took the running outside it was sooo different (not in a good way!). It was so much harder so I'm trying to learn how to run outside haha. I think runners are one of the strongest/most disciplined athletes. I don't know, maybe it will get easier.

Keep it up!!

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BRUIN2 5/3/2009 9:54PM

    Glad you're loving the running so much!!!

have you picked your goal race?



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CHASINGTHENOW 5/3/2009 9:46PM

    Woo hoo for saving money.

Also, something to consider: If you are working out a lot, is your spark settings accurately reflecting the amount of exercising you are doing. You might want to check because you may need to UP your calorie intake. I don't know how much you have to lose, but if you are close-ish to your goal, you generally should eat more and rely on your exercise for the calorie deficit. This is what I had to do. I was eating 1,200 calories and not seeing ANY results. I felt so discouraged. So, after hearing Jillian Michaels podcast (a caller had asked about it) I decided to try it. I started eating at my BMR (1,400) and before I knew it I was losing again! :-)

Maybe that will help.

-maria

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Weekend Wrap-Up

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Welp, another April vacation is over, and in just nine short hours, I'm back to school! :( I didn't get nearly as much done over the break as I would have liked, but I say that after every vacation!

Here's what's new in the world of Susan's "healthy lifestyle...
Today marks my third week of being back on track:
-Week 1 - 1lb
-Week 2 - 2lb
-Week 3 - 1lb
I have never lost weight slowly like this, and believe it or not, I'm psyched! I feel like the slow pace is evidence that I'm finally doing it RIGHT! ...and doing it RIGHT means keeping it off, I hope I hope I hope.
Allow me to break down Week 3 a bit. The majority of the week my weight was lower than it was today - it was just a tiny fraction below 160 for several days mid-week, and then yesterday it was all the way down to 158.4! Yesterday I didn't exercise at all (lazy sloth - I just hung around on my computer most of the day - shoulda dragged myself to the gym) and I had a major case of the munchies...plus the day before yesterday I ate out a lot so my sodium and calories were high... so I had two days in a row of being a little bit above range, like 2,300 or 2,400 calories, and so it was no surprise that today my weight was back up to 161.2. But that's still a pound less than last week!

Speaking of my weight, I'm back to being unsure about goal weight. Maybe 140 is too low. I don't know yet.

OK, now on to exercise...on Friday I got together with my family at my brother's place in Somerville (we ate out for lunch and dinner, by the way, and for lunch I had a "Maine blueberry salad" and for dinner I had a Thai shrimp salad with the most delicious (but probably not too "clean") peanut dressing.) Wait, this is supposed to be about exercise! My brother sometimes dogsits for a friend for months at a time, and right now is one of those times. The friend travels a lot or something. Anyway, this dog is one of those breeds with a unique long name I will never remember, but he is a pretty tough-looking dog. I took him for a 45-minute jog through Somerville on Friday, on a much hillier route than I'm used to running. My brother assured me the dog would love it, and he was very willing, but the poor thing was out of breath for almost 10 minutes after we were done! He also wanted to keep stopping for various reasons, which made me decide I don't like running with a dog. :) Especially when after he stopped I needed to use my plastic bag...and then when he stopped again for the same reason and I didn't have another plastic bag!

Anyway, like I said, Saturday was totally deviod of exercise or any physical activity. Naughty.

Today I met up with my friend and fellow Sparker AllieLee1 at Bare Cove Park in Hingham, which is on the water and dogs can be off leash. She brought her one-year-old silver lab with her and I brought my boyfriend with me. :) We were going to jog but it was extremely unseasonably HOT, like almost 90 degrees!! (My "new" Jeep doesn't have working air conditioning either, so the drive over wasn't that pleasant.) But despite all that I ended up jogging there for a half hour and walking probably about that much, too.
Then this evening my boyfriend and I went to the gym and I did arms and then 15 more minutes of running. Running on a treadmill in an air conditioned gym vs. running on trails in heat and humidity? The treadmill is soooo much easier.

Finally, on to food. (Sorry this is so boring! It's more of a record for me than for entertainment for anyone else.)
Here's what I batch-cooked this weekend:
-Salmon, broccoli, and spinach casserole
-Quinoa with homemade tomato-spinach sauce
-Roasted vegetables (carrots, brussels sprouts, and zucchini)
In addition, I took some big risks andbought some crazy stuff at Trader Joe's this evening:
-Blueberry, cranberry, and pomegranate juice (by FAR the most tame juice out of the three I bought)
-Orange carrot juice with omega 3s from fish oil!!!
-Some kind of vegetable juice with allll kinds of crazy healthy stuff in it, including many fruits and vegetables
-More pomegranate arils - which I already ate - yum!
...and lots more.

Finally, some random thoughts:

I am very proud of myself when I eat healthfully and exercise. The other day I actually had a ZERO cholesterol day for the first time. I know you need to consume a little cholesterol, and that it's not that bad for you in moderate amounts, but I just thought it was interesting that I had a day where I had NONE.

I'm also rethinking the New Charles River Run - a race on June 28? What if it's as hot as it was today? Is that safe? I guess I could do it anyway, but not expect a PR. :(

I mentioned the other day that I saw my ex from over ten years ago, or at least I thought I did. My mom emailed his mom and asked if it was him, and she said no, he hardly ever goes into the city. But I'm still not convinced. I think it had to be him.

We set up my brother the other night!! My brother's been single for a while, and my friend's friend just recently ended a relationship, and they have a lot of common so we all went out and sure enough, they were texting each other the whole way home, and they went out on my brother's boat yesterday. :) Yay!

And finally, how about them Red Sox?!? Ellsbury stole HOME, are you kidding me?? :) :) :) And has anyone noticed how hot that new guy, Nick Green is? Oh wait, almost everyone reading this does not follow the Red Sox, sorry about that. :)

And that, my friends, is the most random, ambling, wordy blog entry ever! Good night! :)

  
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THIRTEENREASONS 4/30/2009 10:48PM

    Your positive attitude is wearing off on me! I have to stop by and read your blogs more often. It used to be habit (just like exercising was lol) and I need to get back to doing it. I think you've chosen a good goal... both in the weight and how much you want to lose a week. Goals can always be tweaked but what counts is that the path you take to get there is a happy and healthy one.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 4/29/2009 10:55AM

    And I hope it works out for your brother ;)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 4/29/2009 10:54AM

    I agree with Jessica, one pound a week is not slow. And in personal experience the slower it comes off, the easier it is to keep off.

As far as your goal weight, this is my suggestion, why not aim for 140, BUT - this is a HUGE BUT, if your body gets really resistant to let go of any more weight sooner and you plateau, why not stick there and maintain for a good period of time? That made all the difference for me this last time. I think it is was tremendously helpful in both learning how to properly maintain, and eventually (after several months at my plateau) getting to the goal weight that had always eluded me before.

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FITGIRL15 4/28/2009 11:27AM

    Slow and steady is the way to go...but I don't think losing 1 pound or more a week is slow... that's amazing! It proves to me that you are feeding yourself just enough to create a healthy deficit that your body can handle mand maintain for a while! Ride it till the wheels fall off (plateau-ville) because you could probably come very close to your goal weight with this plan! Just hang in there! You are doing great!

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VIDABELA 4/28/2009 4:33AM

    Don't know if you remember me...but I'm loving reading your blogs! and you're doing great with being patient with your weight loss. I really need to be patient too..

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TAMM22 4/27/2009 10:33PM

    Wow...way to have a plan...knowing what you want and how to get there is often the biggest thing to overcome!! emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 4/27/2009 5:03PM

    You crack me up with the SLOW weight loss! I know I'm going to beat this to death, but you got to realize that you got a killer metabolism to be eating that much and loosing... you rock! I wonder how much you were eating when you were "off track"--- it must take a lot... just curious or is it more of what you were eating? You do eat very healthy... I'd appreciate some info or what works and why and how you figured out your calorie deficit so you have a minute to spare ( PM if you want) can you give me a sort of a breakdown between cals in and out and what you eat? I'm very determined to kick this weight loss in gear again -- without starving myself! I'd just appreciate it... plus, I want to build in rest days... might do the trick after all...

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MARLIE13 4/27/2009 3:16PM

    Sounds like you are doing great and are in great spirits. Yay! I was giggling at your dog run and running out of plastic bags. Yucko!

Thanks for your encouraging words on my blog. You definitely brightened my day!

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RA4945 4/27/2009 1:31PM

    Susan, you are really doing great! Keep up the good work. Sounds like your keeping everything in moderation, which to me, is KEY! I'm so happy for you. These are permanent changes. Keep thinking positive!

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ZIRCADIA 4/27/2009 12:59PM

    :) You are doing SO GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!! :D Sounds like you had a lot of fun and got a lot done as well. WOOT! Too bad all vacations must end!

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MIMISCA 4/27/2009 11:19AM

    i like it!

keep up the amazing work!

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BOOTS1221 4/27/2009 9:42AM

    SERIOUSLY, who steals HOME?!?!?! Goooooo Jacoby!!!! Susan, it is so nice to have another Sox fan on the Warriors! oh and oddly enough, even though she lives near Tampa, Ashley is a Sox fan too!!! Break out the broom cuz our boys SWEPT THE YANKEES!!!!

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BRUIN2 4/27/2009 9:29AM

    What a blog!

Have a great week!!

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SKYFYRE 4/27/2009 1:05AM

    Haha! you little match maker, you! How exciting! Yay for being practical about things! I like it!

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DANIELLE68 4/27/2009 12:56AM

    Thanks for reminding us that slow and steady wins the race.

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