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Coffee is my Savior!!!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

I know it's not good to depend on a drug and caffeine is a drug, but I'm not sure I would have been able to get even half as good a workout if I hadn't stopped at Dunkie's before the gym today. It was just a small coffee(skim milk and splenda, though it tasted like it might have not been plain coffee - hazelnut maybe?? Not sure. I asked for regular.)

I was really happy to be at a new all-time low this morning - 142.8 (sooo close to those elusive 130s!) and had a whole day's worth of food packed in my lunch box. But I was so hungry I ate all of it before noon! Luckily it didn't hurt my weigh in at my meeting this afternoon - I was down 1.2 pounds from last week, woohoo! But I was concerned about feeling hungry all day. Well, it turns out that coffee is the answer. I have felt great ever since I had that cup. Becoming addicted to caffeine is a small price to pay for being able to reduce hunger and increase energy, and coffee has antioxidants!

I really want to go biking this evening but it's snowing. April 5!!! Come on! I might attempt it anyway.

I've been getting some incredibly sweet messages from other Sparkers lately, telling me how inspiring my progress has been, how good my pictures look, etc. I LOVE that. People on this website are SO supportive and awesome. And their progress inspires me too. I get so much motivation from this site!!

Just posted a new picture from Tuesday night at my parents' seder. It's not the most flattering of me, but I did want to show off my new red accessories, heehee.

The long weekend has started!! I am really looking forward to a few days of relaxing, even though on Sunday Jess is gonna make me go to church with his family (we are a "multi-cultural" couple, heehee - seder and church on the same week). I guess I better start gearing up for some evil Easter feast, too. Weight loss would be so much easier if our society weren't so freaking obsessed with food!!!


Just Checking In

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

I haven't blogged in a while so I figured it was time. I had a frustrating week+ where my weight was inching up slowly. I started at 143.0 on Sunday, then it slowly crept up to 144.0 nine days later (yesterday). So I buckled down, worked out hard, kicked the 5-calorie-a-piece gum habit (when you eat 3 packs in a day, the calories add up!), and was back to 143.0 this morning. Tried to keep up the strict mindset, varied what I ate, but was pretty hungry and didn't have a lot of energy for the gym this evening. So I ended up with over 1,300 calories(26 points), but since I earned 4 APs and my daily target is 22, I had what I call an "Even Steven" day. I hope I show a good loss at my weigh-in tomorrow.
Two days ago I had a great treadmill run. I did an hour at 5.6 mph and felt fine, except that by the end I REALLY had to pee. Hitting 5.6 miles in an hour is a new record for me, up from 5.55.
Today I tried 5.7 and had to stop after 25 minutes. I then did 15 minutes on the elliptical and had to stop. No energy.
So tonight it's early to bed, and will keep on truckin' tomorrow.



Saturday, March 24, 2007

145.0 today. That's 0.2 up from yesterday, but I'm about to get my period. It's silly how it bothers me to be up even that little even with that good a reason, but I can't help it. Positive thinking, Susan!!

Ran 60 minutes this morning - 1st half at 5.6 mph, 2nd half at 5.5 mph. Guess I'm not quite ready for a full hour at 5.6. It wasn't very fun and afterwards my knees hurt and I had an irritated spot in my armpit from all that friction. But I am proud of myself.

Going shopping with Laura today. In fact, I told her I'd be ready around 11 and it's already 11:21. Oops. I've decided to eat at home and pack snacks to bring, but I haven't told her that lives should not have to revolve around restaurants!!

Gotta plan out my food for the day. Peace.


Quick Check-In

Friday, March 23, 2007

144.8 pounds today! Holy smokes!!

The stairmaster fit test today FINALLY moved me up a level. I've gone from "low" fitness level to "fair." Sweet. I was hoping for at least "average." I guess I should be happy that I'm not "low" anymore.

I did my regular weight lifting routine today, 3 sets, not drop sets. Both methods seem to give me a good workout, so I can change it up whenever I want. I did 15 minutes on the stairmaster, 45 minutes of weight lifting, and then stretching.

Have been a bit hungry today but only earned 3 APs and have already eaten 24 points. I only have 1 more point to go but I may use a flex or two.

Yay it's Friday :)


I Feel Fabulous :)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

I did two hours on the elliptical this afternoon, level 14, at a good pace. My heart rate stayed around 140-155, I was sweating, and by the end the machine said I'd burned over 1,600 calories. Whatever. I'm still going to eat a small, super-duper healthy dinner. Haven't decided what yet. Maybe a smoothie.

"They" say you shouldn't let your weight dictate your mood, but I can't help it. I was strict yesterday and it paid off. Today I'm back to 146.0, which is my lowest so far, and at my WW meeting today I was down 2.0 pounds (to 147.2). My "official" total is 17.6 pounds and I have lost the most weight out of anyone in my group, unless one of the absent people has lost more than me. I decided NOT to tell them that I'd actually lost 5 pounds on my own the week before we officially started.

There was some talk about continuing our group past our scheduled end date of May 3. That's great, but I'm also looking forward to trying other meetings. I don't really feel like I can relate with anyone at my meeting - nobody else is following the program quite like I am. People say things like, "I did pretty good, but I did have a few drinks..." and everyone else claps. I'm sorry, but "a few drinks" just isn't part of my program unless these drinks are empty-calorie-free! They also "can't bring themselves" to exercise, or if they do, it's just a short walk around their neighborhood. I mean that's great for some people, but I just know that if I tried to do it halfheartedly like that I would not see progress. They all seem to think I should be "done" anyway. I wish nobody would ever tell me again to stop losing weight. One of my coworkers is 5'7" and weighs 100 pounds. She just told me this the other day. That makes her technically very underweight - her BMI is 15.7 (underweight is less than 18.5), but she is SO fit and strong. My point isn't that I want to have a BMI of 15.7. My point is that she doesn't get harrassed about being underweight, so why should I be harrassed about wanting to get my BMI closer to the middle of the healthy range? I'm just going to stop listening to people about that stuff, because, quite honestly, I have been soaking up every article I could find on weight loss since I was a teenager and think I have an extensive knowledge base, and now that I'm on this website I also know a lot about what I'm doing with my own body on a day-to-day basis. I am my own expert now, for the most part. I want to be the best me I can be, not just some slightly less fat but still overweight Weight Watchers "success story."

Wow, I didn't know I was going to go on a rant, but I guess I felt I needed to. On the positive side, like I was starting to say before, MY VERY HEALTHY program is doing wonders for me. I feel soooooo good. :)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RBRANDT87 3/22/2007 8:49PM

    Wow, talk about hard core exercise. I am going to try and exercise for at least an hour tonight. I'll se if I can push myself and do more.

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