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Valentine's Day?!?!?!?

Thursday, July 09, 2009

**DISCLAIMER - I'm not technically engaged yet, still. My boyfriend said to me that buying a ring takes a little longer and is a bit more involved of a procedure than he'd originally thought, but I'm not allowed to ask any questions because he wants there to be some semblance of a surprise.**

So, this evening my boyfriend, Jess, talked me out of having a destination wedding. He has three living grandparents, two in their late 80s and one in her 90s, and we want them to be able to attend. Plus, if we have a local wedding, then we can have a destination HONEYMOON, and get to enjoy it minus all the relatives. :)

So then Jess absolutely SHOCKED me by saying that he'd started to look at wedding venues online at work today!!! Even though it was just 10 minutes, I cannot believe he has done more wedding research than I have! I'd really love to have something special and unique about our wedding - having it in the function room at the Holiday Inn or something makes me CRINGE. The place he found is like an old New England Inn, which might be nice. I don't know.

But then we started talking about when this would happen. I'm a teacher, and I really want this wedding to fit into my school schedule with minimal days off. He said his preference is during my February vacation - at the beginning of it, during the long weekend (I think it's President's Day??). We could do it that Sunday and then go off on our honeymoon somewhere nice and warm. (We always go somewhere nice and warm during my February vacation, but for this we could actually go somewhere NICE and not "budget friendly" for a change, haha.)

So I looked up when my February vacation was, and guess what!! That Sunday that he suggested for our date just happens to be VALENTINE'S DAY! I started squealing like an obnoxious pig when I made this discovery, but my boyfriend thought it was horribly cheesy. Would it be so bad to have it on Valentine's Day and play that up a little...a red velvet sash on my dress or something??

I realize none of this has anything to do with diet and exercise and all those things I usually try to blog about, but it has already gotten me thinking...of course every woman wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day, so I can really use this as motivation to get in my best shape ever, and does this mean changing my goal weight yet again?? It's all too preliminary to make any decisions, but I'm just so overwhelmingly excited and happy.

Also, my mom told me that Jess' mom emailed her saying, "I heard there's going to be another wedding in the family soon - congratulations to us!" And that means that Jess talked to his parents. This is really happening soon. Teehee. I have been waiting for this for SO LONG.

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SKYFYRE 7/11/2009 4:28PM

    OMG! OMG! OMG! You are So gonna get engaged SOON, like momentarily! Hahahaha! I love your Valentines Days ideas, and so what if we are cheesy, no one will ever forget your Anniversary, and I bet everyone will come, what's more romantic than a wedding?! OK, I need to simmer down, it's not like I'm getting married! Well, Congrats again girlie, I am so happy for you!

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SEEHOLZ 7/10/2009 4:47PM

    I can FEEL the excitement! And I love the idea of Valentine's day--- hello, not everyone has to get married in the summer... I also think you need to get your booking in- NOW- or you might end up at the Holiday Inn.. haha.... and that would make me cringe, as well.
How nice of Jess to want to include his grand parents-- that says a lot about your man! Really, he's an architecht? I guess I never knew that.
Who cares if this blog is about YOUR wedding... it could be about your toe nail and I'm sure I'd still want to read it.
I think he is 100% ready to be your hubby--- and too cute about picking out the ring and taking his time to find THE right one!

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FITGIRL15 7/10/2009 4:36PM

    YAY!!! That's awesome and exciting news, Susan!
I can't believe your fiancee (is he even that yet???) has done more wedding research then you... for me it's like PULLING TEETH to even get him to discuss it with me! And we ARE officially engaged already!!! AHHHH!

I hope eveything comes together for you, and you get the venue you want! V-Day would be the PERFECT day to get married... that or Halloween! LOL

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BOOTS1221 7/10/2009 3:28PM

    Yayyyy!! I'm so excited for you! Even though you're technically not engaged yet, it's so close we can all tatse it! haha I think the idea of having it on Valentines Day is super cute & romantic, and it just happens to fall on the exact day you were thinking to plan it anyway! Go with what your heart thinks. This will be YOUR day and it should be perfect for YOU!!!

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VIVA_VICTORIES 7/10/2009 2:36PM


I'm recently engaged and getting married next month. I am however having the destination wedding. If that's what you really want, I worked the angle that the wedding was just for us and we could come back and have a big party with tons of people. It wasn't a hard sell on my man though, we're both very private. But you know, it's not for everyone.

With that being said: CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN!! Whatever you decide to do will be the perfect thing. (I get really sick of people always having a comment on how I'm doing my wedding instead of just being happy for me. So I hope you get absolutely everything you want!)

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MBSHAZZER 7/10/2009 10:42AM

    YAY, this is awesome news! I don't think a V-day wedding is cheesy at all... think of all the romance in the air you'll get to harness! Keep us posted!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/10/2009 9:06AM

    That is awesome! How long have you guys been together, again?

I think that a Vday wedding would be really cool, here is why, apparently you usually have a break around that time so anytime you wanted to take a weekend anniversary trip you could, 2) You'd never forget your anniversary, 3) You wouldn't feel compelled in any way to acknowledge the Halmark aspects of the "holiday" because you would have something legitimately romantic to celebrate.

But girl if you guys are going to try and book something on V day you had better get started STAT!

PS: I got married in a gorgeous old antebellum home. Loved it! Especially since I am not religious but my parents are (and I am a closet agnostic) it was a good compromise, minister in a non-religious venue. Good luck I know you and your architect will pick something spectacular!

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ELFITZPA 7/10/2009 8:18AM

    OMG who CARES what day you get married - it could be Valentine's Day or April Fool's Day - this is awesome!!!!!! I'm so excited for you! And I love that Jess is getting involved with the planning so early on. I hope to be joining you soon!

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TMAC10 7/10/2009 6:36AM

    wow this is so exciting! for as long as i've known you in "blog" land i know this has been something that's been in your mind for awhile! i'm so glad that is finally falling together and becoming real.

who cares what anyone else thinks about your wedding being on valentine's day. i personally love valentine's day & everything about it. not so much just the "romantic" type of love that it celebrates but the love for everyone. so i think it would be a fantastic and sweet way to celebrate.

also, this will be great motivation for you as well! congrats!

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TMAC10 7/10/2009 6:36AM

    wow this is so exciting! for as long as i've known you in "blog" land i know this has been something that's been in your mind for awhile! i'm so glad that is finally falling together and becoming real.

who cares what anyone else thinks about your wedding being on valentine's day. i personally love valentine's day & everything about it. not so much just the "romantic" type of love that it celebrates but the love for everyone. so i think it would be a fantastic and sweet way to celebrate.

also, this will be great motivation for you as well! congrats!

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JENONTHEROX 7/10/2009 1:28AM

    awwwww how EXCITING for you!!!

It may not have to do directly with diet & workouts but it is a part of your life & as you wrote, I'm sure the influence of health & fitness will kick in eventually in your preparations plan... all a part of life.

People just love to hate Valentines Day, don't they. . .

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TERRIANGEL 7/10/2009 12:41AM


He loooooves you! emoticon emoticon

(did I mention "yay"??)

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CREATINGMYSELF 7/10/2009 12:05AM

    Aww.. you must be so anxious for all of this to happen finally!

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BRUIN2 7/9/2009 11:18PM


How exciting!!!!!

Can I just say that the Valentine's Day wedding - while super romantic for you and Jess, may really cramp the style of many of your guests... I can see some being super excited to spend Valentine's Day at a wedding, the epitome of love. But others being annoyed that they have to celebrate *your* love instead of theirs... Know what I mean?!? (I don't mean to burst your bubble - just throwing a thought out there)

We had our wedding at the community centre right down the street from T's family's house... I had never been inside it, but I knew that's where I wanted it to be held! Check out the pics on FB - I loved having two levels (friends watched the ceremony from above, family was on the main floor with us), and loved that it wasn't "just" a ball room.

Anyways, try your very best to let the engagement be a surprise!!!!!!!


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KENSINGTONC 7/9/2009 11:12PM

    I don't think it matters one bit if the wedding is on V-day or Halloween...and BONUS, he'll never forget your anniversary! (Though not to rip on men - my husband remembers special days better than I do!)

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    How exciting! And yes, a wedding most definitely has lots to do about Sparking. That's what brought me here. I had a dress that I couldn't get into. Here's to you looking and feeling your best in yours, whatever it looks like and whenever you wear it. I don't think Valentine's Day or any day is cheesy for a wedding if the couple is truly in love and good for each other.


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ZIRCADIA 7/9/2009 10:48PM

    I think it'd be adorable to have a Valentine's Day Wedding!!! You'd have an extra good excuse for making every Valentine's Day suuuper romantic. :) But it does mean one less day a year for lovey dovey presents and whatnot cause you're combining anniversary and Valentine's. :) hehehee. You will look beautiful on your wedding day because you're healthy and fit, no matter what exact size you are, you will glow because you are not only healthy and fit but also in love. No woman can look more beautiful than having those things in her life. :) I'm so excited for you!!! WHEEEEEE It's so cute that he was researching this and thinking about it already. :)

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MARATHONER340 7/9/2009 10:44PM

    Awwww!!! Definitely don't ask too many questions so the engagement is a surprise...I TOTALLY made the mistake of ruining my asking about it all the time...granted he still managed to somewhat surprise me...but I just had this feeling...the night he was doing it...and then I was so mad at myself for knowing! Cuz it woulda been so much cooler if it completely took me off guard! ok, that's my story...can't wait to hear yours! =) WHENever that may be.

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PAMELA984 7/9/2009 10:34PM

    How exciting!

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Tuesday Check-In

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Since I last checked in, I've been dropping a pound or two each day from the recent wedding binge weight gain, and I'm back down to 151 today. At the end of Week 12 (Sunday, June 28) I was at 151, so in theory, if there had been no binge and I'd continued to lose a pound a week, I would have been at 150 at the end of Week 13 (Sunday, July 5), so this coming Sunday, July 12, I'd be at 149. It's entirely possible that I'll still hit that number by that date, and that would mean I'd be getting past this little bump on the weight loss graph without it affecting my pace of loss at ALL! But, I won't fret if I'm slowed down a bit, either.

Yesterday was the first day of summer school and I had a bad case of the Mondays. I ate at the top of my calorie range and didn't make it to the gym - had a pretty slothful afternoon actually. Thank goodness my boyfriend wants to go to the gym with me tonight, so I'll be sure to definitely make it over there. So far this afternoon has been just as slothful as yesterday. Summer school ends at noon, and the teachers stay and plan until around 1, give or take 20 minutes, so I need to not let myself settle into a routine of coming home, having lunch, and then vegging on my computer all afternoon every day. I need to get out and enjoy summer!

On the other hand, yesterday was the first full day off from exercise I'd had in a long time - can't even remember when the last day off was before that. My legs were still happy-sore from lower body strength training on Sunday, which I loved because usually I don't feel anything in my muscles the next day anymore. I'm trying to mix up my moves and reps more now, and I think it's paying off in terms of giving me tougher workouts and hopefully it'll help me avoid overuse injuries in the future.

Since yesterday was the first day of summer school I saw a lot of people - parents and teachers - I hadn't seen in a while. I got a lot of "You look good" or "You look like you've been keeping the weight off" comments, and I think people just SAY that sometimes. When I first started losing weight I got so many comments that I really believed it - people could see a difference. Although I loved the comments at first, they got old fast, especially when they started switching from, "You look great!" to "Don't lose any more. You're starting to look too thin. I'm worried about you." (That annoyed me SO much. I was the healthiest I'd ever been, but people were WORRIED about me?! Why weren't you worried when I was overweight and unhealthy?)

But those types of comments stopped a long time ago, and now I get the kind that people were giving me yesterday - the generic "You're looking good!" type. I know it's just pure politeness because I'm still borderline overweight and much thicker than I was when I was at my lowest, 134-140. I guess anyone who has been on the weight roller coaster has dealt with the different types of comments - I can only imagine what people must say to annoy Oprah! :) Honestly it wasn't that annoying, but I've just learned to take what people say with a grain of salt. Only I know when I'm really at a size that is best for me.

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KENSINGTONC 7/9/2009 7:28PM

    Based on this blog of yours, I think I would like you very much in person. :-)

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TAMM22 7/8/2009 11:44PM

    No worries are doing fantastic!!! But it is interesting how we tend to think too much about what other people say...our bad!!! emoticon

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CARILOUIE 7/8/2009 7:38PM

    I feel as if the people who make the comments like "you don't need to lose anymore; you're so thin already" are the ones who have weight issues themselves. I don't think those people would say something like that to a person who has been thin all their life.
One of my mom's friends asked me how much I lost; I told her I'm on my way to my goal, and she said "you don't need to lose any more! You look good now!" This coming from a woman whose daughter is a teeny tiny size 0 marathon runner. I think it's because nobody is used to seeing me thin. Maybe it looks strange to them.
Anyway, I think you are doing great. Us Sparkers will celebrate every pound lost even when others don't. Spark on!


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ELFITZPA 7/8/2009 5:45PM

    You just made me think about the things I used to say to my BF (long before we were dating) when he was in the process of losing 100lbs. I think people tend to lose weight in their faces quickly - I know my BF looked kind of gaunt about halfway through his loss but looks fine now - which is probably why you got the comments about not losing anymore. And face it - you're looking at yourself very skeptically and are looking to get a lot closer to "perfection" (whatever that means) than anyone else thinks you need to be. I'm sure the comments get old after awhile, but we live in a world of quick fixes that are often followed by quick relapses. People probably really ARE impressed that you've maintained!

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THEGR8LAMINA 7/8/2009 2:42PM

    I get what your saying about having to listen to ppl say that you look too thin just because you've changed your life to include working out and shedding some weight.

I'm short, i'm like barely 5'2'' and a size 6 and ppl still assume for some reason that I weigh like 100 lbs. NO it's more like 128.8 and I need to get back down to the low 120's. I still have a lot to loose in my eyes and then maintain. Maybe we just carry our weight a little better? I always took it as a compliment that ppl assumed I didnt weigh as much as I did but still I don't like hearing ppl tell me what they think of me loosing weight if its not positive.

I hope you don't let ppl's comments get to you. earlier this year i was at my all time high 137 and I had a handful of people ask my husband if I was pregnant! ha! I was so pissed off mostly bc the ppl who asked were ppl we hardly know adn who are very overweight. ha ha My first thoughts were shut up you're like 400lbs I don't ask you if you're pregnant with sextuplets!
I ofcourse didnt say anything and just walked away. Some people are just nosy and annoying! ha ha

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SKYFYRE 7/8/2009 1:58AM

    Hmm, you have made me think about someof the comments I get and they can be really irritating but when I think about who they are coming from they are people who mean me no harm, so I think I will just let 'em roll off! Way to get tot he gym to meet your goals! Glad you have the uber supportive boyfriend, very cool!

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TRACYZABELLE 7/8/2009 1:40AM

    keep on slimming ... you can do it

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TERRIANGEL 7/7/2009 9:11PM

    You're too funny. Sayin' it like it is. I get so aggravated at the peeps who i think are "just saying it" too. Like, if you're lying to my face now, why would I believe you any other time? HA! But you really ARE keeping the weight off - or at least getting back to where you feel comfortable. I mean, wasn't it you who said a mere few weeks ago that you were back in your size 4 jeans? Hmmm?? You should be proud of yourself. I hope you are. You're doing really, really great!!!! And I"m not just saying that. emoticon

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JENONTHEROX 7/7/2009 8:57PM

    I really think because talking about weight in social settings is sorta-kinda taboo, people really just don't know what to say. While I certainly have never had the "you're too thin" comments, I do think it's nobody's business (except maybe a close partner/someone who loves you). I think generally people know their "healthy" weight & knowing signs of extremes like not menstruating anymore can be trouble. Anyway...
the funniest comment I had the other day at work (without me even saying 'boo' to the person) was "oh, you're still doing it..." (referring to exercising/getting healthy). I definitely laughed... yeah, I'm STILL freaking doing it. Lifestyle baby! Ugh...

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BRUIN2 7/7/2009 8:25PM

    Have a blast at the gym tonight! Have fun finding a summer routine that works for you!

(And I'm sitting here in a sweatshirt and shorts - yep, it's cool enough here to wear a sweatshirt. hehe. Your blog comment made me laugh!)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/7/2009 7:25PM

    Well, I wouldnt assume that it is pure politeness, seriously! You DO look GOOD! And MANY of us have yo yoed, in fact, I daresay that most of the folks who haven't yo yoed and are over the age of 18 have just been on a steady UP! So they probably really mean and envy you for going at it.

OMG, such a good point about people not being worried about you when overweight?!! What the hell? I swear we have the most disordered society when it comes to weight from one extreme to the other.

I meant to comment to you about this the other day and forgot. Speaking of yo yoing, I know you have done it in the past, which is why you were setting an attainable and realistic goal, but you mentioned maybe shooting for 138 b/c of that glycogen whatever the hell it was. I was going to say that perhaps you should just kind of keep doing what you are doing as long as it still is seeming reasonable and EASILY doable and see where your body sticks. If you find you are at, say 136, then I would STOP and ease off and gradually adjust to maintenance rather than keep going since you mentioned your body is good at losing but maintenance has been a struggle. This is just my guess but it seems like your approach and all the self discover you have been doing along the way you have really done this the right way so I don't see maintenance or extreme loss being as big of an issue (hopefully), That being said, part of your self discovery is that your body rocks at losing, hence why I say go ahead and stop at like 136 if it seems to keep going, but if it sticks before then I wouldn't fight that, either. Does this make any sense or did it get way too long?

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VIVA_VICTORIES 7/7/2009 6:08PM

    I'm actually trying to start a summer routine. instead of getting out and then lounging around, I either hit the gym before or after and I call that my routine. So sometimes settling into a routine can be a good thing!! But man, those days off at home are so nice!

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FITGIRL15 7/7/2009 6:04PM

    WOW, someone more obsessed with their "weight loss graph" then me? NO WAY! LOL
I am a total numbers geek myself and I LOVED to watch the graph of my weight fluctuations unfold... I even created trend lines... Yes, I'm that geeky! LOL

I agree... when I was down to my competition weight, I felt the BEST ever (despite the definite over training and strict diet I was following) I never skipped a workout, it was unreal! Yet people would be all "OMG, you look sick!" When they'd see me if they hadn't in a while! UGHHHH! People are so crazy! Like you said, "Why weren't you concerned about my health when I was bigger and gaining more weight? That's just as, if not MORE unhealthy then being small, right?"
Oh well! What can ya do???

PS.. I think you're making awesome progress! Hang in there!

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ZIRCADIA 7/7/2009 5:24PM

    I got SOOOOO annoyed last night because a lady asked me "Are you still dieting?" I gave my,"I'm still eating healthy!" Response. :P Then she was like, "Do you EVER eat anything that isn't good for you?" And I was like ".... YEAH!" hahaha :D I hate when people make comments that are annoying though... and the "stop losing weight, you're gonna get too skinny" comments are so annoying also. Especially when you KNOW you're not even CLOSE to the bottom of the healthy BMI range for your height. It always just made me feel like, dang... you were really used to seeing me huge if THIS looks too skinny... :P

ANYWAY. WOOHOO on getting rid of the wedding eating bloat and back on track to losing. :)

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MBSHAZZER 7/7/2009 5:24PM

    You may end up losing weight faster b/c of the weekend's indulgence... sometimes shaking things up throws your metabolism for a loop in a good way!

Regarding the weight comments... I know, so annoying! Like, when is weight anyone else's business?! I get a lot of comments about what I eat. I guess people feel they can comment or critisize b/c I'm not overweight? Still, so annoying!

Enjoy summer!

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Week 13 Ends - Good News/Bad News

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Week 1 -1lb
Week 2 -2lb
Week 3 -1lb
Week 4 -0.4lb
Week 5 -2lb
Week 6 -1lb
Week 7 -lb
Week 8 -2lb
Week 9 -1lb
Week 10 -1lb
Week 11 -0.2lb
Week 12 -1lb
Week 13 +5lb

First the bad news: I'm up a net five pounds for the week, from 151 to 156. I had been down to 149 earlier in the week. ALL of the gaining happened between Thursday night and Friday (all day). I exercised a lot, but ate WAY too much. I wasn't able to weigh myself on Friday morning because we'd slept at my boyfriend's parents' house, but on Saturday morning I was up to 157.4, which was ridiculously higher than my Thursday morning 149.0 weigh-in. Today (Sunday), I weighed in at 155.8.

Here's what I've been doing to deal with the gain:
*Not freaking about it.
*Sticking to a slightly amped-up version of my usual healthy routine.
*I ate a little less than usual yesterday (somewhere between 1,600-1,700 calories). I was back up to my usual calorie range today though.
*Extra cardio - yesterday between the elliptical and lots and lots and lots of walking, I think I may have gone about half-marathon distance!! Today I ran for almost an hour and rode the bike at the gym for 20 minutes. I've also done my usual strength training and stretching.

I realize that all this gain means is that it'll take a few more weeks to get to my goal than I had originally planned. Who cares - once I get there, I'm going to be there for a LOOOOONG time, so what's a few weeks?? Plus, the overeating wasn't all that bad. It was delicious, and celebratory, and gave me SO much energy for all my workouts this weekend, and reduced my appetite for about 24 hours afterwards.

As for the good news, I actually have two things to share. One is that my shoulder is feeling MUCH better today - yay. I wasn't expecting to heal this fast!

And two..., and far more imporantly, today my boyfriend told my parents that he would like to marry me and wanted their blessing first. They said "OF COURSE!" and gave him hugs and kisses - okay, my mom did that, and my dad was more reserved as always but also gave his blessing. (Which is actually a relief - we are not the same religion, so we were a bit worried about my parents' reaction. Apparently they are going to be okay with it, thank goodness.) So, I'm not officially engaged yet, but goshdarnit am I close! I am sooooo happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last night was wonderful was so nice having good weather for a change, so after a loooooooooooong walk, we went to a Thai restaurant downtown with outdoor seating and shared a bottle of Merlot and I had a green papaya salad (he had his favorite - Pad Thai). Then we went to the river to watch the really good fireworks display and listen to Neil Diamond and the Boston Pops. It was CROWDED, but in a really fun way. What a great weekend! Too bad it has to end - summer school starts tomorrow! Ick.

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CWRISTON1 7/7/2009 4:21PM

    WOW! Congratulations on the pending engagement!! That is so exciting emoticon

I bet the Boston fireworks were beautiful. We live near the water, so we just went a couple streets over to a little cove/beachfront and across the water in every direction we could see about 11 different displays from towns all over Rhode Island. Perfect spot to watch without fighting the crowds

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SEEHOLZ 7/6/2009 9:03PM

    OMG = that is such exciting news! I love how you said how happy you were! It's YOUR moment, so milk it-LOL! And how great that your parents gave their blessing- I'm sure it means the world to you!
The weight-- like you said, it's a miniscule moment that was a conscious decision and you enjoyed it... so, no big deal!


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VIVA_VICTORIES 7/6/2009 7:18PM

    Congrats on your pending engagement!! I got engaged in March and it's been such a great experience, it leaves me looking forward to the future all the time. I hope y'all always enjoy each other's company!

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JOPAPGH 7/6/2009 6:59PM

    Congratulations on the engagement.

I bet all that weight is gone by your next weigh in.

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ZIRCADIA 7/6/2009 4:23PM

    Sounds like you're doing GREAT. :) Smart head on those shoulders and WOOHOO on getting the parents blessing -- HOW EXCITING?!?!?! :D hehehehe.

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    Totally awesome news! That is great!

And, I think a lot more of us need to adopt your attitude on weight loss/gain! Such a "happy blog" to read though!

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KENSINGTONC 7/6/2009 3:40PM

    Aw, I really like this blog post! Your happiness about the engagement totally shines through - can't WAIT to see the next post about the proposal itself!!! Also, I think that your attitude about the weight gain is very reasonable, too. You know what I struggle with? When I work out more e.g. train for a half, I eat a lot more, and my weight actually goes UP! But I'm so hungry! I don't have a good solution...

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TERRIANGEL 7/6/2009 3:06PM

    YAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!!!! I"m SO excited for you!!!!

And I must say, your healthy attitude is amazing. You're right, you're going to be where you want to be for a very long time, so why stress about a few days and a few pounds? Right!

And yeah, evening or gym is the place to be for runs this week. Yeesh! Yesterdays was HARD, but good. Slower than usual, but I guess that's to be expected.

Keep up the great work, Susan!!

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ROGUE_1 7/6/2009 1:14PM

    Aww, your great news made me smile, I'm really happy for you! Your boyfriend is such a sweetie for wanting your parents blessing...gotta love the old school ways! So gentlemanly :)

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MBSHAZZER 7/6/2009 10:53AM

    Oh, how exciting! Now you have all the anticipation of waiting to see when he springs the big question on you! YAY!

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ELFITZPA 7/6/2009 10:50AM

    Such exciting news!!!! I'm definitely very envious, though.

No worries about the weight. The likelihood that you really ate an extra 17,500 calories is pretty small, so you're probably seeing some water weight in there and will see a more reasonable number in a few days. Good for you though for being extra diligent afterwards!!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/6/2009 8:45AM

    That sounds delightful!

OMG!!!!! I so excited for you!!!!! That is awesome Susan!!!! YAY!!!

I think your weight is water and will be back down in a few days, but I know you are tired of hearing it so I'll leave it at that.

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GERMANPICKLE 7/6/2009 7:17AM

  Good news/bad news ????
Try "eh news/GREAT news" :)


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SKYFYRE 7/6/2009 1:58AM

    Wowie-zowie, how exciting about the talk with the parents! Woohoo! So excited for you!
Maybe you need to poop. No kidding, eat some prunes emoticon
Way to rack up the miles, you are a machine!

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KJNE8O 7/5/2009 8:36PM

    Woo Hoo!!! YAY on the soon-to-be-engagement. And also great attitude on the weight - you are doing awesome :) A very healthy attitude!

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The Aftermath

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Oh boy people. I gained seven pounds from the two-day wedding festivities. I seem to be able to lose weight really easily, but the downside seems to be that I also GAIN weight way too easily too. I admit I made poor eating choices that were borderline out of control. But I also went for a 90-minute walk/run yesterday and then I did 45 minutes of strength training (modified for my shoulder) and a bit of cardio at my boyfriend's brother's gym. I'm really not that upset about this huge gain. I know it'll slide right back off almost as easily as it came on. I know this should be a learning experience for me, but honestly, it happens so often, I think I've come to just expect that it's going to be an occasional part of my life. If I'm on track 99 percent of the time, these once-in-a-while weddings or whatever aren't going to make or break me!

Also, I already got to talk to a doctor about my shoulder! My boyfriend's cousin's fiance is a PCP, but she wants to specialize in sports injuries so talking to her at the BBQ yesterday was perfect! She diagnosed it as a rotator cuff injury and told me to take a couple weeks off from any strength training that involves pushing or pulling with that muscle - basically no strength training for shoulders, upper back, or chest. I can try biceps and triceps exercises but if it hurts, I have to stop. Definitely keep up the cardio. After a few weeks off, when I get back into it, I have to start with high reps/light weight, and add rotator cuff strengthening exercises. I probably caused this by focusing on my traps and deltoids and having a weak rotator cuff, which led over time to an overuse injury. She also recommended making a hot compress with castor oil and using that for 20 minutes, then switching to ice for 2 minutes, repeat if I have time. I thought I'd have plenty of time for that after the BBQ, but on our way home we happened to drive through the center of a town that was obviously about to have fireworks judging by all the cars and people, so we stopped to watch! We had time to go to the local drug store and buy the castor oil - hmm, apparently it's used mostly for constipation, not rotator cuff hot compresses!! Then as if I hadn't already pigged out enough, we went to kill a little time at a Mexican restaurant with margaritas and chips and salsa. I don't honestly don't even like margaritas that much, so my boyfriend drank half of mine in addition to his. Anyway, after the fireworks by the time I got home and made my compress, I put it on my shoulder and then promptly fell asleep before I could switch over to ice. So, I'll try again soon. But for now, gotta go work out.

Happy Fourth of July everyone!!!

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ROGUE_1 7/6/2009 1:10PM

    You have such a positive attitude! You are dead on: it's very important that we don't let festivities, events, or minor set backs make or break us...something I am constantly reminding myself...

Hope your shoulder feels better soon.

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LIL_EZZY 7/5/2009 5:42PM

    Sorry to hear about your shoulder. You seem to have it together not letting your gain get to you and you shouldn't as you are right it will come straight off again. Sounds as if you had a great weekend. Enjoy your week. I also will keep a posting of my goals met.

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SEEHOLZ 7/5/2009 5:11PM

    Hello, it's a Holiday week-end! You seem to be in great mind and spirit and your attitude rocks! It's definitely water weight and I'm sure it'll come off next week. But, good for you, for being honest and for understanding, in your own head, that it is neither a tragedy nor a good a habit--- just simply a choice with consequences...
Sorry about your shoulder--- i hope it's getting better!

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SILLIANGEL 7/5/2009 2:21PM

    Sounds like you had a fun weekend =) Don't be afraid to live it up from time to time. It's life! It needs to be lived!

Good luck with the shoulder. Take care of yourself!

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ZIRCADIA 7/5/2009 1:25PM

    I'm glad that you're keeping level headed about the "gain" -- I can feel that my nonsense yesterday is making my body heavier today but I'm gonna ignore it for now and focus on being uber healthy today and get back to feeling GOOD. My tummy hurt so bad last night. :( It's NOT WORTH IT.

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    I agree that you didn't gain fat. You gained water. Go low carb, low processed, low sodium and no sugar for a few days and you'll be FINE. Glad to hear you have some ideas about your injury. Hubby has injured his rotator cuff, too. It doesn't look to be any fun.


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MBSHAZZER 7/4/2009 3:34PM

    I agree... there is no way that's a genuine 7 pound weight gain! It's just water retention, and that's why it'll come off so quickly. So, relax and enjoy the weekend! I'm glad you got an opinion on the shoulder... sounds like good advice. Hope the shoulder feels better soon, and a happy 4th!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/4/2009 1:09PM

    There is no way humanly possible that you gained 7 pounds. That would mean you took in 24,500 more calories than you needed. TWENTY FOUR THOUSAND EXTRA CALORIES. Did not happen. The rich food is causing you to retain water, Susan. That is all it is. At the MOST you gained a POUND in two days. So yeah, just hydrate, get back on track and while you most likely did forestall any loss by not having a calorie deficit and you may have gained a pound, you did have fun at the wedding and bbq!

So yeah, your attitude is right on, back on the horse and accepting these fluctuations as part of life.

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Shoulder Pain

Friday, July 03, 2009

It's a quarter past 3 in the morning and I'm in too much pain to sleep! My shoulder started bothering me yesterday (as in Wednesday), but the pain was slight and I worked through it...even did shoulder strength training. Today (i.e. Thursday) the pain got progressively worse and now it's a constant dull ache that becomes a sharper pain when I try to move it. I got out of bed to "google" shoulder pain and realized that if it keeps up I'll have to see my doctor to figure out what's causing this. I took an Advil - hope that was a good choice - so far I don't feel any better though.

On top of that, I've had what I think is probably heartburn on and off a bit lately, and it's been on today. This afternoon before the wedding I thought I was really hungry but I think it was really just my tummy feeling different than normal. So I went to the wedding with that gnawing sensation and ended up indulging too much in the wedding food. Tomorrow (e.g. Friday) there's going to be another wedding-related party - a barbeque - another chance for me to make better food decisions. I hope to get in some exercise before the barbecue - all I had time for today, besides moving some big boxes around (hmm...doing that couldn't have been good for my shoulder) was a 20-minute run so I made sure it was a hard one (7mph, 1 percent incline).

I'm not in much of a celebratory mood with this pain and all, but I will say that it was a pretty wedding, and my boyfriend's sister (the bride) looked gorgeous, and my boyfriend was just delicious-looking in his tuxedo. I was happy with my new dress and shoes and got plenty of compliments! Surprisingly few people I'm close with brought digital cameras, so I'm not sure when I'll have pictures to post, but if/when I do, I will!

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JENONTHEROX 7/3/2009 2:42PM

    I can definitely empathize with shoulder pain (we all have a story don't we...) in 1994 I got thrown off my bike by a parallel-parked truck who opened his door as I was biking along a city street. It's never been the same since, but yoga & massage therapy has helped over the years. But when it acts up, ouch. ugh. ow. horrible feeling. Hopefully yours doesn't get worse or same but gets better using some time to heal.

sounds like you were feeling good about your dress & shoes & all those compliments too, that's always nice!

I hope you have a great weekend & feel better SOON!

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FITGIRL15 7/3/2009 1:02PM

    I tweaked my shoulder by carrying a heavy bag! Seriously!!! It plagued me for a long time, until I rested it and got some ART for it! (there was a lot of scar tissue built up there, so my chiropractor had to work at releasing the tension there before it could heal properly!) I wouldn't recommend seeing a doctor though, I think chiro's and wholistic practitioners (massage therapists and accupuncturists) can help you with this problem much quicker and with better results! Maybe you are due for a massage? I can always tell when I'm due, my body always seems to start falling apart!

Give yourself some well deserved TLC... You know, massages are for more then just relaxation! Your body needs that kind of therapy every once in a while especially when you are trainig hard! I consider my massages as important as the workouts themselves!

Ugh, heartburn is rough! Are you taking anything for it? I've had great success with Kaopectate. (But that's when I've had heartburn from food) Are you eating a high protein/low carb diet right now? That has caused some of my friends to experience chronic heart burn too! Don't worry, I bet it'll pass soon!

Congrats on looking fabulous at the wedding! I would love to see this awesome dress and shoes :)

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    I mistook "celebratory mood" for "celebrity mood" the first time I read your blog and thought to myself, how could she NOT be in the mood to party with celebrities, pain or no pain. LOL I thought maybe you knew famous people. Silly me. I hope you feel better soon. You definitely need to get to the bottom of your symptoms before they start to derail your program.



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MBSHAZZER 7/3/2009 11:26AM

    Hope your shoulder feels better soon. I agree with the others... see a doctor! Back in February, I had something funky going on w/ my shoulder and it turned out to be dislocated! I think I managed to do it by sleeping on it funny. So, you never know....

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/3/2009 10:50AM

    I tweaked my shoulder awhile back and trained around it. I am the WORLD'S WORST about not seeing a doctor. But I would tell anyone else, you included, to see a doctor!

But it is probably just something you tweaked working out and the exacerbated by training shoulder and then moving boxes. I would try advil (anti-inflammatory) and rest it for a week. Train around it. If it isn't significantly better in say three days see a doc. So maybe go ahead and make an appointment and cancel it if it is feeling better.

The heartburn situation is strange. Any new foods? Nerves maybe?

Glad the wedding was fun. Who cares about the food, one time won't kill you and it sounds like you aren't freaking out over it or anything, so mega-props! Not panicking is the tough part, imo!

I hope we get some pictures!

And I hope that your shoulder / heartburn resolves!

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CHASINGTHENOW 7/3/2009 10:22AM

    Ugh. I really hope your shoulder feels better, but if not, don't be stubborn: see a doctor! :-)


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BRUIN2 7/3/2009 9:38AM

    Rest that shoulder!! And blah to the heartburn - dairy products seem to ease my heartburn pain a little...

Have fun at the bbq!

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SKYFYRE 7/3/2009 3:54AM

    Well, so sorry about the heartburn, that is not fun! Of course you looked gorgeous in your dress you've been working hard! Make great choices tomorrow!

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