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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Okay first a dumb question. How do you make a video blog?? I can see how to load it on SparkPeople, but how do you actually MAKE it? Digital camera? Webcam? (And if it's with a webcam, what program do you use? My new laptop has a built-in webcam but I don't know what program to use it with!)

Tonight's run was muggy and sweaty! I was flying and feeling fantasic for the first 17 minutes, and then after that I got a little more weary. I wanted to keep it short and "fast" (relatively speaking) for variety after all my slow, long runs I've been doing lately. The fun news is that I discovered this route is almost exactly 5K - 3.09 miles - so I can use it to practice my 5K speed! It goes straight from my front door, is all sidewalk, and has only one hill. :)

3.09 miles
30 minutes (29:57:68)
6.2 mph (hmm, so much for being fast, oh well, it FELT fast anyway, ha)
348 calories

Yesterday's run was interesting. I went to a nearby town, Waltham, to visit a friend and decided to go running in her neighborhood. I mapped my route out in advance and when I got there, off I went! I never realized how HILLY Waltham is until I tried running there! So this was an unintentional hill workout - some of my steepest! Also I did a bit of running on rather busy roads without sidewalks. I survived, though. There was also a bit of walking when I had to call my friend to make sure I wasn't getting lost. :)

4.53 miles
53 minutes
5.1 mph
520 calories

After my run my friend let me shower at her place, and then we went out for a couple drinks in Davis Square in Somerville. We NEVER do stuff like that anymore, and it was fun! Afterwards, I let my GPS direct me to my boyfriend's place in the city, and it took me on such an interesting route! I went through Harvard Square and Porter Square and was extremely surprised to see that not only were tons of people out walking around and hanging around outside bars at 11:30 p.m. on a Wednesday night, but there were also tons of people BIKING around. Bizarre??? Then my route took me on a bridge into the city and the nighttime view of the city from the bridge was so gorgeous! I didn't get to my boyfriend's place until midnight - I felt young again!!:)

Then this morning I was rewarded with a sudden three-pound drop on the scale. Yesterday 149.2, today 146.2. I swear, the alcohol diet is the most effective diet I know!! Haha, just kidding, I'm sure I will weigh more tomorrow, but I will know it's water weight, not body fat, so I won't be upset.

Looking forward to Martha's Vineyard!!!!!!!!!!! However, we decided against bringing bikes. The trip is unfortunately just too short to deal with lugging them around. But I promise to be active anyway, and to be a picky eater! (I mean that in a healthy way. If you want to know what I mean by "picky eater," look at Run_Lift_Eat's comment on my last blog entry. She wrote about eating healthy OR eating something that looks really good, and I love that. I'm calling it being a "picky eater" for brevity's sake, but I hope you know what I mean because it's a great idea!)

Time for Jess and me to go for some late night lifting at the gym. Bye!!

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JENONTHEROX 7/18/2009 10:32PM

    I hope you have a BLAST in Martha's Vineyard (I've never been - but wanted to! Only been to Cape Cod & of course Boston many years ago) & take lots of photographs!

I have zero idea how people upload those video blogs, I'm guessing with their digital camera like they would on youtube. I've seen some vlogs here on SP, it's kinda interesting. . . when a person comes to life. I might try it one day. Obviously you're thinking about it too. . .

I'm super impressed with all of those & you running in the heat this summer. I've been a total gym rat & enjoying the treadmill in some AC. I am visiting my parents next month, which means... outdoor runs in the heat, I'm thinking my days will start VERY early to try & beat the heat a little.

it's so weird how we can drink booze or eat not necessarily good-for-you foods & have losses on the scale or people all of the sudden comment on my weight loss (the former happens to me sometimes...) I'll never understand how the body works, especially when we don't fight the fight & things go in our favour. Really odd...

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TAMM22 7/17/2009 10:47PM

    Wow!! You are doing great!!! If your computer has a built in camera like mine it should already have a program on it...maybe check in your control panel?? Good luck!! emoticon

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VIVA_VICTORIES 7/17/2009 6:52PM

    What is this alcohol diet your are talking about???? Surely it means no alcohol, otherwise it would be too good to be true!

Send me a comment back to my SparkPage, I am very intrigued!!!

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MRS.NG.06 7/17/2009 10:05AM

    Those are some AWESOME stats..seriously...are you thinking of running a 5K in the area??

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MBSHAZZER 7/17/2009 9:43AM

    It's always great to find new routes! I love it! And it sounds like you have a good variety for training, with hills and routes for speedwork! Sounds like you are finding time for fun, also! That's definitely something I need to work on! Taking a new driving route and not freaking out about it sounds like a good way to spend an evening! Have a great weekend!

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JOPAPGH 7/17/2009 9:28AM

    I am having flashbacks. Wife and I were living outside Davis Square in Somerville when we got married just after college. She worked in Porter Square. We're still married almost 23 years later.

Small world.

Congratulations on the weight loss. I am within a 1/2 pound of goal.


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SEEHOLZ 7/17/2009 9:25AM

    Oh, I love your description of your ride into the city- I just know WHY people LOVE Boston so much! I've only been once for a very short visit, but it's just one of those cities with a European vibe to me--- people outside biking at 11pm is just the kinds of things that make me feel so alive, too. It's the sign of summer, fun, youth, energy, relaxation, friends and no worries! I absolutely LOVE it!
I've been to Cape Cod once, but I'm not even sure about Martha's Vineyard- probably not. I'd remember it. It was just a one day excursion and the traffic didn't co-operate very well. I do remember the annoying "round-abous" that drove us bonkers, trying to figure out directions-LOL- on our way there...
We ate at some cute little pizza place and had fun hanging out at the beach. That's all I remember though- it's been awhile-LOL!
BIkes, no bikes---- I'm sure you'll have lots of fun!
I also like the PE attitude! I think I'll work on this snobbery myself over the week-end- haha!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/17/2009 8:52AM

    I am stealing that "picky eater" is perfect! We could even shorten it to "PE." As in, "I'm going all 'PE' at the party."

Have a great time this weekend, it sounds so fun! I have never been to Martha's Vineyard it is one of those fairy tale sounding places to me :). I hope you guys can take some pictures :).

I love seeing people out partying on random weeknights, so cool! I met a girlfriend for drinks last night, you gotta do it, so good for the soul!

Have a fabulous time this weekend, if I don't get to "Talk" to you again!

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LIVINFIT4ME 7/17/2009 7:27AM

    you sound great. i ran in waltham...once..yup, super hilly - i was surprised too, but i didn't know what to expect. as for the bikers in cambridge area - there are always a TON. have a blast on marthas vineyard!

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DRAGONFLY180 7/17/2009 7:18AM

    6.2 mph is fast imo! i wouldn't mind sustaining that speed for 3 miles. your runs sounded interesting. i love trying out a new route. and i really love the picky eater idea. i need to start doing that!

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TRACYZABELLE 7/17/2009 6:07AM

    have fun at martha's vineyard-- sounds like fun!! I never made a video blog so I am at a loss sorry.. it was 78 t 11pm whenI came into work-- the air was so thick and made it hard to breathe.. blehhhh

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SKYFYRE 7/17/2009 2:26AM

    Wahoo! YOur little adventure sounds great! Oh and have a wonderful time at Martha's! I'm sure you will be 146 tomorrow again! Don't forget your hydration!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 7/17/2009 12:55AM

    I hope you have the info you need to try vlogging. It would be very cool to see and hear you in action.


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CREATINGMYSELF 7/17/2009 12:27AM

    You are so adventurous with your runs! Does your HRM tell you distance, or do you map them out in advance?

Have fun in Martha's Vineyard! And it's cool that you and Jess go to the gym and lift together-- what better quality time than getting fit together?? Alex only has about 20 lbs to lose, so he is waiting to start working out with me when I am closer to my goal weight. I'd like the company at the gym, but anytime he starts to lose weight I get jealous that he will "beat" me, since he only has a fraction of the weight I have to lose.

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EMILYLYN1 7/16/2009 10:32PM

    Ooooooooh I'm SOOO jealous of your route you were describing. I've been looking for a new place to run, but when I get home at night after work I usually just got out my front door and do relatively the same route as the night before. I need to do something new!

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DAMIENDUCKS 7/16/2009 9:38PM

    I love reading about all the various locales you run! It sounds like some great scenery! (And duly noted about Waltham's hilliness...I may be going out there to visit friends in October, so now I'll be prepared for a hill run that weekend!) Keep up all the hard work!

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ZIRCADIA 7/16/2009 9:20PM

    Wow, sounds like you've had a lot of fun running and whatnot lately! :D YAY! I need some new routes... but bah. There aren't a whole lot of good places to run around here. I'm gonna revisit an old long route on Saturday evening -- that's the plan anyway. :) I like the idea of being a picky eater, too. :) HAVE FUN on your trip!!!!! Also I have no idea what program you'd need to use on your laptop, sorry, but I'm sure you can record with it and then upload that once you figure out how to record with it PERIOD! :)

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A Healthy Lifestyle Can Happen Anywhere!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

First, some pictures from the bleachers of Fenway Park this past Friday night!

I'm on the right, enjoying my red wine out of a plastic cup - high class!

This is my boyfriend, Jess, and me! Go Sox! (I NEED to get my hair done, ugh!)

Last night I once again had that "binge eating" dream. It always feels so real that I actually wake up relieved when I realize it didn't really happen! This time I was dreaming about eating big chocolate chip cookies with still warm melty chocolate chunks, and way too many of them. It was just a dream, but if I were faced with a similar temptation in real life, I'd need to have a strategy of attack. There are lots of temptations in the summertime - weddings, parties, and weekend trips. This weekend is already booking up - Friday I'm hoping to take advantage of the free Boston harbor island ferries and then hit up the city with a friend who is becoming increasingly desperate about being single and needs a wing woman. My boyfriend isn't allowed to come - we have a theory that he would scare the potential suitors away!! Then Saturday we have a birthday pary to go to, and then we were invited down to Martha's Vineyard to stay with a friend who's renting a house. That'd be an overnight and we'd get back late on Sunday, so obviously I need a plan. Or at least some guidelines...

*Exercise every day! Even if there isn't time for the gym, being in a new location is a wonderful opportunity for an exciting outdoor run. And I can even do strength training away from home - depending on what the muscle group of the day is, I could do pushups, situps, lunges and squats, or get creative with other ideas...

*Drink lots of water! When in doubt, drink drink drink!

*I believe the most dangerous situation for me will be the birthday party. I tend to do okay at restaurants because I can order something healthy and/or split a meal with someone, but at a party when all that food is laid out and you can take as much as you want, I can sometimes go wild. So my strategy will be to try to make choices that most closely match what I'd eat if it were just a regular day. And by that, of course I mean making mostly healthy choices (spinach salad instead of potato salad, for example), but even more importantly, I'm talking about calorie amounts. Even treats can fit in, if I'm sticking to my calorie guidelines. Here's how my daily calorie breakdown tends to look, in approximate amounts:

Breakfast: 600 calories
By lunchtime: 1,200 cumulative calories
Before dinner: 1,600 cumulative calories
Daily total: 2,000 cumulative calories

During the spring I had a more specific calorie routine, but lately, due to my work schedule, I've been sometimes having bigger meals and smaller snacks, and sometimes smaller meals and bigger snacks. Minor variatons probably don't matter. The most important thing is the daily total number of calories, and the second most important thing is spreading the calories out throughout my day. I'll just need to keep in mind what meal and/or snack I'm on, and guesstimate the calories of whatever I'm eating, to try to stick to the numbers above. Or if I happen to have gotten sigificantly more or less exercise on any given day, I'd have to readjust the numbers up or down accordingly.

This is kind of my take on what my Spark friend Run_Lift_Eat does to maintain her weight, and if you've seen any pictures of her at all you can tell she knows what she's talking about when it comes to staying fit. I think that if I can learn to estimate calories in my head, and if I have general guidelines for how many calories I should have eaten by certain points during the day, there's no way I can ever mess up, even when I'm nowhere near a computer to track my food! I am hoping this will be a key strategy for me when I am deep into maintanence, so I might as well start practicing it now.

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    OMG, I've had binge dreams! Sometimes when I wake up I have to try to remember if it was real or not. Thank goodness I'd have to walk down steps and open a door to get to the kitchen, or else I'd be convinced I was sleepwalking and eating!

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MRS.NG.06 7/16/2009 9:39AM

    wait wait wait...they serve WINE at Fenway?!?! No way! I've only seen Guiness and Coors Light!@! Oh you gotta give me the heads up on this one! : ) Looks like an awesome time !

I think its really about "conscious eating" and answering the question of what do I REALLY want when eating and either substitute like Kim (RUN_LIFT) mentioned below or subtract or just say F-IT and chock it up to a "non perfect" day and get back on track the next day. Some days just happen and we arent perfect, so its all about decisions and what you can handle!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/16/2009 9:14AM

    AWE!!!!! Thanks for the sweet shout-out in your blog! Susan, you just made my day :D! Seriously. Luv ya girl! And you're right, that is totally what I do, and it gets more intuitive after awhile, and every now and then you gotta say "F IT," and eat whatever you want, lol!! Not often but once every few months. I think your strategy and plan sound awesome! The only other thing is, and everyone is different and different things work for each of us, but if I am at a party and they have really good looking stuff I skip anything remotely healthy and eat only the really good looking stuff, if the junk is like "eh" stuff I'm not that into then I eat healthy. But for example I was at this shower back in early june and they had cupcakes. I LOVE cupcakes! Especially cute ones and these were adorable and they have mini-croissants with chicken salad, we all chicken salad is fattening as heck, but when do I ever get to eat that? Never. So skipped all the raw veggies and possibly decent stuff and ate only the croissant and the cupcake. I guess my theory is that I probably was going to be unable to pass up the croissant and the cupcake so why waste calories on the other stuff? Just eat the two things I really, REALLY wanted! But anyway, whatever works. I guess do that if you get to the party and there is one thing you cannot turn down?

Wow, these comments do get long don't they?

Now for the fun stuff, you guys look ADORABLE!!! That is a really cute picture of you and your man :)!!!! You look small, your shoulder and arm look thin! And your friends look really fun :D! Is the perpetually single one in the photo?

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CREATINGMYSELF 7/15/2009 10:42PM

    You're prepared and you have planned out each event, so you'll be fine. Don't stress, enjoy yourself and keep your goals close.

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TERRIANGEL 7/15/2009 9:41PM

    MAN, I need Sox tix! Haven't gone to a game this year yet, and your pics (love the wine in a cup!) are giving me the bug to go!! Never sat in the bleachers, but they sure look like "the" place to be when you're at a game. All the wild and crazy peeps sit there! :O) LOL!

Now, you sure have a GREAT weekend planned! And you're very good to get your plan of action down NOW...before getting swept up in it all. Exercise every day is essential, and the best part is that it puts you into the right mindset for the rest of the day. You SO got this, girl! Have a wonderful weekend and keep on being the dedicated chick you are.

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SEEHOLZ 7/15/2009 9:01PM

    You totally look like a teacher- getting drunk-haha.
OMG, in all my years of binging, I've never had ( or maybe I suppressed it-LOL) a dream about it! If I had a nightmare about it, it might keep me from EVER doing it again?
Your plan of attack sounds sound. I also "exercise" wherever I go- I love exploring new places, too. It's so fun to me. And, buffet style eating is my biggest downfall, too. I just go back and "nibble"--- but, on the 4th of July, I did surprisingly well- so, there is always hope and with your plan of attack, I'm sure you'll be just fine!
Have a great week-end Susan!

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BRUIN2 7/15/2009 8:31PM


Firstly - nice nostril shot! hehehehe.

Next - plan to have a water bottle with you at the birthday party at all times; that will keep at least one hand free! And don't stand next to the food!!! (I always make that mistake...)

Finally - how sweet would it be to be able to estimate your calories in your head and be on track? I would love to one day just be able to eat when I'm hungry, drink when I'm thirsty, and not have to worry about going overboard!

Have a FABULOUS weekend!!!

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VIVA_VICTORIES 7/15/2009 5:54PM

    I love my binge dreams. It's almost like I can taste the food and then I wake up and realize I didn't consume any of the calories! Now I no longer desire cheesecake because I feel like I just ate it. Sometimes twisting your perspective on things can be for the positive!

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FITGIRL15 7/15/2009 3:51PM

    Yeah, I normally eat the same thing for breakfast and pack my lunch (meals 2,3 and4) so all that I have left to screw me over is dinner... and it usually does screw me up! LOL (I also try to get a certain ball bark calorie numbers at different points in the day... kinda like clocking your split times during a run... do you do that? We are the number geeks after all!!! HAHA)

My nutritionist taught me early on to make my meals of even size... so that's been something that has stuck with me to this day! When I see that you allot 600 calories for breakfast, that kinda scares me! I try to eat 300 calories per meal... that's it! Maybe I'm underfuelling for breakfast!?! INTERESTING!

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KJNE8O 7/15/2009 3:47PM

    If you have a web enabled phone you can track your calories that way :)

Man - how come I can't have dreams like that - :( Anyway, I think that your plan sounds great and you have such a fun weekend planned - have a blast!

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DAMIENDUCKS 7/15/2009 3:45PM

    sounds like a great plan for the weekend! I think even having a plan at all helps when you're presented with temptations like a b-day party--have fun!

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ZIRCADIA 7/15/2009 3:21PM

    While I do normally track, this is about the same approach I take to everything. I am realllly reallly good at estimating calories now and I aim to be at the same calorie amounts by certain points of the day. :) hehehe.

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    Your enthusiasm is inspiring. You positively SPARKle!
Keep it up,
Go Community Team,

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MBSHAZZER 7/15/2009 3:09PM

    I'VE HAD THE BINGE EATING DREAM! OMG, it's more like a nightmare! Oddly, I seem to have it more when I'm being restrictive about eating (so I haven't had it in a while, LOL!). Our brains are smarter than we are!

Sounds like you have a great plan for the weekend! I think when you live in the Frozen North, it's important to cut loose a little and enjoy the summer, so I'm glad you are being flexible and enjoying while still keeping up a healthy lifestyle!

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Top Ten Things I Hate About Running

Monday, July 13, 2009

10. Noticing when I put on my shorts that my thighs don't look like runners' thighs - YET.
9. Feeling so uncreative when it comes to picking new places for a run. At least my "usuals" are really nice, but they're like really good songs on my iPod - if I use them enough, I'm going to get sick of them!
8. Finding that the nice clean bathroom I usually use along my route is LOCKED.
7. Porta-potties
6. No potties to be found period, porta-or otherwise!
5. Bugs that get in your mouth or somehow get around your glasses and into your eyes
4. People coming the other way who play "chicken" with you for the right-hand side of the sidewalk - what country do they think this is?! We travel on the RIGHT in America, even when we're running, don't we?!
3. People who walk in a big group and take up the whole sidewalk, leaving nowhere for you to go to pass them. Or people with cigarettes!
2. Getting passed by faster runners, which reminds you how slow you are
1. When your knee (or thigh, or foot, or chafed armpit, or insert body part of choice here) starts to hurt!

Now you're not going to believe me, but tonight's run was beautiful and easy! I ran at the Arboretum and Jamaica Pond for my THIRD run in a row! The weather was perfect and I obviously spent the run entertaining myself coming up with the above list. It was 58 minutes, 5.47 miles, and 5.7 mph; and I burned 644 calories. (This was after my 20 minutes of biceps and triceps work at the gym!)

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SEEHOLZ 7/14/2009 1:35PM

    My # 1 would be to feel like your fingers are going to fall off and you still have 6 miles to go and if you stop, fall or whatver, you might freeze to death... but, I try to avoid that one...
Glad you had a good run- I for one think you're a great runner and I'm sure my thunder thighs make you look like an Olympic runner!

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FITGIRL15 7/14/2009 12:40PM

    You are too hard on yourself, Babe! I am sure your thighs look just LIKE runners thighs! Runners have muscular thighs, and muscle when it's relaxed is big! :)

I to have never had to pee on a run... we maybe a few times, but I NEVER run for 58 minutes at a time! Dang girl, you are a cardiovascular machine!

PS... I agree, groups of people that take up the entire path or sidewalk should be TOLD! I often yell at people who let their kids (OR DOGS) wander all over the path when they know good and well others (like cyclists, rollerbladers and runners) will be using the same pathway. An accident WAITING to happen!!!

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MBSHAZZER 7/14/2009 11:49AM

    Sounds like an awesome workout! And I am SO TOTALLY WITH YOU on #'s 2, 3 and 4. WTH??

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TERRIANGEL 7/14/2009 10:14AM

    Very cute! You're too funny. And I HATE the sidewalk taker-uppers too! We end up having to vere into traffic so they don't have to move!! emoticon

But NICE run, Susan!! 5+ miles - you're already ready for Tufts! I still say we should go for a run one of these days. We're close enough... I went out to do a quick 3 after work yesterday and my legs felt SO like lead from Sunday's long run, I ended up walking almost half of it! I had to chuckle to myself. I guess when the marathon training schedules indicate a "rest" day after a long run, they know what they're talking about.

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CHASINGTHENOW 7/14/2009 9:24AM

    Ugh. Number 3 for sure. There used to be groups who did that constantly at my gym's track. Pissed me off!!!


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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/14/2009 9:20AM

    NICE WORK on that run!!!!

You definitely need new routes, b/c you are right about getting sick of the same ones. I have routes through other neighborhoods and stuff. Just drive to a cool area, park the car, and go!

I hate the chaffed armpit, that is the WORST!

Interesting I think I can count on one hand the amount of times I have had to stop and pee on a run. That is cool that you have a good one on your regular route.

I bet as fast as you are you pass as often as you get passed.

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MRS.NG.06 7/14/2009 9:10AM

    LOVE the list, you had me cracking up because I jog in my neighborhood and they are usually the ones telling me to not jog the dog cuz it makes them "look bad" because they "leisurely" walk their dog LOL..

5.47 miles! WOW...thats fantastic. I cant wait until the day I can say that I ran that are an inspiration to me, rock it girl!

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SKYFYRE 7/14/2009 7:47AM

    You are cracking me up! Really this is what you were thinking qwhen your were running?! I am usually trying to remember to breath! Hahaha! Well I wish there was a pristine bathroom on every mile at times but I swear sometimes we just convince ourself we have to pee! I have discovered some stealth bushes to pee in :) heehee- shhhh! Don't tell the neighbors! Great run!

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TRACYZABELLE 7/14/2009 7:19AM

    woo hoo you go girl...

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PAMELA984 7/14/2009 7:00AM

    Love these top 10 lists

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GERMANPICKLE 7/14/2009 2:40AM

  sooo funny! When I started running over here in Germany I actually really wondered if people ran on the other side of the street. Finally a friend told me I was "losing" in chicken each and ever day.
Who knew that getting the side of the sidewalk was a competition?!?!?!

Keep running!

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CREATINGMYSELF 7/13/2009 11:48PM

    Love it. I can relate to most of these, so I feel your pain! I don't run outdoors (Florida is WAY too hot for that most days), but the gym has it's downfalls too.
1. People who leave their machines without wiping them down with sanitizer, or even towel it off!
2. Seeing the same super skinny girls walking on the treadmills at 3 mph reading magazines and texting while I am dripping sweat and about to fly off my treadmill (I am trying not to judge other peoples workouts, but seriously, it's annoying!!)
3. People who sit and use the same strength training machine over and over again, even though they see you using the machines in the correct order and waiting for THAT particular one to finish your circuit.

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BRUIN2 7/13/2009 11:17PM

    I'm waiting for the "Top Ten things I love about running" blog.


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JENONTHEROX 7/13/2009 11:05PM

    1. when my iPod battery dies
2. if I get side stitches that take a while to go away
3. when my legs feel like cement on a day I'm due to run & am running
4. the toe blister I got from a 90 min run! ouch! (gone now!)
5. running *after* work
6. running without caffeine in me
. . .

are you going to balance this with an entry on the Top Ten things you LOVE about running? I hope so. I have to admit I smiled when I saw this entry title.

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ZIRCADIA 7/13/2009 10:19PM

    I would have to agree with these except the shorts thing cause I don't have any shorts to run in yet, just my capris. I really want a running skirt or some shorts though cause I've been feeling HOT lately. Once I got asked by someone while I was running if I had a cigarette... I was like WHAT?!? hahaha I need to find new places to run though FO SHO.

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Week 14 Ends

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Fourteen weeks on track already! Yay!

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
Week 14 -6lb

And that, hopefully, is the end of the large numbers of weekly weight change!

Today I went to three grocery stores and my kitchen is stocked with tons of healthy food! Summer is just the best for fruit, yay.

My workout included a quick 41 minutes at the gym, where I did chest, abs, and a 17-minute run. I didn't feel like that was enough of a workout, so I went for a bike ride even though my boyfriend didn't want to come with me. I don't like biking alone because my bike always has problems, even though it's relatively new and I get it tuned up. Grr! The chain fell off TWICE on my little 43-minute bike ride this evening. Maybe I switch gears too much?

Other than that, the biking was really fun. It's so much more comfy than running, especially when going downhill!

We went to Blockbuster today and each picked out a movie. I picked He's Just Not That Into You, which we just watched. It was kind of cute and funny, but it kind of bugged me the way they made it seem like any woman would just be so into any guy and it's all up to the guy whether or not he likes the girl. Sigh, I guess that's often true. Jess picked Donnie Brosco (spelling?) and we haven't watched it yet. I like girl movies more than boy movies. Hehe.

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ZIRCADIA 7/13/2009 4:08PM

    WOOHOO on being back on the weight loss track! :D I'd like to see He's Just Not That Into You sometime.

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KJNE8O 7/13/2009 1:39PM

    All I gotta say is - 14 WEEKS!! THAT'S SO AWESOME! WOO HOO!

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CWRISTON1 7/13/2009 11:09AM

    Congrats on the weight loss this week! Thats GREAT!

I watched the "He's Not Into..." you movie at home on demand -- it was cute, but irritating at the same time just falling for whoever is available....

Anyway ~ this morning instead of running, I opted to ride my bike on the spinner and do abs while watching "New in Town". Love Renee Zellweger anyway ~ and it was very cute. I was laughing outloud, and that's not bad when you are trying not to remember that you're on a bike.

The bike issues ~ never fun...there has to be a solution for it. Maybe the chain just needs tightened ~ nothing a quick tune-up couldn't fix, then you'd be on your way!

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SKYFYRE 7/13/2009 10:53AM

    Wowzer! You have been working you butt off! Yay for getting to the grocery store and stocking up! Oh, and Donnie BRasco is SO intense if I remember it right, I really liked it! Um, well about the other movie, I unfortunately know a lot of girls who just hope and hope to be liked- no self confidence and often times it is up to the guy as to whether there is a future there. Sad!

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MBSHAZZER 7/13/2009 10:30AM

    YAY for 14 weeks on track! And YAY for summer fruit! We're drowning in it. So funny about the movies... I HATE chick flicks and my BF loves them. But I really liked "He's Not That Into You"! I was surprised! He rented "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and that was too much for him! I couldn't watch! I had to leave the room!

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SEEHOLZ 7/13/2009 10:13AM

    I wasn't into that movie much-- I saw it on the plane ride--- it seemed like all over the place... but, I liked the part where the brunette dumped the husband! So much for girl power! I'm with you on liking girl movies over boy ones, but not with you on renting from Blockbuster--- that store is dead to me-LOL!
No clue about the biking thing, except that I get bored biking... by myself. Not, that I bike a lot, haha...
You're doing FABULOUS and I'm super proud of you Susan!
Let's make it a rocking week 15!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/13/2009 10:03AM

    That is craziness about your chain! Do you make sure to peddle quickly while you're switching gears?

14 weeks on track is awesome! We're going into week two, but I was not that good over the weekend. I was kind of bad, actually.

That movie sounds like it would irritate me, too. I haven't heard of the boy one, but I'm with you I can get into a good (bad) chick flick! Another thing that bugs me is when we're supposed to pretend that gorgeous women are only mediocre looking, like 30 Rock, I LOVE that show, LOVE Tina Fey, but we're supposed to buy that she is only marginally attractive and bit chubby? Really? So if that is what constitutes "okay and chubby" then someone like Susan Boyles may as well end it all, right? And yet leading males can be fat and misshapen and gross and they still get the hottie. Stupid.

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FITGIRL15 7/13/2009 8:32AM

    Your chain might have a few issues:
1) Is it adequately lubricated? If not it may be stiff and not properly making it's connection to the bigger gears.
2) Are you cross-chaining a lot? (trying to get into a gear that puts too much stress on it, like in the big ring in the front, and the small ring at the back or vice-versa?) Try to AVOID these gears.
3) Derailleur malfunction. If you get it tuned up often, this shouldn't be the problem, however, when they tune your bike, it is WITHOUT you sitting on it... and by adding the forces of you sitting on the bike and applying different pressure to the pedals and in turn chain, it can cause it to jump off the cassette when changing gears.

I have had many very well used bikes so I've experienced ALL SORTS of fun (sarcasm) chain problems! I hope you can easily solve your problem!

Congrats for getting back on track! SWEET!!!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 7/12/2009 10:53PM

    Wednesday is our grocery shopping day. Other than strawberries, we really haven't indulged in fruit this summer. Being from the Canadian prairies, there aren't many local fruits to enjoy but I really think we need to check out the BC fruit stands this week. Thanks for the reminder.

I hope you enjoy the other movie. I haven't seen either. Our last rentals were really old ones that you've probably already seen, but we saw Transformers 2 in the theatre (the guys liked it, I could have passed) and Hangover (totally hilarious).

My weight fluctuates a lot, too. I try not to get hung up on it. The tape measure and the fit of my pants is a better indicator for me than the scale.

Hang in there.


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BRUIN2 7/12/2009 10:28PM

    You went to three grocery stores?!?!?! WOW.

I like girl movies too - but T never rents them (ok, hardly ever); and he "controls" the Zip account (like netflix, but canadian. ha). Oh well.

Good luck with the bike!

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Let's Go Red Sox!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

This is going to be one of those boring blog entries where I just write what's been happening lately. You've been warned.

Yesterday was my first day back under 150 pounds since the binge last weekend. Today I was at 148.0 - even lower than pre-binge - and just eight pounds from goal - YAY!

Yesterday I went to the gym just for lower body, and then went for a 56-minute run/walk outside in the city. There was a lot more walking than I had anticipated, but that's because my phone kept ringing! My friends had been talking about going to a Red Sox game, but I hadn't expected to actually get tickets until I got a three-way phone call from a friend and my boyfriend, and they told me to hurry up and finish my run because we were going to the game!!

So I was in such a rush that my dinner was a yogurt and apple. How's that for healthy!? But then I had a bunch of drinks, which is UNhealthy, but quite fun I must admit. Over the course of 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. I had: 1 shot of mamajuana (at my boyfriend's, which he bought last time we were in the Domican Republic, and it's rum steeped with honey and spices in case you were wondering, I may be spelling it wrong too), 1 shot of vodka with lemon juice, 2 red wines, and 1 Miller Light. Then I realized if I kept drinking I'd have a hangover, so I switched to water stat and woke up without any pain this morning!!

At the game, my friend who says she wants to lose weight had two hot dogs and some popcorn. And wine, like me. And then she had more drinks and another hot dog afterwards. I feel sad for her...she actually has a SparkPeople account, but she never uses it. She signed up for a 5K with me but didn't train and didn't show up on race day. But yet I know she wants to lose weight! She was very upset because she suddenly and unexpectedly lost her job. She LOVED her job and it was a huge part of her identity. They fired her for some stupid thing and she didn't deserve that; we think they just wanted to eliminate her because her salary was so high. And now she can't even get an interview anywhere else once other companies find out she was fired. So I didn't talk about the weight issue - I figure she has enough on her mind right now. And besides, I figure all I'd do would be to annoy her if I talk about losing weight. When she is ready, she will do it, and she's obviously not ready right now.

Another friend who was out with us was actually on a first date. A first date at a baseball game - that's pretty ballsy, huh? (Pun not intended.) That's three hours you're committing to hanging out with a person that you may or may not like! They met on He came out with us after the game and seemed cool enough.

Today my boyfriend and I went for a nice walk in one of my favorite parts of the city - around Jamaica Pond. It's along the route to/from his place to mine, so I stop there a lot for walks and jogs. I did some jogging too, but he doesn't "do running" so I was on my own for that. Then we went to a store where I determined, to my dismay, that my ring size is 7. WAH! I have such fat fingers. I thought I was smaller. At least I know...I just hope my ring fits me consistently after I get it...I don't want my size going up and down all the time. Then we went to the gym where I did back, shoulders, and 20 minutes of elliptical, and then I came home and had a nice dinner of salmon burgers and Italian wine. My fridge is almost empty - tomorrow is going to have to be grocery shopping and batch cooking day.

Now it's time to enjoy my boyfriend and some Sox on TV...and maybe a movie. Cozy Saturday night in. :)

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SEEHOLZ 7/12/2009 8:20PM

    Cool that you got to enjoy the game and even though your boyfriend doesn't do running, he sure works out a lot with you or around you. I wouldn't take that for granted- I think you got a sweet deal there... plus, there is ALWAYS rooms for change-- timing is everything!
The fat friend--- my friend got really fat and I was worried about her ( because she smoked a lot and it might be a sign that she simply isnt' taking good care of herself), but it's like I know there was nothing I could do--- she had her reasons. She used to be the skinny one and I used to think===WOW=== I am the fat one, but now, it's like I'm the normal one, even though I'm anything but skinny. Anyways, until she comes to me and asks, I don't go there. Even if I couln't help her with the eating part, because I need to lead by example first, I would be great in helping her with her fitness--- and once she asked me to be her personal trainer, I was ready for her, but same type of thing--- she didn't show up.. so that's that. People have to be ready and all we can do as friends is be there when they need us!
Have a great week!

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KENSINGTONC 7/12/2009 1:55PM

    I really like this post - gives us a glimpse into your life - you seem so happy!

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MBSHAZZER 7/12/2009 12:46PM

    Mmmm all those drinks sound DELISH!! Funny you mention mamajuana.. I have had a bottle of it since our office Xmas gift exchange last year and have not cracked it open... I may have to get on that!

Sounds like a really nice weekend!

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VIVA_VICTORIES 7/12/2009 11:02AM

    I'm impressed that your description was a day in your life and it sounded like you did so much!!! I think I need a nap from just listing to your day.

And my ring size is 6 1/4, so I think you're fairly average with your size. It's those freak girls out there who advertise their size 4 rings that make us feel bad. When actuality, I like my bigger fingers for grabbing clothes off a sales rack before them because their hands can't hold anymore, or for lifting weights because it hurts their delicate hands!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/12/2009 10:03AM

    Okay, this is one of my "Susan's blog is personal share time moments" you've been warned.

Ring size WEEEEEEEEEE!!!! It is getting more real!!!! I have no idea what mine is? I think it might be a seven, Jake is saying 6 1/2? So yeah I don't think 7 is big, Susan, b/c of all the body parts I pick on my fingers are fine, so I am pretty sure you're good there ;)! That said the size does fluctuate, in the winter they slide around, after Sushi they are like cutting into me, kind of annoying.

I think it was more ballsy to bring a guy you met online out with your friends for your first date? I don't know why but that seems risky.

Re: the friend that wants to lose weight - but apparently through magic or witchcraft. Yeah, you can't tell her anything. People don't want to hear it. I used to try and offer advice but it just pisses people off so now I just look sympathetic and nod while they are chugging beer eating a burrito and saying they can't lose b/c they don't have time to workout. My SIL, this is sad, has put on a lot of weight, probably 70-80 pounds in the 3 years they have been married, she is my age, her husband is 40 works out like a fiend and watches what he eats, she tells us anytime we'll listen how she can't help that she gained because of some medication she is on, which may be part of it, I know prozac made Jake and me gain, hence why I stopped taking it but Susan, when we go out to eat with them she orders an appetizer and an entree, she shares the ap with her husband but eats the entire entree, yesterday at lunch my MIL (of course) had too much food out so Jake, his brother, and I each got about a tablespoon of the sides and ate our turkey burgers sans bun. My SIL ate a bun and went back for a plate full of seconds as well as dessert, but apparently that has nothing to do with it. Not even my FIL went back for seconds?!?! I felt bad for her too because when we all got there my MIL comes running over and goes really loudly "Kim! You look like a fashion model!" and my FIL is like, "Yeah, you do!" Which naturally I was tickled pink, but I also felt bad because it was right in front of her and she got no similar greeting.

That liquor sounds good, girl! I have never heard of it. . . hmm I sense a mission. I want to try and infuse some vodka. I planted roses and lavender, rose/lavender infused vodka? I have to admit that if I know I am going to be drinking a lot I will purposefully eat really light to save calories, I know, I know not supposed to do that, but a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do and sometimes that means eating chugging a slim fast on the way to the bar, I'm just saying.

Lastly, congrats on being so close to goal! You have worked hard for this, not relying on magic or witchcraft ;) and I hope you are LOVING IT! I know you're looking FABULOUS! Is there a massive shopping trip planned at goal?

Oh and for the record I love blogs from my friends who talk about what is going on with them, I love the fitness ones, too but I almost think these are more fun :)

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SKYFYRE 7/11/2009 9:46PM

    Hey Hey Hey --- I am a ring size 7. I bet your fingers look totally normal :) No more self criticism! You are doing SO GOOD! I want you to give yourself a pat on the back- 148, no hangover, likely "in range" yesterday, not spazing about an inpending engagement, and holding out on your urge to save your friend.. emoticon
So I cannot believe that we are 148 today! Yay for us! The scale WILL continue to go DOWN! I will it SO! Hahaha! Well, I am about to go out and commit diet suicide- I am going to an Italian restaurant, if I eat at my high range I have 1000 cals to go! Woohoo! Have a great night! Whatcha batch cooking?? emoticon

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