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Why am I so tired?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

**BORING BLOG ENTRY AHEAD**

This afternoon, after I was done checking email, I settled down on the couch to start reading _Three Cups of Tea_ but promptly fell asleep and stayed that way until my boyfriend called me a good portion of an hour later. He asked, "Were you sleeping?" Apparently he could tell I'd been taking a nap just by the sound of my voice. He asked me why I was so tired, and why I haven't been doing more with my free time this summer.

Here's what my schedule has been like lately: I get up around 7:00 or 7:30, go to summer school, come home around 12:30, spend maybe an hour on "chores" around the house, then I usually spend THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON wasting time on my computer. Granted most of this time is spent on SparkPeople, which is time I can justify by calling it my daily dose of motivation, but it is a rather extreme amount of time to spend with my butt in a chair barely moving.

Have you ever tried to work out after a nap? We went to the gym about a half-hour after I woke up and the workout sucked. I felt hungry and didn't have energy, and wished I was still lying on the couch, preferably with some munchies. I did about 20 minutes of lower-body strength training (my least favorite strength training routine) and then 32 minutes on the elliptical, going about 3.3 miles.

Afterwards, I went to the expensive grocery store down the street that I've been avoiding ever since I discovered a few much cheaper options, but Jess was going to the liquor store near there so I tagged along. I bought some healthy things I needed, and came home and ate some blackberries. I hadn't planned on having anything to eat after dinner, but the berries have made me feel so much better and I'm still in my calorie range.

If I start to feel weak and tired on a regular basis, that might be a sign that it's time to increase my daily calorie intake a bit. I'm hoping this afternoon was just a fluke, meaning that the hunger and tiredness hopefully weren't indicative of some greater pattern, but if I do need to increase, I might be able to still lose more weight. You see, my calorie range is about 1,930-2,280 according to SparkPeople, but what I actually have been aiming for lately has been closer to 1,860-2,150. So, I can increase my average daily intake without actually having to change my official range. I don't think there's any need to worry about having to stop trying to lose weight just yet.

We're taking a long weekend (Thursday night through Sunday) to go to Welfleet in Cape Cod, and just like last year I'd like to bring breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, and leave just dinner open to go to restaurants or eat with Jess' family. Since Jess and I alternate where we spend the night throughout the week, I just realized that tonight will be our last night at my place ("home!") before the trip. I can't believe I already have to start getting ready.

I found out Jess isn't going to be able to propose to me on this trip like I'd been hoping. Turns out my ring won't be ready yet by then. I think he has a good plan for a proposal...or at least the good start for one...but I guess I have to wait a little longer for it to come than I'd thought.

  
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FITGIRL15 7/30/2009 3:47PM

    The less you think about the ring, the sooner it will come! Trust me :)

Have a fun long weekend, Susan!!!

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SABRIELSWEETIE 7/30/2009 1:23PM

    Heya.. I find that the more energy I expend, the more energy I have @_@;

If I get sucked into wasting time on the computer, it's hard to break out again. Maybe try limiting spark to just 15-20 mins/day until after you've got your workout in? that might help :) it tends to work for me.. I'm a bit of a procrastinator so I have to get everything done while I'm still moving :)

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ELFITZPA 7/29/2009 11:34AM

    Good luck with the proposal - it's coming soon, whether he's being sneaky about this weekend or not. It must be exciting to know it's coming!!

And I hope you start feeling a bit more energetic soon! I've started tracking my macros on a weekly and monthly basis, just to get a more accurate idea of my breakdowns and WOW! I'm a bigger carboholic than I thought!! So I'm trying to move my calories aruond right now to see if I can boost my energy. I have no clue, but perhaps the same could work for you?? Play around with the numbers and do whatever works for you!!

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SEEHOLZ 7/29/2009 9:52AM

    My thought was with the other ladies-- are you SURE the ring isn't ready??? Or maybe there will be a substitute ring?
I tend to feel groggy after I nap too long, also. You have been working out a lot, so maybe it's that TOM where you just have a "tired" week? That happens to me.
Oh and I agree with Kim- it's YOUR summer. YOU chose to be a teacher, not Jess-LOL! Enjoy it and milk it! You work hard enough the rest of the year!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/29/2009 9:37AM

    Yeah, maybe you do need to eat more or take a rest day? Or something?

Also if I get to the gym and I am feeling really fatigued I will do 5 mins of cardio to warm up (something I don't normally do b/c I feel like I get warm lifting) but it wakes me up some and seems to help.

Sorry that the engagement isn't coming along as quickly as you had planned, but girl you got your whole lives together no rush - lol!!! I hope you guys have a fun family trip.

As far as your summer - it is your summer be as productive or as lazy as you want!

I am reading 3 cups of Tea, also and as much as I love the story the journalist that wrote is not a good writer, imo, it is making the book a bit plodding and more tedious than it should be. Anyway, great story, though.

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MBSHAZZER 7/29/2009 9:18AM

    Sometimes fatigue is our bodies telling us something... so maybe a few extra snacks will help you snap out of it. I feel for you though.. often my weekends deteriorate into one big nap if I don't get moving first thing. Have a great long weekend away!

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VIVA_VICTORIES 7/29/2009 8:37AM

    That's the funny thing about proposals. An hour before I got mine, Shaun was asking me if I had heard from the ring lady and that maybe we should call her soon to check the status. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

I have been feeling extremely lethargic as well lately. When I first started exercising, the minute I opened my eyes at 6am I was ready to conquer the day. Now I open them and then sleep for another hour. I prefer the first feeling. My exercise has decreased in time because of my hip injury, but I think you may be onto something with calories. I'm not quite ready to experiment with that aspect yet, but I'll keep it in the back of my head. Let me know how it goes for you.

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CARILOUIE 7/29/2009 7:37AM

    Oh my goodness I have had my share of post-nap workouts. I feel like I NEED the nap, and then when I go to the gym it's almost a waste of time (*almost*).
Have a great time in Cape Cod!

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PAMELA984 7/29/2009 6:47AM

    Corny saying - but something worth having is worth waiting for!

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LIL_EZZY 7/29/2009 5:51AM

    I was thinking the same thing maybe he is telling you the ring won't be ready but it is and he is going to surprise you. You are very organised taking along all your meals bar dinner. Good on you. Maybe because you are on holidays you are more relaxed therefore more tired.
Anyway have a wonderful weekend no matter what happens. emoticon

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SKYFYRE 7/29/2009 12:39AM

    Heh, heh...I was thinking what TERRIANGEL said! Maybe you will come back from your lil trip engaged!!!! The trick could be on the teacher...Muahahahahaha!

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KMWKENT 7/28/2009 11:27PM

    I'm reading Three Cups of Tea right now!! Took a little while to get into it, but it's fascinating so far!
Have a blast in Cape Cod!

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TERRIANGEL 7/28/2009 10:33PM

    Or maaaaybe the ring IS ready...but he can't TELL you that. Hmmmm???

HOw does he know you'll say yes? emoticon

We all have tired, lazy days. Hopefully it was just a fluke, like you said. You're usually so motivated and go go going.

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Boston Run

Monday, July 27, 2009

I LOVE running in the city. There are so many superfast runners along the Charles - it's so inspiring. The only problem is that I tend to be the slowest one out there! Tonight I ran from where I parked in Mission Hill, to the Pour House where my boyfriend was having a beer with a buddy, to the Public Garden, through Beacon Hill to the Charles River, and then back up Fairfield Street to Boylston Street, where I met up with my boyfriend and together we walked back to the car. Time absolutely flies by when you run in the city, unlike the suburbs - LOVE it. It was so humid that I literally had droplets of sweat running down my skin!

Yesterday evening I did end up going for a quick 15-minute jog around my neighborhood. It was just enough so I didn't have to feel guilty... but my total workout time was still under an hour.

Thanks to everyone who commented about how to deal with a friend who isn't as proud of me for living my healthy lifestyle as I'd like. I've decided that I will try to be quiet and nonjudgmental about my choices, but still make conscious, definitive good decisions, and at the worst hope to not make my friends feel guilty or annoyed, but at best perhaps inspire them to make their own healthy changes with the results I plan to achieve!

(The hardest part of this plan will be keeping quiet. I could go on and ON about nutrition and exercise!! I could see how grating that could be to listen to if you were someone who knew you should be making changes, but haven't done it yet.)

  
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SABRIELSWEETIE 7/30/2009 11:35AM

    I have the same time with my boyfriend lol. I am so tempted to share with him all of the great things that I am doing for my health, but I -know- that he tunes out, and I feel bad for it.

BTW: Your urban run sounds great!! I want to make time to run in the city, but Minneapolis is nick named murder-apolis. eek! I'd need a buddy to run with :)

next time, you should take pics! That'd be fun :)

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MRS.NG.06 7/28/2009 10:26AM

    " could see how grating that could be to listen to if you were someone who knew you should be making changes, but haven't done it yet.) "

yeah but sometimes thats the person somebody needs for them to actually STOP and think..maybe *I* should make a change in my own lifestyle...its not always a bad thing ; )

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SEEHOLZ 7/28/2009 9:33AM

    Too weird to be reading your blog, as I am planning to run through the city at lunch today ( might not be the smartest choice in 80 some degree humidity, but I'll give it a shot, especially now that I read your blog!)
I agree with others that Sparks is great for those of us who don't mind our never-ending ramblings about food and exercise! That way, I drive anyone nuts and don't feel like I have no one to talk to-LOL!
I personally love reading your blogs - and you sure managed to motivate me today!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/28/2009 9:21AM

    Yeah your friends don't want to hear it. That is why I love spark it gives me a forum to geek out on this stuff!

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MBSHAZZER 7/28/2009 9:15AM

    Sounds like some fun running. One thing that gets to me on my long runs is that I mostly go back and forth on the boardwalk... great b/c there are no cars and the wood is a forgiving surface, but it does get tedious! I'm glad you are enjoying running in the city!

Good luck with your friend situation... I know what you mean about it being hard to keep your mouth shut!

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VIVA_VICTORIES 7/28/2009 8:47AM

    Use us as your soundboard to go on and on about diet and nutrition. You know none of us can get enough of that information.

Sounds like you had a great run.

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LIVINFIT4ME 7/28/2009 8:21AM

    I agree running in the city goes by WAY faster. i've done some long runs there...Im in JP & go to the Jamaica pond, down brookline towards fenway...to comm ave to the common & back (i think its 12 or 14 miles from my house). LOVE IT compared to heading down VFW or something that feels like FOREVER....only problem I have found are the traffic lights but it is worth it. Great job!

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PAMELA984 7/28/2009 8:01AM

    I think you are doing very well - just the fact that you are still running shows how well you are doing. Keep it up!

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LIL_EZZY 7/28/2009 6:21AM

    That I why you are lucky to have us. We are all on here for the same reasons and we have each other to vent to and offer advice and ideas and just listen. I thankyou for inspiring me everytime I blog.

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TERRIANGEL 7/27/2009 10:34PM

    That's so funny. I was talking to Silvano yesterday, as we were in the city, about running there. Maybe just going after work and running the Charles. But i want to know how far I'm going, and would have to map out a route...don't know when that'll happen. But hopefully soon!

And also funny, we were out to dinner tonight with some friends who were talking about the Pour House. I've never heard of it before, and now YOU mentioned it.

Dee dee dee dee...(twilight zone music)

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ZIRCADIA 7/27/2009 10:05PM

    It's why I blog on SparkPeople -- I used to have a livejournal but I didn't want everyone there to just hear me ramble on and on about workouts and food. HAHAHAHAHA :D I almost never write over there anymore... :P I WANNA RUN IN THE CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Week 16 Ends

Sunday, July 26, 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
Week 14 -6lb
Week 15 -2lb
Week 16 -1lb

Hot, steamy, sleepy day. Gym workout was short - less than 40 minutes total for chest, abs & treadmill. May go for a quick outdoor jog in the evening when it gets cooler - may not. A light workout is okay too, once in a while.

  
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MARATHONER340 7/27/2009 8:46PM

    Now those are some stats to be proud of! You go, girl! =)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/27/2009 5:00PM

    You're awesome :) and you gotta have some shorter/easier workouts from time to time.

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KJNE8O 7/27/2009 2:33PM

    Absolutely - rest is just as important as being active!

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MBSHAZZER 7/27/2009 11:39AM

    Hope you enjoyed your easy day! You're making such great progress!

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SEEHOLZ 7/27/2009 10:12AM

    You have been working so hard, I think getting easy workouts in is actually good for a change!
Great progress- you are such an inspiration!
Btw, I might bug you about your batch cooking skills sometime this week.

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TERRIANGEL 7/27/2009 10:09AM

    Absolutely! It was a hot, steamy day, wasn't it? WE spent it in Boston at Frog Pond and the swan boat rides. Very sweet. The kids (and Silvano and I) LOVED it. Something we don't do enough is spend time in Boston.

OH, and yep, I did Saturday's 16 mile run through Sudbury. I really like that route, and I can kind of turn it into longer or shorter runs easily (8 miles - 16). AND, believe it or not, it's really pretty shady! I did SAt's run from 11-1:30 and it was not bad at all.

Hope you're having a good Monday so far. Mine would be better if I wasn't in the office. hehe...

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VIVA_VICTORIES 7/26/2009 6:09PM

    I agree, you have to vary up your workouts to confuse your body.

Congrats on the loss.

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The Beach!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Today my boyfriend, Jess, and a friend, L, and I went to Newport, Rhode Island to go to the beach! The weather was perfect for once - we've had so much cold and rain this summer, so for it to be sunny, 80 degress, AND a Saturday all at once was just amazing. Unfortunately there was so much seaweed in the water that the waves looked red, but I put on a wetsuit and dealt with it. The waves were perfect for boogie boarding!! I asked Jess for a surfing lesson, but I couldn't even balance lying down on the board, let alone standing up on it. Boogie boarding is so fun, I'm not going to worry if I'm just not meant to be a surfer. We had a blast!!! :) I didn't have time to run though, sadly. L had to hurry home because she had evening plans.



However...I must vent about L, the friend that came with us. Yesterday she told me that I have an unhealthy obsession with weight, diet, exercise, etc. I was hurt that she would critique me for something that brings me so much pride, health, and happiness. Ironic that my attempts to live as healthfully as possible could be called "unhealthy." Also, I feel like if she doesn't want to focus that much energy on this stuff she don't have to do it, but why judge me for doing it? It's my life and I can choose to do what I want! I told her a quote I've read on this site: "'Obsessed' is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated." I KNOW this stuff is a HUGE focus that I'm constantly thinking about, but my history shows that I need to maintain my focus or I get WAY off track fast. It's an eventual goal to balance it better with other aspects of my life, but right now I need to stay focused.

On our way down to Newport, L asked me to stop at a Taco Bell. At first I decided I'd "go wild" and eat some Taco Bell, but when I looked at the nutrition brochure and saw that even their "fresco" items mostly had some trans fats and over a thousand milligrams of sodium, I decided I couldn't do it. Especially since Sundays are my "official" weigh-in days! So, while Jess and L ate their Taco Bell, I walked across the parking lot to Stop & Shop and bought myself some grapes and cherries, which I munched on all afternoon. Yummm! Just like last weekend on the beach...I'd rather eat a natural fruit or vegetables (especially fruit - hehe) than some processed horrible-for-you JUNK any day!! I guess the produce section of a grocery store is my new go-to- place to buy lunch for the beach!

Jess and I did go to the British Beer Company for dinner - his choice, not mine. It's a newish chain restaurant that really isn't anything special. I think I did okay though - I got the chopped shrimp salad, minus the cheese and toast. I got spicy peanut Thai dressing on the side and used only a very small bit, and had pinot noir to drink.

Oh, one other thing - I have recently been told by my boyfriend and two close friends that my boobs are disappearing. Too bad I can't transport the fat from my thighs to my chest! Ha. Honestly, I don't mind about my chest - I think it looks better now in my tighter tops, and a smaller chest is definitely better for running!!!

  
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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/28/2009 9:19AM

    I don't know how I missed this? Obviously I have been unsubscribed to your blog, I saw the comment on today's blog (that I realized was posted b/c I saw on my friend feed that someone else had commented - man spark does not play with the unsubscribing!).

Anyway, 1) I am a-okay with my small boobs, too. Definitely way better for running/clothes, etc.

2) Taco bell is disgusting. I mean really that stuff is freaking gross how can people even see that as a treat? So effing nasty. So yeah YOU'RE the crazy one because you don't want to eat something that isn't food. I read on someone's blog the other day how they went to mcdonalds b/c they didn't want to cook and I think I threw up in my mouth a little bit. Like seriously. Get a kashi pizza - cheaper, easier and WAY tastier!

3) I learned a long time ago that friends and family do not want to hear about your physical activities. Most americans sit on their ever expanding butts and they think that like the commercials promise you work out 3 times per week for 20 mins you will look like an on-season fitness professional. So when they actually hear how much people like us workout they are shocked. It sounds like form your recent blog you have figured out how to cope with this. I know EXACTLY what you mean. I feel self-conscious ordering my healthy food in front of friends and family, but you know what I don't owe it to them to eat stuff I don't want to so they'll feel better about themselves.

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LIL_EZZY 7/28/2009 6:18AM

    I missed this one too. I wouldn't worry about your friend I'm sure that she has something she is obsessed about that makes her really happy. She may even be a little bit jealous. I know if I was your friend I would be jealous that I didn't have your determination and motivation they are very strong values to have so keep up all your brilliant work Susan and do what makes you happy.

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SEEHOLZ 7/27/2009 4:56PM

    Somehow I missed this blog- and it is a darn good one!
I think it is "normal" for us to spend so much time thinking about diet, health, exercise.. that we don't realize that most people just don't and that it probably annoys them in a way! I specifically remember going to a 50th birthday party and the "running" friends could only talk about running--- it's just awkward if others aren't part of the "club"! I think, doing anything that doesn't go with the current "flow" is unsettling to those who have different interests! That said, being rude to someone is not okay -- so you do have a right to be mad!
Anyways, I think it's GREAT that you stuck with your agenda and went to the store to get the fruit! It was the right decision for you and IMO, it was the HARDER decision, so congrats!

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THEGR8LAMINA 7/27/2009 2:23PM

    sorry to hear you friend isn't being supportive.
I think it's crazy how quick some ppl are to make comments about being obssive about tracking exercise and weighin in.

And. omg smaller boobs scare me! i'm a B and that's bc i'm overweight! i'm like 5'1 with a small frame. For most of college i was 115-118 and had almost B boobs, i have many water bra's & wonder bras. haha but as i gain weight my boobs become B's. i need to loose 10lbs to be at a good goal, 122 so maybe i'll still be a small B. I hope so! I've considered implants but ouch i'm too chicken to go through with it! haha

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FITGIRL15 7/27/2009 11:34AM

    I think as we become more healthy we start to realize that small concious decisiions (like you deciding to get fruit rather then Taco Bell) can really add up and make you a much happier person both inside and out... but I think it's when we become preachy or too strict that others start to take notice and get offended by our new life choices. (Because, realy... how many people would have done what you did? I bet 80% of people would have got the Taco bell with the others!!!) You are a part of a SMALL fraction of the population that actually lives their life with purpose and health in mind... seriously! Most of us here at Spark don't realize it, but we are the minority!!!

I think the longer you stick to your new plan, the easier it will be for people in your life to realize this is just how you live your life and that's that! Either accept you for it, or ditch you for it, but either way... you are better off!
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PS... I can't wait till my boobs shrink again, I bought some really cute new ON season bras :)
Woo Hoo!

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ZIRCADIA 7/27/2009 9:55AM

    I think your friend sucks. HAHAHAHA You have gone a long way toward learning to find some balance and not being obsessed while still being mindful and focused. Health and fitness is WAY important to me. I'm afraid I drive some people nuts because of wanting to talk about running and rowing and eating healthy... so I try to keep the chatter to a minimum. People feel bad when you are able to make a healthier choice and they don't -- it makes them feel weak and stupid and to make themselves feel better they rag on YOU for being an obsessed healthnut. SO WHAT. I hate that nonsense. I feel you on the boob's shrinking, but you look totally gorgeous in that picture chica. :)

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SABRIELSWEETIE 7/26/2009 7:53PM

    Hmm. Maybe since your friend isn't interested in weight loss as much as you are, then she's tired of hearing about it? I'm sure it's not personal... It could also be that she's worried about you developing an eating disorder. People aren't allowed to be dedicated to health these days without people watching like a hawk for anorexia and whatnot. As long as you're staying -healthy- and not going under your body's recommended BMI then I wouldn't worry about it =P keep doing great and having fun :D you're an inspiration and you're doing just fabulous.

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CHASINGTHENOW 7/26/2009 4:39PM

    Hmm. Is it possible your friend, L, might be a bit jealous about your disappearing waist line? Haha. Probably. I've found people who criticize me the most are usually just upset about a quality I possess and they want for themselves!

Also, when my boobs started to go, I was soooo happy. I went from a 38D to a 33B! Whoa!

-maria

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SWEATONCEADAY 7/26/2009 3:51PM

    way to go on resisting the taco bell. sounds like a great day except for your friends dumb comment!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 7/26/2009 12:30PM

    Great blog, Susan!

First of all, your friends' comments about you being obsessed may really be more about her than you. Does she have a healthy lifestyle?

I am SO PROUD of you for walking across that parking lot to buy salad. Wow. That's how to really demonstrate your dedication and to be a role model. Congrats.

As for "the puppies", smaller ones are much easier to take for a run. Those big ones just get in the way. I was always tripping on mine.

Keep atter, girl. You know what you need to do and I'm thrilled that you are DOING IT. And you can always buy a water bra.

...Pam

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VIVA_VICTORIES 7/26/2009 12:00PM

    Your friend is probably lashing out on your because she's upset with herself. Maybe she wishes she was as dedicated as you. All you can do is deny her fact and move on. She can be left to wonder why you're not bothered with her comment.

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DRAGONFLY180 7/26/2009 11:41AM

    glad you had fun at the beach. yeah, it's sometimes hard for people to understand such a huge lifestyle change like we've made. there are teachers at my school that scoff at me for eating healthfully at lunch instead of downing the high calorie lunchroom food or ice cream after every noon meal. luckily, my friends don't give me crap about it. i wouldn't take it anyway. telling her that quote and then modeling good nutritional choices by eating fruit was the best thing you could have done. maybe you have planted the seed in her head that eating well isn't some cultist obsession or eating disorder.

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MBSHAZZER 7/26/2009 8:36AM

    I am lucky in that most of my friends are supportive of my lifestyle... when i was visiting my parents, my mom did think I was getting a little obsessed and "too thin", but my dad is just as dedicated to fitness as I am so he was supportive. Plus, he saw me "pumping iron" at the gym and assured my mom that I am definitely not too thin! LOL!

As for your friend.. that's too bad that she's not supportive, but sometimes I think people get defensive, like you (in general, not you personally!) are going to judge them for not exercising, or choosing to eat certain things. BF and I have encountered that a lot from people when we tell them we don't want kids (slightly different topic, but same reaction). If someone wants children, wonderful! It's not a choice I would make, but then again, I wouldn't choose to go to medical school either! We have vegan friends who get that a lot from people too.

Oh, and small boobs are aerodynamic! :)

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GERMANPICKLE 7/26/2009 7:56AM

  "'Obsessed' is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated."

Love it!

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CWRISTON1 7/26/2009 7:18AM

    I tend to find that friends that will later be inspired by your drive, will be critical of you early on in your journey. She probably wishes that you'd justify her "go wild" Taco Bell moments by joining in ~ in reality, those grapes and cherries will take you a lot further than a loaded taco...or whatever they're serving these days!

An exercise obsession is never unhealthy unless it comes down to binging and purging ~ or blowing out a knee because you won't listen to your body. You and your body are communicating ~ as long as you listen to it, and vice versa ~ don't listen to anyone else. Do what works for you.

And, believe me....the boobs are the first thing to go....and the thighs are the last. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
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P.S. Glad you enjoyed Newport! Today is the Governors' Free Beach Day, but its raining, and many are closed to swimming because of all the stinkin' rain this past week. I love Newport in October when all the shops are quiet, and you can just enjoy the waterfront
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JOPAPGH 7/25/2009 11:23PM

    Stick to your guns and make the food choices you are comfortable with! Often I feel that form of food peer pressure is a sign of insecurity.

Glad you had a great time is Newport, my wife's birthplace.

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TWENTY POUNDS

Saturday, July 25, 2009

I've lost twenty pounds!! From 165 to 145! Going to the beach today...gonna boogie board, read, and go for a run.

Speaking of running, yesterday I did a longer version of a loop I've been doing lately - Speen to Hartford all the way to Bishop instead of turning off at Boden. It was 6.13 miles, 67 minutes, 5.5 mph on average, and 717 calories according to Spark's mapping feature. I ran straight to the gym in fact, for some sweaty lower-body strength training for my already spent legs. I could barely do my lunges, my legs were so tired!!

Last night I went out in a black sleeveless, strapless long drapey top that I've only worn once before, my old big size 4 jeans (they really ought to be labeled an 8 or 10 probably), and black high heeled sandals. I love getting all dressed up, even if it's just to go to Margarita's in the suburbs. :)

Time for a quick gym workout before the beach, bye!!

  
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SABRIELSWEETIE 7/26/2009 7:48PM

    WOW! Great job! I'm so proud of you :D

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SEEHOLZ 7/26/2009 3:14PM

    Congrats on 20 lbs-- you truly are a weight loss machine!!! I am so happy for you!

No doubt that you looked super hot going out last night! No wonder your fiance is taking his time to shop for that ring!

Lucky you- you got the beach!

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DRAGONFLY180 7/25/2009 9:20PM

    20 lbs is an awesome achievement and so is the 6+ mile run! way to go!

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KARTOM 7/25/2009 4:25PM

    Congrats! You look fabulous! :) Love it!

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SWEATONCEADAY 7/25/2009 3:09PM

    congrats on 20 lbs!

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CWRISTON1 7/25/2009 2:59PM

    Congratulations! 20 LBS! That's AWESOME! It always feels so good to get dressed up and go out doesn't it?! And, I'm just now bordering on a size 4 anything....my butt and hips have prohibited it until now.

In fact, I have a size 4 skirt and halter I'm thinking of taking to the Vineyard next weekend. It would be nice to wear to dinner ~ IF I can find a cute little sweater to throw over it (as per your warning :-)

BTW, I've never used the Spark feature to figure my runs...but there is a good website (if you want to check it out) called www.walkjogrun.com that allows you to zoom into your neighborhood (or anyone elses) and map out a route. it calculates the distance, then you put in your weight and age (if memory serves correct), and it tells you how many calories you "should" have burned.

Hope you enjoy the beach ~ I just came from there ~ gorgeous day here in NE!!

Carol

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LIVINFIT4ME 7/25/2009 2:49PM

    congrats on those 20 lbs gone forever!!

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TERRIANGEL 7/25/2009 2:22PM

    GREAT run!!! And emoticon on the 20 lbs!!! emoticon emoticon There's 20 lbs. you'll never see again!!!

Enjoy the beach. Such a Perfect day for it!

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TADPOLE21 7/25/2009 12:13PM

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 7/25/2009 12:03PM

    seepie, what's the spark mapping feature???

i've wondered how many calories i really am burning on my run which is about 4.5 miles....and about 5 really tough hills.....

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MBSHAZZER 7/25/2009 11:49AM

    Great run! Way to push yourself farther! Enjoy your day at the beach...

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BRUIN2 7/25/2009 10:55AM

    Awesome run!!!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 7/25/2009 10:02AM

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/25/2009 9:47AM

    WOW! 20 is FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! And you did it with ice cream and 'ritas and wine! YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!

That outfit sounds adorable - SESSAY! You deserve to get dressed up and be fabu to go out for margaritas or a walk or even the freaking Wal-mart, girl!

Congratulations, Susan you earned it :D!

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PAMELA984 7/25/2009 9:46AM

    You are doing great! And less obsessive about it this time - good for you. After all, this really is a lifestyle!

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