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My easy-to-maintain weight

Sunday, November 01, 2009

I've been eating mostly healthy lately with a few less-than-perfect decisions (someone put some really nice leftover birthday cake in the teachers room). I've been going to the gym most days of the week for about 45 minutes, including strength training and cardio (elliptical or running, or once in a while stair climbing). My weight dropped a few pounds when I first started having batch-cooked dinners (as opposed to what I'd been doing before, which was taking daily trips to the grocery store to buy stuff to make dinner for both of us, plus buying a snack to eat while I was cooking!). However, my weight has been staying within a range of two or three pounds for the past few weeks. My easy-to-maintain weight puts me at a BMI of 26. Although this weight is higher than it usually is when I'm "Sparking," it's a weight that I've been at most of my non-Spark adult life. Should I just accept that this is the weight where I'm meant to stay? I'd rather not be overweight, but doesn't it mean something that, over and over again, despite my efforts, I keep returning to this weight?

Here's me in my Halloween costume:

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RA4945 11/2/2009 5:23PM

    Hi Susan, I think you received a lot of good feedback from the posters and I agree with the main point - you've got to find a weight that you are happy with and that you can live with. Only you know what that weight is. I do understand where you are coming from. I'm back up to my pre-Spark weight. I know I don't look horrible and I'm sure I could easily maintain this since it seems my body wants to just stay here. But I'm not at all happy with this weight and I know I can do better. When I lost weight I remember feeling so good about myself and feeling more confident. I'm not at all there now. Losing the weight is going to take a lot of discipline and sacrifice and maintaining will be tricky too. But I am going to do my best because I feel healthier and stronger when I'm not carrying around this extra weight. Keep up the healthy eating and exercising. Sounds like you're already on your way to a healthier you. emoticon
PS, LOVE the costume!!!

Comment edited on: 11/2/2009 5:23:35 PM

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SEEHOLZ 11/2/2009 11:07AM

    I think that you got to find a lifestyle that you can live with while being happy! Now, that you are maintanining your weight and eating moderately, you seem happy ( maybe not with your looks, but with the amount of effort, your flexibility etc.) My theory is that you can take your set-point down, but the biggest thing is to learn to maintain. It's like you get so good at loosing, you don't give yourself a chance to maintain at a lower weight! IMHO, for you, that is totally possible.
It's not worth loosing weight if you feel deprived having to maintain it, yet it's not necessary to keep at a higher weight, because you don't want to loose.

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TERRIANGEL 11/1/2009 6:17PM

    Your cosutme cracks me up. You guys are good, dressing up to the hilt every year.

I, like everyone ELSE here, know exactly what you're going throuhg, and how you're thinking. I just (thank goodness) haven't let myself believe that this weight I'm at, and keep on coming back to and settling in at, is my "supposed to be at" weight. I'm not happy here, regardless of my always coming back to it. Therefore, I still have hope, and on and off motivation to do something about it. That's just my take, though. Now I need to motivation and DEDICATION to stick to what I know works long enough to get to where I want to be, and STAY there. It ain't easy! emoticon

Hang in there, girl, and let us know what you come up with.

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MBSHAZZER 11/1/2009 5:21PM

    Hmm, tough call - I do believe in the set point theory, but I also agree that you can re-set your set point.

Love the 80's costume!

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VIVA_VICTORIES 11/1/2009 2:25PM

    Kim (RUN_LIFT_EAT) has an awesome podcast of this doctor who talks about your set point. Basically the guy says, right now, the BMI of 26 is your set point. But if you lost weight then MAINTAINED that weight loss, that would become your new set point. The key is maintaining the weight loss. Ask her about it if you want to listen to it, I did. He has a crazy concept about eating 400 calories meals 3x/day which goes against what most of believe about eating often, plus eating like 75% of each meal, which I guess makes sense, but that set point thing is the best part of the pod cast. It definitely gave me a new goal for losing weight. I'm just trying to lose 5lbs at a time then maintain, of course I actually have to START losing the weight for this to work... trying to talk myself up to motivate!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 11/1/2009 1:10PM

    Life is all about choices and finding a balance of what makes you happy. I am not at EXACTLY the weight I would like to be, nor do I get to be AS lax with my diet as I might like. But I have found a spot where the amount of strictness I can tolerate in my diet has met the weight where I can look in the mirror and say "cool."

That is what you have to figure out and no one can decide where that point is but you.

Cute costume Susan!

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    Wow. What a dilemma. I'm facing this, too. I can maintain 120-125lbs. I'd really like to be at 110-115. For me the decision is really about how hard am I willing to work? What am I willing to do to get and stay at a lower number. Although I'm proud that I can maintain 120-125, which is a heckuva lot better than my starting point of 165, I wonder... just what if I could go all the way? That challenge keeps me going. What motivates you?


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SWEATONCEADAY 11/1/2009 12:35PM

    very cute costume. i kinda agree with the previous poster. i am kinda where you are again too pushing 140. i can maintain this comfortably but two things but me about this.... 1st i can eat crap at this weight and maintain and tend to do so i do not feel healthy even though i may look healthy, 2nd although appearance is not everything it plays a huge role in my emotional health and i have had to just accept that fact. however, if this is where you are and you feel good physically and emotionally then i see no problems with maintaining this weight.

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DRAGONFLY180 11/1/2009 11:29AM

    it's not the weight that you're "meant" to be at. it's where you are when you eat what you do, when you get too relaxed and lose your focus. it's not as though you stay at this weight when you're eating right and exercising. i've seen the pics, girl! :o) i'm not saying that you have to be food and exercise obsessed, but i think you'll be doing yourself a disservice if you get into the mindset that being large is just your destiny. love the 80s costume!

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Batch Cooking and Tracking Again

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Ah, my old friend, my measuring spoon. How I missed you, "Enter New Food Grouping" button. I'm doing it again.

Last night I googled "healthy recipes" for ideas, and today I made a vegan pasta dish and an Italian cabbage soup. ( I'm not a vegetarian, I just don't necessarily always feel the need for meat.) I've tracked my meals for tomorrow, but not the snacks yet - will wait and see what I feel like having.

When I was eating carelessly my complexion got really bad. Just a few days of semi-trying to eat healthy, it's already clearing up. Yet another reason I need to stay on track.

Some of you guys have asked about my attempts to sell my condo and my wedding plans. The condo has been on the market now for almost two weeks and it had its first open house today. The weather was exceptionally awful though, and only four people came. A couple times my realtor has told me someone has seemed really interested, but no offers yet.

The wedding will be at a facility a couple towns from here - the ceremony will be in an inn lobby and the reception will be in a function room on the same property. Both rooms have high ceilings with wood beams and big fireplaces - very cozy and sweet for a New England winter wedding. My cutiepie is going to be the best husband - I am just so, so in love with him!! So happy & excited. :)

Oh, that reminds me...we spontaneously decided to go to Europe over xmas vacation!! We can barely afford it, but what the heck, we're going for it. Jess has always wanted to visit Amsterdam and we're also squeezing in London and Paris! I'm calling this our "honeysun," to be followed two months later by the "honeymoon" to Puerto Rico. Yeah, if anyone wants to make a giant offer on my condo RIGHT NOW, I won't object! ;)

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TRACYZABELLE 10/27/2009 7:21AM

    I know the tools work.. my daughter has lost 35 pounds and down to a 14 from a 20 so far

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SKYFYRE 10/22/2009 6:56AM

    Ah, yes tracking! I seem to have forgotten that friend as welll, how do I even live with myself?! Need to get back in touch, you've inspired me!!

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LIL_EZZY 10/20/2009 4:47AM

    I am also glad to see you back. You too were a major encourager for me. The wedding plans sound great, Winter weddings are beautiful. I had my wedding in June. (winter here in Oz) Hope your condo sells soon..

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SEEHOLZ 10/19/2009 10:28PM

    I love Amsterdam--- I just took my son there... you might want to see the Ann Frank house... and the Van Gogh and Guggenheim museum... I just love how big the city is.. so vibrant, yet so homey... it's clean, friendly, biker friendly and FLAT... we stayed at the beach resort in Zanvoort-- it's 20 minutes away... it's wonderful in the summer... December maybe not... I'm sure you'll enjoy Paris in December though... it's so romantic... it's HUGE and not my favorite, but who wouldn't want to be with their sweetie on the Eiffel tower, looking down on the city! It's been awhile since I went there- it's SUPER expensive and so is London-- a cup of Starburks costs $8-$10.. but maybe the $ will be better by December-LOL? Those stats were true last summer, so maybe it's not that bad, but it's still BAD.... I'm curious to find out which city you love the best..I'm hoping to take my son to Berlin next year.. we'll see.
I'm glad the wedding plans are coming along and that you're more enthused about your cooking and eating healthy... I really ALWAYS admired that about you.. how you can plan and plan and cook and cook... you SO have a huge advantage! I know it takes effort, but you're really great at it! and your dishes sound fabulous.. you just don't know-- maybe I'll be more motivated to try this batch cooking thing myself.. we'll see.

Have a great week Susan-- it's good to have you back!

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DRAGONFLY180 10/19/2009 7:56PM

    the trips sound like fun. good luck on selling your place soon.

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ZIRCADIA 10/19/2009 7:51PM

    Ooooh Europe - I WISH we could do something like that. But I KNOW my hubby is down for world travel, we just gotta get in the business of making money instead of going to school before that part of life can happen, ya know? Honeysun is SOOOOOOO CUTE. :) Good luck with the condo!!!

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KENSINGTONC 10/19/2009 4:09PM

    Oooooh winter vacay in Europe, lucky you!!!

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MBSHAZZER 10/19/2009 9:46AM

    Good luck with the condo - I am sending you good thoughts so it sells quickly!

Your travel plans sound great! Enjoy them.

I am jealous of the skin situation... the healthier I eat, the worse my skin seems to get :(

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JACE-- 10/19/2009 9:05AM

    oh I am so jealous of your honeysun!

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CREATINGMYSELF 10/19/2009 1:41AM

    So glad to hear that you are doing well! A trip to Europe sounds fabulous, and hopefully you will get some bites on your condo soon!

As for batch cooking, I really want to give it a try. I work a lot of night shifts and have class at night 2x/wk, so having food ready and waiting in the fridge would be fabulous. Any recipes you could swing my way would be greatly appreciated!

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ELFITZPA 10/18/2009 9:44PM

    So good to see you around here again!! And YAY for batch cooking!! My BF does a lot of batch cooking when it comes to vegetarian burgers - tofu and basil, curry lentil, you name it! But that's about it since he prefers to cook only enough servings for 1 meal (so we don't overeat - he used to be a big boy). Anyway you sound SO happy and in love!! I'm glad you guys are getting away! Between wedding planning and trying to sell the condo, a little break is probably called for!

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VIVA_VICTORIES 10/18/2009 8:38PM

    So glad you're back!! You were always a huge encouragement to me. LOVE the "honeysun". I went to Paris last year when Shaun went on business. So I had to do all the touring by myself during the day. =( BUT, I had an amazing time by myself, so I can only imagine y'all will have an even better time together!

Best place I went to (you know I have a million recommendations), but the BEST place was the Montmarten (sp?). It's a house that has a TON of Monet's paintings, including multiple Water Lillies. It's one thing to read about those all the time, but another to see them in person. That was the one place that I wish Shaun had been with me. But if he was there I might not have been able to sit in their basement for an hour just staring at the paintings because he would have gotten bored. AMAZING!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/18/2009 7:58PM

    Selling a home is very stressful. Good for the two of you for taking an early honeymoon to get away from some of the craziness and congrats for getting back with the program.


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BRUIN2 10/18/2009 7:06PM

    BATCH COOKING!!! Susan is BACK ladies and gentleman!!!!!!!!! WAHOOOO!!!

(We freaking LOVED Amsterdam. It is SUCH a cool city! Our favorite part was a bike tour through a little village outside the city called Edam. Also there, a CHEESE FACTORY!)

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Four Months 'til I'm a Mrs!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

First off, thanks everyone for the support...I definitely haven't deserved it. I have 70 unread emails from the summer, most of which are notifications about people's blogs. I know I've been barely in touch. And yet, you Sparkies remain so kind and's enough to make me cringe at myself. Terri in particular encouraged me to run the Tufts 10K this weekend, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it when I knew I wouldn't be as fast as I was the past two years. Poor excuse I know...but it was also my dad's 70th birthday that day....another excuse! I am really sorry Terri. :( Also, thanks Kate for the tip about the bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico...I told my fiance about it, and we want to go see it!! But really, thanks to everyone who keeps reminding me why this site is so amazing.

I am so desperate to look good on my wedding day. Eating carelessly has its rewards, I can't deny that.. it's so much easier.. but it's not worth being unhealthy. I want to be back on track. I have to be.

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TERRIANGEL 11/1/2009 6:20PM

    Hey, I just saw this! I definitely missed ya out there, chcicky. I wanted this to be the race we actually met at face to face! LOL! But there's always next year. And Ya know what? I was a couple minutes slower this year than last year, too. It was still a FABULOUS experience, and I'll definitely be there next year...right next to Y-O-U! emoticon emoticon

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CREATINGMYSELF 10/19/2009 1:43AM

    If a wedding dress isn't motivation, I don't know what is! I know it's superficial, but run with it :)

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SEEHOLZ 10/17/2009 3:22PM

    Oh Susan,

You will be a gorgeous bride- there is no doubt!
And I totally get the Tufts no-show-- it's hard to go backwards... but your Dad's 70th birthday is a good excuse-LOL!

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KENSINGTONC 10/16/2009 8:33PM

    I feel your pain - I've been away from here for way too long and I feel so guilty - people are too nice! They should totally be like, "see ya!"

Anyway, very exciting about the wedding. I need to read your blogs and catch up - is it a destination wedding? Staying in Boston? Either way - SO EXCITING!!!! Welcome back to both of us -

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FRIZGIRL 10/16/2009 11:34AM

    You are so close and can definitely make some progress and lots of opportunites for good decisions and healthy choices! You are going to be beautiful on your wedding day!

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SKYFYRE 10/16/2009 4:27AM

    You will be gorgeous on your wedding day, no doubt!

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VIVA_VICTORIES 10/14/2009 10:42PM

    Awww, thanks for the shout-out!!! Also, the rain forest is on the same side of the island as the bay, so you can hit it all in the same day. Yes, the island is tiny, but you still have to drive on small roads to get to the other side, so it takes a little time. Also, have some Medalla beer while you're down there. You can get in an 8oz size, which makes you feel like a giant drinking it! I always say it's a "Barbie" beer! And beware, all the cops drive around with their lights on, doesn't mean they're pulling you over!!

I know you can get back in the saddle again. I'm still climbing back in and holding on for dear life! It was easier when I had my wedding as the goal, but now I'm having trouble finding motivation again. I'm about to secretly move my mom's elliptical into our new house! My husband would nix that idea, but if I can get it in, I'll get to keep it because it would be too much trouble to move it out! Sounds sneaky and evil, but at least it's for a good cause!

How's the condo sale going? We're in the process of selling our townhouse (already moved into our new house) and now the buyer is delaying closing for another week and a half. It's costing us another $1K!!! Plus lots of worry that he's going to back out and we're already moved into a new house! Bleh!!! I hope your's goes better than ours!

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DAMIENDUCKS 10/14/2009 3:36PM

    congrats on your drive to be a healthy bride! I'm sure you'll reach your goals!

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PAMELA984 10/14/2009 2:41PM

    It doesn't matter what your weight is on your wedding day - you will still be a beautiful bride.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/14/2009 2:02PM

    Baby steps. Don't overwhelm yourself. And remember, all brides are beautiful and they come in all shapes and sizes. Enjoy this special time.


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ZIRCADIA 10/14/2009 2:00PM

    SO CLOSE! :D That is exciting. And you will look gorgeous on your day because you are a beautiful woman and in love!!!!! Nothing can take those things away from you. :) I'm over halfway through my marathon training and I have my first regatta this Saturday as a quick recap/FYI on what's going in my life. My food has gotten careless as well and I'm trying to crack down on myself this week and at least track what I eat, ya know?

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MBSHAZZER 10/14/2009 1:54PM

    How exciting, the big day is so close! As long as you feel happy, you will look BEAUTIFUL!!! I can't wait to see the pictures!!

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DRAGONFLY180 10/14/2009 1:37PM

    good luck on getting back to healthy eating and getting ready for a great wedding and honeymoon!

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PINKY_120 10/14/2009 1:28PM

    Hi! Thanks for your comment on my blog. You can do it and you'll look great on your wedding day! If I can give you one advice: on your day, try to take in as much as you can and make a point on having fun. We had a blast at our wedding, but there was so much going on that I think we missed a lot of it...and we're already forgetting some things. It goes by soooo fast! I'm feeling nostalgic that it's all over (even though I was going crazy a few weeks prior because my family was driving me nuts). Anyway, just focus on the journey, and live it up. :)

I'm heading to the gym now. Hope you manage to work out today as well!

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    You will be rewarded with your healthy habits.

I'm excited for your wedding. My husband and I have only been married 7 years, but we fall in love more and more each passing day.

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Half-hearted effort...

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Since I last wrote, I've been making a half-hearted effort, which for me never gets the scale actually moving (except maybe farther up). I've been eating healthy sometimes, and exercising sometimes, but not as consistently as I need to in order to see any results. A couple days ago I went for a three-mile run outside, and was happy to do it in exactly 30 minutes, which means my speed apparently hasn't suffered, although my legs were sore the next day.

One of these days I'm going to have to start putting in 100 percent effort again.

In other news, the wedding planning is humming along. We have venues booked for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception, and we even booked our honeymoon (Puerto Rico). We don't want an engagement party or shower although our momscan't seem to believe us about that! I have a dress and all accessories except shoes (seriously considering sneakers!), and I've picked out the bridesmaids' dress (making them all wear the same one, muahaha). My condo has been on the market now for two days, but as far as I know nobody's shown any interest yet. My fiance's mom's friend is doing our flowers but I still have to decide what I want (and I'm clueless about flowers), and we have a photographer but still have to book an engagement photo shoot, which I'm not very enthusiastic about, but it's included. My brother is going to be our justice of the peace! but we still have to decide how we'll do the ceremony exactly. And my parents have been investigating bands and DJs, but we haven't booked anything yet.

So as you can see, my thoughts are a bit unfocused these days with so much going on. It's hard to fully concentrate on any one project when I need to be involved in ALL of them. The thing that has suffered the most, unfortunately, is my weight. I need to learn how to balance everything better!

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FRIZGIRL 10/16/2009 11:37AM

    I hope all the planning is going well. I totally wore flip flops under my dress :) no one sees your feet anyway.

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ELFITZPA 10/12/2009 4:39PM

    Sorry to hear the diet and exercise aren't 100% right now, but you've got A LOT on your plate with the wedding!! Sometimes just holding steady is good enough when there are other more important things taking up your time - you know how important your health is and that your changes are for real. Great job with the progress on the wedding!

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TERRIANGEL 10/9/2009 9:57PM

    You're really getting the wedding planning D*O*N*E! Nice!!

I'm so feeling your excitement. emoticon

Now, COME DO TUFTS WITH ME MONDAY!!! The endorphins will have you crankin' out decisions for the rest of the week!!

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MRS.NG.06 10/9/2009 9:24AM

    Sorry to hear about the weight BUT it looks you have been SO productive with getting this wedding under way in 6 months!! You are a ROCKSTAR! : ) It will all balance itself out in the end..dont stress! : )

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SKYFYRE 10/8/2009 10:28PM

    WoW! What a busy girl you've been ! I am impressed with your accomplishments! Go Girl! I feel you on the weight thing, I hope you are able to get things more in a pattern where you can set up a fitness routine, I know I need to! I think I am going to be buckling down with a training program for my Half Ironman, that ought to do it!

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SEEHOLZ 10/8/2009 6:33PM

    Half-hearted is like half-full, you know? It's all how you look at it and IMHO, it's much better to be half-hearted than not to care! Maybe you needed to let go of the "perfectionism"? Not even sure- glad that you enjoyed the run! And happy to have you back!

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VIVA_VICTORIES 10/8/2009 4:48PM

    OK, a couple fun tips!!

In Puerto Rico, make sure you do the bioluminescent bay. There's only 3 in the world and 2 are in PR. Basically there are these photo-plankton that "charge" all day long then at night when you touch them, they glow. So you kayak out into this bay and the whole time you're going, your paddles start glowing in the water, then you can see fish jetting across the water, then you get to swim in it and they're all over you! It's awesome, and not at all creepy when you're in the water because they're microscopic and just look like little dots.

And don't worry about your condo. People will look this weekend. The middle of the week was always the slowest time for us too. The worst part is you have to keep the place impeccable while selling. OK, maybe that wasn't a fun tip.

Good luck with everything and if you find a way to get back on the wagon, let me know. I'm struggling too.

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/8/2009 4:08PM

    i am sorta in the same place as you but i don't have any real excuses for my lack of focus like you do. it will happen when the time comes. enjoy planning your wedding.

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SILLIANGEL 10/8/2009 3:09PM

    When your mind isn't so wrapped up in all the wedding pizazz, you'll be able to re-focus on fitness and eating and all that stuff. You have your brain and your body trained by now. Don't worry, I'm sure you're doing fine!

This is why, if I ever get married, I'm eloping!!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 10/8/2009 3:05PM


Maybe the weight thing doesn't even matter as much as you may have thought, hence why it is the first to go when you have a full schedule.

What are the dress and venue like?

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VIDABELA 10/8/2009 2:26PM

    I'm confident you'll get back 100% on track soon!

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MBSHAZZER 10/8/2009 1:25PM

    Wow, I'm impressed with how much you've gotten done already! Don't worry about the weight; it'll come off again!

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FURBALLDTH 10/8/2009 1:17PM

    You have quite a bit going on right now. You'll get back in the swing. Best wishes. emoticon

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Hello again...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hi again.

I've veered off course, but I'm back. Same old story. I was doing so well with my eating and exercise from April through most of August... then I went on a week-long vacation toward the end of August and started getting sloppy with my habits, and just never got myself back into the groove.

This morning I saw some pictures of myself that were taken over the weekend and I was shocked. My face looks extremely round and chubby. I need to pick back up where I left off.

My exercise has been okay lately. I did take off too much time from working out when school was starting and I was spending my weekends getting my condo ready to be put on the market, but now things are starting to settle back down and I've been going to the gym. My strength training routine is back to where it was, but my cardio has just been 20 minutes or so of elliptical, and I know I can expect more from myself than that. (More time, and more variation.)

My eating has been out of control. That is the area where I'm really going to have to take a good deep look at what I was doing and where things went wrong, and get a plan going. My eating habits have such a huge impact on my life in so many ways.

Lunch just ended; I have to go to a class. But I will write more later...

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ROGUE_1 10/9/2009 8:21PM

    Ahhh, I can completely relate! It's so easy to veer off course when you are having fun or when life gets crazy. Hope things are getting better and that you are back on track. I am off to read your other blog now....

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LFLFLPLP 10/8/2009 12:47PM

    Thanks for the welcome back on my blog. As you can guess, I completely understand what you went I was going through it myself. The important thing is that we are both back at it and we CAN do this!

My eating was especially bad as well. I'm surprised I hadn't gained back more weight than I did. This is only day 2 back for me and the food is definitely the tricky thing. I'm getting hungry more because my body has gotten used to the excess and all the fat and sugar.

Good luck! Keep with it!

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SKYFYRE 10/3/2009 1:03PM

    I feel you pain! Gotta get back on the wagon! You can do this!

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JESSICAPAGE 10/1/2009 9:28AM

    Good for you! Getting back on track is so hard sometimes. Good luck!!

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DRAGONFLY180 9/30/2009 7:55PM

    good luck with getting in more cardio and eating better. you can do it!!!

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LIL_EZZY 9/30/2009 5:34PM

    See we were all waiting for your return you are very popular. Glad you are back girl. Looking forward to catching up with you. I have also been on a hiatus not to worry Im back with ya.

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SEEHOLZ 9/30/2009 4:04PM

    I'm so excited you're back-- call me crazy, but I missed you!
I totally get it-- you're like me when it comes to the extreme department and I still keep wondering if you weren't too strict, but the big difference between you and I is that you are a weight loss machine and will get this weight off ASAP, while I seem to only be able to put it on-LOL- seriously though, I know you'll find your mojo and when now that you're back, there is no stopping it!
Plus, you got this awesome motivation of planning a wedding and looking your best!

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FITGIRL15 9/30/2009 1:57PM

    How's the wedding planning coming along? You must be busy!!!

Welcome back!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/29/2009 10:54PM

    welcome back

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    Welcome back! Its never too late. emoticon

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KJNE8O 9/29/2009 4:43PM

    I missed your updates too- figured you were busy with the wedding plans! But hey, I totally know what you mean about getting off track and all - been there and done that! I'm back on track now - at least for the last couple of days! LOL

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ZIRCADIA 9/29/2009 4:00PM

    I've MISSED YOU!!! :D It's easy to let things get slightly wonky when things get busy, but now you're readjusting and getting things back to normal. :) Welcome back!

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TERRIANGEL 9/29/2009 3:53PM

    Howdy stranger (I've been off for quite a while, too),

I think summer was hard on a lot of peeps. I'm just now back "checking" myself with my eating, too. Funny how so many of us are on the same stinkin' schedule. emoticon But, we'll for sure get our mojo back asap!

I hope your place sells quickly. Will you still be living in the same town?

Have a great rest of your day!

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SILLIANGEL 9/29/2009 2:57PM

    Glad you're back! That's a definite step in the right direction =)

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MBSHAZZER 9/29/2009 1:49PM

    Welcome back! I was wondering where you went; I forgot that school started up again. You know what to do to get back on track, so I'm sure you'll be where you need to be in no time!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 9/29/2009 1:37PM

    Don't be hard on yourself, be glad you are "chickety-checking" yourself before you rickety-wreck yourself. It ain't easy. It gets EASIER but that takes awhile. Part of the process are these times when you have to stop and put yourself in check. Because as you know, only you can do it.

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PAMELA984 9/29/2009 1:35PM

    Hadn't seen anything from you for a long time and wondered how you were doing. My eating has been horrible too - but I have also completely quit exercising - inspire me!

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BRUIN2 9/29/2009 1:33PM

    Time to start batch cooking and smoothie making!!

Hope your place sells quickly!

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VIVA_VICTORIES 9/29/2009 1:15PM

    I think school has been REALLY tough for everyone this year. At least you're back!!! You'll find a rhythm before too long and it'll be same old Susan again... except you're getting married!!!!

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