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Big Exercise Day Yesterday!

Monday, March 29, 2010

I think I went 11-12 miles yesterday, plus strength training!

*SparkPeople core video - 10 mins at home
*Jog outside - 23 mins - probably about 2 miles
*Walk outside with hubs - about 1.5 miles
*Chest strength training at gym - about 20 mins
*Elliptical at gym - 65 mins, almost 7 miles
*Walked the long way home from gym - almost 1.5 miles

Then I made dinner - a healthy salad with homemade dressing subs. Some good and some bad. Weight doesn't seem to come off of me unless I'm 100 percent good though. Sigh!

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TRACYZABELLE 3/30/2010 3:05AM

    Looks like you are getting ready to race! GO GIRL GO!

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SPARKNMOM 3/29/2010 10:05PM

    Wow!! I'm just lazy LOL!! :) Well done.

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STEPHANON 3/29/2010 5:51PM

    I'm the same - have to be SUPER good to see weight loss. Bah! Sounds like you had a fantastic day of exercising. And I'm in awe at the fact that you did 65 min on the elliptical. I can't do more than 30 or 35 min without falling out in utter exhaustion! Good for you!

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LIL_EZZY 3/29/2010 5:35PM

    It must have been the day for it. Glad to see you had a great day. Sounded super productive. LOVE IT!!!!

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LITTLEWING21 3/29/2010 4:54PM

    Holy exercise!!!!!! I'd want a meatball sub after all that too hehe Fantastic job!!

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SEEHOLZ 3/29/2010 3:35PM

    WOW!!! That's hard core--- are you tired today at all? Makes me feel like a slacker... my Sundays' are normally my "longer workout days" but with the 5K and the 60 min dance class, I did go back and practiced some moves for my class this morning- aka 20min, but I was "beat" so didn't want to push it... I think I'm coming down with something... I'm "tired" as in "fatigued" type tired...

Anyways, great job!!! What a way to start the week.. meatball subs sound like a great reward actually--- maybe try not to think in terms of good vs bad... finding the middle ground might be that key to long term stability? Just a thought....

Have a great week!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 3/29/2010 1:40PM

    You aren't trying to take weight off, though. Susan, maintenance is soooooo awesome! So much easier than losing, but I think the key is not having an "on" or "off" mentality.

Anyway, GREAT job yesterday :)!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 3/29/2010 12:54PM

    I hope you aren't sore today!

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MBSHAZZER 3/29/2010 12:54PM

    Sounds like an awesome day! Getting the week started right!

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I'm Better than This.....

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Wow, I guess race season has started - I just read race reports on about five different blogs! People are running their first races, their fastest races...even just getting out there would be so much better than what I've been up to. I need to quit my whining and just do it - live the life of the person I want to be.

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TRACYZABELLE 3/29/2010 3:33AM


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SPARKNMOM 3/28/2010 10:04PM

    Oh....I do that too...I've been on my hiney way too long. I'm on spring break this week - so NO excuses for not running! Here we go! :)

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KENSINGTONC 3/28/2010 6:58PM

    You just got married, girl! Give yourself a break. And then...go out there and kick some booty! I love your race reports. And thanks, by the way, for writing that I'm your inspiration one has said that before to me and it meant a lot!!!

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SEEHOLZ 3/28/2010 3:04PM

    I know you will Susan! I believe in you 1000%!!!

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LITTLEWING21 3/28/2010 2:27PM

    You should def sign up for a race!!! Sometimes that can be the best motivation! What state do you live in? Try to find one that is meaningful to you (a certain charity) or seems like a fun event. A sprint tri would be fun! hint hint ;)

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MEGSFITNESS 3/28/2010 2:06PM

    No time like the present :)

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MBSHAZZER 3/28/2010 1:56PM

    Sign up for one! You can do it!

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ROGUE_1 3/28/2010 1:54PM



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STEPHANON 3/28/2010 1:13PM

    I agree with your previous commenters - just go ahead and sign up for one, and then you'll have to train for it! That's what I did, too. :) Plus you know it's true that a good hard sweaty workout followed by a shower and getting dressed up feels AWESOME! Go race, girl!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 3/28/2010 12:19PM

    Susan, here is my friendly advice: step away from the computer and hit the pavement! Afterward shower, put on a stylish outfit (because nothing feels better than a workout followed with a fashionable outfit), and go splurge on a super-cute expensive new workout outfit. It will put a spring in your step to have something new to wear and the $$ will make you feel guilty if you don't make use of it. Then when you get home buy some new tunes on itunes. That Matt & Kim is GREAT cardio music. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists is good too, not as new but I just got turned on to him pretty recently. finally, update us with how great you feel :)

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MARATHONER340 3/28/2010 12:19PM

    That's right - just do it! =) You know you want to!

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ALESHABEE 3/28/2010 12:00PM

    Absolutely! Sign up for one and then you will have to do it...that's what I did, lol. Make sure you give yourself enough time to train tho :)

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A Fresh New Day

Saturday, March 27, 2010

There's something about new beginnings...a fresh start, a new chance. Especially on a Saturday morning in early spring when the sun is shining - there's just so much potential there. Today could be the day I take on the world. Do my taxes. Finish my thank-you notes. Spend time with my mother. Go out for an epic run. Or... get back on track with my eating.

Then time rolls on. There are appointments that get in the way of the ideal day, there are snatches of wasted time that leave me surprised and guilty when I look at the clock, laziness. There's hunger and instant gratification. A less-than-perfect choice, perhaps followed by another. The day's been tainted.

Did anybody see "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" last night? Jamie Oliver is a British chef who is visiting what is apparently the least healthy town in the United States to encourage healthier eating. He emphasized fresh, natural foods over processed junk. I completely agree that natural is better, but that's not my problem at all. My problem is quantity. I can stuff my face full of too much fruit, whole grain, fat-free organic dairy, wild Alaskan salmon, raw nuts........... it's incredibly healthy food, but it's not healthy at all when you eat too much of it.

Random blog entry I'm coming up with here! Just a couple other totally disconnected thoughts I'd like to share. One, I was down almost four pounds today for absolutely no reason, woohoo. Two, I think I need to come up with a challenge for myself to get back on track. Okay, one more thought. I wonder if I will EVER be fully permanently on track, or will I ALWAYS be either on or off the wagon with recent memories of the other side??

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MBSHAZZER 3/28/2010 1:56PM

    I haven't seen the show, but I can relate to what you are saying. I prefer the healthy stuff, I really do. I just have NO control when it comes to eating it! I am definitely a quantity eater!

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ROGUE_1 3/28/2010 1:53PM

    I can relate to EVERYTHING you mentioned on here. Well, except for the 4lb loss and watching that Diet Revolution (we don't have TV if you can believe that - people think I'm nuts when I share that info). What about signing up for a race??? It always REALLY helps me to have some sort of goal like that. I work harder and tend to stay on track more.

My main problem as well is the amount of food I eat. Yes, it is healthy food, but eating a lot of it isn't good either. So I'm really working on listening to my body and on relishing the portion that I have in front of me. I used to plow through meals and then second helpings without really ENJOYING it. I've found that if I put my utensils down between bites, take time to chew the food, and to enjoy the conversation and people with whom I'm dining, I eat less and am satisfied more.

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DAMIENDUCKS 3/27/2010 10:00PM

    I think it's always going to be a balancing act...nobody's going to be perfect every day, but learning to handle that balancing act is the trick. If you can learn to spot (and compensate for) unhealthy behaviour, you've got it made, and it sounds like you are definitely in that camp!

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CARILOUIE 3/27/2010 2:54PM

    Congrats on the 4 pounds. What a nice surprise!
Saw a little of Jamie Oliver - I was sick seeing that family with the deep-fryer in the kitchen who used it for everything! Holy mackerel!

Enjoy your weekend!

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GREEKSPARK 3/27/2010 2:31PM

  OH MY GOSH I feel like I could have written this blog! I always feel this way on Sundays, and I also struggle of eating too much of a good thing! Girl, we'll attack these issues together! Let's make the rest of the day productive!

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STEPHANON 3/27/2010 2:29PM

    I wonder the same thing about myself. I always seem to be either on the way up or on the way down. Bah!

Nice on the surprise 4 pounds. Love days like that! Good luck getting it back on track. A challenge sounds like a good idea to get yourself kick-started.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 3/27/2010 2:02PM

    I don't think there is a rigid "on track" I think that is part of maintenance, good days and bad. You take the aggregate data and you try to maintain. It seems easier to be me to view it as a continuum than an on/off dichotomy.

I hope your day goes well emoticon

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All I Need to Do...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wake up refreshed
Get to work early enough to enjoy breakfast and check in with SparkPeople before school
Eat only what's on my nutrition tracker/track everything I eat
Water water water
When food is gone but I want more, pop gum in mouth (no teacher's room snacks!)
Leave school as close to 3 as possible
For dinner, eat only what's on my nutrition tracker/track everything I eat
More water water water
More gum when I want to continue eating
Prepare the next day's meals and pre-track if possible
Go to the gym for strength training. Stay for cardio, or go outside if it's nice out.
Get home in time for a relaxing shower and cuddle time with hubby
Go to bed early enough for a full night's sleep

Simple enough, right???

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SEEHOLZ 3/26/2010 1:47PM

    That's what you "usually" do, right? Unlike what everyone "successful" on here has said, my theory is that you need to leave some room for flexibility in there somewhere.
Something ( maybe eating too strictly) might cause you to rebel.. can you plan for a snack per day from the teachers lounge? If you "track" it ( let's say a donut) and then you eat, let's say a piece of cake, ultimately, you can just trade those? Or just add it a couple of times per week, rather than every day. I don't know- considering that I can't loose any weight- ever- my theory might be BS. But, I don't want to live too regimented I guess.
In any event, you can do it Susan!

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FITGIRL15 3/26/2010 11:46AM

    You got it, Girl! You can totally do this!!!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 3/26/2010 9:23AM

    Gum really is a great tool. I need to re-up my supply!

Good plan, Susan!

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MBSHAZZER 3/26/2010 9:17AM

    Perfect! Don't forget that if you stray off the plan, it will always be there for you, waiting! Sounds like you are ready to be successful!

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SPARKNMOM 3/25/2010 10:48PM

    Sounds simple, then life happens LOL!! :) Eh, enjoy!!

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MARLIE13 3/25/2010 9:54PM

    I LIKE it!

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    Hmmm... that sounds simple enough.

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BRUIN2 3/25/2010 8:42PM


One more thing: laugh lots and don't take anything too seriously!

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STEPHANON 3/25/2010 8:03PM

    Simple like calculus! It's one of those things that makes sense in theory but when you try to do it, it gets all complicated. Ha. Sounds like a good plan you've got there. Good luck!

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If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try, try................

Saturday, March 20, 2010

I wake up each morning convinced this'll be the day I'm back on track, but then by afternoon I'm making bad food choices. Today I turn over a new leaf. It's not to late to nip this in the bud.

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TRACYZABELLE 3/25/2010 5:06AM

    I had a rough weekend and with Mufasa being ill it is rough!! I hope to get on and stay on track

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SPARKNMOM 3/21/2010 9:33PM

    You can - WILL do it....keep blogging - we want to help :)

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ROGUE_1 3/21/2010 8:56PM

    Good job, stay positive, take it one teeny tiny step at a time.

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FITGIRL15 3/21/2010 6:44PM

    Just do it, Susan!!! I believe in you!!!

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MARATHONER340 3/21/2010 10:29AM

    You got it girl! TRY TRY TRY TRY.

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LIL_EZZY 3/20/2010 9:27PM

    Just get moving and then it is done. All we have to do is do it and then you will feel great. You know that is true. Go Susan go susan. You got this.

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    Its all about baby steps. Make jus one good choice at a time and then on to the next.

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MBSHAZZER 3/20/2010 7:01PM

    Nope, not too late! You can do it!!!

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SEEHOLZ 3/20/2010 2:02PM

    Story of my life- that's the only attitude that will get you anywhere... keep trying! I'm with you and also want some advice on that batch cooking. How do I access some of the recipes that you input? I'm so recipe retarted it's not funny- I'm really wanting to try some Susan. I'm ready!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 3/20/2010 1:51PM

    JUST DO IT, SUSAN!!!!! And go workout, did you try my working out first thing advice?

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/20/2010 1:23PM

    i am so like you. maybe we should focus on the hours and not even the day?

ok, i sucked at food at dinner time... that doesn't mean i have to suck the whole day. i have 2 other meals and likely 2 snacks to make it right!

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SANDEROSE 3/20/2010 1:01PM

    I'm with ya on this one. I think I'm just so overwhelmed I barely even know HOW anymore (which is a bunch of bull because deep down inside I know I do). But we can do it! We can do it! WE CAN DO IT!!!
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