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A good story and a bad story

Friday, July 02, 2010

First, the good story:

Yesterday I jogged at Wellesley College for 43 minutes without stopping! Just recently I blogged about only being able to go 20 minutes until I needed to walk, so this was great! I went off the usual path to make my jog longer, because I wanted to get in a full hour of cardio, but still, when I returned to my car and checked the time it had only been 43 minutes. So after a quick snack break I went back out and did some walking, but also more jogging, until my total time was over an hour. I ended with one lap around the track, going as fast as my tired legs could take me. I don't think I'd enjoy training on a track very much - there is no scenery, no shade, only pressure to go fast. The weather was great for a run yesterday - only in the high 60s/low 70s, which is incredible for July 1! And it was cloudy and ominous, but it never did rain.

Now for the bad story...

I was almost all the way to my husband's condo (yes, we STILL don't live together officially - my condo has not sold yet) last night when he called me, sounding slightly drunk, and asking me if I wanted to come to Chinatown with him and some coworkers. So I went, figuring I'd just have a drink, but this place really was more for eating than drinking (they sold little single-serve bottles of wine and beer, but that's it) so Jess and I decided we'd share one veggie dish - sauteed mushrooms over greens. Well, then the food came and the coworkers said, "You should try everything!" and try I did! I ended up eating until I was stuffed. I logged it as 1,200 calories - who knows - and the sodium must have been insane. I gained about 2.5 pounds. Most likely the extra weight will come right off though. I guess that'd be considered my cheat meal for the week, if I did that sort of thing. I had already been fantasizing about having a cheat meal when I go to a BBQ in a couple weeks, so I guess I was in need of one.

Good thing I don't have to work today, because I was EXHAUSTED. I slept until almost 11:30 this morning!! Poor Jess went off to work this morning and I barely woke up to kiss him goodbye.

PS - If you ever are in Boston's Chinatown and are on the market for YOUR cheat meal, I do highly recommend Gourmet Dumpling House. It's tiny but was PACKED the entire time I was there, even when it was almost midnight on a Thursday night. They have some crazy items on the menu like pig stomach, pig ear, jellyfish... but they have a HUGE menu and plenty of things that are not daring, just delicious.

  
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ROGUE_1 7/6/2010 5:05PM

    Awesome job with your run!

As for the Chinese food...ahhh it's so yummy! I can eat so much of it! These days, I have to stay away. I wish I had enough will power to just stick to tiny tastes here and there, but I end up stuffed to the brim, and am surprised I don't have to get rolled out of the restaurant!

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DANIE11ECINCY 7/3/2010 7:17PM

    Geez. Good job on your run! 40+ minutes non-stop is awesome ~ It's always fun to be able to measure progress by endurance and other things and not always just by the scale :0)

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SWEATONCEADAY 7/3/2010 6:32PM

    i just had chinese for lunch. i am thirsty already! great run though.

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CARILOUIE 7/3/2010 8:56AM

    I have had pig stomach - it's a big thing around where I grew up.

Nice run!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 7/2/2010 9:41PM

    I've had a few too many cheat meals lately, including Chinese food. Yummers. Congrats on the run. You're doing AWESOME!

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BOOTS1221 7/2/2010 5:50PM

    Great job on your run! I think not having a watch with you was good, so you could just focus on running and not the time.. and lo and behold you more than doubled what you thought you could run!! Don't worry about the cheat meal, that extra sodium water weight will come right off. You enjoyed yourself with your hubby & friends, so it's definitely not a BAD story! Keep up the good work Susan!!

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MBSHAZZER 7/2/2010 1:48PM

    I got dropped from your blogs!!! It sounds like a wonderful cheat meal... totally worth it! Just drink a lot of water to flush the sodium and savor the memory!

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SEEHOLZ 7/2/2010 1:31PM

    I think that the Chinatown trip is not a bad story... I mean, you had fun and even though you ate more than you wanted, it would have been a sader story if you were afraid to go, because you might overeat or something like that, right?

Yeah for being able to go for that longer run and feel great--- it might have to do with getting back into regular running. At first, it does seem kind of hard, but then, it's like your body remembers.

Enjoy your long week-end, filled with a continuous GOOD story!!



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Long Random Thursday Ramblings!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

How much do I LOVE having the week off??? Yesterday I was in bed, all set to sleep in all hours of the morning, when my husband asked me if I wanted to go out for coffee before he had to go to work. I said, "You don't drink coffee." (I know, the horror. He even told me the other day about some article that listed all these diseases you're less likely to get if you drink coffee!) He said, "I'll get iced tea." So I pried myself out of bed and drove him to his work neighborhood - probably the real reason he wanted to "go out for coffee" was so that I'd drive him to work! hehe - and we had breakfast in a park. The weather was just perfect - sunny, not too hot, not too cold, not humid. I didn't want to deal with meters all morning so after he went to work I drove to Jamaica Pond, where I jogged/walked for over an hour. During the walking I made three long-overdue appointments: A physical, which I haven't done in a few years, very bad; a mole screening, also not a good thing to be overdue on; and on a lighter note, a hair straightening. I used to go once every 9ish months or so to Beaucage Salon on Newberry Street for a Yuko hair straightening, from about age 22 to age 30 or so. But when my MIL started saying she wanted to see what my hair looked like curly, and also when I was indecisive about a bridal hairstyle, I just stopped going. It's expensive - $180/hr I think, and it takes about 3.5 hours. Also, you can't get it wet or crease it in any way (no ponytails, etc.) for 48 hours which is very annoying, and the chemicals are smelly. And it's almost TOO straight at first. But I don't really have curly hair, I just have out of control frizz that really needs to be in a ponytail with a bunch of bobby pins trying to contain the flyaways in front. When it's straight, I can wear it up or down, no problem. And Jess and I both agree it's prettier straight. Oh, and supposedly the process actually makes hair healthier.

So...I guess I am in the mood for babbling this morning! Probably because I know I really should be getting ready for summer school, which starts next week, and I am a queen procrastinator! I promise to work on that stuff later today, after my jog.

Anyway, back to yesterday. So after my very long jog/walk, I had a little snack (Trader Joe's Just a Handful of Nuts roasted almonds and a small apple) and read on a park bench. Then I got in the car and went off to do a few errands. In addition to boring stuff I also picked up a few workout shirts at Target on sale. Actually, a couple of the shirts are actually supposed to be "sleepwear," but they are soft and light and long, and I prefer jogging in short sleeves over sleeeveless tops. I also got a pair of strappy flat sandals. Then I went to Chipotle Grill for lunch - a salad with chicken, black beans, mild salsa, and guacamole, no dressing - it's just over 500 calories which is a big lunch but yummy and not too unhealthy except that it's higher in sodium than something I'd make myself. Next, I went to Barnes & Noble to work on my goal of reading a bunch of children's books this summer to help me teach reading better. I read Crash by Jerry Spinelli. Pretty good.

Then last night I went to my second (recent) BODYPUMP class. This one was okay, but the teacher wasn't as good as on Monday - she kept making mistakes in her instructions or at times not even giving instructions. Luckily once you get it, you barely even need the instructions so I managed. It also is a pet peeve of mine how some people can't seem to get the count right of the "three and one." It means to go down (well, down for a deadlift, but up for other things like a chest press) for three beats of the music and then up for one beat. Not very complicated, but in my class last night there were a bunch of people who used the exact same timing for their "two and two" as they do for their "three and one." Oh well. So now I'm not sure what to do for my next strength training workout, because my gym doesn't have BODYPUMP on Fridays, and it has it Saturday mornings but I'm not sure if I want to go to that, or do my regular routine over the weekend. I normally have a four-day rotation of different muscles, but I could do half of it on Friday and the other half on Saturday. Actually, I don't think I can go to class this coming Monday because of the holiday, so I'll have to think about what to do.

Today the weather again feels perfect, but it's supposed to get cloudy this afternoon so if I want to get a jog in I should go this morning, and then yup, do some WORK (ew) this afternoon. A guy came to paint my door this morning. I live in a condo where all the exterior stuff is taken care of by a maintanence company so I had no idea he was coming - I'd emailed management a few months ago that my door needed to be repainted. So now I'm not really sure whether I should leave since the paint is still on there. Heh, just excuses I guess. Plus I'm not done with breakfast either....I like to take a looong time with my two cups of coffee, glass of iced grean tea, and huge fruit smoothie. But eventually I will get out there. Probably go back to Wellesley College since it's so pretty, not that far, and a good length.

Oh, here comes the guy to take the paint off. I guess I'm free!

However, I do want to write about one more thing...the other day I was chatting with one of my closest friends, whose birthday coincidentally happens to be today, and like always the conversation turned to how frustrated she is about being single. Not only is she single, but she is 32 (as of today) and has never really even had a serious relationship. She so much wants to be in one though - she's on several dating websites and is constantly going to social events. She says that men tend not to write to her on the online sites, or on the ones where she has no picture posted, they will write to her until she sends her picture, and then they stop writing. That is obviously not true all the time because she gets plenty of dates from online, but also there's nothing wrong with her looks so I can't imagine it's that. I have practically begged her to just go out (with me, or with single friends) and meet someone out in the real world, but she always says that it just won't happen that way. She isn't comfortable initiating a conversation with a stranger, and she says men never come up to her to talk. Well, I know they did when we used to go out all the time when we were younger. She says that since I met my husband at a bar (it's true! We met at Sissy K's in the Fanueil Hall area on Oct. 1, 2004) that I think that's the way to go, but she thinks that it's rare for a real relationship to start that way. She also is frustrated that she can't meet anyone through her social or work circles because she claims that NOBODY is single or even knows anyone who is single. I point out that two of our other close friends are single, and so is one of my brothers, but she has all these reasons why it's not as bad for them as it is for her. Basically it comes down to NOBODY tries as hard and fails as much to meet someone as she does, and she has NO IDEA why. I even posted on the SparkPeople community boards asking for advice for her, and someone wrote me this long list of things it might be, things like "desperate," "lack of sense of humor," "too aggressive," "not aggressive enough," etc...and I forwarded it to her and she didn't think ANY of it applied to her. I also sometimes suggest things like that she tries to dress in a more sexy/modern style (she tends to wear things like faded-looking Abercrombie-type t-shirts and jeans) and just go out and look like she's having fun, but she always says it's not about that. My husband thinks if she just went out and smiled and looked fun and easygoing, she'd have no problem whatsoever. But how can I tell her this, when a) she probably won't believe it's that easy and b) she probably thinks it's nothing to do with her personality and c) I could offend her!!! I don't know how to handle it.

  
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SEEHOLZ 7/2/2010 11:46AM

    Venting my help and telling your friend to be herself is always helpful... I mean, what's the point of meeting someone that doesn't like you for who you are! ( as long as you don't turn people away by the way you look and leave a completely different personality) Smiling is always great advice, too! emoticon

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SWEATONCEADAY 7/1/2010 9:42PM

    i agree with your previous poster about your friend. let her vent. i don't think there is a real point of giving advice as she doesn't seem to want to hear it or manipulates what she does hear. your day sounds great. your husband doesn't like coffee??? what????? lol.
can you send some perfect weather my way?

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CRYSBROWN1 7/1/2010 7:49PM

    Hmmm, that's a tough one about your friend but let's be honest, everyone else cannot have the problem, one of these things must apply to her, I'm guessing she's just not putting herself out there & certainly dating online isn't the only resource. BUT, I think that SHEENASHAH1 hit it right on the money, she probably just wants to vent & for you to be sympathetic, she'll come around. All of my friends have just turned 30 or are pushing 30 & it seems to be the thing to kind of go through a freak out that they need to be settled down & married which I'm sure comes to everyone in good time.

Have fun on your time off, its sounds like you had a really nice day!

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SHEENANASH1 7/1/2010 6:54PM

    I have friend similar to one you described. Shes 26, anout a year out from her last relationship, trying the online dating thing and feels like she destined to be single and feels like EVERYONE is married or in a relationship, even though one of her best friends is single as well and feels that theres no way she will ever meet another guy again. I try and tell her that she young and awesome and beautiful but it doesnt seem to work. The best advice I have that i have learned with my friend situation is let her vent to you and JUST listen. It doesnt sound like she really wants you to fix the problem for her but rather she just needs to get out her frustration. We all have those frustrations in life where we tend to exaggerate and overreact and this seems like one of those things for her. I would just say things like "This will pass" or "Im sorry you are having those feelings". She will obviously have a counter-argument to anything rational that you say, so just keep things neutral and just let her know that you are there for her no matter what. Sometimes we teachers want to solve all the worlds problems when really a kind heart and some sympathetic nods are all thats need. Good luck! :)

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Long Random Thursday Ramblings!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

How much do I LOVE having the week off??? Yesterday I was in bed, all set to sleep in all hours of the morning, when my husband asked me if I wanted to go out for coffee before he had to go to work. I said, "You don't drink coffee." (I know, the horror. He even told me the other day about some article that listed all these diseases you're less likely to get if you drink coffee!) He said, "I'll get iced tea." So I pried myself out of bed and drove him to his work neighborhood - probably the real reason he wanted to "go out for coffee" was so that I'd drive him to work! hehe - and we had breakfast in a park. The weather was just perfect - sunny, not too hot, not too cold, not humid. I didn't want to deal with meters all morning so after he went to work I drove to Jamaica Pond, where I jogged/walked for over an hour. During the walking I made three long-overdue appointments: A physical, which I haven't done in a few years, very bad; a mole screening, also not a good thing to be overdue on; and on a lighter note, a hair straightening. I used to go once every 9ish months or so to Beaucage Salon on Newberry Street for a Yuko hair straightening, from about age 22 to age 30 or so. But when my MIL started saying she wanted to see what my hair looked like curly, and also when I was indecisive about a bridal hairstyle, I just stopped going. It's expensive - $180/hr I think, and it takes about 3.5 hours. Also, you can't get it wet or crease it in any way (no ponytails, etc.) for 48 hours which is very annoying, and the chemicals are smelly. And it's almost TOO straight at first. But I don't really have curly hair, I just have out of control frizz that really needs to be in a ponytail with a bunch of bobby pins trying to contain the flyaways in front. When it's straight, I can wear it up or down, no problem. And Jess and I both agree it's prettier straight. Oh, and supposedly the process actually makes hair healthier.

So...I guess I am in the mood for babbling this morning! Probably because I know I really should be getting ready for summer school, which starts next week, and I am a queen procrastinator! I promise to work on that stuff later today, after my jog.

Anyway, back to yesterday. So after my very long jog/walk, I had a little snack (Trader Joe's Just a Handful of Nuts roasted almonds and a small apple) and read on a park bench. Then I got in the car and went off to do a few errands. In addition to boring stuff I also picked up a few workout shirts at Target on sale. Actually, a couple of the shirts are actually supposed to be "sleepwear," but they are soft and light and long, and I prefer jogging in short sleeves over sleeeveless tops. I also got a pair of strappy flat sandals. Then I went to Chipotle Grill for lunch - a salad with chicken, black beans, mild salsa, and guacamole, no dressing - it's just over 500 calories which is a big lunch but yummy and not too unhealthy except that it's higher in sodium than something I'd make myself. Next, I went to Barnes & Noble to work on my goal of reading a bunch of children's books this summer to help me teach reading better. I read Crash by Jerry Spinelli. Pretty good.

Then last night I went to my second (recent) BODYPUMP class. This one was okay, but the teacher wasn't as good as on Monday - she kept making mistakes in her instructions or at times not even giving instructions. Luckily once you get it, you barely even need the instructions so I managed. It also is a pet peeve of mine how some people can't seem to get the count right of the "three and one." It means to go down (well, down for a deadlift, but up for other things like a chest press) for three beats of the music and then up for one beat. Not very complicated, but in my class last night there were a bunch of people who used the exact same timing for their "two and two" as they do for their "three and one." Oh well. So now I'm not sure what to do for my next strength training workout, because my gym doesn't have BODYPUMP on Fridays, and it has it Saturday mornings but I'm not sure if I want to go to that, or do my regular routine over the weekend. I normally have a four-day rotation of different muscles, but I could do half of it on Friday and the other half on Saturday. Actually, I don't think I can go to class this coming Monday because of the holiday, so I'll have to think about what to do.

Today the weather again feels perfect, but it's supposed to get cloudy this afternoon so if I want to get a jog in I should go this morning, and then yup, do some WORK (ew) this afternoon. A guy came to paint my door this morning. I live in a condo where all the exterior stuff is taken care of by a maintanence company so I had no idea he was coming - I'd emailed management a few months ago that my door needed to be repainted. So now I'm not really sure whether I should leave since the paint is still on there. Heh, just excuses I guess. Plus I'm not done with breakfast either....I like to take a looong time with my two cups of coffee, glass of iced grean tea, and huge fruit smoothie. But eventually I will get out there. Probably go back to Wellesley College since it's so pretty, not that far, and a good length.

Oh, here comes the guy to take the paint off. I guess I'm free!

However, I do want to write about one more thing...the other day I was chatting with one of my closest friends, whose birthday coincidentally happens to be today, and like always the conversation turned to how frustrated she is about being single. Not only is she single, but she is 32 (as of today) and has never really even had a serious relationship. She so much wants to be in one though - she's on several dating websites and is constantly going to social events. She says that men tend not to write to her on the online sites, or on the ones where she has no picture posted, they will write to her until she sends her picture, and then they stop writing. That is obviously not true all the time because she gets plenty of dates from online, but also there's nothing wrong with her looks so I can't imagine it's that. I have practically begged her to just go out (with me, or with single friends) and meet someone out in the real world, but she always says that it just won't happen that way. She isn't comfortable initiating a conversation with a stranger, and she says men never come up to her to talk. Well, I know they did when we used to go out all the time when we were younger. She says that since I met my husband at a bar (it's true! We met at Sissy K's in the Fanueil Hall area on Oct. 1, 2004) that I think that's the way to go, but she thinks that it's rare for a real relationship to start that way. She also is frustrated that she can't meet anyone through her social or work circles because she claims that NOBODY is single or even knows anyone who is single. I point out that two of our other close friends are single, and so is one of my brothers, but she has all these reasons why it's not as bad for them as it is for her. Basically it comes down to NOBODY tries as hard and fails as much to meet someone as she does, and she has NO IDEA why. I even posted on the SparkPeople community boards asking for advice for her, and someone wrote me this long list of things it might be, things like "desperate," "lack of sense of humor," "too aggressive," "not aggressive enough," etc...and I forwarded it to her and she didn't think ANY of it applied to her. I also sometimes suggest things like that she tries to dress in a more sexy/modern style (she tends to wear things like faded-looking Abercrombie-type t-shirts and jeans) and just go out and look like she's having fun, but she always says it's not about that. My husband thinks if she just went out and smiled and looked fun and easygoing, she'd have no problem whatsoever. But how can I tell her this, when a) she probably won't believe it's that easy and b) she probably thinks it's nothing to do with her personality and c) I could offend her!!! I don't know how to handle it.

  
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MBSHAZZER 7/2/2010 1:55PM

    I love that you had a breakfast date with your hubby! That's so awesome and such a nice way to start the day!

As for your friend... OMG, I can SO relate!!! I basically spent the first 31 years of my life dateless, until I met my current BF at the end of 2004. It was horrible! I tried EVERYTHING!!! Online, offline, through friends... nothing. You've seen my pics, I'm not terrible looking. Honestly, if your friend has a successful career or a graduate degree, she can pretty much cut her chances of meeting a guy down to pretty slim. Those two things make it that much harder for a woman to find a decent guy. Sounds like you were lucky in that regard! :D

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JENONTHEROX 7/1/2010 11:17AM

    Wow, about the last paragraph... although I've been in serious relationships, I'm also unmarried & single at (gulp) 35 years-old. I've tried dating sites & I think I'm too quick to dismiss potentials. I haven't ever gone on a date even. I think your husband's advice, especially being from the male POV, is the best advice to take. I think it's a big urban dilemma, being single... really hard to meet people once you're out of school & especially if you're in a female dominated profession (like I am, as a registered nurse). You're a great friend by suggesting she go out with you & socialize a bit - the BEST way to meet a guy, through your social circle!

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BODYPUMP

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Last night I went to my first class of any kind in a couple years! It was a BODYPUMP class. I had been planning on going to the 9:30 A.M. class but didn't get myself out the door in the morning (this is my one week off between the regular school year and summer school) so I went to the 7:30 P.M. class instead. Jess and I just happened to go to the gym at exactly the right time last night after he got home from work. I wanted him to go with me, but he had no interest whatsoever. So I wasn't sure I wanted to go either, partly because I knew that taking an hour-long class would mean I'd be at the gym longer than Jess, but luckily for us we live within a VERY short distance from the gym so it's no problem to walk home by myself even if we arrive together. I used to do that all the time, back when I would regularly stay at the gym much longer than Jess would.

Anyway, the other reason I wasn't sure whether I wanted to take the class was because I was nervous. I have no idea why I was nervous, I just was. Anyway, I decided I'd just take my nerves with me and go in there. The Monday night class is the only one taught by a guy and I remember I really liked his style back when I used to go regularly...instead of yelling or being too quiet, he would just kind of give instructions in a sort of jokey way along with the music, like if the lyrics to a song would say "I need...," he would turn that into "I need you to give me...two and two!" Anyway, I went in and looked around the room to remind myself of what equipment I needed to get, and then I went and told him it was my first class in a couple years, so throughout the class whenever he gave instructions he tended to aim them my way. It was great - not as hard as I was expecting, but I was probably using much lighter weights than I used to. The only stuff that was hard were the triceps dips (OUCH! had to take breaks) and the lunges, but there weren't as many of them as I remember there being from way back. I think different choreographies have different numbers of lunges. The shoulders used to be extremely hard for me but they weren't so bad last night. Hopefully all the strength training I've been doing on my own helped.

Anyway, it was very hot yesterday so I sweat during the class, especially during the squats, but I really want to get back in shape so I used the elliptical after class. When I first got out of the studio I saw Jess...he'd been waiting for me...he did over 30 minutes on the bike which is a lot for him. But when I said I wanted to stay even longer I "let" him go home. I don't mind. I did light cardio because a) it was late (a reason I used to not go to the 7:30 class that often) and b) I'd just done my first hour of BODYPUMP in years. But really, it's not like I haven't been exercising, and I probably could have handled something more vigorous.

Anyway, I really haven't seen pounds falling off me or anything, but today I am wearing shorts that were too tight when I tried them on a week or so ago, so that's good, and I think my belly isn't sticking out as much. I've been enjoying my crockpot recipes and some new foods. One of the recipes (Chef Meg's halibut stew) called for ground almonds, and I had a lot left over after making the recipe, so I've been adding ground almonds to my breakfast smoothies which has been an absolutely delicious addition. I highly recommend it...though I might switch to ground flaxseed after I run out of ground almonds because I already eat almonds for snacks so it would be nice to get some other nutrients in there.

Anyway, I am babbling...not sure what's on tap for this afternoon, kind of too hot to work out outside so I guess I'll be heading to the gym soon...unless I check the forecast and it's supposed to cool off significantly by this evening.

Peace!

  
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STEFANIE822 6/30/2010 10:46AM

    Congrats on going to Bodypump!!! Sounds like you still have a knack for it! I think its awesome that you and your husband go to the gym together...Im sure it adds to your motivation!

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SKYFYRE 6/29/2010 7:07PM

    Great job on getting your toushie in there and back in the swing of it! I know why I am nervous going: there are SO many people and they all seem to know what they are doing and I get embarrassed! So Silly at my age!
Looser clothes is a good sign! -no, I am not a psychic, but I think you are headed in teh right direction!

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DAMIENDUCKS 6/29/2010 4:37PM

    yay! I'm so glad you went! the instructor makes or breaks a class for me (I'm going to the "late" bodypump today myself for just that reason!)

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MRS.NG.06 6/29/2010 2:20PM

    Congratulations on sucking it up and going! I always get nervous when I haven't been to something in a long while and there is more than just me in the class..even if I know I have no reason to..I do it too. Like with horseback riding, I took a break a few years back and when I went back after like 3 or 4 years. I was so nervous...but what for? Nothing and realized I loved it as much as I did when I took the break...even now..I get a little nervous thinking about what it'll feel like when I get back into riding once the baby is born...are you a perfectionist? If you are..I can relate and maybe thats why we feel the way we do ..we dont want to screw up! LOL xooxoxo : )

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MBSHAZZER 6/29/2010 1:19PM

    Sounds like an awesome class! The instructor can really make it great. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and it sounds like you and Jess are really on a healthy path!

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A Vent

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I have kept my mouth shut or - er - my fingers still? (no typing) through a few comments but I have to admit I'm a bit peeved right now. Thank you to people who have left me supportive comments, but I am sick of being told to take it more slowly. I have been on track for about a week and a half, and in that time I've been eating anywhere from 1700-2200 calories a day. So nobody could accuse me of crash dieting. Sure, losing 3.8 pounds the first week is a lot, but most of that came off right at the very beginning and in fact I weigh 0.2 pounds more today than I did on Saturday which was one week in exactly. There, it's out, and I'm going to write a separate blog with what I really wanted to say, and hopefully not everybody will even see this venty blog which I didn't want to post because I really do love the SP community but a few comments on my blogs recently really have rubbed me the wrong way.

  
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JENONTHEROX 6/29/2010 7:30PM

    omg!
I wonder what people would have said in my early days when I was losing 5-10lbs a WEEK via healthy diet & great exercise. I think you're doing great and absolutely do NOT have to take it any slower. That's ridiculous!

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BOOTS1221 6/29/2010 3:17PM

    Girl, vent away!! SP can be such a supportive, nurturing community, but in the past few months I have seen many comments that are quite opposite. I'm lucky to have never been the target of any, but I can imagine the frustration it would cause!! You know your true supporters are here for you 100%!

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MBSHAZZER 6/29/2010 1:15PM

    Susan, it's OK to vent! Better to write it down than eat the feelings! :D

No one knows you better than you, so if you feel comfortable with what you're doing, then keep doing it.

Also, just being honest, but if you were making big changes, your body is going to drop a lot of weight right away just from the shock of the change. So I think it's normal. I used to work with this guy who looked like he dropped 15 pounds like, overnight - his big change? He swapped out a large slurpee that he had with is breakfast every morning for water. So, sometimes the little things can make a big difference.

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