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Too many BBQs!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Last time I blogged I was considering allowing myself some regular binges. HA. My whole weekend was practically a binge, and my weight has suffered. I overate because I was tired on Thursday night - mistake #1. Then on Friday I went to my parents' house, where I ALWAYS overeat, blah. Saturday morning was my weekly weigh in and I was miraculously down 0.4 pounds from the previous week (though since then I have more than erased that loss). Saturday we had a BBQ with my MIL's family, and Sunday we had a BBQ with my FIL's family! Both parties had all the usual summer picnic food, and I tried to indulge without going overboard TOO much, but really it doesn't take much to gain a LOT. In addition to that, we went out with friends Saturday night and even though I split a salmon dinner with a friend I still consumed too many calories, mostly in the form of wine!
So....today I could have just kept on with the indulgent path, but I decided I'd be good and count my calories today. This is so hard. Sniffle.

  
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ELAFURIA 7/21/2010 2:59PM

  You wrote: "....but it really doesn't take much to gain a lot." My sentiments exactly. So easy to gain--just a few unfocused minutes at a barbeque---so painstakingly slow to come off. I hear you girl.

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SKYFYRE 7/14/2010 4:09PM

    Here's a tissue emoticon. Dry those crocodile tears, and track those calories! It really does help! Today is the day to change! Good luck on getting back on track! How is the exercise going?

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STEPHANON 7/13/2010 4:04PM

    I tend to overeat when I'm tired, too. Sounds like you've had a lot of fun recently! Stinks that parties and fun results in weight gain. Blah. Good luck getting back on track.

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SEEHOLZ 7/13/2010 10:31AM

    I went to a birthday party on Sunday and while I did okay, I ate a piece of DQ cake - like a decent size piece- even though I don't care fo DQ cake and it's such a waste of calories to eat something that you don't even care for that much if you can eat something so much better...
Anyways, don't expect too much too soon. Instead of overdoing it in terms of overexercing and then being tired and hungry the day after, maybe try to just start where you left off, as though nothing happened.

Have a great week!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/13/2010 10:19AM

    Rock out on some cardio. That has a two-fold effect for me (1) I feel I am undoing some of the damage and (2) I realize how irritating it is that I forced myself to need that amount of cardio to just say in place! (3) I think about what those bites equate to in terms of time hitting the pavement, the treadmill, the stairmaster, etc. I did 90 minutes a few days after getting back from my parents.

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TRACYZABELLE 7/13/2010 2:15AM

    Who has not had too many BBQ's-- it is the thing to do but just remembering to eat reasonably helps-- not easy though! You can do it

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BLUEBOOEYES 7/12/2010 9:21PM

    Wow, I think everyone fell hard over the holiday weekend, because all I have been reading is blogs about trying to get back on track and I am in the same exact boat! Good to know I'm not alone. I actually started tracking my food again today and making my food ahead of time for the next day. You've done before and you can do it again, Susan. You're a powerhouse! You can do it!

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STEFANIE822 7/12/2010 6:42PM

    It seems like everyone is going through the same thing right now!! Kudos to you for stopping it in its tracks today! As long as we do the right thing and get back on track everything will be okay!!!

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MBSHAZZER 7/12/2010 2:53PM

    Oh, I totally overdid it this weekend, too, and I don't even have the excuse of a BBQ! The best thing to do is to realize it was just a weekend and all is not lost if you get right back on track.

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KRITKRIT 7/12/2010 2:01PM

    Sounds like we had similar weekends :-) Dang alcoholic beverage calories!

Im back to counting today too! Food and BEVERAGES! Im doing great so far!

Hope you are too! We got this girl!

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Maybe a new approach?

Friday, July 09, 2010

I haven't decided whether this is a good idea, but in the almost three weeks since I've been back on track, I have had three incidents where I went off plan, and each time I got right back on track afterwards. Maybe I should make this a regular part of my program, so that I get lots of practice with the area that has been my biggest downfall in the past - getting back on track after a mess-up. Only I wouldn't conisder them mess-ups anymore - I would allow myself to get the extra whatever-it-is that I'm hungering for, guilt-free. The thing I'm worried about with this plan is that it could backfire. I could see myself twisting around the logic behind this plan to give myself permission to overeat too often. I'd have to make sure I spaced out the indulgences so that they didn't happen so often that I didn't see any weightloss progress. Maybe about once a week is a good goal. I'm going to have to mull this idea over a little more.

  
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CREATINGMYSELF 7/13/2010 3:48AM

    I think this is a great idea and actually the KEY to healthy living, losing weight and staying sane. The whole point is to eat healthy, like we're supposed to, 90% of the time. And the other 10% of the time indulge or have something you enjoy, etc. The idea is to gain a healthy relationship with food, to the point where we don't feel the need to eat junk all the time.. just here and there. Good job at "getting back on track", although I too am learning not to think of it that way :)

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CARILOUIE 7/11/2010 10:41AM

    I allowed myself once a week of eating whatever I was in the mood for. It started as Chinese food, ice cream, and wine. Then it was ice cream and wine. Then just ice cream. And then I really only wanted it once a month. And now it's even less often than that, sometimes.
As I added more fresh fruits and veggies, I think my body just didn't want the ice cream as much anymore.

I hope you find a plan that works for you!

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FITGIRL15 7/10/2010 10:06PM

    Planning cheat days worked like a charm for me!

Good luck with finding what works for you!

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SKYFYRE 7/9/2010 5:22PM

    Ugh, I get myself all sticky and melty thinking about this stuff myself. Now I try to incorporate 150 to 300 calories a day of sugary goodness so that I don't feel like I am deprived. I need it, well maybe I don't NEED it, but I sure do love it!! Good luck in your planning! PS somehow I got unsubscribed, I hate that! Glad you are still blogging and doing your best!

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MBSHAZZER 7/9/2010 5:03PM

    Have you tried "intuitive eating"? There is a book and a lot of people have success with it.

Also, I do believe one of the keys to success is to look at each meal in a vacuum, ie: just because you had pizza at lunch does not mean the day or the week is ruined. A healthy diet has room for everything in moderation.

Let us know what you decide to do!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 7/9/2010 4:26PM

    I don't plan "cheats". It would backfire on me, for sure. Instead I maintain the attitude that if I fall off the path, that I have to get back on it right away; I can't use a cheat as an excuse to throw the baby out with the bath water that way.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/9/2010 4:19PM

    I think it sounds like a great idea!

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SEEHOLZ 7/9/2010 3:15PM

    Susan,

You are disciplined enough to pull this off- trust yourself and allow yourself enough flexibility in your routine ( which you have 100% down btw) to feel like you're free of dieting and balanced. It sounds to me like you burn out rather than find the happy medium.
I'm super proud of you for continueously picking yourself up- you are a true motivator for me!

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STEFANIE822 7/9/2010 1:50PM

    We cant be on track ALL the time, so I think it is a good idea to kind of test yourself like this. Good luck and keep it up Susan!!

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 7/9/2010 1:49PM

    oh i completely think you need to allow yourself treats....i think going cold turkey doesnt work for a lot of people...you seem like a disciplined person...trust yourself...see what happens...you can change course whenever you need to...learning to trust my decisions was hard for me...

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LLBEAN75 7/9/2010 1:28PM

    I was actually reading the blog of another spark member this morning who lost 100 pounds. She used to be a horrible binger and she said that every time she binges, it makes it easier for her to binge again. So, she lives without binges/cheats/whatever and it's been really successful for her!

Just a thought. Good luck and keep picking yourself back up!!! You are doing great!

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Class Act

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

I'm back into going to classes! After a couple years working out on my own, in the past nine days I've been to four BodyPump classes, one BodyCombat class, and one Zumba class. It has been too hot to exercise outside lately, so twice lately I've figured I might as well stay after BodyPump for the cardio classes that have come directly after them. Tonight I'm probably going to go to the gym JUST for a cardio class (BodyCombat). Yesterday was the first day of summer school, and after it was over I was home relaxing and enjoying the A/C (which we don't have at school, ick) and was tempted to skip BodyPump. But I hadn't been able to go on Monday because with the holiday they gym closed early, so I really felt like I ought to go yesterday. The fact that classes are on a schedule is both a good and bad thing - it can be annoying to have to cut short whatever I'm doing to make it to a class on time, but on the other hand at least it forces me to get going and not linger around at home wasting time too long before I go. Anyway, after BodyPump ended I decided to stay for Zumba, and had a teacher I'd never had before. I'm thrilled to say she was EXCELLENT! I've said this before: I firmly believe that the instructor makes or breaks a class like Zumba. This woman was personable and friendly, well-prepared, a great dancer, inspiringly fit, and most importantly she a) gave great directions - not too wordy, perfect gesturing and b) didn't stop to talk or to explain stuff between songs. I had a great workout and it was so fun! Zumba moves make you feel pretty sexy sometimes, and it feels like you're dancing at a nightclub. I love it!!

PS - I'm also thrilled with my latest Trader Joe's find - frozen pomegranate seeds - I've been eating them frozen as summer treats, yum!!

  
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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 7/9/2010 1:41PM

    oh i am so happy to hear about the frozen pomengranate seeds!!...at TJs too!

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HESMYWATERMELON 7/8/2010 12:37PM

    good for you! I am really into classes now too- off to spinning tonight! I really wanna try zumba though!

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SEEHOLZ 7/8/2010 11:40AM

    Need to go to TJ's to check those out!

You are 100% right--- teachers make ALL the difference in the world for me, too.



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TRACYZABELLE 7/8/2010 4:04AM

    YUM on the Trader Joe find!! ICK on no AC bad enough there is summer school but to torture them and yOU in the heat is nasty!

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ALLISON145 7/7/2010 9:39PM

    I'm with you - I love classes to! So far I'm 100% Jazzercise, but it's awesome. You put your finger on why I didn't like the substitute instructor we had tonight, though - she talked WAY too much and she stopped for like 2 minutes between some songs... enough to let my heart rate drop so that I got less "vigorous" and more "moderate" time. Yeesh! Shaddup already, lady! LOL!

-Allison

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STEFANIE822 7/7/2010 7:28PM

    I just started getting into classes too and I love it!

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NUTRIGIRL08 7/7/2010 4:56PM

    I do spin classes but besides that I haven't done any other classes in a long time. Oh a Zumba class last year may be? Hmmm may be when training is over for triathlons I will use it as cross training for running!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 7/7/2010 3:59PM

    There are a lot of fun ideas here! Thanks for sharing.

...Pam

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KENSINGTONC 7/7/2010 3:30PM

    Inspiring post! And the frozen seeds - yum!! I'll have to pick them up on my next trip to TJ's.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/7/2010 3:18PM

    Ooooh those seeds sound amazing!

I so wish our gym had Zumba. I definitely agree about a group fitness instructor making or breaking many types of classes. Feels good to have your mojo back, huh :D?

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LFLFLPLP 7/7/2010 2:38PM

    Sounds fun. Sometimes I think I need classes to keep me going. Today I wimped out on the Eliptical after 20minutes because I was just bored to tears and there was no one there to tell me to keep going. Now I have to add something in tonight still.

Glad you are enjoying it!!

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KRITKRIT 7/7/2010 2:07PM

    Im jealous you can attend so many classes! In the summer there not as many here...booo!!!!!

Pomegranate seeds?!?! YUM!

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CRYSBROWN1 7/7/2010 1:55PM

    ooooooo, your classes sound like fun, what a good variety! I'm not much of a class person when I go to the gym but I have tried Zumba before & it's a great class, so much fun & you feel like you're just dancing!

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MBSHAZZER 7/7/2010 1:55PM

    Glad you are enjoying the classes! I find it hard to make it to classes because of the time thing, but I am always glad when I do!

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Yearbook yourself!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

This is what happens when your man wants to stay home and watch baseball on a Saturday night!

yearbookyourself.com

I found this site thanks to SPARKCASEYK - thanks! It was so much fun. You should all try it - and post the evidence!!

This is me in 1998!

Here I am back in '92.

And this is what I would have looked like in 1984, if I hadn't been 6 years old back then. :)

Before I was born, me in 1970!

Me - all the way back in 1964!!!

Finally me in '52.

Just in case you thought girls got all the fun....here's Jess! (AKA my husband)

Looking handsome in 1952.

Barely even looks like the real Jess - '56.

My dad kinda looked like this in HIS college yearbook back in the day (1962).

Really?? That's Jess? in 1964.

Jess in 1980! He wasn't really even born yet!

Jess in 1986, looks a lot like a New Kid on the Block, doesn't he?

1992 - cool sweater.

1996 - the year I graduated high school - I think I knew a guy with this hairstyle.

Jess in 1998!

Kurt Cobain - I mean Jess - in 2000.

  
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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 7/9/2010 1:24PM

    OMG so hilarious!!!!! thanks for the idea....can't wait to send this to my husband and SIL....

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/7/2010 10:29AM

    LMBO!!! I think 90s Jess and 80s you are my favorites!

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LFLFLPLP 7/5/2010 9:48PM

    That is just too funny!! I'm afraid to try it..... EEK!

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SILLIANGEL 7/5/2010 4:45PM

    omg. i MUST do this.

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DANIE11ECINCY 7/5/2010 2:04PM

    bahahahhaha they turned out good! LOL!!

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SEEHOLZ 7/5/2010 1:57PM

    I like your 60's look and his 90's one...

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TRACYZABELLE 7/5/2010 2:02AM

    Looks like fun~

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MBSHAZZER 7/4/2010 6:31PM

    OMG that is freaking hilarious!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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SWEATONCEADAY 7/4/2010 6:15PM

    thanks for the laugh. emoticon

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BOOTS1221 7/4/2010 11:28AM

    LOL!!! Love it!

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FITGIRL15 7/3/2010 10:10PM

    HAHA!! Looking good! I love the 50's pics!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 7/3/2010 9:56PM

    Way cool!

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Two Weeks on Track

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Week 1: -3.8lb
Week 2: -2.2lb

Yay! I lost the Chinese food weight in one day, woohoo. Yesterday I was barely hungry all day, just thirsty a lot. Today I weigh the same that I weighed two days ago, before Chinese food.

Yesterday I went for a great city run, and then my cutiepie hubs came to meet me by the river after work, and we walked for hours.........stopped for a light dinner (I was in workout clothes so we ate at an outdoor Au Bon Pain - which has never been a favorite restaurant of mine by the way, just so-so). My hips and feet were in pain after all that walking, and Jess' knees hurt. I mapped the whole thing on mapmyrun - my run plus all the walking we did afterwards and the grand total...drumroll please...13.75 miles!!! More than a half-marathon, holy moly! I'm not sure if it would have hurt less if I'd been lighter, or what, but I don't know how people do marathons without severe pain...or do they just run through the pain and ignore it??

Since I'm overdue on a grocery shopping trip I don't have milk, yogurt, or banana here to make my smoothie, so this morning I compromised with a delicious outmeal breakfast:
Trader Joe's Steel Cut Oats
Unsweetened Soymilk
Ground almonds
Frozen fruit (mango, cherries, mixed berries)
and of course...coffee

Now I have to finish it QUICK because I have BODYPUMP in 15 minutes, YIKES! I might also stay for BODYCOMBAT afterwards. Gotta go, bye!

  
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MBSHAZZER 7/6/2010 1:45PM

    Great run / walk! I'm no fan of ABP either, but there is one in the ground floor of my office building so I eat there more than I'd like. Also, FWIW, yes, marathoners run thru the pain! Or at least this one does!

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SWEATONCEADAY 7/3/2010 6:30PM

    great walk/run. yeah for another successful week!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/3/2010 5:16PM

    I didn't mean to go that far! I wanted to walk to Harvard Square for dinner, but I didn't realize how long the walk back to the South End was going to be!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 7/3/2010 1:09PM

    Congrats on your half marathon walk/run. I've done it a couple of times and it doesn't hurt. I don't believe in exercising when it hurts. Exercise should be enjoyable, I believe. Maybe back off on your distance a bit and try again. You may have just pushed it a bit too much. You'll be back to half a marathon. I know you will.

...Pam



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KENSINGTONC 7/3/2010 12:55PM

    WOW! That is an amazing distance to walk - I am so jealous, since Boston is like the best walking city EVER. Do you like BodyPump??? I am contemplating joining a gym that offers the classes.

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SEEHOLZ 7/3/2010 12:32PM

    I love those days where you get a ton of mileage without really planning it out!

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IOWEIT2ME 7/3/2010 9:21AM

    Congrats for being two weeks on track and for logging all those miles! Inspiring!

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SAMANTHAJEAN86 7/3/2010 9:21AM

    Wow that's a lot of miles you put in! I would be sore too! Hope you had a great workout at the gym!

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