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Gym Research, Spark Friends, and Second Day Below 160!

Friday, February 25, 2011

WARNING - The section on gym research is extremely boring and is written mostly only for me to sort out my own thoughts. However, if you feel like commenting on it, I'm most interested in people's thoughts on these two issues:

1) As a die-hard late-day exerciser, should I attempt early-morning BodyPump??? (See section on the Needham location of Work Out World below for details)

2) Are there other gym options I haven't considered yet??

Gym research:
It's starting to seem more and more definite that I'm selling my condo and moving in with my husband in Dorchester on March 21, just over three weeks away! GULP! I have such mixed feelings about this, but ultimately I must do it in order to move on with my life.
My Life Plan:
1. Sell my condo
2. Move into my husband's condo (imagine that - husband and wife sharing an address)
3. Save a lot of money
4. Buy a house
5. Have children (maybe!?)
So as you can see, I must sell my condo in order to move on with my life plan. Having the two mortgages between us, we aren't saving any money.
I'm getting slightly off-topic here. The most relevant part of this for SP is the fact that moving means finding a new gym! I have been doing a ton of research and here's what I've concluded:
I have been soooooooooooo lucky with my gym situation here. My gym is relatively inexpensive and has THE BEST CLASS SCHEDULE! Yes, I complained a bunch when they moved, but they only went from being a two-minute walk from my front door, to being a 7-minute drive. I COULD continue to go to my gym, but it would be a 34-minute drive from my husband's condo.
I looked into the YMCA but have just about crossed that option off the list because it's more expensive than my current gym and they don't have BodyPump. However, they do have other classes, and many locations near my husband's place. (However, some of those locations might not be options because they could be in dangerous neighborhoods.)
My current gym is Gold's, and I could go to a different Gold's, but the closest one to my husband's place doesn't have BodyPump - what the heck? Plus it's not that close to his place, and it's in the opposite direction from work. There is also a location near my work, but it's in the opposite direction from my husband's place and the classes aren't at convenient times.
I've also looked into a few other gyms that are too expensive, not in convenient locations, don't have good class schedules, and/or don't allow men (I want hubs to be able to come with me).
So far my best option seems to be Work Out World. They have three locations situated not far from my commute from my husband's condo to my work, and their website says that for $1/month you can visit their other locations...though I have to figure out whether that means unlimited. Only one of the three locations has a decent class schedule including plenty of Body Pump choices and that particular gym just happens to have the same group fitness director as my current gym! It's the Needham location, which is not the closest to either work or home, but it's only a few minutes farther - 23 minutes to Jess' condo and 28 minutes to work. And this might be totally crazy, but they have Body Pump from 6:00-7:00AM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They also have it in the evenings, but if I went in the mornings I might have JUST enough time to make it to work on time (I have to be at school at 7:45 A.M.), and then I'd have my afternoons/evenings free for cardio, and I'd never have to be tied down to a gym schedule on the weekends or at night, unless I wanted to. I have never been an early morning exerciser or even an early morning person, although the older I get the more I have shifted toward being a morning person. Still, even without going anywhere before work I have to be up before my husband in the mornings, and I was wondering if once I live permanently at his place if I'd have to get up earlier than I currently do (which is 6AM on weekdays) in order to make it work on time. We like to watch DVDs at night and go to sleep around 10:00-10:30 PM. In order for me to make it to a 6AM BodyPump class, I'd have to leave his place at 5:30 AM and I usually like to have an hour between waking up and having to leave, though maybe I could figure out a way to shorten that a bit, but still, getting up at 4:30 AM would be a HUUUUGE change for me. Even if I could manage getting ready in just a half hour, getting up at 5:00 AM would be a huge change too. Plus Jess doesn't get out of work until several hours after I do, so for me to go to the gym after school ends but before he's done with work just fits so neatly into my schedule. The evening BodyPump classes in Needham are at 5:30 or 6:30 pm on weeknights, and they have it on Saturday and Sunday mornings at reasonable hours (9:30Sat, 11:00Sun). So I could go in the evenings, except I'd want to go home first and then backtracking 23 minutes to get to the gym afterwards seems like a bit of a waste of driving. However, there's also that $1 access to their other locations thing. The closest location to Jess's is West Roxbury, which is only 17 minutes away, but they only have Body Pump Mondays at 7pm, Thursdays at 5:30pm, and Sundays at 8:30am. This could work, especially since I have the other locations as alternatives if these times don't work out for me. The third nearby location is Norwood, but they don't have ANY BodyPump! Grr! They do, however, have a few strength classes - "Chiseled" and "Strictly Kettlebells."
Oh, also Work Out World is cheaper than Gold's. I currently pay $35/month at Gold's and Jess pays more - $42/month, I think, because he didn't originally sign up with a year or two commitment (silly boy - he has now been going for years and has been wasting $7/month all this time!). Work Out World has an annual fee of $50 and then two levels of membership - $20/month if you want classes and $10/month if you don't (Jess doesn't do classes so he'd save a ton). Plus $1/month for access to other locations. And, they also have the option to bring a friend for free for life - so maybe Jess wouldn't even have to pay at ALL, but the catch would probably be that he could only go with me, never by himself.

Spark Friends:
ON2VICTORY posted the following link on his latest blog post:

You can manage your Spark Friends list there. I discovered there were 120 people who had added me as a friend without reciprocation - sorry!! I have now added all 120 of them. I remember way back I used to receive an email every time someone added me as a friend - now I have no idea when someone has done so.

Second day below 160:
Self-explanatory ;) Yesterday 159.6, today 159.4 so today even if I round off to the nearest whole pound I'm still below 160! And no magic weight-loss cake this time!

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SKYFYRE 3/1/2011 2:47AM

    Good luck with the gym decision and the life plan, I really hope you can get your condo sold so that you can move in with your hubbie! Maybe you should start your own gym and have all the ricking best schedules of classes!

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SEEHOLZ 2/27/2011 9:06PM

    When they simply got rid of Bodypump at the Greater Cleveland Y's in 2005? I was like - what now? But you know what? As much as I loved that class, it was a good change to do some other things. I'm mainly saying that, because I love classes, too, but sometimes driving around town for one class seems like too much effort. I'd pick the most convenient location with the best class schedule vs. convenience. While I get a free membership to my local Y, since I work there, 18 months ago I joined another gym, because of group power - similar to Bodypump. It's only a 8-10 min drive, so not too bad and their schedule has 7:30pm classes, as well as 5:30am classes- I normally get up around 5:30am, but adjusting my schedule to 5am is actually a big deal for me, so I never go in the AM. it seems silly, but Dan stays up later and gets up later and it's a better balance for my life to go to bed a bit later and rather make it to the PM class when it fits. Once in a while I can make it to the 6:30pm class, but it's hard, because of my work schedule. Anyways, you got to try it out to see if it works for you and/or if you can adjust to that schedule- I find it harder in the winter, especially if you got to build it time for snow storms or shoveling? ( not sure if that's something you have to do in a condo though, but even if not, bad road conditions would force to wake up even earlier?) 4:30am is too early for me- I'm just too wiped out at night and I don't like it.

I personally would go to the gym that is most convenient and put that ahead of money- it sounds like the move alone is going to save you guys a lot more money- just saying. Plus, if you want to have kids some day, you'll be like - give me the gym with the daycare-LOL-screw bodypump, hahaha!

In any event, another suggestion would be to do a trial membership at each of the places that appeal to you- and THEN decide what works best. Do they have that?

Good luck Susan!!!

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GREEKSPARK 2/26/2011 2:16PM

  I love your gym research! How awesome! Yay for sharing the same address with your husband. Link is great - thank you!!

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CARILOUIE 2/26/2011 8:56AM

    I thought I could save a few bucks by joining the local Y - turned out I wasted all that money anyway because I didn't go. I told myself I'd go right after work, but the truth is that I needed somewhere that was close to home. So what's the most important factor for you? Location? Price? BodyPump classes? What will make you use the gym consistently? A $45/month gym membership you use is still cheaper than a $20/month one you don't.

Good luck!

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LIL_EZZY 2/26/2011 6:09AM

    Thanks for the mutual friends heads up. Your definitley a researcher.

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FITGIRL15 2/25/2011 11:22AM

    I have many SP friends that I have not added as mutual friends... Why does everyone need to be your friend? LOL Or maybe I'm just paranoid now!

You are such a research gal! I hope you make the right decision about what gym to continue to attend!

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MBSHAZZER 2/25/2011 11:13AM

    OK, a few thoughts on the gym thing... since you'll be selling your condo and saving money, I would worry about a few extra bucks a month for a gym membership. Especially if you are using it 4-6 days a week consistently. Pennies per visit. Also, you are getting a great deal. I pay over $70 per month for my gym!

What I look for in a gym is convenience. It MUST be close to the house or I won't go. I won't drive to a gym (mostly b/c I don't have car, LOL!) but it has to be within a 10 minute walk or I won't go. Since I go first thing in the AM, I don't worry about it being crowded too much, but if you are planning on keeping up with the after work workouts, that is definitely a consideration.

Finally, I know you love Body Pump but if a gym is great in every way except for BP, they might have another TOTALLY fantastic class that you don't know about yet...

Good luck! And congrats on being below 160 again! WHOOOO!!! Have a great weekend!

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DAMIENDUCKS 2/25/2011 11:04AM

    I love that I'm not the only one who super analyzes things like gym membership! That makes me smile!

Yay for another day below 160, too! That sounds so dreamy!!

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JESSICAPAGE 2/25/2011 10:49AM

    Holy Information Batman! Wow. Good for you doing all that research. Good luck figuring it all out! I wont give any advice as my brain broke while I was reading it. I do that with math too! heh Thanks for the link, I had no idea anyone had added me as a friend but I had a bunch there! Crazy. I added them all too. I love that you are moving on toward your life goals. I wish you happiness and success.

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BRUIN2 2/25/2011 10:44AM

    Good luck with the gym decision!

(I should not have looked at that friend thing - it shows you who has unfriended you too!! - well, it doesn't say that, but I know there are people I used to be friends with on that "friends you have added but have not added you")

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PAPER_WINGS18 2/25/2011 10:43AM

    Thanks for telling me about that! I had a lot of friends apparently too who I didn't add?! I usually receive emails too, but I don't remember most of those that I Just went back and added! hmph. weird. silly SP!!

I hope you figure out your gym issue! I am no help as I don't belong to a gym hahah. I joined a womens one once and had a 2 year membership and probably only went 10 times total out of 2 years. blah! Just not a fan of gyms. Ah well, you'll figure it out! :D

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"Are you going to blog about the magic weight loss cake?"

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I'm guessing most people would be rather turned off by wedding cake that's been in the freezer for a year. I know a lot of people skip the tradition altogether, or they just have a symbolic taste and then they throw the rest away. But I was really into that cake. At my wedding they took my piece away before I even got one bite of it (excluding the taste Jess and I fed each other during the cake-cutting ceremony) so all year I have to admit I was looking forward to this. And it definitely tasted like it had been in the freezer for a year, but I still loooove frosting, and I love cake almost as much as I love frosting. We kept the cake at Jess' condo, so I only had opportunities to eat some on the nights we stayed at his place. Each time I'd cut myself a very generous slice - I tracked it as 1.5 pieces each time - but I never went so overboard as to say I binged on it.

Anyway, this past Monday night I had a big piece, and the next morning my weight was down 3 pounds, to 160.2. When I told Jess, he joked, "Maybe it's magic weight loss cake." Yeah, or maybe it was just a combination of the fact that the scale at his place always yields a lower number, the ending of TOM, and just good fluctuations. Anyway, the next day I had no cake and my weight was back up a little bit, as I mentioned in yesterday's blog, to 161.6. Then last night I had a really generous slice - it was the last piece - and this morning I weighed 159.6!!! Yay for being back below 160! When I told (actually showed) Jess, he said, "Are you going to blog about the magci weight loss cake?" So of course I have to blog about it. :)

My weight has crossed from the 160s to the 150s many, many times in the past, and sometimes I haven't allowed myself to celebrate. But now I recognize that a) my weight never dips below 160 without some good solid effort on my part, so that's something to be proud of, and b) as I've been mentioning lately, I think I am fitter with more muscle now than I was all the previous times I weighed this much, so as a result I'm okay with my weight now just the way it is. That's not to say I haven't been fantasizing about continuing to lose weight between now and summer so I can actually be thin on the beach ;)

This morning my husband and I went to our favorite breakfast place, a little bakery in Jamaica Plain. They serve French omelettes (fluffier than regular omelettes and made with only 2 eggs!) with a really great salad (baby spinach, red leaf lettuce, arugula, and a nice viniagrette) and bread. I asked for extra salad and no bread. Anyway, my husband had to rush off to work, but since this is my week off :) I went for a run afterwards. I ran from the bakery to the pond, did two laps around the pond, and then figured I'd take a different route back to my car but I somehow got lost and had to ask someone for directions and ended up on a huuuuuge hill which gave me a better and longer workout than I'd been anticipating, which is good, but as soon as I hit over an hour of jogging my knees (and then hips) started to feel sore so I walked. I wasn't wearing a jacket (performance long-sleeved top, light gloves, and one of those headbands that covers your ears which I love because then my iPod earbuds don't slip out) and it was sunny and just the right temperature for jogging, a bit chilly when I was walking. About 35, I think.

I am really loving my life these days!

EDIT: Run stats from
Time: 71 minutes
Distance: 5.49 miles
Average speed: 5.5mph
Average pace: 10:54 min/mi
Calories: 628
BMI: 25.8

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FRIZGIRL 3/1/2011 10:47AM

    Congrats congrats congrats on hitting 159!!!!!!! I'm so proud of you. The cake sounds amazing. And I totally ate my cake! Luckily it was a really little top cake, like 4 slices, so not too much temptation to resist.

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DAKDREW 3/1/2011 10:29AM

    You sound so happy - love the "magic weight loss cake". I kept my cake in the freezer for the year and when the time came to eat it, I did the ceremonial one bite, because I couldn't bring myself to eat something that was a year old, lol. So glad you got to enjoy your cake :)

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KATEYLOU 3/1/2011 8:35AM

    I made cake last night, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't Magic Weight Loss Cake, darn! What a wonderful blog, you do sound so happy, glad you're feeling so great!

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STEFANIE822 2/26/2011 8:58AM

    This is a great blog!! You sound so happy!!! And I really wish there was magic weight loss cake..I would be SOOOO fit!!! haha

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PAPER_WINGS18 2/25/2011 11:56AM

    uhhh can I have the recipe to this magic weight loss cake!? please?! hahaha. Too funny!! It's weird b/c I find that if on a weekend I go out with my friends and I have a couple beers, the next couple days my weight is SUPER low! Why is that?! So funny.

Awesome run!!! How great!:)

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DAMIENDUCKS 2/25/2011 11:07AM

    um, recipe for magic weight loss cake please!? haha...if that were real, I'd have my cake and eat it too!

And I just have to say, love the post breakfast run! Such motivation!! (and I think I ran around the same Jamaica Pond when I was in Boston over xmas...unless there's more than one! was a nice little run!)

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SKYFYRE 2/25/2011 1:18AM

    um, I'll take some! Lol! Great job on the RUN!

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NO1JESS 2/24/2011 7:05PM

    Sounds awesome, great job!! And magic slimming cake? Love it!!

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LIL_EZZY 2/24/2011 2:43PM

    Send us a piece of that cake. You sound like you are having the best holiday a lady of leisure.

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ZIRCADIA 2/24/2011 2:12PM

    I need some magic weight loss cake. :) hehe. Congrats

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SEEHOLZ 2/24/2011 1:20PM

    Please send some my way Susan!

As much as I want the cake, that last sentence is the best!

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MBSHAZZER 2/24/2011 1:05PM

    I love it! Magic weight loss cake! Excellent! Sounds like you had fabulous workout, too!

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JENONTHEROX 2/24/2011 12:30PM

    Great news!! :)
I only wish cake, even cupcakes with buttercream frosting, would inflict weight loss...

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FITGIRL15 2/24/2011 12:08PM

    I need a magic weight loss cake! Vanilla with sugar icing, please :)

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BILLY4225 2/24/2011 11:42AM

    Magic weight loss cake?! Love the idea. Now if I could find a magic weight loss pizza, I'd be in heaven!
Congrats on your success.

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JESSICAPAGE 2/24/2011 11:34AM

    I am loving that you love your life! What a great feeling. 8-) Would love some of that magic cake! Perhaps I should just work harder too. emoticon

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Being Productive

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ahh, I loooove a week off. Yesterday I slept in until 10:15 - I guess I just really needed the sleep! When I woke up I got on the scale and was down 3.0lb from the day before, and that's even after having had a huge slice of cake for dessert! (That cake is almost gone now, as are the Valentine's chocolates, phew.) I was back up a little bit today but that's okay because I am fully fine with daily fluctuations.

This morning my husband and I both woke up before the alarm - 6:45ish, which is really early for me on a day when I don't have to be anywhere. And I have been productive! I created a to-do list and have been ticking off items on it all morning. So far I have resubmitted my taxes and updated my name and credit card info on my bank account, cell phone account, and cable/internet account. I have also written a check for my excise tax. Boring stuff, but when better to do it than today? The big thing I have to do that I'm dreading is going to the RMV to change my name on my license. They closed down the branch closest to me and now I have to go to one on the Mass Pike, which is a toll road. So I have to pay just to get there, annoying. Plus the website is a little wacky so I hope I have the right directions. I should go there soon but am just procrastinating because I don't really wanna.

Yesterday I went for a jog at Jamaica Pond - two loops around the pond. Then I left to get to the gym in time for class, but ended up being so early that I did 20 more minutes of jogging on the treadmill. So in all it was almost an hour of jogging, then ab clinic, then Body Pump. I have been having great workouts lately!

Dinner last night was made by the hubs. He has always eaten relatively healthy, but lately he's kicked it up a notch and I am so proud of him. He invented a dish consisting of jasmine rice (I told him brown rice would have been healthier, haha), marinated artichokes, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and red/yellow/orange peppers. He's eating less meat these days, a bigger variety of vegetables, and I've even got him having smoothies for breakfast!! I try to get him to take fish oil supplements but he'll only do it inconsistently.

Today is supposed to be very sunny and it should eventually hit the high 30s/low 40s....I'm waiting for the warmest part of the day for an outdoor jog.

Sorry for being so boring today. Can you tell I'm just babbling on so I don't have to go to the RMV? I must go!!

UPDATE, APPROXIMATELY 2 HOURS LATER: I went to the RMV. It was easy, and they have a U-turn place so you don't even have to pay the Pike toll. For some reason, the fact that this is done has me super excited. Can't wait to get out in the sun for my jog!!! I now officially have the same last name as my husband!

ANOTHER UPDATE A FEW HOURS LATER: The jog wasn't quite as wonderful as I'd been anticipating. There was still a lot of ice on the sidewalks so I stopped to walk a lot. Stopping and starting the running was somewhat difficult psychologically. It was 67 minutes, 4.7 miles, average speed 4.21 mph or 14.26 min/mi, and 376 (only!) calories burned according to MapMyRun. Now my mom's here. She's going to help me pack and we're going to check out exercise bikes for her.

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NO1JESS 2/24/2011 7:09PM

    Congrats on the name change! :) I know it's just a name and whatever, but I like the unified feeling it gives us.

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CARILOUIE 2/24/2011 5:39AM

    I get excited by things like the u-turn as well. Very nice.
And 30-40 degrees sounds HEAVENLY. Yesterday was SOOOOO cold I couldn't even stand it.

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LIL_EZZY 2/24/2011 5:21AM

    Yay you.... I wish I could get to the gym when the good classes are on...

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MARATHONER340 2/23/2011 10:36PM

    You got so much accomplished! I think I need to start making lists! =)

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SEEHOLZ 2/23/2011 7:41PM

    Definitely super productive day! Go Susan!!!

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JESSICAPAGE 2/23/2011 4:16PM

    HAHA, this blog just made me smile. Thank you for sharing your life with us. It sounds just lovely, you have been having wonderful workouts! I still have not gone to the DMV to get a new license to replace the one that was stolen along with my purse a few years ago! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 2/23/2011 3:44PM

    Wow, you are so productive!!! Wanna come to Florida and get me on track with all the shizz I need to get done?! :D

Great workouts, too! You are on FIRE, missy!

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The Monday of February Vacation

Monday, February 21, 2011

I have this whole week off from school - February vacation! This is the first year since I've been with Jess that we haven't gone to the Carribbean or Mexico during Feb. vacation. We're just staying home! And I'm loving it!
Yesterday we went to Pat's Peak. We picked it because it's relatively close to Boston (just under two hours) and relatively cheap (I think the lift tickets were $56). It was cold but sunny. I stayed on the easy trails the whole time because I just wanted to enjoy the meandering rides down the mountain rather than worry about falling - I didn't fall once all day! And since I had homemade breakfast, snacks, and dinner (dinner was at home after we got back) and I just had soup and salad for lunch at the lodge, my calories were surprisingly low yesterday - just 1,800ish. Lately my calorie range has been anywhere from 1,700 to about 2,800 per day, usually around 2,000ish probably, maybe a little more.
One of the best things about having a week off and spending it at home is getting to go to the midmorning classes at the gym, especially the Body Combat class I went to at 10:30 this morning with my favorite instructor, Denise. I don't know what it is about her, but I always work a little harder in her classes than any other and was sooo sweaty. I have such a love/hate relationship with those jump kicks - so hard, but so powerful! After class my husband was still working out (he'd arrived at the gym later than me) so I stayed and did a half hour on the treadmill - some walking, some running, some incline. Then I went to the grocery store (Trader Joe's) where I bought a couple new things (for me) was precut sweet potato spears, which I just roasted in the oven with some sesame oil and a thickly sliced onion and it was sooo good. The other new item is...hang on, I have to go check because I forget what it's called...minneolas. They look just like oranges, at least from the outside. I haven't tried one yet but will report back. :)
My social security card with my married last name is finally here! This is my to-do list this week:
*Go to DMV (tomorrow?) and get a driver's license with my new last name.
*Apply for passport with new last name.
*Resubmit taxes (was rejected when I first submitted because my name change wasn't official yet)
*Start bringing things to Jess', and selling or throwing/giving away things I don't want to keep
*Go cross-country skiing at the Weston Ski Track
Finally, I read a comment on an article that really stuck with me so I thought I'd share. The article was about childhood obesity but the comment hit home for me because it was closely related to what I've been trying to do lately. The comment said something to the effect of, "You can't blame children for being obese. They just eat what their parents provide them, so to a lot of kids snacks mean chips and cookies. They don't know they should be eating fruits and vegetables as snacks." It was that last sentence that struck a chord with me. Eating fruits and vegetables as snacks is such a basic concept, but it's really effective and has actually changed my view of eating in these past few weeks more than I ever could have imagined. These days I never feel deprived of food - if I'm hungry I can ALWAYS have a fruit or vegetable!

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LIL_EZZY 2/24/2011 5:20AM

    There is nothing better than catching up on the things that have been put on the back burner for a long time and just chilling at home. I love to do that.

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ZIRCADIA 2/23/2011 10:18AM

    :) Love this post - sounds like a great way to spend a vacation to me! I also which I could go to some morning classes at my gym and have only done that once or twice since I started working.

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JENONTHEROX 2/22/2011 12:12PM

    That's great that you're enjoying your week off at home. I think there's something about having time to do all the things you want to do (like go to your fave gym classes) at whatever time you want to do them! Cook, shop etc. Really envious about your Trader Joes shopping (none in Canada - but sometimes I cross the border into WA for a shop there).
Too true about the article on childhood obesity. When I was little, I was very influenced by my two older brothers & their insane appetite (like eating a row of cookies at a time) & although we didn't have pop or junk food like chips or chocolate in the house, we did have cookies, homemade baked goods, ice cream. But we also had good home cooked meals, fruits, vegs. I know now that my brothers were an example to me & my poor parents, like any parents, did the best they could...

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DAMIENDUCKS 2/22/2011 11:30AM

    Oooh, I love minneolas!! Glad you're having a blast on your Feb vaca!

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ROGUE_1 2/22/2011 2:09AM

    You are having a STAYCATION!!! Wow, it sounds amazing to me!

My husband was raised having very rarely eaten junk food or fast food, and to this day he avoids it. I am planning on raising our kids the same way, and can't wait to share with them how delicious fruits and veggies are.

Are you used to your married name?? It was SUCH a giant change for me, and took me I think 1 year to finally switch everything over! It's so wierd!! But of course lovely at the same time :)

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NO1JESS 2/21/2011 9:33PM

    Yes, I loove morning classes, can't wait for summer when we can take them all the time!!

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SILLIANGEL 2/21/2011 7:25PM

    Having fruits/veggies as a snack is such a simple concept, but one that is often forgotten. Thanks for the reminder =D

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BOOTS1221 2/21/2011 7:17PM

    Enjoy your week off!! Sounds like you have some great stuff planned, and make sure to get some relaxation in there too!

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MBSHAZZER 2/21/2011 6:17PM

    Wow, I'm exhausted just looking at your week! I'm so jealous of your week off!

I love that last part you wrote about never feeling deprived because of the "freggies" - that's the BEST way to go!

Enjoy your week off!

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SEEHOLZ 2/21/2011 4:32PM

    You are soo right about being able to eat lots of veggies/fruits and hence feeling satisfied, instead of hungry!

Your vacation sounds awesome- glad you're enjoying yourself so much!

I also love taking mid-morning classes- best time of day to workout!

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Today felt like spring!

Friday, February 18, 2011

I went for my first outdoor run since Christmas this evening! I ran from 5:00-5:45 and it wasn't totally dark, and I was in short sleeves too! This route normally only takes me 40 minutes, but it was an obstacle course today with the puddles and slush. It felt GREAT to run outside! I can't wait for spring!

I have been Eating Whatever I want and Tracking It for five weeks now, and in this time I have lost five pounds. That SOUNDS like a pound a week but in reality it's been more like a few pounds up here, a few pounds down there, a few weeks at the same weight, etc. But I think it's the trend over time that really counts, and averaging out at one pound per week makes me extremely happy! I think I'm fitter at 163 than I ever have been before, so even though I'm well into the overweight range for my 5'6" I really don't mind.

In real estate news, the potential buyer of my condo had her inspection yesterday, and gave my realtor a list of six items she would like addressed. The good news is that they are all doable and relatively minor. However, I am not considering this sale to be a definite until it IS a definite! My husband is a few steps ahead of me though. He's already been looking at houses and contacting financial advisors about how much house we can afford.

I will leave you with a few pictures from last Saturday's anniversary party that my mother threw for us.

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SPARKNMOM 2/22/2011 3:13PM

    NEAT pics!! I'm glad that the fixes for the condo are "doable" and hope that it will all work out for you all. You and your hubby are super cute :)

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STEFANIE822 2/21/2011 4:08PM

    Congrats on the potential buyer AND the weight loss! You seem very happy Susan :D

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MBSHAZZER 2/21/2011 8:02AM

    YAY for Spring and YAY for a potential sale of your condo! Great news all around.

I am so happy that your plan is working! It's so important to pick something that you can live with. Sounds like it's working. And you look so fabulous and happy in the pics, especially the new glasses! And not overweight at all! :D

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SKYFYRE 2/21/2011 1:30AM

    You look lovely! 163 doesn't appear overweight on you, you must be muscle! A year already?! Where has the time gone??? It shocks me how quickly the years are going by now :( It is so not spring-like here, rainy and cold for us in San Diego. I have been hibernating, risky business if there is food in the house! Cheers to your 5lb loss, that is fantastic!

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NO1JESS 2/20/2011 8:25PM

    Jealous, I soo wanted to walk/run/skip/jump outside, but I was super busy this week and didn't get to take full advantage of the warm days. I can't wait for the snow to go away! I'm jealous of your diet. I eat what I want, but it isn't working well for me. A pound a week is pretty great!!

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SEEHOLZ 2/20/2011 1:05PM

    I think you look fabulous Susan! And most importantly, you are happy!!!

You know, I swear the BMI charts are not accurate for people who are muscular- so screw them. Plus, with your great metabolism, your body is going to take you where to a healthy, happy weight!

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you about the condo--- sounsd very promising indeed.

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SM-ARTGIRL 2/19/2011 6:03PM

    I could FEEL the cool air and quiet slushy morning as you described it!
In Australia it feels like endless summer, I need to arise super early to get a run in before the heat makes it impossible. It has also been the wettest summer, broken a 17 year drought, floods, cyclones in various parts of the country- so mosquitoes descend at dusk!
That being said, I do detect a change, a slowing in the rampant tomato crop, pumpkins spreading over out lawn.

Beautiful, gorgeous anniversary photos- lovely celebration!
Oh yeah- I really like that NOT restricting what you are eating has resulted in 5lb loss in 5 weeks!
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CRYSBROWN1 2/18/2011 9:05PM

    Happy belated Anniversary! Looks like a lovely party!

I know what you mean about that Spring fever, it feel soooo good today, hopefully this continues for at least a little bit.

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