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Awesome Weather - Jogger's Version

Monday, July 25, 2011

2nd blog post of the day!

After the heatwave that attacked Boston as well as the majority of the country for the past few days, today's 70s felt AWESOME and I HAD to get out and run. The fact that it started out cloudy and actually ended up sprinkling just made it even better! It felt wonderful and I had a great run! (I'm also glad I was done before the real downpour began.)

I also just rewrote the introduction on my Spark page:

July 25, 2011 update:

I've been using SparkPeople since January 2007 and I love it! However, during this time my weight has cycled multiple times between a high of 172 and a low of 132. (Before SparkPeople my highest-ever weight was 183 and my lowest was 147.) After all this instability, I'm proud to report that my weight has remained relatively stable in the 150s since March 2011. While I would like to get back to my wedding weight of 145, I am really happy right now just to have a stable weight and to have my pants fit me from month to month (size 10). At 5'6" my weight is just teetring at the line between a healthy BMI and overweight, but I strength train regularly and know I have been gaining muscle.

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PHD140 8/1/2011 1:32PM

    love the new intro too! I started running one freakishly cool, rainy summer and I just don't know how to deal w/ this heat. I miss my mild, rainy runs!

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FITGIRL15 7/26/2011 10:54AM

    Great job, Susan! I also enjoy cooler temperatures :)

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RAWKNRUN 7/26/2011 9:26AM

  I got out in the cooler temps yesterday too, what a difference!

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MBSHAZZER 7/26/2011 7:18AM

    So glad you enjoyed a run in some cooler weather, Susan! And I love the new intro!

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EDDYMEESE 7/26/2011 12:02AM

    Keep up the good work!

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KSTYLEFITNESS 7/25/2011 9:53PM

    I run to run outdoors!! WIth this heat here, not happening any time soon.

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ZIRCADIA 7/25/2011 8:27PM

    LOVE your new intro! :D

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Eager/Annoying Threshold: Your Opinion Wanted

Monday, July 25, 2011

If you taught Body Pump and there was someone (me) who came to your class faithfully every week, always set up right up in front, and always used heavyish weights (well, except for biceps and shoulders), would you be glad to have a "student" who was so eager? Or would you find them annoying? I wonder sometimes what my Body Pump instructors think of me.... when the new release came out last week two instructors (both of whom I take classes with regularly) cotaught the first class, and while one taught the other went around the room correcting people's form, etc. They didn't come to me at all and I didn't know whether to take that as a compliment - I didn't need any correction - or as a sign that they were sick of me. I try to listen to their instruction and improve my form based on their advice, but I also sometimes put my materials away while they're talking and hope they don't think I'm rude or that I act like I don't think I need to listen. They haven't done anything outright to show they're annoyed with me...maybe I'm just being paranoid. So I ask you guys: where does the eager/annoying threshold lie when it comes to diehard exercise class attendees?

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BRAVAH 8/3/2011 8:50AM

    Hi Susan,

I've never done exercise classes, but was always that student who sat up front, so I'm probably not the best person to say anything, lol. My advice is to go to the instructors and ask. If they have a problem with your eagerness, then they are weird, first of all, but they should be able to tell you what would make things better for them.

Thank you for the healing wishes on my blog!


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ZIRCADIA 7/25/2011 8:26PM

    Whatever, they LOVE YOU - what everyone else said!!! :)

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MBSHAZZER 7/25/2011 1:05PM

    HAHA, you are definitely overthinking this!! I think that instructors are probably THRILLLEd to have regulars, especially regulars who are good at what they are teaching!

I used to go to a Saturday spin class frequently but stopped with all of the marathoning (I like to do my long runs on Saturday). I love the Saturday instructor and HATE the Sunday instructor... anyway, last Sunday I was at the gym when the class was letting out and apparently the Saturday gal was subbing for the Sunday one. I ran up to her asked if she was the Sunday teacher now! She must have thought I was stalking her!

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ZORBS13 7/25/2011 1:04PM

    I'd much rather have someone like you than someone who uses, say, NO WEIGHT on the bar, whines for the entire class about how much it hurts, and does everything with horrible form.

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FITGIRL15 7/25/2011 12:21PM

    Girl, you are hilarious!!! LOL I think you need to consider getting you Body Pump certification!!! You'd be GREAT at it, no doubt!!!

I have taught Body Pump (among so many other BTS and non-BTS programs) and it's definitely NOT annoying to me when a participant comes to my classes regularly (or who is eager!) I have had members set up my step and barbell before. It's flattering and really helps me get the class started on time!

I agree that your form must be superb since you have been attending classes for many years! I bet they just did not want to insult you by touching you. But in all honesty, I would have still made sure you knew you were doing things right, by coming over and giving you a wide smile and a big thumbs up if it were my class!
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BOOTS1221 7/25/2011 11:36AM

    I would think they appreciate it. The fact that you keep coming back and setting up in front shows that you enjoy the class and that you like the instructor. I wouldn't worry about it too much!!!

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COWBOYMAMA 7/25/2011 11:27AM

    I would be paranoid, too, but maybe you have great form and don't need correction!

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KRITKRIT 7/25/2011 11:00AM

    I think you are just paranoid! I bet since you are there every week they know you know what you are doing and you dont need the extra help!

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CRYSBROWN1 7/25/2011 11:00AM

    I think that they probably appreciate your enthusiasm. Think about how hard it must be for them go basically go up there "on stage" every class & try to get people excited & get people to attend their classes. I don't think that there is anything wrong with what you are doing & it certainly doesn't appear that you are being annoying at all. I agree with the comment made about only if you were interrupting the class flow or something would that be annoying. I'm thinking that you are not being corrected because you have the right form.

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DAMIENDUCKS 7/25/2011 10:49AM

    I'd say there's probably other folks in the class who's form needed correcting more than yours, esp. if it's a new release and folks are newer (if you've been going a while, I doubt you needed correcting at all). I'd say the line for annoying gets drawn when you have a regular attendee who tries to monopolize all the instructor's time, which doesn't sound like your case at all!!

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Social Eating Situations

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Before SparkPeople, I used to write journals that were kind of like how-to manuals for myself about losing weight. They never really worked because I was never consistent for long enough to make significant changes, but I did put some good thinking into them. I remember writing to myself about social eating situations. I told myself I had three choices:

1. I could be good throughout the party, eating only fruits and vegetables and drinking only water and diet soda. I'd continue my weight loss but may feel deprived.

2. I could eat a moderate amount at the party. I'd blend in best this way, may gain a bit, but this method would take the most willpower.

3. I could binge my heart out at the party. This isn't preferable but I knew it was likely that if I started to eat junk food I wouldn't be able to stop.

I was right back then, but now I know that really only option #2 works. Option 1 is not sustainable over the long term, and option 3 just makes you feel sick....which I was reminded of on Friday when I overate and then was in pain throughout the night. The "fun" continued into yesterday, when we went to a lunch party followed by a dinner party. I ate too much, for sure, but I also worked out, guesstimate-tracked everything I ate on SP, and easily returned to my normal eating habits today.

I leave you with a picture from yesterday - I didn't want my picture taken (messy hair, no makeup, I'd been swimming) but my dad took it anyway. I like that even after two days of major overeating I still didn't look overly chubby.

PS - 18 days til we buy our house!

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SPARKNMOM 7/26/2011 11:41PM

    You look fabulous :) I tend to not eat off plan even in social situations as it leads me to binge the rest of the day - and sometimes days afterward. Most people "in my circles" know of my weight loss and most do not criticize or ask's awesome that you're able to partake in controlled amounts. That's what will help you to maintain long term. I'm still working on the maintaining part LOL!! And I hit goal 4 years ago!!

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SEEHOLZ 7/24/2011 10:30PM

    I also think you look pretty great and I am most happy that you are not letting a splurge or binge get you down- resume the happy place. I was reminded of that same place last night, as I ate unnecessary zucchini bread... because I was at a social situation and well, it was homemade-LOL. Gets me every time! But, I have to say that there are sometimes times when I could care less... and that's something that never ever used to happen- so I'll take it as progress-LOL!

Counting those days down- super excited for you!

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LIL_EZZY 7/24/2011 6:11PM

    You do look gorgeous.
Wow good luck with the new house we are in the middle of buying one too. YOu will have to post pics.

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PAPER_WINGS18 7/24/2011 5:19PM

    You look adorable, what are ya worried about with not wanting the picture taken!? lol.

I agree with your logic. #1 and #3 aren't realistic or healthy for the long term, but I think it's hard for people to grasp generally.

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MBSHAZZER 7/24/2011 3:33PM

    You look GREAT, Susan! I think you are at your "happy" weight - it seems like right now, you have so much less angst around eating, are not really bingeing, you are working out consistently, and just seem calmer in general. Plus, you look fabulous! YAY, SUSAN!

Good luck with the house!

Oh, and I agree with you on the social situations... one or two instances of over-indulgence are not that big a deal, and especially if someone has gone out of their way to prepare something special, I think it's totally worth it.

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COWBOYMAMA 7/24/2011 3:04PM

    This has always been a struggle for me, but I am trying to learn how to deal with it!'

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ZIRCADIA 7/24/2011 2:01PM

    You look super cute!! :) But yes, I agree - #2 is the way to go. #3 feels awful, #1 is ok if you really feel like it, but I agree - not sustainable in the long term for me and not always an option (meaning no freggies = you are only drinking water!)

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Homemade Fro-Yo

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Today was a day of temperature extremes. The A/C was blasting painfully hard at summer school, but the A/C wasn't working in my Jeep or in the gym! Ugh! Well, the studio had A/C, but nowhere else did. So I just did my Body Pump and about 10 minutes on the treadmill before I headed for home. I was hungry, so I dreamed up what I was going to eat for dessert while I was driving. I just finished devouring it, and decided I'd share it in my blog:

Susan's Homemade Fro-Yo

1 TB unsweetened cocoa powder
1 packet diet Swiss Miss hot chocolate
1 TB ground flaxseed
a few frozen strawberries
a few frozen chunks of mango
plain fat-free Greek yogurt
1 cup organic nonfat milk
sprinkle cinnamon

Blend all ingredients to a pudding consistency, enjoy!!
(Trying to quiet the voice in my head, er, stomach, calling for seconds!!)

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STEFANIE822 8/3/2011 8:49PM

    Sounds delicious!!!!

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ZIRCADIA 7/24/2011 11:47AM

    Greek Yogurt+Frozen Fruit = SO AWESOME. I have made this for myself before using berries and added some nice clean (all pronounceable and obvious ingredients) granola on top - SO AMAZING. I need to seriously get some Greek Yogurt this week! :)

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MBSHAZZER 7/22/2011 12:46PM

    Wow, that sounds really good! So creative!

I do something kinda similar.... I whizz up a frozen banana or 2 with some cocoa powder and cinnamon - add a little almond milk if it needs it. YUM!

Stay cool!

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TERRIANGEL 7/21/2011 11:03PM

    OMG YUM!!!! Wouldn't have thought of the swiss miss. Good call, girl! emoticon And GOOD DAY for it! It was HOT out there, and going to reach 100 tomorrow!

What is the gym thinking, not having AC on a day like today! That's crazy. They're going to have people passing out on them. (not that they did it on purpose...but still)

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MARATHONER340 7/21/2011 10:06PM

    that sounds delicious!

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Proactive PMS-Related Overeating Prevention Post

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Yesterday I commented on my realization that a lot of my urges to overeat are related to PMS. So for now, my strategy is going to be to blog more often to try to help keep a positive mindset. Maybe I can beat this with mental power and a good attitude. Afterall, I don't give in EVERY month. It's a vulnerability, NOT an inevitability.

Sometimes, like today, I just feel absolutely on top of the world in the mornings. The weather is beautiful, I feel well-rested, I have my coffee and my beautiful breakfast smoothie, and just feel like I could do anything (if it weren't for that little thing called WORK!). I wish I could feel like this all the time. I only work until noon during the summer (teaching summer school), but by then instead of being 70 out like it was at 7:30 this morning when I pulled into the school parking lot, it'll probably be closer to 90. Doesn't matter though, because if it's too hot to run outside I can either use the elliptical at the gym or take Zumba after Body Pump tonight, or I could even give myself permission to skip cardio (Body Pump gets me a little sweaty anyway).

I'm rambling a bit, but speaking of Zumba, I finally tried a few Zumba classes at my "new" gym and discovered which instructors I like/don't like. The Tuesday lady was awesome last week so I'm hoping it'll be another good one tonight if I go.

OK, enough rambling. Have a great Tuesday everyone!!!

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 8/18/2011 1:09PM

    ok so this is how i beat the 5 pound pms gain every month...the 2 weeks of my cycle when i don't feel snacky, i don't have any snacks especially after dinner....on the 2 weeks i am pmsing, i give in to moderate amounts of the deficit in calories balances the increase in calories vs the 4 weeks of calorie increase....i have more willpower when i am not pmsing--i am capitalizing on that!

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TERRIANGEL 7/21/2011 11:00PM

    PMS sucks.

It's a good thing your summer school is only half days. It's TOO HOT to teach after noon! LOL!!

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CARILOUIE 7/21/2011 8:53AM

    I find that blogging helps me control my cravings... it makes me more aware when I "write" my feelings down.

Glad you found an instructor you like. Makes all the difference in the world!

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SWEATONCEADAY 7/19/2011 6:46PM

    i read your blog yesterday too and i can relate oh so well. i read a long time ago that during pms that women's metabolism can actually increase at about 200-300 cals a day which is an extra snack or small meal. i actually lose weight a couple of days before i get it but then i get bloated. i think part of the cravings for me is if this increase is real then i am hungrier than normal and then i go right to junk because i try to hold out. when i am already trying to create a deficit to lose weight then i add another 200-300 cals i just get a little crazy!. knowing this you think i would wise up? i tried to find a better website but here is one article i found with a quick google search.

Comment edited on: 7/19/2011 6:48:35 PM

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FITGIRL15 7/19/2011 3:44PM

    I love the way you think, Girl! Yes, you DO have the power to control those PMS symptoms from making you feel even worse!

Enjoy your new found Zumba instructor! I completely know how it is to take a class by an instructor that simply does not "move" you :) Rock it, Baby!

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PAPER_WINGS18 7/19/2011 2:20PM

    I LOVE that: It's a vulnerability NOT an inevitability." Susan, you are amazing!!

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KSTYLEFITNESS 7/19/2011 2:08PM

    I love when I find a new Zumba Instructor I like. My Wednesday class one is on FIYAH! Friday is with my friend, and she's just okay, but new to this, so I take her classes anyway.

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MBSHAZZER 7/19/2011 9:27AM

    OK, commenting on both blogs... first of all, that is a GREAT attitude that even though you WANT to overeat during PMS, you don't HAVE to! Easier said than done, but I think it's empowering when you know that YOU are in control!

Great progress on the workouts, too! It's always great when you can add more weight or master a move!

I love the photo of you and Jess! Very nice!

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