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Sunday, October 09, 2011

It's amazing how well tracking my calories works for me. I don't even need to eat all that healthfully (had ice cream for dessert last night, and butternut squash with butter and brown sugar for lunch), or really limit my intake much. All I have to do, it seems, is track, and the scale moves in the right direction. I was 163.4 yesterday, tracked and ate about 2,400 calories yesterday, and was 160.4 today. Amazing.

(Side note - I've been having smoothies for breakfast almost every day for years, but this morning I made my husband & me Trader Joe's pumpkin pancakes with real maple syrup. OMG. Not exactly health food, but I tracked it so I think I'll be OK!)

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CARILOUIE 10/22/2011 6:38PM

    I LOVE pumpkin anything. Pancakes?!?!? MMMMM

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MBSHAZZER 10/10/2011 2:58PM

    Susan, great job! I'm happy that you are getting results so fast. And OMG, can you say jealous that you can lose weight on 2400 calories a day?? Even with all of my mileage, I'd be the size of a house at 2400 calories! Lucky! Enjoy it!

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ALLISON145 10/9/2011 8:14PM

    I'm sure I've said it before but I'm oh so jealous of your calories! If I ate 2400 calories I would be up three pounds the next day, not down. Man! I'm struggling with my last 15 pounds because I'm dying on 1200-1300 calories a day. Maybe I need to try ramping my calories back up a bit but I'm scared to do it this close to the cruise! Hmmm. But enough about me - I'm so excited for you! Great job getting back on track!!


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STEFANIE822 10/9/2011 3:14PM

    OMG my obsession with pumpkin just made me drool after reading this. Yum!!!

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PAPER_WINGS18 10/9/2011 2:36PM

    That TJ's pumpkin pancakes sounds delish. I will have to try it next time I go there.

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My New Rules

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Track everything I eat (with the level of specificity I was using earlier in 2011, NOT the measure-crazed methods I've used less recently)

Eat reasonable portions at meals and mostly fruits and vegetables for snacks.

Make one or two (adjust as needed) calorie-counted, batch-cooked recipes per weekend

Drink more water!

My rewards for following these rules will be losing the pounds I've gained over the past couple of months, ensuring that I don't get too big for my pants, letting my muscles show better by having less fat hiding them, running faster, and feeling much better, especially at night. Oh, and of course having my husband be proud of me and attracted to me. :)

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SEEHOLZ 10/10/2011 8:07PM

    You always make it happen! I love that about you :-)

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STEFANIE822 10/9/2011 3:13PM

    Fantastic plan, Susan!

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MBSHAZZER 10/9/2011 8:19AM

    Great plan, Susan!

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COWBOYMAMA 10/9/2011 6:23AM

    Sounds like a good plan!

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LIL_EZZY 10/9/2011 2:34AM

    It is a great plan. Simple but effective.

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GAILRUU 10/8/2011 8:39PM

    Good luck. I hope your plan works well for you.

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CRYSBROWN1 10/8/2011 7:51PM

    Good reasonable plan!

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23KAIYA 10/8/2011 7:42PM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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The Typical Pattern :(

Monday, October 03, 2011

I'm going to make this short, but I've noticed that every time I gain weight back and write a blog about a vague plan to get back on track, I always seem to gain even MORE before I actually do anything about it. I'm all the way up to 164 today. My weight hasn't been this high since last winter. :(

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SLENDERELLA61 10/5/2011 11:12AM

    Hang in there. For me the key is to not give up. Sounds like you are saying you need a very SPECIFIC rather than vague plan to get back on track. The ability to get back on track is one of the most important skills for long term weight management. If it takes you a couple tries, but you get better and better at getting back on track, consider that a significant success.

Thanks for your comment on my blog. No, I don't think I have arrived. I know it will take commitment and effort every day, or almost every day, for the rest of my life. And I'm okay with that.

Best wishes for a happy journey to lifetime health and fitness!!

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PHD140 10/3/2011 3:05PM

    it's great to know that about yourself! Sadly, I need to post a similar blog tonight--- but I fully intend to restock my healthy kitchen, make a huge salad for dinner, & pack an amazing lunch for tomorrow before I do! I need to be specific about my commitments & get myself back on track. If you need to throw out any crappy food that's snuck into your home, this would be a good time to do it. As for me, I need to pack my meals and snacks--- cool it on eating out for a while!

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MBSHAZZER 10/3/2011 12:59PM

    Well, you always manage to get back on track and lose it, so that part of the trend works too! :D I know you'll do it!

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COWBOYMAMA 10/3/2011 12:48PM

    Hang in there. I need to get back on track, too. You can do it!

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The Internet has Come to my New (Old) House!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I haven't been tracking my calories since mid-August when we bought our house because we didn't have an internet connection. Without tracking I tried to stick with healthy habits but still managed to gain up to the lower 160s (about a 6-lb gain in a little over a month). In some ways the break was nice . I was so busy with the house and the start of a new school year that it was nice to not have to take the time to count my calories. Plus I find it much easier to eat dinner with my husband when I don't have to count calories because we can just cook and serve without all that measuring and recording. With this gain I still am fitting into my clothes, but they're tighter on me now. I still feel good and pretty fit, though I'm only working out maybe 4-5 times per week instead of 7, and I only do Body Pump 2x/week instead of 3x like I used to. So I'm not feeling AS fit as I was, but still pretty good. BUT, I can see the extra 6lbs on my body when I look in the mirror, and that's an extra 6lbs on top of what was already a weight above my goal weight. So I'd like to at least get back to where I'd been before we bought the house - the mid 150s - if not back down even lower. And now that we have internet access at our house (as of last night), I guess the excuses for not tracking are gone. I'd like to say I'm starting today, but with today being Rosh Hashana, and then the weekend coming, I'm not sure. I know, I know... more excuses. I just gotta do it.

I have a friend who's having a big 40th birthday party on Saturday. She has lost 49 pounds since May and wants to lose 1 more so she can say she's lost 50 pounds by her birthday. I have to admit I didn't see big changes at first, but we got together last night and at first glance I didn't even recognize her. She looks amazing and I'm inspired.

I'll have to post more house pictures soon...the closet, downstairs bathroom, and family room are all starting to come together and pretty soon they'll have the start of their "after" look!!

Oh, one more thing...lately I've suddenly been bitten with the baby bug. We have this nice big house now and it feels so empty - I mean right now it's filled with moving boxes we haven't unpacked yet and construction materials for all the renovations - but eventually we're going to have this four-bedroom house (five if you count the room in the attic) and just the two of us here! Is that the most ridiculous reason to have a baby you've ever heard of - just so you're not so lonely in your great big house?? Haha. So many of you Sparkers have shared your pregnancy, birth, baby, and babies growing up stories, and I'm starting to get a little jealous. I'm turning 34 in a few months and I don't want to miss my window of opportunity. I've blogged before about not being sure I want kids but I know deep down I really do. My husband says we're not ready yet though - we can't afford it, our house isn't ready yet, blah blah blah. I'm wondering if I'm going to have to trick him in order to get pregnant! That's malicious, I would never do that, but the thought has kind of jokingly crossed my mind.

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SEEHOLZ 10/1/2011 1:40PM

    Believe it or not, I don't have a big house, my kids is 15, but seeing my SILs and my great friend have babies, got me thinking... I've been wanting a 2nd kid for the past 4 yrs or so, but lately.. that desire has intensified. With it, the fear! Dan's not convinced yet, but, he did say that he's considering it, which is a much bigger step forward.... than before. Yeah.. the tricking part is not for me. I think that would be the beginning of the end of my marriage.
As for affording a kid- that's a big thing, but somehow things usually do work out. I think they get more expensive as they get older. A baby does not need so much- of course, daycare can be a killer at that age. I know you'll figure it out- in the meantime, enjoy your house and getting it the way you guys want to.

As for the tracking- it works for you, so I think it's a good idea. Maybe track really good during the day and then at dinner, guesstimate??? That might be a good compromise. I never measure most foods- I guesstimate, but I think I am conservative. I can't say that my method is successful- but I like living my life "free" like that. But, by the same token, i track, because it's so part of my life that changing that would be strange, weird, scary etc. Sometimes I think that not tracking might help me loose weight, because I'd be worried all the time that I ate too much-LOL- where this way, I think I can still eat this or that. But, this way, I don't really worry ever about food anymore- very rarely these days- so in that sense, it's a good compromise.

As for your friend- I kind of got inspired myself today when I saw a girl at the gym I haven't seen for awhile- so I hear you on the inspiration!

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FITBECKSRN24 9/30/2011 11:36AM

    LOL we're in the process of BUILDING our house.....SO not a good time!!! haha....itll all work out you WILL find ways to cut back/sacrifice money. good luck =)

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COWBOYMAMA 9/30/2011 6:18AM

    Your house will never be ready, LOL, and there is never a good time to have a baby either! Sending baby dust if you decide to start trying. Glad you have the net now and can start tracking again. I have gained a few too, and need to get them off soon.

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TRACYZABELLE 9/30/2011 2:07AM

    Good luck TTC!! I love babies too!~~

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PHD140 9/29/2011 12:58PM

    awww.... so cute, you have time for everything you want. It'll all come together in the end. I don't know if I want kids either and there are so many things I need to take care of it before I'll feel ready to even entertain the idea--- so I guess I see both sides. Sending you good energy today!

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MBSHAZZER 9/29/2011 12:37PM

    Susan, you always manage to get back on track, so don't sweat it!

Enjoy the new house - can't wait to see pics!

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House Pictures #2 - More Before & During Pictures

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

OK, wanted to make sure the blog was going to post properly with all those pictures before I added some more. Don't forget to check out the other blog below with more pics!

Master bedroom before:

Me on the deck wearing my ugly clothes for renovation work:

Original plaster medallion and crown moulding. Not my style really but it's cool because it's so old and unique:

Semi-finished full bathroom. Jess (hubs) likes the blue...I think it's too bright.

Here's another shot of it:

This is the main set of stairs:

These stairs go from the dining room to one of the bedrooms, except that the top is blocked off to form a closet upstairs. We turned an entire room into a closet (see below), so we can open these stairs back up:

These stairs lead to the attic:


This is our temporary bedroom until the master bedroom is done. The patterns on the wall from cracked horsehair plaster along with old wallpaper glue are starting to grow on us like some weird abstract art:

Walk-in closet - the room that's closest to being finished! Yay! Except that someday it will also be the laundry room and full bathroom, too! No time soon though:

Another shot of our huge closet that used to be a bedroom:

Walk-in closet before/during:

Another shot of what it used to look like:

This is how I spent my August - WALLPAPER REMOVAL:

My hand hurt from removing wallpaper all day, every day, for weeks:

It was my workout instead of the gym or running:

I am very glad to be done with wallpaper removal for a while! Still have wallpaper in some rooms downstairs!

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SPARKNMOM 10/6/2011 10:55PM

    Wow.....what a lot of work. But what an awesome accomplishment it will be when it's finished. Love the pics :)

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FITBECKSRN24 9/29/2011 10:30AM

    you guys are doing a great job!! i HATE ripping off wall paper!! it either comes off nice, or it comes off in little tiny bits and pieces. drives me nuts!! lol

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JESSICAPAGE 9/26/2011 9:29AM

    wow that is so emoticon what fun! I have always wanted to buy and old house and fix it up! Congrats and have fun! And heck yeah, that is a great workout.

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SKYFYRE 9/26/2011 2:48AM

    Looks huge! Your walk in closet is bigger than my condo, lol! Gonna be a great home to raise a family in!

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SEEHOLZ 9/23/2011 4:54PM

    Awesome- it's coming along nice! Very cool!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 9/23/2011 7:13AM

    Gonna be such a great house!~

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ZIRCADIA 9/21/2011 9:59AM

    VERY COOL! :)

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KSTYLEFITNESS 9/21/2011 9:50AM

    OMG, your walk-in closet that used to be a bedroom...I'm jealous! Actually, the way my upstairs Master's suite it, I could totally do that to my current bedroom! I could move my room to the open area that I currently use as a fitness room. I workout in my living room mainly. I never thought of having a closet that HUGE. I already have a walk-in, but it's not nearly big enough for all my stuff. Of course, this would be some later modifications I do to my house.

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MEGSFITNESS 9/20/2011 6:08PM

    Wow, you have got a LOT of work that you could do in that house!

Does your living room really have hard wood on the ceiling or is that a weird effect of the camera...? It is so awesome.

I think that a project like this would be so much fun--the reward would be worth the effort to take a house with such old-world charm and bring it up to date in a way that mixes contemporary with traditional. I can't wait to see the finished product!

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YAYPRIL 9/20/2011 5:05PM

    That plaster/crown moulding is beautiful. Your house has such a historic feel to it--probably pretty common around those parts. It's beautiful! I'm inspired by all your hard work. :)

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FITGIRL15 9/20/2011 4:27PM

    Wow, your house is HUGEE!!! Such character!

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MBSHAZZER 9/20/2011 4:06PM

    Exciting!! Love the new house! That walk in closet is about the size of my apartment, LOL! And FWIW, I love the blue in the bathroom. And the plaster medallion! The BF and I uncovered something similar at one of our rental properties... it had been covered with a dropped ceiling with acoustical tile... the kind in offices and classrooms.. YUCK!

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/20/2011 3:49PM

    that looks fun..... emoticon

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