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Thursday, December 15, 2011

I'm in a much better mood than I was when I last wrote.

I watched a YouTube video that was linked to someone's blog (wish I still had the link to share) that suggested that, for health, we all commit to limiting our sitting/lying down time to just 23.5 hours per day. Haha. It said that 30 minutes of exercise per day significantly helps improve all kinds of health problems. Beyond 30 minutes the impact gets much smaller. It also said that obese people who are fit and active are healthier than thin people who don't exercise. I am not obese, but I am overweight and I am fit and active.

Yesterday I did 5.43 miles in an hour on the treadmill. Just documenting so I can look back later at my progress. Maybe it's because of my weight, but my hips and knees have been bugging me a bit lately, with all this running. I really should aim to get at least back down to the low 150s. I am 165.2 today, and my weight has been around this for a while now.

I have a coworker who got married a couple months before me, and she is one year younger than me, and this morning her water broke and she's about to have her first baby. After hearing this news I actually went into the restroom and cried a little! My reaction surprised me. I must be starting PMS or something.

That's all for now, I think. Bye!

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CARILOUIE 12/16/2011 5:45AM

    Glad you're feeling better.
I agree with the chiro suggestion. I always feel better after I've gone and had some work done!

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FITGIRL15 12/15/2011 10:02PM

    I COMPLETELY understand about the crying about hearing that your friend is going to have her first baby... how do you think someone in MY SHOES must feel?? At least you are almost there, Sista! LOL I need a MAN first... Oy! Your reaction does NOT surprise me one bit... you've got the baby BUG and you want to be a MOMMY too!!!

I agree, that the extra weight may be contributing to your knee and hip pain. Do you see a chiropractor? You may just be out of alignment too. A simple adjustment works wonders for me!!!

I have been doing 30 minute workouts lately too... they save my sanity... and I know my body still says "Thank You" because I am still darn sore the next day!!! You might be surprised at how little you actually have to do to achieve the results you want! Maybe you are doing too much and getting burnt out mentally versus physically!!

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SEEHOLZ 12/15/2011 9:02PM

    While I think you are right about your weight contributing, I do think that you are just running alot lately- and cross training is really good for you- while you might be perfectly okay running a lot, just be mindful of overuse injuries. Of course, you don't seem really too prone- but the knee and hip thing sure sounds overuse related.
As for the baby reaction- you want a baby- I think that's a normal, sensitive reaction.

30 min-- awsome reminder, especially in times of stress, burnout, sickness and extreme fatigue... oh and travel.


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MBSHAZZER 12/15/2011 4:46PM

    Hey Susan, glad to hear you are feeling better. I totally agree with the 30 mintues per day! I think sometimes that people get intimidated about eating right and exercising b/c they think it's an all or nothing proposition, when in reality, it's the little stuff that you can do consistently that counts!

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JENONTHEROX 12/15/2011 11:56AM

    I thought that 23.5 hour speech was pretty good, made me laugh at the end too :)

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Me, Complaining.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Progress reports are due Tuesday and I'm not even halfway done with them yet. And I don't bring work home, so I'm going to have a long day at work on Monday.

My weight is up, and my face is getting round and ugly. My skin is breaking out too. I'm too old for that!

I'm turning 34 in nine days.

More parents at school want services their kids don't need than I can deal with right now. Why didn't I pick a job where I didn't have to constantly justify why I do, or don't do, everything?

My house is so far from being done. My in-laws are here all the time. I hate never having privacy and never having time to relax, but I also feel guilty for resenting their help.

Body Pump during the week is too late at night for me, but I love Body Pump so much.
The clips for the ends of the bars at my gym are starting to get old and they can slip off - that's so dangerous - why aren't they replacing them!?
The guy who teaches my Saturday class keeps skipping a track here and there to finish class on time so the class after ours can start on time. BUT if he'd just stick to much shorter transitions between tracks he wouldn't have to skip tracks! Gah...

On a positive note, during lunges today he complimented me - he said I looked like I needed to be holding weights, guess the lunges looked too easy for me or something. :) Of course right after that we went into the fast dynamic lunges and I was losing my balance all over the place. Oh well. At least for a few seconds I looked pretty solid.

On another positive note, I love love love exercise and am realizing more than ever that I NEED it for stress relief. I didn't go yesterday - had a visit with my mom instead, who is dealing with chronic pain issues that I hope aren't in my own future. I think exercise withdrawal contributed a lot to this grumpy mood. Okay, that's not the positive part...the positive part is how much I love exercise and how my running is really coming along now that it's basically my only cardio. I just blogged the other day about walking between songs and going slow...I've already been able to pick up the pace since then and can only see myself getting slowly faster and faster. I was averaging about 5.1 miles in an hour less than a week ago and now I'm closer to 5.3. I know it would take weight loss to get much faster, but I'd like to eventually be comfortably running 10K (about 6.2 miles) in less than an hour when I work out. I've done it before, I can do it again.

Sorry for complaining. I just wanted to dump it all out so I could move on with my day.

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TRACYZABELLE 12/15/2011 3:38AM

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DAMIENDUCKS 12/13/2011 5:58PM

    hang in there!

(and if you know of a job that doesn't involve constantly justifying why you do or don't do every little thing you do or don't do, please share! I want to apply too!)

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INBRAZILFORNOW 12/12/2011 1:52PM

    Complain away! You need to get it off your chest! Break is coming!

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SEEHOLZ 12/11/2011 8:16AM

    You got Christmas vacation around the corner girl! Something to look forward to- I'd trade you-LOL. For real though, I do can understand how annoying it would be to have to deal with parents period- they always know best. During conference, we actually went to see Danny's teachers this year (his grades were slipping and we wanted to know how we can help etc) and the Honors English teacher tried to essentially tell us that Danny was not doing his work, but would not spell it out. So I jumped on it and said that we think that Danny is not doing his work( related to stuying these vocab tests) and he said that that's what he meant, but didn't want to say it in so many words, because one time he did and some parents had a fit, complained and basically ripped him apart, because they thought their son worked so hard.
As for exercise, I feel 1000% the exact same way! I LOVE IT! I don't exercise for weight loss- I love how it makes me feel and I hate when I am injured or whatnot and cannot exercise. I know you'll get faster on that TM- it's amazing how much of a change you see- it's like BP... at first, you can barely do it and then bam... you are like, this is not so bad at all and go up and up in weights. I have actually decreased my weights a lot- on purpose. I am trying to stay strong, without working on muscles too hard, just to lay off getting knots and tight muscles all the time. Endurance is much more in priority right now- both cardio and muscle.

That BP instructor needs to get with the program- I'd write the front desk again- maybe leave an anonymous note or if you are brave enough, politely tell him to start earlier? Maybe they need to allocate the class 5 extra minutes if he cannot get the tracks in? That would tick me off = big time. Just sayiing.

As for your in-laws, I totally understand! Sometimes, you NEED your privacy, but by the same token, you don't want to offend someone who is been sooo helpful!

Hang in there Susan! Think of Christmas break and some extra days to sleep in and keep doing your thing!

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MBSHAZZER 12/10/2011 3:00PM

    Way better to blog out your frustrations than to eat them or take it out on Jess!

I totally get your exercise stress relief connection. I am resting today b/c I have a half marathon tomorrow and I am GRUMPY!!!

Also, i had to chuckle at your frustration about your living situation. That is the #1 reason why I don't want to buy a fixer upper! LOL! Also, all of our rental properties that we purchase are massive fixer uppers (like, they have nothing, no plumbing, no electric, no appliances, destroyed floor tiles, no windows) and I know what that's like! No way I want to hear Larry complain at home as well as at work!

Anyway, hang in there... Christmas vacation is coming soon!

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New Routine

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

I decided about a week ago or so that I'm no longer going to evening classes during the week. I get out of work at 3 P.M. and my gym is on my way home. I used to hang around at work killing time before classes because if I went home first that would mean an extra half hour in my car. Then I'd go to the gym and take evening classes (5:30 and/or 6:30) and get home just before 8 P.M. totally exhausted and still needing to take care of all my usual evening chores and dinner. I love classes, but I couldn't take it anymore!

So my new streingth training routine is actually the same as a routine I was following a couple years ago, before I had gotten back into Body Pump. Similar, at least. I have decided to do it Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays will be treadmill or other cardio, Saturday will be Body Pump (and possibly other cardio), and Sunday will be a day off to work on the house OR cardio. The strength training routine involves three sets of three different exercises for each of these muscle groups: back, legs, chest, shoulders, biceps, triceps, and abs. 8-12 reps each, or more if I don't "feel it" by the 12th rep. I then stretch and do a 10-minute fast-paced run on the treadmill, a couple minutes walking, and by the time I'm done with all that it's usually been about 90 minutes! It was interesting to get back into an old strength training routine after doing so much Body Pump, because I was able to see where I'd improved my strength and needed to use heavier weights than last I'd done this, and where I hadn't. There actually haven't been that many changes, I think, but the biggest change by far has been my lunge weight. No surprise - I've come a LONG way in lunges in Body Pump too (from barely being able to complete them to using what's often the heaviest bar in the class). I've also increased my squat weight in the weight room, but again that parallels Body Pump. I thought I'd go up with all my other weights too, but I haven't really. Maybe some - it's hard to do an exact comparison because I'm at a different gym now than I was last I used the weight room. In fact, I've gone through three new gyms since then!

I really don't like the elliptical trainers at my new gym, and the elliptical used to be my go-to cardio machine. It's too dark too early to run outside after work, so almost all my cardio these days is on the treadmill. I used to think the treadmill was so much harder than the elliptical and I couldn't keep at it for an hour like I could on the elliptical, and that I'd hurt afterwards, but then I realized that if I just take it easy I'm fine. So, for my 60-minute treadmill days, I've been going about 5.5 or 5.6 MPH for the length of one song on my ipod. When the song ends, I take a walking break (at about 3.6 MPH) long enough to drink some water, blot my sweat with a towel, and shuffle to a new song I want to listen to on my ipod, then I repeat the process. The treadmills at my gym have a max of 30 minutes, so after 30 minutes I get off, go pee, and come back and do the whole thing again! When I have 7 minutes left on the timer the second time I start a two-minute final sprint of around 7.0 MPH, then when there are five minutes to go I slow to a walk and if I'm on one of the treadmills that has a functional heart-rate monitor I use that to see how quickly my heart rate gets back to 120 (goal - 2 minutes or less). I then walk and stretch my upper body until the time runs out.

My eating routine lately hasn't been stellar, but it hasn't been awful. A lot of things are exactly the same as they are when I'm on track - smoothie for breakfast, one serving of almonds per day, and fruits/veggies for snacks. I also batch-cook and even calorie-count a recipe or two each weekend, and I eat servings of those for lunch each day, and sometimes dinner too. However, these days if I want to eat what my hubby's eating for dinner, I do that. If I want a mug of hot cider or a glass of beer or wine with dinner, I do that. If there's a treat in the teacher's room I let myself have some. Same goes for other snacks I may come across. I also keep telling myself I can eat whatever kind of junk my evil mind is thinking about, but only after I finish some chores and/or eat a healthy meal and/or have something to drink, etc., and often I either get too full or run out of time before I can eat the junk. So, I'm not losing any weight with all this, but I'm not gaining either.

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STEFANIE822 12/9/2011 11:21AM

    I like your new gym routine!! Its nice to read what other people are doing so I can switch it up every once in a while. As far as your eating goes, I think you are doing awesome!! We are not robots and cant be perfect all the time, and what kind of life are we living if we cant enjoy a glass of wine every once in a while??

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CARILOUIE 12/7/2011 8:55PM

    3:00 sounds heavenly. I get home and it's dark! Boooo!

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MBSHAZZER 12/7/2011 5:25PM

    OMG, you get out of work at 3!!! I would give my eyeteeth to get out of work at 3!

Sorry, I got distracted there! LOL! I think your new plan sounds great! Waiting around for classes is the main reason why I tend not to do any. Sounds like you have a really solid workout plan!

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SEEHOLZ 12/7/2011 9:53AM

    That's actually a great, well-rounded routine Susan! It motivates me to do more weights- something I've been slacking on lately. It's hard to change, but in the big picture you got to do what's best for you NOW- and that might have changed.


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LIL_EZZY 12/7/2011 5:18AM

    Well at least you aren't gaining. That is the main thing. Life is so hard it always gets in the way.

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Trying out intuitive eating

Sunday, December 04, 2011

It might seem like an odd time to try intuitive eating for me, considering I'm at the top of my weight range these days, but it's a busy time of year, and I know what my eating choice parameters should be in order to be successful, so why not just try to eat within them most of the time, not stress when I choose outside of those parameters once in a while, and get on with my day without feeling the burden of tracking? I've been basically doing this in an informal way since I last posted a blog, and my weight has dropped about three pounds in that time. It's been easy - no treats in the teachers' room so I HAD to stick with my apples and clementines for snacks, no time at home to eat too many snacks, and yesterday I was just so busy that I barely had time to think about eating! Last night we went out to dinner and a show with my husband's office. I had a grilled chicken salad at dinner and we were short on time to get to the show, so I literally didn't eat half the salad simply because I didn't have time to. I also didn't have time to eat very many chips and salsa (it was a Mexican place). But I was no martyr - I made time for 1.5 huge margaritas with salt! (The .5 is because of time again - my husband stuck a straw in my second margarita at the end and helped me finish it!)

The show we went to was The Donkey Show:
It was...a fun dancing experience, but the show itself didn't do much for me. But we almost NEVER go out anymore now that we are old adults with a house to work on, so it was fun to go out and drink and dance to a bunch of 70s songs. Most of my husband's coworkers are gay men so the dancing was good! After the show, when it was just free-for-all dancing, most of us got up on stage and twirled around with glowsticks on our heads, and we were the last ones out. And then even though this was CAMBRIDGE which is faaaaar from our side of Boston and we never go there and we had a long walk back to the car because parking in Harvard Square is impossible, I was still asleep after my big night out by 11 P.M. and up at 8 with more of a scratchy throat and a craving for green tea than a hangover! Yay! :)

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SEEHOLZ 12/5/2011 2:58PM

    I don't know- it's a two edged sword for me- it works when I am in the right mind-frame and not so much when I just can't do it-while I am not really intuitively eating per se ( I still count calories) I have this thing where I don't care if I go over as long as i stay in range for the 7 day period. I know it's weird, but it's been working for me all year, so almost never feel restricted. If I have a super hungry week, I might be over in total a little, but it always seems to even out, because I just kind of go with how I feel, with tracking. It's a lot simpler than it sounds. My point is- I feel better tracking, but without pressure.
I think that your choices and weight loss attest to this being a positive thing and for me, restriction always backfires- so I'm just done with it till hopefully forever?

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COWBOYMAMA 12/5/2011 8:53AM

    I find that if I stay busy, I don't eat as much and I am not as hungry! However, being a sahm, some days are busier than others and I don't have a boss to tell me what to do, so if I feel lazy, then I don't do it! I am still trying to figure out what works for me. You can do it!

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FITGIRL15 12/4/2011 12:11PM

    Susan, I definitely eat LESS OFTEN when I'm not following a plan (most days!!!) but I may make worse choices when I'm also not following a plan... it's a catch 22 for me.

I have just found a routine (diet & fitness) that keeps me in the weight range I want (and I do believe that the 'set point' theory comes into play here! I have maintained 130-135ish pounds for over 2 years, my body feels safe at this weight, no matter if I eat a little less of a little more. Daily fluctuations are normal!)

I definitely make better choices after following a plan. I drink more water. I eat more veggies & fruit. I opt for whole grains/complex carbs more often. All these small thing can do a lot of good to your weight! I also don't eat trigger foods as much (if ever) like I did when I was my heaviest (pasta, bread.. they were my favorites, but I realized were keeping me fat!)

I know you'll figure out what works for you!!! WORK IT, Girl!

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NELLJONES 12/4/2011 9:58AM

    My "intuitive" eating got me fat. My sister can eat intuitively but she has never been overweight a day in her 60+ year old life. I have to count. I just jot stuff down in my notebook so I don't "forget", which I am prone to do. I do have some foods that are "off limits", but only for today. I tell myself I can eat Chex Mix tomorrow, then tomorrow put it off again. If I thought about it as "forever" I'd eat it all. I wish I could trust my intuition, but my mind is my most dangerous place. I can convince myself that "this won't hurt" or "I'll just eat less tomorrow", but over the years it just doesn't seem to work. I am not intuitively thin, but I have a Plan that I follow and it's working, so what the heck?

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MBSHAZZER 12/4/2011 9:37AM

    Susan, I am a big fan of intuitive eating. For some people (and I include myself in this group), putting restrictions on what can and can't be eaten is a sure fire path to failure. Once something is "off limits", it's all I want, whereas if I know I "can" have it, I am not all that interested in it.

Seems like this approach has worked for you in the past, so go for it!

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Waning Motivation/Interest

Thursday, December 01, 2011

So I've been back off track since Thanksgiving, and I've gained back the six or so pounds I'd lost. I just get this relaxed and happy feeling when I give myself permission to eat whatever I want without worrying about calories. I never let up on exercise. For some reason, my motivation there just isn't an issue. It's not that I always LOVE it and can't wait to do it - in fact yesterday it took me dragging myself out of the car once I'd pulled into the gym parking lot, and I was staring at the clock. But I keep exercising, day after day, year after year. With eating it's just not the same for me. To me counting calories is kind of like holding my breath - there's only so long I can do it before I have to stop. Even with all my experimentation with moderation I still end up feeling that way. However, not all is bad. I wish I had the photos to prove it, but I'm almost positive I'm a more fit/toned version of the mid 160s than I ever was before. I'm still fitting into the same pants that I was wearing 10+ pounds ago. They're tighter but they still fit. I'm overweight for sure, but just a little bit. I thought once I came back to school this week after five days off that I'd go back to counting calories, but who am I kidding - there's goodies all over the place this time of year. So. I know I'll want to track and get back to a healthy weight soon. I just haven't been feeling it for the past week or so.

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SPARKNMOM 12/6/2011 11:07PM

    I, too, was doing SO well before Thanksgiving and since then have gained about 5 pounds. And it's so hard for me to get back on track. But you and I BOTH will. I hope your new routines are giving you the motivation you need to stay on track!!

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COWBOYMAMA 12/2/2011 6:45AM

    Hang in there. I have been struggling, too!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/2/2011 12:53AM

    you can do this. just a little detour. now get back on the road!!!

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LUVS2WIN67 12/1/2011 12:44PM

    We know how well the whole package works (nutrition plus exercise) but we do lose motivation sometimes...what I do is think back to when i felt really good about myself. Not because I was skinny, but because I was healthy. I think of that feeling and the feeling I have now (been off both tracks for awhile). That is helping me to stay focused. Hope you find something that works for you. :)

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