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A surprise at the end of my run

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Today I went for my first run in over a week...I'm really trying to take it easy on my knee and fully recover from one run before I do the next. I would have loved to go somewhere more scenic but it was almost 5 P.M. when I started, so I did my usual 4.2 mile loop that starts and ends at home sweet home. No surprise, having lost 5 pounds made a noticeable positive difference - my knee doesn't hurt! :) I won't be running again until it doesn't feel twinge-y at all, but it feels much better than it did 5+ pounds ago. I was thinking about the book _Born to Run_ while I ran, and trying to keep it light and easy. And that seemed like it worked. Unfortunately it wasn't a fantastic run because I was sort of hungry and thirsty, but cardiovascularly I felt very strong.

Anyway, toward the end of my run I started hearing noise. I see very few other runners on this route, so I was surprised when I saw a woman trot past me, yelling out comments the whole time. I think she was saying, "Come on, girl!" to me, or something along those lines, but I had my music going so I'm not sure. She stopped to walk up a hill so I passed her, and she was literally dancing as she walked. As I passed, she said to me, "I just came from downtown. I'm tired!" I commented on how much energy she has. Then I realized she didn't mean the downtown part of our neighborhood a few minutes further down the street, she meant downtown BOSTON. Which is miles away.

She caught up with me again when I stopped to wait to cross an intersection, and then we were both walking up the street my house is on. I asked her if she was my neighbor, and she took off her headphones to hear me. I asked again, "Are you my neighbor? Do you live on ___ Street?" It turns out that she lives diagonally across the street from me! Her name is Lisa, she's 45, and she's training for her 10th and last Boston Marathon. We had a chat about the importance of good sneakers (she told me to go to Marathon Sports and they'll watch how I walk and recommend a shoe, and then I can go to an outlet store and buy it cheaper), about how she spent $800 for orthopedics that totally cured her plantar fascilitis, and a few other running-related topics. She told me if I ever wanted to run together I could knock on her door and she'd train me ("for free!"), and she'd go at my pace because I said I couldn't keep up with her. Now she and I are not exactly the same type - she is only 11 years older but already has an adult son, and she told me she just started living with a man (boyfriend) for the first time in her life. But it might be nice to have a role model runner living right across the street! Oh, random, she asked me if I was a nurse because she thought I looked like a nurse! What does a nurse look like? Haha.

I don't know why - I am FAR from PMS - but I am feeling kind of weepy tonight. It started when I read HOT4TEACHER2010's blog post about giving birth to her son (congratulations!), and then continued when I watched this link to a 60 Minutes story on YouTube about a musical savant:
and then when I email from my mother-in-law that her brother is healthy and no longer needs chemo, I just had to go and find Jess and sit on his lap and hug and cry happy tears. And he teared up a little bit too. Which is gorgeous, on a handsome man.

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SEEHOLZ 3/9/2012 4:37PM

    I seriously LOVE that you and Jess can sit and cry together! That has never happened for Dan and I- he's not the type- especially not about good news. Anyways, happy about the good news!

For me, having someone offer to mentor me in running would totally make my day/week/month! I think you are sooo lucky :-)

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KAYECAN 3/9/2012 3:48PM

    Hello Nurse Susan.....well, I think YOU will be good for your neighbor. Glad you found someone to motivate and who will motivate you. It works both ways you know. There is proof of that right here on Sparks where we all motivate one another in some way. Glad your joints are feeling better with every pound you lose. That is a success that feels good I'm sure. Even your feet have to feel better. All that is important for a runner.
Have a good weekend and fill it with good healthy choices!!!
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And thank you for the positive support while I have been in New York. It really made me feel good.

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CRYSBROWN1 3/8/2012 11:28AM

    I love that book Born to Run, I try to channel that light, smooth, fast mantra all the time! That is so awesome to meet a running neighbor! Having company to run with would be so cool! Not sure what a nurse looks like but I would like a do-gooder/friendly type look - so I would say it it's a compliment.

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MBSHAZZER 3/8/2012 11:04AM

    Running buddies are always fun! Glad you found such an energetic person to share your running with! :D

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ZIRCADIA 3/8/2012 7:28AM

    THAT IS SO COOL!!!! :) I hope you can develop a good running buddy relationship - if she's running Boston, she's gotta be a pretty good runner. :D Especially this being her 10th! (Assuming she's fast and qualified since you said you couldn't keep up and not a charity runner... still 10 marathons period means she's serious.) :D

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WVMAMA22 3/7/2012 10:09PM

    awww loved that you found you a running buddy wish i could and love that you have a good man for support awesome

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FITGIRL15 3/7/2012 9:41PM

    Wow, Susan! You had lots of emotional stuff to stimulate those tears! Just finished watching that link... wow, amazing story!!!

I think it's awesome that you met your neighbor and she runs marathons! You never know what she will teach you! Soak it all up!

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Week 2 of 6: COMPLETED

Saturday, March 03, 2012

On February 18, 2012 I started a six-week plan to jump-start the process of getting myself back on track with my weight. I have only one rule: eat 2,400 calories or less per day. Today marks two weeks completed!

Start weight (2/18/12): 170.0
End of week 1 (2/25/12): 166.8, -3.2lbs
End of week 2 (3/03/12): 165.2

I am down 1.6 pounds for the week, and 4.8 pounds total. Yay!

I have said this before, but my weekend/non-work weigh-ins tend to be much lower than my weekday weigh-ins. That's because on weekday mornings I weigh myself much earlier in the morning (around 6 A.M.) than I do on weekends (anywhere from 7:30-10:00 A.M.). So, all week this week my weight was hovering around 167 and I didn't think I was losing any weight, but then this morning (today being Saturday of course) I finally saw the drop I'd been waiting for. Yay! (Plus TOM started Wednesday after what seemed like an extra-long bout of PMS, and that can always play tricks on my weight.)

I've been doing this long enough now that I can use my weekly calorie report to give some averages. I can't choose what days of the week the calorie report uses, so here's what it has:

2/12-2/18: average intake of 2,168 calories per day
2/19-2/25: average intake of 2,110 calories per day
2/26-3/3: average intake of 2,168 calories per day

What else? Let's see...this week I worked out every day. After running Sunday and then using the elliptical Monday with knee pain, I've been carefully avoiding any exercise that hurts my knee. I agree I need to see a doctor/chiro (my husband thinks I'm supposed to see my primary care doctor first and get a referral to a that how it works?) but I haven't gotten around to finding a new doctor yet. It's been an extremely busy week at work (which is good in a way - I'm too busy to eat, haha). However, I seem to do fine as long as I avoid certain types of movements. Although, after using the stair climbing machine yesterday now my left ankle is a little tiny bit funny, and I wonder if that's related. Ugh. I'm happiest these days on a strength training day (which I do 3x/wk) so I don't have to worry about hurting myself with cardio.

My husband keeps telling me I look skinnier now, which gives me a little thrill each time I hear it. :) And when he says "skinny" he doesn't mean it with any of the negative connotations people have about that word, by the way. From him, it's just a compliment.

I've been hungry only at night after dinner, if even that...some days I haven't been hungry at all. I mean, every time I finish dinner I wish I could have a second helping, but I remind myself that I'm doing this for six weeks. Not sure how I'll control myself after the six weeks because telling myself that this is temporary right now is the only way I'm able to convince myself to do it, but...well...that's a decision to make later. But for the most part I've been feeling great - not hungry at all. I'm even eating regular dinners with Jess rather than stuff I've batch-cooked over the weekend. In the past when I've lost weight I've had to eat totally different dinners from him, and I like this better. It's usually been fish or chicken and then I eat a ton of veggies on the side and have a mug of decaf tea. I have told Jess that I can't be responsible for his side dishes, because it would take too much willpower to make something like pasta or whatever and then not get to eat it. He even knows not to offer me a glass of wine. But, as long as I watch my portions I can eat "normal" dinners - last night we even split a pizza. All good!

I really should take some new pictures of my house for you guys. It's getting closer and closer to looking done. My FIL has been restaining the floors because he realized how to do it in a better way than he did it before, so now we have all these gleaming gorgeous hardwood floors!! We're still very much lacking in the furnishing/decorative department, but most of the basics (walls, ceilings, floors) are done and looking beautiful! Hopefully the house will be mostly ready for the big reveal at our open house/birthday party on March 31, and hopefully I will be looking fit then too, when my six-week plan ends.

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COWBOYMAMA 3/5/2012 7:16AM

    Sounds like you are doing great! Hope you can get your knee pain fixed. I always seem to have pain somewhere that I have to deal with!

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SEEHOLZ 3/4/2012 2:42PM

    You are rocking your 40 day challenge Susan- and as always, you totally motivate me to keep trying at this weight loss- at least focus on not gaining any weight!

You rock!

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AMYNYNJ 3/4/2012 1:03PM

    Yay! Sounds like you're doing great. Congrats! emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 3/3/2012 4:26PM

    So proud of how much asss you are kicking for this challenge! And I like that we both have short-term challenges going for ourselves at the moment. Mine being- Operation-be-the-thinnest-for-vacat
ion-ever. Ha ha. Have you decided on any reward for yourself at the end of this 6 week plan?

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CARILOUIE 3/3/2012 3:22PM

    Yay! I'd love to see some house pics!

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KAYECAN 3/3/2012 2:54PM

    What an encouraging blog. All sorts of good things happening in your life. Congrats on the pounds dropped and also for finding an eating pattern that works good for you. Keep up the good pace and both you and your house will look stunning by the end of the month!!!
Have a good weekend Susan.
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ALLISON145 3/3/2012 1:50PM

    Great job! I agree that it's a lot easier when you can adapt to what everyone is eating rather than eating separately. Every now and again I eat something entirely different, but that's not as bad as every day!

Keep it up!!


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MBSHAZZER 3/3/2012 12:32PM

    Susan, you are doing so great with your plan! I think eating WITH Jess will make it easier - less like being on a "diet". Larry cooks stuff that I won't eat all the time for himself. I'll batch cook on the weekends and then he eats it for lunch (he's home a lot during the day) and I'll have it for diner while he eats chicken or some kind of meat that he's made for himself.

Anyway, definitely post pics!! So excited for you that your house is almost finished! And I hope your knee is feeling better soon!

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Cardio = Ouch :(

Monday, February 27, 2012

For the past couple of months or so I've experienced some knee pain (and sometimes hip too) especially on the left side when I run. It started when I was using treadmill jogging exclusively for my cardio, doing an hour on that thing several times per week. Once I realized I was hurting myself I took a break from the treadmill, but still jog now and then, and I pretty much experience knee pain every time, but then it goes away after a few days.

I ran outside just 20 minutes yesterday and got the pain. Then today, before I was recovered, I got the pain again on the elliptical! I finally got off after 35 minutes when my plan was to be on there for 60. I then used an exercise bike but found that so annoying (it somehow felt hard but also I couldn't get my heart rate over 110??) that I stopped after 5 minutes. Then I stretched. Then I felt so guilty for not doing my full hour of cardio (especially since I took two days off from cardio this past week) that I decided to finish up with treadmill walking on an incline. That actually made my legs feel better...I think you use your joints in a whole different way for incline walking vs. running. It almost felt like I was stretching as I took each step, in a good way.

My hubby thinks that maybe I need to take a bit of a break from cardio. I'm scared to do this because it's so ingrained in me that I need to in order to burn off some calories, but I think he may be right. I've been doing about an hour of cardio per day, several days a week, for years now without any extended breaks, and I think I may have overused something. Plus I'm reading Flip the Switch, recommended to me by CARILOUIE (thanks lady!), in which it is recommended that cardio should be kept to 15 minutes per session or less, and that any more makes you prone to injury. (It also recommends you avoid muscle conditioning classes - which I take regularly - because you do too many reps in those classes, and again this could set you up for injury.)

I also think that if this pain persists I'm going to need to suck it up and see a doctor. My doctor is an hour away, near where I grew up, and I don't really know how to go about finding a new one in my new area so I haven't done it. But I should, and this might prompt me to finally do that. I feel like I'm too young for joint issues! Both my parents have arthritis and I really just want to be able to exercise and not be hurt.

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AMYNYNJ 2/29/2012 9:55PM

    I also had pain in my knees from running a lot, I went to my doctor and was diagnosed with patella tendinitis. He said it's very common for women runners to get pain in the knees. Also FYI, I'm a big skier in the winter, but this year I tore a ligament also in the knee, so now I I'm taking a break from running and all cardio until the MRI results come in. I've been reading a lot of stories on the Internet of other people who have torn ligaments and many of them also started with pain in the knees. It could be almost anything so see if you can visit your doctor just to be sure it's nothing serious.

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DAMIENDUCKS 2/28/2012 6:49PM

    I second the chiro suggestion to make sure nothing is out of whack...

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KRITKRIT 2/28/2012 10:51AM

    Hope you figure out your knee/hip problems so you can get back at it without hurting yourself. I haven't ever heard that you should only do 15 min of cardio and not do ST classes...It seems to work for me when Im actually doing it, but EVERY person is different! Hopefully you find what works best for you! Remember, listen to your body! Its talking for a reason!

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MBSHAZZER 2/28/2012 8:48AM

    OK, a few comments.... First of all, see a sports chiro! A good sports chiro will be able to holistically determine the problem and treat the root cause. For example, I was having IT band issues (IT band runs from the hip to the knee and can cause knee pain if it's inflamed or out of whack). But, the root cause of the issue started with a neck-shoulder problem that caused my to hunch my left shoulder, which made my right hip out of alignment, causing the IT band issue. I was dubious, but he did most of his work on the shoulder and the IT band issue disappeared! Who knew?!

Next, I do think that the most effective weight training is done with HIGH weight and low reps, to avoid repetitive stress injuries. Maybe you should invest in a session or 2 with a personal trainer to shake up your weight routine.

Finally, I will not comment on the 15 minutes of cardio, because I need an hour of running to make myself feel even close to human! :D

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STEFANIE822 2/28/2012 6:12AM

    I was having similar issues with my right knee when I started running again. Now I cant run at all because of my ankles, but before when it was just my knee, I went to the doc and he told me to do squats against the wall with a small medicine ball squeezed between my knees. He said most knee pain during exercise comes from a weak vastus medialis, and that exercise strengthens it. Taking some time off of cardio may be a great idea, but when you get back into it, try those squats. They helped me a lot!

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CARILOUIE 2/28/2012 5:36AM

    I'm glad you like the book!

I read Fitgirl's comment and I have been experiencing kind of the same thing. I started doing circuit training, spending no more than an hour on a session (warm up and cool down included). I bust my arse during the workout, but boy, does it burn! I have been losing weight like crazy!

And go get that knee checked out!!!

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ZIRCADIA 2/28/2012 4:30AM

    WHERE does it hurt in your knee? That can be a good indicator of what kind of a thing you're dealing with... I'd google it and see about running and knee pain and see if any of the descriptions match what you're feeling. You might find a good way to work through it!

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FITGIRL15 2/28/2012 1:04AM

    You can get a great cardio workout while you weight train if you don't stop to talk/ stretch/ relax during your sets. If you hustle from weight station to weight station, you kill 2 birds with one stone! *(think Curves circuit style... weights, cardio, weights, cardio)

I promise you, I never would have believed this system worked... until I started Zumba! I am now a believer that women trying to workout (and look) like men are not doing their bodies justice! I have taken a HUGE step back from body building, I just use my ST sessions to tone (I never lift weights for more then 45 minutes now, being much more time effective is my goal)... and my body looks much more feminine and people are complimenting me more now then ever! It's counter intuitive, but it works for me!

I got injuries from cardio all the time when I was 155 pounds. I hated running cause my knees hurt after 15 minutes too. Ugh, I hated that! I bet a break from cardio (at least running!) would be good for you. Why not try some other form of cardio? Walking on an incline is a great idea! Or Zumba! :) Or cardio kick? Or spin!!! What does WOW offer? Only the BTS suite of classes?

Good luck, Hun! I am sure you'll figure this out!

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KAYECAN 2/27/2012 11:31PM

    Your hubby might get the gold star here. Your body has spoken and you need to listen. Listen to your gut too. If it's telling you that maybe a doctor visit is in order, I'd get it checked out. I'm a believer in preventive medicine. Take care and rest that body of yours.
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WOLFSHADESS 2/27/2012 9:42PM

    If the pain has been going on for that long, it certainly wouldn't hurt to see a doctor and make sure that everything is okay! Risking working out and injuring yourself isn't going to do you any good. Be careful and hope you feel better soon!

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Body Pump Disaster

Sunday, February 26, 2012

What a disaster Body Pump was this morning - or, at least, the first 10 minutes of it. (The rest was OK.)

First, I left a little too late and seemed to be behind slow drivers and hitting red lights the whole way.

Second, when I arrived, there was no gym staff available at the front desk and I could see in the studio that the class had ALREADY STARTED - usually the instructors give at least a couple minutes at the beginning to give people time to set up but not this time - so I ran over and got into the studio.

Third, I immediately realized there was almost no available space for me to set up. But I started to weave through the crowds to get my equipment.

Fourth, the guy teaching was that jerk I mentioned a few weeks ago...he is apparently going to be doing the Sunday teaching for the near future, and that's typically the only day I can go. :( As I was hussling to get set up, he started harrassing me about my ticket. I belong to Work Out World and they require tickets for classes because only Platinum members can take classes, so the tickets ensure that the lower-class citizen members aren't illegally sneaking into classes. However, most instructors forget to collect the tickets, and most of them recognize their regulars and don't have to worry about whether we're Platinum members or not. Well, this guy showed no recognition of me. He wouldn't let me stay in the studio until I came back with a ticket! So I went and grabbed one (the guy at the desk handed me one without any words exchanged - this scenario must have happened before), and then went in and got my stuff. It takes a few minutes to set up for a Body Pump class and by the time I was set up the warmup track was over. While I was getting my weights I thought I heard a woman whisper something about pulling up my pants but that concept didn't register in my head until I was already starting in on my squats and suddenly realized that my "whale tail" was sticking out and showing to the entire room behind me! (and I was in the front of the room - the only place there was space). With two heavy plates, one medium, and one light on each side I stopped and tried to adjust my top, pants, and underwear, but the embarrassment damage had been done. UGH.

Anyway, after that things kind of settled in, except the jerk instructor spent the entire class making negative comments about how people weren't using enough weight, people weren't using good form, people should vary their workouts and try other things, blah blah. A few weeks ago I commented that he says this stuff because he's just trying to help, but at this point I just think he likes to be negative. And he's the fitness director of the gym, so it's not even like I can complain to the fitness director because that's him! And nobody else who works there on a daily basis seems to have much of a clue about anything. OK, now I'm being negative, but I've often asked questions at the front desk and not been able to get answers. Oh well, you get what you pay for, and WOW is cheap.

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SACREDECHOS 2/29/2012 6:05AM

    Ugh id end up getting angry but then id take the anger and use it to push through my workout lol Every Pump id be telling him off in my mind lol
Better off to find another class. Being positive is so important to our mindset.

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STEFANIE822 2/28/2012 6:08AM

    What a jerk!! He definitely sounds like the type that would do the opposite of motivating people! Sorry you had a rough morning...hopefully the day got better!

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MBSHAZZER 2/27/2012 9:42AM

    Ugh, sounds like a disaster, but even a disaster of a workout is better than NO workout! :D

I stopped classes at the gym because they start too late during the week and they replaced the Sunday spin instructor, who was awesome, with a really awful woman. She'll come around and adjust the spin bikes for you while you're working out, and oddly, she'll usually reduce the tension on the bikes.... i can't STAND spinning with low tension, it kills my knees, so I usually crank it up a few notches, and she'll come around and turn it down. So, I stopped going. :D

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FITGIRL15 2/27/2012 1:09AM

    Some instructors really need to take a freaking break from teaching and let the new blood in!!!
Instructors like this can be so obnoxious... we have a few on our roster too here in Calgary, so you are NOT alone!!! I try to avoid them, when I can! LOL

I hope that he gets a lot of subs for his classes! Negativity is no way for an instructor to project their energy to the members! Why would anyone go back???

I'd leave an "anonymous" complaint for him at the front desk, and sign it "the late whale tail Lady" LMAO

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KAYECAN 2/26/2012 10:27PM

    I'm a hermit so I don't do any gym classes. I just work out at home, but if I did go to a gym and paid my dues, I'd sure expect better treatment than that. I would be direct and have a one on one with him and tell him how he really makes you feel. Maybe he would see things through your eyes and make some changes in his presentation, or maybe it would go right over his head, but at least you would have tried. I hate to see you have to hold all your feelings in about this instructor if he is going to be doing the class every Sunday.

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JOYELYSE 2/26/2012 10:01PM

    Form is important, but the rest it sounds lousy. Sorry for a crappy situation.

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WOLFSHADESS 2/26/2012 9:11PM

    Wow, what a jerk. I used to go to Lucille Roberts and luckily never had any issues with any of the instructors... But unfortunately, there just wasn't one close enough to my new house, so I joined Retro Fitness down the block from me. Not that there's anything wrong with the gym... except no group classes. I miss my group classes. Especially Pilates and Yoga. Boo.
And I wouldn't worry too much about the pants thing... I've had plenty more embarrassing things happen to me...that we won't get into...

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PAPER_WINGS18 2/26/2012 8:55PM

    He Sounds like a tool. Is WoW a chain? Is there another one near by you can attend for that class instead of dealing with Sargeant Dbag?

Sorry about the embarrassing moment! Don't fret though- I'm sure you are the only one still thinking about it!=)

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NINJALINDA 2/26/2012 8:54PM

    Geez, I've gotta hand it to 'ya for sticking it out & making something out of that whole scenario! That just plain sucks about the jerk being the fitness director. Maybe you could find out who owns the joint & complain to them?

Anyhow, kudos to you for getting your workout on in the face of adversity!

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SILLIANGEL 2/26/2012 8:44PM

    I'm sorry you had such a horrible time in bodypump. That's my favorite class! Ugh. Oh well, next time will have to be better, right?

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SEEHOLZ 2/26/2012 8:11PM

    Sorry for the embarrasing moment Susan! To put things into perspective for you, I was in a Group Kick class recently and this girl walks in, completely oblivious that her shorts were on inside out. Basically, the "underwear" layer was showing- I kind of glanced over and others started to stare at her, but no one said anything. I didn't know if I should say anything, because you never know- maybe she was setting a new fashion trend- she was settling into her stance and all of a sudden she noticed people were staring, then realized why and embarrasingly ran off ot the changing room-LOL. The instructor made a slightly funny remark to blow it over, but I think it only put more attention to the girl from the other side of the room. I was impressed by the girl coming right back, too- I know some people would have disappeared never to be seen again-LOL. She was a trooper.

AS for the gym manager- that just plain old sucks. I know that situation would have made me feel like I don't want to come back to his class- but I also know how much I love my classes, so that's a tough choice. I've been in situations before, where I was annoyed by the instructor, but liked the class/time slot enough to suck it up- but yeah.. there is this one woman who always keeps correcting people's forms and she insists that people only put 1 riser under their bench on the lunge track--- hello, I'm 69 inches tall, you might be 62- it's okay for me to have an extra riser! People like that drive me nuts- this particular woman always tries to tell people to put more weight now, just to mention one second later to take some off in order to have proper form- what a flipping way to confuse people?!

Anyways, next Sunday is a new week/new day- so I would not worry about anything. If you like the class, maybe tune the whole instructor out and get there a bit early to set up out in a different spot and just ignore him- as best as you can. He's not worth your time and energy!


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Day 9 of 42: Down 3.6 Pounds

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Just a quick one while I finish breakfast. In a few minutes I'm off to Body Pump, and then I'm meeting my mom for lunch at a little bakery in Brookline Village. I can't believe it's the last day of February vacation already!

Yesterday I just couldn't wait to try that darn coconut milk, so I made up another pot of coffee. I don't know if it was the extra coffee (though I makeonly two cups per pot and it's not that uncommon for me to make two pots on the weekends), the coconut milk, or PMS, but I was NOT feeling very good yesterday and spent most of the day in bed. I popped two Tylenol to get rid of the cramps. I assumed it was the very end of PMS, I know it wasn't if you know what I mean, so I don't know. I'm giving the coconut milk a second try this morning, and if I cramp up again I will assume that's the culprit (I hope not). I have read that the saturated fat in coconut milk isn't bad for you, but still seeing that each serving has 5 grams of fat and that all of this fat is saturated freaks me out a little. Plus it tastes different from the soy milk I am used to, and change is hard. :)

Didn't go to the gym yesterday and appetite was minimal...I only had 1,860 calories which sounds like a ton to most normal people but that's super low for me.

Oh, here's a stupid little vent I've been meaning to write about for a while... does anyone here ever make "Chef Meg" recipes from Spark recipes? I do often, because I figure the chef recipes might be better than the ones that random Sparkers post. Well, a few weeks ago I made Chef Meg's Slow Cooker Spanish Chicken and thought it was OK. So, I went back to the recipe and rated it as "OK," which is actually one of the rating choices, and posted my comments about why I thought so (didn't particularly like the peas in it, the flavor was meh, etc.). At the time my rating was the only one, so the average rating was a 2 of 5 (2=OK). And then I somehow realized that they deleted my comment! Since then other people have rated it as a 5 of 5 and those comments were saved, but mine was not. And even comments that really say almost nothing were saved, when my comment had specific feedback. Is someone too insecure to allow a Spark employee's recipe to have an OK rating? OK isn't BAD, it's just OK! And like I said, this is a stupid gripe, but I wanted to share.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

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SILLIANGEL 2/26/2012 1:28PM

    I'd say it's possible that your rating was deleted, but you also have to consider the possibility that it was a glitch. Being a free site, SP can be pretty glitchy!

Congrats on the loss and the momentum! And I really hope you're not having problems with coconut milk. It's so good!

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PAPER_WINGS18 2/26/2012 12:27PM

    That's bull shiz about your feedback getting deleted, but it honestly doesn't surprise me. The "staff" that run this site have p!ssed me off a lot the last few months, so it does not surprise me. I would re-post your comment and see if it gets deleted again. If it does, then I'd write to her and the SP Staff page giving your feedback on how unfair that is. I would definitely not waste my time making an "OK" recipe, ya know? And I'd be upset if I tried that recipe b/c all of the reviews were 5/5, when really it was just OK.

Ah well.

Keep up the great work!

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KAYECAN 2/26/2012 12:00PM

    Do I see somebody eating breakfast at the computer?????
Congrats on the happy scale!!!! I'm sure you worked for every ounce because you just seem to be a very dedicated individual. I'm happy for you.
I kind of agree with MUSICANDWORDS.....I'd inquire into the comment disappearing and see what happened. I have a real bad habit of reading between the lines and I usually presume the wrong thing. If it was deleted on purpose, that is wrong and should be dealt with.
Hope you have a happy day and fill it up with good healthy choices!!! You are such an inspiration!!!
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JOYELYSE 2/26/2012 11:23AM

    Congrats on the loss. I hope that you don't feel lousy again today. I'd complain to SP about the missing review. That is BS! They post five star reviews from people saying "Looks good. I'm going to try making it soon." I'm really into Cooks Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen recipes. Their healthy cookbook is really great. It's so interesting to read about how they slim down recipes, trying various reductions/substitutions until they hit upon combos that meet their standards. I've read through the Chef Meg stuff. I can't say anything, as I haven't made them, but, as an avid cook with a hobbist's interest in food science, I'm not that impressed.

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MBSHAZZER 2/26/2012 11:23AM

    Yeah, that would irritate me, too.

I totally hear you on the fat in coconut milk. SO MANY people say the sat fat from coconut milk isn't "bad" for you, but I am old enough to remember when margarine was considered a better alternative to butter, so I am always very cautious about food fads. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

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SEEHOLZ 2/26/2012 10:55AM

    OMG about the recipe! Sorry, but stuff like that ticks me off- a lot! Can other people delete comments? or it is up to Chef Meg? I'd go on her Sparkpage and let her know personally!!!! That's plain old bs. I call that false advertising actually. If you want a 5/5, then don't even allow people to rate- rig it from the get go or just forget the rating scale and rave up your own food. WTH? Actually I've never tried any of those recipes and I'm sure some are good, but this makes me not want to ever try them- out of principle. Hahaha... I'm crazy, I know.

Enjoy your lunch today with your Mom. Little bakeries and restaurants are one of my favorite lunch places- one of the best places I had lunch at was this little French place in Montreal= how I soo want that veggie soup right now!

Great going on your challenge Susan!

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MUSICANDWORDS 2/26/2012 10:20AM

  Did you try reposting? Perhaps it just didn't save properly? I'd check that before assuming it was deleted. Always think the best in people!! (at least at first ;) )

Also, being down 3.6 lbs in a little over a week? That's impressive! emoticon

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