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Insignificant Ramblings

Monday, April 16, 2012

First, I'd just like to say that reading the lovely comments you guys write on my blogs absolutely makes my day!! :) I love my Spark friends!

This is the first day of April vacation ("vacation" as in a week off from school to be at home, not "vacation" as in airplanes and beaches), and I have some time on my hands to write down the insignificant ramblings in my head.

Let's see...where do I begin? It's been beautiful out and Jess (Mr. SeppieSusan) and I have been doing yardwork. Yesterday we started our vegetable garden!! We don't really know what we're doing - we either do "how to" searches on google or make things up as we go along. :) Jess and a friend who came over to help took the wood that used to make clotheslines and laid it down on the ground to make a big square for the garden, then Jess filled it in with dirt he dug up from another part of the yard. So far we have planted tomatoes, sweet peppers, cilantro, mint, onions, and strawberries, and soon we'll be adding arugula, basil, and yellow peppers. I have no idea how this stuff will turn out but I am so excited at the thought of being able to grow our own food! We're also clearing a bunch of weeds to plant a big backyard lawn - I've been attacked by poison oak a few times but yesterday I showered immediately after I was done and seemed to avoid another attack. We're also going to build a patio, and use mulch and plant bushes and flowers and we're going to have a pretty yard! My family did minimal yardwork when I was growing up, or at least I did, so this is all new to me and very exciting.

What else...I had an extremely sweaty run this morning, and a few days ago I went on a run where I kept getting honked at by guys in cars and on motorcyles. I'm sure the honks annoy some of you ladies but I kind of get a little thrill out of it to be honest. :)

Random but interesting - I found out that my neighbor across the street is the mother of Maura Tierney, a famous actress. Maura apparently grew up across the street from me! Her mom, Pat, was so modest - when we were telling each other about our families, she just said that one of her daughters lives in California - no mention of her being famous. It was another neighbor who told us she was actually famous (and "had her own TV show for a while there" - i.e. ER - haha).

The not-very-nice Body Pump instructor I've complained about in my blog before has decided to stop having Body Pump on Sundays - the one day a week I go - and instead he's going to teach a class called Ripped. He said it's popular in his other gyms, he's noticed a difference in himself since he started teaching it, cardio and strength training together have been shown to be effective, etc etc etc...I'm bummed about the loss of Body Pump, but maybe he's right. I'll try this Ripped class. I guess I like Body Pump partly because I know it, and I know that I'm good at it (well, at least some of the tracks). So trying something new couldn't hurt. Although, as another woman in my class said (echoing my thoughts), I only do BP once in a while (she said 2x/wk but for me lately it's been like 1x or 2x/month!) because I do lots of other things already. Oh well.

OK, now on to caffeine. When I had Good Friday off, a week and a half ago, I decided that'd be a good day to start not drinking caffeine. I slept most of the weekend...although not just from the lack of caffeine - I was also sleep deprived and had a cold. Anyway, during the work week I did drink a little bit - but a really little bit. I used to put two and a half heaping tablespoons of ground coffee into my coffee maker to make two mugs, and I would have that every day and then sometimes buy another cup before the gym too (a small). But this past week I used barely half a tablespoon for the same amount of water, and had just practically clear coffee. It was more about the routine than the coffee itself. And this past weekend I had NO caffeine, and none today either, and I feel fine, so I would say I'm officially over the addiction. That didn't take very long!

Finally, in baby-making news, I kind of feel like I either have the start of PMS, or something more exciting is going on. Funny how the earliest symptoms of pregnancy are exactly the same as symptoms of PMS. I know it's way too soon...we've only been trying for two weeks...but a girl can be optomistic, can't she?

  
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REBECCAMA 4/18/2012 9:26PM

  Good luck with the ttc stuff. For me one of the first symptoms was my sense of smell. I suddenly hated the smell of spicy foods.

As far as gardens go... sounds like you are doing great! Have fun with it. :-)

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STEFANIE822 4/18/2012 10:48AM

    Your veggie garden sounds awesome!!! And yes, you should be optimistic!!! Thats so exciting!!!

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SEEHOLZ 4/17/2012 3:15PM

    Optimism can only hurt if it crosses over to delusion-lol!

Keeping my fingers crossed for you :-)

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GEMINIMUMMA 4/17/2012 7:35AM

    Oooh! Fingers crossed that it's not PMS!

Have a great staycation..sounds like your garden is off to a fabulous start! :)

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PAPER_WINGS18 4/16/2012 10:53PM

    oooh!!!! A baby SeppieSusan in the works!!! Nothin' wrong with being optimistic, girl! I will keep my fingers & toes crossed for ya that it isn't PMS. But even if it is, your time will come! :-)



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KAYECAN 4/16/2012 4:05PM

    That is the biggest perk to owning your own home.....you can fix it up to fit your lifestyle. You will love watching all your garden and yard designs grow as you get your confidence built up. You made a comment about my yard pics about how did I learn to do that......well, the same as you......google and just got out there and visualized a plan and made it happen. Just don't put any limits on yourself because you are full of surprises.....you just have to let them out!!
Loved your blog and all your "ramblings"......makes you real and like we can feel your day.
Thanks for sharing and good luck on the baby thing. What will be will be.
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BOOTS1221 4/16/2012 2:35PM

    Yes, you can definitely be optimistic! It's so annoying how the early signs of preg are exactly the same as PMS... my bff is ttc right now so I've been doing tons of reading and research with her. Good luck!!! Keep us posted on your veggie garden too, hope you get something yummy out of it!

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MBSHAZZER 4/16/2012 2:22PM

    Yes, you can be optimistic! What is life without hope?! :D

Your garden sounds exciting! We hope to get one started soon. The house came with a composter, so we've been composting everything and hoping for some great soil!

Enjoy your week off! So jealous!

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Week 8

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Week 1 I lost 3.2 pounds, from 170.0 to 166.8.
Week 2 I lost 1.6 pounds, from 166.8 to 165.2.
Week 3 I lost 1.0 pound, from 165.2 to 164.2.
Week 4 I lost 0.8 pounds, from 164.2 to 163.4.
Week 5 I lost 0.8 pounds, from 163.4 to 162.6.
Week 6 I lost 0.4 pounds, from 162.6 to 162.2.
Week 7 I lost 1.4 pounds, from 162.2 to 160.8.

This week I gained 1.0 pound, from 160.8 to 161.8. You win some, you lose some.

Honestly, this type of situation is exactly why I'm so glad I weigh in daily and not weekly. I write these weekly weight-loss posts, but I weigh myself every day and sometimes more than once a day. I like seeing the patterns and knowing what behaviors and circumstances do to my weight so I won't freak out. I know that I was on track this week, both with my behaviors and my weight, so I'm not too worried about a gain. If I only weighed in once a week, I'd be putting so much emotionally into that one weigh-in that I'd be devastaed to see a gain.

Plus, the longer I'm in this game the more I'm starting to think that I'm sort of meant to weigh around this much, even though I'm still kind of fat and would really look better if I weighed less.

  
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KAYECAN 4/15/2012 4:19PM

    You are getting this figured out. You sure have seen success in the last 7 weeks. I tend to weigh myself daily but I super fluctuate when I'm working my nightshift stretch. Hard to see a pattern. I've always wondering about these weight goals we set for ourselves. It's our body that knows where it needs to be and where it functions best. I guess it's like falling in love.... you just know when its right....lol.
Hope the weekend is being kind to you. Make all your choices count!
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SEEHOLZ 4/15/2012 1:23PM

    The thing with you Susan is that you know what to do to get the weight off- I think that's huge to fall back on, even though it sure takes discipline to follow.

I don't know about set-point. It might be your set point, but you could probably re-set your set point if you do what it takes- again, entailing a whole bunch of discipline and sticking to the plan.

With some of those future plans you are working on- it might not be that time in your life to put 100% effort/focus on... it's like there are competing interests and you got to kind of prioritize. I think all the pics you post- you always look healthy and fit. Not fat and overweight. I also know that you might feel overweight or have some fat roll or whatever- I hate mine. I also feel chunky and large and just over-sized at times. I think a bit has to do with being around petite people. If I was around people that are my size all the time, I'd feel like I look okay- but life is full of petite people that can skew images.

Anyways- the biggest thing is to do what makes you truly happy- not what you think it should, what you cling onto in an attemp to seek out some fake sense of security (not saying you do).. you know like shopping- people can think shopping makes me happy or earning a ton of money... I am talking about that deep rooted happiness. It does not come from overeating either. It comes from being the person you want to be and living the life you want- to the best of your ability. I truly, deeply believe that it's never a waste of time to focus most of the energy there- the health/body perception/good eating and exercise habits seem to follow and fit into that package.



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MBSHAZZER 4/15/2012 11:02AM

    I think you are right about weighing in daily - because we do fluctuate so much, so I think seeing your weight go down and up a bit every day is probably healthy for you.

Also, regarding weight - It does seem like this is your "set" weight, so why fight it? You eat healtfully, you exercise regularly - I think the only thing that is bothering you is that you think you're fat, and why would you think that? Only because you're comparing yourself to other people or what is in the media? Maybe? Not sure, anyway, I think you're doing GREAT and I also think that when people have good habits and only a few pounds of cushion, there are more productive things to focus on!

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CARILOUIE 4/15/2012 9:22AM

    I'm so glad you found a system that works for you! You seem to be very happy!

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PAPER_WINGS18 4/14/2012 7:56PM

    I really love your attitude. I need a little bit more of that way of thinking, for sure. I think that you are doing great, and I am glad you realize that one gain at weigh in doesn't ruin anything! :) You are doing fantastic, and I know that the scale will catch up sooner than later!

Thanks for the reminder that one weigh-in doesn't make us or break us. Sometimes that is hard to remember.

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 4/14/2012 5:47PM

    May God bless your continued success on this journey we all share! emoticon

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Week 7

Saturday, April 07, 2012

My plan was only for 6 weeks and this is week 7, but I'm still going strong so here goes...

Week 1 I lost 3.2 pounds, from 170.0 to 166.8.
Week 2 I lost 1.6 pounds, from 166.8 to 165.2.
Week 3 I lost 1.0 pound, from 165.2 to 164.2.
Week 4 I lost 0.8 pounds, from 164.2 to 163.4.
Week 5 I lost 0.8 pounds, from 163.4 to 162.6.
Week 6 I lost 0.4 pounds, from 162.6 to 162.2.

This week....

I lost 1.4 pounds, from 162.2 to 160.8. Yaaaay! Oddly enough, this is the same week that my weight had gone way up temporarily, due to eating a lot of junk food at and after our party. But like I said in an earlier blog, it came right off and then just kept going down. Yay.

In other news I'm now on Day 2 of no caffeine. I slept so much yesterday during the day, and then last night I slept from around 9 P.M. to around 8 A.M. (but so did my hubby and he's not taking himself off caffeine. I think we were both just tired). I know I don't HAVE to stop caffeine altogether, but I'm just kind of trying it out to see what happens.

  
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FITGIRL15 4/11/2012 10:30AM

    Your plan is working like a charm this go round, Susan! Keep it working for ya! This is how healthy, maintainable weight loss should look!!

Are you going off caffeine for conception purposes?

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LIL_EZZY 4/11/2012 5:32AM

    You are a champ.

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WAVEDANCER7 4/9/2012 2:13PM

    Wowza! 10lbs down. Get it girl!!

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DAMIENDUCKS 4/9/2012 9:50AM

    Love it! If it's working, just keep on doing it, right?!

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SPARKNMOM 4/8/2012 9:22PM

    Awesomeness!!

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SEEHOLZ 4/8/2012 1:47PM

    You are definitely in tune with your body- and have figured out what it needs and wants! That's really a cool thing you got going on- glad that all the tracking, cooking, planning and sticking to the plan is paying of for you so well :-)

Happy Easter!

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KAYECAN 4/8/2012 9:05AM

    AWESOME.....AWESOME.....and more AWESOME!!!!!!
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PAPER_WINGS18 4/7/2012 1:06PM

    Girllll mad props to you for trying to cut out caffeine.. I would be one cranky b!tch w/o my coffee!!! LOL. Good luck!

Oh and awesome job on the weigh-in!You are kicking butt and taking names!

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MBSHAZZER 4/7/2012 11:53AM

    I think no caffeine is the #1 reason I wouldn't have kids! :D LOL! Glad you are dealing with it OK and that Jess is with you! Great job on being down .4 too!

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MEADSBAY 4/7/2012 11:08AM

    emoticonI swear our bodies love it when we change things up like that.
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DHUNTER49 4/7/2012 10:44AM

    Good for you...steady, gradual weight loss is the way to go. And I don't know what your workouts have been but i can totally relate to the need for extra sleep. I think it's just our body's repairing from all the hard work.
Way to keep up the momentum :)

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Sleepy

Friday, April 06, 2012

I have the day off, and my husband doesn't, so I thought today would be as good as any to try going coffee-free. I was also very sleep deprived from having such a busy weekend last weekend and then not finding the time to make up the extra sleep during the week. I usually have two cups of home-brewed coffee per day, but having more than two is not uncommon. Today I had none. No tea, either. No caffeine at all - just hot water. I have been sleeping most of the day...

I've been trying to read up on pregnancy and pre-pregnancy nutrition and fitness - what's recommended, what's tolerable, what's controversial, and what's definitely a no-no. The things I most wanted to learn about were caffeine (I read that NONE is recommended but that up to 300 mg per day is OK), gum (probably not a great idea), running (go slower and listen to your body), and strength training (a pregnant coworker once told me it's not OK, but I didn't read anything about that other than just not to lie on your back after the 4th month). I also wish I knew WHEN I should start doing these things. I mean...I don't want to unnecessarily make my life no fun, but on the other hand I'd hate to be doing something I'm not supposed to be doing for a while and then find out I'm pregnant. So. I'd rather err on the side of caution, I think, but advice is welcome. :)

EDIT: I started prenatal vitamins a few months ago.

  
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KAYECAN 4/6/2012 8:01PM

    My advice: Live, love, laugh.
"Things happen for a reason, just believe"
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ALLISON145 4/6/2012 6:57PM

    Start a prenatal vitamin now... My doc says the ones from the grocery store over the counter are just as good as prescription (unless you have deficiencies which your doc would have to diagnose). Cut back on caffeine but don't kill yourself giving it up cold turkey. Listen to your body on exercise. That's about it!

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MEADSBAY 4/6/2012 5:02PM

    Don't you want to wean off? two cups to one or half-decaf or something?
I heard the Folic acid is important for a healthy conception (?).
Happy Easter!

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AJB121299 4/6/2012 4:58PM

    Nice

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Way too much information, but...

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

If you don't want to delve too deeply into my personal life, stop reading now. OK. Warning over.

We have officially started trying to conceive!!! I am SO excited. Finally at the age of 34 I can start trying to have a baby..haha..I'm a late bloomer? Any tips are welcome. I keep wondering what I should and shouldn't be doing.

On a totally different topic, I had a really fantastic run this evening. I think the knee and hip pain must have been a temporary injury, because they're totally gone now. Maybe I helped make the pain go away by running a little less often, stretching more consistently after runs, and/or losing a few pounds. Or maybe it was just going to go away on its own anyway. But tonight I really felt like I could push it. I wasn't timing myself or anything - just running for fun - but I could tell I was running faster than I have in a long time. It was a wonderful feeling.

  
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STEFANIE822 4/9/2012 1:06PM

    YAAAAYYYY!!!!!!

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SPARKNMOM 4/6/2012 9:46PM

    What an exciting time!! Can't wait for continued updates!

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/5/2012 7:18PM

    what an exciting time. just keep it fun!

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LEASIM1231 4/5/2012 5:21AM

    I have heard to 'not stress' over it...stress makes it harder to conceive.

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SILLIANGEL 4/4/2012 7:55PM

    I have absolutely no experience in this area! My motto has always been try NOT to conceive! Hahaha. But I wish you all the luck in the world.

I think the only advice I can give is, at least for a while, don't TRY. Just have fun without the contraceptives. If a year goes by and it's not happening, then thing about the trying part. No use making sex work if you don't have to!

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MEADSBAY 4/4/2012 3:52PM

    practice, practice, practice...
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MEGSMILEY 4/4/2012 1:34PM

    Congratulations! What an exciting time for you and your husband!

Anyway- I hope it's quick and easy for you! Statistically- it should take a normal healthy couple about 8 months (on average)... and up to one year is considered normal for women under 35. Hopefully it will be pretty soon for you!!

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MBSHAZZER 4/4/2012 10:04AM

    Glad to hear the run went so well! Sometimes things just come together. I read somewhere that most people have a mileage threshold where they can run comfortably up to a certain amount of miles per week and anything over that is where they start running into trouble. Of course, this amount will be different for everyone.

My uterus is officially closed for business, so no advice there...

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FITBECKSRN24 4/4/2012 9:51AM

    my advice to be would be not to try so hard =) i think when people start really trying it creates this stress on so many levels, and when you just let it happen, it does! =) hubby and i were trying to prevent and we STILL ended up preggers haha. i wanted to wait until i was closer to 30ish BUT i guess someone upstairs had other plans for us. wouldnt trade it for anything in the world tho! good luck! =)

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BOOTS1221 4/4/2012 9:00AM

    Yayyy! So happy for you!! We are a few months off from trying, but I'm a nerd and LOVE to do research and reading, so if you ever want someone to talk about this stuff with please feel free to message me!! Good luck! :)

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KAYECAN 4/4/2012 8:59AM

    I'm really happy for you guys. This will be such a special time in your lives. Getting healthy is probably the best thing you could have done for yourself to prepare for this time in your life. You aren't a late bloomer......you are just perfect.
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CHANGINGSAM 4/4/2012 8:45AM

    Aw! Congrats!

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YAYPRIL 4/4/2012 1:33AM

    Congrats! Such an exciting time for you. :) My best advice is the read the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I think every woman should read it anyway (it's embarrassing how much I learned from it), but it has some great information on trying to conceive. I'm so happy for you!

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PURGOLDENDREAMS 4/4/2012 12:52AM

    awww-congrats! and good luck-this is definitely not my realm of knowledge but i hope everything works as fast as you want it to and that everybody stays healthy!

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FITGIRL15 4/4/2012 12:22AM

    Jealous... on so many levels! And sooo happy for you!!
Go Jess! LOL

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THIRTEENREASONS 4/4/2012 12:16AM

    Congrats!! Not a late bloomer at all. Can't wait for your future "baby on board" blogs :)

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HELSANANGEL 4/3/2012 10:56PM

    Congrats!!!! Have you read the book "What to Expect Before You're Expecting"? I just finished it and it was a great help in going to see my doctor and starting to get ready. We'll start trying to conceive in July after my marathon!!!

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ZIRCADIA 4/3/2012 10:40PM

    WOOHOO!!! I hope to be able to start trying soon.... ish. I'm 29. We probably won't start until close to/after my marathon in November, so I'll likely be at least 30 before having my first kid if not older. 34 sounds fine to me. :D Good luck and have FUN in your attempts and practicing. :D hehehehe

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SEEHOLZ 4/3/2012 10:28PM

    WOW- this blog makes me happy... on both the conceiving front and the running front! I can't wait for the follow up blog, hehe.

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PAPER_WINGS18 4/3/2012 9:59PM

    OMG! Congrats!! I will send happy baby vibes your way! :-) I hope that you guys conceive soon. You will be a great mama.

Awesome job on the run!

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