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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I am at work. I want to get out of here, but I have a lot of organizing to do before I can go. I have a meeting tomorrow morning and need subs to cover for me most of the morning and possibly even some of the afternoon. I am getting so tired of not being able to just TEACH - there's always a meeting or some new program to learn about without the resources (space, equipment, or time) to use it! UGH.

So that's my little rant. I'm also pretty tired today...didn't end up watching I Am Legend but still couldn't fall asleep or stay asleep very easily last night. When the alarm went off at 6, I had Jess reset it for 6:40...and then I was still yawning. Then I got on the scale and my weight was up - to 160.4. An insignificant gain except for my mood, which was so happy yesterday when I was below the 160 threshold, and now I'm back above it. And my pants are unflatteringly tight today. :(

Okay, so I guess I'm feeling pretty blah. At least that pineapple chicken fajita was yummy. In my opinion, the coolest thing about it was the fresh cilantro he added from the plant growing on his windowsill! (Someone gave him some Chia herbs.)

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BRUIN2 4/29/2008 6:25PM

    Fresh Cilantro???? OMG. I must get myself one of those chia pets!!!

Hope you have time for a great workout tonight!

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SUSINOK 4/29/2008 4:56PM

    Now you KNOW that you will drive yourself nuts if you get on the scale every day. Measure yourself, and set a weigh-in day once a week and stick to it.

My at home scale broke and i have not replaced it. Now I no longer drive myself crazy obsessively checking my weight. I weigh in at the meeting and that is it.

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VIDABELA 4/29/2008 3:57PM

    hey! don't be discouraged about being above 160. continue as you've been doing and you'll be in the 150's before you know it. it definitely does stink to have a gain, even a TINY gain but don't give up! the only way to have better days is to push through these days =D

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Under 160 again.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Phew, what a relief to be back under 160 - I was 159.8 today. I thought I would never see a weight above 150 again, let alone 160...but there it was...for a few weeks in my recent history. Yeah, HISTORY. Hello 150s again, hopefully I won't be hanging around with you too long!

Still have the mindset. Went to the gym for an hour today, saw all the weekday afternoon regulars I like to call my "gym buddies." Made good food choices and have yummy healthy things planned for tomorrow, like the pineapple chicken fajita (note the deliberate absence of a plural "s" from the word "fajita"!) my boyfriend made me, and of course some shephard's pie.

Time to go watch a DVD in boyfriend wants to watch I Am Legend, but if we do it won't end until almost 11p.m.! Gnight!

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PAMELA984 4/29/2008 5:49AM

    Yeah, the 150's! You will get out of there soon - but do it the slow and steady way to keep it off - it is much safer and healthier to lose it slowly.

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GAILMAGG 4/29/2008 1:49AM

    Congrats on being under 160,. Keep up the good work.

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VIDABELA 4/29/2008 12:39AM

    your menus always do sound so yummy!

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BRUIN2 4/28/2008 9:15PM

    Pineapple chicken fajita?? Yum. I think I'll start basing my weekly meals on the things you create!

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Sunday Night Update

Sunday, April 27, 2008

I'm going to make this quick because it's past 10 p.m. and work starts back tomorrow after a week off! Today my weight was up a little bit, from 160.2 yesterday to 161.0 today (first attempt) and then 160.8 (second attempt). I promise not to get discouraged or anything. This is a slow process and there will be ups and downs and they don't mean anything!

Today I was on the go and didn't think about eating much, which is something I love about the weekends. I actually thought more about cooking than eating and realized I might be able to meet some of my "food needs" by cooking and don't even necessarily need to eat it to get the satisfaction. I made a shephard's pie recipe from Spark recipes, but I made it healthier by making the mashed potato out of sweet potato with the skin, added extra veggies, and used fat free cheese. Looks delish, but I won't be eating any until Tuesday. I have to finish up an older recipe first, plus a salad and some flounder my boyfriend made for me.

Today was our first time back at the gym post-bronchitis. (Though I have been doing my ab video and lots of walking.) We were there 45 minutes - I did chest and back, stretching, and 6 mins on the elliptical before Jess said he was ready to go. I was happy that I didn't need to go down too much in weight with the big lapse since I'd last worked out - the only real difference was that I could only do two sets of my first chest press exercise with 20-pound dumbbells before needing to switch to 15 instead of my usual three.

After the gym, on my request, we went for a bike ride - only 20 minutes or so, on HIS request... but... right toward the end I FELL. I was biking over a speed bump and turned my front wheel weird and FELL, right in front of Jess and a family walking on the sidewalk. So embarrassing!! I am scraped on my left shoulder, left elbow, and left knee. Ugh! I guess I'm not ready to bike to work yet!

Anyway, the mindset is still strong and I think I'm doing well. Oh yeah, been drinking TONS of water too - and seltzer, green tea (regular early in the day, decaf late), and some coffee, though trying not to depend TOO much on coffee.

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_KARA_ 4/28/2008 11:57AM

    First time I got on my bike last year, I fell too! Didn't hurt much but my pride, but oh boy, it would've made a good YouTube video.

Good for you for getting back into it! Hope to see you more on the team message boards, and hope you'll join one or more of our team goals.


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PAMELA984 4/28/2008 5:48AM

    Hope you were only scraped and not too bad. Biking is great exercise though - glad you able to convince him to do at least 20 minutes!

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BRUIN2 4/28/2008 1:20AM

    Oh my, that shepard's pie sounds DELISH!! Let us know how it tastes!! Mmmm, how I love sweet potatoes!!

Hope you aren't too hurt from your fall. I fall off my bike constantly - did it once in front of one of my friend's husband...he thought I was crazy when I just picked up my bike and kept going (since it's so common place. HA).

Have a great week!

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It's just the way I live. Don't make a big deal out of it.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Unlike in my blog, I didn't make a big announcement to my boyfriend a few days ago when I decided to get back on track. I guess it was a combination of not wanting a "yeah right, SURE it's gonna be permanent this time" response (not that he responds that way to me, but I project those thoughts onto him!), wanting to surprise him with suddenly looking good again, and also this new idea: It's just the way I live. Don't make a big deal out of it.

Of course I could never surprise him and suddenly look great... we're together every day, he sees me making my lifestyle choices, and things happen gradually. Plus, I'm bound to start talking about it. But I'm not sure I should be obsessing so much. I choose a healthy lifestyle as a permanent part of my life. That's practically the end of discussion, right there.

I do love a good book, and the motivation they give me. I just finished In Defense of Food, and I'm feeling inspired to say no to corn syrup and long lists of unpronounceable ingredients, and yes to food that is unprocessed and ideally grown in healthy ways. There is a little farm near where I live with their own grocery store. I'm not exactly sure if all their stuff is organic, or locally grown, or any of that, but I should check it out more. I am also toying with the idea of biking to work instead of driving: better for me, better for the environment.

Don't go congratulating me on all these drastic steps just yet. I haven't committed to them, but I am seriously considering.

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SUSINOK 4/26/2008 10:09AM

    Now don't go hiding your light under a bushel barrel! You at least need to let him know so that he doesn't inadvertently sabotage you. It's always better to come back to it with a fanfare, rather than slinking back. I think it puts you in a better mental frame of mind. It's more positive.

It's also good to focus on the better foods rather than the weight loss itself. Focusing on the foods is aways more fun anyway, right? And can I recommend a very good new book?

Vegetable Soups from Deborah Madison's Kitchen by Deborah Madison. They are all vegetarian, but they are also mostly low cal and look gorgeous. I made a chickepa and spinach soup that was wonderful. I added some Asian hot sauce to kick it up a notch, but otherwise the soup was wonderful. I bought some Kale to make something out of it this weekend. I've never cooked Kale before.

Anyway my comment has turned into a ramble... Good to see you again!

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PAMELA984 4/25/2008 7:52PM

    Susan - small, baby steps - they work better and are easier to sustain. Thanks for your comments on my blog - Yes, I am one of the new co-leaders of our W8Watchers Friends Team. Thanks for your vote of confidence - I hope I can live up to your kind words.

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SKINNYNANNY 4/25/2008 2:52PM

    every step taken is a step that counts. So good luck to you in your desire to stick to a healthier life style. you can do it one day at a time! that is all we have to count on. let us know how it goes.

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Walks - and Progress

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Kinda fun - I just went on and mapped out the walks I did yesterday. I went for a short walk with my parents in the afternoon, and that was 0.43 miles. Then I walked around Boston in the evening - partly to get to Fenway Park for my third (!) Red Sox game of the season and partly to kill time because I was early, and that was 4.14 miles. So altogether that's over four and a half miles of walking yesterday! It's not running, it's not strength training, it didn't even get my heart rate high enough to provide maximum exercise benefit, but it was fun and productive. Today I'm going to be doing some more walking when I park at my boyfriend's office and walk to my hair appointment, just over a mile away, and then walk back..and maybe I'll stop at the Prudential Mall for a while too, and walk a little in there.

I'm also very happy with the food choices I made yesterday. I would like to start thinking in terms of meals again, instead of all day odd grazing. I had oatmeal for breakfast (and I'm wondering whether I should switch to plain to avoid the sugar and chemicals in my usual "lower sugar" varieties??), a baggie of cereal for a snack that I split between morning and afternoon, a big salad for lunch, and a serving of casserole for dinner, with lots of evening snacks because dinner was early (around 4 p.m.!) - an apple, another baggie of cereal, iced coffee with skim milk, and some popcorn at the game. It wasn't exactly what I'd planned for the day, but smart substitutions are fine.

I'm reading In Defense of Food and so far I'm loving it, but I'm waiting for the part where the recommendations are far I'm getting that the whole push to eat low-fat was completely wrong, and that eating unprocessed foods is better than processed. I guess I knew that, but I definitely fall into the trap sometimes of thinking that processed foods can be healthier - like Total Cereal...all the added vitamins and minerals...I should be choosing something natural instead, probably. I guess I should finish reading it!

Thanks so much to everyone who's given me encouragement on my big return back to SP. :) I am so happy to be back, to have my mindset back, and to know that I still have it in me to do this. Summer is coming very soon and I saw lots of cute dresses on my walk through the city yesterday...I want to be part of all that!!

And finally, a weight update - two days ago I was 167.6 (ugh), yesterday 162.8 (actually, I weighed myself three times, that was the lowest of the three but probably not the most accurate??), and today 161.4. Still higher than I ever thought I'd get back to, but...progress.

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VIDABELA 4/25/2008 12:52AM

    i'm glad you're back too! you sound like you're making a real shift in mindset. cute dresses ARe really motivating =)

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BRUIN2 4/24/2008 10:06AM

    Sounds like a great day! Isn't it marvelous to just walk - funny how we forget that when everything active is "supposed" to burn lots of calories...

What about adding some flavored protein powder to plain oatmeal to make the switch over easier? I also find that addiding some protein powder (I add 2 tsp - minimal calories, but still packs a protein punch!) keeps me full longer.

Oooh, cute dresses... Summer's so great!!!

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PAMELA984 4/24/2008 9:27AM

    Baby steps - one day at a time - one pound at a time. Don't go too fast or you will burn out - slow and steady wins the race. Glad to see you doing all that walking though - that is great

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