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Thursday, August 07, 2008

The scale says 153.8 this morning. :) That's the big drop I'd been waiting for! My weight report (love that feature!) shows me right on track with a goal I set in early July to reach 130 by October 30. Even though I had some big ups and downs at the beginning, somehow I'm right on the red goal line now. Wow, what a great Halloween it'll be!! Also, for someone who's 5'6" like me, I have now passed the threshold into healthy BMI range (AGAIN). Woohoo!!!

PS The very first thing Jess said to me this morning was, "Good morning, cutiepie! You felt significantly smaller when I was spooning you." I said, "That's the best news I've heard all day so far!" (Heehe - of course it was the only news I'd heard all day.) Sorry for being so sappy, but he's so freaking cute and knows what I like to hear!! :)

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BRUIN2 8/7/2008 12:16PM

    Awwwww, so cute!!

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All good things :)

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

I spent a lot of time today on food preparation and I am all set for a while. I made smoothies for four breakfasts, I made a six-serving bean stew, I boiled five eggs, and I bagged one-ounce servings of walnuts. I planned for about 1,300 calories today and that seemed to be enough for now, but I am ready to adjust as needed.

I also had a great workout this evening. I pushed really hard on the elliptical and completed a 10K in 60:30...was done with the cooldown by minute #65, and then stretched. My workout was about twice as long as most of my recent gym workouts...I increased the time for two reasons: 1) to prepare for the Tufts 10K (October), and 2) the article Pamela984 posted in her blog which says that workouts are effective for weightloss and maintanence when they are at least 55 minutes, 5 days per week. Thanks again, Pamela!

I have lost 0.2 pounds every day for the past few days...down to 155.0 today...I am hoping that all of a sudden with the longer workouts I will start losing just a teensy bit faster.... I am all of 0.8 pounds less right now than I was a few weeks ago!

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    Woohoo!! You're on a roll!
Great job with the 10K training. I need to get my butt in gear because I've been avoiding distance runs and getting my miles in short spurts. And my 10K is only 3 weeks away :-/

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BRUIN2 8/6/2008 10:30PM

    Awesome workout!!

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Time to increase calories

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

I spent about three weeks at 1,200 calories! That's far longer than I thought I'd be able to handle. And I was handling it, just fine...not hungry and as active as I wanted to be. I'm disappointed that I didn't lose more weight (I'm at 155.2 today), but I know I will continue to lose as long as I stay on track. I know it's time to increase calories becase I was pretty hungry all day today and my run was absolute torture even though my heart rate was fine. I was planning on going a half hour but stopped after 23 minutes (though I did then do a bit of walking, stretching, and abs, so the total workout was over a half hour). I knew it was time to increase calories, so I started by having a glass of wine a few minutes ago - that brings today's total to a whopping 1,300. I'm not sure yet how many I will eat tomorrow...right now my plan just has the typical barely over 1,200 menu, but I will increase to somewhere between 1,300 and 1,600. It's better to eat a bit more and be more active than eat less and live like a sloth, I'm guessing.

By the way, BEFORE my run became torture, I was doing pretty well...a minute at 7.5 mph, lots of time at 6.5 mph... I'm definitely doing better already.

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VIDABELA 8/6/2008 2:19PM

    wow three weeks at 1200 calories! thats an accomplishment!! good job for knowing what your body needs. itll probably be thankful for the extra calories during your workouts!

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WENDI_WA1 8/5/2008 10:29PM

    I know just what you mean, I have been eating lots of fruits, veggies and good healthy food, am losing but I still have way morenergy. When I add up what all I eat I barely get over 1200-1300 calories daily but I am full and satisfied. Guess we both need to find higher calorie healthy foods. Good job keep up the good work.

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Great Weekend on the Cape!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Okay, that's obviously not me, but the only pictures I allowed to be taken of myself are on Jess' mom's camera, and she's still on the Cape. The picture is my boyfriend, Jess. Isn't he cute???:)

I really did follow through on my plan with my breakfasts and lunches and dinners at the cottage/at restaurants. I made healthy lifestyle choices all weekends, except for the margaritas and martinis on Saturday afternoon/night... but hey, gay men make the best drinks, and if you are given a drink on Provincetown, chances are it was made by a gay man!

I was pleasantly surprised to find lots of cute coffee houses, so I had some fancy iced coffee/espresso drinks. My dinners included fresh flounder caught by my boyfriend's sister's fiance, a pad Thai Jess and I shared but couldn't finish, and a lobster salad with no dressing/mayo/croutons. I was never really hungry all weekend even though I know I wasn't eating much. I didn't eat any of the snacks at the cottage, just like I said I wouldn't!

We were active all weekend. We went on two bike rides - one was to Provincetown from Welfleet, which was a total of 28 miles, and the other was 10 miles to a flea market and back. We did a lot of walking - I walked around a big, very clear/clean pond about chest-deep in water, and I walked up the huge dune cliffs at the beach, and I walked AT the beach... and of course we walked around Provincetown. I also went boogie boarding twice. SO fun. I caught lots of waves and got to see seals up close. :) In fact, we were almost active all the time, minus sleeping and just a little reading. Which reminds me...I have tons of books to read right now - some novels and some weight loss books. I better get to them before they're due back at the library.

My weight has been inching down painfully slowly...I was at 155.8 for several days straight before finally seeing 154.4 yesterday, only to see it go back up to 155.4 today for no explainable reason. But the clothes I bought a few weeks ago are already getting loose...when I bought them I was a pretty comfortable 12 and now I'm guessing I'm more of a 10.

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CDCSMITH 8/5/2008 6:22AM

    Good for you! I love Provincetown. I spent summers there from the time I was about 6 months old until I was 18 and getting ready for college. I always found I was so much more active when I was there. We walked every place (I used to stay at Coastal Acres campground and walk to work at the Whaler's Wharf and my other job further down Commercial St).

Sounds like you did a fantastic job keeping up with your healthy eating plan while there.

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    That sounds like such a fun, active weekend. Great job on following through with your goals and sticking to your limits, you're my inspiration! I'm going to Tahoe in 2 weekends and I'm stealing your healthy tips ;-)

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BRUIN2 8/4/2008 5:26PM

    Sounds like a fabulous weekend!! YAY!!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Last blog entry for the day, I promise! I'm pleasantly surprised that the advice I've received has been unanimous - coincidentally my boyfriend gave me the same advice that you guys did. I am going to bring all my own breakfasts and lunches and leave dinners open. Just like when I was in Newport, I am going to make choices this weekend that prove once and for all that I am serious about a healthy lifestyle. With fresh summer salads and Cape Cod fish, it should be easy. I'm going to eat about 1,000 calories between my breakfasts and lunches and leave about 600-800 calories for dinners. (Another suggestion of my boyfriend's.) I'm not going to eat ANY of the family's snack foods - the chips and nuts and dips did me in last year!! When I'm done planning I'm going to bed early to try to shake off this sore throat I've had today that prevented me from going to the gym. A sore throat in July?! What's up with that!

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BRUIN2 7/30/2008 10:45PM

    You are a blogging machine today!!

Yay, I'm glad you found something that is workable for you!

I know some people say that no food should be "off limits", but I disagree. I'm like you...if I start with the chips and the dip, well, I don't want to stop. So I find it much easier to just not start.

Have a blast this weekend! I love that you're going to "the Cape". Sounds so wonderfully romantic and refreshing to me!!

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