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Saturday, September 13, 2008

My boyfriend's pet name for me is Baby Caques. He often changes the "Baby" to other words, like "Grouchy Caques" when I'm really tired. :) Well, today he called me "Skinny Caques." I DEMANDED to know whether he actually thinks I'm skinny or whether he was exaggerating. He said he does think I am skinny, but I assure you, I am most definitely NOT skinny. Then again, this came from the same young man who requested that I stop losing weight from my boobs! (He was only half kidding.) Ha!

Yesterday I weighed 145.8 and was thrilled. We went to another Red Sox game - most likely our last of the year. :( I skipped some of my planned food to make room in my calorie budget for drinks. ;) I drank too much - still need to work on that - two red wines and two Bud Lights, and on my nutrition tracker I even counted the sip of Guiness I "borrowed" from my boyfriend and the two spoonfulls of his clam chowder I ate, and I still ended up within my calorie range. Good thing too, because the only exercise I got was walking from my car to Fenway (though that was probably a good 20-30 minute walk) and then dancing at a bar after the game for a few minutes. A couple friends came to join us, but I was sooooooo tired that we left shortly after that.

I was sad that we were in Boston instead of at my place in the 'burbs so I had to skip Zumba. My Saturday Zumba teacher is by far my favorite, and she had promised she'd do Cotton Eye Joe just for me this week. But it all worked out in the end for three fabulous reasons:

1. On Jess' lovely scale I weighed ONE HUNDRED FORTY-FOUR pounds this morning - WOOHOO!!!!!!!!

2. We went to the South Boston Gold's Gym and I got to try some new leg machines, plus I got to watch the Red Sox on a treadmill - I went 2.03 miles in 20:00 minutes.

3. While Jess was playing golf at Franklin Park, I drove into the city and...drumroll please....went for a SEVEN AND A HALF-MILE RUN!!! I had no watch or cell phone with me, so I guestimated that it took me two hours. That's including restroom stops and walking breaks. I wasn't doing it for the speed, I was doing it for the sheer joy of being able to move my body in this amazing city. I jogged along the Charles on the Cambridge and Boston sides and just had a total blast.

Here are the total guess stats from mapmyrun:

*16.01 min/mi
*3.75 mph
*786 calories

OK, I'm a turtle. But who cares?? I had fun.

BUT, I have EXACTLY ONE MONTH until my race. I definitely have some work to do to accomplish my dream goal: finishing the race in under an hour.

Time for us to go to a BBQ where I'll bring my own food and attempt to resist alcohol and guacamole!

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MIMISCA 9/13/2008 11:19PM

    wow that's awesome and sounds fun too! i love boston so i can imagine the run was really cool!

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NO1JESS 9/13/2008 8:43PM

    So awesome! Sounds like you're training hard.

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BRUIN2 9/13/2008 6:32PM

    Woooohooooooooo! What a fabulous run!!

If you already have a drink (water, diet pop) in your hands AT ALL TIMES at the bbq, it will help you stave off the alcohol!!! You can do it!! (And have a blast!)

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

I have been on track since July 2, 2008, when I weighed 164. I will admit there was a bit of a rocky start, so perhaps for my purposes I will take a look at when I started to really be consistent...that would be July 18, when I weighed 162. Fast forward to August 19, when I started maintanence at 149 pounds. That means I lost 13 pounds in 4 and a half weeks, or 2.88888 pounds per week. Today, September 11, I weigh 146 pounds (146.4 - but my weight graph rounds it off). So in the 3 weeks and 2 days that I have been in maintanence, I have lost 3 pounds, and that 's about 0.91 pounds per week. In all, I will have been on track exactly 8 weeks tomorrow and have lost a total of 16 pounds, which is just over two pounds per week on average.

I did this math to help me determine conclusively that my so-called "maintanence" range isn't really maintanence at all - rather, it's my range for losing almost a pound per week. I have felt absolutely fantastic eating in this range - never tempted to stray, never hungrier than I can deal with, and sometimes I don't even need to eat everything I've got (like today - I skipped a big snack and ended up just under 1,500 calories!). I have had enough energy to get me through these tremendous first few weeks of school AND still be able to work out an hour or two most days. My mood has been great, my skin has been great, and I have only had heartburn once since I started keeping track. I am getting tons of compliments (well, really only one: "You look great!" - but from tons of people...kinda just makes me realize they could clearly see I had GAINED weight before!) and I've been feeling pretty fit at the gym. If I could manage to get enough sleep at night, EVERY night, that would make things just about perfect.

Okay, I have convinced myself's official. This is no longer a one-month experiment in maintanence. This is a range I am going to stay in for a while. How long? Longer than a month for sure (that month would be over on Sept. 19!), but I don't want to really give a date. I want to keep doing this and see what happens! Ideally I'd keep losing slowly and I'd eventually increase my calories to a REAL maintanence range once I hit 130. But I don't know...I tend to change my mind about things as I see how they, I will keep doing this for the time being!

Tonight at the gym I did Zumba, chest, back, stretching, abs, and 15 minutes on the treadmill. The first 10 minutes I alternated 6.0/8.0, but I was kinda tired so the last 5 minutes I did just plain old 6.5. (Afterwards, I did 1 minute at 4.0 and then walked home for more of a cooldown.)

Last night was horrible. I left work around 8 p.m. and went to the gym for almost an hour - shoulders, biceps, triceps, and treadmill alternating 6.0 and 8.0 with one 8.5 at the end, then 10 minutes on the elliptical to cool down. Then I went home, showered, packed, and went to Boston. I didn't get to Jess' until 10:30!! I was so stressed out about how late it was and how I need more sleep if I'm going to be able to keep up my lifestyle and be effective at school. I cannot keep staying up late. In fact, it's way too late right now - good night!

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NO1JESS 9/13/2008 9:35AM

    That's really great, way to go!! You may find that you're at your maintenance range once you lose some more. It seems like eventually you'll top off. You're doing awesome!! emoticon

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MIMISCA 9/12/2008 1:22PM

    wow! the weight loss is impressive. i think it's great that even at a "higher" calorie range you are still losing weight. slow and steady wins the race! (although almost a pound a week is still pretty quick)

keep up the good work and i know i will be checking back for some inspiration!

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CATERPILLAR85 9/12/2008 8:37AM

    your weight loss is amazing...13 pounds in 4 weeks? You are amazing girl and I hope to have the same luck!

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Yesterday's workout stats

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I forgot to write down the stats of my workout yesterday!

Cardio kickboxing - 1 hour (well...sort of. we started a bit late and did stretching and abs for the last 10 minutes)

Legs - Probably about 20-30 minutes

Treadmill - 15 minutes. One-minute intervals of 5.6 mph/7.8 mph. My final speed interval was 8.5 mph! Total distance in 15 minutes was 1.64 miles. That is an average of 6.56 mph.

As much as I dread it, I need to start doing some steady-state running for an hour to try to maintain my pace. My dream goal is to finish the race (6.21 miles) in less than an hour, so if I'm doing the math correctly, that means I need to go faster than 6.21 miles per hour (on average). Can I handle an hour on the treadmill at 6.5 mph? Yuck...we'll see! (Though the gym has Body Combat tonight at 5:45, so if I get there in time, I'll do that instead for today....)

PS - My race is on October 13.

PPS - My weight is back to 147.4 again. I haven't seen my recent lowest weight of 146.0 since Saturday. I just have to accept that my weight fluctuates and even if I'm doing everything right, some days it will be up. Just because my weight is up doesn't mean I'm not making progress, either. Every day I eat right and exercise I am becoming healthier!

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BRUIN2 9/10/2008 8:22PM

    Yep, time to start getting some long runs in!! You don't have to jump right into the hour though... I like building by ten minutes each week - so say this week you do a 30 min long run, then next week 40, then 50...well, I think you get it!!

And you WILL be faster on race day than on the treadmill - the adrenaline will take you away...and you may actually have to hold back at the beginning to prevent going out too hard....

Oh so fun!!!!!

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Something else I have to focus on

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

It's been hard for me to have to focus on school more than weight management. My weight went up to 147.4 yesterday and was 146.6 again today. I worked so long yesterday I skipped the gym too...but I did go today for almost two hours (and took my first cardio kickboxing class). So far I'm really still on track, but I'm worried about losing my focus.

Also, even though I decided to do the Tufts 10K a month ago or so, I finally officially signed up for it today. No refunds, so losing my focus is NOT an option!

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HRZ2UMZROBINSON 9/10/2008 1:28PM

    Woohoo!! You can do it!! When's the Tufts 10k?

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CATERPILLAR85 9/10/2008 7:14AM

    it is hard to balance everything! i have found that if i pack my gym clothes a long with my school stuff it helps me stay focused on everything and keep a balance. i have to force myself to go to the gym during the day and then come back to school...

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BRUIN2 9/9/2008 10:44PM

    Paying those fees always seems to help with focus!! Schedule yourself realistically - make time for everything that matters (work, working out, sleeping, eating, living, you know - the good stuff).

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Weekend Update

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Saturday began with a very happy weigh-in - 146.0 (on MY scale - the one that has higher readings!). I had a smile on my face through my Zumba class, which is just SO much fun. Apparently the word has gotten out about how great it is because the class was more packed than ever. It was a good thing that I already knew most of the moves because I could barely see the teacher! After the class, I did chest, back, stretching, abs, and 15 minutes of speed work on the treadmill alternating between 5.5 mph and 7.7 mph, with my last speed interval being 8.2 - probably the fastest I've ever gone. After that, Jess still had 7 more minutes to go on the recumbent bike, so I got on next to him. In all, it was about two hours at the gym!

I spent a large portion of the day after that preparing food. (I'd been thinking that with everything I did last weekend, I wouldn't have to spend as long in the future, but apparently I'll need to dedicate quite a bit of my weekends to this if I don't want to have to work on it during the week.) We went to the grocery store (and incidententally, for the second week in a row, we saw someone there from the gym) and I bought ingredients for two recipes I then came home and made. One is cabbage casserole and the other is broccoli/cauliflower casserole. These will be my lunches and dinners for the week. I also bagged some cereal for snacks and made smoothies for breakfasts.

Today I was at 146.6 and even though I rationally know that was a fine weigh-in, I must admit it made me a little upset to see a 0.6 pound gain. (It was the same scale and about the same time of day as the 146.0 weigh-in the day before). This silly little 0.6-pound gain made me notice my stomach bulges and thick legs more in the gym mirrors, and it made me question my choice to eat around 2,000 calories per day next week instead of around 1,900...(I still will...but today I'm eating a little below range.)

I tried a new class at the gym today - Step Interval - which I discovered is a combination of step aerobics and strength training. It totally kicked my butt and I literally had sweat dripping off my face. I couldn't believe how much more the instructor and several members of the class could do than I could... it made me realize I still have a long ways to go before I'm really really fit (though in order to get there, I have no choice but to work hard, consistently, and make slow progress). When Step Interval ended, the same instructor led us through 15 minutes of abs and then 15 minutes of stretching, and then she was about to teach a Body Pump class (an hour of strength training) when I left. I did go for a half-hour walk outside though to pick up Jess from the train. It's nice out today...

OK, time to stop procrastinating. I need some really great lesson plans for my first day of classes tomorrow!!! Time to focus on something OTHER than weight management - yikes!

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PAMELA984 9/7/2008 5:20PM

    I get tired just reading your blog - I don't know how you do all of this - but good for you - stick with it - you have come so far!

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BRUIN2 9/7/2008 12:57PM

    First day of classes! Yay!

That's so great that you've found such fun classes to go to - makes all of the sweating time just fly by I bet! And an 8.2 sprint?!?!?! WOOOWHEEE!!!

Have a great week!!

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