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One Month of "Maintanence"

Friday, September 19, 2008

I have been eating in my "maintanence" range now for exactly one month - August 19 was the day I first saw my weight go under 150, and I set a new calorie range on that day by changing my goal to "go from 149 to 149 by September 19." My range is now about 1,900 to 2,200 and for the most part I have been eating in the lower end of that range, though I have gone even lower than the range at times, eaten at the top of the range at other times, and even gone above it on rare occasions. (I think my highest day was about 2,600 when I consumed several hundred calories of alcohol.)

My range is also influenced by the information I entered about the amount of cardio I do. I entered 60 minutes per day, seven days per week, but I actually do more than that on average... (so no wonder my "maintanence" range isn't maintaining my weight at all).

Anyway, today's weight was 144.8. Exactly one month ago when I started I weighed 149.6. So, instead of maintaining, I've lost 4.8 pounds in a month. Since a month is, of course, about 4 and a half weeks, I've lost almost exactly a pound per week.


Now on to big updates...stomach is feeling better but I am worried I'll catch the bad cough going around with the kids. I had been planning on running at another reservation in the town where I work after school, but I ended up staying and getting stuff done until 7:30 p.m. So I went to the gym for...drumroll please...TWENTY WHOLE MINUTES, heehee. I walked for 2 minutes at 4mph with an incline, then stretched, then ran 18 minutes alternating between 6.0 and 8.0 mph, with one 8.5 interval thrown in at the end for good measure. Another quick stretch and then I came home. :)

I have a shopping list ready for tomorrow........I loved the broccoli tuna bake I made this week, so I'm making it again for next week only with spinach instead of broccoli. And I'm going to try the chicken fajita salad recipe I just found, minus the tortilla chips. I'll buy some of that boxed ready-to-eat lettuce, and put the toppings on right before I eat it each day.

Sleepy.....GO SOX!! (As I type, they're winning 4-3, top of the 9th.)

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BRUIN2 9/20/2008 12:00AM

    What a month it has been!!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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RENA1965 9/19/2008 11:51PM

    Hi Seppiesusan,
I was set to maintenance at 24lbs higher than I am now. But like you say one can keep lossing weight. I resthome helper, and have been helping the clean corps this week. I did 16 cleaning assignments so even if eating 2,200-2,800 calories with at least 4 legal heavy extras a day I lost 2,2lbs...
Many people don't understand I have a huge amount of energy from eating healthy.

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FITGIRL15 9/19/2008 10:31PM

    You are losing weight on a MAINTENANCE diet plan? OMG... you are GOOD! :) And at a POUND a week, congrats! That is really awesome! :) Obviously, those calorie ranges are only good up to a point ;)

Keep up the good work! Your body obviously loves how you are treating it!

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Run, Run, Run

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Today I weighed in at 144.6.

My stomach bug is getting better, but it's still bugging me a little.

I was at the gym for three hours this evening!

Hour 1: 10K in 57:57! I took that break at minute#30 was just too tempting not to stop. I will need to work on that.
By the way, 57:57 is 6.47mph or 9.33min/mi.

Hour 2: Body Pump

Hour 3: Zumba. It was a very easy class tonight, but considering it was Hour 3 at the gym, that was a good thing. :)

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BRUIN2 9/18/2008 10:13PM

    A sub-one hour 10k??!?!?!??!?! YOU ROCK!!!! WooohOooooo!!! Your race is going to be such a blast for yoU!!!!

And three hours at the gym?!? WOW - amazing. I'm wiped after doing yard work for an hour and then 30 mins of tae bo. HA.

Have a great Friday!!!

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Quick Wednesday Update

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Today I weighed in at 145.0.

I had totally forgotten I had an eye appointment after school until I saw my cell calendar appointment....... so I had to really rush.... I need new lenses for my slightly more nearsighted eyes.

When I got home and went online, I was quite pleasantly surprised to see questions for me from not one, but TWO of my SP friends! Both of them asked me questions about my program and it made me feel really, hey, other people want to know what I'm doing, so I must be doing SOMETHING right! So I spent way more time than I'd planned online before heading to the gym. I also had a cup of decaf coffee with just a HINT of regular sprinkled in, with soymilk (Fitgirl - you're probably right, but I'm not ready to give up my coffee!) and some yogurt, both of which were not on my plan, but I was feeling hungry and wanted something to power me through the tough cardio workout I'd planned. So my total calories for today were just over 2,000.

So at the gym I finally did that thing I'd been dreading - I attempted an hour at 6.5 mph on the treadmill. I didn't quite make it, but I did stay within 6.1-6.5 the whole time other than my break (see below) and a little 8.0 sprint at the end (about 40 seconds), and my total 10K time was 58:39!!!!!! Yay!!!!

Now, I must admit I kind of cheated. I stopped at 30 minutes, walked for a bit (didn't count toward my total time/mileage) went to the bathroom, had some water, and stretched. I call this cheating because I won't be able to do this during my race. But it was my first run like this in a long, long time so I allowed it. Plus my stomach hasn't been feeling so great the past two days or so, so I needed the break. By the way, my mileage at 30 minutes was 3.21 - I went faster the 1st half than the 2nd.

Memo to germs the fifth graders all seem to be carrying around the school already: PLEASE leave me alone!!!!!!!!!!

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HRZ2UMZROBINSON 9/18/2008 4:13PM

    Woohoo!! That's a great 10k time.
I hope I finish at a similar time for my next 10k :-)

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PAMELA984 9/18/2008 6:19AM

    Good job on your "practice" run - you will get to where you don't have to "cheat" and will be just fine. I have no doubt that you will do well in your race.

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BRUIN2 9/17/2008 11:25PM

    Look at that time!!! AWESOME!!!!!

Have a great day tomorrow - stay away from those germies!!!

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Quick Tuesday Check-In

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Starting with where I left off last night...I did eat that egg, haha. Then I got ALMOST enough sleep but not quite thanks to my boyfriend's obsession with watching 24 on DVD. I wanted to stop after one episode and go to sleep at 10:00, but he made me watch another one! I need more sleep!!!!!

Oh, I should also mention I felt a little icky last night. Maybe heartburn? Kinda stomach-achy and headachy too, maybe I was dehydrated?? Or maybe it was just me being tired. I don't know.

Today I weighed 144.6, which was great for 6:30 a.m. My eating was well-spaced today......some days I have more of an issue with eating too much too early and then having nothing left to eat later. One thing that was really nice was walking into the teachers' room at 2 p.m. and finding that an aide had brewed a delicious-smelling pot of decaf hazelnut coffee. Coffee helps with my appetite, so I didn't eat my next meal as early as I otherwise would have.

I started noticing a little "tweak" in my back today when I turned in certain ways. It's been happening once in a while all day since mid-morning......I HOPE I didn't overtrain and wreck my back again. I did that back in June and it was awful...I couldn't even bend over. It affected my workouts and sparked the start of an off-wagon period that lasted about a month. I really want to INCREASE my training as my race date approaches, not baby my back!!!!!!!

Anyway, I found three gym classes in a row that I wanted to try, so I was in the gym studio from 5:30-7:45! First 15 minutes of Ab Clinic, then 60 minutes of Body Pump (legs were BURNING), then 60 minutes of cardio kickboxing.

Then I had to make a bunch of breakfast smoothies when I got home...well, I had to make one for tomorrow, so I just went ahead and made several to save time later in the week. This weekend my boyfriend's grandparents are having a big catered party to celebrate their 65th anniversary and I'm already nervous about a) eating the catered food, and b) losing my Sunday gym-laundry-grocery shopping-cooking-planning time. I'm going to have to be extra super duper planned in's only Tuesday, but I should already be thinking about what I want to cook this weekend so I can get a shopping list going and go shopping on Friday night or Saturday early.

Ohhhh.......this summer I didn't know how good I had it with all that FREE TIME! WHY can't it still be July? Please?? :)

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FITGIRL15 9/17/2008 2:58PM

    Supressing your hunger with caffiene is not the best idea for weight loss! (in my opinion) You are better off to eat a wholesome, low fat snack instead... (like an apple and almonds or some veggies sticks and lite dip!)

I used to supress my appetite with herbal tea which made losing weight virtually impossible!!! Keep that metabolism revved up by feeling yourself good qaulity balanced foods, and you'll never have to worry about calories at the end of the day again! :)

PS... in regards to your back... do you go see a chiropractor? If not, I'd advise you to do that this time! I see results right away from my chiropractic visits!!!


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Monday Update

Monday, September 15, 2008

So a few times lately I have caught glimpses of myself in mirrors without realizing at first that it was me. I feel like all of a sudden I have crossed over from a little overweight to looking...almost thin. Someone else mentioned this mirror trick in their blog recently too...I just don't remember who!

Yesterday I weighed in at 144.4. I went to the gym for 2.5 hours in the morning - the same teacher first taught Step Interval, then Abs, then Stretching, then Body Pump (my first Body Pump class). I wished I had time for more exercise - I wanted to get a head start on the trip to the grocery store with a jog...but didn't have time.

This week's menu, which I cooked yesterday, consists of Asian mixed vegetables with chicken, tofu, and a peanut sauce; and a broccoli tuna bake casserole that I adapted from a chicken spinach bake recipe on Spark Recipes. (I wanted to use spinach, but realized too late I didn't have any!) It ended up tasting a LOT like the tuna spinach bake recipe my mom always made, my FAVORITE casserole, but it's much easier to make! Anyway, those two dishes, plus smoothies for breakfasts and cereal, yogurt, and almonds for snacks, are what I'm eating this week. It all adds up to around 1,950 calories per day. Except today, right now, it's kinda late, but I think I'm about to eat a hardboiled egg Jess made me when I was feeling really hungry a little while ago. I took a shower and the hunger passed, but I still might eat the egg - I'd still be well within my calorie range for the day. Plus I worked out a lot - I went to a reservation on the way home from work I'd never gone to before, changed into my workout clothes in the car, and went for a jog in the woods. I was having a lot of fun and was quite surprised when I got back and found that it had been an hour and twenty-five felt quicker! I also went to a Zumba class this evening. So I deserve that egg, darnit!! :)

PS - Today's weight was 145.6, which is up, but it's always up on Mondays so that's OK. Funny to think that my original maintanence plan was to maintain at 149 for a month and then reduce calories for a month to reach 145.... but I reached it during "maintanence" instead. Oops, in a good way. :)

PPS - I almost forgot to mention - I behaved myself at the BBQ Saturday night! I drank lots of water and NO ALCOHOL! :) (And I did that BEFORE I saw Bruin's suggestion to do that exact thing with the water.)

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CATERPILLAR85 9/16/2008 7:45PM

    You are such an inspiration! Making your meals for the week, working out so hard and no alcohol...its like you do everything I aspire to do!

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BRUIN2 9/15/2008 11:02PM

    Oh you're soooooo good!!!!! I'm grinning from ear to ear over your success at the bbq!!!

And look at you getting those long runs in - that's fabulous!!! It's going to pay off BIG TIME when it comes time for your race!!

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