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Quick Monday Update

Monday, September 29, 2008

I was 144.0 today. Hungry most of the day...I seem to be hungry whenever I attempt to keep my calories anywhere under 2,000... but I had tons of energy all day. I ran for an hour at the gym this afternoon. I started at 7.5 mph (after a warmup) and went slower as my heart rate increased. (This was another trick I had forgotten about until I re-read last year's blog entries.) Then whenever my heart rate went lowish, I would bump my speed up and start the process again. And then I did an 8.0mph sprint for the last .21 miles. It seems to work really well for me, even though they say you're supposed to start slow. I felt really good the whole time because I kept an eye on my heart rate monitor to always keep myself going hard, but not too hard. I finished my first 5K in..oh no, I forget...somewhere between 27-28 minutes, I think! And I finished 10K in...ugh, I forget that, too. Somewhere between 57-58 minutes. I guess with the TV on and today's crazy financial news, I'm just not really focusing on this blog entry.

Anyway, after the run and a cooldown walk, I stretched a bunch and then did Body Pump.

I have tomorrow off and would like to go to the 9:30 Body Combat class. So far I haven't been in love with Body Combat, but I tend to take it when I'm already tired. If I don't love it when I'm doing it at 9:30 a.m. right after my coffee and breakfast, I'm never gonna!

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TRACYZABELLE 9/30/2008 5:19AM

    WTG keep hydrated and heep up the energy!

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CATERPILLAR85 9/29/2008 8:59PM

    so i'm not sure why it took me so long to realize but our gyms offer the same classes! i too have body pump, body combat, etc... :) as i always say to you you are such an inspiration and have inspired me to add the classes into my routine as well. i've tried the pump and combat before and can say i wasn't all too thrilled about them but then again i wasn't giving this plan 100% then either! tomorrow im going to try the RPM (spinning) class. I've never done that but hear a lot of people enjoy it. good luck at Combat in the morning!

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BRUIN2 9/29/2008 8:00PM

    Sounds like a great run!!

Go to the morning class tomorrow and sweat your booty off!!!

(thanks for the comment on my blog... Sorry things are seeming a little shaky right now)

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Autumn Boogie Boarding!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Yesterday I did my food planning for the week. I didn't use recipes because I have so much food at home that I just wanted to use up what I have instead of buying more. So I threw together two recipes - one is my "autumn harvest soup" that I remembered while reading blog entries from last year (where I discovered that I was running faster last year than I am this year - uh oh, gotta work on that darn speed some more!) and the other is a bulgur casserole. They're OK. I admit that real recipes are usually better than my inventions. :)

This morning I weighed 143.4 again, exactly like yesterday, but it was still a thrill to see my weight so low. I hadn't specifically planned on going to the gym because we were going to the beach today, but I did end up going to Step Interval (awesome music, inspiringly fit instructor, lots of sweating from me!) and the abs and stretching class. Then I ran for 10 minutes but was kinda tired from Step Interval so I got off the treadmill and on a recumbant bike where I attempted to do the 5-minute "fit test," but it couldn't read my heart rate so I didn't get my results! Hrm. I used to do the stairmaster fit test a lot...another thing that re-reading my blog reminded me about.

So we went to the beach in the afternoon. I have never gone this late in the year before. Luckily Jess let me wear his boots so my feet stayed nice and warm. Only my hands got a little cold, but not after I got used to it. It was drizzling the entire time - it's been a very rainy weekend with a hurricane expected in Maine for the first time in 17 years. But there was a nice handful of surfers in the water and people with dogs on the beach. I got lots of rides and it was tons of fun. Jess is way more of a daredevil than me, and he went out into the deep water, and told me he did a flip! But I didn't see it.

On the way to Gloucester, Jess seemed a bit annoyed. I asked him what was wrong, and he said that my whole new healthy lifestyle takes so much time. Sometimes I don't want to go out because it would be too complicated to deal with the food issue, and I get really whiny when I don't have time for my mega-workouts and marathon food preparation sessions on the weekends. And whenever we're going somewhere I need to bring a cooler and a bunch of water bottles.

I know it takes me a long time and I could see how he could get annoyed... but I feel like I've finally figured out what works for me and if I didn't spend all this time, it wouldn't work! We talked about it for a while and I agreed that being on SparkPeople until 1:00 a.m. the other night re-reading my blog was excessive, but some of this stuff is going to have to happen if I am going to continue being successful. He doesn't think I can keep up such a time-intensive program, but, well, I LOVE doing this stuff, so I could see keeping it up.

Anyway, along those lines, I better get off SP now and go watch TV in bed with Jess! Good night.

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FITGIRL15 9/29/2008 1:35PM

    My BF is the same way with the amount of time I spend on my SP Blogs... I can't help it, I'm just a BLOGGER! And, as for packing a cooler, well that's just good planning! Normally, my BF doesn't give me that much time to pack a cooler if we are heaing out, so I have to DEAL! So far so good, as long as it doesn't happen daily, I'm sure you'll be ok to relax ONCE in a while, for Jess's sake! :)

He's really a great guy for being concerned about your well being... just reassure him that you are making these changes to be a better you. How can he be annoyed with that?

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CATERPILLAR85 9/29/2008 7:19AM

    I'm glad you enjoyed the beach! I'm sorry to hear about Jess being "annoyed". I hope ya'lls talk helped a bit. I know it is hard enough doing all of this on my own and making time, I can't imagine incorporating someone else into it all. He seems so supportive to all you do, maybe just let him know that this all benefits him as well because you are healthier and happier when you devote time to your lifestyle!

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GERMANPICKLE 9/29/2008 4:34AM

  Hey, congrats on keeping yourself going and enjoying the beach even when it is cool.
While your program does sound time intensive, it also sounds like a number of heart-to-heart conversations are in order with Jess. A lifestyle change can be difficult in a relationship; when I started working harder and longer it took a while for my relationship to calm down. And it only happened after we negotiated what it meant to be this busy and how we could ensure we have enough time together. We both had to give but we both had to accept.
Good luck!

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TRACYZABELLE 9/29/2008 1:10AM

    Yeah it was kinda drizzling here in NJ today! But the air was warm! Keep on the right track.. you look great!

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BRUIN2 9/28/2008 10:49PM

    What a weekend!! Boogie boarding sounds soooo fun!!

Hopefully soon the way that you do things (and the time that it takes) will just be your normal, so it won't seem like it takes so much time... It's great that you guys are able to spend so much time together at the gym - being healthy together is so important, hey?

Here's to a healthy, happy week! (Maybe send Jess a special e-card or leave him a voice mail message out of the blue telling him how much you appreciate all of his support through everything... Which reminds me that I should do something nice for my hubs...hmmm....)

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Dec. 2007-Sept. 2008: A review of my weight management

Saturday, September 27, 2008

So last night, instead of going to sleep at a reasonable hour, I randomly clicked on one of my old blog entries and ended up back in December 2007. I had realized I hadn't looked back over my blog archives in a really long time, and I was kind of hoping to find some stats from training for my last 10K (didn't click far back enough for that, though).

So I was up until the wee hours reading my blog from December 2007 to now. Back in 12/07 I was in the 140s, after hard work to fit into my bridesmaid dress for my brother's wedding, but I fell off the wagon and there were no blog entries again until I was ready to start Sparking again in January, this time with my weight in the 150s. I decided around that time to go hardcore to lose tons of weight before my vacation to Jamaica in February, and I got my weight back down to the lower 140s. Then I fell off the wagon again. My weight was quickly back into the 150s and then up into the 160s, and I had a few blog entries where I just seemed depressed about weight management overall. Finally, in July 2008, I got myself on track and am STILL on track now. As of this morning, I weighed 143.4 (YAY!).

It's incredibly obvious to me now that I was kind of doomed to fail after an extended period of time on any plan until I significantly increased my calorie intake. I had already figured out that 1,200 calories was too low for me to maintain forever, but I was afraid to go much above 1,600. I do remember a few times really active Sparkers suggesting to me that they eat at least 1,800 a day and couldn't function eating less, but I stubbornly assumed (with no evidence to back it up!) that I couldn't do this because I would gain weight.

So I guess that in total honesty I still don't know EXACTLY what the best calorie range for me is, simply because I haven't TRIED all calorie levels, and I already learned the hard way not to knock it 'til I've tried it. But I can say that eating around 2,000 per day is FAR preferable to me than eating less. And as long as I keep my activity level high, I am still losing weight. Who woulda known??!?

Today I did exactly what I did last weekend - I went to Zumba, Body Pump, and Body Combat in a row, 9:00-12:00. I need to do all my food prep for the week today because tomorrow we're going surfing!! (OK, I can't surf, but Jess is surfing and I'm boogie boarding.) That'll be a great workout because it takes effort to walk back out after a wave has carried you in, and it's so fun!!!! I've never gone this late in the year before, but Jess thinks the water will still be warm enough for us to be comfortable in our wetsuits.

I'm psyched about being down to 143.4 today - this is the lowest weight I've seen, I think!

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CATERPILLAR85 9/28/2008 8:41AM

    You are such an inspiration girl! it's nice to here about it and gives me hope that I conquer this goal once and for all! have so much fun at the beach...i'm super jealous! :)

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NO1JESS 9/28/2008 8:11AM

    That's awesome! It's great to see how far you've come!!

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PAMELA984 9/27/2008 3:21PM

    You are doing an incredible job! I'm constantly amazed and in awe of what you have accomplished. IKeep it up!

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BRUIN2 9/27/2008 2:52PM

    Brrrrrrrr.... Hopefully the water is still warm for you!!!!!

It is amazing the shift that has happened for you - it has been great to follow your journey and to see the positive changes that have happened...especially over the past couple of months. You know what it takes to succeed, and you are doing so great!!!

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Workout Stats

Friday, September 26, 2008

I'm sitting here watching the debate (sort of) and finally did my run stats from last Sunday on mapmyrun.

Run #1 (from Dunkin Donuts until Jess picked me up down the street)
Time: 15 minutes
Mileage: 1.59 miles
Avg. Pace: 9:27 min/mi
My BMI: 23
Avg. Speed: 6.35 mph
Calories: 166

Run #2 (I got dropped off near home and ran the rest of the way, about 20 minutes after the first run)
Time: 24 minutes
Mileage: 2.17 miles
Avg. Pace: 11:04 min/mi
Avg. Speed: 5.42 mph
Calories: 242

I still haven't sat down with the instructions to my heart rate monitor watch. I don't really care as much about how many calories I've burned nearly as much as I care about my heart rate, distance, and speed. I figure the calorie burn is going to be just an estimate anyway.

Tonight at the gym I ran for about 40 minutes. I finished the first 5K in 28:52. At 30 minutes, I had run 3.22 miles, so that is an average speed of 6.44 mph.

My heart rate started going up when I got close to 30 minutes and I had to slow down. I need to get myself to a point where I can maintain a faster speed for a longer period of time........

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MIMISCA 9/27/2008 11:43AM

    i am so impressed with how fast you can run! i am just starting out but i feel like a little turtle on the treadmill! haha- i'll get there eventually i hope!

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Red Sox...and More Red Sox!

Friday, September 26, 2008


This week has been a riduculous whirlwind. Early Wednesday morning Jess called me to inform me he'd just bought us Red Sox tickets for that night. So I left school as early as I could manage that afternoon and threw on a Red Sox shirt along with my workout pants and sneakers. I parked a couple miles away from Fenway Park and went for a 42-minute jog before the game.

On Thursday, just as I was preparing to leave work and get to the gym for a change, Jess called and said he'd been given free tickets for that night's game. So the only exercise I got was from LITERALLY running from my condo to the train station, because otherwise I would have missed the train. Good thing I've been practicing my running!!!

Tonight, and this weekend, it's SERIOUS workout or bust. I feel like a total slacker.

Given all this craziness, I'm rather proud that my eating has, for the most part, stayed under control. There was one slip-up though. It happened on Wednesday. The plan was to add one tablespoon of peanut butter to my oatmeal, so I had my jar of peanut butter and my measuring spoon. I added the one tablespoon, ate my snack, and then thought to myself, "Mmmmm....peanut butter." So I opened the jar back up with the intention of just licking another little taste off the inside of the lid. Fast forward a few minutes, however, and I had eaten the entire remainder of the peanut butter!!! I estimated it was about three tablespoons, and unbelievably, I was still within my calorie range for the day. And I haven't been crazy-hungry ever since, so maybe I "needed" that peanut butter, haha. But I haven't put peanut butter on my plan since then, and won't again until I can promise myself to only eat as much as is on the plan.

I have also been going crazy with the coffee. At both Red Sox games I had a medium decaf French vanilla hot coffee with skim milk, partly to stay warm, partly to stay awake, and partly to comfort myself when everyone else was drinking beer profusely and eating all kinds of amazingly yummy-smelling items. Yesterday morning, being tired after the late night at Fenway, I made myself a second cup of morning coffee. Then in the teachers room I found leftover coffee from a meeting and had two more cups (very small cups) - one regular, one decaf. This morning there was again coffee in the teachers room (it doesn't often happen two days in a row!) so I've had three cups today.

I have mixed feelings about the coffee. On the one hand, I LOVE the mood it puts me in - I get cheerful and energetic when I drink coffee. Without it, given my sleep deprivation, I would have totally lost my patience on the kiddos when they weren't able to follow my directions for their spelling test this morning!! Plus, coffee gives me better workouts (not that I've DONE much working out this week!). And they say that there are antioxidants in coffee. On the other hand, I don't particularly want to be dependent on a drug, even a drug as relatively harmless as caffeine. Oh well. It's been a crutch this week, but thankfully not every week is this hectic.

Anyways, this week I've been eating just over 2,000 calories per day most days and my weight is pretty much at a standstill. It was 144.8 on Wednesday, 144.6 on Thursday, and 145.0 today. I haven't been eating more this week, but I have been exercising a lot less. I am positive that is the reason why my weight isn't going down. I am fine with that because I know that when I resume my usual workouts, I will resume losing weight. And I know I will resume my usual workouts as soon as I possibly can - which means TONIGHT.

By the way, thank you so much to everyone for answering my question about calculating calories burned. You all basically told me what I already knew - which is that it's just too much work. I'm not going to do it, but I do appreciate knowing how.

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SEPPIESUSAN 9/26/2008 2:22PM

    Um...I respectfully disagree. I have been doing a LOT of interval work, ever since Bruin2 suggested it several weeks ago.

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FITGIRL15 9/26/2008 12:46PM

    I would also say that another reason your WL might be at a standstill is because you spend a lot of time doing steady state training. (running/jogging) If I were you, I'd make those runs into more of speed drills, just to get your body working at a higher capacity, even with 1 minute breaks between sets, you will be burning more calories then simply rnning for your alotted time frame at a steady speed. You will also increase your cardio capacity by doing this too! So eventually, your intervals will double in length, then triple, and so forth!

Sounds to me like you are at a happy place with your weight anyways. I hope your training is still keeping you happy! :)

PS... caffiene is actually pretty BAD for you, and I'll tell you why...
-It's an appetite suppressant, which in turn lowers your metabolism if you don't eat!
-It offers short term energy, but leads to a bigger energy drop off later in the day!
- It stimulates blood sugar rise and fall, which leads to carb (sugar) cravings!

But that being said, one cup a day won't hurt! Between 200mg and 400mg of caffiene per day is about the healthy range! Sounds like you are well within that most days!

Keep it up, girl! You are doing GREAT!

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BRUIN2 9/26/2008 12:42PM

    You're doing great! I'm so proud of you for running TO the game - and YES, that counts as REAL exercise. hehehe.

Glad you're not going to track your deficit - it is interesting, but it will drive you crazy! (At least that's how I felt about it!)

Have a good weekend!

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