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THIRTY POUNDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I've been secretly fantasizing about the day I'd get to write this blog entry (since I totally forgot to do the 10 and 20 pound ones) and today it unexpectedly came early.

When I started this round of weight loss in early July 2008 I weighed 167.8 pounds. It was the morning after I'd gone out for Mexican food, and I finally saw that I had officially gained back ALL the weight I'd lost in early 2007 plus a few ounces.

Today, my fabulous Sparky friends (I feel like John McCain saying that!), I weighed in at 137.8. Exactly thirty pounds are G-O-N-E GONE!!!!!!!!!

Also, I don't know why this never occurred to me before, but if I keep up the same pace of weight loss, I am due to hit my goal - 130 - exactly on my birthday, December 19.

***Hippy hoppy happy dance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!***

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TRACYZABELLE 10/29/2008 1:05AM

    How awesome Susan! I am so envious of you but so ecstatic for you! I know you are on cloud 9!

As far as no time to cook-- CROCK POT! Toss it in and it cooks itself! I Love my crock pot and it has all you need in a meal! Make soups and stews this way you have it on hand and it is a complete meal.

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STEPHENIEZ 10/28/2008 9:40PM

    That is so AWESOME!!!!


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SWEATONCEADAY 10/28/2008 7:03PM

    way to go on 30 lbs!

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RUNNINGCRAZY 10/28/2008 3:14PM

    Congratulations!!!! emoticon What a great birthday present you are giving yourself!
Love your background beach scene. Is it a picture you took?

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Monday, October 27, 2008

I was 139.4 today - not bad for the scale at home, at 6:30 a.m. I was tired and hungry today - that combination always goes together. I added a little extra food and my grand total is now 2,100 calories for the day. I wanted to try the three classes in a row again like I did last Monday, but after Body Pump I decided I was too tired for group cardio. Instead, I just got on a recumbant bike for an hour with a book I haven't been able to find the time to read (_Hot, Flat, and Crowded_). I barely broke a sweat, but I'm proud that I did something while tired. Oh yeah, then I had a good stretch.

I am soo p-ed at my heart rate monitor! All of a sudden it is not monitoring my heart rate anymore! When I press the button to get my heart rate, nothing happens. It is almost brand new so now I have to go through the hassle of seeing if it's under warranty and whether I have all the necessary receipts and bar codes or whatever. I can't even motivate to apply for a new passport so I can go on vacation, and I gotta deal with this??

ALSO, right around the same time the heart rate button stopped working, I noticed a little "M" on one of the settings. I changed it to an "F," but too late, because it was already broken. My HRM thought I was a man all this time!! I'm almost depressed because it means I'm probably not burning nearly as many calories as it's been telling me all this time, when it was set to male. Ugh. Who cares I guess...I can still lose weight eating 2,000 calories a day, I just probably wouldn't be able to at 2,700. Although I shouldn't say I can't until I try..................

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SEEHOLZ 10/28/2008 1:45PM

    OMG-- I also had HRM problems and was without for 6 weeks--- send it in and by the time they did it and finally sent it back--- it sure was a hassle, but a good time to proof that you don't "need" it to be the fittest person there is!
I am still so jeaulous of your bodypump! What 3 class combo do you do???
Awesome job for pushing yourself despite being tired! Been theren and happy to report, done that-LOL!

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SKYFYRE 10/28/2008 10:59AM

    What?! The forms are all online and then you just pop your old one in the mail, so do it!!! You will be green with envy from my upcoming trip if you don't so get your booty going! Vacation! Woohoo! Where are you thinking of going?!

Also, SOhohosoohohso SO! Jealous that you have been eating at such a high range and are still losing, but don't kid yourself, you have been working out like a killer on lovers lane (sick I know) and you have your hot bod o show for it! Keep it up, you don't need a HRM to lose weight!

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KENSINGTONC 10/28/2008 10:17AM

    Your day sounds like my week... at least you got out there, and did something, and MOVED!

My next fitness step is to find myself a heart rate monitor - sounds like a key component to a quality workout. Do you have any specific recommendations?

I hope today's a better day!

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BRUIN2 10/28/2008 10:12AM

    GAH. What a PITA!

Put "go to the passport office" on your to do list for this week girl!!

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PAMELA984 10/28/2008 9:06AM

    Obviously you are doing something right - with or without a HRM that is set for the appropriate gender.

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SHOOTIN4STARS 10/27/2008 8:43PM

    Those dang heart rate monitors never last! Sorry you have to deal with all that frustration, but I think you had a great weigh in!


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Sunday Night Update

Sunday, October 26, 2008

It's late, so I gotta make this quick.

140.0 yesterday (home), 138.8 today (Jess'). Today's weight was the lowest I've seen it yet, but I was hoping to see it go even lower.

Yesterday's workout was the usual Saturday routine - Zumba, Body Pump, then Body Combat. Loved it!!

Today I had a pretty short workout at the gym, which kinda makes me feel bad because it would have been such a gorgeous day to go for a long run or bike ride outside... but we did go for a good half hour plus walk in the city today, so I guess that counts for something. At the gym, I attempted the Stair Master fit test only to have it tell me I'd entered an invalid number for my heart rate and to try again later after nine minutes. Hrmph! Then I did a half hour on the treadmill alternating between 6.0 and 8.0 mph, one minute each. One time I even did two minutes in a row at 8.0. My second-to-last minute was 8.5 mph and my very last minute was at 3.5 mph. I hit a very good time for a 5K (3.1 miles)...I can't remember if it's my personal best, but it's the fastest I've run one in a very long time and possibly my fastest ever... 26:34. So all in all it was a short but intense workout.

Once again I've run out of time on Sunday because of COOKING. No matter how I try to plan and/or whine, I always end up cooking late into the night on Sunday. This week's menu will consist of pumpkin pie smoothies and coffee with soy milk for breakfast, beef stew for lunch, shrimp shirataki for dinner, and snacks of yogurt, apples, nuts, muesli, and oatmeal, all for about 2,000 calories a day. I'm gonna be eatin' good this week!!:) But I think that every week.

HRM-calorie-counter Saturday total calorie burn was 2,932 calories and Sunday was 2,410. Not sure why today I burned so many fewer than all the other times I've tried this. Shorter workout and more sleeping in I guess. I really needed to sleep in this morning...I was so tired I was obnoxious to be around last night. Jess and I went to an Italian restaurant so I substituted for some of the snacks I was going to eat. I'd been hoping for a gorgeous salad at the restaurant, but didn't love the selection on the menu (small salad had gorgonzola - ew, and the other was just lettuce and viniagrette) so I got minestrone soup. It was such a tiny portion, but not very salty and filled with veggies...and prosciutto..which is not something I normally eat, but the pieces were tiny and all mixed in. I also had half a piece of bread and one bite of my boyfriend's pesto penne. This restaurant was new and we weren't all that impressed. At home I had about 3/4ths of a glass of merlot. All in all I had under 2,000 calories yesterday, which is a low day for me these days!!

Today I've been really happy and just high on life. Jess thinks it's because of all the caffeine I had this morning :), but I think it's also partly because a) I got enough sleep for a change, b) the weather was so gorgeous, and c) I'm pretty thrilled about how my whole weight management/fitness program is going. I can, and do, walk around in my tight-fitting gym pants on the weekend and love that the parts of me that used to be horrible problems, especially my butt, look basically fine now! I was also just really happy to have such a gorgeous boyfriend (in more ways than one) and also that Halloween's coming and I'm going to have fun dressing up this year.

PS - I knew I was forgetting something! I forgot to mention that I love both of Bruin's suggestions on my last blog...both the idea of aiming for a 500-calorie deficit per day (which supposedly brings about a one-pound loss per week), and the website. Jess won't do the program with me and I'm not even sure that doing 100 pushups is really a goal of mine, but certainly the idea of doing a few for 10 minutes three times per week and becoming able to do more consecutively is appealing to me. So, thank you, as always, for your helpful comments!!! (And thanks everyone else too for taking the time to read my wordy ol' blog!)

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SKYFYRE 10/28/2008 10:37AM

    Sweet weigh in, Susan! Congrats! And can I just say, Goodness Gracious, over 2000 calories burned?! You are fierce! Go Girl! Way to get a burn!

Bruin2 always has great suggestions! She is a smart little cookie!

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MIMISCA 10/27/2008 11:03AM

    congrats on your new lowest weight! your "maintainence" program really has been so successful! keep it up girl and stay happy- i love the fall too!

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BRUIN2 10/27/2008 9:26AM


It makes me so happy that you're happy!! And I'm glad you liked my suggestions!

AND HOLY SH!T at 26 min 5k?!?!??!?! GIRL! WOWOWOWOWOOWOWOWOWOOWOW!!!! THAT'S AWESOME!!!!!!! No kidding your butt is looking good in those tight pants! Isn't running fabulous!!

Have a great week!!!

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Today's Exercise, Calories, and Extra Food

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Today was a pretty good day, exercise-wise. I went biking with my brother for 1hr45min, and then I went to the gym with my boyfriend and did 20 minutes on the elliptical and 14 on the recumbant bike, plus stretching. And OH YEAH, I did TWO *REAL* pushups!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could never do a real pushup before!!!!!

To sustain me through all that exercise I added a little extra food today...the fact that I have gotten more flexible with my food plans is proof to me that I am getting one step closer to making this a real lifestyle and not just some giant experiment. I was hungry and needed energy, so I had a LITTLE more to eat. Specifically, I had two apples at my brother's and a decaf nonfat hot latte with sugar-free caramel syrup at Starbucks. I have eaten almost 2,300 calories today, which is a bit over my current SP range, but apparently I have about a 700-calorie deficit today (see next paragraph), so I think I'm good! :)

Another HRM-calorie-burn-counting experiment day has passed - this time I was really careful with the timer - and I got a result of 2,967 calories burned! So far I seem to be averaging in the very high 2,000s to low 3,000s!!!

So here is my plan moving forward. I am going to try counting the calories I've burned in a day with my HRM a few more times. If the results remain as consistent as they have been, I will try to get myself to stop doing it so it doesn't become this huge unnecessary obsession. Of course I'm wondering if these numbers are true so I have a plan to try to figure that out. My plan is to try increasing my calorie intake to just lower than what I'm supposedly burning, like 2,700 or so. If I'm REALLY burning around 3,000 calories a day, I should continue losing weight even when eating 2,700 calories (though probably quite slowly). If I start to gain, then my HRM has been lying to me. :) In that case, I can try gradually lowering my intake by 100 at a time until I find a number at which I start losing again.

Okay, I sort of just came up with that plan. Not sure if/when I'll actually carry it out.

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SHOOTIN4STARS 10/26/2008 1:24PM

    Thanks for the positive comment on my blog. Sorry I'm so late in responding. I thought I would return the favor. Losing weight is really a science, and everybody's body is so different, but it sounds like you're on the right path. Iwish you the best!


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SKYFYRE 10/26/2008 7:37AM

    Yay! 2 real push-ups! That is so awesome! I did making the cut by Jillian Micheals and by the end of the 30 days I was about to do 15 pushups when at day one I could not do more than 1!!! Keep doing them and you will get stronger!!! I am so crazy jealous about your calories consumed!!! If I at that much I'd be as big as a house! Congrats on the sucsess! Oh, and way to ride! 1hr45min?! You sound like me! Heehee!

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BRUIN2 10/25/2008 10:16AM

    Are you sure you're not a science teacher?? You sure like experiments!


If you eat 2700 on a day that you burn 3000, that's a 300 calorie deficit. 3500 calories = 1 lb; so it would take you 11.6 days to drop one pound... What about eating 2500 calories, so then it should take you 7 days to drop one pound?? Just an idea!!!

And how empowering that you are listening to your body, and making great decisions when you're hungry?!?! YAY!!

Oooh, and right on about the pushups!! Have you heard of ?? It's very cool - and very doable! (Though Hubs and I only got to week 3 of the program...ahahh)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Weight Pattern and my HRM

Friday, October 24, 2008

My weight today was 140.0. Notice the day higher, next day lower... that's because I alternate staying over at Jess' and weighing myself on my scale there with staying at home and weighing myself on my scale at home. My scale at Jess' always reads lower.

My HRM is a watch. There is no chest strap and nothing to keep wet. At exactly 9:30 a.m. I was a bit busy giving directions for a math quiz, so I restarted at 12 hrs, 19 min = 894 calories. Now I have to try to let it go for exactly 11 hrs, 41 min!

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MIMISCA 10/24/2008 1:37PM

    i never know which scale to trust! i think you should go with jess' - haha- i mean it's probably right!

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