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Friday, November 07, 2008

Anyone notice the Daily Spark article featured today?

It's about a study that showed that endurance athletes burned significantly more calories per day than sedentary people. Great article to come across just when I'm wondering why it is that I can eat so much and still lose weight!

Today I broke down and had a very small amount of decaf coffee at around 4 p.m. before the gym - it's Friday afterall. Man did it make a difference in my workout! Including my warmup and cooldown, I ran/elliptical-ed (half on treadmill, half on elliptical trainer) for 68 minutes and went about 7 miles! A good stretch and I was done.

While I was working, especially toward the end, I thought about a quote Smurfette put in her blog, that said that the person who can find a way to endure even when the effort gets painful is the winner. I thought to myself, sure I'm getting tired, but I can do this, and I am going to keep on pushing through!

After the gym I went to the cheapo gas station selling for $2.19 a gallon only to find that they had RUN OUT of gas. What? That happens? Hehe. It was a first for me!

Anyway, it's only Friday night and I've already done my laundry, grocery shopping, and over half of my cooking for the weekend! Yay! I usually save all this stuff for Sunday and then stress out. This weekend I am making two of my favorite recipes I have found on this website - tuna/broccoli/spinach bake (adapted from the chicken spinach bake recipe) and Mexican lasagna. I'm going to eat very well next week!!!:):)

I hope I didn't come off as overly sensitive or whiny in my last couple blog entries. I SO appreciate the support and friendships I have with my health/fitness-conscious friends who read my blog!!!!!!!!!!

Have a FABULOUS weekend everyone!

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SEEHOLZ 11/8/2008 12:48PM

    Oh you whiner-LOL! I love reading your blogs! I hope I don't come off as being too opinioned. I tend to say what's on my mind, but it's all meant to be supportive.... I'm not much for faking it-LOL!
Isn't great to feel accomplished???OH, all days should be like that! Get some R&R in this week-end! You certainly deserve it!

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GERMANPICKLE 11/8/2008 2:59AM

  fabulous news and great attitude!

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BRUIN2 11/8/2008 12:25AM

    Yay for a wicked awesome day!!!

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I am not perfect! (and wouldn't it be boring if I were!)

Friday, November 07, 2008

I confess: I felt quite defensive last night as the comments started rolling in reprimanding my eating habits. I wrote a negative, defensive blog entry and then deleted it. I'm glad I didn't post it, because today, reading your comments back over, I realize you were all just trying to support & help me. I DO need to work on my eating habits - specifically, spreading my meals out better (though I am not sure I buy the commonly stated argument that going long periods of time reduces metabolism; I'm pretty sure I have a good metabolism!) However, I do think that my blood sugar, energy, and mood would all be more stable if I spread my food out better, and most importantly, I'd be able to have better evening workouts if I weren't tired and hungry. Today I am having a big meal at almost 2 p.m. and will have a couple snacks later...still no big eating late in the day, but it's progress. I get so hungry while I'm at work!

Another thing I am wondering about is my calorie level and WHY I need to/am able to eat so much more than so many other Sparkers? I do consider myself lucky, but also I can't help feeling a bit like a pig! Even when I eat 2,200 calories a day I'm still hungry! When I was overweight I ate a LOT more than that on a daily basis. I wonder...people who say they gain weight if they eat 2,000 calories a day...have they ever actually systematically tried this, eating 2,000 calories' worth of planned, nutritionally balanced, healthy, minimally processed food? Or do they just THINK they'd gain without ever having tried it??

I know people will say it's because of muscle, but I really don't have that much muscle. I can barely do one real (on the toes) pushup. Maybe I work out longer and more often than people who eat less than me!? But that's not necessarily it either, because I know a lot of Sparkers who are just as dedicated to their workouts as I am, if not way more than me.

Now for the boring daily stuff. Yesterday's workout was Body Pump (felt good, used heavyish weights), and then Zumba (felt OK but more and more tired toward the end). That's two hours at the gym in total, but really not two hours straight of heart pounding exercise. I did add extra calories yesterday and ended up around 2,180 for the day.

Today I weighed 138.6 which is over a pound more than yesterday, but that's what fluctuations are like! I will probably end up going to the top of my calorie range again today...but maybe I will run today (my most intense workout).


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SWEATONCEADAY 11/8/2008 11:58AM

    i eat about 2000-2200 calories when i maintain with no issues. that is with the occasional splurge day too. i burn about 2500-3000 calories a week normally. however, what goes inside is a mystery - lol. i used to skip meals and eat a lot like you. i used to have really bad headaches and mood swings. now i still have mood swings but they are not related to food so much now and i rarely have headaches. i honestly struggle with diet daily... i know i feel better when i eat a veggie but i still chose to eat crap sometimes. i am a work in progress as are you!

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TRACYZABELLE 11/7/2008 11:30PM

    I have WI in the morning.. I dont feel a loss.. but I guess I will see. YOU always bounce back-- you are awesome!

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MARLIE13 11/7/2008 5:43PM

    Can I ditto what Dana wrote? loL! Just think of all the comments you would get if you were working out like a crazy woman and keeping your calories at 1200. Then we'd be out to getcha. lol! Sounds like you're on the right path. Make minor adjustments and see how your body reacts. If you're hungry in the evenings and it's affecting your workouts, then good for you to see that change needs to happen.

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BRUIN2 11/7/2008 4:41PM

    I think Dana's comment was longer than your whole blog! hehehe.

And, I think that you're eating more than other Sparkers because you're actually listening to your body! You had the courage to try something other than what SP told you to do - and it works!! WOOHOOO!!!

Have a great weekend!!!

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ZIRCADIA 11/7/2008 4:12PM

    Lots of workouts = lots of food. I was eating up to a top range of 2310 calories and that was with burning an average 2000 calories a week -- which could be a lot higher depending on what kind of exercise you're doing and how much. I've lowered my cal burn per week because of this IT band thing I'm working through -- therefore not running and not doing much that involves my lower body = lower calorie burn... but still I'm able to eat over 2000 each day to maintain. And also apparently you have a good metabolism? :D Everyone is different. I kinda glanced over the comments on the other blog and the comments all sound very positive and encouraging. :D You mentioned in your blog needing to space out your meals more, and people just followed that reasoning with suggestions and encouragement on how to improve your daily food spread. And lots of wow you're an inspiration, and you rock, etc.etc. :D hehehehe. So I'm glad that you didn't just curl up in the defensive stance because if we try to remain open and don't let suggestions sound like criticism, there is a lot we can learn!!! :D On SparkPeople folks are always tossing around their two cents because we want to help. Not everyone is a registered dietician or personal trainer or nutritionist, so obviously this advice is to be considered with a grain of salt, but we're all working through this weightloss/fitness journey together and we've gained some experience that is worth sharing.

ANYWAY! THIS IS A SUPER LONG COMMENT... But you see what I'm talking about right??? I think that sometimes well meaning people say things that sound harsh but I don't think yours were too bad. I've seen some very bad comments before from people that were trying to be helpful!!! *EEK*

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LYNN248 11/7/2008 3:17PM

    I don't know how tall you are , but I think you eat a good amount of calories l for the amount of working out you do.

When I read about your workouts, I think you workout A lot!

Its not like your workout out and NOT eating but Honestly when you posted yesterday, I went and had a look at your food log and thought.. ohhhhh she eats plenty .

I have to say i've seen nothing but support on the blogs, so I agree with what you said today, everyone was just supporting you.

Have a great weekend.

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More than 30 Pounds Gone Now :)

Thursday, November 06, 2008

This morning I hit another record low weight (not all-time low, but lowest it's been since late summer 2007) - 137.4. I have been wondering whether I will meet my monthly weight loss goal of 135 by November 19. That is just 13 days away, so to really be on target for that I should have been at 137.0 yesterday so I could have exactly two weeks to lose exactly two pounds. Can I lose 2.4 pounds in 13 days? We'll see. Does it matter if I'm a few days late? No, not really, but it would be oh-so-cool to then have a monthly goal of 130 for Dec. 19, my birthday. My weight has never been under 132 before, at least not since I was very young!

I have been eating in the middle of my calorie range the past few days and have been feeling quite hungry by the end of the day. If that happens again today I might add a little something to be at the top of my range. Since I work out at the end of the day, being hungry then really compromises my workouts. Yesterday I worked out around 6:45-7:45 p.m. I was on the stair climber for 45 minutes and was totally exhausted by the end of that, but wanted a full hour of cardio so I pumped out 15 minutes on the recumbant bike. It was a so-so workout which is rather sad because I had SO much energy at 8 a.m. that if I'd worked out then, I would have been able to do a fast jog. Working out in the morning really isn't realistic with my daily schedule, however. I already have to get up before Jess in the morning and struggle to arrive at work on time. I then have a lot of time to myself in the afternoons, since I get out of school at 3 and he doesn't get out of work until 6 or later. Sometimes we go to the gym together around 7 or 7:30, but more often I go by myself in the late afternoon. While I definitely see advantages of morning workouts, I will save those for weekends and during the week just try to have energy in the afternoons from consistent good sleep at night and adequate good nutrition throughout the day. I still definitely need to work on spacing my meals out better throughout the day. Today, for example, it's not even 1 p.m. yet and all I have left to eat for the whole day is a small yogurt!!!!!!!

You know what's cool? The fact that now I get to wake up every day thin and stay thin all day long. That looks so weird written out, but it's like this gift that took me months to give myself, but now that I've given it to myself I have it to keep every day, all day! I know I must sound full of myself, but for so long part of who I was was being overweight and now that isn't a part of being me anymore. It's an adjustment - one that I am happy to be making, but an adjustment nevertheless!

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KENSINGTONC 11/7/2008 10:21AM

    I hear you about eating your day's allotment by 1pm! I find that I have high-intake days and then the next day will be a low-intake day. It's weird, and sometimes I just don't get my body. Congrats on the weight loss, that is phenomenal! I love the "I get up thin, and stay thin all day long," haha!

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CATERPILLAR85 11/7/2008 9:31AM

    30 pounds lost!! You go girl! :) I like your thinking of waking up thin and being thin all day. I cannot wait for the day that I feel that way! It is definately an adjustment that I'm excited for, that is for sure!

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TRACYZABELLE 11/7/2008 5:12AM

    I have a hard time getting in 1200-1300 calories aday because I am full-- then again I dont exercise like you and I have a turtle metabolism! I am so afraid to up the calories and gain.
Good luck reaching your goal, I know you are motivated.


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TERRIANGEL 11/6/2008 8:00PM

    I'm jealous that you get to eat 2000 calories a day and be in your range. How's THAT? :) Just plain jealous. I ate 2200+ today and I'm sure my weight would be up tomorrow, but I'll never know because I only weigh in on Thursdays. ;-P But that's really great. You must have some serious lean muscle going on for that many calories and STILL losing weight. I'm SOOO happy for you, woman!

I'm also with you about the morning workouts. Sound like a great idea, but then the alarm goes off...Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz...... emoticon Hee!

But keep up the fantastic work,girlfriend. You will SO hit your 130 mark by your birthday. What a gift for yourself!

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LYNN248 11/6/2008 7:32PM

    Gosh I wish I had your workout motivation.

Sounds like you actually enjoy working out tho huh?

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FITGIRL15 11/6/2008 6:16PM

    Only a YOGURT left by 1:00PM? Does that mean you are eating 1500 calories before the afternoon??? Someone as active and tall as you needs quite a bit of calories to maintain that lean muscle mass of yours! Remember blood sugar spikes and lows are also huge weight loss road blocks! You should really try to keep your meals of consistent size (calorie wise) throughout the day to avoid this situation with your blood sugar! (My nutritionist told me that at the onset of my weight loss journey, and I have read similar research in many sport nutrition text books!)

I love your positive attitude! Keep on making those positive changes and no doubt you will have hit your WL goal of 130 by your birthday! You know what it takes, make it happen!!! WOOT!

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SEEHOLZ 11/6/2008 1:51PM

    Congrats on your 30 ++++ You work so hard-- you deserve it 1000%!!!
Yogurt?? It's not good to not eat for hours.... slows down metabolism, so you might reconsider, but just a thought!
As for the gift to yourself: YOU EARNED IT, SO BE DARN PROUD OF IT!!! I'm totally happy for you, because it sounds like you are happy about it! Just be careful not to let weight stuff take over your life!! I'm only saying it, because I've been there, done that and it's overrated. Skinny or fat, you still have to be happy with you, in the skin you're in and the more you get that feeling, the more you'll actually find that you'll be at a happy, healthy weight, because you'll treat yourself and your body right!
I am so very proud of you and you should be, too!!!!

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BRUIN2 11/6/2008 1:45PM

    Only a yogurt left for the whole day?!? GIRL. hehehe. Fuel that body for your workout!!!

Have a great day!!! And YAY on the 30 lb milestone!!!

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PAMELA984 11/6/2008 1:04PM

    You are such an inspiration - you will be at 135 before you know it!

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

What a happy day. I think I am going to have to permanently give up my late afternoon cup of decaf coffee because for the last two days I have had a really wonderful night's sleep, and didn't have any PM decaf. Too bad, because a) it helps me feel full late in the day when I don't eat much and b) it gives me energy for my evening gym sessions, but being well-rested is SO worth it. I fell asleep before 10 p.m. last night and woke up feeling fantastic again today.

Of course, it helped that a) I weighed 138.2 today, yeehaw! and b) everyone/thing I voted for was elected. I am excited for President-elect Obama, and also in my state we had three controversial ballot questions and they all went my way.

Yesterday I had a little less food than usual...still haven't calculated the adjustments yet but probably I totalled just shy of 2,000. I got to the gym in time for 40 minutes of cardio before classes, so I read on the stair climbing machine and worked up a good sweat. Then I did a 15-minute Ab Clinic and then Body Pump. I entertained the idea of staying for Cardio Kickboxing, but was very tired after working out for 1 hour, 55 minutes already and went home. What kind of crazy person feels guilty for "only" working out two hours instead of three?? ME!

A few months ago I bought a pair of too-tight size 4 pants. Today I'm wearing them for the first time and they're practically too big. Does that rock or what!?! I still can't help thinking that if a size 4 fits me it must be a huge vanity size 4, not a true fitting size 4, but if all stores are making increased vanity sizes, does that make me a real size 4? Never in a million years would I have dreamed of fitting into a size 4. 14 yes. 4??? I have come a LONG way.

I wish I could work out in the mornings...I felt soooo energetic this morning and was so jealous of the jogger I saw while I was driving to work...but then I'd have to get up at like 4 or 5 a.m., yuck. Probably never gonna happen.

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CATERPILLAR85 11/7/2008 9:28AM

    Size are amazing lady! :) So proud!!

Have you thought about replacing your afternoon coffee with hot tea? I love hot tea and although I am addicted to my morning coffee, a nice cup of hot tea in the afternoon is always so soothing & has that same filling affect.

My schedule for the next month makes it easier for me to fit in some classes at the gym & I'm going to take up bodypump. I think it will be a nice addiction to my free weights. Have a fantastic weekend!

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TERRIANGEL 11/6/2008 7:53PM

    SIZE 4??!! WOOOHOOOOOO Sistah!! OMG how psyched are YOU!!??

Wow, I hope some of that skinnyness rubs off on me!

thanks for thinking my workouts are advanced (running, anyway) but you're right there at they gym for, as you said 2-3 hours a day. There's nothing amature about that.

Keep on going, Susan. We are so ROCKING this weight loss thing!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hasta manana, Iguana.


Oh, p.s. I am SO happy with the election too! Yay to questions 1, 2 & 3!!

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SKYFYRE 11/6/2008 3:19AM

    Skinny 4! Yipee! You are serious arent you? 3 hours a day, nope, I can't my loss will be much slower than yours!

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TRACYZABELLE 11/5/2008 6:15PM

    Decaf is not 100% decaffeinated so it is best to avoid it if possible...
WTG on the sz 4! WOOHOO!!!

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MARLIE13 11/5/2008 3:42PM

    Decaf keeps you awake even? Way to rock the size 4 pants. That's awesome! You're funny. I wish I could work out in the evenings...when I'm awake. Mornings are hard for me but I do what I have to do. And goodness...two hours at the gym? That's intense!

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BLUEBOOEYES 11/5/2008 3:16PM

    Awesome job and 2 hours is nothing to feel sluggish about! You are superwoman!!

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PAMELA984 11/5/2008 1:56PM

    I KNEW there was another reason I liked you - I have been a strong Obama supporter for a long time!

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-JACE- 11/5/2008 1:52PM

    wow! way to rock a size 4!!!

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BRUIN2 11/5/2008 1:18PM

    Hmm. Yes, a new format indeed. It will take some getting used to...

YAY, so glad your old/new pants fit!! Woot woot!!

Morning workouts are AMAZING... and if you're sleeping better, maybe you can try a morning workout out! But aim for a 30-45 min workout in the morning, none of this 3 hour junk. HA.

And no, thank you, I do not want Jess's four year old cake mix. Thanks for the offer though. HAHAH.

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LYNN248 11/5/2008 12:28PM

    How awesome!
you have fantastic motivation and therefore i'm motivated by reading your blog.
You're in a size 4 because you work extremely hard for it.

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Feeling Better... and a Lesson Learned about Batch Cooking

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Yesterday I was hoping to be able to make it an hour on the recumbant bike, but I actually got into my reading and wasn't physically tired, so I read and biked for TWO hours. Considering how I was feeling yesterday it was the best workout I could have gotten. I'm glad I didn't attempt strength training or some more strenuous cardio because I was too tired for that. Recumbant biking was a good level of activity for how I was feeling.

I didn't have even decaf coffee yesterday afternoon, as even decaf has SOME caffeine, and so thankfully I had a great night's sleep! Then I woke up to find my weigh back to 138.4, and my stomach ache and heartburn GONE. I felt a million times better.

It's now just past lunch and I'm still feeling good...but I may have just done something stupid... on Sunday Oct. 26 I made a HUGE batch of beef stew with tons and tons and tons of vegetables. It was so big I had to split it into 10 servings. I just went to eat one now, nine days old, and some of it tasted a bit off. Like it was turning to vinegar. I threw some of it away but I will admit I tried to eat the parts that were still good. Why did I do that?!? I just recovered from ONE stomach really hoping I don't get another. I'll throw away the one remaining serving and will refrain from making my batch meals QUITE so big in the future. Or if they do end up that big, I should freeze some.

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MARLIE13 11/5/2008 3:45PM

    Oh nevermind...just read this blog with your explanation about the decaf. ;o) Whoops on the stew! I freeze my stuff that I make in big batches. Works like a charm!

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LYNN248 11/4/2008 6:34PM

    I also have a bad habit of making too much food.

TWO hours on the bike is a lot, wow no wonder your so hot!

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SEEHOLZ 11/4/2008 6:09PM

    Too funny-- well, maybe not for your tummy-- but I know what you mean.... why try to eat yucky food! Freezing in portion is great option!

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FITGIRL15 11/4/2008 1:10PM

    I have done this before too... eating my "health" food that might be slightly bad...How is that safe or healthy for me?? Getting sick is the last thing on my to do list! LOL

I hope you recover from your first tummy ache without getting a second one! (I too am recovering from gastrointestinal pain, and it's NOT FUN!)

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