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Blog Entry Number Three for the day :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

So what if it's past 11 p.m.? I have tomorrow off! :)

To answer your question, Terri, my intervals are one minute each.

But the real reason I'm adding another blog entry is.....drumroll please...

We just booked our vacation to Puerto Plata!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!! I am SO excited. I cannot WAIT for February!

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MARLIE13 11/11/2008 2:37PM

    I just googled your looks beautiful. So excited for you!

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TERRIANGEL 11/11/2008 12:57PM

    Awesome!!!! LOVE the big drop theory, too. :) You're so close to your goal, girl!

Oh, and my 8.8 is minut miles. Not miles a minute. :) I find it so much harder to go fast on a treadill than outside. Strange.

I need to book my trip.

Hope you're having a great day off!

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LYNN248 11/11/2008 6:21AM

congrats that's awesome!!

I love having something to look forward to:)

I"m leaving February

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GERMANPICKLE 11/11/2008 2:43AM

  wow, have a great time!

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Wow - Great Workout Tonight! :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

After the way I was feeling this morning I didn't have high hopes about my workout tonight, so I was pleasantly surprised when it was fantastic!

I arrived at the gym just in time to do 15 minutes of speed work on the treadmill before classes. It had been a long time since I'd done speed work so I wasn't really sure what to I did 6.0mph/8.5mph. It took me 10 minutes to realize I could be pushing harder, so my last two intervals were at 9.0mph!!! I have never gone that fast before! That is a 6:40 min/mile pace! Next time I will try doing 6.0/9.0 the whole time. Afterwards, I walked for two minutes and my heart rate was back below 120 before the first minute was over!

Next up was Zumba. Note to any and all Zumba instructors who happen to see this: PLEASE don't stop between every song to talk!!! Zumba is designed to be easy/repetitive enough for us clutzes to get the moves just from watching and trying. We DON'T need the three-minute tutorial before every song! Cardio exercise is supposed to be continual! Grrrrrr! (Also if you could avoid the loud "YES THAT'S NICE!" comments when we aren't even doing anything and the "HOLD IT" when what you really mean is to keep doing what we're doing rather than to hold still like I thought you meant, that'd be great too.) Okay, vent aside, the actual dancing was fun. :)

Finally came Body Pump. The Monday 7:30 instructor is the BEST Body Pump instructor, but usually I'm too exhausted to do Body Pump so late at night! I'm so glad I was able to go tonight. He's fun, he's funny, he's really focused on form, and he's very clear and well-rehearsed with his instructions. Yay!

I have tomorrow off for Veterans Day and I'm hoping to get in some high-quality cardio. :) Just not outside unfortunately, because we're getting highs in the mid 40s! Brrrr!

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CATERPILLAR85 11/11/2008 12:52PM

    reading your blogs about your workouts make me so ready to get into the gym tonight and start my November workout plan. I'm a bit nervous though because my gym buddy has kind of fallen through and I really need to get back into my classes (bodyflow, bodypump & spin) but i'm worried about going by myself. i always have so much more confidence in the classes when i have a buddy that i'm tempted to just go tonight and do free weights and run on the elliptical so i have the safety of my ipod....eeek.

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BRUIN2 11/10/2008 10:42PM

    WOOT WOOT!! Look at that speed work!! You are DEFINITELY a sprinter - I mean, look at that 10k time... you could be WINNING races with that time!! You've found another forte!

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TERRIANGEL 11/10/2008 10:23PM

    Great workout!

Um...6.40 minute pace??!! Excuse me?? How long did you do that for??????

I had to chuckle at your virtual scolding of the Zumba teacher. How frustrating that must have been! I mean, you're in a want to SWEAT!

Nice job, Susan. Here's to great workouts tonight: emoticon

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Dreary Monday

Monday, November 10, 2008

My boyfriend has had this really disgusting cough lately that has kept us BOTH awake at night and I'm starting to wonder whether I'm catching something - I don't have a cough right now, but I have just felt tired despite getting plenty of sleep, I've had random aches since last night, and I've been just a bit sniffly on/off.

Today I was up to 139.0. Considering that between Fri-Sun I worked out almost seven hours and that I stuck to my eating plan one hundred percent this weekend, there is no good reason I can think of that my weight was up. I must have patience and stop letting these fluctuations get me down so much, but I have been bouncing between 137-140 now for over a month. I was organizing/trying on a bunch of my old shirts yesterday and even though I am thinner all over, my stomach sticks out a lot, especially at night when I am bloated, yuck. I really wasn't feeling thin at all. I work so hard just to look OK; meanwhile Jess had three HUUUUGE slices of pizza yesterday and ice cream and he always looks fantastic. And he hasn't worked out at all lately because of his cold, and even when he does, it's only a small fraction of the amount I work out. At least I wasn't overly tempted to steal his pizza and ice cream - my two biggest temptations - especially when I looked at the ingredients list of his ice cream. How can partially hydrogenated soybean oil be listed not once, but twice in the ingredients list and they still claim zero grams trans fat? How misleading.

Today is a professional day at school - no kids, only teachers - and I have no desire whatsoever to work. This funk better be a cold or PMS or something other than being ME, because I don't want to be like this! Hrmph.

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LYNN248 11/10/2008 8:51PM

    Thanks for your comments on my blog :)
I surely was talking about you. Since my nutritionist had put me on a "eat more calorie" plan It just felt unatural to me and I never knew if i should eat more or less or workout more or less or what????

Seems like i've tried everything at this point and now my body on strike!

I was at a point where i didn't understand my body at all. I still don't but at least I have some professional nutrional guidance:) that lady rocks, she's awesome!!

I'm still trying to find that balance and I can't wait for my body to start reacting better.

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MARLIE13 11/10/2008 7:29PM

    Boo on silly boys that can mostly eat whatever they want to and not gain weight! I've got my fingers crossed for you that you aren't getting the crud.

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FITGIRL15 11/10/2008 6:53PM

    I think you just answered your OWN question! You say that your BF, Jess works out LESS then you na dcan still eat MORE then you and look GREAT... what is it that he does at the gym that is so different then you? He probably lifts heavier weights, right? Heavy lifting is a huge reason why most women never see the results from exercise that they want, because they overdo the cardio and completely whittle away at their lean muscle mass by AVOIDING the weights like the plague. (Don't get me weong, Body Pump is great (I teach a class similar to it, actually!), but it's still not quite the lifting I'm talking about! If you can do 50 squats in 5 minutes, you aren't lifting heavy enough!)

Personally, I think you are negating all your hard work by doing excessive amounts of cardio. Cardio is for burning fat, weight lifting builds muscle. If you do too much cardio and not enough weights your lean muscle mass suffers (have you ever seen a muscular runner? I find them to be always very slight people!)

As for the weighing in daily... trash it! Sounds to me liek you've hit a plateau, a normal phenomonon during most people's weight loss journey (including my own!) but you can either dwell on it and continue to weigh in daily and feel crappy that the scale hasn't changed, or you can stop the madness, put all the "scale" effort into something more productive, like mirror time. Spend about 5 minutes a day just looking at yourself inthe mirror and enjoy the fruits of all your hard work! It will do your mind and spirit so much good! The scale is a buzz-kill when you are in a plateau!
For me, staying off the scale for a month is the best plan I've had in a long time! I've never felt better!!
Mirrors are definitely more friendly then scales anyday :)

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BRUIN2 11/10/2008 1:56PM

    Grrr. Boys.

That's all I have to say on that.

Where in your range have you been eating?? Maybe your bod is holding onto some of the food because of all of your working out??

Good thing you have spark to occupy you today, right?!? hehehe. Hope you have a good night!

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The thing that motivates me the MOST

Sunday, November 09, 2008

It's that time of year again...time to book a vacation for February break! Every year Jess and I have gone to an all-inclusive resort in the Carribbean or Mexico in February, and the thought of being in a bikini on the beach is the most motivating thing for me possible. (But you already knew how shallow I can be.)

2/2005: Dominican Republic. First time in the Carribbean ever. Worked hard for about a month beforehand to bring my weight down from an all-time high of 183 to maybe the mid 160s for the vacation. Gained it all back during/afterwards.

2/2006: Puerto Vallarta. To be honest I don't really remember my weight loss story for this was before I started seriously using SparkPeople, but after I stopped using an old diary. But I'm sure I dieted for it and I'm sure the weight loss didn't last.

2/2007: Cancun. I had joined Weight Watchers AND started seriously using SparkPeople about a month earlier, and was losing weight fast and was super-duper motivated. I brought my weight down from 167 to about 155 for the trip. On the trip I counted my WW points and continued to exercise and didn't gain any weight! And I kept working hard afterwards...until I hit starvation mode from working too hard a few months later and started gaining and losing in a wild roller coaster ride.

2/2008: Jamaica. I'd stopped going to WW and was now an old pro at SparkPeople, but I still hadn't figured out how to keep off the roller coaster. I'd gotten down to the low 140s for a wedding in December, quickly gained back to the 160s by January, and then got down to the low 140s again for the vacation. But then while I was in Jamaica I started binge eating hard core, reaching the mid-150s by the time I was back on the scale at home, and then gradually getting way back up to the upper 160s.

THE FUTURE: 2/2009: We're probably going to the Dominican again (different part! FYI, the DR is a great choice for a budget-minded traveler who wants to stay at a decent all-inclusive.) We looked at options last night - including cruises, which I've never tried, but it was impossible to find decent flights to the ports of departure for school vacation week - and found a resort that looks really good in Puerto Plata. Jess just wants to get the official OK from work before we book.
This time the back-story, weight-wise, is going to be ridiculously different. There will be no mad scramble to lose as much weight as possible the month beforehand. Rather, there is going to be a slow and steady and ultimately WAY more effective and permanent effort's already started! And it won't stop. Not through the holidays or at any point in time. I am going to keep doing exactly what I have been doing and I am going to be my fittest EVER in three months, when it's time to go. Even if my weight loss were to slow down to only two pounds a month, that's six pounds by February, and I'd be at 132. Heck, even if I stopped losing weight TODAY I'd be continually cranking it with the workouts, adding muscle and burning fat, and I'd still look my best ever in February!! I am soooo psyched for this!!!! (And I don't even dare to allow myself to dwell on it, but there is the distinct possibility that I will lose more than two pounds a month and get unbelievably hot by vacation.)

In other exciting news, Jess asked me to find out what size ring I wear. FINALLY.

I was 138.2 today, a bit higher than I'd hoped but whatever. I may not reach 135 by Nov. 19, which was my goal, but who cares. I went to Step Interval this morning, a class that combines step with strength training. Since I did Body Pump yesterday I tried to stick with light weights today (that was the advice an instructor gave me once when I asked if it was OK). I was literally thinking the instructor today was MEAN, she worked us so hard. I actually got visible sweat soaking through my shirt, which never happens!! After that class I stayed for a half hour class split half abs and half stretching. THEN, I hopped onto a recumbant bike for a little over an hour and read magazines, snacked on almonds, drank water, and listened to tunes on my iPod. If I weren't a little sweaty it would have been easy to forget I was working out at all! Finally I did another stretch, and after about 2 hours, 45 minutes, I came home.

Susan's tip to self: How to make a little snack of an apple seem substantial and take a long time:
1. Microwave a mug of decaf green tea.
2. Put half a tablespoonful (a tiny amount) of decaf coffee in the coffee maker, but use a normal amount of water. Brew a hot but very watery cup of coffee. Add soymilk.
3. Alternate bites of a very crisp, delicious apple (braeburn works well) with sips of tea. Try to finish both around the same time.
4. Drink coffee.
5. Pop open a pomegranate seltzer and chew some sugar-free blueberry gum.
6. Go pee about 700 times.

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MARLIE13 11/10/2008 7:32PM

    Ring shopping? EXCITING!!!!!!! not have and kiddos and be able to travel more freely. loL! Can't wait to hear about what place you choose!

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TERRIANGEL 11/10/2008 7:20PM

>Oh, yea, and the working out is great, too.

JUST KIDDING! That's a really cool history of Susan's vacation weight loss. You, my friend, are going to look SO hot on your vacation. BOO-YA! emoticon

I've gotta book our 10 year cruise for January, too. 2 more months. I will so be at my goal by then, and will come back and tell you how AWESOME it feels to be happy and comfortable in a bikini with your baby, and YOU will then come back and tell me "yep, you're right!" Hee!!!

Congratulations on all your successes, girl. You've come a long way, baby. :)


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SEEHOLZ 11/10/2008 12:56PM

    Lots of awesome excitement going on!

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LYNN248 11/9/2008 2:19PM

    Vacations motivate me too, WHich is one of the reasons I started Sparking in September. I was hoping to be down 25 lbs by February. I don't know that i'll reach that goal but anything I lose before going it VERY much appreciated;) 30 would rock but I don't see that happening as my body constantly seems to be in defense mode.

anyway....We booked our vacation last month, and i think about it ..

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PAMELA984 11/9/2008 2:15PM

    I also like to dip bites of apple into fat free yogurt - very healthy and very filling!

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BLUEBOOEYES 11/9/2008 2:13PM

    Sounds like you definitely have some strong motivation going on. Good for you!

P.S. I love the Susan's tips to self.


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BRUIN2 11/9/2008 1:49PM


Sounds like someone is going RING SHOPPING!!! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

Get your finger sized at the end of the day...or whenever you're the most swollen. Hehehe, kind of like buying shoes!!

AND, I think this vacation is just going to be SOOOO FUN!!! You're losing HEALTHILY (is that a word??) and you are going to be able to maintain on vacation!! You're going to rock this!!!

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

It's unseasonably warm out today so I wore shorts to the gym. They're the same shorts I wore in the Tufts 10K and they fit me so much better now - I have lost four pounds since then. Four pounds doesn't seem like much until I think about the fact that it was hopefully mostly fat. I realized how significant an accomplishment every single one of those pounds is - we are actually forcing unhealthy FAT off our bodies!

There is such an amazing atmosphere in my Saturday morning Zumba class. Everyone is smiling and every once in a while you'll hear a "Woo hoo!" from around the room, and people actually go "awww" when it's time to cool down because we all want to keep on going. Body Pump and Body Combat afterwards aren't quite as fun, but they are great workouts. I was tired by Body Combat so I kept thinking about perservering when the effort gets painful again! And I totally got a second wind. :)

I weigh 137.6 today. After my shower I put on a tight T-shirt and jeans, and Jess said, "You look skinny!" I said, "I am, so get used to it!" Hahaha. (Note: I don't mean SKINNY SKINNY, just like...the "not fat" kind of skinny. Does that make ANY sense whatsoever?)

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TERRIANGEL 11/10/2008 7:23PM

    Awesome!! On all accounts!


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NO1JESS 11/9/2008 9:37AM

    You ARE skinny, that's right!! Sometimes our significant others don't notice when the change is super gradual, so it's exciting when they do!!! Yay!

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BRUIN2 11/8/2008 3:02PM


Did you hear me in your zumba class today?? hehe.

YAY for BEING skinny!! Work it girl!

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