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Thursday, November 20, 2008

My mom took this photo this past Sunday of my boyfriend who insists on wearing sunglasses even when it is not sunny, me in the same outfit I wore for my first cold-weather running experience this evening (see below), and my cute little puppy Teddy (who actually lives with my parents, not me). Oh, that reminds me, check this out:

Go to that website and type one of the following: sit, roll over, stand, sing, dance, shake, fetch, play dead, achoo, kiss, dance. ;)

(WHAT? I just went to get a puppy "emoticon" and there are NO dog choices at all... but they have cats...that is animal discrimination!!)

I didn't have time to blog yesterday, which was my actually three-month-iversary at "maintanence" calories, but yesterday I weighed in at 137.2, NOT 135.0 as was my goal for that date. Regardless, I decided I'd try to continue losing three pounds a month so my next goal is 134 by December 19, which is also my birthday. I reset my calorie range and it is down now just a bit to 1,820-2,170. Man... I have been feeling like eating DOUBLE that lately! But I haven't given in to temptation.

I've been too busy to get in really good workouts and strength training has gone a bit by the wayside the past few days. Yesterday I was getting ready for parent-teacher conferences and was lucky to get to work out at ALL...I did 12 minutes on the Stair Master fit test ("average" result), then 15 minutes on the treadmill alternating between one minute each at 6.0 and 8.5, and 8.0 for the last few when I got tired. Then I did some steady-state running for five minutes, finally ending with a walk until I hit 2.5 miles in total, after 23 minutes. So in all it was only a 35-minute workout.

Today I really should have done strength training since I skipped it yesterday and want to go to Body Pump on Saturday like usual, but I only had time for 15 minutes so I did lunges, squats, and calf presses. Yeah, that's not quite a full-body workout! It wasn't even my full leg routine. But it was all I had time for. Then I drove into the city looking for a safe, well-lit (it was dark out) place to run outside for the first time since it's gotten cold. I ended up running almost 45 minutes - no time yet to do the stats on mapmyrun. I ran past Boston University so I got to see that pants that are tight all the way to the ankle are ALL THE RAGE apparently for college girls right now...with or without boots on top. I also discovered a silver lining to running in the cold - my hat kept my iPod ear buds in place, yay! And once I got warmed up from the exercise I actually really enjoyed the cold. I love running in the city! I do realize though that it won't be safe to run outside ANYWHERE if the sidewalks get icy. :(

My run was incredibly easy tonight and I probably should have pushed myself to go faster. I was thinking about how it makes sense that running should feel easier now - I'm carrying around 30 fewer pounds!

Today I weighed 137.8. I am just about POSITIVE that it will be quite a bit lower tomorrow, especially since I'll be weighing in on the scale at Jess' instead of at my place.

I've been thinking about some plans for next week - both a Thanksgiving dinner plan of action and what I'd like to accomplish with my three days off. No time to discuss right now, but of course I'd like to use some of that time for some extra exercising, and some of it for clothes shopping!!

I haven't read everyone's blogs yet (and I've been badly neglecting my team) - I got through some but then realized if I was going to write my own I had to stop - but the weekend starts tomorrow, so yay for extra time.

Oh yeah, a Mom update. She hasn't logged into SP since Sunday when I helped her set up her account!! But she has been exercising. I told her it doesn't matter if she uses SP or not, it just matters that she has a plan and stays committed to it. She likes to walk where it's flat because hills aggravate her knee, so today she walked the perimeter of a shopping plaza parking lot for thirty minutes (three laps). Hey, whatever works.

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ZIRCADIA 11/21/2008 1:38PM

    You're rockin it! :) Congrats on your three month maintenanceville anniversary. :) I'm coming up on four months at the end of November. :D WOOHOO! I did wayyyyyy too much with my quads on Wednesday because they're still killing me. Squats and Lunges came back and apparently with a vengeance. :D HAHAHAHAHAHA. I say Kudos to you thought for getting in what you could in the time you had and not just scrapping the workout cause you were short on time.

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CATERPILLAR85 11/21/2008 9:05AM

    good for you for at least getting in what you can do! that is how my week has been...after the past couple of long, exhausting days i've just been mentally & physically drained!

i too am nervous about thanksgiving! i have 3 dinners to go to....eeek!

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TRACYZABELLE 11/21/2008 5:33AM

    It suree was a cold one when I came into work tonight! You warmed me up with that get up on! I hope my leather coat from last year fits.. if not I better slim quickly!
Adorable dogggie, I bet your folks spoil him!

Enjoy your weekend!


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BRUIN2 11/20/2008 10:49PM

    Glad you've been doing what you've had time for!!

AND yay for a run!! You can still run outside when it's slippery, you just shorten your stride and don't go for speed! It's nice and peaceful when no one else is brave enough to get out there!

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TERRIANGEL 11/20/2008 10:12PM

    EVERYONE who ran outside today talked about how much they loved it. I did NOT love mine. What up wid dat?

Inside the gym tomorrow. :)

I think your ipod buds were frozen inside your ears. Hee! Actually, mine didn't fall out either. But they were held in by my "iRunLikeA Girl" head band warmer thing that has a pony tail hole in the back...WHICH I bought at Tufts 10K! LOOOOOVE it!

Have a good night. I need to go to bed soon.


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WWGAL23 11/20/2008 10:09PM

    Hey sweetie! Im glad that you had a chance to run! Keep it up! Things will settle down and you will be able to lose that weight so quickly!! Have a GREAT night! emoticon

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My Program

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My mom took this picture on Sunday when all the "kids" were over at her house all at one time! I'm top left and as you can see, my dumb brother thought he'd ruin the photo by attempting to tickle me. My gorgeous boyfriend is top center, my single brother is top right, and my married brother (they're twins) and his gorgeous wife (who will soon be an ob-gyn!) are in front.

Tonight I read everyone else's blogs first and wow - people are busy writing - that took a long time. I do get tons of inspiration from reading other people's blogs, but I am subscribed to a lot of them!

I had a private Spark message from someone who asked me about my program. I decided to copy/paste part of my reply here, just to kind of document "how I do what I do" (in case I ever forget?!):

Every weekend I select two recipes to batch-cook - recipes with lots of veggies, protein and healthy fat, and as little as possible salt and processed ingredients. I make seven servings out of these recipes, put them in Tupperware containers, and then I have lunches and dinners ready for the week. For breakfast I have big smoothies and coffee with soy milk, and for snacks I have fat-free yogurt, raw nus, fruit, and healthy cereals like Bob's Red Mill muesli. I adjust my snacks to keep my nutrients all within the SP recommended levels.

I work out a lot, generally anywhere from 1-3 hours a day, so I keep my calorie intake around 2,100 most of the time, give or take a hundred. I could go on forever about how much it helped me to increase my calorie intake from previous diet levels... I have been eating within this range for three months now and have lost about 13 pounds during this time. I feel satisfied most of the time and have enough energy for my workouts, and I'm never tempted to cheat. In fact, the last time I ate anything I hadn't prepared myself was at a birthday party over two weeks ago and I felt sick to my stomach afterwards because my body isn't used to rich foods anymore. So now I willingly eat my own food all the time, even at a big family brunch this past weekend. And I plan it all out in advance on my SP nutrition tracker.

My exercise is Body Pump (strength training) classes three times a week, and cardio basically every day, typically an hour or two. I do lots of different things for my cardio - anywhere from reading a magazine on a recumbant bike when I'm tired, to running as fast as I can or interval training or several different classes... or other cardio machines, or biking outside, whatever, as long as I'm moving. And I stretch every day.

What else...getting a full night's sleep and drinking a lot - I actually don't drink much plain water except at the gym. I have 2-4 cups of coffee a day (not recommending this, but it gives me energy and reduces my appetite), I probably have at least 4 cups of tea a day (green tea usually, decaf in the PM hours), and I love pomegranate seltzer. And I chew a lot of gum to keep myself from mindless snacking.

For motivation, I'm on SP a LOT - I write a blog entry just about every day, and I follow a lot of other people's progress too. And I weigh myself every day - it helps me learn patterns in my weight loss and to not freak out about daily fluctuations.

OK...that's the end of what I wrote to her, but I still have some more stuff to blog about tonight. One, my weight was 137.0 today. Tomorrow is mini-goal deadline and I'm not gonna make it. That's OK, but I'm wondering what that means for future goals. Normally on the 19th of every month I've been adjusting my calorie range down just a bit to reflect my new weight, calculated by entering my current and goal weights as the same number (I do this so I end up with a range that is high enough for my liking - not really beacuse I want my current and goal weights to be the same number!), and in my mind I set a new mini-goal to be five pounds thinner in one month. I guess at this point maybe three pounds per month might be more realistic??? Not sure. Like I said yesterday, I'll just keep doing what I've been doing and whatever happens with my weight is secondary.

This brings me to my final thought for this blog entry...I'm kind of at a point now where, outside of Spark, my boyfriend, and my mother, I'm NOT getting tons of compliments on my weight or fitness level or anything like that anymore. I work really hard but there are still tons of women everywhere I look who are fitter/more toned than I am. I love being thin and fit, but life goes on and isn't perfect now just because I weigh in the 130s. I guess I'm coming to the realization that if this is really going to be a lifelong thing, I'm not always going to be motivated by the number on the scale or the size on the pants or even the flat abs in the mirror - those are just going to become part of who I am. I'm going to have to keep up the good exercise and good nutrition because it is one part of the package of me, but it won't totally make up who I am. I think I am rambling here and I definitely had this more coherently put together when I first started thinking about it during my workout this evening!

Which reminds me, I had a so-so workout tonight. It was better than I might have expected considering I have a hint of a cold, but certainly not up there with my hardcore sweat sessions. I did 30 minutes on the only elliptical available, one with a built-in 30-minute time limit! Then I had a good stretch and did a real pushup. I can still only manage one at a time. :( Then I ran for 6.5 mph for 15 minutes - in a spaghetti-strap tank top and REGULAR bra (as opposed to a sports bra). This is NOT something I ever would have attempted when I was heavier, but my tinier chest needs far less support now (much to my boyfriend's dismay! haha). I would have run more, but my leg/knee was feeling like it would have started to hurt if I kept going, so I didn't think it was worth it. I walked for five minutes at a big incline and then I recumbant biked for 25 minutes.

And with that abrupt ending, I'm off to bed!

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TERRIANGEL 11/20/2008 7:17PM

    Hey girl,
This is really so well written. The flat abs and skinny pants and number on the scale are going to be just a part of YOU. Now the hard work begins in simply enjoying the new "us" without the outside complements so often. It's challenging, for sure, but it is what it is.

I didn't know you cooked and packed your meals in advance. cool! I don't think I could do that. I know it TOTALLY works for others. I need variety, I've decided. That's why I don't create a workout "plan" for the week. I need to wake up and decide what I feel like doing that day. Same with the food. Now, I usually end up eating the same 5 things in a week, but I still decide that at the moment. I'm only saying this because I've been really noticing as I cruise around spark how totally different things work for different people with the same goals in mind. It's actually fascinating to me, and I LOVE reading about ALL of them!

OH, and we are right in synch with each other with the weight loss. You lost 13 in 3 months and I've lost 12.5 in 3 months. We're living parallel lives, girlfriend. emoticon

O.k. time to log my dinner and dessert. Have a fabulous night!

p.s. My money is on Christmas Eve for the "big question" being popped.

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SEEHOLZ 11/20/2008 2:23PM

    I love your honesty! There are no miracle foods, no miracle workouts, no wishful thinking--- just planning, action and results! You didn't know me back when, but I used to be like that: driven by results and then, well, I fell of the deep end-LOL! But, I realized that I'm coming up on my 5-yr anniversary of choosing life over my ED! I know, it's meaningless to you,but in 2003 when I lost 60 lbs ( well, by Jan 2004, I had lost 35) I got all the compliments and it kept me going-- also, not wanting to loose my life, my family and my health, kept me going. Now? I've stabilized my weight, but I'm stuck, hiding behind old habits, laziness, blahblahblah.. and am missing that motivator- the one that keeps you going after you've reached your goal. You made me see that I can look at things from 2 angles: a) I have a long way to go and lots of things to work on or b) Wow- I've come a long way- I just need to keep going.....
I think it's great how you reflect on your choices, your life and all that is going on! You keep it real girl and for that, you ROCK! BTW: great job on that push-up! I think you got 2 in you--- keep reaching!

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BLUEBOOEYES 11/20/2008 12:33PM

    Thanks for sharing. I know I was curious as to how you have made such great progress. GO Susan!

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ZIRCADIA 11/19/2008 2:40PM

    Dude, my tiny little nothings need like.. no support now either. HAHAHA. Anyway -- but something you said did get me thinking. At this point, I've been maintaining for almost 4 months... I've been at a healthy weight for my height since sometime in January, so we're coming up on a year soon for that milestone. Now it's not about "THE AMAZING TRANSFORMATION" I'm not going to have friends and family gushing to me about how thin I look now. The compliments and the progress on the scale are not motivators anymore really. Now it's about being healthy and fit and keeping this up for life.

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RA4945 11/19/2008 2:12PM

    I subscribe to several blogs too and your's is one of my fav's! Thanks for sharing all that info! It's amazing to me that you have time, let alone drive, to workout up to 3 hours a day! I envy you! You're doing awesome! I wish you could get a hold of a Body Bugg. It would be fascinating to see how many calories you burn each day.
You have a lovely family! Looks like you all have a great time together. Keep us posted on your mom's progress. emoticon

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LIVINFIT4ME 11/19/2008 10:00AM

    Thanks for sharing. Your thoughts about the less compliments and your new life becoming "regular to you & others" including fitting into smaller clothes & having flat abs ;) is exactly what I've thought about. I LOVE This: "I'm going to have to keep up the good exercise and good nutrition because it is one part of the package of me, but it won't totally make up who I am. " Bravo!!!

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PAMELA984 11/19/2008 7:12AM

    One of the things to remember is that while we are losing weight, we will get lots of comments from people about how we look - once we level off, the comments don't come either. That can be a little disheartening, but you will always know how good you look and feel. If you need some extra motivation from hearing something, just come to SP and you will always get it because you DO look fabulous!

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LYNN248 11/19/2008 7:00AM

    You are definately motivating me to workout more. I'm not sure I could do this forever. (by "this" I mean workout over an hour everyday) But I definately can do as much as possible until my vacation. And for some reason i'm motivated to do so. so thanks:)

My nutritionist set up my meal plan for me to workout doing 30 min strength and 30 min cardio so I may have to increase the food a little so my body keeps up. I'd hate to be doign all this work only to find out my body is storing everything I eat again.

Thanks for sharing all your secrets;)

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TRACYZABELLE 11/19/2008 6:46AM

    Good luck hitting your goal today! SOrry I got behind- last time I posted was the 13th now I need to do some catching up!

Nice looking family! I see your brother is a tease, lol!

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CREATINGMYSELF 11/19/2008 12:46AM

    Your "so-so" workout would be a SUPER workout for me. Never let yourself forget how far you have come and how much you achieve.

Again, I loved seeing your plan. I am always curious how others are accomplishing their goals. Speaking of, don't sweat it that you didn't make yours. Maybe you need to change things up a little-- because it is obvious you are burning TONS of calories!

What do you recommend for sore calves? I ran farther and faster than usual on Sunday, and my workout suffered last night because of it. My calves are FROZEN. I stretched before and after, but obviously not enough. It sucks because I am still sore, but can't afford to miss a workout now that I am back into it.

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BRUIN2 11/18/2008 11:40PM

    Bwahahaha. Great ending!

I hear ya on the compliments thing... do you think it's part of people seeing the "you NOW" as "normal"? Does that make sense?? As in, you probably still look at yourself and can remember what you looked like all those pounds ago...but others forget - QUICKLY!

I still jump around in the change room when I try on clothes "OMG, I'M A FOUR?!?!?!" and people look at me like I'm a crazy person...because they have no idea that I used to be a ten (and not a ten on the "hot" scale).

Ok, rambling. Bedtime. Sleep tight!

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/18/2008 11:38PM

    great blog. i also saw yesterday you got your mom on board too. you are a great daughter. thanx for the tip on just riding the recumbent bike. it is the next thing i am saving for at home. that or a used spin bike.

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WWGAL23 11/18/2008 10:59PM

    You are GREAT motivation! Keep up the great work!!

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Monday, November 17, 2008

I had 32 new e-mails just now - most of them Spark notifications! I think everyone's commented on my blog and written their own blog this afternoon! I am going to be busy. :) The comment that hit me the hardest of the ones I've just read was about a blog entry from a few days ago, where I posted old and new pictures of myself, and I think (I hope!) that this person was "Sparked" some new motivation by seeing how much fitter I look now combined with how hard I work to be this way. I was so proud, I had to share the comment with my boyfriend (I might not get to call him that much longer!). Thanks everyone for being such sweethearts and leaving me the BEST comments!! By the way, one person asked how tall I am and whether I'd like to lose any more weight. I am 5'6" and am aiming for 130...not exactly sure what my end goal is though...I think that in the end I will probably be shooting to keep up with ACTION goals, like how I eat and how I stay active, and whatever happens with my weight happens. Oh, I was also pleasantly surprised and amused to see that I wasn't the only one who'd accidentally walked home leaving a car in the gym parking lot - who knew anyone else would ever make THAT mistake?!

I think I forgot to post my weight here's my dramatic Sunday-Monday fluctuation...I was 135.8 yesterday and 138.6 today. I have two days until my 135 mini-goal due date..

I can't tell, but I think I might be coming down with some version of the cold that knocked my boyfriend off his feet for a couple weeks. In him it's now turned into a sinus infection and he just feels "weird" in the head, and in me it's been just a little on-off achiness or very slight congestion - nothing I can actually call a cold yet. I was feeling fine most of the day today although I really felt like eating! The chilean chicken corn chowder was great - thank you for the recipe Krissy! - although I used way too much turkey bacon. My other recipe, cabbage tuna casserole, was great too. I used lots of spices and it was so flavorful even without any added salt.

This evening I went to three fitness classes. First Body Pump, then some old-skool aerobics, then Zumba. By Zumba I was EXHAUSTED and tempted to leave, but instead I just did a really REALLY low impact version of all the moves.

Alright, that's what's new with me. Time to go read all your blogs!

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TRACYZABELLE 11/19/2008 6:48AM

    You always do recover well.. I was upset I had a 9.4 pound "gain"

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    We have the same goals emoticon
3 classes is insane! I'd probably fall over, haha.
I'm looking forward the blog about how you can't call him your boyfriend anymore, hehe.

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FITGIRL15 11/18/2008 6:33PM

    I've heard of other people getting bombarded with Spark notifications, just like you are describing... is there something wrong with your server, perhaps? I don't think there's anything wrong with Spark since I have never experienced this! I hope this doesn't become a regular thing!

Yes, I found that my weight could fluctuate between 3 and 5 pounds day to day, depending on the event or events that transpired the night before! I am sure it's mostly water weight!

Congrats on completing yet another marathon of exercise classes! I hope you eat a nice big dinner after all that energy exhurtion! (or at least top up your carbs!)

Yay for getting engaged! Hooray for rings :) LOL

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ZIRCADIA 11/18/2008 4:16PM

    Yay for recipes coming out good and YAY for workouts! :D WOOHOO!!! Also, I still call my DH my boyfriend sometimes. ;)

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CATERPILLAR85 11/18/2008 1:11PM

    I hope you aren't getting sick! My boyfriend & I just got over all of that stuff, ick! Awesome goals with keeping up with things even though you've met your goal weight! You are an inspiration and I actually thought of you yesterday while I was at the gym! I was exhausted and really trying to push it on the machines even though I was feeling weak and I thought of you & how you told me you always thought you'd be "thick" with a butt & thighs but you aren't now.....I know I can push it and get out of that mindset as well! :)

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RA4945 11/18/2008 12:18PM

    I know what you mean about the Spark emails! It's so hard to keep up! Thanks for answering my questions. You look amazing now so its hard to believe you need to lose any weight. I hope you can find someone who can properly do the body fat test for you. I bet you would get some really great news from it.
I don't know how you do 3 classes back to back!?!?! Wow! Keep up the good work!

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Brunch of the Truly Obsessed

Sunday, November 16, 2008

My brother and his wife are in town so we all met at my parents' house today for brunch. Somehow the conversation kept turning to diet, exercise, and weight loss. A couple family members were practically teasing me, calling me "Skinny Minny." I showed them my Spark page and my brother almost didn't believe that bikini picture was me! I'd had a plan to have my usual smoothie for breakfast, but not to rule out eating the brunch food my mom had made if I saw anything I really wanted. I would just make up for it by skipping some snacks later. But when I saw the food and thought about the stomach ache I'd had last time I ate less-than-perfectly-healthy food, I decided it just wasn't worth it (even though my mother is a WONDERFUL cook). Instead, I told them how I make my "pumpkin pie" smoothies and recommended my Bob's Red Mill muesli as I happily munched on my own stuff.

There was no time for a real workout, but a few of us went for a walk in the cold and wind. (My boyfriend belongs to Blockbuster Online, and his order of The Girls Next Door Workout is here, so maybe I will try that out tonight, ha.) Then when we got back to the house I helped my mother set up her very own SparkPeople account! She set a goal of losing 10 pounds by the end of January and I helped her write a message introducing herself on the Arthritis team - a few minutes later she already had several welcomes and some advice on how to make exercise less painful, like staying well-hydrated. We spent a long time talking about what her three "Fast Break" goals should be. None of the available choices seemed right, since my mom already is doing so well in so many areas, like cooking healthy. My mom lost 45 pounds a few years ago but has been slowly gaining recently and is now up 10 pounds from her lowest. I asked her what she thought she had been doing better when she weighed 127 than she's doing now at 137, and so together we came up with three goals:
1. Walk 30 minutes every day (even if it's just around the house if the weather is bad)
2. Do her physical therapy strength training routine and/or her SparkPeople strength training routine every day
3. Log her weight on SparkPeople every day (She said that knowing she would have to log her weight might make her think twice before having an extra snack, etc.)
She wrote down her goals and we shook on it as a promise that she would follow through. I am so happy that she's doing this!!

On the other hand, I had to take the M&Ms away from my dad and even though I begged him to come on the walk with us, he chose to stay home and watch football on TV. He has lost a little weight but admitted himself that he still needs to lose 40 more pounds. I suggested to my mom to not have the candy in the house anymore...I AM turning into the food police!!

My sister-in-law is currently in the process of applying for ob-gyn residencies. I asked her if she knew the medical reason why someone who is used to eating only healthy food would feel sick when they eat junk. She thought it was that you stop producing as much bile and your body can't digest rich foods as well. So I guess I wasn't just imagining the issue!

I still haven't made it to a jeweler's to find out what size ring I wear, but I am getting vibes that I need to know very soon!! Like yesterday I noticed my boyfriend had a Facebook message from a friend he doesn't see very often, asking when he was going to propose. When I asked him what his answer was, he was all, "Wouldn't you like to know." My brother and his wife are at the opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to physical size. I tried on both of their rings and so now I know I am bigger than a 4 and a half and smaller than a 10. Helpful, huh?? Jess and I went to a mall with a Tiffany's in it last night, and I was so excited to find out what size ring I wear, but I had to sit in Bertucci's and watch him eat his pizza (but I had already eaten and wasn't tempted!!) and by the time we were done, all the stores were closed. :( So I didn't get to buy any new pants either. I guess it's khakis for me tomorrow! :)

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TERRIANGEL 11/20/2008 7:06PM

    Susan, how COOL is that that you got your MOM on board!? Never in a million years would my mom do this. She's SUCH a private person... What's her spark name? I'll stop by and say "welcome", if she wouldn't mind. After all, I ALMOST met her at Tufts 10K. emoticon emoticon

So, are you going to help in picking out the ring, do you think? Do you trust Jess' judgement? :) :) Too exciting!!!

Great blog. And NICE JOB deciding not to eat the "bad" food at the brunch. I think your mojo is showing...

Take care, cutie.

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TRACYZABELLE 11/19/2008 6:49AM

    I work at JSUMC in Neptune J maybe she will come here :)

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    lol, sometimes I feel like the food police, too. I'm so glad that you're good choices are rubbing off on people. My mom has a lot of health issues, so she's always asking me what she should eat. Even though you didn't get sized or buy new pants, still a great weekend.

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MARLIE13 11/17/2008 3:01PM

    That's so exciting for your mom. My mom isn't ready yet so I have to just sit here and pray and be ready to help her when she is. Bummer on not getting to get your finger sized or buying any new pants. Way to have a successful weekend, skinny minny!

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LIVINFIT4ME 11/17/2008 1:37PM

    Great work with the brunch...and spreading the health through your family

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ZIRCADIA 11/17/2008 12:22PM

    YAY for you making healthy choices at brunch and helping your mom get started on SP. WOOHOO! :D I was *thisclose* to getting my hand sized again at the mall yesterday, but I was standing in there waiting for some people to get going and the lady couldn't get to me before they got back, so I'll have to do it again another day. I need a new wedding band because I lost mine about 40lbs into my weight loss. :( WAH! But anyway -- that's exciting that you're anticipating a proposal soon... :D hehehehe.

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SEEHOLZ 11/17/2008 10:03AM

    Hmmmm... it's great to rub off in a positive way-- the food police???
Just keep it positive and try to take it slow on your Dad-- the older you are, the more you are set in your ways!
I think it's great to eat what you want! I hope you find the right balance for you!

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BLUEBOOEYES 11/17/2008 9:45AM

    That's good that you're trying to get your family members to make healthier choices too! I hope to be as strong willed and influential as you when I get down to my goal weight.

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PAMELA984 11/17/2008 7:16AM

    How nice that you are being such a positive influence over family members.

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LYNN248 11/16/2008 8:40PM

    You areally are strong willed.

In the meantime, you inspire you spark buddies, including me:)

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CREATINGMYSELF 11/16/2008 8:23PM

    Ohhh, lucky you. Find out that ring size!

And your blog about your AWESOME workout inspired me to make the most of my gym time today. I spent an extra 20 mins there and burned about an extra 200 calories. Thanks! I need to make the most of my time there every day. I don't know what I have been waiting for!

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BRUIN2 11/16/2008 8:22PM

    Bwahahaha (at the ring sizing story!)

That's SO GREAT for your Momma!!! Glad she's here!!

And look at you being a rock star at brunch!!

have a great week!!!

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Sore Shoulders

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Well I've certainly worked out a lot since my last blog entry. Please allow me to share:

Friday night: I jogged to the gym (it takes two minutes - don't be too impressed). Then I did my best Body Combat class ever. I really like the instructor and am so thrilled that she will be teaching this class! I was on a high from a) coffee and b) still in shock about my "photo shoot" yesterday (I still can't believe I look like that in a bikini now) and I just CRANKED IT like I'd never cranked it in a class before. Wham!! Afterwards, I ran for ten minutes on the treadmill and then jogged home.

Saturday morning: You guys already know what I do. Zumba, Body Pump, and then Body Combat. Here are the highlights:
*The studio was really hot today.
*My gym had its own "Biggest Loser" contest and they put a newspaper article up on the wall describing the contest and the winners. The female winner lost 90 pounds and now weighs 130 pounds, and I see her in my fitness classes all the time. So today I asked her if that was her in the article and told her how amazing she was doing. She said she thought I was doing great too and asked me how I got my flat abs! I told her that was a very recent development (as I mentioned here yesterday). She does Weight Watchers and I told her about SparkPeople.
*I used heavier weights for a lot of Body Pump moves today. I am most proud of having used the same weight as the instructor for squats!!!!!!! (One large and one medium weight on each side.) I was using much lighter weights than her for everything else, even though they were heavier than normal for me. I still use really light weights (three pounds!) for my shoulders and they fatigue so easily. They're sore now - I think it might be from all the hook punches etc. from having taken two Body Combat classes so recently moreso than from Body Pump though. I am not ready to increase my shoulder weight.
*By Body Combat today I was really tired, but I did what I could.
*It had been raining when I went to the gym just before 9 a.m. wasn't raining when I left a little after noon - with Jess who is finally over his cold and back to the gym - and I TOTALLY forgot that I'd driven. So my car is still over there! Haha. :) Oops!

Yesterday at work I was soooo not in the mood to do any work, so guess what I did. Yup, I ATE. I had all my meals and snacks by the end of the school day. It wasn't about hunger, it was about procrastination. I wish I could feel as focused/driven/motivated with work as I am with fitness, but lately I haven't really fully been "present" at school. Maybe I'll snap out of it, or maybe I just only have enough "drive" for one thing at a time, and right now that one thing is fitness, not teaching?

I am at 136.2 today.

We went grocery shopping last night. My recipes this week are: Chilean chicken corn chowder, a recipe I got from a Spark buddy. I am substituting soymilk for the fat-free half and half though, because all the half and half I could find had all kinds of "goodies" in it like high-fructose corn syrup. And I'm substituting turkey bacon for regular, and sweet potatoes (yams actually - is there a difference) for russet potatoes. My other recipe will be a cabbage/tuna casserole. I made it once before as a cabbage/ground turkey casserole, but wanted to add some fish to my diet for next week - I hope the combination tastes OK. It'll have fat-free cheddar cheese in it too.

Hope to go shopping soon. I desperately need more pants to wear to work. I also want more gym outfits and sports bras. It would also be nice to get a really cute new winter coat (is that any oxymoron? Can it be cute and REALLY warm??) and tall, but flat/wedge black boots (hard to find in my price range), but those aren't absolute necessities... The pants issue is getting extreme though. I literally have one pair of size 4 khakis that fit and one pair of size 4 dark jeans that are getting too big and should really only wear to work on casual Fridays anyway! All my other pants are too big!!!!!!!!!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 11/19/2008 6:52AM

    Awesome ! All girls love to shop for new threads right! MY daughter got herself a nice pea coat from the Gap

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ZIRCADIA 11/17/2008 12:15PM

    WOOHOO on needing new clothes!!! Too bad it costs money. I've actually made the decision to layer a lot and look like a hobo this winter because I need a new winter coat and I can't find one at the regular prices for my budget, so I'm waiting to get one until all the winter clothes go on clearance. REALLY wish I could get some boots, too, but oh well. :P Good luck with that!! AND CONGRATS ON GREAT WORKOUTS!!! :D WOOHOO!!! :D

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SEEHOLZ 11/17/2008 9:58AM

    Hmmmm, you sound a lot like me--- the car thing: done that--- the triple workout---- done it, the WOW factors of feeling strong --- done it! The eating and not being motivated to work--- done it.....
Well, the eating part: I know my problem is the eating part! Yes, I've done it, too,and had great results, but the last 3 yrs.... well, it's just not there--- the motivation! My ED somehow just "changed" that and I haven't been able to tap back in.... but, I'm here and I have good days and no, my abs are not flat and my tighs have diples and my belly has a fat roll ( blah, blah) I know I'll get back to that spot--- listening to other people's success is so key! Thanks for being you, for putting it out there the way it is--- uncensored.
You work for the way you look and you get the rewards you deserve! That right there is hope--- hope that it can be done and it's not some genetic unfairness, nor that you get to eat whatever you want!
Thanks for being you!

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CREATINGMYSELF 11/16/2008 5:09PM

    You are so awesome! Way to go :)

And get yourself some pants girl! You deserve some!!

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KENSINGTONC 11/15/2008 7:38PM

    Yeehaw great Saturday, great blog! Thanks for sharing, and good luck with the shopping...

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MIMISCA 11/15/2008 5:38PM

    woah that's some impressive workouts! it's nice to have people at the gym to chit chat with - even if it's just for a few minutes. it always helps me stay on track when i know there are people there that i saw hi to! also, i'm not sure what your price range is for boots, but i was just in aldo and i saw some cute boots in a variety of heights and colors. most of them were under $150 which for most places is a good bargain. hey and there's always payless!

ok well have a good rest of your weekend! thanks for the nice comment!

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BRUIN2 11/15/2008 2:37PM

    What a few days of workouts!! Woohooo!!

Too funny that you forgot your car at the gym!

I have a really cute winter coat! Well, I think it's cute. It's a little too big on me now though, and that makes me sad.

I'll get the hubs to take a pic of me in it and I'll post it (I'm going to go watch him put the Christmas lights up on the house, so even though I don't need to don my parka, I'm going to for effect!! hehe).

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