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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

"Bad News" was the subject of an email my boyfriend sent me today. It is looking likely that everyone in his company is going to get a 20% pay cut and will only work four days a week. Plus, he might get laid off within the next six months. Other work may be difficult to come by too. We really have to watch our "discretionary spending" (a phrase that has been stuck in my head for the past two days) now. I have just about no money now either...what a change from a couple months ago when we booked a vacation at an all-inclusive Carribbean resort. UGH. This means probably no diamond rings for me any time soon.

I feel like a big oinker about my breakfast, but... I guess I should be a proud piggy, because I'm probably LUCKY that I can eat so much?? Back in college one of my guy friends told me that I ate more than anyone he had ever met, male or female. Sure I didn't control my overeating for most of my life and was overweight as a result, but with some control, I can "over" eat now and control my weight. Anyway, the comments made me go check out the facts on my smoothies. The cans of pumpkin I use are 425 grams - the soup-sized cans, not the enormous cans. Each can has 145 calories. The whole smoothie has 403 calories. I used to try to eat smaller breakfasts, but I'd be starving soon after, so this works better for me. I'm usually doing other things during breakfast time, so I'll have a few sips, do something else for a while, come back to it, etc. It takes a while to finish the whole thing. Wow, do I sound defensive or what. Be a proud piggy! (There is no pig emoticon - I checked.)

Ever make a food mistake that ends up a good thing? Like sometimes I buy the "wrong" version of something at the grocery store only to discover I actually like the new thing better than what I'd meant to buy! This evening I totally forgot to add the ground decaf coffee beans to my coffee maker but didn't notice until I had a mug full of hot water. So I added a bag of black chai tea, some soy milk, and some spices, and now I have a delicious non-coffee drink!

I'm not really feeling like working out right now - I feel awful about my boyfriend's situation - he's been stressed about the possibility of losing his job for a while and can't sleep through the night most nights these days. But, I must get in a workout, even if it's short. It's off to change into my sneakers I go!

PS - I almost forgot a little glimmer of good news. I'm going to be in a race this Sunday in the town where I work, and today my race T-shirt was delivered to me at school. It's the first race shirt I've ever gotten that isn't white - it's red, long sleeved, and size small! I can actually WEAR it, isn't that cool? (I'm not into the bland white short-sleeved race T shirts that are usually only available in L or XL...I never wear 'em.) Oh, and my school nurse told me that apparently some of our students will be in the race, and they're complaining it'll be longer than last year, but they know a short cut. Haha. I keep meaning to figure out exactly how long this thing's gonna be...I think 3.3 miles.

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TERRIANGEL 12/6/2008 1:06PM

    Hey there,
Bummer about jess' job. emoticon What a sign of the times. But I think things happen for a reason, so maybe something wonderful will come out of it in the end. Happy, stable vibes coming you guys' way. :)

I need to try your pumpkin smoothie. They sounds yummy, but I never want to give up a meal (something I can chew) for a smoothie. Well, once in a while, but not often. really sounds delish, you've mentioned it before. I'll give it a whirl sometime.

What race are you running this weekend? I think I"m done with races for 2009. Taking a bit of a running break and doing cross training. But I still love it. Looking forward to hearing your race report. And how cool you got a nice shirt you'll actually WEAR. Hee! My Thanksgiving Gobbler race shirt was maroon, which is kinda cool. But still short sleeved. My fav by far is Tufts. :) :)

K, gotta split. talk to you later, chick.

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MARLIE13 12/5/2008 2:58PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your BF's job. That's got to be hard news to get. Maybe he has ring money tucked away? On the other hand, your red race t-shirt sounds fabulous!

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SEEHOLZ 12/4/2008 9:37AM

    Sorry about your boyfriend! Awesome about your shirt! You'll wear it proudly! It's not easy to come by long sleeve running shirts that aren't made of cotton-LOL-included in the race price, that is.
I need to try a pumpking smoothie- sounds delicious. I bought a can of the "large" size, so I think I'm good to go...

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CATERPILLAR85 12/4/2008 7:29AM

    wow, that majorly sucks for you & Jess. I am sorry to hear that. I know exactly how ya'll are feeling, I just talked to a friend yesterday who got laid off. I'm still trying to do the poor college kid act but need a job for when I graduate in May and am so worried I won't get it.

Keep you head up girl!

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LYNN248 12/4/2008 6:49AM

    Sorry about your Boyfriend's job.

yay about the race tho:)

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TRACYZABELLE 12/3/2008 11:49PM

    Awesome that you finally will get a race shirt you like!! Good luck!
I am so sorry about DBF's job situation, it is really rough out there! Hang in there!

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HOPERY 12/3/2008 10:19PM

    Sorry about the BF's job. What a bummer. Once, I had a friend say that I ate more than his whole family-and they are Italian! haha I suppose I have a fst metabolism too. I've actually never gained weight when I wasn't pregnant.
Have a fun race!

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KMWKENT 12/3/2008 9:14PM

    I'm sorry about your bf's job. I've heard about a lot of 20% paycuts going around. I hope he at least keeps the job!
I have a similar stomach. I could easily down that smoothie and not think twice about it. Sometimes this is a problem since I don't get full. I have to monitor my intake based on portion sizes instead of satiety signals, because if I relied on them, I wouldn't ever stop eating.
Congrats on the size small race t-shirt! I'm looking forward to that day! Probably after losing another 10 pounds!

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PAMELA984 12/3/2008 7:58PM

    So sorry about Jess' job - hope things look up for the two of you - at least you have each other! emoticon

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ZIRCADIA 12/3/2008 7:31PM

    MMMM CHAI TEA! But man, how depressing about your man's job. :( Poor thing!!! And Poor thing to you too cause I know it's impacting you a lot as well. Stupid economy. My favorite race shirt is from my very first race ever -- Turkey Trot 2007. :D It's a long sleeve grey heather shirt. I think it's an L even though now I need a smaller shirt, I still like it. It's lightweight and it has a picture of a turkey in running gear on the front. :) hahahaha. I've received also a red one and a navy one with white ink that I liked pretty well.... actually now that I think of it - ZERO white race shirts for me! :D COOL! hahaha.

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BRUIN2 12/3/2008 6:23PM

    I OFTEN make a decision that wasn't the one I wanted to make, but it usually turns out right!

Except when I buy light cheese. That cr@p is NASTY. ha.

So sorry for what Jess' going through.

And I think it's such a good thing to start your day with healthy calories like that!!!!

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

This has been my breakfast almost every day for the past couple months. It makes a HUUUUGE smoothie that most mortals would not be able to finish in one sitting, but it keeps me going all morning long!

1.5 cups soy milk (or you could use regular milk or condensed)
.5 cups orange juice (or you could use apple cider, apple juice, or apple sauce)
1 small cup vanilla yogurt
apple pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger)
1 can pumpkin

Mix in blender, pour into very, very large container, chill, enjoy. :)

I weighed 137.2 today - my weight is on an upward trend this week. And my pants today are size 10. There really is no point in letting numbers control your emotions - they can change so much without any meaning behind the change!

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TERRIANGEL 12/6/2008 1:07PM

    "Mortals." BA HA HA !!!!!

(that just struck me as so funny!)

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LYNN248 12/4/2008 6:50AM

    I may have to try this,thanks for sharing:)

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TRACYZABELLE 12/3/2008 11:47PM

    Sounds great! MY kid loves pumpkin!

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ZIRCADIA 12/3/2008 4:16PM

    Man, that sounds like it definitely makes a HUGE smoothie -- but it also sounds delicious. ;) I just might try it. :D Maybe half one day half the next... we'll see.

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FITGIRL15 12/3/2008 2:18PM

    HOLY CRAPOLA, Susan! You drink that entire concoction for BREAKFAST???
Seriously... that could probably feel me all day! LOL ... A whole CAN of pumpkin? How big are we talking?

Wow, it's so interesting to see the different foods we all eat and still manage to lose weight! WOO HOO!

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PAMELA984 12/3/2008 10:39AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe - I can hardly wait to try it - it sounds so yummy and should be very filling too with all that pumpkin!

I learned a long time ago that sizes are just a place to start - different brands, different cuts all make a difference. It is just a little disheartening though when we think the sizes are too big, isn't it? emoticon

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Quick Blog Before Bed #2

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

136.8 today, oh well.

A couple responses to comments on yesterday's blog: I am 5'6" and I agree, classes can be easier sometimes than working out on your own!

Today I held my new size 2 pants up to my old size 4 pants and they seemed to be exactly the same size. Haha. I bet in 1950 they would have been labeled as an 8 or 10 or something.

Today I had the opportunity to try my other new recipe, based on the "Eggplant and Zucchini Bake" in Spark Recipes. (I say "based on" because I never follow a recipe exactly - I always leave out the salt, add extra-virgin olive oil, and whatever else I feel like changing!) It was very very yummy!!!!!!!!

Also, tomorrow I have to have a regular fruit smoothie because the grocery store actually ran out of canned pumpkin! I think I will miss my pumpkin pie smoothie. Good thing I ducked into a store today and stocked up so I can return to my new regular breakfast on Thursday.

I didn't make it to the gym until reeeeeally late (you will see why in a moment). I was exhausted and it had been hours since I'd eaten anything, but I'm glad I pumped out 46 minutes on the elliptical. Jess was with me and I totally would have been willing to leave earlier, but he worked out that long did I!

OK - I have been saving the best for last - it has nothing whatsoever to do with diet/exercise, but...we sold my car!!! :) :) :) I didn't ask him to, but Jess put up a posting on craigslist for me complete with a picture he'd taken, and he arranged to have someone come take a look at it tonight. She didn't even want to test drive it, she just offered us cash - a little more than we were expecting! - and was gone ten minutes after she'd arrived. It seems almost TOO easy!!!

I'm driving my parents' old Jeep now. It's a '96 with 87K miles so it won't last me too long, but they're being more than fair with the price which is good because money is extremely tight right now.

What a relief!! I feel so well-taken care Jess, and by my parents. I also feel a bit like a spoiled princess but...oh well. It's a good feeling knowing you have people who love you.

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RA4945 12/3/2008 10:40AM

    Isn't Craigslist awesome! I've sold many items on it as well as advertising my garage sales. So glad you don't have to worry about that anymore!
Weight fluctuations are so crazy, aren't they? I think you're about to hit a good drop soon!

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SKYFYRE 12/3/2008 12:44AM

    Congrats on getting rid of the old car! And your parents and Jess sound awesome! Do you have that pumpkin smoothie recipie somewhere? Or have you posted it already? Sounds d'lish! Keep up the great work, you are inspiring!

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TRACYZABELLE 12/3/2008 12:00AM

    I wish my kid liked eggplant! That recipe sounds awesome!

Congrats on unloading the car! That was quick.. maybe I can sell stuff there!

Congrats again Size 2 Susan

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WWGAL23 12/2/2008 11:16PM

    I am so glad that you sold your car!!! Thats AWESOME!!! Also way to go on working out at the gym and powering it out for 45 minutes!!! WOO HOOO!!!

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ZIRCADIA 12/2/2008 10:56PM

    WOOHOO on the car and the workout! HEY -- how do you make your pumpkin pie smoothie? I have some canned pumpkin sitting in my pantry... I keep planning to make applesauce pumpkin muffins from the eat clean diet cookbook, but never making them. Maybe a smoothie would help me use that pumpkin... :)

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FITGIRL15 12/2/2008 10:53PM

    We love you too, Susan!!! :)
Congrats on getting rid of your car so fast! That rules!!!

One less thing to worry about! Yippee!!

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PAMELA984 12/2/2008 10:46PM

    The pumpkin pie smoothie sounds yummy - will you share your recipe?

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BRUIN2 12/2/2008 10:36PM

    Yay for being a princess!!!! That's great news!!

And man oh man, aren't sizes just nutso?!?! (But YAY for wearing 2's and 4's!!!!)

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Quick Blog Before Bed

Monday, December 01, 2008

I was very happy to weigh in at 135.6 today - same as yesterday, but much earlier in the morning AND on the scale at my place, woohoo! Then I wore my new size 2 pants to work and they already seem looser than they did in the store on Saturday. So I felt super skinny today and just happy.

I did get rather sleepy in the early afternoon though...nothing a bit of coffee couldn't fix, but I'm looking foward to an early bedtime tonight. It's normal for me to feel a little sleepy on my first day back to work after a few days off.

It was a sunny, warm day today and I wanted to go for a run outside, but it was starting to get dark and I caved and went to Body much for going back to strength training on my own. I stayed for a Step class and then left for Jess'. It was such an efficient afternoon - leave work right at 3, do all the little things I need to do at home, strength training at 4:30, cardio at 5:30, and now I'm already showered and sipping my mug of hot decaf green tea and it's not 8:30 yet!

Oh yes, I wanted to report back on one of my new recipes (the other one I haven't tried yet). I made a crab casserole loosely based on "Cyndi's Awesome Crab Bake" on Spark Recipes. It's really yummy! I mixed canned pink crab, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, carrot, garlic and garlic powder, mustard powder, pepper, chives, fat-free sour cream, fat-free cheddar, and extra-virgin olive oil. Casserole dish in the oven for a half hour. Yummy change of pace!

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ZIRCADIA 12/2/2008 4:59PM

    I'm terrified of trying a crab bake like that, but I'm also intrigued. :) AND WOOHOO little miss skinny minnie!!! :D Size 2 in unfathomable to me. How tall are you?

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SEEHOLZ 12/2/2008 1:52PM

    Yeh, it's easier to do classes-- strangly, I've opted for 2 weeks in a row to do my own weight workout-- and I've felt it. I am going back to "Y" Pump 2 Sunday's from now ( the only time they offer it- I'm sure I'll feel it) Honestly, though, that's the main reason I love classes-- it takes the thinking out of the process-LOL!
Great job on all you do! You are motivating me to cook more!

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FITGIRL15 12/2/2008 8:50AM

    You are such a machine!

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CATERPILLAR85 12/2/2008 7:03AM

    sounds delicious girl! :)

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TRACYZABELLE 12/2/2008 6:55AM

    Wow Susan that is great! Keep on slimming girl!

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    Sounds like you were productive-- I love those kind of days!

And congrats on the size 2 pants-- you certainly worked hard for them!!!

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CLIMBNRUN 12/1/2008 9:13PM

  WOW what a day! Got to love it when things are just that efficient! Congrats on your great progress. What on earth are you doing to get those abs? Lookin' good girl!! Share some tips with me!

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I should be cooking...

Sunday, November 30, 2008

...but I'm procrastinating and blogging instead.

Last night we went out, just the two of us, and I had about 3.5 drinks and was up til 2 a.m. So I've been feeling a bit yucky today. I shouldn't have had so many drinks or stayed out so late!

So many differences between my old unhealthy lifestyle and my new healthy one.

Old fun: Staying out late and drinking
New fun: Skiing

Old little pleasure: Ice cream
New little pleasure: Scented candle or shower gel

Old giant meal: Polishing off an entire platter at Vinny T's, plus some bread
New giant meal: A big serving of whole-wheat pasta with homemade tomato sauce and ground turkey

Old gym philosophy: Go all-out hard or don't go at all - for weeks
New gym philosophy: Just go, no matter what

Old weight loss philosophy: I already know everything from reading books and magazines, but I just don't have the willpower to follow through
New weight loss philosophy: I'm constantly learning more about what works for me

I weighed 135.6 today, which means that my Thanksgiving weight is gone and then some, three days after the fact. Today is also the last day of November so it's interesting to note that I weighed 138.2 on the first day of November and I've lost 2.6 pounds this month.

I did a DVD today called The Girls Next Door Workout. It was kinda silly and badly in need of better editing, but I actually did work. While I don't agree with the whole fake blonde, fake boob, let the world see you naked, three 20-something girlfriends for one 80-something man thing, I do appreciate that those three chicks are really under major pressure to keep their bodies looking a certain way. I just wish that one of them hadn't admitted that she actually doesn't do all that much to stay in shape. I doubt it's true anyway...I bet they exercise a lot and watch what they eat, too. Anyway, the DVD had three 15-minute sections, one for each Girl, and I did all three. Then I did another 50 minutes on the elliptical at the gym, but I didn't push too hard because of my hangover.

OK, I am being nagged, so I better get started on my cooking or it's going to be a late night.

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MARLIE13 12/1/2008 3:30PM

    Loved your old vs new outlook that you've got going on there. Congratulations too on the weight loss! Woohoo!! December is going to be a great month for ya!

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SEEHOLZ 12/1/2008 1:50PM

    I like the old vs new comparison-- the new ways are sure paying off for you!
The GND workout-- how did you get your hands on that one?
As for a hangover--- I think having one once in a while is the reminder why the new way of having fun is the way to go---- where do you ski?
Congrats on your 2.6 lbs weight loss. You sure have figured out THE way to get your metabolism cranking!

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RA4945 12/1/2008 1:32PM

    I've been MIA the last few days so I have a lot of catching up to do. You are so good about daily blogging and I always love reading what is going on with you. You are still making great progress! You look so small in your pictures so it's obvious that even if the scale doesn't always move, your measurements do. Do you take measurements on ocassion? Glad to hear you are feeling better. You really do need a good rest day here and there. But I know what you mean about feeling guilty about it. But your muscles need time to repair so that they can actually get stronger. Congrats on the sizes and ring shopping. I just got married in April and I'm wearing an emerald cut diamond on a white gold ring. I LOVE it!
Oh, and you did great over Thanksgiving! I wish I could say the same. I really wasn't mindful and noticed that I let myself slide back into old eating habits. It was scary. I want healthy eating to become a lifestyle and it isn't yet. But I'm working on it. Keep up the great work!!!

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ZIRCADIA 12/1/2008 12:48PM

    So true on the Old and New perspectives. Old Thanksgiving for me would have been like 2 or three FULL PLATES of dinner, then later Tons of pie and ice cream. This time I had one full plate of mostly white meat turkey and some lighter stuff, and went back for seconds of only two things, and kept them small (didn't stick to my plan of no seconds... but kinda!) And way later in the evening did pie and ice cream instead of another meal. Still probably had more pie than I should have, but it was a totally different feeling to the old me. :) HAHAHA. Anyway.

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WITTYFLOWER 12/1/2008 10:59AM

    I love the New and Old Messages too! Very motivating for me to read that and I am nodding my head thinking that to myself as well. Girl Next Door DVD.. hey anything to get ya movin' right??? Good Job!! emoticon

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LYNN248 11/30/2008 9:43PM

    I love the girls next door. I really do.

They make me laugh:) I've been wondering about that workout. I watch their show and they have a huge gym, they re-did it in one eposide and tons of playboy chicks were working out in it:)

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CREATINGMYSELF 11/30/2008 9:03PM

    I like how you took the time to blog about how much you have changed. The scale isn't the only point of reference-- our habits and lifestyles are too. You have come a long way, and you should be very proud.

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FITGIRL15 11/30/2008 8:11PM

    I am cooking and blogging :) LOL (Yes, I'm that good! haha!)

Isn't it nice to recognize how far you've come in your new lifestyle? Like you said, theres always more to learn about it too! Nutrition and fitness are ever evolving sciences, so we'll probably be learning what works for us every day!

PS... 3.5 drinks gave you a hangover??? emoticon What were you drinking??

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CATERPILLAR85 11/30/2008 7:45PM

    good for you on the weight loss! i like seeing all of your "old" vs. "new"....

i cant wait to be in your shoes one day!

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