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My First Spin Class

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I'm on a new kick right now to really try to get more sleep, so I'm going to try to keep this short. Getting enough sleep is key for keeping my appetite in control and having energy for working out (and for life in general).

Yesterday - 135.0!! (Jess' scale.)
Today - 136.2 (my scale)

Still staying away from gum (it's getting a little easier...still tough), still seems to be helping the bloat situation.

Yesterday I was a bit above my calorie range again - 2,220 calories, I think. Today I was in my range, in the 2,100s, but still haven't managed a sub-2,100 day yet..maybe it's not that necessary right now weight seems fine afterall...

Yesterday's workout involved running 30 minutes on the treadmill...probably about 3.2 miles or so, then two or three minutes of walking, a stretch, and then 15 minutes on the elliptical, pushing hard.

Today's workout was Body Pump and first spin class! (Technically I did try spinning once a couple years ago, but it was in a high school gym and I don't think the bikes were great.) Spinning was OK. My butt hurt a little when I went a long time without standing, especially when I had to do "flat road double-time" (e.g. low resistance, pedaling quickly), but it wasn't as uncomfortable as I'd feared. I wore an ancient pair of padded bike shorts I have - amazing they still fit.

Sorry for being so boring today. I'll catch up with everyone's blogs sometime soon. Good night!

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MARLIE13 12/11/2008 1:45PM

    Yay for spin class! At my gym, it really makes a difference on who's teaching the class. The music and their style of teaching makes it or breaks it. Plus, I wear running padding and my bum and unders. bumders? and I do ok. It was just that first class that was kind of ouchie. ;o)

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/11/2008 11:05AM

    enjoy your class! hope your butt enjoys it too.

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TRACYZABELLE 12/11/2008 1:05AM

    jESS' SCALE IS NICE!! It is so hard to kick a habit that you've done so long-- good luck cutting down the gum chewing!

I did not sleep well yesterday-- got my 5 hours of morning sleep, babysat, then came home to sleep 3 more before work but got calle d into work because of the blackout! I worked 12 hours on 5 hours of sleep.. EEEK

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JORDAN1019 12/10/2008 9:50PM

    Sleep? What sleep?.. I have to do some of that as well.. anyway I spin twice a week for a few months now. Sometimes I still get sore, last night in particular. I'll have to try the padded bike shorts.. emoticon

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BRUIN2 12/10/2008 9:31PM

    Your unders will soon develop calluses so it won't hurt so much! hehehe.

Ok, I'm going to be boring too and only leave that much of a comment.

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ZIRCADIA 12/10/2008 9:00PM

    YAY FOR PADDED BIKE SHORTS!!! :D Since I've started wearing those to class I've had minimal discomfort during class, and next to NOTHING afterward. :) WOOHOO!! hehehe. Sounds like you're doing great, girl! Sleep is definitely important -- I read that when you don't sleep enough your body does not create enough of an appetite suppressant hormone... Or the opposite, I can't remember. (Either it makes one that makes you hungry... that doesn't sound right. I think that during sleep it produces the suppressant hormone and when you don't get enough sleep, you are then more hungry...)

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ASTARB1 12/10/2008 8:57PM

    I love spinning and I also love Body Pump, which you mentioned! Actually, I like all the Les Mills "Body" fitness classes.

They are a regular part of my exercise routine!

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Monday Update

Monday, December 08, 2008

137.0 today again - third day in a row at this exact body must like it!

I won't make this long, but I need to just state for the record that I LOVE the three dishes I've made myself this week. All recipes are keepers!

This evening I decided a little bit of extra food was OK because I was going to do two classes at the gym. Oops - I forgot to budget myself some calories for my coffees with soy milk - so with that on top of my extra snack (an extra apple), my total today was 2,215 calories. Never mind being above my "under 2,100" challenge goal...that's above my range in general! But that's OK. I guess today wasn't meant to be a challenge day. And I was below my range yesterday, so it all balances out.

Tonight's workout was a lot like Saturday's, minus the biking. I took a Zumba class and then a Body Pump class. I like Saturday's Zumba teacher the best...the Monday teacher is OK but she keeps her microphone too loud. The Monday night Body Pump teacher is the best, but I can't reguarly attend a class so late - 7:30-8:30...I tend to be way too tired to work out that late on a Monday. Tonight I made it, but am very, very sleepy now.


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MARLIE13 12/10/2008 1:01PM

    Yay to your 137! That is awesome! I love apples and it still makes me laugh that I enjoy fruits and veggies so much. I vaguely remember a time when I don't think I even had a fruit or a veggie for an entire week. Anyway, it was your extra apple comment that got me thinking about what treats apples are to me these days. lol! Keep rockin' on!

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SEEHOLZ 12/9/2008 2:58PM

    I so know what you mean with regards to class time- I get really tired late at night, too! Great job on going and on not "sweating" the extra cals.. it's called LIFE, right?

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KENSINGTONC 12/9/2008 2:25PM

    I can never guess what the scale will say, either. If I feel thin, it tells me "not so much." If I feel hefty, sometimes it surprises me with a "gotcha!" Either way, it's all about the journey. Way to keep your workouts varied, by the way. And what is Zumba?!?

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CATERPILLAR85 12/9/2008 7:13AM

    i'm glad you made it to the gym, i know you feel better when you do! :)

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SKYFYRE 12/9/2008 12:26AM

    Yay! Glad you went to class, I know how you feel though, working out after a long day can kick your butt, but you kicked it right back! Sleep tight! Will have to look up your recipies, Glad they were yummy!

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ZIRCADIA 12/8/2008 10:27PM

    I have to admit, I haven't tried FF mozzarella... so maybe it isn't as abysmal as every other FF cheese. HAHAHHA ;) But that Quinoa recipe sounds sooooo good. Not sure if I mentioned that in my other comment. As for the Mac n Cheese -- there was this great recipe that called for frozen winter squash but I couldn't find that ANYWHERE here. Did you actually have to roast your own butternut for that recipe, or are you blessed with good freezer selection? Also I WISH there were a Zumba class available here.

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BRUIN2 12/8/2008 10:24PM

    You even like the recipe that has fat free cheese in it?!?!?!

Ok, I'll stop now. Umm, actually, no, I don't think I will.


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The Angels are Running!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Here I am, three seconds after crossing the finish line...I am the one in the pink jacket and gray hat.

I was in a 3.2-mile race today in the town where I teach. The race is called the "Angel Run" because it is in honor of a girl who passed away when she was in the third grade.

I hadn't been feeling super all week (TOM, sleep deprivation, gum-related bloating, and most likely a stomach bug on top of all that) and I really hadn't been training. So I had no high hopes for any type of PR today. I did force myself to sleep in this morning so I'd be well-rested, but I had a stomach ache and stomach "issues" right before the race!! Yuck, not a good way to feel before you're about to race! At least the snow wasn't a big was cold and there had been a dusting... the route was hilly so when I was going downhill I didn't go all-out with speed just in case I were to hit a slippery spot.

Anyway, here's how I did:

Overall place: 120 (top 15th percentile)
Time: 29:18 (goal had been 27:00, but I hadn't been training for it...not bad for a hilly route feeling rather icky... and that's actually a better time than I got in my two 5K races I've done, and this was .1 mile longer than a 5K!)
Place for female: 42 (top 8.8 percentile)
Place for females aged 14-98: 31 (top 16th percentile)
9:09 min/mile, 6.56 mph

My boyfriend and my dad came to cheer me mom didn't come because of the cold. My brothers are in LA right now for work, and today is their birthday...they're 29 today...I still haven't called them to wish them happy birthday yet! And yes, they're twins, duh. :)

Despite still having the stomach issues (which is why I think I may have a lingering stomach bug), I am feeling SO much better today. Really back to my good old self, thank goodness. I was 137.0 again today, but I was well-rested and did NOT have the bloating issues last night or tonight - so I am convinced it's the gum! I really miss my gum, but I know it's been this emotional crutch for me and I can learn to live without it. I eat really healthy, and gum was really the one lingering thing that was processed/chemical crap. I am better off without it - bring on the decaf green tea refills instead!

Anyone ever go to the gym on the same day as a race? I did!! I proudly wore my race shirt and hoped people noticed that it had today's date on it. :) :) But I worked out too hard for long sleeves and had to take it off. I did 40 minutes on the elliptical, high heart rate (160-170 mostly). Then I did a quick two-minute cooldown on the treadmill...that was long enough to get my heart rate back under 120. :) Then I did a really nice stretch and had a chat with one of my gym buddies who had to take five weeks off due to an injury. He said it's so hard to go from working out a few hours a day to not working out for five weeks...exercise is such a powerful antidepressant...I hadn't even thought about it because I do get regular exercise, but if I didn't I bet I'd be such an emotional mess. Anyway, he said I looked like I'd lost weight since he was last at the gym five weeks ago. I thought about it and yeah, I am a little bit thinner than five weeks ago, even though I haven't lost anything really in the past oh...three (?) weeks or so. He also told me not to be so critical of myself about my race time. Of course I had to say all the negatives when I told him about it, but really I ought to focus on the positives.. he also said "You're crazy...I love it!" when he first found out that I was at the gym after being in a road race on the same day. :)

Oh random but there were all kinds of sugary junk items after the race - cookies and hot chocolate and whatnot, and I didn't even consider having any. I just was looking for water!

I did lots of cooking today and can't wait to eat my recipes all week!

Breakfast: I wanted to give the smoothies a break, so I invented my own "quiche"-ish recipe... in a casserole dish I mixed olive oil, garlic, mushrooms, a lot of broccoli, onion, seven eggs (cage free and organic!), fat-free mozzarella (haha Breigh), parmesan cheese, low-fat mayo, and a little soymilk, and then I baked that until it was golden on top.

Lunch: Who was it again who recommended quinoa recently? Was it Marlie? It was one of the bunnies. Anyway, this will be my first time trying quinoa and I know I am going to like it. I am having it with cherry tomatoes sliced in half, spinach, olive oil, scallions, little pieces of chicken, garlic, mushrooms, low-fat feta,and black olives.

Dinner: I did make the "healthy mac and cheese" recipe from the Daily Spark that "sneaks" butternut squash looks so rich and creamy and cheesy, what a great fake-out!!

Man am I hungry...I cannot wait to eat tomorrow. Snacks this week will include apples, yogurt with dry oats mixed in (YUMMY snack), and raw almonds.

Oh yeah, that challenge to myself...I decided I would keep my calories under 2,100 (instead of under 2,000). This will be a reduction of at least 50 calories per day from what I've been eating lately. Very modest reduction, but it's a place to start and see what happens. I'm actually probably more concerned about not getting overly hungry than I am about losing any weight, although ideally of course I'd lose some weight AND not get overly hungry. ;) (And by lose some weight I just weeks from now I weigh a pound or two less than I do now. Nothing drastic.)

Just did up my calories for today and I'm under 1,800 (was too busy to eat today) - woohoo!

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MARLIE13 12/10/2008 1:08PM

    HAHA! No the only mention I make about quinoa is that I have some in my cupboard and feel guilty for not using it. I think I will make it a goal this week to find a recipe that uses it to finally try it out. Get rid of this nasty quinoa ignoring guilt.

Your race time was awesome. That guy is right though. Stop with the negatives! (I know know I do it too!) I loved the comment you made about your shirt too. I remember wearing mine out on some errands and stuff after the two that I've done so far and hoping people noticed the dates too. Too cute! But no, kuddos to you because I haven't worked out after a race.

I've been leary of gum for the same reasons. I haven't noticed that it gives me a negative effect but I do chew it sparingly.

Keep it up, you're doing awesome!

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ZIRCADIA 12/8/2008 5:28PM

    Refueling is important after a MAJOR workout, but after a short race, water is the best thing and cookies are Definitely NOT proper refueling food. :P No biggie if you want to splurge a bit, but if you're not wanting to splurge on refueling, water and some nice fruit or something is a better idea. WAY TO RESIST TEMPTATION!!!

Also I have to say, I'm jealous that you had a "disappointing" race time with tummy issues and funky weather and STILL ran just over a 9min mile. BOO!!! :D My best 5K time thus far is like 33:26 or something like that. :P You TURKEY! (And I mean that in the best way possible!)

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RA4945 12/8/2008 4:36PM

    Congrats on your race time! That's awesome! You are a die-hard exerciser, girl! I hope thatyou are giving yourself 1 or 2 rest days a week so that you don't work yourself into exhaustion.
Oh, and I found out the hard way about "sugar free" when I ate a few too many sugar free lifesavers. BIG YIKES!! Lesson learned!
I'm sorry about the whole ring situation. Men are so stubborn about the rings we will where on our own fingers! It will all work out though. emoticon

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BRUIN2 12/8/2008 1:56PM


Just because they're there, doesn't mean they must be eaten - this you know!!!!

YOU ROCK MY WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CLIMBNRUN 12/8/2008 1:08PM

  You eat amazingly well. I think it's so great that you eat in large enough quantities to reach satiety but fill your diet with loads of veggies which are low density. Most people I know who love large breakfasts would reach for a bagel or two or toast or some version of starchy carbs to quelch their hunger... You really know yourself & you're really onto something!

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FITGIRL15 12/8/2008 11:46AM

    Good for you for running your race despite feeling ill. But why didn't you properly refuel with the carbs they left out at the race? They are most definitely NOT putting those foods out there to make you FAT! LOL
Not to mention that you further depleated your system with MORE exercise after that? OMG girl! You are in burn out mode and still insist on pushing it??? YIKES! I'm very concerned for you... really!

I hope you do take it easy this week and let your body recover! Probably not the best week to be cutting additional calories either! (I found out the hard way that cutting 200 additional calories for only 3 days actually made me want to eat more for the next 3 days! AHHHHH)

Anyways... I just thought you needed a warm hug after that chilly race and perhaps a little reminder to be nice to yourself! You work so hard... let your body relax once in a while, mmmmKay? lol

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/8/2008 10:27AM

    I don't think there was anyone over 98 in the race, but there were tons of children - the competition wasn't too steep!

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BRUIN2 12/8/2008 9:59AM

    You had me until the fat free cheese.

Congrats on your race!!! I'm glad you proudly wore your race shirt to the gym!!!! I think you did great - a hilly course, tummy issues, not feeling great all week. Yeah, you're a machine!

Hope you have a great week (even though you are subjecting yourself to fat free cheese on a daily basis).

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WAVEDANCER7 12/8/2008 9:22AM

    Place for female: 42 (top 8.8 percentile)
Place for females aged 14-98: 31 (top 16th percentile)

There were females who were under 14 or over 98???

Great job on the race, smart food choices, and the gym after. I've gone to the gym after a 5k to burn an extra 300 cals. I think it was good for my muscles, but boy was i exhausted afterwards! Also congrats on the buddy comments!

Your meals sounded delish! I love healthy quiches and quinoa!

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LYNN248 12/8/2008 7:38AM

    congrats on the race, you did awesome and may I mention how little you look in your pink jacket:)

I can't wait to hear about the Mac and cheese results, it looks like an awesome recipe:)

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SKYFYRE 12/8/2008 5:04AM

    Woot, Woot! Look at you! Did your race, and did a great job at that! Plus you weren't feeling tiptop and you still kicked butt! Way to go!
Do tell us how the squash mac and cheese turned out! Sounds yummers!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/8/2008 1:37AM

    oh yeah. congrats on your race.

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/8/2008 1:36AM

    i think it was my recipe. i kinda got the idea from one of the clean eating magazines. i haven't made that in a while.

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TRACYZABELLE 12/7/2008 11:35PM

    Congrats on braving the cold to run! It is always so rewarding when you run for a cause, children are so near and dear to my heart.

MY coworker made quinoa and shared it with me, it is really tasty but I do prefer the texture of bulghur more.

my next big meal I make will be Saturday as we celebrate with a holiday dinner as we missed Thanksgiving so being it is late it will be a holiday dinner.

Gathering together and enjoying a meal with friends is always so nice.

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Moods, Bloating, Cooking, Boyfriend

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Wow, I haven't blogged since Wednesday, which is a long time for me. I've had a bit of a roller coaster of emotions since then, although I can't exactly pinpoint why. I'll start with Wednesday night....I felt guilty about skipping the gym, but at least I did my ab routine...Jess did it with me.

Thursday I weighed 137.2 again and had a very blah day. I was tired, I kept dropping things, I just wasn't feeling zippy. I was at work late and by the time I got home and did a few things, it was almost 8 and I wanted to watch TV. There aren't too many nights of the week when there are shows that I really like to make sure to see, but Thursday is one of them - The Office and Ugly Betty. So, second day in a row with no workout. This time I didn't even do a quick little something. I just felt like a big, tired, lazy sloth. Also, I was having major bloating issues and stomach problems, yuck. So the smart thing to do would have been to go to bed early, right? But my boyfriend had not one but two work functions to go to and wasn't due home until after 11. I was kinda half asleep with Seinfeld on TV when he got wasn't setting myself up to make Friday any better!

Friday morning I weighed 138.0 and felt incredibly fat and frumpy. I wear jeans to school on Fridays and decided to wear a looser pair rather than a tighter one. At school I had some stomach issues which I won't get into in detail here. I don't know if my stomach issues and bloating are from a stomach bug, from TOM, from my diet, or some combination, but last night my bloating was just out of control...I seriously was looking like I was pregnant. So I looked online for some possible causes and one that caught my eye was the sorbitol in sugar-free gum. It is not something we can digest and it can cause gas and bloating. Sure enough, that is the first ingredient listed on my blueberry Trident I love so much. I chew so much gum that I am ashamed to get into the specific numbers here...I don't really even keep track, but generally all night long I pop a few pieces at a time and switch to new pieces whenever I start to lose flavor. It's out of control. So, in order to figure out whether that's the cause of my stomach issues, I am taking a cold-turkey break from gum, starting last night. Usually I'm okay in the morning and the bloating starts in the evening and lasts through the night, so it's too soon to tell anything. Last time I lost a lot of weight I started having major stomach/bloating issues when I hit the mid-130s too. Maybe this is the point where I start majorly relying on gum so that I don't start mindlessly snacking. I don't know.

Last night Jess really wanted to go to the gym - he needed some stress relief - and I really didn't want to go. I was tired and feeling disgusting all over. But of course I wasn't going to sit there and watch him go off on his own, not when I'd already taken two days off in a row, so I went. I did probably a little over 20 minutes on the bike, 15 of walking 4.2 mph with an incline, and then a stretch. Of course I'm glad I went but I was sooooooo exhausted afterwards, I didn't feel better at all. Then we checked the mail on the way home, which is starting to be an activity I dread - bills and such. Jess was kind of nagging me about money and I just was feeling incredibly negative. I went right to bed after that.

This morning I woke up around 8:15 and asked Jess if he thought I should skip Zumba this morning in favor of getting some more sleep to hopefully help myself feel better. He agreed, but as I was lying there thinking about how skipping Zumba was going to make me feel, I changed my mind. Finally I got up, had some breakfast, and went. Oh yeah, and I weighed myself - 137.0 - a little bit better. That reminds me, last night on the walk over to the gym I told Jess I was done losing weight. I said I didn't want to put in all the work to try to lose any more. He supported the notion of me not losing any more weight, but he said that I was going to snap out of it and he was right. I usually LIKE putting in the work - it is a huge source of pride for me. Just not the past few days.

Anyway, Zumba was quite good considering my funk, and I stayed for Body Pump where I did OK but not particularly my best. For some reason I just wasn't feeling the rows and the "clean and press" today. Too tired. I didn't even think about Body Combat after that, but I did find a bunch of good magazines that took me a little over an hour to skim through on the recumbant bike. I am relying more and more on that thing...I wonder if it's making my fitness level go down because it's easier than my other cardio choices, and today I was sweating on it. ?? I really have not been training for my race tomorrow at ALL. I don't have any grand expectations for my tomorrow we're supposed to get our first snow of the season - seems so late for a first snow, and the timing is just awful. What is racing in the snow going to be like?? Apparently a lot of little kids from my school will be in this race too, so I have to be kind of "on" at the race if you know what I mean. My professional side. How is going to feel if little kids beat me in the race?? Will they? I don't know how fast a 10-year-old can run 3.2 miles. (The race is definitely 3.2 miles - I checked the website.) A few months ago I'd been hoping to really get fast for this race. Oh well.

Anyway, I did a nice stretch after the bike and when I finally left the gym it was 12:15 and I'd been there since 9:00. I actually felt GOOD for a change, and happy that I'd done such a nice long workout at a level that made me feel comfortable. I like seeing myself in my workout clothes in the gym mirrors because it's a reminder that I am still thin - I'd been feeling like a total fatso lately, so it was almost a surprise to see that I didn't look fat in the gym mirrors.

I haven't totally committed to this yet, but I am thinking of giving myself a one-week calorie challenge starting on Monday - to keep my calories under 2,000. Even 1,999 is OK. I don't think I can keep losing weight at my current calorie range, which has been working out to be quite close to 2,140 every day lately, but I don't want to drop calories a lot because it makes me feel really hungry, and also because I don't want to lose a lot of weight. I just want to inch down just a little bit, just to keep my spirits high. Or to get them back to high, because they haven't been! I haven't finalized my grocery list yet, but I think I'm going to make that "healthy mac and cheese" recipe that was featured on the Daily Spark recently - the one that sneaks in butternut squash and you can't really even tell because it's the same color as cheese? I thought that was a cute idea, but I'm tempted to add other veggies too and maybe even use some other grain instead of macaroni and then it won't look like mac and cheese at all. For my other recipe I haven't quite decided yet. Maybe tuna spinach bake or tuna broccoli bake... maybe something with pasta, cherry tomatoes, feta, olives, and chicken. Also, I'm wondering if maybe my stomach has a hard time handling all that pumpkin (lots of fiber) and I'm considering looking for a different breakfast too. I'll figure all this stuff out after I'm done blogging.

Jess is off doing errands today. He had to go to his parents' for something and to his own condo in the city. I shouldn't be thinking this, but I'm really really really reeeeeally hoping that he was lying to me and what he's really doing is ring shopping. He told me a few days ago that he can't afford to buy me a ring right now because of his 20 percent pay cut and possible upcoming layoff, and confirmed this last night, but I was thinking today that it would be a really tricky way to try to surprise me and I do know for a fact that he had been saving up for the ring and right now he has saved more than he wanted to spend on the ring. If I'm wrong I promise I won't get too upset but, man do I love him and I would be so proud and excited to wear something that symbolizes us dedicating the rest of our lives to each other.

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MARLIE13 12/10/2008 1:19PM

    I do think you've won the award for the longest blog ever. lol! I thought either Dana or I held that award...until now. Good stuff in there!! I'm not complaining at all...just comforts me when people write more than I do. teehee!

Anyway, I hope hope have my fingers crossed hope that Jess is being sneaky. It was torture for me waiting and wondering. I mean, we were making marriage plans before he had officially "asked" me.

Gum...mine used to be the Green Apple kind by um...Wrigley's I think? Sugar free of course...but I stopped when I read about it adding to the bloating issue.

Oh and lastly, did you find out then how speedy those little kids can be? I almost had an 11 year old boy beat me at my last race. I ran that one in 26 0r 27 something. He was bookin' it!

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SEEHOLZ 12/7/2008 9:20PM

    Dan and I don't work out together either- we went to spin class for the first time since last Jan- the day after TG-- he thought he had just gone recently and he totally admits that he doesn't like workout out with me-- he is "intimidated", because he doens't push himself- or some kind of ego thing. I really don't mind it too much,because at least my workouts are not being "criticized" or "analyzed"-- I do that much enough.
I so get how you feel and also that thing about looking in the mirrow in the gym-- as much as I hope that getting down a few lbs will make you feel happier, I really hope you allow yourself to feel happy, even on a blah day-- it is hard- I sooo know that-- but sometimes I worry that you tend to depend your happiness on how "fat" you are or how much you worked out-- You do look fabulous - 137 or 135 alike!!!
As for the gum: I had to laugh, because I might be the only person that might actually beat your gum chewing- I tend to not advertise it either--- I don't think about it that much... but you know how my OCD mind tends to go--- gum chewing can certainly get out of control for me! As it is with all kinds of other things: I thought I was the "only" one -hahaha... so rest calm-- you are a lot better than me. I do feel better when I "quite" gum-- one thing I tend to be able to do...

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/7/2008 4:12PM

    Jess and I usually DON'T work out only happens when our schedules are compatible. On Friday night I went with him because I knew I'd feel incredibly lazy and guilty if he went and I stayed on the couch. I wasn't feeling that great so I didn't push it...just 20 minutes of biking, 15 minutes of walking, and 5 minutes of stretching. The three-hour workout was on Saturday, when I was feeling much better.

I am with you on wishing my boyfriend would just propose and never mind about the expensive ring, but my boyfriend is like yours...he wants to do it "right" with the expensive ring that everyone can ooh and ahh over and that I will love. So that means waiting! (I don't think he went ring shopping yesterday afteral.)

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FITGIRL15 12/7/2008 12:53PM

    I also found that when I was drinking a lot of "splenda" sweetened drinks I would get GI issues too. I'm sure that cutting the gum out will help you! Lately, I think my GI issues may be due to the fact that I'm eating so clean and high fibre that all the good bacteria is being flushed out of my intestines with all the bad stuff, so i've been making sure to eat my yogurt (active cultures) and I even bought soma acidophilus for those meals that give my belly greif! I hope your issues subside soon! It's not fun, I've been there!

Why do you and your BF allways have to workout together? If you really didn't feel good enough to go the gym, you probably shouldn't have pushed it for 3 hours! OMG... I can't even imagine!) Your body could just be extremely tired and telling you to take it easy!!! I wish you would be kinder to your poor little self! (to much of a good thing is ALWAYS a bad thing!)

Let us know how the ring situation is progressing :) It will happen when it happens! It's weird that you mention your BF has been cut wages by 20%, because so has mine (due to this terrible economy and the fact that his job is pretty slow in the winter!) I'm scared that buying "my ring" will put us in debt! That doesn't make me very happy! :( I'd much rather a big romantic engagement/proposal then a big stupid diamond anyday! (But unfortunately my BF wants me to get the ring that I WANT, and all the ones I'd really want to wear are big $$$!) Gah, who knew this would be so tough!?!?!? lol

Feel better!

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LILTROUBLE 12/7/2008 11:15AM

    Wow who knew that gum could cause stomach problems! I think that all of this sugar free and processed food is likely really bad all around.

Glad you are getting back into the swing of things. It can be tough sometimes. I wish that Joe would go to the gym with me. He is totally against it which is pretty lame since he could stand to lose some weight.

I love the clean and press - not sure why but it is fun to do! But does take a ton of energy.

As for the ring, being married and engaged is super fun. I love it. Joe totally surprised me when he proposed. He wanted to pay for the ring completely without financing so it took a while but I love it! Hope he is sneaking out to get a ring.

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SKYFYRE 12/7/2008 4:15AM

    Hey there Susan! Oi! What a bunch of thought you have there! I am sorry your tum tum isn't feeling great, I hope the bloating goes away. Get some gas-ex, that stuff really works for bloating! Anyway, I hope you get a ring soon, and I hope you know that is is normal not to lose weight in the winter for a multitude of reasons, and that you are doing great and working hard and it is normal to have lulls in workout fervor!You will get back up and get where you want to be or Pirate Trainer will be after you!
emoticon Eeek! You don't want that!

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TRACYZABELLE 12/7/2008 12:34AM

    emoticon emoticon Good luck in your race!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/6/2008 9:23PM

    good luck tomorrow and have fun. so did TOM arrive? i get very clumsy just before and it is a pms symptom.

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BLUEBOOEYES 12/6/2008 7:10PM

    Ooh goodness. You have a lot on your plate. Just try not to think about the ring. Or if you're going to think about it, just use it as further motivation to get yourself out of your funk. Also, I've got my boyfriend working out with me sometimes now on his own accord. It helps so much when you have someone that's willing to go through it with you.

P.S. I've started training for my first 5k in February. I know it pales in comparison to the running you've accomplished, but I just wanted you to know that you among other successful running Sparkers inspired me to try it. Any tips you have, I will take 'em!

Hope your weekend gets better :)

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KMWKENT 12/6/2008 3:00PM

    I think we all go through those weeks where we feel sluggish and bloated. And any semblance of a workout feels hard, but good job to you for pushing through it. It may be the body's way of telling us we need some rest, so taking it easy by riding the recumbent bike was probably a great solution.
I hope you're right about the ring shopping!

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BRUIN2 12/6/2008 2:38PM

    You have a race tomorrow?!?!?! How in the world did I miss that??

Have fun!!! Running in the snow is tough work - you'll have to shorten your stride to keep from will be a whole new experience for you. Especially if it snows, focus on running, not the time!

Bloating does not sound fun - that would be good if the solution is just cutting out the gum (as long as you replace the gum with water or something equally calorie free, hehehe).

Hope the rest of the weekend is great. I'm looking forward to hearing about your race, and about how the recipes for this week turn out!

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PAMELA984 12/6/2008 2:31PM

    It is okay to take a break occasionally from working out - our bodies need a rest sometimes. The hard part is doing exactly what you did - going back! Good for you! And it feels so good, right?

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Can't stop blogging today........

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Naughty me, I didn't go to the gym. I put on my gym clothes and then drove straight to Jess'. WTF? I guess I could salvage the situation by doing at least a quick ab workout or something. I kinda feel right now like...maybe once in a while I won't feel like going as hard-core. And maybe I might gain a bit during those phases. And it won't matter, because then I'll get a fresh wind and I'll take off whatever extra I gained. It's a comforting thought that I have permission to have my off weeks.

Ever have no warning that TOM's coming? No major mood issues or major complexion issues that give you any warning that this is about to happen? Yeah, me neither, until about an hour ago. Surprise! Hehe, sorry for the TMI.

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MARLIE13 12/5/2008 2:53PM

    lol! I know for a fact that you can't be hardcore 24/7. Learn to be kind to yourself, to recognize when your body is asking for a break, and don't beat yourself up for missing a workout, or even a day or two. You don't want to go through a burnout phase, that is for sure. That's funny about your TOM though and probably exactly why you were feeling a little less committed about the gym. ;o)

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RA4945 12/4/2008 5:50PM

    You deserve to give yourself a break sometimes, girl! Please hang in there during these stressful times and make sure you're eating well and getting extra sleep. My husband and I are somewhat in the same boat financially and with our work situations. Prayer works wonders! Wishing you well!!!

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FITGIRL15 12/4/2008 12:15PM

    Seriously girl, your exercise intensity is that of a fitness competitior... and we take rest days!!! We must or you get injuries due to all that over-training!
You will still see results by exercising 6 days a week and taking one days off to rest. HELL, you can take the entire weekend off to rest, if your body requires it! Trust me!!! Rest is a good thing, TOM or not!

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SKYFYRE 12/4/2008 8:22AM

    It's cool to take a break! You have been going so hard core for so long, I know I couldn't keep up the amount of exercise that you do! Sorry about the lunar lunacy!

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CATERPILLAR85 12/4/2008 7:32AM

    i hate when TOM sneaks up on me! sometimes we just need breaks from working out, maybe it was your bodies way of telling you that. as horrible as i feel for not really getting into the gym this week, i feel like i've gotten so much more week, its on!

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TRACYZABELLE 12/3/2008 11:52PM

    Maybe your body knew something was up and that was why your car drove to Jess' instead of the gym! LOL! Our bodies can throw us curveballs at times but of course I do the NO MORE TOM dance now, lol! I would gladly have it instead of the Hot flashes though.. what a swap huh!

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CREATINGMYSELF 12/3/2008 10:28PM

    Sometimes we need days off-- that's life. Give yourself the breaks when you want them, but don't stray for too long. Sometimes our bodies need it.

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BRUIN2 12/3/2008 10:06PM

    What about doing the 6 minute booty workout here on SP? It's a good, quick little workout, and do a child's pose stretch at the end to loosen up everything that tightens up with tom!!

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ZIRCADIA 12/3/2008 8:51PM

    I was all prepared to give you a little kick in the booty, until I got to the surprise TOM part... I hereby also give you permission to skip it today! ;) HAHAHAHAHAHA

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