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16 days to go. This is hard. I'm glad it's temporary.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Of course a good healthy lifestyle/weight management plan needs to be something you can live with long term. "Never do anything to lose weight you're not willing to do for the rest of your life."

BUT, sometimes a TEMPORARY challenge is what is needed, and this is the case for me.
*Teacher appreciation breakfast...carbohydrate heaven...it's not that I'm never going to indulge again, but during this challenge, I can say no.
*Lots of boring work to do, the munchies hit, but I'm doing my challenge right now, so I will have gum or a cup of decaf (black).
*Gym tonight? Sure, but really push myself while I'm there? Yes - because of my challenge!!
*Everyone else is going to get takeout from a "soul food" restaurant tomorrow night, but I will have a nice healthy salad, because I'M GONNA BE IN A BIKINI SOON!!

I have to admit, I kinda can't wait for this challenge to be over. I just want to look glorious in a bikini on the beach, and then go back to my normal calorie range!!

140.8 today - almost back to the 130s!

  
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TERRIANGEL 2/3/2009 9:27PM

    OH, you're so there... bikini-hottie-Susan...

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MRSTUCKER812 1/31/2009 11:40AM

  You've got the right mind. Good job with facing these battles and you are doing the best thing which is looking past them into the future at your goal to keep yourself motivated and make the right choices, It's definetly easier said than done to have will-power in certain situations. Keep it up and you'll be looking hot in a bikini soon!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 1/30/2009 10:06PM

    OMG how funny me and the other person before me said the same thing! Makes it unanimous-- YOU ARE AMAZING!

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TRACYZABELLE 1/30/2009 10:04PM

    You are awesome! Your progress is amazing!

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KJNE8O 1/30/2009 8:52PM

    Wow! You're progress is amazing! Yes - LOL - it is just temporary.
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17 days to go and everything's fantastic!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

*I weighed 141.8 today...........yay! I'll be happy on vacation weighing 136 or less, and at this rate, it seems like I'm going to be able to achieve that!

*On my way to school this morning, on the radio they mentioned several schools were canceled/delayed due to icy roads. It hadn't even occured to me that this might happen - the roads seemed fine to me! But I turned on my cell and sure enough I had a voicemail saying there was a two hour delay! At first I was SO MAD that I hadn't taken the opportunity to sleep in, but then I decided to use the extra time go to the gym. I managed a great 45-minute sweaty stair climber workout before school!!

*Some of us teachers were at an inservice workshop where snacks and lunch were provided. Thankfully, we were able to sign up for what we wanted for lunch in advance so I ordered a grilled chicken salad. I was the only person who didn't order a sandwich except for the woman sitting next to me who brought her own extremely healthy-looking lunch...she explained she was in her third week of Weight Watchers and knew exactly how many Points were in her lunch. I barely used any dressing and was quite proud of myself. But by about 2 p.m. I broke down with the snacks. I had: 1.5 small pieces of whole-wheat brownie (made by a health-conscious colleague), 1 small cookie with nuts and cranberries in it, 1 small pretzel stick, and 1 Hershey's kiss. I plan to alter my nutrition tracker accordingly and I am sure I can still be within my calorie goal for today, despite the unplanned snacks. Lucky for me, the workshop ended shortly after I started indulging, otherwise I'm sure I would have had more.

*After school I went right back to the gym, where I still managed to have tons of energy! I warmed up on the stair master, then did a full-body strength training routine, some stretching, and then I read on the bike. In all, including both trips to the gym today, I was there THREE AND A HALF HOURS!! Holy cow!

*I can FINALLY do pushups!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For a long time I couldn't even manage a single one. More recently I could handle one or two max on a good day. Well today, ladies and gentlemen (OK, probably just ladies), I did three SETS! I did four real, eight knee, rest, repeat two more times!!!!!!!!! At least, I hope they were real. Thank you, Body Pump!

*I wore my glasses while workout out today and got really sick of looking at myself in all those gym mirrors. I mean I definitely look like I'm within the healthy weight range, but still pretty flabby. Plus I looked nerdy in those glasses. Oh well. I plan on being hot 17 days from now! Hahaha. :)

  
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TERRIANGEL 1/30/2009 12:17PM

    that's so great! Congrats on making the good choices, and that LONG workout!

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MIMISCA 1/30/2009 10:54AM

    wow what a workout! i have really been wanting to get in the habit of working out before AND after work, just to really jump start my progress. but unless i have a snow day, i think this is going to take a lot of planning! great job ordering the healthy lunch and keeping sane about the snacking. clearly you are gonna make your goals in time for your beach vacay!

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LIVENLOVELIFE 1/30/2009 9:54AM

    Wow you are a machine! 3.5 hours at the gym?!? Woop Woop! I'm sure you will have no problem reaching your goal. You seem very determined and motivated and making a ton of good choices!

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TRACYZABELLE 1/30/2009 8:01AM

    WOOT WOOT! YOu go girl! You are getting there!

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WITTYFLOWER 1/30/2009 5:46AM

    You are seriously revving up your bod's metabolism here! Great job on the Pushups...they are hard, especially the drop down or I called it drop dead pushups where you start out with 16 pushups, rest for 10 seconds, then 14 pushups, rest for 10 for seconds, keep going until you get to 4 pushups at this point you have to go down to a 4 count pushups and then at 2 pushups down to 6 counts....by the time you are done!!You will be dropped dead!!!

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SKYFYRE 1/30/2009 3:54AM

    Susan, you are on fire!!! Congrats on the Energy! And major, MAjor Congrats on the push-ups!!! I remember last month feeling the same excitement!! So Cool!!!

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KJNE8O 1/29/2009 11:08PM

    Woo Hoo on the push-ups! That is awesome!

I know what you mean about the glasses and looking geeky - I have the same issues! LOL

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SEEHOLZ 1/29/2009 9:19PM

    3.5 hours! WOW-- that's quite a lot! I had a feeling it'd be a happy day for you,since I saw you changed your trackker! Great that you feel full of energy, motivated and going strong!
Congrats on being able to do those push-ups! Great job!



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18 days to go and a snow day gift from mother nature :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I love mid-late morning workouts! Today after I got the call at 5 a.m. that school was canceled I went back to sleep until about 7:30, drove my boyfriend to the train station, and then went straight to the gym. I was there from around 8:15 to 11:30! I did elliptical for 65 minutes, took a Zumba class, and then read on the recumbant bike for a half hour. I have so much more energy that time of day. Sigh. I'm usually teaching math and reading then. I do bring food and coffee with me when I go to the gym that time of day...I don't know if others find that strange, but there's no way I could work out so long without eating.

I'm back to 144 and starting to feel okay about how I look again....looking forward to removing the rest of this extra weight soon!

  
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TERRIANGEL 1/29/2009 1:43PM

    I had a snow day too. Aren't they GREAT!!??

I ended up going to the gym at night with 2 friends to do a step class, and I RAN again to warm up. First time running since Thanksgiving day. Woo hoo!! :) :) It felt good.

You are doing so famously with your dedication to this pre-holiday diet and exercise thing. Congrats, hon, and keep on keepin' on!!

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MIMISCA 1/29/2009 10:39AM

    oh man i'm so jealous! i wish we had a snow day at work yesterday! sounds like a fantastic workout!

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SEEHOLZ 1/29/2009 10:32AM

    You are doing fabulous! I'm really proud of you and I hope you know you totally motivated me! How are you feeling?

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TMAC10 1/29/2009 10:22AM

    sounds like this challenge was just what you needed! :)

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FRIZGIRL 1/29/2009 9:08AM

    You are doing amazing! Your gym date sounds fantastic and inspiring!!! I think I am going to go for 2 hours today too! Then go get coffee (not the same as bringing it WITH me). Congrats on turning around from your month and a half spree. Hopefully this time around you'll learn the skills you need to maintain a healthy body weight! Can't wait to hear how your vacation goes, and 18days left!!!! Thank you for inspiring me!

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TRACYZABELLE 1/29/2009 4:32AM

    We had about 3 inches then it rained... and washed it all away! I am so excited for you with your upcoming trip! YOu go!

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MRSTUCKER812 1/28/2009 9:22PM

  I know I have soo much energy at that time of day too! It sucks when it's tied up doing other obligations. That's my favorite time to work out. Great job going for so long!

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ASTARB1 1/28/2009 8:30PM

    Wow, I thought I was a gym rat! ;-)

Just kidding - that is awesome. How is Zumba? I've been wanting to try it.

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LINDSAYDELIGHT 1/28/2009 7:29PM

    I don't think it's weird at all for you to bring food to the gym. It's actually probably better for you when your there that long. I've been known to rock a smoothie, apple, protein bar, and almonds at the gym!

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WWGAL23 1/28/2009 5:37PM

    Awesome job with cardio today!! Yay for a snow day for you! It never snows here so I dont get that fun excuse to stay home! Keep up the great work!

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WITTYFLOWER 1/28/2009 3:06PM

    Lucky you for today's off! Great job on cardio today.

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19 days to go!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

...and still going strong. I have an amazing surge of willpower for this vacation...going to the gym is not a question, I'm spreading out my meals better than ever even though I'm eating far less than normal (1,200 calories), drinking tons of water, and getting to bed nice and early. I know exactly what I'm doing - I know I can't keep this up for long and all I ask of my body is to do it for the next 19 days. It's kind of insane because so much of what I'm doing is somewhat opposite of my general healthy lifestyle philosophy, but for this exact moment in time it works.

I was down another pound today. I was ashamed to blog about this, but by this past Saturday I had actually managed to get my weight a full TWENTY POUNDS heavier* than it was at my low point in early December. As of today though I am back to 145 pounds after being on track for three full days. I believe I still have about four to five pounds of water weight that will drop off nice and quick, and then I'll have about two weeks to refine. Ideally I'd like to be back to 140 after all the temporary weight is gone and then have two weeks to lose two pounds per week and go on vacation weighing 136.

*Are you wondering how to gain 20 pounds in a month and a half? First, start at a weight that is far lower than what your body is used to. Then surround yourself with food temptations. Then get into a mindset that you are going to eat whatever you want, dammit, beause you work hard and you "deserve" it! (How about DESERVING to have a healthy, fit, and attractive body? Wasn't thinking about that at the time.) Then, gorge yourself on all manner of bagels, pasta, ice cream, candy, hot chocolate, cookies, oh, and lots more cookies, pizza, and chicken nuggets. And start watching TV and playing computer games at the times of day you typically go to the gym. Very effective weight-gain plan!!

  
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KJNE8O 1/28/2009 8:53AM

    You are doing great - you are going to be quite the hottie on the beach!

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MIMISCA 1/27/2009 10:55PM

    haha i am so glad i'm not the only one who can laugh about mistakes! yeah i guess how can we expect NOT to gain weight when we all of a sudden change our healthy habits? but obviously you are back on track and still have time to lose those holiday pounds for your beach vacay!

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LILTROUBLE 1/27/2009 10:11PM

    way to go girl!!
and you are too funny on your program promo :) hahahah.

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JENONTHEROX 1/27/2009 9:51PM

    Wow, I was on that SAME weight-gain plan for 10 months AND gained... 50 lbs. Amazing. We should do a promo! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TERRIANGEL 1/27/2009 9:10PM

    you're hilarious! And you're doing FABULOUS! Keep it up girlfriend. It's temporary insanity, but like you said, it's working for now, so if it ain't broke...

19 days. You are SO there!! emoticon

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SKYFYRE 1/27/2009 7:38PM

    Susan, you are rocking your plan! 19 days, you can do it!

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MRSTUCKER812 1/27/2009 6:20PM

  You sound motivated enough to reach your goal, I am sure you can do it, no problem! Keep that mindset!

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KMWKENT 1/27/2009 5:14PM

    Unfortunately, my situation is all too similar to yours! The past month has basically been a binge. A week ago, I was up nearly ten pounds from my lowest. I've been too afraid after this week's binge to see the number on the scale, but I can only imagine that the cupcakes, chips, fries, and gallons of ice cream have done quite a bit of damage since then. But like you, I also started back with my healthy eating and exercising for a particular reason: I want to look hot for an upcoming event! I'm fortunate enough to have a bit longer than 19 days, so I'm able to take a slightly less drastic approach (1500 cals), but I echo your sentiments about having a surge of willpower! I'm crossing my fingers that the weight will fall off for me as quickly as yours has! Thanks for your honesty in your blogs! You're sooooo not alone in this!

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20 days to go and noticing predictable things happening to my body...

Monday, January 26, 2009

I have now lost EIGHT pounds in two days of being hardcore. But of course I probably put the extra weight on about that fast too...talk about a roller coaster.

I have just started reading _Health at Every Size_ which so far is about the set-point theory and how to listen to your body because it will guide you to your own healthiest weight. Very interesting, but I haven't gotten very far into the book yet. I've mentioned before that I suspect my set-point weight is around 165-175, and I do NOT want that to be my permanent weight range!! But it is a relief to know that my crazy urges to eat aren't just a lack of willpower. I've forced my body to stay quite a bit below my set-point for two years now, which means that there are many forces working within me driving me to eat and gain weight. Well, if you believe the theory, that is.

So far I've been able to handle my new bootcamp calorie range OK, but I know it's going to get harder the further into it I get. Hopefully my motivation to get my bikini body back in time for vacation will be enough motivation to get me through the tough times...it's just 20 more days...I can do this.

  
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FRIZGIRL 1/27/2009 12:27PM

    20 days! You can do it! And way to go keeping that weight off for two years. I have heard that if you can keep it off, your set weight does drop over time, so it will be easier as your body adjusts to the lower weight and realizes that it really IS getting everything it needs even though you are eating less.

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SEEHOLZ 1/27/2009 11:04AM

    You can do anything for 20 days!!!!

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TMAC10 1/27/2009 8:52AM

    8 pounds...you really are rockin it girl! You are going to look so hot in 20 days, I cant wait! :)

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TERRIANGEL 1/27/2009 8:26AM

    EIGHT POUNDS!!!! Holy cow! Congratulations!!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 1/27/2009 7:00AM

    You can do it!We know you can!!!!

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WWGAL23 1/26/2009 11:23PM

    20 days?! You can SO do it! Keep up the great work it'll so be worth it!! Cant wait to see the vaca pics and stories!!! You are going to look AWESOME!

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MIMISCA 1/26/2009 10:26PM

    20 days? that's nothing for you- i know you can do it! i can't wait to see pics from your vacation - i am sure you will be looking sexy! good luck!

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KJNE8O 1/26/2009 9:51PM

    Did you eat foods that were high in carbs and possibly sodium? 8 pounds in 2 day is A LOT! It's probably water and glycogen and not truly fat.... just be careful - you get too hard core and lose to fast you gain it all back too fast too. But I also think that you know what you are doing and know your body - so you are going to look great when you go on vacation! How exciting!

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/26/2009 9:22PM

    i think my set point is about 130. as soon as i go under that my body goes nuts and i want to eat everything in site. 8 lbs in 2 days is impressive. maybe i will put that book on my library list.

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MARLIE13 1/26/2009 7:16PM

    Oh that does sound very interesting. You'll have to let us know what you find out!

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SKYFYRE 1/26/2009 6:58PM

    20 days to a kick butt as always you!

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AMY-ABLE 1/26/2009 5:51PM

    Wow... sounds very hardcore!
Keep up the good work!

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