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11 days until vacation

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Doing well. 140.8 today. Ran 5 and 1/2 miles, nice and easy on the treadmill. Ate just under 1500 calories.

  
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SKYFYRE 2/5/2009 7:03PM

    Woot Woot!

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TMAC10 2/5/2009 8:55AM

    rockin it as always :)

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TRACYZABELLE 2/5/2009 2:32AM

    One step at a time!

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MIMISCA 2/4/2009 10:00PM

    short & sweet. well done!

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KJNE8O 2/4/2009 9:59PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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BRUIN2 2/4/2009 9:49PM

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TERRIANGEL 2/4/2009 9:35PM

    Perfect!

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Only 12 days to go!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

I felt soooo much better last night after I added the extra calories (an extra clementine, diet hot cocoa, and unsweetened soymilk). What a relief to be eating enough that I'm not constantly thinking about food!

Today I weighed 141.0. I got a bunch of compliments today - a few on my weight, and a few on my hair. (I guess I did a good job with the straightening iron this morning?) I'm happy with how I look now, but I'm still hoping to at least break under 140 for vacation!

I have a new respect for Body Pump. At first I thought it couldn't possibly be as hard as strength training in the weight room because you do so many reps. But now that I've recently tried strength training on my own after being used to Body Pump, I'm realizing that I'm pushed to work much harder when I'm in class, and I'm getting real results - I can do pushups now! (I think the pushups were the PROOF I needed that Body Pump works.) The lower weights and higher repetitions is great for endurance, which is something I value for long cardio sessions and especially for FUN activities like skiing or hiking all day.

I'm curious whether people who do Body Pump on a regular basis find they need to supplement with certain exercises outside the gym. For example, I'm not sure there's much in Body Pump that works you like a good set of lat pulldowns. Or calf raises. Any thoughts?

  
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ASTARB1 2/4/2009 7:52PM

    I'm a big fan of Body Pump! I agree that there's nothing that simulates lat pull downs or chin-ups. I've never thought to supplement with other exercises in the weight room, but there was a time (just before I got married) that I was working out with a personal trainer and doing Body Pump. I like the class better. Oh, and I'd never do any calf exercises - my calves are muscular enough!!!

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BLUEBOOEYES 2/4/2009 12:01PM

    I know exactly what you're saying about pushing yourself harder in a class environment. It's so true. Also, I find if I'm working out at home and I do it in front of my boyfriend, I tend to push myself harder to kind of show him how hard I'm working. Haha. You're so close to breaking through the 140s. Just stick with it! You're doing great!

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SEEHOLZ 2/4/2009 9:56AM

    I haven't done a "real" body pump class in a while, but I do "Y-Pump" which is the same concept, but without the set choreography--
I actually took a break from that class ( they only offer it Th and Sun and I got school Th, so I take it Sun) to do my own thing, as I feel like I needed to gain some strength. I do think that it pushes you harder if you don't like to push yourself, but if you push yourself in the weight room, I think you can work out harder there.
BodyPump ( last time I did it last June in Germany) doesn't really address inner/outer thighs much and the lunges, even though good, are very "similar" --- one leg, then the other... sometimes without the weights ( as in step ups).. I think the chest track and squat tracks are pretty darn good.

As with any program, it's very important to change it up to keep your body in top condition-- that's just the way it is. But, if you love it and it gets you results, I say stick with it!

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TMAC10 2/4/2009 6:53AM

    i'm glad you are feeling better after upping your calories! i still have yet to try a bodypump class at my gym. i'd really like to try to add a few and see what all of this hype is all about!

i got your comment on my wall about shopping & then planning...maybe that is why i'm always spending so much money at the grocery store! :) i might TRY again your technique of batch cooking two meals ...

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TRACYZABELLE 2/4/2009 2:00AM

    Wtg sUSAN!

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LILTROUBLE 2/4/2009 12:30AM

    Way to go on your success!! You are doing awesome. Most importantly you are also feeling great.

I can't wait to get back to BP. I do think they do not do a enough of calf raises but you do get calfs with lunges. Also with lat pull down we do a lot in the back track that i know works my lats, don't know what they are called.

Well keep at it.

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SWEATONCEADAY 2/3/2009 10:28PM

    sounds like you are doing great. i haven't done a body pump class in years so i can't really comment. although, much of mtc is high reps and i do love that and it seems to get me better results than traditional weight lifting.

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KJNE8O 2/3/2009 9:44PM

    Not sure what all is done in an official Body Pump class but I do teach and take many Strength Training classes where you work with weights, bands, tubes, etc. and do various strength exercises. Honestly, if it's in an hour and you want to do upper and lower in one class, you just can't get to everything in that time! I find that perhaps you can't work outer thigh, or inner, or calves, or upper and lower back. To do lots of reps and get every muscle worked I feel like I really need 1.5 hours to do a good job.

Guess that's my long winded way of saying that yes - I do think that you need to supplement outside the class. :) But, at the same time I do think that you train harder when you are in a class. There's fun music, other people to have fun with, and an instructor to really push you so you work harder!

I love my Strength Classes - I wish I could 3 a week but the schedule just won't let me. SIGH.

Less than 2 weeks til the beach! Woo Hoo!

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13 days to go.

Monday, February 02, 2009

So hungry. Whether I'm going to be on a beach in 13 days or not, it's time to up my calories a bit. All along I'd had it in the back of my mind that I would be willing to adjust if I couldn't handle the bottom of the range (ie - 1200) anymore. (I lasted a surprisingly long time, considering I typically feel hungry even after I eat 2,200.) I'm going up - I was at 1,411 today and I'm going to try around 1,500 tomorrow.

A student handed me a cupcake for her birthday today. I put it aside until the kids were gone, and then I threw it away. Of course it helped that she had a cold so I imagined all kinds of germs on it..... :) I also refused to let my gaze linger over the leftover muffins etc. that are still in the teachers room from Friday's staff breakfast!

Today was the first day in this challenge that I actually saw a higher weight than the previous day - 141.2. There are such a huge number of variables that go into a person's weight at any given moment though - just try comparing your weight before and after drinking a glass of water! Given what my challenge has been like, I am positive that I lost some fat even when the scale read higher. Plus I wore a pair of pants today that didn't fit last week, and tomorrow I'm wearing my one and only pair of size 2s, and I tried them on already to make sure they'll fit.

After this challenge is over I want to spend some time just eating highly nutritious food until satisfied, without worrying about restriction restriction restriction. It's driving me crazy.

I've been reading/hearing an awful lot lately that suggests that the fewer animal products we eat, the better off we are. I've never been a big meat person, so that's fine by me. In fact last week when my batch meal was minestrone soup, the only non-vegan item I was consuming was yogurt. This week I'm having salmon, but a very small amount. Then again, I'm eating small amounts of EVERYTHING right now.

My complexion has cleared right up, by the way - my skin looks soooo much better when I eat healthy.

  
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KENSINGTONC 2/5/2009 6:36PM

    Sounds like things are going well! Keep it up!!!!!

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RA4945 2/4/2009 9:52AM

    Susan, thank you so much for your encouragement on my blog. I know you understand the struggles and it makes me so happy to read about your success. But I appreciate your honesty in the tough times too. You are so encouraging and motivating because as someone said below, you truly are tough as nails. You NEVER give up and I love that about you, Susan. I have no doubt at all that you will reach your goals. You're just that kind of a girl! So great job on your healthier eating and lower calories. We really can do it. We need to keep believing that and never give up. Thanks again for all of your encouragement! rebecca

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TERRIANGEL 2/3/2009 9:24PM

    Oh, skin l ooks SO much better with healthy eating, doesn't it? I mean, REALLY! Me too!

I really love your batch cooking idea. I just don't know if I could eat the same thing for a whole week. How do you do that?

My new (well, recent - in the last 6 months probably) favorite very low cal, quick dinner is a whole 1/2 a spaghetti squash, covered with canned organic diced tomatos, a slice of vegan cheese ripped up and "melty" in different places in it, with veggie parmesan cheese on top. YUM! But still...couldn't eat it every night for a week. :) :)

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SEEHOLZ 2/3/2009 11:31AM

    Focus on the positive-- size 2 jeans, clear complexion, total control and the beach!
You can do this Susan--- Honeslty, I am beyond impressed! You are a superstar, not even because you are tough as nails, but because you are doing this temporarily and not forever and because you are willing to adjust to make it work!!! As I said--- SUPERSTAR SUSAN!!!!

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MIMISCA 2/3/2009 11:09AM

    i think it's a really great idea after this challenge to go back to simply nutritious foods -unrestricted. also, after being vegan for nearly 6 years, i can tell you that i think there are a lot of benefits to going meat/dairy free - including an improvement in one's complexion.

i hope that upping the calories helps with your hunger a bit. let me know how it goes!

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TMAC10 2/3/2009 11:08AM

    you have such great will power :) i need to take some cues from you & kick it in high gear myself! i also feel that when I'm eating healthier my skin proves it...just one more incentive to do keep everything in check!

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TRACYZABELLE 2/3/2009 1:20AM

    OMG those muffins and donuts and stuff are breeding grounds! Best to avoid them and if it is a fruit basket-- wash it off first!! We don't want you taking illness on vacation!

You are doing so well-- keep focused on the prize!!

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SKYFYRE 2/3/2009 1:18AM

    Interesting about the complextion thing,... I wonder what I'd look like if I halfed my fat intake- animal fat that is!

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BOOTS1221 2/2/2009 9:11PM

    Way to go girl!! You are doing such an amazing job. Your challenge sounds like it's definitely living up to its name, but it will be worth it when you're lounging in that bikini! Upping your calories will be fine, especially if you're upping with healthy foods. I think you're gonna do great, definitely keep us posted on how it's going!!!

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Two Weeks to Go!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Happy February everybody! I was hoping I'd wake up to the 130s today but it wasn't meant to be...140.6. It'll happen soon though. I know this because I am still pushing it like crazy.

Last night my boyfriend's parents came over to his place. They all got takeout from a "soul food" restaurant - mac 'n cheese, blackened chicken with BBQ sauce, corn bread, potato salad, fries.. and they all drank a few glasses of wine/beers. I had homemade (i.e. practically salt-less) minestrone soup, green tea, and a grapefruit for dessert. UGH. The sacrifices I make!!

I burned 1,000 calories on the elliptical today. :) Going to meet up with my mom for a bit now, and then later will pretend to watch the Superbowl with my man (I'm not into football; he played in high school.)

  
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EMILYLYN1 2/2/2009 12:44PM

    haha, yes I watched the Super Bowl with my fiance and his friends and I read my book during the WHOLE game! it was great :)

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SKYFYRE 2/2/2009 12:27AM

    Great burn! You must have been dizzy from all your elyptical pedal strokes! Woohoo! 1000 cals burned!

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MRSTUCKER812 2/1/2009 4:19PM

  Lol, pretend to watch the superbowl! I know how it is when you're not into something (like sports, basketball on TV is like *yawn*). And, I am so proud of you for your dinner decisions last night! I can't imagine how hard that was! I would have fell for the fries. I am like Mrs. Potato Head. So good job! you're only 0.6lbs away from the 130s, I would guess after todays burn you gotta see them by morning! Yay for you. And, of course it's ok if you subscribed to my blog. We are all a team here and I look forward to the support!

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SEEHOLZ 2/1/2009 4:15PM

    You are one determined woman and doing so great! Stay strong!
I am so proud of you!

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MIMISCA 2/1/2009 2:49PM

    wow i am really impressed that you avoided that temptation so well - good job planning it out! have fun watching the superbowl (commercials)!



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TRACYZABELLE 2/1/2009 2:07PM

    WOW soul food is like a drug! COMFORT COMFORT COMFORT! We can not avoid these occasions so as long as we do it in moderation!

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One week down, 15 days to go!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

I'm one third of the way there...just like after Zumba on Saturday mornings when I still have Body Pump and Body Combat left. I can do this!!

I am afraid to announce how much weight I lost this week because I have a feeling someone's gonna call the Department of Weight Roller Coastering and have me locked up... but... here goes...I lost 13.6 pounds this week. I am not saying this to get congratulated either... because the only reason this was possible was because I had gained it that fast, too. It's horrible and probably less healthy than just STAYING fat, but it is now in the past and I can only work on not letting it happen again in the future.

Right now my batch-cooking for the upcoming week is heating up...very healthy...salmon and veggies cooked in olive oil with spices!

Heh, I just broke out the calculator...I lost 8.8 percent of my body weight this week. If I were a contestant on the Biggest Loser I'd be winning right now!

  
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TERRIANGEL 2/1/2009 11:04AM

    Wow! Well, I have to congratulate you on that weight loss!! Wow! Bikini ready in NO time! I know it went on fast, but you still need to take the credit for working hard to get it back off fast. What goes on fast still has the tendency to stay on long-term if you don't do something about getting it off...which clearly you are doing.

So, emoticon on all that hard work! I'm very impressed!

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SKYFYRE 2/1/2009 12:57AM

    Your commitment is unreal!

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TRACYZABELLE 1/31/2009 10:07PM

    Well we know you eliminated a lot of waste and your ankles myst be normal now too! I am glad you feel better!

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ASTARB1 1/31/2009 9:25PM

    Wow! I agree that you were probably retaining water and lost water and some fat - all good! As long as you're feeling good and you don't lose that much weight *every* week - more power to you!

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MRSTUCKER812 1/31/2009 8:28PM

  Well 13.6lbs is awesome. Yes it is a lot and unusual but I am assuming there was some give there with water weight and what. You'd definitely be securing your safety for another week if you were on the BL. Lol. I am sure you know what direction your heading now and you have some yummy healthy foods this week. Good job!

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