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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Man. I can't believe it has been a whole month and a half since I have blogged. Crazy.

So first it was dead week (the week before finals when my teachers are supposed to take it easier on us ... yeah, not so much). Well, I was going to bed decently late, but still managed to eat ok and get all my workouts in (not with my trainer though since he was swamped with school stuff too).

Then came finals. I was up late every night horribly long trying to finish studying for my finals. I only got to the gym one day (while studying flash cards on the elliptical), but still managed to eat ok.

Then Thursday hit. I was so dead tired from sleep deprivation. There was a After Finals Party (so I was drinking from 4pm-2am). Followed by my never going to the gym to workout. Followed by a whole week of barely there gym going (was pretty halfhearted if I went at all), not eating good and sleeping until 11 (well more accurately, sleeping until 8am but laying in bed till 11 or noon simply because I could).

So my Monday morning weigh in for my friendly challenge was at 265.4 ( on 5/6 it was 259.8). So I decided I had to replan. I could not spend my summer gaining weight. No way. That was not part of the plan.

So I made a menu, filled my fridge with healthy foods and planned my fitness for the week (I will be doing my fitness weekly now because of how my jobs change a lot). Sadly, I work nights which is when most of the fitness classes are. So I started going to some morning ones at my other gym (although they aren't as intense as I am used to), but it means I really have to step up my cardio by myself.

I hadn't met with my trainer for like 4 weeks, but I am happy to report we had a great legs session this morning. I am also happy to say I have worked out every day this week so far. And the morning workouts are helping me get out of bed (granted after I work out I still don't do much...). And I have a riding lesson tomorrow that I am really excited for since it has been a while since I rode.

I really don't have a lot to say, but thought I should check in. And check out this healthy lunch I made earlier (spinach stuffed chicken and an apple).

And yesterday I made baked tilapia and baked zucchini fries. So yummy!

Hope you all are well. I have lurking for a while but not saying much of my own.

Next week, I'll be tracking via my phone since I will be out of town visiting eastern Iowa and Chicago with my friend (and helping her mom move!)

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CARYNV07 5/23/2013 11:25PM

    That's great! Good work getting back into it. I did a whole lot of nothing after finals week and though I knew I needed to be working out, it felt so good to just lay around after a brutal semester.

How did you make your cucumber fries?

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/23/2013 7:20PM

    First, the lunch looks yummy!
AND, then ... way to sit up and take notice and then get back to it. :)
Enjoy that riding lesson

Now what's this about back cucumber fries? I must learn more about this. Shot me a message or write a note on my page - when you have a minute.

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CTUPTON 5/23/2013 6:07PM


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The Terrible-Horrible-No Good-Very Bad week never met Me!!

Monday, April 08, 2013

That's right. Despite the two tests, four quizzes, group presentation, on-call schedules, work, trying to fit in fitness, tutoring, other random meetings, crunch time on my race prep (oh yeah, I am a coordinator of a 5K/10K/walk) and countless other things that I have likely forgotten...
I am gonna conquer this week.

I think I did well on my test today. I am buckling down for a long week of studying for my suuuuuper hard test on Thursday.

I didn't make good food choices for breakfast (I forget how many calories are in those stupid blueberry muffins and fancy coffee!) or lunch (I should have just had two pieces of pizza). But I had a healthy dinner.

After spin class (Killed it!!) I went grocery shopping and loaded up on healthy foods (strawberries, angel food cake, asparagus, mushrooms, salad, chicken for said salad, turkey bacon, eggs, apples, etc. etc.). I even got some not bad sweet alternatives. I can't seem to cut my sweet tooth completely (I loooove chocolate) so I am going to work around it. Tonight I made an angel food cake (angel cake ring, fat free cool whip and strawberries --> cut into 8 pieces --> around 100 cals) and plan on making some graham cracker sandwhiches (I will calculate out the cals tomorrow when I actually make it but 1 tbsp whipped choc frosting on a half of graham cracker and freeze!)

I lost a whole pound this week!

I have super awesome weekend plans! My friend is getting married this summer so we are throwing her a wedding shower Friday. I have to work so I wont be going to dinner but I will probably drink some. And Saturday is the annual Testicle Festival. IE - tons of beer. And ag olympics. And fun. My plan is to be diligent the rest of the week. And while drinking make sure to alternate with some waters (like every 2-3 beer or so??).

I think that is it so far. I was just feeling good and thought I'd share :)

Also for what it is worth, I am going to try to start working out more on the weekends.

I realized I am really workout heavy M/T, but should be doning more on F/S. Also, realllly going to concentrate on my intake this week!

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CJPROVAN 4/9/2013 1:32PM

    You are fantastic! What a great inspiration to the rest of us!

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CARYNV07 4/9/2013 8:42AM

    Get it, girl! You show this week who's boss. It seems like you have a good plan for getting through the week. I also have a bear of a week coming for me - I hope I can handle it as well as you do!

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    Just wanted to say good luck on studying and keep up the good work! emoticon

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LALMEIDA 4/8/2013 11:25PM

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Strength Train Thoughts for the Day

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I am bad at kettle-bells. It is true. Tried. Couldn't figure it out. For some reason my back was more involved than in should have been. My hips weren't exploding right. Something. So we did like 5 and we decided to come back to it since I was having some sort of issue. I have been watching some videos and think that maybe I was too low (more in squat position) and therefore wasn't really bending at the hip. So I am looking forward to tackling this again maybe next week (although rumor has it, we may be in the pool).

Did some sweet wall throws today. Ouch. And some even sweet throw-down (really great for releasing pent up frustration, although I tend to throw not directly down and thus have to chase my 12 pound medicine ball through the gym a bit...whoops)

Worst part about today: I have a nasty little negative birdie in my ear.

The little birdie says, "strength training may make you look better, but you're still gonna weight 267 lbs. Yeah you may lose inches, but you will always weigh a lot. How do you think that is going to feel?" "Are you sure you're eating right? Jeeeez, you know you weigh more than your own dad right? Like by 7 whole pounds. Embarassing"

I started panicking. You are right little bird. I know that the number isn't important in the long run, but yeah, I don't want to weigh 267 forever. I don't want to weigh more than my dad. I get that I'll look good, but I will still have to tell people that the weight on my license is true. What if I never lose weight and only gain muscle? How am I supposed to know what is right? ahhhhh... *mind explode*

So I am currently sitting here, trying to NOT look up every fitness article in the world (since a) everyone will have a different opinion, and b) everyone's opinion conflicts with one another) and trying to make that nasty bird go away.

But seriously. Any of you in that boat? I mean I want to look good. And be healthy and that is what is important? But how feasible is it to lose weight while strength training (keep in mind I do like 1 hardcore strength day a week, mayyyybe two)? I know a lot of people move to strength training after they've lost weight or hit a plateau.

Conflicted today. Probably because it's basically Wednesday. Which is obviously the worse day of the week. And to add stress to my life: two tests next week, trying to set up externships for next year competing among elite equine folk when my medicine experience is much less than theirs, still don't have a place to live next fall, my laundry is piling up and my 5K co-chair refuses to email me back.


EDIT - I would like to edit this post to say, I am not planning on quitting my ST (I really do love it! And love how it will change my body. And love that my body will consume more calories by existing. And I will be a beastly machine), just you know, expressing some errant negative thoughts floating around in my head.

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ALICIALYNNE 4/3/2013 9:46AM

    From your edit, you already darn well know that you will lose weight while strength training. Heck, many people I know didn't lose weight until they started focusing on ST. There have been plenty of studies showing that cardio doesn't matter nearly as much for losing weight as people believed, and that it is almost all diet. Strength training builds up those lovely muscles, which burn calories at a faster rate than fat does. So with a well balanced program, you're getting rid of the fat, building muscle to help torch calories, and having a balanced diet to give you proper nutrients and reduce caloric intake.
Also, as a woman, you would have to be doing MAJOR strength work in order to build up enough muscle for your weight to go up.

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SUZEMARIE73 4/3/2013 9:46AM

    Strength training will actually ensure that more of the weight you lose is fat and not muscle because you'll be toning and holding on to the muscle that you have and putting it to work. Strength training is a very important part of losing both actually pounds AND inches. Keep it up!

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CJPROVAN 4/3/2013 9:32AM

    Strength training helps to create muscle that will burn calories around the clock! So it is importnat to keep it up! I think its more important to do a well rounded routine becuase it will be more beneficial in the long run.

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CARYNV07 4/3/2013 9:11AM

    Girl, I've been thinking the same things lately. My boot camp is WAAAAY more strength training heavy than my old fitness routine was (in that, it includes it) and I'm really struggling. Not with the lifting part of it. I've always really enjoyed lifting and doing strength stuff because it makes me feel like a sexy beast. But I'm struggling with the fact that I'm not really seeing a loss on the scale. I feel like I should be because I'm doing so much, but it's so hard to not get discouraged when you're putting in so much work and not seeing the changes you want to see. For me, I feel like the physical changes during strength training - looking better, losing inches etc. - take longer to see than a number on the scale going down.

I LOVE that my trainer has been doing body fat percentage because then she can calculate just how much fat I lost and muscle I gained. But it's still hard. I've always weighed more than I actually look because of my height, so it's hard for me to accept that if I continue strength training (which I will) I'm going to weigh even more than I look.

Alright, now I'm rambling. Sorry that's probably not helpful, but I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling this way!

Oh! Also, I was really bad at kettle bells the first few times I did them, too. But at one point it just kind of clicked for me. So hang in there - you'll get it!

Comment edited on: 4/3/2013 9:12:27 AM

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    I started with lifting. Then added boootcamps and HIIT classes. After first losing about 25 lbs by healthy eating. Muscles apparently burn calories. But really? They make us look thinner than if we didn't lift. So DO IT!!

P.S. It is very feasible to lose weight while strength training. I'm closing in on 100 lbs lost, and I've been strength training (as well as cardio). Of course, the eating is where it's at with weight-loss. However, like I said already, I'd prefer to look as toned as I can, and weights will do that.

Keep it up!

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JIBBIE49 4/3/2013 12:16AM


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I hate April Fool's Day!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

... for real. I am super gullible. And it is a rough, tricky world out there.


So my dad and a few of his friends are in a weight loss challenge and I decided to join to. The rules are we contribute 5$/week to a pot. And we weigh in on Mondays. The goal is to be the first person to lose 10% of their body weight.

My start:

My goal will be
240.3, but we playing with round down for goal rules so 240 it is!

I feel this will give me some extra motivation. Sometimes it is easier doing it with people you know (not that you aren't all wonderful!), but there is an added motivation factor because I actually know these people. And I am competitive. And I like money. Haha.

My goal for April is to be super diligent about my intake. I am paying for a personal trainer. I really want to see it pay off. I took measurements and photos today and will update at the end of the month.

Look at this healthy dinner I ate.

I ended up being over for the day, but that is still a wicked healthy dinner!

Spun today. Hopefully with train tomorrow with Jeff. Haven't really decided on the rest of the week. Maybe try for a run on Thursday after rounds. I am going on a walk on Friday with my friend's dogs since it is supposed to be 61 degrees!! WOOOOO!!!!.

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ALICIALYNNE 4/2/2013 1:37PM

    I'm super gullible as well. Luckily no one around here does anything for April Fool's.

What are the round things on your plate?

Good luck on your challenge!

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CJPROVAN 4/2/2013 10:36AM

    I hate April Fool's too! I am so gullible sometimes! But happily no pranks on me this year!
Your dinner does look delicious! Good work! Keep it up!

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MISCHIEFBOI 4/2/2013 3:28AM

    emoticon I love April First. I get to act like I do the rest of the year. Only, I don't get introuble much for it. emoticon

GOOD LUCK to YOU. We'll be cheering you on emoticon emoticon

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ALICIA214 4/2/2013 12:18AM

I will keep my fingers crossed for you that you win the pot.

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K1TT3N 4/2/2013 12:18AM

    wooohoooo good luck on the challenge

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Victory Lap

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Gah. Worked out Monday. Did some heavier leg stuff, so I knew the soreness would be coming. My school does this volunteer program in the spring for students to get more hands-on-live-animal experience that we wouldn't really get in our curriculum. We have students assigned to three shifts (5-10p, 10-3a, 3a-7:30a) in the foal ICU (yayyy horsey babies!!). Well this week is a busy week. I was called in for my first shift of the year this morning.

So this girl was up at 2:25 and at school by three. My partner Paul and I milked mares, fed babies, changed bandages and hung out together for 5 hours in the early, early AM. It was pretty enjoyable. As soon as we were done with hourly patients, it was time to start our next hourlies. So we didn't have any down time to speak of.

So to put this in perspective. Now it is 9am, I am tired, sore from my workout, and kind of sore from wrestling foals. I decided I wanted a crappy breakfast. Because if I couldn't have sleep. I could have donuts. I had a super large coffee, an apple fritter and a danish. I fell asleep in my first class. Made it through the rest. Felt sick around noon because the only thing I had to eat was sugar and caffeine. Ate some real food. Got tired. Contemplated skipping my afternoon class and spinning. Ended up getting sucked into a convo with an old friend and stayed at school so went to my class. And since my gym bag was in the car. I sucked it up and drug my tired, semi-nausea, complaining a$$ to the gym.

Oh god. It was horrible. Now I don't know if it was because I was still semi-sore from Jeff, because I was tired or because Wednesdays are more intense, but that. class. killed.

Obviously I feel good that I finished. I wanted to quit so bad. My glutes aches. My quads hurt. And I am pretty sure at one point I was crying a little bit (although you would not have known that with all the sweat running down my forehead). Seriously. You know you are too tired/sore/worked out hard when walking to your car from the gym seems like another workout (I walked suuuuper slow) and driving and going up to my apartment seemed like chores that were better not tackled until 7 minutes after sitting in my car.

I drank my water. Ate a fairly healthy dinner. Managed to be under 2000 calories for the day (what what!!) and am off to take an epsom bath and relax in my tub. I am going straight to bed after that. No homework for this girl tonight. No effin way.

I punched right through that wall. THIS girl is taking her victory lap with hands held up up up so high!

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CJPROVAN 4/1/2013 9:30AM

    Great job! What a busy day and you did so well!

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SUZEMARIE73 3/28/2013 11:06AM

    Now THAT is what you call commitment. Way to go! Keep it up!

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CARYNV07 3/28/2013 9:41AM

    That's amazing, girl! Good work pushing through and going anyway. You punched through that wall. That's all you can do - it may not always be pretty, but you persevered and you did it! Good work!

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ALICIALYNNE 3/28/2013 9:31AM

    Also - whoever invented epsom salts deserves some kind of Nobel prize.

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ALICIALYNNE 3/28/2013 9:31AM

    WOOOHOOO GIRL! Good job on dragging your tired, achy self to the gym, and for also having a good dinner and staying in range. Heck yeah!

That first motivational image is absolutely perfect.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 3/27/2013 10:57PM

    YES! YES! YES! You did punch right through that wall.
I was hoping by the end of the blog you'd mention taking an epsom bath. As you know that helps in a lot of ways.
You must feel amazing ... sore! ... but amazing.

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