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Friday, May 11, 2012

So this week is almost over thank god. I've slacked off at work. I'll admit it. I was in a pre-birthday blues earlier in the week, then I just felt like not really doing anything yesterday since it was my b-day. So now I feel like I have to step it up!

My friends ended up taking me out to lunch yesterday which was great. The weather was perfect, so I decided I would like to take a 30 minute walk to the restaurant. So 15 minutes from my building in BFE to meet the girls on the main campus, then 15 minutes to the restaurant. I figured walking in the sunshine for an hour is a better workout than not doing anything at all. So I had a two hour lunch break... and then basically went back to work for a bit before just peacing out and I spent the afternoon in my hammock with a book and my cell phone texting people.

I also did a surprising amount of cooking for myself on my b-day. I splurged with white chocolate chip blueberry pancakes... bleh... too much sugar! I ended up throwing most of them away. Then for dinner I did grilled porkchops -- yum! All of this was done alone, so whatever. I'm 27 -- I don't need someone to wait on me hand and foot on my birthday.

I'll see my parents this weekend at my sister's house for mother's day/sorta late b-day stuff. Anyway -- that's it for now. I'm trying to get back on the calorie wagon since I fell of on Wednesday. I definitely binged a bit (on crackers and blackberries and other stuff -- Sam's didn't have strawberries that weren't moldy! WTF?) But to compensate I spent 80 minutes on my treadmill that night. Sorta felt like puking from the excess calories and the workout combined (definitely not healthy!) -- so moderation is my game again.

The girls are taking me out tonight to a new ShotBar. I have a feeling I may be intoxicated soon... Hopefully nothing too crazy will happen!

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ALPINESALLIE 5/11/2012 3:41PM

    Welcome to 27-hood darling! I hope you have an amazing birthday and treat yourself! Great job walking places too! I watched a story on the today show that said something like 2/3rds of Americans don't walk anywhere, and so they are associating this with heart disease and things...
You keep up the good work darling! You are so awesome!

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TREP13 5/11/2012 3:28PM

    Happy birthday friend!!! I hope you enjoy celebrating with your friends tonight and family this weekend! You deserve it. :)

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SUSIEGKORN 5/11/2012 1:59PM

    Sounds like you have LOTS of birthday celebrations! You are one blessed young woman! Happy 27th birthday! The lunch and walking and cooking .......... all good! Have fun tonight and enjoy your weekend with your family!

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What did I do?

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Ouch. Obliques! I did my standing side crunches with 10# weights last night. And they were easy... so I kept going... and today *gasp* Ouch! So its my fault, but who knew how much you use your obliques? I guess I've never really worked them out before starting the Bob Harper DVDs. Between that and weighed front deadlifts my back is a little sore today. I think I'll just stick to cardio on the treadmill tonight and let my core heal a bit longer.

I'm in a pretty blah mood right now as well. I'm kind of off my game today for some reason. Honestly I just need to snap out of it. I'm thinking of binging -- and I know its my own damn fault for not packing a good lunch today. It's also probably because tomorrow is my birthday. I'll be 27... And I don't have any plans. Since its Thursday, my friends are all taking me out on Friday instead. Also my mom was going to come down, but we're having a mother's day thing in Hermann, MO on Sunday so she can't really afford the gas to make 2, 2 hour trips in the same week. And that's okay, because my mom brings her own amount of stress with her. But still. For some reason eating an entire bag of Doritos sounds logical. Which would mean I would have to go buy some... which I am trying to avoid. In all honesty I should just go to Schnucks and buy a bunch of fruit... But I need to hit up Sam's and that whole store is full of oversize portions of stuff I do not need to buy. Maybe I'll go and get a chicken though for a late lunch. I know my puppies would love that idea!

Okay, bitchin' over.

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KLONG8 5/9/2012 11:22PM

    Happy 27th! Hmmmm...birthdays in the middle of the week often times are let downs. Your celebration comes on Friday so I like Livin_The_Life's idea - maybe a pedi for yourself? A massage? Maybe stop in your favorite shop and indulge yourself with a trinket? Or a bubble bath? Then Friday will be here and you'll be with friends who are ready to celebrate with you.

So have a great birthday and let those obliques heal!

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WILDBEANERZ 5/9/2012 2:28PM

    Ouch on the obliques!

I hope you find a way to spend the evening for your birthday that doesn't involve indulging in stuff that will make you feel bad. Maybe figure up how much it would cost to fill that craving and spend that much money on a new top or get your nails done? I'm glad you have friends that will be taking you out on Friday and you need to save up that calorie surplus for that night and Mother's Day too. Good luck! and Happy Birthday!! emoticon

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LIVIN_THE_LIFE 5/9/2012 1:56PM

    First of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Secondly, I can tell that you know that binging won't help anything, but it still sucks to have nothing to do on your bday. Maybe you can find a way to treat yourself, like get a pedicure or something like that. So you can celebrate until you get to get to the REAL celebrations!

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What a good start to the week!

Monday, May 07, 2012

So I'm in a super mood. I've been doing Bob Harper DVD workouts--and sweating/shaking/almost dying/in pain--and my treadmill cardio so I was hoping for a weight loss.

Hoping. I went out three days in a row. Free drinks on the 3rd at a grad school thing.

Then on Friday we went out for drinks (I had a cupcake, but once I ordered a drink with cream and thought about it -- I gave it to one of my friends), then I saw the Avengers and had movie theatre popcorn *gasp* (but I had worked out earlier in the day and was about broke even or a little over for the day).

Then on Cinco de Mayo we went out to a Mexican place. I had 2 margaritas, beany-cheese dip and chips, and grilled chicken nachos. OMG real food. Bad food. Delicious food! Sorry I don't eat cheese that often so this was a real splurge for me.

So even though I have worked out for the last six days straight, I was worried. This morning though -- -1#! Woo hoo! Hard work and muscle building was working. I think I'm going to go with this approach this week: Work out Hard! Drink a ton of water! Eat protein and fresh fruits and veggies! and most importantly Don't freak out! I'm going to semi-count calories. I think that the 1200-1500 calorie range isn't enough for my body. When I was staying in that range and working out, I just wasn't losing, but upping it to 1600-1800 seems to be doing the trick.

The other reason I'm in a great mood... I've got an MD-PhD texting me constantly and he's super cute ;-)

My birthday is Thursday so I might go to the mall and shop for some new stuff with the birthday check from my grandma. All in all what a great Monday!

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FINDING_MELISSA 5/8/2012 12:26PM

    It is a great way to start the week! Awesome!!!!!!!!!

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SUSIEGKORN 5/8/2012 10:01AM

    Oh Sara ~ that all sounds great! You've figured out how to balance all that you've got going! I love that! Way to go on the hard-core workouts! Keep us posted on the cutie that is texting you:) Keep on having fun as you are working so hard on your healthy self!

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TALVARADO6 5/7/2012 5:25PM

    Great job! It's definitely good to have extra calories when you are working hard so that your body doesn't think you're dying and store them up!

Good luck with the guy ;)

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I should be writing a paper and not a blog...

Thursday, May 03, 2012

I should be writing a paper and not a blog...

I have to work on the review article, I will work on the review article, I will get off Spark and work on the review article... in a bit. Oh and the other paper we're going to try and get done in three weeks. I did say I work better under pressure right? I may even *gasp* work on it over the weekend! But for now I'll just blog.

I started going to sleep earlier in the night. I'm aiming for 10-10:30 instead of 11-11:30. I thought this meant I would get up and attam in the morning, but no... I just sleep more. Or not according to my BodyMedia Fit armband. When it does stay in place during the night, I apparently still am only really sleeping, sleeping 3-4 hours out of 7-9 hours of laying down. I dunno what else to do, and I'm not over tired during the day, so for now I'm going to ignore it.

I slept in this morning, ate a tiny breakfast, and then did Bob Harper's Totally Ripped Core workout. I almost made it though all of the exercises (excuse me, SIDE burpees?! and roll-outs!?! -- yea I'm working on those) but I managed to physically watch and attempt everything until the sweat poured off me and my legs and abs and back and arm muscles (aka--everything) were shaking. I thought I had a good core, but I have core muscles now that are so sore and I didn't even know they existed! This was out of my routine (working out in the morning), as I usually work out at night. Tonight though I plan on going out to a graduate school freeze booze and food party. I'm trying to socialize with other grad students (aka--find a man, haha), and I've got two friends who are going to go with me.

So that's it. I need to get back to working, but I just felt like blogging. I'm sure I'm not going to be able to walk tomorrow.

Also random thought -- do you think you burn more calories walking around in heels? I think so!

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    I've been staying up until the wee hours of the morning lately, which is why *I* haven't been getting any sleep. I am positively exhausted today! Definitely no energy to train, so it's great that you got some workout in!

And yes. I think we should petition Spark to add 'Walking: In heels' to the exercise list!

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TALVARADO6 5/3/2012 3:26PM

    Sounds like a good workout! It's great to give your body a challenge like that.

And, yes, I think you do burn more calories walking in heels, it's so much harder!!

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Woo hoo -- no boss for a month!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

So my boss just took a month off. No reason. He's going to a meeting in Europe for 2 days... but then staying for another 3 weeks... so yay! Lab party.

Which basically means I need to kick my own butt and stay motivated. He asked me yesterday to write a review paper, so I've got 26 days to get it whipped up into shape. Then I'll just use it as one of the chapters in my thesis so two birds + one stone.

Not having him here has greatly reduced my stress levels. Plus I've been sleeping in, eating healthy again, and working out. And you know what -- I feel great! I was kind of surprised at the turn my mood took once I ate healthy and worked out. I was kind of mopey, and felt like crap -- but the good food and exercise endorphins have turned that around.

And the weather! Its fantastic outside. I love summer/being warm, so the turn from 50/60s to 70/80s has been great -- and perfect hammock weather. So between my hammock therapy and diet/exercise I feel as good as I did last month.

And now the annoying news: I only lost 2 pounds in April. Admittedly I didn't watch my food, binged a bit, went on a 2 week business trip/vacation, and went through an emotional roller coaster. So all in all, trying to eat smart and walk/exercise a bit kept me from backsliding. I won't reach my birthday goal of 176 in a week and a half... but I've switched it to the 4th of July. I think that's pretty reasonable. Freedom from obesity!


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