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Monday, August 22, 2011

I did nothing this weekend. It was preeetty nice. Not that I won't be rushing today to try and mow my lawn, clean the kitchen, and fit in a workout (does yardwork count as cardio?). I was going to not do cardio on Sat, and went back to my old routine of core exercises. Sunday my legs were a bit twitchy, so I upped my vitamins and had a few bananas, and decided to skip the treadmill again. So today I was prepared for the scale not to have moved much, but it did go down 2 lbs. Progress -- I guess I don't have to kill myself trying to get cardio workouts in as long as I watch my food.

Last week, I went to run my food entry for the day and the website actually popped up and basically gave me a "seirously? that's all you ate today?" message. I've only been doing this for 2 weeks on Spark, so I was a litlte suprised that although I had lost 40 lbs since March and I thought I was being healthy, Spark thought I needed to be eating more (esp. more protein). I had kind of switched to lots of fruits and veggies, so now I'm consciously trying to eat more protein. But honestly you can only eat so many egg whites a week...

Today I'm headed to Target to try and get one of the mini-George Foreman grills (in pink!) and then run by HyVee for some chicken -- and I'm going to try to cook dinner at least 3 times this week with a protein (other than eggs).

Not much else is new -- the undergrads all started classes again so I had to play Frogger on the way to work with everyone crossing the road at random places. My stress level is pretty low considering my weekend off.. Today. I've been listening to the Muppet's Green Album on NPR and doing minimal work considering the undergrads have yet again crashed the University wireless servers. I'm just bumming around the website for a bit, and noticed I hadn't written anything for a few days.


Oh no... the undergrads are invading!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I am going to miss living in a college town... now that the undergrads are back -- all 30,000 of them! The blissful summers of doing whatever you wanted downtown, freely available parking, and idiots not crossing the road everywhere except the crosswalks are gone.

But also this week the new graduate students joined the department, which means a week of welcome activities and eating out. Yesterday was the first day we had dinner plans with the newbies. I tried the trick of eating a snack before you go out, and it stopped me from getting an appetizer so that's good. I consciously ate less carbs and more protein/low calorie foods for breakfast and lunch so I was around my calorie goal for the day.

Now day 2--tonight I'm meeting friends for a birthday dinner/drinks at the best pizza place in town. I don't know if my mind is tricking me, but I had a small breakfast and a small lunch. I wasn't super hungry and now I don't know if I am really not hungry or if I'm eating lower calories this morning since I'll be having pizza later. No drinks though, one good thing about not being able to drink (thanks to my genome), is that I'm not filling up on empty calories boozing. Socially its a little awkward, but people have come to realize I really don't drink. I guess I need to go to an AA meeting and pick up a fellow tea-tottler...

And then tomorrow is the Department's fall picnic. I'm bringing cookies, since I'm apparently known for making really good cookies. Trouble is--I quit baking. I quit bringing food into meeting and presentations b/c I end up eating it. I did crumble on Monday though and made banana bread since my bananas were going bad and my boss is happier if you feed him and I didn't exactly do what he asked me to over the weekend... Anyway. I'm going to make cookies and only eat a few of them to see if they are any good... then no more. And def. snacking before I go to the pizza joint tonight.

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    Ugh. Social situations are hard, aren't they? Especially if you make the best cookies in the whole freakin' college town! (I love cookies. And ice cream. And most things with chocolate.) But it sounds like you were making adjustments ahead of time before hitting the pizza parlor -- aweseome! Great work!

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CHANGINGSAM 8/17/2011 3:45PM

    Way to go in regards to the other night! You have to start somewhere and not eating an appetizer is a start! Good luck with tonight. Just try to make the best choices you can! Have fun too!

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Hells Yeah I Just Fit Into Size 14 Jeans!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hells Yeah I Just Fit Into Size 14 Jeans!

I bought these jeans a few weeks ago since they were on sale, and i was hoping... the 16s I got a little over a month ago were starting to really feel loose after a day or two of wearing them, so I just thought--hmm... I wonder... and they fit! Maybe 3 or 4 lbs more and they'll fit perfectly, but they are up--they are zipped--and I just found my motivation to go run a few miles on the treadmill! emoticon

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KAYPRIME 8/15/2011 9:15PM

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AMSTER08 8/15/2011 8:23PM


I just recently got into this size again too, don't you love it?!

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DOGMOMMY 8/15/2011 7:46PM

    way to go!!!! what a great feeling!

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SHARIJERRY 8/15/2011 7:33PM

  Awesome! Great job!

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Hello cauliflower, nice to see you again

Monday, August 15, 2011

So I'm trying to switch back into gear and actually eat all of the veggies I bought last week. I realized 2 things this weekend. 1) My sister Beth is not a good person to have stay at your house; she kept wanting to go out to eat and got popcorn at the movie even though I was going to skip it... ugh. and 2) pulling weeds for an hour is a major quad workout. I'm still sore today.

I've been trying to stretch out my quads and other muscles but they are SORE. I didn't realize all of the work I was doing pulling 3-20 gallon trash bags full of weeds... which then gave me a reaction migraine since I'm basically allergic to everything right now. So even though saturday started strong, it ended pretty miserable.

Sunday was better--once Beth got her crabby butt out of my house I was back on track for healthy eating, and core exercises.

So today, heading to the store to stock up on healthy food, and now trying to find a way to eat more protein since Spark is telling me I am not getting near enough.

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ANGIEN9 8/15/2011 6:09PM

    Sorry you got a migraine! It will be good to eat more veggies and protein. Good luck on your journey!! Angie emoticon

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Much better today

Saturday, August 13, 2011

So I did end up going to Red Lobster with my sister who came in to visit. And while the biscuits and salad were good, the fried shrimp I got were not good. I think my palate is starting to reject greasy food my head knows are bad. And now I think I won't be craving Red Lobster for a loooong time. 150 calories per biscuit. Yikes!

So today (while my sister is STILL sleeping) I have already run 3 miles on the treadmill, drank six glasses of water, and done stretching and some core exercises. I'm over my pity party--and I am back on track. Whenever my sister gets up we're going to scrapbook her wedding, and no more eating out this weekend. I have tons of stuff to grill since its nice out and I'm not going to let her drag me into another restaurant.

Here's to a better weekend.


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