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Nachos, garlic fries and hot dogs, oh my!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I survived a harrowing journey through the land of temptation. I spent the afternoon at the ballpark.

The stench of the garlic fries was enough to put me off them, but the mini pizzas smelled heavenly as they walked past me in the hands of skinny people. How do those people eat all that stuff and not gain weight?

Then there were legions of hot dogs with all the trimmings, chicken tenders with dipping sauce, and cheeseburgers.

After prowling the park, dodging the cinnamony churros, luscious ice cream sandwiches, and cotton candy, I found a single stall at the back selling chicken over beans and rice. It even had a vegetable salsa on top. 380 calories!!!

It was tasty, but I still wanted nachos. I made it home and made a healthier batch with better chips and reduced fat cheese.

I'm proud of myself for getting through this, but I think I'll avoid the ballpark in the future. I only have so much willpower.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GRACEISENUF 6/22/2011 7:50PM

    Pure torment.

Way to go on resisting and then making a healthy alternative.

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BUGQUEEN90 6/22/2011 6:57PM

    Wow, you did great!!! I also bow down to you!!!

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NORAHNICK 6/20/2011 2:11PM

    Wow!!!! I bow down to you! No way could I have avoided those temptations. Bravo!!!!!

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/19/2011 12:32AM

    hang in there!

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My reward

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Last month I hit my weight loss goal and earned my reward. Usually my reward is a facial, but this time I decided to get new running shoes. I'd been running in my trail runners that I normally use for hiking. They're comfy but pretty heavy.

I went to a running specialty store and got fitted for running shoes. The fitting process was interesting. After taking a bunch of foot measurements, the guy brought out these very thin simple shoes. He had me jog back and forth across the store in them so he could see my natural stride. Since the shoes gave me no support, he was able to see that my feet tend to roll inward. Based on that, he recommended a pair of shoes with a lot of lateral stability.

I just got the new shoes (had to order as it turns out I need a wider size) and I've now run in them for two days. My feet are very happy. The new shoes have more toe room, and don't bind across the ball of my foot like the old ones. I'm not sure they make me any faster, but they feel great.

I like how my reward turned out. I think I'll dream up a new fitness-related reward for the next time I hit my weight goal. I just need to lose 3 more pounds to make the June goal.

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THE_BLUE_CRAB 6/16/2011 1:48PM

  Way to go!
I need to utilize some sort of reward system myself!

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NORAHNICK 6/15/2011 6:48PM

    That's a great reward and I agree the fitting process was very interesting! Glad you shared it.

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    The feet make all the difference when running. When I first started, a had a toe nail peel off, because of my shoes. Ewww!

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BUGQUEEN90 6/15/2011 9:33AM

    Perfect reward for all of your hard work!! emoticon emoticon

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ECONLADY 6/14/2011 10:13PM

    Thanks for the idea!

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Wow, I used to carry around that much more weight?

Monday, June 13, 2011

At a camping/hiking trip this past weekend, I helped out the group by taking our big 5-gallon water dispenser over to the spigot a hundred feet away and refilling it. Filling it was easy, but it was a real struggle to haul the thing back to our camp with all that water.

My husband did the math and figured out the the nearly full 5-gallon container weighed about 37 pounds. Coincidentally, that's how much weight I've lost since joining SparkPeople.

To think that the heavy weight I struggled to carry at the campground was the same as the weight I'd been lugging around for the past years on my body!

Now I want to go out and lose another 37 pounds. Think how light I'll feel then!

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NORAHNICK 6/14/2011 1:17PM

    37lbs!!!!! Awesome! And that is freaky to experience the weight
loss like that, in the form of a water dispenser or a box of bricks, etc. etc.

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BUGQUEEN90 6/14/2011 12:29AM

    That is funny how the water turned out to be the amount of weight that you lost! It's the perfect way to measure your progress!

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    Wow - great illustration. I hefted 35 pound containers of cat litter today - ouch, and I've lost over 120 (it was 125, but, well ...) I don't think I can even lift 125 pounds without help.

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LHLADY517 6/13/2011 6:13PM

    Amazing, isn't it?!!!

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FITFABJENN 6/13/2011 3:19PM

    I love the water container analogy. You've inspired me to go out and find something that weighs the equivalence of my lost to date and try to lug that for a while. I've lost about 1.7 times my son's weight, and he is hard to carry for more than a few minutes. Wow, congratulations for dropping 37 pounds!

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    What great incentive to keep going, and an incredible reality check. Look at what you've accomplished in this short time. Fantastic job!

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BIZZMOM1984 6/13/2011 2:39PM

    What a wonderful thought!!! It always helps to be able to visualize what came off of you! I can't wait to try that out... I'll be able to do it with my children!!! hahaha

I'm really happy for you, and can't wait to see when you lose another 37 lbs!!

Good for you!

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My latest workout trick

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I've been doing interval workouts based loosely on the C25K plan. I'd worked my way up to 3.5 minutes jogging and 1.5 minutes walking. But I found myself barely moving on the jogging portion. Just trying to eke it out until the timer went off. Naturally, this wasn't helping my fitness much.

I tried a new approach last week. I jog until my heart rate hits 160. Then I walk until it drops below 142. Right now this means I start out with 4 minute jogs and 1 minute walks. As I get more tired later in the workout, it works out to more like 2 minute jogs and 30 second walks.

But here's the interesting part. I work a lot harder and burn about 20% more calories. Why? Because I trick myself into working harder.

During the jogging part, all I can think about how much I don't like jogging and how much I want to get back to walking again. The only way to do that is to push up my heart rate to 160 as fast as possible. So I jog faster. Dare I say run?

Then, when I hit 160, I get to walk, which I like more than jogging. So I walk as fast as I can to keep my heart rate above 142 as long as possible so I won't have to start jogging again.

So I'm pushing myself hard both at jogging and the walking. No wonder I burn more calories. And I go a longer distance for the same timed workout (usually 30 minutes).

It's a tough workout, but I can tell it's paying off. I'm able to jog longer and longer. On Saturday I jogged a mile for the first time in about 20 years.

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BIZZMOM1984 6/10/2011 1:26PM

    wow!!! Such a wonderful idea! It's fun when you can trick your brain a little like that! 20% is a really big improvement, so keep it up!!!!

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GRACEISENUF 6/7/2011 1:55PM

    emoticon you are making great progress.

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NETTIEDEE 6/7/2011 10:28AM

    Wow, you're doing great!

This month I started doing IT 2 times per week as I walk: 3:1 ratio, 2mph slow, 2.5 mph fast. I also added 1 distance day a week. Nowhere near jogging but I'm really enjoying the challenge. I can see a def. increase in my fitness level already, and my legs continue to get stronger.

My next fitness purchase will be a heart rate monitor, Are you happy with yours?

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BUGQUEEN90 6/7/2011 12:40AM

    This does sound like a good and interesting plan. I'm also trying jogging, and I've reached a point that I'm having trouble getting past (1.25 miles). Maybe your idea will work for me too... Thank you!

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WEEZYB7881 6/7/2011 12:13AM

    great plan and customizing your workouts to your nees. well done.

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DWROBERGE 6/7/2011 12:08AM

    Keep focused for success. You can do it. Go for it.

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What to do on a rainy weekend?

Friday, June 03, 2011

We searched for anywhere within 200 miles where we could find some sun this weekend. No luck.

So, how to be active this weekend?

Option 1: go for a hike anyways. Our club has a hike that's mostly in the woods, so maybe it wouldn't be too soggy
Option 2: do a workout video and stay in
Option 3: watch the clouds carefully and go for a quick run between showers
Option 4: go to the gym

I went for a run in the rain -- ended up soggy but it was a good workout.
The next day I decided to do the hike. To our great surprise it never rained.

I'm leaning toward options 1 and/or 3

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NORAHNICK 6/9/2011 4:32PM

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GRACEISENUF 6/7/2011 1:56PM

    Glad you had a good hike and no rain. It was a crappy weekend here too.

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NETTIEDEE 6/4/2011 1:27PM

    Oh boy, and today's raining even harder! Hope you have an active weekend nonetheless.

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BUGQUEEN90 6/4/2011 11:37AM

    Hmmm, I would chose option 4, but whatever you do, you are doing a great thing by still being active this weekend! emoticon

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JMGLEN62 6/3/2011 9:29PM

    I wish I could send some SoCal sunshine. We're looking at high 80s to low 90s this weekend.

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DUSTYGIRL25 6/3/2011 1:06PM

    Your ideas sound better than mine. My hubby and I are heading up to north to move items from our rental home before it is sold. Not a fun weekend for moving. I would rather go with any of the items on your list.

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