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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

This eating and exercise balance is a little difficult. Let me explain... I changed my fitness goals to match what I am currently doing (kickboxing, body sculpting, daily jogging/walking) - so that means my calorie intake is higher. I finally figured out that I was not consuming enough calories to support all the exercise. So I had to make an adjustment, which means eating more.

I have been eating around 1200 calories for the past two years. An old habit is hard to break, especially since my body is so used to it. Now my body needs 1550 calories a day - it's hard to change my mindset - I ask myself over and over: Should I really be eating this much? How can I? Am I going to gain weight from this? do I really believe eating more is the answer?

It's really messing with my mind, I just can't imagine having to eat this much, but SP hasn't been wrong about anything - so I take the information on this website as "gospel" and follow it to a T - because I know it does work.

Seems like I am constantly eating to try to get in enough calories - I snack all day long in between meals, I'm eating nutrious meals and I am still having a hard time eating this much. I had to go out for frozen yogurt last night just to add some extra calories, I walked there to get it, which was a nice 3-mile roundtrip bonus.

My stomach is miserably stuffed and I still need to consume about 300-400 more calories in a day, I am definitely gonna have to get creative and do some experimenting.

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KMKILROY 6/17/2010 3:26PM

    You might try adding a smoothie after your workouts - it'll re-fuel your body AND keep your fat burning engines (muscles)revved long after your workout is done. One smoothie would give yout he added 300-400 cal you're looking for without a heavy meal.

Personally, if I ate as little as 1200 cal, I'd be eating the sofa by supper time. (truely!) I'm ravenous after a workout too, so I leave my snacks for right afterwards.

Keep on kickin' butt! You're doing great!

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CSIENK 6/16/2010 12:00PM

    I wish I had this problem! There are some days that I can't get a work-out in, so I try to aim for the low end of my calories and it is so hard for me to stay under 1400 these days!

You could add some nuts to your day. Walnuts and almonds are both great sources of healthy fats and protein AND they're fairly high in calories. A tablespoon added to yogurt or oatmeal will add around 50 calories (or you could just eat a handful.) A couple of other suggestions... a medium banana instead of a small one... and adding avocado to a sandwich or salad (same thought as the nuts... it adds healthy fats and is fairly high in calories).

Good luck! I think you're doing a great job figuring it out.
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MZSLYDE01 6/16/2010 11:58AM

    Good suggestions from HokieJen13. I haven't been doing so great keeping track of everything - it's something that I have as a goal for myself so if you have any suggestions let me know. Heck I don't even know what the proper amount of calories is for me. Guess I should get started using that feature in SP. Sounds like you really have a high opinion on it.


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LIS193 6/16/2010 10:49AM

    It is hard to change habits that have been stuck for so long. Adding healthy calories can be difficult. Maybe eat a little more protein and have more salmon instead of chicken.
Good luck!

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READNKNIT 6/16/2010 10:07AM

    I know what you mean! I'm on a plateau and have been for about 6 weeks now. Several friends have suggested I up my calorie intake. But I'm scared to do that because I got this new calorie counter, and it supposedly tells me how much I burn each day. I don't know whether it's super-accurate, but I'm afraid to give it a run for its money!

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JLITT62 6/16/2010 10:06AM

    I wish I had suggestions for you, but I really just can't relate. I think I eat pretty healthy, but I still have absolutely no problems at all getting my calories in (and I'd be starving on 1200) -- quite the opposite.

I'm sure you'll figure out what the right balance for you is.

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IAMFIRMIN 6/16/2010 9:13AM

    As I get older.. I am listening to my body.. sometimes.. I have to wait to eat.. my body isnt metabolzing as fast.. also .. I have a thyroid problem
Listen to your bodys cues

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PLAYBLUES22 6/16/2010 9:13AM

    Going through the same things getting my body to adjust to more calories

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HOKIEJEN13 6/16/2010 8:20AM

    Hmm, I think if you look at fruit, you can get quite a bit of calories from there. For instance, a medium banana packs 100+ calories so add that 2 cups of smart start cereal and 1 cup milk and bam! Almost 500 calories for breakfast. Plus, none of it is 'bad'. And, I know veggies are typically lower in calories than fruit so maybe add a few more fruits than veggies?

A typical lunch for me runs in the 400 to 500 calorie neighborhood too....a turkey & cheese sandwich with mustard is right around 250 to 300 calories...then add in yogurt (80), fruit (usually a peach cup so 35), and some whole grain crackers (130) and I hit my target. And, all of it is measured.

Dinner I don't usually count accurately because I've stayed at a resonable limit all day and know I have between 300 and 500 for dinner....so if I am super hungry, I allow myself an entire chicken breast (grilled of course with hot sauce - minimal calories), veggies - usually 2 different kinds, and maybe a carb if I need the calories.

I might have some recipes that would interest you - healthy, reasonable calorie counts, and yummy! Let me know if you want me to send you any!

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As Promised - Daughtry

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I went to the Daughtry concert on Saturday - he is so awesome, he sang a few songs from his first CD, a lot of the new ones from Leave This Town and he mixed in some old school stuff - Phil Collins and Billy Idol. The man was awesome, you can tell when someone puts in 100% effort and he definitely gave it his all. Awesome, awesome, awesome - I was sitting in row 25, but my daughters camera has a great zoom, pretty good pics for being that far away. Can't wait til Daughtry comes around again, will definitely go. I'm still a rocker chick at heart. Something super sexy about a guy who can sing and play the guitar. Love me some Daughtry.



  
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PERSISTENT_GIRL 6/15/2010 10:49PM

    emoticon you were so close! thoses are great pictures! glad you enjoyed the night and weekend!

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READNKNIT 6/15/2010 10:11PM

    Wow! Lucky you! I love listening to him, don't have any of his cds, though. I probably should get some, huh?

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DNHMOM 6/15/2010 5:09PM

    So, tell us... what is AWESOME?! :)

I'm so jealous (in a good way). We had tickets a couple of years ago when he came to Denver, but we couldn't go :( We both LOVED him on AI, and have both of his CD's. Very talented, very sexy, and a devoted family man... in my book: the total package! Thanks so much for sharing your pictures!!!

Lynn

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MZSLYDE01 6/15/2010 12:32PM

    I have to agree with HokieJen13 - good looking man, eye candy - MMMMMMM. Yep.
Great time. My hubby and I are going to be going to see Carlos Santana and some other bands during 4th of July weekend. Should be a great time. Looking forward to it.


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LIS193 6/15/2010 10:34AM

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing your pics.
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SEEAMANDARUN 6/15/2010 9:12AM

    Sounds awesome! I'm glad you had a good time!

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GREEKGAL1 6/15/2010 8:52AM

  I love Chris Daughtry. You are so lucky to get to see him in person. Great pics!

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HOKIEJEN13 6/15/2010 8:37AM

    He certainly is a good looking man! And a talented entertainer!

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Great News...

Monday, June 14, 2010

I lost one pound this week. Yeah, one pound is probably not significant to most people but for me is one humongous stride. I have been at a plateau for nearly a month, I decided to change things around a little and I guess it worked. One pound loss - hooray, hopefully I'm back on a roll. Hoping to get more fitness in this week, last week wasn't feeling to swift, and I'm still really not feeling quite up to par, but I'm sucking it up and trying to get back into high gear. Hope everyone has a good week. Hopefully tomorrow I am going to post concert pics from this weekend, stay tuned if you like Daughtry.

  
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DNHMOM 6/14/2010 3:07PM

    Congratulations!!! As we say in our house (especially around college football time): a W is a W! (W, as in WIN!!) Keep it up!

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JESLES 6/14/2010 2:00PM

    nice to hear. just keep up the good attitude and focusing on feeling well! you are doing great!

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GRACIELA_ELENA 6/14/2010 1:22PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better and congrats on the loss!! Today is my first day back at work ...doc suggested another week off but since I have a planned white mountain vacation planned for next week I thought I should come in and get some stuff caught up this week. Boss says if I need to I can work half days or from home and so will see how things go. I did get my PT in this am so am feeling good about that and would like to get some bike time later if I can manage it. Keep up the good work and hope you are in the pink again real soon!

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LIS193 6/14/2010 1:16PM

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After being on a plateau it is great to see the scale moving down again!!

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TIGERESS22 6/14/2010 1:06PM

    One pound is one pound, WOOHOO, you go girl, your one pound closer to your goal weight! Glad to know your feeling a bit better this week! Oh yes I like Daughtry, can't wait to see your pics!

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HEALTHY_45 6/14/2010 12:57PM

    One pound is a great accomplishment after a full month of plateau. It is so great that you have stuck with it for such a long time and now it is once again paying off.
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JLITT62 6/14/2010 11:57AM

    Are you kidding? Of course it's a big deal!

I'm having to take it real slow, because every time I tried to get back to normal I ended up feeling worse again. So slow & steady it is.

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CSIENK 6/14/2010 11:52AM

    emoticon emoticon A pound is a pound ... GONE. I celebrate the successes - big and small - so I'm celebrating for you. This is the first step in breaking that plateau.
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HOKIEJEN13 6/14/2010 11:26AM

    Wooohoo! You deserve a huge CONGRATULATIONS! So happy for you! Keep up the awesome work!

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Hot Date

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Gotta hot date with Chris Daughtry tonight, I've got awesome seats and an optical zoom on my camera. Gonna be awesome, just hope I'm feeling up to it to enjoy it, still not feeling to swell. Gonna start my day with a long slow walk, can't manage much else due to ear infection. Hope everyone has a Sparkly day.

  
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IAMFIRMIN 6/14/2010 9:26AM

    hOW DID IT GO!

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JLITT62 6/12/2010 12:21PM

    I love Daughtry! Have a great time! And hope your infection clears up soon.

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WALIDGAZALA 6/12/2010 6:56AM

    You should feel cool and simple to enjoy
Have a good time and let us know
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GROEDER 6/12/2010 6:47AM

    Hope you are feeling better by tonight and have agreat time!

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How Can I...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

1. Function at work with a double ear infection and sinus infection????

I went to doc yesterday for an ear ache and I have double ear and sinus infection, I couldn't stay home from work today since I will be off tomorrow, so I am at work sick and don't think I'm gonna make it through the day, fever is 100.5, gonna stick it out as long as I can.

2. Eat a low fat, healthy meal at Olive Garden???

We are joining family for dinner at OG tonight for our grandson's bday. I have been worried all week about what I can eat there. I did my homework and everything I like is loaded with fat and calories, so maybe a kids meal ravioili, or I will order chicken and only eat 1/4 of it. I really don't feel like eating at this point anyway - no appetite today, so problem solved - no calories or fat in skipping the meal. But I am going to dinner anyway, can't miss my awesome grandson's 13th bday.

Ok, I'm done whining now, thanks for listening.

  
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CHRISTINA217 6/12/2010 2:06AM

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I hope you feel better. I love olive Garden but you are right it is so hard to find anything that doesn't have tons of calories and fat there.

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GRACIELA_ELENA 6/10/2010 5:16PM

    We are all allowed a little whine here so whine away. Soup and salad with no dressing or on the side and watch those addictive breadsticks, but enjoy your time with family and hope you feel well enough to do so. Hope you can feel my hug through the net and hope you get some quick relief soon! emoticon

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JLITT62 6/10/2010 3:57PM

    Whine away! At least I get to stay home when I sick. Well, sort of, still went to my WW meeting cause I had to stop at the grocery store anyway and the library, but DH kindly offer to take care of one of my other chores for the day.

I hope your infection clears up soon & you're feeling better.

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KMKILROY 6/10/2010 3:29PM

    You really should be at home, resting my dear. (sorry to nag but ...) You won't get healthy again by pushing yourself when you're sick. :(

As for dinner - some chicken soup? Definite comfort food.
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TIGERESS22 6/10/2010 12:24PM

    Sorry to hear that you are sick! Hope your doc gave you some antibiotics to kick it in the butt. Have a great dinner for your grandson's birthday!

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MZSLYDE01 6/10/2010 11:27AM

    Oh no - Sorry your sick. That sucks. I hate being sick and having to work. Get well.

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CSIENK 6/10/2010 9:36AM

    I am so sorry you're suffering with a double ear infection. I can't even imagine how awful you're feeling. Hopefully you'll be able to get through the day.

The only thing I ever eat at Olive Garden is the Soup, Salad and breadsticks, but I checked out their menu, and what about something from their Garden Fare options?

http://www.olivegar
den.com/menus/garden_fare/nutri
tion_alternatives.asp

Back to the soup and salad... if you can convince them to put the salad dressing on the side and eat the Minestrone soup... this is not too bad an option.


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HOKIEJEN13 6/10/2010 8:19AM

    Boo for being sick...but triple boo for the ear infections coupled with a sinus infection! No fun! Get well soon!

And, I know how you feel about OG! We won't eat there anymore because the calorie count on items is so ridiculously high. I did find that maybe the ravioli was the most reasonable in calories - so long as you only eat 1/2 the order.

Go home at lunch time. You need your rest. Try to bang out everything you need to do by then! And, enjoy the dinner out!! Birthday celebrations are always fun!

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