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Friday, July 15, 2011

First I wanna say that this will be second time I write this dang blog cause Spark didn't post the first one. FRUSTRATING!!!! So now that I'm irritated, I'm posting the quick version cause I can't waste anymore time re-writing it.

Monday Reiko went in for a root canal, but it was so badly infected they sent her home with antibiotics and pain killers and an appt for Thursday. I also had to go to school on Monday to drop off some paperwork to my advisor, so I didn't get a chance to workout. Thursday when we went back to the dentist, we we're there almost 4 hours cause Reiko's wonky roots kept causing trouble. Again, I didn't get a chance to workout.

But this is life and it will always get in the way. You just have to figure out a way around it and keep going. The two days that I went to school I sped walked and took the stairs so I was able to get in a little extra activity. Today I plan on doing my usual workout, plus a mini workout to make up for some of what I lost. I haven't really gotten to clean the house this week, so I guess I'll power clean for 30 minutes as my mini workout.

For the last 45 days I've been fluctuating 1-2 lbs and it's starting to get on my nerves. I feel like it's to early on my journey to be hitting a plateau, so it must be something I'm doing. TOM interfered with last week's weigh in, so I was hoping to push hard this week and really see a difference on the scale. Oh well, such is life.

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POOKASLUAGH 7/15/2011 5:11PM

    Coming from someone who has gone through more dental work than any one person should ever have to go through, I can say sincerely how sorry I am that Reiko is going through all this. :/

You mentioned your plateau the other day on my blog and I meant to ask you then - did it start right about the time you started on the blood pressure medication? That would frustrate me so much! You're working your butt off, we can all see that, so something really seems to be interfering. :( I hope you find what it is and have some power to fix the situation.

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TRUE-NESS 7/15/2011 3:52PM

    Well, all this is a part of your life. Emergencies, responsibilities, committments, activities, as well as working out. It's all a part of life. So, life isn't getting in the way as much as challenging us to find ways and schedule time and also to give ourselves a break. Resting is a part of life too! But I think you are doing great. The fact that you are always trying to find a way to get some activity in says so much and it's helping in ways that you might not even be able to comprehend right now. I have an aunt who NEVER exercised. She only incorporated more activity into her every day life. She took the stairs instead of the elevator...she parked a full stop away from the metro...she walked the entire mall before stopping to shop and then again after shopping...she parked at the far end of the grocery store lot... She just added in activity. And it counted. She lost about 30 lbs doing that and now its a regular part of her everyday life.

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 7/15/2011 2:29PM

    You are absolutely right. Life will always get in the way but as long as we continue to make better choices and do the right thing for our bodies more often than not, WE WIN! BTW...did they tell Reiko that smoking will most likely cause a dry socket to form and that is mega-painful to deal with? Sucking through a straw is a big no-no as well. Take it from someone who did this and lived to regret it years ago!

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ELIANA82 7/15/2011 12:52PM

    Stay strong girl! I know what you mean, life is life. No matter what stuff happens, but it is great that you are taking the stairs and adding mini workouts. Everything counts! You're doing great!!!


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The week in review...

Saturday, July 09, 2011

So I was supposed to start working out M-S this week, but silly me forgot that the 4th of July was on Monday, so needless to say I didn't workout on Monday. But I was very successful and worked out everyday other than that. This was also my first week of doing the extended version of my workout which means there is ST following the 30 min of circuit training. Let me just say, that sucks big hairy balls! At that point I'm exhausted, I've already burned over 500 calories and now you want me to strength train?!?! The upper body on T/Th/S isn't that bad, but the lower body on MWF is absolute H-E-L-L!!! My legs are trembling and shaking by the end. But you know what? I still did it. And I am so proud of myself!

I managed to burn about 3300 calories this week! I am soo excited! Even with my TOM starting on Friday I still kept going. And that is usually my "I don't have to do anything because I'm tired, weak, and emotional" time. The one thing I struggled with was eating. TOM makes me ravenous, like a dog who has been wondering the desert for a week. It's ridiculous! We ordered Wing Zone last night and the only way I could have it and still stay in calorie range was to eat half and save the rest for today. That was sooo hard. My body kept wanting me to go eat it cause it was acting like I hadn't just fed it 600 calories! But I prevailed!!!! Take that Tai Chili chicken wings!!!

I am happy to report that something changed for me this week. No, I didn't amazingly fall in love with exercise. But there were a couple of days where I didn't want to work out and even as I was telling myself, "It's ok. You can take today off and start again tomorrow", I knew I was still gonna get up and work out. Even as I told myself, "Ok, workout. But you don't have to do the whole thing", I knew I would see it through to the end and finish it! I even told myself, "Good for you! You did the circuit training part! You don't need to do the ST!", all the while knowing I'd make it through ST....even if it was by the skin of my teeth! That is what I have been searching for this past month or so. I don't think I'll ever LOVE working out, but I didn't want to fight with myself all the time about it! I feel so much more confident knowing that even though I may not want to, I'm going to do it anyway! What a confidence booster!

The one thing I did struggle with was calories this week. I stayed in calorie range all week, but I know I wasn't eating healthy enough. We ran out of fruit and veggies around mid week and after getting TOM I didn't want to go to the grocery store so I made due with what we had. Also, a couple nights this week we ate with friends. Pizza Hut one night (And let me say, the Big Dipper pizza has less calories than pan or hand-tossed. I was able to have 3 pieces for less calories than 2 slices of regular pizza) and frozen chicken nuggets another night (Again let me say, that is a waste of calories!!! I don't know anyone other than a child who can get full off 4 freakin nuggets). I also realized that I have got to start drinking more like 12 glasses of H2O a day. I think the 9 I was doing before is not enough, especially since I drink 3 glasses during my workout. Those technically don't count, so I have to ramp it up for next week.

All in all I feel really good about this week. I wish the scale showed a change when I weighed in this morning, but I know that TOM has something to do with it. Since I haven't really been getting enough water, that might have something to do with it to. I can't wait till next week! I hoping to see a big drop! Come on BIG MONEY!!!!

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    Remember that if you are going to burn that many calories in exercise, make sure you tell Spark about it...... it will adjust how much food you get! If you don't know what I am talking about--- go to your exercise tracker and push the "Change Fitness Goals" link up near the top. Then, scroll down and enter the number of calories you are thinking you want to aim for each week. Then save it and it will adjust your calorie intake so that your body is not starving! :)

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FLUTTERBY360 7/11/2011 12:33AM

  Little trick on the calories, 1 Lean Cuisine and 1 bag of frozen veggies (micro bag) with seasoned salt (little) and bacon bits (lots) on top. Calories are around 350 and it fills you up. I eat it most days for lunch and it works great! Also for a snack cause I have to have protein to fill me up and make it last I eat 2 tbsp of peanut butter and an apple. The peanut butter with reduced or no sugar is better so you dont feel tired from the sugar in a half an hour but if your not used to it then just stick with the regular and then wean to the natural PB. Love your blogs, you motivate and inspire me. Don't stop now cause we are all counting on you.

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GINAOCONNOR 7/10/2011 5:41PM


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    WooHoo, you are really rockin it girl! Keep it up!


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ELEXEY 7/9/2011 11:00PM

    You've been busy! And I'm very proud of you. Sticking to your guns when faced with wings in not happening for me, haha, so I commend you greatly! I know what you mean about exercise, I am not totally in love with it myself, but I want to cry because my body wants a fix so bad! Tomorrow my motor revs up again! I can't wait!

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POOKASLUAGH 7/9/2011 10:03PM

    I'm a big fan of the 12+ glasses of water every day! I always have at least 8-9, but I try to get 12+ in most days of the week, and some days more like 20, when I have big workouts.

Yay for you for getting your exercise in!! Even when you don't want to.

And here's a little thing I learned recently about TOM. I was reading books about running and a point kept popping up: apparently in the first days right at the start of TOM, the hungry days, you're so hungry because your metabolism ramps up and the body needs about 500 extra calories those days. This isn't an excuse to go crazy with the food of course, but I wonder if we would be less inclined to pig out on junk during that time if we just fed ourselves a little extra for a few days. Since I started doing that, I no longer crave junk as badly during that time, and I don't have the gained bloat-weight anymore. I just eat a little extra, maybe 300 or so calories since I'm still trying to lose too, and it works really well!

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TRUE-NESS 7/9/2011 7:44PM

    That's TERRIFIC!!! You had a tremendous week!! I'm glad you conquered SELF! :-) EXCELLENT!!!

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I love my heart rate monitor!

Thursday, July 07, 2011

So I am thrilled that I finally got a heart rate monitor! I've been working out with it for about a week now and I LOVE it! Before I had it, I was using Spark's calorie counter to determine how many calories I was burning per workout. For each 30 min workout, Spark was saying that I was burning aeound 400 calories. My heart rate monitor says I burn more like 600. That isn't to much of a difference and in all fairness, Spark has to guess on average how many calories you burned! It can't take your weight, height, age, and gender in consideration. But I like to know exactly where I stand.

I was really lucky and was able to snag it off eBay for $35. Came with a chest strap, which I was a little worried about, but it's soo comfortable. I always forget that I'm wearing it afterward. It stores my workout info in the memory, so even if I can't enter it into Spark right away, I can easily go back and look it up. The only thing I kinda have an issue with is "turning it off" after I'm done with a workout. I can get it to stop counting, but I can't figure out how to get it to stop trying to take my heart rate. I look at the stupid manual every day and do what it says, but it never works. I usually just keep pushing buttons until it shuts up haha

All in all great buy. If you don't have an HRM, but are thinking about getting one, I suggest you do so. It gives you much more accurate information and does a good job of keeping you in target HR. If you're going to be doing all that hard work and sweating your butt off, make sure you're getting the proper credit for it!!! Plus it's kinda inspirational to look at my watch and see how many calories I've burned so far. Sometimes I try to push it a little harder than last time or if I need a break, then I know how much I can decrease my intensity level and still stay in target HR.

I hope this finds you all well! It's almost the weekend people!!! Get those last minute workouts in and enjoy your summer!

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    I am a giant fan! I like knowing exactly what is going on with my body... and my HRM really can tell me that. Work harder, don't work so hard, go faster, slow down..... it really gives you exactly what you need.

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CHAKA1709 7/9/2011 12:24AM

    I really need a heart rate monitor. I would love a better estimate of how many calories I am burning.

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DELYCO 7/8/2011 8:32AM

    I've been thinking about getting one--or at least hinting that it would be an awesome b-day gift to my sweetheart. So what model is it? Any recommendations on what to look for in a HRM?

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ANANGELMOM 7/8/2011 8:22AM

    STILL wanting mine! Thanks for the post : )

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MELLABELLAS 7/8/2011 1:26AM

    I love mine too!

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WORDLILY 7/7/2011 5:34PM

    I agree, it's nice to have the added information my HRM provides! I've had mine about a month now, and mostly it's not confusing me anymore; you'll get it figured out soon, I'm sure.

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POOKASLUAGH 7/7/2011 5:19PM

    I love my HR monitor too, but found the opposite re: Spark's estimates - it was saying I burned far MORE than I actually was, so I now have to work harder. Interesting...

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AANGEL3 7/7/2011 4:27PM

    I LOVE mine too. I've had it for a few years and I always use it when I work out.

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    Thanks for the recommendation, I'm still in the "intrigued by them" phase, not really sure if I need one... this makes a strong case for! :) Much appreciated! Keep up the good work!!!

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EPIC song!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

So I picked Sober by Kelly Clarkson. It's not a well known song, but everytime I hear it I feel empowered. To me, the song speaks of re-birth and growth and transformation and that is exactly what my journey is. The song speaks of taking those first steps towards the unknown and the fear that comes with that. But it also speaks of patience and finding your true self. One of my favorite lines: "Picked all my weeds, but kept the flowers". To me that says sometimes we need to do a little gardening in our lives and pick the weeds. The weeds represent bad habits, bad relationships, anything that holds us down and holds us back!

And I don't know
This could break my heart or save me
Nothing's real
Until you let go completely
So here I go with all my thoughts I've been saving
So here I go with all my fears weighing on me

Three months and I'm still sober
Picked all my weeds but kept the flowers
But I know...it's never really over

And I don't know
I could crash and burn but maybe
At the end of this road I might catch a glimpse of me
So I won't worry about my timing I wanna get it right
No comparing
Second guessing
No, not this time

Three months and I'm still breathing
Been a long road since those hands I left my tears in but I know
It's never really over, no

Well I Wake up

Three months and I'm still standing here
Three months and I'm getting better yeah
Three months and I still am {oh-oh}

Three months and it's still harder now
Three months I've been living here without you now
Three months yeah, three months {oh}

Three months and I'm still breathing
Three months and I still remember it
Three months and I wake up

Three months and I'm still sober
Picked all my weeds, but kept the flowers

Whenever I think I can't do this anymore I listen to this song and I feel renewed! I hope you go listen to it if you've never heard it because just reading the lyrics isn't enough! Here's a link:



New plan for next week, Not smoking, and some other stuff!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I am going on day 4 of no smoking!!! I'm really, very excited about this! I downloaded a app for my phone that tracks the number of cigarettes not smoked, money saved, and health benefits! (Did I already tell you guys that?) Anyway...this is a huge accomplishment for me. I've stopped and started before, but this is the first time I knew it was for good. Eating right and exercising seems pointless if I'm going to turn around and subject my body to a plethora of harmful chemicals.

I've been using the HALT method to help me quit, which stands for: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired as being the top reasons people smoke. So whenever I feel the urge to smoke I assess why the desire is there and take the proper action. Something else I learned, is to use The 5 D's. DELAY until the urge passes usually within 3-5 minutes, DISTRACT yourself, DRINK water, DEEP Breaths Close your eyes and take 10 slow, deep breaths,and DISCUSS your feelings with someone close to you. I wanted to share that part in particular because it can be used for more than just smoking! Use it to fight cravings or any other addiction that you struggle with!

Plus I motivate myself by thinking that I want to be able to say "I haven't smoked in a week, I'm no longer a smoker, etc." Yesterday I jogged up the stairs to the apt and was out of breath only slightly!!! I was never a "heavy" smoker, probably about 6 cigarettes a day (that's less than 1/2 a pack) and I was always telling myself "That's not that bad. You don't have to worry the way pack a day or more smoker worries!" But I was just lying to myself. Any smoking is bad and I'm not doing it anymore!

Workout plan for this week is still on schedule! I've been faithful about getting in an hour every other day, but now I'm thinking about changing it up for next week. Currently I do circuit training on MWF and ST on T/Th/S. However, the workout program on my BL Last Chance Workout DVD wants me to do: MWF last chance workout (30min) plus lower body tone (10 min) and then on T/Th/S last chance workout (30min) plus upper body sculpt (10min). Including warm up and cool down, that's 55min every day. I know that if I kept up with this, I would really start seeing major results and I would probably meet my Aug goal in time for Vegas! I would still need to find some time to squeeze in my core and stretching exercises, but I know that I can do this. It's about an hour a day and I'd be burning about 800-1000 calories. I'm gonna give it a shot starting next week!

Things are going very well with the weights. I will have to say I will choose dumbbells over resistance bands any day! I can definitely feel a difference! I know I said I was going to try and do both, but I think that's kind of a waste of time. Just using the dumbbells is finally showing me some definition in my tricep which I have been working on for months now! And I'm glad I finally started really working on my core. I kept putting it off cause you can't see any hint of abs under this flab, but it is important to work those muscles. I have found that it makes parts of my other workout, circuit training, much easier. For instance, during the workout I'm required to do bicep curls while standing on one leg because it uses all the muscles of your body and burns more calories. Before I was wobbling all over the place and now that my core is stronger I can tighten those muscles and keep my balance easier.

I hope this finds each and every one of you in a happy place on your journey! Remember to take it one day at a time. If today wasn't the success you know if could have been, there is always tomorrow!

Much Love!

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    Great blog that I am FINALLY getting to read! I am really proud of you for the smoking cessation and I know you are going to achieve that goal and make it last.

As for the exercise... good for you! I prefer dumbbells, too... I guess I like the illusion that I am pumping iron. Haha.

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KIMMYLOU2012 7/1/2011 5:07PM

    Yay for you for quitting! That is the BEST thing you can do for yourself! I know it is hard but just keep your head in the game and do it one day at a time!! emoticon

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SHELLYBABE2 7/1/2011 1:46PM

    I've just read your last 2 blogs back to back & can really tell your whole attitude is so positive and enthusiastic! All that and giving up the cigs too - well done! Great blogs will definitely be taking a note of how you're beating the smoking and try to use it to quell cravings which don't ever seem to be far away from me lately.

Last but not least JB is gorgeous!

emoticon work - keep it up!

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  Great Job!!! Keep up the good work and the great attitude!!!

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CHAKA1709 6/30/2011 10:56PM

    Great job! You are definetly right about using the techniques you are using to quit smoking for other things such as dieting and exercise. Although you can't see muscle under the flab now, once you lose weight you will see where all that hard work went. Plus, more muscle equals more calories burned when you're just sitting around.

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CARYLENE 6/30/2011 9:09PM

    Congrats on the smoking!! I was a 2 pack a day smoker for 28 years and I quit about 5 years ago and I have never looked back. Good work and keep it up!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 6/30/2011 7:56PM

    Four days of not smoking! If I could still do somersaults I would be going boing boing boing all over the yard in celebration of you! TaMara, you are such a go-getter. You make me smile because of your enthusiasm and every triumph you share with us is done with such strength and spark that I can't help but feel a bit triumphant myself! Great going, girl! You are awesome!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/30/2011 5:36PM

    Yay!!! Fantastic job TaMara! You're doing great and I know you'll keep doing great. I love the sound of that plan and I think you're right - it would be a good plan to put in place for a lot of things. I think I need to follow those steps the next time I get angry, which is the only time I still succumb to emotional eating.

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BOOKMANU 6/30/2011 4:51PM

    emoticon Keep it up!

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