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A Cleanse of Restaurants

Monday, May 09, 2011

I feel fat.

The end.

Really. It is that simple. It doesn't matter that I am not "fat" but rather that I FEEL fat. I hate feeling fat. Why? Well, because that is why I started losing weight.

I have been eating out alot lately and it needs to stop. For awhile at least. It's not good for my wallet nor my waist line nor my self esteem. I feel gross and bloated nearly every time, never mind, guilty. I really enjoy the company... but we may need to find new activities. I know I could be strict with myself.. but the thing is.. I splurge like EVERY time. Not okay. In the beginning, it was oh, it was okay.. it's just once and a while.. and now it seems like ALL the time!

I am going to go on a cleanse of sorts (or try to). I think I am going to try to not go out to eat until the end of May. Even thinking about it, it sounds hard. It shouldn't be. It's three weeks?

Also, I want to try to go out for only "special occasions". But, what are special occasions? Thursday I went out to eat because a friend I have seen for a month or so came up to visit. Tonight I went out to celebrate a trip being paid for and her senior thesis being completed. I will have work on that kink.

In addition to that, I think I am going to start calorie counting again. Honestly, I hate it. I beat myself up about going over 100 calories... I know it's not a big deal but tell that to the side of me that wants to be "perfect" ALL the time. I know, I know. I can't be perfect... but that doesn't stop me from WANTING to be perfect and do everything perfect. Anyways, I am hoping it will keep me on track since I am faltering.

This summer those TEN little pounds ARE coming off! One way or another!!!

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MADAMES 5/24/2011 9:19PM

    Eating out is very hard. My husband loves to go out to eat, and he asks me out several times a week. it is so much easier to eat in the controlled setting of your own kitchen!!

I understand your dilemma.



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PATRICIAANN46 5/13/2011 6:15PM

  Hi Savannah...........
Your idea of only special occasions is a good one, but so is choosing restaurants that have very healthy choices. Maybe you could also combine eating out with an activity afterward where you would burn more calories. Take a long walk after or depending on the friends, maybe even a run.
You are such a pro at all of this, I know you will come up with the right solution. Try to stay away from too much perfection though.........then it turns into a chore that is NO fun at all.
Take Care. emoticon

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    I think you have some very good ideas! emoticon emoticon

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ELLEYKAT 5/10/2011 9:54AM

    YOU CAN DO IT!!! Yes, counting calories can be hard, especially if you're a bit of a perfectionist and going over by even 2 calories makes you beat yourself up (yeah, been there, done that). Try not to let it get to you, and keep with it!

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FUNFROG79 5/10/2011 8:24AM

    Hang in there! Sounds like you have a great tracking plan and those 10 lbs will be gone in a flash!

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FRECKS96 5/10/2011 7:27AM

    I totally am feeling your pain. I have decided that I have a classic case of the "buts"...

But, I'm training for a HM
But, it Mother's Day
But, it's just "this once"
But, someone's got to eat it

The list goes on and on. I'm thinking I need to adjust my goals and start tracking again too. Good luck to us both!

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PSALM42 5/10/2011 6:37AM

    I know, eating out is so hard. It's easier for me now because with 2 small kids going out to eat (unless it is alone) is so much harder than fixing something at home. Doesn't mean I never think about going out.

It might be fun to cook something together with a friend. You can talk and cook at the same time, make something healthy, and then enjoy the fruit of your labors!

I once tried eating more to lose weight (when I was breastfeeding) and it worked a lot of the time but I felt bloated and fat. Even though I was still overweight (ugh, still am) I just feel better/thinner when I'm putting the right stuff, in the right amounts, into my body.

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Rules of Training

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Starting a new program can be very overwhelming. Ask all the new people to this site and how overwhelming a lifestyle change can be. There are all these Do's and Don'ts. When I started training for my half marathon, it was no different. It was do this or don't do that.

In the last few weeks, I have become overwhelmed by all the "rules". I didn't realize that training was so much more than just running. I not only had to watch what nutrients that were being put into my body, I now had to make sure I was getting electrolytes back into my body. If that wasn't enough, I had to worry about trying a "snack" 45 minutes into my long runs. But, the "snack" couldn't be just anything. Nope. It needs to be 15 grams of carbs for every hour or something like that.

What happened to running for the love of it?!

I am trying to put the fun back into it by finding new routes and that helps alot. Also, I am experimenting with protein shakes because, you see, my appetite has been CRAZY. I just want all the junk food in sight. The healthy food has NO appeal! emoticon If that doesn't help curve my appetite, I have decided to try new recipes.

Because of this, I am not sure if I will do another half, honestly. I just want to show up to the race. I don't want to worry about my long runs every week. I don't want to worry about not eating enough carbs or even what to eat during my long runs. I just wanna run.

Does this mean I am a runner? Perhaps.

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PSALM42 5/9/2011 5:21PM

    I think it's easier to relax once you've been through it before. Just like your first college semester--- :)

But have fun fellow RUNNER!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/9/2011 12:51PM

    Gotta agree . . . rules, schmools! Just do what feels right! You ARE a runner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You ARE doing it!!

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TOTALFOCUS 5/9/2011 12:22PM

    Wow! You are surely a runner! I wanna be like you one day!
I'm just a newby (walker/jogger). All I can say is claim your running title and run proudly! Show us new-comers how its done!


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    I believe you ARE a runner! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FUNFROG79 5/9/2011 8:40AM

    Yup, you are a runner! emoticon

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FRECKS96 5/9/2011 7:17AM

    Eh, rules, shmools. You have to do what feels right for you. I hope you can still enjoy running, even as you discover what works best for YOUR body in regards to hydration and fuel.

Most of those Dos and Don'ts are just guidelines, if it doesn't fit your needs, work with what does. I don't always eat before a run, I rarely drink anything while I'm running and I don't stress about what I'm eating as long as I feel okay.

Good Luck and Happy Running!

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ROOT4HOME 5/9/2011 1:18AM

    You definitely are a specific mileage makes a runner. Just going out and running is all it takes...and you are one! emoticon

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TBITCON 5/9/2011 12:47AM

    you are def a runner! Don't get discouraged, just keep trucking. I no longer have a half to look forward too since I'm traveling this summer, and since I've realized it, the lack of pressure has been kind of awesome. I still stick to the plan, but cool to know that I'm doing it for fun, not because I have to. Even though I'm doing the exact same thing. I'm sure that you'll keep running after this half since you enjoy it :)

And yeah, chocolate is awesome. Snack on some of that. Try those chocolate pudding cups, only 60 calories and they help get the sweet tooth outta me.

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PATRICIAANN46 5/8/2011 10:39PM

  Hi Savannah..........
It's official.........YOU ARE A RUNNER!!!
Congratulations.........what a lifestyle change you have made. You are an emoticon emoticon.

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GREENEYES2020 5/8/2011 9:39PM

    Yes, you are a runner! Keep it up!

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A girl gotta have fun!

Friday, May 06, 2011

The last few days I have been in funk with my weight loss.. and have been trying to figure out what exactly is my issue.

I am not having FUN.

In the beginning, it used to be FUN to lose weight. In fact, I was excited about trying new things, seeing my weight go down, and learning all about the journey.

Right now, I am not trying anything new. Nope. I run my miles. No big deal. Once a week, I attempt a long run and have been cutting them short so no milestone there. Even my routes are the same. When I ran at my parents that was fun and exciting as it was something 70% new!

Once classes end, I think I need to find something NEW to do as right now life is BLAND.

Or... I could find new routes to run!

Anyhow, that was ah-ha! moment.

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TOTALFOCUS 5/9/2011 12:27PM

I'm just thinking....
How about local running group or biking group in your community or going to a local park or hiking trail.
Either way...dont give up you've come so far!

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REMEMBER2BME 5/8/2011 7:46AM

    Great ah ha!!!! I think this is so true. It is for me. I have to stick with things I enjoy! Way to go!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/7/2011 11:30PM

    Yup . . . we all need variety . . . variety is the spice of life, as they say.

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FUNFROG79 5/7/2011 7:42AM

    Try zumba! Love it! When I got bored I looked in my city for fun workout things and stumbled across our Senior Center (NO JOKE). They have zumba, pilates, yoga, tennis etc etc. Get in there and have some fun!

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PSALM42 5/7/2011 6:01AM

    Yes, I got in the same routine when training because I didn't want to miss too much.

Go have fun! Gmaps has a pedometer and I use that to map out routes around our neighborhood, and it's so fun finding new little streets, or interesting looking houses.

Have you ever tried Zumba? (Now, that, is fun!)

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 5/6/2011 10:09PM

    I wish we lived closer, maybe some new running buddies would be fun. I used to have a group of girls to run with years ago. We all ran at our own pace along the same route and met up afterward for coffee.

How about a trip to Maui? We have some pretty places to run over here!

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PATRICIAANN46 5/6/2011 10:01PM

  Hi Savannah.........
You are right!!!!! When things become too routine, the Spark goes out of them and we become bored. Change is good. emoticon...........maybe even a trip?????

Above your age.......Have Fun!

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Square One.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Yesterday I realized I needed an attitude adjustment. I am not sure why my motivation is waning after losing 90#, but it is.

I have come to the conclusion that I am going to track my calories again. *sigh* For a couple reasons. To try to refocus on it. I don't feel I NEED to count calories since I have maintained at the same weight for a few months now. I guess I have a new reason to use the tool. I want to make sure I am getting the right ratio of carbs/proteins/fats for running.

In addition to that, I have decided I am going to start tracking my fitness. I try to work out everyday and for the most part, I am pretty successful!

So, back to square one, I go.

These are my May goals...
-Count calories
-Track fitness
-ST 2x a week

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TOTALFOCUS 5/9/2011 12:30PM

    You are so inspiring!
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SHERYLDS 5/6/2011 7:43PM

    Hi Savannah.
you sound like you've got it all together.
if anyone can do it ... it is YOU
have a great weekend

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1CRAZYDOG 5/6/2011 1:39PM

    Good for you for planning your work. Now you can work your plan!! You'll get your "mojo" back. I know you and you are a determined person.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/5/2011 9:10PM

    Sometimes a little break gives us the reminder we need of what works for us, as individuals. I still need to track, too... a year into maintenance.


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MSJULES01 5/5/2011 7:02PM

    You can do it. Just think before you know it you will be at the 100# mark.
Good luck to you.

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REMEMBER2BME 5/5/2011 6:08PM

    You go girl!!!!!

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    Good for you! I hadn't thought of that, but those reasons are very good! I track to stay motivated. Have a great day! emoticon

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 5/5/2011 2:01PM

    I have to admit that I'm a "tracking junkie." I love using the tracking tools because it takes all the mystery out of everything. And there's something about those end of the day pie charts (I'm such a nerd) that gives me a sense of accomplishment. I admire your accomplishments! 90 plus pounds and keeping it off for the length of time you have is fantastic!

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CRISSYCURRY 5/5/2011 1:39PM

    You can do it!! emoticon

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FUNFROG79 5/5/2011 12:25PM

    Whoo hoo! Love your goals! You will show some major dedication and determination this month!

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ANEPANALIPTI 5/5/2011 12:15PM

    you got it :) :D :D

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These actions need to stop, right now!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Okay, this has to stop.

I can do so much better than I am. Honestly, I'm not even trying anymore. It's ridiculous. The last ten pounds are not going to melt off without trying. Hello, reality check. Tonight, I went out to eat at Applebee's and did not eat healthy. In fact, I got pasta. An old habit. And, I didn't even feel bad about it. Once and awhile isn't so bad.. but in the last few days, I know I have not been watching my calories or caring.

This has to stop. Seriously.

On top of that, I seem to be like, "Oh, it's okay... it for my half marathon training." Deep down, I know that is just a really lame excuse. If I don't get back to what I was doing, I WILL gain the weight back, a fear of mine. Maybe it will be easier once the end of the semester and finals are done. But, you know what? That is another excuses. Since starting this journey, I never let myself let the obstacles be excuses. I SO can do better. In fact, it seems I will have some extra time since I will be working less and three of my four classes have cancelled some of their classes.

Maybe I need to just say goodbye to the old me. Check out Mandisa's Say Goodbye! LOVE it!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 5/5/2011 10:52PM

  Hi Savannah.........
YOU WILL BE FINE!!! You are stronger now than you have ever been and have come too far to let things slide. You have developed a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE now and that is what will keep you on track.

Don't be too hard on yourself......... emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 5/5/2011 9:33PM

    You can do it! Just make the decision, & follow through!

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REMEMBER2BME 5/5/2011 6:07PM

    Great plan. I had to say good bye to the old me. I prefer the new strong me. I like the new you too.... so there : )

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SHELLEY81 5/5/2011 12:04PM

    You can do it!

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ANEPANALIPTI 5/5/2011 11:47AM

    I believe in u girl!

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FUNFROG79 5/5/2011 9:36AM

    Old habits die hard, hang in there! Step it up today and you'll be back on top! You've got this! emoticon

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PSALM42 5/5/2011 5:20AM

    Sometimes we need a meal like that- to remind us of the fact that we can splurge at times, and to remind us that those foods aren't the best fuel. Did you feel slightly sick at all in any way? I usually do and it helps me get back on the ball. Start with the next best choice and make the best choice everytime. If you do not make the best choice, don't go for a twofer and make another bad choice- make the next best choice. If you mess up, don't berate yourself... pick your self up, learn from your mistake and get back on track!

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CALCOUNTER4LIFE 5/4/2011 10:52PM

    Boy do I hear you! :)
You need some good protein meals.
You can do it!! Find some energy meals to spark you back into doing what you said emoticon. Have you ever tried Salmon cakes? They take a little effort to make, but if you can make a big batch full you can freeze them and they make for great energy snacks or for meals. I'm posting my recipe and how to on my page.
I've been having a rough start of a week with running.. stayed up too late and we all know how that is such a motivator buster. emoticon
But you are facing your mind enemies and well that's good! emoticon now do it!! lol.
I'm with ya! I got my butt to the treadmill late today at 8pm. I was mad at myself too... and just said eh, do at least a 20 min. walk and well it ended up being a 60 minute run with a 20 min. cool down walk. Just start again, and you'll feel better. And enjoy that great spring we are having! emoticon emoticon

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REVJVH 5/4/2011 10:22PM

    So, what can you change to make tomorrow a good day?

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 5/4/2011 9:57PM

    I know the stress of the semester end's finals cause a lot the old "us" to come forward. I, too, have struggled with the desire to eat during these past few weeks. Lean on us and we'll help lift you up past this as best as we can. We're here!

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TEDDYBABE 5/4/2011 8:53PM

    Re focus ! I am there with you and having the same battle. Taking it a day at a time. Step by step I am trying to get back on track! You can do it.

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MAGGIE805 5/4/2011 8:43PM

    Finals, work, and upcoming 12K stresses are getting me a little down too. Hang in there and we will get through this together. emoticon

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TURCOTTEP 5/4/2011 8:36PM

  you can do it

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