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Not so hungry at the Hunger Games

Sunday, March 25, 2012

So a bit of a shamless plug for the Hunger Games movie… My best friend loaned the books to me last year and I devoured the trilogy in 3 days. So obviously we were both super excited the movie came out. I also made my husband read them (which he also read in 3 days) and the 3 of us went to see the movie last night. Since my best friend wanted to get a soda and a popcorn, I went with her to pick up a buttered popcorn for my husband (his request).

I was really proud of myself for NOT eating the popcorn. We had dinner not too long before we got to the movie theater and I asked myself, “Am I really hungry?” The answer was no and I live by the rule of “if you’re hungry, eat and if you’re not, don’t”.

But I was also driven by another silly reason. Whenever I have popcorn or any kind of snack at the movie theater, I get incredibly thirsty. Which means I wind up drinking way too much water or diet soda. Which means I inevitably need to pee like crazy not even halfway through the movie. I have to admit that not wanting to get up in the middle of the movie to use the bathroom was a huge motivating factor.

I know going to the movies becomes a huge temptation fest for many people. I know that my reason was so silly but I think if we asked ourselves what we want more: popcorn? or not having to crawl over people in a dark movie theater, making them mad, then missing parts of a movie you’re really excited to see? That we’re more likely not to be tempted.

P.S. The movie was excellent!

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LPETRO119 3/26/2012 7:31PM

    Good for you for passing up such a temptation!

I'm also really happy to hear that the movie is good! I also devoured the books and am looking forward to seeing the movie myself!

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DANA564 3/25/2012 9:44PM

    Congrats on passing on the popcorn!! I just got back from the movie and loved it! Did not read the books but plan to now to fill in some of the pieces. I was able to go to a Fork and Screen (AMC) which serves food and drinks with the movie. I was good and got the salmon although I really wanted a cheese burger and fries. Also splurged with a glass of wine. Also tried to drink lots of water but not much because I was afraid of having to crawl over people to go to the restroom too.

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 3/25/2012 7:12PM

    Congrats on making your trip successful! emoticon The movie theater is such a major temptation for me that I don't go often. I really want to go see The Hunger Games though as my teenager talked me into reading the books and they were great. I'm hoping to see it next weekend and try the good old chewing gum to avoid temptation routine! emoticon

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GEORGIAGIRL26 3/25/2012 6:45PM

    Glad that you enjoyed the movie with your hubby and friend.
And congrats that on the poporn you did great!!!!!!!
Holly emoticon emoticon

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BUSYMOM911 3/25/2012 5:50PM

    I think the pee reason is excellent. I sometimes have a problem getting the amount of water I should because I run a lot of errands. I can't drink and then leave!

Although I do have a bottle of water in the car. When I am at stop lights, or on the way home, I will drink that water. Then if nature is calliing, I'll be ok.

P.S. - haven't read the Hunger Games. But if you and your husband can go through them so fast, it's worth a look at the library!

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Do not feed the geese

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Spring may have only officially started on Tuesday but here in the Northeast we've been having a pretty mild winter (in direct contrast to last year where it snowed EVERY week). So it has felt like it's been spring for about a month now.

I have been thoroughly enjoying the weather. I recently took up running and it's been so much fun running outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather. I work long hours in a lab and am usually hardly ever outside during daylight hours. I have noticed a vast improvement in my overall mood just by being outdoors in the daylight more.

I usually do my walk/run intervals in the local park that's by the river. Actually, the park is part of a continuous 4.6 mile hiking/bike trail. And although the official trails are not continuous, it is possible to walk/run/bike a continuous almost 12 mile stretch from the town just south of where I live up to Kensico Dam.

Since the trail runs along the river, there is quite a bit of wildlife. It's mostly Canadian geese and ducks. I try not to get in the geese's way as they can be very mean. There are many signs posted along the trail asking people not to feed the geese:

I thought the sign made a very interesting point about not feeding the geese because in doing so, we give the geese empty calories with no nutrition. This is so true. We can easily recognize that feeding the wildlife our human food is bad yet when it comes to ourselves, how often do we question our food choices. How often do we ask ourselves, "Is what I am eating just empty calories? It is of any nutritional value?" I'm still on this journey to turn "weight loss" and "dieting" into a deliberate and conscience choice to eat better and the sign was a good reminder that I have to constantly ask myself these questions whenever I make food choices.

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    Great reminder! emoticon

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IMREITE 3/25/2012 1:44AM

    A lot of foods we eat are loaded with empty calories and the simple sugars affect our brain chemicals. they do the same with animals. At the zoo by us, they have signs. my grandma threw a jelly bean to the monkeys once and they violently fought over it. We don't realize it because we are bigger so it does not affect us as quickly as smaller animals, but over times the chemicals and the extra sugars do affect us.

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LILLI56 3/24/2012 7:13PM

    We have geese at our Pickwick lake too. Last year the EPA came and captured all the geese and ducks saying that they were to plentiful and a problem. They had some that had been hit by big boats and all of them would gang up on picnickers begging is the only way to describe it.

There is not a sign like the one in your area, I really like ya'lls sign. . .It might help keep some from feeding them empty calories.

On another note, when we were up there last weekend, the geese and ducks were back. I don't know if they are the ones taken last year or new ones that saw our lake and liked it.

I really enjoyed your blog. I have started walking but not ventured on to running. I walk about 3 miles a day can't imagine 12 right now. lol emoticon

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AMBERLEIGHM1 3/24/2012 6:39PM

    I really enjoyed your blog and the reminder about how nutritious our calories are. I love running but I am injured and have to restrain myself not to run until I'm properly healed but this mild winter has really made me want to get outside and enjoy it, I'm glad you can enjoy the beauty outside and that your mood is affected positively. Have a great weekend.

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BOSS61 3/24/2012 5:28PM

    Very interesting; good blog! The running bug has not bitten me yet. I think I'm about as likely to become a runner as I am likely to become pregnant. The future always is the future, of course!

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What girl doesn't need new shoes?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I rewarded myself yesterday by buying not one but two (!!!) new pairs of shoes: a pair of sneakers solely for running and one for everything else. My old pair of sneakers were wearing out but then I decided to take up running and that's when I knew it really was time to get a new pair. I walk almost 3 miles a day for work in sneakers because they're the only shoes that don't destroy my feet. Since I walk so much on a daily basis, I figured that my running shoes need to be different from my regular sneakers.

Both pairs of shoes were the most expensive I have ever spent on any sneaker but at this point, my only concern is comfort because comfort means safety. At this point, I'm willing to spend that extra amount because I deserve to have a proper running shoe, one that will properly support my feet, thereby reducing my risk of injury. And anyone who knows me in real life knows how clumsy I am and that I certainly do not need extra help in hurting myself.

I really do have to thank the wonderful salesperson at my local Dick's Sporting Goods. He was able to pick out several shoes for me that met my needs. I would have been overwhelmed otherwise and would have no idea where to start. I was also pleasantly surprised at the large selection this particular store carried. It was the first time I have ever been to a "regular" store and not a runner's shop to find my sneakers. I also picked up some additional running accessories. Because, let's face it, a girl needs accessories to go with her new shoes. I picked up a fuel belt to carry my water and all the other stuff I need to carry with me when I'm running. Here I have to thank the wonderful members of the Rooking Running Group on SparkPeople for this great suggestion and for helping out a rookie runner.

This afternoon I "showed off" my new running shoes. Today was the start of my second week of the walk/jog 5K running program. My new shoes felt great and I had a great run.

Sometimes, it's worth the splurge and to reward yourself emoticon

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    emoticon I don't skimp on shoes. If your feet aren't happy, how can you be happy? emoticon

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FUNKY5RED 3/19/2012 10:19AM

    Good shoes make all the difference. Somehow wearing athletic clothes and shoes makes me feel more fit when I exercise. I don't know why, but it does. Enjoy your new shoes and accessories. They are worth every penny.

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ROOTIHAUSMAN 3/18/2012 9:42PM

    Good for you! Glad you had a great run! Keep up the awesome job!

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5% Spring Challenge

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Today is the start of the 5% Spring Challenge and I admit, it's a bit daunting joining a challenge and a community where so many people are already so familiar with. It's hard breaking in as a newbie and figure out what the h*ll I'm doing but so far, my fellow Cats have been amazing and super supportive.

For me, the reason why I joined the 5% challenge is because I've got about 10 lbs to go and these last 10 lbs have proven somewhat stubborn. I'm not discouraged or anything because I have never felt more fit in my entire life. Never in a million years would I have thought that I'd take up running. Never would I have thought that I love the exhilaration that comes with running.

I know a lot of why the last few lbs have been so stubborn is because I've been eating out a lot these past few weeks when I normally don't. A lot of that has to do with the fact that 2 of my friends recently got engaged and we've been celebrating with food and alcohol. But hey, I don't beat myself up over it because I'm having fun. So I'm losing the weight a bit more slowly now but at least I don't ever feel deprived or that I'm missing out on the fun. I think that part is important. To reward yourself a little without completely sabotaging yourself.

The January Jumpstart challenge worked very well for me and I think the 5% spring challenge is just what I need. I tend to be competitive so this a great way to kick my butt into gear and losing hopefully more than my 5% so that I can get down to my goal weight in 8 weeks!

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    I have done several of the 5% challenges. They help keep me on track without a lot of nonsense activities. emoticon

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SELINA2512 3/18/2012 4:33PM

    I'm new to the challenge as well and so far I'm enjoying it a lot!Our team is very supportive!So, fellow Cat, let's motivate each other and shed the pounds! Go, emoticon !

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LEXPH03NIX 3/17/2012 9:55PM

  I'm new to the challenge and looking to lose that last little bit as well. Best of luck to you and all the Cats :)

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    Best wishes on the spring challenge. I joined one for last summer and was overwhelmed(and I've been here for 3 yrs).I hope it goes well and you reach your goal!

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Day 1 of 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Training Program

Sunday, March 11, 2012

So I finally did it. I finally did what I've been saying I want to do for the last several weeks. No more excuses. I finally just got off my butt and did it. I started the 5K training program.

It was a high of 60 (although it felt warmer than that) and sunny today. Spring really does feel like it's right around the corner. So yeah, the weather being beautiful and all certainly was an incentive for me to just go out there and train. I went to the local park that's by the Bronx River. River is a bit of misnomer, it's more like a stream in most places but it's still a beautiful place to walk/jog.

I mapped it with SP's map your route function and I was able to do 3.2K in 25 min. I walked 4 min and then jogged for 1 so my average time was 8 min/mile. I don't know anything about running but that seems pretty good to me. And I torched something like 300 calories while I was at it. Not a bad way to get my cardio in, not a bad way at all.

Note to self: Next time, wear jogging pants that have pockets. My phone (which I downloaded an app to help me time my walk/jog intervals) and my iPod and even my pedometer kept falling out of my hoodie pockets. I've got to figure out some way to carry them in a comfortable way when I jog. I hate the backpacks. Maybe a fanny pack? Yeah, I'll be the definition of cool then...

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    That is awesome. Keep it up. emoticon

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CHRISGGT 3/11/2012 8:43PM

  Walked 40 min, in trail shoes, felt good !!!

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