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It's going to be a bad weekend

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I admit that Iím dreading the end of this week: lots of eating out with little time for exercise. I know my body has some bounce back but I think Iíve exhausted that pool of bounciness. Iíve noticed that if I am bad food-wise, I might gain a pound or two but if I stick to my normal eating and exercising routine, the weight disappears again. But I donít know if my body can handle what Iím about to put it through. Besides, I think I used up the bounce back-ness already with Easter dinner.

Tonight Iím having dinner at Kang Suh. Iíve been promising my friend to take him to Korean BBQ ever since he discovered Korean food a few months ago. This friend of mine has an as adventurous palate as mine so Iím surprised heís never had Korean food until just a little while ago.

Saturday, we have friends visiting and weíre going to take them to see the New York Botanical Gardensí Orchid Show. Of course, that means another night of eating out.

And then Sunday, weíve got a surprise 60th birthday for a family friend. Itís at an Italian restaurant. I LOVE Italian food but I find it very hard to make healthy food choices when thereís so much pasta around. Pasta/noodles are my weaknessÖ

Saturdayís weigh in for the 5% spring challenge isnít going to be pretty. But Iím not going to stop living my life.

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    Don't worry about it. emoticon

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SASSY5468 4/13/2012 1:09PM

    One bad week and a few pounds up are not the end of the world. They will go away again. Enjoy yourself and don't add undue stress! Make the healthiest choices that you can and be thoughtful of what you eat without beating yourself up. Stress just makes it worse :)

Good luck!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/12/2012 8:46PM

    Plan your work and work your plan as best you can. Otherwise, don't beat yourself up! It's not forever.

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DANCINGMOOGLE 4/12/2012 5:02PM

  Keep your spirits up!


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Thank Goodness for Frozen Veggies!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ugh, this has kind of been the week from hell work-wise. Usually when I work such long hours, it's because I'm running experiments that have an hour incubation here, another 30 min there, and another 40 min there. Usually, I'll take that time emoticon to sneak in exercise while I'm at work but today I was on my feet running around the lab all day.

I know I was running around the lab like crazy because I've managed to hit 20,000 steps today. I only hit that mark when I walk to and from work AND with an hour or more of other dedicated cardio. Today, the only other dedicated cardio I got in was 15 min on the elliptical emoticon. I'm so glad I dragged my behind out of bed early this morning. Yes, it was only 15 min earlier than normal but that's no small feat as I am notorious for hitting the snooze button repeatedly. If I hadn't exercised this morning, I wouldn't have any other kind of dedicated cardio today at all.

I'm also so thankful that I batch cook on weekends and eat leftovers during the week and plan out my meals ahead of time. Otherwise, I would have been looking to eat whatever I can get my hands on. I try to make healthy choices when I'm in a situation such as this but nothing is healthier than what I could make for myself at home. Unfortunately, I finished the asparagus I had prepared and didn't have a vegetable to go with tonight's dinner emoticon.

Frozen veggies to the rescue! I put them into a steamer bag, pop them in the microwave, and voila! steamed broccoli! Thank goodness for frozen veggies. Thank you frozen broccoli, for saving me from eating garbage tonight.

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SASSY5468 4/13/2012 1:17PM

    Great work!

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    YAY for you! Planning is key. emoticon

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FUNKY5RED 4/12/2012 10:05AM

    You are getting in a lot of steps. Good job! Preparing meals ahead is a great plan. Having frozen food on hand is good planning for the days like you had this week. You are going about it the right way.
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1CRAZYDOG 4/11/2012 11:26PM

    Good for you on the # of steps and glad you had frozen veggies to fall back on! I am a lost puppy if I don't have a veggie with my supper, so I usually have at least 2 types of frozen veggies in the freezer. And I absolutely could not live without batch cooking and/or crock pot cooking for sure! Saves the day during the busy week.

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Saturday, April 07, 2012

This has been a weird week for me fitness and healthy eating wise. I caught some sort of cold, which just knocked me out for Monday and Tuesday. Not only did I not exercise but I also had no appetite whatsoever. My body seemed to be repulsed by protein emoticon of all sorts and was craving carbs emoticon. So I was under-eating as well as eating unbalanced meals.

By the time I felt better mid-week, it was still hard to do any cardio and all I could handle were my normal walks. Plus I just didnít have the time for exercise this week as itís been a particularly busy week at work due to LOTS and LOTS of meetings. I swear meetings are counter-productive to work productivity but I digress. I was really disappointed that I didnít get to do any running this week, so now Iím going to be a bit behind in my 5K training. Cíest la vie.

I had lost 1 lb relative to the last weigh-in for the 5% spring challenge earlier in the week but then regained it later in the week emoticon. Yes, I do know that our weight fluctuates dramatically day to day but I was still unhappy emoticon about it. This was all before Thursday, when we celebrated a friendís 30th birthday at a sushi restaurant emoticon. Normally, I make healthy choices when Iím at a Japanese restaurant. I usually just have edamame and sashimi, with a little bit of low sodium soy sauce and tons of wasabi. I really like wasabi emoticon. But this time, I really, really wanted to order the restaurantís special rolls because they sounded so delicious (and they were). AND I got the red bean moichi ice cream
because when I was kid, these were such a rare treat. My parents didnít buy them often because theyíre expensive.

By now, youíre probably wondering why Iíve titled this blog ďSuccess!Ē Thatís because I like to see the glass as half-full emoticon when I view my weight loss/health journey. So why was this week still a success?

1. When I weighed in today for the 5% spring challenge, I actually had lost half a pound emoticon. I was totally expecting to be even with last week or even slightly higher. Given my strange eating habits this week, I think half a pound is a very respectable number.

2. Despite being busy at work all week without any free time whatsoever to even grab a quick walk, I did find a new way to sneak in exercise at work on Friday evening. It was just 10 min but it was quite the intense workout!

3. I went out to dinner Thursday and although I did over-eat, I didnít gorge myself to oblivion. In the past, I often ate to the point where I felt sick. That didnít happen his time.

4. I did go running today emoticon. Even though there was no way I could run the 2.5 min jogging interval that week 4 requires (or even the 2 min from week 3), I did do walk/run intervals. I decided to go to the track at the nearby high school today to do fartleks, which I had learned about from a SparkPeople article:
. Using this method, I still managed the same pace I have been averaging since I took up running.

5. I FINALLY remembered to bring tissues with me on my run!!! I did not have to wipe snot on my sleeve like a 5 year old.

6. And the thing Iím most proud of? I actually got my husband to go outside for a bit today! On a beautiful day like today, he is usually at his computer or in front of the TV playing video games. But he actually went with me for a walk emoticon at the Duck Pond for an hour! I have NEVER EVER exercised with my husband before because he just ďdoesnít exerciseĒ (his words). Today is a new day in our history! Haha!

So yeah, this week could have been better but it didnít end so bad after all.

Happy Easter and Happy Passover, everyone!

P.S. I just need to point out that my husband isnít an unhealthy guy. Despite his mostly sedentary lifestyle, heís probably in better health than I am. Heís in a proper weight range/BMI/body fat percentage, etc. Heís got good numbers when it comes to cholesterol (overall, LDL, HDL), blood pressure, etc. I really hope that our future kids inherit these genes from him and not me.

And for those of you who are curious, Wikipedia has an explanation of what moichi ice cream is:

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    emoticon attitude!

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DXTREME45 4/9/2012 10:23AM

    I love this blog. Great NSV! A lot of us could copy your style and see the glass as half-full, then maybe we wouldn't be so down when we don't see what we want to see on the scale.

I started the C25K, but stopped. Now I'm on that interval kick I spoke about in my blog. This is the last week, so I'm going to pick the program back up next week. I'm hoping this week's intervals will help me build up my endurance.

Good luck to you. Peggy

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FUNKY5RED 4/9/2012 9:59AM

    Your attitude is fantastic! Rather than being down on what you didn't do, you turned it around and looked at the positive. Keeping a positive outlook is what will keep you moving forward to your goals. Good job! (I like mochi ice cream, too. It is really different.)

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SPARKCHANTAL 4/8/2012 2:27AM

    congratulations on all this! (i put kleenexes in all my jacket pockets so i don't have to think of them before my nose gets all runny, can't tell you how often i've been glad i do that).
and thanks so much for your birthday greetings & goodie. they were much appreciated and really warmed up my day.

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly of yesterdayís run

Sunday, April 01, 2012

As Iíve mentioned before, I took up running a few weeks ago as a way to help me break through a plateau and also to continue to challenge myself. Some of the exercises I was doing were getting too easy and I knew I wasnít getting the workout (and calorie burn) that I needed.

When I started the 5 week Walk/Run your way to a 5K program, the Northeast was having some unseasonably mild weather. It was so much fun running outside along the East River in Manhattan (by work) or by the Duck Pond (by home) when the sun is shining and itís a balmy 75 degrees. Those first two weeks were so easy to motivate myself because the weather was so nice. But this last week (week 3 of my program) has returned to the usual March weather in NY: cold and rainy.

I managed to get the first two training runs (walk 3 min, run 2 min, then repeat) in this week on the days it didnít rain and were fairly warm. But there was no way to get around the weather issue for the third and last run of this week since the forecast was all rain all the time for the end of the week.

So on toÖ

THE GOOD emoticon
I forced myself to run even though the ground was still wet from the rain and it was COLD, COLD, COLD. I HATE the COLD. I DESPISE IT. Iím not a cold person. I hate the winter and I love the summer. So yeah, I am rather proud of myself for not letting the weather be a de-motivating factor. Now, weíll see if I can actually motivate myself to run on a day when the rain never lets upÖ

Since it was cold and miserable out, the only people there were other runners. Sure I can fool myself into thinking Iím one of those dedicated runner types. Yeah, right. But it was an ego boost nonetheless. And because there was no one there, it was much less distracting for me since I didnít have to dodge baby carriages, bicyclists, and geese. The geese are EVERYWHERE. It shouldnít be called the Duck Pond but rather the Canadian Geese Pond. Even though there are many signs asking people not to feed the geese, people still do. And when there are people around, there are a lot of geese around and therefore a lot more geese poop to avoid when running. I like not having to step in geese poop.

THE BAD emoticon
The trail was super slick from being wet and it meant I had to be careful about how I ran on the wet asphalt. Iíll have to pay more attention to this issue because I can totally see myself slipping and hurting myself in the future. I guess this is where my newbie running naivetť shows because I just never thought about how the surface might affect my running ability.

I also swear itís harder to run when itís colder out. The 2 min running interval was hard for me this week but it seemed much harder yesterday as compared to the other 2 runs this week.

THE UGLY emoticon
When I exercise, I tend to get snotty (aren't you so glad I shared?). When Iím indoors exercising, itís usually not so bad but when I run, I feel like Iím a snot factory. I felt like an even bigger snot factory yesterday because it was so cold. Or maybe my mold allergies were in super high gear. Whatever the case, Iíve got to remember to pack some tissues with me next time. Why can't I ever remember?

When is the warm weather coming back?

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DXTREME45 4/5/2012 10:51AM

    I'm late, but it is funny. If there is a next time, maybe you could try running on the grass.

I live in South Florida, so my colds are polar opposite of yours. On the days it do choose to be chilly out, I love getting out there. It is just something about walking (hope to be running this year) in the cold. Good luck.

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CANDOK1260 4/2/2012 3:34PM

    sound like yyou doing what you need to do for yourself.Sorry about the pollen we having the ame issue. in cleveland.

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    emoticon on the goose poo and snot.

It is back to normal spring like weather here. I don't run in the rain. I get up early and run in the dark sometimes. Dangerous, I know.


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SARAHL817 4/1/2012 12:11PM

    I learned early in my running attempts to always bring tissues . . . I have the same problem.

And this weather in NY is crazy . . . I want the spring temperatures back!! It makes outdoor exercise so much more comfortable..

Good job getting out and running despite the bad weather . . . that's definitely a hard thing to do, so kudos!

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RABBLERRABBIT 4/1/2012 11:10AM

    "I tend to get snotty?" I immediately wondered whether you meant "haughty" and then read on... and laughed. I enjoyed your blog, thanks for posting it! There is something wrong about so much pollen in the face of so much cold and wet! emoticon

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RABBLERRABBIT 4/1/2012 11:09AM

    "I tend to get snotty?" I immediately wondered whether you meant "haughty" and then read on... and laughed. I enjoyed your blog, thanks for posting it! There is something wrong about so much pollen in the face of so much cold and wet! emoticon

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Women's health is an issue near and dear to my heart

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Please take a look at today's featured Spark Health News article:

Women's health is an issue near and dear to my heart.

When I was in graduate school, I'll come out and say it: I was poor. Maybe not poverty-line poor but every penny I made went straight to paying for necessities. There was no margin for error. Graduate students don't exactly make a lot of money and living in the NYC metropolitan area isn't exactly cheap either. I'm not looking for sympathy here. I'm not saying it was all sunshine and roses because most of the time it wasn't, but I survived and the experience has made me a more thrifty person.

My student health insurance wasn't the best either and it was my only option as I was too old to be on my parents' insurance plan. The student plan was sickness and accident insurance and didn't cover anything that was considered preventative care. Meaning, if I had a heart attack, my treatments would be covered, but not the tests that would tell me if I had heart disease and was at risk for a heart attack. Don't worry, I didn't have a heart atttack but that was just the example my fellow students and I liked to use. And I do realize that ANY insurance was better than none as I was in a severe car accident at one point and somehow walked away with only $500 in medical bills. And yes, I know how lucky I am that I was able to walk away at all.

I am now in a much better financial and life situation. Even though I'm still not exactly rolling in the dough, my job has benefits and I have good health insurance. I will never take access to health insurance for granted again. I think all the time of how there are people who are still in the situation I was in, or even worse. I'm not surprised at the results of this study at all. Again and again, research shows that those of lower socioeconomic status receive less health care or lower quality care.

I think we have to stop seeing health care as a privilege but rather a human right. Our health is too important.

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BOSS61 3/28/2012 11:35AM

    Hear, hear! Shame so few get this.

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