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Saturday, September 01, 2012

Dang it, I'm still here because I still believe in myself and that I am worth the effort.

Came clean to my mom this morning about my binge eating and secret eating habits. Felt good to cry to her and to hear her say that she understands my struggle. I have never really leaned on her for emotional support. I got used to dealing with my issues and emotions on my own - or rather, with food.

I also know that things are changing and that I will never become morbidly obese again because I have become a little more open and honest with friends when it comes to how I'm feeling. In fact, I've opened up about my binging to 3 of my close friends and they don't know exactly what I'm going through but I know I have their support. I have never really told anyone about it until now.

I am not trying to make excuses for my binging but i think subconsciously a part of me wants reassurance that I will still be loved no matter what size I am.


You guya are right - time to switch things up.

I've enrolled in a mainstream gym/health club and I'm enjoying it - all the machines and the classes and the personal training sessions. The club has a "Cinefit Studio" which is a dark room where you can work out on cardio machines while watching a movie. Today I did 35 mins on the elliptical while watching a Will Smith movie. Didn't get to start it and didn't get to finish it either so I'm not sure what I was watching but it made laugh a couple of times (which is hard to do when you're doing elliptical machine intervals)!

My trainer couldn't make it so I had to work out on my own. Quite fun actually since I could dilly-dally and take my time between sets without her breathing down my neck (don't worry, I really like her and i love that she pushes me). Did a weights and core workout that I found on Tumblr. I didn't know how to do all the exercises so I replaced them with ones that I was familiar with - i.e. dumbbell lat raises instead of a dumbbell side reach. what's a dumbbell side reach anyway?!)

Also consulted with the gym nutritionist. She's helping me come up with a balanced meal plan that will complement my work outs and not make me feel deprived (unlike in my previous diet that didn't require exercise and was extremely low carb). I need a diet plan that I can maintain throughout my life.

Thank you for your support and advice, Sparkies!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SHIROIHANA 10/19/2012 9:01AM

    Hi Vada, I haven't heard from you in a few months, take this time to take care of YOU. Glad to hear that you are being honest with those you love so you can be more honest with yourself. Hope all is well.

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HOPE541 9/5/2012 9:10AM

    Proud of you. Being able to formulate a sustainable plan for success is what truly gets the weight off and keeps it off. All the best :}

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1LADYMYSTIC 9/3/2012 11:58AM

    So happy to hear that you not only didn't give up, but you used this all to help you grow and reach out of your comfort zone. That is both amazing and inspiring! Keep up the great work and God bless! I hope you have an awesome Labor Day holiday and a very motivated week. emoticon

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REXTINE1 9/1/2012 1:50PM

    Gaining more muscle will help, and focusing on vegetables and fruits can help too. Your stomach needs to feel full for you to be satisfied, and you get extra nutrients that way too. Good luck with your new diet, and keep on keeping on.

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JADOMB 9/1/2012 11:28AM

    I'm proud of you sweetie, one needs to be honest with themselves and others in order to really attain their goals. I remember one of your previous posts where you were upset that some of your fellow employees were making comments about your weight and you thought they were rude. Well, of course some can be whether they try or not, but they may also have just been concerned that you did so well to get into shape and healthy that they hated to see you mess up.

Yesterday I worked out with my son. He's going to be 23 years old, so I've got many more years of wisdom, knowledge and experience on him. BUT, I also know things change and EVERYONE has their own wisdom, knowledge and experience. I told him to tell me anytime he sees me doing something with poor form or sees anything on my list that he thinks is no good, redundant, etc. One has to be able to accept criticism and use it when it is proven correct. And yes, he did help me with a few of my exercises and I will be making some changes do to his input. I also helped him with a few things that I thought he could improve on, mostly in his breathing area.

So continue to work toward perfection. That doesn't mean you will ever get there, but it is a very good goal to strive for. Keep the faith.

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MS.ELENI 9/1/2012 9:53AM

    Sounds like you have a good plan. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOOKWORM27S 9/1/2012 8:55AM

    I'm so glad to see you back! I totally understand, it was very hard to confess to my husband about my binge eating. He has been incredibly supportive. On the other hand, when I told my mother about it, she said; "Good, you NEED to gain some weight!" So you have to be careful who you tell, because their response can really sting.

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    I'm so glad you are back on track! I've been struggling, too. I have kept up the basics. Now it is time to re-group. What a gift to be able to begin again! New month, new resolve!
I am SO proud of you for your honesty and commitment!
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TINAJANE76 9/1/2012 5:33AM

    Glad to hear you're feeling better and are back on track. Feel free to stop by the 'At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance' team if you need help or a sympathetic ear. Many of us have been in your shoes and can lend you a helping hand when you need it.

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Weight Gain

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I'm sure I've gained weight and I feel like crap.

I don't know what to do anymore. Or rather, I know what I should do/have to do... I just don't know if I have the strength to do it.

Lord help me. Save me!

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BOOKWORM27S 9/2/2012 1:23AM

    I've been going through this, too! You're not alone. I've gained 3 lbs. from a bad binge I had in July, and I can't seem to lose it no matter how hard I try.

Hang in there, I know we can get back on track!

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1LADYMYSTIC 8/28/2012 3:47PM

    I know the feeling. If you are bored with your workouts, try something new. Try a dvd workout at home if you are not motivated to run around outside or at the gym. Reevaluate your goals and make new ones. That was something that was giving me a very difficult time not that far into my weight maintenance. Just take small steps when it comes to your eating as well. Start recording a meal or two or before you jump into a food that you know will probably not be good for you, write down how you're feeling, how hungry you actually are and why you want that food (cravings, convenience, whatever). Try to find a healthier version of the foods you crave (I'm vegan, but I still love to read the daily emails of Eat This, Not That). If I crave chocolate cake, I eat chocolate graham crackers. If I crave fries, I make baked sweet potato fries. You are a real inspiration to me and still are because you are proof that weight maintenance is a challenge even for people who have accomplished such an incredible feat as you have. Don't give up, madam!

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REXTINE1 8/23/2012 1:09PM

    We all get into that situation once in a while. I always just get back to my pocket notebook and record everything going into my mouth, the calorie count, and the daily total. Since I know my basal metabolism rate, and keep a running record wherever I am, I can stop (if I want to control the weight) when I get to the threshold I set for myself - wherever and whenever I hit that threshold. Just knowing that I have a limit helps keep the early consumption down (for me).

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SQUIRRELLYONE 8/23/2012 10:20AM

    Shame and guilt are generally pretty useless, unless you're using them to get someone else to do things for you. Instead of feeling ashamed, go try something new. If the routine is killing you, or you can't get back into a routine, shake it up!

I've decided to ramp up my training in running, because I want to try ultimate next summer! Good luck!

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JENNYR0506 8/22/2012 7:46PM

    I've just come off of something similar - back to my old ways and not giving a c**p! I decided to try something totally different for a while to get my excitement and drive back. I researched and read a lot and finally decided to give wheat-free eating a try. It seemed to address some of the issues I was dealing with.

Maybe it will help if you look around, read, research, talk to others about what they are doing/eating. Find something that 'speaks to you' and excites you to get back on track.

You can do this - you already have.


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JADOMB 8/22/2012 2:19PM

    God will help you. But he helps those that help themselves. Dig deep sweetie, you've proven to the world that you have it in you already. Just find the driving force from within that you used when you got to where you are now. Stay focused and keep the faith.

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BEATLETOT 8/22/2012 10:26AM

    Do something small today for you. Pick a new veggie to cook. You can do it!!!

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TANYAP71 8/22/2012 10:02AM

    You CAN do it! You HAVE done it! You might be tired now. You might not be able to put the energy into it that you have before. But don't give up! Begin every day anew and wash the old one away. I think the negative self talk is the worst part when maintaining gets hard. If I could pick one step for you to focus on right now.... one small thing you CAN do without getting lost in the many small things you wish you were doing.... is being kind to yourself!

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KANOE10 8/22/2012 8:13AM

    Hang in there. Try to stay away from sugar and eat protein. You will feel better. you have come so far and have shown such strength. It is all inside you. You can do it.


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TINAJANE76 8/22/2012 7:58AM

    Please hang in there and don't give up--you're doing so well! Come on over to the 'At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance' team and lean on us for extra support. We can help you to take action now so a few minor slip ups don't lead to a major backslide. You're worth the effort and you've worked so hard to get to where you are now. You don't want to undo all that. I know you can do it, so please don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help. We're here for you.

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KRISZTA11 8/22/2012 7:24AM

    Hang in there, you can do this!

If the thing as a whole seems to hard, you may still try something easier.
OK, weight loss is important, but if it feels too hard you may still feel in control if you aim to maintain your weight and fitness level.

And at the same time: try to get enough rest and sleep, and take good care of yourself.


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OLIVIANIGHT 8/22/2012 5:26AM

    Ah it's not about weight, you look INCREDIBLE!

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VADAVICTORIA 8/22/2012 2:00AM

    It's been a series of slip ups. There are days when I seriously just don't want to wake up anymore. I'm so ashamed of myself.

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JENNYDJENNY 8/22/2012 12:33AM

    Look at how far u have come!!!!!! just see ur pics !!! what u are experiencing now is just a slip up!!!!!!!!!!hope u get better sooon .......... emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/22/2012 12:26AM

    What I do when that happens is just try for a week.

I tell myself, (or a buddy - sometimes this works well with a buddy who is also slipping), that I will be accountable for just one week.

And then we check in with each other on the food and the exercise.

At first it feels like pulling teeth. But after a couple of days it's less painful.

And strangely enough, after only a week back on track, being on track feels "normal" again. least, that's one strategy I've used and it's worked pretty well, a few times.

Hang in there! Don't throw in the towel!


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A-NEW-TARA 8/21/2012 11:53PM

    You do have the strength. Look at the transformation you created for yourself, was it always easy? I bet not. Where there days you doubted whether you could do it? Re-examine your goals, did you do a vision collage? Go to it again, or make one if you never have. We are here for you, that is the biggest part of why Spark works, the supportive friendships we have here help keep us on track. Tomorrow is a new day, a day where you can get on track. I've seen what you have done, I know you can do it!! Now we need you to know it...YOU CAN DO IT!!

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Focused Fitness

Monday, August 13, 2012

I've been letting the comments of people at work get to me. 2 people have commented that I've gained weight. Just because I don't look gaunt anymore doesn't mean my weight has changed (though it has because I'm gaining muscle.) I'm just 'filling out' in the right places after having been under such a restrictive diet in the past. I'm bustier, cheekier and my butt no longer sags, thanks to exercise.

And if I did gain weight, then so what? That doesn't give them the right to make tactless, off-hand comments. Friends keep telling me not to worry about it, it's part of our 'culture' blah blah blah. But that doesn't take away the sting. Coming from an eating disordered past (binge eating), this sh*t is tough. I'm trying my best - taking it one day, one workout at a time - to stay in shape, to stay healthy. And it is crazy hard. I wish I could say that maintaining was a piece of cake (or carrot, since that's my current favorite veg and so much better than cake.)

I wish they knew that before opening their traps and making remarks about another person's body. If they knew what's it like to choose not to run to food for comfort after growing up with the habit. If they knew what it's like to choose to exercise instead of watching TV all day long. If they knew what it's like to be so ashamed of your body that you hole up in your room and refuse to see other people. If only they knew.

I pray that they may never be saddled with an eating disorder and that they may lead long, fulfilling lives. I forgive them. And more importantly, I forgive myself for letting their words have power over me.

I don't want to be made to feel ashamed about my body. I just realized that feelings of shame and hatred can only come from me. I control how I react to my environment... and it shouldn't be the other way around. I wanted to write to the VP of Human Resources and tell him that employees should be more careful about what they say to co-workers and to keep things professional but then again, you can never fully control other people's actions. So go ahead, office people. Talk about how fat I am and I'll show you how fit I can be.

That being said, I've decided to create a more focused fitness plan with goals and a timeline.

It's still pretty rough, I want to fill in the details but I think I'm off to a good start.

I have the opportunity to shape my body… and my future. Let’s do this.
• Sculpt and tone my body – I want my loose skin to tighten up (belly, arms, thighs).
• Lose 15 lbs.
• Bring body fat down to 15%. (Currently at 17%)
• I want nice lean muscles.
• I want a flat stomach and a well-defined back.
• I want a flat-ish butt.
• I want a thigh gap. (Hehe.)
• I want to be strong and lean – I want to be able to do 20 full push-ups. I also want to be able to do a pull-up.
• I want to work on my endurance – I want to run a 10K without stopping by the end of 2012.

• I want to do it right this time through proper diet and exercise.
• Fitness First with Personal Trainer + Intermittent Fasting concept
• I commit to going to the gym at least 3x a week and working out from home 2x a week.
• Eat clean. Indulge once in a while. (90/10 rule)

By August 2013 - yep I'm giving myself a year to achieve this. Taking it slow and steady this time.

WHO? Working towards this body - strong, lean and fit!

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CRZANGEL 9/7/2012 10:45AM

    Hey girl, I really identify with this and I'm sure a lot of other sparkers do too. You are 100% right that you can't change other people, only your reaction to them. I find SP and my blog here to be an excellent way for me to vent out my secret hurts so I don't internalize them. That's what we are here for!


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GEMINIGEM6 8/23/2012 1:01AM

    Girl you have worked hard. You look great. You are beautiful! Screw those ppl!

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JADOMB 8/21/2012 2:23PM

    You have done so great, don't let what others say get to you. Think of it this way, THEY NOTICE YOU. Many folks would really like to be noticed. ;-)

As far as the 17% body fat, I agree with the other poster, that is low enough. Be careful not to end up swinging from being over weight to under weight. Very few folks find anorexic looking folks(even if they say they are healthy) as being appealing.

If you are going to do this hard workout, you need that extra body fat to feed your muscles. Keep the faith.

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ROCKMAN6797 8/16/2012 12:53PM

    It is a shame that you have to listen to such "helpful" comments. You would think that people would be more aware of how words can be interepreted so differently by a person. Nevertheless, stay strong and stay the course! Love the year long plane, you will get there!


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SQUIRRELLYONE 8/14/2012 9:12AM

    Some people lie to themselves. They think that their underhanded comments will help keep you from gaining weight. They're lying to themselves. Really, anyone who says "have you gained weight?" in all but very few cases is saying it to hurt you.

I'm sorry that your coworkers are jerks. Good luck on your toning program!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/14/2012 1:38AM

    Your body is YOURS. People who make comments about it are just betraying their own insecurities. What matters is what YOU think about it!

If you're really at 17% body fat right now, then you might want to take a look at some of these photos to see if you really want to go lower than that:


17% is supposedly about the lowest amount of body fat that is sustainable for most women. People with percentages lower than that usually have done a cut cycle for competition.

Just something to think about. :-)


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JENNYLT1 8/13/2012 11:47PM

    You don't owe anyone an explanation about whether your weight is up or down. The next time you get a hurtful comment, come back at them with:
Why would you say something like that?
I don't appreciate that.
You may not realize it, but I find that comment hurtful.
Those comments make me uncomfortable.

Then keep on keeping on. You are doing a great job and we can all see it.

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REXTINE1 8/13/2012 5:27PM

    I know you have done a great job so far, but don't forget that what you are looking for is good health, and a woman needs some fat on her body - more that a man should have. Being strong and fit makes the body look it's best, and staying focused on that will pay big dividends. I suspect the people who claim you're getting fat (or heavier) are probably pretty envious of you. Are they a little overweight themselves?

You just need to remember that the rest of the world is out of step with you - that was always my attitude. And remember - muscle is heavier than fat, so you can be heavier and look slimer if the fitness pays off.

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LAURENXX19 8/13/2012 2:39PM

    You've done such an amazing job so far! I know you can reach these goals.

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/13/2012 1:13PM

    Great plan, and great that you're doing it for you and not because of some tactless comments!

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MS.ELENI 8/13/2012 11:51AM

    You have done wonderful. Ignore stupid people

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81MSMITH1 8/13/2012 7:14AM

    You have made an amazing transformation. A lot of times people don't realize how what they are saying may effect other people, or they are just jealous of the results of all your hard work.

Ignore them and keep up the great work. emoticon

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TINAJANE76 8/13/2012 6:26AM

    I know it's SUPER-hard because I would totally lose it if people made comments like that to me, but you have to look at your success on your own terms. If you're working on building muscle, it means that you're going to fill out and maybe even weigh a bit more, but you'll look even better than before! It really bugs me when people who've never struggled with their weight or have never done the hard work of getting down to and staying at their goal make negative comments. It might be a good idea to think of a few snappy comments to use the next time you hear someone make a negative comment--if they're offended, too bad. What's more offensive than commenting about someone's weight? I read an article recently in Health magazine that had nice replies to insensitive comments. I've included the link here. I especially like #11!

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 8/13/2012 6:26AM

    Good for you! People really can be very hurtful, and it is difficult to just ignore, but you sure are on the right track. What a great plan! I wish you the best.

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/13/2012 5:48AM

    Wow, is that you on your background?? That's incredible! Nice goals, good luck with them : )

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MOULEE1 8/13/2012 3:14AM

    Thanks for adding me as a spark friend.

You have done such an amazing job of losing weight. I know it's easier said than done to ignore people's comments. Why do people think it is ok???

Your plan looks so well thought out and I might need to borrow that photo of your ideal body!


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Call Me Barbell-erella!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

I can't believe I haven't posted in over a month! So much has been going on - some lows but also many highs. Today was definitely a high day!

I've been struggling with body image issues in the past month. After being so big for so long, I guess my brain has gotten used to seeing myself as fat. And being the extremist I am, it's either I go big or go home. In this case, it's either go stick thin or go...jump out a window. This past month, there where days that I'd feel as if I were as big as a house. I felt like everyone was judging me by my weight. I was so paranoid that people (friends, family, strangers) would look at me and think, Oh there goes the whale. I guess it didn't help that some people in the office said it seemed like I was gaining weight (NOT TRUE) and that my cheeks seemed fuller.

With that mindset, I 'figured' that well, since I'm already 'fat', might as well eat the whole world...and then I'd proceed to having out-of-this-world binges. I'd been swinging between diet and binge mentality and it was just so stressful and tiring. Couldn't focus on anything - work, family, friends, etc.

But today I think it finally clicked. I've decided (just now) that I want to be strong and lean, not gaunt and skinny. I want to look healthy, I want to be healthy. I was just telling my mom that the people who inspire most in the gym aren't the young, fit, toned men and women that I see (though of course they motivate me to a certain degree as wel) but instead, the older members with graying hair, big smiles and amazing endurance and perseverance.

Today in Body Combat class, I saw two elderly gentlemen - both probably in their late 60s or early 70s. One was struggling a bit - he didn't have full range of motion of his arms and legs and he couldn't do all the jumps and kicks but he stayed through the WHOLE class. I saw him again afterward, lifting weights with his personal trainer. The other one was just a bundle of energy - high kicks, high jumps, full-on punches and during the core circuit, he did full push ups. During the class, I'd look at him when I felt like giving up. When we had to do high knees and I felt like giving only 80% effort, I saw him jumping like there was no tomorrow and I pushed myself to do the same - if he can do it, then i can do it too. Both gentlemen are amazing and they remind me that I'm doing this (eating healthy, exercising, etc.) because I want to grow old happy and strong.

Back to today's awesomeness.

Started out awesome. (Warning: the word 'awesome' will probably be overused in this entry but I'm too tired to think of any other adjective for the awesomeness of today.)

Kicked off the day with an awesome circuit workout c/o Women's Health Magazine. MacBooks are indeed multipurpose gadgets - they can blast out music AND serve as magazine stands!

The circuit looked easy on print but was more challenging in reality. It consisted of 8 compound moves (I did 2 sets x 15 reps using 5lb dumbbells)
1. Reverse Lunge with Rotation and Bicep Curls
2. Deadlift to High Pull (Upright Rows)
3. Stability Ball with Tricep Extensions
4. Squat with Leg Abduction and Lateral Raise
5. V-Sit Incline Press
6. Plank Hold with Single Arm Row
7. Hamstring Curl with Chest Press (on Stability Ball)
8. Side Plank with Rear Fly

I had to modify the Hamstring Curl on stability ball because I kept rolling off. Instead I did dumbbell flies with double leg raises. I also fell down a couple of times during the plank hold with single arm row but I picked myself up again. When my arms got tired, I modified to a 'knee' plank but I kept going. It was an awesome way to get my blood pumping this morning.

Breakfast was just as awesome: yogurt, flaxseed, oatmeal and a cinnamon apple. Forgot to take a picture cos my boss walked in as I was about to take my first bite. Had to eat in a hurry! Haha.

Work wasn't too bad today. I spent a lot of time researching supermarket trends without my boss asking me to and when I shared what I'd learned over casual conversation, she liked my ideas and asked me to put it in her presentation. WIN! SCORE!

Wasn't too hungry come lunch time since I had breakfast late but I knew I had to have enough fuel for an afternoon at the gym. Besides, I wanted to try the Eden Organic Vegetable Spirals that I bought from the health food store yesterday. I had it with a tuna/spinach/shiitake/tomato stirfry. Happy to report that it was de-licious and totally satisfying. I only finished half (and didn't even touch the hardboiled egg) because I wanted to save space for a banana and besides, I was already pretty full.

Yay for leftovers!

I stepped out of the office at around 4:30 and was welcomed by the bright sunlight - so nice to see blue skies after nine days of rain! Headed to the gym straight from work (after dropping my mom off), all giddy and excited to work out.

Today's gym session was quite unstructured since I couldn't decide what I wanted to do. I recently joined Fitocracy, which is like Facebook and Sparkpeople combined, and I am totally obsessed. It has quests you can complete and badges you can unlock and today I wanted to work on achieving some of them.

1. Achievement: Let's Get Outta Here - Cycle 100km in your lifetime
-- Progress: Did 5k on the stationary bike today! 7k total so far

2. Achievement: I Seem To Be Lost - Run 32.2km in your lifetime
-- Progress: Did 1.5k on the treadmill today. 2.5k total so far (I think)

3. G90 Sanity XZ Power Pump - Log at least 160 minutes of BootCamp-like group workouts within 7 Days
-- Progress: Did 60 mins of body combat today. 60 mins total so far!

4. Achievement: Get Low - Do a barbell squat (at least 1 rep) for at least 0.8x bodyweight.
--Progress: Did 0.6x of bodyweight - 7 reps on the Smith(?) Machine. Ugh - just realized that I got it confused with the barbell press achievement! I thought only 0.6x was required, not 0.8! Oh well - another reason to go to the gym tomorrow. Still awesome though - it was my first time doing it and I couldn't believe I was lifting a barbell that heavy! Thank you to RA the gym trainer who spotted me and took my picture.

Was on such an awesome high that when I got home, I had to dance a little more. On deck: Domino by Jessie J and Watch n Learn by Rihanna. Then I had to shower because I was a sweaty mess and my tummy was starting to grumble.

Dinner came late but it was so good. Bowlful of Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts (I wish I had these as a child - I don't know how anyone can hate brussel sprouts!), Bell Peppers and Eggplants with a Fruit Pizza (slices of cheddar, provolone and fontina on wholewheat tortilla topped with pineapple, apples and grapes!)

Ate this awesome meal while watching an awesome musical: Meet Me in St. Louis. I just 'discovered' this gem of a movie and I've watched it 3x in the past 2 days. I can't stop singing along to the songs (Clang, clang goes the trolley...)

This entry should more than make up for a month-long blog nap! Ready for bed and can't wait for an awesome night's sleep.

Have an awesome day/week/year/life, SparkFriends!

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NATALIE1964 8/13/2012 7:17AM

    Look at you! You totally rock and you look wonderful in this pciture! I wish I was that small Yay for you! emoticon

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REXTINE1 8/12/2012 6:01PM

    100KM is only 60 miles. The BW and I used to ride 45 or 50 miles every Sunday with CIBA - and one time the long ride was 70 miles. Our feet were killing us the last 20 miles. I'm sure you can do the 100 KM, and you'll just be warming up when you get there.

PS - it was a gret blog - made up for a months rest.

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MOONSTORMER 8/10/2012 1:58AM

    wow!! well done!! emoticon

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JENNYLT1 8/9/2012 10:11PM

    I'm so proud of you but I really want to slap some of those people in your office. Why are they scrutinizing you so much anyway, knowing that you have body image issues? Just remember, you're doing this for you, not for them. You are a role model to many people, myself included. Keep up the good work!

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ROCKMAN6797 8/9/2012 7:23PM

    I agree with you about brussel sprouts, they are so good!
Glad to read today's blog, keep pushing, you are worth it!


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TINAJANE76 8/9/2012 5:57PM

    Great food, great workout, great all-around. Loving it all!

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JADOMB 8/9/2012 3:16PM

    Glad to see you blogging again. Just remember that a healthy and fit body is what you are striving for. It can be a different weights and still be healthy and fit. Keep up the good work and keep the faith.

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-ADRIENNE- 8/9/2012 2:45PM

    is it just brussel sprouts in that picture?? I LOVE them but my family hates them and I would buy them, use one or two, then the rest would go off... why didn't I think of a whole bowl of them! lol Thanks for that!

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MS.ELENI 8/9/2012 11:57AM

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DRKYASHI 8/9/2012 11:41AM

    Wow -- Busy Girl! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/9/2012 11:32AM

    I miss Body Combat sooo much, was just thinking about that this morning. I used to go to gyms that had that class for years, but not anymore. I miss how incredibly hardcore it feels to put in 100 percent effort into that class. I would have loved watching that older guy and his high knees!

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Feelin' like a Fine-apple

Sunday, July 08, 2012

My mom bought a nice, big juicy pineapple from the supermarket yesterday and today, a big chunk of it found its way to my belly!

That fine-apple gave me enough energy for a fine workout and thus, it inspired the title of today's circuit training session!

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On a weird note, my trainer advised me to cut back on water. I drink 2-3 liters a day and he says it may be too much for my size. He's concerned that I sweat too much during my workout and that I may be holding on to too much water. I looked at him incredulously and said, BUT IT'S WATER and WATER IS GOOD FOR YOU!

Any thoughts? Is there such a thing as too much water? Is it time to switch trainers?

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SQUIRRELLYONE 8/14/2012 9:28AM

    The problem with drinking too much water is that your body will start flushing water-soluble nutrients, so even though you're eating them, your body can't process and use them. It is also possible to give yourself "water poisoning" by drinking waaaaaay too much water.

However, all said and done, excessive sweating isn't something regularly associated with too much water consumption (double-checked, and the only website I found it on in a cursory check had no medical sources listed). If you're not feeling sick and just sweating a lot, that may be your natural quantity.


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ODENOKIA89 7/21/2012 9:29PM

    My mom used to work at a nursing home when she was in her 20s and she once told me she knew a guy who would excessively drink water and if he found a way to do it behind the nurses backs, he would swell up and need immediate medical attention. Kinda weird.

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RUNRAYRAYRUN 7/13/2012 7:46PM

    Yes you can have too much water. Had a friend that was hospitalized for a few days because she had a contest with her friend on who can drink the most water. She was so sick she couldn't stand up. If she wanted to go to the other room, she had to crawl on her hands and knees. Scary to think water can be dangerous like that but I guess anything in excess can be bad emoticon

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MS.ELENI 7/9/2012 11:28AM

    Yes you can drink too much water

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MOONSTORMER 7/9/2012 1:52AM

a lot of sites say to drink half an ounce of water per pound that you weigh. generally, this is more water than people tend to drink. have a check and see how close you are to what your body needs... also, if you do have a tendency to sweat, you will need to replace that fluid loss with water as well...

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DRKYASHI 7/8/2012 6:10PM

    Yes, there is such a thing as 'drinking too much water' (diabetes insipidus). In your case, 'sweating' is not the best indicator, as it is an autonomic response. I agree with JADOMB with regard to checking the 'color' of your urine -- should be very light yellow. And -- sorry to add this part, but it is relevant -- you should be having regular bowel movements and the stools should be a 'soft' consistency (i.e., no constipation).

Don't know that you should "switch trainers," especially if he or she is good at what they do. Maybe just ignore the 'too much water' part.

Good luck with your workouts and keep us posted on your progress!

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JADOMB 7/8/2012 12:25PM

    A good way to see if you may be intaking too much water is the color of your urine. If what is coming out looks the same as what's going in, you may be drinking too much. While your urine should not be bright yellow(too little water) if there is NO yellow what so ever in your urine, then you are just pooring water through your body and yes, overworking your kidneys for nothing. So one can over do anything, including water.

As far as sweating being an indictor, I'm not so sure.

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REXTINE1 7/8/2012 12:10PM

    I don't know about the water, but I do really like pineapple.

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BOOKWORM27S 7/8/2012 10:07AM

    I love pineapple with cottage cheese!

Yes, too much water can be taxing on your kidneys.

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VADAVICTORIA 7/8/2012 9:27AM

    I always believed that sweating is a good thing too! Trainer just keeps commenting that I sweat too much for a girl. I honestly don't agree with him - I sweat just enough thankyouverymuch!

Will ask my doctor about it though when I go for my next check up.

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/8/2012 9:23AM

    I drink 1/2 liter bottles which are about 2 cups so 2 liters is only the basic 8. I don't sweat much because I'm old and can't get myself going to the sweat point. Enjoy your young body and stay hydrated! emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 7/8/2012 9:16AM

    I love pineapple!

Too much water? Hmmmmm....I think that would be an issue your doctor might be better equipped to address. That would involve him checking your body's sodium level, i.e., kidney function. I have always been advised and read that one should drink between 9-13 glasses of water per day and more when working out. I mean when your body sweats you should replenish the fluid you are losing by drinking even more water! 2-3 glasses of water for a good hour workout should be plenty and even more if you are working out in an extreme fashion, i.e., 1/2 marathon or more!

Is your trainer stating that you sweat too much? I have always been advised that sweating is a good thing. It is your body's way of keeping cool when its internal temperature is raised, i.e., cardio workout. Sweating is a good thing!
Not sure if you need to replace your trainer but he/she surely needs to further explain his reasoning for such a statement!

I love the before and after collage you recently posted. You have so much to be proud of! What you have accomplished is inspirational!

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