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Healthy Living Survey (Borrowed from my spark friend BONJI40 :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

1. What did you eat for breakfast?
6 oz Light Yoplait Yogurt (today it was Apple Turnover)
2 cups of coffee
1 egg over easy
2 pieces d'Italiano light bread
1 Tbsp. light country crock

2. How much water do you drink a day?
A minimum of 12 glasses--more if I work out.

3. What is your favorite workout?
I'm finding that I LOVE to run (am I feeling okay? LOL--I never thought I'd see the day). I'm also a big fan of circuit training.

4. What is your favorite fruit?
oranges and clementines

5. What is your favorite vegetable?
Asparagus, Spinach, sweet corn

6. How many calories do you burn a week?
I shoot for about 2750. Some weeks more, some weeks a little less.

7. How many calories do you eat a day?
Usually around 1500

8. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
Trail mix, LUNA BARS!, fresh veggies with fat free dip, and low fat string cheese

9. What do you usually eat for lunch?
It varies. I'm a big fan of Flatout Wraps and I'll try just about anything in one of them--left over chicken with salsa and fat free sour cream, lunch meat with laughing cow cheese and spinach, eggs with salsa...you get the idea. emoticon

10. What is usually for dinner?
We try LOTS of spark recipes. Usually a lean meat like chicken with a veggie and bread of some sort. We really like the Southwest Chicken Stew and Black Bean Chicken from SparkRecipes. Also HealthierLynn's Flatout Pizzas are AWESOME for the kids!

11. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
My legs. I'm starting to see some definition and it makes all the pain worth it!

12. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
Triceps--they hurt so DANG MUCH!

13. What is your least favorite exercise?
LUNGES! UGH! And in my circuit training DVD's Jillian Michaels LOVES THEM!

14. What is your favorite exercise?
Push-ups :)

15. What are your "bad" food cravings?
Red meat. Before Spark People we ate a lot of it. Also SALTY snacks.

16. What is your go to workout song?
I have an iPod loaded with my favorites. Good 'ole Jock Jams is always a winner.

17. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
No, I probably should though.

18. How often do you eat out?
Maybe once a month.

19. Do you eat fast food?
If we do it's Subway or Jimmy John's. We don't eat it nearly as much as we used to.

20. How do you stay motivated?
The changes in my body have kept me motivated. People that haven't seen me fore awhile commenting on how GOOD I look keeps me going. My husband and my best friend are both WONDERFUL about keeping me going if I'm having an off day.

21. Who is your biggest supporter?
My husband.

22. How much weight have you lost?
30 pounds on SP (Since January 1st). Total weight loss *gulp*=75 pounds.

23. How did you determine your goal weight?
I wanted to get back to the weight on my wedding day--165 pounds. If when I get to that point I decide I want to go a bit further, I'm open to revising my goals.

24. Do you have a gym membership?

25. How often do you work out?
About 5-6 days a week. Circuit training 3 days a week MINIMUM. I run 2-3 times per week too.

26. How did you find Spark?
A friend of a friend told me about Spark People. The rest is history!

27. How much sleep do you get a night?
6-7 hours. I work EARLY in the morning (4:30 AM)

28. Are you a morning or night workout person?
Midday. I usually workout between 10-11AM if I'm doing circuit. If I run I wait until my husband is home since we have 2 small children.

29. Do you have a "cheat" day?
Not really. I'm a bit more relaxed on Sundays. Sunday morning is weigh in day, and ESPECIALLY if I've had a loss I tend to eat on the high end of my calories that day.

30. Do you drink soda?
Not since January 9th :)

31. Do you drink alcohol? How much?
Yes, Red wine on occasion or a bloody Mary.

32. What is your favorite thing about Spark?
Everything! The support has been amazing! I love all the tools here, as well as the fact that it's FREE!

33. What do you not like about your body?
My stomach. After 2 babies it's "less-than-washboard-like"

34. Do you have a workout buddy?

35. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to this Healthy Lifestyle?
My confidence is back. I feel like I have VALUE again--that if people are looking at me it's not because "the fat girl" is talking. I feel like i have a little swagger in my step again, and that is PRICELESS.

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LIFE-FAITH 3/22/2010 9:22AM

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Keep up the great work!
You are an inspiration.

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KUHLHIGGINS 3/18/2010 5:47PM

  Good answers

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BONJI40 3/18/2010 5:36PM

    Woohoo! Glad you filled out this survey! It's fun to read and learn more about you! I'm really impressed with your workouts!! When I filled out the survey, I realized I need to start picking it up!!!
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Shocked again even though I KNEW I could do it!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I repeated my run from Monday. I ran the same loop, twice, for a total distance of 2.8 miles. No walking.


Even though I KNEW I could do it after Monday's run, I still had perma-grin when I got back to our house. When I started out this evening I thought, "okay...since I was able to do this on Monday, let's push the tempo a bit and see how it goes."

It was TOUGH. I could still feel the soreness from Monday's run (something I didn't have to deal with the first time around). I just listened to the music and cleared my mind of everything except putting one foot in front of the other.

I shaved nearly 3 minutes off my time from Monday.

2.8 miles in 30 minutes and 28 seconds. emoticon

It's so encouraging to KNOW that my body is strong enough to do this. Dare I say it, but I *almost* feel like a "runner". emoticon

I'm hoping to get one more run in yet this week. If I'm not too terribly sore, my goal will be to tack on some distance. I'd like to get 3 miles and see how I feel. I won't be focused on a time--simply on completing 3 miles without stopping to walk.

On Saturday I'll be cheering my husband on in his 7K that I was too chicken to sign up for. I think I'll be running with him next year!

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LULUTHELEO 3/18/2010 11:33AM

    Definitely TELL yourself you are a runner - because you already are! Congrats!!

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TGROOMS1 3/18/2010 8:29AM

    That is great. You are motivation for me. Congrats on the progress, keep it up.

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FOOFIT1 3/17/2010 10:08PM

    That is awesome! You're starting to learn the mindset it takes to run long distances. Block out the pain, fatigue, sweat, etc. and just KEEP GOING! Running (or any long-distance endurance sport) is mostly about your mindset. Your body can do so much more than you think it can. Just have to get past the mental blocks, and you can do ANYTHING!!!

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VANB01 3/17/2010 10:04PM

    Way to GO!!! You ARE a runner- Woo Hoo!!! .

Just a bit of advice- I would not add more distance to your run this week- just complete your distance. Then, next week you can add the .2 to make it an even 3 miles (and it gives you a new challenge for next week!). You don't want to stress your body out too much in the beginning- you are in this for the long haul, so why take chances.

Someday i will run 3 miles without stopping- I have a total mental block about it- it's funny, cause I run a lot more than 3 miles when I do a half or full marathon and alternate jogging and walking- it's just not all a one time!

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Feeling Empowered

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

If you happened to catch my status update last evening, you saw that I went for a run. 2.8 miles in 33 minutes. NO WALKING. STRAIGHT RUNNING. emoticon I only intended to go on my mile and a half loop that I do near our house, and when I was able to do that without feeling winded I thought, "Heck, let's see if I can do it again!" No one was as shocked as me when I made the entire loop AGAIN without stopping to walk. I just couldn't believe it.

The last time I ran outside (which has been awhile because here in Minnesota we've had about 2 weeks straight of rain and heavy heavy fog making it unsafe) I was able to go 2.5 miles but it was a STRUGGLE. My feet were heavy. I was winded. Toward the end I was really having to give myself a pep talk to keep going. Last night though, I felt GREAT. Since the extra weight has come off I felt like I could go for MILES. I also knew though, that since I hadn't run for awhile that I shouldn't get too outta hand...I wanted to be able to walk today after all. emoticon

It just feels so good to know that the 5K is attainable for me. This Saturday my husband is running a 7K and I will be cheering him on. I'm kind of kicking myself for not signing up for the challenge when he did--2 months ago a 7K sounded insurmountable to me. I think I could finish it though if I had to this week--the time wouldn't be pretty but I know I could do it!

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SUGIRL06 3/17/2010 3:47PM

    My hubby keeps telling me its gotten easier to run because I've lost weight. I keep telling him I am just superwoman and I am THAT MUCH better at running now. I know its a little of both though:) Congrats on the run!!! That is awesome!

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LULUTHELEO 3/17/2010 5:55AM

    Too bad you can't get into the race with your hubby - I know you would do awesome! The next one for sure, right??? Great job!!!! emoticon

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DANCENTHERAIN 3/16/2010 7:59PM

    emoticon Great job.

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FOOFIT1 3/16/2010 7:47PM

    That is AWESOME!!! Congrats on your accomplishments. It's amazing how big of a difference 30 lbs. can make isn't it?? Heck, even 10 lbs. can have a huge impact on our fitness and endurance. You are doing an AMAZING job! I'm so happy for you and all that you've accomplished! Keep up the great work.


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ROWDYRILEY 3/16/2010 6:55PM

    You are doing such a great job!

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BONJI40 3/16/2010 6:48PM

    WOW! You inspire me! I really have no asperations of being a runner, but sometimes I think...maybe?.....That is just awesome that you pushed yourself a little, realized you could do it, and then felt so good afterwards! Very cool!
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Reward for 12 weeks of Hard Work AND 30 pounds

Monday, March 15, 2010

WOO HOO! Up until this point my husband and I had been sharing his iPod. It was his idea to get this reward...he said a 30 pound loss is a big deal!

I'm so excited to get my new "toy". It ships today and we should see it this week. It will be so nice to have my own since he and I are planning on running several 5Ks together this year.

Thank you to my husband...he's pretty much the best. I couldn't have done this without his support!

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LULUTHELEO 3/16/2010 10:34PM

    NIce!!!! You two are so supportive of each other!! What a great reward!

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DANCENTHERAIN 3/15/2010 7:28PM

    emoticon High five for the hubby. 30 pounds is a hige deal. emoticon

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BONJI40 3/15/2010 5:23PM

    YESSSS!! Way to go! Fun reward too!

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MFPRINCESS 3/15/2010 10:21AM

    WOOHOO! on the loss and the new pretty toy!

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30 POUNDS!!!! (Boys beware...female issues discussed)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I can hardly believe it! I weighed in this morning with a loss of 0.6--exactly what I needed to hit 30 pounds ON THE NOSE. EVEN with it being TOM! I have been feeling SUPER bloated, but still managed to have a loss. The last 2 months when it's been around TOM I've seen hardly any loss at all. 0.6 is not a huge loss, but still a loss none-the-less! emoticon

We have some friends coming to town that we haven't seen in awhile, so tonight we're going out for dinner and drinks. I'm going to choose wisely, but I'm going to relax a bit today on the tracking. I want to have a good time and not be stressed about calories. I KNOW what I need to choose to stay within my guidelines. emoticon

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DANCENTHERAIN 3/14/2010 2:57PM

    emoticon How did the dinner go?

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THATWEIRDGIRL 3/13/2010 4:30PM

  Yay, congratulations!!!

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    I'm so excited for you, especially to see friends whom you haven't seen in awhile, have they seen the "new" you? How fun for you! Look how proud everyone is of you, isn't it great? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FOOFIT1 3/13/2010 1:09PM

    Congratulations! That is awesome! Plus, think of what you'll be *next* week.

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TESHIE4ME 3/13/2010 11:32AM

    Congratulations! How awesome. My goal during that TOM is to hold steady and not gain. The best way to do it is to step up the water consumption. So proud of you. Enjoy your day and your celebration and trust yourself to make the right choices! emoticon

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MFPRINCESS 3/13/2010 10:59AM

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You are 100% correct a loss is a loss and it counts. YEAH BABY!!! I am thrilled for you

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SAMMIEJO920 3/13/2010 10:44AM

    Congrats! Enjoy your night out! emoticon

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TIGGERIFFIC123 3/13/2010 10:37AM

    CONGRATS on losing 30lbs! What an accomplishment. Keep up the amazing lifestyle changes you have made.

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