Sunday, June 28, 2009
AKIBERI and SparkPeople.com set up a great SparkRally for the Spread the Spark Weekend on Saturday, June 27th in Redondo Beach. I was lucky enough to be invited to it by GRANTM, SparkPeople's PR guy.
There was a huddle banner (much like the San Diego Convention) - that's always fun!
The day's agenda was a little thrown off because the TELEVISION people were there. LOL! Entertainment Tonight came out to film some of the events and to interview Chris SPARKGUY Downie, me, LORIELP and a couple of other people. They also stuck around for a few minutes afterward when we were all exercising along with AKIBERI and ROBERTBFIT.
We ran all over Veteran's Park doing cardio mixed with strength training, interspersed with some boogie shaking dance freakouts. LOL! Okay, maybe I went a little crazy on the dancing parts. SPARKGUY was a good sport and did the workout with everyone else, even though he'd already worked out for the day.
After a quick team huddle and 'SPARKPEOPLE WOOHOO!' scream, we all went over to some mats for a yoga stretch session that ROBERTBFIT lead.
(This was later, but you get the idea...)
Then SPARKGUY got up and talked a little about the latest developments with the book, and all kinds of stuff like that and we all got to spin the real life sparkpoints wheel (from the convention) and got prizes and stuff. I won a static cling I LOVE SPARKPEOPLE thing and a cardio blast DVD.
We broke for lunch (for those that packed them and for the fruit & veggie trays that were provided). It was pretty hot. I met a lot of local folks from the Torrance/Redondo Beach/South Bay area, as well as a few people from farther away like Pasadena & the valley and stuff. At the SparkRally we were able to trade GOODIE cards (like the convention) and I picked up one from CHEL1013, ROSIEPOSIEXYZ, CIRANOUSH, JUBABY, MARIPOSAGALAXIA, SANDRAHUGHES, LIZZIECA55, WMOOREICA and DAVEB. There were a number of teen Sparkers there. Luckily, JENIUS_PANDA came with me, I'd met the Leader of the team at the convention, and I met LORIELP online already. Those were the only people that I already knew though that actually showed up.
(With LORIELP, she's lost 146 pounds.)
(My new friend, asked for some advice,and she got it... We probably sent her spinning a little with all the info.)
There were extra shirts and fun things to give away, so we had an informal SparkTrivia Quiz and I got a couple of SparkPeople shirts (which is handy for me because the orange one I ordered was on backorder & isn't here in time for the Spread the Spark weekend). It still amazes me that I fit into an XL unisex shirt. I'm down to a size 18/20 top and 22/24 pants. Yay!
I was asking around for where a Subway was, because I couldn't pack a lunch since I came from the hotel. As it turns out, ROBERTBFIT ran out to get my (and a bunch of other people's) sandwich order, and as a surprise later, SPARKPEOPLE picked up the tab.
(Look at how adorable JENIUS_PANDA looks!)
The parking was metered, but GRANTM brought a whole bunch of quarters, so SparkPeople also helped pay for our parking. THANKS AGAIN, GUYS! All in all, it was a pretty fun SparkRally. And I'm glad that I'll have a chance to keep in touch with the Los Angeles folks on SP. I kept hoping that my San Diego SparkAmerica team was having a lot of fun doing the beach cleanup. They were on my mind and I missed hanging out with them!
I really encourage everyone to meet up with some local Sparkers if you can. It's fun to share your experiences, whether you're starting out or sharing your success. After today I have a fistful of new SparkFriends ( I hope ) and an extremely sunburned face (should've used sunblock-maybe it'll go away quickly.)
Okay, so only you die-hard / hard-core friends are probably going to get this far, LOL.. So, here's some behind the scenes stuff...
Last month or so Grant asked me to go up for the E.T. interview they were planning, but nothing was set in stone for a long time. When I found the SparkRally only 2 people had RSVP'd. Pretty much at the last minute (Thursday) I got confirmation and asked JENIUS_PANDA if she wanted to drive up there with me (now 75 people RSVP'd). I looked at the map and realized we'd be passing right through Long Beach so I IMMEDIATELY talked to Mary (LILHLFPNT) about possibly squeezing in dinner on the drive up.
We left around 4:45, spent I spent a ridiculous $4.50 on the 73 toll road and had the windows down (even on the freeways) 'cause it was hot and I can't turn on my A/C because my car intermittently decides it doesn't want to run if I do. (Jen) JENIUS_PANDA is a trooper. She barely knew any info and came along for the ride. We chatted during the 104 mile trip up to Los Angeles.
Timing was pretty great with LILHLFPNT and after a little car switcharoo/dropoff we settled on a strip of restaurants in Long Beach. We parked outside of Frosted and walked over to a Mediterranean food place. It was pretty good. I had Chicken Schwarma, a little too much hummus and some kind of garlic paste. I should've tried Jen's tabouleh salad because I LOVE tabouleh and she wasn't a fan. We were really full, but had a good time chatting. I got to sit across from Mary...
(We were full! Check out my Torrid size 4 shirt - LOL! Okay, I guess it's getting too big for me to wear.)
I tried one of Frosted's featured cupcakes. I'd like to say I shared it. Did I mention we were full after dinner?
It was really more of an excuse to delay dropping off Mary at home. We got to chat a little more. It sounded like she had a great SparkRally planned for Long Beach/California Dreamin' team and I was sad I couldn't go.
Soon after we were on our way, navigating the streets of Long Beach including a roundabout. Good thing Jen was there to help remember which street we were supposed to go down.
We stayed the night at the Doubletree in Torrance, which was pretty good, except they greeted our check-in with a Chocolate Chip Walnut Oat Cookie (each).
You know, just because someplace gives you something doesn't mean you have to eat it. I reminded myself of that after I ate it. :P THIS IS STARTING TO SOUND LIKE A CONFESSIONAL, but it's not. I just will have a different plan for next time I'm in these situations.
It was almost 10, and I was already beat because of the sugar induced comatose state... but my team called to me, and I went downstairs to the "Business Center" so that I could send out the Done Girls' birthday announcement for tomorrow. (This was one of the most frustrating experiences, by the way, because the hotel had a terrible internet browser, and I was tired, and ~ just add extra whining in here. LOL! I wouldn't miss it for the world though, I so love helping to celebrate our birthdays. I've only missed one day in the 13 months I've done it, so I wasn't going to let half-working hotel computers to stop me.)
Back in the room we were on the 8th floor overlooking a plaza with the pool, spa and FIREPITS below..
But glowing alarm clock (that I had to set for 6 am) stared at me and my head was pounding and my eyelids were droopy, so there would be no balcony revelry. I was so zonked out...
We weren't asleep until after 11. The next morning the plan was for me to take a shower first, but Jen assessed my groggy morning grumpiness and graciously allowed me a few more minutes while she showered. Before we left we took one great big morning breath in from the balcony...
(Me in my grey SparkPeople performance fabric workout shirt. This is what E.T. interviewed me in...)
Right now it's almost 4 am and I still haven't gone to bed, so I guess I should take care of that. SparkPeople will announce when the Entertainment Tonight segment is scheduled to air! According to the producer dude it will be after this week because of the other stories they're focusing on right now. I hope that I'm in it! I brought some of my size 32 clothing and photos for comparison (as requested), and I HOPE I didn't sound too... nutty ... in the interview. I was nervous and I think that some of my sentences didn't make sense, but maybe they'll edit them down to something logical! Hahahaha.
Monday, June 22, 2009
I have to confess something... I went to Target today to pick up some (ahem) necessary monthly items that I needed since yesterday, and walked past this shirt on sale for $9.99. When I was larger I stayed away from t-shirts because they never fit me in a flattering way. I tried this on, and although the size 2 (whatever Target's new plus sizing weirdness means) shirt is a little snug, it was a centimeter better than size 1. LOL! "I've always wanted a Woodstock shirt" a little voice inside my head pleaded. Much to my red lipstick loving husband's chagrin, I've got a hippie girl heart. Kinda greedy too, 'cause I just received a couple of tops from GEE-KNEE (thanks again).
So, let me cut to the chase - When ringing me up the clerk couldn't find the tag (clearly attached, might have been hiding in the sleeve) and so I let him know it was $9.99. After a mishap where he had to "sign in" with his employee number again, he entered in $0.99 for the price. ACK! I paused.. In the mere seconds that went by I felt glowing stabs of guilt for not immediately correcting him. I could feel my eyebrows turning up and my eyes getting a sad guilty puppy look. I desperately glanced at the woman in line behind me (she was close enough to smell my perfume and witnessed the entire scene). She shrugged with her face telling me to just go with it. Guiltily I plead aloud to her, "I am so unemployed..." as if to justify it.
I didn't correct him.
My total was $30.91, I had $30 cash... That 99 cents reminding me again... I paid with my debit card and left the store.
While walking to my car I ran over all my excuses, all the reasons that I'm a good person. I honestly told him the sale price for the shirt. I was helpful and courteous. Whenever I find stray wallets I return them with all contents (cash, whatever) intact. I don't thieve or deceive... I haven't ruined anything personally for this clerk guy. I still feel guilty.
My $9.00 bonus leaves me with twinges of worry that the t-shirt may somehow bring bad luck, a karmicaly-driven curse. And it'd be a financial curse at that, which is somewhat something I'm already living. Eek. Oog. :S
My husband has no dilemma, no doubt and no worry about the $9.00 we "saved". He jokes that any curse will be gone after the 1st wash. I'm not so sure... It's not too late to explain and go back to pay them. That might get clerkguy in trouble though.. See! I'm still trying to justify it. :S
The rest of the numbers:
I was sick Saturday but kept hydrated, ate regularly Sunday and this morning with plenty of water. As I dropped by the gym for a quick Monday weigh-in it showed I lost 7 pounds. What the heck? The lowest I weighed during this up and down during June was 256 (highest was 263 and most recent was 260). today was 253. I'll take it! ;D Maybe I'll get to 249 on my birthday after all! (It's June 30th. Even if not by next week, maybe it'll be right after that.) My cycle started yesterday, and always seems to make me weigh in LESS - opposite of most ladies, but I'm going to just keep on track and hope for that new boost toward ONEderland. Hehee.
What do you think?
UPDATE: I appreciate all of the support from you guys! LOL! You're the best! I went back and paid the additional money to clear my conscience. They did not offer to let me keep it as it was. :)
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Oog. My husband and I woke up this morning feeling sick to our stomach and with potty problems. Without going into too much detail, I've been ill a couple of times already today and made countless trips to the bathroom. My SIL and nephews just got a "24 Hour" flu, so I'm hoping that it passes pretty quickly and isn't something more serious. I'm warming some chicken noodle right now and hoping that I'll be able to have some. I've eaten dangerously little today because I just couldn't (and I was doing some extra sleeping). Oh good, the soup is done heating. I tested out my ladle and found out it scoops up a little more than .25 of a cup at a time. I thought it gathered far more than that, so I'm glad I measured it. I'm just going to start sipping some broth 'cause this soup does not smell appealing right now.
ANYWAY, I'm happy to report that my recent attempts have been working! I don't know if it'll affect the scale, but I definitely have been on track measuring foods, and had 5 out of 7 days within nutritional ranges and exceeded my planned fitness minutes and calories almost every day last week.
Goal - 40 mins / 390 cal each day:
Monday: Cybex Arc Trainer (25 mins/355 cal)
*Had to cut it short to pick up my husband, but I was glad I didn't do my normal 900 cal burn since it'd be more than twice what I needed.
Tuesday: Yoga in the am (60 mins/?? 200-300 cal)
................Cybex Arc Trainer in the pm (41 mins/572 cal)
*ST and cardio. :) I attempted to do the push ups in the yoga class and during the 2nd set rested my belly on the floor but focused on flexed my arms and pushed up the top of my torso with good form. This time *I* took myself off of the Cybex that night since I burned well past my calories for the day and didn't want to be able to justify overeating because of it.
Wed: Zumba! My 1st attempt (60 mins/ 796 cals)
*I used the "Dancing fast" exercise on the tracker and that's the # it gave me. Trust me, I pushed myself like mad and in between songs when everyone just stopped I kept my feet moving. It was fun to do the Cumbia, Salsa and other steps. If I burned as much as that says I did, I accidentally did twice the cal burn that I needed - OOPS. Also went over my food cals by 300, within ranges for everything else. There were so many arm movements involved that I felt like I also did more strength training.
Thurs: Cybex Arc Trainer (43 mins/625 cals)
...........10 crunches upstairs, 10 crunches in another machine
*Since I'd been exercising every day I went up to the highest setting I'm (slighly un-)comfortable with, 7, on this machine. It was a treat to go to that gym again since my husband wasn't working (and this is the only one that has this machine, and I usually only go when he's working out there because I drive him.) He went to the insane and mean Aqua Aerobics class (by himself!) while I did something I liked too. **Since I had some extra time I tried doing crunches with a laying down bench and then downstairs on the circuit training sitting machine. Let me just tell you that I can't do crunches. So instead of making excuses to not try it, I just waited 10-30 seconds in between each one. After completing my cardio, I did full stretching, but then I TOTALLY FORGOT TO STRETCH after the crunches. :P
Friday: Walk outside w/a friend (60 mins/ 381 cals)
*I invited a friend to walk in the morning with me on a local trail. It was good, and a slower pace from the rest of the cardio this week. I awoke at 7 am, and didn't go to bed until after going out with my husband and friends until 3:30 am. Lots of extra calories this day.
Saturday: Today - I'm sick. My muscles are killing me. My abs started hurting last night, but weirdly hurt on the right side and then across the top of my stomach. I just thought that they were tired from the crunches I attempted on Thursday (with the no stretching), but since I we woke up sick I don't know anymore. I've still just been trying to gently stretch my torso to relieve some of the tightness.
So, in summary, the 3 big things I've DONE are:
1. I added more strength training to my routine. I picked up some fitness magazines at the library for 25 cents a piece and will continue to find a ST set that I can try on a regular basis. I want to do 1 day that I made up and 1 of the Spark recommended calisthenics routines.
2. I'm trying to not OVERDO my cardio too much on one day and then skip the next day - which was the pattern in May that made my exercising a little too sporadic and (OBVIOUSLY) not as effective.
3. More reasonable nutrition.
My main goal today is to feel better. I'm so happy that it's been mostly cloudy and cool today. After writing this long blog I've barely been able to get through .25 cup of my soup. I might try to go back to bed again or wake up my husband to eat something.
Sundays I usually walk at the Lake with some SparkiFriends in the morning, but since I'm so miserable today I'll have to cancel with them. If I feel better tomorrow, I might drag my husband out onto the parking lot at night here at the apartment complex.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I like driving at night with the windows down and the music turned up.
While driving (sensibly, of course) and singing with the music there's often so many scents that it seems like there's something new after each block. It's a treat for all of the senses and so different from the normal, everyday driving that's like being on auto-pilot. You know when you're just going to work and thinking about the things you need to do? Or running errands and lists in your head while driving? Bleckh. Lately (hello 2009!) I've been managing my nutrition more on auto pilot. And I've noticed in the past few weeks that my old habits and "cravings" and junk has been creeping in. It's like, since it's on auto pilot those old tendencies are sneaking up on me and trying to get a foothold.
While talking to my good friend that's gone up and down but has a net loss of 4 pounds this year I pointed out she's been maintaining. I think that's just as important as losing weight. Maintenance is a stage we will all need to get used to at some point.
I've recently been getting a number of SparkMails asking for advice for new SparkPeople member's success, based on my own. And in thinking about my responses, I've grown to realize that I'm not doing the same thing that I did a year ago. In fact (and I think because of that) it's really no surprise that I, myself, have been essentially "maintaining" since the beginning of April.
my goal is to lose 75 lbs (hit 199) in 2009:
FEB 2009--271/267 (actual 269 2/2/09)
MAR 2009--267/259 (actual 264 3/5/09)
APR 2009--263/251 (actual 261 4/13/09)
MAY 2009--259/243 (actual 257 5/5/09)
JUN 2009--255/235 (actual 258 6/1/09) *Last week I weighed 256 one day, and 261 two days later when I stepped on the scale...*
I'm not getting down on myself, I'm just trying to think about what I'm doing differently now as compared to last year when I was about to turn 30 and had lost 50 pounds. This is not a plateau, in my mind. I know that I'm often eating at the top or above my nutritional ranges and that my exercise had become a little more sporadic.
I want to re-energize some of those healthy habits that I might have kind of "forgotten" about and put them to use again. I'm going to go from auto-pilot to firing up the pilot light! So I am using my measuring cups and tablespoons. I am designing a regular sleep/work schedule to get into a routine that includes a morning walk break and stretching in the morning & afternoon. I'm going to reread some of the great SparkPeople articles that I keep recommending to newbies. ;) (Oops.. make that, I AM rereading some of the great SparkPeople articles that I recommend. I had changed all of the "I'm going to" sentences to "I am" but missed this one.)
There's a difference between thinking of and doing. But I'm in the driver's seat. All I've gotta do is roll down the windows and pump up the music.
Friday, June 12, 2009
I found out last night that I am not a "boot camp" aerobics person. The woman that was running our aqua aerobics was yelling at the class to do more, try harder... I had already started out full steam ahead, and try as I might, I couldn't help but take the comments personally. She yelled at us that we couldn't leave (as I was feeling light headed). Look, I'm no wimp, I pump up the intensity of my workouts to the highest they can go. The entire time, I wanted to do the opposite of what she said. I let her comments affect me, and afterward when she asked me personally "Did you have fun?" I admitted I didn't. I ended up crying in the shower - NOT my kind of motivation.
1. I am active because I love my body, not because I hate it. I will continually strive to be stronger, healthier, faster, and to take care of myself.
2. I am working out because it feels good, not because "Don't you just hate it? Hate the workout, but it burns calories" (Yeah she was yelling that.)
3. I am not a "big loser", EVER. I know people find inspiration from that show, but I am never a loser. I can't disconnect that word from the negative connotation. (Yeah she called us that too.)
I'm about to go hop on the elliptical at the gym, but before I go, I have to post 2 cool things!
A. A neighbor that I don't know stopped me on the sidewalk and asked if I lived in the apartment on the end. :D After I said yes, she said, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING? You look so great!" and later said that my husband and I look so wonderful and to keep it up. **A COMPLETE STRANGER complimented me. That was pretty cool.
B. I gave away my BIG clothes for the first time. :) LOL! I worked for a company about 6 years ago and we were required to wear a standard polo shirt with the logo embroidered on it. I picked up one of the 4X Men's shirts that I had from then and since my husband fits into size 3X now, told him it'd probably fit AND IT DOES! That's great because now he has a few extra shirts to knock around in. This'll help him keep his regular work clothes nice since we can't afford to buy new stuff. I still have plans to donate my other stuff to a local women's shelter (just down the street). I need to get some time to get it all together.
And, thanks to RONICA892, I was introduced to Picnik.com today, where I made this:
I recently went to karaoke and was sleeveless for the first time in my adult life (in public)! It was amazing, and part of my plan to become more comfortable with my body. I will not wait until I'm a size 10 to get adjusted, I will try to do a little at a time so that when I am a size 10 I'm not struggling to catch up!
Done covering up!
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