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Down Down Down......

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

MAN, it's hard to see those calorie ranges going down.... I just recalculated mine today and now I'm down to 1240-1590. I'm almost as low as you can go on SP. (1200 cal, right?) So anyway. I've got to work hard if I want to meet my goal by the end of the year.

To be perfectly honest, I kind of don't think I'm going to meet that deadline. But if I don't, I want to be VERY CLOSE. The fact is I'm sure my weightloss is (or is going to be) slowing down. That's normal, right? I mean, last week I still lost 1.5 lbs...but the week before that was only .5 lbs. This week I need to still lose at LEAST 1.5lbs. If I don't, I will be behind schedule for my year end goal for the first time in this thing.

My DH is doing great! He's lost about 13 lbs so far and is REALLY working it in the gym. I adjusted his calories today as well.

I'm pondering increasing my cardio... I'm planning on starting to run at the end of this month as well. As soon as I can get some running shoes I will begin training myself into a runner. I am VERY excited about that.

AND that's about all for now. Can't wait for lunch because I am not only hungry, but I just want something to DO. Something INTERESTING. I get to read 1 more chapter of Harry Potter Book 6 today. Today is chapter 28 for anyone who is curious. Tomorrow 29, Friday 30, and Friday night... BOOK SEVEN! Can't wait. :D

I think eventually I would like to incorporate lap swimming into my workouts. This will take some serious effort because I am a HORRIBLE swimmer. I could kind of see the indoor pool at my gym through some windows and it looks like there are just 4 lap swimming lanes. I wonder if I should start there, or if I should try to learn to swim better in the pool at my apartment complex first? I mean -- I don't think there will be any harm in me improving my swimming skills at the gym... maybe I'm just too embarrassed to be there with other REAL swimmers seeing how SLOW I swim. hahahaha

I am seriously considering the following aids:

flash MP3 player for running (I have a Video iPod which has a Hard Drive. Read all over and while some people have had success with them NOT breaking while running, it seems that this is a hazard to the Hard Drive and I do NOT want to damage that baby!!! So it is only working out with me on the treadmill or Strength Training.)

waterproof MP3 player w/ headphones? If I get one of these, I will be able to take it running as well as it would be a flash drive MP3 player. It's just SO EXPENSIVE. It seems much more likely to be able to get a cheap flash drive player just for running than to wait to possibly be able to afford this... then once I have that! Could I really justify having 3 MP3 players??? 4 if you count my minidisc player?? The problem is waterproof cases scare me and are hard to find that are small and accomodate a pair of headphones.

BLEH. I will continue to look just out of curiosity but the most likely ending is -- running with my minidisc player first, eventually getting a cheap flash MP3 player specifically for running, maybe a waterproof one if I'm super lucky......... eh.

I looked online at the apple store and refurbished iPod Shuffles (the new ones) would be like $57 with shipping and taxes... I think... or close to that. That would be really "cool". But I could get a 1GIG Flash player for around $30 of I just get whatever. But if I'm waiting, I have to admit I'd rather get the shuffle. It's just so cute. And yes I know that's a silly reason. And to have another iPod in my iPod family! Also dumb. hahahah :D But anyway.

OK OK OK My DREAM would be to get a nano and a waterproof case for IT. I could take that running and swimming. But that would make me feel kinda guilty for having the video iPod. I don't really need anything that large for running and swimming only. BUT! The nano works with that Nike+ system which REALLY intrigues me since I want to start running and whatnot.

So enough rambling about techno gadgets...

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GUGIE76 7/18/2007 10:51PM

    wow - you're doing great - and right ontrack - some weeks more than target and some weeks less - and think it's so cool that you have all these ideas about how you want to try all these things and MP3s...and the swimming and the running!!! wow - that is so cool!!! and the pool - well if it's a gym pool chances are it has lanes for different speeds - most due...that way the ones who are well practiced can go fast and the ones who aren't, or prefer to go slow can too...i think you should keep your goal for the end of the year - and reassess say oct 1st - i mean - you're right - your weightloss slows down as you get closer to goal...but it does keep going...it's only just over 1/2 way through the year - so give it some time...and as you decrease calories and increase exercise or exercisionor endurance...well - it'll work!!! congrats!!! a true inspiration!!!

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LANA_BENS_MAMA 7/18/2007 6:41PM

    Congrats to your DH for his weight loss

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SWEETY8513 7/18/2007 6:13PM

    hey check out overstock.com i have always been happy with my gadgets from there and they are CHEAP and easy to run with! They do not have i-anythings but the others work just as well and they are cheaper (my biggest motivation when purchasing) haha-- Great job with the weight loss you can do this-- keep it up!

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Now that I can have a picture and a link... :) I figured I'd put it here again. YAY! It's not really up to date though, to be honest. There's some lady on a surfboard or something now??

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ZIRCADIA 7/16/2007 4:48PM

    hmm... is it blocked by a web filter or something? Because the photo is public. Even if you don't have a Flickr acct, you should be able to view it.

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JOEGIRL6113 7/16/2007 4:23PM

    This is a great idea however, I do not have access to go to Flickr. Thanks for your efforts though and I'm sure some people will use it. Rosy

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I'm still going down!!!

Monday, July 09, 2007

YEAH! I only lost .5 lb this week, but that's ok. Some weeks will be smaller and some will be bigger and as long as I keep moving in the right direction I HAVE to be happy about that. :D

Not much else to say. New challenge starting today and I gotta go make sure my team is in check! :D


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GUGIE76 7/10/2007 10:22PM

    thank you for your encouragemen today - meant a lot to be reminded that i'm not alone - and WAY TO GO on the weigh in!!! woohoo!!!

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Overdoing it.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

That's what I did last night at dinner.

I knew it would be within my calories so I WENT FOR IT. But I should have known -- I knew it was too much food, I knew it was too much protein, not enough veggies and fruits and carbs...


And now I feel like a big tub of lard. My weight fluctuated up today as well. I'm hoping that by eating better the remainder of the week and doing my excercises I will not see the aftereffects of this one meal on the scale Monday, but I feel like crap right now. WAH!

I was just thinking, it'll be ok, it's within our calories so it will be fine. But it just goes to show that just becasue it's within your calorie range does not mean it's ok. The worst part is I dragged DH down with me. And I did it FOR him!!! That's what he wanted to eat for dinner, even though he himself said are you sure we shouldn't make this into two dinners? And I was like, it's in our calories. So I'm feeling guilt.

I'm trying not to beat myself up about it, and forgive myself... but right now I still PHYSICALLY feel bad so it's kinda hard.

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TOBICAE 7/7/2007 1:59AM

    I definitely know what you mean, I'm still feeling that gyro, but I've been trying to up my water and veggies the last couple of days. Not quite getting there on the veggies, but I did make my 8 cups today, plus some. I use a cup that I know has at least 16oz. and make myself drink it all at once. See you on Monday for weigh in!

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GUGIE76 7/6/2007 9:10PM

    it's so easy to be hard on ourselves - remember that that guilt will get you know where and that you have once again - learned the hard way (lol - my specialty) about your self! way to go for being so intune with your body to "feel" that feeling today - i bet a year ago it wouldn't have been like that - you're making progress and as long as you learn from the mistakes you make - it's ok to make mistakes, right? thank you for all of your comments - they all mean so much - they really do!!!

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Goals and Rewards Contemplation etc. yadda ... YADDAA!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

OK! :D SO I DID IT!!! I was sooooo nervous that I wasn't going to hit it on Monday but -- I DID.

And what did I hit? THE BIG 50!

No, not years. POUNDS LOST!!! :D WOOHOO!!!

Yeah, I've been talking about it for a while but now I've actually DONE IT. I weighed in on Monday at 239.5. I'm in the 230's NOW!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? CAN I BELIEVE IT????

I weighed 294 at the end of last year. I made a choice that I was never going to weigh that much again and I was going to CHANGE and become a HEALTHY PERSON. Now I'm packing things like roasted peppers for lunch and I have gone down 50lbs.

My idea of a reward for my halfway point was to get some running shoes so I can start learning how to run (one of the goals I mentioned in my last post). Well, I've discussed it with my DH and he has agreed (assuming we have the extra money at the end of the month) that we can get me some running shoes.

Now I have to figure out what are some relatively cheaper but quality running shoes I can get. Any suggestions?

The biggest thing about this milestone is it means I am over the hump. (well the halfway hump -- I know there will be some other kinds of humps and bumps along the way, especially when I near my goal.) But from here on out I can count DOWN from 50lbs to 0lbs remaining till goal. I just can express how successful I feel and how accomplished.

Again -- this is something I kind of resigned that would never happen to me. (See that language? I didn't even give control of my health/weight to myself.) And now I've taken charge and look where I am!!!!!

Anyway. I'm just excited. :)

Went to the gym today with DH and did Strength Training. He did really excellent and we had a much more positive experience than last time. (I'm learning how to be a good spotter and wasn't really there for him all the time like I should have been leading to tension and whatnot....) But this time I did better! And he did a great job with his stuff. He did 3 different upper body machines, 2 lower body machines, and 1 core machine. Sparks recommends 2-3 upper, 2-3 lower, and 1-2 core. So he is well on track to having a very good ST program going. I'm basically acting like a little Personal Trainer hahaha. I do my ST while he's in the shower, so when he's doing his I just follow around, write down the reps and weights of each excercise, suggest what to do next, make sure he's keeping good form...

Can you BELIEVE III can do that???? hahahaha. I would have had no clue what to even begin with last year. It's halfway through the year (not quite halfway through sparks, that would be next Monday for me I think), and I have learned a RIDICULOUS amount.

I feel so much better prepared for growing older and having children. You know, those things that will have me taking care of my body better and taking care of other people's bodies while they are too young to do it for themselves??? I was afraid in a way of not knowing how to eat healthy and setting a bed example for my future children, but now I feel MUCH more confident about that future.


I will shut up for now. :)

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TOBICAE 7/7/2007 1:56AM

    Congratulations on 50, that's great! I'm hoping to be where you are in about the same amount of time, we started from about the same. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your progress and I'm glad to know someone who cares about mine. I love your optimism.

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GUGIE76 7/6/2007 9:14PM

    ahhhhhhh - i am soooo happy for you - 50lbs is AMAZING and 1/2 way to goal is AMAZING! you're a true inspiration - i am so happy reading about how much you get out of spark - like me...it's such a growing/shrinking experience...and that's what it should be!! that's how to make it really work!!! i coulen't be any more excited for you!!!!

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THICKY_THICK 7/6/2007 7:02PM

    CONGRATS!!!! way to kick butt! you are doing so great. keep up the good work. and new balance running shoes should be pretty reasonable. you can prolly find cheap ones on the net.

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