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Day 3 Weight Loss Mode!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Yeah, I kinda like that. I'm in a MODE! haha.

Today's been a little.. EH.

I woke up this morning very disappointed -- I was hoping to wake up refreshed and ready to go run and feeling awesome and instead I woke up feeling more tired than yesterday and with a horrible headache. :( And hungry. haha.

I dilly dallied and ate and then realized I had no time to go run and I was ok with that cause I just wasn't feeling it - I'm rowing in about 2 hrs so it's all good. I'm actually going to think about running back to work instead of riding w/ my boatmate -- she picks me up (which is good cause I don't want to spend my energy before a tough rowing practice running and it's faster) but... if I still have enough energy afterward and enough time I think I'll run back. It's only about 1.5 miles, but at least I'll have that running feeling under my feet today.

BRUSSEL SPROUTS = GOOD! :) I kind of like cabbage, but I definitely hate that steamed gross cabbage and the smell of THAT. Well, this recipe for the brussels was interesting. You slice them thinly - after trimming off stems -- the recipe called for slicing w/ stems down - but I sometimes laid them on their side and sliced still in that direction - kinda along the way the brussel grew? Anyway. Thinly slice, keeping any leaves that fall off. Heat some olive oil w/ garlic until garlic is soft and then add the brussel sprouts and 1 tbsp of Mirin. Saute for 15 min, then toss w/ some sesame oil and sea salt. I used about 16 brussel sprouts, 1.5tsp olive oil and 1tsp sesame oil (which was reduced from the original recipe) but still used the 1Tbsp of mirin - it was SO GOOD. Tasted like the delicious innards of a really awesome eggroll. :D

I will again have to be careful with dinnertime calories, just under 500 left MAX for the day. I'm gonna get used to this though! Soon! haha :D

Apparently ZORBS13 got an email about the RW article today and I did not so I'm assuming that means I didn't make the article about the half marathon, but you should totally look for her story! I think the RW lady said it'd be in the August issue...

I said I'd sub for rowing tomorrow in the AM if they need me -- seems like a lot of the rows have gotten cut out or cut smaller lately and I don't want the club to start shriveling and dying so I want to do what I can to help - but I secretly am hoping they don't get enough people and I can sleep in again. hahha. :) We'll see.

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SWEETZMIX 4/15/2010 3:58PM

    Awesome on being still in the mode. The brussel sprouts sound good once you said they tasted like an awesome eggroll insides stuff lol I love cabbage but also hate the smell of it steamed. So I hope you get to sleep in too!

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CLOVERR1 4/15/2010 3:38PM

    blech...brussel sprouts; I'd rather have a nice salad with alfalfa sprouts or some mung bean sprouts.

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TAKEONME48137 4/15/2010 12:08PM

    Brussel Sprouts never really appealed to me, but maybe I'll give them another shot, especially if I prepare them like you did. That sucks about the article, but I will definitely check it out in the future. I hope everything else is going well. Miss you! =)

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 4/15/2010 10:46AM

    I love the egg roll comparison... what a great way to explain the taste!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/15/2010 9:20AM

    A eggroll without the wrapper!!! What a brilliant idea!!! That could be a great side with some stirfry.

Thanks for the thought.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 4/15/2010 7:04AM

    Waking up hungry means your metabolism is in full gear :)!

That brussel sprouts recipes sounds delish! I am definitely going to make that. I am like you, I love cabbage and love brussel sprouts. Steamed cabbage do smell funky though!

I think it is so cool how into the rowing club you are emoticon

RW's loss ;)!

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MARATHONMOM26.2 4/15/2010 3:21AM

    That recipe sounds yummy!!! Do you slice them all the way through, or just to the stem like a blossoming onion? I buy the petite sprouts from the frozen section and saute them with balsamic vinegar and red onion... This is a veggie I discovered as an adult and now love it!

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KASHMIR 4/15/2010 12:23AM

    MMMmmmmm...I'm trying that recipe next week!!!

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LORI-LU 4/15/2010 12:02AM

    Hurray for brussels sprouts! Try my fav way to fix 'em (super easy):

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/14/2010 11:15PM

    way to rock day 3! if we keep this up we will be able to zip up our jeans by may!!!! those brussels sound great. i don't know what mirin is.

looked it up and it says it is some sort of rice wine so i won't be able to use it.

Comment edited on: 4/14/2010 11:21:32 PM

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LAFTERSFREE 4/14/2010 8:23PM

    the brussel sprouts sound really good prepared like that. i used to HATE them, my mom made me eat them as a kid and i hated that watery squishy texture of the inside. mark made me try them again a few months ago and they were actually really delicious and i didnt mind the texture as much as i did when i was young. i love how tastes change for the better as you get older and im glad i gave them a shot again! i'll have to try the way u've described here, i LOVE eggrolls!

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MBSHAZZER 4/14/2010 7:47PM

    When I used to work out at night, I would eat a big lunch and a very small dinner - just a protein shake or a bowl of cereal. I had ZERO energy when I woke up! Which was OK b/c all I had to do was get out of bed and shower! So, like Patty said, it could be just getting used to the new calorie deficit. If you can work out later in the day til you adjust, it might help.

SO GLAD you liked the brussels sprouts! HOORAY! I am going to try that recipe next time I get my paws on fresh sprouts. Sounds delish!

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MISSY_MAGOO 4/14/2010 7:16PM

    busy, busy, like always. You'll do fine with 500 max for dinner- just do a lean meat, a small whole grain and bunch of veggies should be 300-400. That or a big ol salad with chicken are my fallbacks for when i reach the end of the day with not alot left to try and keep in range. Don't forget you're a pro at this. I have to remind myself sometimes. "I've done this, I can do this"
And we're have opposite taste when it comes to cabbage and brussle sprouts. I LOVE cabbage, anyway you serve it! But gag n brussel sprouts, ick. :)

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DOGSNRODENTS 4/14/2010 5:38PM

    I have to agree with SEEHOLZ, if you're just getting back into a lower calorie regime, then your body is probably adjusting and feeling a bit wiped until it can get back into the swing of things (i.e., making do with the calories you're providing for it).

And yes, brussel sprouts are delicious! Glad you got a chance to try them out! :)

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 4/14/2010 5:21PM

    You are one busy lady! :-)

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SEEHOLZ 4/14/2010 4:38PM

    Your TIRED feeling might be an effect from the calorie cutting... till your body gets used to it. I tell you, I'm following this MODE really closely, because I am playing around with following suit... which is super hard for me btw. But, it's keeping me going in the right direction. Right now, my upper range is rather generous, but till I get consistency I will not even cut more, because I'll just set myself up for binge mode. Instead, I am focusing on making little choices that are better here and there... for NOW. Step 2 will be to cut more... which sucks! But, seeing you do it, is an awesome example! Thanks for he peptalk btw.

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Day 2 of Weight Loss Mode!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

So yes, I have been a little hungry at times. But nothing too crazy and it's to be expected adjusting to the lower range...

and also cause I have gotten very little sleep the past two nights w/ early morning rows... and TOM is coming...

So actually all that considered I'm doing really great! :)

Tonight's dinner will require some strategerie to get within range, but not too bad - I have just over 500 cal max and I can definitely do that. I'm thinking tonight might be the night to try this brussel sprouts recipe... I've been dying to try making them for a while now because I have NEVER EATEN A BRUSSEL SPROUT. HAHA :D So I'm thinking - fish, sprouts, rice or couscous - depends on how fast I wanna eat when I get home. I think I'll go ahead and cook up the rice either way, but it takes about an hour to make my batch in my little steamer.

I LOVE THAT THING. It will steam anything - but I primarily use it to make rice. And by rice, I really mean a mixture of brown rice and red wheat berries. I am so in love with those wheat berries... they make my rice feel fancy and give a great chewy texture in there as well. :)

This morning I made my own cereal -- an attempt to cut down on processed items and sugar basically -- I shared the recipe on SparkRecipes. I would have done better on my calories so far today if I hadn't decided I just HAD to try my cereal, but come on!! And I will make it fit. Essentially - I bought bags of puffed grains (kamut, millet, corn, brown rice) and mixed them w/ some rolled oats, flax seed, and chopped pecans. Then I made a liquid mixture of some water, honey, and protein powder. Mixed it allll together and baked low in the oven until it was dried.

Kinda granola-esque, but lighter... Turned out good! I think I might prefer it w/ cottage cheese to milk, but definitely successful. :D YAY!

Rowing this morning was a little crazy. It was mostly kind of boring, we were rowing the 4+ but with a newer rower who was interested in racing, but wasn't able to start practice with us last week - so we made another lineup. So she tried it out today and she basically needs to row more and is not going to be rowing with us a week from Saturday in a race! But we did encourage her to try to work up to possibly racing in late June or in July (not sure if they'll be doing a June regatta but July is pretty likely) because she definitely was able to improve a fair amount today. But because of the newness, today was mostly drills and rotating pairs rowing, verrrry little all 4 because when we tried it we were crashing from side to side like crazy and whatnot.

Sooo about moving! So many people asked. Basically - my DH is getting so close to being ready to defend his dissertation - but he is likely to be unable to defend in the Spring (not THAT close), or the summer (because some members of his committee object to summer meetings - yes. seriously), so in all likelihood he'll be defending in the beginning of the Fall semester. So it was either find a place to live cheap again (our sublease ends at the end of June) or go ahead and move, since he will only have to come back to Tuscaloosa mayyyyybe once a week and to defend - and save on rent by living w/ the in-laws temporarily, get in a place where he'll be able to network a bit (good jobs in his field in that city) and just in general begin the moving on process! So this move is another more temporary one (after moving to our current place for about 6 months).

I'll have to find a job to cover our expenses and paying a small rent to his parents (they haven't asked but we're gonna do it anyway) - hoping I can maybe get a job at a gym. :) That's the plan - it's still not set in stone, but it is very likely that we are going that route.

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ENEFIE21 5/6/2010 7:46PM

    Red wheat berries? What are those? Cause there's this grain (that can be steamed) that we put into our rice in Mongolia and I don't know what it is in English.. but I LOVED IT... I'll google it. PS - I put up some old pictures on Facebook. LOVE YOU!!!! (And yes.. I'm catching up on old posts...) :)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/15/2010 9:17AM

    Sounds like a very hectic rest of the year. Make sure you take some time out for you each day. If you don't, it can become overwhelming.

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 4/14/2010 2:20PM

    I love brussel sprouts - they remind me of little baby cabbages. . .LOL YUM The cereal idea sounds great! On another note - I'm sad to hear you may be leaving Tuscaloosa soon :-(..... One, we haven't got to meet up yet. Two, you're probably the only "regular" besides Bre that 'socializes' on here with people as they join as well as offering encouragement to our fellow "Totally Tuscaloosa" Team. BUT. . . .just because you'll be in a different city doesn't mean you won't be on our team?! Right????!!!!!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 4/14/2010 11:23AM

    How did the brussel sprouts turn out? I've never tried them either, and most people I know either love them (and have loved them since childhood) or hate them (and have hated them since childhood). I'm curious what somebody approaching them for the first time as an adult thinks. =D

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MBSHAZZER 4/14/2010 10:27AM

    I hope you enjoyed the Brussels sprouts! They are my FAVORITE FAVORITE veggie of all time! Along with lima beans! Report back!!

I've never tried wheat berries; they sound like they would make a nice addition to rice! Will make a note to check them out!

I love your plan for getting hubby thru his dissertation! I guess he won't be teaching in the Summer / Fall semesters? Is he looking for a university job when he's finished with his PhD? And, what exactly is his field? I know these are probing questions, so feel free to ignore!

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SEEHOLZ 4/14/2010 10:26AM

    I love, love, love brussel sprouts.. the only downside.. they stink! And my DD and DS can't stand the smell... oh well, I used to buy the fresh ones at TJ, but then switched to steamed frozen ones... less smell I guess. The smaller they are, the better they taste IMHO.
I did bad yesterday - went over range... I need to find the courage to just be okay with feeling hungry- I did great for 5 days, so I am focusing on that. Today is a new day and I will make it to 100%!!!!

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JOHNBABJR 4/14/2010 10:01AM

    Great job, Dana! Keep it up! Better you than me on the brussel sprouts.

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SWEETZMIX 4/14/2010 8:54AM

    Hope the brussel sprouts turned out good. I was always given them steamed, so that is why I don't like them. Kudos on making your own cereal. And the next smaller move is just apart of the big plan. Living with the in laws to save money sounds fab! I have considered that for like 8 seconds lol Great job on day 2!!

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LASHERTHECAT 4/14/2010 7:56AM

    I love Brussels sprouts... They are my favourite cooked veggie! I also love that you make your own Muesli... I do that too, but for now I'm still in love with oatmeal!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/14/2010 7:38AM

    I emoticon brussels sprouts. How can you not love those tiny little miniature cabbages? They're just so cute! Plus they taste good. LOL

Good luck with the housing, defense, etc.

My eating is under better control and I'm working on getting more sleep which I think is helping a lot...

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DDOORN 4/14/2010 5:36AM

    Did brussel sprouts a few weeks ago as I hadn't had them since childhood and always thought they were YUCK...still not a fan, though...but at least I tried!

GL to DH & dissertation defending!


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TAIMOIRAI 4/13/2010 11:43PM

    We just tried brussel sprouts for the first time about two weeks ago and I hated them, but then I'm not huge on cabbage either. I hope your experiment ends better than mine!

I'm sorry you guys have to move again. Moving always sucks even if it leads to bigger and better things. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you to get a job at the gym, though. One of us should be able to escape our job rut!

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KASHMIR 4/13/2010 11:38PM

    I discovered last year I like brussel sprouts. My mom always steamed them and I couldn't stand them unless I buried them in Mayo. I made them for Christmas, cut in quarters, sautéed in olive oil with garlic, and then a little fresh Parmesan cheese grated over them.

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KARVY09 4/13/2010 10:20PM

    OOh, Brussels sprouts get a bad rap. They are delish! Best of luck in entering weight loss mode again. But I know you will do great!

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/13/2010 9:43PM

    glad it is going well for you so far. i am hungry at times too. right now i am really hungry and i am trying to be good. i still have room for a snack if i want though. yesterday i was below my 1400 goal and i even had a donough! bad me.

your own cereal? that is so thrifty. i will check out the recipe.

i have never eaten a brussel sprout. i am sure i would like the taste but the smell just makes me emoticon
the smell of cooked cabbage does that to me too but i love raw cabbage. don't think you can eat raw brussel's. they are probably too tough.

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Update on Today

Monday, April 12, 2010

Might be a bit too soon for a "so far so good" -- but it's the truth!

I made this decision yesterday, I calculated my new ranges this morning after workout, and I planned my day accordingly. I really think I know where I will be cutting out/changing the bulk of my eating and that is with "breakfast".

"Breakfast" has come to be eating something before working out, after working out, then a little bit later, then something before I go to work. Now -- I may be up for enough hours to eat more than just once, or my workout might necessitate a refuel afterward or something - BUT. I think I can modify what foods I'm choosing and how much to better balance my day. By eating lighter this morning, I had pretty much the same snacks and lunch that I've BEEN having lately and I have a nice adequate balance left for dinner. I'm also registering +30% for protein still today which I am happy about. It'll probably shift a bit with dinner of course, but I want to make sure I'm still getting the amount of protein I want to support my strength training even though I'm reducing overall calories.

My new range is from 1320-1670. I can do this! I have 293-643 left for dinner - which is definitely doable. Meaning, so far today I've eaten (including the tuna I'll have in about 45min) 1027 calories - 101 carbs/30g fat/93g protein

Breakfast: 340
Naturally Ground Peanut Butter w/ Pretzel Sticks - 318
2 % Cottage cheese w/ strawberries and some Kashi Berry Crumble Cereal - 139

Fage 0% w/ Blackberries - 129

Lunch: 340
SALAD! - Spinach, Broccoli Slaw, grape tomatoes, feta cheese, chicken, dressing
Small Granny Smith Apple

Snack: 100

I'm still undecided about what to do with dinner, but I know I can manage the calories I have left.

This morning I had rowing practice with my racing boat lineup - I got moved to the bow of the boat and it was ok. :) We mostly went kinda slow during today's workout which is TOUGH because it's a lot easier to balance the boat when we're going fast - I guess there is just so much more natural momentum it doesn't tend to tip side to side? Anyway - so we had to work a lot harder to maintain a kind of balance in the boat. We DID practice the "racing starts" a few times and were able to get off to a 32 stroke rating in one of them! We stopped after about 10 strokes, but still -- speedy! :)

Then I went for one of my new SLOW runs - almost 58 min w/ a brief 2 min walking warmup included in that for only about 4 miles. SLOW - but my AHR was 164 and max 174 so that is still looking a lot better than before. Just gonna keep working on it.

I liked being able to row and run today (usual off day), because that means tomorrow after rowing I won't have to lift AND run - just do my lifting. :) Woot! Wednesday will probably be erging and a run in the morning and then rowing practice in the afternoon. Lifting on Thursday - then rowing Friday afternoon. Run Saturday - maybe erg. Row Sunday evening. Yeah - I know - no off day. Saturday's are optionally off.... I'd like to get another running day (4 total counting the sprints after lifting on Thursday) but right now with all the regatta practices - rowing and erging - I'm not sure that's really feasible. This extra practice schedule MAY only be until the regatta on the 25th... but... if I can swing it there's one on the 10th of July that I'm thinking about.

Speaking of RUNNING - there is a HUGE likelihood that this will NOT turn into anything, buuuut - I talked to someone from Runners' World today on the phone about a story they're doing on people running a Fall Half-Marathon and aiming for a certain time goal - they wanted to hear from people wanting to beat 2:30, 2:15, 2:05, 2:00 or something like that... anyway. I want to beat 2:30 in my September Marathon. Right now I feel like I'm taking two steps back with my pace but I know that's only a training pace and not a representation of my speed capabilities -- based on where I crossed the half point in my marathon and my 5K PR, and other races - I think with some good training I can do it. If I maintain my recent race pace times of around 11:39 for that distance, I'm a few minutes over that goal. Soooooo we'll see. :) If I'm selected I will get some coach to give me a training plan I think? That'd be cool. I do think I helped myself stand out by: being 6'2" - it's in my signature on RWOL haha, and when she asked about when I started running I got to talk about my weight loss, etc. The downside? I'm a first time half marathoner and they may be only featuring people specifically looking to improve a previous race time, meaning no first-timers. *shrug* I have to tell you, it'd definitely be a MAJOR incentive to train hard if I knew a bunch of RW readers would be reading about my results! HAHAHAHA :D

OH. And. It's very very likely that we're moving at the end of June. So that will throw a wrench into regatta on July 10th w/ BWRC... if I continue to row with the club until we leave, that only leaves a week and a half or so of not having a place to live before the regatta.... I mean - theoretically I could stay with someone for that week if we thought we really still needed some practices together before that race. Assuming moving doesn't completely eliminate the practice possibilities! :P I mean - obviously I'll be mega busy during moving so.... *shrug* not to mention that regatta travel and registration means money and moving costs money. I'm not ruling it out because it may be my last chance to race in a regatta for some time, but I'm not expecting to be able to do it either if that makes sense. :)

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TAKEONME48137 4/14/2010 12:04PM

    The food stuffs looks good. You are an exercise machine! lol That's really cool about the Runner's World thing. I hope it works out. Do you guys know where you are moving yet? (If you already mentioned it, sorry!! I've missed a lot of blogs lately because of all sorts of stuff going on.) I hope all is well! =)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/13/2010 1:10PM

    I hope it all works out and you get to go to the regatta. Where are you going to be moving to?

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SEEHOLZ 4/13/2010 10:22AM

    WOW--- end of June move, huh? I'll come home from Europe and you'll be in a new place.... are you moving out of Alabama?

Is there another regatta before July maybe that you can partake in? Or one later in the summer close to where you live?

I know you can do this!! I am trying sooooo hard to stay in my ranges and it's been TOUGH, BUT..... I have been doing it. First step forward... so I think, once you get trhough a few tough days, it'll get easier... especially with summer coming, activities and usually for me, less of an appetite... not to say that barbecues and parties don't bring lots of sabotaging activities, but either way, I know you will rock this calorie range and show it who's boss,hahaha.

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SWEETZMIX 4/13/2010 9:48AM

    Planning and restructuring, that's what it's all about. You decided what you needed to do and came up with a plan and changed up your breakfast. Hopefully RW will do a whole spread on you!!!!!!! And I know what you mean about moving and wanting to do other things, like the regatta. I am moving in the early fall as well. I guess you can just keep everything up as normal and see what happens closer to the move.

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MBSHAZZER 4/13/2010 9:08AM

    Dana, how neat that RW is interested inyour running! I was going to ask how they got in touch with you, but I see you're on their online forums! So cool!

I think your plan for breakfast is spot on. It does sound like the AM eating was getting out of hand, and it's great that you identified that as a source of excess calories. Doesn't sound like it will be too painful to make that change!

Where is the move to?

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JOHNBABJR 4/13/2010 7:35AM

    Dana, I read Runner's World and I am watching, so you better train hard!

Good luck on everything. I hope your new range works for you; it seems low to me.

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MISSY_MAGOO 4/12/2010 11:01PM

    mmmmm- your day sounds tasty so far :) So do you put the kashi and strawberries in the cottage cheese or on the side? Somebody else told me to try adding things into it... I'd never even thought of adding anything other then pineapple or peaches!

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DDOORN 4/12/2010 10:52PM

    GL w/ Runners' World...that would be AWESOME!

You have my sympathies, re: moving...gotta be near the top if not THE most dreaded task of all...! Guess it DOES force one to whittle "stuff" down to meaningful, manageable quantities...lol!


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FLUTTER-BY)L( 4/12/2010 8:49PM

    Busy lady! I am glad to see what you are thinking of doing with your food. My breakfast is strange like that too. I eat a snack and walk with one friend and then eat and personal study time then walk with another friend and then eat my "real" breakfast.

Best wishes as you move.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Yeah -- so my weight's been holding fairly steady since sometime around the marathon or a little before, or really since about last August. But... I'm done with it.

I'm sick of being over my low weight, I'm sick of the extra flab in the middle. I've been trying to be patient, to focus on weightlifting. First focus was on the marathon and it was easier to ignore I guess cause I had so much going on or I wasn't up QUITE as much. Then after the marathon and holidays it was like. darn. This sucks.

Saturday I went to put on a pair of shorts and they flat out did not fit. Not they were a little snug, they didn't fit. Granted I haven't worn them in a little less than a year - other clothes are just snug but I bought these at my very lowest weight and they have no stretch really... so....

Anyway. That was depressing.

And I had such a mopefest on Sunday -- I KNOW my TOM is coming up this week and likely contributing to some hormonal stuff and some bloating BUT.

I decided to be honest with myself -- I'm tired of waiting on losing weight. I've been loving this New Rules of Lifting for Women plan and I plan to continue with the workouts, but I'm throwing the whole nutrition plan of being close to maintenenace with the calories out the window.

If I can commit myself to losing the extra weight, I will be done with that soon and I won't have to be living with the extra lbs so long. I will NOT discard my strength training, or any of the other exercise I'm doing. I just have to get used to doing it on less fuel.

I did NOT eat clean on Sunday -- I overdid some black jellybeans (my one easter splurge cause it's the only time of year they sell them on their own). Then later that day after my DH and I talked over our current stresses and I discussed how I think I wanted to change my tactic right now physically to weight loss because I'm not happy carrying the flub - he suggested I take the rest of the easter candy to work. I did NOT over do ANY chocolate items while they've been in the house! I have to say, I've been proud of my will power where that stuff has been concerned. Well -- last night I consciously made the decision to have a few of each kind of thing I bought, and give the rest away. Don't need em.

I ate that chocolate and stuff last night for "dinner" - not too healthy but I also didn't double down on eating healthy PLUS the junk. haha. The rest is in a big ziploc bag to take to work. I have a co-worker who maintains a "CHOCOLATE" jar that people go and partake of and sometimes contribute money and other times chocolate. Well- I have been an OCCASIONAL (rare) patron, but not contributed too much and here's my opportunity to give her the motherload. HAHAHAHA.

So now it comes to getting used to eating less -- making the most of every calorie. I think I will feel better knowing I'm finally working toward this goal. I KNOW that some of my muscles have grown, but it's hard to notice or appreciate them as much when I still have the extra flab covering them up.

And I KNOW I'm not fat. I'm still healthy range for my height, but I think for my frame (which is actually quite narrow and small for my height from what I can tell) I just do not feel comfortable where I am right now and I've given it time (4 months) to decide to go this route and I think that's a good enough amount of time.

I just got back from the grocery store -- I'm gonna try a couple of recipes this week from the CLEAN FOOD cookbook... I think that's what it's called (checked it out from the library)... I'm trying to get back to trying new recipes a bit more again.

I hate to give up on a strategy before seeing it through to the end, but I think sometimes you just have to admit when something isn't working for you even if you're midway through the process. I need a lot of support with this! I have my husband's buy in and I'm gonna need my sparkfriends.

I'm still sticking to the Partying Penguin challenge, not weighing myself or measuring till the end of the month -- I haven't done that at home at all and only accidentally saw my weight at the VO2 Max test.

OK - time to go eat. And drink lots of water. And check on my beans.

I rowed and ran this morning, BTW. :)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/13/2010 1:05PM

    (puts on cheerleader outfit)

You can do it!!!

(takes cheerleader outfit off)

Now, if you don't start losing, I'll have to put it on again and scare those pounds off.


Keep with it. I'm here cheering you on.

A suggestion if I may. Take those shorts and put them somewhere were you can see them. They are not a depressing thing, they are a MOTIVATING thing.

You ran a marathon, you can do this.

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RUN2BEFREE 4/12/2010 9:43PM

    I struggle with this too and I am also sick of it. Just when I think I am "under control" and eating clean - I become way out of control.

We got to do this my fellow Partying Penguin! You have a plan and you will rock it!

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LAFTERSFREE 4/12/2010 8:20PM

    good for you, do what you know works for yourself and makes you happiest. also, way to go on deciding to give away all that candy. i pretty much ate myself sick of my own chocolate stash so i havent even wanted to touch what's left of it! have a great week!

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SF-RACHAEL 4/12/2010 7:11PM

    Hey...guess what? It's your plan, your health, and your choices!! Rock it out!!!


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BRE7482 4/12/2010 6:49PM

    I think you've done enough research and tried enough things to the point that you know your body and what works for your body. I know you'll accomplish all that you want and you'll ALWAYS have tons of support from your SparkFriends!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/12/2010 5:08PM

    Wow, I love how rational you are about it - I don't hear any guilt from you like I pile on myself about these things. I know you will accomplish your goal and look forward to reading about it - might just give me the inspiration I've been needing!!

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CLOVERR1 4/12/2010 4:58PM

    It's good to have a plan! But DON'T sweat it too much--you are a fit lady!

And, speaking of plans, are you still good for coming up north for the Relay for Life in a couple of weeks?

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RUNTRILAUGH 4/12/2010 4:42PM

    Me too! and i am sick of it!

Come on Braves Penguin, we can do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TAKEONME48137 4/12/2010 2:16PM

    I hope that you are able to get a plan going and get some new goals set. You can do it!! You are amazing. =)

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 4/12/2010 2:06PM

    I think we've all been (I am presently) in the place where we notice something we're doing just isn't working and like you, I've had to change things around too. Different strokes for different folks as I've heard. Everyone's body is different and different things work different ways for us all! Good for you on deciding what's best for you - because in the end that's all that matters - what's best for YOU!! emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/12/2010 1:17PM

    I've been watching your blog and reading what sounded like rationalizations for months now, and wondering when the shoe might drop...

So yeah, go back to what you know works. I too have recently recommitted to getting back down to my low weight. I don't like what I see at the moment. I don't like the loss of control. I don't like feeling as if it's all happening all over again with the 100+ loss and subsequent regain.

So I'm shoving it back down. Despite the fact that my appetite has increased due to the triathlon training. I really should not require over 3000 calories per day, which is what I've been averaging.

I'm afraid I might never be an "intuitive" eater, and that's OK because I do have a method that works. And now I'm going back to it. So There. LOL

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JOHNBABJR 4/12/2010 1:10PM

    Dana, I'm the king of eating in my maintenance range when I'm trying to lose a few pounds. I just know that when my eating is "cleaner", I feel much better.

Good luck; you can do it!

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LASHERTHECAT 4/12/2010 12:55PM

    Well, you gave this plan a good shot, and it doesn't work for you... Time to change it!! No shame in that... I'm changing up my plans this week too..

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SEEHOLZ 4/12/2010 12:35PM


I soo know that feeling, yet I'm tiptoing on not being able to change... this Penguin challenge has really sparked something in me, and the fact that DH is trying to loose weight- WTH right? hahahahhahahha.. Anyways, even though I might not cut back that much, I do want to see myself getting smaller... And just like Jen, I get so overwhelmed, but I know I can... not as fast as you maybe, but I can...
So, trust me, I'll be keeping up with your blogs and finding motivation from you and I will be your # 1 supporter, because who knows, maybe I'll see some progress along the way... let me know what helps, okay?!

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MBSHAZZER 4/12/2010 12:23PM

    Dana - nothing wrong with changing your plan. We are all an experiment of one and if what you're doing isn't working, it would be crazy not to change it up. And really, you have to be comfortable in your own skin, so if you're not, then of course you need to change things up.

I'm sure your coworkers appreciated the candy donation! And, FWIW, next to candy corn, the black jellybeans are my faves!!

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SWEETZMIX 4/12/2010 12:17PM

    You can do this Dana! It seems sO much harder when you do it and have to re do it. But it's life. Your clothes will fit again this summer. Stay strong!

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RDARLING 4/12/2010 12:16PM

    Good luck with your new plan of attack! I resorted to tracking food again (something I hadn't done in months). Quickly realized why I wasn't loosing weight, too many calories and not the right amounts of good food.

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KARVY09 4/12/2010 12:16PM

    Good plan, Dana! Hey, it's good you are continually evaluating where you are at. Shows you're doing really well! I hope you have a wonderful week!

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MSSUNBUG 4/12/2010 12:05PM

    I agree that if a plan isn't working for you mid-way through and you recognize it, it's wise to jump ship and do what DOES work for you. You're making the right choice.

Best wishes as you change things up!

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JOPAPGH 4/12/2010 12:03PM

    Sounds like a plan, now time to exectue on it.

I see success in your future...

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RAMJLM 4/12/2010 11:59AM

  You really have a grasp on who you are, what you want, and how to get there. You understand your strentghs and the things that work for you. You have a real grip on your weaknesses and what isn't working for you. Focus on the positive. Run with your strengths and you won't lose ground. You can do it!

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HJFOGARTY 4/12/2010 11:58AM

    good luck and hope it all works the way you want it too.

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/12/2010 11:56AM

    dana i am so with you right now. tom came this week and i couldn't get my jeans done up. ok i could get them done up but i couldn't sit and would get a tummy ache from them. these are the same jeans i put away last summer cause they were falling off me. gah! the thought of going to bed hungry every night again is so hard. i know how hard it is to lose weight, as you do, and i feel that is part of the problem. the thought of doing it all again is overwhelming.

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MDTWEETY 4/12/2010 11:55AM

    Sorry you are not at the weight you'd like to be. But it's good that you've identified what is and what isn't working and came up with a new plan. Also, it's nice to read that you are still happy and proud of what you have accomplished and where you are now. That's important. HUGS and good luck. If it makes you feel better, I have an extra 7-8 pounds I want get rid of as well and I have not been diligent in the least. I decided yesterday that it was definitely time for me to buckle down. I know what I need to do. Now on to doing it. :)
Have a great day!

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VO2 Max Test!

Friday, April 09, 2010


in a word - disappointing.

In two words... very disappointing. HAHAHA.

So - I hear that apparently the cycle VO2 max can be around 15% LOWER than a true reading that you'd get from testing on a treadmill running, but even with that adjustment that puts me in the lower end of the "good" category (34.2) I was able to find on a particular website. As is, I'm considered "fair" (29.7 ml/kg/m). Another website just simply shows a range of 33-42 for my age bracket in "non-athletes" BUT!

I DO KNOW, I could have done more had my legs not just given out on me - my quads were like - what the crap. I haven't been on a bike in .... probably a year? Well for more than 5 min or so at least - and definitely not testing my muscles in any way. I think I hopped on one for 5 minutes not too long ago just for the heck of it.

But it was still an interesting experience and I'll tell you how it went!

So obviously we were using spin bikes for our test - there was an arm hooked up to a machine and a big tube running from the machine to the end of the arm and at the end of the tube there were some valves and a mouthpiece, apparently like a snorkel mouthpiece but I've never snorkeled so there's that.

They adjusted the arm so that I was able to comfortably have the mouthpiece in my mouth while in riding position, and of course adjusted the bike to appropriate heights for me. Then he asked me to adjust the bike so that it felt like about a 3/10 resistance for me. OH and of course - the NOSECLIP - you wear a clip so all of your air is going through the measurement valves. Then I started going.

Every 2 min, they would take an RPE on a scale of 6-20 (interesting scale - 6 being doing nothing at all, then veryvery light, very light, light, hard, very hard, very very hard, maximum effort) Annnyyywayyyy... They'd gesture at the scale on a sheet of paper until I gave the thumbs up for which was right. For the first half of the test at least they were like, numbers look great, your breathing is barely even above normal resting, etc - I think in this case, looking at my info and googling acronyms, they were looking at my RER or Respiratory exchange rate. Apparently .8 is at rest and 1.1 is a secondary stopping point indicator for the VO2 max test. I was at .87 when my HR was in the 140's about 4 min in.

But I had to stop at like... HR 184, and I know (as you all well know from my recent HR escapades) that I am able to sustain my HR longer at that range than I did in this test (which lasted all of 11 min) but my legs just couldn't keep going. It was such a bummer because the rest of me felt I had more to give but the lower part of my quads, by my knees, were just on FIRE. :P

Also I kinda heard them talking about how they should have been using a new filter? I really don't know if that affected the accuracy of the test or if I was overhearing something completely irrelevant. :) HAHAHA. I didn't ask cause a) I was in the middle of my test and couldn't talk, and b) eh. whatever.

The test was free and what I really hoped to gain I didn't. I wanted to see where my MHR was at my VO2 max, but I KNOW that 184 is not my MHR so I get the feeling my VO2 max reading was off as well. *shrug* I also never run on a treadmill (vs biking), but at least that effect is more of a total cardio working craziness than a muscle fatigue and that I think would have made me feel like I was getting a true-er reading for myself.

IF I could still get the hookup for getting a free reading, I'd love to do it again after building up my stamina on a spin bike again OR doing the test on a treadmill. Not sure how much this kind of thing generally costs when you're not getting it free from a grad student in a lab out of the generosity of his scientific heart. :) (from a quick look maybe around $100 at the cheap end?) So I'm glad I took the opportunity when I had it.

It's just soooo disappointing to see such a low/mediocre number when I know that I am capable of so MUCH aerobically and knowing that I very recently would run regularly at a high percentage of my MHR, no matter what number that specifically turns out to be, an average of 180's is a pretty high percentage...... I just expected better results. :P

Also I accidentally saw my weight after the test cause it's on the printout of my details even though the guy who weighed me totally agreed not to tell and didn't and all that it was kind of unavoidable. It wasn't too bad! Considering I was wearing my shoes and had woken up to eat a smallllll breakfast before going. haha. Just gotta stay on the right course the rest of the month.

OH and also - that mouthpiece thing was strange to keep in the whole time -- you couldn't really swallow because the noseclip made that pop your ears so that felt totally bogus, so spit just collected everywhere and your mouth gets really dry.

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    What a bummer! I'm sorry it didnt go has you had expected it too. I'm proud of you for taking the bull by it's horns and doing it though! And that sounds horrible have a clip on your nose doing that! Yuck!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/11/2010 1:08PM

    How disheartening, but it sounds like there were about a thousand reasons not to believe the results. You just keep doing what you're doing - I mean, you've run a MARATHON - you've got to be at least fairly fit, in my opinion!

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KASHMIR 4/11/2010 12:41AM

    Um...Nose clip? You didn't get a mask that covered your mouth and nose??? and WHY did they do it on a bike not a treadmill??? shoot, i can't manage more than 10 minutes on a bike and my legs are toast!!!
We never got to my actual Vo2 max on my test, I hyperventalated before I hit my max HR, the dang max slipped and cut off the air going to my nose. I wouldn't have been able to do it at all if my nose had been clipped off...
Sorry it didn't go as expected for you, it WILL be better next time!

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KJNE8O 4/10/2010 8:50PM

    Thanks for the report - that sucks that you didn't get good results. If you were at 3/10 on the bike you should have been able to go longer even if you'd never been on there - I think you may have had it up way to high and that it gave you a weird result... just my musings.

My sports med dr's office does endurance training and vo2 max testing - I wonder what they charge???

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MBSHAZZER 4/10/2010 11:52AM

    Sounds like a really interesting experience. I think that there were a lot of factors unrelated to your actual fitness that probably contributed to your outcome... being uncomfortable, not being on a bike in a while, the mouthpiece thing. But, it was free and now you have a baseline. Neat experience. Thanks for sharing!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 4/10/2010 10:04AM

    That sounds incredibly uncomfortable! And yes, also a let down. That is the problem with those things, you want data, but then the numbers are only sooo accurate, so unless you can afford multiple tests to get an average, and do it over other types of equipment, etc, it can be a disappointment. At least you had a better than expected weigh in - fully clothed, those freak me out, too :P!

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/10/2010 8:30AM

    My goodness this sounds INTENSE! I'm still proudof u. :)

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 4/10/2010 3:43AM

    And now I'm holding my nose and trying to swallow... how did I not know it was so hard to do that???

Sorry you didn't have a better testing experience. Definitely sounds like you may not have gotten accurate results due to the testing conditions. But hey, it was free, so it's worth learning what you can from it, even if you're not getting a full picture, right?

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/9/2010 10:21PM

    boooo boooooooooo. that sucks the test didn't go so well. i wonder if it would be different if you ran? i find it so hard to get my hr up on a bike even if i am going full out and can't breathe. yummy on the collected spit!

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LAFTERSFREE 4/9/2010 8:08PM

    anneliese told me about it today before reading this, and i NEVER realized until she said that you cant swallow when ur holding ur nose! sure enough i tried it and my ears felt weird!! im sorry it wasnt as u expected, but it is good to have an opportunity to check out equpiment like that

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DDOORN 4/9/2010 8:08PM

    Great to challenge yourself and find some other ways to measure your progress!


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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/9/2010 4:22PM

    While not getting the results that you wanted, I would walk away happy that your heart is in such good shape that it didn't max.

Here's to the next test.

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JOHNBABJR 4/9/2010 3:05PM

    Hi, Dana. I think you should use your "disappointment" to your advantage. Let this be your motivation to train even harder. I know you can do it.

I understand about the legs going before the max hr on the bike. I always thought it was because I had the resistance set so high on the bike.

I consider this test an absolute positive. Have a great weekend!

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SEEHOLZ 4/9/2010 1:24PM


How crazy that you had to pedal so hard that your legs got on fire, but your HR couldn't max out? I'd be disappointed, too. I can't remember how much I paid for the test I took last year in May and I went to look for the info and of course cannot find it-LOL...
So, now I want to get another test done, as well! It's been almost a year... but then again, probably got worse, not better so not sure if that's such a good idea....LOL!

Like you said, it was free, so there can't be too much disappointment with it. And, maybe you'll get another chance!

Thanks for sharing your experience though- it's definitely interesting to hear about the bike test.

Have a fabulous week-end!

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