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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

No I wasn't violating any pool laws, not even with my MP3 player balanced on my head.

But did you know that the indoor pool closes when it's lightning outside? What's up with that? I was very disgruntled because I was only 5 min past my 5 min warmup. My poor HRM read 11 min for the workout, 93 calories. Good thing for me I also taught zumba - for a ROCKIN AMAZING 534 calories in 34 min. My HR average was 179 and max 192 for that class! And smiling almost the whole time. Love Zumba! :)

Prior to zumba I did some upper body stuff w/ my kettlebell at my desk - tri extensions, shoulder presses, concentration curls. KB is onle 10lbs, but I usually do tri extensions w/ a 20lber with both hands together, and the instability made it a bit of an extra challenge. Shoulder presses were too easy, but concentration curls were actually pretty good with it, I'm assuming because the bicep was really isolated so it did not have any helper muscles assisting.

Then I moved over to the other builing where zumba class is held and headed to the empty break room. After last week I had some achilles/PF feelings of unhappiness after my lower body bonanza - Thursday I tried walking lunges instead and did more of the split squats - so today I toned that down. Static Lunges ONLY prior to zumba - 1 set squats w/ a 3 count down 1 count up pattern, 1 set same w/ sumo squats and 1 period of a held sumo squat w/ heel taps DURING zumba so I didn't want to totally overdo it like maybe I did last week - and I also did some wall pushups to try to get at my chest a little bit.

Zumba was killer - during the last song one of my students was like, IS THIS THE LAST SONG!?! And I was like - yeah I think so... hahaha and it was. After cooldown I looked at my watch and only 30min had passed. I was like - guys that was only just 30min! :) They did great. I stopped my HRM after my heartrate had really gotten down to the 120's at least - hence the extra 4 min. :P I wasn't holding still during that time - turning off stuff in the room, walking to my car, etc., but still.

Also hit the grocery store last night - very pleased with my shopping for the week! :) I think it's gonna be a good one. I've tracked everything I plan to eat for the day and have a little wiggle room if necessary as well, so that's good. Sliced up some bell peppers this morning for a nice hummus snack later, too.

Today the scale gave me a few different numbers again, none as low as the new low I saw Saturday morning, but I think I might get to see that number or lower again by Friday. The trend is moving DOWN overall and that is what I need to concern myself with - especially since I ate dinner late and we had BLT's so some good sodium content there, and I didn't get as much sleep. Tonight will be the same because of band probably, but tomorrow I should get a good amount of sleep before Friday's weighin - AND I have planned my dinners so I will have a nice lower sodium dinner tonight and tomorrow.

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/10/2011 2:05AM

    "what's up with that?" sorry. as soon as you said that i lost focus and got a snl skit in my head. hayden was singing it about 10 mins before i read this.
BR>getting kicked out for lightening, never heard of that. good thing you got the zumba in. balancing that mp3 player must be really good for your posture. you need henry to tag along to get a picture or someone. i totally picture you like a finishing school girl with a book on your head. emoticon

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SKYFYRE 3/10/2011 1:36AM

    Lightening has a strong affinity for water, but I didn't know it was strong enough to go through walls?! Weird! Way to go on your amazing zumba class! Wahoo! And rocking the control too!

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WAVEDANCER7 3/9/2011 2:04PM

    I'm totally impressed with that mega cal burn for zumba! Gotta love it!!

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HOPERY 3/9/2011 1:54PM

    Kicked out of the indoor pool for lightening? Yup, that's weird. I guess if the building got struck, they don't want you in water. Does that mean I shouldn't take a bath during a storm? Anyway, you are rocking the workouts!

P.S. I am doing all my running in my sandals.

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MBSHAZZER 3/9/2011 1:07PM

    How strange they closed the indoor pool for lightning?! I love that you stash weights at your desk for a quick workout! Too funny!

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KASHMIR 3/9/2011 11:52AM

    I remember as a kid having to get out of the pool whenever there was a lightning storm! And it was an indoor pool too.

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RUNTRILAUGH 3/9/2011 10:09AM

    WOW.... I guess it makes sense, but still weird!

Glad to see you are going the right direction on the scale, but more importantly, it sounds like you FEEL GOOD!

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SPARK VIRTUAL 5K! :) W6D4 / 10wk scale back

Tuesday, March 08, 2011


I registered for the Spark Into Spring Virtual 5K! :) WOOT!


"SparkPeople will conduct a random drawing of all eligible members who complete a race and enter their time in our April 10-16 Virtual Race! Prizes include:
One randomly selected participant will receive a $100 gift certificate to Zappos.com to buy new workout shoes
10 randomly selected participants will receive a SparkPeople T-shirt."

Plus it doesn't have to be a 5K - there are various options for 1 mile, 5K, and 10K distance - and it doesn't have to be running either! The sign-up lets you register for whichever way you want to do it, and provides options to get a training plan from Sparks to get ready.


I will be in my 2nd week post 9 week aquajogging rehab program by then, so I hope to be able to complete a 5K running. Week 9 starts me runnnig 10 min at a time on a soft surface, 3 days that week, so I'm hoping building from there I can do a 5K after 2 more weeks. *fingers crossed*

I had a great LONG aquajogging workout last night - 54 minutes total I think, including a total of 20 intervals of 1:30 at a hard effort.

Tonight I think I will do steady state. That workout is longer so I'm gonna trade it so I can do a shorter interval workout tomorrow when I have to get to band afterward.

I did NOT do my upper body ST last night. oops. But I DID bring my KB to work today so that I can do some today at work or with my lower body training before zumba. So I can still stay on track!

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NOELLIEMAE 3/9/2011 2:02PM

    HA! I can't remember if I signed up for the 5K or the 10K... I'll have to look!!! best of luck girlie!

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WAVEDANCER7 3/8/2011 8:32PM

    Orrrr you could run the 5k in the pool. Just sayin' emoticon

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HOPERY 3/8/2011 8:07PM

    Sounds fun! I have a 5k I am wanting to do here in town, but if I don't have the finances I will race you virtually. I think it is so awesome how you stick with things! (like using the aquajogging) You are an awesome athlete! Are you still rowing?

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MBSHAZZER 3/8/2011 4:43PM

    GOOOOOO Dana!

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JAMIECARDER 3/8/2011 3:52PM

    I signed up a couple of weeks ago but haven't been able to start training. We have a 5K trail down the street from where I live so I'm anxious for the time to change this weekend! I am going to do the final race either way, I just may not have a great time. I didn't realize until now that you could also do weekly ones and log your time... definitely going to have to try that one out!

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    i signed up for the 10k. however, because i am Canadian i am not eligible for squat. just to burn 600 calories i guess lol. i am not bitter that i can never win a spark prize. no no!

are you still balancing your ipod on your head while in the pool? i think you should try it on the road for fun again?

emoticondo your upper body st now jelly arms. bwahahahahah! emoticon

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W6D3 / 10 Weeks SBA - still moving along!

Monday, March 07, 2011

Saw a new low weight on Saturday, 184.5 - but the scale said a lot of things. I think 185 ended up being about the most popular reading, but I am still pretty happy with that. Now to have another SLAMMIN week and see it move down even farther.

I had the best splurge meal ever at the Happy Tummy - she ran out of some pot pie ingredients by Saturday, so I got THE KING sandwich - hide if you don't want to here the description of the best sandwich ever, skip to the next ******

Bacon Fred Bread (best bread ever), Crunchy PB, Banana, and Bacon. Side of Brussel Sprouts. Some bites of a shared Caramel Apple Bread Pudding.


Otherwise I was pretty good this weekend, I didn't track on Sunday, bad Dana, but I was good. I made a new dessert from a recipe in Oxygen - Mini Cheesecake Bites!

Very delicious and easy and special looking. :) Here's what you do:

4oz cream cheese (fat free/reduced fat/whatever you fancy)
4oz fat free greek yogurt
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
4-5 packets of stevia
15 mini phyllo shells

You bring the cream cheese and yogurt to about room tempurature, beat it together, add the cocoa powder and stevia, and then fill the shells and chill for 1 hour. Each little shell is 31 cal, 1 fatg, 4 carbs, and 2g protein. I actually doubled the recipe so I used the whole little bar of cream cheese (I used reduced fat and I believe the nutrition count is accurate for reduced).

The recipe suggests you could had sprinkles to the top as well, but I was making this especially because my MIL could partake at only 4 carbs for a little treat since she is on a reduced carb diet (I think 90g- ish overall for a day, most of which comes in the form of her Medi-fast prepackaged type meals, so not a lot of room for things OUTSIDE of that with carbs), so I abstained from bonuses to avoid adding any more carbs to it.

I placed my order for my cigar box guitar. SOOOOOOOo excited. I picked a box. I should've brought my camera to take pictures of the shop and everything, but I'm pretty sure my box is like this one:

I know it's an Arturo Fuente, and the proportions look right on that one. My neck is gonna be ebony w/ natural in the middle, and w/ ivory tuning keys, and I'll have a drain hole for sound in the corner. It'll be similar to something like this one:

Only BETTER -because there will be actual hardware in the drain hole instead of a chasm, and the wood will be prettier, especially at the bottom - and there will be a nickel. The family name is Nickel, so they are called Nickel Cigar Box Guitars and they put a nickel in the wood down at the base of the guitar, like where the bridge is. Bottom line, it will be amazing and I can't wait.

Here's an article about the instrument and the guy(s) making mine:

This is inside their studio - see the piles of boxes on the shelves around? That's where you can go through and pick which box you want. :)

Super cool. Tonight - aquajogging and upper body ST.

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SEEHOLZ 3/8/2011 6:45AM

    I love that cigar gitarre- so unique! ( well, I've never seen one, hahaha) and I love how you are enjoying your life while doing so great on the scale down!

Have a great rest of the week Dana!

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SKYFYRE 3/7/2011 6:04PM

    I'd eat that sammich! Very cool looking guitar, I will have to go to you tube and hear what they sound like!

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    those cheesecakes sound delish. the sandwhich not so much. i guess partly due to i am allergic to half the ingredients. the ciguitar (i just made that up) looks so cool. do you know how to play guitar?

only 9g of carbs total for the day? omg i would die!!! does she only eat meat?

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KSGROTHE 3/7/2011 3:04PM

    emoticon for mini cheesecakes and cigar box guitars! emoticon

- Karen

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MBSHAZZER 3/7/2011 2:28PM

    Love the cigar guitar! Awesome! Also, those mini cheesecakes sound really good! Have a fantabulous week!

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NOELLIEMAE 3/7/2011 11:30AM

    NICE :) the cigarbox guitar is AWESOME!!!!! ;)

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W5D7 / 10wks - THANKS, SparkFriends! :)

Friday, March 04, 2011

So I drank a buttload of water yesterday, and I had GREAT workouts after work:

Lower body ST again - this time did a couple sets of walking lunges and single leg squats and then stretched, then some regular squats during Zumba.
ZUMBA - Britneypalooza - all Britney Zumba day for one of my class members who loves Britney - it was longer than usual because there was more instruction for all the new songs - 47 min - 650 calories! I had to run back and forth to pause my Ipod for instruction and plus it was just a good workout overall.
Aquajogging - 47 min - 1:30 intervals was the name of the game, 412 calories - max HR 160 (in a pool that's pretty good!)

Dinner was a bit sodium-y. We did club sandwiches so there was lunchmeat, cheese and bacon involved. But it was delicious. And we needed to use our bread and the bacon. There was also tomato and spinach involved! And no mayo! :) hehehe.

And I think I got plenty of sleep. Result - today down again by 1.5 from yesterday, back to old 187. That's what I weighed last Friday for Scale Back before weighing 185 on Saturday. So maybe we'll have a repeat of last week...

Frustrating to cover the same ground over and over, but eventually those bottom numbers will get lower and lower because I know I'm doing the right actions to make it happen.

Tomorrow will be my splurge meal for the week - we're heading to my most favorite place in the world, the Lowe Mill / Flying Monkey - and the Happy Tummy!

This week's menu:


And I'm getting a CIGAR BOX GUITAR!!!!!!!!!! SOoooooooooo stoked! :) Look it up. It's awesome. There is a studio at the Flying Monkey of people that make cigar box guitars to order. I'm stoked.

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MARLIE13 3/6/2011 12:30PM

    Sounds like Juli was rather toxic. Oops I did it again. BWaaahhhaahahaaaa!! Ok. I stop.

The menu at Happy Tummy looks awesome. How fun! And fun times 2 with the cigar box guitar. luv it!

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NOELLIEMAE 3/5/2011 2:19AM

    whoohoo!!!! sounds like an AWESOME day!

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SKYFYRE 3/5/2011 12:38AM

    Woohoo for a stringed instrument!!! (And for being down 1.5 lbs!)

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MBSHAZZER 3/4/2011 1:21PM

    Great news, Dana! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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WAVEDANCER7 3/4/2011 1:16PM

    Cutest tummy icon EVERRRRR!

Okay your talk of your workouts yesterday made me feel the following: jealous, crazy (britney reference), exhausted, lucky (brit ref #2), strong (via you), lazy (b/c i didn't do anything), and like a slave (sorry i couldn't help myself).

Keep on keepin' on Dana. And like you said, you definitely are making the right moves. Give your body time to thank you.

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HELP, SPARKFRIENDS!!!!! W5D6 / 10wk Scale Back

Thursday, March 03, 2011

I am suffering from an acute case of Scale Madness.

So let's talk real numbers here.

Saturday I saw my weight actually at where my ticker says - WOOHOO for HONESTY!!! :) (185) and I was like sweet! Now I finally might move past that number!

Then Tuesday...187.... today.....188.5 WTF?!?!?!?!

Sorry guys but I'm baffled. I have only one possible solution, so I need you all to tell me if it is legit or not. haha.

I do not believe I've been high on sodium - I've been eating basically cereal for breakfast, fruits for snacks, leftovers for lunch (ok so I did eat out for lunch on Tuesday for lunch which was probably pretty high in sodium but that was TUESDAY, but dinner out was a chicken breast salad so probably not too horrible on the sodium front, right?) -

Mon dinner - Curried Chicken Salad (from Ellie Kriegers "So Easy" -so GOOD)
Tue - Salad w/ Chicken breast - no cheese, no tortilla strips - so corn, beans, chicken, lettuce, grapes, and a bit of a sweet pepper vinaigrette. (NOT A LOT) and a cupcake. MIL's Birthday
Wed - Chicken Pitas - chicken, spinach, hummus, feta. BAM!

So there's the food, been lightly over calories a couple of days (Tue turned out to be more like less than 100 over) and last night I was like 25 cal over, but overall very good and on track.

So the culprit I think might have something to do with it all - Strength Training.

I haven't been doing it, I started doing it again. My butt is sore, my chest and arms are still sore from Monday night, and I did some crunches last night after aquajogging and band even and my abs were kinda already sore so I kept it simple and just did a couple sets and called it a night.

Aiding and abetting is possibly not getting enough sleep? Wednesday night is a LATE NIGHT for me.

So what do you think, SparkPeople? Also - if it IS because of the ST, does that mean this weight is around to stay for a bit, or should it drop back down after I find an equilibrium with my ST? I'm definitely not stopping ST for fear of my weight going up because I KNOW it's good for me, I'm just looking to understand the changes on the scale.

I REALLY REALLY REALLY do not want to let my Scale Back team down. I started the Scale Back challenge at 189.5 on my home scale, Saturday at the end fo week 4 I weighed down 4.5lbs so on track for 10lbs lost, but now I'm almost back to square one and it's really frustrating.

As far as the BIG PICTURE goes - I know I'm losing weight for vanity purposes mostly - to get back into my skinniest pair of skinny jeans - and also to get faster in running, and that I'm at a healthy weight for my height, and I'm fit and all that. I want these goals, but big picture the time frame doesn't matter.

Small picture, I got a team that will only have a chance at winning money in a drawing if I can dial in the best way for me to get down by 10lb total by the end of 10 weeks and we're halfway through as of tomorrow.

So lend me your support, your thoughts, etc.! I need it!

Added 11:50PM: P.S. -- Keep it coming! I appreciate so much people telling me these things that I know are true, but for some reason have a hard time applying to myself when I get angry at the scale. I also wasn't sure that the amount was consistent with that type of a fluctuation so hearing you all say - yes it's the ST, relax - helps a lot! :)

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SEEHOLZ 3/4/2011 6:22AM

    Aside from the fact that this non-work non-Sparking is delaying my response to you, I would tend to agree with the water retention theory- if I work out really hard, especially if I run and lift weight in the same day, the water retention seems to get me each and every time. My friend always used to remind me that for athletes, a swing of 5-10 lbs is actually not unusually- yes, 10 lbs sounds crazy high, but.... it happens to people based on their workout. If the scale goes loopy- up, down, up down... that's the perfect indicator- hence, one of those "over time" graphs might do you good, to see the trend --- bascially the straight line through the hills and valleys-LOL.

Seriously, I know how you feel with regards to lettting your team down, but don't stress yet. You got time to even it out. Maybe pay even more attention to the days when the scale does go down and see what you did and then, a couple days before the final weight in--- or the time it matters the most for this team weigh in, do those things- maybe aka what people do right before a fitness competiton? I know there are tricks to get the water weight off--- maybe ask one of those fitness girls around Spark or look it up online? That would be my suggestion. In the meantime, do your think honey- you've been doing amazingly well and I would hate to see you stress out over this stuff.

Also remember the more muscle mass you got, the more water those suckers can retain-LOL- not fair, right?

Do You!!!!

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MSSUNBUG 3/3/2011 7:22PM

    My weight goes ALL OVER THE PLACE on a day-to-day basis because I'm heavily in training mode right now, putting in two hours most days. When I increase one (ST or cardio), decrease another, etc. I see huge fluctuations on the scale. But it evens out. Looking week-to-week or even month-to-month paints a much more sensible picture. Don't sweat it. Your body will work it out. You WILL lose weight doing what you're doing. It's simple science, and your body is not exempt from it!

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    here i come to save the day!

ok, i don't have much to add as others said if you have doms bad it could be water retention. have you actually taken measurements? i don't think it is from actually muscle gain in that short of a time either. you on roids?? lol

i agree with the water. are you getting enough? my weight has gone up the last couple of days. i have been off work and i am bad with water on non work days sometimes. besides when i exercise i don't drink any! i was going to write a blog too about my weight today. maybe you can come knock some sense into me.

i was halfway through my run when i commented on facebook. i stopped at home to get the dog for the second half.

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CLOVERR1 3/3/2011 1:44PM

    I'm right there with you (on wanting to do GOOD for Scale Back Alabama and on yo-yoing instead)! However, unlike you, I don't have any acceptable reasons for weight fluctuations this week... just several days of emotional eating to the blues instead of nutrition or hunger. I'll continue to try-try again.

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NOELLIEMAE 3/3/2011 1:40PM

    BAHAHA! last to comment as USUAL :) I'm with them... that is all the smart folks who already commented. ST MUST be the culprit... sneaky little devil emoticon drink LOTS of water, take two hugs and continue to workout :) your body will adjust... Hey when does the scale back end this year? I signed up 2 years ago and made my 10 lbs by the skin of my teeth.. I think I was UP 5 lbs the day after the final weighin though... Olive Garden MAY have been the problem there ;) GOOD LUCK!!!! and don't worry so much! Noel

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SKYFYRE 3/3/2011 1:36PM

    Oi, sorry girlie! (((HUGS))) !!! I think maybe change the battery on you scale! Lol! Sometimes those things malfunction... but if you have been weight lifting, you will store fluid in your muscles as part of the healing process- lifting weights usually results in muscle tears. Drink LOTS of water!!! 2.5L a day, and get plenty of sleep!!

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WAVEDANCER7 3/3/2011 12:33PM

    Its definitely the ST. Lactic acid build up can definitely raise your weight. Your body will adjust and you won't be so sore, and things will even out. When your body is repairing its muscles, it holds on to sodium and water it needs to rebuild. (hence swelling and the such after an injury) Building muscle requires repair too, so same process. You'll be fine. Just give it a few days. Its just tricky when you are doing a challenge based on the scale. But it'll drop back down soon enough.

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SARAH_VW 3/3/2011 12:12PM

    It's totally the strength training! Whenever I take a break from strength training and then start back up again the scale always goes up a few pounds. It's only temporary though. It usually takes a week or so and then my body gets used to the strength training again and the scale goes back to normal. The gain is attributed to your muscles tearing during strength training and then becoming swollen with fluid retention. It's completely annoying to know that you're doing something good for your body and then have the scale respond like that. Hang in there! Sounds like you're on track and doing awesome. I'm sure by next week the scale will be more friendly again!

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BRE7482 3/3/2011 10:22AM

    I think sleep definitely plays a part. I don't lose as much during my work week because I work nights and my sleeping gets crazy. I also thought about TOM too. Also check your water and are you weighing the same time each day? I'm sure you'll get your 10 lbs though, and whatever is going on will work itself out.

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AMUNET_RA 3/3/2011 10:15AM

    So many things play havoc with the scale. Strength training, sodium, constipation, TOM...I always gain after I start upping my strength work, but I start to lose again shortly after. I think our muscles retain fluid and take a while to settle.

Hang in there!! ((HUGS)) You KNOW what you're doing! strength is a GOOD thing, even if the scale is a B1tch for a bit!

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BRUIN2 3/3/2011 10:08AM

    I don't know. Maybe up the cardio a bit? It doesn't seem like you'd gain 3lbs of muscle in that short of time, so I'm not going to "blame" muscle. Is TOM coming? Are you stressed (for reasons other than the scale of course)? Drink your water, watch your calories, keep moving.

(And don't eat pb cookies for breakfast like I just did)

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MBSHAZZER 3/3/2011 10:08AM

    Yes, I do think it's the sleep and the strength training, and I also think it will go down when your muscles settle into a routine. I would not give up the ST - it's too important to your health and wellness!

Good luck!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 3/3/2011 9:57AM

    Come on over to the High Intensity Thinkers team and we'll help you sort it out...


I suspect that it may be the ST, because that tends to accumulate fluid in the muscles a day or so after a workout. Which I think does go away.

If the ST is causing you to gain weight (muscle) then it won't go away. Which could be bad news for your team in the short term but good news for you, because more lean muscle is always a good thing...

Hang in there.

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