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Super Tired...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

... but also proud of myself.

So... I came in to open at work and the person who normally opens was going to close since they couldn't be here to open... and then we find out they're not going to be able to be in at ALL... so I end up having to go home and come back. SO NOW I'M BACK! And I'll be here till 10PM. (I'm so enthused... can't you tell?)

It kinda threw my plans for a loop!!! I had already decided, ok, working out when I get home, also need to do laundry, I can watch America's Next Top Model when it comes on......


So... I went home, did laundry, and worked out... and came back.

I wanted to just go home and sleep so I wouldn't be so tired later today, but I sucked it up and got stuff done! And for that I am proud. Now for a better Cal-Deficit evaluation for today:

5/14: (1634+510 (ran 2miles, did Shred)) - 877 = 1267

YOWZERS!!!!!! :D If I eat to my SparkPeople maximum (673 more calories) I'll still have a deficit for today of 594. ROCK! :D

I will most likely NOT eat to my max, and add to that deficit. I actually will not be working out on Fri-Sun most likely. We'll see if my family feels like doing something active together, but I'm not counting on it. So I'll be 3 days short on additional calorie burn. And probably at least one cheat meal in the mix as well -- so I need to get as much of a deficit as I can before the weekend. To meet a 3500 calorie deficit in FOUR days, the average daily deficit has to be 875 calories - so I'm not seeing that happening. BUT. I can do my best. And I can try to do something active this weekend, maybe even just shred on Sunday evening after I get back.

I intend to bring my running shoes and workout clothes with me in case I can fit something else in, though. :)

Right now I just need to focus on getting through the workday.... *sigh*

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WOLFKITTY 5/14/2008 11:50PM

    It always helps to be prepared, good idea to bring the shoes and clothes! You set such a great example! :D

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BRUIN2 5/14/2008 7:31PM


Good idea to take your running gear with you this weekend - is there any reason why you won't be able to sneak out for a few runs (even if no one else cares to join you)?

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MARLIE13 5/14/2008 7:23PM

    You resisted the calorie deficit tracking for so long and I'm resisting getting hooked in to America's Next Top Model. I KNOW I would love it as I've seen a couple of episodes. loL! I just got hooked on Work Out on Bravo. lol And way to still workout! You rock!

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    Work people stink...I hate that you had to open and you have to close. That's junk! (but loved the whole ANTM thingy...that's my favorite guilty pleasure show)

But good on the eating. Great example!

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I can't believe I'm at work right now...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

After a grand total of like 3 hours of sleep, I get a call from my coworker saying they need me to come in to open up.


So I get to lay in bed for another 45min or so, not really sleeping, and then get ready and come in to work.

So not a lot to say, but I do have my deficit stuff ready. :)

5/13: (1634+456) - 1339 = 751!!! :D

I had some angel hair pasta with extra lean ground turkey in classico roasted tomato + garlic sauce + parmesan. HUZZAH! And some cracker things that to be honest, I could have done without... but! They were also the last of them and I had A calorie to get to my minimum, so I went for them. :)

So far today:

5/14: (1634+???) - 533 = 1101

Uhhh so.... yeah. I know I will eat more than 600 calories more today at least, so a 500 even for today without excercise is not going to happen. If I end up not working out at all, I'll try to keep the cals low though. We'll see. I'm just so tired right now I don't want to think about it. I'm thinking I'll most likely at LEAST get a Shred in... but I planned to run today as well. Just not sure if I'll have the gusto to get out there while it's still light enough for me to go around my neighborhood. I'm thinking I may need to SLEEP when I go home from work.


Calorie Deficit 5/12-5/13 = 1169, Average/Day = 584.5

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MARLIE13 5/14/2008 7:27PM

    Huzzah? lol! Mmm...now I'm craving Italian food.

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LOBO1978_2000 5/14/2008 10:06AM

    Oh that really sucks. I hated having to come in back in the days when I worked in retail on your day off and staying up late knowing that.

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BRUIN2 5/14/2008 9:37AM

    If you throw on your shoes as soon as you get home, and head out for even 20 mins - you will feel awesome!! I 300% guarantee it!!

Too bad about having to work early - but hey, more time to spark, right?! hehe.

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Still Going Strong!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

:) I LOVE being back to working out and feeling good!!! :D It's WONDERFUL.

This morning I biked for 23 minutes and hit the pool for 20 min (probably 15min of swimming). WOOHOO!!! :D The calorie burn estimate from SparkPeople, with me putting moderate in for stationary cycling (if I put vigorous the estimate is over 300 cal, and although the bike does not allow me to input my weight, the bike estimated much lower than that...) was 456.4! :D So I'm rounding that DOWN to 456.

Each day I intend to include in my blog the previous days calorie deficit results, today's prognosis thus far, and a running total deficit for the week so far. :D Then at the end of the week I'll do a recap with all days shown.

5/12: (1634+280) - 1496 = 418

Not quite the 500 I'm looking for, but not too shabby. DH was NOT feeling the tilapia idea, so I tried one of the NEW recipes -- a crispy cornmeal chicken served with corn on the cob! :D I got some fresh ears of corn that came in a microwave steam package -- ate TWO of those, they were SO GOOD. The chicken came out great! You pound it out to an even thickness, sprinkle on some flour, coat in egg white, then dredge in a cornmeal/chilipowder/garlicpowder/salt mixture, and then pan "fry" (I used cooking spray). Then serve with a bit of salsa on top! We finished off our ice cream as well, which I WEIGHED this time to be exact. SO! I could have reached 500 calories by one less corn cob or no ice cream, but I'm happy with my choices for dinner yesterday -- I could have chosen better earlier.

"Breakfast" = 609
Lunch = 519
Dinner (including ice cream) = 372

Just a LITTLE unbalanced there... ;)


5/13: (1634+456{swim+bike}) - 868 = 1222

WELL! :D I will definitely make up for yesterday and then some today. :) If I eat to my SparkPeople MAXIMUM, I will still have a deficit of 540 calories for today -- to make an even 500 average for today and yesterday I can eat 642 calories for dinner. Most likely I will be able to stay lower than that, but we will see how it goes. :)

I'm also excited because I brought some different food for lunch today than my typical lunch! We ran out of baby carrots (my lunch veggie standby), and I've been really wanting to start eating some salads lately -- SO! Today's lunch is a salad - Romaine bag salad mix, some torn up oscar meyer turkey, an eggland's hard boiled egg, and some light sesame ginger dressing. :D Also oatmeal, and an apple w/ that Naturally More stuff. It's this AMAZING Peanut Butter -- I love it and recommend it.

I actually cut up the apple this morning and dipped it in lemon water so it wouldn't brown. :D I've never done that before, so we'll see if it works... hahahahaha.

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LOBO1978_2000 5/14/2008 9:58AM

    Your doing great. Keep it up.

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/13/2008 11:07PM

    welcome back! i can't believe you don't have any snacks. i would die - lol!

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HOPERY 5/13/2008 10:17PM

    Wow! You are doing awesome! I track my deficit in secret. Getting it to 7000 per week for a two pound weight loss is insane to me. I'd starve! Your food sounds so yummy! I shouldn't read your blogs late at night.

P.S. With your long legs, you'd look great in a running skirt!

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CAROL_HOORAH 5/13/2008 8:55PM

    zircadia!!!!!!!! I am going to get back on track, I want to catch up to you with your weight!!!!!!!!! I'm so far behind now, I'd been pigging out some evenings partying too hard and eating... I'm good and on track as long as I'm not partying, blah! Anyway today I get a mark of A++ so I'm going to go for another of those days tomorrow. I will get back on track, watch your back lady!! haha

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MARLIE13 5/13/2008 7:55PM

    You always have great food ideas. Love em! And I'm so happy that you're feeling back to normal!

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Calorie Deficit Tracking...

Monday, May 12, 2008

.... yes I think I'm gonna be one of THOSE.

So I've resisted it and resisted it... but... I'm really curious. I'm going to do this for one week and see how I like tracking it, or at least to see what it's like for one week.

The lovely SKYFYRE left a comment on CAROL_HOORAH's SparkPage with the formulas in it (that she got from SMURFETTE0725's Blog) {look at all these sparkers helping each other out} and anyway, I recalculated my BMR again and I'm going to track my BURN - CONSUMPTION for a week.

According to this formula and my current weight, my BMR(Basal Metabolic Rate) is 1633.5. (We'll round up to 1634)

SO! Each day I will add my calories burned through excercise to THAT and then SUBTRACT from that my calories CONSUMED through FOOD. If the result is positive -- HOORAH!!! I burned more than I consumed! If the result is negative... ouch. I ate more than I burned.

One lb is 3500 calories. At this point, 1lb in a week is a good pace for me to continue to lose I think. Anything more is just icing on the cake. ;)

5/12 - 1634+280(circuit training) - 1125 (sofar) = 789.

According to the top of my cal range on SP, I have about 425 calories left available to consume without going over. If I use ALL OF THOSE, then I will be left with a deficit of only (789-425) 364. If I achieve a deficit of 364 for 7 days... thats....2548. About 1000calories shy of the 1lb a week goal.

SO! Just to kinda get things in perspective for my little experiment -- a 500 calorie average deficit per day is ideal to achieve a 3500 calorie deficit for the week. To achieve a 500 calorie deficit today, my dinner would have to be 289 calories total. Smaller than what I normally eat for dinner, but I ate a LOT this morning. I usually finish breakfast and lunch combined between 700-900 calories. I also ate lunch late today, almost 2 hours later than usual... so I'm not going to be starving when I get home which will help. :)

I'm thinking Tilapia tonight maybe? We'll see. I'm looking forward to crunching some numbers. :D hehehe.

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MARLIE13 5/13/2008 7:56PM

    We've pulled you to the dark side. LOL!

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ATALBERT83 5/13/2008 11:54AM

    Yay! I did this the other day to see how many calories were coming in and how many were being burned. It motivated me to do a little bit more cardio just to burn the extra calories!

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    No pun intended on the number crunching? emoticon

I've never done my BMR, but I think it would be worth it. I think I'll visit those pages you mentioned and get that formula.

This sounds like a great thing. You'll have to keep us updated!

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LOBO1978_2000 5/13/2008 9:51AM

    tilapia sounds really good.. MMmm.

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KIMCATUS 5/13/2008 9:07AM

    That's just a LOT of numbers....and formulas! Reminds me of Algebra. *shudder* Hey as long as it works for you, go for it!! It would just make me cry...lol!!

Although tilapia for dinner sounds yum! :P

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BRUIN2 5/12/2008 11:20PM

    Yes, it is helpful to see the cold hard numbers. I tracked this deficit a bit last week - it really opens your eyes to see why you are (or aren't) losing.

Today I kept thinking about chekcing out the iPod/BPM thingy that you blogged about... I'm really enjoying running without music right now, but I'm sure I'll need it sooner or later, so I'm going to check it out soon. Another example of sparkers helping sparkers! hehe.

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Back in Business!!! :)

Monday, May 12, 2008

My patience has been rewarded! :) Yesterday I felt GOOD. WOOHOOO!!!!!

No sniffles, very little congestion at ALL, and today I'm feeling like at LEAST 95%. :D I did Shred Level One this morning to kickstart the week in a positive way, and plan to swim and bike tomorrow.

Yesterday was a momentous occasion for me -- first time firmly below 175, and achieved my first body fat % goal!!! WOOHOO!! :)

I weighed in at 172.2 yesterday, and 23% body fat EVEN.

SO! I've set a new body fat % goal of 20%.

I had my one cheat meal of the week and still I'm down to that. This morning it was the same, so I'm feeling confident.

We saw Speed Racer this weekend and loved it. :) I know the reviews are horrible, but I think they just can't handle it. ;) HEHEHE. Then we went to this great mexican food place and I ate too much food for one meal, but nothing horrible -- no sour cream, only a little guacamole... and I was so full that my full day food profile consisted of a healthy breakfast, snack, and that cheat meal and I was DONE. Full for the rest of the day.

This morning I got off to a big start though. ;) hahahaha. But I'm feeling good and very optimistic for getting back in the gym this week. YAY! And building some MUSCLE. I really want that to be my focus now. I'm still doing a lot of cardio with the tri-training, but I definitely want to make sure I'm not slacking at ALL on the strength training. Gotta get that body fat % down!!!

Hope everyone else is having as good a Monday as I am. :)

P.S. -- Something else I just remembered that I'm excited about. :) I went to find the farmers market on Saturday but alas -- it was not there. :( BUT!!! I did go by the library FINALLY and get a library card!!! I checked out some cooking books, including THE BREAD BIBLE. I am SO excited to start try baking some bread again with such a detailed and wonderful guide!!! I highly recommend it. I wanted to buy it but it was quite expensive -- so yay! I think I might still want to have a copy of my own, but at least I get to try it out first. ;) And today someone suggested a produce place for me to go to as well!

P.P.S. -- I found my official race time for the last 5K - 33:36! :D YAY!

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LOBO1978_2000 5/13/2008 9:46AM

    Speed Racer was actually good. I must go see it now.

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LANC92 5/13/2008 8:52AM

    As much as we hate it, I have found that rest definitely does a body good. Your improvements in your 5Ks are fantastic. Next one I run I'll be looking over my shoulder for you hee hee.

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MARLIE13 5/12/2008 8:47PM

    Woohoo on your race time and your new library book! I have two cookbooks to return tomorrow...maybe I'll look for this bread one.

Anyway, love your positive outlook and attitude as always. Thank you as well for your awesome support and the comments you leave so faithfully for me on my blogs and page. I'm so totally motivated by your fat loss %...I think you just kicked me into gear there.

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ODETOLIFE 5/12/2008 8:29PM

    ITs all good girl!

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MISSWASHUU 5/12/2008 6:44PM

    so glad you are back and doing well! keep up the good work chicka!

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