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DUN DUN DUNNNNN!!

Monday, May 19, 2008

I'm back...

And I have good news AND bad news.

The good news is -- I got in all my workouts for last week! :D

2 runs, 2 bike sessions, 2 swim sessions, and 2 shreds. ROCK!

The bad news is... I totally sabotaged myself this weekend. Since it was such a celebratory occasion, my family did what they do and went out to eat to celebrate... and since my brother didn't get to go where he initially wanted to one night, we went again the next day somewhere else.

I didn't manage to choose very wisely.

I actually picked something relatively healthy from the chinese food -- but also ordered a soup... and ate a spring roll... and in general ate too much food. The soup was a clear soup, light veggies and seafood, but I did eat the wontons brought with it.

I forgot to add the fortune cookie, but everything else was estimated so I figure it's close enough.

I ate healthy breakfasts! Anyway.

I also had a bit of a situation at the movie theater -- we somehow ordered two large popcorns for two people. My brother and I weren't planning on having any, so to help I ate a bunch of one of those large popcorns. I NEVER eat at the movies -- but that is also partly due to the fact that my DH hates food in movies. So I figured, well, I'm never going to eat in other movies, I might as well enjoy this and count it as a splurge.

I just was on splurge mode ALL WEEKEND. Although I did run around my home neighborhood on Saturday morning --which is good.

Even with that, I undid some of the deficit I had built up over the course of the week.

My total deficit BEFORE including Friday-Sunday was 1964.

My total deficit AFTER the weekend is 1463. (To be honest, I am soooooooooo happy I still have a significant deficit, even if it is only 0.418lb.)

Thursday: 459 ! WOOHOO!, Friday: -132, Saturday: -212, Sunday: -616... OUCH.

I had a LOT of ice cream on Sunday... and then came home and ate some snacks that were high in fat and calories and really completely unnecessary because I wasn't even really hungry.

WELL! I did the best I could to find approximate matches for what I ate and to be as honest as possible in my tracker.

Usually if it's just a cheat MEAL I don't bother tracking it unless I know I can find the exact nutritional values somewhere online... but since it was such a derailed weekend I really wanted to find out HOW far off I was.

I was from at 2291, 2144, and 2250 for calories consumed.

The good news is -- I could really FEEL that I was eating TOO MUCH FOOD. I wasn't feeling overly hungry, I didn't feel GOOD when I finished eating SO MUCH. It wasn't like I wanted to eat that way long term. It was definitely a completely out of the ordinary and ABNORMAL eating for me, and I know I want to avoid that spiral as best as possible in my daily life.

Because my eating was so randomly timed yesterday, I was still kinda hungry this morning.

I didn't do any cardio this morning, but I did some strength training. I'm going to enter it on another website to get an approximate calorie burn (however low) to start this week's deficit tracking. I'm eager to see how much better I can do when everything is more controlled. I haven't weighed myself yet to give my body a chance to recover from the weekend. I will proably check it soon out of curiosity anyway....

  
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SAPOROUS 5/20/2008 12:16AM

    Isn't is strange to think that our "splurge" weekends now are what we used to consider normal eating. I actually always used to think that I made healthy eating choices too! Yeah right!

Whenever I mess up like that, I like to look at how much I've changed. I like to think about all of the knowledge I've gained since eating like that was the norm. At least now we can SEE that it isn't normal to eat that much, and then do something about it.

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BRUIN2 5/19/2008 7:07PM

    Marlie's right: you're a rock star.

To come out of the weekend with a deficit for the week still - AWESOME! And next time I'm sure that you'll make better choices!

Here's to another great week!!

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MARLIE13 5/19/2008 6:35PM

    I love the discoveries you had about overeating and eating junk. It's great to not be living in denial huh and from that weekend, you can learn from the mistakes and do better next time. That's awesome! AND, you still had a deficit! You're a rockstar bunny for sure!

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MGRIFFITH32 5/19/2008 5:54PM

    Good for you! If that was derailed than my weekend was a head-on collision... I tracked it though! LOL
mary

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STITCHERLYNN 5/19/2008 5:18PM

  I am so proud of your success. Now I've joined and I'm going to join you in success! Aunt Lynn

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ENCHANTEDMAMA 5/19/2008 4:06PM

    Good for you that you're able to know exactly when you're messing up AND that you know that it feels BAD. :-)
You never got off track, even though you took a little detour.
You're awesome. I want to be like you when I grow up.

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Playing Hooky

Thursday, May 15, 2008

So... this morning I was tired, it was raining outside... and my DH was home and anyway I played hooky from the gym. ;)

My new plan is to go swim and bike tomorrow before I leave for the weekend.

Yesterday's Deficit Results!

5/14: (1634+510) - 1349 = 795

WOOHOO! Biggest deficit day yet. Dinner was Parmesan Tilapia... and toast. and some popcorn. I was so tired, and the tilapia was easy but I needed carbs as well and so toast and popcorn it was. HAHAHA

Today so far:

5/15: (1634+0) - 789 = 845

If I eat to 1200 calories with my BMR, I get a 434 calorie deficit. We'll see if I can stay close to that today -- that gives me 411 calories for dinner.

Then tomorrow I can get in the gym time before the weekend, and hopefully get a run in on the weekend. We'll see how it goes.

Calorie Deficit 5/12-5/14 = 1964, Average/Day = 654.7

  
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SKYFYRE 5/17/2008 6:53PM

    Yikes! you are SO Rocking the Deficit!

Who wudda thunk, we'd be greatful for our shortcomings! heh-heh! Keep up the great work!

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MARLIE13 5/16/2008 9:33AM

    Your deficit is kicking my deficit's BUTT. loL! Toast and popcorn. Cute combo. lol!

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LIVEYOURDREAMS 5/15/2008 10:45PM

    Since muscle is developed during down time, the tears heal, your body probly needed the rest! Congrats on how well you've been doing! Have a wonderful weekend at your brother's graduation! :-)

Comment edited on: 5/15/2008 11:05:10 PM

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KIMCATUS 5/15/2008 9:27PM

    I think you're burning tons of calories just from all that math!!! emoticon

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LOBO1978_2000 5/15/2008 5:34PM

    Well you deserve to play hooky. You have been so consistant that a day off wont hurt a thing.

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SAPOROUS 5/15/2008 4:53PM

    How do you know how many calories you burn everyday (exercise excluded)?

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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......

NOPE! CHANGE PLANS!

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

    WOOOHOOO!!!!

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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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 5/14/2008 6:32PM

    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.

*WAH!!!!*

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.

*sigh*

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... ;)

SO! TODAY!!!

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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