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Had a good weekend. :)

Monday, June 30, 2008


There's the haircut, and a few more pictures at the link to my flickr page. :D I LOVE IT. I am officially cured of my paralyzing fear of getting a bad haircut. I think I'll be ok. HAHAHA

I feel like I got a lot done this weekend --

Went out to the local Farmer's Market for the first time this Saturday... it's pretty small and every stall sells the SAME THING mainly a ton of squash and tomatoes. I saw ONE woman with some corn and blueberries -- but we already had blueberries... and the corn was pretty well picked over by the time I got there. I'll go back again soon though - EARLIER. Maybe before work when I work on a Saturday. They are near to my work -- open at 6AM and I gotta be at work at 6:30? :D

Headed to the library to return Ellie Krieger's The Food You Crave (*tear!* I already renewed the max ONE times), only to find another copy on the shelf! YAY! :D *drythattear* So I checked out the other copy. HAHAHA.

Went to the gym -- did swimming - SUCKED but worked HARD. Full body ST and biking... not in that order. ST - Swim - Bike. THEN I decided to hit up target on the way home to use that gift card. Tried valiantly to find jeans and hated all of them except for a the Converse One Star's... and they didn't have any in my size that I liked! BOO! I did find out that I'm about a 10 in some brands, and just below a 12 in the others... so hey -- a 10 perhaps?? :D WOOHOO!!! I actually tried on a pair marked 8 on all the tags and they fit and I was like *SHOCKWHAT* and I looked at the INSIDE tag... and they were a size 10. HAHAHA Stupid re-hanger people whoever did that...

Tried on a couple dresses, size 8, small shirts... what on EARTH??? WHO AM I??? hahaha. But I couldn't find anything that I really wanted to spend even a gift card on. I tried on a Running Skort, too, but decided it was too short really and I'd be uncomfortable wearing it in public. Also it was $13.98 and I decided to get...

A KETTLEBELL!! WOOHOO! FINALLY! hahaha. :D So I opted for the kettlebell and some magazines. I tried out the kettlebell this morning and I was slightly worried I'd gone for too light a weight, but I think this will be challenging enough for a while. Got my heart rate up even! crazy! I wasn't really paying attention to how long I was playing around with it -- so I'm counting it as 10 min ST.

I also got groceries and did church this weekend... as well as went to TWO movies and watched all 3 of our Netflix at home. :D And good cuddle time with the DH.

I made a new recipe yesterday as well! :D a Spicy Cucumber Salad! I'd been craving one recently -- like what we'd get at this lovely place called Bento Box in Huntsville, AL. I searched the internet and found a pretty good recipe! Next time I think I might cut back the sesame oil even more. But basically here it is for those curious:

6 small-med cucumbers, or 3 of those GIGANTIC English Seedless monstrosities (which is what I used...got em at Sam's)
1 Tbsp Salt
1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds

6Tbsp (or 3/8ths of a cup) of Rice Wine Vinegar
2 Tbsp Thai Chili Garlic Paste
1 clove minced garlic
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
3 Tbsp Sesame Oil (Thinking of trying maybe as little as half this much next time, but it still came out pretty amazing)


You peel and seed the cucumbers, then slice into pieces. I like them about .5" wide. (So they're like little semi-circle arcs since you cut the cucumbers in half to seed). Then sprinkle with salt and let drain in a colander over the sink for about .5 hour.

In the meantime, wisk together the other ingredients (aside from Sesame Seeds) to make the sauce. Once the cucumbers have drained, mix with the sauce, sprinkle with sesame seeds and VOILA! :D I called this at 6 servings, 93 cal per serving according to the SP recipe calculator. I have it in todays lunch if you want the other nutritious details from my tracker.

I'm thinking maybe adding a little ginger next time as well? But it's very spicy and cool and delicious. :D I'm excited to see how it is now that it's been sitting in the fridge for a day as well.

Also cut up a pineapple for this week.

And made homemade pizza last night.


But this morning I decided to not go to the gym -- instead play with the kettlebell and take pictures of my hair. :P

Tomorrow is Runner's Yoga with the plan for 30min interval training running and more yoga. WOOHOO! :D

How was everyone else's weekend?

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CURVES_N_CURLS 7/2/2008 7:34AM

    Very cute - you are rockin' the short n' sassy cuts with this weight loss! :)

The cucumber salad sounds yummy. I get those cucumbers from Sam's, too! ;-)


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MARLIE13 7/1/2008 4:42PM

    Oh my goodness you're such an awesome fitness FREAK! I loved reading about your weekend. And YOUR HAIR!!! How STUPID AWESOME is your new do?!?! LUVS it! Thanks for that recipe too...that looks yummy!

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LAURABRAT 7/1/2008 12:14PM

    I love to read all your blog entries, always fun and interesting. You're doing such a great job, and I think the hair is cute! Have a great week!

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    Love the new Haircut. I still am paralyzed by the fear!

DH will love the cucs recipe...will let you know how it goes over.

I love how you got a kettleball instead! You inspire me lady!

Woohoo - off to run! emoticon

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LANC92 7/1/2008 9:51AM

    You should try the cucumber salad I have in my shared recipes: Zesty Cucumber Salad. If you go to my page and click on the recipe link there you'll see it. I love it as an alternative to regular old lettuce salad, you know?

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SKYFYRE 7/1/2008 1:45AM

    LOVE YOUR HAIRCUT!!! AND LOOK AT THAT JAWLINE!!! I want one like yours, please?!

You are quite the maestro in the kitchen, my crafty friend, snaggin the cookbook on the sly like that, did you feel naughty?! Hahaha!

Hootie hoo! on the skinnybutt action, I hope that next time you can find some jeans you really like!

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    LOVE LOVE LOVE the hair!!!!

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HOPERY 6/30/2008 11:05PM

    Your hair is totally awesome! I'm trying to grow mine out, but you are making me reconsider. I could never make mine do this cute style (I'm naturally curly and would end up with an afro). This is totally a great look for you.

P.S. I really want a kettle bell. Let me know how you like it.

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CAROL_HOORAH 6/30/2008 10:41PM

    am I missing something!!! What the heck is a kettlebell?? lol

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new haircut!!!!!!!

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CALICAVEGIRL 6/30/2008 10:07PM

    That DOES sound like a productive weekend. Good for you!!!

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BLAZEGRRL 6/30/2008 9:37PM

    Yummy sounding recipe! And cute haircut - I'm envious of women who can pull off short hair and you definitely do. Had a good weekend as well, went home to see the parents on Friday evening and out for my roommate's birthday on Saturday. We had a blast. Now back to the grind of work and the joy of working out, hehe.

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LOBO1978_2000 6/30/2008 9:34PM

    Seems like you had a very fun filled weekend. Lot of things got done. I wish I could say the same. To tired to do anything productive and the heat has been a big factor of me not going out doors alot. Phew 96 degree weather. summer is officially here.

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4565S568SDS 6/30/2008 3:39PM

  I may have to try that salad. Sounds really good.

I cannot wait to go clothing shopping in the regular section. I'm sick of "women's" sizing. Someday, hopefully soon.

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I need to PLAN better...

Friday, June 27, 2008

So apparently I am nearly incapable of setting my alarm at the right time on Thursday night before bed. I have to be at work 2 hours earlier than usual on Fridays and for some reason that befuddles my mind when it comes to -- how early do I need to wake up to get enough time in at the gym.

Not to mention that when I woke up I realized I still hadn't gotten the pictures together I needed for my haircut today... so the gym is postponed until tomorrow. I planned to go today and then do ST at home tomorrow, but I can go tomorrow -- no biggie. Then I can get some biking in, too, and make it like last Saturday -- and give my hamstrings some further rest. They are soooooooooooo sore and tight!!! I am stretching them every chance I get. :D hahaha.

Well, I also realized that I forgot to adjust a serving on my nutrition tracker up from 1 serving based on how many grams I had, so I had a correction to do from Wednesday's tracker -- not a biggie, but had to update for my deficit tracking.

Updated Deficit Tracking:

6/23: (1940+0) - 1821 = 119
6/24: (1940+885) - 1714 = 1081
6/25: (1940+363) - 1697 = 606
6/26: (1940+779) - 1812 = 907

6/23-6/26 = 2713, Average/Day = 678.25

So far so good. Today will be a lower deficit day since I'm not going to get the calories burned through exercise today. Same for Sunday. But tomorrow will be a good burn day. I need like 263 average deficit per day for Today-Sunday to reach my 3500 calorie deficit goal -- not too demanding so I think I can do it. There are plans to eat out tomorrow night, though, and I have NO CLUE where we will be going, what the options will be... so I just hope to make the best of that situation.

The weight is holding at 168 these days, sometimes 167.4 or so. Feeling good about that, though. I don't mind if it wants to hold still a couple weeks and drop again like last time. :D hehehe. I'm so close it's just exhilarating to be here. :D

Getting the hair cut TODAY! And hopefully some new clothes of some kind this weekend! :D Depends on what I can find at target since that's where I have a gift card to...

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SLCOLMAN 6/28/2008 12:50PM

    I hope the haircut turns out SUPER!! Have a great workout today!

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DONEPAT 6/27/2008 10:29PM

    Hi Just joined Big Mens club and wanted to get to know you better, so I read your blog :).
Wow, you are doing awesome!
Re: planning. Just did a blog about that myself. It's hard when you "wake up wrong"- everything seems to follow. I think this is normal. But you have it together.

I don't have an alarm clock. When it's morning, my cat and dog get me up. Same time everyday. I don't know how they manage to know the time, but they do!

Nice to "meet" You.

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CALICAVEGIRL 6/27/2008 12:53PM

    You are doing GREAT! Keep it up =) I can never figure out my alarm clock either - ha,ha. Sometimes I change the time and have it all ready and then forget to turn it on!


That's life I suppose. You just have to roll with it sometimes =)

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Run Run Run Run Run!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

So..... my hip was feeling ok today -- not quite 100% but CLOSE so I went for it in class and it went pretty well. We ran about 4.84 miles according to mapmyrun.com, so WOOHOO. I'm excited for next week because we're gonna do interval training for about 30 min and do more yoga in class. :D YAY.

So that will be exciting to do something new. My hamstrings are SO SORE right now!!! I am wondering if it's from the ST I did yesterday or from class today -- either way... sore. They were feeling really tight when I woke up so I'm thinking it was yesterday that did it.

Last night was NOT Morroccan Chicken w/ Lentils -- we had to throw out our saucepans because the nonstick coating was peeling, so I had nothing to cook lentils in.... or the wild rice the night before... (we ended up having cous cous instead cause it could cook from microwave boiled water.. :P). GOTTA get some new pans. (Although thanks Marlie for the new virtual set! HEHE!)

Tomorrow I will definitely swim. And I'm getting my haircut again finally! YAY!!!!!! :D I'm so excited. The place I'm going is supposed to be really good.

The best thing about today, though, is that I stopped by our local running store which is CLOSING after Sunday (:( SAD), but the good news is that everything is 50-60% off at the moment! I was worried I waited too long and they wouldn't have anything in my size... but turns out my feet are big enough that was NOT a problem. He still had a lot of shoes in my size range (10 reg shoes, 11 in the running shoes.) He looked at my gait again and I guess the motion has come down a LOT since I've lost weight. He had a lot of options for me to try and I selected some Asics Gel-Kayanos that were regularly $135.00, but I got them for $73.58 INCLUDING TAX! YAYYYYYYY! :D Of course I had to favor the most expensive shoes... but when else would I be able to afford a pair of $135.00 running shoes??? So I called my DH and he agreed we could purchase them so now I will probably start working them into rotation with my current shoes.

Deficit Tracking:

6/25: (1940+363) - 1662 = 641

It would have been larger but I looked and realized I was still under on carbs, so I ate something else to get within carb range and felt better as well. It's difficult to keep that balance, but I think I've been doing good lately at getting a lot more protein. (Except for today... need at LEAST 15g tonight...).

6/23-6/25 = 1841, Average/Day = 613.667

Looking good so far, and today is bound to be a higher deficit day. I did not do additional ST to the core in my Runner's Yoga class due to going to the running store, but I still managed to get a calorie burn of 779. If I eat to my SP max I'll still have a deficit over 800 cal. Not sure what we'll have for dinner tonight... I think either some Thai noodle thing w/ shrimp or Breakfast for Dinner or Pasta w/ Classico sauce are the kind of options we have right now... or sandwiches. So we'll see.

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SLCOLMAN 6/28/2008 12:53PM

    WOO HOO on the new shoes!

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SKYFYRE 6/27/2008 2:01AM

    Glad you got the new shoes! Your a high dollar lady I see!!! J/K I love a sale too! kills me sometimes to spend full price on these things! Thanks for the encouragement for my tri! I was wondering when your class would be doing more yoga, I hope it is as fun as the runs have been, and take care of that hip!

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BRUIN2 6/26/2008 10:36PM

    YAY for new shoes!! You so deserve to treat your feet like princesses! And maybe the new shoes will help with your hip....

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CALICAVEGIRL 6/26/2008 10:04PM

    Oooo I love breakfast for dinner!!! I also really enjoy the simple things in life, . . . like sammiches!! =) Enjoy!

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Swimming Day!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

So, my hip was still bugging me this morning, so I said NO to biking, but yes to Lower Body ST and swimming??? eh. I kept it simple on the lower body. Tried to avoid squatting and lunging, did instead some mini-monster walking (which seemed to directly target that hip muscle actually... but that was the first thing I did and left it after that). My legs were like jello when I got out of the pool -- I'm still doing mainly drills involving kicking with no stroking and my legs were starting to lose all control right at the end. I actually walked a little crooked leaving the pool.... HAHAHAHA.


As for deficit tracking!

6/24: (1940+855) - 1714 = 1081

6/23-6/24 = 1200, Average/Day = 600 (I PROMISE, I did not plan that... hahaha)

So yay!

I'm doing well so far today.

6/25: (1940+363) - 1072 = 1231

Dinner is planned to be Morrocan Chicken w/ Lentils. We'll see. I can't remember if I actually have all the ingredients, but this will be an Eat Clean Diet Cookbook recipe if I do make it, I think. Will have a deficit of at least 500 today.

Tomorrow is Runner's Yoga again! I might go with the slow group tomorrow depending on how my hip feels. I've been reading this "Competitive Runners Handbook" thing and it talks about most training being done at slower than race pace, running at a comfortable converstional pace most of the time... and I have definitely been putting myself OUT of my comfort zone for every single class trying to improve. I wonder if I might have been pushing too hard? I dunno. We'll see how I feel tomorrow. :D

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WOLFKITTY 6/26/2008 3:29PM

    I was reading up on running too, because my fav. machines were taken out of my gym Tues. (I haven't started yet.) But I did read about several different types of runner's training. If you're always pushing yourself beyond your comfort level, it doesn't sound like you're training for endurance.

So it's great that you're looking to change it up! :D I'll see if I find that resource again so that I'm not just repeating vague ideas.

emoticon You're my running inspiration! ;D

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MARLIE13 6/26/2008 3:27PM

    Yep, you might be running a little too fast for training purposes. I have to watch that too since I don't want to get sidelined by an injury. Your dinner tonight sounds yummy! I'm seriously feeling so jealous that I'm just not making time to try new recipes. Life is crazy right now...someday! until then, I live through you my dear. loL!

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LOBO1978_2000 6/26/2008 10:46AM

    Keep the momentum going. Your doing awesome.

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CALICAVEGIRL 6/26/2008 10:03AM

    Mmm, dinner sounds yummy =)

What is the name/author of the swimming book that you keep talking about?

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SLCOLMAN 6/25/2008 10:04PM

    Looks like you are still rockin' it :)!!!!

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A new day...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Yeah, I had nothing for the title so you get that vague crap. HAHAHA :D

Yes, every day is a new day.

Well, today was Runner's Yoga (woohoo) however it was a very tough run. I think it was definitely the hottest it's ever been and my left hip got SUPER TIGHT about 60% of the way through the run... I had to take a shortcut at the end to get back to the gym, but the total distance was still ALMOST 5 miles. So I'm glad for that. But I felt like I was jogging on a peg-leg for the last of it. BOO!

Our teacher has suggested we change our start time to an hour earlier and do 3x a week instead of two -- I am wholeheartedly in support of both suggestions!!! I've been wanting to run 3x a week but find it difficult to go on the weekends, but going on MWF before work would be much easier, so yay to that. :) The only question is are we gonna do it on the 4th of July? He said we'd start next week... but I didn't think of that until I was at work -- so I'll ask on Thursday.

As for now... I'm just feeling tired.

Deficit tracking:

6/23: (1940+0) - 1821 = 119

At least I got something even with no excercise.

Today so far...

6/24: (1940+855) - 1231 = 1564

So, dinner is going to be a grilled sirloin salad, which I do not think will set me back tooo many calories. I'll probably be eating something else tonight as well, but I'm sure I'll still have a ROCKIN deficit for today. :)

Did some great core pilates stuff in class, and then hit the upper body with 4 high intensity moves after class. I feel good about my accomplishments today. :)

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FIENDISHSARAH 6/25/2008 7:46PM

    You're such a busy lady! I wish I had the gumption to do all the things you do! Especially the running...hopefully I can accomplish that someday! emoticon

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STEFIPOP 6/25/2008 5:11PM

    Woah! 5 miles! That's awesome! I look forward to being able to do that. Someday...

I have a pilates dvd. It's supposed to be for beginners. HA! That is no sissy stuff! I got through it once. Maybe I'll try to shoot for once a week. If it's that hard, it must mean it's good for you, right? LOL

Ooh, that grilled sirloin salad sounds delish. I might have to find me something like that for dinner. I'm off to go hunting up some meat!

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LOBO1978_2000 6/25/2008 11:10AM

    way to go on the 5miles!!1

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SKYFYRE 6/25/2008 2:20AM

    vague, shmeg...

Bravo on the 5 miler, STEEEEERetch yer hip, for hips sake!

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MARLIE13 6/24/2008 8:06PM

    Vague crap title...I see how we rate. loL! I still don't have a plan for dinner. I think it's going to be one of those...let's be creative and see what we have in the cupboards. Talk to you tomorrow miss pegleg. loL! Ya did great today!

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