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Well, first the bad news...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Yesterday I woke up feeling pretty bad, so I took a day off from the gym (ugh) and thought today would be better. It wasn't any better. In fact, I woke up feeling worse today than I did yesterday. Went to the doctor this afternoon thinking it might be strep throat (that's the worst part about my job - I get all the elementary sicknesses). It's not strep, but instead just a nasty viral infection that I can't get antibiotics for. I appreciate that my doctor does not prescribe un-needed medicine; he suggested lots of liquids and Motrin and sleep.
But amidst the sickness, there was good news.
- Stopped to do some shopping on the way home and I fit into a size 8. Not just *one* size 8, but *many* size 8s at different stores. I even bought a cute pair of Audrey Hepburn-esque skinny black ankle pants. Wahoo!
- My best friend gave me a bunch of old pants that didn't fit her anymore. I got some "new" cute jeans that will tide me over until I am at my goal size. Some were even too big! But those are pants I don't have to spend money on now.
- Realized that this is really only the first time since I started Sparking that I have been sick enough to keep me from working out. My body is telling me something... I will probably be much better off in the long run for taking (being forced to take) this break.

Tomorrow is 5K training in the morning. I'm going to see how I feel when I wake up, and maybe I will go to at least get moving, even if I walk most of it. We'll see. I don't want to push myself too hard and be out of my routine for longer than I need to be.
My mom is coming up on Sunday. She's been asking me about my weight-loss and stuff. I am very proud of what I've accomplished, but I always get this feeling like it will be "almost there!" according to my mom. Ever since I was old enough to know what a "diet" was, it seems like my mom has been on and off diets. I even tried some crazy ones with her. Every time I lost a little weight and tried on new clothing, it was never "that looks nice!" Instead, it was always "it almost fits!" How frustrating!
Anyway, off to do some laundry and cleaning. Then, maybe a glass of pinot noir with my Wife Swap.

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EATNBOOGERS 4/10/2009 8:38PM

    Woo hoo! You are the amazing shrinking woman!

Take care of yourself. There was an article in the NY Times recently re exercising when you're sick... it was kind of interesting... if you have a mild cold (like me), you can (and should) pretty much do the standard stuff. But if you're totally feeling like crap (like you), definitely take a rest day. I think walking (maybe in the afternoon?) if you're feeling so-so could be a very smart strategy.

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MIMOR6 4/10/2009 7:37PM

    Way to go. I know I feel great as my pant sizes are getting smaller. It lets you know you are doing a great job. I am sorry you are feeling bad.

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Wahoo! Spring break!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Today was the last day of school until Tuesday. yay!
Last week I ordered a new swim suit from Lands' End. (The suit I was using was over 10 years old!) Today when I came home it was waiting for me on my porch! It was so exciting to take the suit out of the packaging, put it on, and have it fit like a glove. I ordered it according to the size chart, but part of me was still thinking that it wouldn't fit. Are those really *my* measurements? Yes, they are!
Today was a huge victory for me. One of the parents at my school made these AMAZING peanut butter, butter cream, and coconut eggs for Easter. SO GOOD. BUT! I only had one. And this is proof that I am really "Sparked." I wanted to try a butter cream and a peanut butter, but didn't want to eat two eggs. So I suggested to the gym teacher that we cut two in half and share, so we could each try a PB and a butter cream. Holy Spark! Am I really thinking like a healthy eater??? I was a little tickled when I allowed myself one and another teacher said to me "you've been working out so much that you could probably eat the whole tray and still be ok." teehee.
I found a 5K buddy today! One of my colleagues and I are going to run at least one this summer. So excited! He loves the gym as much as I do and now not only do we have our jobs (we're both music teachers) in common, we have fitness too. Super exciting. LOVING having Fit Friends.
Tomorrow is Running Day. It's so hard for me to believe that I am actually going to be ready to run this 5K in May.
I need to go relax... I have a bit of a sore throat and I don't want it to linger. Have a Sparky Evening!


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EATNBOOGERS 4/9/2009 6:11PM

    Woo hoo for a new swimsuit! And woo hoo for a good strategy re the eggs! And woo ho for a running buddy!

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My delicious salads

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Every night before bed, I put together a giant salad for the next day's lunch. Yesterday's salad had eggplant, walnuts, apple, and turkey breast on it. Today's salad is pepperoni (not too much), walnuts, apple, and blackberries. Yum. One of the girls at school commented on my salad yesterday and how nice it looked, how healthy it was. I heard someone say "that's how she's losing so much weight!" Wahoo!!!
Decided that I'm done buying pants for a while. The pants that I just got a little less than 2 months ago are getting pretty large on me. I thought for sure that I wouldn't lose inches *that* fast! I'll stick with skirts and dresses for a while. I just wish it would get warm so I could wear some of my skirts and dresses! Just have to be patient, I guess.
Tonight is running night at the gym. I am actually looking forward to running tonight! The goal tonight is a mile and a quarter without a walk break. Don't know if distance or time is better as far as working up to a long run. But this is working for me. I love the feeling of "wow, I just ran a mile!" I'm REALLY looking forward to the state park opening up so I can go run up there. I can't believe I might actually be turning into a runner! I usually post my running status on my Facebook page, and one of the girls at school noticed how much I am running or swimming. She was impressed. And another girl at school who runs marathons is really excited that I started training for this 5K.
To tell you the truth, I'm excited that I'm starting to belong to "fit" groups; people who like to talk about running and healthy eating, rather than just groups of people who like to go out to eat and talk about how other people are "too skinny; I just can't lose the weight. I'll just be fat and happy." Well, I don't need to be fat to be happy. In fact, I am more happy now and more confident now than I have ever been.
Off to finish my coffee. Have a Sparky Day!

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    I think Boogers hit it right on the mark - mixing it up is a great way to improve your overall running time and distance. I LOVE (hate) intervals for helping to boost my time....I'm not an expert runner either, but I need the treadmill to keep me honest about how fast I actually run (when I run outside with the dog, it gets to confusing to account for 10-15 pee breaks).

I might suggest doing something like four or five 3-minute intervals - go at a steady pace (even if it is walking quickly rather than running) for 2 minutes, then up the speed to about your 85% maximum speed - like you were all-out sprinting, just backed off a little bit, for 1 minute. Then return to your "resting" speed for 2 minutes, and repeat. After you finish the number of intervals you want, walk it out for 5 minutes before starting your regular, constant-pace run. Eventually, you can start boosting your resting speed, then your running speed, and even the incline on the treadmill to make it more challenging and to facilitate a greater increase in speed and distance overall.

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EATNBOOGERS 4/7/2009 5:33PM

    Salads are a big part of my strategy, too. It's just a really good way to eat a very healthy lunch (if you put the right stuff on it) and get a lot of veggies, fiber, etc. in. I'm a big fan of apples or pears and walnuts in my salads, too.

I can't really give you advice on the running thing, as I'm not terribly fast and I don't run super long distances. Maybe *this* is some advice... I like to mix it up a bit. Sometimes a longer slower run, sometimes a shorter run in which I'm trying to run the whole thing at a "good" pace, sometimes a run in which I do intervals (I run faster for a minute or 90 secs, then do a slow jog--or walk--then another "fast" interval, etc.).

I hear you about belonging to "fit" groups. I have been working on a new friendship, and just last night, we signed up together to do a 5K on the 18th. I am really excited.

Have a Sparky Day yourself!

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JOSEPHINE1231 4/7/2009 10:59AM

    You should be proud about your planning ability, making a salad ahead of time. And of course, the exercise is great. I wish I had tried to change the exercise habit when I was your age. Now, the ole joints just would not run or jog. I'm working on a "little" strength routine, and of course walking. (But the weather sucks in Missouri now.)

RE pants, it is the weight loss PLUS the exercise. My jeans that were too tight now fit better. And I haven't lost that many pounds (Yet).


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LSTRAIT2000 4/7/2009 8:00AM

  Sounds absolutely wonderful... the salad & your attitude. Congrats and keep going. I am wanting to start running - now I may take the plunge and think I can instead of thinking I can't. Have a wonderful day.

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I could be really upset about yesterday...

Sunday, April 05, 2009

A good friend of mine got married yesterday. The service was beautiful, and I got to see a bunch of people I haven't seen in a long time. I used to teach with the girl that got married, and I haven't been in the district for about 2 years.
So anyway, with weddings, comes (cue frightening music) WEDDING FOOD. It was a buffet, and it wasn't really catering to people like me who have lately been very anal-retentive about what they put in their mouths. So at first I was a little bummed and I thought "Oh no! All my hard work! Down the toilet!" The plates were gigantic, so I put food on only about half of it. I had champagne, cake (which, by the was, was SUPER), and another glass of champagne. Last night when I drove home, I stopped for a cup of coffee because I needed to stay awake. I got half coffee and half lowfat vanilla latte at Wawa (SO good).
When I got home, I was upset because surely I had gained 5 pounds from all that food. This morning, though, I put it in perspective. I guess I really didn't eat *that* much, and I have been eating well and working out regularly, and now I'm going swimming this morning. And the more important point I discovered is that weddings are part of real life. That will not be the last wedding I ever go to, and it will certainly not be the last buffet I ever have to encounter (either by choice or not). These next few days I'll just have to make some adjustments in my at-home diet and up the activity level to compensate for last night. But it's not the end of the world. And besides, I didn't eat *all* the icing on the cake. That counts for something, doesn't it?

Happy Sunday!

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EATNBOOGERS 4/5/2009 9:50AM

    I think you're good to put it in perspective. Exercise and diet are great, but this *has* to be part of a long-term plan which does *not* include living in a bubble. That means there *will* be weddings and other special occasions. The key is making smart choices at those times (as smart as you can in the circumstances), cutting yourself some slack, and making sure it doesn't derail you. Going swimming this morning means it didn't derail you, by the way!

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Ready for the weekend

Friday, April 03, 2009

Today I was at a conference all afternoon. My eating today was not all that great; I stayed within my calorie ranges, but the portabella mushroom sandwich I had was only mediocre, and I had to stop and get something to eat on the way home (a 2+ hour drive). I ended up going to McDonalds and getting a hamburger and small fries. Ugh. Didn't realize how good I had it at home with all my fresh food and homemade meals. The lack of fresh food today made my stomach a little upset. I guess I won't ever take it for granted that my fiance likes to cook at home and get good ingredients!
I tucked in my shirt today. I *never* tuck in my shirt. Wore a belt and looked pretty sharp. My suit fit today! I don't think it even fit right when I bought it; I think my legs looked like sausages the day I bought it. It was like a whole new outfit today without spending any more money.
Tonight when I got home I went swimming. Decided to do my online stuff *after* the swim. Otherwise, I think I would have gotten wrapped up in it and not bothered to swim. Did 1/2 an hour of non-stop swimming. When I got home, I ordered a new swim suit. Mine is about 10 years old and the rear is starting to get mighty thin. Don't think the trainers want to see my butt hanging out of my suit in the pool. While I was at it, I also ordered a fun new Keith Haring water bottle from Sigg. It was a little pricey, but it's really cute and it's something that I will use every day.
I need to get some sleep... tomorrow morning is Group Run #2 for 5K training. I have been working on my running all week so I'm looking forward to seeing what my progress looks like tomorrow. It's also weigh-in day! Tonight I got on the scale just to see what it looked like, and it read that I lost another pound. that means I am finally out of the 160s! Wahoo! I'm waiting to record until tomorrow, though, because maybe it will be even lower. But then again, maybe it will be the same. Either way, I feel pretty good about this week.


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