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What the heck happened?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ive been MIA for a while now, but Im ready to jump back in to the Spark community! I was sick all last winter and spring with various respiratory illnesses, and learned that I have asthma which just made it that much more fun. At the same time, my DH went back to work (YAAAAY!) and we were coping with a new hectic schedule. I was completely unprepared for the chaos, and we fell into the habit of getting takeout 1-2 times each week. Work has also been absolutely insane, and I started buying lunch out 1-2 times per week just to get out of the office for a few minutes.

Sick, not exercising, eating out, stress, and a new unpredictable routine I completely undid all of my hard work. All of the progress I made last year poof!

Now that were into a new routine its not any easier, but at least its predictable! DH and I have decided to work together to get back to the way we were eating last year. Its so much better when were on the same page, so we decided that were in this together!

So Im baaaa-aaaack!

My plan is to keep it under 1500 calories per day, except the night before a long run. Im eliminating simple carbs wherever possible, and eating only very limited whole grains. Ill be tracking everything I eat once again, because I know thats the #1 best thing I can do for weight loss.

Ive planned this weeks meals and shopped accordingly. During my staycation this summer, I stocked our freezer with healthy meals that I can defrost overnight and then cook in 20-3o minutes when I get home, and I will use 1-2 of those meals each week on those nights we typically get home late. I also scoured my extensive cookbook collection for new recipes to try on my earlier nights, because its always fun to experiment in the kitchen!

I will continue to make my lunches for the week on Sunday, as Ive had the most success with that. I will not let myself buy lunch anymore, unless theres some kind of emergency.

Im currently in training for an upcoming marathon or two, so my workouts will include lots of running, plus other cardio, yoga, and strength training on off days.

Im going to use this blog to keep me accountable, posting about my workouts and the healthy meals Im preparing. Expect to see lots posts from me in the coming weeks!

Ill start with this weeks breakfast/lunch plan. I have a mini fridge in my office, so I bring everything in on Monday morning. I make a batch of something on Sunday and portion it out for the week. This has worked so well for me in the past, so I am committing to it once again!

Breakfast: Egg white omelets (prepared at work in my stoneware microwave egg cooker), with spinach and tomatoes.

Morning Snack: 1/2 cup of cantaloupe, 1/2 cup of pineapple

Lunch: Roasted chicken seasoned with Italian and sweet basil rubs; roasted veggies (zucchini, red pepper, onion, and mushroom); 1/3 cup of brown rice

Afternoon Snack: Chobani yogurt with 1/4 cup of Kashi GoLean Crunch

It's all packed and ready to go!

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MEMEQ2 11/6/2014 12:56PM

    I hope you are doing well and seeing some progress.

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MADLYINLOVE 9/30/2014 11:31PM

    Oh my, this all looks so awesome! You are a powerhouse, Lady!!

I'm so happy DH is back to work! You two are so cute with your collaborative eating! I REALLY hope you get back to that because it really put so much ease into things last time!!! Here's to re-habiting!!!! ;)


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NHES220 9/22/2014 5:30PM

    I do low carb - I've cut out the simple carbs. It's been very successful for me and I'm about 6 lbs from goal now. I also developed some reactive airway disease and was having trouble with working out and running. Went to an asthma/allergy specialist and now on inhalers - one of them twice a day and a rescue inhaler before I run. It has made a big difference. Good luck to you!

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IRP1114 9/22/2014 3:09PM

    Yay! So happy to hear you are making your way back and are planning on blogging more!

Wooohoooo to that : )!

It is so much easier to have the hubby on board. Have to say I am jealous of that lol! You are going to rock those upcoming races.

And way to go on getting the meals all set and ready for the week! They look and sound so yummy.

Let's finish September strong and prepare to make he best of the busy shorter fall days to come ; )

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Getting fit is a team sport!

Monday, September 02, 2013

For years, my DH has been a major roadblock to my various get-fit activities. In his opinion, running takes me out of the house too much, batch cooking my lunches on Sundays is too much work, and going to the gym at 5 AM is crazy.

In reality, batch cooking takes much less time, my gym time is hours before he and DD wake up, and my Sunday crack-of-dawn long runs are done before anyone else is ready to even think about the day. He just gets a little cranky when my get-fit efforts go well, as hes been less than happy about his own body for a long time.

WELL, this year my employer started a new program that pays us to get our annual physicals. Excited by the promise of an extra $300, DH happily visited his GP for his first well visit in years.

You see where this is going, dont you? After the visit, DH qualified for an employer-sponsored research study on weight loss with an internationally recognized weight control expert, with the promise of another $300 after a successful return trip to his GP.

Of course DH signed up, and immediately began following the major tenants of the study: keep a log of everything you eat, weigh in daily, and commit to a small amount of exercise every day. (Geez that sounds familiar where have I heard all of this before, fellow Sparkies?)

Because committing to a 1500 calorie diet is a HUGE undertaking for someone whod been eating closer to 3500, I told DH that I would commit as well. So together, we began watching our portions and finding healthier options for his favorite meals. Cooking dinner became a team effort, and I ramped up my meal-planning efforts to find new veggie-packed recipes that wed both like. We began experimenting, roasting veggies on my pizza stone, grilling them, and making homemade salsas to serve with grilled chicken.

Were currently 5 weeks in, and Im thrilled to report that DH is down 17 pounds!

The unexpected benefit is that my weight also started to drop. Because were in it TOGETHER, I had to step up my own habits in order to support DH and I also wasnt being influenced by his bad habits. The weight fell off seemingly without effort, and Im now down about 8 pounds from my highest weight this summer.

Also, after a cranky start, DH is now in a place where he can return the support. The pinnacle was this past weekend when I was scheduled for an 11 mile run as part of my training for an upcoming marathon. DH helped me plan my route, made suggestions for a safer, more scenic course, and promised that hed pick me up if any thunderstorms popped up (meteorology in New England is an imprecise science).

Pre-run, DH made sure that I had enough nuun and gu, and reminded me to start refueling before I felt that I needed it. When I made it home drenched from the rain Id been assured would not happen by the aforementioned meteorologist he reminded me to stretch and use the foam roller. He said that hed actually come to watch my race this year!!

While Im sure that well still hit an occasional rough patch and he continues to joke that I should take up an easier sport, like ping pong I cant put words to how happy I am about our combined success. Im excited about our weight loss, but Im thrilled by the TEAM weve become in the last few weeks.

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CCSDESTINY 9/7/2013 8:33AM

    There is nothing that beats hubby's support. NOTHING! My husband has always worked out, but we've been making an extra effort to do it TOGETHER and its so much better now!

Good luck to both of you as you journey through this as a TEAM! emoticon

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EG8383 9/4/2013 1:50PM

  this is freaking amazing! team work is a plus and so awesome that now he's interested regardless of why!

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IRP1114 9/4/2013 12:26PM

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I am SUPER EXITED for you Susi!!!! This is going to continue making such a huge difference for you and for all of you! Just not stressing over being on different pages with diet on a daily basis is going to make life so much better. AND on top of that for him to be 100% supportive of your running now!?! Wow. I envy that lol! I mean not like my DH is against it but he is still not at the point where he is okay with me spending that much time on it while he takes over the taking care of the boys and such. So happy for you to be able to enjoy your runs stress free!!! Enjoy ; )! Here is to more progress and some awesome times in your upcoming races! emoticon

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FLAMENM 9/2/2013 10:24PM

    The family that exercises together stays healthy together!

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FOXYPHAEDRA 9/2/2013 5:45PM

    I'm so happy for you Susi! You should be so proud that your persistent efforts to live a healthy lifestyle have influenced your loved ones in such a positive way! You are seriously amazing, and I'm so happy you and your hubby can encourage and support each other. Health is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and to your family, and to know that you are now playing together to attain that - you are definitely winning this game!!! You are an inspiration to your hubby, an amazing role model for your daughter, and such a great Sparkfriend to me and many others! emoticon emoticon

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CATHYROSE40 9/2/2013 5:00PM

    What a wonderful thing to happen. There is nothing better than getting on the same page with the person with whom you share you life. There are always rough patches, but it sounds like things are starting out exceptionally well! Good luck with it!

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MADLYINLOVE 9/2/2013 12:06PM

    This is AWESOME! It is amazing how a shift in daily patterns can all lead up to this! Who would have thought, in a mere 2 months? You are living your dream woman! I am so happy for you guys & can't wait to see where just the next couple of months will take you three!!! Congrats!

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DALID414 9/2/2013 11:26AM

    It's so awesome you two are on the same page now.
The other day I caught the boyfriend eating some of 'my' spinach and I threw a silent party over it emoticon baby steps, baby steps

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Ready to Rock!!!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Ive been going a little crazy these last few weeks, but Im ready to get back on track! Its time to get back to basics, working up a good sweat and eating well!! Im planning to do 2 half marathons this fall, and Im actually excited to start training again.

To paraphrase the advice a fellow runner gave me: Your first half marathon is really training for your second. I plan to take those lessons from last years race to heart, so I can ROCK the next one!

With a Little Help from My Friends... Last year I trained and supported myself aside from my Spark Friends, of course but this time Ive realized that theres no reason to go it alone! My friend is also ramping up her mileage right now, and weve agreed to do a lot of our training together. Shes also a devoted yogi, so we have a standing power yoga date to work out the kinks.

Born to Run... Another problem with last years training was Mommy-guilt that I wasnt spending that available time with DD. Im already psyching her up to hit the road more often with me for shorter mid-week runs. Bonus: Ive heard that pushing the stroller burns 1/3 more calories, and its motivating to hear that little voice call out Go, Mommy! as I slog through the miles.

Against the Wind... I refuse to let weather derail me when I need to log some miles! I cancelled more runs last summer because of the heat, humidity, air quality, and rain, and the lack of a good base of miles really showed when I was trying to make it to the finish line. I ran consistently, if a bit reluctantly, on the treadmill all winter, and will commit to logging those miles indoors whenever I absolutely cant run outside.

We Can Work it Out... The biggest issue last summer by far was DH sabotaging my efforts, as he was a bit resentful of the time running took me away from the house and caring for DD. (Fellow mother-runners report having this problem a LOT.) Lately though, we seem to have reached an accord regarding my running, and he hasnt been grumbling as I head out for my long runs. Im not expecting entirely smooth sailing, especially as I hit double-digit mileage and need to spend more time out of the house, but Im optimistic that we can get through it.

So, my Sparkly friends, what obstacles have you run into while training? How did you work through them?

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IRP1114 5/8/2013 5:38PM

    So exted for you half marathons to come! Let's stay focused keep up the momentum going this time! emoticon

How are those yoga dates going? Wish I could come join you for those lol!

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LEANNAW4 4/28/2013 10:22AM

    Wonderful reading the inspiration in your voice! Wow! Two half-marathons are incredible and I'll be cheering you on. I used to have the DH obstacle as well but mine has stopped grumbling as much too. My biggest obstacle now is my feet. No matter what kind of shoes I wear (and I've tried several - my closet is a running shoe graveyard), my feet KILL ME after just a couple of miles. I suspect my step is off or something because I really shouldn't be in pain after two miles, and there really should be a shoe out there that doesn't punish me, but it's something I'm working out.

Good for you for getting back on the running track!

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DALID414 4/27/2013 11:22PM

    Two half-marathons, wow! It's all I can say.
I take it the hubbs doesn't run? My boyfriend doesn't either, but he seems to enjoy his solo time while I get my run on, then again I don't run long distances.

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MADLYINLOVE 4/27/2013 8:01PM

    Love your plan, lady! Interesting question you pose. I suppose for me it would be issues with feeling very low energy at times (since getting "off" coffee) and that has kept me from powering up for workouts in the past, but the irony is that a body in motion just manages to keep on moving! Rock on with your running!!

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Mile 0

Monday, December 31, 2012

I love new beginnings

I'm starting the new year with a clean slate. I've developed a lot of healthy habits over the past year, and 2013 is the time to put them all to good use. Tomorrow morning I'm going to weigh in and take measurements, and we'll see how far I can get!

I'm going to take 2013 a week at a time, but for today I'm focusing on the big picture:


To accomplish that, I will:

* Put in a minimum of 1,000 fitness minutes each month (approx. 30 minutes each day)

* Eat as cleanly as possible; consistently track what I eat and stay within my calorie range

* Run more; make running dates with friends to keep it fun and challenging; put aside $1 for every mile I run to put toward something fun; train for a half or two

* Spend as much quality time with DH and DD as possible; plan fun, low-cost activities

* Be present; whether Im at work or at home, I need to focus on the tasks at hand

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STARLIGHT22146 2/25/2013 1:33PM

    putting $1 in a jar for every mile is an awesome idea!!

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TINYFRIEND615 2/23/2013 1:42PM

    Great goals! Very similar to mine.

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LINDYLIME 1/2/2013 6:03AM

    They sound like great and achievable goals!

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CCSDESTINY 1/1/2013 5:07PM

    Be present! LOVE IT!! Stealing it - i need to work on this too. Good luck!

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NEWMOM20121 1/1/2013 3:14PM

    Love the plan.

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IRP1114 1/1/2013 3:01PM

Way to start off on the right foot Susi! Love it! I think you are half way there already!
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CLWALDRO 1/1/2013 4:29AM

    I love this entire BLOG beginning with the mile marker for zero.
I too am beginning a new adventure in 2013 with my DH and DS. I hope to be happier, more rested, fit and firmed up, and at a healthy weight by the close of 2013. I will begin today as well to track progress by taking measurements and logging mileage tracked by my Fitbit. I hope to reach 2013 miles by walking, jogging, hiking, biking, stepping and running in the coming year.
I hope you share your progress on the goals you have to be the happiest, healthiest you. I love your positive attitude. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MADLYINLOVE 12/31/2012 12:38PM

    I like that resolve - to be your healthiest, happiest version! Happy New Year chica!

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BLESSED2BEME 12/31/2012 12:00PM

    I love this blog and I love the colors on your page. Purple is my favorite color!

Great goals and great attitude!


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December... Big Finish!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

This fall completely got away from me, but I'm soooo ready for a big finish to 2012!

I've been doing great at hitting the gym in the morning before work, and eating pretty cleanly... if a bit too much.

I know -- I KNOW -- that it's all in the plan. If I don't have to think about what to eat, because it's all organized and ready to go, good things happen. So tomorrow I'll be planning out my meals for the week before hitting the grocery store, and then I'll be prepping for the week on Sunday.

Also -- just for fun -- I agreed to help a friend train for a Tough Mudder next spring, and I've conveniently found a half marathon around the same time (hey, if I'm running anyway...), and I love the idea of having so long to build up to an awesome race! This winter is about getting leaner, faster, and stronger, so I can kick buns next May!

So for December, the goals are:

* Continue hitting the gym before work, add in more strength training and pilates in the evenings

* Add in "the daily minimum" push-ups, crunches, squats, and lunges

* Continue packing my healthy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for work

* Get back to planning dinners

* Cut waaaaaay back on the sugar and salt

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STARLIGHT22146 12/4/2012 10:41AM

    That's awesome you are able to get to the gym before work, I know it's SO hard to get up early in the morning!! Way to go!

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BLESSED2BEME 12/3/2012 10:58AM

    Great start to your month and cutting back on sugar during December is a huge challenge! emoticon

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QUAIL75 12/3/2012 9:35AM

    Great plan! emoticon emoticon

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IMARUNR 12/3/2012 5:05AM

    Great plan!!! Good luck with your training and goals!

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LAYLA-MARIE 12/2/2012 10:30AM

    Good luck training for your race!

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IRP1114 12/1/2012 9:25PM


Awesome! So happy to hear you so focused and ready to finish the year strong! Those daily minimums warmed us up to something bigger didn't they? Commitment ;-)!

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STACYR31 12/1/2012 9:08PM

    These are fantastic goals! Keep pushing hard!

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SUSIQZER 12/1/2012 8:33PM

    Thanks ladies! I'm very excited to kick buns this month!!

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DRUIDPRINCESS 11/30/2012 10:22PM

    What focus you have! With your ferocious determination you are sure to smash your way through to those goals!
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CATTUTT 11/30/2012 10:12PM

    Sounds like you have a plan all laid out, and some extra incentive thrown in for good measure. Good luck on your training!

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