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    haha, that's awesome that you're curvy. The 120 lbs thing probably came from a height/weight chart.

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    Gray - I'll reply to your post when I get home later today.

    Signing in real quick to say I let the Arc Trainer kick my buttocks for 25 minutes, and then did the short 15-20 minute walk for cool down.

    Right now I'm eating one of my lunch power smoothies - I just threw a bunch of things together:

    1.75 cups organic 2% milk
    dash of vanilla extract
    1/2 serving of flavorless Designer Whey Protein
    2 handfuls of frozen mixed fruits (mangos, peaches, strawberries, and pineapple)
    ~10-15 pecans
    1/8 cup rolled oats
    1 handful of spinach

    All told, it's probably about 500-600 calories.

    .... YUM! Seriously, I can't taste the spinach, and now I get all that vegetable anti-oxidant goodness.

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    2.2 mi

    40 minutes
    -Carefully taking sips from the Fire Hose of Knowledge

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    This week was reserved for relaxation from illness. But, I've been a bit ill this week, too, not at work. (this is making my "absent mostly" notice two weeks ago seem overly silly).

    Mostly I've felt fine. Still, I haven't been able to exercise at all. I've used less alcohol than last week, eaten a bit more healthily, though not much. Today I've had sweets and potato chips.
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    Met goals since I got back into town, including doing something fun outdoors on the weekend. Went rowing today!

    Lost one additional pound while I was out of town so am on track. Yay!

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    Okay, my walks through the woods are getting addicting. After I finished my social obligations and went to Trader Joe's, I ended up taking the 60 minute pathway.

    Quote Originally Posted by Colors View Post
    My only health consolation is that I have no boozed it up at all on vacation other than a glass of champagne. Alcohol has lots of non-nutritious calories, right?

    *When I get back home, I hope to take a before snapshot of my exercise goals. Timed mile, number of situps, other things- got to be brave enough to see how I am before I can improve!
    Yes. One glass of wine a day can actually have a positive health effect, but heavy drinking = lots o' calories. Booze is not diet friendly.

    And the exercise snapshot is a great idea. I am going to start logging my exercises tomorrow, and may occasionally share my progress on here.

    As for the vacation - how often do you get to go to Germany? If it's not that often, I say it would be a greater sin to NOT enjoy the German hospitality. There's little need to feel guilty! Your penance will be starting up your exercise routine when you get home, and then all will be forgiven.

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    I don't understand the charts. I'm definitely more one of these
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    2.2 mi

    40 minutes
    How are the ankles doing?

    As for the charts, they are guidelines and nothing else. They don't factor in frame, muscle mass, what clothes you are wearing, how much water you just drank, or anything else that can affect your numbers.

    Your body frame suggests you will be on the high end of the range, and once you gain some muscle, may not fit into it at all. The charts are not law, so don't give them importance they do not warrant.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grayscale View Post
    it is called an alarm clock! :yim_rolling_on_the_

    <anyone else do this on the treadmill?
    Me and my alarm clock do not get along well. My problem is that the part of my mind that can grasp all those wonderful things you've stated isn't awake yet. By the time I'm awake for an hour, I'm slapping myself. However, when it comes to first thing in the morning the only thing on my mind is MORE SLEEEEEEP.

    And yes, I have that look all the time while on the treadmill.

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    Yesterday I didn't walk (grocery shopping night), didn't do crunches, drank two regular sodas and a part of a diet. I think. Did eat some salad.

    Today I did crunches, walked (went for an extra walk with the kids earlier, too), haven't had my one soda yet but will, ate a salad and a nectarine.

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    I've seen a picture or two of you. You are very pretty.
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    Is 1 Coke Zero and 1 real soda an acceptable place to start? Also, drink the real soda after you do your crunches and walk with your husband. Your muscles will need to have glucose replenished, so a higher percentage of the calories will go towards that vs being converted into fat. PLUS, you can view the soda as a reward for exercising on those days. That subtle shift in mental attitude can pay off weeks/months down the road.

    I do not recommend quitting your soda habit altogether right now. There's no reason you should do something that feels like punishment.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tallulah View Post
    Here's what I'd do--get down to just 1 can or even half a can a day, and up your exercise. Then if you start seeing results, you might not even want the soda. (It works that way for me.) And if you're seeing results, you may be able to keep some soda in, just less than you used to drink. It might take a little while to see results, so don't panic. Also, drinking soda once a day won't cause blood sugar spikes all day long like spacing them throughout the day. I like Coke Zero a lot, but diet drinks usually only work for me as a replacement for the second sugary drink I would have had. Like you, I 'd feel deprived if I totally replaced all my favorite stuff with diet stuff. If you just try to drink less (and one time a day) of the regular Coke, I think you'll still do okay. It's always better not to think in a "diet" mindset, I think. Too easy to go, "Screw this! I'm doing what I want!"
    Thanks for the input, guys. It's helping me work through how I want to go about managing myself. I always feel like an immature baby for not just doing what I'm supposed to do. I almost always do what I want to do, but sometimes I can negotiate with myself.

    I bought some of the little 8oz. glass bottles of Coke at Sam's. For some reason they taste better than the soda in plastic or metal containers to me. They are pricey and I am a tightwad, so I think I can get myself to drink just one a day. It feels like an indulgence, not just because it's tasty, but because it's pricey. I will probably end up drinking it at night because that's my down time and also because, even if I drink it earlier in the day, I will still want one at the end of the day and I am unlikely to say no to myself.

    I don't think I'm going to take to the diet soda, but I can do sweet tea, which still has sugar, but nothing like soda has because I don't like it super sweet. If I only have the one 8 oz soda, and mildly sweet tea, it should be a net reduction. That's my current plan. We'll see how it plays out.

    The crunches are getting easier so I'm considering adding another minute or two to the routine. Probably try something besides ab stuff, though. Maybe some kind of arm curl? I can use canned vegetables for weights or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    Today I did crunches, walked (went for an extra walk with the kids earlier, too), haven't had my one soda yet but will, ate a salad and a nectarine.
    Great!

    I almost always do what I want to do, but sometimes I can negotiate with myself.
    Hah! I'm the same way. Sometimes I have to trick myself since the direct approach doesn't always work.

    I bought some of the little 8oz. glass bottles of Coke at Sam's. For some reason they taste better than the soda in plastic or metal containers to me.
    This makes sense. Soda in the aluminum cans always has an aftertaste to me. Plastic bottles are slightly porous, and can take up flavors from the environment.

    I don't think I'm going to take to the diet soda, but I can do sweet tea, which still has sugar, but nothing like soda has because I don't like it super sweet. If I only have the one 8 oz soda, and mildly sweet tea, it should be a net reduction. That's my current plan. We'll see how it plays out.

    The crunches are getting easier so I'm considering adding another minute or two to the routine. Probably try something besides ab stuff, though. Maybe some kind of arm curl? I can use canned vegetables for weights or something.
    I like how you are thinking about this stuff. That alone is a huge step.

    A recommendation I picked up from this site is to use 1 gallon milk jugs. (Or 1/2 gallon if that's what you have.) You can fill them with water to make them heavier as you get stronger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Udog View Post
    How are the ankles doing?

    As for the charts, they are guidelines and nothing else. They don't factor in frame, muscle mass, what clothes you are wearing, how much water you just drank, or anything else that can affect your numbers.

    Your body frame suggests you will be on the high end of the range, and once you gain some muscle, may not fit into it at all. The charts are not law, so don't give them importance they do not warrant.
    They feel better than Thursday, but still when I walk it's not even. The route is hilly and I didn't fall down though, then again I was on a sidewalk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    They feel better than Thursday, but still when I walk it's not even. The route is hilly and I didn't fall down though, then again I was on a sidewalk.
    I'm glad they are feeling better. I'm wondering if the joints are just not used to the physical exertion. If that's the case, they'll get better as you continue on.

    Although I do hope you are resting them over the weekend. Giving them a chance to rest is very important.

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