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post #81 of 347

You're all going to laugh at me. When I head out to run I take my iPhone. First, I start my music, then runkeeper and then get running. The music is obvious. GetRunning is the C25K program I use and it dictates my workouts. So right now I walk 5 minutes and it tells me to start running and then checks in every 5 minutes until the run is over and times my cool down. RunKeeper maps the route and I ran and tracks my pace, total distance and any changes in elevation. I really do need all three things. I find it motivating.

post #82 of 347

Another good day and I am hoping for a Biggest Loser Style big weight drop for this first week. Monday is weigh in, yes. That sounds perfect.

 

We eat eggs for breakfast often - high in protein. I also like bean soup for breakfast!

post #83 of 347

went for a long walk with the whole family this morning. Hills and all about a mile and a half.

post #84 of 347

Dh was out of town last night and I ended up bingeing like.... I don't know! If nobody sees me eat it the calories won't count. Luckily I have a great day of exercise planned today. I'm meeting with a personal trainer and hopefully I'll do week one day 2 of c25k.

 

I think we'll try to find a place to ski this weekend (xcountry). We had snow earlier in the week but it melted so I don't have high hopes.

post #85 of 347

Ok, I am off to a slow start on working out - my youngest just got her 1 year old vaccinations and has been up 6 times per night since then (about 1 week) so I have been skipping workout at nap time in order to take a nap myself.  That being said, when I am behind on sleep I tend to over eat and eat junk, and I have not done that :)  I have been working really hard on portion control and I have been using my toddler's bowls and plates to help me dish out a healthy size portion for myself.  My toddler thinks it is great to "share" her plates with mama!  I am eating more veggies too!

 

Today I am jumping back in on the workout wagon with my strength training video.

 

Also, I would love to hear your advice on the right technology for interval training - I HATE staring a stop watch the entire work out.  I would love to here more about these apps you are talking about - what they are called and where you get them and what you put them on.  I would like to invest in an ipod (I am digitally retarded and still work out with a walk-man CD player).  Said CD player just died and I would like to get something that will help me with intervals and allow me to listen to music, and is simple to operate :)  Any recommendations?

 

Oh, and monday weigh ins works for me!

 

 

post #86 of 347

Barefoot, I am so with you on being digitally retarded!!  I'd love to hear the recommendations!  DH  just got home from a business trip and everyone at the meeting was given a Kindle Fire.  I think it's a bit too big to use for workouts, even if downloading the apps is possible. LOL. 

 

I agree that Monday is a great weigh-in day. 

 

Claybear, I love the idea of bean soup for breakfast!  What a great way to start the day with lots of fiber and protein.  Do you have a good recipe to share?

 

I'm eating tons of fruits and veggies, with very few carbs.  Feels good! 

post #87 of 347

I woke up with the cold the kids have...sore throat and congested. No run for me. Think I will take it easy this weekend but I promise to stay on track with weight watchers.

post #88 of 347
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Barefoot!   ROTFLMAO.gifROTFLMAO.gifROTFLMAO.gifYou just made my day!  A CD walkman! Hahahahaha - I guess I'm a bit techno-geeky!

 

As far as getting an iPod, I guess it depends on what you want it to DO (and how much you want to spend!). 

Do you want music/video/phone/games/messaging/apps/etc? 

The good thing is that "i" things (especially pods) are much cheaper now, but there are (much) cheaper alternatives. 

You can buy mp3 players cheap as chips (like $20), but without an app facility.  Or you can buy an iPod touch for about $200 AU, which can do pretty much anything.  And anything in between.

 

Also, you have to be able to transfer all your music onto it, which could be a challenge for a "digitally retarded" person!! (lol.gif

 

I personally just use my mobile phone (which is android, although I used to have an iPhone).  I have all my music on it, and just download the apps straight to it.  I'm tight, and usually only download free apps, but for something like a good c25k app, it might cost you a buck or two.  There is a "market" or "app store" on the phone which allows you to search - kind of like google.  You can type the name of the app, if you know it, or you can search "running apps" or "c25k apps" for example.  You can read through and decide which one best suits your needs before choosing to purchase.  You can also purchase apps from websites, and iTunes. 

 

If you let us know what you are willing to spend, I can try to point you in the right direction love.gif

 

PS: weighed myself this morning, and it's looking pretty good so far.  That's some motivation not to eat crap tonight (Saturday night) which is my usual lazy night...

post #89 of 347

Feel better, PacificBliss!

 

Buzzer - I'm also way more likely to binge when my DH isn't here. He's usually out on Wednesday nights and that used to be my time to plant myself on the couch with a pint of ice cream and pig out. redface.gif

 

I ended up doing half an hour of cardio yesterday anyway, even though it was my day off and I didn't feel like exercising. Pilates today! I've noticed that my belt has gotten looser, which is super motivating. Actual proof that my body is getting smaller feels even better than seeing the numbers on the scale go down. Looking forward to weigh-ins Monday!

post #90 of 347

Milkshake - I would prefer to go as cheap as I can, but I have been saving up for this because if I am going to enter the digital age, I might as well get what will really meet all my needs.  I have a super basic verizon phone (the one that you can get for free with your plan) and a super basic phone plan.  I really only use my phone for phone calls (I don't even text!).  So my main desire would be to use this for running, running intervals, and on walks.  I DO have technically competant family members who can help me load music and I do already have quite a bit music on my computer (thanks to a friend putting it there for me!).  I am also good at reading/following directions so I think I can be taught to easily use whatever I get.  I just have not kept up with new technology because the old was suiting my purposes and if it ain't broke, why upgrade?

 

Ultimately, I am kind of a minimalist, but I am sick of staring at a stop watch - it is a really good way to make running no fun (and I LOVE to run!).  And I am missing my music and not wanting to spent $20-$30 on another cd player when newer technology might be able toprovide all the tools I need in one device.  I am also not attached to ipods or any brand name - I just don't know what is out there.  There seem to be an overwhelming number of devices to choose from!!

 

I am all ears for your technological wisdom :D 

post #91 of 347

Does anyone else find that digital scales jump around and seem to give weights varying by 3 or so pounds?

 

post #92 of 347
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Claybear, I love the idea of bean soup for breakfast!  What a great way to start the day with lots of fiber and protein.  Do you have a good recipe to share?

 

I'm eating tons of fruits and veggies, with very few carbs.  Feels good! 


I make a lot of different soups around here and they usually involve a bean of some sort and blended whole peeled tomatoes (with herbs, garlic, salt, black pepper) -- white bean and green beans in a tomato base (basil, oregano), black beans in a spicey tomato base (red chili, cumin, extra pepper, cilantro), red lentil soup (my kids call it lava) with tomato base (chili, curry, black pepper), chickpeas in a tomato base (kids like it with orzo but I skip the pasta and just do the beans) also with italian spices and fresh basil. I am terrible for recipes - love to cook but I just sort of mix things up and make things up and I know how to remake it but not how to describe how much of everything to add!

 

post #93 of 347
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Does anyone else find that digital scales jump around and seem to give weights varying by 3 or so pounds?

 



I got a digital WW scale for about 23 bucks and it weighs me to the same tenth over and over.

 

 

post #94 of 347

Milk8shake, is too late to join!?

 

post #95 of 347
Persies later. Tiiiiiired.

I worked out Mon-Thurs this week, and took today (Fri) off because it was insanely busy. Up until yesterday, I'd been doing really well with food. It still wasn't so bad yesterday or today, but I was over my calorie goal for my weight loss achievement both days. My boys were driving me insane both days, too--I'm not sure if it's them or me (or both), but hopefully we can all restart this weekend with some new goals for accomplishing things next week., and achieve harmony. (ha!)

...and hopefully my body will magically let go of some weight before the Monday weigh-in. It seems ridiculously unfair that I've been so much "better" with choices, calorie intake and output, and the scale actually went UP this morning. Don't start in on me with that "muscle weighs more than fat, you're building muscle" crap. I know all of it. I just don't LIKE it. wink1.gif
post #96 of 347

Hey Stegenrae - it could also be water weight.  If you watch your calories, but get to much sodium, you will retain water.  Also, we all tend to retain water in the week prior to our period.  But I know how frustrating it is to work so hard and see the scale go up!!!  Just don't let you frustration knock you out of your good habits you are forming - the scale will eventually show your hard work!!!!

post #97 of 347


Mine will do that if I do them really close together but if I wait a few minutes and/or the scale moves a bit it varies.

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I got a digital WW scale for about 23 bucks and it weighs me to the same tenth over and over.

 

 



 

 

post #98 of 347
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Originally Posted by PoppyMama View Post

Does anyone else find that digital scales jump around and seem to give weights varying by 3 or so pounds?

 



Mine will do that if the batteries get low or if I'm not standing in the exact same position.

post #99 of 347

Doing really well with working out and eating and noticing some changes. Got excited and jumped on the scale this morning to see if it was changing and it has!! WooHoo! Feeling really jazzed about that. Got my period this morning also, which for me means I made it through the cravings that came right before it and I likely dropped a little water weight as my body is releasing. Was feeling really tired and thinking about napping right now but I cam eon here instead so I would be forced to write that I am going to work out right now. (and Now I will actually do it)!

 

 

post #100 of 347

good for you, claybear! I bet your workout will perk you up as much as a light nap, too. 

 

barefootmama, it's not water retention, unfortunately. I'm still in my m/c cycle, and it's all kinds of wacky, but still totally behaving pre-O. ugh, I wish my body would get on with it so I can have a period already! I honestly do think that my muscle mass increases really efficiently (thanks, Dad, for those genes!)...it's just not really motivating that I have to gain muscle before my body will let go of fat, yk? :/  As far as the technological gadget you're needing, it sounds like an iPod Touch would work best for you--having a phone with all the bells and whistles can get really expensive because you pretty much have to have a data plan. It sounds like you don't need anything like that, but are okay with just a "regular" phone, especially since you don't even text. With a Touch, you can use wifi (or cables) to download and share music and apps, and bring it with you on runs/walks really easily. It seems like anything else would either be music-only or require an expensive data/phone plan. imo, of course. ;)

 

WTG, Dantesmama and milk!

 

Pacificbliss, that sucks. Feel better asap! (and I don't laugh at you--when I run outside, I usually have my heart rate monitor/watch, and use my phone for music and runkeeper. I just wish I had a better holder mechanism for my phone (it's an EVO, so kind of big). 

 

Trekkingirl, I'm jealous of your walk with your family. When I walk with mine, the 3yo usually goes so freaking slow we never get very far and I don't get much of a calorie burn--just time burned.

 

Buzzer--I was the same way for a while when dh would be gone. He used to travel at least every other month for work, and that's when I'd make fries and a fattening smoothie (as close to a chocolate shake as this gfdfefsf girl can get) for my dinner. :P But holy crap, if you get some xcountry skiing in, you'll have worked off those calories in no time flat!

 

AFM, I finally set up my Kinect YourShape Fitness profile and did a cardio workout. I also added an ab workout (Mama Wants Her Body Back has an Abs series, too) because the YourShape Fitness didn't do much upper body besides reminding you to tighten your abs/keep your back straight/etc, but it sure as heck kicked my butt and kept my heart rate in a good semi-cardio zone. It has a calorie tracker on it, too, so that helped, but was kind of disappointing because I was working so hard and not really burning that many calories--I'm just really out of shape!

 

 

 


Edited by stegenrae - 1/28/12 at 1:51pm
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