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Blackbeard

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  1. Funny thing is, while I was at the dealer buying it, I was sitting there for hours. Salesman came by and said he knows I must be hungry, having been there through my lunch break, and sat a tray of giant blueberry muffins in front of me. Twenty minutes later he came back and they were still sitting there in front of me. "Don't like muffins?" he asks. I explained that my car is a reward to myself for losing weight, and he moves them out of sight. Non-scale victory -- check!
  2. It's been three and a half years since I started my WW journey, and I'm pretty much where I want to be. I've been between 175 and 180 for about 16 months now, and I feel great. When started out, they suggested giving yourself non-food rewards for achieving weight loss goals. This didn't really work for me on little things, because being single, I pretty much do whatever I want (except pig out on junk food). So, the reward would have to be something big -- something I wouldn't normally do for myself, as a reward for a big achievement. This month I finally decided it was time: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wait for it.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . The fat me would look ridiculous in this, and would have a hard time climbing up out of it. The skinny me thinks it's awesome.
  3. Down 1.4 this week and back under 30 BMI :-)
  4. Hi folks! It's been a while since I checked in but I thought I'd drop by and let you know I'm still alive. I've been the same weight for over a year, although I'm up about 5 pounds following the holidays (still down 115 overall). Rest assured, corrective action has been taken. I'm never going back! :bcb_march:bcb_march I can't wait until it warms up so I can run & bike outside again! P.S. I haven't signed up for the new PointsPlus plan. I'm kinda curious about it but I still like my old plan which has worked so well.
  5. Hello my BC Buddies! Just stopping in to report on my first half-marathon that I ran today. Race time was 7:30 AM, and it was about 48 degrees. I'd decided the night before to try running in spandex tights and a top, with regular running shorts & shirt over them. Turned out that works pretty well. I started out with a fleece cap on to keep from losing heat out my head, but after 3.5 miles I swapped it for a headband. I had planned to take four strategic walking breaks so I could get water and recoup for the next leg of the race. I ended up taking shorter breaks than I had in practice, and running a bit faster than I wanted to initially. I wanted to go for about a 12-minute pace, but was running about 11:15 in the first half. I guess other peoples' paces influence mine. I was pretty strong through the first 9 miles or so, just as I had been in practice. After mile 10 I started walking more. From the 11 to about 12.5 miles it was probably equal time running and walking, trying to save up energy for a strong finish. The last half mile was almost all running, including a wee bit of a sprint to the end in order to finish ahead of another runner that I didn't want to lose to . Overall time was 2:42:18, for a 12:24 pace overall. Not bad considering how much walking I did. I figure it was about 1-1.5 miles of walk in there. In the aftermath, my feet and lower back hurt the most, and the legs are just plain tired. I have no idea how many APs that was worth -- maybe 20 -- but for today I'm not counting. I think I'll probably try it again next year, and see if I can get closer to an 11 minute pace.
  6. Bad news -- you can't lose flab in a specific area. You have to lose it all over. So, keep up with the WW plan and do lots of cardio and your flab will disappear, revealing that six pack you've been working on.
  7. Next to the brats and hot dogs. Pre-cooked.
  8. I know that feeling -- that sensation that kicks in and says, "feed me, Seymour!". In the past I would hear and obey and feed the beast whatever it wanted to make it quiet again. Now I have some checks & balances on it. When it speaks up, I start asking questions. Can you hold out another hour? How about a half hour? Can you satisfy it with something else? Will a quarter of a serving do? How about half? Basically I use stall tactics and give it just enough to shut up. As others have said, planning is the key. If you know the beast speaks up every two hours, then plan to eat something every two hours. Forget the "three meals per day" idea. Outmoded concept. Try six smaller meals.
  9. I second the Jennie-O Turkey burgers -- they're great! I also like Hebrew National fat-free hot dogs. For one point they can't be beat. Wal-Mart has some chicken sausages that are absolutely delicious. They're called Bistro Sensations, and they come in 5 or 6 flavors. They're about the size of a regular bratwurst, and most of them are three points.
  10. I've had these and they are good. However, they're only one point better than Cheetos for the same serving size. Cheetos (and most chips) are 4 points per ounce (28g). These have a 15 oz serving size, so you really should double it to compare to Cheetos. Doing so we find they are 130 cal, 4.7 g fat, which is 3 points per ounce. (Cheetos are 160 cal/10 g fat for the same serving size). So, enjoy them but be aware of what you're eating!
  11. I can be tough but even I have a hard time kicking the ass of a mother who lost a child. All I can offer is to tell you to ask yourself where you want to be a year from now. You can't change the past. You can change yourself.
  12. Blackbeard

    Glazed Donuts

    My rule of thumb is 6 points for regular-sized donuts. Sometimes they're worth it. Sometimes.
  13. Ran my second 5K of the season today, with a goal of breaking the half hour mark. Well, I really outdid myself because I finished in 28:37, my best time ever by over two minutes. This is somewhat shocking to me, because I'd never had an improvement by more than one minute before, since my first race. Around the 2.5 mile mark I really wanted to quit, but I knew I was way ahead of my goal pace, so I made a deal with myself. Just finish the race without walking and you don't have to go to the gym this afternoon. I have one more 5K on my race calendar this summer, in two weeks. I have no idea how I'm going to beat this time. In five races I've never had a time slower than the one before.
  14. Saw this one online -- I figure it's about 51 points, give or take. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/7766798/Americas-unhealthiest-drink-is-a-2000-calorie-milkshake.html
  15. First of all, congratulations! Doesn't feel great to say you ran a mile? The first time I ran a mile (well, first since high school), I had about the same time -- high twelves. I was sort of making up my own training program as I went along. I would alternate between running for speed and running for distance. One day, try to improve your mile time. Next day, go a little slower and try to improve your distance. I'm still following that logic, in a way, except now on my speed days I run a 5K for time, and on distance days I try to work up to 7 miles. My only advice is to keep it up, and pay attention to your stride. Try to find your natural rhythm. Don't reach out too far with your feet, just let them fall naturally. You'll see what I mean. Once you get there the miles just fly by :-)
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