Thursday, May 23, 2013

Skinny playlist

I finished the day yesterday with 15 Activity PointsPlus--not bad! It was pretty hard to get that many, but (obviously) not impossible. Now I just have to do it for six more days ;)

My mom reads my blog, so I usually avoid writing about very personal things (i.e. sex). So, Mom, if you're reading this, that was your cue to scroll down a bit. Okay, so last night, Jerry and I were--ahem--"talking" in bed, and all of a sudden, there were these bright flashy lights. I said, "What the heck is that?!" and then I realized it was my ActiveLink, which I forgot to take off (I wear it clipped to my underwear band).

When it gets in a certain position, the lights start flashing to show your activity progress for the day. So it was just letting me know that I'd reached almost 125% of my goal for the day. Just before bed, I had only earned 14 PP; but after the "talk" Jerry and I had, I'd earned another, bringing me to 15 for the day ;)

This morning, I did pretty much the exact same workout as yesterday. First, I ran five miles on the treadmill (keeping my heart rate in Zone 3). This time, I set it up as a virtual race, so the incline would go up and down randomly. The last couple of miles, I increased my pace to get my heart rate up a little higher. I realized that when I set the treadmill at 7.0 mph, my heart rate only gets up to about 145. I was a little nervous to set it higher, but at around 7.3-7.5 mph is where my heart rate got to the top of Zone 3.


I was watching Flashpoint, and that episode ended about five minutes before I reached five miles, so I started a new episode. Then, when I reached five miles, I just switched over to a walking program on the treadmill to keep earning the Activity PP.

This afternoon, I was getting edgy and wanting to eat out of boredom, so I started cleaning. I cranked up some music and cleaned the hell out of the house. A Blink 182 song came on and it reminded me of a playlist I used to have when I was losing weight. I have no idea what happened to it, but I titled it "Skinny" and it was a whole bunch of songs that just made me want to be thin and happy. Weird, right? When I was losing weight, and feeling like I wanted to binge, I would sometimes turn on the playlist and crank up the volume, and it would help take away the urge to binge.

I had forgotten just how helpful that was, so this afternoon, I created a new "skinny" playlist; mostly all the same songs as before. I have a lot of Blink 182 on there, because it reminds me of the hot summer nights of 1999, when Jerry and I first started dating (no idea why that is). I'm not going to write out the list, because, well, some of the songs are kind of embarrassing ;) The songs aren't inspirational or motivational in any way; rather, I chose them based on how I feel when I listen to them.


Oh! I keep forgetting to write an update on Chandler's weight loss. He's down to 23 pounds now, which means he's lost 2 pounds in 2 months. That's pretty good for a cat! Jerry and I have noticed a HUGE difference in his energy level. He's very playful now. When we get out "the bird" toy, and fly it around, he actually leaps in the air for it. Before, I couldn't even get him to open his eyes, let alone play.

When Purina ONE gave me a month's worth of cat food, I assumed I'd just use it and then switch back to a cheaper food; but when we ran out, I asked Jerry what he thinks, and he said we should keep buying the Purina ONE Healthy Metabolism stuff. Even though it's more expensive, it lasts longer, because I've been feeding them on a schedule (which is a total pain in the ass, by the way, but the only way I can get Chandler not to eat more than he should). Also, the cats are doing so great on it that I'd hate to make any changes.

I feed the cats at 6:30 in the morning, and again at 4:30 pm. I mix a little wet food with some dry food, and they each get their own plate. Chandler wolfs his down, and then watches for the other cats to be done. If I don't watch him carefully, he'll finish off their food in mere seconds, so I have to watch them eat. I do leave dry food out all day in the puzzle feeders--Phoebe, Estelle, and Paolo eat from them, but Chandler refuses to work for his food, hahaha.

At first, Paolo wouldn't use it either. He would see me get a scoop of food and pour it in the top, then look at me like I was pure evil when he realized he couldn't eat it out of the top where I poured the food in. He figured it out, though ;)


27 comments:

  1. My hubby has been asking me to talk lately, too ;o)

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  2. In my group of friends - we call 'talking' - 'playing cards' :)

    I never thought about a playlist like that - but I know I certainly have some songs that make me feel that way! May be a good distraction to have for car listening! I almost went to get my littlest one an ice cream cone today to make him happy 1 and then of course have an excuse to get one for myself! But I resisted and managed to avoid the drive thrus today!!

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  3. I love your "talking" story. haha. So funny! That's awesome the kitty's weight is down. My cat wants food all the time. She is such a piglet, always screaming for more food, which I don't give her. She will even trick us, like in the morning the kids will give her a scoop of food. She gobbles it down, then when my husband or I come in she runs to us and screams like she's starving. :)

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  4. OOH, can you imagine if we had puzzle feeders so we could eat our own food. I wonder how much weight people could lose if they had to work a puzzle to eat a meal. :-)
    Tell Purina to put that on the drawing board. ;-)

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    1. Hahaha! That made me laugh! If peanut butter was in the puzzle, you bet I'd figure it out! Carrot sticks??? I'd pull a 'Chandler' :)

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  5. ... we refer to it as "adding sprinkles"

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  6. You wear your underwear while talking? lol

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    1. I was wondering the same thing LOL

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    2. Um, "fore-talking"? BAHAHA

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    3. Oh my stars. I'm teary eyed with laughter over here. I just about woke the baby and my husband! I was wondering the same thing - wasn't going to ask, but then Katie... I love your reply.
      sigh
      I love this blog.

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  7. I wonder if the fitbit shows steps for "talking"
    :) cute story!

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  8. Cute story!! I have been trying to figure out the whole heart rate thing. Can you give me any advice? I have used my Garmin the past few spin classes/runs and I know my resting heart rate. How can I figure out what is a GOOD rate for me???

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  9. Cute kitty, is that a ragdoll?

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  10. I usually going with visiting the fruit stand or eating sushi (from Sex in the City).

    I really think you should post your nerdy music! I say nerdy, because that's probably why it's embarrassing! I have the nerdiest music around and can't wait to post my 1/2 marathon playlist! Disney, eighties and old school! Plus Pitch Perfect! Blink 182 would be good to run to!

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  11. Oh my gosh the "talking" story cracked me up. Well done on that 15th point heheheh :)

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  12. Oh man, I really want one of those puzzle feeders for my cats. I bet the kitten would have a lot of fun fishing the food out of it.

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  13. We have joked that we should "talk" wearing heart rate monitors! ;)

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  14. Your skinny playlist sounds great - I'm a huge Blink fan (and all those songs) for working out. Can you share it or at least what's on it?

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  15. Where did you get that puzzle feeder? I have looked for one and can't find one that isn't huge. My cat eats too fast and then ends up throwing up his food. I think this "might" help his problem. Unfortunately we don't have a place to put the big feeder so the size in the picture would work great. Thanks. Have a great Memorial Day.

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  16. I feel the same way about certain songs, and scents even. A couple of weeks ago Weight Watchers had a discussion of anchors, and for the first time (I've sat through similar discussions several times over the years) I realized that a Bath and Body Works spray always reminds me of how great I felt one spring when I'd just lost a bunch of weight, because I used it all the time back then. So now I consider that scent to be one of my anchors!

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  17. Oh and don't be embarrassed about any songs on your skinny playlist. I have songs on my exercise playlists I would NEVER own except that they're great motivation for exercising. I think it's okay to like certain songs just for a specific purpose.

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  18. My husband always apologizes for certain things he likes, or says he is embarrassed to admit it, but I figure I'm too old now to be embarrassed by some of the dumb stuff that I'm a fan of. I like Barry Manilow (I've seen him in concert three times, although not for many years now), and show tunes (really OLD show tunes) and Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion. There's my list....now I want to see yours!!!

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    1. I LOVE BARRY!! I saw him in concert at Madison Square Garden with my parents. One of my 1st memories was watching his HBO special over and over again!

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  19. I bet if you talked while standing up you would've gotten 2 activity points! ;)

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  20. I'm sure you just convinced all your readers to have more sex. hahaha

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  21. Blink 182 really brings me back too. For some reason their music instantly transports me in time to 1999! I was obsessed with "Adam's Song" and downloaded a bunch of their stuff from Napster, LOL. A local radio station still plays "All The Small Things" from time to time and I pretty much freak out when it comes on. Because when a song is on the radio is like 10x better.

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