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Nutrition Tracker and the "A-Ha" Moment

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sometime between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Saturday I had an ďa-haĒ moment. It was one of those nights when I just couldnít stay asleep. Iíll blame it on Jillianó9 p.m. and she was pushing me through her DVD after having swum for 45 minutes. Did you ever get too tired to sleep?

Back to the a-ha moment. My SOP is to log what I eat in the Nutrition Tracker after each meal or snack. So, the a-ha moment? Realizing that Iíd be more successful staying in my calorie range if I planned meals in advance and recorded them in the tracker BEFORE I ate. I know, I knowóit doesnít take a rocket scientist to figure this one out.

So yesterday I began testing out that a-ha moment. Before breakfast, I planned all the meals and snacks for the day and recorded them. Iím pretty confident that if I have it on paper, Iíll follow the plan. Iím a list-maker and when I make a list, I stay on track. I left a few calories un-accounted for in case something unexpected came up. And, bingo, I was right on track all day. Iíve started planning todayís and tomorrowís meals, too.

Hereís what Saturday looked like:

Cottage cheese pancakes, yogurt with bananas and granola, orange juice, and coffee.

Open face toasted cheese with avocado and salsa on a hot dog roll. I was trying to use up leftovers. Forgot to place the broccoli on the plate before I ate the sandwich.

Broccoli Slaw Salad with Five-Spice Tofu--trying a new recipe from Vegetarian Times. The recipe "as is" was a bit bland for my taste, so I added some additional sriracha and salt. With those tweaks, it was delicious.

Yogurt Banana Smoothie with Cinnamon Sprinkle--yummy

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BOBBYD31 5/2/2011 10:12PM

    love when you have those ah ha moments, they can be so enlightening.

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SCOUTHARPS 4/25/2011 9:19PM

  I'm so not that way! But if it works for you, go for it. I have worked up some cards of calorie counts for places I go to for lunch on a regular basis, that's about as preplanned as I get....

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 4/24/2011 8:25PM

    That all looks so tasty, especially the broccoli slaw salad! Gotta love those aha moments!

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FYREDRAGYN 4/24/2011 4:11PM

    That breakfast looks delicious. As does all the rest. I love that you included pics with it. Planning meals makes everything so much easier.

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GOEGIRL 4/24/2011 11:14AM

    What a yummy day! I do better that way too. It seems much easier and I have more success than guessing my way through the day. Thanks for the menu ideas!

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ILOVELIFE2012 4/24/2011 8:06AM

    Those "ah ha" moments are great aren't they? Wonderful! Nice pictures too!

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JREA24 4/24/2011 7:57AM

    Yep, it is sure easier to stay on track when you plan ahead. Now you know...

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Day 1 - Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Last weekend I picked up JM's Ripped in 30. It was hard to choose. There are so many exercise DVDs to choose from and they don't give you a whole lot of information on the package, but they all make great claims about how the DVD will transform you. If that were true, the exercise gurus would be out of business by now. I figured I couldn't go too wrong picking any of Jillian's DVDs.

At lunch, in my office today, I popped in the DVD and got ready to start Week 1. When I previewed the DVD over the weekend, I thought it didn't look very difficult and thinking, oh, great, I just threw $17 out the window. But it's a good workout. The side plank dips were the toughest challenge. I'm typing this blog and cool sweat is sliding between my shoulder blades and dripping off the ends of my hair. If you bring it, you will sweat.

The format is great--30 minutes can be fit in my schedule most days. There are circuits of 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs. And each week the exercise change up, so that will help keep it fresh and boredom at bay. It doesn't take me long to get bored with the same old exercises--must be EADD: exercise attention deficit disorder.

The challenge, as Jillian says, is to not eat my way through the exercises. That sandwich from Primanti's at JASR must have unleashed my appetite demons. My eating has been out of control and I've packed on 5 lbs. Yesterday was a "good" calorie day, and so far so good today.

By next Wednesday, I hope to report that Week 1's exercises are fluff and I'm ready to move onto Week 2.


Just for Today

Monday, February 21, 2011

I will track every bite of food that goes into my mouth. That means all those little tastes that I take while cooking dinner and donít usually count.

I will get in one hour of aerobic exercise.

I will practice yoga or Pilates.

I will accept my limitations and not use them as an excuse. I will find a way to work around them.

I will not worry about what I did or didnít do yesterday. Yesterday, last week and last year are gone. I canít re-write the past, but I can learn from it.

I will focus on today. I will not put off until tomorrow what I should do today.

I will focus on the positive; I will banish all the negative little voices in my head.

And tomorrow I will start all over again.

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UROPA40 2/22/2011 7:43PM

    Glad you are on the mend and looking forward to the spark get together at JASR. Suzy

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TAFODIL24 2/21/2011 9:17PM

    emoticonplan ~ I like the idea!!

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JOPAPGH 2/21/2011 11:51AM

    Sounds like a great plan! emoticon

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Crazy Cardinal

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Since last spring, there has been a male cardinal that flits from the rhododendron onto the outside window ledges all day long. He perches and taps on the windows from morning to night. He starts on the dining room window, then works his way to the den's window. For some reason he skips the bathroom window. Several times I've been startled when I'm in the basement loading the washing machine and he unexpectedly begins tapping on that window. On the weekends, the constant tap, tap, tap can drive you mad.

DH said not to worry; it will pass. It's mating season and he's fighting off the threatening male when he sees his reflection. Mating season came and went and fall set in. I hoped that he would fly south with the other birds that only summer in Pennsylvania. But no such luck; this is his permanent residence.

Some days it feels a little spooky--like he's stalking me. I just sat down at the computer this morning and within minutes he was at the window ledge peering in intently and then he began his tap, tap, tap. It reminds me of the creepy Burger King commercial where the King is looking in an apartment window. I'm watching you . . . I know what you're doing.

As I watch him, it occurs to me that we are often like that cardinal. Do you look at your reflection in the mirror and wonder why you're not seeing improvement? We get in a pattern and never change it up. Whether it's our workouts at the gym, our running schedules, our eating patterns, or the way we do our jobs. So, today, let's mix it up. Work out with more intensity--go faster, go farther, go heavier, go longer. Add new exercises, eat more, eat less, add new foods.

Let's not be that crazy cardinal. Spring is just around the corner (depending on the prognostication of Punxsutawney Phil LOL); let's see a new, improved reflection.


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SCOUTHARPS 1/29/2011 11:59PM

  Good advice! I was wondering if he was the food police.....

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 1/29/2011 3:42PM

    What a charming blog! I wonder if that cardinal once had a human friend that gave him handouts or something?

I will hear your words echoing in my head as the weekend moves along and I will change it up! Great advice. Spark on!

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Feeling Optimistic

Friday, January 28, 2011

Yesterday I walked 30 minutes on the treadmill and I am elated that today I still feel good. This is the first day that I can truly say I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The massage therapist has been a miracle worker. After each massage, I get a little more range of motion. I have a new appreciation for all the little tasks we do in a day and never give them a thought. I've found joy in tying my shoes, taking the laundry basket down to the basement, empytying the dishwasher and running the vacuum. (I'm sure this will pass quickly.) My goal is to be able to do some short walk/run intervals by March 1. It's nice to have a running goal again!

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SCOUTHARPS 1/30/2011 10:22PM

  Good news! It is possible to get a kick out of the everyday, isn't it?

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BOBBYD31 1/29/2011 10:22AM

    is this still the ankle???? this sounds like good progress and yes i am sure the fun of running the vac and doing laundry will fade quickly. LOL

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SIANDDK 1/28/2011 3:11PM

    Glad you're feeling positive!

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UROPA40 1/28/2011 8:44AM

    Glad to hear that you are on the mend. Look forward to seeing you again in March. Suzy

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