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Pick Your Poison challenge 1

Monday, June 01, 2009

“Pick Your Poison” Challenge #1

CHALLENGE DURATION: Monday, June 1 - Monday August 31
THE CHALLENGE: This is a 3 month challenge in two parts. The first part of the challenge is to lose 10 pounds this summer. The second part is to pick to a goal from each category fitness, nutrition and emotional.

For my FITNESS GOAL
I have chosen "Cardio fitness activity 6 times a week, either at home workouts or the gym." This should be really easy for me. Key word here being "should" - but I've really been a slacker lately, in food AND exercise, so here's a great opportunity to get back on track and regain my focus!

For my NUTRITIONAL GOAL
I have chosen "Stop eating 2 hours before bedtime" This shouldn't have even been an option for me, since I "mastered" this one loooooong ago. HA!! Yep, been slipping there as well. Been slipping EVERYWHERE, in fact, so once again I get to say that this is a great opportunity for me to get back on track :D

Today is day 1 of this Challenge, obviously, and I have chosen, as my EMOTIONAL GOAL
"Blog on Spark at least 2 times a week on how (your) journey is going and all the ups and downs." I wonder if this blog entry counts :grin:

Oh, there was also a place to enter weight (of course) for this challenge. Since one of the goals is to lose 10 lbs (I haven't lost so much as a pound in 3 months time for years!!), I entered my "starting weight". I entered my starting weight going into the Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Bootcamp Challenge as well, and it's the same damn weight now! That 4 lb overnight weight gain when I quit smoking really did me in, emotionally more than anything. So I guess I really NEED something new to get me back on track. (I think I'll also use those Sweatsuit to Swimsuit workouts throughout this challenge, just because there were some new (to me) ways for using the resistance bands in there.)



  
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GRAMMAOFFIVE 6/3/2009 1:15PM

    Deb, I think the challenge is a great way for us to all refocus. And think of where we want to be by the end of the summer. I really like that there are so many people here taking an interest in everybody else. I am in a 10 lbs. 10 week challenge on another site also. That one ends in July. I am half way there on that one with a 5 lb loss. So by the end of August I am hoping that I will have seen a 15 lb loss through the summer. More would even be better. I have a mini vacation coming up in 2 weeks or so, and then I have a week vacation coming up in August during the last stretch of this challenge. To me, I think that is where it is going to be more challenging. So I need to learn to keep my focus now so it sticks with me when I am gone.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 6/2/2009 1:36AM

    Hi Debbie!

Good luck with the challenge! We can do this as a team together!
*~ Paula *~
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FOCUS!!!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

I'm having a tough time this week, staying focused, on track, remembering my name, etc. I'm not sure what's going on with me, but this week I'm just feeling overwhelmed. I can't keep up with all the places I'm "supposed" to be posting, so find myself feeling like just giving up, and quitting all my teams (except for 50 Plus For All, which is like my family). But I know if I quit the teams I'll be sorry. It's just that, right now, I need a little time to assimilate some of these changes. Like, what do I do instead of having that cigarette? Most of the time, I'm ok with that one...naturally, exercise is the answer. But that after dinner smoke is different, right? Gum helps with the need for oral gratification, but it also makes me swallow air, so that's not good. I need to figure out an alternative.

And the food tracking hasn't been going that well either. I *intend* to track everything, but...well, I've been forgetting some things. For instance, on Wednesday, I really thought I was tracking every single bite I put in my mouth, but then, during the night, I kept thinking of something I'd missed...and then ANOTHER thing, and yet another. On Thursday morning I went back to add those "extra" bites to my tracker, and the calorie count went from 1600 to 2850! And I was worried that I hadn't eaten enough!! This is NOT the norm for me, I swear. It is usually my practice to begin my day by planning my menu for the entire day, STICKING with that, and only adding extra foods if I felt I could "afford" them (based on the nutritional values). But this week I haven't been able to get my brain to focus on meal planning. In fact, I've been having a hard time getting it to focus on much of anything. Wonder why that is. Does nicotine make it easier to concentrate? Hmmmmm...

Anyway...there's more. The exercise. I'm either moving non stop all day, so that I don't get anything else done, or I'm not moving at all. It just seems as if I'm going from one extreme to another all the time lately. And I HAVEN'T lost those four pounds I gained overnight when I stopped smoking! Well, that's not really too surprising though, after looking back on my behavior these past two weeks. :Sigh: I think I've broken all of my "streaks" too :(
I just really need to get focused again. STICK with all those plans that I know work for me, and no more excuses or exceptions!

OK, thanks for allowing me to vent AGAIN. This week will be better.

  
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BIGT_56 5/31/2009 9:59PM

    Deb, quitting smoking is a big, big adjustment for your body and your mind. Nicotine is the most addictive substance there is. Your body and your mind are rebelling you taking it away from them.
I have trouble with time management too. I have to make to-do lists to get anything done on my breaks. Otherwise I am just jumping from thing to thing and not getting accomplishing much of anything either. I even have to plan my bike rides or I will be doing other things and "forget" to go.
Old age is hell on our brains. I think by the time we get in our 50's, our brains are too full of "stuff" to add much more into it. One thing in and two things go out.
Here is what you might try. Set aside just so much time in the day to exercising and then you will know when that is and the rest of the time you can focus on other things without thinking you have to get out there and exercise. Same way with logging your food. Set aside just a few minutes while you are looking at your emails to do it. I know that at first I signed on to too many teams. Now I limit myself to no more than 5 and really only post regularly on 2 of those.
The main thing is to cut yourself some slack. Don't try to do everything. I learned that the "all or none" thinking was too hard on me. If I was doing everything, I was pissed at everyone else, and if I was doing nothing, I was pissed at myself. Now I am learning to mellow out a little bit. I try and tell myself I am human. Sometimes we woman forget that about ourselves.

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What became of that rhubarb...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Low cal Microwave Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

I put the full nutrition facts at the bottom, because this dessert is really healthful as well as delicious! Substituting something for the butter would make it even healthier, but butter was all I had. I also cut the recipe in half, so I just made 4 servings in a smaller pan, so there was less temptation to resist :D I can just keep picking away at a pan of something I really like - and I REALLY like rhubarb!

STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CRISP - the recipe

Ingredients
*1 lb. rhubarb (3 c.) cut into 1/2" slices
*3 c. strawberries, quartered
*1/3 c. Splenda
*1 tbsp. whole wheat flour
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*3/4 c. quick cooking oats
*1/2 c. whole wheat flour
*1/4 c. brown sugar
*1/4 c. Splenda
*1/4 c. butter
*1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions:
Combine first 4 ingredients in 8 x 8 inch glass baking dish. Combine next 5 ingredients. Sprinkle over fruit. Microwave on high until rhubarb is tender, and crisp is bubbly throughout (12-14 minutes) rotating dish once. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve with low cal ice cream or lite whipped topping.

Number of Servings: 8

Nutrition Facts per 1 serving (1/8 of recipe)

Calories 164.6
Total Fat 6.9 g
Saturated Fat 3.8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.8 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 15.4 mg
Sodium 46.6 mg
Potassium 265.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 26.0 g
Dietary Fiber 4.3 g
Sugars 0.2 g
Protein 3.0 g
Vitamin A 4.9 %
Vitamin B-12 0.2 %
Vitamin B-6 2.6 %
Vitamin C 65.9 %
Vitamin D 1.0 %
Vitamin E 1.5 %
Calcium 6.2 %
Copper 3.1 %
Folate 3.7 %
Iron 5.4 %
Magnesium 3.6 %
Manganese 18.4 %
Niacin 1.5 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.7 %
Phosphorus 2.2 %
Riboflavin 3.5 %
Selenium 1.6 %
Thiamin 1.5 %
Zinc 1.0 %


*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  
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50SGRANNY 5/29/2009 8:52AM

    I'm happy you're going to give this a try (both of you). I bet you can't even tell it's a low calorie version, by the taste.
Enjoy!

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DIZZY85 5/28/2009 11:07PM

    I was so happy to find this!! My boyfriend LOVES rhubarb and I use to make the pie and I would end up eating so much of it with him! lol I can't wait to make this for him when he comes home from his trip!

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GRAMMAOFFIVE 5/28/2009 10:27PM

    I think I will be giving this recipe a try. It looks really good.

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Just In Case You Weren't Feeling Too Old Today...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

JUST IN CASE YOU WEREN'T FEELING TOO OLD TODAY:

THE PEOPLE WHO ARE STARTING COLLEGE THIS FALL ACROSS THE NATION WERE BORN IN 1990.

THEY ARE TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER:

THE 'CHALLENGER' BLOWING UP.

THEIR LIFETIME HAS ALWAYS INCLUDED AIDS..

THE CD WAS INTRODUCED 2 YEARS BEFORE THEY WERE BORN.

THEY HAVE ALWAYS HAD AN ANSWERING MACHINE.

THEY HAVE ALWAYS HAD CABLE.

JAY LENO HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON THE TONIGHT SHOW.

POPCORN HAS ALWAYS BEEN COOKED IN THE MICROWAVE.

THEY NEVER TOOK A SWIM AND THOUGHT ABOUT JAWS!

THEY DON'T KNOW WHO MORK WAS OR WHERE HE WAS FROM.

THEY NEVER HEARD: 'WHERE'S THE BEEF?', 'I'D WALK A MILE FOR A CAMEL', OR 'DE PLANE BOSS, DE PLANE'.

MCDONALD'S NEVER CAME IN STYROFOAM CONTAINERS.

THEY DON'T HAVE A CLUE HOW TO USE A TYPEWRITER.

Do you feel OLD yet???

  
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BIGT_56 5/28/2009 1:39PM

    I never thought I would hear myself say "Back in the day", but I say it all the time now. Geez, I guess I really am getting old! emoticon
Boy, I wish that coasting would start soon. Seems like the hills are just getting higher to me!
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50SGRANNY 5/28/2009 12:54PM

    MARLLI - Yes! It is definitely all downhill from here! About time, too, after spending years trudging up that hill, I'm ready to coast downhill for awhile :D

Actually, I just think it's fun to compare the life of today's young adult to our own "young adulthood". So many changes, so many things we grew up with that today's youth will never even be able to comprehend. Just amazing to think about.

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MARLLI 5/28/2009 11:55AM

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Thanks for the reminder that 56 is on the upside of "old". Is it all down hill from here?

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IMAPHOENIX 5/28/2009 11:45AM

    Oh my stars! I am ANCIENT!!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 5/28/2009 1:11AM

    So true. Thanks for that insight on things. Wow, I think I'm feeling a little old now.

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Help! I've fallen, and I can't get up!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I had promised to post this picture of "the chubby old lady crawling on her hands and knees", apparently because some people thought it might be motivating...???? LOL Well, I guess, but if you ask me, it's just plain funny! I was trying to *walk* up that little grassy mound, but couldn't gain any purchase on the dry grass, so ended up crawling. I guess I wasn't even able to stay on my hands and knees, now that I look at the photo that Chazz was kind enough to take to capture the moment. (sheesh)

THE APPROACH (dum de dum dum)


THE DROP - followed by THE CRAWL


Yeah, but the grass was still really dry from winter, and my hiking boots really didn't have much traction - at least not for dry, slippery grass. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it! I managed to avoid being committed that time, but I'm sure there will be plenty of other opportunities.

  
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50SGRANNY 5/27/2009 11:24PM

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!! Two chubby old ladies on their hands and knees, laughing their buns off!
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BIGT_56 5/27/2009 10:37PM

    Deb, I got to admit, I probably would have laughed if I had been there. Then I would have tried to help you up and there would have been two chubby old ladies on their hands and knees.

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HELENGMORRIS 5/27/2009 5:38PM

    Debbie..I'm also in Awe..i just thin it is a great accomplishment to do the walking and hiking you do.. emoticon
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50SGRANNY 5/27/2009 4:13PM

    Viv - maybe you had to be there, lol. To be honest, *part* of the reason I couldn't get up was that I was laughing so hard at myself and my predicament. Of course,the other part of the reason was that, well, the over 50 thing I guess.
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LUCYVLH1 5/27/2009 3:56PM

    I personally do not find it funny...I am impressed with your tenacity...remember, we are all over 50..so none of us is going to laugh..we are there with you.

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