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My July Goals (MGB- BLC#15 Dune Rider Team)

Sunday, July 01, 2012

I've tweaked and added to some of my previous goals to fit July. I'm very excited to be in a Biggest Loser Challenge and I know I've got a lot of work ahead of me to meet these goals. I do feel they are attainable though and I will post a blog each week explaining how I'm progressing. The toughest goal currently seems to be 5) 5) Run continuously for 30 minutes at one time and probably the last 3 on the list. Getting to bed on time and 8 hours of sleep is tough! I just need a nightly routine. And my blood sugars are a roller coaster sometimes. I have to do enough insulin and make sure I'm eating enough small meals during the day with all the exercise I plan on doing and not overeat when I get a low blood sugar. The readings don't lie! It's like instant feedback. I know if I'm making a poor choice because my blood sugar will reflect it a few hours later. Anyways, it's getting late. Talk to everyone soon. Good night, and good luck. emoticon

Monthly Goals for July:
1) Exercise at least 5 times a week with 3 days of strength training
2) Keep sodium levels in the 500-2000 range.
3) Continue eliminating diet soda and caffeine from my diet.
4) Eat a healthy balance of grains, fruits, veggies, legumes, lean meats etc. and still hit my calorie, sodium, fat, protein goals.
5) Run continuously for 30 minutes at one time.
6) Lose at least 15 pounds.
7) Try or create 4 healthy recipes
8) Build up enough stamina to get through the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred Video
9) Get 8 hours of sleep each night
10) Get to bed by 10:30 on weekdays
11) Maintain an average blood sugar reading between 80-150

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HABROWN 7/9/2012 10:48PM

    Those there are some great goals. Make it happen Aaron!

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DANAWALKER4 7/3/2012 10:37AM

  You can do it and when you reach your goal you will be happy you did.

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VALKYRIA- 7/2/2012 6:01PM

    Great goals! I am a runner as well, still working on trying to run for more than 10 min at a time. I agree, sleep is a hard one but it is really beneficial. Good luck this month!

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MSLEO88 7/2/2012 1:12AM

    Great goals!!! emoticon Just take them step by step. emoticon

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WINDSONG26 7/1/2012 10:17PM

    Good luck!

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AGMKITE 7/1/2012 8:34AM

    Best of luck reaching your goals!! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 7/1/2012 8:14AM

    Good luck with the challenge!

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BETHIEBOOPS 7/1/2012 7:27AM

    Whew! Those are big goals! Good Luck! I bet that by taking it one day at a time, you'll manage all you hope for and more. :)

Comment edited on: 7/1/2012 7:39:04 AM

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Still Motivated!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Ok so I weighed myself this morning and I was only down 1 pound to 271. I just have to remember, this week was not normal. It was my birthday week. I don't normally eat out 3 times in one week at anytime, let alone 3 times in a month. Also, I think could push myself a little more on the cardio and strength training and find ways to increase my calories, which have been running a little low for my goals. I don't think my body is in starvation mode or anything, I'm just not hitting the 1600-2000 range every day. I'll work on that. Also, 8 hours of sleep every day! That is so tough. We get the kids to bed about 9-9:30 and then I'm up usually past 11. I really need to be getting to bed by 10:30 at the latest, so I can wake up by 6:30 to exercise. What kind of exercise you ask?

I just started up a C25K type program on SP. I'm planning on walking/jogging early in the morning 3 times a week with some other cardio (walking, zumba, video) 5 times a week. South Texas heat is horrible so I need to keep this early.

Thank you all once again for your support! Just like my wife said about me, she's my constant motivator. I wouldn't have even thought this was possible without her joining the site.

I just have to remember (and you can too!), progress requires endurance and determination if I want to reach my goals. Just repeat that mantra over and over again if you feel stuck. We will get there!

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DANAWALKER4 6/29/2012 2:14PM

  You at least lost a pound. That is better than gaining any time. I have lost over 50 pounds. Started at 308 and am somewhere below 258 which I weighed last Sunday. Do not always lose as much as I would like, but sliming down makes clothes cheeper to buy and easier to get. It is good that you have a supportive wife. My wife and I have been married for 36 years and she is very supportive of me. That helps tremendously. I usually walk early before the heat. It helps get it in while the weather is cooler. Here on this mountain it is usually cool iin the morning and evening. That is a very good advantage.

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POOKASLUAGH 6/29/2012 1:29PM

    One thing I've discovered, if this helps at all, is that it's actually cooler to do your walking/running in the evening after the sun is going down (and it's no longer directly on you). Before my injury and I was banned from walking and running, I would go out around 7:45 or 8 pm and do my intervals. The temps were technically hotter, but the sun was no longer directly on you, the humidity was way down, and there's always a wind that picks up right then so that it actually starts to feel cool. It's kind of a time crunch since you only have about 30-45 minutes before it gets dark by that point, but the timing was perfect for me. So that might be an alternative to getting up super early but still beating this heat!

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Like Two Birthday's Rolled Into One

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Ok so wow, yesterday was my birthday, and it was awesome. We stayed home most of the day but did get out to go to Longhorn Steakhouse. We were able to make sensible choices (flat iron steak w/ stuffed portabella mushrooms and a side caeser salad with green beans and a small baked potato) and not go too overboard. I went over on my calories a little. Afterwards, I had a mostly healthy piece of cake. But it's ok. If you want a breakdown, check out my food tracker from yesterday. And thank you all for the birthday wishes!

So what's up with my subject "Like Two Birthday's Rolled Into One" you may ask? Well..today is like another birthday since I wasn't at work! Hopefully I can meet every challenge I have. Since I was off from work yesterday, everyone wished me a happy birthday today at work. They even sang! They gave me a gift basket with some good stuff. It made me very happy that they were considerate enough to get me a mix of mostly healthy with a little bit of indulgence.

They got me:
1) A box of Quaker Instant Oatmeal: Furit and Cream
2) A bag of Baked Lays Original Flavor
3) Rold Gold Pretzels (don't worry, these will be for the kids!)
4) Jolly Time Healthy Pop 97% Fat Free Popcorn (Weight Watchers approved!)
5) Crystal light Natural Citrus Splash
6) A six pack of small M&M bags with peanut (trust me, I'll share these)
7) Russell Stover Sugar Free Pecan Delights (I know that sugar free doesn't mean calorie or carb free, so I'll watch it on these)
8) A 25 dollar gift card to the movie theater

They also had cupcakes for me. Here's a picture of the cupcakes. I'm doing my best to avoid them as they stare at me on my desk. What I've done is emailed everyone at work to take one! I took one out for me but then I put it back. I'm still debating whether I want one. I have enough calories and such, but I'm still not sure it's worth the risk. emoticon

What do you guys/gals think? emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 6/28/2012 9:43PM

    They did good getting you mostly healthy snacks! I have to admit, though, those baked lays are like crack ot me. I can't get around them without eating the entire bag, no matter how big the bag is!

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AARON261 6/28/2012 5:06PM

    I'm going to bring one home. Everyone ate the rest! Haha.

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ANGELIQUE271 6/28/2012 4:47PM

    We could do what we did yesterday and share one serving. :)

If you bring home two, we can split one between the kids and we split the other. emoticon

At least we have a whole month before my birthday, and since I don't have anyone who will get me cupcakes, we won't have this come up again, lol!

I am so proud of you. I love you!

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Awesome news!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I shared with my team at work how I had lost the ten pounds in a week using SP and diet and exercise, and wouldn't you know it, I've got like 5 people interested in signing up! Two just downloaded the iphone app and several others are interested. And I gave a pregnant friend on the team a recipe for a taco salad I made on sunday! I ran into her during lunch and she asked what I was eating and I guess she liked what she saw so she asked me for the recipe. I'm so happy that I've been to share wisdom and experience from the site and from you all. I figure the more the merrier that find the site. It changed my life. And it might just change for them too! I'll keep checking on them and let everyone know how it goes. emoticon


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MJ-SHE-BEAST 6/26/2012 6:25PM

    Way to go spreading the spark! Woo Hoo!

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BOBCATGIRL76 6/26/2012 6:13PM

    I love Spark People too! I've told numerous people about it, and some have joined and had success while others have joined but were quickly inactive. I guess it's just about who wants to really change their lives. Glad you were able to inspire others!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/26/2012 5:54PM

    Woohoo! That's great!

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GOPINTOS 6/26/2012 5:37PM

    Woohoo! Spark on!

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SWEDE_SU 6/26/2012 5:30PM

    woohoo! i keep telling people about SP but no one has jumped on board yet - silly people! emoticon emoticon

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PICKYNICKI 6/26/2012 5:26PM

    Way to go!! Yep, the more the merrier! SP had changed my life too and I wish I had been told about it sooner. Good for you for spreading the spark!!

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Well I just got an email from someone on spark people and she asked what my goals were. So I've decided to re-post them just to share with everyone. I've always heard writing down and being able to see your goals makes them easier to attain. I might print these out and blow them up so I can stick em' up on my cubicle. Prepare yourself. Here they are:

Short term goals:
1) Exercise at least 5 times a week with 3 days of strength training
2) Keep sodium levels in the 500-2000 range. I haven't checked with a doctor, but I think my blood pressure was a tad higher than it should be last I checked at a pharmacy.
3) Continue eliminating diet soda and caffeine from my diet.
4) Eat a healthy balance of grains, fruits, veggies, legumes, lean meats etc. and still hit my calorie, sodium, fat, protein goals.
5)Work towards being in the 5-6 range on my A1C for my Type 1 Diabetes.
6) Continue building habits so that diet and exercise seem second nature. I've known all along that they go hand-in-hand with diabetes management, but I've always struggled to take it to heart.
7) Support my wife in her goals. I find it much easier to accomplish my goals if I know she's right there with me, meeting these same challenges.

Long term goals:
1) I'm wanting to lose about 100lbs. I'm currently at 272 (just lost 10lbs since starting) and I'm 6ft tall. That would put me at about 182. My wife told me I should should for about 170-185 range with my BMI.
2) I want to run in a 5k with my wife. We're planning on attending the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes when it comes to San Antonio. It's 2k and I've walked it in previous years, but this time my challenge will be to run it. That will also help me prepare for a 5k.
3) This might sound funny, but I'd like to fit comfortably into narrow chairs again! It's not my end all be all goal but it would be nice. I guess it would along with (1).
4) Most importantly I'd like to turn habits into a lifestyle. I want to always be healthy and I want my kids to know they can look up to their dad.

I hope some of these might inspire you like they do me!

PS. I forgot a goal -- this is very important - Keep the Spark Alive! Keep tracking and reading and blogging and make friends on SP !


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ANGELIQUE271 6/25/2012 3:57PM

    I agree, it is a little less daunting having you right by my side, eating the same things and comparing steps with me (even though you take a bajillion more than I do, lol!)

I love you!

Oh, and you totally read my mind! I was about to write a list of goals - LOL! emoticon

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