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Week 1 Challenge Homework - the 12 week plan!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

OK, so we're already half way through week 1 so I have a few goals that I can add retrospectively like "Get Full points for TNT week 1" - Check! Compete in the "Bombshell's first Diva Dash" - Check! emoticon

OK - now for my real goals for the 12 weeks of the 19th round of BLC.

I went to the doctor a few weeks ago and I got my blood tested. I was a little surprised to find I have high cholesterol and am just in the pre-diabetic classification. This is a little frustrating as I've been working hard - I've been with Spark People since February last year... But have I been working hard. Let's look at my stats:

I have lost 19.8lbs since I signed up. But when I look at my nerdy spreadsheet I see that really, in the past year looking at my weigh in on 29 April 2011, I've only lost 5.5lbs! Pretty pathetic when I think about how many hours I've put in at the gym, pool and on the treadmill and road! All that tracking and not tracking... the guilt...

So - it stops now! If I lose 5.5lbs a year, I'll get to my goal in around 10 years! I want to get there THIS year - I want to get to goal in 2012 and start enjoying my health and fitness!

By breaking down my goals into segments, I can then identify my SMART goals for the next 12 weeks.

Current weight: 184.5 (Weds) - goal weight 130lbs (59Kgs).
Ideally I would like to lose more than 1lb per week, as otherwise I'll be waiting until next May to get to goal as I have 54.5 lbs to lose. 1.5lbs a week takes me to January 2nd.... So, I will set my target as 1.5lbs a week as it is realistic to reach that target:

Goal 1:
emoticon Lose 1.5 lbs per week, 18lbs for the round. Let's round it up - let's go for 19 in round 19!

So, next up is my fitness, I need to increase my fitness as I'm feeling more tired at the moment and my bones feel achey. I have a half marathon next week that I've not been able to train for (I popped a rib and you wouldn't believe how much that impacts everything else!). I am aiming to finish that in 3.5 hours as I will have to walk it mainly. Hopefully I'll get a few jogs in to get an average of just under 15 minutes per mile. I'm not going to set this as a formal goal as I just don't know how I will hold up and I don't want to push myself too hard this time.

I have the Color Run the following week and I'm not aiming to get a fast time - I just want to run it but have fun. No time target for that race.

I have another half marathon in August, so that falls outside the next 12 weeks. There is another half in late June, so if I feel OK after the one next week, I might sign up for that one too. However, my goal will be to train for the August half, following the plan and hopefully getting outside to train as much as possible. So, subject to change:

Goal 2:
emoticon Train properly for the half marathon in August.

Now, the other part of the equation is food... and drink... My problem in the past year has been that I eat and drink too much at weekends. Always - I track all week, stay within calories and go crazy on our camping weekends away. Now we have a permanent trailer at the ranch, I have a selection of canned foods already there. We have a stove, small oven and microwave there. This will allow me to prepare good meals and not eat crap!

I am also mainly vegan now so my goal will be to follow a plant based, whole food diet and stop relying on pre-packaged processed "alternatives" that are actually not healthy. I recently watched the Engine 2 Diet DVD and it opened my eyes a little more. I am going to keep trying new recipes using fresh or frozen ingredients and experiment with new foods and reduce fat and sodium intake. I am going to make the best choices possible when going out and pre-plan and make from scratch as much as possible.

Goal 3:
emoticon Eat out no more than 2 times per week (for any meal)

Goal 4:
emoticon Try out new recipes at least 1 per week.

Goal 5:
emoticon Reduce alcohol intake. If not going out with friends, alcohol once per week, if going out twice per week maximum and drink more water than alcohol during the evening.

So, achievable goals? I think so! I'm excited about this round, more than the previous one. I think my trip to the doctor and my bad results has given me a push and I'm excited to get started turning those results around!

Good luck everyone! You can and WILL do this!

  
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KELTIC-CARA 5/10/2012 11:17PM

    Once a problem has been clearly stated you are half way there to finding the solution, it looks like you have got a good start on it.

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EMSSBEARS 5/1/2012 11:53PM

    Great job on the blog you really have a delay plan laid out and it makes me want to go back and rework mine even better and to post it where everyone can see it instead pf in a private location - more accountability that way- I think that is what I have been missing, Why I have to keep hitting the restart - not only for health reasons but for accountability reasons too. I admire you- thanks for sharing this. emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/29/2012 2:23AM

    These are great goals and you can do this. You have your plan set for yourself and sticking to it will bring the success. Good luck!

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SEEMAINE 4/28/2012 8:37PM

    emoticon blog and goals! emoticon

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FINALLYBEINGME 4/28/2012 4:02PM

    Your goals look like they are very reasonable and achievable. emoticon emoticon

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WILDNTEXAS 4/28/2012 2:11PM

    Achievable goals?! Absolutely! emoticon

Hope you don't mind me offering some thoughts and tips about your goals.

1) I've dropped about 15 lbs each round, so can you ... 19 is only 4 more. Look at it week by week, it's about 1.5 lbs a week. Definitely doable. Keep your calories within range and your calories burned high!

2) You know what you need to do train for your HM and part of that is fitness minutes (see #1). You are already an awesome runner, so I know you can do this!

3) I love to eat out, but it's so hard to stay within my nutritional goals when I do. Most everything I want to eat is high in calories. Make sure you check out the nutritional information on the restaurants' websites. if you can ahead of time. That can really help.

4) I am looking forward to hearing about your new recipes. Maybe I'll try some too!

5) There are some days when I feel like I'm dying for a drink! But most drinks are high in calories and the more drinks you have, even the lower calorie ones, add up. Sounds like you have great plan to have your drinks, but in moderation.

Sorry about the doctor's report, but hopefully you'll be able to turn things around. Did you ask him for any advice that he might have on how you can do it? Let me know if there's anything else I can do to help. emoticon emoticon

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Straight Talking Interview with myself!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Interview with myself:

Interviewer: Abi, you were blogging almost daily about your Eat to Live program, moving to a plant based whole foods diet following your inability to lose weight but weíve not seen a blog in a week or two.† How are you doing?

Abi: Well, not great really. Iíve been struggling and there have been a few things that have knocked me back recently. Nothing too major I guess. Itís just an accumulation of factors.

Interviewer: So where have you been and have you fallen off the Vegan wagon?

Abi: [laughs] No! No!† My goal is still to get optimal health from a mainly whole foods plant based diet after watching the Forks over Knives DVD and reading such inspirational books as Eat to Live.† However Iím, shall we say, a little motivationally challenged right now.

Interviewer: What challenges are you facing at the moment?

Abi: Well, I was training for my third half marathon, itís in early May.† But about 3 weeks ago I popped a rib and Iím still having a lot of pain from it.†

Interviewer: Wow Ė popping a rib, that doesnít sound good.

Abi: Itís not, I can tell you!† It was incredibly painful having it popped back in.† My chiropractor reminded me ďyouíve had two childrenĒ before she popped it back.† I think they heard my groans in the next suburb!† Iíve been getting all sorts of pain from it too Ė last week I was getting shooting pains in my head!† Luckily a doctor quickly identified it as muscular pain and I put the two together.† A massage helped but Iím still stiff and sore.

Interviewer: So, thatís put your half marathon training on hold I guess.† Have you restarted training yet?

Abi: Iíve done a couple of smaller runs but I keep finding that my chest starts hurting again.† Itís currently pretty bad.† I got stronger pain relief from the doctor but itís not really cutting it.† Being sat at a desk all day for work doesnít help.† So, not really Ė Iíve not run in over a week.

Interviewer: I can imagine you get stiff at work being slumped over your desk.† I guess you have to keep thinking ďshoulders back!Ē

Abi: [laughs] Yes. Itís like I can hear my mother telling me off for bad posture constantly!†

Interviewer (letís call her Carole): But how about the food aspects and the big push to go fully vegan. You seemed to be doing pretty well and got some good results early on.

Abi: Yes Carole, I was.† However, I got sidetracked as I usually do on a weekend away. I ate a little meat and didnít really concentrate on eating the whole pound of fresh and whole pound of cooked vegetables. Itís tricky when youíre camping.† And at Easter I was easily led into eating meat and dairy by going for our ďfavouriteĒ meal at our local Greek restaurant.† ††It always happens and it takes no effort at all to bend my arm into going out to eat.

Interviewer: You said you recently visited a doctor. What happened there?

Abi: This was another big blow to me.† I decided to be proactive and request a glucose test as Iíd not been tested since having gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with the girls.† †I got the results back same day Ė Iím pre-diabetic and my cholesterol is high.† I went back to talk to the doctor about the results and heís basically told me that my cholesterol requires long term medication.

Interviewer: Wow Ė I guess you werenít expecting that?

Abi: No Carole, I wasnít. I thought it would be the diabetes if anything.†

Interviewer: So Abi, what are your next steps?

Abi: Well the doctor said to concentrate on losing weight and exercising for the next six months and then to repeat the blood tests.† For me that reinforces the need for me to go for the whole food, plant based diet and try to gain back my fitness Ė and recover from this XXXned popped rib.†

Interviewer: And how are you going to do that?

Abi: Tracking again.† Iím going to start tracking what I eat. No more picking at stuff.† Concentrating on portion sizes and no junk or animal based products whatsoever.† Iím going to cut back on the delicious dairy free ice-cream and try to concentrate on following the Eat to Live program properly without cheating.† I might even try a week or two on just juicing... Costco is going to have Vitamix blenders in store in a few weeks... Perhaps Iíll treat myself.

Interviewer: So, how are you feeling about things?

Abi: Well, to be honest Iím disappointed. Very disappointed.† I was hoping for a good result. Iíve been probably at least 80% animal product free since Christmas.† I wasnít expecting the cholesterol issue.† I know Iím overweight and I think this is a real kick up the butt to motivate me to really get with the program and do it properly.† But I also see this as an opportunity to see how much I can turn around in 6 months when I get retested. Iím going to print out my blood results and keep them on hand. I want to see improvements by mid-October.† I also want to lose weight and run at least one or two half marathons.† Iím resigned to the fact that the one in May will be walking only.† Itís disappointing.

Interviewer: Well, Iím glad you can see the positives in this Ė and getting your blood retested in 6 months sets a great deadline for improvements.†

Abi: Yes Carole.† Itís great as I hope to track my progress Ė and yes, start blogging about my journey again.† I have a stake in the sand now.† Letís see how far I can get in 6 months.† I want to start exercising regularly Ė but itís frustrating that I have to wait for my rib and chest to recover. Hopefully it wonít be too much longer.† Iím going to mix things up again and get back into circuit training and strength training as well as running.† Itís difficult as I want to be excited about the challenge but my chest is holding me back.

Interviewer: Well Abi, tracking your intake and going cold-turkey on the ice-cream will start to get you in the right direction!† I wish you great luck with your challenge and I will be keeping an eye out for your blogs.

Abi: Thank Carole. I appreciate it.† We all know that having support makes all the difference.†


Interview with myself:

Interviewer: Abi, you were blogging almost daily about your Eat to Live program, moving to a plant based whole foods diet following your inability to lose weight but weíve not seen a blog in a week or two.† How are you doing?

Abi: Well, not great really. Iíve been struggling and there have been a few things that have knocked me back recently. Nothing too major I guess. Itís just an accumulation of factors.

Interviewer: So where have you been and have you fallen off the Vegan wagon?

Abi: [laughs] No! No!† My goal is still to get optimal health from a mainly whole foods plant based diet after watching the Forks over Knives DVD and reading such inspirational books as Eat to Live.† However Iím, shall we say, a little motivationally challenged right now.

Interviewer: What challenges are you facing at the moment?

Abi: Well, I was training for my third half marathon, itís in early May.† But about 3 weeks ago I popped a rib and Iím still having a lot of pain from it.†

Interviewer: Wow Ė popping a rib, that doesnít sound good.

Abi: Itís not, I can tell you!† It was incredibly painful having it popped back in.† My chiropractor reminded me ďyouíve had two childrenĒ before she popped it back.† I think they heard my groans in the next suburb!† Iíve been getting all sorts of pain from it too Ė last week I was getting shooting pains in my head!† Luckily a doctor quickly identified it as muscular pain and I put the two together.† A massage helped but Iím still stiff and sore.

Interviewer: So, thatís put your half marathon training on hold I guess.† Have you restarted training yet?

Abi: Iíve done a couple of smaller runs but I keep finding that my chest starts hurting again.† Itís currently pretty bad.† I got stronger pain relief from the doctor but itís not really cutting it.† Being sat at a desk all day for work doesnít help.† So, not really Ė Iíve not run in over a week.

Interviewer: I can imagine you get stiff at work being slumped over your desk.† I guess you have to keep thinking ďshoulders back!Ē

Abi: [laughs] Yes. Itís like I can hear my mother telling me off for bad posture constantly!†

Interviewer (letís call her Carole): But how about the food aspects and the big push to go fully vegan. You seemed to be doing pretty well and got some good results early on.

Abi: Yes Carole, I was.† However, I got sidetracked as I usually do on a weekend away. I ate a little meat and didnít really concentrate on eating the whole pound of fresh and whole pound of cooked vegetables. Itís tricky when youíre camping.† And at Easter I was easily led into eating meat and dairy by going for our ďfavouriteĒ meal at our local Greek restaurant.† ††It always happens and it takes no effort at all to bend my arm into going out to eat.

Interviewer: You said you recently visited a doctor. What happened there?

Abi: This was another big blow to me.† I decided to be proactive and request a glucose test as Iíd not been tested since having gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with the girls.† †I got the results back same day Ė Iím pre-diabetic and my cholesterol is high.† I went back to talk to the doctor about the results and heís basically told me that my cholesterol requires long term medication.

Interviewer: Wow Ė I guess you werenít expecting that?

Abi: No Carole, I wasnít. I thought it would be the diabetes if anything.†

Interviewer: So Abi, what are your next steps?

Abi: Well the doctor said to concentrate on losing weight and exercising for the next six months and then to repeat the blood tests.† For me that reinforces the need for me to go for the whole food, plant based diet and try to gain back my fitness Ė and recover from this XXXned popped rib.†

Interviewer: And how are you going to do that?

Abi: Tracking again.† Iím going to start tracking what I eat. No more picking at stuff.† Concentrating on portion sizes and no junk or animal based products whatsoever.† Iím going to cut back on the delicious dairy free ice-cream and try to concentrate on following the Eat to Live program properly without cheating.† I might even try a week or two on just juicing... Costco is going to have Vitamix blenders in store in a few weeks... Perhaps Iíll treat myself.

Interviewer: So, how are you feeling about things?

Abi: Well, to be honest Iím disappointed. Very disappointed.† I was hoping for a good result. Iíve been probably at least 80% animal product free since Christmas.† I wasnít expecting the cholesterol issue.† I know Iím overweight and I think this is a real kick up the butt to motivate me to really get with the program and do it properly.† But I also see this as an opportunity to see how much I can turn around in 6 months when I get retested. Iím going to print out my blood results and keep them on hand. I want to see improvements by mid-October.† I also want to lose weight and run at least one or two half marathons.† Iím resigned to the fact that the one in May will be walking only.† Itís disappointing.

Interviewer: Well, Iím glad you can see the positives in this Ė and getting your blood retested in 6 months sets a great deadline for improvements.†

Abi: Yes Carole.† Itís great as I hope to track my progress Ė and yes, start blogging about my journey again.† I have a stake in the sand now.† Letís see how far I can get in 6 months.† I want to start exercising regularly Ė but itís frustrating that I have to wait for my rib and chest to recover. Hopefully it wonít be too much longer.† Iím going to mix things up again and get back into circuit training and strength training as well as running.† Itís difficult as I want to be excited about the challenge but my chest is holding me back.

Interviewer: Well Abi, tracking your intake and going cold-turkey on the ice-cream will start to get you in the right direction!† I wish you great luck with your challenge and I will be keeping an eye out for your blogs.

Abi: Thank Carole. I appreciate it.† We all know that having support makes all the difference.†

Interviewer: Yes we do!† Would you come back in a month or so and talk about how youíre going?†

Abi: Sure Carole, Iíd love that! How about I bring in my favourite vegan recipe for you to try?

Interviewer: That sounds great.† Thanks for your time Abi.† It was great talking with you today and good luck.

Abi: Thanks Carole, it was my pleasure.

  
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SAHARASUE 4/19/2012 8:04AM

    Love the blog! The interview style is cute and creative. But I'm sorry about your injury. It's hard when you can't do what you want and things seem to spiral. Hope the rib gets all healed up quickly. I know you want to do vegan but try not to be hard on yourself. Nothing wrong with being a flexitarian! Tracking has always helped me focus. You're going to get back on it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARBJUNKIE83 4/18/2012 10:48AM

    Okay, I must say this is the emoticon blog I have read in a long time! Not only was it FUN to read but what a way to put everything into perspective! I learned a lot from this blog! You can totally do this - getting back on track full force is the hardest part! I am here for you girly! BLC19 is RIGHT around the corner! emoticon I am emoticon for you!!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/18/2012 12:28AM

    A very cute and entertaining, but interesting blog. You know what you need to do and have made the changes to make them happen. Now you just got to get behind yourself and make those goals happen.
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Day 11 Eating to live: time to refocus

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Day 11

I was cheating to live and expecting it to work again... silly me. I was like a maniac last night but more about that later.

Breakfast Ė good, small bowl of oats with a few fresh blueberries to sweeten it up. I like to mix them in when itís still hot so the blueberries kind of burst with juice.† Yum... then a banana, almond milk, strawberry smoothie with a little peanut butter.

Lunch was salad and some cannelloni beans followed by a grapefruit.† I ate some fruit during the day as well.

Dinner was the same as the night before... not really the Eat to Live plan but it was some rice (OK Ė we have white basmati which Iím trying to use up... so not ideal), veg and veggie sausages.

Before dinner I had to go with my eldest daughter to sell Girl Guide cookies door to door with her Sparks troop.† It was HORRIBLE outside.† The rain was so heavy and the girls got really wet.† Poor Kerensa was really cold and damp by the end of it.† Luckily we were only out for about 40 minutes but it was horrible.†

When we got home, I cheated... I ate some cookies (not the girl guide cookies but some others we had), and some peanut butter zig zag soy ice cream... OK.. my excuse is TOM. Iím like a maniac.† It was like a feeding frenzy at the zoo... I was nearly making ďnom nomĒ sounds as I ate the Chocolate batons from Trader Joes... Luckily there werenít too many left in the box before I started!† It could have been far far worse!†

So... today† I realise Ė we are over ONE QUARTER through 2012! Can you believe it!?!† This was meant to be my year to get to goal and the finish line is getting closer and I am not much closer to my goal.† Itís time to get serious Ė get my weight loss spreadsheets back out and set myself some goals.†† I am still hopeful that I can get to goal in 2012.† I need to refocus and get stuck in.† I have around 50lbs to go... I CAN DO THIS!

Iím going to start by:

Increasing exercise now my popped rib is feeling better Ė but monitor it until I feel 100%.

Cut out all animal products Ė no cheating!† I donít need that rubbish in my body or the bodies of my family.

Increase knitting! I started knitting last night after the feeding frenzy and it really helped!

Focus on finding some more races... different distances would also be good I think.

Get out and have fun!

OK. Iím at work and I should be working not blogging....

But a question for you - what are you going to focus on for the next quarter of 2012?

  
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ARINDANA 4/9/2012 11:58AM

    Hi Abi.

I've read a bit of Eat to Live on my ereader but now I have to wait again to get a copy. I'm not ready to go full out on such a diet but I've increased my veggies significantly and to me right now that's what I need... in a MAJOR way! (i've always and really still do hate vegetables)

I'm really looking forward to hearing about your progress! Keep up the awesome work!

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JESSNSTONE 4/5/2012 10:49AM

    I am shifting my focus to more strength training. It fell by the wayside with all of my running training, and I now realize that actually having some strength will make me a better runner!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/5/2012 2:23AM

    Great goals! I know I can't believe how the year is already flying by.
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MISTYRITCHIE 4/4/2012 4:29PM

  Abi,

Sounds like you have a great plan in sight, one step at a time, climb one hill at a time,and keep moving. I know you can do it, its a great idea to look at what your goals are, re-center yourself and go for it. Im here for you if you need a ear for listening, a shoulder for crying, or a word for advice. emoticon

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MAMA23GRLZ1BOY 4/4/2012 2:51PM

    Abi- You have some great goals!!! Just keep working your plan!

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GRAMMAOFFIVE 4/4/2012 1:57PM

    This next quarter is going to be focusing on fresh produce. Can always tell when I have not had enough. A person really can crave veggies and fruit.

I also want to get out to do some walking. I hate the wind and with it being cold I don't go outside. Sun is shining but still cold. Poor excuse I know.

So second quarter is working on not making excuses and follow through with another exercise if exercise of choice isn't working.

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Days 7,8 and 9 Eat to Live... I must remember it's not Cheat to Live!

Monday, April 02, 2012

This weekend we went to the ranch (we have a trailer there and it's like a campground for regulars - we are members and can go whenever we like) and it's difficult to eat properly when you're not at home but I tried my best... almost.

On Friday I ate well in the day - we didn't leave until late afternoon. I had the same for breakfast (small oatmeal and blueberries with a frozen banana smoothie) and lunch (salad and something beany).

In the evening we bought some ready meals... I chose Amy's Bean burrito plate thing which came with rice. It was OK... I added a big plate of steamed kale to it.

On Saturday I made a tofu scramble for breakfast:
Tofu crumbled
Vegan sausage (it was a bit spicy, a mexican chipotle)
mushrooms
red pepper
red onion
celery

Yum!

At lunch I had a curry from Trader Joes. It was an eggplant something and was vegetarian but had a little milk in it so not vegan. It was pretty delicious and I had it on kale instead of rice.

On Sunday it was Cheat to Live... we went out for breakfast and there wasn't a lot of choice... I had bacon (ARGH!!!) and scrambled eggs (DOUBLE ARGH!) but even though it was all you can eat, I only had one slice of bacon and a little egg.

Over the weekend I also drank quite a bit of wine and ate some chocolate covered cherries (TRIPLE ARGH!!!).

I weighed myself this morning and I was up 0.4kgs since Friday. Not a great result but it's also TOM and I usually gain a little then anyway....

I'm back on track again today. Feeling good - although a little tired as both our girls got into bed with us last night. That was tiring. I managed to get one back in her own bed after about an hour of four in the bed... but it messed up my sleep...

Got to go - dinner time!!

  
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THELOVELYBIRD 4/3/2012 10:05AM

    Do you have a cheat day for being vegan? I do, so I get ya, but I don't see why you guilt yourself over it if that's the day you set aside! All things in moderation, right?

Also, putting curry on kale is a brilliant idea.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/3/2012 2:27AM

    It does sound like you're having your moments here and there, but for the most part are doing well on your plan. Keep it up!

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MBSAENZ 4/2/2012 11:31PM

    Must say that as the title of your blog scrolled through at the team threads I nearly choked on my tea... LOVE the title! =) Hang in there and good luck!

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ADDYSGETTINFIT 4/2/2012 9:58PM

    Haha! I had to chuckle when I read about the girls getting in bed. My youngest (of 6) still sneaks into my bed whenever he gets the chance. This usually means that I'm his pillow and hubby is his foot rest (ie we both wake up with a backache or sore something).

Sounds like you're doing great. Hey, we all have our bad days, but the important thing is that you don't let it derail you. So you're back on track and that's what counts!

Way to go, girlie!!!

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Day 6 Eat to Live and feeling good!

Thursday, March 29, 2012


I ate almost exactly the same as for day 5 as I had no time at home for cooking and there was still chilli leftovers. I think I switched the lentil stew for more chilli at lunch because I had run out of the stew.

Iím feeling good -† a little stiff and achy as I had a massage last night and she worked hard on my back and hips. Iím feeling it today! Looking forward to the benefits Iíll feel tomorrow!

I went to visit my friends who had a baby boy 10 days ago and they are all doing great Ė you forget how small newborns are.† If I was youngerÖ ha ha ha!!!†

I weighed myself this morning and I was down another 0.1kgs.† That brings my total loss in 6 days to:† 2.4lbs.† Woo hoo!

Tomorrow itís my week 1 weigh inÖ and Iím hoping Iíll lose a little more again.† We are away this weekend, camping at the ranch.† I plan on sticking with eating to live and keeping away from processed foods and oils. It will be hard. Mark will want to eat out somewhere.† Iím not sure how I will managed that Ė but we shall see.† I am not craving the coconut milk ice-cream I thought I would.† Iím not craving sweet things Ė or savory Ė or processed.† Itís goodÖ Iím feeling good!

Iím just a little tired still. I still havenít slept properly but maybe thatís because Iím worrying about our car Ė it has to go to the garage tomorrow and the brakes are not working properly. I hope it will not be an expensive day!† I also hope they are able to fix things quickly as we want to head off to the ranch as soon as Mark finishes work. I hope he gets off early!

OK.. I need to come up with eating out strategies just in caseÖ Any ideas?

  
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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/30/2012 2:16AM

    Great job on keeping up with your plan. You're doing it!

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ADDYSGETTINFIT 3/29/2012 6:55PM

    Congrats on another good day!

Any chance that you know where he might want to eat out at and you could look up the menu ahead of time (online maybe)? That would give you the opportunity to make an informed choice ahead of time, so there's no pressure.

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FINALLYBEINGME 3/29/2012 5:20PM

    Wow, great results in just 6 days :). Hmm..Eating out strategies..get rid of the bun if you're eating a burger..eliminate the fries!..go for lean cuts of meat and veggies. Have fun camping! emoticon

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