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BLC22 - the first 7 weeks

Saturday, July 27, 2013

What I've done well:
2 Strength Training Workouts per week. I've been doing this consistently for the past 7 weeks. I have increased to 15 reps of each exercise, 2 or sometimes 3 sets, and have also increased the difficulty by adding more weight or doing a more advanced version of the exercise. I'm definitely stronger.

Attaining weight goal of 130. I met this goal and have been maintaining, although I think perhaps I should lose another 5-10 pounds. My percent body fat is still over 22%, and my goal was to get below 20%. I thought that 130 pounds would put me there, but not quite. Then I thought that I might increase my muscle and thus shift the percent, but I think I don't muscle-up that quickly and it looks like I really need to work on losing more body fat if I really want to achieve that goal. But for now, my goal is to maintain. I'll reevaluate my % body fat and goal weight at the end of the challenge, and make a new commitment for BLC23.

Tracking my food: This is my big failing right now. I do it for a while, and then I get lazy. Right now I'm maintaining my weight without a problem, because I burn it off by walking and riding the bike. When we have less daylight and the weather changes, I won't be outdoors as much and won't get as much cardio...maintaining will get harder, which I know all too well from past experience. That's when tracking my food becomes critical. I really MUST reestablish the food tracking as a consistent habit. I think it best to track on paper rather than in the SP food tracker...tracking online just takes so dang long.

Following Fuhrman... the sweet treats have crept back into my diet. I'm not consistently following the Fuhrman plan like I was in the spring. I really feel MUCH better when I'm consistently on plan. I've been slipping in the treats because I know that with the exercise, I can "get away" with it. But really I don't get away with anything...I feel the difference when I go astray. I need to recommit.

What I appreciate about my body: Health! I am 57 years old. I have no health problems, other than a bum ankle from a car/bike accident in 1990. I take no medications. I have outrageously good health. I want to do everything possible to keep it this way!

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You are still My HERO!!!!

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KSCHRAUT 7/28/2013 6:35AM

    Awesome job! Keep up the great work and good for you for being so honest with yourself and planning for new goals!

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LYNMEINDERS 7/28/2013 1:26AM

    Woohoo...go prpud of you and your achievement....well done

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LRSILVER 7/27/2013 9:42PM

    Great blog

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JMCADE 7/27/2013 3:59PM

    Great blog Anne. So precise and accurate. And you are right on the point with health being what is good about your body. Without that we are nothing!

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3AUSSIES 7/27/2013 3:05PM

    Excellent blog Annie! You bring up valid points most of us struggle with...sneaking in "treats" because we will work off the extra calories, winter = shorter daylight hours for out door exercises...

YOu really do have a handle and are doing fantastic, I sometimes tend to think either the last 10 or maintenance is by far harder than the original weight lost!

Keep up with your lifestyle and mindful acknowledgement it's what makes you successful!

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GOAL #3 for BLC22

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

TRACK my food every day. My intention is to stay within my calorie range every day, but my goal is to track it in the nutrition tracker every day - even when I have to estimate; even when I know I'm going over on my calories or if I'm eating off plan. I don't expect to be perfect, but my goal is to always be accountable.

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LYNMEINDERS 6/12/2013 5:38AM

    Brilliant/...your well on your way

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PAULALALALA 6/11/2013 1:17PM

    I like the way you narrowed it down to one goal --

The discipline of tracking every day WILL produce results! This has been one of my difficult areas, too. I know it's a very powerful tool, and that even when I go over it is so helpful to have that on record...but sometimes...I just don't get around to it.

Good Goal! emoticon

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LRSILVER 6/11/2013 5:55AM

    Staying in range for calories is a challenge. Good luck.

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GOAL #2 for BLC22

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Attain Goal Weight of 130 (or less).
I have a target weight range of 125-130, which should put my body fat % below 20%.
That is my weight loss goal for BLC22 with the Powerful Prism Panthers.

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LYNMEINDERS 6/10/2013 8:46AM

    You can so do this....woohoo...go you

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VISUALLYRICS 6/9/2013 5:31PM

    emoticon ...:::onward and forward! emoticon emoticon

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LRSILVER 6/9/2013 5:21PM

    Great goals

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GOAL #1 for BLC22

Saturday, June 08, 2013

2 Strength Training Workouts
My goal for this challenge is to consistently every week to do 2 ST workouts of 30 minutes: 5 min warm up, 20 minutes of ST doing at least 2 sets of 10-12 reps of each of 10 exercises with a balance of lower body, core and upper body, and a 5 min cool down stretch.

Week #1 of BLC22 with the Powerful Prism Panthers: did ST on Wednesday and Saturday.

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LYNMEINDERS 6/10/2013 8:45AM

    Go you....the panthers are a great team...was on them when I did the challenge...woohoo...go you

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LIZARDG7 6/9/2013 5:14PM

    Annieroo - I want to increase my strength exercises also! We are on the same path!

Great goal! emoticon Hugs, Lizzie

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LRSILVER 6/9/2013 6:28AM

    Great plan

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AEHEGE 6/8/2013 11:49AM

    Sounds like a plan! emoticon

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You are what you eat

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Saturday is "errand day" with my Dad. He really didn't need me this week; he had run all his errands with his girlfriend Betty, so he had just about everything he needed. But I wanted to spend some time with him, so I invited him to go with me while I ran all my Saturday errands.

We went to the grocery store first. Usually on Saturday I do my shopping first, without him. This was the first time that he's accompanied me while I picked out my groceries. I started in the produce section and bought lettuce, watercress, kale, mushrooms, red peppers, broccoli, blackberries, sweet potato, carrots and avocado. I picked up a couple of things from the "middle" of the store (like kitty litter), then we were off to the other edge of the store to the frozen foods, where I bought peas, broccoli, and green beans...and a pizza for when Rich comes over.

We went back to my house, and I washed all my produce and put it away. Dad was asking me questions, like what I used this or that for, or how I prepared it. I was roasting the mushrooms in the oven - and he was snacking on them like candy when they came out. He seemed pretty excited about the mushrooms and was going to start preparing them for himself the same way, and use the roasted mushrooms on salads and such.

Later on, when I took him back home, he remarked how much he liked my diet. His words kind of stuck with me all night, enough to make me write about it this morning. We really are what we eat. I'm eating colorful, fresh, crisp and healthy - and I look and feel the same.

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SKIPPYALTO 5/20/2013 10:21PM

    It's always great when you can share your healthy lifestyle with others, especially your nearest and dearest. emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/20/2013 8:34AM

    That was a sweet day with your dad. I hope he enjoys roasting mushrooms himself too.

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LYNMEINDERS 5/20/2013 7:55AM

    Woohoo...thats awesome

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JAXMOMMY 5/19/2013 10:53PM

    Wow! Great that your dad was inspired by you and was impressed by your food choices. I liked reading how you shopped the perimeter of the store for the fresh and/or frozen. Your purchases sound great! I want to go get some blackberries, sweet potatoes and mushrooms now myself! Thanks! Keep Sparking Firecracker!!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 5/19/2013 12:25PM

    It's great that your dad was inspired by you! That should make you feel good. How do you roast mushrooms? I'd like to try that!

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HOLLYM48 5/19/2013 8:46AM

    It is a great life style. I hope your dad walked away with new ideas for healthy ways to eat. You are never to old to learn! emoticon

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