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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Today's weigh-in was frustrating. I have been working my butt off, eating exceptionally well, and doing what I need to do. SO WHY IS THERE NO CHANGE????

Now, I know... the numbers on the scale don't tell us everything. They won't say how much muscle we are building. They won't differentiate between a bloaty day or not. They won't tell us if we are losing inches.

I've been working hard at getting my exercise in--joined a functional fitness class that meets twice a week and doing the "homework" the coach sends home, plus getting in a couple runs a week. I've been eating very well--and I'm determined to eat real food. A person can still lose weight eating real food, not chemicals made to look like food, right? So, I have whole grains, organic fruits and vegetables, real meat for protein (lean and homegrown, even). I cook almost ALL of our meals from scratch, so I know exactly what's going into them. And almost every day I track (a few days, I do eyeball it instead of entering into the tracker, but they are things I KNOW I can eyeball and not undergauge the calories). I chase 3 kids around all day and keep a home of 7 (it's a lot of laundry, let me tell you!)

I know it's not all about calories. It's about being healthy.



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EJOY-EVELYN 11/2/2014 12:16AM

    This sounds like it may be a familiar record in your history. When you're doing everything right, other than the doctor's advice, I hear people recommending how important it is to vary both your food and fitness. Something as simple as skipping a meal can cause your metabolism to respond in the negative. Sure hope this frustration soon ends. Hug, hug - Evelyn

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BAPKTM 11/1/2014 10:30AM

    Don't give up. (Although it doesn't sound like you are going to anyways!)

I've found that I have weeks like that where I do everything right and then nothing at the scale. Then in a few days I see progress. It just needs to catch up with you.

You are doing your body so much good by eating healthy food that it is probably saying OHHHHHH I like this so much, I'm going to keep some for when she looks at the just food and make her not feel hungry!! LOL

Keep up the good work!! You are doing GREAT! emoticon

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New motivation is always good!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

My SIL invited me to join her at her fitness class (local community ed class... named Functional Fitness, but basically crossfit) a couple weeks ago. This was in response to my desperate plea for her to meet me at the local winery after a tough day. So no wine that night, but I did go to her class a couple days later, and then decided to go ahead and sign up for the current 6 week session. AND I'M LOVING IT!

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It has me feeling those muscles, but in a good "WOW! I actually have some strength there" way. I've started out light, and the coach is great--keeps on eye on everyone and gives lots of form correction and encouragement. Another added benefit is that it has made me WANT to keep a better eye on my nutrition! I'm super stoked about the next couple weeks--I think I will see some changes in my body and the numbers on the scale!

On a side note, my SIL also suggested I make sure I get "before" measurements. I had not updated my measurements since July (ugh), but discovered that I had lost a few inches int he hip and waist and even a quarter in on my arms and calves! Here I was feeling like I was putting in a lot of effort and not seeing any change, when it really was happening! Whoot!

My SIL has been going to this class religiously for the last 13 months. She has gone down 2 full clothing sizes and is looking smoking hot! The class meets twice a week, plus she goes in to the field house on Saturdays to do her own workout similar to what the class is. She is my inspiration! My brother is getting married next August and our combined goal is to be blowing everybody away with how good we look at 40 and a little over. ;-)

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MPLSKEN 10/30/2014 2:12PM

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/30/2014 9:18AM

    It's great when family can be great friends, too! Enjoyed your blog!

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MSBEKANATOR 10/30/2014 4:16AM

    Awesome!!!! You can do it!!!

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ZRIE014 10/30/2014 1:16AM

  have a nice day

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Portion control

Monday, September 29, 2014

Portion control is this week's "Living the Good Life" challenge in my 5% challenge team. Uffda. I know this is a serious cause of my issues. I've been pretty good with tracking, but it's time to really get into the game. So that little kitchen scale is out and the measuring cups/spoons are handy.

Wish me luck!

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MSBEKANATOR 10/3/2014 12:20PM

    How did your week of measuring turn out?

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/30/2014 10:00PM

    Tracking is my best friend . . . naturally that means weight and/or measuring. Now old hat . . . I can eat unhealthy or healthy and keep tracking. Let's keep it as healthy as possible and rock this challenge!

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MPLSKEN 9/30/2014 11:26AM

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I love my food scale!

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CANDOK1260 9/29/2014 10:50PM

    good job

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Saturday... took a break from tracking today

Saturday, September 20, 2014

So today was a crazy day in the food world--so I decided to take a break from tracking today. It was the first time in over 2 weeks (which I'm pretty proud of!) and I aimed at making good choices within reason, not telling myself "I'm off the hook today--let's go nuts!" It was my daughter's birthday, and she came home from college with a couple friends, so I made sweet gooey French toast bake for breakfast. Then we met up today for lunch at the local diner after breaking up to go garage sale-ing. My youngest daughter and I had decided to park and walk while we hit our town's "city-wide garage sales"--we tracked 2 miles of walking! Lunch was not probably the most health-conscious, but wow was it yummy. I had a black-n-blue burger (cajun seasoned with Bleu Cheese and dressing), and am glad that I asked for the dressing on the side. I still had some, but merely spread on a thin layer instead of the glob I know usually comes on the burger. For supper the birthday girl requested homemade pizza. I have to tell you--I make a killer thin crust veggie pizza. No sauce, just thin spread with olive oil and italian seasonings then covered with spinach, thin-sliced tomatoes, mozz, and green onions. I also made breadsticks (which I limited to one for me) and pepperoni pizza (none for me, thanks... I'll keep munching the thin crust veggie one!) We also had somecheese and crackers, apple crisp, wine and hard cider (it WAS her 21st birthday emoticon ) which probably didn't help my calorie count, but I only have wine or other drinks once a month or so. So all in all, I know I went well over my calorie range, but I think that the choices I made were pretty good. Tomorrow it's back to tracking! Keeping this train on the tracks!

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PINKPANTHERS 9/22/2014 1:30PM

    Happy 21st birthday to your daughter! Sounds like you had an awesome family day and made good choices! The black n blue burger sounds really yummy and two miles walking I'm sure helped a bit with the increased calorie. Keep up the great work!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/22/2014 12:46PM

    good job on finding a balance with your celebratory eating! emoticon

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OTEN36 9/21/2014 5:26AM

    emoticon good job.I'm sure she had a great birthday and way to go putting on the miles.

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/21/2014 12:17AM

    Great attitude for a well deserved break. We should probably all enjoy a few of these, within reason, of course. You have the right attitude. Be well.

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NUTINLOOKSLIKE 9/20/2014 10:41PM

    Congrats! I know it can be easy to fall into that "no one will know" mentality when it comes to not jotting down that little "taste" of birthday cake or sauce when making spaghetti, so kudos to holding yourself accountable. Hope the b-day girl had a great day!

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Excited to be a STARFISH! and a new family "bucket list"

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Yay! I have a fall 5% Challenge team! I am now officially a Starfish! From the looks of the team page, lots of fun will be had while we are working towards that 5%! Hello teammates! I look forward to getting to know you!

On a slightly related note, our family has a new "bucket list"--we are going to try to visit every state park in MN, hopefully by the time our 6th grader graduates from high school. Now, there are 67 Minnesota state parks, so that means we have to try to visit 11 per year. Hmmm, not sure how reasonable that is, but we started on our quest today by visiting the nearby Frontenac State Park. The great thing about this bucket list is that it will help me get LOTS of walking, biking, and hiking! Not to mention swimming and canoeing! Today the youngest three kids and I hiked for 2.6 miles. The little guy (will be 4yo this month) pooped out about half way, so big sis and Mom had to take turns toting him piggy-back. We figured we get BONUS exercise points for that! We are also tracking all of these outings for our homeschool phy ed program.

Oh, and we saw a bit of wildlife today--a young buck standing on a rocky bluff on the hike (kids thought he looked like Bambi when he is grown up) and a couple of bats hiding out behind the glass in the information kiosk!

Here are the kids near where we saw the deer:

Hiking selfie!

I think next on the list will be either Big Woods or Sakatah--both nearby so they will be daytrips. This is going to be fun!

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MSBEKANATOR 9/17/2014 11:24PM

    I am so glad you are on the Starfish team!!!! It's going to be a great fall challenge!
What an awesome "bucket list" idea!! It sounds like it will be a lot of fun!

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PINKPANTHERS 9/17/2014 3:25PM

    Awesome goal, great for you and the family! Welcome to the Starfish! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/17/2014 12:46AM

    Love the State Parks goal . . . I often visit Amnicon Falls (Wisconsin State Park) a couple times a week and just came from their tonight having taken six international students with me. We had a blast! Lots of great photos. For me, getting to the state park 12 times per year is my version of what you're about to do. You have a very lofty goal. Have fun!

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SPARKLED146 9/16/2014 7:24PM

    Have fun with the fall challenge. I'm a part of it also, only on the Shooting Stars team.

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OTEN36 9/16/2014 8:03AM

    I am so happy we are on the same team! That will double the fun.
I'm also excited about your family challenge to hit all the Minnesota state parks cause that
Means at one point you will be near me so we can mee
t in person! Hugs

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