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5% Challenge Blog/Thursday

Thursday, March 07, 2013

6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it!

Can you please give me motivation and advice? I'm really going to work hard. On Saturday, I'm going to go shopping for ingredients for a recipe or two from the cookbook I pulled out. But I don't really have any food right now, because I just got home from California.

  
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CLPURNELL 3/8/2013 4:14PM

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BEE2LE 3/8/2013 8:45AM

    Lots of fruits & veggies are key for me. I try to eat a salad for either lunch or dinner everyday. Sometimes, it's a salad that has some grains added to it. This is my current favorite:

http://orangette.b
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(post from 2/22/13. yes the one w/ the adorable baby in sunglasses. keep scrolling down, as the recipe is at the bottom of the post).

I change the add-ins daily. Sometimes, I add a bunch of veggies. Sometimes I add egg & some marinated veggies.

I also like to read blogs of the "maintainers" as it's a reminder that these are lifelong healthy choices, not just a quick fix to look good in my swimsuit this summer.

Get to the grocery store! You can do it!!!

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DONNACFIT 3/7/2013 11:12PM

    I have really enjoyed doing my once a month shopping and menu planning..I've made it like a game and I try to spend the least amount of money monthly and still have healthy and varied meals...

Good luck and hope you can find a way to make it fun..maybe make a chart of menu planning and use stickers..lol

you can do it :)

Go Starfish!!

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HONDURASDONNA 3/7/2013 10:23PM

    Lots of fresh fruits and veggies! Whole grains!

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RUTHXG 3/7/2013 9:59PM

    This is really going to be fun, Brenda! Oh, planning menus & buying food & cooking are some of my great joys. Today I decided that next week my main cooking adventure will be those black bean quinoa stuffed peppers that you introduced me to! Housemate agrees that they're especially delicious when made with poblano peppers, so that's what I'll do. Yummm . . .

I am sure you'll find ways to make tracking more pleasant. Batch cooking & repeating really do help.

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TEXASTITCHER 3/7/2013 9:53PM

    There are some healthier options at fast food places (check out the salads just watch the dressings). Wendy's has some very good ones, as does Chick-Fil-A.

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REBECCATKD 3/7/2013 9:24PM

    Oatmeal! Oatmeal with apples, raisins, walnuts. Oatmeal with butternut squash and brown sugar. Oatmeal with banana and strawberries.

Endless oat possibilities!

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KIM--POSSIBLE 3/7/2013 9:02PM

    Brenda, You can do this! I have been so inspired by your comments on my blogs. I look forward to reading your comments each time one comes up!

My food plan has been pretty simple:
-- lunches are usually salads with some type of lean protein or soup and veggies
-- dinners are lean protein and lots of steamed veggies

On the weekends, I sometimes make big pots of soups to freeze in single-serving portions. Just thaw overnight and heat in the morning, add some veggies and take to work in a thermos bowl!

Other times, I grill extra chicken breasts to use in recipes or just to heat up with some steamed veggies for a quick dinner.

Find ways to take the work out of it. I'll fix 3-4 salads on Sunday evening so I don't even have to think about what I am doing for lunch until Wednesday or Thursday!

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HHB4181 3/7/2013 8:56PM

    Meal planning for the week is helpful.

Slow cooker meals are really great because you can eat it a couple of times, not think about 'what to make' for dinner or lunch the next day, and you can copy your calories from dinner one night to lunch the next day. And if they're SP meals, you can add them right into your tracker.

I fought food tracking for a while, but it does work. Now if I don't track, I don't feel in control. Even if I eat poorly I track, to keep myself accountable.

You can do this! It might take a while to get used to, tracking everyday, emoticon
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5% Challenge Blog/(Tuesday)Wednesday

Thursday, March 07, 2013

I didn't blog yesterday. I was just too tired after everything. I had a wonderful time, really, but with the two hour time difference, when I got home, it felt soooo late, so I didn't want to schlep to the business center.

So I'm going to answer two questions, leave feedback on the first 5 blogs in my friend feed, and call it a night, because we went out again today, and I'm tired now, too. =)

The questions are:

4) How are you doing day by day?
5) What can you improve upon?

4. I'm not, because I have very little control of my food, so I'm not tracking, so I'm unable to tell if I'm staying in-range. BUT. I am making good choices. I'm skipping the cookies. I'm choosing the fruit. I'm ordering the appetizer as an entree. So I mean, I THINK I'm going okay, but I don't know. It's also hard, because when you're away from home, you don't want to go to some chain you could go to at home. You want to go to the restaurant with good reviews that you won't be able to visit again for a long time, and while that's good, and really COOL, it means there's no website with information to check out beforehand.

5. I do need to track, and I do need to do it even when traveling for work, since this seems to be a monthly thing. I also do need to work on SLOWING DOWN and also STOPPING WHEN I'M SATED.

Off to comment...then post my minutes...then bed. Going home tomorrow.

  
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CLPURNELL 3/7/2013 6:32PM

    Traveling is hard so just keep doing the best you can!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/7/2013 5:01PM

    yes, it's def hard when it's independent restaurants, but just do your best and track whatever you can :-) You can do this!

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RUTHXG 3/7/2013 12:18PM

    Yay for making good food choices! And I totally agree about avoiding the same old chains & instead choosing the one-of-a-kind local places. I'm sure you're accumulating a list of strategies that will help you stay in range even if you can't track the specific numbers while you're on the road.

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/7/2013 10:38AM

    I'm sending you good vibes to help you be kind to yourself while doing the challenge.

None of this is "easy" and being on the road adds extra stressors into the equation. Just being in the right place at the right time is too challenging for many people so there will be a reward for you somewhere.

This challenge is almost through, next weeks might be more travel friendly!

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CARLYG8 3/7/2013 8:00AM

    I have all these questions I keep meaning to ask you, like:
Did your hubby make the move and with you now?
Do you like your new job?
Like your new city?
Have any regrets regarding the move?
You, and these questions, pop into my head randomly, and I say a little prayer for you that you are happy. ~hugs~

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5% Challenge Blog/Monday

Monday, March 04, 2013

3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track?

This is going to be brief, because I am traveling on business.

Lets see. I have a massive sticker collection. It hasn't really worked before, but if I put a dorky chart on the refrigerator where I can put stickers when I stay within my calorie range, that is one way. Maybe the other times didn't work because I didn't have them displayed somewhere I could see it everyday.

I already have my food tracker public.

I can use the "Daily Pledge" thread in the Starfishies.

Amy, I think of you everytime I hear that song, too. It's usually my reminder to call or text you! I love you, sis!

  
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RUTHXG 3/6/2013 10:36AM

    Maybe this is obvious, but you can also play games like enjoying the array of colors on your plate & counting how many there are--even taking photos of them!

Letting yourself watch a favorite show only IF you've stayed in range that day--?

I hope your business trip is going great, with no untoward comments about your wardrobe! You are emoticon !

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DONNACFIT 3/5/2013 10:08AM

    I love the chart idea..I am tracking in a scribbler..that has become my monthly smash journal sa I just may dig out some stickers to track my progress!! Stay safe and I hope the storm misses you...it's finally calm here now :)

Now to dig out....

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HONDURASDONNA 3/5/2013 10:07AM

    Visible stickers are a great idea! I truly understand the challenges of keeping at it while traveling. I have a saying that home is where we go to do laundry and repack the suitcase. But I'm learning that healthy living has to apply rather we're at home or traveling. We just have to meet the challenges!
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BEE2LE 3/5/2013 8:39AM

    Great idea! I think visual cues are the best.

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PAULAAUTUMN 3/5/2013 3:18AM

    Love the stickers idea I may use that myself. emoticon ideas emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/5/2013 3:06AM

    not easy when you are away from home
keep at it!

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KOKITTY 3/5/2013 1:29AM

    I love stickers too! I use them on my calendar to keep track of workouts, along with the SP tracker. Great tactic!

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 3/4/2013 11:46PM

    Go for it. Anything that might help. It's visual, and we will always be kids at heart. emoticon

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5% Challenge Blog/Sunday

Sunday, March 03, 2013

2. How will I do that (develop the habit of staying in my calorie range)?

How WILL I do that? There are a few things I can do, I suppose. I can log my calories before I eat them...I think this is a biggie. It really helps when the 5% Challenge is staying in-range.

I can also do the math and figure out how many calories I can have at each meal and snack and plan around that. It seems like so much work, but it's less work than continuing to gain weight and agonize over it.

I also need to give up cereal. I love cereal, but my favorite is Frosted Mini Wheats and they're too caloric. If it's not here, I won't eat it.

I am also having the biggest problems at night. I pre-plan everything at work really well, but once I'm home, I'm like a squirrel, digging up everything to eat it. I have to stop it. Maybe veggies ready for that reason...pre-plan those, too.

  
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KIM--POSSIBLE 3/5/2013 8:51PM

    I have been struggling with evening snacking as well, frequently snacking instead of having a real dinner. There are a lot of good ideas here!

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SEATTLESIMS 3/4/2013 5:41PM

    sounds like a great plan! you can do it!

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AMYLONGHORN 3/4/2013 5:18PM

    OK - I wanted to tell you something and am going to post it here to count as one of my comments for the day - you know, the good ol' multitask!

Today when I was doing my C25K running segment, "Ain't got no money" was on my iheartradio channel! Ha ha! Made me think of you! Love and hugs, sissy!!

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 3/3/2013 11:28PM

    I agree with those who recommend portion control. I bought small, 1/4 cup size containers with lids (the 99 cent store sells them, 12 to a package) and use those a lot for snacks. I fill them with raw almonds to take on the golf course to snack on; I make my own banana ice cream and just fill those little containers and freeze them. When I feel like having ice cream, this will satisfy my sweet tooth, and there is nothing else but bananas in them. I also recommend that you make a big pot of broth based soup (w/vegetables and/or meat of your choice) keep it in portion-size containers, and freeze what you won't use within a few days. Take them with you to work and you will have a satisfying meal.

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BADGER92 3/3/2013 11:03PM

    I really love Donna's suggestion of making a list of things to do other than eat! Of course we always have a million things around the house to do, but for me, to actually have a concrete list I can see -- that would be a big help!

Good luck on your challenge! Night snacking is often difficult for a lot of us, I think. Hang in there!

Christine

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PINKNFITCARLA 3/3/2013 10:58PM

    emoticon Pre-planning is the only way I can stay on track

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WALLAHALLA 3/3/2013 9:36PM

    pre-planning works wonders for me

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DONNACFIT 3/3/2013 9:35PM

    Great blog and enjoyed reading all the suggestions..I like the baggies and measure out the snacks and the batch cooking..also if you tend to snack at night..plan them and leave the calories for them so it's not over your range. I've been making a pot of tea in the evenings and drinking a couple cups..it fills me up and keeps my mouth busy..haha

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ps..I like to make a list of things to do instead of snacking and refer to it as needed...things like drink a glass of water, paint your nails or brush your teeth are a couple of examples

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TEXASTITCHER 3/3/2013 9:33PM

    You have good plans. follow through with them and you will be successful.

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RUTHXG 3/3/2013 9:31PM

    Yes! Preplanning can really help. Sounds like you've got some great strategies!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 3/3/2013 9:18PM

    emoticon Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time and stick to the plan.

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JEANUT 3/3/2013 9:04PM

    get some snack bags that you can use to pre-measure your allowed snacks.
Batch cooking on days off can help, so can crock pots.
It's great to start something in the crock pot before going to work and coming home to a cooked meal. Oh and get out the measuring cups and smaller plates, that's what I'm having to do.
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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/3/2013 8:59PM

    Try batch cooking, if you don't already. You'll have several portioned meals for your lunches/dinners that you'll know the calorie count of, and how much more you can snack or not.

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CHOCOHIPPO 3/3/2013 8:24PM

    Night time is a toughie. It does help to plan everything out and log it ahead of time. That's what I've been doing and it's working. Good luck.

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5% Challenge Blog/Saturday

Saturday, March 02, 2013

The questions I need to answer this week, one per day, are:

1) What new habit you wish to develop?
2) How will you do that?
3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track?
4) How are you doing day by day?
5) What can you improve upon?
6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it!
7) Anything else you would like to share with your Team

Okay, so today is "What new habit you (sic) wish to develop?" God, there are so many I need to, but I think the most important one I fail consistently at is staying in my calorie range. I like this one, too, because there are many components to it. So I'll answer the next question tomorrow.

  
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DONNACFIT 3/3/2013 9:28PM

    Great blog and great habit!! I need to work on tracking calories too as it's quite hit and miss with me..but I do seem to do lots better during these challenges!!

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BEE2LE 3/3/2013 8:22AM

    I agree w/ the difficulty of tracking. I'm terrible at it! I have the exercise thing down pretty well. But, as several studies have shown, it's really about one's diet. So, maybe we can all work on this together this week! I'm sure we'll have to as part of the challenge!
Hope your weigh in went better this morning!!!! If not, keep your chin up. We'll get it. Go starfish!

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KAYTIE22 3/2/2013 9:04PM

    Staying within my calorie range is something I need to work on too. The habit you chose to work on this week will be a big help to all of us. I forget (or rather choose to forget) that the sun is going to come up tomorrow and it will be a brand new day. I don't have to eat everything there is in one day.

I get lazy but I'm another one that feels tracking is a big key to staying within the calorie range. It goes along with planning meals for the week and when special events come up like birthdays, anniversaries and nights out. It also helps to make better choices.

I'm looking forward to following your progress and getting some good tips myself. Good luck this week. Hope it's a good one for you.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/2/2013 8:37PM

    Me, too. I'm still deciding what my official habit should be...

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CHRISTINASP 3/2/2013 4:36PM

    I wish I could offer you good advice. BUT I refuse to count calories! :)

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PRECIOUSPEPPER 3/2/2013 3:50PM

    Tracking CAN be very hard. Tracking can definetely help us realize we are not in our calorie intake for the day.
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HONDURASDONNA 3/2/2013 2:16PM

    Good luck with working on this very important habit! I'll be interested in hearing your plans and how it goes. emoticon

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CARLYG8 3/2/2013 1:50PM

    Do you try and track your food BEFORE you eat it? I had this discussion with a friend yesterday, and she tracks everything before she goes out to eat. She will pull up the menu from whatever restaurant, and choose her foods, and then logs them. When she sees her numbers, she tweaks things up or down, to be in range for that meal. Maybe worth a shot??

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 3/2/2013 12:39PM

    I know, we usually don't track our food because it is so time consuming. All I track at the moment are my fruit/veggies and water. The rest I guesstimate and this is where my problem lies. Being on vacation is also hard to stick to a strict diet. Too many unknowns you just can't prepare for. Going to a BBQ, tomorrow. Oh YES, I prepare mentally, but will I follow through?

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RUTHXG 3/2/2013 12:35PM

    Always a challenge! I look forward to reading about your strategies!

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BADGER92 3/2/2013 12:23PM

    That's often a challenge for me, too! I definitely find that planning (and even tracking)my days in advance is helpful, as long as I stick to the plan.
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