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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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CLPURNELL 3/5/2013 3:21PM

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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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CLPURNELL 3/4/2013 8:47PM

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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!!

Good luck!! Go Starfish!! emoticon

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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.
I also am anxious to hear what you have to say about it tomorrow. Good luck! emoticon

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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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Christine

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Stickers and Mail

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hey, guys,

I started buying stickers almost 6 months ago...they make me happy, and I feel young playing with them! But since I'm not 7 years old, I don't know what to do with all of them, so I started sending a handwritten letter everyday, covered in stickers.

The only requirement to get one is to send me your address, so I can mail it to you. There are several people on SparkPeople who have received one (or more!) of my letters and can vouch for the fact that I am neither a peeping Tom nor a serial killer. I'm just a gal with a lot of stickers.

If you write me back, I'll write you, too. I have about 12-15 people with whom I correspond regularly, so get in on it! It's a ton of fun!

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YOYOSMA1 3/2/2013 7:36PM

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PAULAAUTUMN 3/2/2013 5:14AM

    What a fun thing to do PM on its way to you.
I use stickers on homade cards and gift tages they are fun to make and use.
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PINKNFITCARLA 2/28/2013 10:28PM

    I love stickers also!

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DONNACFIT 2/28/2013 9:27PM

    Thanks for the blog...it reminded me it's my turn to write!! I have a lot of stickers, too!!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 2/28/2013 5:18PM

    sounds like fun

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 2/28/2013 4:08PM

    I need to confirm you new-ish address so I can finally write you a real letter back. the xmas postcard doesn't count! but you would covet the sticker binder I have going here at work

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CHRISTINASP 2/28/2013 3:15PM

    I got a notebook / agenda and for a while wrote down my 'accomplishments' of the day in it and I'd always reward myself with a sticker!
You could become a member of Amnesty International and send letters to political prisoners with stickers on them - and a nail file! LOL

Comment edited on: 2/28/2013 3:16:55 PM

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 2/28/2013 2:47PM

    I decided to put a happy face sticker on the flap of the envelope for the bills that I send out. I thought it was a way of sending out good vibes to people that might need a pick-me-up. Well, at least it makes me smile and chuckle when I do it, and that's worth something!

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RUTHXG 2/28/2013 2:42PM

    I get sent wolf & polar bear & other stickers by environmental organizations & never have enough to do with them. I'm not sure where your note from a couple months back ended up (sorry!), but if you send me another one, I'll write a quick response with more stickers! emoticon

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When Good Days Go Bad...

Monday, February 04, 2013

I went to a conference last week with my boss. It was fun and the conference was very motivating and informative, and I got an appointment to go visit my old job, which was awesome. I guess it wasn't a big deal (getting an appointment with people you know really, really well), but I was pretty proud of it anyhow, since my new job really couldn't have done it without me emoticon and was so happy to see them, and they were happy to see me, so she saw how missed I was.

Today started out fine. I ate the same breakfast I read a Success Story person eats. I took a portion-controlled meal to work. I had an apple for a snack. I was productive, was getting tons done, and was all-around satisfied.

Then, my boss came into my office. She'd been saying there was something she wanted to talk to me about for a few days, but kept forgetting what it was. She remembered, finally!

She closed the door.

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She told me that for this next trip this week, please make sure I pack more blazers this time, because some of the conferences are more fancy than others, so sweaters are fine for work, because it's work, but for the type-places where I used to work, it's better to be more formal. And what I wore the day we came back to work was good, "with the heels."

She was kind, but not sneaky enough. After she left, I wanted to cry. So I closed my door again and did.

I did wear blazers to the conference. To my old job (which is one of those "DC-type" jobs--people hear where you work and go ooooh!, but it's really not that big of a deal), I did wear a sweater or something (I think). I thought about it. I considered what other visitors had worn when I hosted them. There may have even been a passing thought or two about what my boss would think. But in the end, I made my decision based on what I wore there every day for FOUR YEARS. I wouldn't have worn such a thing to a different type-place, but for this one, I mean, com'on. I KNOW how to dress for that place, way better than she ever would.

And, well, yeah, I wore a nice suit the day we returned to the office, because my blazers were at the dry-cleaners, and because it was one thing.

One thing, because when I was packing, I looked at all my nice suits, and I knew that, before I packed them, I'd have to try them on. I've gained 15-20 pounds depending on the day since I accepted this job offer, and I'm not even 5 feet tall. I just couldn't take all that rejection from my suits. When I got back, I was able to put one on and wear it, so long as I left it unbuttoned.

So I really feel like this was unfair. I left everything for this job, for this chance to work with her. I left my husband, and my house, and even my only overweight-bordering-on-obese body and upgraded to the next larger model. Now I feel like she took my pride, too. And I just feel like I suck. My biggest fear in life is getting in trouble for something I didn't know what wrong or didn't do...I know this doesn't qualify as trouble, but criticism from an authority figure counts.

I didn't tell her all this. Maybe I should have, but I was so gobsmacked by this, that I just agreed. But maybe she should know I'm not an idiot, and that I KNOW HOW TO DRESS FOR THAT PLACE, because I did it EVERY STINKIN' DAY, but I wouldn't have worn the same thing for strangers. She's struggling with weight; maybe she should know that I'm limited by the wardrobe I bought for who I planned to be the heaviest me ever, and that a teeny-tiny portion of the blame for my extra-voluptuousness belongs on her for being dumb enough to hire someone who doesn't know how to dress themselves appropriately in business settings.

And that she really hurt my feelings.

I should take this as a challenge, or put a positive spin on it. And I will. But first I need to get all my crying out. And maybe drink a (light) beer. Or two.

  
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DONNACFIT 2/28/2013 9:37PM

    emoticon just think how hot you'll look at goal weight...you'll rock your clothes!! You will get there!! I know you will!!

Remember what she said was all about her not about you...people can be so cruel sometimes!!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 2/5/2013 11:12AM

    Ugh, I don't know what I would do if I had to dress up, let alone wear suits to work! I don't even have a full suit, just suit elements like nice pants, blazers, skirts etc but I never wear them because I hate how boxy I look! To me, dressing up is not wearing jeans, LOL. So I really really feel for you and how embarrassing and humiliating you felt. Plus I agree that it's insulting for her to call out what you wore to your old workplace when obviously you would know what's appropriate! I would maybe just let this one go but if it gets brought up again for some reason you can mention that you had thought about it and chosen the proper attire based on your knowledge of the workplace. Well, I think we need to get our butts in gear so we can fit into our nice clothes - your suits and my future wedding dress. I need to message you, I've been slacking on that end but I miss you and need to catch up! Hope you're feeling better now emoticon

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DUXGRL1 2/4/2013 9:47PM

    Oh, I feel for you! That sucks! It reminded me of a review I had with a boss years and years ago...she had mentioned something about me wearing knit pants rather than cotton or wool ones, and how they were less professional than wool, or cotton, etc....I ended up explaining to her that I was wearing them because of my weight, and then I think that she felt sorry she had said anything. (Plus, this was NOT a dressy job!) There was nothing in the dress code about wearing knit pants, only jeans or sweats, and a heavier boss I had later DID wear knit pants! The boss I had the review with was a very slim, petite woman, and I think that it never occurred to her that anyone would let a weight issue effect their wardrobe.

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RUTHXG 2/4/2013 9:12PM

    Well, I think your new boss showed poor judgment in this regard. She could have made it a positive comment: "Hey, I noticed that your former workplace was so laid-back that you didn't need to dress up a lot. I wish our field were like that more generally! Thanks for thinking to bring along blazers to wear at the conference, though. And I really like that suit you wore on ____."

But you know, most people aren't as word-wise & emotionally intelligent as we are. emoticon So I don't blame you for being upset--it hurt! Cry & have a light-but-good beer, & know we understand. But I hope you can dress up in your Personal Awesomeness tomorrow, along with whatever clothes are appropriate for your regular workplace, & enjoy an air of quiet superiority as you go about your day.

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/4/2013 9:05PM

    Bummer.....that's a tough thing to take.

I'd recommend going in and being up front with her (once you've got the emotion out of it by crying etc) and tell her thanks, you'll work with her to coordinate attire for the next visit. Tell her that you're working to get back down to wear the blazers etc that she recommends, etc. Focus on the collaborative aspect of how you want to help her and the business you're in "message" correctly....just might need some time (or a clothing bonus!) to get there

I've learned to approach these things directly with the people I work for....and I value directness from the people that work for me....hasn't steered me wrong yet.

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SEATTLESIMS 2/4/2013 7:43PM

    ugh, I'm so sorry to hear your bad day story. It really really sucks.
I hope you can work with what you have clothes wise.. too bad the conference isn't further down the line to let you have time to fit back into those goal clothes!
Hang in there and keep chipping away at that scale! You can do it!


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Everything I Said I Would...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I checked in with Kristen, ate a salad, ate an apple, exercised for half an hour, and I'll have 10 cups of water shortly (I have 9 currently and still have medicine to take!).

And I'm freezing.

My heater's been broken. It's touchy; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Lately, it doesn't more than it does, which SUCKS, because lately, it's been colder than a witch's teat out here. This morning, when I woke up, it was 58 degrees inside. By the time I met maintenance here on my lunch break, it was 52. Poor Sammy is a popsicle!!!

He said he wasn't leaving till it was fixed, and when I got home, it was nearing 70 (I keep it at 72). An hour and a half later, it was 66. I don't know what the temperature is now, but I'm freezing.

I HATE THIS!!!

So I'm going to go take a shower and bundle up under the covers. And call the leasing office tomorrow. Again.

  
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THOMS1 1/24/2013 5:16PM

    We have an electric mattress pad that I don't think I could live without. Hope it gets better soon. emoticon

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AMYLONGHORN 1/24/2013 10:19AM

    I'm with Kristen...electric blankets ROCK! Chris won't let me use mine because he says he's my heater, but when I snuggle up to him with my cold feet, he freaks out! LOL! It's cool that you and Kristen are checking in with each other...accountability is totes importante!!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/24/2013 9:26AM

    sorry to hear about your heater

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/23/2013 11:39PM

    Oh my goodness, hope the heat gets fixed soon!

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RUTHXG 1/23/2013 11:22PM

    So SORRY about the problematic heater, Brenda! Terrible weather for this to happen in. Stay warm tonight, & it better get fixed permanently tomorrow!

Way to get in your exercise in the midst of all this!

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/23/2013 11:10PM

    Electric blankets are great.....but so is making the owner fix what's broken!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/23/2013 11:01PM

    Brr get one of those electric blankets for you and Sammy to snuggle under! Checking in with you here, just got done 48 min of dance aerobics and some upper body ST. Will measure later after my shower. emoticon

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