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Summer Goals

Saturday, July 05, 2014

I hope everyone is having a nice long weekend. I finally started back exercising yesterday. I've planned on it for months now, lol, but have been very sedentary. I finally have renewed motivation to make changes.

I started a Couch to 5K WALKING program! I'm so heavy that I can barely walk a mile. So I need to start slow and build up. My daughter walks 1-2 hours every night! (She is as heavy as me. emoticon ) So we plan to do a couple of 5Ks in the fall :) So that is one of my goals.

The 2nd goal (which I have mentioned before) is being able to shop at Avenue by fall. Right now I am around a size 32 from Roamans, which is a generous 32.

I will be weighing in every week and monitoring my weight loss that way, but those are my two goals for the next two months.

I went through and made up my menu plan for July 17-30 today using mostly Spark recipes for the dinners! I can't wait to share them and what my girls and I thought of them! I've only made one of them before, the broiled parmesan tilapia - which I just love.

Well, I hope to incorporate more movement tomorrow. I was going to rake the lawn today but didn't do it. So if I can at least get that in on top of my walk, I will be happy!

Have a blessed weekend!

Sherry

  
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2-week menu plan & grocery list

Monday, June 30, 2014

I am eating approximately 45 points (I am alotted 49 but I deduct a few just in case I am undercalculating something!) or 1800-2000 calories daily.

Breakfasts: 7-10 points 300-450 calories

2 eggs (4 pts) with fresh fruit (0 pts) and whole grain toast (3) with one tsp of real butter (1)

Overnight oats (5-7 pts) with a boiled egg (2)

Egg/egg white omelet (3) with fresh veggies (0) fruit (0) and either cheese (2) or yogurt (2)

Lunches: 10-12 points (400-500 calories)

Leftovers, salads and protein or sandwich with veggies and dip. Girls – tuna and egg salad sandwiches, carrots & dip, fruit.

Afternoon snack: 4-6 points (150-250 calories)

String cheese, almonds, fruit, air popped popcorn, veggies w/ hummus

Dinners are 12-15 points (500-650 calories)

Evening snack - 0-8 points (0-300 calories)


Monday: Leftovers from graduation party w/ added veggies

Tuesday: Leftovers, green salad

Wednesday: Chicken legs, seasoned fries, salad (no fries for me – leftover rice mixed w/ spinach)

Thursday: Ground turkey meatloaf muffins, green beans, oven potato wedges

Friday: Parent’s 4th of July

Saturday: Grilled chicken, veggie pasta salad

Sunday: Parents'

Monday: Red beans & brown rice (kielbasa and rice for the kids)

Tuesday: Steamed garlic veggies, chicken and leftover veggie pasta salad

Wednesday: Parent’s

Thursday: Pinto beans w/ corn muffin (kids will have leftovers)

Friday: Spaghetti with turkey meatballs, green vegetable

Saturday: Parents'

Sunday: Stone soup & corn muffins (fish sticks for kids)

Monday: Chicken w/ spinach and garlic over whole wheat pasta, green veggie

Tuesday: Lentils, onions and rice

Wednesday: Parents'

Shopping list: $32 for 17 days! Thankfully we have a TON of leftovers from the graduation party – even after sending food home with friends and family! Have some stuff in the freezer and pantry to use up too. Will be shopping at Aldi and the Bulk Food store

bananas x2 – 1

apples x 1 bag – 3

spinach – 2

green beans – 1

2 pounds chicken – $4-$5

lunch meat – 3

Bulk foods -

lentils, kidney beans, pinto beans, brown rice, Whole wheat pasta, White pasta $6

4 yogurts - 2

Case of water – $3

Coke – 1

Home – kitty litter, paper towels $5


  
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    Good job with the planning! That's awesome. Just stick to your plan and you are going to have a great 2 weeks. I can't wait to see how much you lose.


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Life Changes

Monday, June 30, 2014

Yesterday was my daughter's grad party. Everything went great! Had a really hectic but wonderful day.



We had the party at a local boat club on the Detroit River, so the view was just gorgeous.



Lots of family and friends were in attendance. I actually did really well over the weekend.





So over the past month I have gained 2 pounds. At one point I was up 9 pounds. At another point I was DOWN 2 pounds. So you can see how much my weight fluctuates on a weekly basis. I do have an issue with bloating and there are times when my stomach is just full and hard as a rock - and of course that is when I weigh several pounds heavier. So the gain of 2 pounds for the month that I have is not the most horrid thing I can imagine. I'm not going to freak out about it.

I started back today with tracking and measuring my food. No caloric beverages. Getting some movement in.

Tomorrow we will go to the beach and I always swim and do water aerobics for hours. I'm packing us some healthy sandwiches and bringing a veggie tray.

We have a ton of leftover food. Fried chicken, mostaccioli. cake, potatoes, rice :/ I sent food home with everyone! I just brought a huge platter of food to two different people. And there is more left. I am in no position financially to throw the food away - so I have looked up the calories and serving sizes and I will incorporate the food into my menu plan. The rice I am going to freeze in serving size bags. (Rice freezes very well actually!) The chicken will probably be eaten by my daughters, but I will freeze some of that as well. We are eating the mostaccioli tonight - but I am measuring. I'll make it work.

I need to move forward and not flit around a healthy lifestyle. I have to quit taking one step forward and two back.

My best friend (she lives in NH) was supposed to come out for Jennah's graduation. At the last minute she went to the ER for chest pain. She had an abnormal stress test so then she had an angiogram which showed a 98% blockage of an artery. She was in the hospital for three days and had a stent put in. She weighs a lot less than me, but she is still overweight. She is making lifestyle changes along with me. She plans to come out and do a 5K with my daughter and I at the end of summer or in the fall. Looking forward to making changes with her!

Sherry

  
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BELINDA37122 6/30/2014 9:44PM

    Sorry to hear about your friend's heart issues but it seems like they have taken care of the blockage. I hope she does ok. It will be good for you two to work together on the changes. It always helps to have a partner. God bless. I will be praying for your friend and you. Judy (And congratulations on that graduation. The view was wonderful. My granddaughter graduated this year also.)

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LISAHOLQ 6/30/2014 9:14PM

    I bet you feel relief that the grad party is over! I threw one for my son 2 weeks ago, so I can relate.

Good idea to freeze your left overs and also to eat them for dinner.

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LACEYKYLE 6/30/2014 8:46PM

    Sherry you're doing well with the leftovers by making them work!! I'm so sorry your friend didn't get to make your daughters graduation and that she had to have surgery. But, so happy you can both work together on getting healthy.

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I am so DONE!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

I am so sick of myself I could scream. Sick of attempting to lose weight and failing. Oh, it’s my own fault – for sure – but finding that “willpower” or “inner strength” or whatever you want to call it seems impossible.

Let me say that I am posting this because I am determined, not because I am giving up! I am so tired of being weak!

I’ve been going to WW for about 5 or 6 months and to be honest, I weigh weekly (pretty much) but don’t go to any of the meetings. YES – I know. I will have a good week or two and then I will gain again or stay the same or whatnot. I’ve definitely lost while I’ve been there – but not consistently. I just can’t stand myself. My daily failures. My weakness when it comes to saying no to food. It’s pathetic. These past two weeks have been the worst. Sure I could state increased stress, upheaval in my schedule, hectic life, etc. but the truth is – I eat a healthy breakfast, healthy lunch and then between about 5 and 8 all hell breaks loose. No joke.

So here is why I am posting this today. I’m putting this very touchy, personal subject out there for all to see. I am going to give my all to WW starting Monday (no no no now wait a minute – it’s not that whole monday mentality – it’s because I have two events this weekend where food is the primary focus and to start now would just result in immediate failure) for the next six months. By the end of 2014 if I have not broken this cycle and have started losing consistently (not looking for miracles) – then in 2015 I am going to start looking at weight loss surgery. (And don’t tell me horror stories here about WLS – I already know – but I need SOMETHING to show me some loss so I can see the reasoning behind eating healthfully instead of doing it with little to no results because I can’t keep it up on my own)

Basically I’m at the end of my rope. More details regarding my plan to come. emoticon

Sherry

  
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NELLJONES 6/29/2014 7:18AM

    When you want to lose the weight more than you want the cookie, you'll find the strength to do it. There is no crime in preferring the cookie. If you go to WW meetings, you'll meet people who can help you figure out what you really want, not what you say you want, and help you in your journey. You can go to as many meetings a week as you want, you only pay for the one when you have a weekly weigh in. Stick with the winners. When you are short of strength yourself, use theirs. Winners will gladly share their strength with you.

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LASTXAROUND 6/28/2014 9:51PM

    You can do it and we will all be here cheering for you along the way!

God bless

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LACEYKYLE 6/28/2014 4:21PM

    emoticon emoticon !!!!! I believe in you!!

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MJREIMERS 6/28/2014 1:28PM

    When at the end of your rope, tie a knot and HANG ON! I've been there and have overcome it. You will, too! emoticon because if emoticon ANYONE can! You've got this!

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LISAHOLQ 6/28/2014 1:00PM

    Hey, I just realized you are from the Detroit area. Me too! I am also a Christian mom and I have 4 teenagers. I also struggle with binge eating (sweets). Check out my Spark Page. Maybe we can be Spark Friends.

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LISAHOLQ 6/28/2014 12:55PM

    Good for you for not giving up!! Start with small healthy habits and gradually add more as you go along. You can do it!!

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CLASSYLADYMAY 6/28/2014 12:40PM

    I feel for you cause I have felt like that too !! We first have to realize why we gained in the first place. I put much of that on my page. Not going to say but once I realize what I was doing then it was time to do what I needed to do. No it hasn't been easy. Good thing hubby is doing this with me and helps. The bottom line you have to find what works for you. Find fun things you love doing and maybe WW will help once you make going there a habit. ! I hope whatever works. Surgery or whatever. I am here for you with support and friendship !! Hugs your way !

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PURPLEPEONY 6/28/2014 12:39PM

    We`ve all been there. Don`t give up. emoticon emoticon

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KNEEMAKER 6/28/2014 12:14PM

  Oh my dear Sherry. You have reached a magical point in your journey. I congratulate you for finally getting there. It took a while but now you can look in the mirror at what you have become--- A REAL WINNER. Yes you have not failed, you have actually won finally. The reason I know this is because you reached the frustration phase and instead of saying the hell with this, instead you said I am not going to fail and here is my first plans and my goals. Also you realized that you have to start on a winner's note and get the weekend behind you. You set goals and because the winner in you is now showing you will definitely reach those goals. Look in that mirror and smile at the new you. Take a picture so you can compare at the end of the year to see how well you did. Thanks for inspiring others along your journey. It is a Life Journey. Keep on keeping on and you shall reach your destination. Thank you Sherry for sharing. emoticon

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Still Existing

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I keep thinking to myself when "this" (insert whatever it is, a holiday, party, deadline at work, etc) is over, I will get back on track. I'll just not exercise and eat whatever until then.

How's that working for me? Oh it is NOT. Not at all.

God is giving me strength to get through everything on my plate right now. Yes, He is. And I am more than thankful. But I am moving through the motions only. I'm not living or experiencing.

Just wanted to post that quick thought! Things need to change.

Blessings!

Sherry

  
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NELLJONES 6/26/2014 7:57AM

    There will never come a moment when there is nothing in your life but free sailing to lose weight. The old WW magazines from 3-4 decades ago used to have meal plans and holiday plans for every possible holiday and celebration. The idea wasn't "Just get me to the other side of this", but rather "How to celebrate and enjoy everything legally On Plan". Just a shift of focus.

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KITT52 6/26/2014 5:54AM

    think small changes what can you do today that will help you reach your goals....small steps do add up....

good luck....think positive....

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JAPITTARD 6/26/2014 12:55AM

    Today is the day. It will never be the right time, but sometimes you just gotta decide that whatever else is going on it doesn't matter- you have to matter more and you have to make it happen! You've got this!

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KATELJM 6/25/2014 10:54PM

    Been there, done that, too! How about negotiating with yourself to start one new good habit -- maybe drinking 8 glasses of water a day, or if you don't feel confident you could down 8, maybe drink 6 glasses a day. When you complete that with 90% success for 2 weeks, you could add another doable habit. The improvement doesn't have to be large, just a shift in the right direction that you can sustain.

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BELINDA37122 6/25/2014 9:43PM

    Let me tell you how I get through it. The first thing I do every morning is thank my Lord that he woke me up another day. Then I spend time with Him in devotion and study and music. Things are not going well for me right now, but I know the things I need to change. What are the things that you need to change right now. I would love to be an encouragement and support to you. If you would like to talk privately and just vent, I am as close as a sparkmail. I want to help, just let me know how. God bless. Judy

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MCJOYFUL 6/25/2014 9:03PM

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