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My July Retrospective...

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My original idea was to change my eating habits and lose some weight to start. I wanted to get the diet thing going in the right direction first, before I ever started working out again. Plus, losing some weight would make the workouts easier on my knees and feet and all of that good stuff. So as of June 30th, that mission was accomplished!

I decided that on July 1st I would start the Insanity workout program. So for all 31 days of July, I would be doing a workout...yes, every day! I have to admit, I DID workout EVERY SINGLE DAY OF JULY! I did not skip a day. I did not miss a day. Even on the scheduled rest days I did the P90x Stretch & Ab Ripper X videos!

So I have to pat myself on the back for just a moment...

Ok, now that I am done doing that, I thought I would look at some of the numbers from July.

July Calories Eaten - 69,164 or about 2,231 a day

July Carbs Eaten - 9,926 or about 320 a day

July Fat Eaten - 984 or almost 32 a day

July Protein Eaten - 5,415 or almost 175 a day

July Fitness Minutes - 1,790 or almost 58 minutes a day!

July Calories Burned - 21,606 or almost 697 a day!

Wow, it is something to really look at those numbers written out!

I have had my highs and lows in July. I have had struggles and triumphs. I feel like I have made a total lifestyle change as far as eating and exercising goes. I know I have a long ways to go but for 87 days of dieting and 31 days of working out, I am on the right track!

Bring on August! Bring on my weigh-in on August 13th! Bring on the end of Insanity on August 30th! Bring on whatever I decide to start on August 31st (because I am not stopping with Insanity. May go full P90x, we will see)!

I AM DOING THIS!
I WILL DO THIS!
I WILL NOT STOP!

Good Day Sparkville

  
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LISAMG1220 8/1/2012 9:55AM

    Your drive and determination is wonderful! You are so inspiring! :)

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EVLOBOS310 8/1/2012 9:50AM

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CUSTOMSOUND79 8/1/2012 8:58AM

    Right On!

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ADARKARA 8/1/2012 7:49AM

    Well done! You have awesome will power!

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 7/31/2012 9:28PM

    Way to go Brad! You are focused, strong and committed to your goals.



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My Odd-yssey, Insanity & Nutrition Week 4 Numbers...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I have finished the 4 weeks of Insanity & diet. So far so good I think! My next weigh in is about 2 weeks away so we shall see how that goes!

My Week 1 averages per day were...
(7/1-7/7) Week 1 - 2,246.0 cal/day...28.6 fat/day...334.0 carb/day...174.7 pro/day...260 fitness minutes & burned 3,416 calories.

My Week 2 averages per day were...

(7/8-7/14) Week 2 - 2,260.7 cal/day...34.0 fat/day...321.4 carb/day...174.4 pro/day...370 fitness minutes & burned 4,594 calories.

My Week 3 averages per day were...

(7/15-7/21) Week 3 - 2,234.7 cal/day...33.0 fat/day...321.7 carb/day...172.0 pro/day...405 fitness minutes & burned 5,120 calories.

Here are my week 4 numbers...

Spark says I can have between 2,220-2,570 calories/day.

July 22 - 2,232
July 23 - 2,222
July 24 - 2,224
July 25 - 2,221
July 26 - 2,240
July 27 - 2,235
July 28 - 2,234 (already have my menu done for the day)

I averaged 2,229.7. Right near the minimum that Spark recommends for me. Right where I want to be!

As for fat, Spark says I can have between 49-100. My week in fat...

July 22 - 34
July 23 - 33
July 24 - 33
July 25 - 34
July 26 - 31
July 27 - 33
July 28 - 30 (already have my menu done for the day)

I averaged 32.6 I am aiming for low 30's so I am right where I want to be!

As far as Carbs, Spark says I can have 250-418. My week in carbs....

July 22 - 318
July 23 - 320
July 24 - 323
July 25 - 319
July 26 - 313
July 27 - 303
July 28 - 315 (already have my menu done for the day)

I averaged 315.9. That is right about where I want to be. Aiming for 310 next week.

As for protein, Spark says I should have between 60-225. My week in protein...

July 22 - 167
July 23 - 166
July 24 - 165
July 25 - 168
July 26 - 184
July 27 - 189
July 28 - 184 (already have my menu done for the day)

I averaged 174.7. Wanted to average over 170, so I am right on my number!

I really can't complain about any of my numbers overall! My sodium numbers have been so much better than just 2 weeks in a row. I made it within the Spark sodium range 3 of the 7 days of the week. That is the first time I have been in the range and I did it 3 times! I WILL KEEP GOING!

*485 fitness minutes for the week - so I was 80 minutes over week 3!

*5,706 calories burnt - so I burnt 586 calories over week 3!


Good Day Sparkville

  
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HAPPYERIN 7/31/2012 8:12PM

    Woohoo! You are killing it!

It's cool to see all your numbers for comparison -- your diligence is incredible (and your ability to stay away from the scale is amazing, I try to limit myself to once or twice a week, but when I get close to a 10-lb mark, I get a little obsessive!

Keep up the great work!

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EMMAEKAY 7/31/2012 7:37PM

    You are KILLING it!!!

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LISAMG1220 7/30/2012 8:41AM

    Rock on! Great job. :)

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 7/28/2012 4:11PM

    I know the anticipation must be killing you waiting for your next scale date. You are really running with the changes in your life. I am excited for you!

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DEBK0923 7/28/2012 12:03PM

    I think you're doing awesome, keep it up, my neice does the insanity thing, she lost about 30 pounds quickly. I said I hope you don't gain it all back and then some. But your doing well...congrats

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Updating The Sodium Conundrum...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

My blog about possibly solving the sodium problem on July 17th...

Well, it has been over a week since I think I got my sodium thing under control and I can honestly say that I have stuck to it! Even 2 out of the last three days I stayed within the range that Spark gives for daily sodium! 2 OUT OF 3 DAYS! WoW! Just 10 days ago I was double the limit of my daily intake. Over the last 10 days I have averaged about 2,500 of sodium a day! I know that is a little above the 2,300 max but it is definitely progress!

I cut out a few things like Gatorade, turkey bacon, & soup and found some lower sodium alternatives. I also found some lower sodium alternatives of the same products I was having.

I now look at the sodium on labels just the same as I look at fat or calories.

Keep Pushing!

Good Night Sparkville

  
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LOOKINGUP2012 7/27/2012 11:17AM

    I like flavoring soup with garlic or onion powder! Best wishes!!

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LISAMG1220 7/27/2012 9:58AM

    That is fantastic! Great job.

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CUSTOMSOUND79 7/27/2012 9:00AM

    Awesome!

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CHICCHANTAL 7/26/2012 11:28PM

    Congratulations! By the way, I love soup and hardly eat it because it's absolutely the worst thing for hiding salt.

Another trick to reduce salt is to use plain yoghurt or lemon juice to sharpen the flavour of things.

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My Odd-yssey, Insanity & Nutrition Week 3 Numbers...

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I have now finished the first 3 weeks of Insanity along with a really good diet! I must say, I am really looking forward to weighing in August 13th at this point! I have really stayed disciplined with eating & working out!

My Week 1 averages per day were...
(7/1-7/7) Week 1 - 2,246.0 cal/day...28.6 fat/day...334.0 carb/day...174.7 pro/day...260 fitness minutes & burned 3,416 calories.

My Week 2 averages per day were...

(7/8-7/14) Week 2 - 2,260.7 cal/day...34.0 fat/day...321.4 carb/day...174.4 pro/day...370 fitness minutes & burned 4,594 calories.

Spark says I can have between 2,220-2,570 calories/day. Here is my week (7/15-7/21) in calories...

July 15 - 2,254
July 16 - 2,239
July 17 - 2,234
July 18 - 2,246
July 19 - 2,225
July 20 - 2,220
July 21 - 2,225 (already have my menu done for the day)

I averaged 2,234.7. Right near the minimum that Spark recommends for me. Right where I want to be!

As for fat, Spark says I can have between 49-100. My week in fat...

July 15 - 33
July 16 - 34
July 17 - 31
July 18 - 30
July 19 - 36
July 20 - 34
July 21 - 33 (already have my menu done for the day)

I averaged 33.0. I am aiming for mid 30's so I am right where I want to be!

As far as Carbs, Spark says I can have 250-418. My week in carbs....

July 15 - 325
July 16 - 315
July 17 - 322
July 18 - 323
July 19 - 320
July 20 - 321
July 14 - 326 (already have my menu done for the day)

I averaged 321.7. I would like to be more around 310 but I am pretty happy with my number!

As for protein, Spark says I should have between 60-225. My week in protein...

July 15 - 168
July 16 - 174
July 17 - 178
July 18 - 181
July 19 - 173
July 20 - 165
July 21 - 165 (already have my menu done for the day)

I averaged 172.0. Wanted to average over 170, so I am right on my number!

Overall, I am extremely happy with my Week 3 numbers! I have even made a 40%+ in Sodium! Loving this journey! I WILL KEEP GOING!

*405 fitness minutes for the week - so I was 35 minutes over week 2!

*5,120 calories burnt - so I burnt 526 calories over week 2!


Good Day Sparkville!

  
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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 7/22/2012 9:22AM

    Congratulations on your hard work and discipline! You should see some great results Aug 13. emoticon

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LIL_EZZY 7/22/2012 4:45AM

    Way to go

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SKAHONEY4U 7/21/2012 9:19PM

    It looks like you are really staying on track with things- great job!

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Trader Joe's & "The Blair Witch Project"?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Trader Joe's. Seriously.

Does anyone have one near them and do they go to it? What are your thoughts on Trader Joe's?

I have been hearing for months how great of a store this is. I have been hearing for months that it is always so busy and even when it first opened in Louisville, it was so packed that it was hard to get in! I have been hearing for months that it is so much better than Whole Foods!

No.

I remember when "Blair Witch Project" came out and I had no interest in going to see it. I waited until it came out on video to actually watch it. I had been hearing all the hype and how interesting it was for months and when I finally saw it, I was severely disappointed. What a terrible movie.

So I am calling Trader Joe's, my "Blair Witch" of stores. I was not impressed at all. The prices weren't as good as I had thought they were by the way my friends talked. It was very small and Whole Foods has a much bigger selection. Needless to say, I don't think I will ever have a need to go back.

Is this just me? Am I missing something?

Good Day Sparkville

  
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LISAMG1220 7/20/2012 1:01PM

    For me it's a draw, I like them both. AT TJ-I shop there for salad fixings, premade salads, healthy snacks and healthy frozen meals. My son loves the spicy steak burritos and I am addicted to their hummus. I have found some things there that I have not found anywhere else (dried baby pineapple slices, dried mango slices and a great rosemary pecan/dried cranberry mix). Try their cranberry gorgonzola vinagrette. It is out of this world.

At WF- They have fresh bison, which is hard to find other places and their quacamole is the best and they have a great bread selection.

Comment edited on: 7/20/2012 1:03:03 PM

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SKAHONEY4U 7/19/2012 7:56PM

    I like trader joe's for specialty items, but not as an every week necessity kind of place. There are specific items from there that are absolutely delicious! The one by me is always packed.

As for whole foods, I don't like that store. I've been twice and both times the produce I saw was ALL moldy. And the one whole store smelled funky and was full of hippies! I feel like there is so much hype for whole foods, and it just seems like a fad and overpriced to me.

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HAPPYERIN 7/19/2012 3:26PM

    Oh man, I'm sorry you were so disappointed! I am a self-professed Trader Joe's addict -- although, I only shop there a few times a year and stock up, because it's not that convenient for us. It is kind of on my way home (my hour-long commute!), but is much closer to work than home, so the only time I stop there is when I feel like extending my day and have the time, which isn't often! Plus when I do stop, I need to shop for about 5 other families because I'm the only one who ventures down that way, so it's never a quick errand.

Trader Joe's IS small and does not offer nearly the selection that Whole Foods does, but the bonus is the quality of what they offer, at least in my experience. I don't think it is the kind of place where I would shop for all my groceries or to feed a family because most items don't serve a ton. My husband and I have tried many different things that we LOVE (their vodka sauce, roasted red pepper & eggplant spread, and hummus are always on our list). Think of it as a place where you'd buy some special items to add to your meal. If you need suggestions for what to buy, I've got a long list!

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