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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I have been hella busy lately. Between school, work, assignments, planning and my boyfriend and furbabies I feel like I haven't had a moment to myself.

I haven't gotten up early to walk the past couple of mornings. Please see the list of responsibilities above. I am tired and decided sleep is more important at the moment. I have plans for big walks in the weekend, so hopefully that will make up for it. AND once one of the boys jobs decides to pay him, for the first time this YEAR, I'm getting new walking/running shoes!

I still haven't been eating WELL. Well, I have, but only to a point. My breakfast is always a spinach and berry smoothie which packs in 2-4 serves of the good stuff, depending on what I put in it. Lunch and snacks are usually healthy options, like soup, special k bars, fruit, almonds, rice crackers.

It still just dinners. On the nights I work it is easier to take something home. On the nights I don't work and neither household members with thumbs want to cook it is easier to get takeaways (have now replenished heat n eats!). However, I feel I'm more mindful in my eating. Case in point, yesterday I ended up at McCafe to do some work and wait for the boy. I had asked for a small soy hot choc and a mini caramel slice, because I wanted something sweet (and I had a bad day). But guess what, it was cheaper to get a full size of both because of a special deal. Sure, why not. But...and it is the amazing part... I only ate half the caramel slice. It was yummy, but very sweet, so I ate half and asked for a takeaway bag! Go me for not eating the whole thing! After I met up with my boyfriend, he suggested dinner. Sure, why not! Can everyone tell I was in a "why not, nothing else to lose!" mood last night? So we went to our favourite japanese place and waaaaay over ordered again. I usually get 2 small plates (seaweed salad and grilled rice flour balls) and a main (chicken teriyaki). But after my 2 small plates and a bite of the boys sushi I was full. So I stopped eating! I didn't even touch my main. I had it boxed up and it will be lunch and dinner tonight.

And with regard to getting food from work, I have stopped ordering mains. I have started to get an entree with a side of broccoli.

So the point of this whole rambling is, that I'm not a good weight loss person yet, but I can tell I'm getting there. The old me would have eaten the whole caramel slice, and all the Japanese food. The new me realises when I'm full and stops! So if I can tick over eating off the list of eating problems then I am once step closer to my goal.

In other news, the walking mentioned above is getting too easy. And I made myself a deal that when I was fit enough that walking was easy I would start a C25k type deal. So, that is coming up! I used to run, last year, but I pushed myself too hard, didn't do it right, and ended up stopping. This time will be different. I'm going to be building up gradually AND I have sparkpeople for support.

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HAPRICE 8/11/2010 10:04PM

    you really are doing great things and making progress, just like with running, I think these lifestyle changes are best taken on in moderation, so that one doesn't burn out and have to stop. emoticon

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Lose, maintain, just don't gain!

Monday, August 09, 2010

This is my mantra at the moment. I've had a bad week with eating and exercising, so I'm not expecting a huge loss this week and as long as I stay the same I am happy. Sure, I wanna see a number in the 70's on the scale, but if that doesn't happen by September then I'm not going to freak out about it.

This week I'm gonna try harder to stay within calorie limits. I say this everyweek, but it still hasn't happened, so it still needs to be a goal. I'm also gonna try and walk a bit more. Mornings are generally very wet, it is usually pouring when I wake up, and I can't exercise inside because it wakes up my boyfriend and he gets mad. Hopefully my staff meetings will finish a bit earlier so I can walk after school. Or the rain could stop so I can walk in the mornings! I prefer walking in the mornings, it gives me time to think and (mentally) relax before a long day at school. I think I need some kind of rain poncho...

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AMLYST 8/9/2010 4:59PM

    Also, can you do your workout at night? I find that after I workout, I tend to not be hungry or don't want to sabotage the workout I just did . . . Just something to keep in mind.

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AMLYST 8/9/2010 4:57PM

    Snacking at night is SO hard for me as well. Try to snack on veggies and fruit (I know, how boring). Have you tried the 100 calorie snack packs? Those are good, but I always end up eating 2 or 3, which defeats the purpose. LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER helps me too.


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BUBBLEJ1 8/9/2010 3:39PM

    Thanks lotsacats, but I do that already. I log everything before I go to school in the morning, or the night before. I even try and leave a couple of hundred cal (so I'll meet my min cal) for when I get snacky at night. And because I barely eat anything (dairy intollerance and very fussy) I have a one week rotation of food that I will eat.

It is just me making bad choices in the evenings. I'm either starving after work because I don't get food breaks or just too lazy to cook myself a good meal (even though it takes less time then going to a drive thru!). Thanks for your kind words and encouragement, they help me a lot!

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LOTSACATS 8/9/2010 12:33PM

    What really helps me stay within my calorie range is to plan my day out ahead of time. I log all the food I plan to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks before I eat it so that I know how I did meeting my targets, and then adjust things accordingly. For example, today I was going to be short on my fiber goal by 2 so I added some baby carrots to my planned dinner to meet that goal.

It really helps that I tend to eat the same things over and over till I get sick of them, so I know generally what I will be eating from day to day. You have to find what works for you and stick with it! Keep at it girl, you can do it!!

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I did it...kinda

Saturday, August 07, 2010

I stayed within my calorie range for the first time. Ever. Woohoo, go me!

I did, however eat some junk. I had some chocolate and I baked some mini muffins (which I'm going to freeze for a sweet lunch treat) and I sampled 3. But I still stayed within my calories!

I'm working tomorrow, so I plan on doing what I did last week; eating a bigger then usual breakfast and taking a special K bar and a piece of fruit with me. I technically don't get breaks, but there is down time so I can snag a bite or two throughout the day. I was asked to go out to dinner with a friend tomorrow night, but she is flexible, so we'll go somewhere healthy!

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BEANPOD77 8/7/2010 8:52AM

    Good for you! Staying within range is staying within range..Remember, one step at a time..I am proud of you, to read that you are planning ahead for the next day. I truly believe a part of my success to date has been because I am making sure I take time to plan: the next meal, the next day, the next week. If I know of a social occasion or a trip or some other type of challenge that will put my routine out of wack, I try to plan meals, snacks, restaurant meals out, around that particular time..I think part of planning sets your own accountability and it stays in your mind, so that at least you make conscious decisions about what you eat or don't eat..Sorry, didn't mean this to sound "preachy" but your blogging is helping me think through things and helping me realize why I think this is working!! Any by sharing what I have learned, perhaps it might help you a little! emoticon

Sending wishes for a succesful and fun week. I head back to work this week (yuck), but am going to head out on my bike to enjoy a beautiful morning!

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Today WILL be a good day!

Friday, August 06, 2010

It will!

My plans for tonight (a sleepover with my friends) got cancelled, so there is not going to be any junk in my house tempting me like I thought there would be. That is a good start. I'm not working today so I won't have yummy restaurant food in my face all day. That'll help too. I am going to a leaving party tonight, but I'm not going for long (I don't know anyone but the girl who is leaving, and while usually I'm all about making friends and getting on with it I don't know if I will want to tonight). I don't like to have a drink then drive, so I won't be drinking and I'll be having dinner before I leave. Right, all planned so I can have a good eating day!

The bad thing is, I will be spending all day alone, except for my brief stop at the party. Not the end of the world, but I'm a very social person and having no one to talk to but my cats drives me a bit batty after a while. But I do have a lot of uni and school work to do, so maybe it's for the best. I'm also going on a nice, long walk when the rain clears up.

I can do this!


Crappy eating day

Friday, August 06, 2010

I ate badly today. I don't wanna talk about it. Lets just say cupcakes were involved!

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BEANPOD77 8/6/2010 1:15PM

    AMLYST is right...Track it. log it, you acknowledged it..Move on..Don't dwell and don't let it take away from all the good stuff you have done and how much you have accomplished..Keep remembering...its about consistency, not perfection..
You can do it!!!

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AMLYST 8/6/2010 10:18AM

    You had a bad day . . . We all do. Tomorrow is a new day and a new start. Just forget about it and move on :)

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LAURELSPARK 8/6/2010 7:49AM

    I also had a bad food day. I just couldn't stay away from pizza and ice cream. We just need to SHAKE IT OFF and be better today.


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