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End of March Check in!!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I am down 3# from last week!!!!!!
I have realized that I have to be SUPER conscience of what I am eating, and have to make SUPER conscience choices, not fast/un-thought out just because choices. I am down 2# below what I started out at the beginning of the year after GAINING about 5 pounds and going up/down with those 5#. But it has ONLY come by watching what I am eating and exercising. The quick fires have helped tons and I just have to keep it up! My biggest thing with food is I *LOVE* carbs and carbs are NOT my friend. They set off cravings and make me hungry and craving more & more carbs and sweets! So I have had to cut WAY back!

Some YAY moments for me:
Last weekend we were gone to Rachel’s state quiz meet, which meant eating out and being away from home & the food/habits I had started putting into place. We stopped for lunch at McD’s – I was good & got a chicken bacon ranch salad & a parfait so I could get my veggies & not get too many carbs. YAY ONE!
Then for dinner we went to Apple Bees – I knew that would be an ok place because of their weight watcher menu. I got a DELICOUSLY YUMMY chicken/veggies/potato meal for 550 calories, oh my word it was scrumptious! YAY TWO!
For Breakfast Saturday @ hotel I was a bit worried – a lot of times they have CARB heaven there – donuts, bagels, muffins AHHHH! But this one had eggs, turkey sausage and fruit salad! BINGO!! YAY THREE!!
For lunch on Saturday we had a choice of pizza meal (pizza, chips, brownie) or a chef salad (with brownie) so I got the chef salad, it was HUGE and had turkey, ham, eggs, etc on it so it was filling. I gave away my brownie! YAY FOUR!
This week has went well, eating lots of fruit & veggies, logging my food and making sure I kept my carb count down. I have to say I got on the scale a few times during the week just to check on myself to see if it was working.
Yesterday morning I took kids to BK to play (littles not my big kids) while Timmy was in playgroup. We usually eat breakfast & then just get a snack there, drinks and maybe cini-mini’s or something. BK has my favorite breakfast foods :-s I checked calories and MAN OH MAN! I wish they had a fruit parfait like McD’s. The sausage biscuit was the least calorie item and it had almost 400 I think – WAY too man for a snack! So I just got a diet coke and let kids play. YAY FIVE!!!
Last night, dh wanted Hardees for dinner. They have my favorite hot ham & cheese sandwich and curly fries *dreamy eyes* but I looked at menu and there was NOTHING there I could have, NOTHING! So I got dinner and I got a subway sandwich, AFTER checking the calories  and I got a 6inch instead of a 12 inch! YAY SIX!!!
I saw something on a show this week that really was like an ah-ha moment for me – Jilian Michaels from BL was being interviewed. The host asked her “Do you count calories or do you just know what you are doing now and are at a good weight and don’t have to anymore?” She said that she counted calories every day – I was like WOW!! This is probably something I am going to have to do all the time, it is really important and will probably have to be a life long thing I do. She (Jilian) also said that some days she is just too busy with her schedule of things to get to the gym (welcome to my world) and she said on those days she tries to just make sure she is active – doing anything/something – and eating good quality food. So these quick fires we are doing or the 10 minutes I may get on the bike before a kid comes calling is important and beneficial!
So here’s to another successful week for all of us!!

  
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TERRYMOM 3/29/2010 10:04AM

    Great Job! You did some great things for yourself this week. I discovered McD's parfaits this week also. They're yummy! I haven't been tracking calories on SP for a couple of weeks....just trying to keep count in my head. I've actually lost more the past 2 weeks (which I think is related to my metabolism changing gears). I've decided to "track" on days when I'm eating out of the ordinary. I'm sure that when I hit a plateau, I'll have to track every bite for a while to make necessary changes. Jillian....sigh...I want to look like her! emoticon

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ZNEKITA 3/28/2010 7:33AM

    I am so THANKFUL for this blog post! You have helped me with so many things I have been struggling with this week. You are doing an awesome job!!!! Keep up the good work.

I, too, was surprised about Jillian counting calories every day. I'm glad it is a habit I am getting in to.

Have a Fabulous week!!!

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MESSENE 3/27/2010 8:24PM

    emoticonWow! Jillian Michaels counting calories was a surprise! emoticonSo glad we have emoticonto count our calories. emoticon emoticon
The restaurant food sounds yummy! Your sure doing super emoticon emoticon emoticon
Have a wonderful week!!! emoticon emoticon

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MOMFAN 3/27/2010 7:16PM

    You inspire me!

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GABBYANNIE 3/27/2010 6:35PM

    Great job on making healthy and positive choices. That's what it takes to live this healthy lifestyle. One healthy choice at a time. I have many times thought about counting calories for the rest of my life. Sometimes it does seem like such a chore, but the results are definately worth it. You're doing awesome. Keep up the good work.

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FLMOMX2 3/27/2010 3:38PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You did SUPER this week.

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SURFMONKEY17 3/27/2010 3:23PM

    Good for you! I still struggle with eating out and making the right choices, so I just avoid restaurants as much as possible right now. But your smart choices paid off!! Congrats on the loss!

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FREELADY 3/27/2010 3:20PM

    I am applauding and jumping up and down for all of your victories! (I hope the Fitness Tracker has a calories-burned for this . . . )

This is fantastic. You rose to meet so many challenges, such a variety of tempting situations. In addition to "YAY!" I hope you are telling yourself, "I am a strong person. I can handle different circumstances and make healthy choices!"

You are amazing!

Question: What was the name of the motel that had eggs, turkey sausage, and fruit salad??

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COOKINMAMA 3/27/2010 2:58PM

    SOOO proud of you... Fast Food places are such a temptation and you did GREAT!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/27/2010 2:43PM

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Great job in staying on top of things and continuing to make good choices wherever you are at! Sounds like you had some real 'aha!' moments this week--that is terrific! Yes, I think we will always need to pay attention to what we're eating and our activity level if we want to have a healthy lifestyle and weight, but that's okay.

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1YEARFROMNOW 3/27/2010 1:31PM

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Great choices with your busy schedule! I give you a emoticon!!! It's tough in those situations to stay true to yourself but I have realized through the years (and point blank asking my healthy weight friends) that the majority of people need to watch what they eat on a regular basis.

I wish you continued success in your journey!

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Mid-way Through March

Friday, March 19, 2010

Well, my March is off to a better start. I have been really watching what I eat & have been trying really hard to get my exercise in, with only a few days of not meeting goals I have set for exercise.
I have been working this week on cutting back on carbs and sugar because my sugar cravings have gotten way out of control, especially during 'that time'. It is working! I have had to exert will-power a few times when my family was eating ice cream or when my son was sitting next to me eating candy bar but I did it! I am a carb-lover so that makes it even harder!! My weight is down 3 pounds this week so I guess it is working!!
Since I have fibromyalgia, there are days when I have to be more careful with my exercise but I have learned to modify. Modify is the new key-phrase when it comes to exercise instead of 'all or nothing'. Some days I cannot ride as hard or far, some days I cannot do things that affect my shoulders, some days I cannot walk because my feet hurt so bad. BUT! I can do SOMETHING, even if it is less reps or only biking or using other strength training than what I had planned because I am hurting. Knowing my limitations and MODIFYING is what I have to do!
Here's to an even better end of March!

  
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HSMOM2FOUR 3/25/2010 11:37AM

    You are doing fantastic! I'm so proud of you!

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ZNEKITA 3/22/2010 10:33AM

    Thank you for sharing! I have felt guilty in a way because I have not felt good and I modified my exercising a bit. I thought that some exercise would be better than none. I'm glad to know someone else is going through the same thing.

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MOMFAN 3/21/2010 10:43PM

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WACHRWILL 3/19/2010 8:48AM

    Good for you! Like you, I have learned to modify. On the days I don't feel well or am really tired, I just go at a slower pace, but I still do something. And I usually feel better afterward.

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STRONGMELISSA24 3/19/2010 8:37AM

    Great job! I am glad March is going so well for you!

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THENEWCINDY 3/19/2010 7:48AM

    Great job with pushing through it!!!

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BUFFALOGAL1952 3/19/2010 6:03AM

    KUDOS to you for pushing yourself to get it done and reach your goals! You are so right, knowing and understanding your body is very important. I wish you so much luck on your Journey. You can do this!

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Hittin' March hard!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

My February was not good, but I am determined to make March a MUCH better month! I have to remember to make a conscience effort to make exercise a priority. If I don't do it, no one else is going to do it for me. Walking, biking, strength training, jumping jacks, jump rope, whatever, I have to do something EVERY day!
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Another thing I need to start working on is my eating - I need start eating more fruits and veggies & drinking more water. I am such a sweets and carb addict - LOVE 'EM! - but I need to again be conscience of what I am eating and make good choices.
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This month WILL be better!!!

  
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SANDYSUE89 3/10/2010 11:40PM

    February wasn't great for me either. I call it the month of the winter blahs as everyone is just so sick of being cold. March is going better for me too.

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MOMFAN 3/7/2010 10:08PM

    Cheering your success on!

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STRONGMELISSA24 3/4/2010 12:46PM

    Whoo hoo! you can do it!

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KATHY_10 3/3/2010 8:19PM

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GEMINISUE 3/3/2010 4:05PM

    Sometimes it gets very difficult, when this happened, we need to get that extra boost from somewhere, and fortunately, for all of us, this challenge, may be the extra boost we need.




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MESSENE 3/3/2010 3:45PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonLast month was not so great for me too, I have been snacking to much! emoticonThis month will be much better for us! emoticon emoticon

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KMCADAMS1 3/3/2010 3:28PM

  I am a total sucker for sweets, too! But, yesterday I grabbed some fresh blueberries instead & was somewhat amazed by how SWEET they were & it didn't make me wants any of the other sweet junk that usually tempts me. I'm starting to crave the natural sweetness of fruits instead of chocolate. :)

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GABBYANNIE 3/3/2010 3:20PM

    Great reminder!! Keep up the good work!! you are doing great! emoticon emoticon

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KOALA1949 3/3/2010 3:15PM

    emoticon Keep the faith.

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New Work Out Clothes

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I decided I need to get some work out clothes to maybe inspire me to do more working out :) When I ride my bike or do the treadmill, my sweats are too hot but shorts, while they are ok while exercising, are too cold to wear during the day. So I decided to look and see what I could fine. After a friends recommendation, I got a pair of danskin capri's and a danksin razorback shirt. I got the size I thought would work best and much to my surprise I had to take them back and get the next smaller size! What incentive!! Today was the first day to wear them and they have been great to wear while doing the treadmill (what little I was able to do) and just around the house. They are very comfortable!!!
I am happy with my purchase!!!
Now if I can just find a pair of shoes that allow me to walk, exercise and not be hurting so bad at the end of the day that I can't hardly walk..........then I'll be all set!!!

  
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KAYLAHACKWORTH 2/26/2010 7:10AM

    I need new workout clothes, bad. Its hard working out with baggy sweatpants.

Its like "squat-pull-squat- pull- squat -dang. -hold-squat." :P

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BETTA13 2/26/2010 1:18AM

    Yay for new work out clothes!

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HSMOM2FOUR 2/25/2010 10:02PM

    So glad you got some new workout clothes!! How fun!! And how exciting to be able to get a smaller size than you thought!!
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You'll see great results with your continued workouts!! Praying that you can find some new shoes that work great for you!!

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BUSYMOMTO3PLUS6 2/25/2010 9:32PM

    I will have to check out the SAS - there is a store at the outlet mall 10 minutes from here. I have not heard of them before.

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MOMFAN 2/25/2010 9:08PM

    I finally bought a pair of SAS for $150. I was tired of having to go to the chiropractor to fix my knees that kept hurting at $30 a pop. SAS stands for San Antonio Shoes. Good luck. My chiropractor suggested another one, but they didn't have a size big enough for me but they were about the same price. They only went up to 11.

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SJSTOMPER 2/25/2010 8:50PM

    Good for you! Good luck finding the shoes.

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Diminishing Love Handles - February 1

Monday, February 01, 2010

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Working on those Love Handles this week!!
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Here is how my day went in achieving my goals:
* 1 Core Strength Training --> Done, did 2 sets of 15 Standing Towel Side Bend
* Quick Fire Challenge ---> Done, did 100 jumping jacks, broken down into 4 sets of 25
* Pushing It Goal ---> I am going to have to adjust this - having trouble with my foot so the step-ups are probably not a good thing. I think I will work my way up to 200 wall push-ups, broken down into 4 sets/day by the end of the month. emoticon
* Cardio ---> Did 15 minutes on the bike emoticon , 'life happened' today and I ended up doing some extra running, extra paperwork, extra schooling but I did sit on my exercise ball instead of a chair while doing school emoticon with the children emoticon
* Special Challenge of the day --> Do 2 shoulder exercises and 2 arm exercises (strength training) - did 2 sets of 12 shoulder shrugs with 3# weights emoticon, 2 sets of 12 dumbbel lateral raises (3# weights emoticon), 2 sets of 12 each bicep curls (3# weights emoticon), 2 sets of 12 tricep kickbacks (3# weights emoticon).

I am TOTALLY worn out since being up at 4:45 so am hoping to crash soon since I will be up again at 4:45 in the morning. emoticon

  
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LOTUSFLOWER 2/2/2010 1:05PM

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TRICIATORREY22 2/1/2010 9:22PM

    great work!!! I hate love handles but sometimes I like them better than my thunder thighs! ha ha! keep up the good work...a really great ab workout is weighted crunches (normal crunch with a dumbell in your hands and lifted above you or on your chest)...is that clear? emoticon

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