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Day 3: Commitment

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

No, that's not that I should be committed. *snort*

Yesterday's Goals Update:
emoticon Drink Water. *gulp*
emoticon Take supplements. (Nearly forgot. Thank goodness!)
emoticon Make meatballs and freeze. Yep! Popped 'em in the crockpot this morning, and other than the sidetracking I'll have to do for more egg noodles (don't ask...let's just say I put it on that counter without thinking about our current pesky mice -- we think there are two and they fight constantly with each other. Rather annoying, actually. What I get for living in the "rural" area.)
emoticon Organize coupons again. Proud to say I got it done. Not proud to say I was up until 1:30am doing it, causing me to oversleep this AM. Thankfully the boys were on a 2-hour delay due to the snow/ice, so I took the oldest to the bus stop and was at work only an hour behind schedule. (It was WAY too icy to make him walk that 1/2 a mile. I know because I tried it last night!)
emoticon Do 1.5 miles. This is one of my proudest moments from last night.

I planned on doing it after lunch - hoping to walk off the Chinese sodium blast, I guess (didn't work *lol*). Problem was, when fam and I got up to leave the Chinese place, we realized that what had just been a few flakes falling had turned into almost white-out conditions (and later did!). It was coming down so hard it stung my face as I walked to the car. "Great!" I say to Hubs (you can hear the sarcasm from across the net, right?) "And I'm supposed to do 1 and a half miles in THIS?!" (insert growl or proper expletive here) Hubs shrugged and said, "I don't think you can. Sometimes you just can't do it. It's a force of nature."

HA! Force of nature stop me?! I'll be friggin' ....I don't know, something... if I let a stupid snow storm keep me from doing one and a half lousy miles!

I prayed it would simply stop. It did, for a second, then got worse. Approaching 5pm, I realized it was going to be pitch black soon. Snow or not, if I was going to do this, it was going to be now. (Damn the gym for being closed!! *shakes fist in the air*) So I put on my shoes, my gloves, my coat, my scarf, my penguin hat (*big grin*) and grabbed my headphones so I could track my distance. 1/8 of a mile. That's how far I made it on the road before I realized this was NOT a good idea. It was icy and slick and there were cars... just not a good idea. I turned toward home.

I could've given up. I probably would have a couple weeks ago. But something in me said, "There is NO WAY we're going to wimp out on JANUARY 2ND! NO FRIGGIN' WAY!!" So I did what any normal? sane? okay, a little whack-a-doodle person would do - I carved a path in the snow in my front yard and did laps in the small space there. 8 laps, or thereabouts. That's how many laps I had to do for each 1/4 of a mile. That means I walked 40 times around my own yard, just because I wanted to be able to say that I did it.

Guess what?


emoticon Do 30 Day Shred. And how did I follow all of that? I went inside, changed into my workout gear (read: not wet, snow covered socks, jeans, sweater, etc.) and then cooked tacos for the kids, let them play video games for a bit before bed, sent them to bed, and THEN I pulled out my 30 Day Shred DVD and did it all while Hubs ate the leftovers I'd set aside for him.

Know what happened? I felt a tiny bit like that Wonder Woman feeling I had in the past. No, not because I "cooked for my man" or catered to my children's every demand. Because I set out to do A, B, C and D...and I did every single one. CHECK! CHECK! CHECK!

(Okay, confession? I missed one. I didn't get the decorations back out to the garage. It's blocked off right now and while my youngest can squeeze in there to put things away, I can't right now...I wasn't sending him out there in that. ....though he came out anyhow while I was walking and played with the puppy in the yard... but I digress...)

So, what's in store for day 3? Well, after I pee (doing the pee-pee dance right now *lol*)...

* Already scheduled Ethan's eye appointment for next Friday. (This is kinda cheating, adding something to the to-do list you already did, but I did do it, so it counts right! *lol*)

* Drink water. (Halfway through my 8 cup goal already but after Chinese day yesterday, I'm shooting for closer to 12 as a flush of sorts.)

* Do ST tonight. Already picked out some exercises. 1-2 for each major muscle group.

* ZumbaLite. Now, I'm likely not sticking around the gym until 7pm (I get off at 4:30pm every day this week because of the holiday yesterday), so I'll be doing this at home with the Kinect probably. (Probably for the best, as I'll be able to cry, kick and scream my way through it without feeling totally embarassed.)

* Pick up the egg noodles for the Swedish Meatballs.

* Prep the chicken for tomorrow's Brown Sugar "Candy" Chicken. Think I'll either make rice with it or some potatoes. (Did you know you can make baked potatoes in a crockpot? Too bad I don't have 2. ...yet!)

* Scan ads/coupons for deals, especially stockpile deals that are "50 Cents or Less, But Free is Always Best!" And start thinking about menu ideas for next week.

Tomorrow is my "rest" night, where I'll be sure to stretch but otherwise rest these tired abs and legs! *lol* It's funny how switching up your routine can make muscles ache you thought were done aching. Just glad it aches for all the right reasons now!

I know my blogs have been kinda dull lately. Nothing thought provoking. More "yay me, I did something really simple!" kinda things, but I need this accountability so much right now. I've got my sights set on that full makeover and I really don't want to let myself down. Going to do the best I can every day to keep myself checking things off the list and pushing aside the excuses. I'm ready to see changes again. I feel like I can finally see what Thin Me might look like, and I don't think it's half bad, actually. *wink wink* I just have some work to do...and it will be hard...but I have to do it consistently before I can say "It's not working!" It's like that whole, "You can't complain if you don't vote" thing. I can't whine and say it's not working if I'm not doing my best to work it and stick it out. Example? Today I've been super hungry. I ate my lunch earlier...and within an hour I was already eating both my snacks. BUT - everything I ate was healthy and fit within my calorie goals. Even factoring in dinner, I'll still have room for another snack if I want (more room when/if I workout!...more on that later). So, I ate them without shame. And I feel better now. Guess my body just needed what it needed and it wasn't shy to tell me that.

BTW - 30 Day Shred is killing me (in the best ways...)! I've been working on putting more at-home workout DVDs on my wishlist for friends and family to shop from, because these are great "fall-back" exercises when I just don't want to go to the gym or I want to work out but I can't until 11pm (when the gym is closed). Hey, I might one day even workout on a Sunday with one of these!! *shock* *awe!* (my gym is closed Sundays so it's just always just been a rest day for me most of the time. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I think having more choices at home will give me the freedom to switch it up now and again.)

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KKINNEA 1/5/2012 9:49PM

    Love the front yard laps!!

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KAYOTIC 1/4/2012 11:05AM

    Way to rock your goals! Very creative!

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SPARKLISE 1/3/2012 9:12PM

    emoticon And I was complaining that it was cold when i went walking! emoticon

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ANEWBETHSTL 1/3/2012 7:01PM

    You are doing awesome!! Good job!

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RUSSELLORAMA 1/3/2012 6:57PM

    That's how you make it work. So proud of you!

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ERIN1128 1/3/2012 5:13PM

    I LOVE that you found a way to make your walk work in the snow! Way to get creative!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 1/3/2012 4:34PM

    What amazing dedication to walk in 40 circles. I honestly don't think I could do it. Loving your gameplans and your ability to stick with it.

Keeping rocking it girl! Love the way 2012 is starting... minus the horrible weather.

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JEREMY723 1/3/2012 3:28PM

    I did a couple days of 30 Day Shred a couple of years ago and had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder! I've been running as cold as 23 with no snow and calm winds, but now it's 18 degrees, 2 inches of snow and 30 mile an hour winds for the second day straight. I haven't excercised either day but will be sure to tomorrow, one way or the other. Hope that you have a good rest of the day!

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Day 2: Doin' Good

Monday, January 02, 2012

Day 1 Recap:
emoticon Cassoulet for dinner.
emoticon Stayed around 1900 calories.
emoticon Drank at least 8 glasses of water.
emoticon Took my supplements.
emoticon Stretched before going to sleep.

So far so good. :)

Today's day 2. Plans/goals for the day:
* Do 1.5 miles. The gym is closed for the day so I'll be doing it outside in the snow! *lol*
* Do 30 Day Shred. I did this on NYE and had DOMS last night from it. Have to say, felt good to be sore for the right reasons again (finally!).
* Take supplements.
* Drink Water.
* Organize all my coupons again. Time to get back on track with my couponing and save us a bunch of money (haven't been able to see the coupons + Hubs' discount yet, but the last time I went shopping I didn't use one coupon (except a couple digital ones) and with his discount and mark-downs I still saved 25%! Can't wait to see what kind of savings I can accomplish this year! (Time to regrow my stock pile too!)
* Put away decorations (I took them down but now they need to go back in the garage.)
* Make tacos for dinner.
* Make the meatballs for tomorrow's dinner and freeze them. (recipe calls for them to be frozen for at least an hour before plopping them in the crockpot) I may also prep the chicken for Wednesday's meal, but if I don't get to that, I'll just do it tomorrow night or Wednesday before work.

Today is my high calorie day so I was thinking of taking my boys out to eat somewhere. Maybe Chinese because it's a calorie-killer any other day. I still go there every once in a while, so if I can manage to plan my trips (rarely) on my HCD, maybe I won't feel so awful about it. I've been working on Asian recipes a lot this past year, trying to make the Chinese place unnecessary, but I haven't found suitable subs for my sesame chicken and chicken and broccoli and moo shu chicken yet. That's my goal for this year. I hope to eventually make it so that I can eat my favorites whenever I want because I have homemade versions that are just as good as the original!

My driving force this week: This is my birthday week! I want to give myself the present of a first successful week that I actually earned in a LONG time.

My only gripe so far this year is that I have yet to get my first kiss of the New Year. Hubs explained yesterday that he was getting a scratchy throat and a bunch of the guys at work are sick so, in an effort to not get ME sick, he's holding off until he feels better. *sigh* I guess I can wait, since I know I've got him for life. ;)

How was your NYE and NY day?

I spent NYE grocery shopping. I picked up Mr. Popper's Penguins for the boys and I to watch. Then I came home, put groceries away, dropped the boys off at my in laws, then came home, took down the tree and decorations, did 30 Day Shred, then went to pick up the boys and played Apples to Apples with the in laws before heading home around 11pm to wake Hubs up for work. Boys and I stayed up to say "Happy New Years!" and then we went to bed.

Yesterday I spent much of the day playing Fable III. *lol* I am THIS close to finishing the game (probably will today) so I can start Skyrim with the rest of the family (Hubs is playing it now). I'm strange. I refuse to start a new game until I finish the old one, especially since it has been a LONG time since I've played, let alone finished, a game. I think the last game I finished was Luigi's Mansion and that was back when the GameCube was the system to have. It has been a fresh distraction, but if it thwarts my efforts in any way, I have no problem giving it up again. :) The kids helped with the Cassoulet last night, so it was fun cooking with them.

Hope you all had a great New Year! Off to start my day.

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BLACK-PRINCESS 1/3/2012 9:14AM

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BAYBELIEVER 1/2/2012 10:21PM

    Sounds like you are starting things off right this month. Keep up the great work! Love that your kids cooked with you even if just a little so they can learn another skill along with the nutrition you are teaching them!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 1/2/2012 4:44PM

    Love the plan. Sorry about the NY Kiss, mine will hopefully come on Friday, so I'm right there with you.

NYE was GCL (gym, clean, laundry) and then dinner out with the friends. New Years Day was lounging around, light ST at home, and then tailgating at the game, and then watching the game at my brothers house. That means I ate way to much garbage and am flushing my system full of water.

Happy New Year!

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ERIN1128 1/2/2012 11:30AM

    Glad you're getting down time! Sounds like you're doing great. I think the high calorie day is a great idea.

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GREENEYES2020 1/2/2012 11:20AM

    I like the detailed re-cap! That's a good way to stay on track!

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LILY_SPARK 1/2/2012 11:09AM

    That's busy and sounds like you're doing great with food planning!

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COCOMAC7 1/2/2012 11:04AM

    Good job on yesterday! You are on your way to rockin phase III. Sounds like you had a great new years eve too! Happy new year!!!


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A Fresh Start and Memories (with progress pics!)

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Yes, it's January 1st and I am totally considering this another fresh start. I'm calling it "Phase III" of this journey. This morning I woke up to take measurements and pictures. I have to say, I wasn't exactly pleased when I saw the pictures...and then I did some digging for the "before" pics I took in May 2010. (Note: I started "Phase II" in April 2010 at 416.2, but these were taken in May at 403 pounds. Still, the progress is more than notable.)

Official Weight for January 1st: 306.4

Official measurements:
Neck - 14.5
Upper Arm - 14
Bust - 46.5
Under Breasts - 42
Waist - 45
Hips - 55
Thigh - 24.5
Calf - 20.25

I'm at about a size 24 pant right now and a size XL shirt.

And now...for the pics...

Now on to Phase III!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 1/6/2012 10:28PM

    LOVE the progress pics - you have made fantastic progress! Can't wait to see the next set.

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SPARKLISE 1/3/2012 9:09PM

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ANEWBETHSTL 1/2/2012 9:58AM

    The progress is amazing... emoticon and we will be right here cheering you on the whole time.

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SARAHJ19 1/2/2012 9:20AM

    Way to go on your progress!!! You should be so proud! emoticon

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COCOMAC7 1/1/2012 10:53PM

    Holy shiz girl!!!! You have VERY obviously done great things and there is so much more in you! You are so inspiring.
Phase III will be owned!!!!

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SARAWALKS 1/1/2012 9:42PM

    emoticon Fantastic progress! emoticon
The emoticon is yet to come! You will do it! emoticon

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SUGIRL06 1/1/2012 7:43PM

    You look amazing!!!!

I'm sorry I haven't been able to keep up with you lately but you have been such a good spark friend this year and I hope to be there for you more in 2012! You are so inspiring girlie! You will do great in 2012!

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    Look at you!!! Your progress has been amazing. So proud of you, girl!

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MAGPIE17 1/1/2012 7:28PM

    E, you look fabulous!!

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    Pictures don't lie and the proof of your hard work is in the pictures. Good luck on the next phase. You got this!

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RUSSELLORAMA 1/1/2012 6:40PM

    You are totally doing this! Those pictures tell the story for sure.

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KEEP_GOING247 1/1/2012 6:38PM

    You have done an amazing job!! Keep it up!! emoticon

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ERINBEAR1876 1/1/2012 6:32PM

    I just love the confidence and strength you have in your after pictures. Phase III is YOURS!!!!!

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SEAWAVE 1/1/2012 6:15PM

    That's definitely showing, not saying. What a great accomplishment - you've already made such a difference (and I'm sure there's added strength, stamina and overall improved health too!) You're well on your way to reaching your final goals.

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    You are doing wonderfully! You should be so proud of yourself.

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CAROBEAR1 1/1/2012 6:07PM

    Thanks for the update. You are still motivating me as I did well until May this year and then let it slip....back on track starting Jan. 3 with new job and new diet start.
I always count on your updates being truthful and motivating even when you aren't feeling it yourself.
I can see today I'm up more than 10lbs from my last log on so I think your 20 lost this year is Awesome!!
resetting now my tracker now emoticon

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IONA72 1/1/2012 5:59PM

    What a difference, you have done such a lot of work. Keep at it girl, 2012 is gonna be great!

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RUNNINGNP2B 1/1/2012 5:58PM

    Look at those should be very proud of all that you have done and will continue to do! Congrats!

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    You have done fabulous!

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BAYBELIEVER 1/1/2012 5:45PM

    OMG! What awesome photo comparisons! I know how great you have done, but putting these pictures together, side by side, really brings it home! I hope you see it too! You should, but I know how hard it is for me to see in my pictures too. So, if you need a blow by blow, I will be happy to provide! I mean, for one, just look at those tiny legs!!

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MARLY53 1/1/2012 5:42PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You've come along way baby! Om my gosh girl, you have come along way. Keep it up!

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MARLY53 1/1/2012 5:42PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You've come along way baby! Om my gosh girl, you have come along way. Keep it up!

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MARLY53 1/1/2012 5:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You've come along way baby! Om my gosh girl, you have come along way. Keep it up!

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SASSAGAIN 1/1/2012 5:36PM

    Still think it's awesome! Phase III, bring. it. on!

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Next Week's Menu

Saturday, December 31, 2011


Sunday - Cassoulet
Monday - Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Tuesday - Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs
Wednesday - Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Chicken over Rice
Thursday - "Unstuffed" Cabbage Rolls
Friday - Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie
Saturday - Fried Tofu and either Fried Rice or Pad Thai

All leading up to my birthday on Sunday. Have to decide whether to order my cake or make it... And next Sunday we'll be going out to eat somewhere. Right now I'm thinking "Big Fat Cheeseburger with Fries" but I'm still not 100% sure.


Sunday - OFF (STRETCH!)
Monday - 1.5 miles & 30 Day Shred
Tuesday - ZumbaLite & ST
Wednesday - OFF (STRETCH!)
Thursday - ZumbaLite
Friday - Nike Training Camp (NTC)
Saturday - End of Year 30 5k


* Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day.
* Buy supplies and start first craft challenge.
* Pack lunch every single day, save one (have plans to go out with a friend next week).
* Take my supplements every day.

We may go out on Monday for lunch or something. If so, my goal is keep health in mind when I'm ordering. It's a HCD, but that doesn't mean I have to go OTT (over the top).

It's the last day of 2011. What are you doing to end 2011 right?

I'm going to attempt 30DS so I can get some idea of whether it's going to hurt or not. I hopped on the elliptical last night to give that a go. Did 20 minutes with little to no problems. I did discover that the higher the crossramp, the better it is on my back and hips. Not really sure why. Upped the resistance too so it would be a good, but tough, workout. Glad to know that this will be a great back-up for me on Zumba days.

Plans for today are as follows:
* Play some Fable III. *big grin*
* Take down Christmas decorations and store for next year.
* Go grocery shopping for the week.
* Do 30 Day Shred.
* Drink 8 glasses of water, at least.
* Take my supplements with lunch (because I forgot with breakfast...OOPS!)
* Make tacos tonight.
* Drop by the video store (if open) for movies for tonight.

Plans for tomorrow include:
* Official weigh-in.
* Official measurements for start of 2012.
* Official "Before again" pictures for start of 2012.
* Maybe a fitness test too - push-ups, crunches, lunges, squats and jumping jacks.

Hope everyone has a safe, happy and healthy NYE and a wonderful start to 2012!! (I could be totally annoying and say, "See you next year!" ...but I won't (except I just did..oops!) ;) )

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SARAHJ19 12/31/2011 10:02PM

    Great plans for today and tomorrow! I also love your food menu and goals for the week! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Have you seen the website/blog about the woman who cooks in a crock pot everyday? It is pretty interesting, I bet you would find tons of recipes there!! Found the site...

Have a happy New Year!!!!

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KAYOTIC 12/31/2011 7:09PM

    Gotta love the forward planning, and the 30 Day Shred! Best of Luck, And Happy New Year!

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THOMS1 12/31/2011 2:30PM

    Good Goals! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Thinking Ahead (aka Planning Stage)

Friday, December 30, 2011

A break from the normal "this sucks" blog. *lol*

So I've spent the majority of my time planning lately. I'll be the first to tell you that New Years Resolutions, in their traditional sense, do NOT work. However... (I hate starting sentences with "however") I think planning is extremely important to set yourself up for success. Even if it weren't the first of the year coming up, I'd still be planning and setting myself up for the next month because, yes, I'll admit, I think this month was a total wash. I didn't get much accomplished as far as my weight loss/fitness goals were concerned, and it had little to do with the holidays and more to do with what I just happen to be going through right now. So January 1st or November 1st, I'd be sitting here doing the same thing - planning for a positive, healthy, and successful new month.

That being said, there is a certain air of "fresh start/clean slate" on the upcoming month just because it is a new year (and will mean another birthday in just over a week). So, go on and make those NY Resolutions, I'd say - just make them reasonably. And don't waste today or tomorrow. Yes, I know, you'll "get started" on the first, and if you really want to stick to that, that's fine. But use the next 2 days to set yourself up better. Log everything you eat - yes, even the crap. Log and journal and plan, plan, plan - because it will all help you make a better start out of the upcoming month/year. I haven't had "successful" days this past week, at least not in my regular terms of speaking about the whole "healthy lifestyle" thing. I've eaten crap, and too much of it. But I've logged it all and I've started to get my arse back in gear with cooking every day and I'm taking small walks on all of my breaks at work. Each time I log something, take a walk, plan a meal, cook something new, I'm setting myself up for my "fresh start" on Sunday.

What have I learned?

Well, last night I had the first "Okay, that is ENOUGH!" moment when it came to eating the crap. It's been a LONG time since I've gotten to this point. I felt the effects. And I hated that even more than my "loss of willpower" over the candy floating around my house. Know what I'll be doing tomorrow? CLEAN HOUSE, baby! This stuff is finding it's way out of my life for now because I know I'm having a crap time controlling myself around it. (Just think what would have happened if I had "waited" until January 1st...I would've set myself up for failure right there.)

I've also caught the cooking bug again. (Thank goodness!) I've been making crockpot meals, recipes I've found online or ones I've simply "made up" (a skill I learned this year and really does work wonders). I'm starting to feel that pride again in cooking something I know that I made - something in which I know every single ingredient, down to the last dash of salt. This is what "eating clean" is to me. Eating meals that I've cooked, with simple and controlled ingredients. (We can argue how this isn't exactly what they mean by "clean eating" but what does it matter if it works for me?) I'm starting to use recipes and adapt them to cut down on the calories or fat, increase the amount of veggies in them, and otherwise make them less greasy, more healthy, more filling, and less "guilt-ridden." (I'll let you know when I finally find the holy grail - a great tasting, healthy version of Mac-N-Cheese.)

I'm back to drinking my 8 minimum cups of water a day and have been taking my supplements. All these little things add up. I'm also getting my body used to walks again. Sucks that I have to resort back to this, but I know in my heart that people have lost ALL their weight doing nothing but walking. Hopefully one day I'll be able to go back to my KickArse AmpedUp Workouts, but until then, I will walk and adapt every other exercise to make it work with what I've got. "Do what you do."

I've also taken this time to re-evaluate what 2011 meant to me and have come to feel pretty proud of what I've accomplished. I no longer say, "I ONLY lost 20 pounds." I now say, "I lost 20 pounds this year!" Because I went thorugh a lot of crap, and in the past I know that I would have simply given in and given up and would have to say that I gained those 20 pounds instead of losing them. I like this route better. And I learned a crapton about myself too, which will help me mentally adapt to the next phase of this journey. (Because I now see my journey in parts or phases, and 2011 was part of the in-between phase I usually have. Last time that "phase" lasted 5 years and I gained 50 pounds over those 5 years. This time I hope to look back and remember that it only lasted 1 year and I LOST 20 pounds.)

So, yes, I've been planning. And eagerly awaiting the new year to "unveil" my plan to everyone. *lol* This morning I thought, "How friggin' stupid is that?" THAT is something that doesn't require waiting to starting your healthy lifestyle doesn't require a set date, neither does unveiling my plan - jotting it down, proclaiming it to the "world" so I'm held accountable. So, here it all it's glory. And please keep in mind that I know fully well in my mind that this plan probably will change from time to time, depending on my back/hip I've given myself back up plans as well.

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1/1 - off
1/2 - 1.5 miles & 30 Day Shred
1/3 - ZumbaLite & ST
1/4 - off
1/5 - ZumbaLite
1/6 - NTC (adapted as needed)
1/7 - 3 miles
1/8 - MY BIRTHDAY!! (off)
1/9 - 2 miles & 30DS
1/10 - ZumbaLite & ST
1/11 - off
1/12 - ZumbaLite
1/13 - NTC
1/14 - 3 miles
1/15 - off
1/16 - 2 miles & 30DS
1/17 - ZumbaLite & ST
1/18 - off
1/19 - ZumbaLite
1/20 - Elliptical & 30DS
1/21 - 4 miles
1/22 - off
1/23 - 2.5 miles & 30DS
1/24 - ZumbaLite & ST
1/25 - off
1/26 - ZumbaLite
1/27 - NTC
1/28 - 4 miles
1/29 - off
1/30 - 2.5 miles & 30DS
1/31 - ZumbaLite & ST

* This schedule allows for 2-3 days of ST per week, plus 5 days of some sort of cardio. I've reclaimed "Zumba" as ZumbaLite to remind me to keep it light...but if Zumba starts messing with me again, I'll have to sub it out for the elliptical machine, and I have no problem with that because they both burn a lot of calories. I'm also going to try 30DS, but I don't think I can do it every single day right now. I may not even be able to finish level one right now, but dangit I vow to at least attempt to do as much as I can of it every single day I've got it scheduled.

* Also, you'll notice I've simply put a mileage number for my old "run" days. If I get back to feeling like I can run (and get the go ahead from the doc) I will try to run part of these. If not, I'll walk it. And on those long days, I'll do what I can - take a break - and then finish my mileage later. Even if that means a LOT of short 15 minute walks (15 minutes seems to be my breaking point right now), that's what it means - that's why I scheduled them on Saturdays!

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emoticon Allowed High Calorie Days

* Jan 2nd - I'll be home from work with the boys and am thinking this might be our one "eat out" day that week

* Jan 8th - My birthday! We will certainly be eating out that day (hopefully) and I have my eye on a vegan chocolate cake with vegan "buttercream" frosting - not because of dietary concerns, but because the best cake/cupcakes I've eaten in my life have been vegan. *shrug* Maybe my body just likes them more...

* Jan 15th & 22nd - Both Sundays, which I think will be my regular HCD, unless there's a special event or something

- Again, this whole "high calorie days" is a tester type thing. When I started losing weight in 2004, I used to think it a horrible idea to weigh in more than once a week. But last year I started weighing in every day and I noticed it takes the sting out of the numbers for me. I feel somehow better about my progress by "checking in" every day, and starting my morning on the scale reminds me that I have a job to do, that I have a goal I'm reaching toward, so I need to be on the ball each and every day. (Now, I'm not promoting this. This works for me. This could be disasterous for you -- some even say it can lead to eating disorders! -- but I gotta do me.) I'm hoping that this "high calorie day" thing will break me from binges that last a week because I've been trying so hard to be "good" for months and I just can't take it any more. I want to "lessen" that feeling of "all or nothing" and know that if I want a friggin' cupcake, I can have one...and it doesn't mean I have to starve all day to do it. I'll have it on my HCD and then move on. I have no clue if this will work, but it won't hurt to try, right?

Other food goals:
emoticon On days not HCD, I need to stick to around 1700-1900 calories. (Haven't found that sweet spot yet, so I'm just going by nutritionist recommendations and what I know about what my body does when I have "successful" weeks.)

emoticon Only eat out 1-2 times per week. This includes special occasions and lunches, so no making special "exceptions" for these. If I grab a Subway sub on Tuesday at lunch, then I've used up one of my "eat out" cards.

emoticon When eating out, be mindful of what you're ordering! Since I know about cooking now, I know a lot of what types of oils, butters, and sauces pack a calorie punch right in the kisser. So I'm going to be mindful of that and try to order wisely.

emoticon Make meals at home. Of course, since we'll be eating out less, that means I'll be cooking at home more. This is why I've been testing out the whole "slow cooker" method of making dinner to see how well that will work into our lives. Right now, it's looking good! I can give myself a "night off" from cooking, while still enjoying a warm home-cooked meal. I think we'll be using our slow cooker 2-4 nights a week in January!

emoticon Make healthy lunches for work. This is something I've been working on. I do not enjoy/get filled up on/like the taste, cost, or sodium in those TV dinner type meals. When I eat these, I end up hungry an hour later. No lie. They can say it's got tons of fiber and whatever else, but my body just soaks it up (or maybe just gets rid of it...TMI?) and I'm hungry again. It just NEVER seems like enough. So I need to keep making my own lunch. Something I KNOW will fill me up and keep me going. Of course, this part has always been lacking for me. If I can make enough food the night before, I can usually swing some leftovers. But I live in a house with 3 males - one is 31 and works stocking shelves all night so needs a TON of energy from his food (=eats a LOT), another is 12 (=eats a LOT! *lol*). (The other one, my 9 year old, is still a picky eater and rarely finishes the scaled down portions I give him anyhow, so I can't totally blame this on's just the oldest 2 in the house hogging the food.) This means that, try as I might, sometimes there just AREN'T any leftovers to be had. So I need healthy, quick lunch alternatives other than the fall-back salad and ham sandwich. (Feel free to give ideas!)

emoticon Get some healthy snacks going! I'm going to limit myself to 2 healthy snacks at work. Of course, I'm here for 10 hours, so the first snack can be small, but the last one needs to carry me through (especially considering I workout after work). I need to make sure to pack things like my homemade peanut butter and other things that might "stick" to me and give me the fuel I need to round out the day.

emoticon Drink at least 8 glasses of water EVERY DAY!

emoticon Take my supplements. (Right now I'm taking B-Stress Complex, Potassium, and Glucosamine. Maybe that will give my body the help it needs to REALLY heal. I'm already feeling a little better after just 3 days of it.)


Okay, so this month my rewards are based off my exercise, because we've discovered that exercise keeps me motivated. If I find this is making other areas (like eating right) slide because I have that "well, if I just workout..." mentality, we'll switch things up. My rewards are on a sliding scale, trying to get me toward consistency without demanding immediate perfection.

There are 22 workouts scheduled in January 2012.
If I complete....I get.
22/22 - A full makeover - new outfit, haircut and color, mani, pedi.
20/22 - Haircut and new clothes
18/22 - Haircut and a new pair of jeans/pants
16/22 - Haircut and a new shirt
15/22 - Haircut

(I need a friggin' haircut! *lol* For serious. I will be SO mad at myself if I don't make it to the lower level ... *lol* But I have faith in myself that I will. I'm already "shopping" for my new outfit. The only thing scaring me is that pedicure...I've never had one and I have REALLY ticklish feet.)


emoticon At least 1 "daytrip" or weekend excursion with the family. I've got my eye on Ohio Caverns for January, but if we can't swing that even a movie and lunch day on a Sunday could work wonders!

emoticon Get crafty! I think engaging my creative side helps me, when you have a hobby you spend time doing something other than thinking about food! *lol* I'm thinking I'll either knit myself a pretty scarf (I LOVE scarves and hats...and I don't know how to knit hats yet...) or I'll get together my recipes into a family recipe book. Other crafty ideas I've had: frame a picture of my own, scrapbook my journey thus far, a new coupon organizing system, paint the living room and do house repairs (even that can be "crafty" for me).

So there it is. The plan for a new month, a new year on the calendar, a new year in my life. I'll be turning 31 and I want to start off the year on the right foot. As for NY resolutions and all that? I've decided I'd like to lose 52 pounds in 2012. That's all I got. That's my goal. One pound a week. That's totally doable...and will put me around the 250 range, which is super close to the gym-set goal for me of 230. Oh, and I'd like to get into some new (smaller sized) clothes for sure! I'm ready to save up and go shopping again! *lol* (I love buying new clothes when I know I might go down a size...makes it more fun to shop and see the progress of my hard work reflected in the mirror!)

So what's your take on NY resolutions? Are you making any? If not, are you planning for next month or just "flying by the seat of your pants" into January?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MICHELLESMILES_ 12/31/2011 2:29PM

    Love your plans!! I need to clean the crap out of my fridge...(chocolate covered chex mix and such).

Love that you caught the cooking bug again...everything sounds great!!

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LILY_SPARK 12/31/2011 10:58AM

    Some great plans. You're totally right that COOKING is key! OMG, totally the biggest help to nutrition is having somebody cook for us or do it ourselves. Hard to do on a tight schedule but NUTRITION is #1 (at least for my body) and sadly, I always lack there a bit.

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JEREMY723 12/30/2011 8:02PM

    You have a great plan that I know you've spent a lot of time thinking about and writing. Wishing you all the best in January and the rest of 2012!

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ERIN1128 12/30/2011 6:25PM

    Awesome planning! I love that you always, always pick yourself back up, it's - I know, you hate this word, LOL! - inspiring!!

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ERIN1128 12/30/2011 6:24PM

    Awesome planning! I love that you always, always pick yourself back up, it's - I know, you hate this word, LOL! - inspiring!!

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BLACK-PRINCESS 12/30/2011 4:13PM

    emoticon planning & Have a Happy new Year

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IONA72 12/30/2011 3:07PM

    You have put a lot of effort in already, you deserve success. I too was waiting for New Year to update my page, but like you, decided why wait? Today is day one of the new me.
Good luck on the journey emoticon

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_MSAPRIL17_ 12/30/2011 2:56PM

    That's some serious planning!! I have no doubt in my mind that you will kill all of your plans!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Here we gooooooo!!!!!!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 12/30/2011 1:25PM

    Planning is crucial! I think you will do emoticon

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BELLALUCIA 12/30/2011 1:08PM

    I will make my resolutions on 1/3/2012 and I think they work for some people.

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KKINNEA 12/30/2011 1:04PM

    Your plan looks awesome!! I love that you left your mileage in so you can ramp back into running as you're feeling better. I am totally rooting for 22/22 so you can get the works reward! I'll set myself a reminder to wish you a happy b-day - mine is 2 days before - go goats!

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BTINTERNET 12/30/2011 12:53PM

    You amazing planning ahead woman!!!

For the lunches/leftovers issue, what about packing up your lunch before dinner (i.e. before the ravening hordes have gotten to whatever delicious thing you've made)? Stash it in a tub in the fridge and then they can scrape the pan without sacrificing your lunch. Alternatively, make a couple of things on the weekend *only* for lunches (a pot of chili or stew, etc.) and decant into lunch portions straightaway and freeze them.

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