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Sunday Sunday...

Monday, January 07, 2013

I'd call it a successful day. Sunday is usually my 'stay home and hibernate' day because as in introvert, I sometimes just need to be in the house and quiet to recharge for the coming week. That didn't quite happen.

We started off going to the grocery store for 'a few things' and wound up with a buggy-full! Then we had to make a side trip to get the pastured butter and half'n'half, and got even MORE stuff. Then we ran out to the Mart of Wal in Gresham, and finished off the trip at Costco.
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Four hours later, we had everything we needed and then some LOL I think we're good for a while. A few loads of laundry (and multiple trips up and down the stairs), a 20-min. jaunt on the treadmill, and sweeping and vacuuming later, and I was done! Let's just say there was no trouble falling asleep last night. We supped on homemade cream of broccoli soup which was uber-yummy and filling and relatively guilt-free and I wound up nicely in the middle of my calorie count for the day.

Sunday, Jan. 5:
Morning Coffee
Coffee Mate, 6 tbsp 90
Kirkland Daily Multivitamin, 1 serving 0
Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 5
EAS 100% Whey Protein, 0.5 serving 65
Calories 160

Breakfast
Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, 4 ounces 136
Kale, 0.5 cup, chopped 18
Green Beans (snap), 1 cup 34
Baked Potato, with skin, 0.5 medium (2-1/4" to 3-1/4" dia.) 80
Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 5
Bacon grease, 4 tsp 154
Coffee Mate, 6 tbsp 90
Calories 518

Morning Snack
Almonds, 18 almond 125
Calories 125

Lunch
Roasted vegetables, 1 serving 186
Butter, unsalted, 1 tbsp 102
Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, 4 ounces 136
Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 5
Organic Valley Organic Half & Half, 4 tbsp 80
Calories 509

Dinner
Kraft Natural Cheese Fat Free Shredded Cheddar 0.25 cup 45
BacOs Bacon Bits, 2 tbsp 40
Guilt-free Cream of Broccoli Soup, 1 serving 183
Butter, unsalted, 1 tbsp 102
Calories 369

Evening Snack
Coffee-mate Original Creamer (powder) , 6 tsp 60
Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix No Sugar Added) - 1 packet, 1 serving 60
Dove Dark Chocolate (1 promise), 1 serving 42
Folger's Instant Decaf, 1 tbsp 0
Water, tap, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 0
Calories 162

Daily Total: 1,843
Calorie Range per SparkPeople - 1,800 - 2,150*
* This is for a goal of losing 1 lb a week, to reach 199 by the second week of January, 2014.

Calories Differential:
Calories
Eaten 1,843
BMR* 2,212
Exercise 1,174
Total Burned 3,386
Differential -1,543

I did the 20 minutes on the treadmill because I want to know that I had intentional fitness minutes, above wandering around shopping, and I wanted to get in at least 1 mile for the day. I'm mostly accepting what the Fitbit One is saying for my calories burned, but I'm going to have to ignore what SparkPeople says when it harps that I'm burning too many calories and not eating enough. I'll have to be sure that I find that sweet spot to continue losing without doing without - so to speak.

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IMIN2GENES 1/8/2013 8:33PM

    I'm curious to compare the FitBit calories to what SP calculates... I haven't done that yet. Hmmm...

Keep up the great work!
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SUSUSUZZZIE 1/7/2013 11:43PM

    I'm impressed not just with your activity but with ALL of that shopping and still finding time for house chores and you. Those errand days can really take a lot out of me and turn in to challenges with food choices.

Congrats on the terrific day and have a wonderful week!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/7/2013 8:12PM

    you are doing SO GOOD!! YAY!

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GAYLEP67 1/7/2013 7:28PM

    Ah yes...I remember the days of running around to several stores over the weekend. I'm lucky if I can get out to a store and spend 45 minutes at a time now. Love that you made a point of intentional fitness minutes. Good on you girlie!
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Proud of you as always!
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/7/2013 4:19PM

    Four hours shopping... I'm trying to remember back to those days when I use to love to get out there and shop. Nope, too long ago. LOL

I might have to save up my pennies for the Fitbit. There's a lot of talk on here about it and it sounds really interesting. I have a HRM that I never used. I wonder if I could sell it and use that money to buy me a Fitbit which I think I would like better.

I like the idea of "intentional fitness". I need to keep that in mind.

Keep going! You're doing great.

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BLC training snapshots..

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Here we go. I haven't had an updated photo here on Spark since last August? As in August 2011? Yikes.





Good grief. The good news is, I ~know~ my pictures will look different after the next 12 weeks. I have not so long ago felt like I look in those pictures. Recently though, I'm feeling more like the girl in my profile pic moreso than these. Time to make the outside match the inside again.

Yesterday was a good day. After seasoning a couple of cast-iron skillets, we got dolled up and headed off to the Convention Center for a home improvement expo - work gave our free tickets, and Bill enjoys those kinds of shows, so why not. I'm not as much a fan of expos, because while I understand the people in the booths are doing their thing, it drives me nuts that they're all asking 'have you signed up' or 'would you like to try' or 'can I interest you in..'. I just want to walk around and look without conversation LOL I know that's odd, but that's me.

We took the Max down and spent about an hour walking around looking at everything. We purchased Miracle Grill Mats, which are nifty mats you can use on your grill to keep the grill clean but still get the grill marks and flavors, etc.

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We also received the Miracle Baking Mat as a 'free gift'! It can be used in place of parchment paper, which I love, but hate because it rolls right up instead of laying flat on the tray.

I know - such first world problems LOL

We headed off to JoAnn's fabric after that. Bill has been wanting a sewing machine for years now, and I finally realized oh! I can get him one for Christmas this year! Since he's retired and stays home every day, and I never Ever get to go anywhere without him (or rarely) it's tough to shop for the guy. Well, Amazon to the rescue. I was able to find a good sewing machine and starter kit with all the doo-dads one needs to sew, and order it to be delivered to work. How smart am I, eh?

So, he loved the gift, and has been very enthusiastic about using it. So far he has made new cage covers for the birds, finished bandanas for the puppies, and stitched up blankets that we'll be donating to the Humane Society. He wanted to pick up a few more supplies, which equalized walking around the store checking everything out.

Once we got home, he got a case of the sleepies, so he and the puppies went to the Big Bed to snooze and I went for walk.

Now, let me tell you - knowing I had committed to at least 20 min. walking for my BLC training team was in the forefront of my mind. I ~knew~ I needed to get it done. I said I would, and I was gonna!

And I did!
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I started out thinking I'd do just 2 miles, but it ended up being closer to 3. You know that old saying - leave them wanting more? That's where I am right now. I felt like I could go further, longer, but I wrapped it up at a reasonable time/distance, knowing that I can increase the time/distance next time.

Those pictures up there were taken after the walk, after trying to find a nice clear blank wall to stand in front of. We didn't have any LOL so outside we went. It worked out well enough.

So, walk accomplished, and feeling pretty spiffy, I offered Bill the option of going out to eat or staying in and tossing something together. He opted to go out, and picked Chipotle - a Mexican grill. They have yummy food, and you can make it your way.

I had a carnitas bowl, no beans or rice, with peppers and ones, salsa, sour cream, cheese, and lettuce, and it was delish!

All in all? It was a good day. Really really good.

Saturday, January 5, 2013
Morning Coffee
Kirkland Daily Multivitamin, 1 serving 0
Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 5
Coffee Mate, 6 tbsp 90
EAS 100% Whey Protein, 0.5 serving 65
Meal Totals 160

Breakfast
Bacon, 5 medium slices, cooked (raw product packed 20/lb) 182
Broccoli Slaw, 4 oz 33
Parmesan Cheese, grated, 2 tbsp 46
Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 5
Coffee Mate, 6 tbsp 90
Green Beans (snap), 1 cup 34
Kale, 0.5 cup, chopped 18
Meal Totals 408

Lunch
Sweet potato, baked in skin, medium 103
Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Barbeque Sauce, 2 tbsp 70
Butter, unsalted, 1 tbsp 102
Pork, fresh, loin, tenderloin, 4 oz 212
Meal Totals 486

Afternoon Snack
Half and Half Cream, 2 fl oz 79
Folger's Instant Decaf, 1 tbsp 0
Water, tap, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 0
Pecans, 0.66 oz (20 halves) 129
Meal Totals 208

Dinner
Romaine Lettuce (salad), 0.5 cup, shredded 4
Onions, raw, 0.25 cup, sliced 11
Green Peppers (bell peppers), 0.25 cup, strips 9
Chipotle Carnitas, 4 oz 190
Sargento Mexican Cheese (1/4 cup), 2 serving 160
Sour Cream, 2 tbsp 51
Salsa, 0.5 cup 36
Meal Totals 462

Evening Snack
Water, tap, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 0
Coffee-mate Original Creamer (powder) , 6 tsp 60
Dove Dark Chocolate (1 promise), 1 serving 42
Folger's Instant Decaf, 1 tbsp 0
Meal Totals 102

Daily Totals 1826
* This is for a goal of losing 1 lb a week, to reach 199 by the second week of January, 2014.

Calories
Eaten 1,826
BMR* 2,211
Exercise 1,145
Total Burned 3,356
Differential -1,530
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Something struck me funny yesterday - GayeMC mentioned, astutely enough, that I was posting on a weekend LOL She was right to say it with a bit of surprise. I have previously foresworn being online over the weekend. I'm on a computer all day long, every day at work - which is what makes it easy to be in touch during the week.
I've let Bill know that I've signed up for the BLC team, and that it would mean a bit more online time on Spark even on my days off. In the past he's made grumbley noises about my being on the computer so much, but this time he said if it helps me be successful and feel better, he's all for it. We'll see if he remembers that statement LOL

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GAYEMC 1/8/2013 7:40PM

    I'm so far behind with blogs. I couldn't believe the pic of you in a tank top outside at this time of year. Then I wore one yesterday with a belted sweater and had to take the sweater off too many times through out the day, LOL!

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    emoticon Keep up the great work!

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ALICIALYNNE 1/7/2013 11:06AM

    Nice to see you blogging again!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 1/6/2013 10:27PM

    I love your new pictures! Your hair is getting long and you look great in PINK! :) I can't wait to see your progress pics in a few weeks.

I'm with you about people wanting me to sign up at those expos. Eesh! But it sounds like you got some good...no make that *miraculous* helpers! LOL!

Very cool that Bill sews and love his gift! I love that he's already put it to good use!

Good luck balancing SparkTime and BillTime! I'm glad he is supporting you - not that he isn't. I get the same grumbles from hubby too once in a while.


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KRZYKAT3 1/6/2013 5:34PM

    Hmm have your hubby write it down and putin a jar! LOL

Awlays tell mine I am going to do that with him

GOod luck great pics WTG!!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/6/2013 11:28AM

    You are quite clever to have the gift shipped to work. I love to sew but I'm not very good at it. Too bad I can't share my stock pile of material with him. Sigh. I have such good intentions when I buy it.

Way to go on the walking instead of napping. That would have been a hard choice for me. I love to kick back in my chair with Nicky kitty. Good job!

Keep going! You're doing great.
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GAYLEP67 1/6/2013 10:51AM

    Sounds like you're in a good head space right now and that you're committed to your goals. Congratulations honey. That's a huge step accomplished right there.

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P.S. I LOVE the fact that Bill is sewing!!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/6/2013 10:46AM

    I have to do my pics too!!! i love the 4 views. you are doing GREAT!!

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    You go Candy!
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Doesn't quite balance out..

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Yesterday was a good day. You know the kind.. nothing really special about it, but everything seems to go along well. Work was busy, which is always good, keeping me occupied and my mind engaged (most important!). Nutrition was good, and I managed to be creative to get my steps/fitness in.

Bill's birthday was Thursday.
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To celebrate, we could go anywhere he wanted for dinner. Well, he decided yesterday that he wanted to go to Killer Burger.
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The following site contains Food Porn. If images trigger your salivary glands and make you crave.. click carefully. You've been warned.
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I've mentioned this place before. It's down in Hollywood, a neighborhood not far from ours. We've walked down there, had dinner, and walked home afterward. Of course, that outing left us moaning and groaning on the walk back LOL It was worth it though.

So, Bill wanted a Killer Burger, he was gonna have one!
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We drove down to the restaurant and had some delish food. He ordered a Jose Mendoza, and I had a Fun Guy. Both came with french fries, which I knew was coming and had already decided I would eat. The burger, though, was a different matter. I pulled the top bun off, munched happily on the meat and cheese and bacon and onions and mushrooms and pickles! and discarded the bottom burger as well. Most likely I didn't account for the calories entirely accurately, but I imagine I'm close.

At first, I had a flash of worry that I'd get strange looks for not eating the bun but then thought 'screw it!' and ate my food the way I wanted. Ha!

I know, it doesn't seem like a big deal, but at times being self-conscious rears its anxiety-ridden head and pokes me hard. I pushed it aside though, and Bill and I enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere.

Once we were done, we mosey'd out to the car and I grabbed the knit hat I brought with, pulled on my gloves, tucked in my scarf, plugged in my headphones, smooched Bill and walked home.
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No, the 1.9 mi walk in 31 minutes did not balance out the calories I had just consumed (and loved every morsel of) but it did meet one of my BLC training weekend challenge requirement for Friday, upped my step count, and gave me 31 minutes of 'me' time to walk and be a little blank-minded, simply enjoying being outside and moving, even if it was chilly.

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Nutrition, Friday, January 4, 2013
Morning Coffee
Coffee Mate, 6 tbsp 90
EAS 100% Whey Protein, 0.5 serving 65
Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 5
Kirkland Daily Multivitamin, 1 serving 0
Meal Totals 160

Breakfast
MAKEOVER: Garden Vegetable Frittata with Sausage, 1 serving 487
Meal Totals 487

Lunch
Boneless Porkchop, Center cut, 4oz., 1 serving 180
Roasted vegetables, 1 serving 186
Meal Totals 366

Dinner
Swiss Cheese, 1 oz 107
Bacon, 3 medium slices, cooked (raw product packed 20/lb) 109
Mushrooms, cooked, 0.25 cup pieces 11
Ground beef, lean, 5 oz 374
French Fries, 1 medium 458
Meal Totals 1059

Daily Totals 2073
Calorie Range per SparkPeople - 1740 - 2090*
* This is for a goal of losing 1 lb a week, to reach 199 by the second week of January, 2014.

Calories
Eaten 2,073
BMR* 2,217
Exercise 646
Total Burned 2,863
Differential -790

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!
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GETFIT2LIVE 1/6/2013 1:45AM

    Sounds to me like a good day--it's not the occasional special occasion meal that does the damage, it's the daily overindulgence that does it. You balanced things out well by not bothering with the bun and with walking home for a little exercise, and you enjoyed it all; that's the way to do it. Happy birthday, Bill!

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PARASELENIC 1/5/2013 11:37PM

    cc-- I think this is the way to do it, and it's totally balanced, on the grand scheme of things. You are still on track even though you ate a burger, and you didn't really go that over on calories.

The occaisional (sp?) burger is not what got me to my fat state. The every day burger did. But if I had to live my life thinking I would never have a burger again, well, hell-- that's not living. You walked over a mile, you put in some exercise time-- granted, not what you had in mind to "earn" your burger, but there are days where you totally over burn it. You're doing great.

Oh! by the by.... I'm on the waiting list for blc21 right now, so I may be joining you soon! Let me know which team you're on so I can bug you!



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SUSUSUZZZIE 1/5/2013 8:26PM

    Happy Birthday Bill!

Hubby has been wanting a burger but I'm holding out for a really good burger place with awesome fries. I checked out the website (in spite of what food porn does to me! LOL!) and it looks so good! I'm glad you both enjoyed the burger! And who cares if you get looks for not eating the bun. I would think lots of others do the same - I definitely do it if the bread isn't good and "worth" the calories.

We have to indulge every now and then and it's wonderful that you enjoyed it! (I get mad at myself when I indulge and don't completely enjoy - that's just not smart at all.)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/5/2013 6:45PM

    I think the key point to your Killer Burger adventure was that you "loved every morsel of" your dinner. When you knowing splurge and you take time to enjoy it, then, to me, that's a victory. It's when I pick up the shovel to pile the food in as fast as possible that I know I've lost that particular battle.

Taking off the bun was quite clever if you ask me. (I know, you didn't but...) Every calorie we don't consume is a calorie that we don't have to burn off. I wonder how many followed your example because they had been wanting to but had chickened out until you did it. High 5s girl!

Now, how far is it to walk from Michigan to Hollywood? I want one of those burgers! LOL

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NWCOUNTRYDANCER 1/5/2013 6:15PM

    Good job on making the choice to ditch the bun. I do it all the time as I am gluten intolerant.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/5/2013 12:34PM

    lol didnt even tempt me. i havent had a burger since the fair in August..and that was only due to necessity.
they lost me at peppers and onions on it..yuck..and peanut butter?? on a burger? not me.

if i was going to build a burger i'd do it like this:
Juicy hamburger
bacon
whatever that old cheese sauce they used to use at Ground Round in the 80s was.
mushrooms
lettuce
thinly sliced tomato
toasted hard roll bun.

noone makes them like that so i stay away....lol!!

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GAYLEP67 1/5/2013 11:53AM

    OMG you weren't kidding when you said food porn! Holy cow (quite literally)! We have a place called The Works Burger in town and it's equally sinful and also strangely coincidentally Chris' favourite place to eat!

Good for you for taking the "me time" and hoofing it home. Sure the burger and fries may not have been the best meal you could have had but you still made a healthy choice to walk home rather than sitting in the car. Proud of you girlie!!
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P.S. Belated Happy Birthday to Bill!

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GAYEMC 1/5/2013 11:43AM

    Wow! Look at you here on a weekend. Way to go on walking home. And good job on putting aside what other people think of your eating and doing it your way! Have a super weekend!

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New challenges..

Friday, January 04, 2013

I've joined the latest group of newbies signing up for the BLC 21. GayeMC has often told me I should sign up and get involved, but I kept poo-poo'ing the idea, saying I didn't go well in team things, etc. and so on. I think part of it was simply being anxious about the unknown, part of it was worrying that what my plan at the time was would not fit in with what the teams were doing, etc.

Well, I don't have a plan anymore. I need a plan! So I'm getting a plan! A BLC plan! We'll see how that goes. I'm kind of looking forward to it, although right now, on the sign-up team, I'm a bit overwhelmed at the amount of posts and chatter going on. I can't keep up, but will do my best and hope that being on an actual team will be a bit less frenetic.

I have NO experience with BLC, so feel free to impart your wisdom to me if you've been on a team - good, bad, or indifferent, I'd like to hear it all.

Robin asked, on the SparkPortland page, if anyone is working on 2013 year goals. I said I was, and started rambling on about this'n'that, and figured I'd bring it here to the blog instead of getting messy all over the discussion board.

I'm not good with goals. I've been gently chided in the past for making vague goals, or not setting a timeline/deadline, etc. I guess committing to something makes me anxious, in case I don't succeed. I don't want to set myself up for failure, but then.. not even really trying is failing in itself, isn't it?

Anyway, I'd like to lose enough lbs to be able to run again. Right now, running hurts because of the lbs I've regained (because of the wiggling and jiggling, not joint-related pain), and where they've settled on my body! I don't think I was shaped like this before but I could be wrong.

I have ONE race on my schedule for this year - the Rock'n'Roll Portland Half in May. That's it at this point. I'll need to train to be ready for it, and should start that sooner rather than later, but it goes back to losing the lbs so it doesn't hurt as much to run.

Last night, I walked for a half hour on the treadmill - 1.71 miles - I know, why not 2? Well, I agreed with myself to go for 30 minutes, so that's what I stuck with. I mean, I started out saying just 1 mile, then decided to go for 20 minutes instead, then go for 1.5 miles, then 30 minutes. I stopped making deals and stuck with 30 minutes finally. Then I did a few minutes on the elliptical, and let me tell you - my hat is off to all y'all who get on those things and run for long spans of time. My legs were fussin' at me, all achy and out of shape!
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I'm going to work on that. Improve my time and pace on the treadmill, and work on working longer on the elliptical.

See? Those are goals. They're undefined goals, but they're goals!

Sigh.

Anyway, I have lots to work on. Good thing I've got nothing but time.

Nutrition, Thurs., Jan. 3:
Morning Coffee
Kirkland Daily Multivitamin, 1 serving 0
Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 5
Coffee Mate, 6 tbsp 90
EAS 100% Whey Protein, 0.5 serving 65
Total: 160

Breakfast
MAKEOVER: Garden Vegetable Frittata with Sausage (by CBAILEYC), 1 serving 487
Total: 487

Lunch
Boneless Porkchop, Center cut, 4oz., 1 serving 180
Carrots, raw, 0.5 cup, grated 23
Coconut Oil, 2 tbsp 234
Grapes, 20 grape, seedless 39
Cauliflower, raw, 0.5 cup 13
Zucchini, 0.5 cup, sliced 14
Broccoli Slaw, 4 oz 33
Total: 536

Dinner
Fish (Swai baked), 7 oz 175
Roasted vegetables, 1 serving 186
Total: 361

Evening Snack
Water, tap, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 0
Coffee-mate Original Creamer (powder) , 6 tsp 60
Dove Dark Chocolate (1 promise), 1 serving 42
Folger's Instant Decaf, 1 tbsp 0
Total: 102

Daily Calories Total: 1646
Calorie Range per SparkPeople - 1740 - 2090*
* This is for a goal of losing 1 lb a week, to reach 199 by the second week of January, 2014.

Calorie Differential Report
Eaten 1,646
BMR* 2,214
Exercise 671
Total Burned 2,885
Differential -1,239

It's been WONDERFUL to read all your responses to my last blog. You all have truly put a smile on my face, and in my heart. I appreciate everything you've said, and all the goodies and hugs you've sent even when I wasn't all the way here. I forgot how powerful your support and friendship is, and I cannot tell you how much it means to me. Thank you so very much.

Keep on keepin' on my friends.
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ANNESYLVIA 1/5/2013 6:21PM

    Best of luck on your team challenges.

hugs, Anne

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ROXIT22222 1/5/2013 9:24AM

    Glad you are back to posting! Funny about the elliptical! It's my favorite! I HATE The treadmill but hey that's why they make different ones. I run at an 'odd speed' and can't keep it 100% contestant thus the treadmill is hard for me. I can see how the elliptical is a bit hard for some also. I use to hang on to the handles and all that. Now I don't use them! I run as if I'm running moving my arms and all. This adds to 'balancing' adding a bit of a core work out.

Remember you didn't start running 1/2 marathons over night! It took time to build up to that! You haven't been running constantly for a while now, it's going to take time to build back up to that again. (she says to herself as well as you!)

The time is NOW to dust of that 1/2 marathon training plan and get cracking! WE can do it! We are going to PR That Rock n Roll half!!!

PS: I just went and had dinner at the chart house last night! I'm scared to death of the shamrock run now! It was easier not 'knowing' how big that hill really is/was!!!

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GAYLEP67 1/4/2013 9:56PM

    Never underestimate the effect you have on everyone around you, Candy. You have always been one of my biggest cheerleaders and supporters for which I will be forever grateful.
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Sounds like you've put some definite plans in place. I'll be following along with you...!
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/4/2013 8:37PM

    i joined BLC too!! we can flounder through it together i'm overwhelmed as well!!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 1/4/2013 8:06PM

    Good luck with BLC. Maybe something a little different with some structure will be a good way to get rolling again!

I almost always go for time on the treadmill. Outside, I go for distances, even if not nice round numbers. Your legs will get back in shape faster than you think!

I love your treadmill and elliptical goals.
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By chance, would you like help with your goals? I think I could totally help you set up some goals that don't make you feel anxious. Let me know if you are game to try.

And thanks for sharing your meals. I've been wanting pork but I never think of it when I'm making a list. It's now on the list thanks to you! And I need to get some Dove Dark Choco so I can carefully have a smaller amount of chocolate. I normally can break off a small pieced but that didn't work out so well yesterday. :)

It's so wonderful to see you hear. You mean a lot to me too!

Have a wonderful weekend! I'm going to get on my treadmill right now.


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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/4/2013 7:34PM

    I need to work on goals. They keep me on track and moving in the right direction.

I've often looked at the BLC but have never joined. I'll be excited to see what you think.

I'm cheering for you!

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JKPONYGIRL 1/4/2013 7:18PM

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I think you have great goals! You want to be fit and healthy and be able to run a 1/2 marathon by may! Now, just give yourself a short term goals to help get you there. Maybe you want to be up to 6 1/2 miles in 12 weeks? or maybe you want to loose 10 pounds?
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REALLY_ROBIN 1/4/2013 4:33PM

  I'm right with you on the goal setting. I think I've gotten so tired of not meeting my goals, I sort of gave up on goal setting. I do need to rethink that...I know. As far as the elliptical, it is a butt kicker for sure. I used to do both for a while....I would do the elliptical for say 5 or 10 minutes and then go to the treadmill until I had built up enough time I could just do the elliptical. Another way you can do the elliptical is do intervals. Like set it on 4 for 2 minutes and then go up for two minutes and then back down. Hope that helps...thanks for making me think about the goal setting thing...I do need to work on that. Hugs...Robin

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PARASELENIC 1/4/2013 4:16PM

    30 minutes on the treadmill is a good start-- it's even keel, challenging enough to feel it, but not pushing it to the point of regret/regression/injury to prevent progress.

If you have a half in May, (half marathon, I'm guessing? ) you have a very good amount of time to get back to it. In fact, it seems like you're in perfect line to start training for it... the couch to 10k program is 13 weeks long, so if you start it soon, you'll be done by april and have another full month to get yourself up to a half.

I hear you on the jiggly part. I'm on the elliptical now for just over 1/2 hour daily right now, and all the weight I've gained has made movement there noticably different...

BUT NOT FOR LONG.

AND NOT FOR LONG FOR YOU, EITHER.

Keep it up-- you'll be comfortably ready for that half soon. I can see your blog about it already in my mind. And I see really fun pictures, too. And string cheese, for some reason-- perhaps I should eat lunch, eh?

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/4/2013 4:01PM

    Well, WOO HOO for you, Candi! I'm one who rarely sets deadlines/timelines for my goals, especially when it comes to weight loss. I figure that I have no control over how fast or slow my body is going to respond to changes that I make. We know all too well that our bodies do not behave like calculators (I burned X amount of calories and ate Y amount of calories, so I should be up or down Z pounds this week--NOT!). Setting goals and deadlines that we do have at least some measure of control over, however, is not so bad. I hope BLC works well for you, I have heard lots of good things about that team and their challenges, and I'm SO glad you're still planning on Portland Rock'n Roll--hope that we can have another meet up before and/or after! Keep going, you're headed the right direction!

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Facing facts..

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Fact: I'm writing this blog before my day gets too busy and before I even glance at Spark email. That's a rarity.

Fact: I wore my fat mom jeans yesterday because.. well, for a lot of reasons really. I needed something that fit, most of all. I'm at the very limit of squeezing into the jeans I currently have.

Fact: I've gained ~25 lbs. Since when? Well, since my lowest weight of ~225, which was who knows how long ago. The lbs started creeping back on slowly, and then I threw my hands up and said 'whatever'.

Fact: I realized this morning that I feel better than I have in quite a while. Nothing spectacular, just feeling better emotionally and physically. Not that I was a wreck or anything previously. I've had a small case of the grumples (holidays usually mean emotional turmoil, give or take) but they seem to have passed. Physically, I've felt like a giant blimp. Today I feel like a smaller blimp. It's progress.

Fact: I'm tweaking my nutrition. I've turned off the diabetic meal plan, and the Spark meal plan altogether. It's a little daunting to look at a blank nutrition page, but I'm managing these last two whole days alright LOL I'm tracking nutrition again, where I'd stopped previously. For a few days of vacation, I'd log on and track my water, but even that fell by the wayside eventually. So I'm back to that habit once again.

Fact: I'm giving paleo/primal eating a try. My version of it, anyway. I'm hanging on to some things still that likely need to go, but I'm not ready to let go quite yet. I have eliminated wheat-based foods for the most part. I've eliminated a lot of refined sugars, and a lot of processed foods. I've cut back on the amount of fruit I'm eating, and upped the amount of veggies and meat. I'm keeping dairy, although not quite as much as before.

Fact: I've noticed that my complexion has improved. I'm adding more pastured butter and coconut oil to my cooking, and it's not bombing my face with breakouts. I even made it through TOM without any major flare-ups. That's highly unusual. Don't get me wrong, I'm no porcelain-cheeked cherub or anything like that, but my skin IS clearer.

Fact: I'm reading and researching more about paleo/primal eating. I'll tracking my nutrition, and I'm willing to put up with the admonishments from the daily nutritional analysis that I'm getting too much fat and not enough carbs. I'm willing to experiment with this way of eating to see what it does for me, if anything. I was quite successful when I did the Reboot vegan diet for 2 weeks. This is sort of like that, only with tasty meat included! Hard to argue with that.

Fact: I'm here. I wasn't for a while, or barely. Now though, I'm here. I'm one of those people who used the stroke of Midnight on Jan. 1 as a point of resuming my efforts. So shoot me.

Fact: I have a Fitbit One! My BodyBugg subscription expired, and I decided to try new technology. It was exciting that it could be hooked into SparkPeople, so that's what I've done. So far, I'm quite fond of the little device. It's much more unobtrusive, tucked away in my bra rather than on my arm. The Dashboard is interesting and fun to examine. There are a few features of the BB website that I miss, but as I get to know the FB dashboard more, I may find those neat things there as well. Bill has been so impressed with the information I'm gaining from the FB, he's decided he'd like the Fitbit Zip for himself. Done!

Fact: I'm still loving walking the kennel kids, and having them waiting for us over the holiday break kept us moving more than we would have ordinarily. We walked kennel kids early Christmas morning, and New Year's Day morning. We also walked our own kids, and they were quite appreciative and prancy! What a wonderful way to start off our year. Those pups touch my heart so much, and I always have my favorites who I simply adore, and who I cry over whenever they get adopted. Happy tears for them and high hopes for their forever homes and families.

Fact: I liked recording my nutrition and fitness data several months ago and I think I'm going to give that a try again. It helps seeing it out in the open. As neat as the Fitbit is, I'm not sure how I feel about not having to manually enter my activities for the day. Of course, it helps to HAVE activities to record. I'm sure I'll get it all sorted out to my satisfaction soon.

Fact: This has gone on long enough. I think I'm mostly caught up. I'm sure if I've forgotten anything, I can always post another blog. Neat concept!
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Nutrition, Wed. Jan 2:
Morning Coffee
Kirkland Daily Multivitamin, 1 serving 0
EAS 100% Whey Protein, 0.5 serving 65
Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 5
Coffee Mate, 6 tbsp 90
Calories: 160

Breakfast
Egg, fresh, 2 large 140
Coconut Oil, 2 tbsp 234
Broccoli, fresh, 0.5 cup, chopped 12
Cauliflower, raw, 0.5 cup 13
Zucchini, 0.5 cup, sliced 14
Peppers, sweet, red, fresh, 0.5 cup, chopped 20
Calories: 434

Lunch
Grapes, 20 grape, seedless 39
Sauerkraut, 1 cup 27
Pork, fresh, loin, top loin (roasts), cooked, roasted, 5 oz 275
Calories: 341

Afternoon Snack
Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 5
Coffee Mate, 6 tbsp 90
Zoi Greek Yogurt - Honey, 1 serving 240
Calories: 335

Dinner
Viva Fat Free Cottage Cheese, 0.5 cup 70
MAKEOVER: Garden Vegetable Frittata with Sausage 1 serving 487
Calories: 557

Evening Snack
Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, 4 ounces 136
Calories: 136

Daily Calories Total: 1,962
Calorie Range per SparkPeople - 1740 - 2090*
* This is for a goal of losing 1 lb a week, to reach 199 by the second week of January, 2014.

Calories Differential Report:
Eaten 1,962
BMR* 2,217
Exercise 768
Total Burned 2,985
Differential -1,023

Here's to feeling less anxious, more in control, more determined, less dejected.
Here's to feeling good. May we all.
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FRUITYFUL 1/6/2013 9:40AM

    I know exactly how you feel. I too used the New Year as a starting point, but I do not call this a resolution. I think that word is taboo...it makes me think of things that people promise and don't fulfill.

Good luck on your journey back to running fitness and a healthy lifestyle! I love my Fitbit too!

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ANNESYLVIA 1/5/2013 6:17PM

    Sorry that your were feeling down, that you gave up temporarily sorry you gain weight back. They all seem to go together for me too. I too have been feeling down, not inspired to do anything for myself and gained weight back in June and never lost it. Not to mention I never hit my goal weight either

I am a click away if you need me.

hugs, Anne

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ENDUROVET 1/4/2013 11:48PM

    Yep, I've gotta get back in the groove of paleo/primal; I've cut myself major slack in view of recent personal stress/upheaval...
But I've gained back every hard- fought ounce of what I had so painstakingly peeled off & can barely zip my size 16 jeans. Gotta blog about the discouraging experience of shopping w/old buddy J today (she wanted to buy me "something that looked good" as my Xmas present to which I answered "Good luck with that!")

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MAMADWARF 1/4/2013 11:17PM

    Welcome back!!! I have a fit bit too. I feel a lot of positivity going OK in your blog and around spark people.....let's do it!

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GAYEMC 1/4/2013 9:26PM

    Fact: You came back to Spark! You sound wonderful

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IMIN2GENES 1/4/2013 8:22PM

    Woo hoo! Kudos to you girlfriend! Glad you're feeling better. Walking the kennel kids sounds like a great way to get in some extra workout time. Rewarding in more ways than one...

I'm loving my FitBit too. It's helping me in more ways than I expected. Here's to a kickin' booty new year!
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PS - One of my coworkers is a pretty die hard paleo diet guy. He lost 60 pounds with it. Seems to work well for him when he sticks to it. Apparently every now and then he caves to pizza though. LOL!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 1/4/2013 3:22PM

    It's great to see you around a bit more and it's even better to hear that you are feeling better! I hope that you continue to feel good and get stronger and better every day!

Best wishes to you new plan. It's interesting to read how your skin has improved with your diet change. I'm very curious.

Love your info. on the FB - I've been very curious about them and especially the connection to SP. It's awesome to find tools to help us along our way!

I have missed you! Have a wonderful rest of your week and TGIF!
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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/4/2013 2:22PM

    Fact: you sound great! Way to go! emoticon

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HOTRODSANDY 1/4/2013 1:30AM

    Loved your blog! I'm right with you on the stroke of midnight pointing me back to sparkpeople. emoticon emoticon

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GAYLEP67 1/3/2013 7:33PM

    It never ceases to amaze me how on par we are with each other sometimes. Must be that 1/3 of the brain thing... Selfishly I'm so glad you're back since I am too. We both did this before Candy and we'll do it again. We'll mix some of the tried and tested tools that we used and we'll find some new ways to reach our goals as well. Just glad to know that you'll be there (about 2600 miles away!) doing this with me!
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/3/2013 7:17PM

    I've missed you but knew you said holidays would be quiet here.

I too am re-evaluating things. I have a lot of facts to face but I don't think I'm brave enough to post them here.

I'm excited about your Fitbit. A lot of people are posting about them. I might have to look into them.

Looking forward to our journey (sort of) together! Keep me posted.
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/3/2013 5:14PM

    wow good job!! i have a fitbit on the way as a Christmas present from my son. hope i like it as much as you!! my bugg subscription doesnt run out till june.

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WALKAWAY 1/3/2013 3:49PM

    Missed your blogs and glad to see that your back. emoticon

My Christmas present to myself was a fitbit one and so far I'm liking the tracking. Just have to find more ways to incorporated moving through out the day so I'm not stuck at my desk.

Wishing you a Happy New Year and much success.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/3/2013 2:51PM

    Great blog!! You will be happy to go back and look at this in Dec 2013 to see how for you have come!!

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FEISTYOWL 1/3/2013 2:36PM

    I had to giggle over the "feel like a giant blimp" comment - not at, but with you. That's exactly how I've felt lately and you said it so simply!! Here's to feeling a little less like a blimp as the new year progresses.

I am happy that you are feeling up and ready to go (holidays are a challenge!). And it's so great you have the kids to keep you moving!

I did the low carb thing for a bit and just deleted the carb tracking and fat tracking here on SP (you can get rid of them, and get them back). Cause I didn't want to be "annoyed" with the daily "you're over" stuff. Just a thought.

Let's get moving this year!!

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PIXIEMOM13 1/3/2013 1:30PM

    Like Dr Sheehan said, "We are each an experiment of one."

I say glad to hear you're feeling better and back..and best of luck finding what works best for you!

And I have to say, thanks for the support on my blog about angel of belief/devil of doubt.. ;)

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HOLLYL7 1/3/2013 12:50PM

    emoticon Blog! A true weight loss/fitness journey doesn't have a beginning and end - it is generally a long, winding rode of self-discovery, complete with bumps in the road, missed directions, and that occassional easy stretch where is all sees to come together (I don't know much about that stretch ;-) !) I really enjoy following your journey, and reading about the different things you have tried. It is all leading you to success - just emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/3/2013 12:45PM

    So glad to hear you are feeling better and finding things that work for you. I've heard good things about the Fitbit, I may eventually move to that (since it is so much less obtrusive and doesn't have a monthly fee), dunno. We have to try different things until we find what works for us--and that changes as we go along. I'm rooting for you to make 2013 awesome, and I'm looking forward to seeing you again in May hopefully!

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DOUGZ69 1/3/2013 12:38PM

    Congratulations! Of everything I read above, the one overwhelming message I heard is "I'm back!" I think that's the key. Many nutrition plans and things will work for us but we have to be engaged..."I'm back!" Good job!

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REALLY_ROBIN 1/3/2013 12:20PM

  Candi...I'm with you I've gained back 25, as well. I'm climbing back on board one day at a time. So glad you have your fur babies to encourage you! Hugs sistah...we can do this!

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DARK_CINDERELLA 1/3/2013 12:04PM

    I am not emotionally whole enough to respond with more than a woohoo, but woohoo anyways! One question: have you used the alarm function on the fitbit one? If so, how do you like it?

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ALICIALYNNE 1/3/2013 12:03PM

    Nothing wrong with experimenting with new diets! I've heard good things about paleo.

I also turned off the diabetes meal plan.

Glad to see you aren't going to be defeated by regaining some weight. Keep your eyes on the goal, keep doing what you can, and you'll accomplish all of your goals!



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BARBIE1967 1/3/2013 11:51AM

  I loved your blog. Thank you so much for sharing. I too need to get back to journaling my food and get back on the wagon. Happy New year.

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GINGERHAWK 1/3/2013 11:47AM

    Yay, I'm all for feeling good and it looks like you're well on your way to it as well. Great job on articulating where you've been and where you want to be. We all fall into slumps sometimes, the fact that you can pick yourself up and brush yourself off is fantastic. Hope you have a wonderful 2013!

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