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Week 15 and down 36.4 pounds

Sunday, October 09, 2011

I weighed in today and was down another 2 pounds making my total weight loss 36.4 lbs. I am on target for making my goal of 50 lbs by the end of my competition with friends, which ends in 6 weeks. I just gotta lose about 2.5 lbs a week on average. If I only lose 2 lbs on average, I will be just below my goal at 48 lbs. I am so excited.

I really didn't do great this week, but I did do good. I only made it to the gym twice and only did strength training once, but I ate decently in calories with the exception of Friday. I allowed myself to indulge on Friday because I had done so well and wanted to keep my body guessing. I usually go out to the same few places for lunch when I go out to lunch which is usually twice a week. I either go to subway, Chipotle or jack in the box because they are closest to my work and I can count the calories. Sometimes we will go to In & Out if I am allowing myself higher calories for lunch, but usually it's the same 3 places. So I decided on Friday that it was time to allow myself to go to Amapola which is a mexican place. They don't have the nutrition information available that I know of so it's hard to eat there because I have to guesstimate my calories. I absolutely hate having to do that but I love to eat there. It's just so damn good.

Another place I like to eat is Pat and Oscar's but high in calories even if I can track them. That will be my next splurge in a couple of weeks. I love their breadsticks. Total weakness of mine. And at least there, I can count my calories and know exactly what I ate.

I bought a pedometer as a reward for losing 30 pounds. It came in the mail last Tuesday so I have been wearing it everyday. It was definitely a shock to me. I barely clear 4000 calories on a normal day. Because I wanted to know where I was, I haven't been wearing the pedometer when I go to the gym or doing anything extra. Now that it is a new week, I will be wearing it for all the time, whether it be to the gym, doing extra walking, anytime.

Now that I know that I can barely clear 4000 on a normal day, I have decided to implement additional walking into my daily routine. I have been doing a lot of thinking and realized that here I am, 15 weeks in and my body doesn't crave activity like it use to do last time around. I realized that is because I am inconsistent. I have absolutely no intention on going to the gym 6-7 days a week...ever. I only want 3-4 days at most with 3 days of strength training at home, even if those days overlap. So I figured what I can do consistently is walking around my apartments. So I will begin walking a lap or two around my apartments in the morning and 1-2 laps at night. That way my body gets use to the activity and hopefully will crave it so that I can keep it up.

I bought the Sparkpeople cookbook. It came in the mail on Friday, however nobody picked it up from the office so I have to wait until tomorrow or Tuesday to get it. So because I didn't have it and was anxious to start trying new recipes, I looked on sparkrecipes and found a couple of recipes. I made two new recipes for dinner last night. One that I know is in the cookbook because it was listed as a sneak peek which is Three Cheese Macaroni and a Peppercorn Steak. It was supposed to have herbed blue cheese with it but I couldn't find any blue cheese when I went shopping for ingredients. So I had to get creative and added A1 sauce. Yeah, I know. Not very creative but it tasted great and ended up being about the same calories as Chef Meg's recipe with blue cheese.

This is getting long so getting on to the competition. Both of my friends actually weighed in today. Here are their stats:

Me: 11.36%
Shayna: 6.25%
Vivien: 3.88%

With 6 weeks left, I think I can say the win is in the bag. But I am not getting too excited yet. I know a lot can happen in the 6 weeks, such as me plateauing and my friends busting their butt and losing a lot of weight. So I am still going to work hard as though this is still a competition. Especially since I want to lose 50 lbs total by the end.

My friend Shayna is a bit discouraged. She wanted to know how many calories she would have to lose in order to win. I did two scenarios for her: 1) If I keep losing at 2.41lbs a week on average, she would need to lose 24lbs in the next 6 weeks to beat me. 2) If I only lose an average of 2lbs a week, she would need to lose 22lbs in the next 6 weeks. Seeing as how she only weighs 225lbs now and isn't on the show The Biggest Loser, I really doubt that will be possible. But I am going to pretend that it is and bust my butt.

Imagine goal is a total of 50 lbs and at 2lbs a week average, that will put me at 48 lbs. What if I kick butt and lose close to 60lbs by the end of the competition? I will try!

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LIBELULITA 10/10/2011 6:07PM

    You sound really on topof the situation and in control. You're gonna win the comp!! Have you decided how to stay motivated afterwards yet??

I love the word "guesstimate"!!! I'll be using that from now too emoticon

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MOTIVATED@LAST 10/9/2011 11:38PM

    They're great results!!

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You don't have to be great to start....

Friday, October 07, 2011

But you have to start to be great!

I really like this saying. I think a lot of us think you have to be great at exercise before you go to the gym. I think a lot of people fear going to the gym because they think they will be watched by other people and maybe even laughed at. I go to the gym all the time...I have even stumbled on the treadmill and no one noticed. No one is watching us, so let's get started!

This blog isn't really about exercising. I am good with that. I enjoy going. I like being active. The problem I have the most with is eating healthy. I can keep my calories down but I am not really eating healthy. I looked at the last time I was active on SP and lost 50 lbs. I looked at my nutrition tracker and realized that yes, I ate less of everything but I really didn't try to implement healthy foods.

It is no secret. I hate vegetables. I can eat salads and raw veggies, but anything cooked just repulses me...for the most part. I like corn on the cob and peas when I am in the mood. I don't count potatoes as veggies because c'mon, french fries, fried taters, hash browns, tater tots, etc just aren't healthy. So while I love potatoes, I do not count those as veggies.

I read a lot of blogs on here and success stories and one main thing a lot of them have in common is they usually say they didn't like veggies but now they do...once they have become successful. So I figure if I want to be successful, I need to figure out ways to cook veggies in order to like them. It will likely be a slow start, but I won't be able to succeed if I don't start.

I have bought the book The Spark and my SP cookbook should be here tomorrow. I am making it a point to choose at least once recipe from the cookbook to make each week. And it has to include veggies in it. I plan to implement the things I learn reading The Spark. I don't want this time around to be like the last time. I want to succeed. In order to succeed, I must make changes.

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LIBELULITA 10/7/2011 2:11AM

    It's amazing how we can train our tastebuds to enjoy new foods. If you'd have told me 5 years ago that at the age of 35 I'd learn to adore rice (brown or white) and sweetcorn which always made me urge I'd have laughrd in your face. I also detested fish and now I eat it we can change and just have to make sure it's for the better!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARIROMAN0430 10/7/2011 12:25AM

    Change can be hard and I struggle with the same issue as you. Thanks for sharing your blog and we can achieve our goals. Good luck and I look forward to reading more of your blogs. emoticon

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100 days

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

I have been back on this journey for 100 days as of today. I almost missed it even though I have it listed on my excel page I use to track my progress. I feel a little disappointed because I would have liked this blog to be something special, but I still feel like I am at the beginning.

I have made a lot of progress. In 100 days, I have lost 34lbs. I have remembered how much I love the taste of water and drink it daily. I have increased my fruit intake tenfold. I am conscious of my meals before I eat them. If I overeat on a day, I know it was my choice. I do not let one bad day or even a few bad days kick me off the wagon. I get back on it. I enjoy going to the gym. I am constantly looking for new ways to implement healthy activities and meals into my life. I am not just working on changing the outer me, but my inner me as well. I have realized it is important to fix the me the counts, the me inside before any changes on the outside stick. I know this is a journey and that there is no destination. I don't focus on how much I have to lose, but rather the things I am doing and can be doing in order to get there. I am working on the whole me and not the me that may be important to other people.

I know I want to be happy. But I want to be happy in all aspects of my life. Even if I am able to fit into a size 2 someday, that does not guarantee me happiness. I am working on finding happiness within myself and that will radiate outside of me.

So for my 100th day blog, I am including a list of 100 motivational or inspiration quotes. I plan to print these out and posting them on my walls in my bedroom so I am surrounded by inspiration.

1. “Attitude: It is our best friend or our worst enemy.” ~John C. Maxwell
2. “Your attitude determines your altitude!” ~Denis Waitley
3. “A strong positive attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.” ~Patricia Neal
4. “The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” ~William James
5. “The world of achievement has always belonged to the optimist.” ~J. Harold Wilkins
6. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~Wayne Dyer
7. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” ~Thomas Jefferson
8. “You can complain that roses have thorns, or rejoice that thorns have roses.” ~Ziggy
9. “It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” ~William James
11. “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” ~Dennis P. Kimbro
12. “The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” ~Victor E. Frankl
13. “Everyone faces defeat. It may be a stepping-stone or a stumbling block, depending on the mental attitude with which it is faced.” ~Napoleon Hill
14. “Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.” ~Thomas L. Holdcroft
15. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” ~Maya Angelou
16. “Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~George Bernard Shaw
17. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~Wayne Dyer
18. “The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective.” ~Al Neuharth
19. “It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” ~Old Chinese Proverb
20. “Every choice you make has an end result.” ~Zig Ziglar
21. “Little by little does the trick.” ~Aesop
22. “One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.” ~John Wanamaker
23. “The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ~William Faulkner
24. “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.” ~Unknown
25. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson
26. “Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” ~Doug Firebaugh
27. “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” ~Vincent Van Gogh
28. “Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” ~Emilie Coue
29. “The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.” ~Abraham Lincoln
30. “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…one step at a time.” ~Joe Girard
31. “To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first.” ~William Shakespeare
32. “Success is a staircase, not a doorway.” ~Dottie Walters
33. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” ~Robert J Collier
34. “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.” ~Mike Murdock
35. “Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” ~Mark Twain
36. “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” ~Chinese Proverb
37. “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” ~John Wooden
38. “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” ~Henry Ford
39. “First thing every morning before you arise, say out loud, ‘I believe’, three times.” ~Norman Vincent Peale
40. “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.
41. “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” ~Charles F. Kettering
42. “I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” ~Anthony Robbins
43. “Believe while others are doubting.” ~William Arthur Ward
44. “It’s not who you think you are that holds you back; it’s who you think you’re not.” ~Unknown
45. “I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than closed by belief.” ~Gerry Spence
46. “Stumbling is not falling.” ~Portuguese Proverb
47. “As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
48. “If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” ~Unknown
49. “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” ~Michael Jordan
50. “A stumble may prevent a fall.” ~English Proverb
51. “It’s not the mistakes in life that are important; it’s what we learn from them.” ~Donna Guthrie
52. “The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” ~Albert Einstein
53. “If doubt is challenging you and you do not act, doubts will grow. Challenge the doubts with action and you will grow. Doubt and action are incompatible.” ~John Kanary
54. “Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen
55. “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
56. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.” ~Robert Frost
57. “Failure is not fatal. Only failure to get back up is.” ~John C. Maxwell
58. “Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” ~Denis Waitley
59. “You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.” ~Unknown
60. “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” ~African Proverb
61. “Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” ~Norman Vincent Peale
62. “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
63. “You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.” ~Les Brown
64. “The key to change… is to let go of fear.” ~Rosanne Cash
65. “When you blame others, you give up your power to change.” ~Dr. Robert Anthony
66. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” ~Maya Angelou
67. “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” ~modified Serenity prayer
68. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” ~John Wooden
69. “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.” ~Mike Murdock
70. “Quite often we change our jobs, friends and spouses instead of changing ourselves.” ~Akbarali H. Jetha
71. “People only see what they are prepared to see.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
72. “If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.” ~Jack Dixon
73. “Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~George Bernard Shaw
74. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~Albert Einstein
75. “If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” ~John Maxwell
76. “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.” ~Jim Rohn
77. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ~Leo Tolstoy
78. “Be bold. Be confident. Be alive. A gallery of possibilities awaits you when you make change your friend.” ~Bob Bone
79. “Never be afraid to do something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the titanic.” ~Anonymous
80. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~Wayne Dyer
81. “The easier it is to do, the harder it is to change.” ~Eng’s Principle
82. “All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you.” ~Wayne Dyer Quotes
83. “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” ~Dr. Denis Waitley
84. “Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.” ~Unknown
85. “Choice, not chance, determines destiny.” ~E.C. McKenzie
86. “Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.” ~H. L. Hunt
87. “It’s in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” ~Anthony Robbins
88. “You will never leave where you are, until you decide where you’d rather be.” ~Dexter Yager
89. “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” ~Roy Disney
90. “Decide upon your major definite purpose in life and then organize all your activities around it.” ~Brian Tracy
91. “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.” ~Napolean Bonaparte
92. “Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but, because of lack of commitment.” ~Vince Lombardi
93. “There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in-between.” ~Pat Riley
94. “Courage is a resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” ~Mark Twain
95. “Stay committed to your decisions; but stay flexible in your approach.” ~Tony Robbins
96. “Put all excuses aside and remember this: YOU are capable.” ~Zig Ziglar
97. “Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.” ~Stan Smith
98. “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” ~Rosalynn Carter
99. “There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstances permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” ~Unknown

and my absolute favorite,

100. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’.” ~Mary Anne Radmacher

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CAROLYN_ROSE 10/4/2011 10:47AM

    34 pounds in 100 days is great!!!! Be proud!

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    Wow - well done you. Loved quote about changing something daily.

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My Positives

Monday, October 03, 2011

A work in progress.

1. I am a good friend.
2. I am a decent mom.
3. I am a good employee.
4. I show up to work when I am supposed to.
5. I provide my son with everything he needs and too much of what he doesn’t need.
6. I am giving.
7. I am passionate.
8. I love animals and am kind to animals.
9. I am dependable.
10. I met all goals from April 2010 to June 2011 for work.
11. Diane depends on me to lead the team.
12. I am trusting.
13. I am honest.
14. I have kept friends for more than 10 years.
15. I have integrity.
16. I give money to the homeless when I have cash available.
17. I am trustworthy.
18. I am very close to completing my AA.
19. I am realistic.
20. I am a good daughter.
21. I have a great sense of humor.
22. I am hard working.
23. I have stopped my car in the middle of the street to stop a guy from hitting a woman.
24. I have a good heart.
25. I have a big heart.
26. I can do anything I put my mind to.
27. I am strong.
28. I was strong enough to stop doing speed.
29. I am not impressionable.
30. I am intelligent.
31. I am wise beyond my years.
32. I am open-minded.
33. I am a quick learner.
34. I can get A’s in very difficult college courses.
35. I can admit when I am wrong.
36. I know right from wrong.
37. I know my weaknesses and I know that just because I may have weaknesses it does not mean I am weak.
38. I am mature.
39. I am helpful.

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LIBELULITA 10/4/2011 5:17AM

    And you're an inspirational spark person!!

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Week 14 and down 34.4 lbs

Sunday, October 02, 2011

So I woke up this morning, used the restroom, got naked and got on the scale. It said 283.4. Woo Hoo! That is a weight loss of 3 lbs this week. Then I realized I forgot my camera to take a picture for my competition with my friends, so I went and got it out of my room and came back. I got on the scale again to take the picture and it said 284.4. WTF? So I get off the scale and get back on again. Still 284.4. So that is the weight I am using. How I could possibly gain a freaking pound by walking from my bathroom into my bedroom and back again in beyond me, but oh well. I would have preferred 283.4 because that would make me 35.4 lbs down and that is what I was hoping for, but if that extra pound is gone, it will still be gone next week. Maybe I will have a 3-4 lbs loss next week to make up for it. We'll see.

I am still happy about my 2 lbs. I did awesome this week with the exception of not doing my strength training 3 times. I only did it twice. It's a work in progress. But I did make it to the gym 3 times this week even though my foot has been hurting. On the way to the gym last night, I stopped at Walmart and bought some new cheap walking shoes so I could still do the treadmill. They are a little snug and need broken in. While on the elliptical for 30 minutes, I noticed my feet going numb. Then they woke up when I got on the stationary bike. While on the treadmill I could feel my pinky toes being smushed. It could have been a whole lot worse. My other shoes kill the bottom part of my foot and the pain sticks around for days. Once I took the shoes off, my pinky toes stopped hurting. Sounds like improvement for me. I will see how these shoes work. If I really need to get some more expensive walking shoes that are actually fitted, I will change my weight loss rewards to make the walking shoes my 40lb weight loss reward instead of my 50 lbs reward. But I think these shoes can last me a couple of months at least. They just need broken in.

As for my competition, I am still in the lead. Vivien finally weighed in again and she lost a good amount of weight. If she continues to work at it, she could very well beat her sister. I know that is all she really wants to do. Shayna didn't weigh in. Used excuses such as she didn't have time. Well, if you are motivated and haven't quit, you would find a minute in the morning just after peeing to weigh in. If you were still trying, you would be anxious to see your progress. But whatever. She is doggy sitting my dog until we can figure things out so she has the job of walking the dog in the morning and at night. That will help jumpstart some weight loss for her. As of today, we have 7 weeks left. 7 weigh-ins to make it count. My goal is to be down to 268.6. That would be an even 50 lb loss. If I can make it further, awesome! But 50 lbs is doable. I just gotta lose 15.8lbs in the next 7 weeks. And boy am I going to try try try. That will also put me at 15.69% body weight lost during this competition and since I started back on SP. I want it!

Here are the stats:

Me: 10.73%
Vivien: 3.64%
Shayna: 6.25% this is her last weigh in from 3 weeks ago

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LIBELULITA 10/3/2011 4:09PM

    I have the same problem as you with sports shoes because I have an extremely wide feet. I'm lucky that in spain it is warm for so long because I can wear flip-flops but in the winter it's almost impossible for me to cram my feet into any shoes.

As I wanted to start zumba I went to a massive sports store and tried on all the different type of shoes there....for aerobics, tennis, walking, running etc and found only ONE pair that I could get my feet into and only if they were a size bigger. Well after 10 minutes of Zumba my little toes were screaming in agony ( something I never even experienced when I used to dance in my toe shoes!!!) and I ended up doing it in bare feet. So depressing emoticon

Anyway, well done on your weight loss and hope you've found the way to stay motivated once the competition has finished.

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