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#40 - The Weekend.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Quick update in regards to the weekend.

Friday:

- I drank eight cups of water.
- I took a rest day since I was exhausted.
- I ended up going to bed around 9:30pm, so needless to say, I got plenty of sleep.
- My boyfriend and I went out for dinner. We went to my favorite Mexican restaurant. My meal probably wasn't great in terms of calories and such, but I ate slowly, and I stopped when I was full. I eating about 60% of the dish. (I usually eat way more, and I end up leaving too full.)

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Saturday:

- Exercised for 51 minutes.
- I started my challenge: 50 crunches, 50 squats, & 50 modified push-ups.
- I cleaned the entire apartment.
- I went grocery shopping for this week.
- I ate healthy for breakfast & lunch.
- I was feeling exhausted that night, so we went out to dinner. Needless to say, I didn't do too good here.
- I got plenty of sleep.
- I drank about six cups of water.

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Sunday:

- I ate wonderfully all day! I stayed within my calorie range.
- I batch cooked for my lunches all week. I also cut up my fruits & veggies for the next few days.
- I didn't exercise. (Boo. I did the laundry though, so I had to have burned a few calories!)
- I didn't drink my water. (Boo)
- I got about 7.5 hours of sleep last night.

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Although there were a couple hit and misses, I don't feel as though I did terrible this weekend. I was able to get in some exercise. As for food, I feel like I accomplished something. I ate two bad meals this weekend - Friday and Saturday nights. Usually, I would eat out for every meal. So, I feel like I did much better than I usually would!

  
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CCSDESTINY 2/17/2012 7:22AM

    Congrats on a great weekend! Here's to another one! emoticon

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MISSY994 2/16/2012 2:21PM

  The Mexican restaurant on Friday was definitely a win!!

I like your perspective, and you did sooo many things right.

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MARYONAMISSION 2/16/2012 1:18PM

    I think you did great. There were a lot more positives or "hits" then anything else. I'm so impressed and motivated by how great you did over the weekend. Keep it up!
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MELLYBEANS0919 2/13/2012 6:24PM

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BEELALA93 2/13/2012 2:27PM

    Sounds like eating out is becoming an enjoyable experience even though you're on less calories than you were previously. It's great that you're picking out positives though and not punishing yourself if you slip up. Have a great week!

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JORDANA84 2/13/2012 1:23PM

    WOOT! Sounds like you did fairly good, considering it could have been worse. My weekend was a bust, I didn't go crazy but I didn't really log my food or try to think too much about calories.. I need to work on this, because i remember when I was real dedicated I'd pretend the weekends were just another weekday lol. I also ate out twice this weekend ugh but we are working on it ! :)

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FITNAPTURAL 2/13/2012 11:38AM

    Sounds like you had a good, balanced weekend! You got rest and enjoyed your food without feeling stuffed. emoticon

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WINNIE1978 2/13/2012 10:37AM

    Good job focusing on the positives! emoticon

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GOOBERIFIC1 2/13/2012 10:36AM

  sounds like you're doing better with the eating out and the weekends! it is SO hard to eat well at restaurants.

i think i'm going to steal your little tip of cutting up veggies and stuff so that it's ready to go!

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#39 - Day 17 - Thursday.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Oh Thursday...

- I wasn't feeling great. For some reason, my left arm felt achy all day. I think I might have done something to the muscle in my upper arm since this morning, it's throbbing (not too bad).

- Since I wasn't feeling tip-top, I only got in six cups of water.

- I ate well during the day. However, my mom and I went out to eat, and I splurged a little. I went over a about two hundred calories, and I had went over about 10 carbs. Everything else was ok. The sodium was a little more than I usually have, but it was less than what SP recommends. I will have to say that I was freaking out about eating the meal, so I didn't really enjoy it. I ended up eating about 85% of it, so I saved some calories.

- I took a "rest" day yesterday. I hope I can get some energy to exercise tonight. I don't like "rest" days because I'm afraid I will fall off of the exercise wagon. Oh well, it's a part of the journey.

- I didn't get much sleep last night which is why I don't have much energy today. I got about 5 1/ 2 - 6 hours. I will be getting my eight tonight!

Other than that, everything is ok, I guess. My boyfriend and I have been having problems the last two days, so I've been an emotional mess to be honest. Yesterday, I almost gave in to the emotional eating (darn you, chips and salsa - they need to find a new home, haha), but I didn't give in. I thought about it. This was a good thing considering I had a heavy meal later on that night. If I had given in, I would have been way over my calories, and I would have ruined all the hard work I put in this week.

Anyways, on to better news: I think I am going to start a challenge for myself. Right now, I am only doing cardio as I am just trying to get into a routine. I commented on a friend's blog yesterday, and she had talked about a challenge she had completed. It was "1,000 push-ups in one month". I really liked it. This would be a great way to introduce ST into my routine. Plus, it's simple. So, I am challenging myself to 1,000 push-ups, squats, and crunches (each). It turns out that I would only have to do like 35-40 reps for each exercise every day (minus one day off a week). So, I am going to try to start that tonight.

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Thursday's Goals:

1. Drink eight cups of water. - I only got in six. Boo.

2. Work on the Restaurant Guide. emoticon

3. No soda. emoticon

4. Eat one serving for dinner. emoticon

  
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1500LUNGES 2/12/2012 12:40PM

    Sorry about the fight **hugs** Hopefully it's better now :)

I was in a place where I was "scared" to eat some foods or go off my plan. It sucks!! I still don't eat much junk food and I stick to my plan, but my attitude has changed. I'm not scared and I don't freak out because I know it's a choice. I choose to eat what I do because of how it makes me feel. If I have a big meal, go over my cals, eat something not on the plan, I know it will balance out with exercise the clean eating I do the rest of the time. If I'm feeling really guilty, down on myself, I fit in an extra workout or a really intense one so I feel like I've earned those extra calories. If I have an event coming up thats focused on food (Christmas anyone?) I have a really good workout before and enjoy the meal guilt free. If I'm eating out I check the menus online before I go (I'm a bit of a foodie so I love doing this anyways!) That way I have time to google cals and make the best choice for me without having others wait - sometimes its takes me a long time to decide :)

Blogging my feelings really helped too. I learned that others felt the same way, and when I look back on it I feel like "gosh, what was I stressing about?" Helps keep it in perspective.

You can get to the other side of this! Just keep at it!!

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MELLYBEANS0919 2/11/2012 10:26PM

    I took the day off exercising too and was concerned I'd lose 'it' whatever that is. Sometimes we just need rests. I am sorry you're having bf issues, but I am proud of you for not emotional eating! That is a big accomplishment, especially with tempting food around!
That sounds like a challenge, but you'll do it! Just be aware you'll be sooooore for a while doing it :-) I have been sore a lot with my workouts too, so we can complain/brag haha together.
Hope you are feeling better soon!
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WINNIE1978 2/11/2012 4:25PM

    Do you think that having scheduled rest days might help with your worry about falling off the wagon if you have an unplanned rest day? For example, I know that Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday/Friday are gym days... and unless I am feeling really bad or the doctor tells me I can't workout, I go to the gym! But then I know that I have Monday and Saturday as my rest days for the week since Wednesday is bowling night. Having a set schedule like that helps keep me on track and keeps me from worrying about falling off of the exercise wagon.

And by adding ST... you should definitely start seeing some changes in your body!!! Cardio helps me lose fat, but I truly believe that ST is what's helped me drop 5 pants sizes!!!

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ASHESS85 2/10/2012 11:56AM

    Try not to worry about the exercise...when something hurts on your body, it's telling you that you need to rest. So if you do exercise, I would just walk or do something that does not involve exercising your arms.

Sorry you and your BF are having issues. Hope everything works out soon. emoticon

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BEELALA93 2/10/2012 11:25AM

    That challenge is such a good idea! Hope bf things straighten out. You're doing super well though!

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EMFRAPPIER 2/10/2012 11:21AM

    Love the new challenge! Great way to introduce ST into your routine and hit the major areas of your body. Good luck!!

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BECCAJ98 2/10/2012 10:27AM

    Good luck on the neww challenge!!! Hope things get better with the bf!

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#39 - Day 16 - Wednesday.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Another decent day...

- I got about eight hours of sleep, give or take.
- I drank eight cups of water.
- I exercised for about 20 minutes yesterday (Zumba).
- I did well with calories, fat, protein, etc.

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Wednesday's Goals:

1. Be active for 30 minutes. - Boo. I only got in 20.

2. For 2-3 restaurants, choose 2-3 healthy items for the Restaurant Guide. emoticon

3. Batch cook/cut up veggies and fruit for the next few days. emoticon

4. Start a grocery list. emoticon

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Not much really going on yesterday. I batch cooked lunches for the remainder of the week, so that's why I only got about 20 minutes of exercise. I wasn't really happy with just 20 minutes, but I got home late, and I had a lot to do before I went to bed.

So, the weekend is fast approaching which means one of two things:

A. I'm going to rock this weekend.
B. This weekend is going to be like past weekends.

I really want to rock this weekend. I've started the grocery list, so I am hoping to go to the store on Friday night. My boyfriend is working on Saturday morning, so it should be easier to get in some exercise and a healthy breakfast (possibly lunch too!). My batch cooking yesterday has lunches set up for me until Sunday. So, I feel like I can rock it, but there's a small part of me that's afraid I won't. However, I remember how I felt last weekend when I ate bad food and felt dehydrated, so that should motivate me to do well. Plus, I am ready to lose this weight and be healthy.

Lastly, my brother and sister-in-law are expecting their first child within the next couple of weeks. When this happens, I will be heading to GA to see my niece/nephew. So, I need help planning how to stay on track while I am gone. I'm not sure how long I will be gone for (probably a few days), but I am trying to prepare now, so when it happens, I won't be stressed out. So, when you go out of town, what do you do to help you stay on track? (As far as I know, I won't be staying at a hotel, so I won't have access to a gym.)

Thanks in advance! Have a great day!

  
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BECCAJ98 2/9/2012 3:35PM

    U got in some.....20 better than nothing! No advice about how to stay on track whille gone......I am bad at it!

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ASHESS85 2/9/2012 10:47AM

    What a great day! I always have to remind myself that on the days I just can't get in the exercise I want, that any exercise at all is better than none! So even with the 20 minutes, at least u could squeeze in that. When I go away, I usually just try to eat less because I know I won't feel like or have much time for exercising much. So instead of my usual 1500, I would aim for 1200 calories. It's hard to do that, but to keep on track it has to be done. But...if you can find time at all to just take a walk around the block, I suggest you do that because I'm sure with the celebration of the little one, there will be food around. Good luck!

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MELLYBEANS0919 2/9/2012 10:42AM

    I haven't had to eat healthy while away (yet) but my advice would be if you can, maybe, to go grocery shopping before you go to their house? Or ask them to stalk up on foods that are healthier for you? You can do exercising without a gym - do crunches, jumping jacks, push ups, etc or go for a walk.

That is great you did so well on your goals yesterday! Batch cooking is a great idea.

You'll do GREAT this weekend!



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MISSCONSISTANCY 2/9/2012 10:19AM

    and thinkthin bars are super satisfying and yummy! luna protein bars too

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MISSCONSISTANCY 2/9/2012 10:17AM

    If you're away you can still do exercises in you room. I love the tone it up videos, and they just released a new valentines day video that you don't need any equipment for (or shoes! ) it's def a workout though, but easy to do wherever you are! That's my workout for today. you should check them out! the website is toneitup.com and you can find videos on youtube.

here's the v-day workout: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAzr
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MISSCONSISTANCY 2/9/2012 10:15AM

    This is so great!! Love that you're setting goals and then going back and checking to see if you met them. It's always good to have some healthy food prepared :) emoticon

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SRBULLARD1 2/9/2012 10:04AM

    It sounds like you are set for success this weekend. Just make the best possible choices in whatever situation/restaurant you are in.

When I travel walking and yoga are my go to fitness things now. You can do plank or half plank almost anywhere and get a good shoulder workout. Squats are portable too! I always offer to cook if I am staying with someone. Your peeps would probably be thrilled if you would whip up some healthy grub for them and maybe even freeze a few meals to help them out down the road. You could walk when you did the marketing for the meal making. Pack some high protein snacks like power bars and individual servings of nuts. You can eat your healthy snacks regularly to keep the munchies at bay.
Hope this was helpful.
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#38 - Day 15 - Tuesday.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Tuesday was a pretty good day. Here's why:

- I drank ten cups of water.
- I exercised for 71 minutes (Zumba).
- I was within my range for calories, sodium, fat, carbs, and protein.
- I slept for eight hours last night.
- I can almost walk again. My thighs have been SO sore from the SuperBowl workout.
- I feel smaller.

I wish TOM would go away! I'm not having any food cravings (except on Monday for the chips and salsa); I just don't have a lot of energy. After having cramps all day, I really don't feel like going home to exercise. However, I am pushing my way through it.

So, the last two weekends, I have been really bad about just eating whenever, whatever I want and not exercising. So, after receiving some great advice from all of you, I briefly talked with my boyfriend about this weekend. I said that Friday nights are going to be my "cheat nights", so I don't feel deprived of food. I'm going to try to stay mindful of the portion though. We usually go out on Friday nights, so he said that will be ok. I also asked him to help me compile a list of places we like to eat. OURMAMAM (thank you!) had suggested I do this. If the restaurant has a website, they usually have nutrition facts on their meals, and my job is to figure out 2-3 items from each restaurant that I can eat that are relatively healthy. After I compile the list, I will keep it in my purse/wallet, so that when we want to get take out, I have my handy dandy list, and it takes all the stress out of eating out. Also, I have added these items to my favorites to make tracking easier. So, thanks again, OURMAMAM, for the great advice!

I will say though that I was deeply ashamed at to how I was treating my body. I've looked up quite a few of the restaurants, and I'm appalled at the high sodium and calories. The good thing is that now I know, and hopefully, I will be able to make better choices.

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Tuesday's Goals:

1. Be active for 30 minutes. emoticon
2. Get eight hours of sleep. emoticon
3. For 2-3 restaurants, pick out 2-3 menu items for my "Restaurant Guide". emoticon

  
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WINNIE1978 2/9/2012 7:05PM

    I love restaurants that post their nutritional information... but sometimes it's a little scary to see what I used to eat and exactly how bad it was for me. It sounds like you've got a good plan for handling your cheat nights from now on! emoticon

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COMMUNITY10 2/9/2012 7:03AM

    I love that idea of choosing a couple restaurants and having items already picked! Can't wait to hear how that wen1t

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JEANNINEMM68 2/8/2012 9:56PM

    I admire you so much. Your planning is great. I find it very hard to let myself have a cheat day b/c it usually leads to a cheat week. I am so glad that you met your goals. keep up the good work.

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MISTYBLUE716 2/8/2012 9:31PM

    You are doing great! emoticonI hear ya about the weekends..I take my "rest" days during the week because I have more time on the weekends and so then I end up working out more...just a thought. That's a great idea bout the restaurants!

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MARYONAMISSION 2/8/2012 1:58PM

    Wow, you did awesome! I think it's great you talked to your boyfriend and you now have a tool to help you make healthy decisions when you go out. Got to be prepared. I'm proud of you for pushing past the ickyness of TOM and still working out. Usually I end up on the couch in my pjs under a blanket when I get mine and am nowhere near the gym. So good for you. You have great goals for Wednesday too. Keep it up.

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MISSY994 2/8/2012 1:03PM

  Way to face facts and look up the nutrition info from restaurants!

I'm totally on the same page- wishing Tom would go away! Then I can weigh myself in peace without that freaking jerk messing up my scale.

Anyways, keep up the good work.

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MELLYBEANS0919 2/8/2012 12:33PM

    What a great idea to look up restaurants, pick healthier eats & keep a list with you! It would make things so much simpler as yous aid.
You had a GREAT Tuesday! Way to go!



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JORDANA84 2/8/2012 11:42AM

    One thing that I notice is that being aware of what you are eating and how bad those restaurant items are, whenever you go there you probably won't be able to ignore your mind screaming out that info. There's nothing wrong with a little splurge every now and then.. Weekends are harder for me as well, we can get through them though!!

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BECCAJ98 2/8/2012 10:06AM

    Keep iit up! How's water intake going?

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ASHESS85 2/8/2012 9:43AM

    You did so well! I love that feeling of skinny that you feel when you know you are doing well and have lost some weight. I love the restaurant list idea! Very smart. I'm also going through TOM so I know how hard it is to get the motivation to exerise around this time. Great job on pushing through TOM and on meeting your goals yesterday!

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#37 - Day 14 - Monday.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Monday went all right.

- I drank my eight cups of water.
- My exercise: Zumba for 51 minutes.
- I got eight hours of sleep last night!
- I did well with calories.

Here's the reasons why Monday was just all right:

- Hello, TOM. emoticon
- Hello, Cramps. emoticon
- Hello, Irritation (mood). emoticon
- Hello, Cravings (chips & salsa!), but I didn't give in.
- Carbs were a little over.
- My boss snapped at me yesterday.
- I couldn't walk or get up due to the 150 squats from the Super Bowl. This made exercising difficult, but that's ok. I am glad I did it.

Other than the above, it was pretty good. Sunday, I had batch cooked some of the lunches for the week, and I cut up all the fruits and vegetables as well as measured oats for the first part of the week. Needless to say, I was able to relax last night after working out and cooking dinner.

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Here were my goals from yesterday:

1. W1D2 of C25K. - This did not happen as it was rainy and nasty out. Also, I am really not sure if I am ready for this program after my first encounter, so I am thinking about waiting a month or two before trying again. I don't want to give up though. I want to be a runner.

2. Get eight hours of sleep. emoticon

3. Fix Tuesday and Wednesday lunches. emoticon

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Hope every one has a GREAT Tuesday! Eat healthy, get some exercise in, and get some sleep!

  
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MISSY994 2/7/2012 1:25PM

  Stick with it! I hope that you have a wonderful week, despite the tough beginning. Great job not eating the chips and salsa- YAY!

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WINNIE1978 2/7/2012 12:23PM

    I'm sorry you had a crappy day yesterday but you did awesome with the exercise and food! emoticon

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TARAFROMTX1 2/7/2012 11:40AM

    Keep it up you are doing GREAT!!!! TOM sucks!! Hopefully she checks out soon lol emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 2/7/2012 11:11AM

    You are doing really awesome! TOM sucks, I hope you are feeling better now. I hope your legs feel better too, squats are sure killer!


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BECCAJ98 2/7/2012 10:42AM

    Keep it up!! You are doing great! You'll start noticing big changes soon!

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DRAGONFLY02 2/7/2012 10:35AM

    Good job! Make sure to focus on the positives and not dwell on the negatives. Let's face it, no one ever has a perfect day every single day of the year. That would be boring, right?? I'm especially impressed with the 51 minutes of Zumba. I wouldn't last 5 minutes. Mostly because I am so uncoordinated, I would trip over myself, fall, whack my face off of something, and then land on the floor unconscious. No seriously, I am that uncoordinated. I hate any aerobic exercise videos because I can't do them. I even stuck to one working out 3 days a week for an entire month and I still couldn't get the movements right. I finally decided doing something I dreaded was not the way for me to get healthy. My aerobic exercise now consists of working out on an elliptical. The machine does all the movement for me, I just provide the "power", ha-ha!

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