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A refocus on food intake

Thursday, March 27, 2014


I am really pleased with my success in making exercise a habit. I'm really much less pleased with my food intake. I've been tracking calories but I haven't really held the line on going over my allowance. I've noticed that when I go over by a lot, it is usually a day when I've had some wine. I know that lowers my inhibitions.

Today I start a refocus. Not going to worry about what happened before--just moving forward. I'm going to start by committing to a healthy breakfast (which I rarely eat now), a piece of fruit and some protein for lunch, and a smaller dinner. AND NO SNACKING AT NIGHT. I'm eating too many Dole Banana Dippers! emoticon

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VICKI-B-N-FLA 3/27/2014 1:23PM

  You can do it. emoticon

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Whining a Bit about wine.......

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I have to give it up! I have to do it! I know it! But I do like my wine.......

I guess I've grown to associate wine with relaxing and visiting with friends. But now that I got my exercising under control and am focusing on counting calories, those wine calories start adding up. I've noticed that the days I go over my calorie allowance are days that I had some wine. Two 5 oz glasses is 200 calories. And I usually have two 8 oz glasses! Those calories start adding up.

So I have to bite the bullet if I want to lose another 66 lbs. before October No more wine for me.

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MERRYMARY42 3/25/2014 11:00PM

    Vickie has a great idea, you really don't want to give it up completely do you, my friend also cuts hers with diet soda, good luck, but if you are motivated, it really won't matter,

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BUSYBEE37 3/25/2014 2:23PM

    mix with diet 7-up. it goes further :)

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VICKI-B-N-FLA 3/25/2014 1:34PM

  Maybe you could hold off on the week and just treat yourself to 1-2 glasses over the weekend. Cut back slightly on your calories during the week so the wine calories on the weekend wouldn't hurt you.

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Sometimes it just takes one easy change.....

Monday, March 10, 2014

I am not a morning exerciser! I've tried and tried and tried. Just not a morning person. Yet at the end of my work day, the last thing I wanted to do was go home and EXERCISE! My job is stressful and I'd get home in my dress work clothes, sit on the couch, and TRY to talk myself into going into the basement to get my exercise in. I'm lucky enough to have a treadmill, recumbent bike and bowflex. Of course, I never went down there! It was just too easy to convince myself I had had a hard day and all I need to do was sit and watch TV as my stress reducer.

Well, as part of my New Year resolutions to focus on getting more active, I tried to force myself when I got home to work-out. It didn't work. January was dreadful. Hardly exercised at all. So mid-way through February I made one easy change: I take my workout clothes to the office and change into them and my sneakers before I leave work!

Now how easy was that???? Why would it take that long to figure that out? I feel so different as soon as I put those clothes on and my sneakers. Now when I get home I put everything down and head right to the basement because I am already dressed and motivated.

For the last three weeks I have consistently worked out 5 out of 7 days.

Sometimes it just takes something simple........

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RHOOK20047 3/10/2014 5:44PM

    Glad you finally found what works for you. I have been paying for a gym membership for 3 years that I haven't used. Since my sleeve surgery, once released, I plan to use it once again. Only worked it I went there straight from work. I broke my routine and then a hundred excuses can be inserted here for the last three years. Hopefully I will get my wife to join me and we can use this membership instead of wasting it and the money!

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VICKI-B-N-FLA 3/10/2014 5:41PM

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It's just different for guys!

Monday, March 03, 2014

Don't you love when you read a health magazine or even articles on Sparkpeople and one of their pieces of advice is to work-out over lunch? Or even in the morning?

I have several guys at work that do that. They work out over lunch. Today one of them said I should do that. Really? How can women do that? Men can take a shower, put their other clothes on in like 10 minutes.

Women before they can go back to work have to shower, put our make-up back on, dried and style our hair and then get dressed. Women need at least a 1.5 to 2 hour lunch break--which BTW, I don't get.

This is one of my pet peeves. And I am really glad I got it off my chest! emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 3/3/2014 6:18PM

    what really irritates me about men is the fact that they can lose weight so much easier than women, Life is just not fair emoticon

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FANNISHMOM 3/3/2014 4:58PM

    I have a choice of getting up before the sun or waiting til I get home. At my job, we all eat at our desks anyway.

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SUE5007 3/3/2014 4:23PM

    I know a lady that works out over lunch. I told her there is no way I could do that with showering, make up, etc and I am low maintenance. The problem is that I get really sweaty. She doesn't. Her hairline gets a little damp, that's it. She just rinses off in the shower and changes her clothes then touches up her make up and hair. She spends 90 min tops...and then works 30 min longer at the end of the day. (Eats lunch at her desk after her workout) I just couldn't do that.

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EMMACORY 3/3/2014 3:36PM

    So true!!!! emoticon

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Looking forward to exercise again? Can this be?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

If you read my most recent blog prior to this one, you know I've been working on one goal: getting more active. I've been using a calendar to track my workouts and to understand what interferes when I don't work out. Plus, I started with doable goals--January 30mins/30 days--February 35 mins/35 days. I keep saying to myself...."you can do 35 mins! It is just 35 mins! You can do 35 mins!"

I started in January for the new year and as I admitted in my other blog post, I was a huge couch potato and only successful with my goal in January 48% of the days.

But on Saturday it was weird, I had this huge break-through....I think anyway!

I spent most of the day scurrying around town doing food shopping for the week, errands, getting the car washed etc. When I got home, I couldn't WAIT to get into my basement and do some bike riding on my recumbent bike! I actually saw it as a haven from the busy day I had had. Also, I really started to work it. I started in January taking it easy. 3.0 mph on the treadmill; 16 mph on the bike.

But this weekend I did some intervals. Treadmill started 3.0, then to 3.3 and at 5 mins and every 5 min interval after that I did 2 mins at 3.8 mph and then fell back to 3.3 mph for the other 3 mins of the 5 min interval. When I did my bike on Sunday, I did the same thing....alternated 2 mins 21 mph with 3 mins 16 mph

I really felt great! It took awhile. A month and a half for for something to click in. Now I'm encouraged.

I think that when we say we are going to lose weight we set too many goals at one time. Most of the goals around fitness require changing bad habits! And changing bad habits takes mucho time. So we want to change it overnight and get discouraged and quit.

Don't! Keep at it. It is working for me!


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