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Day 1 - Phase 2: Stats

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ok - so I got on the sale this morning, after not checking in for over 5 weeks.

I weigh EXACTLY the same as I did on May 21 - 172.1 lbs. I'd hoped to lose a few more pounds, and at the same time I was worried that I'd gained a few pounds. But, I was happily disappointed, or is that sadly excited? Either way, it was a break even.

So - this is the perfect place to start anew.

So far today I have had breakfast and lunch on track. This was easy, these are the simple meals for me. It's dinner and after dinner that are more of a challenge.

I have done my cardio, including running 5K in 35:45! Which made me go "woohoo!"

I finished out my run by completing 4.5 miles in 47 minutes. This brought on another Woohoo! because 4 months ago I couldn't complete 4 miles in an hour. This is real progress.

To help encourage continued progress I have signed up for the 5-K Your Way Challenge and enlisted a cohort, to help keep me on task and boost morale:
Thank you Sparkfriend TMC. I hope I can be as supportive of your efforts as you have been of mine. Congratulations on getting to your goal weight!

emoticonYou are a champion!

I did my usual stretching and some floor exercises to get my total session up to 1 hour. I want to add one of the SP videos that has ST with a band to my activity plan 3 days a week. I'm going to look for one right now.

So, Day one is going well, I am happy to say. All I need now are 100 more days just like it! One day at a time.

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TMCLEOD4 6/27/2012 10:18PM

    You're amazing!! Congrats on the great running times and sticking to your plan today. I chose to go off plan, just a bit, and celebrate reaching my first goal weight. (We had a potluck at work today, so it was my excuse for going off plan) I still need to time my 5K walking time and see where I am with that. Maybe this weekend.

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LYDDIECAT 6/27/2012 9:19PM

    Great start!

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STRINGI719 6/27/2012 6:05PM

    Wow, your running times ROCK!!!

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    Here's to 100 more! emoticon

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Making a fresh start ~ Phase 2

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I am back from yet another weekend away, which was wonderful, but a lot of eating out has put me in mind of the fact that I have not been as focused on my program as I need to be in order to reach my goal.

So, today I am starting fresh - with a little reflection, a few new goals, and a promise to myself.

I have achieved a fair amount since joining SP, which is GOOD! Hard work, well worth it, so happy to have found this site.. I can't express it. I think you all know what I mean. That is a blog for another day.

I have ditched my old "frienemy," the scale, breaking my habit of weighing in too frequently, and letting that dreaded number define my day - which is GOOD and BAD.
In the GOOD column:
I don't fall asleep every night hoping that I will be rewarded and encouraged by my scale when I step on it in the morning.
I don't wake up with thoughts of weighing in, front and center in my brain.
I don't feel the pressure of reacting - positively or negatively - to the little red, LED digits that are staring up at me as I slowly look down at the scale.

In the BAD column:
I haven't had anyone to answer to on a day-to-day basis in terms of my dietary intake - good or bad, it is just me living with the choices every day. It seems my scale sits side by side with my conscience and I have become a bit complacent.
I don't know how well, or how poorly, I'm doing REALLY. I know I am eating better than I did before SP, and exercising regularly. Also better than before SP. And I know I am not eating as well as I was a month ago, and that has to have an impact. But I don't know yet what that impact is. That is scary.

So, my goals are these:
1 ~ to make friends with my scale, and visit said friend ONCE a week, only. Faithfully, but strictly, once a week.
2 ~ Get back to basics, and stick to my plan of careful, calculated eating and regular, heart-pumping exercise so that my visits with my new friend will be positive, upbeat, and rewarding; as a visit with any good friend should be.

I have to make some changes in order to get there.
1 ~ I need to eat more conscientiously, and track more carefully: get back to basics with my meal plan emoticon
2 ~ I need to continue with my cardio workouts and up my stretching and strength work; to get more out of each. emoticon
3 ~ I need to eat out less often ~ so as to make #1 more attainable
4 ~ I need to be more accountable by weighing in weekly and posting regular updates, via this blog to keep me honest and focused. Nothing like seeing my progress in black and white to help me stay on the straight and narrow. emoticon

So, I'm making a promise to myself, to do my very best, to do all the things listed here. I know I will not be prefect, not every day, but I will work really hard toward perfection.
I have a very busy summer ahead (work wise) and another week at the cabin, with my family and friends, coming up soon. So while I fully intend to enjoy myself, I promise I do not have to overindulge to do it!

I'm printing this out - and posting it in the kitchen AND in my workout room.

Phase 1 has been a really good ride. I've made some wonderful friends and have come to count on all of you for laughs and support. Phase 2 will be even better - this is a letter to me - to remind me it is time to pay attention, focus on my goals, and get back on the path I want to be on.

Here I go..... emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUSANS706 6/29/2012 7:21AM

    I have not only been complacent, I have been going overboard. Need to get serious again too!! You always spark me on!! Thanks!!

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LYDDIECAT 6/27/2012 9:18PM

    Great plan! You can do it and we are all here rooting for you!! emoticon

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STRINGI719 6/26/2012 6:11PM

    Wonderful blog!

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    Happy Fresh Start! Your goals sound very reasonable. I'll be here to cheer you on!

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TMCLEOD4 6/26/2012 3:00PM

    Great plan!! I know you can do it!! Can't wait to see how phase 2 goes!!

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Colonial Williamsburg

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Spent a really nice day walking around Historic Williamsburg, VA with my best friend today...where it was a mere 90 degrees!
Covered most of the old village, 15,000 steps worth, anyway. So even though we had lunch and dinner out AND had a scoop of Jamocha ice cream, I feel like I had a very good day, overall.

Hope you are all enjoying the weekend!

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KATHRYNLP 6/26/2012 8:26AM

    Oh boy, my hubby has Historic Williamsburg on his wish list. Sounds like you had a great day... that walk did the trick! emoticon

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TMCLEOD4 6/25/2012 2:34PM

    Sounds like a really nice day!!

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HONEYPOT319 6/24/2012 10:56AM

    Sounds like you had a great time! :)

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STRINGI719 6/24/2012 10:00AM

    Sounds fantastic to me!

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/24/2012 8:56AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun and exercise at the same time emoticon

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SUSANS706 6/24/2012 12:29AM

    A very good day indeed! Enjoy your trip, and your friend!!

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NANCYRUBIO 6/23/2012 11:44PM

    I loved that place when it was free. I still love it, but I live too far away now.

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Sweltering here in NH

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Day 2 of 90+ degrees by mid-morning.

Even with AC it is too hot to work out...much.

I started out with a short walk with the dog. Early this morning..sooo, hot.

Then I broke what was left of my workout into 2 short jogs on the treadmill. That worked, but I'm whooped!

I'm melting....what a world, what a world!


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PLUSSIZEWIFE 6/22/2012 8:54PM

    the heat has been insane in my part of the world too... so dry and hot.

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TMCLEOD4 6/22/2012 2:26PM

    Stop bragging!! It's in the low 60s and raining here again!!

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HONEYPOT319 6/22/2012 8:17AM

    I heard on the news that it was super hot up north! Poor you! It is in the eighties and raining a lot here in the sunshine state. Not to worry, it will cool of for you soon enough! :)

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FITFORMYFAMILY 6/21/2012 10:02PM

    It sounds like you've got what we just went through. I'll admit that it's a relief to be back in the 80s and with lower temps at night. Hopefully you'll get the relief soon, too!

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SUSANS706 6/21/2012 9:01PM

    Living in Atlanta now, we are always that hot, yes any outdoor exercise must be done early!! Growing up in upstate NY, I understand how unbearable that heat feels for you!! Hang in there, it will be short lived, I on the other hand will face the 90's until mid September!!!

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MSMOBILEX 6/21/2012 8:52PM

  I skipped my Jazzercise and did not offer the dog a walk-----tomorrow is another day!!!!LOL

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LOVE the changes to the pages!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I really like what they did with the fitness tracker - it is streamlined and more intuitive, in my opinion.

Did you also notice that we now get 15 points for food tracked and 5 points for commenting on member blogs! Cool!

This is a big jump for those of us engaged in the relentless pursuit of SPARKPOINTS!

Thanks SP = for taking care of us! emoticon

Hope you all are having a good day!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

STRINGI719 6/21/2012 10:55AM

    I hadn't even noticed any changes... what does that say about me????

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PLUSSIZEWIFE 6/20/2012 9:17PM

    I'm going to have to check it out... I usually use my phone for everything spark unless I get a chance to log in like today... I'm on my way to see what's what. Thanks for the update. (-,-)

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TMCLEOD4 6/20/2012 8:56PM

    I love the fitness tracker, too. Woohoo!! for more sparkpoints!!

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GGMFAY 6/20/2012 7:45PM

    You got my attention. Thank you!!

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SUSANS706 6/20/2012 6:27PM

    I was so confused about what you were saying!! When I logged in this morning at 5Am everything was status quo!! I think I am going to really like it!! I always thought that we should have more food tracking points. Thanks for the heads up!!!

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LYNSEY723 6/20/2012 4:57PM

    I was confused too! But I think I like it better as well! I like that we can now track strength calories and time. emoticon

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GUCCI9300 6/20/2012 4:52PM

    I was so confused today when I logged on - LOL - I thought I was going crazy!!! emoticon Loving the changes!!

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