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TGIF, weekend plans to get organized and care for me inside and out.

Friday, February 01, 2013

This started as a note to a dear Spark Friend. It's a very simple plan. Step by step these small steps will go far to help me get myself in order. My goals are to finish putting pictures in albums. I stopped and bought more albums tonight. Also 30 minutes on the elliptical or more both Saturday and Sunday. Write in my journal. Stay with in calories. Catch up on mileage reports for work. All doable while my husband paints and puts new flooring in my bathroom. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon TGIF!!


  
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READYBETTY 2/2/2013 10:38AM

    What a great weekend you have planned!

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MOMFAN 2/1/2013 10:20PM

    Great plan!! I went to the pool today for the first time in 6-9 months.

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The Evidence is In.......I gained.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wish this was just an eye catching headline but I did gain 3 lbs. in the last couple weeks. :(
I know what I need to do. I need to weigh, measure, and track more diligently. My meals have been much better balanced and I feel pretty good. Portion size is likely the culprit. I also need 15 minutes or more of exercise per day. I'm well aware 60 minutes or so would be a wiser goal. I'm just being honest with myself. I'm looking at the realities of my schedule. My goals are doable. I'm not disheartened. My actions will pay off,

  
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CRYSALLIS1 2/1/2013 8:25PM

    Thank goodness I lost 3 lbs by the next day. I must have had a 3 lb dumbbell in my pocket or something???????

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PEPPYPATTI 1/31/2013 10:18PM

    Consistency is the key!. You can do it!
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IOWAGRAMMA 1/31/2013 9:23PM

    Yep...you know what to do and sounds like you have a plan with great goals, so I'm sure it won't be long and they'll come right back off! Good luck, Angie!! Hugs, Jeannie
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MOMFAN 1/31/2013 9:07PM

    I gained too. I need sleep!!! I need a less stressful life.

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DEBBY4576 1/31/2013 6:08PM

    That a girl!!! Catch yourself at only 3 pounds. You know what to do, you just laxed up a bit. You're ready to do it right now. You go girl!

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TXMEMAW6 1/31/2013 10:13AM

    The hardest part is realizing what you're doing wrong. Seems you have that one covered, so good results should follow soon!
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READYBETTY 1/31/2013 8:00AM

    Nutrition is the biggest part of weight loss. Focus on it and you'll realize great results.
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SEESKO 1/31/2013 7:13AM

    Seeing the problem and knowing what to do to fix it is the biggest step. You can do it.

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My Recent Changes

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I basically have a pantry, fridge, and freezer that does not have much unhealthy food at all in them. If I tried I'm sure I could concoct cookies or some other vice. At least it would not be immediate. My considerably health conscious kids couldn't find any unhealthy foods here either on their last visit. I have vey few processed foods in the house. I bought and tried almond milk. LOVE it! Really trying hard to avoid artificial flavors and sweeteners. 3 days of 5 freggies and 8 h20's. That always seems to keep me from fitting in other high calories foods. I ate breakfast and lunch pretty much everyday for the last week. I often skip one of those in the interest of time. Not wise to skip but I'm impossibly busy from 9 am-2 pm and can't eat in front of the people I'm helping. I fit in more exercise then I had been doing. Not as much as I should but more. I also tried fruit smoothies and fell in love. Trying to keep them as wholesome as I know how. Hopefully it will all show with a wt loss soon. It's such a change that it's a little challenging to count the calories. I need to be more consistent with my Tracker. emoticon emoticon

  
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MOMFAN 1/31/2013 9:06PM

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READYBETTY 1/31/2013 7:45AM

    Great steps in the right direction. I encourage you to track the foods you eat. It will be a huge step for you with great results!
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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/31/2013 5:30AM

    sounds like you are doing great love.keep on keeping on and you will see a scale weight loss eventually but remember the scale is not the be all end all.look to the non scale victories as well. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WINEALITTLE 1/31/2013 5:10AM

    Tracking foods that aren't already in the system can be a time-consuming challenge. I got lax over the holidays, put on 3 lbs., and am now making a big effort to make it a habit. The recipe calculator is a big help to me. With your positive attitude, that little black dress will keep looking better each time you slip into it!

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NOMORESTALLING 1/30/2013 11:16PM

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That's the way to do it! You'll notice the difference every day believe me!
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BRENDABUNNY 1/30/2013 11:13PM

    emoticon good job...alot of things that are healthy really do taste great!

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/30/2013 10:38PM

    Wow...it looks like you are making huge strides in your healthy changes!! emoticon emoticon Really happy for you that it seems to be falling into place. Keep up the great work! Love, Jeannie
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All Excited Today including Eagerness to go to the Grocery Store.......

Monday, January 28, 2013

This morning I woke up very motivated. Actually more like excited to go to the grocery store. I accomplished a fair amount at work today. This includes steps to do my work much differently then usual. Technology gotta love it. I could be stressed but I'm eager to learn and get to the point that it will help me be more efficient and not have so many papers cluttering everything.
This weekend I did allot of reading about eating clean, looked at recipes for ideas. Made a grocery list. Mapped out a plan. It took me longer then usual to get groceries as I was carefully selecting the most nutritionally sound foods. My cart actually looked impressive. If you played a game of match the cart with the shopper you may have matched it up with a someone who looks fit and healthy. I never thought about that before. Hmm, I have an idea. I might start taking a picture of my grocery cart and post it. That's if I can figure out how to do it. More technology to learn. Bean soup is ready for tomorrow night. Breakfast is ready to heat up. Lunch is packed. 15 minutes of the elliptical is done. I didn't mention that I did all this despite a very busy night ahead with. Work from work to do. Just had to take time to say woo hoo me!

  
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MOMFAN 1/29/2013 10:22PM

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/29/2013 4:12PM

    My cart would be photo-ready were it not for the junk food my hubby wants. Funny you should say that ... I would come back from the SW Florida farmers market so impressed, I would arrange it on the counter like a horn of plenty and take a picture before devouring my great buys over the week. Looking forward to the photo!

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MOMTOCONNOR2003 1/29/2013 9:19AM

    I always check out what the person in front of me in line at the grocery store is buying and match it up. I find myself saying that person is weird who would ever eat that. Now I find myself buying alot of the stuff I use to think is weird. haha

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/29/2013 4:18AM

    emoticon that is worth more than a woo hoo and doesn´t it feel great?try and remember this feeling great next time your motivation wans.i am so happy that you are getting a hang of it and planning ahead.you know what they say fail to plan,plan to fail.you can so do this love emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon did i say i am proud of you love emoticon

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READYBETTY 1/29/2013 12:16AM

    Woo hoo indeed! That's so funny about thinking about taking a picture of your grocery cart. I was thinking the same thing Saturday when I went grocery shopping. It's a great feeling to be so pleased that we're buying good food for our bodies. You're doing fantastic!

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Baby Steps to Learning How to Eat Cleaner

Sunday, January 27, 2013

For the last 5 months I have tried to make changes to eat healthier. It's not so superficial as perhaps when I was younger.....to look better is still a goal but not as high on the priority list. My goal is to be healthier. I have gotten by with a few things that ailments that were easily treated and perhaps only health scares. When your 100 lbs overweight the possibility of it being real at anytime is standing right outside my door.
I'm trying to eat cleaner. It's somewhat different then decreasing calories or just balancing my diet. I didn't loose any weight recently which is totally my fault. Consistency because I'm always in a rush all day long, poor planning, and food greed are still my obstacles.
As I consider the matter I have made some strides with eating cleaner.

I do not add artificial sweeteners. Unfortunately it's hard to completely avoid. But I'm trying.
I do not drink diet soda anymore. Drank 1-2 / day prior.
I do not eat processed lunch meats.
Very little of my food comes out of a box.
I consume limited sweets.
I have increased my fiber quite a bit.
I strive for 8 waters per day. I like water but do get a little bored. Mineral water or adding lemon helps. I still miss soda but I'm coping.
Sometimes I drink 100 % juice. Yes, I know it's allot of calories but it's better then soda and it helps me get my freggies in.
I drink green or white tea.

Regular soda is not so good of a replacement but I have one on special occasions. Still is allot of chemicals and needs completely eliminated.

I have been reading and studying Life's Daily Challenge ; Balancing Diet and Exercise and Natural Health Using Herbs, Supplements, and Vitamins team information and links. These ladies are a wealth information. My knowledge about any of this is evolving. I have allot to learn. I was raised in the Midwest. Meat (beef or pork) is the largest portion of the plate with a little veggie on the side. Fruit perhaps as a snack. Summer gardens do increase veggie consumption considerably. Eating out was a treat or twice a year. As my children grew I tried to balance their diet but chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and frozen pizza made it to the table more then it should have. As the children grew up we ate out maybe once a month. We always have a garden and I canned. The children are gone now. I probably gained 40 lbs over the last 5 or so years. Basically because I didn't need to set a daily good example and we have the capability of eating out frequently. You know when you have ate out too often; when it takes a person forever to think about what sounds good.
Where is the rambling leading to? What's next?
Still following my basic plan of 8 H 20's or more per day, limit as far as possible artificial sweeteners and flavors, no soda pop. Minimum of 5 freggies per day. Increase exercise and aim for 15 minutes or more per day. Avoid processed food. Utilize healthy recipes. Strive to get my vitamins and minerals from well balanced food choices.
Add foods like blueberries, and other berries, kale, spinach, walnuts, coconut or almond milk.
As always I'm always in awe how much better I feel when I eat healthy foods. Planning will not only provide me better health, save dollars, but likely save me the valuable commodity called time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/28/2013 10:13AM

    sounds like you are well on the way to clean eating love.keep upo the good work you are doing great emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/28/2013 12:22AM

    You've come a long way to eating much cleaner than your body has ever known from it's history. WooHoo! Keep up the good work! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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BRENDABUNNY 1/27/2013 11:49PM

    This is a great blog.....that is what Dh and I are also working on is clean eating as good health is what we are all really looking for...I sure can't wait to be able to go shopping and buy that elusive lil black dress we all dream about emoticon although I think I'll always be a jeans & tanktop or nice blouse kinda girl..Lol...We can do this emoticon for the reminder that clean eating is important.. emoticon

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AZTLAN777 1/27/2013 8:12PM

    Good for you!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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