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June: Enjoying Being Me

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Happy June! I am keeping up with my monthly goal blogs, taking look back at the previous month and looking ahead to the next month. I am also taking stock of how I am doing on my 2013 goals.

This year is flying by! I can't believe that teh year is almost half over and that it is almost my birthday. I have really seeing a huge difference in my motivation and mood when we do have the nice weather. Sunny days I am happy and excited to get some workout on outside and on rainy days i am less motivated.

How has your month been? I feel like I am making progress. Binging has been at a minimum lately, really only think I did it once last month, which is amazing. Honestly, I think that has been my biggest accomplishment over the last few months on this journey. I was not seeing progress on the scale and with the emotional eating somewhat in check I started tracking food again (I was finding that it was leading to binges so I put it on hold a few months ago). So far I am doing well and not obsessing too much, hopefully that continues. The weight is starting to come off again, slowly, so hopefully the trend continues. I will keep you posted!

First off, the weight goals:

May 2013 Start Weight: 172.6
MayEnd Goal Weight: 168
May End/June Start Weight: 169 (one lb shy but it is steadily going down (not the constant up and down), so I am happy!)
June End Goal Weight: 165

How did I do?
May Goals:
1. Strength Train Twice a Week on top of Curves: I got in at least one a week but with running and and geneal soreness I listened to my body, espeically after the injuries earlier in the year

2. STICK TO AN EATING SCHEDULE AT WORK: I did great with this. It is really helping with the binging.

3.Finish out the C25K and set a new running plan from there: I finished the first one and then took a few weeks off to rest and due to not so great weather. I have started the 4-week running program and hope to finish that out this month.

Looking Forward
May Goals:
1. Strength Train Twice a Week on top of Curves: I got it in once a week last month and I am going to try to up it to atleast twice a week this month if my body is not yelling at me. Curves I great as a base but I think I need more on top of that to build the strength.

2. ENJOY MY FAMILY/FRIEND TIME WITHOUT GOING OVERBOARD: I have a lot of "gatherings" this month with summer weather, my birthday, father's day, and a weekend away so I really want to enjoy the time and be happy. I think that is what I need for me. I will try to not go overboard but also not beat myslef up when I indulge a little.

3.Finish out the C25K and set a new running plan from there: I started the new program and want to finish it out strong! I am really trying to SLOWLY get back into running so I do not get hurt again but I want to keep pushing myself as well soi get better. I am doing a color run at the end of August and may sign up for other races as well!


2013 goal checkin:
I would also like to taking a monthly look at my 2013 goals so that I do not forget about them.

1. Goal weight by the end of the year of 145 (start 174): Its going down, but I have to step it up if I want to meet my goal!

2. Work out 5 Days a Week: Doing well with this. I am doing some form of exercise most days (usually at least 6 days!)

3. Learn to be a mindful eater: goal for this month but I think I am improving. I tracking food again but I am listening to my body better as of late, which has felt nice....I am kinda proud of myself.

4. Declutter my apartment: Making progress but still want to step this up a little

5. Read more: 1-The Help, 2- The Hunger Games, 3-Break No Bones, 4-Catching Fire, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-, 11-, 12-

6. Take a breath: Need to work on this one but doing a little better.

Well, thats all folks! Hope everyone has a great June! We can do this!

  
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GODS_TEMPLE 6/6/2013 11:35PM

    Slow and steady wins the race, and you seem to be staying on track. You have great goals, and I wish you luck with your running schedule.

Like FEYAH12 says...the not binging is GREAT! Keep up the good work.

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FEYAH12 6/5/2013 3:53PM

  You are doing great. Not binging is a HUGE accomplishment and clearly you are getting healthier. Keep up the great work!!!!!! Happy June emoticon

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FLPALM 6/5/2013 3:53PM

    I love your GOALS...and making GREAT PROGRESS! I totally get the "STALE MATE" in the progression! Right now, my body is doing the same thing, even though I am following all the rules, but THAT IS OKAY! As our bodies adjust to the "NEW ME or NEW YOU" as the story goes, we will be making that extra progress.

So good luck, and I'll be watching for next month!

Hugs.

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May: Getting Back on Track!!!!

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Happy May! I am keeping up with my monthly goal blogs, taking look back at the previous month and looking ahead to the next month. I am also taking stock of how I am doing on my 2013 goals.

This year is flying by! This nice weather in MA and longer days has allowed me to get out and enjoy the outdoors. I have really enjoyed working out outdoors and I think it has improved my mood! I really love the spring and fall! I been keeing up with run/walk intervals since getting the okay last month to start running again after my leg injury (IT band) with the couch to 5K.

How has your month been? I feel like I am making progress. Binging has been at a minimum lately, which is amazing. Honestly, I am SOOOO happy about that. I was not seeing progress on the scale and with the emotional eating somewhat in check I started tracking food again (I was finding that it was leading to binges so I put it on hold a few months ago). So far I am doing well and not obsessing too much, hopefully that continues. The weight is starting to come off again, slowly, so hopefully the trend continues. I will keep you posted!

First off, the weight goals:

April 2013 Start Weight: 173.6
April End Goal Weight: 169
April End/May Start Weight: 172.6 (not quite a goal weight but down after going up, so I am happy!)
May End Goal Weight: 168

How did I do?
April Goals:
1. C25K: Did well with sticking with this. It has been hard, both physically and mentally but I think it is helping!

2. STICK TO AN EATING SCHEDULE AT WORK: I have been doing really well with this! I really think it helped my binge eating at night tremendously so I need to keep it up.

3. LIMIT SUGAR INTAKE: Did well with this.

Looking Forward
May Goals:
1. Strength Train Twice a Week on top of Curves: I think need to add some more strength training. Curves I great as a base but I think I need more on top of that to build the strength.

2. STICK TO AN EATING SCHEDULE AT WORK: This has really helped with the binging so I would like to keep it on the forefront for 1 more month to hopefully keep the trend going.

3.Finish out the C25K and set a new running plan from there: I want to finish the program out strong this month and reevaluate at the end. I want to get back into running shape from before but avoid injury. Keep the momentum going!


2013 goal checkin:
I would also like to taking a monthly look at my 2013 goals so that I do not forget about them.

1. Goal weight by the end of the year of 145 (start 174): Its going down, but I have to step it up if I want to meet my goal!

2. Work out 5 Days a Week: Doing well with this. I am doing some form of exercise most days (usually at least 6 days!)

3. Learn to be a mindful eater: goal for this month but I think I am improving. I tracking food again but I am listening to my body better as of late, which has felt nice....I am kinda proud of myself.

4. Declutter my apartment: Making progress but still want to step this up a little

5. Read more: 1-The Help, 2- The Hunger Games, 3-Break No Bones, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-, 11-, 12-

6. Take a breath: Need to work on this one...

Well, thats all folks! Hope everyone has a great April! We can do this!

  
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FLPALM 5/7/2013 2:40PM

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your monthly goals! Great way of working "towards your goal" but not a BEAT YOU DOWN if it doesn't happen! WTG! Love it! Ironically, I seem to work within the same goals as you, love that, a PIONEER Buddy, even though we have not met, I feel a great closeness to you!

Thanks so much for checking in with me, and encouraging me! So let's keep our goals going and I will be "Looking Out for Your and Mine" next updates!

Hugs,
Fran

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111BUTTERFLY111 5/2/2013 6:11PM

    Wishing you a emoticon May! emoticon

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April: Spring Has Sprung!

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Happy April! I am keeping up with my monthly goal blogs, taking look back at the previous month and looking ahead to the next month. I am also taking stock of how I am doing on my 2013 goals.

I am excited for warmer (though it has felt chilly lately) and longer days so that I can get back outside! I also have been given the okay to start run/walk intervals after my leg injury (IT band) so I have started a couch to 5K again to get back in shape.

How has your month been? I feel like I am making progress but the beginning of March was rough. The stress continuted to me and has effected my eating. There was binging. I started tracking my binging midmonth with a calendar (3/15 ish?) and I have only binged 3 times since then! I will reward myself when I cross of 60 days of not binging (vera bradley perhaps?). I have found the keep to scheduling my eating through the day so I am not famished at home and getting enough sleep. I will keep you posted!

First off, the weight goals:

March 2013 Start Weight: 169.8
March End Goal Weight: 173.6 (early month binging and Easter weekend..looking forward)
April End Goal Weight: 169

March Goals:
1. NIX THE NIGHTTIME EATING: This was where the binging occured so I still need to work on this one but it did improve by the end of the month...hopefully I can keep that going

2. DO MY PT STRETCHING DAILY AND STRENGTHENING ATLEAST EVERY OTHER DAY: I did well with this. I am making progress from my injury, slow progress

3. CLEAN 15 MIN PER DAY: Kept this up most days.

March Goals:
1. C25K: I really want to get back in running shape so I want to keep to this plan while watching my body. I do not want to get hurt again!

2. STICK TO AN EATING SCHEDULE AT WORK: I find this really helps me not binge at home at night. I bring sufficient food to work but sometimes front load the food leading to me being hungry when I get home.

3. LIMIT SUGAR INTAKE: This tends to lead to sugar crashing. I will still allow for occasional treats, but I need to stop myself before going overboard. What can I say, I have a super sweet tooth!


2013 goal checkin:
I would also like to taking a monthly look at my 2013 goals so that I do not forget about them.

1. Goal weight by the end of the year of 145 (start 174): Its going down, but I have to step it up if I want to meet my goal!

2. Work out 5 Days a Week: Doing well with this. I am doing some form of exercise most days (usually at least 6 days!)

3. Learn to be a mindful eater: goal for this month but I think I am improving (bad begining of the month, better end) One step backward, two steps forward.... This is a key to losing the weight I think

4. Declutter my apartment: Making progress but still want to step this up a little

5. Read more: 1-The Help, 2- The Hunger Games, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-, 11-, 12-

6. Take a breath: Need to work on this one...

Well, thats all folks! Hope everyone has a great April! We can do this!

  
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111BUTTERFLY111 4/4/2013 6:16PM

    Keep taking good care of you ... you are sooooo worth the effort!!

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JULIERAE41 4/4/2013 1:03PM

    Your goals are focused and you are too. Way to go on geting a handle on it before it snowballs!

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DARLENEW58 4/4/2013 9:45AM

  Sounds like me!!! I think I'll use some of your tips for my own journey! Thank you!

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March: Marching Forward

Friday, March 01, 2013

Happy March! I am keeping up with my monthly goal blogs, taking look back at the previous month and looking ahead to the next month. I am also taking stock of how I am doing on my 2013 goals.

How has your month been. I feel like I am making progress but this week has been really tough on me for some reason. The stress is really been getting to me and has effected my eating. The rest of February I really thought I was making headway so hopefully this is just a bad week. I will keep you posted!

First off, the weight goals:

February 2013 Start Weight: 174.6
February End Goal Weight: 169.8 (goal reached!)
March 2013 Start Weight: 169.8 (this is from Wednesday, may be up after a few days of not so good food choices)
March End Goal Weight: 166

For maybe the first time, I hit my goal weight! I may be up from it, as I said, because these last few days have been rough on the eating front (binged last night and near binges last few). But I will get back on the wagon! Besides the last few days I did really well this month!


February Goals:
1. KEEP FOCUSED ON MINDFUL EATING: Besides the last few days I did relatively well with this, though I really have to fight my mind telling me it wants to eat when it is not hungry.

2. WALK AT LEAST 4 DAYS A WEEK: Except for one week when the weather and PT appts got in the way, I did succeeded in this. I will give this a check mark.

3. DON"T FEEL GUILTY ABOUT ME TIME!: Haha, still need to work on this one.

March Goals:
1. NIX THE NIGHTTIME EATING: This is when the binges usually happen and the urge to eat when I am not hungry wins over. I usually do okay if I am busy but when I try to sit down and relax, I just want to eat (emotion eating, grrrr.). I need to find a way to sit down and relax and not feel like I NEED to eat.

2. DO MY PT STRETCHING DAILY AND STRENGTHENING ATLEAST EVERY OTHER DAY: I have been good with this but I want to get better and back to normal exercise so I NEED to keep this up.

3. CLEAN 15 MIN PER DAY: The need to clean is creating unneeded stress in my life. Getting in at least 15 minute a day will hopefully help keep in under control.


2013 goal checkin:
I would also like to taking a monthly look at my 2013 goals so that I do not forget about them.

1. Goal weight by the end of the year of 145 (start 174): Down to 169.8 so currently stand at a 5.2lb loss. Heading in the right direction!

2. Work out 5 Days a Week: Doing well with this. I started PT this month for my leg so I am hopefully on the mend!

3. Learn to be a mindful eater: goal for this month but I think I am improving (less binging this month, less the last few days) One step backward, two steps forward....

4. Declutter my apartment: Making progress but cleaning is stressing me out, hence it being one of my monthly goals

5. Read more: 1-The Help, 2- The Hunger Games, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-, 11-, 12-

6. Take a breath: Need to work on this one...

Well, thats all folks! Hope everyone has a great March! We can do this!


  
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JULIERAE41 3/1/2013 7:26PM

    This is a great plan! Way to go!

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WALLINMW 3/1/2013 9:17AM

  Keep it going!

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February Goals: Getting Back in the Swing of Things

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

This is a blog that I meant to (and thought I did, doh!) post earlier in the month. I am try to get back on track at posting monthly progress and goals. It will hopefully help keep me focused and moving forward more than moving back. So here it goes:

February 2013 Start Weight: 174.6

February Goals:
1. KEEP FOCUSED ON MINDFUL EATING: I had some issues about obsessing over calories so I stopped counting calories this winter. It seems to be going well. Less binging and more listening to cues, yay! I still have some tweaks to work out, but I think I am heading down the right road. Weight is coming off slowly and I am less stressed. I would like ot keep focusing on this approach this month.

2. WALK AT LEAST 4 DAYS A WEEK: I have had a leg injury (started PT last week finally) so I am having trouble getting some good cardio in. I need to get back to my daily walks (barring weather, conflicts, etc.) to try to counteract that.

3. DON"T FEEL GUILTY ABOUT ME TIME!: I have trouble saying no to things when I am not busy but rather just need me time.

2013 goal checkin:
I would also like to taking a monthly look at my 2013 goals so that I do not forget about them.

1. Goal weight by the end of the year of 145 (start 174): up to 174.6 at the begining on the month (171.6 now, yay!) but that is down from the high in Jan of 178.6, so I am happy that it is coming off slowly and I am heading in the the right direction

2. Work out 5 Days a Week: Doing well with this. I started PT this month for my leg so I am hopefully on the mend!

3. Learn to be a mindful eater: goal for this month but I think I am improving (less binging lately!)

4. Declutter my apartment: Doing well making time to do this. So far, apartment is less cluttered and one big box (computer paper box) in the closet is cleaned out!

5. Read more: 1-The Help, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-, 11-, 12-

6. Take a breath: Doing better now, but still could use some work. I started taking a later walk at lunch which has seemed to help while at work (also helps with cravings at work)

I just started a St. Patrick's Day challenge on the Calorie Watchers 'R' Us Team. Good luck to everyone participating and go shimmering rainbows!

Well, thats all folks! Hope everyone has a great (rest of) the month! We can do this!

  
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111BUTTERFLY111 2/21/2013 5:11PM

    You are going to have a GREAT month, a great year at this rate!!! Keep taking good care of you ... YOU are soooo worth the effort!!!

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JULIERAE41 2/20/2013 7:39PM

    Yay! We are on the same challenge team! Go Shimmering Rainbows!

Your goals are super. I know you will reach them! Way to go!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 2/20/2013 2:59PM

    Great plan!

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DLBROWN93 2/20/2013 2:24PM

    Sounds like your plan is working. emoticon

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