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5% Spring Challenge - The Flat Belly Way

Thursday, March 15, 2012

My chosen eating plan will follow the flat-belly/Mediterranean style of eating. It is recommended to have 4 meals of 400 calories each, which includes at least one MUFA* per meal.

I will have to split one of the meals as I eat 5 per day. We all know depriving ourselves won't last long before we rebel and end up eating more. I will also lower my calories slightly so that I am consuming between 1350 and 1550 calories per day.

*MUFAs (pronounced moo-fah) are monounsaturated fatty acids, plant-based fats found in some of the world's most delicious foods--avocado, nuts and seeds, oils, olives, and dark chocolate

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DANCINCAJUN1 3/15/2012 10:10PM

    oh my I didn't know I ate MUFAs .... thanks for the knowledge learned .... sounds like a great plan ... Roc

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WALKINGRED 3/15/2012 7:04PM

    I like your plan! I love the Mediterranean diet.. Avocados, nuts, dark chocolate- those are some of my favorite foods!
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Best of luck to you, fellow Daisy!

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My Pledge to the Determined Daisies

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

We are going to have a great time together meeting the 8 week challenge. I still feel like a kid going off to summer camp!

I pledge to honor the rules and do my very best to help the team meet our goals.
I pledge to lift up and encourage any member who needs it.
I pledge to cheer for each of you.
I pledge to finish this challenge.
I pledge to continue supporting you after the challenge comes to an end.

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CAPTHAMMER 3/15/2012 12:50PM

    We are thrilled to have as a Daisy!
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PARAEAST 3/14/2012 9:45AM

    Sounds like great goals now to go and do them.

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DANCINCAJUN1 3/13/2012 7:26PM

    sounds like some great dedication there my friend .... 3 days til my race day !! Roc

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Spring 2012 5% 8 Week Challenge - Goals/Plan

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Short-term Goal (8 weeks)

2 1/2 % weight loss (4 week point); total 5% by end of week 8
Lose 1-2 pant sizes
Accomplish Virtual 3K
Accomplish 5 mile walk
Lower cholesterol (will publish count when lab work comes back)
Be within healthy bp range

GET OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


*To be healthier, stronger & more flexible
* To build confidence in myself. This challenge will help me build consistency.
*Being accountable, not just to myself
*Sharing a goal with others. Camaraderie.

Exercise Plan:

Pilates for strength x2 per week
Walking x3 per week
Free days to try new things

Eating Plan:

Follow the Meditteranian Plan (sp doesn't count!), including at least one MUFA per meal.
Eat 5 small meals per day


Follow team challenges/guidelines
Check in with my team every day
Help others acheive their goals


Join Team: Shoes
Week One finish (3/23) Earrings
Week Two finish (3/30) Message
Week Three finish (4/6) Easter Outfit
Week Four fnish (4/13) Sports top
Week Five finish (4/20) New Hat
Week Six finish (4/27) Charm for completing 5 mile (but given on Sat)
Week Seven finish (5/4) Charm bracelette (i know, i know....)
Week Eight finish (5/11) Picnic to celebrate! New shorts?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DTSOBEL 3/13/2012 4:36PM

    What is MUFA? Looks like great goals and rewards. Looking forward to a great 8 weeks.

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DEBBIEDAY 3/13/2012 4:00PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You CAN do this!!!!!

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/11/2012 9:46PM

    It looks like you have a good plan! emoticon I like what you have set up to reward yourself too! Good luck!


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RGEETING 3/11/2012 6:50PM

    May you accomplish your goals!

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CHLOESUE 3/11/2012 2:32PM

    You put a lot of thought into your goals.Thanks again for the invitation to Spring 5% Challenge.I am really looking forward to it.Would love to be on the same team but we will know in a few days.I love the idea of a charm reward.I have one of those Pandora like bead and charm bracelets that I am still putting together.I should set some rewards like you have and add maybe a charm or a bead or two during the challenge when I meet a weekly goal.They will mean more to me this way.
Good luck during the challenge!


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DANCINCAJUN1 3/11/2012 1:27PM

    sounds good to me !! I'll join you when I finish the 5K .... that will be a new goal for me .... I definitely need to get back in the losing bracket !! emoticon

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MTNGRL 3/11/2012 12:36PM

    Looks like you are setting up a system for much success! I agree your reward system is fantastic!

Do you take Pilates class or do a DVD? I have a DVD that I do once in a while & should be doing it more often.

Can't wait to see you in new shorts, looking great with that new charm and bracelet!

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    Your reward system you set up is so great! I love it! emoticon

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Lesson Learned

Friday, March 09, 2012

Hubby got it in his head I'd be starving and ready for a meal after the bloodwork. Even though I packed a pb & banana sandwich we went out for breakfast.

I was pleased to see the low cal choices. They included egg sub, turkey bacon, sf syrup, and small pancakes. All under 400 calories. Hubby got the bacon, I ate the rest along with a glass of oj. I was pleased with my choice considering they didn't offer the actual nutrition of the meal, other than calorites.

I came home and tracked. To my horror that breakfast was almost 900g of sodium. By this time I had already had a yogurt for a snack and pizza with goat cheese. There is nothing to do but watch more carefully.

I can't go back, but I have learned my lesson.

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MTNGRL 3/10/2012 5:27PM

    Oh wow that happens to me all the time. I think the offering looks good, low in calories, lean protein and than whamo the sodium is out of sight. Next thing I know it is marshmallow ankles time again. Drink plenty of water to flush it out. I hate going out to eat now and my hubby loves it. Funny thing is I can cook much healthier versions here at home..oh, maybe that is why he wants to go out! emoticon

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RGEETING 3/10/2012 2:01AM

    Live and learn, eh?
It's okay... they'll be a new lesson to learn tomorrow! :-) At least there is for me! lol
Have a good weekend!

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DANCINCAJUN1 3/9/2012 8:10PM

    lessons we learn every day are so important to our road to success ... I think you did great !! Roc

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WENDYJM4 3/9/2012 8:01PM

    yes sodium can be a real problem. I have found that I need to check all nutrition as I run into that problem before and with me having CKD I need to be extra careful. It is not easy.

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PARAEAST 3/9/2012 7:43PM

    Yes the sodium can be amazing. I have hbp so I have to watch it too. I just ate probably too much black raspberry ice cream. The qt is almost expired and it was warm today. No one in the family will eat it either. Too many excuses. I try when I eat ice cream to eat .25 cup 1/2 the serving size. Not sure if that happened today.
Oh well, tomorrow is another day. Hopefully we'll make better choices.
Take care. Great blog!

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Wonky Scale

Thursday, March 08, 2012

My scale has been tucked away for months. When I got back on track I decided I would only weigh on doc appnts. I got curious though, because I feel lighter. The scale was wonky. It would let me put in my gender and height, but wouldn't let me weigh in.

I think (if I can fast and drive safely) I'll be having bloodwork done tomorrow. Maybe they'll have a scale. I will also measure tomorrow. I hate doing it, but seeing the blogs with before and after photos and stats has me thinking it is probably something I should do.

When I get the results of the bloodwork I'll also be able to update my stats here. I know it will be much better this time than last in the cholesterol department.


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RGEETING 3/9/2012 2:26AM

    I love having my clothes feel loose! :-)
I'm only weighing myself at dr appts...
I do measure myself every week or two, but I find it really subjective as I'm never sure if I'm measuring at exactly the same spots as last week... lol but I do look at my beginning measurements and my current measurements and see a beautiful change! :-) even if it's not exact.... because I can still see progress. But, again, nothing is as special as FEELING the results! :-)

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GARELLK 3/8/2012 2:52PM

    Just get a tape measure and go by your measurements. Your blood work results will be a key indicator though about the health of your body. Don't always use weight as your primary indicator of success. You can be heavy, but yet your muscle to fat ratio is good, meaning your healthy and lean. Good luck with your numbers tomorrow.

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DANCINCAJUN1 3/8/2012 2:00PM

    I really really really need to have DH hide my scales as they make me so frustrated at times .... roc
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PARAEAST 3/8/2012 1:37PM

    Trust and pray your weight comes off. Dr. visits are good except for the scale. I go in Aug, though I had my bp checked in Feb after work. So no fasthing that long.
Trust you do good!

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MTNGRL 3/8/2012 10:30AM

    I really should do this, put away the scale. I'm not ready to do that and I can't explain why. I am proud of you.

Last month I went to the doctors. I was down 10 pounds, lab results great, took me off one of my medicines and I was on cloud 9.
This month, back up 10 pounds and I doubt my lab numbers would be anywhere as good.

I am excited for you to find out how your blood work will be, much better I am sure. As for feeling lighter, I think that is a great measure of success. Keep us posted on your progress, it is really motivating me. Hugs!!

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    I'm looking forward to my appointment for blood work, too. I have really been working hard not to have to take statin drugs, but if my numbers aren't better after all that, I'll have to. I hope your visit gives you a wonderful surprise! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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