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4-25-2011 - April is coming to an END!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Yes April is nearly over, just one week left. I have worked hard on my plan for this month and YES I have had success. I have lost just under 5 lbs so far!! WOOHOOO ME!!! I am going to keep pushing are this last week to try to get to or below 210. I so want to leave the 210's. I have been here too long and seriously worn out my welcome. LOL
This last week was not my best and I didnt lose but did stay the same, I am not at all upset by this, there were challenges, Easter brunch with Kids and gkids. I knew it would be interesting, and just walked past the crossiants, had lots of veggies, which were my contribution and some ham and a small piece of bundt cake. Had carefully planned dinner and in all did go over but just a little. I also has a rought Friday and just wanted to eat, anything!! I did overdo but not over calories.
I have been pretty consistant with drinking water and held to 10 most of the days, this is a challenge still since I get busy and forget to drink. Right now I am working on getting my strength to be as consistant, this is my stumbling block but I did a video earlier and will do another set later today to give me a full 20 minutes.
I am doing great on cardio, especially now that DH and I are walking in the evenings, we do about 1.5 to 2 miles. It is mostly fun for me since I normally walk alone with my mp3 player.
Love this time of the year we are getting out veggie garden all fixed up, they are young green plants just happily growning, I am working on getting some herbs planted and DH built me a nice plant stand for those and some flowers to put in the backyard. One of my projects this week is to get it painted. That man of mine is so hand with worknig work and building, it just amazes me since I am a dunce in that line.
So as this month comes to a close, I think this plan is a good one and will keep working on it with making some variations from time to time to keep it fun and not let this old body get in a runt or routine. Got to keep it changing lol dont to love the thought that you can trick your body into helping you lose the weight. emoticon
So I am challenging everyone who reads this to work hard this last week and end April on a Healthly and Fit Note!!!!!
We can do it and mean it and feel it........WE ARE GOING TO GET FIT!!!!!!!

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TAMMIELAND 4/26/2011 10:32AM

  congrats on your 5 pound loss!!!! I loved your blog. I'm really going to push my self this week and the entire month of May! My energy level always goes up once warmer weather hits. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/25/2011 10:12PM

    You can do it, Deb!

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SUSAN134 4/25/2011 8:44PM

    I accept your challenge Deb and am so proud of what you have accomplished! Also think it is great that you and hubby get out for a walk every night!

Keep up the excellent effort!



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LOOZINITNOW 4/25/2011 8:40PM

    Sounds like you have had a great April! I am with you on the challenge!

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    I'm so proud of you! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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SAVING-GRACE 4/25/2011 5:53PM

    I'm up for the challenge! So far so good!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/25/2011 3:24PM

    I love your attitude emoticon

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MARTY728 4/25/2011 1:46PM

    I accept the challenge! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4-13-2011 - Continuing on the Plan

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Thought it was time to update on my ploan for April. I have been eating with the variety of calories and reducing breads and such a couple days a week. My weigh on Sun showed me down 2 lbs. WOOHOOO it seems to be working. I am also working hard to keep up the daily calorie burn, which also seems to be helping.
I thought that cutting out breads, chips and crackers would be hard, although I am not staying to it exactly as I had planned, I am still doing better than I thought and it seems that I have not had any serious withdrawals. I am eating more veggies and adding beans or soy products. I seem to find that protien is harder this way. I am eating less sandwiches and honestly trying to eat more veggies.
My only trouble area is strength, I am not ignoring it but still its seems to be the one I have trouble making sure gets done. I think that is because I really dont like doing them so find reasons to not do them. I did 10 minutes today do I am starting over my goal this month is to get through a whole week and get it right and then push for more.
So I am doing well, although pretty busy with the weather being so nice. I do like that on the weekend we are out in the garden and yard.
For me its keeping to the plan for the rest of the month, I am on track and feeling good.
Remember each meal or better each moment is new, you take a misstep just get right back to it and dont let the next moment slip by without your thinking about what you are doing.
Smiles to all!

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MARTY728 4/14/2011 11:14PM

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/14/2011 9:41AM

    Good plan and with these in place, you will be accomplishing your goals

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NO_SNOW_BODY 4/14/2011 6:24AM

    You can also find protein in cottage cheese and string cheese without too many calories. Great on the weight loss, i found your 2 pounds though...unfortuately they wanted to come visit with me this month.

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LISALOSING52 4/14/2011 5:11AM

    Looks like your plan is working Deb! I'm glad it's not as tough as you thought. Keep up the good work...looks like it's really paying off!

emoticon on 2 lbs. gone!!! emoticon emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/13/2011 10:20PM

    Looks like you're doing AWESOME! Keep up the good work my friend. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 4/13/2011 9:49PM

    emoticon If you are worried about getting enough protein you really are with veggies and beans. But if it makes your mind feel better why don't you make a big salad with a grilled chicken breast on top or shrimp or salmon.

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4-2-2011 - Bring on April

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Time to say goodbye to March and this was not a good month for me. Gained 3#!!!!!
I know why it happened, had to long vacation weekends. I just kinda lost it on the second trip home and ate more than I needed. The funny thing is that during the weekend I didnt really snack on junk food at track, but on the way home I just let my guard down. I really am not happy about that and want to scream. I worked so hard to lose the 8 # since Jan and now I am having to start over. I am not having an easy time with weight loss and I am struggling to find way to get this dang weight off. NO I am not quitting or stopping, just regrouping and starting right now getting with the plan.
I had tried for a couple days before my last trip to cut out bread, crackers chips and although I thought I would have a hard time, it was easier than I thought. I did drop a little weight before the trip so think I am going to continue with that druing April, not every day but 3-4 days a week. Confuse my body sounds good to me.
So for April:
1 .Exercise 500-600 calories off each day.
2. Do 20 minutes of strength at least 4 times a week (this is the hardest thing for me to do so instead of commiting to 7 days I am going to start out a little slower and get in a good habit then add later.
3. Stick with eating close to 1300-1400 calories 5 days a week and then on weekends eat at the upper range of 1600.
4 .Weigh in on Saturdays
5. Drink at least 10 glasses of water daily.
I started his blog in the am it is not after lunch and I am getting back to it.
I am going to try this for 2 weeks starting today and then take a look and see if I need to make an adjustment.

I do believe in the long run of things I will make it. I am just not really happy right now, I an struggling to do the right things daily, yet know in my heart of hearts this is all good for me. I will not give up and if nothing else comes of this, I will learn to eat healthier and exercise routinely all this will make he healthier.

Onward to Success and Health.

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TRAVELNISTA 4/4/2011 4:53PM

    We all believe in you Deb and we all know emoticon. It sounds like a good plan. we're always here when you need us. emoticon emoticon

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    I like your goals and I know I need to probably look at this kind of up and down calorie ranges myself. I'm still trying to eat without gluten! So far it's not been as awful as last year...so I am hopeful.

I know I haven't been here much but you know I love and support you in all things!
And yes, bring on April, bring on Spring!

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/3/2011 9:57AM

    With your new plan, you should see a change in the scale. Read some motivational blogs & success stories to get your mo-jo back

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    I believe in you too! I love your new goals and your positive attitude! emoticon I'm cheering for you all the way! Thanks for sharing the journey with us. I need you! Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 4/2/2011 10:05PM

    Just keep moving forward! emoticon

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MKPRINCESS007 4/2/2011 8:14PM

    I am with you. I feel like I am losing and gaining the same pounds over and over. So, I am going to join you with forward focus and doing some different things in April.

You have inspired me to come up with a game plan! :)

Have a great day..............

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3-30-2011 - Was I Lucky Or What in Finding Great Teams!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

This month I have been working on a special challenge to think about and write how finding SP has changed my luck. I have written about the site and program, find great friends and not for the next thing I think has changed my luck......TEAMS
I think like many when I first joined you are given the option ot join teams, and like many I chose a few, but as time has gone on I have seen that having too many just divides your time and focus too much. Each of us will find the magic number different. For me it needs to be small. Right now I belong to 6 teams, one is a special team for leaders only, one is for readers of the Spark, one was for the 28 day challenge, the last three are the ones I real care about most although my time in each of them is different. I joined one on my first day and was surprised at how I liked being there. Now I was not totally new to the interent and sharing on line, although limited just because that is me. I loved the people in the People pver 50 trying to lose over 100 lb team, they were like me, older and having to deal with weight loss and exercise. I met some super ladies there who to this day I still call special friends. My next team was the 50 Pound Challenge team and they are my home team. I love this team for so many reasons and am actually a co-leader there and that is very dear to my heart. Yes I am so Lucky for the day I heard about this team, it was made up in the being of team mates for my other team, people I knew and thought why not who doesnt need motivation and a great challenge. Yes it has changed my luck forever, it has given me a new outlook on this program and made me work since although I might not make the 50 lb loss in 6 mnths, I am out there working at it and getting so much strength and motivation from this special group of people. My other team is the Slow and Steady....LOL they are just like me again learning the value of being consistant and steady in what we do, yeah not fast movers most of the time, but still getting the job done. I love my turtle team!
So There it is, I am very lucky to have found such good teams with great teammates that make this journey all the more rewarding for me.
Now think about it and know the more you are involved in SP community and teams the better your progress will be, but dont overdo it on teams, start slow and build and find the magic number that works for you. And you will be lucky too and find that special group that really moves into action to getting healthier and fitter and yes smaller too.

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SCOUTMOM715 3/31/2011 10:38PM

    Great Blog! I too am so happy to have joined the 50 lb Challenge team, a very supportive and inspiring team.

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TRAVELNISTA 3/30/2011 5:01PM

    Great blog my friend! I wimped out in doing the Alternative Challenge this month because I couldn't think of 4 different ways Spark People changed my luck. Excellent perspective on this.

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 3/30/2011 12:36PM

    That's cool! I love my spark teams too, especially the 50 lb Challenge team and the No S Diet team. Those are my corner-stones, the teams that I always go to for support and the teams where I find most of my most supportive friends (like you!).

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3-22-2011 - Trying something different

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

You know a number of my friends are working on Lent and giving up something. One person is giving up all junk food and I do admire her for all the effort she is putting into it. Another is trying a couple day fruit fast and I think she is daring to try. What all this brings me to is that I remember Lent as a kid and having to give up good stuff, not liver or vegetables, more like candy or desserts. This has be thinking that I do need to make some changes, I feel stagnant in my eating. Yes I am eating with both my calorie and nutrient ranges, but I need to mix it up a little. So even though I and still a little sick with some tummy uch!, I have decided for 3 days to remove starches from my diet, I am a bread addict so I am not going to eat bread, crackers, chips and until Wed evening no pasta. I go through yesterday great, I did wonder how much I would miss my sandwich with lunch, but no problem. Had some lovely lentil with a little wild rice and lots of vegggie soup, and a nice salad. I am eating lots of veggie and fruit and realize they are much better for me, then filling in the calories with starchy foods. I am making sure through this that I am eating within my nutrient range and being careful to overdo on fruits all those carbs, although good I need to watch the sugar.
I am feeling fine and really glad I tried this for a couple days. Thursday we are off to the races in So CA so I will not be able to keep this going. Yet we have made plans to not have to eat out the whole trip. Earlier this month we went to Vegas for the Nasar race there and stayed at a time share so had a kitchen, really helped. But at the races the food choices are poor. So we made a took sandwiches, veggies and fruit, also some trailmix I created and can control. We did well. This time we are staying at a motel but with refrig nd microwave. I am going to making a couple easy to heat dinners, sandwich making stuff, we will pick up some fruit and salad fixings there. I have the trailmix left and of course some not so ok snacks for hubby who when he drives long distances seems to need to snack much more than I need it. LOL
March is fast coming to a close and although I have not had any real weight loss with the frist trip I am glad to be staying the same. After this weekend I will have a few days to really hit it again and plan to try this program to lessen my starches for the remainer of the month. Yes I hope for weight loss, but more to just learn more about what I can do with my eating and what I really need to be eating. So we will see in about 9 days how I do. I will let you all know when I have my monthly weight in the the 50 challenge team. Will be doing measurments then too.
Smiles and always remember how important you are and never forget to make time for YOU!

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DIFROMWYOMING 3/23/2011 11:29PM

    Have a wonderful trip! I am on day 7 of no gluten and so far it hasn't killed me. Not easy...but forcing me to get creative. I just need to fill the days with more FREGGIES! Argh. Always something.

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SCOUTMOM715 3/23/2011 10:40PM

    You sure are doing great with planning ahead to have some healthy options for your trip. Have a wonderful time!! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 3/23/2011 7:44PM

    Great job on making healthy plans ahead of time. Have a great trip!!! emoticon

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 3/23/2011 6:21PM

    Sounds like a good plan! Good luck with it. I could stand to lessen my starches too, but one thing at a time. :-)

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    You're doing GREAT! I'm excited to see your results! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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DARKTHOR 3/22/2011 10:53PM

    Getting more fruits and vegetables in your diet is pretty much always a good thing! They just have so many more nutrients and are a great way to avoid empty calories. Way to go!

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/22/2011 9:22PM

    You sure did well in the planning area, good for you. Making time for ourselves is so important for our well being!

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TRAVELNISTA 3/22/2011 8:29PM

    Deb it sounds like you are making some really healthy choices and changes. You go girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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