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Motivation for February, Smoothies

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My 1-year Sparkiversary will be in February. While that's still a ways off, I'm starting to think about what I want to have accomplished by then, and it's helping to motivate me. I do NOT want to check in on that date, for example, and post a blog that says, "Welp, I'm still at 144 lbs. Sure wish I could lose a few of them." I mean, how depressing would THAT be, right?! I know, it's a journey, not a destination, blah blah, but ONE YEAR LATER, I want to see progress!

So. Motivation is Good! (Ack!)

The other day when I was driving around at my lunch hour, doing the perpetual errands, I didn't want to have to stop somewhere for lunch. Fact is, I'm sick of most of the lunch options around me and sometimes I just don't have time to make a salad in the morning before I head to the office. Some days I can go home and make one (and workout, woo) but other days I can't.

So I had the brilliant idea that I need to start having smoothies for lunch. Not from Smoothie King, but from my own ingredients. I can mix 'em up the night before, then freeze them. I'm having one now, that I took out of the freezer this morning. It's just the right consistency and I'm hoping the yogurt in it will help keep me full this afternoon. On days when I'm driving around doing errands, I can still have "lunch" -- and bring it with me. I'm hoping this will work. (Also, I can add spinach and oatmeal and all kinds of good things to a smoothie!)

Quick smoothie recipes welcome!

  
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MOSTMOM1 10/13/2011 7:54AM

    Whatever motivates you is what works best. Brilliant Smoothie idea! And hey, no matter what,there's something to be said for sticking around for a year.
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EL-E-E 10/13/2011 7:16AM

    Dee, that's a great question. My goals are to be working out consistently (3-4x/week), and to have lost 5 pounds. They seem like small goals but they've been eluding me. The consistent working out, I can do (and have done in the past). For some reason the scale won't move. But, ONWARD.



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DEE0973 10/12/2011 4:37PM

    Its a great idea, but I don't do well with drinking my calories. So, what are your goals for your upcoming Sparkversary?

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KAYYVAUGHN 10/12/2011 4:00PM

    What a great idea! emoticon
Kay

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ELISOS 10/11/2011 5:26PM

    I know you can do it by February...hugs

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KPRICE354 10/11/2011 12:08PM

    I like the freeze it the night before idea! I never tried that with a smoothie before. I may have to try that one myself. Don't worry if you keep at it in a year I'm sure you will have some results to boast. The hardest part about losing weight is not eating right or exercising. It's making yourself do it! Atleast that's the case for me. Keep focused on your goals and you will succeed.

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Hiccup and a non-scale victory

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

My son broke his arm last week, so we've had some schedule rearranging and a bit of a hiccup in my focus. Lunch breaks have been spent taking him to doctor's appointments and other errands. I haven't worried too much about it, but am starting to feel like a slug.

In other news, however, TWO pairs of pants that have been too tight all summer, are now fitting! I can't believe this, because I have been SO inconsistent with daily exercise and calorie-watching. Still, I'LL TAKE IT!

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Hope I can get back on track, workout-wise, on Thursday, Friday and the weekend.

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CEEWASH69 10/7/2011 11:24AM

  Sorry to hear about your son but I here's a round of applause for you and those two pair of pants-- emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 10/6/2011 2:23PM

    I'm sorry about your son. I hope that he is better soon. Are his friends signing his cast?

You'll be back on track. Anything the happens out of the ordinary makes me eat more. I guess it's a bit of emotional eating.

Take care of your family and yourself,
Kay

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ELISOS 10/5/2011 2:28PM

    Hope your son feels better soon.
Congratulations, you are doing great....hugs

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MOSTMOM1 10/5/2011 10:08AM

    Heck yeah, take it! Sorry to hear about your son, though. Youch!
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Sitting

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I dislike having a job where I sit at a desk all day.

I try to get up a lot (have to, with all the water I'm drinking), and I make sure to stretch for about 10 minutes at least once a day, but ugh. There are many days I wish I had a job where I was on my feet. Grass is always greener, I'm sure.

(I also dislike having my computer screen visible to all who walk by!! Specifically, my manager, who can see when I'm goofing around on Sparkpeople! Luckily, she's on here, too, but... still.)

Today's going well for me and I've planned my dinner so I can eat THREE tacos. Taco night is my favorite! Only thing is I need to stay away from the CHIPS. :)

  
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KAYYVAUGHN 10/1/2011 8:47AM

    I know it's difficult to exercise sitting at a desk. Taking those bathroom breaks gets in more steps. Shoulder rolls, sitting leg raises, etc, are some that I do when I'm sitting.
Playing with your kids gives you exercise. I'm sure you get plenty of that.
Good luck,
Kay

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TISH0125 9/28/2011 1:47PM

  I work from home most days on the computer and phone mostly (sitting on my butt too), but luckily I can take a quick 5-10 min break whenever and use my go-to exercise ball, or do lunges around the house, or something at least. Who cares if your co-workers look at you crazy if you randomly start doing jumping jacks at your desk LOL!! Or get one of those exercise ball chairs :)

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BLACKJEN82 9/27/2011 11:49PM

    LOL about your computer screen, I feel the same way!!! I also hate that I have to sit. I'm lucky that I work about 32 hours a week so from 2:30 on, I'm not confined to a desk but still....

Way to plan your day to eat what you enjoy!!!

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ELISOS 9/27/2011 8:04PM

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MOSTMOM1 9/27/2011 3:11PM

    I emoticon Taco Night.

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Good workout yesterday, and an idea

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Yesterday I walked 1.6 miles (measured it this morning in the car) and then did my abs workout. It felt great, although it was humid! Ick!

This morning I can feel the good sore. Yay! I've missed you, good sore!

Last week, a friend I hadn't seen in a while said "you look great, what have you been doing?" Truth is, I haven't lost weight really, but I'm glad she said that. Even if it's only politeness talking, it's a good motivator. I would like more compliments like that.

Finally, I had an idea this morning. Maybe I should record "Biggest Loser" to my DVR (or watch it On Demand) on Saturday mornings, to keep me motivated on the weekends! I typically do watch it on Tuesday nights, but since weekends are so tough for me.... just a little strategy I might test out.

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JANESSMI 10/5/2011 10:14AM

    Good idea. Like many others i do good with the structure of work during the week but on weekend I do not eat as regular or have healthy snacks as consistently.

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MOSTMOM1 9/22/2011 6:50PM

    Good for you!

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ELISOS 9/22/2011 3:23PM

    great to kkep yourself motivated during the weekends. Congratulations that your friend noticed that you are thinking healthy. emoticon

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ANASONIC 9/22/2011 8:29AM

    great idea about watching the motivating stuff on the weekend. I tend to do well all week and throw it all away on the weekend. Your friend must have noticed that glow of healthy living! Keep up the motivation! emoticon

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Where I've been... (more excuses)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

...My office, my kid's martial arts classes, den meetings, pack meetings, volunteering for his school, at Costco, helping with homework, singing at choir practice, and church, falling asleep on the couch every night, barely remembering to make the next day's lunches, NOT getting the haircut I need, NOT doing the clothes shopping I need to do, but somehow spending plenty of money anyway...

Stupid, crazy week since I last posted here.

Nutrition has gotten lazy again. (French fries anyone? I had them at lunch yesterday. It has been a while since I allowed myself fries at lunch.) Workouts have all but stopped. I need a swift kick in the pants. I need that ONE workout. WHEN? Tomorrow at noon is the first time I'll be able to.

I'm discouraged because I KNOW I have gained pounds again.

I think I need to find a "TEN POUNDS TO LOSE" team.

Anyway, I'm back. I'm still gonna try. Someone please give me a pep talk.

  
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EL-E-E 9/16/2011 9:07AM

    thank you for all the pep, people!! I greatly appreciate it. SP is great. emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 9/16/2011 6:59AM

    Lee,
You have been so busy and in motion constantly. I don't think you have gained any weight. The french fries are gone with all your moving around.

When things calm down, let me know. We will take another walk and talk.
Kay

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ELISOS 9/15/2011 6:20PM

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MOSTMOM1 9/15/2011 5:06PM

    Do you want a swift kick in the pants, or a "Sister, I hear that!" Because I can do both. I wish moms got a freebie 20 lb weight loss per year, or 10 lbs. per kid, or at least a percentage of your kids' combined weight. Sigh... Hang in there, sister! Now, hold still while I aim a Chuck Norris, spinning roundhouse kick to your derriere. Don't move, cause I can't kick very high! Go get 'em!
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STEADYON 9/15/2011 7:53AM

    You can do it! We can encourage each other like in the good 'ol days :)

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JOABEHR 9/15/2011 7:29AM

    You have an insane schedule. The key is you have to make time for YOU. I hope you can do that. I know it is easier said than done. Also take healthy snack with you as you do all your errands. Yougurt , almonds, fruit and raw veggies. It will help you not reach for the fast foods. It's hard being a Mom. Keep Sparking, You can do it! emoticon

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