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New Goal: 138 by April 8

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Alright, this is IT. Time to set a weight loss goal. Sparkpeople truly HAS helped me be more consistent in working out and I'm GRATEFUL for that! I'm not up to 5x/week yet, but still working on it! I'm definitely up to 3x/week, which is an improvement from ZERO! I'm proud of this accomplishment, no matter how small it is!

Next goal is a number on the scale. 138, to be exact. That's three pounds in 3 weeks. You think I can do it??

I bet I can....! I'm planning a fun reward - a professional pedicure - and I can't wait to post it in my SP Profile.

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ANKLLOYD 3/22/2011 8:49AM

    You go girl! I know that you can do it. I have a longer set goal for Memorial Day, but maybe I should learn from you and set a smaller goal by say, Easter! I have been reading the Spark book and I am getting a lot of information that I should be using to make this happen.

Good luck - I know that you can do it!

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BELLECAT 3/22/2011 8:29AM

    Good for you - working on upping your exercise! I'm working on going from 0 to 3 myself.

You sound like you have the mindset to do it! 3 pounds in 3 weeks? YES!

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Want to/Don't want to

Monday, March 21, 2011

I'm so tired today. We had a busy weekend, again. I wonder when I'm going to get used to that and stop saying it as if it's unusual. We ALWAYS have busy weekends. Anyway. I didn't workout at ALL. I tried to "make good choices" food-wise, but really I let myself eat mostly anything. Oh well. I'm not here to feel guilt about that. It is what it is.

But I forgot my shoes this morning on the way out the door, and earlier I decided I'd take it as a sign from the Universe, a much-welcome "get out of jail free" pass. I'll go shopping, I thought. Or I'll just go home and lie down. My stomach's acting a little weird right now and I'm just SO tired.

But as lunchtime approaches I'm thinking I'll go home and workout instead. My DVDs are there, after all. I could go for a walk in my neighborhood. Hmm.

Part of me wants to indulge (in a nap) and the other part of me is dying to work out, since I didn't all weekend and I feel like I'll get behind on my progress if I don't.

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EL-E-E 3/21/2011 4:15PM

    Thanks for your comment! That's good advice. At least you try, but let yourself stop if it doesn't feel good.

I ended up doing a 22-min vinyasa yoga which did get my heart going a bit, but wasn't too difficult. I felt better afterwards and didn't need a nap. ;)

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TWINSMOMMY607 3/21/2011 1:07PM

    I find that if I am feeling yucky working out usually helps. I listen to my body and if I still feel crappy while working out then I'll stop and rest.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Yesterday was cold and rainy so I grabbed my shoes and headed to the office building's little gym. I've been going down there once a day for my 3 Sun Salutations (Yoga - Other Goals), and I love that no one ever seems to be in there.

But this was a cardio day (or, more accurately, a make-up day for not doing cardio Monday as scheduled). It was lunchtime so I was slightly worried it would be crowded, but no! So I braved the treadmill. I think it was actually my very first time on one. I used to use a Stairmaster in college, but never a treadmill because I'm not a runner. Well, once I got all the buttons (sort-of) figured out, I felt like a real Person-who-Works-Out. And when the speed increased, I was forced to run! So awesome. Running is something I definitely want to try, and eventually get better at.

I don't want to give up my time outdoors, and I've discovered a great 2-mile trail right here around the office that's working for me, too. And it's beautiful springtime. :) But I'll definitely be adding some treadmill days, as well. I'm so surprised. I've never thought I cared for the gym, or that I'd like working out on equipment better than outside in the sunshine.


What's my temptation?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My new friend Steve asked yesterday, What's my temptation? I thought it was a great question and probably needs to be confessed, to give me some accountability for these foods.

My main one is WHITE FLOUR TORTILLAS. It's my comfort food, my stress food, and one of those big suckers, the 10", is 234 calories on its own! Of course I like to heat it up with some salsa and cheese. (I try not to overdo the cheese.) It's quick, satisfying, and ... a pretty terrible habit. I've tried Whole Wheat tortillas and they were not pleasant but I desperately need an alternative. Any suggestions (brand names, please!) would be welcomed.

2nd temptation, in the same vein, is corn chips. I shouldn't even buy them. It's rare that I binge on them late at night, but sometimes I'll serve them with salsa, as a side item if we're having a mexican inspired dinner. And I definitely eat more than my 1 serving of "14 chips."

If I do eat either of these 2 things after dinner, then I'll want a little something sweet afterwards to balance all the salty. I KNOW! That is embarrassing. Usually I can contain it to one piece of dark chocolate, but it certainly isn't helping my cause.

So, there you have it. Oh wait, I should mention Cheese-Its/Goldfish, which I keep around the house for the kids, and sometimes if I open the box for them --- okay, every time I open the box for them --- I grab a few for my own chow-hole.

Obviously feeling quite a bit of guilt/shame for being defeated by these stupid foods. emoticon

I'm glad I wrote them down, though. Maybe you guys can help me replace them. Celery sticks anyone?

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EL-E-E 3/15/2011 1:23PM

    OHMIGOSH, Fat Matt's! Haven't been there in YEARS. Yum.

Thank you for the (great question, and) the encouragement, Steve!! Sooooo appreciate it.

After writing this I went to SP's recipes section and searched on "chips." Found a baked pita breads recipe (with a little oil and garlic) and I am totally going to try that with salsa. I think it's good to acknowledge these personal trouble foods, though, and actively make a plan to do detour around them if possible.

AND I just finished my daily walk/run, so I feel much better mentally, too. emoticon

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STEVEPRATHER2 3/15/2011 12:44PM

    What about splitting some pita bread ... warm/brown them in a skillet and using light cream cheese with some mexican seasoning ... cumin ... cayenne and then adding the salsa? Haven't tried it but it sounds like it might be good. Let me know if you try it and if it works for you as a comfort replacement ... if not I'll try to think of something different. BTW ... forget the shame or guilt ... it just makes us want to eat more. Instead enjoy and be better later that day or the next. We all need our comfort. I took the weekend off and had a whole rack of Fat Matt's ribs, beans, beer ... all I could say after that was Ahhhhhhhh! emoticon

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Friday, March 11, 2011

It's been a pretty good week overall, but I'm stressed out about a lot of things.

Work-wise, there's always a new project that comes up, adding to my pile. Sometimes I really hate my work. (Other times I love it, so I can't necessarily say I need to find something else... but that's a huge, whole other topic).

At home, we NEED to do our taxes this weekend (what a fun way to spend Saturday night, right?), and I'm so anxious to start a painting project (the kitchen/den). We also need to plan a BIG garage sale - decide when, price and tag stuff, then DO IT - and I have a bit of shopping i truly need to do (the kids' warm weather clothes are too small, not to mention their shoes).

It's easy to get overwhelmed. I've actually been helped by taking my 2-mile walks at lunchtime this week. Me-time, with my iPod, just letting my mind wander.

I hope I can keep grounded and not go completely unraveled about all the STUFF. Good food probably helps keep my emotions in check, too. I haven't been eating BADLY, just a little too much. Still, I feel okay about "this week in weightloss." My original goal WAS to exercise more frequently, and THAT is being accomplished, so GO ME!

We'll see what the weekend brings!

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TEMPENATIVE 3/11/2011 12:27PM

    wow-busy girl. dont forget to BREATHE, its all good!

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