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Shame on me...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I was so gung-ho. So into P90X. So singing the praises of SparkPeople. I bought The Spark. I was practically dating Tony Horton. Then suddenly I got sick. Like really sick. Not disease-sick, fortunately, but that utterly horrible cold that comes like once every three years and you-just-can't-shake-it sick. THAT sick. I was dizzy, nauseous, tired, drained, sneezy, coughing, achy...miserable. I couldn't move. The holiday season was a drag because I was dragging. I lost all my motivation. Even to get out of bed in the morning.

Then when New Year's came around I knew I had to start with something so that 2011 could look somewhat bright. I wasn't ready for the physical part yet so I tackled something else: I decluttered my ENTIRE house. Every box, shelf, bag, cabinet, cupboard, drawer, cubby hole, and file was dragged out, inspected, searched, cleaned, and organized. Hubby and I chucked boxes upon boxes, bags upon bags. My house is now spotless and an absolute pleasure to be in. I'm just now starting to get back to the point where I feel like I can be physical and not pass out. I hope that I am able to keep with my food and exercise routine as well as I'm keeping with the cleaning and tidying resolution I've kept so far.

But shame on me for not even coming to SparkPeople to check in and see my friends. Shame, shame, shame. Don't I know that it's the camaraderie of this community that keeps me going? I should know that. It's what's gotten me to return, after all!

Missed you guys! Jenn and Anna...I'm so totally back!!!!

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SHRINK71 1/18/2011 7:39AM

    Welcome back to the "land of the living!" Those kind of colds can really be a drag... SO glad you're feeling better! I WISH I could get into de-cluttering mode! WOW! The idea of a clutter free house is SO fabulous! Good for you! Great way to begin a fresh start!

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PEGGIET 1/18/2011 4:37AM

    2011 sounds like it has gotten off to a fresh start for you in more ways than one!! Welcome back! Come check out the changes in our team - used to be Abu Dhabi, now it's all of the UAE!! Come and meet the new folks!!

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ROZELL99 1/18/2011 4:27AM

  Have a fantastic 2011!

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ALICESOUZA 1/18/2011 3:58AM

    Decluttering frees you in a way nothing else can. Good for you.

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Bad, but still good

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Last night hubby and I went out with some friends. The evening started at their apartment. He is a master chef and cooked up an amazing dinner. She's the hostess with the mostest so our wine and beer glasses were always full. After dinner we went out for some shisha and drinks and by the end of the evening, though I hadn't overeaten and my drinks weren't unreasonable, I felt AWFUL.

We got home and I was desperately hungry and ate whatever healthy food I could find, but then I felt GUILTY.

I braved through my fear this morning and tallied up my calories from yesterday and realized...I'd only had about 2300 calories in total. That's much more than I've been eating over the past month, but *significantly* less than what I'd been eating just a month ago.

Plus I hadn't really had enough water yesterday, which added to my yucky feeling.

So yesterday's "overindulgence" was a quick wake-up call: I HAVE made progress! And when I slip back into old ways like I did yesterday, it doesn't make me feel good.

Though dinner was superb (I wish he'd open a restaurant!), I'm happy to get back on the wagon today: fresh fruits, veggies, lean meats, no creamy sauces, and LOTS of water.

Funny how one bad day can end up looking not so bad after all!

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GRANDMABABA 11/6/2010 6:59AM

    I hate it when I slip up, but getting back on track feels so good. Good for you!

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KEELY128 11/6/2010 6:55AM

    Good for you, I think we all have those days, we have too. Makes the rest all the better!

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Finally on the right track for the long haul

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Ladies and gentlemen...I think we finally have lift-off!

Combining what I'm learning about tracking foods on SparkPeople, plus my Weight Watchers knowledge, PLUS P90X (love, love, LOVE P90X!), I think I'm finally seeing some progress: not only on the scale (though admittedly I haven't looked!) or in my clothing size, but progress in my stick-to-it-ive-ness! I think I might actually be onto a plan that will work for me for the LONG HAUL!

I'm committed to ONE YEAR of SparkPeople tracking, smart choices, and exercising (P90X for 90 days, then reassess....). October 16th, 2011 I will be a new ME!

Heck, with this attitude, I already am a new me!


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    Awesome post! You can do it!

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Step 5: Get back on the horse...or wagon...or plan

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It's been almost 2 months since I've blogged, but this isn't a bad thing. In the meantime my husband has actually looked at the SparkPeople web site and made comments like "looks cool" and "I might try that". emoticon He's also started on his nutritional goals and exercising, too. We're both doing P90X and I'm supplementing that with daily walks while I watch The Biggest Loser and he's playing ice hockey.

I feel like we're onto something here. I have a new cookbook from Australian Women's Weekly that I love and I've tried a few recipes from it that we've enjoyed. Plus I can track our nutritional values easily with it each day.

I've also started a SparkPeople group for those of us in Abu Dhabi, in case anyone else is here and doing SparkPeople and would like to join me for fun talks and brisk walks along the Corniche.

I feel like this is finally a new beginning, and I'm not doing it alone.


Step 4: Planning to plan

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Yes, planning to plan is just utter silliness. "Let's make an appointment to set an appointment." But planning to plan, in terms of weight loss, makes sense!

Today I planned my day: breakfast, waxing/threading/mani/pedi, quick lunch in my car with tinted windows so I won't get arrested (it's Ramadan -- eating in public during daylight hours is illegal), grocery shopping, home for lunch, workout, make dinner, watch TV, go to bed.

So I got up, had breakfast, did some work on the computer. Naughty! Took a quick shower, headed to the salon. Had a great pampering, made a new friend (an expat from Philly!), and went to the grocery store. This is where the planning to plan begins:

- Quick breakfasts for DH to take on the road (and eat inconspicuously in his car, too).

- San Pellegrino for evening drinks (necessity!).

- LOTS of fruits and veggies I can cut up and enjoy anytime.

- Cottage cheese, hummus, and low fat cheese dips.

- Lean meats that are easily stored and easily cooked.

- People magazine and Good Housekeeping (I may be an expat, but I'm still a red-blooded American woman!).

- SKIPPED the cookies, chips, and soda aisles!!!! Woooo hoooo! Five gold stars for Ellen!

- Low fat dairy, low fat dairy, low fat dairy!!! Mmm...fills you up and deeelish! Love me some laban in the afternoon!

So I've planned...to plan...meaning now I've sorted out what I need and I can make a plan each day depending on what goodies I have in the fridge and in my patry. I feel empowered knowing I made good choices. I feel free knowing I made simple choices. I planned! Now let's just hope I don't get caught snacking in my car! emoticon


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