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Stevia Challenge - W1 Update

Sunday, November 06, 2011

So, I'm a week into my November plan to limit my sugar intake and try to eat clean. It's going pretty well. I've mostly adjusted to the taste of Stevia, and I managed to avoid eating any of the kids' Halloween candy. That is a major victory for me. I used to snack on candy constantly throughout the day. I've stayed in my calorie range every day except yesterday. Last night I slipped up and did my usual weekend routine of vegging in front of the TV and eating all night. Everything I ate was healthy, but I ate WAY too much.
But, today's a new day, and I am back on track. I'm going to do a Body Rock and work on new choreography for my Zumba class. That will definitely help curb the urge to snack. Yesterday was my rest day, and I definitely struggle on days when I don't work out.
I've also decided not to weigh myself all month. I got back into the habit of weighing myself every morning, and it made me way too focused on a number. I feel great, so I don't know why I'm getting worried about how much the scale says I weigh.
I am switching my focus to another number - which I know is not a great plan - but, I have a pair of size 10 jeans that almost fit me. I really want to be able to wear them. I've decided to try them on once a week to keep me motivated without weighing myself. I tried them on yesterday, and they fit better than the last time I put them on. I think the plan is working. My stomach looks smaller, and I'm starting to see some muscle definition!
Mostly, I am enjoying how great I feel when I limit sugar and processed foods. I have tons of energy for all of my strenuous workouts, plus everyday life. I sleep well and wake up refreshed. I feel more positive about life and enjoy my day to day life.
So far, so good. One slip up (of healthy foods) in a week is pretty good. No extra sugar for a week is amazing. I don't know when the last time I did this was. Probably not since childhood - or maybe ever. I feel fantastic.
Bring on week 2 - I'm ready.

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LINDYLIME 11/8/2011 12:02AM

    Your positive attitude is infectious! Isnt it fabulous how your teaching Zumba has worked out so well. So glad you gave it another shot!

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EMPTRS 11/6/2011 8:48AM

    Sounds like you are doing all of the right things!!! Keep it up and those jeans are going to fit you in no time!!!

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What If? So What?

Friday, November 04, 2011

I love the days when I am completely in tune with my body, and exercise seems easy. Yesterday was one of those days, but it didn't start out that way.
When I got up yesterday morning, I was sore. An hour of lifting heavy is intense, and I topped it off by teaching my Zumba class. I was feeling every minute of it. I sometimes dread Thursdays. An hour of sprint work is exhausting, but add on 45 minutes of yoga and an hour of Pilates, and it makes for an exhausting day. I was already tired, and my limbs felt heavy. I wasn't looking forward to it.
For a minute the old me came back, and I thought of every excuse I could use to get out of going to Yoga & Pilates. But, luckily, the new me answered every excuse with a much better reason that I should go.

I feel great after I work out.
I never regret a workout.
All 3 classes benefit my body in different ways.
Yoga will stretch me out after sprinting, and it feels so good.
Pilates will give me the abs I want.

All of these reasons worked for a while, but the thought that stopped my excuse making was that I needed to be fit to be a good Zumba teacher.
I love it. I thought teaching would be fun, but the idea terrified me for a while. I had all of these 'what if' statements in my head, and I put off starting a class for months. The main concern?

What if I mess up?

Really? That is what kept me from something that has completely changed the way I look at myself?
It was stupid. I know that now. Other people tried to tell me before, but I had to take my time and figure it out for myself. You know what I realized? 'What If's are powerless against 'So what?'

So what if I mess up? I'm human and far from perfect. So is everyone else. They may like you better for it.

And, I was right. I've messed up. During my first class I had to start one song over. We laughed about it and kept going. I had a great time.
I love every class. It's even better than I thought it would be. I was kind of selfish before. I thought teaching Zumba would be fun and something I could do that would work with my schedule, and I would have a guaranteed workout twice a week. I thought it would be nice to help people, but I didn't really know what that meant.
It's become the most important part. I love it when they're sweating and their muscles are burning, and they still love it. I love when they really enjoy a song and practice the moves at home. Most of all, I love how happy they look at the end of class, and they feel better physically and mentally from the consistent exercise.
I'm so glad I didn't let a 'What If' stop me.

I did all of my training yesterday, and it was one of my best days in a long time. The sprint work was hard, but not as hard as it had been the week before. I tend to notice my gains suddenly, and this was one of those days. I felt like I was flying.
Yoga was excellent. I was tight from running and needed a good stretch.
Pilates was awesome. I was very focused on my movements and breathing, and I worked really hard. Still, I was able to accomplish to certain moves with much more ease than before. I felt really strong, and I'm starting to envision a flat stomach - something I never really considered possible before.
I love the new motivation teaching has brought me. My trainer told me it would happen, but I didn't really understand. It's wonderful to help others get fit, and I need to set a good example. Walk the walk... And, I know I can do it.

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GIANTMICROBE 11/5/2011 10:02AM

    This is a great blog, it's so wonderful when people love what they do. Fabulous. Keep it up and keep blogging!

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ELLIE-1220 11/4/2011 5:49PM

    emoticon I am so appreciative for you sharing this!!! There is a course at our local Y to train to become a Fitness Instructor - it runs in February. I've been thinking - "Hmm.. Maybe someday". I will be contemplating it better now. Thank you.

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MARTHASPARKS 11/4/2011 11:20AM

    Great blog!

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VERONICAVW_140 11/4/2011 11:08AM

    I love "You know what I realized? 'What If's are powerless against 'So what?'"

Awesome! Thank you for sharing! ;)

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HOTTEXAN 11/4/2011 10:43AM

    You have totally inspired me to give myself the best of myself today. Thank you! I have only dreamed of teaching others... it sounds amazing.

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IAMZBEE 11/4/2011 10:17AM

    WOW! Way to get passed that hurdle. emoticon

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 11/4/2011 9:15AM

    LOVE this! Super motivation and totally gave me the boost I needed today!

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LRK4CHRIST 11/4/2011 9:10AM

    WOW! Thats so true! I try to tell people that life is too hard on us sometimes. We just should live with purpose and vision and we'll be fine. Thx for sharing!

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The Stevia Challenge

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I'm calling November my stevia challenge. Overall, my eating has been pretty good, but I've been stuck losing/gaining the same 3-4 pounds. I still have 25 pounds to lose, and I want them gone! So, I've decided to actually start eating clean - like I should have when I started the JE LiveFit challenge - and a major thing is cutting out sugar.
My sugar consumption has been creeping up lately. I love tea. I drink it every morning, but as the cold settles in, the amount of tea I drink rises, and so does the sugar. I didn't think it mattered much. I only put a little in my cup. But, I did the math the other day, and because I drink so much tea, I was consuming almost the same amount of sugar as a 20oz Coke. I don't need that in my body!!
I've decided that sugar might be my hidden problem. Maybe I can get rid of the rest of my belly flab if I cut out most sugar. I say most because I am making a small allowance for the sweet stuff on Thanksgiving and Christmas. I could pretend that I have the kind of willpower that will get me through, but I probably don't. I'll use moderation and treat myself during the holidays - but only on actual holidays, none of the "it's the holiday season" stuff this year.
I've switched to Stevia in my tea for the last few days, and it's an acceptable substitution. I didn't like it the first day, but I've gotten used to it and realized that it is a lot sweeter than sugar!
Hopefully, this will work. I've been stuck for a long time, and every time I think I'm finally losing weight again, it comes right back. I think this will also help keep me on track during the holidays, since mindless eating seems to lurk around every festive corner. I'm going to update once a week to let you all know how it's going and to keep myself accountable.
What are your plans for November? Have you ever tried stevia?

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CRYSBROWN1 11/3/2011 3:00PM

    I like the game plan, I haven't had Stevia myself but I've heard good things...

I think that your plan for he holidays is exactly what I'm aiming more, not going to set myself up for ridiculous failure by saying that I'll behave completely on Thanksgiving & Christmas BUT at the same time everyday counts so no throwing in the towel because its the holiday season!

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IMSMILEY88 11/3/2011 9:58AM

    I've not tried Stevia. My plans for the holidays...hang on! emoticon No, really, I guess my plan is to keep training! I have 3 half marathons between now & Jan 15th. So, I've GOT TO keep exercising! And, the food? Well, I'll have to control myself the best i can. My in-laws is the WORST place for me regarding eating. She leaves bolws full of chocolates just lying around. And, even with just the 8 of us she'll have probably 10-12 desserts sitting out! UGH!!! I'm a sweet-aholic and it is just miserable! I usually gain 5 pounds over the holidays at her house. So, I've got to figure something out!! More veggies & fruit? more water?

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AKAFIT 11/1/2011 11:43AM

    I am in the same boat with protein. I haven't used Jamie's food ideas because I don't eat meat. I am really working on getting my protein in during November. I really do think having the protein increase and then stopping the "cheating" on the weekends will really get me moving in the right direction.

Let's do this!

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GOHUSKERS2 11/1/2011 7:59AM

    I use stevia too, and truvia, and it's even sweeter than sugar.

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GARDENCHRIS 11/1/2011 7:14AM

    I too drink a lot of tea. I used to use honey, good sweetener, but still more than I wanted to allow for. A friend told me about Stevia, I have used it for about 3 years now.
I can not tell you the last time I bought a bag of sugar.

I buy the pre packed little packets, portion control and 1 is enough for my 20 oz mug of hot tea every morning. I buy mine at a Fruitful Yield store, a local health food store. I buy the store brand, which is produced by NOW. It goes on sale and I buy 3-4 boxes that last me a long time.

I did some research on it.... I was satisfied it is safe.


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Friday, October 28, 2011

I just posted a new blog about the positive and negative influences of others on a healthy lifestyle and what you can do about it.

Please read and let me know what you think.
How do you handle negativity in your life?
Thanks! emoticon ifimnotfatwhatami.blogspot.com/2011/

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FANCY-PANTS 10/28/2011 5:25PM

    I enjoyed your blog. I usually take up the challenge of doing something when someone says I can't or shouldn't. I say usually, because if it is my husband or a really close friend that is being unsupportive, it can sometimes put me in a funk.

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Lifting "Weight"

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Last night my husband was messing around and picked me up. I don't usually let him because I was so afraid that he wouldn't be able to. He not only was able to, but he carried me around the house which my kids found hilarious.
Then he told me to try and pick him up. He knows I can't say no to a challenge. I figured that if I could squat 150lbs that I could lift him (190lbs). I totally did it. It wasn't even that hard, and I felt like a superhero after emoticon

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ELLIE-1220 10/26/2011 6:43PM

    So cute!!!!

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OFFDREA 10/26/2011 6:20PM

    That is awesome!!!!! Woohoo!!

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STFRENCH 10/26/2011 5:22PM

    emoticon That is very funny!!

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JONICACALDWELL 10/26/2011 4:31PM

    That is really cute! I'm glad you all enjoyed family weight lifting time!

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EMPTRS 10/26/2011 11:51AM

    YAHOO!!!!!!!!! I have NEVER even let my husband try to lift me up!!! Maybe when I reach my goal... : ) Nice work!

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