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No more scheduled free days

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Today is a fresh start. New month, revamped program. The main change – no scheduled free days, they don’t work for me. The 5 day challenges followed by a free day was not a good plan. I did good for those 5 days, but no matter how well I thought I planned for the free days, messed up big time every time. So no more.

I’m going back to what worked in the past –

Make healthy choices most of the time.
No pre scheduled “off” days
Food journal most days for now
1250 calories max most days
No sweets most days
May go off program, including sweets, when with company or on special occasions
If you slip get right back on track

Remember –

Healthy eating is for life
I refuse to go back to my old unhealthy lifestyle
Eating healthy feels SO much better than eating unhealthy
Be accountable to yourself – daily letters

Forget past mistakes.
Forget everything except what you’re going to do from this point on.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHODGES83 10/24/2012 11:15AM

    "May go off program, including sweets, when with company or on special occasions. If you slip get right back on track "
I like this kind of thinking. You (and me too) should have the self control to enjoy a special occassion and friends without making yourself sick over it. I don't plan for free days. When they happen they happen. Nothing to get crazy about.

"Forget past mistakes. Forget everything except what you’re going to do from this point on."
This is also wonderful. Don't dwell on it. Learn from, apply it, and move on!

Yay for fresh starts!

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ENUFF81020 10/19/2012 10:53PM

    Hi there,

I love the determination as well as the high quality of ideas in your blog here. I hope that you are hanging on and getting used to this plan.

I agree that "off days" do more harm than good--I used to go out to eat after I had my Weight Watchers weigh in and meeting. How dumb was that? I am now doing what I like and am comfortable with every day and things seem so much easier. I feel better, just like you said.

You can do this and if you need a bit of a push, let me know.
Gentle hugs,

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SUPERACHIEVER 10/3/2012 1:52PM

    That's the way to pick up and go again. I think it's an awesome plan and I'm all for NO FREE DAYS. I want the results and I'll go that extra mile to get them. I will just rotate between cardio and strength. ;)

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AUNTB63 10/3/2012 11:44AM

    Love the plan.....I just did a revamp of my plan....simply going back to basics. emoticon Since reaching my goal it has been a struggle so I figure if I go back to what I was doing (especially being accountable) I will ease into maintenance again later.....I believe it is all about how we feel....and I felt much better on my plan...before. Best of luck to you on your continued journey. emoticon

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CLRWILLIAMS25 10/3/2012 9:44AM

    Great plan! Your current plans will be easier to keep up with since it treats all days the same and you will try to do your best on each one. I think having scheduled "free" days makes the "not free days" seem like work instead of real life. Making this healthy lifestyle a change for life will involve treating every day as just another day in your life and not an "on diet" or "off diet" day. I hope you see the results you're looking for this month!

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Successful Second Challenge Start

Monday, September 17, 2012

5 Day Challenge -

No Sweets
1250 calories max

First week - 9/10-9/14 -
Free day - 9/15 - Went overboard with sweets. Do better next time.

5 Day Challenge #2 – 9/16-9/20 -

Did great yesterday !
No sweets – not even a craving
Stayed under 1250 calories – and wasn’t hungry -

B – cereal/peaches
L – baked oatmeal
D – veg sloppy/cheese/roll
S – Quaker bar

Exercise – WIO – 20” & worked outside for about an hour

What kept me on track –

Reminding myself to be accountable
Asking – Would the healthy me eat this?
Reminding myself how much better it feels to eat healthy

Today’s Plan –

Food journal – 1250 calories max
No sweets
Exercise – strength today – circuits in two sessions, AM & PM – total 30”
Be accountable
Remember – it feels so much better to eat healthy
Watch for triggers
We’re headed to Amelia’s today – before buying ask “would the healthy me eat this?

Motivation –
Control cholesterol without drugs
Feel healthier

Be persistent.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

A-NEW-TARA 9/17/2012 1:54PM

    emoticon I love the way you've laid this all out. You can do it! Conquering that sweet tooth is a huge accomplishment, stick with it and you will get beyond the cravings!

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Final treatment celebration

Thursday, August 30, 2012

My Mom had her last radiation treatment yesterday. She said when she came out into the lobby the staff was all lined up and they read what she described as a "happy poem" to her. There was a big bell hanging on the wall, she was told to ring it three times, then they all threw confetti on her ! She said confetti was still falling out of her hair this morning when she got up !
She sounded so happy on the phone, laughing and I could tell smiling widely, as she told me. I think it's fantastic that they made such a fuss.

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A-NEW-TARA 8/30/2012 6:58PM

    What a happy blog, congrats to your mom for getting through her treatments and to have those behind her as she can now move forward in her life. Having gone through cancer myself I know the toll the whole process can take on the patient and the family, there is something very special about the nurses, doctors and staff that work in the cancer wards and treatment centers, it is wonderful how special they make each patient feel. I am smiling and celebrating with, and for, your mom and you!

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KSCRAP363 8/30/2012 12:26PM

    WONDERFUL! Thanks so much for sharing yours and your Mom's happiness with us!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/30/2012 12:02PM

    Thrilled for your Mom. My Mom had the same thing when she finished radiations tx for breast cancer in August last year. Brought tears to her eyes. . . and mine!

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DOTTY7267 8/30/2012 10:50AM

    Hooray for your Mom! That's a wonderful thing to celebrate. Having a couple of girlfriends to complete therapy was a wonderful milestone that they shared with family, friends, and facebook.

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SUPERACHIEVER 8/30/2012 10:46AM

    That's wonderful that they would do that. Your mom achieved a huge milestone and that should be celebrated. You've got to feel relieved now too. I am soooooo happy for you.

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To my Unhealthy Self, 8/26

Monday, August 27, 2012

August 26, 2012

Dear Unhealthy me,

I looked in the mirror this morning and studied my reflection. I did not like what I saw. I’ve regained pounds that I lost more than 4 years ago and it definitely shows. I don’t look as healthy or happy as I was when I first lost the weight. I also know that clothes that were loose before are snugger now. I’m not happy about this, haven’t been for some time. This is not new, I’ve just been dragging my feet getting back on the healthy wagon I was on.

My eating habits have deteriorated -

Eating too many sweets too often
Not watching portions
Eating in front of the TV
Giving in to cravings
Eating too many high cal meals

The reasons don’t matter, stress, worries, frustration, etc, have no part in dictating how I eat. It’s time I realized that and stop trying to explain my slip ups away by blaming external factors. And it’s time I stopped “analyzing” what I’m doing wrong and just get to work.

I know my triggers – being tired, worried, in pain, bored, feeling stressed. I need to work on ways to handle those triggers – Rest when I need to, especially when I’m in pain, keep busy to avoid boredom, find ways to relax, maybe try meditation or yoga, stop worrying and stressing so much especially if it’s about something that’s not in my control.

Yesterday I did very well. I restarted my program. I used my food journal, stayed within my calorie range, ate very healthy all day, and got in some exercise. Felt good at the end of the day.

Today, so far I’m doing great. Made out my day’s menu and have followed it, planning exercise this afternoon - WIO and Wii Sports. Following thru on today’s plan will make me feel great at the end of the day and tomorrow when I plan to write myself another letter.

The Future Once-Again-Healthy Me

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KFEASEL13 8/27/2012 1:26PM

    Great job getting back on track! You can do it! emoticon

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CATLADYX8 8/27/2012 10:55AM

    Never quit!!!! That's my motto. I feel for you. I have been in the same position the last few days, well maybe weeks. I was doing well for 5 months and fell off the wagon on Saturday. I felt terrible, but then realized that I am human. Life happens and it is how I chose to deal with it that makes the difference. So I made some bad choices. I can and WILL change that and make good choices. I did it once I can do it again. I started over yesterday and had a good day. the support here at SP really helps. hang in there. We can do it!! We're worth it!!!

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AMALLECO 8/27/2012 10:49AM

    I love this!

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Finally getting back in the groove

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rough couple of weeks. Had a sinus infection with a constant headache and face pain that prevented me from exercising. I also gave in to comfort eating, naughty, naughty me. I'm finally feeling better, the headache is now only minimal and the face pain/pressure is gone. YAY ! I've restarted my exercise and yesterday got back to the healthy eating. It's been hit and miss. I'm surprised how much I missed regular exercise, it feels so good to get back to it. Did my ABBA walk yesterday and today I'm going to do some Wii.


My Mom finishes up her radiation treatments this week. She's done amazing. She was told she'd get fatigued and that her skin would redden and possibly break down. For that reason she was told she should not continue to swim. She never had either problem, no fatigue, and her skin only gets red right after a treatment, then goes away. And she's continued to swim 3 times a week the entire time ! The only problem she's developed is lymphedema (swelling) of her arm, mostly the hand. She's doing mild exercises and keeping the hand elevated. The doc is sending her for therapy after she finishes her radiation. She's also to start medication to prevent recurrence of the cancer after the radiation is done.


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