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Spy Challenge Day 5

Friday, June 25, 2010

Ok so I had poptarts for breakfast again. But seriously, that's better than eating out and at least now I'm getting in the habit of eating at home. That was my goal this month anyway, and starting in July, I will be working on improving what I'am eating, then after I've got that I'll work on portion control. I've always failed in the past so this time I'm going REALLY slowly. One little tiny thing at a time. So far I'm donig not bad, eating at home is still a challenge for me, but I've still another week, and I've been doing much better. I've only eaten fast food once this week, granted I'm still too much of the wrong things, but it's gotta be better than McDonald's so I still consider this month a success so far. I just hope I can keep it up when I start working on better food choices at home.

Also the reason why I'm working on what I eat before portion sizes is because the right portion on bad foods is really small lol, so when I start eating better things, I'll already be eating better portions. Also, that way I won't be hungry all the time because I'll be eating healthful, nutritious foods when I do start cutting down portions.

For the swimming part of my challenge, I might not be going tonight, I'm tired from being out late last dancing ^_^ I will be going tomorrow morning though, whether I go tonight or not, and maybe on Sunday too, my weekend is looking pretty free, other than tomorrow night, which is still terrifying lol.

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AIMEEM77 6/26/2010 11:10AM

    Well the poptarts certainly have to be lower cal than fast food. They make some no sugar added ones these days if you really feel you must. I am always running late so I truely understand the importanct of a grab-n-go breakfast. My grab-n-go breakfast of choice is oatmeal in a cup...I just use the quaker instant oatmeal-my fave is raisin date and walnut. I nuke it, add a little splenda, stick a spoon in it, grab a piece of fruit and walk out the door. It goes into my cup holder and I can eat it while I drive or when I get where i'm going. AND it's YUMM-O!

You're doing great though and it sounds like you're really taking pains to take it slow and insure your success.

Keep up the good work!

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BYEBYEFAT. 6/25/2010 9:29PM

    Keep up the good work! we will do it this time!
Baby steps add up!
oh and dont be nervous for tomorrow! just have fun :)

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WILDFLOWERR_ 6/25/2010 5:09PM

    Congrats on eating in! emoticonSmall steps is def. the best way to go. Before you know it, you will be home eaing a high fiber, high protein, low calorie delious breakfast all the time!

Oh, and swimming is an awesome choice for exercise. That is what TIgermom does a lot too!

Let me know if I can be of any help at ALL!


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MAESTRAKARINE 6/25/2010 4:52PM


What? Pop Tarts?????????

Oh girlfriend, please, please throw them out! This is dangerous territory. Do you like cereal? Honey Bunches of Oats with almonds taste super yummy AND they are not sugar-laden junk food. Also, consider eating your cereal with plain soy milk or plain almond milk. If you need it to taste more sweet, add a packet of Splenda.

Don't forget to "measure" your food. You will be surprised at how easily you can be satisfied with normal portions.

Also, one of my favorite breakfasts is 1/4 of BareNaked Fit granola mixed into a 6oz tub of Fage Non-Fat plain Greek yogurt. I like to mix in a tablespoon of crushed banana chips & some fruit (Dole makes lots with no sugar added). If it's not sweet enough for you, just add in a little Splenda or Equal. It is sooooo yummy and sooooo filling. I promise, you'll think you are eating something that can't possibly be legal.

Please look at portions for ALL food. But if the food is good food, the smaller portions will satisfy you more.

Enough fussing about food. You are doing awesome in the exercise area. (I need help here.) Please check out Aimee's page. (She's one of the Wildflowerr's Live Its fearless leaders.) She has been an amazing motivator for many of us. She will also give you some awesome advise and encouragement.

Keep moving forward! You're on the right track!!!


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    Gah poptarts. But you are eating at home which is a HUGE step for you. I'll let this one slide. Next one I'm holding you accountable. :D

You're doing great skipping the fast food.

Go swimming. I know you are tired, but just go for fun. Get some water in and maybe you'll end up doing something. If you don't go swimming I want you to walk. You choose. :)

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MESSENE 6/25/2010 11:32AM

    emoticon emoticonI really have to work on eating better when going out, lately I have been having Hardees Red Burrito 1pound burritos. emoticon3X this week! I must put the brakes on emoticonYour doing emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Advice needed, not diet related!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Guys, I have a date on Saturday. I've never been on a date before. We're just going to the movies but, OMG!!! I'm 23 years old and I have never been on a date, never had a boyfriend, nothing. I've always been way too shy for any of that. Now that I'm doing way more, the dancing and the martial arts and stuff, I'm getting more confident. What do I do? I don't know how to act on a date!! I know nothing about date etiquette. I'm kinda freaking out, even though I still have 2 days. Darn social anxiety disorder, it is getting better but it's NOT gone! I have no one to talk to about it either, I don't really trust my family with this, I still get made fun of because a friend I had wanted to date me, and we never actually dated.

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SUZIB123 6/29/2010 2:43PM

    HI Roxy

Just a short note about dating it's never to late. A little over 22 years ago I met the greatest guy. I picked him up and shook him and said "I'm not afraid of any guy." We became best friends and last week we had our 20th anv.! Hope this brings a smile. emoticon

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MAESTRAKARINE 6/25/2010 5:03PM

    Wow. What great advice from everyone. I wish I had that kind of advice back in the day when I was young and starting to date. I know what you mean about not asking your family for advice.

I hope you realize that you have to give us all an update as soon as you get back from that date.

Oh, and don't forget. I strongly advise you NOT to eat popcorn. Oh yeah, I always get that stuff caught in my teeth. Not pretty. Besides, you'll save your date something like $50. (Popcorn is expensive at the movies!)

Have a great time!!!


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    Act normal, breathe. Breathe some more and smile. And have fun!

Go you!

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DAWNWINS 6/25/2010 6:45AM

    Relax, be yourself and smile, you'll do great!

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AIMEEM77 6/24/2010 11:44PM

    That is so exciting! Ya know what-just be you. You are sweet and kind and amazing all on your own without having to "act" like anything! Just realax and keep that confidence...confidence is Above all though be you and have fun!

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ALOT2GO1 6/24/2010 11:36PM

    OMG...thats so exciting. The good thing about a movie is that you wont need to do much talking. Be yourself and im sure it will be fine.
I have been with my husband for 8 years so I forget how to act on a date lol...I wish I could say more. But honestly I think it will be fine as long as you dont change...just be you. emoticon

And PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, keep us updated!!!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 6/24/2010 9:04PM

    Your so cute! I couldn't agree more with IMLOSINIT4GOOD's response some very, very good advice. Be yourself, smile, have fun and get to know him. He is interviewing with you to see if YOU are interested in him because not just anybody is good enough for you! Have a blast and I can't wait to hear all about it.


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BYEBYEFAT. 6/24/2010 8:51PM

    You better tell us alllllllllll about it! :) Be yourself. Smile, and laugh at his jokes even if they are lame!

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RONIE11 6/24/2010 6:04PM

    I hope you have a great time... Everyone has given you great advice. Remember that its a first date and it usually doesn't last too long. He's nervous too and a movie sounds like a perfect 1st date. You don't have to do tons of talking and you can get a great idea if you would like to see him again. So relax and enjoy the show..

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IMLOSINIT4GOOD 6/24/2010 5:48PM

    Hey Lady!

Congrats big time on the night out! Should be fun!

Here are some good ideas to keep in mind;

Read the newspaper or something similar to get up to date on current events, so if you get nervous you can pull from some current events that you'll both know about and will have an opinion about. Try to remember that your opinion counts! I know a lot of SA types fall into agreement mode when nervous, but that makes for a boring one sided date. This person wants to spend time getting to know you better, so know that its okay to share a little bit.

Dress in something cute but totally comfortable. Especially since you'll be in the movies and you want to be thinking about the movie and the person sitting next to you, not about your clothes! For a movie date I'd pick like a nice pair of jeans and a dressy casual shirt and then play up your hair/makeup a bit to make it flirty fun.

Always, always, always bring enough cash with you to pay for your way AND a cab ride home JUST in case. Also carry your phone, but leave it on silent, cause ringing phones on a date is rude. This is vitally important for safety and well in case your date isn't the gentleman you assumed he would be.

You are going to have a blast! Remember this is a date to get to know him and see if you like him in that way just as much as it is for him to. He's probably just as nervous, and looking forward to it!

I think you totally rock, so I'm sure you'll be fine!

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LIFEGENESIS 6/24/2010 5:45PM

    :) lol Just be your charming self. You are going to have so much fun! Woot!

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MESSENE 6/24/2010 5:38PM

    emoticon emoticonHope you have a emoticontime! It's ok not to tell your family, but make sure someone knows where you are. Best wishes!!! emoticon emoticon

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    Definitely be yourself, and the rest will fall into place!

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NEWKID54 6/24/2010 5:21PM

  Just be yourself. You're going to spend fun time with a friend and nothing more. It is that simple right now. Be yourself and have a great time. It's okay that you don't share this with your family. Families are wonderful, but this has to do with you stepping a bit away (which it good) and becoming more of an individual. It's okay. And, by the way, 23 is still very young. You have plenty of time for lots of dates.

You are beautiful and great---just the way you are. Be yourself. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MINENA1 6/24/2010 5:18PM

    Yayyyy!!! How exciting!!! Ok, #1.the most important thing yourself! :) Just relax, have fun, & laugh. I also agree with Adventuregirl....dress comfortably. I remember when I first met my bf my jeans were TOO tight, lol. (In denial that I was gaining weight) I was so uncomfortable the whole time. Luckily I pulled it off & he never knew I was in pain. Haha! But just relax, make eye contact & be your amazing self! emoticon

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BECKY_LYNN84 6/24/2010 5:10PM

    Just relax and be yourself! What helps me is that I don't think of it as a date but more as I'm meeting a new friend. Just have fun!! You can do it girl!! emoticon

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ADVENTUREGIRL04 6/24/2010 5:10PM

    Yay!! I'm soo excited for you. Lets see..a few tips....#1, I know it sounds cliche, but just be yourself and #2 make sure you wear something comfortable. I remember when I was younger and I went on a date, I made a mistake of wearing something I didn't feel comfortable in, and my date noticed big time, but he thought it was him and that didn't work out too well. So make sure whatever you wear is something comfortable and makes you feel confident!!

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WHTEVA 6/24/2010 5:10PM

    Oh this is exciting.... you will be fine.... just dont put any expectations on the date so you wont be as nervous :)

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RHUNDT67 6/24/2010 5:05PM

    I haven't been on a date in over 20 years (been with DH that long already), but relax, know that you are beautiful and amazing - if you can dance like that and make those beautiful cakes, I'm sure you have more confidence then you realize - just enjoy!!! emoticon

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Spy Challenge Day 4

Thursday, June 24, 2010

My alarm clock actually worked today ^_^ so I had time for a good breakfast.

Breakfast: 1.5 cups oatmeal crisp cereal and 1 cup 2% milk

Swimming: Don't think I'll be going today because I have a dance to go to tonight! Hopefully tomorrow! I don't have anything planned for tomorrow.

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JISTY06 6/26/2010 3:04PM

    Keep up the great work!

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    Awesome breakfast! :)

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MESSENE 6/24/2010 5:40PM

    emoticon emoticonHave a wonderful day! emoticon emoticon

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    Keep up the good work!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 6/24/2010 9:50AM

    Great way to start the day! Have a GREAT time at dance!

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Spy Challenge Day 3

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ok, day 3 of my week long no eating out for breakfast and extra swimming challenge.

Today's Breakfast: 2 chocolate poptarts

I actually planned on having a bowl of cereal today. I specifically bought milk yesterday so I could do that this week but this morning my alarm didn't go off so I just grabbed whatever I could eat in the car on the way to work.

Swimming: Not tonight, I have Hapkido

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IMLOSINIT4GOOD 6/23/2010 2:30PM

    I have SO Had days like that!

The only way I can not grub on pop tarts till they are gone in like minutes like some kind of sugar fiend is to just not buy them anymore. Kudos for your will power on that front!

Sometimes you've just got to do what you can do, and I think you're taking it in stride. You are making great progress and succeeding on so many levels!

I do like the idea of grab n go breakfasts, like Valkyrie was saying, I'd Google some good ideas when you have some time!

Have fun at Hapkido!

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    Break the cycle Roxy!! Bring food to work (like I do!) but prepared the night before so you can grab it if you wake up late. You need to break away from cheap, easy. And I bet you normally spend as much time waiting at McDs as it would to snarf cereal.

Put cereal in a tupperware and milk in a little container (nalgene or water bottle) to bring with you! Yogurt can get a grab and run too!

Tomorrow! :)

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Update on my day!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I did not get fast food. I went to the grocery store and bought some stuff. I did eat more than I should have, but eating too much of my food rather than eating too much fast food must be better. At least it's got some nutrients in it lol. So I consider this is a success, though a small one. I was able to avoid the drive thru and i actually cooked something at home. Then of course I did have a dance lesson this evening so i made up for some of my overeating.

Thank you, to everyone who commented on my blog earlier, the support really helped me resist McDonald's ^_^

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    So very happy for you! *hugs*

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BYEBYEFAT. 6/22/2010 11:36PM

    GREAT JOB! i know not eating out is hard... but i think it'll just get easier, and i agree.. eating more foods with the nutrients is ALOT better than any fast food!

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LIFEGENESIS 6/22/2010 11:34PM

    WOOT! HOlla! Great job sweetie!

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SUNNY238 6/22/2010 10:51PM

    Great work!! I'm celebrating a similar goal today!! WOOT!! Keep up the great work!

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