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A review of my week - Feb 27-Mar 5

Sunday, March 06, 2011

My eating
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I cooked all of my meals for the week on Sunday, this way there was no chance of bad choices because I didn't feel like cooking when I got home from work. Turned out to be a fantastic idea, because I stayed within my calorie range every day this week, most days on the low end of my range. emoticon
Best of all every recipe I made was 100% vegan.
My workouts
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Worked out 4 times this week. Got up early on Tuesday and Thursday to get to the gym before work so I can get some cardio and weight lifting in. I found that on these days I had way more energy during the day even though I got up earlier than usual. On Monday and Friday at lunch time I worked out with my friend who is also a personal trainer. WOW! He really worked me hard! On Monday I got a charlie horse in my butt! emoticon
The result
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I lost 3.8 pounds!! So happy with this result and it is certainly an incentive to keep it going. I lost every thing that I had gained the month of January and February. March is off to a fantastic start and I'm half way to my goal for the month.
Next goal
I am going to be cooking the weeks meals again today, try to get more protein this week since that was the only thing that was a little lax in last weeks meals.
I had 150 fitness minutes last week. I need to increase this a bit if I'm going to hit my goal of 1000 for the month. I would like to complete 250 fitness minutes this week. And I hope to make time for yoga classes this week.

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SUNDROP71 3/7/2011 12:20PM

  Yuppers, this is the way to do it!

Have a GREAT week! emoticon

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DXTREME45 3/6/2011 6:47PM

    Great job on your success last week. I wish I could make myself cook all of my weekly meals. I'm lazy after working 10 hour days Mon. - Thurs. Luckily, my husband normally has dinner ready by the time I get home. I do fix my breakfast and lunch meals the night before so I don't have to do it in the mornings.

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LIV2RIDE 3/6/2011 6:41PM

    What a great week. I make all my lunches for the week on Sunday too. I find it makes it much easier than standing in front of the fridge trying to figure out what to make.

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MEW4039 3/6/2011 5:33PM

    emoticon on the planning and the exercise! Congratulations on your weight loss!

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AUNTB63 3/6/2011 12:13PM

    Great job.........I like the idea of cooking for the week in one day. When I was working that's what I did most of the time. The days can just get away from us and being ahead of the game is the best way to be. Your workouts seem intense, but working for you. Have another successful week and congrats on the 3.8 weight loss. emoticon

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FRUITYCHERRY 3/6/2011 11:50AM

    It is so great to have all your meals planned and ready!! Sounds like you had a really great week. I am so proud of you!! I hope you can get some yoga in this week!! I plan to go everyday but Saturday this coming week! It has helped me so much.

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A to Z quiz about me

Saturday, March 05, 2011

I saw someone else had this posted as a blog and I rather liked the idea of sharing bits of information with other Sparkers that might not be known otherwise.

A. Age: 39 dreaded 40th b-day is in 3 months.

B. Bed size: Queen.

C. Chore you dislike: all of them.

D. Dogs: I have a 10 yr old black lab, named Giuseppe, he's our fur baby

E. Essential start to your day: Coffee.

F. Favorite color: purple.

G. Gold or silver: Gold.

H. Height: 5'5".

I. Instruments you play(ed):Cello.

J. Job title: Sr. Financial Analyst

K. Kids: 0

L. Live: Manorville, New York.

M. Mom's name: Lorraine

N. Nicknames: Debbie or Deb

O. Overnight hospital stays: 1 in January 2007 to have a fibroid removed. Never again!

P. Pet peeves: two faced people

Q. Quote from a movie: "There's nothing better than you NovaLee" from 'Where the Heart is'

R. Righty or lefty: Righty.

S. Siblings: 1, a younger brother.

T. Time you wake up: 6:15am.

U. Underwear: Hipsters.

V. Vegetables you don't like: - tomatoes.

W. What makes you run late: Nothing, I am usually early

X. X-rays you've had: back

Y. Yummy food you make: veggie saute

Z. Zoo animal favorites: panda bear

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FRUITYCHERRY 3/7/2011 1:01PM

    That is fun!! Thanks for posting, DEB!!!! :o) I'm gonna do this too!!

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SUNDROP71 3/7/2011 12:21PM

  CUTE! some day I will do this...

Love knowing more about you!

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LINDAKAY228 3/6/2011 11:33AM

    Loved learning a little more about you. But don't dread the 40th birthday! I just turned 56 a week ago and celebrate every one of them! When I turned 40 I thought of all the healthy beautiful women over 40 and decided that turning 40 was going to be the beginning of the best part of my life. As we get older we learn so many things and although we do stress, we don't stress in the same way over little things like when we were 20 and everything seemed like life or death and so major. We've learned to take life in stride a little more. There is still so much more ahead of you and besides they say that 50 is the new 30 so 40 must be the new 20 LOL! You're not getting older, you're getting better!

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SUEINTHEPARK 3/5/2011 11:45PM

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing! You inspired me to do one too!

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AUNTB63 3/5/2011 11:43AM

    Thanks for sharing your info. I really like this idea. I did one a while back so you could go to by blogs and see what I'm made of. Have a great weekend. emoticon

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JENCOEN 3/5/2011 10:34AM

    I'm gonna post this on my blog today! Thanks for sharing!!

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Butterfly Challenge and a reset of my goals~

Monday, February 21, 2011

I have been *sparking* since October of 2010 and when I started I was sooooo full of motivation, I wanted to change everything, my weight, my workout routines, my eating habits and my smoking habit. Everything! All at once!

Well of course this didn't happen, while I did change all of the above, none of it stuck. I need to stop biting off more than I can chew (literally and figuratively) emoticon
I was eating mostly vegan, working out 3-4 times a week, quit smoking for a month and then it all just became too much.
To compensate for not smoking, I started eating junk, got upset about that so I started smoking again, got upset about that and stopped working out. And on and on....

I still want these horrible habits to change but for now, for the next 8 weeks I'm going to focus on just two things. Eating better and working out more. Once I am comfortable with these changes again I will create my next goal.

~If at first you don't succeed, try try again~

So I am back, trying again. I am committed once again to lead a healthier life that I know I'm capable of.

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SASSACAIA 2/22/2011 6:12PM

    Just take it one day at a time... you don't have to be perfect, just be better. And remember it's a journey, not a race! Every step you take towards a healthy lifestyle is a GOOD step!!

Go emoticon!

I mean emoticon! I still get a point for writing on your blog! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 2/22/2011 9:29AM

    I know what you mean. Great idea to break it down in to smaller goals.
I'm still trying to stop smoking. Maybe when you try again you could try using the electronic cigarettes to avoid the snacking. I bought one but my problem is I'm just not using it. They sell them in the convenience stores here for $10 and they have about 400 puffs. It really seemed like something that would help me if I would just get committed enough to use it. It gives something for that hand to mouth things. Has a small amount of nicotene but the "smoke" is water vapor. I don't know if you've tried them or not.

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FITMARY 2/22/2011 4:11AM

    Baby steps, one at a time. That's the ticket. As for starting and stopping...every time you start again, you are much closer to your goal. You WILL get there!

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DRB13_1 2/22/2011 2:20AM

    Once we get that ONE new habit down, the momentum will build and the next one will be added, and so on. Hang in there...
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MICHELLES_W8 2/21/2011 9:45PM

    June 6, 2006 I quit smoking. June 10, 2006 I started watching what I ate, exercising and quit drinking Pepsi. I lost 52 pounds. If I wanted a cigarette I drank a glass of water and/or got moving. I played video games. You can't smoke and play playstation. I did great. I quit smoking for 3 1/2 years. I had the assistance of a hiatal hernia. It hurt if I smoked or drank Pepsi.

I started back smoking August 2010 and quit in October 2010. It was harder to quit this time. I used Chantix for a month and finally quit for good.

I haven't quit drinking Pepsi yet, but I am working out it. I am not quiting cold turkey, just trying to limit myself to 1 can a day right now. Then quit after I master this.

I gained the 52 pounds back plus 25 more. This time I want to lose for good. Make habits I can live with everyday. One habit at a time.

You are right to tackle one thing at a time. We are all here for you. emoticon

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MJK0430 2/21/2011 9:13PM

    I totally agree with you! Concentrate on Diet and Exercise and after that who knows, the world is yours to conquer!

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JLPEASE 2/21/2011 8:26PM

    Way to go. Sounds like a good plan to just concentrate on one or two things.

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FRUITYCHERRY 2/21/2011 4:47PM

    You are still on the journey, and I am proud of you for keeping at it! Focus on the one thing at a time and everything else will fall into place. You have my support, girl! You just keep doing it, okay?! emoticon

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VEDDIE78 2/21/2011 4:41PM

    It is hard to change so many things at one time. I think its great that you are going to focus on a couple things at a time.


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AUNTB63 2/21/2011 3:05PM

    Boy can I relate to this story........losing weight.........quit smoking.......eat junk.......exercise less etc.
I had been doing this for years..........so what I decided to do is lose the weight and exercise until this is second nature to me.......than I will once again attempt to quit smoking.........using exercise as my buffer and only healthy eating.........It will take a while to get to the smoke free me, but that is my plan and has been since I started SP in May of 2010. We will succeed in all our goals....just need to keep these new habits so embedded that they will not waver when we give up the butts.............Have a great day and thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject. emoticon

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NHGRL68 2/21/2011 3:00PM

    I can TOTALLY relate to this blog. There's SO many things that I want to change RIGHT now. But the same thing happens to me. I get overwhelmed and just give up on everything. So that is what I am working now too for the next 8 weeks. My main goal is to become consistent with the eating and exercising. Then we can keep on going and building the life that we want:-) Go emoticon emoticon emoticon

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First day of the 5% Winter Challenge

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I am a member of the 5% challenge and on the Butterfly Team.

My goals for this challenge:

1. Get back to eating more vegan (mostly for digestive reasons but I did feel better when eating 80-90% vegan)
2. Go back to yoga class, practice meditation
3. Cut back on the coffee intake
4. Cardio 3 times/week
5. Start and COMPLETE the 30DS

How to do it:

1. Plan my meals and snacks the day before pack lunch bag for work
2. Make a daily planner to make sure the workouts get done
3. Track all food intake on spark nutrition page.
4. If the weather permits, go to the park for a walk at lunch time
5. Use my nutritionist to help me stay on track

I currently weight 149lbs, this is up 4 pounds since the beginning of the year, I plan to lose all of that and more during this challenge.
Go Butterflies!! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 2/20/2011 2:41PM

    Great plan! You can do this!!!

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FITMARY 2/20/2011 6:18AM

    Go for it! You can DEFINITELY do it!

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NDMOM73 2/20/2011 12:27AM

    Awesome plan! Planning workouts is a great idea and definitely something I need to think about. Good luck with this challenge... you can do it!

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MICHELLES_W8 2/19/2011 11:43PM

    emoticon emoticonYou have a wonderful plan!

Best Wishes!!

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VITASANA 2/19/2011 9:19PM

    I think these are great goals to aspire to you. All these changes will make your body feel so much better! You go fellow butterfly! You can do it! emoticon

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NHGRL68 2/19/2011 7:22PM

    You've set some GREAT goals and really put a lot of thought into it. You can do this!!! Go, emoticon Go!!!! emoticon emoticon

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BTRFLY08 2/19/2011 7:07PM

    Great plan!! emoticon

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DRB13_1 2/19/2011 7:01PM

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LISA_TRYING 2/19/2011 6:57PM

  Sounds like you know what you want...go for it!! emoticon

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MJK0430 2/19/2011 6:14PM

    Hey, I'm a vegetarian too. Not quiet Vegan yet, but working on it. Good luck on the challenge and 30DS! I just started level 2 and it's tough.

Maureen, a brand new emoticon

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VEDDIE78 2/19/2011 6:11PM

    Those are good plans! You can do it!

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MEW4039 2/19/2011 5:36PM

    You have a good plan! emoticon

fellow butterfly,
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2 whole weeks without smokes!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I'm actually on day 16 and for the most part the craving has subsided. I still get a few here and there but they are completely manageable and only last a few minutes.
I'm also happy to report that I have gotten my eating back under control, if I feel the need to munch it's usually fruit or multi-grain flaxseed chips. This was of course after I gained 1.3 pounds the previous week eating everything in sight. emoticon
That was enough to snap me out of my snacking ways. Now if I can just find the motivation and energy to get back to my workouts I can keep the weight off. emoticon
This week will be my first real test, school starts back up on wednesday night and I'm sorry to say I haven't attended school without cigarettes since junior high! Studying and smoking have always gone hand in hand for as long as I can remember. But like everything else with this quit I have to re-learn how to do things without the cigarette. So I plan to spend a lot of time in the library instead of at home studying because you can't smoke there! emoticon
Wish me luck everyone! And if anyone can stop by to give me a much needed kick in the rear to get me motivated to workout I'd appreciate it. emoticon

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NEVERGIVEUP68 1/28/2011 12:39PM

    You're doing awesome and are an inspiration! emoticon

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KAREN_NY 1/19/2011 10:14AM

    Hi Yogi - You can absolutely do this. My BF (who's been ubersupportive of my weightloss) just started his 5th month without smokes, and is on week 5 without the patch. When I saw your blog title I just had to stop by and say ROCK THE DAY!!!

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LINDAKAY228 1/17/2011 1:50PM

    You're doing awesome and are an inspiration! Good luck when you start school again!

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SUNDROP71 1/17/2011 11:41AM


SO happy to read this Blog! YAY!

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GARVCO 1/17/2011 9:12AM

    Wow - great job! emoticon emoticon

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FITMARY 1/17/2011 8:16AM

    Congratulations on kicking the habit! You've done it! What a great gift to yourself, family and friends!
Don't give up!

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CITYGIRL27 1/16/2011 9:46PM

    Consider yourself KICKED!!


Nice job on the non-smoking. Really happy for you. You should be very proud!!

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GEMINISUE 1/16/2011 8:45PM

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That last is a pair of boots imagine one of them, giving you a swift kick in the behind, and telling you to pick and choose and do some of these exercises, this week, and if not these another, of your choice, STAIRS, will show you how great you are doing and how thankful you will be, when you notice, how your breathing, afterwards!

Congratulations, on your successes and continue to stay strong! Hugs Linda

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THEMOTIVATOR1 1/16/2011 3:54PM

    Congratulations. What ever you do under no circumstance go back to supporting the tobacco company. Your quit date is Now Officially Frozen in Time. Give up a bad habit, take up a GOOD habit and never look back emoticon emoticon

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FRUITYCHERRY 1/16/2011 2:31PM

    Yay!!! You are doing so great! Way to transform yourself into a non-smoker! There's no going back now! Stay strong and keep rocking it, woman!

I am starting my hot yoga in the morning. I am excited and nervous!

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ELEXEY 1/16/2011 1:53PM

    Yay!!! Welcome to being a non-smoker!!! I quit about a year and a half ago and I remember my hardest part being my morning coffee, man that was hard, because I also hadn't had my morning coffee without my smoke since 8th grade (I know, that's sad to say), but I did it, and you can too, you're doing a fantastic job already, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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FLAMENM 1/16/2011 1:49PM

    I'm six monthes into being a reformed smoker. The first few weeks are tough because you have to break old habits. The library idea is a great one. I actually chewed lots of bubble gum my first few weeks. Although I founf that it was better for my weight to substitute water for a cigarette. when I wanted to smoke, I drank a glass of water. Ow did a flight a stairs. Took my mind of the cigs!

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LIZZIECA55 1/16/2011 1:47PM

    Good luck to you. You CAN do it.

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AUNTB63 1/16/2011 1:40PM

    First of all congrats on being a non-smoker. You seem to have it under control.....one day at a time. As for studying in the library.......great choice. After while I'm sure you will be able to study again where you used to. Now about that exercising...........working out not only helps keep the weight off and help us to lose more when necessary, but it helps take away tension, relaxes us (after ward of course), allows us to get better sleep and darn it just makes us feel good. You are doing so well............why not make yourself feel good not only emotionally (for quitting), but physically when working out. Have a great day and keep up the great job.

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