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Healthy Habit part #4 - How am I doing day by day?

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

This week, I'm focusing on tracking to be sure I'm getting enough servings of F&V. Since I already track all my food, this is mainly a matter of checking the F&V servings and being conscious of including enough into my meals and snacks for the day.

This week has been a little different since I am home, but my husband is mostly away, a switch for us. I'm much better about planning meals when he's here, and when not, tend more towards snacking rather than preparing a full meal, but somehow still staying within all my ranges for calories, carbs, fat, and protein, and ALSO getting at least 5 servings of F&V..whew! Since I mainly snack on carrots, celery or fruit, or make a salad when I don't feel like cooking, that's working out ok, the danger on these days is more that I will not even reach the minimum of my calorie range, so the tracking becomes a different thing altogether.

I find that this week at least, I would have been a bit short on the F&V without thinking about that in addition to the other daily ranges. So far, I've managed to be on track every day, but this was due to actively thinking about it, so I'll need to continue.

DH came home last night and leaves again in the morning, but he was working in a part of the state that's famous for strawberries and it's season, WooHoo. We love strawberries, but don't get as many as when we lived near there, so he always picks up a flat (a box with 6 of those little green baskets in it) and he did this yesterday from the morning's pick. Last night, after dinner, I was thinking to have a little low fat ice cream and cut up my breakfast banana (that come home from the office since I never found time in the day to actually eat it) to go on it and I saw I was a bit short in the F&V area, so was FORCED to add a half dozen fresh strawberries to my vanilla ice cream with banana...YUM! Every night should have that problem...and solution of course. emoticon

In fact, I think I'll do that again tonight (sans banana) even though I already have enough F&V for the day! Hey, ice cream used to be one of my downfalls, but now I get the low fat, and only have one serving (1/2 cup) and it still satisfies...(of course, the strawberries help too)! Tomorrow or the next day a good half of them will most likely go into a pie, so that'll replace ice cream for a few days until it's gone. Oh, yes, it get's tracked too! I've put it in the recipe calculator and it's only a little over 200 calories a serving...ok, I cut the pie in 8 pieces instead of 6 like we used to, but it's still just as yummy.

Sorry, just got the strawberries on the brain today...can't help it...they smell delicious all the way from the kitchen, and are definitely calling me! As my 4 year old grandson says "I wuv them". emoticon emoticon

  
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MARTY728 3/6/2013 12:44PM

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MINNA72 3/6/2013 3:17AM

    Ooh, now I'm drooling and hungry and could kill for strawberries! LOL! They are not in season here until June, though. Sigh.

Good for you for making F&V a priority!

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 3/6/2013 3:16AM

    I love strawberries too... mmmm good.

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POPSY190 3/6/2013 1:34AM

    Make the most of those strawberries - so yummy and so GOOD for you!

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MICKEYH 3/6/2013 12:07AM

    I love emoticon too. I am so glad now it's a emoticon seasons and I can get great price emoticon in my local farmers market. I am so proud of your determinations for your F&V habits. You've got this. (*^^*) and I know the feelings when your hubby's away you tend to snaking more. I think because you are missing him and having feeling of miss and board make things difficult. But glad your hubby come home with emoticon enjoy the sweets together.

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Healthy Habit part #3 - How will I stay on track?

Monday, March 04, 2013

So, for today, we're supposed to say how we will stay on track and encouraged to reinforce our new healthy habit, which for me this week is to be sure I'm getting at least 5 servings of F&V daily. emoticon emoticon

I suppose it really comes down to the fact that if Iím going to spend all the time tracking my food, and trying to eat healthy, it doesnít make any sense to still miss out on an important nutrition facet. So, like staying in my recommended ranges for calories, carbs, fat, protein and calcium, Iíll just do it. All it takes is tracking, looking at it and planning to meet all the targets each day. Ha, like itís easy! But it is reallyÖ.I will just do it!

As Yoda said in Star WarsÖ.ĒThere is no try, only do!Ē
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POPSY190 3/5/2013 2:34AM

    A very straightforward and effective way of looking at it!

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BLUESKY104 3/4/2013 11:35PM

    You have got it right - Just Do It emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 3/4/2013 9:46PM

    Great plan!

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MICKEYH 3/4/2013 8:13PM

    You've got really great determination !! Looks like the way to healthier you is just around corner.(*^^*) 5 serving of veggies and fruits? Good for you and WTG !!
I like " no try, just do it " thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 3/4/2013 6:44PM

    That's right! Just do it!
That's what I'm doing.
It just works!

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PREDFAN 3/4/2013 6:33PM

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It really is that easy as long as you are aware and tracking! It still amazes me how easy it is to go overboard or underboard if you don't track!
You are doing Awesome! Keep it up! We are gonna kick this weight to the curb and healthy is just gonna become normal! emoticon

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BARBIE176 3/4/2013 6:28PM

    emoticon plan to get in your 5 servings of fruits and veggies while utilizing one of the most important tools, tracking! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PILLYWIGGIN 3/4/2013 4:19PM

    I am sure it will soon become a habit and not a chore - especially when you start to feel better because of it!
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Healthy Habit part #2 - How will I do it?

Sunday, March 03, 2013

The healthy habit I want to review and work on this week is be sure I'm getting enough Fruits & Veggie servings each day, and to ajdust my eating habits if not.

I already track religiously EVERYTHING that goes in my mouth (that is the only way for me to realistically get a handle on eating as I learned years ago)Öso when Iím planning my meals, I will now also start counting and make sure Iíve got enough servings of F&V for the day.

It could very well be that Iím actually getting enough (though itís hard to imagine how else I could be in the recommended ranges for calories, carbs, fat, and protein without getting enough F&V). BUT that being said, my fat is always on the high end and carbs and protein on the low end, so even though what Iím eating is working well for weight loss goals, it may not be as healthy as it should be. Iíve learned to be pretty creative to be able to still get in my treats and stay in my ranges, so, it bears a check. Maybe unconsciously Iíve found a way to beat the system, LOL. (It wouldnít be out of character at all for me.)

And, as for motivationÖwhy would I want to expend this much time and effort to change my eating habits and still not get it right?! Yes, losing weight is the goal for now, but the mistake I made last time was not paying enough attention to forming the healthy habits for the long term.

So, off I go to check my weekís meal plansÖ..and to shop for more F&V. DH is out of town, so I have to do the shopping, drat it! (Not my job, and the most hated oneÖbut if I donít, there wonít be any F&V this week!)
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MICKEYH 3/3/2013 11:24PM

    Good luck on your grocery shopping. You can do it. I am also tracking food. I've getting in my habit now for tracking. So far so good. I am planning to sty low ends of my calorie to lose more weight. Hopefully works. Hope your trip went well and welcome back to home.

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NUCLEARMUM 3/3/2013 8:17PM

    That is the part of making it a habit -getting over the "hated part". Sounds like you are on your way. emoticon

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BARBIE176 3/3/2013 4:04PM

    emoticon on already tracking your nutrtion. That is an ongoing desire of mine. It sounds like it should be a good way to get your recommended freggies. I think this challenge is a great motivator to all of us. emoticon emoticon

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PILLYWIGGIN 3/3/2013 3:40PM

    I like the way you're thinking Alice!
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PREDFAN 3/3/2013 3:32PM

    You are doing great! I think this challenge is a good way to get all of us to look at what we are really doing! Keep up the good work!

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MHNGJR 3/3/2013 3:17PM

    You go get those F & V s. Eat em up, yum yum! emoticon

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5% Challenge Week 2 - Everyday healthy habit to develop: Daily F&V servings

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Iíve been on the SP diet now for almost 3 months, with good results. I manage to stay within my recommended ranges every day, with only a few exceptions. So, Iíve learned how to control that fairly well, but what I havenít been tracking is the fruit & veggie servings. I suspect itís been ok, at least when I can plan my meals, otherwise I'd be hungry at the end of the day (calories). But I think I should focus a bit more on this, to be sure Iím getting proper nutrition, especially since Iím not always in control of what I eat (lunch and/or dinner may be served in business meetings, etc.)

I had a severe iron deficiency last year, and donít want to take the chance on that happening again. It was horribleÖI was so tired at one point, I was trying to pack for a trip and all I could do was to cry. DH made me cancel the trip and I went to the doctor next day and discovered my iron was so low, it was barely measureable at all! No wonder, huh?

So that is what I will focus on to make sure it is part of my eating habits, to ensure I'm getting proper nutrition.

  
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VONBLACKBIRD 3/3/2013 1:21PM

    Sounds like you are on your way. Keep it up!!!

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POPSY190 3/3/2013 3:33AM

    Tracking specific nutrients where there has been a problem previously is a very good idea. Enjoy your freggies!

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MICKEYH 3/3/2013 1:22AM

    You know Alie, I am just so proud of you. I see you are all over the planet, traveling and meetings and yet, you are doing so well on this SP diet and your fitness plan. And you are great contributor to out awesome A team. I am amazed how do you do it? I think you have a great determinations and diligent about what you do and you must have great hope and dream. Thanks for sharing your greatness and courage with us.

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NUCLEARMUM 3/3/2013 12:17AM

    Sounds like a great habit. I lose sight of those too in trying to meet the calorie range.

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 3/3/2013 12:11AM

    That is a great habit to form. That's why I love to log in my food on my app because see the things I need more of and what I need less of. It has REALLY paid off!

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NINETOZE 3/2/2013 11:42PM

    I think I should make this one of my improved healthy habits too. I eat too many fruits and not enough veggies!
Thanks for sharing!
Erin

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REEBADABEEBOOS 3/2/2013 11:31PM

    A great goal!

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Winter to Spring 5% Challenge Commitments - restated for my team mates!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I put my commitments on my Sparkpage last weekend before I got a team assignment, and some of this is in my blog of 2/16/13, but I thought I'd restate my commitments in a blog so that my team mates in the emoticon A team can easily see them (from the team stream). So, here you go....

My commitments to my team mates for the 8 weeks are below.

I will continue to meet my goals for the February Bootcamp and the 5K for Rookies program, including a 5K race in April.

I will continue with Zumba 2 days a week as cardio and/or cross-training, and also add these 5% Winter Commitments:

I will exercise daily for a minimum of 10 minutes.

I will follow my SP recommended diet, tracking all food eaten every day.

I will record my daily exercise minutes and points.

On Saturdays I will weigh in and record it.

I will check in with my team daily and leave a comment on the Discussion Board.

I will read and comment on blogs as I have time.

I will lose 5% or more of my starting body weight over the 8 weeks challenge.

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MICKEYH 2/20/2013 11:18PM

    Great commitments !! Go Alie!! Go emoticon A's emoticon

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KRISTINSGOALS 2/20/2013 6:59PM

    YAY, Alie! You can do it!!!

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GWINNER1 2/20/2013 4:01AM

    Enjoyed your blog Alison! emoticon emoticon

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GEMLADYONE 2/19/2013 3:29PM

    Thanks friend.

Well, they kind of get lost in the Community team, I thought. But then again, my life is too complicated, so I try to make things simple and efficient. Funny, that's what I actually do for a job...efficiency expert!

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POPSY190 2/19/2013 3:11PM

    This is a good idea.

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