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Food and Fitness - Mar 19, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

First day of Spring today... Hooray! I think that Spring is actually my favorite season of the year. I love to see the new growth popping up and it is fresh and green. The grass is now growing in earnest ~ unfortunately the weather has been very rainy so haven't been able to mow. Hopefully we will get a break in the rain soon and I'll have a chance to take care of that.

A friend of mine sent me a digital e-booklet by Lyle McDonald called "A Guide to Flexible Dieting". I started reading it last night and found it pretty interesting. Chapter One discussed how most all "dieters" ultimately regain weight. Some studies say up to 95% aren't successfull long term. Pretty darn depressing to think about that. I know I have yo yoed many times in the past but feel that is now behind me. Losing weight is fairly simple... eat less... move more.. repeat. Maintaining that loss is a lot more tricky. It takes eating less.. moving more.. and repeating FOREVER.

I weighed in this morning and about fell off the scale when it registered a 2 pound loss. I just didn't think that was right so I scooted the scale around a bit and tried again. This time only a 0.2 loss which seemed more accurate so that is what I'm going with.

Here is what I recorded in my journal for food and fitness yesterday.

Breakfast - Regular Oatmeal breakfast with 6 peanuts

Lunch - 2 eggs over medium, Fat Free cottage cheese, Sliced Tomato, Wasa with wedge of laughing cow cheese.

Snack - 6 almonds. Love that salty crunch.

Exercise - No class at the gym today so did a Leslie Sansone "Punch it Up" 4 mile walking dvd. 45 minutes.

Dinner - Pork chop, Roasted Veggies (onion, carrot, potato fingers, broccoli) and Rosemary Cracker with wedge of Weight Watchers cheese. I really overcooked the veggies... they were barely edible. I thought I had the oven at 375 and accidentally had it at 475 degrees. Needless to say the broccoli in particular was pretty brown and crispy.

Snack - 6 almonds and 1/2 glass red wine.

That was it for me for the day. Thanks for stopping by and always love your comments. Spark on!


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BMRBUDDY 3/20/2011 9:36PM

    You are doing fantastic! Very inspiring for me to hear how you are doing. I'm having a difficult time, I reached goal and went on a cruise and gained a 4 to 5 pounds. I just can't seem to get motivated. I need a jump start!

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Food and Fitness - Mar 18, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Had a slight gain today... oh well... still in the 130's so no biggie. No reason for it other than normal fluctuations / water retention that sort of thing. I did have a teaspoon or so of gravy on my pork chop last night... you don't suppose? No, I'm thinking that wasn't a big deal. I didn't get all my water in yesterday but was only short a cup or so and I don't count my coffee or the one diet soda I have with dinner... so I know I really did get in enough liquids.

Here is what I recorded in my journal yesterday for food and fitness

Breakfast - same ol same ol... Oatmeal with raisins, chopped nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon and almond milk. Also 6 peanuts. This meals never gets old and keeps me going until lunch.

Exercise - Power Spin class at the gym. This is an hour class and a real sweat fest.

Lunch - Garden Salad with mixed greens, peas, carrots, onion, celery, boiled egg, shredded mozarella and Newman's Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger dressing. Wasa with laughing cow.

Snack - 6 almonds

Dinner - Pork Chop, Roasted Veggies (onions, tomato, broccoli, carrots), Rosemary Cracker with wedge of WW Cheese.

Snack - 6 almonds and 1/2 glass red wine.

That's it for me. Hope you all have a wonderful week-end and Spark on!

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CFMOSS 3/20/2011 8:12AM

    Good job on the food - I really like the 6 almonds:) yum and crunch and haven't been having that 1/2 glass wine recently because the DH is staying away from it due to elevated enzymes and it's much easier if I don't have any. Good choices. Good day:)

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Food and Fitness - Mar 17, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

Woot Woot! Yes, today was the day! Hopped out of bed this morning, went to the bathroom and then stepped on the scale. Yee haw Sparksters... back to the 130's. Haven't been there since last August so feels really good to be back headed in the right direction. Here is the living proof!

My DH came in the bathroom and said "just what the heck were you taking a picture of in the bathroom when you are half naked". I guess that would seem rather weird LOL. Told him I took a photo of the scale. He knows I have been working hard but I told him I saw a number today that made me smile so I took a photo. He thinks I'm nuts.

My March plan is paying off. I wanted to limit my choices and try and stick to basics. I haven't had any fruit but have been eating lots of veggies. Thinking ahead to my April plan, I am going to add back in a little fruit and see how I do. I want to limit my desserts and stay off the popcorn as that seems to stall me to a dead halt.

Here is what I recorded in my journal for food and fitness yesterday.

Breakfast - my normal bowl of oatmeal with nuts, raisins, cinnamon and almond milk.

Exercise - Gym Circuit Class. This class uses various machines in the gym circuiting through six stations two times. The circuit changes every month and this month concentrates on arms and legs. A good strength session.

Lunch - Chicken salad,with mixed greens, hard boiled eg, peas, onions, carrots, celery, shredded mozarella. Wasa cracker with laughing cow.

Snack - 6 almonds

Exercise - Bonus session! Went to my first Zumba Class. The instructor is new at zumba so she incorporated a lot of dance aerobic moves... but that is fine as it is all new to me. It was a fun class full of a lot of energy and I plan to add this class to my weekly schedule.

Dinner - Panko crusted Tilapa, Steamed veggies, Rosemary Cracker with wedge of Weight Watchers cheese. Got the Tilapa at Costco and both DH and I really liked it. 160 calories per piece and it turned out nice and crispy and isn't fishy at all. Not anything like the fish sticks I ate as a kid lol.

Snack - 6 almonds, 1/2 glass red wine

That sums up the day.. Hope you all have a good one and Spark on!


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SPARKINGCASSIE 3/19/2011 10:14PM

    Congrats for hitting your goal of the 130's!! Super Duper!! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 3/18/2011 10:29PM

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WAIANAEGAL 3/18/2011 9:37PM

    Rhonda, I so agree with you and the popcorn. I love it but even the 100 cal bags so affects my weight... can't figure it our.

Congrats on the scale success. You have so kicked in the exercising, I'm so proud of you. Keep it going.

I'll have to try that fish you got at Costco, it looks really good.

Have a great weekend.

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CFMOSS 3/18/2011 7:48PM

awesome - celebrate - just not with excess calories:) you're doing great!!! keep up the work.

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Food and Fitness - Mar 16, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Stepped on the scale this morning and... saw a flash of 139.9 but it settled at 140.0. oh well.. I do know if I stick to the plan that consistency will pay off and I will eventually be back in the 130's. Maybe tomorrow... you will all be the first to know!

I'm getting my hair trimmed and highlighted today. I have been putting it off for a while to be frugal but I really need the color done in particular. My hair is so much easier to manage when I have it highlighted and those darn "mature blond" areas blend in much better.

After my hair appointment, I'm going to the gym to a dance aerobics class. She is working in some zumba moves to the class so this will all be new to me. I take step aerobics so hopefully it will be managable and I won't fall flat on my face. Many of my spark friends speak highly of zumba and it seems to be the "in" thing... so I gotta give it a try.

Here is a re-cap of my food and fitness journal for yesterday.

Breakfast - Oatmeal breakfast per normal... including the 6 peanuts. Can't seem to stay out of those things.

Exercise - Step Aerobics class - 45 minutes. My regular instructor is on vacation so had a substitute. The sub used to own the gym some years back. She has a little different style and uses different terminolgy but I really enjoyed it. She will also be teaching the zumba class. She is incredibly fit and has a bubbly personality so I left feeling much better than when I started. That is really the great thing about working out... it just makes you feel good no matter what else is happening in your life.

Snack - 6 almonds

Lunch - Omlette made in the GT Express. 2 whites, 1 yolk, a splash of egg beaters, onion, lean ham, mozarella. Fat free cottage cheese, sliced tomato, Wasa with laughing cow.

Dinner - Chicken breast, roasted veggies (onion, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli), Rosemary cracker with wedge of Weight Watchers cheese.

Snack - 6 almonds with 1/2 glass red wine

Also drank 1/2 gallon of crystal light over the course of the day.

Take care and have a sparkin day.


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SWAZY33 3/18/2011 7:42AM

    We have a few different zumba classes offered at my gym. A good instructor and great music make the class for sure. I only like one of the instructors classes. I wish the other ones would attend her class and take some pointers because I would love to zumba more than twice a week! Those two hours go by so quickly and I'm always sad (and drenched in sweat!) when it's over. Hope your zumba class is a fun one :)

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MEMEEMEEE 3/17/2011 8:06PM

    That picture of your lunch looks delicious!

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Food and Fitness - Mar 15, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wow, the news coming out of Japan just keeps getting more grim. It is really frightening to consider what we could deal with here if we had an earthquake / tsunami. Our house sits high on a hill but most of the town is just a few feet above sea level. The experts say that an 8.0 or higher earthquake happens every 250-500 years so we have good reason to be concerned. My husband and I have a disaster supplies stored and the City has also given us a 50 gallon barrel of stuff to store in our garage. People would head for high ground and some sort of provisions would need to be availabe. I think that we will see much more planning by our government officials on dealing with serious crisis like this.

I went to Weight Watchers last night and was pleasantly surprised that all the liquid I drank yesterday didn't affect my weigh in. I was dressed lightly and was still only a pound heavier than what I weighed that morning. I wasn't able to weigh in last month so now I'm back on track. I usually go once a month to weigh in as a lifetime member.

This morning the scale said 140.1... OMG that is soooo close to the 130's. I think I will see that within the next few days and it is pretty darn exciting. Haven't been in the 130's since last August so looking forward to that happening. My March eating plan is paying off and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. I figured out today that I have cut my daily calories by 500-600 so I should theoretically lose a pound every five or six days. I'm daydreaming about the 120's lol... haven't been there in over 20 years and my lowest weight as an adult was 117 right before I got pregnant with my daughter. That was 34 years ago... I'm not really shooting for that number but will keep an open mind and see how I feel as I drop the pounds.

Yesterday this is what I recorded in my journal.

Breakfast - Regular oatmeal breakfast of oatmeal, raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar, almond milk and 6 peanuts.

Exercise - Body Blast Class at the gym. This is a 45 minute high energy strength training class that is a full body work-out.

Snack - 6 almonds

Lunch - 2 eggs over medium with Fat free cottage cheese, sliced tomato, Wasa cracker with laughing cow.

Snack - 6 almonds

Dinner - Chicken salad consisting of chicken breast, mixed greens, onions, peas, shredded mozarella, grape tomatoes, boiled egg. For dressing I use Newmans Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger. Rosemary Cracker with wedge of weight watchers cheese.

Snack - 6 almonds and 1/2 glass red wine.

I'm only having one diet soda a day (with dinner) and drinking 1/2 gallon of crystal light through out the day. It keeps me busy going to the little room! Thanks for stopping by and hope you all have a great day... Spark on!


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CFMOSS 3/17/2011 4:40PM

    You're doing great - sorry i haven't stopped by your blogs recently - thanks for your ongoing support - you really are doing fantastic!!!!!

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FLORIDASUN 3/17/2011 10:10AM

    Wowsa...YOU my darling friend are smokin' hot! Your eating plan is PERFECT-O...I thought about you last night when we got off work and RUSHED to Mel's! We don't eat there very frequently during season...TOO many people so that forces me to cook at home...which isn't the WORST thing that could happen health wise. I always pick a menu from my Eating Clean book.

We have been treated so nicely by Mel's they gave us our own little paddle called "The Beegee's" so all we have to do is call ahead and tell them their regular's "The Beegee's" are coming and when we get there we just show them the little paddle and they jump us ahead of the line....heaven...and the "Roy Roger's" people are left on their horse...hee...hee!

Smart on their part taking care of the people who take care of them during the hot dry summers! I likey their marketing strategy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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