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Day 13 recap of My Countdown to Christmas Plan - Onederland here I come

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Countdown to Christmas Plan

Recap of Day (Dec 13th) -

1. Exercise every day for the next 25 days. Minimum of 10 mins a day.

DONE -60 minutes
Ballroom dancing - private lesson/group class

2. Eat within the low range of my calories AND make smart choices for those calories. I plan to stay within 1200-1300.

DONE - 1248- and I wasn't hungry

3. Drink a minimum of FOURTEEN 8oz glasses of water a day.

DONE - 14 glasses! Still struggling but I got it done


4. Find 10 minutes for ME every day.

DONE


5. Find ONE nice thing to do/say to ONE person every day.

DONE


6. Be accountable to my plan and post here each day until Christmas.

DONE- this blog has been posted

Things I learned on Day 13:

WATER, WATER, WATER is so much easier if I start early... I need to keep this lesson firmly in place!(disclaimer/note - some have questioned my water goal - this amount was set by my doctor for my activity level)


12 more days and counting... Onederland here I come!

Thanks for your support!

~Irish

*plan to work and work your plan*

  
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IMIN2GENES 12/15/2011 1:17PM

    Well done!

Question for you... what did you do for your meals that you weren't hungry. I'm sill looking for hints and good ways to balance. Some days are better than others... LOL!

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LILLI56 12/15/2011 2:14AM

    My mom didn't like water, she didn't like swimming either. She would say, "I don't like water inside nor out."

I love water inside and out. I love swimming, long soaks in the tub, and drinking water. I always take 3 water bottles when I go out. I don't drink 14 a day, but somedays I do get in 12.

You go girl

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 12/14/2011 7:22PM

    You rock!

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/14/2011 1:45PM

    Water first thing in the morning really helps--a doctor told my mother (who hated drinking water) that if she would just drink a glass when she first got up, she'd be thirsty for water all day. Seems to be true; at least it makes it easier to get it all in by the end of the day!

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NETGYRL 12/14/2011 1:08PM

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CBAILEYC 12/14/2011 11:20AM

    Well done!
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Water tip.. something I do myself. I start each morning with at least 2 cups of water as soon as I'm able to stand upright LOL even before my coffee. Somehow, it makes it 'easier' to get the rest in over the rest of the day.

Go you!
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C~

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/14/2011 10:09AM

    emoticon Great going!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/14/2011 8:28AM

    YOU DID IT ALL!!! YAY!!

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Day 12 recap of My Countdown to Christmas Plan (WITH BONUS FEATURES! LOL) - Onederland here I come

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Countdown to Christmas Plan

Recap of Day (Dec 12th) -

1. Exercise every day for the next 25 days. Minimum of 10 mins a day.

DONE -30 minutes
Workout with trainer (last one!)
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2. Eat within the low range of my calories AND make smart choices for those calories. I plan to stay within 1200-1300.

NOPE Calories =1441- I'm pretty sure it's ok with my activity today - but still I'm disappointed.
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3. Drink a minimum of FOURTEEN 8oz glasses of water a day.

DONE - 14 glasses! Still struggling but I got it done
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4. Find 10 minutes for ME every day.

DONE
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5. Find ONE nice thing to do/say to ONE person every day.

DONE
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6. Be accountable to my plan and post here each day until Christmas.

DONE- this blog has been posted
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emoticon MONDAY WEIGH IN - 200!


Things I learned on Day 12:

emoticonWATER, WATER, WATER is STILL a love/hate relationship. (disclaimer/note - some have questioned my water goal - this amount was set by my doctor for my activity level)

Calories are a bit higher than I would like- but still below the recommended amount.

emoticonBONUS FEATURES (lol)

Thoughts -

Today was my last day with Trainer #5. I am going to have to be more accountable to myself now - no trainer until mid January. I have been through this before, and I'm ready. I have a plan! - Continue with ballroom dancing, continue with strength training on my own, and swim when my daughter has swim team. Hit the treadmill 2x a week - and I will do a 5K on the treadmill at least 1x a week (I've already been doing this). If all this fails me on any given day, (i.e LIFE interrupts the plan for the day) I vow to get my butt up and go out for a walk and/or do my sit-ups, push-ups, and jumping jacks in the house. NO EXCUSES - 10 minutes minimum a day. Period.

RESULTS WITH TRAINER #5 (2 1/2 months)
Starting weight - 205
Ending weight - 200
Starting Body Fat 42.6
Ending Body Fat 41.8
Starting BMI 34.4
Ending BMI 34.3
Starting Bust - 45
Ending Bust - 43
Starting Waist - 38
Ending Waist - 37.5
Starting Hips - 46
Ending Hips - 44.5
Thighs remained the same at 24"

I vowed when I started the countdown I wouldn't deprive myself - and I haven't- I have indulged in holiday goodies (just not GORGED in holiday goodies) and I have planned for them. The difference being I have planned.

I'm pretty sure I will make it to Onederland before Christmas (barring any craziness). However, even if I do, I plan to finish this challenge and see how low I get by Christmas day.

I'm DONE with SIXTY pounds - I am so dang proud-- Sususuzzzie was right - I was grinning from ear to ear today after I weighed in. I hadn't "sneak weighed" at all - I truly just wanted it to be a surprise... and it was!

13 more days and counting... Onederland here I come!

Thanks for your support!

~Irish

*plan to work and work your plan*

  
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IMIN2GENES 12/15/2011 1:13PM

    This is awesome! Love it. Guess this means it's back to trainer #4. If I remember right, she's a real slavedriver... LOL!
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SUSUSUZZZIE 12/13/2011 11:57PM

    You make me so happy! I am sitting here at my computer smiling with you. (And DH is wondering what the heck I'm doing smiling at the computer like this.)

You are setting such an awesome example. It's a like perfect formula to set things in motion!

What awesome progress with #5! You both must be so proud! Good luck going back to #4 and I hope you get a #6!

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 12/13/2011 2:40PM

    emoticonthis is me grinning for you too!

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/13/2011 1:39PM

    Absolutely fantastic--you are rocking this, Irish! Onederland is awaiting your entry, any day now. You can do it!

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FEISTYOWL 12/13/2011 12:45PM

    Yay for you!! How fun to be grinning ear to ear - I'm so happy for you! You really are doing awesome!

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CBAILEYC 12/13/2011 11:54AM

    So thrilled for you, and proud of you! You're rockin' it steady, girlfriend.
Well done!
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TIGGERJEAN 12/13/2011 11:51AM

    So Exciting! Congratulations!

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NETGYRL 12/13/2011 11:31AM

    thanks for posting this blog. you are making me or accountable too - and right now I need that! :) i have a feeling next monday is going to be very exciting! :)

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 12/13/2011 11:18AM

    Oh my gosh! I am so excited, I can hardly stand it!!!

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In this box is a super dooper "Onderland" banner for you to put up when you make it. I can hardly sit still! Wow!!!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/13/2011 10:50AM

    You are a fration of a pound away!!! GOOD JOB!!! and great on getting all the water!! YOU ROCK!!!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/13/2011 10:48AM

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Onderland here you come!

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Day 11 recap of My Countdown to Christmas Plan - Onederland here I come

Monday, December 12, 2011

Countdown to Christmas Plan

Recap of Day (Dec 11th) -

1. Exercise every day for the next 25 days. Minimum of 10 mins a day.

DONE -15 minutes
15 minutes of push-ups, sit-ups, and jumping jacks
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2. Eat within the low range of my calories AND make smart choices for those calories. I plan to stay within 1200-1300.

DONE Calories = 1240- Wasn't hungry either! Major victory here!
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3. Drink a minimum of FOURTEEN 8oz glasses of water a day.

NOPE - 8 glasses! Still struggling - but I'm accountable
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4. Find 10 minutes for ME every day.

DONE
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5. Find ONE nice thing to do/say to ONE person every day.

DONE
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6. Be accountable to my plan and post here each day until Christmas.

DONE- this blog has been posted
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Things I learned on Day 11:

emoticonWATER, WATER, WATER is going to be a love/hate relationship. (note - some have questioned the consumption - this amount was set by my doctor for my activity level)

emoticonCalories are down -I managed to stay in my chosen range - and I wasn't hungry! BONUS

emoticon*WEIGH IN TOMORROW* - fingers crossed!

14 more days and counting... Onederland here I come!

Thanks for your support!

~Irish

*plan to work and work your plan*

  
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GERMANIRISHGIRL 12/13/2011 2:35PM

    Big Woo Hoo on that calorie range. That is emoticon indeed!

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ANNECEK 12/12/2011 7:48PM

    Happy Thoughts all around!!! I'm cheering for you!!!

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IMIN2GENES 12/12/2011 2:08PM

    Fingers AND toes crossed for ya!

Congrats on the cals. I know that has been vexing you. Good job!
Chris
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NETGYRL 12/12/2011 12:51PM

    Congrats on the weight loss!! The plan she is working!!

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PARASELENIC 12/12/2011 12:24PM

    Your tenacity is incredible, especially at a time when most people (myself included) find "good" excuses to flub on their daily goals (gotta go to this holiday party, etc.). Way to go!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 12/12/2011 11:17AM

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You are doing amazing! Keep up the great job.

Wishing you a more hydrated day!
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/12/2011 11:04AM

    you are doing beautifully...i DO question the water but always always defer to the doc!!!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/12/2011 10:50AM

    You are doing great!!

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PIXIEMOM13 12/12/2011 10:33AM

    Looks like you are rocking it!

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CBAILEYC 12/12/2011 10:27AM

    Well done, chica! emoticon
C~

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FLAFLUTTERBY 12/12/2011 3:18AM

    Go Irish! Go Irish! You've got this! You are an inspiration to me!

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Day 10 recap of My Countdown to Christmas Plan - Onederland here I come

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Countdown to Christmas Plan

Recap of Day (Dec 10th) -

1. Exercise every day for the next 25 days. Minimum of 10 mins a day.

DONE - 30 minutes
30 minutes of private ballroom dancing lessons
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2. Eat within the low range of my calories AND make smart choices for those calories. I plan to stay within 1200-1300.

Calories = 1385- Once again I'm not in the 1200-1300 range. But I'm getting closer. Not so overly hungry today either.
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3. Drink a minimum of FOURTEEN 8oz glasses of water a day.

NOPE - 11 glasses! ARRRGGGH... I would have never thought this would be such a hard thing.
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4. Find 10 minutes for ME every day.

DONE- First thing this morning
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5. Find ONE nice thing to do/say to ONE person every day.

DONE
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6. Be accountable to my plan and post here each day until Christmas.

DONE- this blog has been posted
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Things I learned on Day 10:

WATER continues to be an issue - but 11 was close. I am not sweating this, because the point of the blog is to be accountable to my goals, not perfect.

Calories are down - 85 calories over my goal range isn't going to kill me. I did work more veggies into the mix, which helped.


15 more days and counting... Onederland here I come!

Thanks for your support!

~Irish

*plan to work and work your plan*

  
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IMIN2GENES 12/12/2011 2:05PM

    SO close! Keep it up, you're doing great!
Chris
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ANNECEK 12/11/2011 10:27PM

    You are getting closer to meeting those goals! Your determination will see you through! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PANBOOKS 12/11/2011 8:13PM

   
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NETGYRL 12/11/2011 3:46PM

    I am still in awe of your water consumption. Keep up the great work. You are inspiring me not to totally throw in the towel this month. :)

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SUSUSUZZZIE 12/11/2011 1:03PM

    You are doing great! I think weekends are harder to reach the water goal because of the lack of/ or different routine.

You are doing great! I hope one day you will tell us a bit more about your dance lessons! It sounds like fun!

Have a wonderful and on track day today!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/11/2011 10:14AM

    CLOSE on the cals!!!

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DEBORAH-SIMS 12/11/2011 2:39AM

  I think that it is cool that you are trying ballroom dancing. Sounds like you are trying to make exercise fun. If you are hungry, vegetables and fruit are low in calories if you need a snack. Sometimes for me when I was in the low calorie range, I thought that drinking a lot of water around meal time just made me feel hungrier. I felt like I had nothing solid in my stomach. I may be wrong but I feel that you could be drinking too much water. I think that you should drink at least eight cups of water however. I know sometimes water will make you feel full, but I think there is a fine line. You may want to experiment with the amount of water you drink and record how you feel with different levels. I wish you luck on your weight loss endeavor.

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Day 9 recap of My Countdown to Christmas Plan - Onederland here I come

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Countdown to Christmas Plan

Recap of Day (Dec 9th) -

1. Exercise every day for the next 25 days. Minimum of 10 mins a day.

DONE - 60 minutes
60 minutes of ballroom dancing (note- actually the session is 2 hours, but I figure I actually dance for 60 of them with partner changes, exhibitions, etc, so I counted 60 minutes)
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2. Eat within the low range of my calories AND make smart choices for those calories. I plan to stay within 1200-1300.

Calories = 1590 - Once again I'm not in the 1200-1300 range. But I'm getting closer. Not so overly hungry today either. (warning TMI coming) TOM is almost done, that may be part of this.
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3. Drink a minimum of FOURTEEN 8oz glasses of water a day.

DONE - 14 glasses! As I suspected, getting half of it done by noon was key.
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4. Find 10 minutes for ME every day.

DONE- First thing this morning
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5. Find ONE nice thing to do/say to ONE person every day.

DONE
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6. Be accountable to my plan and post here each day until Christmas.

DONE- this blog has been posted
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Things I learned on Day 9:

emoticon WATER - 14 glasses is NOT impossible, but it does require I start before noon, WHICH I DID TODAY.

emoticon Calories are back down, and with TOM ending this should be a bit easier. Veggies are my friend when I'm hungry -they pack a lot of satisfaction from very few calories.

emoticon Actually got a nice compliment today - one of my faculty asked me if I was done losing weight and when I said no, they said oh - you look done.

16 more days and counting... Onederland here I come!

Thanks for your support!

~Irish

*plan to work and work your plan*

  
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IMIN2GENES 12/12/2011 2:03PM

    Love it! "you look done"

Great job on sticking with your plan!
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BLACKROSE_222 12/12/2011 12:51PM

    Great job!

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PANBOOKS 12/11/2011 8:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Go Irish!!!

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NETGYRL 12/10/2011 7:56PM

    That is an awesome compliment! Congratz! Keep on, keeping on!

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 12/10/2011 6:55PM

    Great NSV.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 12/10/2011 12:40PM

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Keep up the great work!

Love your NSV! It must make you feel awesome that others are seeing you as reaching your goal. Save that compliment in your pocket so you can pull it out when you are having one of those down days that we all have every now and then.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/10/2011 9:36AM

    good girl!!! and a big hug to your colleague...sooo nice when that comes from someone who isnt a close family member!!

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MELISSAJANEY 12/10/2011 9:23AM

    I love this detailed plan! Great job!!!

Also, two hours of ballroom dancing, even if some of it is standing around and changing partners is a REAL workout!! I don't think 200 extra calories were out of the question at ALL!!

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CBAILEYC 12/10/2011 7:50AM

    That's funny - you look done!
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Way to work your plan girly!
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C~

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