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My Blueprint

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Vision: I envision myself standing in front of a mirror sideways and not feeling like I have to suck in my stomach to look great. I envision myself having a few bites of dessert, feeling satisfied, and pushing it away. I envision my body strong and lean, with good blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, etc., all on its own. I envision myself running a 5K race.

Plan: Work on meal planning and portion size so that I can accurately predict how much I am eating. Practice keeping carbs/sweets/other dessert items to a minimum, and practice enjoying the minimum that I get so I donít feel deprived. Build muscle and burn fat through strength and cardio workouts daily. Practice jogging/running until I can run 5 kilometers. Keep my carbs/proteins balanced so that my blood sugar is steady.

Timeline: Still in flux. I want to base this on body fat now that Iím at a healthy weight, but my caliper is still in transit to me. I believe I want to have 20% or lower body fat by the end of this year, Dec. 31st, 2008. I also would like to have my healthy mindset in place by Thanksgiving of this year, so I can enjoy myself without losing my hard work. I donít have a specific 5k in mind yet, but Iím thinking about the Minnie Marathon in Disneyworld in May 2009.

Action steps:
Small workouts every morning
Strength training: 3 days/week including most major muscle groups
Cardio: daily, longer on the non-strength training days
Eat healthy and clean 80% of the time
Find a system of eating where I donít have to track, but still know Iím not gaining weight, including a way to manage small treats but only on occasion
Jog 2-3/week

I want to love what I see in the mirror.
My health, I need to work actively to stave off diabetes.
My own competitive spirit.
To help motivate my husband and family to follow in my footsteps and also get healthy

Lots of Help:
My friends at spark, my husband who exercises with me and essentially started this whole thing, and my friends in life who I love and help me with everything!

Biology/scientific background for understanding my body and knowing how to find the real information and research on nutrition and fitness, Sparkpeople, academic libraries (Iím in academia, so I always have a good library nearby), patience, competitiveness, a tough go-get-em spirit!

Not letting the little mistakes get me down or make me give in, going forward for the things I canít see (good health, blood sugar) even when those I can see donít seem to be changing, pushing myself to my limits and then pushing those limits further out

Learning Curve:
I have had to learn to be mindful of my habits, lean why I was eating, what I was craving, and what it all meant. I still need to learn that something I enjoy now will cause my body to be unhappy later. I have to learn to see the big picture in the long term. I take it slowly, I work on what I can, and I know what I donít get yet will follow. I have watched my habits and thinking change so much in the last 6 months, and I know that there is much more still to change and that it will change in the next 6 month and the 6 months after that. Learning never stops.


Friends and Fun

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I have friends from out of town visiting for a while. This is always the dieting downfall ... what do you do with your non-dieting friends?

I'm doing well so far, we went out to dinner at the local brewery, and I got one 12oz beer, ate one piece of flatbread appetizer, and had a really nice salad for dinner. Then, I can home and had just a few bites of the ice cream my friend and DH are having. Still in my calorie range!

Tomorrow is mostly normal, but we'll probably get pizza for dinner, I'm planning on two slices of pizza and a nice homemade salad to accompany it. I'll probably also keep my lunch minimal tomorrow so there is room for pizza.

The weekend shouldn't be too bad, we are grilling on Sat, so I'm planning on veggie kabobs for me and no chips and ONE cookie (that's going to be the hardest, cookies are my overeating addiction issue).

My workout plan will not be compromised, I can let my DH entertain if needed, Project Mayhem will get my attention on Friday!

Wish me luck, my plan is not to lose any ground, and even to lose if I can manage it. I am a space monkey and I CAN DO IT!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PFLANZE04 6/21/2008 11:20PM

    you look great!! :)
how was your weekend with friends?

things are going well here. I went out to Seattle a bit ago which i'm sure R.B. told you about. it was great. it also gave me some motivation to keep up this spark business , R.B. and I hike a few trails around Mt. Rainier which was beautiful and I want to do more!! i want to do some hardcore hiking, and i'm no where near the shape that I need to be in so that I can do that.


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Sweating to my Wii Fit

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Today I did a great Wii Fit workout. I started with 6min of Super Hula Hoop, and I was moving, but I caught every hoop. Then I did some plank, push-ups and jckknives, and unlocked the push-up and jackknife challenges. I have to keep working on the plank one, I need to do 60 sec. Then I went jogging around the island. Let me tell you that I was sweating by the end more than I do for some of my other workouts (almost as much sweat as Project Mayhem). I cooled down with some Yoga. I put in 40 Wii minutes and 45 total mins. It was great!

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KATCHUP2002 6/11/2008 5:23PM

    I love my wii fit so much! I'm glad you're getting a lot out of it. I just think what they've done with this is great! :)

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KIMBERLYD552002 6/7/2008 5:28PM

    Well I love my wii fit and I am glad I am not the only one that sweats from PM workouts!!! WII FIT RULES

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NYMPHAMOI 6/7/2008 1:36PM

    That's great! I've been thinking about getting a Wii Fit but I want to kind of test one out before I put out that much money for it.

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Wii Fit Workouts

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Here is my Wii Fit Workout Plan

Mondays: Abs
Aerobics: Hula Hoop
Strength: Single leg extension; torso twists; jackknife; arm and leg lift; single arm stand
Yoga: Standing knee; half moon; cobra; bridge; Spinal twist; shoulder stand

Tuesdays/Thursdays: Jogging
Basic Step
Free Run 10 min
Yoga: Warrior, triangle, Downward Dog, Dance

Wednesdays: Upper Body
Aerobics: 6 min Boxing
Strength: Push-ups and side planks; rowing squat; tricep extensions; parallel stretch
Yoga: Deep Breathing with bicep curl; Chair; Palm tree; Downward Dog

Fridays: Lower Body
Advanced Step Aerobics
Strength: Lunges; Single leg twist; Sideways leg lift, Single Leg Twist;
Yoga: Warrior; Tree; Triangle; Sun Salutation

Saturday: Complete Workout
3 min Boxing
Super hula hoop

Jogging 10-20min
Lotus Focus

I need to update this with the workouts on Sat. But I think I have a plan.

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JEN-IN-TORONTO 6/7/2008 5:40AM

    I also was interested in the Wii fit but it looked a little limiting. then I considered the DDR, I have heard good things about it and I agree that it looks like a fun way to get my ass off the couch!! I don't have a gaming system of any kind though, so would be investing mucho de niro on that endeavor. I'm holding off for now but will probably go for the Wii system and DDR.
Please keep us updated on the fit program and how it's working out for you!!

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MRSPRINCESS07 6/5/2008 1:24AM

  Looks good and fun! Let me know if you like the Wii Fit; I want one! I was looking into getting Dance Dance Revolution this weekend also. I figured it would be a fun way to keep me off the couch...a video game aside from Galaga that I might like!

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Mind over Matter

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

ďIt is the mind that makes the body.Ē - Sojourner Truth

I think this speaks for itself around here.

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ABSOLUTE8 5/28/2008 9:21PM

  I have been thinking about the phrase "mind over matter" for a few days now and you are so right that the quote by Sojourner Truth has so much meaning. If I could be more mentally strong my weight loss would not have as many setbacks and my progress would be fast. But that's not how we all work therefore out minds sometimes hinder progress.

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