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My Personal End-of-Year Challenge!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I've been frustrated all year with the fact that I've been steadily gaining back all the progress I made last fall.

So I decided to do something about it.

I am 7 pounds off where I was at the beginning of this year. We have 14 weeks left until the end of this year. Perfect opportunity to get myself back to where I was and shed the frustration!

The goal...

1/2 pound loss per week. Easy enough, right?

The plan...

Exercise: 5 days a week, 315 minutes, burning almost 2600 calories per week

Food: 1600-1900 calories per day. This is slightly lower than what SparkPeople recommended me for 1/2 pound per week (1700 - 2050). I'd like to have a little buffer in there!

I'm breaking down my calorie budget as follows:
100 - pre-gym snack for weekday mornings
400 - breakfast
100 - morning snack
400 - lunch
200 - afternoon snack
400 - dinner
100 - dessert
200 - for the occasional glass of wine (this is maybe 2 times per week)

I'm not planning to do detailed food tracking but will just be using the above guidelines to plan meals. Most of the recipes I use list calorie counts, so it's just as easy as picking something that fits the calorie budget!

The major things I need to focus on:
1. Getting enough sleep so that I don't skip my morning gym classes from exhaustion
2. Making up for any days I have to miss at the gym
3. Planning meals and grocery shopping ahead of time so I'm not scrambling and making less smart decisions.

Off to a good start today with my attendance at the gym this morning and my planned grocery list for the stop I'm making on the way home from work!


Back after the unplanned hiatus

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I definitely just fell into the vacation rut, one of the oldest tricks in the book. You know, where you go on vacation, and when you come back you just can't seem to get back into the normal routine? Well, I've been back over 2 weeks now and I still haven't been able to get my healthy life back to normal! (And the funny part is that I actually exercised on vacation!)

I could give you several excuses for why it just hasn't happened. But they don't matter. What matters is that I've realized that while I've been busy at home and work, I haven't been on SP as much. And not being on SP has kept that healthy lifestyle out of the forefront of my mind.

Things are calming down a bit in both arenas, so this is a good time to get back into my regular habits. So here I am today, posting on SP. Instead of buying dinner out, I'm planning to stop by the store and pick up ingredients to make a quick & healthy new recipe as well as some healthy breakfast & lunch options. I went to the gym this morning and plan to go the rest of the week. The plan is to get back into my regular gym routine and get back to eating healthy, but I won't be using the nutrition trackers. I'm going to see how far I can get on my own.

There is no reason that I can't gain control of my life. The reins are right there for me to grab...it's time to stop being lazy and just reach out and grab hold of them.

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SWATKINS1961 8/12/2009 7:21AM

    Wow Jenna, It's almost like you've written my life for the past few weeks also. Guess I am not alone in my endeavor. My summer has been busy with my raising a fairly large garden this year, at least by my standards of big. I've been canning and freezing, and also sharing my bounty. Having my birthday in July was a perfect excuse to eat lots of extra sugary things, bready things, and things that were of the "just one more treat while I'm eating, can't hurt" and then I'll restart my journey! 5lbs later I am ready to see the scale go the other direction, however my discipline has been sliding, and am ready to put a halt to it. Thanks for reaching out. Also, can't make the spark rally this weekend, but I sure hope there is another one soon. emoticon

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49DEBBET 7/29/2009 6:06PM

    I definately have gotten off my healthy habits since I went on vacation the last of June. this 6 week challange is not going good for me at all. Not giving up though just got to keep hanging in there!! You can do it too. emoticon

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TAMMYCJ 7/28/2009 2:43PM

    I can feel your pain, I'm getting ready to go to Cancun in a little over a week. My hubby is already telling me that I'm not dieting on vacation! I guess my diet effects everyone :) But I'm worried I'll get out of routine and not be able to get back into it. I wish we could all turn it on and off according to our will.

Good for you for realizing that SP is a tool and for getting back on board instead of staying dormant. Keep up the good work, it's sure to pay off. emoticon

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Starting June off on the right foot!

Monday, June 01, 2009

About a month ago I made some goals for the summer to keep me on track, so I figured I should check back in on my progress! My first goal was to lose 2 pounds by Memorial Day, which I met with flying colors, actually a pound less and a few days early. That earned me a massage...which reminds me that I need to make an appointment!

Then came Memorial Day, where I spent the long weekend celebrating my brother's graduation...and found two pounds in the process. I did pretty well last week, but then my best friend was in town last weekend, which also involved a few of my favorite Nashville eateries. Now, these two things wouldn't have been so bad on their own except that I wasn't exercising. I knew the risk I was taking, and I expect another pound or two this week. It baffles me how I could gain 2 pounds over 3 days...maybe it's just my body not appreciating the unhealthy fare I eat. I know that I didn't consume THAT many extra calories!

But, I am not to be thrown off course that easily! Setbacks, yes, but I was back in the gym this morning for a nice hour-long cardio session, and I did well with my nutrition plan today despite going out for lunch and finishing up some leftovers from the weekend. I'm feeling good so far this week and feel that it's enough that I'm going to make good food choices even when eating out this week. I've had my two weekends of fun...it's time to take hold of the reins again and get this back under control!

After weigh-in on Wednesday I may re-evaluate my 4th of July goal if it feels unrealistic. Originally it was a 4-pound loss in 6 weeks. As of last week it would have been a 5-pound loss in 5 weeks. A pound a week is about as far as I want to take it, so I'm pretty sure I'll need to adjust the goal up a pound or two. But I think that's ok. I think you have to be flexible or else this whole thing just won't work. Trial and error!

So, despite the setbacks, I'm feeling pretty good and am not discouraged. I knew what I was doing, I'll take the consequences, and I'll just hop right back on that wagon as usual!

Now off to bed...that alarm always calls me to the gym earlier than I wish!


I can do this...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I can do this...
...because I am stronger than the cravings.
...because I am strong.
...because I matter.
...because I am worth it.
...because I am the only one who can do this for myself.
...because I have goals.
...because I want to acheive those goals.
...because I have the tools to do this.
...because I have the support to guide me through.
...because it's time to focus on me.

Here's to me.

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OILPAINTER 5/13/2009 2:12PM

    Yes, Yes, Yes! Thanks for posting this, very encouraging!!!


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On track!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

After I redefined my goals last Wednesday, I broke down each goal by week so that I'd have a way of making sure I was tracking to my goal. Today's mini goal was 151 -- and that's what I hit! Looking forward, I have 2 weeks to lose 1 pound and meet my first goal -- earning a massage!

Last night I gave in to temptation after dinner, which always makes me feel guilty. I'm going to try to make a habit of logging into SP after dinner to help keep my mind on the right things and on all of you out there who motivate me!! So here I am, both to keep my brain on track and to celebrate my 0.5 lb loss this week!

And now, off to watch a movie and cross stitch to keep my wandering hands busy and out of the food!


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