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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hello!

I never posted my New Year's goals. I don't remember much of what I was going to write down, but I do remember my weight loss goal for the year. If I want to reach that goal now, I'll have to lose 1.4 pounds/week. I don't have much experience losing at that high of a rate, is it do-able? I don't know. Perhaps: I've very recently changed my diet and I can feel the weight starting to melt off of me.

Today was day six of keeping my saturated fat intake below 20g/day. This is much, much, much lower than what I'd been consuming before, and all but eliminates dairy from my diet. I'm doing this for medical reasons, not as a fad diet, and I'm committed to continue it for at least 100 days. Some early data indicates overall calories are down (and I'm not feeling as hungry overall and snacky in the evenings.) I'm about to take up swimming again (starting tomorrow!) It's hard for me to believe such a big calorie shift won't result in weight loss.

Even though this post is full of numbers, I'm not actually all that focused on the scale. I only weigh myself once a week if that. I'm mostly focused on healing. It's going fairly well. :)

I hope all of you long-lost sparkfriends are doing well out there. xo emoticon

--Jes

  
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CHICKEYBABE 4/24/2012 12:25PM

    WTG! The longest journey begins with the first step (I know old idea but very true). Just keep doing what you are doing and the scale will cooperate with you. It can be tough when you have two small children so just remember to cut yourself some slack and you will get the job done. emoticon

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B-FLAT 4/20/2012 6:06PM

    It was so nice to see your name pop up!! Glad your back...love the goals and the diet changes. Hope you see AMAZING results!

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CENTURYFLOWER 4/19/2012 1:32PM

    Cool goal on saturated fat! And you can feel it working! Go Jes!

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TEKRU1 4/19/2012 10:31AM

    Hey, lady! So good to see you back in Sparkland and sounding like you're in a MUCH better place! Good for you! Keep it up and keep in TOUCH! We're all out here rooting for you!

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SKINNYSOON13 4/19/2012 9:45AM

    I was happy to see a blog notification and even happier to see it's full of goals, good news and hope. I hope to see more of them, and that you get back into your swimming routine and a good food routine :-) I know you can do this - and it would seem it's the perfect time...after all, hell HAS frozen over - because I'm full of SPARK, why not my twin JESJES ;-D

Speaking of hell freezing over - I think I found a shampoo that loves my hair! :-D hehe

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SMERTZ 4/19/2012 6:41AM

    it is so nice to see you committing to goals again. Glad to see you sparking? WTG.
I have. Missed seeing you and getting IVY updates. emoticon

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SWDOTB2 4/19/2012 5:36AM

    Wishing you good energy and endurance in your efforts to move toward wellness. Reducing saturated fats from your intake sounds like a wonderful idea to move toward where you want to be this year. I hope you enjoy your swim, I miss our correspondence, I miss you. I really like the yellow tulips on your wallpaper background.



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2011 Commitments Week 1 Evaluation

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Here's how the first week went with my commitments:

1) Lose 63 pounds in order to reach my goal weight of 155 by December 31 of this year. That means averaging 1.21 lbs/week. I can do that!
emoticonMy first official weigh-in will be on Wednesday.

2) Work week wake/fall asleep goals, healthy breakfast:
emoticonThis one could use some improvement. I managed the healthy breakfast every day, and got up and made my bus each day, but being in bed by 10 only happened two or three of the five days.

3) Develop an amazing gluten-free pizza crust recipe by continuing to actively cultivate and refine my skills at work.
emoticonThis one is going pretty well. I realized how scared I am of success in this scenario, and instead of running away I'm plowing through it, taking risks, and they're paying off.

4) Complete a three-month no refined sugar/corn syrup trial.
emoticonGoing strong, eight days of no sugar completed!

5) Rigorous exercise 3-5 times per week for 35 minutes.
emoticonCompleted four days!

6) Make sure dogs are walked at least 5 days a week.
emoticonCompleted four days.

7) Complete the 100 pushups program.
emoticonNeed to start this one over.

8) Take my supplements every day for at least 100 days in a row.
emoticonArgh, I was on a roll with this one until I forgot yesterday. Starting over today.

9) Develop and stick to a budget that includes monthly paying down of personal debts and adding to savings.
emoticonHaven't addressed this one at all. I think I need to refine the goal and make it more specific.

10) Clear off my desk weekly.
emoticonNope, I did not do this, nor even attempt it.

11) Brush the dogs and clip their nails weekly.
emoticonSuccess! It felt great to care for them better this week.

  
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TEKRU1 1/11/2012 9:51AM

    emoticon Great first week progress! You can do this!

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UUCEEJAY 1/9/2011 3:30PM

    emoticonGreat progress! Time to give yourself a pat on the back. You have a lot of goals. I found that I couldn't work on all of mine at one time. I would get one going for two weeks then add another. emoticon

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REAL_FOOD 1/9/2011 12:52PM

    Great job reflecting and evaluating Jes! Sounds like you put a lot of effort into the health-related goals and so there wasn't a lot of time for some of the organizational and financial stuff.

You'll get there! It's a lot to bite off at one time, but you'll manage. I especially like that you're forging ahead with the dough recipe and success at work. That's been your dream for a long time and you may as well go for it!

xo

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FITLIKENIC 1/9/2011 12:47PM

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2011 Commitments

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I commit to do the following this year:

1) Lose 63 pounds in order to reach my goal weight of 155 by December 31 of this year. That means averaging 1.21 lbs/week. I can do that!

2) During the work week, wake by 5:10 am. Eat a healthy breakfast then be out the door at 6 am to catch the 6:09 bus. In bed by 9:30-10 pm, or earlier. Give myself a break from these rules on the weekends. Except the healthy breakfast one.

3) Develop an amazing gluten-free pizza crust recipe by continuing to actively cultivate and refine my skills at work.

4) Complete a three-month no refined sugar/corn syrup trial. I'm not going to worry about it if it's a minor ingredient in something (for example, a bread I bake). After three months I will reevaluate. (Started 1/1)

5) Rigorous exercise 3-5 times per week for 35 minutes.
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: Wake Z. at 4:30, out the door to the gym by 5-5:15pm
Saturday any time
Sunday any time before 1:30

6) Make sure dogs are walked at least 5 days a week.
Mon 2:30-3:15
Tue 1:30-4:30
Wed-Fri 2-2:45
Sat any time
Sun any time before 1:30

7) Complete the 100 pushups program. (Did the initial test 1/1)

8) Take my supplements every day for at least 100 days in a row. (Started 1/1)

9) Develop and stick to a budget that includes monthly paying down of personal debts and adding to savings.

10) Clear off my desk weekly.

11) Brush the dogs and clip their nails weekly.

  
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FITNESSFOODIE 1/8/2011 11:05PM

    That's a lot to do, and great planning! emoticon

Happy New Year!

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DENSMAMA 1/3/2011 11:17PM

    Good for you on your goals! I'm impressed!

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UUCEEJAY 1/3/2011 9:15PM

    Great plan. You have broken it down to specific steps you are going to take and routines. That will help you stick to it emoticon

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NJOYNOW 1/3/2011 7:52AM

    Inspiring, Jes! I was just thinking this a.m. that I haven't crystalized my goals... this is great motivation for me.

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SKINNYSOON13 1/3/2011 2:26AM

    Ambitious! I think you can do all of this if you plan for it. But if you fall behind, DON'T GIVE UP! and don't disappear biotch! :-D

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FRISKY120276 1/3/2011 2:09AM

    Wow! You have really thought this through! I can't wait to see where you're at in 12 weeks! I am willing to bet that you will kick butt! :)

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GRACIEC 1/2/2011 11:10PM

    Jes, you've thought it out and it looks like a great plan! emoticon

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FITLIKENIC 1/2/2011 11:10PM

    Looks like a wonderful list of commitments! I'll be watching you :)

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The number of the day is... six! Six wonderful goals! Ah-ah-ah.

Sunday, September 12, 2010



My BLC 14 Goals:

1) Eat at least one very, very large serving of nutritious vegetables per day, every day.

2) Swim at least once a week. (Hey, gotta start back somewhere.)

3) Go on at least one long walk or hike a week.

4) Keep up with my team talk thread. (Go Mocha!)

5) Take for myself at least one nice solid chunk of "me time" each week This is In addition to items 2-4. Counseling and doctor's appointments don't count. I'm talking about doing something fun and/or creative and/or shopping. :)

6) Get at least seven and a half hours of sleep per night. I'm almost certain that this is going to be the most challenging goal of the bunch. If I'm honest with myself about the math, I'll have to be starting my bedtime routine by 9pm in order to be asleep by 10 in order to be awake by 5:30 to catch the 6:17 bus to be at work before 7am. Off work by 2:30, at which point I take over childcare for the afternoon and evening. Hence the importance of #5. :)

Here goes!!!!!

  
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REAL_FOOD 9/13/2010 5:50PM

    Great goals!! Somehow that last one sounds vaguely familiar...

You are on the right track with clear, measurable goals! WOOT!

xo
L

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TINYBUNCHES 9/13/2010 6:57AM

    emoticon no doubt in my mind!

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UUCEEJAY 9/12/2010 10:33PM

    Good goals! I agree with you about getting sleep probably being the hardest . I keep working on that one but it is 10:26 PM and I am doing SP instead of sleeping- hummm! gotta work on that one too.

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FITNESSFOODIE 9/12/2010 5:26PM

    Nice job on your goals, and I LOVE Sesame St! emoticon emoticon

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NJOYNOW 9/12/2010 7:19AM

    Love it, Jes!!

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Grams v. Guessing; April Navel Orange

Friday, April 16, 2010

Ha! After my avocado blog earlier today it just goes to show... Are there some really big Avocados out there that I don't know about?

Does anybody else find tracking this interesting?

  
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FITNESSFOODIE 4/18/2010 7:21PM

    Very intersting! I always just go with the WAG instead of actually measuring carefully. Hmmmm... good reason to measure! emoticon

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UUCEEJAY 4/16/2010 10:31PM

    I have always wondered about the measures like small, medium, large. Grams vs. cups, oz. I have to admit I do a lot of guessing, so far it has worked out.

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RANJINI4 4/16/2010 6:56PM

    something strange in those measurements! emoticon

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