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Assignment 9-Spring 5% Challenge

Thursday, March 15, 2012

List YOUR reasons/excuses on why YOUR diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. OK that might be too long a list, so give 3 or 4 reasons and for each write a strategy that will keep you on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

Diet Reason - Too Busy with family and school to exercise.

Strategy - SCHEDULE time for MYSELF!

Diet Reason - Eating mindlessly out of boredom or being tired. Having major craving during TOM

Strategy - Brush my teeth again, do a 10 min workout, eat a peice of fruit/veggie. Won't buy any junk food that I like.

Exercise Reason - No time to cook.

Strategy - . Keep easy, healthy options always available. If it does come to eating out...get a kids meal or just a side salad.

Exercise Reason - To tired to exercise, no motivation.

Strategy - Just get up and do it! You know you will feel great after. Try and spread it throughout the day instead of all at once if possible.

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/16/2012 12:08PM

    emoticon job on those strategies! This pre-challenge will be so helpful to refer to when we are about to slack off. emoticon emoticon! BevBear

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YIWEN39 3/15/2012 7:19PM

    emoticon For me, when it comes to exercise, the earlier in the day the better. If I wait, I might fall into the "too tired" trap/excuse...

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JSALERNO 3/15/2012 6:50PM

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7356WILMA 3/15/2012 4:31PM

  I love this!! I'm going to have to sit down and do this for myself!

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Made some decisions

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I have decided to not weigh in at all today. I had to move my weigh day to Saturdays starting this Saturaday for my Spring 5% Challenge so I am just skipping today completely and will being again Saturday Morning.

I have also decided that I won't be taking any classes in Spring/Summer anymore. EMU just changed the format for Spring/Summer to just Summer. You can still just take classes the first 7.5 weeks, second 7.5 weeks or the full 15 weeks. However, this changes the way you get FA. When it was broken into 2 semesters, full time was 6 credit hours and part time was 3 credit hours. To get FA you need to be at least part time. Now that it is considered just one semester 6 credit hours is part time. I planned to only take 1 course-3 credit hours the first 7.5 weeks since my classes are harded and I would rather get good grades than graduate sooner. So I decided to just stay strictly taking classes in fall and winter. It is going to take me until 2015-2016 to graduate but hey, when all said in done I will have both my Bachelors and Masters in Accounting. And will be ready to sit for the CPA exam! Plus thats just longer I don't have to go back to work...heeheehee!!! It is probably for the best too since I have been so stressed out lately...need some time to recoop! And spend more time with my family. Especially since both my lil ones will be going to school in the fall.

I made the slow cooker lasagna last night. It turned out really good. I was skeptical at first trying to put the noodles and break them to fit into my oval crockpot and it looked like it would be very runny, but after the sauce soaked in it thickened right up and turned out really good.

Going to be about 70 degrees today. I love it! I hope it is here to stay!!!

Have a great day everyone!!

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WHISPERINGPINE7 3/15/2012 10:09AM

  Sounds like you have a positive attitude about the changes. It works out for you, DH and kids. Enjoy your time with your family during the Spring and Summer Months. Slower cooker lasagna sounds good. I just might try that out for tonight. Enjoy your day my friend. emoticon emoticon

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MISSY455 3/15/2012 2:48AM

    Enjoy your summer off! Once you go back to work, you won't be able to do that again. emoticon

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JAZZEJR 3/14/2012 10:30PM

    Sounds like a plan--you'll get there in good time. Is that lasagna an SP recipe? I want to try it.

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YIWEN39 3/14/2012 8:23PM

    Enjoy the summer :-)
But before that.... have a GREAT Spring challenge! emoticon

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NEWMAC2011 3/14/2012 3:41PM

    That slow cooker lasagna sounds really good! Wishing you a great Spring 5%!

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NWILKER 3/14/2012 11:20AM

    Yummy on the crockpot lasagna! I keep meaning to try something like that, but i never have the fixins in the house and always forget to add it to my list!

bummer on the school format changing, but you gotta do what makes the most sense for you!


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SARAHD841 3/14/2012 9:03AM

  Can you believe I recently threw out my crock pot??? I do however have a cast iron casserole dish for use in the oven, wonder if that will have the saem effect?
Have a good day!!

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SWAZY33 3/14/2012 7:59AM

    Enjoy your summer off!! emoticon
Have fun with those kids while you can (before you have to go to work that is!)

That crock pot lasagna sounds interesting!

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REBECCAMA 3/14/2012 7:58AM

  You are doing great on the Spring challenge stuff. I am doing my weigh-ins on Fridays. I'm not changing that for the challenge.

Enjoy the great weather!

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2BEABETTERME 3/14/2012 7:58AM

    Sounds like a wonderful plan. Enjoy your little ones why they are little...my youngest will be double digits in June, bittersweet. Enjoy the awesome weather! emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 3/14/2012 7:56AM

    I'll have to try that recipe! Love Lasagna, especially if it is low calorie! Have you tried the 3 cheese macaroni recipe yet? That is one of our favorites!

Going to be near 80 hear today! Pretty unheard of in Chicago for March! I am going to my best to enjoy it - spring cleaning with the windows open!

Have a great day!

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Assignment 7-Spring 5% Challenge

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Is there something you eat often that you have learned to cut the calories on? What works best for you? Do you have something you can share with us?

I hardly ever drink soda anymore. When I do it is Coke Zero. I eat the bagel things, sandwich thins and Lite Bread (Sara Lee Delight). I buy reduced fat/fat free foods. Any noodles/rice/bread is all whole grain. I used to cook both a noodle side and a potatoe along with meat and veggie for dinner. Now I cook a meat, veggie or two, and either a noodle or a potatoe. I use sugar free, low cal coffee creamer (I like the flavored coffee creamers. I stopped getting mocha frappes from McDonalds and drink coffee at home. That there saves about 300 cals.

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JAZZEJR 3/14/2012 10:33PM

    I make my sandwiches with Slimwiches and load 'em up with lettuce, tomato, avocado, & a little meat. I've noticed that some of the deli meats don't have the nitrites anymore!

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WHISPERINGPINE7 3/14/2012 6:24AM

  I've cut back on having my glass or two of wine at night. Sure makes the difference in the amounts of calories. I have switched from regular pasta to whole wheat pasta. I've switched from white rice to brown rice. Little changes to start with.

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MISSY455 3/14/2012 1:30AM

    Healthy new habits = priceless!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/14/2012 12:01AM

    emoticon You've made positive changes that will remain with you for a lifetime! emoticon

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TRAVLNWOMAN 3/13/2012 9:17PM

    My biggest change was changing pasta for spaghetti squash. Huge caloric savings!

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JULIETTECAKE 3/13/2012 8:50PM

    A 12 oz Starbucks Latte (nonfat) has only 100 calories. I add cinnamon, nutmeg and sometimes honey for flavoring (I use less than a tsp so less than 22 calories). We've also bought an espresso machine. This saves money too, since it takes less coffee beans to brew a cup of espresso.

This is my favorite low-calorie treat.

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Assignment #6-Spring 5% Challenge

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The other Count Down Assignments required thinking and writing. This one will take a little more effort - time to look at the diet plan, clean the fridge, tidy the pantry, make a grocery list and shop. If you don't have time to do it now, write down what you will do. We need to have our food in order for Day 1 of the Challenge - Saturday.

The only junk food I have left are my kids and DH snacks. I don't like those so no worry there. My "fancy" loaf of bread is gone and I won't be buying again. I could eat a whole loaf if you let me. The only "bad" things are a few weight watchers fudge bars (45 cal each serv size 2) and mini 90 cal snicker ice cream bars. The snickers are almost gone, and the fudge bars are ok, help with the chocolate craving, but I never eat more that 1 so that is less than the seving size ;-). Other than that I have been stocking up on pantry items from the cookbook.I also am going shopping this weekend to get stuff for 4 more recipes and other things (fruit, veggies, other things needed). So I am ready to go!

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WELLNESSME09 3/13/2012 7:54AM

    emoticon your well on your way! emoticon
Wishing you great success through this Challenge!!! emoticon

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7356WILMA 3/13/2012 7:40AM

  Sounds like you are doing it!! Way to go! Now if I can just get to come clean my cupboards!!

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LIZBIZ9 3/13/2012 7:38AM

    Way to go! If it's not there, you can't eat it! That's my motto. :)

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SARAHD841 3/13/2012 7:34AM

  Should I get the cookbook? Wonder if I can get it in the UK... emoticon

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WHISPERINGPINE7 3/13/2012 7:33AM

  Sounds like you are definitely on the right track by decluttering those foods that contain empty calories. You have just inspired me to do the same thing. emoticon

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Monday, Monday...(Updates & Spring 5% Challenge Commitment)

Monday, March 12, 2012

All Kinds of Updates:

I could really use my hour back! I slept in so it didn't bother me much yesterday but this morning I felt it. Wanted to lay in bed a little while longer.

Last night we made the Slow Cooker Rosemary Chicken. This was really good. I just made enough for dinner and later last night DH wanted more. OOPs guess I will have to make a bigger batch next time. Tomorrow I plan to make the Slow Cooker Lasagna. I also went through and marked a few more recipes we want to try and made a grocery list of the ingredients I will need. I plan to make those over the next couple weeks.

Saturday will mark the start of 8 week long Spring 5% Challenge, This seems like it is going to be a great challenge! I love that it is strict and with all the pre-challenge assignments, it really makes you think and assess.
Assignment 1-Check Points

Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? emoticon
Gym bag is readily available by the front door with shoes. Water bottles are always in the fridge ready to go. Heart rate monitor, pedometer, and exercise clothes kept together and ready!

What is your exercise plan? emoticon
30-60 minutes of cardio M-S. I rotate my cardio sessions between Kettlebells, Kickboxing, Step aerobics, walking/jogging, Wii sports, Coach Nicole videos/DVDs. I also have 60 min Zumba class on Saturdays. I also do 2 Strength training videos M-F and 1 on Saturday. The strength training are Coach Nicoles videos. Mondays-Lower body, Tuesdays-Upper Body, Wednesdays-Core, Thursdays-Lower Body, Fridays-Upper Body, Saturdays-Core.

Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Have you stocked up on the foods? emoticon
I always have plently of fruit, veggies and whole grains. I just went shopping for pantry items out of the SP cookbook. I try and make at least 1 SP recipe per week out of the cookbook.

Do you know how to connect with your team mates? emoticon
I do know how to connect through threads, SP mail, SP pages. I am new to this challenge so if there is other new ways I welcome the comments.

Did you put your Spring 5% Challenge Commitment on your page?

Assignment 2:
Update sparkpage emoticon

Assignment 3:
Reasons for losing weight:

I want to look and feel better about myself.
I want to be able run and play with my 2 children and pup
I loved to play sports when I was younger, I want to be able to do that again, now that my children are getting involved.
I want to run up a flight of stairs!!!
I want someone to say, wow you look great!
I don't want to feel inferior next to some of the moms at my daughters school,
I want to have energy to get daily things done.

Assignment 4:
List ALL your trigger foods. Is it a snack food or part of a meal? Are they sweet or salty? Hot, cold or room temperature? Carbs, comfort foods?

Fancy Bread (Italian particularly), Bagels, Ice Cream, Cereal, Chocolate

What are the sources of the Triggers Foods? Is it a fast food restaurant? Drive thru? Food you order in? Grocery store? Convenience store? Meals at family or friends? Co-workers birthday cake? Treats from others?

Grocery/convenience stores, the vending maching at my school

Describe the most commonsituations where you reach for the trigger foods or snacks. What room are you in, what time is it, what are you doing, who is with you, and how do you feel? Are you tired? Are you eating to feel better? Are you rewarding yourself? Soothing yourself? Are you bored? By getting the food how does it make what you are doing better? What should you be doing at that time?

The worst is around TOM, then I crave and binge! Like Yesterday for example, came home from Zumba, and all I wanted was mini snicker ice cream bars & italian loaf bread.
I also tend to eat more when I am tired and bored. It doesn't make me feel any better when I do this to myself. I makes me feel worse. I should have just taken a nap and got up and got the stuff I really needed to get done, done. I really need to learn how to control myself around TOM!

Do you see a pattern? What types of foods are you reaching for? Does convenient access make a difference? How can you better handle the situations to avoid the triggers and not binge or eat more than you should.

It is a pattern. I have been really good not to but reeses and thats sorts of stuff. I did get those 90 cal ice cream snickers and WW 45 cal fudge bars thinking those would be better for my choco cravings, but I need to eat just 1!! Yesterday I had like 5. Not all the stuff I reach for is bad, I just need to eat in moderation! I need to just eat one and then go on about my day, occupy myself in another way so I don't think about food!

That is what this assignment is about - how will you not do that again? Can you pick a replacement habit or behavior that will cause you to pause to think do I really want to do this, and why? Maybe it would help to walk away from the trigger - drink water, go for a walk, phone a friend, go outside, look out the window, brush your teeth, or play with your pet? Be consistent so you can develop the new habit.

Now that the weather is finally clearing and getting warmer, it is time to get outside play with the kids and the dog. Take walks, go bike riding. I need to try the brushing my teeth trick too when I get the cravings. I keep reading about it but never tried it myself!

Write out your strategy to avoid the Triggers. Maybe itís baby steps to get you started or moderation. Donít be a perfectionist. Consider most of the time you will get it right.

I need to be more mindful and just eat in moderation. If I want more, then occupy myself in another way. Get out there and do something active!

What did you learn from doing this assignment? Anything else to add?

This was a great assignment to be able to put my triggers in front of my and really think about it! Now just need to put the plan into action!

Assignment 5:
Update target weight goals on start page:
Weight Progress: To Go from 149.6 to 142.5 by 05/12/2012
I must:
Calories Eaten: Eat between 1210-1560 calories per day
Calories Burned: Burn 1120 calories per week

HAve a great day!

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MISSY455 3/13/2012 1:49AM

    emoticon plan. I am also doing the 5% Spring challenge. I have done them in the past and find them very helpful. Wishing you much success during the challenge!

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CK-DUBYA 3/12/2012 11:21AM

    Sounds like you've got a great plan figured out! emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 3/12/2012 9:53AM

    Great plan!I think when you write things out, especially publicly, it makes it more real and you more accountable. I chuckled about brushing your teeth. The other night I was brushed and just waiting for the kids to go to bed so I could too. I got hungry while waiting. But, I decided if I ate at would have to brush again...it wasn't with the effort!

I got the kindle version of the spark cookbook and have yet to try any recipes. You keep saying how good they are, I might have to make that a goal this week.

Keep up the great work!

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JBLOSSOM 3/12/2012 8:34AM

    What a great plan! I can identify with all of it. You're going to do great!

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