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Yes I Am Back on Track! Another 2 Pounds Gone!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hubby and I had a lazy morning and we talked about going to the gym later. At noon he said should we go now? I said YES! I didn't think about how I could weasel out of it or postpone it till later when I felt like it. My only thought was YES, let's get it done. No excuses! I take that to mean that I did feel like it.

I felt so pleased when I left the gym, a great feeling on well being - I am back on track. I am where I was in June, in a comfortable routine where I exercised without thinking about 'if I felt like it'. Routine had taken over and I will succeed!

I am doing my full gym routine, the cardio and strength training. I eased into it but I am surprised how in 13 days I am doing all of it. The weights will increase as I regain the muscle, and it is getting easier.

It was so hard when I first started exercising in May 2007. I thought people who exercised had something I never had. They liked exercising right? It was a struggle to make it a habit, and I felt I was walking the dogs because I loved them and they needed the walk.

I stopped snacking after dinner, to the point I don't even think about it. We are continuing to eat high fiber dinners - salad, brown basmati rice, pinto beans, baked squash or sweet potato and lean meats like chicken. It must sound boring, but they are either sides or ingredients for other things I am preparing like stir fries, soups, stews and curried beef. I was surprised when I saw the calories, but it doesn't seem to matter as I am losing weight and never hungry.

I am making a point of being in bed by 9 PM so I don't get the munchies.

In the 2 weeks since I am back at the gym and dieting, I am losing 2 pounds a week. Hubby is losing a pound a week. For him, it's a change in what he is eating as he is a regular at the gym.

I will be ready to hike mountains and tube again!

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JOSI1959 1/20/2010 8:45PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss so far, may you have continued success.

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NEVERFORGET911 1/19/2010 3:45PM

    You're doing an awesome job. My son and I are on the buddy system, much like you and the hubby. Great way to keep each other in check, right?

Have a great week!

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JASONGRIZ 1/19/2010 1:58PM

    Congrats on the 2lb per weeks! Glad your husband is seeing results too.

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JANLEEW 1/18/2010 9:23PM

    Wow you are doing fantastic. I need to get my butt back into the gym. Will do. Thanks for the nudge.

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TERRIEJO53 1/18/2010 1:43PM

    Isn't it wonderful when something we once dreaded doing becomes easier as me make it a healthy habit? It's hard to get the habit going, but once we do it becomes something we look forward to.

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MRSGOFARR 1/18/2010 12:14PM

    A HUGE congratulations to you!!! Look at you go. I wondered what you have been up too. Isnt it amazing when you can get your foods right and not only feel full but also lose. I am super happy that you a good balance going on in your life. You and your hubby are so blessed to have each other!

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PINK-SOLDIER 1/18/2010 10:16AM

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SHEILA1505 1/18/2010 7:37AM

    Oh doesn't it make everything so much easier when you get in the groove and it becomes part of the normal day to get the exercise done. I resented it terribly over the past weeks when classes were cut for the holiday season and then when the roof workmen decided to come on gym days! Now I am back into the swing of it all again!

Congratulations on the pounds that are dropping off!

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    emoticon emoticonThis was a great blog!! You are doing so great!! I am really impressed with your progress. Keep it up!!

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/17/2010 6:34PM

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LINDA! 1/17/2010 6:04PM

    Wonderful blog! You are doing so well.

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AMALIA8 1/17/2010 5:59PM

    Congratulations! It sounds like you're doing AWESOME! Keep up the great work!

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SMLARSON13 1/17/2010 5:38PM

    Glad to hear you're feeling good!!! Keep up the good work!!
Have a happy and healthy week!!


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Having a Good Week!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

I am having a good week - going to the gym, eating high fibre dinners and in bed before 9 PM (just before I feel hungry). This week every dinner includes - salad, brown basmati rice, pinto beans, baked squash or sweet potato and lean meat like chicken. The rice is very fragrant and nutty tasting on its own, so I am not adding anything.

One night I didnít have the high fibre veggie and I felt a little peckish in the evening, so no cutting corners, it will be the nightly trio Ė rice, beans, squash. When I puree the beans I put in different seasonings or sauces to change it up a bit. I varied the salads, but Greek is a particular favourite.

Last night we had a friend to dinner. I made chicken fajitas which go well with the nightly trio. Hubby and I made mojitos, something we tasted during our Spanish class in Feb. And then when we were in Mexico this month. I ordered one and the waiter told me they didnít serve them, but he went off to the kitchen and came back with a mojito he made himself. Our mojitos turned very well and we felt quite accomplished as did a Salut to our success.

I spent 5 hours this week sorting through a large box of misc. papers. I have one more box like that to do (groan). Yesterday we took in old electronics to recycling and took some things to the dump.

When we painted we took all the pictures down and stacked them in the spare room. Now we have to decide what to do with them. Some we will put up again, but some we will donate and one will go on eBay. Bit by bit we are getting ready for a future move. I am glad we are not saving all this till the end, but starting early.

My thighs are a little sore from doing the leg press and adductor at the gym,, even though I had the weights low. It's been a couple years since that's happened. However, I will strengthen up quickly and forget I ever had sore muscles.

Have some fun this weekend!

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GINA7249 1/15/2010 9:45AM

    love your page and your blog. good ideas to make it easy on you throughout the week. love the ideas.

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MRSGOFARR 1/10/2010 10:00AM

    Dude you are back in the gym working on your bumm?? you go girl. and I hope you did a majority of the painting because that is hard core cal burner too. I am so happy for you. this blog sounds like my ol's girl. life is good.

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QUERIAN 1/10/2010 9:53AM

    Good job on a great week!

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LINDA! 1/10/2010 12:24AM

    You have made some great food choices!

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PJCHILIS 1/10/2010 12:17AM

    The more you can eliminate, the easier the move. --PJ

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AMALIA8 1/9/2010 9:09PM

    I'm glad to hear you had such a great week! :) Keep up the great work! I'm sure those exercises will feel easy again in no time. :)

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TERRIEJO53 1/9/2010 4:10PM

    It's good to hear you are having such a good week. Sometimes, either by hard work and determination or just plain old good luck, everything falls into place. In your case I would say it's the former. You seem to have all your ducks in a row!

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    You had such a great productive week!! I need to copy some of your successes!!

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LASHERTHECAT 1/9/2010 2:47PM

    I'm inspired... lentils and rice tonight!

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CARISSA81 1/9/2010 2:45PM

    I'm getting hungry reading your blog - rice, squash, beans, they're all my favorites!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 1/9/2010 2:25PM

    You're doing great! Keep doing the same thing, next week, and you'll be feeling better and better!



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JASONGRIZ 1/9/2010 12:07PM

    What a successful week! You are doing great.

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    You're doing great!

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BUGLET- 1/9/2010 11:38AM

    I wish I could eat like that and lose weight. I have to cut to the core for weight loss. I am only 5'1" so I can't eat a lot, plus my age is against me too.. emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/9/2010 11:24AM

    you are eating so healthy and i can see the fun in your writing. have a great time at the gym my favorite place emoticon

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Building Consistency!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Yay! I did 20 minutes on the elliptical and then strength training. It's my 2nd trip to the gym this week/year. I am motivated to diet and exercise, but I am still rebuilding the good habits and that is the hard part. Once I am at the gym I know what to do and get at it. Hubby has this week off so I am going with him. Definitely going to the gym early in the day ensures success. I love listening to my iPod audio books while I am doing strength training.

Breakfast - oatmeal, milk, vanilla whey powder
Lunch - mini pizza made from whole wheat tortilla, pizza sauce, artichokes, smoked turkey, chopped tomato
Dinner - brown basmati rice, pinto beans, baked sweet potato, meat loaf

I am sorting through a box of misc. papers to declutter the storage area. I hate it! However, I want to be ready to move sometime in the next 2 years so I have to do it.

I joined a challenge where we weigh in weekly, and we are in till we have a week where we gain. I can be competitive, so I love it. I plan on staying in for the year!


When I had surgeryin June, I was told I was very healthy, which was a pleasant surprise. I was over weight, but still considered healthy? I was complacent about about my weight. I had lost some weight, fit into a 16, and could hike or do whatever I wanted. I guess I wasn't prepared to work any harder.

I have since gained weight and have no intention of buying larger clothes. Also I haven't been exercising much so I will work hard to get back to that level of fitness and weight, then go on from there.

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GINA7249 1/15/2010 9:48AM

    good luck on the gym. love your thoughts.

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ROSES-ARE-RED 1/8/2010 9:31AM

    i have also been trying to de-clutter/simplify my life for a couple of years for moving purposes. i really think it helps you to get into the frame of mind for moving - and hopefully it will make it alot easier. so good to see not just me ....


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AMALIA8 1/8/2010 6:45AM

    You're doing awesome! :) Keep up the great work and I know you'll get back to where you were and maybe even further!

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PJCHILIS 1/8/2010 1:30AM

    You keep so many of us on track. I know it's not easy to always stay positive, but you set the pace. Thanks--PJ

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BUGLET- 1/8/2010 1:21AM

    You are always so positive, I like that. I, too, am decluttering with the idea of moving out of California. It is one of the two highest taxed states in the USA. The thought of moving overwhelmed me so I've been really doing good with it. I wish you lots of energy, and luck too, with your decluttering. As usual, you inspire me.

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    I will be here to support you in your endeavors.

I am decluttering as well.

I also gained weight over the holidays and am ready to get back on plan.

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NANCYCA555 1/7/2010 4:45PM

    Your blog sings with determination; you're doing great! That's kind of funny about the clothes. I totally get not wanting to buy new clothes despite some weight gain. That's why it's especially good that you're determined to get back on track. If you didn't, eventually hubby might be very surprised to find you walking around without any clothes on at all!

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W82GOWHEE 1/7/2010 4:40PM

    Keep up the good work! And good luck sorting papers--not my fave either.


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LASHERTHECAT 1/7/2010 3:53PM

    Sounds like a good challenge...Good Luck!

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    Sounds like you are motivated. Was the challenge that you joined on here? That sounds like a great one and would like to join if possible!

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Reset Ticker - Not Pretty!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

We returned home from vacation. We had a week in Edmonton and enjoyed good winter weather there, followed by a week in Mexico with our friends. Now we are putting our good intentions into good actions.

I watched BL tonight and hubby watched it with me for the first time. I am trying to kick the carb cravings and to stop eating in the evening. I decided to do high fibre for a week. Dinner tonight - brown rice, sweet potato, pinto beans, chicken and glass of milk.

I have never cooked pinto beans before and created my own recipe and just cooked them in beef broth. They were very tasty. Every time I want to buy sweet potatos, I look up a picture of them so I don't get yams.

Today I exercised in the YMCA pool. There was supposed to be a water aerobics class but the instructor is away for 2 weeks so I did my own thing.

Hubby and I weighed in this morning and yikes!!!! So I have to reset my ticker and not in a good way. I knew I was gaining but I also know I have learned how to exercise and diet and can lose weight when I apply myself.

Happy New Year! All the best to you in 2010!

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GOODBYEXL 1/15/2010 5:31PM

    I should be resetting mine, but I am afraid to even weight myself and face the truth.

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S318830 1/7/2010 12:37PM

    So how did your husband like BL? Is he going to continue to watch it with you?

Sorry about the ticker, but it's good that you're being honest about it and have a plan to fix it. And when the plan is "continue to do what you were doing before vacation", that's a great thing! The weight will come off as long as you stick to plan and that gain will be history.

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PJCHILIS 1/6/2010 7:50PM

    Now, I realize this weight thing. We just pass it back and forth.--PJ

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BARBARASDIET 1/6/2010 3:53PM

    I don't like resetting the ticker--I just wait until I get back to what it says!

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JASONGRIZ 1/6/2010 2:23PM

    Ticker or not, you have still been successful. Remember its only a counter that only measures ONE PART of your better lifestyle. Enjoy the new year and start it off healthy!

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AUFAN1989 1/6/2010 10:54AM

    I think a lot of us have had to reset our tickers. Mine is back to where it was when I first joined SP! But like you said, I have learned how to exercise and eat right, now it's time to apply myself. 2010 is our year!

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QUERIAN 1/6/2010 10:36AM

    I reset my ticker, too, but it sounds like you have a good plan! Good luck!

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LASHERTHECAT 1/6/2010 8:37AM

    That sounds like a delicious dinner... But I though sweet potatoes were yams... Are they something different?

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KELLI9001 1/6/2010 8:23AM

    Great job on the high fiber, that's where I have problems too. 2010 sounds like it will be your year!

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AMALIA8 1/6/2010 7:35AM

    Happy New Year to you too! I'm sure you'll lose those few extra pounds in no time. :) Keep up the great work and keep on sparking!

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IRONGRANNIE 1/6/2010 3:38AM

    I went through a phase of carb craving (like 15 years!) and found out if I up my protein I don't crave carbs. I didn't increase much, just within SP guidelines. I didn't really like meat much but I have come to appreciate it.

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JANLEEW 1/6/2010 12:43AM

    Oh yes I know about thte few extra pounds found on my body after the holidays. So then we stop and turn around and get back to it. Vacations are very important. So glad you had fun in the sun.
Keep moving!

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NANCYCA555 1/6/2010 12:28AM

    It's good to hear that you're back safe and sound from your vacation. Congratulations on diving back into healthy eating. You've got lots of ideas and initiative, so that scale will surely be moving back in the right direction soon. I always get confused between yams and sweet potatoes, too. I've looked it up and still get confused!

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IMADAREDEVIL 1/6/2010 12:07AM

    It's a new year and a new start....you can do it!

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    You can do it!! The high fiber will really help. It sounds like you have a good plan. I gained over the holidays as well.

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SUCCESSFUL-GALE 1/5/2010 11:30PM

    It sounds like you know what you need to do and can do it! We do get lax and might gain a few pounds but it's great that you know how to get back to it!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Today I am cleaning, starting to pack, catching up on some office work and thinking of what I want to accomplish by year end. Rather than let the last few days of the year slip by, I would prefer to tackle somethings that still needs to be done. Being optomistic it would be like starting next year with a clean slate, with healthy habits in place.

I am never good with New Years resolution, so best to make the changes today. Think of waking up tired, hungover and bloated on Jan. 1st. It doesn't sound like a winning way to start lifestyle improvements LOL.

Check List

in bed by 10 PM (good)
weigh once a week (good)
drink V8 juice to get appetite under control (good)
drink more water so I don't confuse thirst and hunger (struggling)
going to the YMCA every 2nd day (struggling)
record exercise in SP (good)
have protein each meal (good)
have a meatless dinner twice a week (forgot)
1.5 cups of cooked veggies with dinner (good)
put steps to success in Spark Planner (use this list)
update list of 3 things to look forward to (good)
protein at 4:30 PM (forgot)
walk dog on treadmill (fixed now)
8 oz. glass of milk with dinner (good)
snack on air popped popcorn at night (good)
eat breakfast (good)
low fat small homemade muffins on counter ready to eat (good)
spend more time with friends (great!)
make up batches of food in slow cooker to reduce kitchen work (working on it)
eliminate a couple of things that waste time or drain energy (good)
have coffee twice a day (working on it)

I fasted yesterday. Over the last week I ate out 7 times - 3 parties, 2 breakfast buffets, lunch with friends. I needed a rest. I am eating light and hope I can keep it up for the week.

It's a challenge to bake for others but not eat it myself. I have never baked before, but got some great recipes and I found hubby and I are great bakers.

Have a great day everyone!

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AMALIA8 12/30/2009 8:15AM

    What an awesome list! I am so glad to see that you have so many things on that list that have a "good" beside them. :) Keep up the great work and those few things that are not good will be soon enough and your goods will turn to greats! :) I'm here for you if you need me. :)

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S318830 12/24/2009 4:43PM

    Hi, I know I'm late to this one. I just wanted to comment (other than to tell you what a great job you're doing!) with how I got through the baking this year... I remind myself that since I'm the one who makes "X" that I can always make some for myself at a later date if I want to. It puts that whole feeling of deprivation aside since I'm not depriving myself if I just focus on the fact that all these goodies are being made for other people and I can make them for myself some other time. I don't know if that would work for you, or if I'm just good at fooling myself.... ;-)

Merry Christmas!


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NANCYCA555 12/20/2009 9:32PM

    That's a really good idea to start tackling New Year's resolutions now. Why wait? My mom is Japanese, and I grew up with the tradition of getting everything in place in preparation for the start of a fresh new year.

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MRSGOFARR 12/18/2009 12:18AM

    Staying healthy is about making challenge that are manageable and accomplishable. Remeber that EVERY CHOICE moves us forward. we both get in the same trap. i love this quote

I run with my head, my heart and my guts, because physically, I don't think I've got a great deal of talent or ability. I started at the bottom and worked up.

Steve Jones, former marathon world record holder

you see we both need to work up and be ok with that. if you hold yoruself to perfection you will lose just as i will. lets do better.i need you to help me figure this out.

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BUGLET- 12/16/2009 10:15AM

    As usual you inspire me with all your positive thoughts. I think God must be up there saying "What a good girl" Blessings to you,girl!
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LINDA! 12/16/2009 12:05AM

    Enjoy your vacation!!

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JANLEEW 12/15/2009 9:00PM

    Great choice. Choose now. Have fun. You have a great plan.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/15/2009 8:04PM

    It sounds like you are doing great. You are meeting so many of your goals. And accomplishing a lot.

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SPOTLIGHTANGEL 12/15/2009 6:21PM

    I see a lot more " GOODS" on this list than anything else, so that sounds good to me! Have fun!

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PJCHILIS 12/15/2009 5:12PM

    Have a wonderful vacation.--PJ

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DWEBI09 12/15/2009 4:55PM

    I agree. Why plan to start on the January 1st when you can start today! I was listening to a blogcast yesterday and one quote that stuck was: "Act like the thinner person you want to be".

Take care.

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