Monday, April 26, 2010
Yesterday was an Oops Day. I ate too much, I skipped the gym and then rewarded myself with a Dove bar. Bad, bad, bad! Today I weighed my food, ate small portions, hiked 5K and recorded it all and tada! I have a calorie differential of -1,906. I think the last couple of days represents future maintenance and how to stick to a diet. We can all have an Oops Day, but it's what you do the day after that counts.
My Star Fish Team 5% Challenge weigh in this week was so inspiring. JNICHOLE23 lost 3.09% in one week. I lost 2.68% this whole challenge, however it is 6 pounds. But I want to get to the 5% so I am pushing hard. Maybe this will be the week I lose 3.09%
Have a great week!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I commented on LOVESCAMPING's Blog. I was not a frequent blogger, but I am making the time to do it now. I want a clear trail of what I am doing so when everything clicks, I know how to keep going.
I focus on staying positive. I maintain a list of 3 Things to Look Forward To, which I set up as a daily reminder in Spark Planner and get a daily email. Current - Going to Drayton Valley with hubby and friends in May, going to the ABBA tribute concert in May, hubby and I buying new leather jackets when I hit 199 pounds June 30th.
On my teams I made a topic - 3 Things to Be Happy About Today. It makes me think about the positives in my life and see what others are happy about. It fuels my happiness.
We went to a play last night. At the theatre, I realized when May 1st rolls around, it will be a countdown till this time next year when we move to Vancouver. I was sentimental knowing many things we like to do here, we will be doing for the last time. Like the short drive to the theatre, which has the best acoustics in Canada (as per Leona Boyd), parking right in front, walking in and seeing friends and acquaintances mulling about. But... still better to leave and get on with the next chapter in our future home!
Today was an off day. I didnít sleep well last night, so I skipped the hike, but did some cleaning, got a few groceries, cooked the meals, played canasta and watched Celebrity Apprentice. I logged my food and was over in my calories.
Looking at the food, I was indulgent. Breakfast was toast and omlette with veggies (ham and cheese added 160 calories). Lunch was lentil soup (2.5 oz of extra lean hamburger added 166 calories) and turkey sandwiches. Dinner was salmon, brown rice (1/2 cup too much 113 calories) veggies, salad and Dove bar (340 calories! YES!). Easy to see where the extra calories snuck in!
Without these foods I would have been in the low to middle of my calorie range where I usually stay. But when I am tired the extras slip in. So with perfect 20/20 hindsight - I will not add cheese to future omlettes. I will cut back on the ham. No more hamburger in the house. A single serving of brown rice will suffice and it will be years again, till I have a Dove bar!
As of today I am off regular whole wheat bread and switching to sprouted whole wheat bread which saves 20 calories a slice. Also I must remember to use low calorie cream cheese on sandwiches, not margarine.
I am spending less time Sparking and have it as a reward/rest when I have completed other things such as exercise and work. This week I start planning next years move and the sale of our house.
I want to be efficient with the move and be happy when I unpack on the other end. I want only the things we love and need. As I go through our things I will think about :
1) GREBJACK's suggestion - The river is rising, a flood is coming and you have one hour to gather your most cherished belongings and fill your car and your husband's truck. What would you take?
2) A catastrophic event occurs and all your things are gone. Would you replace that item with the insurance money?
Have a good week everyone. Enjoy the outdoors and be happy!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Last night I had 8 hours sleep (took a sleeping pill) and woke well rested. My energy level is good today. I am trying out new breakfast ideas, so this morning was a boiled egg and whole wheat toast. I like to eat the same thing for each breakfast, so finding the next one is a big decision.
Kali and I hiked 5K, and walked with a labradoodle and her owner. The dog is 35 pounds, white in color, very proportionate not an overly long back. She obviously loves water. She waded into puddles 8" deep, smiling and wagging her tail. It was fun to watch but I was glad Kali steered clear of the puddles LOL.
The pace of our walk was a social stroll but still a faster pace than the Tuesday hike. Along the way I saw 2 teenage girls sitting together on a park bench texting. Later I saw them walking along the trailing TEXTING! I heard about teen texting addiction, but to see them walking along, oblivious to the sights along the trail and each other, was sad. It seems to have taken the place of spending quality time with another person. I like to talk with my friends, not get together to text other people.
Today I realized some of my goals are accomplished and unnoticed. I read one of my lists of goals and the item - to fit back in my jeans. It was set in January when I couldnít fit into my jeans. Sometime this month I started wearing the jeans again, happy I am sure but not realizing I hit a mini-milestone. Maybe I have too many goals and should focus on just a few of a time? Or may I accomplished the goal because I did set it, and knew I would fit back in the jeans?
I did some spring cleaning at a break neck pace this afternoon. I am taking a break before I fold another load of laundry and start dinner.
I am focused on oneunderland for June 30th!
Apr 22 5K 71 min.
Apr 20 5K 74 min.
on to Challenge #9 whatever it is!
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