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Memorial Day Challenge: final numbers

Sunday, May 30, 2010

My 5 goals for the 11 weeks until Memorial Day: Actual Progress
~ 55 cardio workouts (5 per week).......Actual: 68 workouts
~ 22-33 strength workouts (2-3 per week).........Actual: 32 workouts
~ 616 8oz glasses of water .......Actual: 674 8 oz glasses (5,372 oz of water)
~ 385 fruit and veggie servings (5 per day).............Actual: 557 servings
~ 10-12 pounds lost (.5-1.5 pounds per week)......... Officially, 3 pounds
Start weight: 144 .............Weight goal: 133 ...........Actual: 141
My weight was up as high as 152 in late April, so I am excited that it seems I have broken through the plateau I have battled since January!

I am not positive of what size I was in at the start of this (8, maybe a tight 6?), but I can now wear mostly size 6 pants/jeans/shorts. I have a few size 4 shorts that I can wear comfortably, and a few size 8s that seem to run small. I could not wear the size 4s a month ago, so I know I am making progress in areas that matter! I have toned up and lost inches.
Starting weight Monday, March 15: 144
Monday March 22: 145
Monday March 29: 148
Friday April 2: 146
Friday April 9: 146
Friday April 16: 146 and holding!
Friday April 23: 152 (what the heck!?)
Friday April 30: 147
Friday May 7: 145
Friday May 15: 145
Friday May 21: 142
Sunday May 30: 141
Goal for May 31: 133

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MORGANLAFEE 5/30/2010 10:17PM

    Great job tracking. Sounds like you are pretty tiny to me.

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TRACY180 5/30/2010 9:14PM

    Good job on all of the goals that you have met. Exercise goals and eating goals. I am glad that you have shrunk in size. Sorry that you didn't lose more weight than what you did. emoticon
PS. Nice lady bugs.

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Update: Memorial Day Challenge

Monday, May 24, 2010

Back in March, I created a challenge for myself for Memorial Day. I set some goals for water intake, fruit/veggie intake, Cardio and Strength workouts, and weightloss. With one week to go, I am near meeting all of those goals EXCEPT the weightloss. Although I will not meet my weightloss goal, I am proud that I have worked hard to meet or exceed my goals in all other areas. It isn't all about the weightloss. I can tell a difference in how my clothes fit and how I feel.

My 5 goals for the 11 weeks until Memorial Day:
~ 55 cardio workouts (5 per week)
~ 22-33 strength workouts (2-3 per week)
~ 10-12 pounds lost (.5-1.5 pounds per week)
~ 616 8oz glasses of water (8 8oz glasses per day)
~ 385 fruit and veggie servings (5 per day)

Goal: Progress after 10 weeks:
55 cardio workouts: 54
22-33 strength w/o: 25
616- 8oz glass water: 600- 8oz glasses (4800 oz)
385 fruit/veggies: 504

Starting weight Monday, March 15: 144
Monday March 22: 145
Monday March 29: 148
Friday April 2: 146
Friday April 9: 146
Friday April 16: 146 and holding!
Friday April 23: 152 (what the heck!?)
Friday April 30: 147
Friday May 7: 145
Friday May 15: 145
Friday May 21: 142 WooHoo! Not gonna make goal, but at least I am seeing progress this week!
Goal for May 31: 133

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 5/24/2010 8:48PM

    You're doing a fabulous job!! I'd say that your challenge was a great success!

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WICCANCHICK73 5/24/2010 6:57PM

    Sometimes it's not so much about the numbers on the scale as it is how you feel....
After all.... maybe you have lost inches, instead of weight.
Either way, GREAT job with tracking EVERYTHING!!!!

I set a goal for myself to be AT my goal weight ON my B-day (July 8) .....I don't think I'll make that one either..... But I think I'll be darn close.
And sometimes......close, is close enough.
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GODDESSOFHOME 5/24/2010 10:40AM

    You have really stuck with it girl! You seem to have your weight struggles worked out now, and you will be moving forward from here on out! Keep up the good work my friend.

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NIK8575 5/24/2010 10:33AM

  You are doing great!! Keep it up!

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one word game

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I saw this on someones blog and I thought this would be fun to do: )

Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?
Your hair?
Your mother?
Your father?
Your favorite thing?
Your dream last night?
Favorite drink?
What room are you in?
Your hobby?
Your fear?
Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Where were you last night?
Something that you aren't?
Wish list item?
Last thing you did?
What are you wearing?
Your pets?
Your life?
Your mood?
Missing someone?
Your car?
Something you're not wearing?
Your favorite store?
Your favorite color?
When is the last time you cried?
Where do you go over and over?
Favorite place to eat?
Favorite place I'd like to be right now?


1 year Spark Anniversary?!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Wow, I didn't realize that I joined SparkPeople 1 year ago today! A year ago, I had just finished student teaching and graduated from college. I was 10 pounds heavier than when I started student teaching and knew I needed to make changes. A year ago, I weighed about 175. I had lost and then gained the same 10 pounds in the year prior (remodeling my house took it off, then student teaching put it back on) I was in a 12, sometimes a 14 and my clothes were snug. I was hoping yet dreading the possibility of finding a job, moving my kids to new schools, and really uncertain about things. Once I got them settled into school, I started walking and the weight started coming off. I took a little while to get started with the program, but I know I have come so far in the past year.
from 175 to 145
from size 12-14 to size 4-6 (sometimes 8, if it runs small)
from obese to high end of healthy weight!!!
I have lost 6.5" from my waist, 7.5" from my hips, 4" from my thighs, and can wear clothes that make me look and feel good. I have more energy to do things with my kids. I feel better than I have in a long time and know what I need to do to get where I want to be.

I always ate fairly healthy, but I have learned new healthy eating habits, met many wonderful friends here on Spark, and have both given and received support from the wonderful community here.

Thank you to all of the wonderful people I have met through sparkpeople! I wouldn't be where I am without you!

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BESTSUSIEYET 5/26/2010 9:13PM

    What a difference a day makes -- and you've had more than 365 days of making better choices to celebrate! You're really close to your goal, and I hope to see you've reached it really soon!
God Bless You on your Journey to Health!!

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SHARKAR02 5/17/2010 10:48PM

    Happy Sparkaversary and wonderful work during the year!!

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JOY0921 5/17/2010 6:25AM

    Congratulations on your one year! Wow - look at far you have come. Very inspiring!

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PGHLIONESS 5/17/2010 6:08AM

    Great job on your one year at Sparks. It's taken me a long time to realize, but the small things really do add up in almost any area of life. It doesn't have to be all or nothing. lol


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FLAME42 5/16/2010 11:02PM

    Happy 1 year Sparkaversary! You have done amazing things in one year. Keep on your healthy lifestyle journey!

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I thought I didn't have to!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I didn't track my food for most of my actual weight loss. I tried and struggled with how to keep up with tracking recipes, foods I didn't cook, and restaurant fare. I told myself I couldn't do it, but that it was ok because I was being careful about what I ate. And I believed it. I lost 30 pounds in 4 months, and I believed that I didn't need to really track what I was eating. After all, what I was doing was working without it.

Then, after returning home from my sons being in the hospital, it stopped working. I hit a plateau and couldn't bust through. I had gone back to my exercise routine and thought I was eating the same as before. I couldn't really know, since I hadn't written it down or anything. But my weight kept going up and down. For months. I got as low as 33 pounds lost, within 10 pounds of my ultimate goal, only to fluctuate back up. This continued from January through now, the Middle of May.

And so I am tracking my food intake. I have learned how the nutrition tracker works and how to make things a little easier to keep up with things I eat often. I have a trash can beside the chair where I use my laptop to catch the wrappers and packages after I input a new food into the tracker. I have even learned how to input a recipe and add it to my foods instead of putting in each food individually.

I am amazed. Amazed by how easy it is once you get used to it. Amazed at where my nutrients fall. amazed that, even eating healthy whole foods, how easy it is to be out of my range (sometimes over, sometimes under). What has amazed me the most, though, is how helpful it is to know before dinner what nutrients I am lacking, how many carbs, fat grams, and how much protein I need to aim for at that meal. Dinner is where I try to make these up or reduce my carbs if needed. Then, I know what I need for a snack after dinner (if I have one).

I hope that tracking will help me break through this long-lasting plateau once and for all. As I have commented earlier today, my weight has been a yo-yo and it is time to cut the string! The nutrition tracker may be just the tool I need to do just that!

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KAREN2OZ 5/16/2010 10:25PM

    It makes a difference, you'll see. When I track I am more accountable to myself. I don't want to 'forget' an not get something down. I NEVER forget to trak my exercise down to the last minute! It looks like you've done well in the past year though

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SHARKAR02 5/15/2010 11:41PM

    I thought, what a hassle, when I first started tracking. Then, like you I found how to enter my own foods, use the recipe function and now it's old hat. I too use it to adjust a meal or snack if I'm close to maximums or lacking something. Hang in there, it gets easier and is well worth it as your finding.

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NEWNAC304 5/15/2010 10:44PM

    I tend to overeat if I don't track my food. I hope this is what you need to get the rest of the way to your goal.

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CAROLINE1000 5/15/2010 9:40PM

    True, true! It gets easier but it is always kind of a pain. Also, when you're a little closer to your goal other people tend to think you are a lunatic for doing it - obsessive. But, seriously, if you love the food (like I do) it's the only way to stay slim.\\
Best of luck!

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