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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Well, I am down 4.2# since Monday or Tuesday. So it definitely was processed foods and perhaps Advil. So good lesson learned. Either avoid processed foods as much as possible, or be prepared for the consequences!

I am also experiencing a freedom with my decision to make this plan fit me. I am so happy to be concentrating on "healthy" instead of "diet". Healthy is a better sounding word anyway. And I can still accomplish my goal of healthy even if I don't drop pounds that particular week!

I am now in the process of deciding which things I want to work on first, second, etc. I think tracking every bite, every day and getting enough hydration will be my first two. I am going to work on those for 3 or 4 weeks. Then when I feel they are second nature, I will pick another one or two to work on.

I have also been thinking about rewards. For consistency, not pounds lost. This has been such a boost to my motivation. Not the rewards per say, but to know I am succeeding when I am consistent! Wow! What a discovery!

I hope this in some way helps some of you. I have been struggling for so very long to find my motivation and reason why I am doing this. I hope I am consistent and do not fall off the wagon too often. Or if I do, I hope I jump up and get right back on.

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IMAVISION 6/30/2014 3:01PM

    I enjoyed reading your update blog.

While I am not one for giving myself rewards for doing what I should, I do believe that if one is giving themselves rewards, your idea of rewards for consistency over pounds down is super.

"Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice and honor Him. ~ Revelation 19:6b NLT

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HEALTHYBARB1 4/25/2014 6:15PM

    Love the idea of giving ourselves rewards for consistency!! Your blog has reminded me that I too am in this for the long run and for my health....motivating me to review my goals and get moving again after being sick. Need to not get down about this time of illness and just get back to making healthy choices. Going to go for walk in the park with my DH tonight and enjoy a day of sunshine and time relaxing to celebrate that I am feeling better. Thanks for the blog...I needed to hear what you had to share.
Smiles Barb

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MARTHAWILL 4/23/2014 7:11PM

    Making excellent and sound plans. Way to go!
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NELLJONES 4/20/2014 7:53AM

    By tracking every bite you'll always have the info to figure out where to go next. It's the food version of a ship's log. It really does track your journey.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/19/2014 12:47PM

    Sounds like you are on the right track and are doing great! I agree about processed foods. They suck!

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Well, I learned one very valuable thing from last week. Processed foods are not my friends! I was going along smoothly, losing weight, and all of a sudden the scales went the other direction. So that's why the food log, right? Sure enough, processed lunch meats and probably too much cheese. That discouraged me. And I did fall off the wagon and ate too much of everything for a couple of days. Then I said to myself, "I thought last week was a learning week. Look at the tracker and see what it says." Sure enough. The gains were the days following all that sodium, preservatives, and who knows what else.

I did take away a couple of good habits from the week though. I am drinking way more water. I have even traded in my morning coffee for water. And I have tracked food. And I added in some exercise and stretching.

So now, I feel good and am headed the right direction again. I expect too much from myself at times. I want perfection!!! I guess it is a work in progress. I'll figure it out one of these days!!

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FITSUNE 4/16/2014 3:58PM

    Yep processed foods have all sorts of things added including flavor enhancers that make you crave more food. I did find that the low fat turkey breast found in the value pack at Wallmart was O.K. ....I lost weight those weeks but I also used mustard not mayo. Limiting bread is also major.
You are on the right track. You go girl!

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    I do okay with just have a serving a day of cheese and the same with deli lunch meats. I like the conveniece of the latter but they aren't all that healthy and I try to avoid them anyway. I am trying to cut back on all processed foods. Good job getting rid of the coffee.

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VONBLACKBIRD 4/9/2014 2:39PM

    I found out the same thing so now try not to eat any processed foods or eat out much as pretty well get sick when I do. This is really teaching us to eat healthy!!!

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Day 3

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Today is only day 3 and I am still so excited! I realize I am in the "honeymoon" phase, but I have high hopes of this being the time that I really do it! I know I won't lose weight every week, and I am trying to tell myself that it is ok. Even if I don't lose I am still living a healthy lifestyle. That is more important than anything.

And I absolutely refuse to put food into either "good" or "bad" categories. I know some foods I have to be careful with. And I have to exercise moderation. But that is ok. There is always tomorrow and I can have more then, if I want it.

I even felt like doing a little bit more on the exercise bike last night. So I did. I am only competing with myself. If I feel like I can do more, I will add a few more minutes.

I was pleasantly surprised that last evening after doing my stretches and exercises, my sore muscles felt better. And I have been relaxing in between exercises. So when I go to bed, I am relaxed and ready to sleep. This is helping many areas of my life.

Before I felt ashamed of myself if I only rode my bike 5 minutes and did 3 sets of 5 exercises. But why??? I dont' need to do this to add points to a team. I am doing this for me. When I finally got that thru my head, it seemed so much easier and actually doable!

And I was thinking about my calorie range. I do well on at least 1500 calories a day. I kept thinking I really need to only do 1200. But I was hungry. And that led to snacking and cheating. Why was I not feeding my body when I was hungry? And why was I hungry? I live on a farm. Some days I do very hard work. What was I trying to do to myself anyway?

So I decided to listen to my body and figure out what works for me. When that quits working, it will be time to re-evaluate and find something that will work.

Life is difficult enough without me being mean to myself! So I want to treat myself well and get as healthy as possible!

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    Sounds like you are really doing fantastic. Making wise decisions. You have a good plan that works well for you.

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C8TSON 4/2/2014 8:39PM

    This is just emoticon!!! So often we worry about what we are NOT doing and lose sight of the amazing things we have done and are doing! I think that by letting go of the stress, you will see even better results. Great job! emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 4/2/2014 5:22PM

    I always figure treats into my diet. I just make sure it is within calorie range.

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IAM_HIS 4/2/2014 4:58PM

    emoticon emoticon Love your attitude!

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LOSINGLINNDY 4/2/2014 3:12PM

    emoticon Treat yourself well and listen to your body. emoticon

Hugs, Gaylinn

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New Month and a New Perspective

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

When one of my teams asked if we had any success in March, I had to say yes. Even though I have been off track with both nutrition and exercise. I had an "awakening" or "aha" moment on Sunday, March 30.

I have been trying to find a quick, easy solution in "diet" books or online programs. unfortunately there is none! And I have been trying to conform to all of their "rules". some work well for me and some do not work and others are impossible. so, what to do?

Ok, first thing, dispense with all those rules that I cannot follow anyway. I decided to strive for a healthy lifestyle. Yes, I do follow a food plan. My calorie range is about 1500 per day. Give or take. And I try to have for breakfast: one protein, 3 carbs, and 1 fat. For lunch: 2 protein, 2 veggies, 4 carbs, 2 fat. And for supper (dinner): 4 protein, 2 veggies, 3 carbs, and 2 fat. I count milk and fruit in my carbs. As well as the usual starches. So far this is working well. And I do allow myself a treat or snack, if I need or want it.

And for the exercise. I am starting small and building up. That way it is doable and manageable. If I truly do not feel like exercising, then I will do a very light exercise But I have to honestly be sore and stiff. Not just use it as an excuse.

I was sabotaging myself by trying to do a lot of challenges. I was making it impossible for myself to keep up. I know alot of people do these challenges and it is a tremendous help to them. I have heard the testimonies and seen the numbers. But it was defeating the purpose for me. I was not able to keep up and it was tearing down my spirit and morale. So I have set doable goals for myself. And just living as healthy as possible is the first and foremost goal!

And just for the record, I am still doing challenges. But they are smaller, more achievable challenges. This is only day 2, but I feel good about what I have discovered and what I am doing.

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NELLJONES 4/2/2014 7:35AM

    One challenge at a time!! Each piece of a plan is in itself multifaceted, so multiple challenges are overwhelming.

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HEALTHY_IN_2014 4/2/2014 12:01AM

    I have struggled for many years to find the easy way to lose weight. I doesn't work.
emoticon You have found what works for you. Keep doing it.

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LOSINGLINNDY 4/1/2014 10:01PM

    I understand about trying to do too many challenges. I limited mine to one finally and now have another. Your blog helped me look at myself and what I have learned in March. Thank you for posting this meaningful blog.

Hugs, Gaylinn

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IAM_HIS 4/1/2014 4:28PM

    So happy you have learned so much and I know you will be experiencing successes! WTG!!

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    Good luck with your plan.

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CNUGIN 4/1/2014 3:14PM

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VONBLACKBIRD 4/1/2014 3:11PM

    You can over do here. I only do the one challenge team (5%) and then try to post to a few blogs and then not worry about the rest much.

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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

This is my 12-week plan for success.
What can I do to succeed?
1. Settle on what healthy plan I can live with. And hopefully enjoy doing.
2. Plan, plan, plan. How many meals and snacks per day? Plan the menu.
3. Make a schedule allowing time for exercise. Realize that all that weed eating and lifting boards, etc is exercise!!!
4. Take advantage of slow cooker and pressure cooker.
5. Have snacks available. Cleaned veggies, fruit, etc.
6. Plan for treats that I like and enjoy.

The above is the outline. This is what I came up with after I thought about it for awhile.
1. The plan~~~a simplified calorie counting system that I have used before. It is easy and it works. Allows me to eat any food. It is healthy. There is no quick fix. So I need to quit looking for the "magic" solution.

2. Plan~~3 meals and 2 snacks. Allow for 12 points per day, which equals 1200 calories plus free fruits and veggies.
Breakfast 3 points
Lunch 3 points
snack 1 point
Supper 3 points
snack 1-2 points

My actual calorie range is between 1200 and 1500. So this will allow me some leeway.

3. Exercise first thing in the morning. Or do yoga and/or stretching before bed.

4. Use slow cooker and pressure cooker. Make as many of my own foods as possible. Try new recipes. Enjoy cookbooks and online recipes.

5. Prep veggies for snacks. Have cheese or something protein on hand to go with the snack.

6. Allow treats. Utilize activity points. Treat myself well!

Now for the rewards!! These are for daily activities, not weight loss. Glenna, did you hear that??? NOT for weight loss!! OK. I need to reward consistency and participation. Give up the idea that if I lose ok, I did good. If I gain, oh, no, I am wrong, wrong, wrong.

Pre challenge week: a book to read just for fun. No diet stuff!! Just relax and enjoy.

This is a list to choose from for the next 12 weeks.
1. cook book perhaps ice cream recipes
2. exercise dvde
3. craft item
4. magazine
5. new ink pens
6. tea
7. water bottle
8. journal for my thoughts
9. new walking shoes
10. new bras
11. keifer culture (try something new)
12. a pretty do dad for the yard or porch

Ok, now I have a plan in place! I was thinking about it today. Even if I do not rack up lots of points or lose lots of pounds, I can still get 100% participation. I can do something right!!!

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SUSHIMAMA1 12/21/2013 9:13PM

    way to go!!

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LINDA! 6/17/2013 8:32PM

    Very good goals.

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NANASKNOLLAZ 6/8/2013 5:43PM


I never thought of rewarding for consistency.
I really enjoyed this blog. Hope you "Keep it on and here" then when I need to refer to it I can.
Check out my sparkpage I have been putting some blogs on.
Have a great day

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SWIMLOVER 6/8/2013 3:14PM

  Glenna, These are emoticon goals and rewards! I know you will do them and have success! emoticon emoticon emoticon


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LYNNIERN 6/8/2013 7:51AM

    I just had an "Ah ha" moment when I read your comment about rewarding for consistency and participating rather than weight loss. I definitely need to change my paradigm. Thanks for sparking me!

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GOING-STRONG 6/6/2013 11:49PM

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 6/6/2013 8:56PM

    Very good goals & rewards.!

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DFOLKARD 6/6/2013 7:40AM

    I love your rewards!

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CANDYCANE2B 6/5/2013 10:21PM

    Way to go, Glenna, on your goals! Are you with the Starlets this round too??? I'm on the Crimson Butterflies!

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