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Sept. week 1 recap

Friday, September 07, 2012

A recap of my Sept goals:

1. To weigh 230 by Oct. 3 (I am doing Wed. weigh-ins, but I did not get a very accurate weigh-in this week due to bloating, etc. so if this ends up being more than the ~9 lb that I expect, I may modify this by adding an extra week.)
*** it is 10 lb to go, but I am going to stick with the original goal date here...

2. To walk at least 6 miles outside each week, and at least 9 with the WATP videos, for at least 15 miles total each week.
*** I am a wimp that can't handle heat and humidity - made it 3 miles outsides and 8 with the WATP videos for a total of 11 miles - definitely need to improve this one next week!!!

3. To do at least 10 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of body-weight exercises before my first cup of coffee at least 4 days/week.
*** Accomplished 3 of the 4 days that I planned here - again room for improvement for next week!!

4. 100% attendance to Sparkpeople for the month of September. Earn at least 2500 SparkPoints for the month.
*** logged into spark 7 for 7 this week - 741 SparkPoints as of right now for Sept.

5. Track my food eaten daily, and stay within the recommended ranges for total calories, carbs, fat, protein, all nutrients.
*** Tracked every day - went over on total calories 2 days, over on total fat 3 days, over on total carbs 1 day, under on protein 1 day.

6. Progress report in my blog every Friday.
*** Progress report #1 is done!!

Week 2 here I come - and I plan to make it a good one!! (no holiday should help) emoticon

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TAFODIL24 9/9/2012 10:25PM

    emoticon you are on the right track ~ keep the focus.

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OCEANLORD 9/9/2012 10:19AM

    Your goals seem well calculated and realistic. I Ike your attitude toward your goals and your blogs are well written. To stay on track avoid excuses like bloating and the heat. Just do it. You know that the feeling of accomplishment will outweigh any physical discomfort. I treat my journey like a war. If I don't fight I will lose. Losing to me means I won't be healthy enough to do my job as a rescue diver or I won't be around to protect or provide for my my wife and five year old son. Not doing the work is not an option for me. It's easy when you learn how to make yourself accountable. (as it seems you've already done). Keep up the good work and great posts.

Ps thanks for the medal. :)

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Stop grinning at me!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The day started off fine. I woke up, exercised, and I was feeling great! But then I went over to the scale. I was very optimistic about the weigh in this morning because yesterday the skirt I was wearing fit so nicely - I hadn't put it on since the spring, and it definitely didn't feel like it fit this well then!! After feeling smaller yesterday, I had high hope for finally seeing a 23_ number, but no, the crazy scale said 240! Actually I am quite confident that the scale was laughing at me. It knew that it had burst my bubble.

On the way to work, I had to remind myself to lighten up! I was in a good mood until I stepped on the scale, and there was no reason for that to change. I laughed out loud when I got to work and saw my Peanuts calendar for today - the comic strip shows Linus trying to kick a football and falling down. In the last frame he is looking down at the football (which is lying with its laces showing) and says "Stop grinning at me!" Linus, I can relate!!

I am very grateful for the gift of being able to recognize when I am being ridiculous and laugh at myself.

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FERGSGIRL2 9/7/2012 3:35PM

    Good attitude, don't let it dictate your day! Inches can show faster than pounds and if the clothing feels better, WTG!

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DARLY55 9/7/2012 6:58AM

    I like your attitude. You are right, if we can't laugh at ourselves, we are in serious trouble! But, your skirt fit well, that's great! Even better than a smaller number on the scale. emoticon

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VANILLANNE 9/6/2012 11:05PM

    The scale is but one tool to measure where you are.... another tool is how your clothing fits... Given a choice between the two, I'd rather have my clothing fit better.

The numbers will come, just keep that positive attitude! emoticon Attitude is everything!

-anne emoticon

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KAYE454 9/6/2012 11:02PM

  Keep your chin up move on forward

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YOBOELI 9/6/2012 10:56PM

    I feel the same way I have a love hate relationship with my scale but keep a good attitude

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I am not the Trash Can

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

I did it!! I managed to leave food on my plate and walk away peacefully!!

At my lunch meeting today, I ate most of the salad, all of the Brussels sprouts (about the only veggie that I don't love) and left more than half of the beef strogonoff and noodles! My first thought when the plate was put in front of me was that the presentation left something to be desired - it was a drab and colorless plate and didn't look at all attractive to me! The fact that it didn't look good to me probably helped in keeping my resolve to not eat it all. When the half-full plate was sitting in front of me, I could imagine my mom and my grandmother not letting me leave the table until the plate was empty but I reminded myself of the great advice and support of my sparkfriends, and was very peaceful about seeing the server take the plate and extra food away.

When it came to dessert, I followed the same rule and ate half of a gooey caramel brownie. Maybe I shouldn't have eaten any of it, but that was definitely attractive ; ) and I am pretty proud of the fact that I only ate half!!

I stuck with a light supper of homemade veggie soup and an apple, so I stayed within my ranges today, despite my heavy lunch! I will be happy to have my brown-bag lunch tomorrow!

Thanks for reading and thanks again to all of you who gave me support and advice!!

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DARLY55 9/6/2012 5:36AM

    Good for you!
You were smart, yet polite! emoticon

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ESCHLETZ 9/5/2012 11:35PM

    That is such a hard thing to work past, not eating what you're served. I struggle with that constantly too. So great job!

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FENWAYGIRL18 9/5/2012 9:48PM

    small victories for you today, GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lf is better then the whole thing, so your doing a lot of positive things and you should be proud of yourself! emoticon

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Redefining Waste

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

I am one of those people who has been trained since birth to finish everything on my plate. By nature and by nurture I am a frugal person, I don't like wasting anything - food, water, electricity, energy, time. . .

As a person who has a job that includes luncheon meetings (where the meals are provided and pre-plated) it is a challenge for me to balance my desire to eat healthy with my desire to not be wasteful of what has been given to me. I have one of these luncheon meetings tomorrow. I have already planned my other meals to be smaller so that there is room in my calorie intake for a large lunch, but even with the skimping for breakfast and supper, these lunches are really more food than I need in one sitting. I need to learn to be okay with leaving food on my plate. In essence, it is really less wasteful to throw the food away than it is to consume more than I need. Overeating will either make me gain more weight (or at the very least impede my ability to lose) and if it continues, it could be the source of many lasting health issues. If I try to compensate for overeating with extra exercise, that will require me to spend more time and energy away from other things that I value. Overeating has a price to my body that I an unwilling to pay.

So tomorrow when there is a big plate of food in front of me, with a big salad, and a dessert, what am I going to do? I am going to eat just what I need and let them feed the rest to the garbage disposal!! And when I see the plate cleared with food still on it, I will not feel guilty for not finishing my meal!

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EJENKINSB 9/5/2012 8:11PM

    That's a really tough thing to overcome - but I think you've got a good plan. I really like what STONECOT said, and it's a good thing to remember myself: my body isn't a garbage can and shouldn't be treated that way. Good luck tomorrow!!

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/5/2012 11:37AM

    I think you can do this successfully consentrate on the salad first make sure to order water asd drink alot. and you can say you are bagging the rest for home once there freze the rest in portion for when you need a little something. Don't let anyone make you feel quilty about what you eat or don't.or what you take home or throw out your health is to important.

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NICOLED40 9/5/2012 10:18AM

    You can do it! I'm sure it will be difficult but it's really for the best...for you and your body.

Good luck!

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HELEN_BRU 9/5/2012 8:59AM

    That can be tough especially if you are hungry! Good luck!!

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DARLY55 9/5/2012 7:32AM

    I understand exactly what you are saying. I was made to clean my plate as a child, and was taught never to waste anything. To this day, If I order it, I eat it. I almost never take food home from a restaurant. In your case, it sounds like you are not ordering it, so you should not feel obliged to finish it. Also, if you offer your dessert to another person in the room, I'm sure they'll jump on it!
Have a great meeting.

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STONECOT 9/5/2012 3:24AM

    I keep telling myself that my stomach is not the alternative to the dustbin! Also that as I didn't choose to put that quantity on the plate, it's not me that's wasteful. It's very difficult anyway to leave food that you like.

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Better than Yesterday!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Day 1 of September ended on a better note than it began! I made it to bed early last night and so far today has been a much better. I woke up on time, turned on the coffee and exercised for twenty minutes to start off the day!

emoticon to fresh starts!!

After Church today, I plan on seriously attacking my closets - organized closets always make me feel much better about being in control of my life!! emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 9/3/2012 8:24PM

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