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Celebrating the small changes

Friday, November 04, 2011

Far too often small changes tend to go unnoticed but today I am acknowledging those baby steps and giving myself a pat on the back as you should too :)


*eating half of my lunch (saving calories for happy hour tonight but still making healthy decisions!)

*drinking eight 8 oz glasses of water everyday

*waking up 10 minutes early this morning to do my ab workout

*taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work

*substituting 2% full flavor latte to nonfat half the flavor latte at Starbucks


Happy Friday! Celebrate the victories, even if they are small.

  
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ELIREELI 11/5/2011 7:41PM

    great job!!

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eating/ranting out of boredom

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

I am terrible at blogging but I thought it's been awhile and it's incredibly slow at work I might as well write. As I'm writing I am eating out of sheer boredom (at least its grapes and carrots even though the vending machine granola bar and cheetos are calling my name). It's a habit I'm working on but is just so hard to kick for me. I eat about every 3-4 hours (5-6 small meals/day) because I love to eat and I'm hungry about every 3-4 hours. I've been on track this week for what seems like the first time since falling off track for the last couple weeks but I finally feel back to myself. I enjoy eating healthy and feel better when I stay away from sugar and baked/processed goods (my weakness) but when I get bored I sometimes turn to food. To avoid this I'm really trying to work on mindful eating, asking myself am I really hungry? Why do I want to eat?, being aware of my surroundings, etc. It's just one of those days where I want to snack even though I'm not hungry. I'm proud to say that I've come a long way, in the past I normally would give into my vending machine craving and not think twice about if I was even eating to satisfy my hunger. However I think I'm going to treat myself to a couple tortilla chips and salsa at my work meeting tonight before I workout.

Tonight I'm excited for INSANITY and a healthy veggie scramble. Today marks DAY 3 of no sugar/baked/processed goods for my hubby and I and DAY 2 of INSANITY. We've been having trouble with consistency but it's nice to be on the same page and have that support system. It's definitely about celebrating the small victories which also include:

1. DAY 3 of staying within my calorie intake (it's been so long and it feels awesome!)

2. Tracking EVERYTHING in my nutrition tracker including dinner which I normally skip (ironically that's when I tend to overeat)

3. DAY 2 of INSANITY--getting your butt kicked never felt so good

4. Eating at least 1 meal/day MINDFULLY

5. NO SUGAR!

6. working on positive body image/no negative self talk

The hardest thing about getting back on track is getting through Day 1 and I'm proud to say that I survived. Now the consistency is what keeps me going! I'm realizing that it's about celebrating the small victories and positive behavior, not just the number on the scale.

  
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MARIEL77 4/6/2011 8:13PM

    I know how you feel. At least once a week I want to eat the whole fridge! I try not to buy processed foods, ice cream and cakes are my weakness, I have nothing around. I am working on how to fight it. I also have a stupid fear of restaurants, I tend to overeat there, so if I go out to eat something I choose the healthiest option.
Yesterday I drank a can of diet soda (I don't drink soda!!!) and that helped with the cravings .
I have learned to forgive myself. That helps me start over again the next day. NO GUILT! It takes time!!! It's a lifestyle chage!!
Good Luck! emoticon, we all can do it!

Comment edited on: 4/6/2011 8:25:19 PM

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lessons I'm learning on SP (sometimes over and over again)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I thought it would be useful to blog about some of the lessons I'm learning on SP to see my progress/downfalls/victories etc. I've always been a pretty healthy eater (with the exeption of sugar) but after joining SP and utilizing all the useful tools I've made progress not only in the things I eat but the way I think and interact with food. In no particular order here are some of the lessons:

-failing to plan = planning to fail
-using the nutrition tracker keeps me accountable for every bite that goes into my mouth, it definitely makes me think twice
-SP friends rock! They keep you accountable, help you stay motivated, understand what you're going through and are there to cheer you on :)
-I love the message boards--it helps me stay consistent, provides me with new ideas and stay connected
-read read read read, the more information you acquire the more equipped you are to gain/maintain a healthy lifestyle
-everything in moderation
-read labels
-water, sleep, and exercise are just as important as eating healthy when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle
-eating healthy is actually fun
-small consistent changes = big success
-mindful eating helps prevent overeating and stop potential binges in their tracks
-it's a lifestyle (ongoing) NOT a diet (temporary)
-treat yourself occasionally with non food indulgences--sleeping in a little extra, buying a health magazine or a new pair of yoga pants
-reward behavior not just the number on the scale

The list goes on but these are just a few useful lessons I've learned so far and am forever greatful to SP!

  
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RANDIJOBOG 4/1/2011 9:10AM

    awesome points!! Thanks for the post :)

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 3/29/2011 4:20PM

    Awesome! Great lessons learned!

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INSANITY

Monday, March 21, 2011

Has anybody heard about this insane workout? The name speaks for itself. My husband and I discovered this through an infomercial on a lazy Sunday morning and succumbed to the intense exercise regime. We are not normally those type of people that buy into gimmicks let alone anything on infomercials but this one seemed worth while. In a nutshell it is similar to P90X and emphasizes plyometrics, using your own body strength, reverse interval training (training at your max with minimal breaks 5x/wk for 45 min sessions) and is coupled with the elite nutrition eating plan, actually very similar to how we eat normally, 5 small meals each day (balancing good fat, protein, carbs) around 300-400 cals each meal. Like SP the eating plan emphasizes changing your eating patterns/choices as a means of living, a permanent lifestyle not a fad diet.

Yesterday we started the program with the fitness test and it shamefully kicked our butts! The fitness test was about 25 minutes long and a series of push ups/planks/high kicks...basically a cardio blast to say the least. We were both huffing and puffing between breaks while recording the amount of reps we performed (which was definitely sad, we have a long ways to go). I am sore today from just 25 minutes of Insanity and tonight we delve into the 45 min program Day 1. Yikes! I am scared but excited. I feel like this is the jump start we need to start eating healthy again and being more active again. I haven't exercised since the move (yikes is that already over a week ago??) and when I exercise it motivates me to eat healthier. I have eaten well today so far and am taking a break from sugar. I'm motivated and excited to feel better and pick up the slack since I've let myself go these last couple weeks. We'll see how the workout turns out tonight but I'm looking forward to it :)

  
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BURNISH33 3/25/2011 12:09AM

  Hey! so I hadn't worked out for about a week either and my fiance and I did the fitness test last night..........although half the time we were laughing at each other for being so wimpy...haha!

I'm definitely sore today, and am gonna try to do it every other day *hopefully* I really like how it's not that long so we shall see
keep us posted ! good luck!

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LILDANI11 3/24/2011 3:06AM

    I love Shaun T. I did Hip Hop Abs and that was just so much fun. But I have seen the Insanity infomercials and the work out looks pretty "hard core". I bet you will be seeing results in no time! emoticon

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AAWENZEL 3/23/2011 8:10AM

    Way to go!!! I've heard awesome things about Insanity- I think people tend to like it better than P90! Also, Congrats on no sugar!! Seriously, the first few days will be rough because you're so used to having something sweet all the time (at least I was). But honestly, I have been in control of my eating every single day since I cut the sweets! Yay! You are Awesome!

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ELLSKI85 3/21/2011 7:50PM

    Sounds awesome and a butt kicker. Way to go finding your motivation. Rock those 45 minutes!

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MONA_MONA 3/21/2011 7:10PM

    Insanity is a very effective program, but it is very intense. I like that it's no longer than 30 minutes as opposed to other workouts that can be 45 to 60 minutes long. While I liked Insanity, my knees didn't, but if you are injury free, you should be good to go. emoticon

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2 lbs gained

Friday, March 18, 2011

I hate the scale but it was a much needed wake up call. Even though my smaller jeans still fit me I can tell I've gained weight. I've been so stressed with moving/living out of boxes/etc I know the list of excuses can go on but I have been stress eating/not cooking or planning meals and eating out this whole week and last weekend. I'm honestly surprised I haven't gained more weight but I am ready to start eating healthy again and exercising! Did I mention I haven't worked out in a week?? After being away from SP I realized that I really do need to keep myself accoutnable by tracking my food, using the tools, accountability via message boards, sp friends etc. So I am going back to tracking my food/exercise/water and being consistent. I have been struggling lately with chocolate/sweets (my go to comfort food) so I am choosing to take a break from sugar for a week. Yikes! I'm nervous considering I have been easting sweets DAILY in large quantities. I know I can't control myself around it especially when I'm stressed which is why I am detoxing from it until I am able to eat it in small quantities. Just ready to get back into the swing of things. Thanks for all your support everyone!

  
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AAWENZEL 3/20/2011 9:58PM

    You've got this girl!! We all fall down a million times and you just keep going! With the stress of moving and everything, 2lbs isn't as bad as you think. I would HIGHLY recommend simply cutting out all sweets. Seriously- I feel SOOOO much better. I don't eat anything I would consider a 'dessert'. If I'm really craving sweets in the mid-afternoon (which I normally do), I have a protein bar as my snack. At night, I've had yogurt if I really want sweets, or a small glass of wine :-)
Tonight, I was DYING for frozen yogurt. My girlfriends and I go occasionally and I wanted to call them SO BADLY!!! Instead of caving to endless toppings of brownies and gummy bears, I blended a frozen banana and vanilla soymilk. It honestly tasted like ice-cream!!!
Anyways, I so hope you start to feel more life yourself- the healthy, fit, GORGEOUS self you are!! Have a great day tomorrow!!

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ELLSKI85 3/18/2011 3:04PM

    Once you get the sugar out of your system and go to munch on some again, I find it almost tastes sickeningly sweet, and I tend to barely eat any. Good Luck!!!

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STARFISH619 3/18/2011 1:00PM

    Moving and living out of boxes is stressful enough, without throwing regular day to day life in the mix.
I bet a week without the comfort chocolate will make a huge difference and will be enough of a change to jump start yourself in the right direction.
Good luck and take care!

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