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Super Saturday!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Sleeping in was heaven this morning! And slowly waking up is my idea of heaven. Pretty soon, though, I'm going to get moving and make a nice healthy and delicious lunch. Then, find a fun workout on Free On Demand. Spend some time with my little ones and just enjoy them and then make my way to the roller derby tonight! I'm scorekeeping for two bouts, so that should be fun. Might or might not check out the after party depending on how I feel.

It looks to be a great day. Weekends are always rough for me, as far as staying on track. To be honest, my husband's not the greatest at keeping me on a healthy eating track. I think that, in his head, he thinks he's alright on that front...but I don't consider frozen pizza and late night fried snacks something that I can even think about partaking in at this point (although, I'll admit...he roped me in last night. Fried green beans at 11pm. Ugh! But you know what? It was a great learning experience because I realized as I was eating them....these don't even taste good. They are just...gross.) Next time, it might be a little easier to resist. Positive thinking, right?

Weekends are hard for me, eating wise. But I'm going to hang in there. We have a Biggest Loser weigh in on Monday morning at work. I snuck and weighed myself on my bathroom scale last night and it appears I have lost 4 lbs. this week. This could be wrong (since scales weigh differently and I definitely can't guarantee mine is correct...the one at work is completely calibrated perfectly). But, I keep thinking of a possible 4 lb. weight loss in one week and it really is motivating me to keep on track. For a person who needs to lose 100 lbs., the idea of losing 4 lbs. the FIRST week is extremely significant and encouraging. I know intellectually that it won't always be that way and that there will be rough spots and plateaus...but to see something like that right away would really make me want to keep going.

Wish me luck!

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AIMEESINGS 3/6/2011 4:58AM

    Awesome! Great job on the 4 pounds! Things that we used to enjoy fried... if we got a craving for them we baked them instead. On the very rare occasion we would eat french fries or chicken wings (which isnt in our diet anymore though) we would bake them instead. They still get crunchy, but you lose the added calories from frying them.

Cant wait to find out how you do on Monday!! Have a great sunday!

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MARVEEME 3/5/2011 4:50PM

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You're off to a GREAT start. Keep up the good work, and GOOD LUCK Monday!
May it be 5 by then!

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COMEUNDONE87 3/5/2011 11:09AM

    WTG on the 4lbs! The best way I stay on track on the weekends (or on any day really) is to plan everything I can eat for the day and enter it in the tracker. If its not in my tracker I try to stay away.

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Pretty Complete Day

Friday, March 04, 2011

Today has been "complete" in the sense that I've been all over the place with this new healthy lifestyle I've adopted. What I mean is...I struggled with wanting to eat too much, but was able to control myself and stay within calorie limits. I was successful in adding fitness in that wasn't "scheduled" for today when I went to a kickboxing class that my company offered over the lunch hour. Then, I had lunch with some lovely co-workers (part of my Biggest Loser team at work) and we got pretty deep talking about our marriages and issues that cause us to stumble there, which led to some pretty great and unexpected emotional healing. This is awesome, since these emotions have so often in the past driven me to eat. I have a caffeine withdrawal headache...but was still able to motivate myself to at least cook my go-to healthy meal that I always whip up when I'm too lazy or not feeling creative enough to find a healthy recipe (pasta, olive oil, diced tomatoes, garlic and some seasonings - simple, but yummy and pretty healthy). Looking forward to relaxing with the kids tonight for Family Movie Night like we do every Friday.

So, the day has been filled with ups and downs and ins and outs of day to day life. I'm so ready for it to end. But, all in all, glad for the day I've had. Because I've proven to myself that, even in the mundane, I can make healthy choices.

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PATTIBL 3/4/2011 7:01PM

    Great job with not only sticking within calorie range but adding in a cardio session!

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MARVEEME 3/4/2011 6:29PM

Keep on TRUCKIN'!

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Reality Check

Thursday, March 03, 2011

So, all this time, I've been thinking that I need to lose 80 lbs., which is a lot. Tonight I was working on adding some tweaks to my Spark Page and typed in the standard "I want to lose 80 lbs." goal. Once I had everything the way I wanted it, I hit "Save". I happened to glance at my weight loss tracker and it was like reality just smacked me right in the face. Weight to lose: 101 lbs. WHAT?! Well, I've been basing my goals off of what I THOUGHT I weighed. And forgetting that, when I weighed in this week for our Biggest Loser contest at work, I actually weighed more than I thought. I had not taken this into account or even thought about this.

Wow. ONE HUNDRED POUNDS! How am I possibly carrying around 100 extra pounds on my body??? I don't FEEL like I'm THAT BIG. But, when I glance in the mirror on my way to the shower, I can confirm that this is accurate. This is a really hard place to be. It's disturbing and sad and frustrating and scary all at once. This morning I read the article on osteoarthritis and and the factors that contribute to it and my eyes were opened. I thought, "I am most certainly going to get this when I am older...and maybe even when I am younger." Same with Diabetes...and who knows? Maybe even breast cancer. (I still wonder if it is linked in some way to America's horrible diet.) In that moment, I realized that this is about so much more than just losing weight for a contest at work or even about looking good. As over-dramatic as it sounds, it's about staying ALIVE. I can close my eyes and pretend that I am not in the state that I am...or I can be completely honest with myself and realize that I need to do something now before it's too late to do something about this.

I am only 32 years old. Therefore, I have quite a bit of life ahead of me. I have youth on my side and I have a body that is strong enough to get itself into shape, if I will just move it.

I don't know how I'm going to do this. But I'm just going to keep doing my best and being mindful of how I treat my body, what I put into it, and how often I work activity into my life.

Oh my goodness...a hundred pounds. Ugh! emoticon

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PATTIBL 3/3/2011 11:37PM

    I have never been thin or average weight. When I was 12, I wore a size 12 and that is the smallest size I ever remember getting into. The BIG number overwhelms me when I think about it so I set it up in small increments. I am going by 20lbs. I lose that then re-evaluate. I know I will do it a couple of times but 20 seems much more manageable to me.

You are right, many diseases are increased greatly due to size. It is important to be healthy to prevent them. You are on the right track. Keep up the great work!

Hope this helps,

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Busy busy busy...no time for snacking

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Don't you just LOVE a busy day that is so crazy, you don't even have a chance to THINK about food? Aside from the stress, I actually do like it.

What are your thoughts? Easier to eat healthy when you're busy? Or tougher (because you eat mindlessly)?

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MARVEEME 3/3/2011 7:15PM

    Sometimes get so busy I forget whole meals, let alone the snacks!


Idle hands are the devil's workshop!

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Feeling Good...

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

It's a great day today. I can't even say what it is that makes it a great day...I just feel great. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I slept pretty well last night. Plus, when I went to the restroom today, I happened to glance in the mirror and realized that this outfit and hairstyle and makeup is really working for me today. I'm usually not great at dressing for my weight, but I have to admit that this ensemble is trimming today. Little things like this really make a difference in my day and in how I feel about myself. Sometimes it takes awhile for me to understand that it's OK to give myself positive messages like this. It isn't necessarily "conceited" to think to myself, "I look really pretty today." I wouldn't think anything of telling one of my friends the same and I wouldn't think them arrogant if they accepted the compliment by saying, "Thank you. I feel pretty today." We should talk to ourselves nicely more often, don't you think?


Why not just try it and see how it feels? I can almost guarantee that it will change a lot of things. It has changed how committed I am to my calorie goals today. It has even given me a spark of motivation to do something active today. In the spirit of CONTINUING with this positive feeling...


It really is a lot like a spark that sets a flame. So...what are you waiting for? Go to it!


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MARVEEME 3/2/2011 7:21PM

    Next time you pass that mirror, look that beautiful girl right in the eyes and tell her, out loud, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!

You can't love anyone properly if you don't love yourself!



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PATTIBL 3/2/2011 4:55PM

    I agree, we should treat ourselves as our best friends and tell ourselves we look good! We also need to give a positive message to ourselves when we make the right choices.. like going to the gym or making a healthier choice. All to often we focus on the negative things we did not the positive.

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