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I Did It Again...You'd Think I'd Learn

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

This is so embarrassing really. I know better but I can't tell you why I did it...I have not been eating enough calories each day. So I am working out like crazy and of course my body says "not enough food...better hang on to the fat" and there I find myself in another plateau. I thought I learned this lesson a month or so ago, but here I am again. I guess it is my tendency and I will have to be watching for it in the future. I tend to save calories for the end of the day and then I end up not eating them -- ergo I don't get enough -- and thus a plateau instead of weight loss!

Frustration isn't the word for it! But today I was a good girl and have eaten 1300+ calories and that is within my range so hopefully I'll break that plateau in the next day or two. I am going to start consuming more calories for lunch and that may help with this problem as well. I will be more careful in the future!

Tomorrow will be better !
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    Sounds like you need to plan your meals and snacks and space them out.

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WHYTEBROWN 7/21/2013 2:10AM

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BRENDA_G50 7/18/2013 9:57AM

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GRANDMASHUNGRY 7/18/2013 12:05AM

    Hope the scales go down for you soon.
Your determined so I'm sure they will!
Your doing a great job.

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JOANNEO5 7/17/2013 9:31PM

    Good Luck to you. Keep us posted!

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MARILYNROBERT 7/17/2013 8:38PM

    That's what will break your plateau I bet! emoticon

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MIMIDOT 7/17/2013 8:28PM

    Good luck! You can do it!

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The Last Mistake I Made

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

This blog was assigned by Spark Coach and as always has turned out to be more than a helpful suggestion. Sunday I ended up skipping an exercise session and I usually don't do that but my reward was to go to the movies and off I went. The problem was that I didn't plan ahead far enough and impulsively went without thinking. As the theater is an hour away (I live in the middle of nowhere in Central Virginia) and so there was at least 2 hours of drive time involved. So anyway we got home late and the treadmill is in the bedroom -- so DH went to bed and that was that. I don't blame him for that at all. The real issue here is my lack of planning and prioritizing my day for what was really best for my health. Now no one is perfect and I am not beating myself up over it as at the end of the day I might lose a pound a day later than expected or some such thing... but the important take away... is that I need to plan better in the future. This has been a recurrent theme in my life -- poor planning in my personal life. My business life is where I focused and never on my personal life -- that just sort of happened. I have been in a reactive mode instead of the proactive mode. As a result there have been consequences that could have been avoided.

So here is life lesson # 1,347,616 -- note to self -- plan more carefully when considering my day and what is important and what can wait for tomorrow. Consider priorities carefully before making decisions. Remember I am the girl who didn't plan meals for the week ever and now does. I now save multiple trips to the grocery store, time and gas money getting there (remember where I live.) So I am improving my personal life issue by issue.

Well, I have been doing 55 minutes of cardio a day since then and ramping things up on the treadmill so hoping to lose another pound this week. Maybe when I blog again I will be out of the 150s! Sorry if this was boring, but it was an assignment and enlightening for me!

Thanks for listening and I hope this finds each of you working on that next pound of weight loss! Let's see how many days of exercise and healthy eating it takes to lose a pound!

Keep Sparkin',

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BRENDA_G50 7/17/2013 11:39AM

    At least you learned something emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CALLIECURTIS5 7/16/2013 10:38PM

    I also do better when I plan. Sometimes I have to be as strong as "make a commitment" to myself. Planning can keep bad judgement away.

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MARILYNROBERT 7/16/2013 5:50PM

    I'm at my best when I preplan. Doing so even helps me in those times that I can't plan. I can just think back to what I would have planned. Sounds silly I know, but having a plan really does help me to handle things in a pinch. emoticon

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RIGEIN24 7/16/2013 5:30PM

    You've inspired me to get more cardio in my day and make sure I eat enough to fuel the workout...I'm still amazed by your progress! And glad there was a lesson learned.

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GINAC0 7/16/2013 5:05PM

    I with you on the planning thing. I seem to always be trying to figure what's for dinner, so good job on that!

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Keepin' On Keepin' On...

Monday, July 15, 2013

Well another day at the ranch guys...I have been a busy girl today. I promised myself that I would get my cardio in early and I did. I did 59 minutes of cardio today in 2 separate sessions. Why 59 minutes? Who knows? At any rate I am getting at least 2 miles in every day now. I decided to kick it up a notch as long as I feel good and my body isn't complaining. (I guess we can't call sweating complaining.) So that feels good to have that out of the way. I also managed to clean and blanch a large batch of tomatoes. I then put them into the blender after peeling them and pureed them. Then I cooked them up into a marinara sauce. I'm making and freezing marinara sauce as we have so many tomatoes. This is the second batch. Also I put 3 items on ebay and will be putting more on there later today. Tonite I'm going to do a Chicken Stir Fry with whatever veggies I have in the fridge. I need to keep doing the menu planning to eat healthy.

So I hope this finds you taking steps toward your weight loss goals. As for me I am just keepin' on keepin' on, pushing hard and staying consistent. I just want to break that 150 mark and soon.

Take care,
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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/19/2013 12:53PM

    The chicken stir fry sounds really good.

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CALLIECURTIS5 7/15/2013 4:49PM

    You are one busy gal with doing all that exercising......you are making me tired emoticon I have not done any since the Oasis water park..last Friday...bad...bad...bad..Callie

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RIGEIN24 7/15/2013 3:00PM

    I know you can do it and it'll be awesome to celebrate with you when you get there. BTW have you thought about selling your tomatoes or marinara sauce to neighbors or at market? Just a thought.

PS: 59 mins is awesome!

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Good Work Out Today

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Yesterday was a reward day and I ended up taking in a movie I wanted to see. My planning wasn't the best because we have to drive 40 miles to the theater in Richmond and it involves 2 hours of driving as well as the movie and whatever. At any rate I got home late and the treadmill is in the bedroom and some folks go to bed early so that was that. It really was poor planning on my part as I should have grabbed the treadmill earlier in the day. I have to grab it when I can now so I will start earlier in the day.

At any rate, today I made sure to get a really good work out in. I ended up doing 2 miles and ramped up the incline to a 5. Altogether I did 50 minutes and it felt good. I did a Walmart grocery run and put things away and did some work on my gluten free cookbook. So it was a productive day.

Tomorrow I will start with the cardio early and get it out of the way. I am going for the burn this week to get under 150 and never see it again. So the goal for the week is 149. It is so hard to lose a pound and requires some intense cardio. My original goal was to lose 5 pounds this month and I have lost 3, so on that score 2 to go. But right not my focus is to see 149 on that scale -- and I am really determined to do so. I haven't been in the 140's for a LONG LONG TIME. It's about time for this girl to get it done!

Later fellow Sparkers,
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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/19/2013 12:45PM

    I love gluten free cookbooks.

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GRANDMASHUNGRY 7/14/2013 10:05PM

    I hope you see 149 soon!
Here's to a good week! emoticon emoticon

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MARILYNROBERT 7/14/2013 8:51PM

    Hey, this blog just got me inspired!!!!!!!!!! I think I've been looking at too big of a goal. I need to look at smaller bits of it and work on little goals to get to the big goal. emoticon

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HAPPYJAY 7/14/2013 7:51PM

  good job

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77 Days, But Who's Counting...

Friday, July 12, 2013

Today has been a much better day than the rest of the week. I got up and got a few things done that I needed to do in the morning and after lunch I got a good workout in which always makes me feel good about myself. I can't believe it has been 77 days since I found this site! Thank God I did because it has changed my life. I feel more energetic, stronger, and a bit slimmer as I have lost 10 lbs. since I started. I also feel that I am back in control of myself. When I was gaining and not taking care of myself it lowered my self esteem and I felt out of control -- not a fun feeling.

Today with all that I have learned from the site and from so many of you -- I know exactly what I can eat and still lose weight and how much I need to move my body. I have so much more energy and the past couple of days I have noticed that I just feel lighter moving around -- kind of a nice feeling! I like this lifestyle; it agrees with me and I intend to keep it! I enjoy my food (I spice things up) and I even enjoy moving my body! I can't wait to lose the rest of the weight because I know I will feel even better -- and I'm looking forward to those size 10 jeans!

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RIGEIN24 7/13/2013 8:43PM

    So happy things continue to progress well for you and living life to the fullest!

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CMBLAIN 7/13/2013 5:56PM

  You are doing such a good job. I always like reading your blogs that inspire me to work harder. Keep up the good work and you will get there. emoticon

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GRANDMASHUNGRY 7/12/2013 10:51PM

    Your doing a great job!
Here's to size 10 jeans! emoticon

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CALLIECURTIS5 7/12/2013 8:21PM

    I am happy that you feel so WONDERFUL! emoticon I was going towards a size 10 as well but I am staying with a size12. Because I am older (62) daughter has told me that I shouldn`t lose more weight. D and I have always made a pac to be honest because our husbands will not be honest. The weight loss was showing a lot in my face even though it is obvious that I need to lose weight in my lower half . Unfortunately, this is not going to happen. Maybe if I could tie a rubber band around my neck so I wouldn`t lose weight in my face. emoticon But I am happy with a 12 because I was wearing a tight 16 last Sept. Don`t lose sight of your goal but be realistic and be healthy. It is only a size......it is how you feel....you have already discovered that. emoticon

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