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Fall 5% Challenge Committment

Friday, September 16, 2011

I joined the Fall 5% challenge because I thought I could meet the challenge and succeed. To accomplish this I am going to continue to do at least thirty minutes of cardio a day, but I will also resume doing strength training consistently three times a week. I have been slacking off on strength training this past month. I will also continue to train for the Halloween virtual 5k here on SP. My measuring cups and spoons are available and hanging in plain sight, and my food scale came in the mail this week, so I am set for being accurate with portion sizes. My cupboards are bare of junk (though they could use some reorganization), and full of healthy options. Also, my parents' garden is coming in with Fall crops so I can pick up yummy, healthy, organic veggies as needed. I am also considering cutting out chicken for the month of October. I would still eat fish, and of course there are beans of many varieties for protein.

I am fairly diligent about posting on threads on my other teams, so I see no problems expanding to another team's threads and discussions. I also will support and encourage my team members to do their best, by doing my best. I will be a friend where I can and encourage where I can. Good luck to all of us in the challenge! We can do it!

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SHELLYBABE2 9/17/2011 9:01AM

    Good luck with your 5%fall thingy - I've been looking for something to kick start me again and that might just be the thing am going to check that out this aft! Need to get back to spending more time on this site keeping me focused

I'm so envious of your access to fresh grown produce sounds so yummy! I have grown my own strawberries this year but the crop hasn't been half enough to keep us going - we eat way too many lol.

Take care :)

ps thanks for the messages on my page, much appreciated!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/16/2011 11:07PM

    This is my second time with the 5%, you will enjoy it! You are well prepared!

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KARIDIAN1 9/16/2011 9:51PM

    Your dong a great job.

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KEKEIKO 9/16/2011 5:32PM

    You're so focused Leslie! emoticon

You will succeed! emoticon

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HEALTHYBARB1 9/16/2011 2:39PM

    Good goals! I am just starting on the 5% challenge team this fall and will be excited to be part of this challenge with you! emoticon

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DANA564 9/16/2011 2:24PM

    I joined too and just read the pre-assignment. I'm really excited to start! I've done well so far but this will give me an extra boost! Good luck!!

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RG_DFW 9/16/2011 2:12PM

    Keep on keepin' on!

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Weigh day results

Thursday, September 15, 2011

So, I lost three pounds this week, bringing the total lost in the last three and a half months up to 42 pounds gone. Gone. Gone. Gone. Unfortunately, my muscle/fat percentages are going in the wrong direction, but I have been completely inconsistent with strength training for the last month so it is not unexpected. The really cool bit is that my BMI is now under 40. It is still over 39, but it hasn't been this low in years (a lot of 'em)! I have only walked a little over two miles so far today, but I am going out before dinner to walk 2.5 miles with the dog. It is supposed to be a training day with that 2.5, but I can't walk all that fast with the pooch, so my time will probably suck today. Oh well, I will still have walked, which is the important part. I am averaging a loss of about 12 pounds a month. That is so cool!

I went out to lunch with friends today, and had second thoughts about finishing the half-sized salad I ordered. Two months ago I ordered the same thing and still had a slight edge of hunger when the plate was empty, so the changes are there, and they are noticeable. My father was very pleased when we talked this afternoon. He objects to the term "obese", as I am very active these days, but according to that little chart at the doctor's office that is what I am... for now. It's going to change too!

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LIFESGREAT2DAY 9/17/2011 6:05PM

    emoticon I am sooo proud of you for all the hard work you are putting in!

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LARRYHARWOOD 9/16/2011 3:41PM

    You are really doing well Leslie!! WAY TO GO my friend!! You and Cooper are such a positive influence on Libby and I, I can't tell you how you are affecting others here on SP!

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SHELLYBABE2 9/16/2011 9:16AM

    emoticon Great news & you really can tell a difference from your pics. You're looking really good - keep up the great work & keep noticing the little differences too such as the not needing to eat quite so much etc they really give you a boost! I'm so envious of the amount of exercise you're managing to get whilst I have done absolutely nothing over the last 3 weeks :(( I finished work today and decided against the gym as any exertion is making me cough but I'm definitely going over the weekend even for just a mini workout - I'm desperate to get back on the exercise wheel lol!

My advise on the eating out front would be that if it's a special occasion and you're not eating out too regularly, go off track a little and eat what you fancy by making a bit of an allowance the day before and the day after and get straight back into your program that way no damage is done!

Take care - so proud of all your progress & loved the pics!

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HEALTHYNOW4ME 9/15/2011 10:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You Go Girl!

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KARIDIAN1 9/15/2011 9:44PM

    Keep up the good work. You and Cooper are really working at it. Bet he never expected to be out walking this much when he came home with you.

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NIAGCHRIS246 9/15/2011 9:09PM

  Dag!!! I'm jealous!!!

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MINDA31807 9/15/2011 6:20PM

    emoticon Keep it up!

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What's okay to eat at a Mexican restaurant?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I intended to do almost three miles this evening, but due to circumstances my 6 year old niece needed to go with us. So, I took Cooper and let the two of them run. They ran for about a mile, but then they were worn out and slowed way down. We still managed to do two miles, even with the kid and the dog. It took a while longer, but it was highly entertaining! I have been walking the dog about 5 miles each day, plus whatever training I do for the virtual 5k.

I finished off the fresh onions today, in sauteed veggies for dinner. Tomorrow is grocery shopping day, and my mom is sending along some low fat, organic ground beef. She is also replenishing my tomatoes, onions and blueberries from their garden.

This weekend is a friend's 21st birthday. i won't be going out drinking with her, but I did offer to take her out to dinner. She wants to go for Mexican. I have to think about what I can order to eat that still sticks fairly close to my plan. Any ideas?

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THEADMIRAL 9/15/2011 7:47PM

    You've gotten some pretty good advice so far. Definitely stay away from those "free" chips they always set out before your meal - tons of fat in those puppies. However, I don't agree about the combo dinners; usually that's just way too much food. Spark People should have suggestions for Mexican under their healthy lifestyle section; take a peek there before you go to figure the landmines you might face. Have fun this weekend! emoticon

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LILLI56 9/15/2011 6:51PM

    My husband and I always share chicken fajitas. I only eat 1 or 2 of the flour tortillas. If I have been good during the day, I will have 7 small chips with tomato salsa, if not, I will forgo them. emoticon

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RG_DFW 9/15/2011 6:40AM

    Don't eat the chips. For the dinner, I usually get combo (been and chicken) fajitas.

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KEKEIKO 9/15/2011 5:06AM

    Fresh carrot sticks or celery sticks to dip into the salsa or Guacamole. Black beans, grilled shrimp or chicken. If you must have a taco order corn not flour.
ENJOY! emoticon

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ZEESPARROW 9/15/2011 12:59AM

    Last time I went, I had a taco salad... just didn't eat the shell!

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GEMINISUE 9/14/2011 10:45PM

    you can google the restaurant and check out the menu and maybe call and ask if they have nutritional values available, it might be offered on the menu or near it.

I usually get a burrito, open it up and eat what is inside of it. Mighty tasty! Not sure of the calories.

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/14/2011 10:05PM

    Mexican is pretty tough. My best attempt at eating good was when I ordered something like Tortilla soup.....depending on the restaurant, it can be quite good and low cal if they make it with a clear broth.....if it's cheesy, then expect more calories

Watch out for going crazy on tortilla chips as appetizer, they can add up in a hurry

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KARIDIAN1 9/14/2011 9:49PM

    Watch out for the cheese, it seems to be on everything.

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  If they have them on the menu, try the "street tacos." They are very simple, just corn tortilla, onions, and meat, but very flavorful and much lower in fat than the standard taco. Fajitas are also a great choice if you skip the sour cream and guacamole and go light on the cheese. Also, ask for corn tortillas instead of flour and you'll cut the calories in half! Spark people has a cuisine specific dining guide that might have more suggestions. If you go for something like an enchilada, ask for salsa on top instead of the usual cheese sauce.
Have fun!

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A travel day, with blah food

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

So today was light on the exercise... compared to the last few weeks. I had to go to Rochester (NY) for a meeting today. Two hours there (since we got pulled over for speeding- glad I wasn't driving!), three hours in a meeting, and a two hour drive back (I did the driving on the way back- no speeding). I did a quick walk with the dog this morning before dropping him off with my sister in law and youngest niece. On the way back into town I stopped and voted in the Primary, even though there was only one position for members of my party to vote on. So, I went and picked up my dog, who had a fun, eventful day with my niece (lots of running!), my sister in law (who says my dog is "charismatic" and a "gentleman"), and my sister in law's mother. We walked back to my place, where the dog promptly took a nap... unlike me, even though I wanted one. Right before dinner I stuck him in his crate and did a 40 minute brisk walk, as that was on the schedule for training for the Halloween virtual 5k here on SP. I only went a tad over two miles, but my legs were stiff from so much sitting all day, and it took a while to loosen up. After dinner the dog and I took a twenty minute walk around town.

Foodwise, I think today was my worst day in two months. I forgot to pack a brown bag lunch, so I had to make do with the lunch provided. Lunch wasn't awful, but it was the first time I have eaten white bread in four months. I hadn't realized how much I dislike that pasty texture, especially when combined with tasteless iceberg lettuce, american cheese and bland tomato slices. I skipped the snack bars, ate some sweet pepper slices and a piece of fruit. I had a lovely dinner though, which more than made up for the blah lunch. Dinner included fresh locally grown onions, tomatoes and garlic, mixed in with spinach (and I splurged this month and bought the organic olive oil, even though it is expensive). I met my water goal for the day already, which is great, and I have nice light snacks planned for later.

So, despite the stressful day (he kept tailgating semis!), poor food options, and less exercise than I have gotten used to, it was a good day. In fact, it was kind of a rest day for me exercise-wise. That is something I have been trying to convince myself to do every few days, but I usually end up walking for miles and miles anyway, just because. Tomorrow I will be back to my regular routine, and we will see how many miles Cooper and I walk!

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LARRYHARWOOD 9/14/2011 12:27PM

    I think you did pretty well Leslie giving your options! I've had good days I didn't do what you did! LOL You are really an inspiration to me and Libby! Thank You So Much!!

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KEKEIKO 9/14/2011 7:17AM

    Congrats on going for a walk. You could have easily decided to nap. Keep focused and you will get closer to that goal.

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KARMA70 9/14/2011 12:06AM

    Wow you're a trouper! . emoticon

Can't say that I would do over 40 minutes of exercise after a long day in the car and meetings! I'm with you on the white bread, unless it's a nice crusty baguette (which I rarely eat) I think it tastes pasty too.

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KARIDIAN1 9/13/2011 11:15PM

    Busy day for you. I had to go to a meeting for work also, but not as far or as long as yours was.

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RG_DFW 9/13/2011 9:14PM

    Busy day but it sounds like you made the most of it

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The pictures I promised...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Yesterday I said I would post a before picture and some "in progress" pictures. Tonight, after our walk, my walking buddy took the new pictures of me. So, here they are. Starting off we have the picture that triggered the desire to change.

Here I am at 318 pounds, unhappy, unhealthy, and not at all active.

Next is my niece's birthday at the beginning of August. A little progress had been made. I had walked a lot, and had just gotten my dog, so I was really picking up on the walking.

And finally, tonight's pictures. Here I am at 279 pounds (maybe a little less).

I am sitting outside my apartment building in the twilight, because we just finished a fast two miles (with hills!).

And here i am with Cooper!

I can see a big difference, and if technology is my friend this evening and the pictures show up, i am sure all of you can too!

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FRIES2YOGURT 9/14/2011 11:15PM

    You can really see a difference! You look amazing! All your hard work is paying off! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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B0BBIE 9/13/2011 11:40AM

    Congrats on all your hard work!! You are doing and have done fabulous!!! emoticon!!! Keep up the great work! You CAN do it and you ARE doing it!!!

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GEMSTONE1952 9/13/2011 10:04AM

    Nice job! You look amazing and so happy and proud! emoticon

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LARRYHARWOOD 9/13/2011 1:29AM

    You look great Leslie! emoticon Isn't it awesome when you can see your work at off? emoticon You and Cooper are really on a roll! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 9/13/2011 12:17AM

    You look awesome lady! Also, that stunning man you are holding is also awesome! I finally got to see this guy you have been always talking about! He is so adorable! I am so happy for you for your weight loss! It is so easy to see the difference in you!!
Keep going...you are going to reach your goal!! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYNOW4ME 9/12/2011 10:53PM

    Fantastic transformation in mind, body, and spirit! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITCOUGARMOM 9/12/2011 10:23PM

    OMGoodness what a change!!! U r looking fantastic!!! U look so much happier and healthier!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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MNABOY 9/12/2011 9:29PM

    Way to go! Keep on kickin'

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KARMA70 9/12/2011 9:15PM

I can really see a difference in your face! Even since the beginning of August! Way to go!! emoticon

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CYNTHIA726 9/12/2011 9:10PM

    Thank you for sharing your story and your pictures! Keep up the great work! You can do it!

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KARIDIAN1 9/12/2011 9:02PM

    Great photos and progress! Keep up the good work!

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GEMINIGEM6 9/12/2011 9:00PM

    You have a Jack Russell? So cute!! I have a mixed terrier and she's mixed w/ Jack Russell. :)

You look great!!! You have a healthy glow. Congrats on your success thus far! :)

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CSDAYS 9/12/2011 8:53PM

    Keep up the great work! Cute dog.

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