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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

So I realize that I've been sitting at the exact same weight since NOVEMBER. This is stupid. I can do better than this. I did gain a bunch over the holidays (8 lbs!) but I worked that off by the end of February. Now it's the end of March and I haven't budged.

The not budging is despite my 2 months of working on cardio at the gym. There at least I can feel proud of myself. I may not have lost weight, but I have gained some muscle and endurance. I started out with a resistance setting of 2.5 max on the elliptical and now I'm up to 5.5. I can work at 90% heart rate and not collapse after 30 minutes. I've also started to use the bike and the treadmill to work on some other muscles. The treadmill is fine, though I'm better off with a faster walking pace and a steep incline than trying to jog. The bike huuuurts!

Gotta say, the shower after a workout is one of the best feelings ever. Totally worth carting around shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair drier, towel, deodorant, etc etc to feel nice and clean/ good smelling after.

So, despite the exercise, I'm not loosing weight. Answer must be diet. I haven't been tracking, so what can I expect? I keep having cheat days that must be undoing any exercise loss. It has been a tough month. My DH's grandfather passed away after 2 weeks in the hospital and there was a lot of "we don't have time to cook" and "screw it I want this" ... but we're not visiting the hospital every day now and there is no excuse.

No more! At least for the next month I'm going to try to stick on the straight and narrow. Once I get back in the groove I can loosen up a bit.


A not so new tactic

Sunday, November 10, 2013

I bombed out last May... I got too frustrated and stressed out with trying to maintain my diet. So I gave up yet again. Somehow it was suddenly fall and my weight hadn't budged.

I can't live my life like this. I need to get to a healthy weight. So I hatched two plans.

Firstly, when I did loose weight the critical factor was having to go in to be weighed. There's no way I wanted to blow the $$$ on HM again, so I started looking for alternatives. I settled on weight-watchers. I was nervous because it is a group meeting instead of a one on one, but I'm pretty outgoing and by the second meeting I started to enjoy sharing my little victories or whatnot.

The plan is much more realistic and easy to follow than HM. I can have a slice of pizza and not feel like I fell off the wagon. It's been about 2 months and I'm averaging about 1.5 lbs down each week. The great thing is that at the 2 month mark, where my ambitions usually peter out, I'm still committed.

I tried so many times on my own and the failures were really bogging me down. I went to WW without the belief it would work. I was very depressed when I started and had very little hope. Now I'm 3lbs away from my 10% goal and starting to get excited. My conclusion is that this is what works for me. I have to go and interact with others in person.

Also, my insurance covers the fees, so I have no excuse! Not that $13 a week is outside my budget. Just one less lunch out a week really...

I purchased 2 cookbooks (they were 50% off so I couldn't resist) and I'm looking forward to trying some new recipes. I tried one tonight and it was great. Tilapia and roasted veggies, yum! Now if I can just convince the dh to take me out tomorrow to pick up the rest of the ingredients I'll need...

The second part of my plan is to take my mom to Mexico in February. She's done so much for me and I'm not sure how much longer she'll be up for a trip like this. I also haven't seen her for two years as she lives several provinces away and the air fair is pretty steep. I'm so excited!!!! I have to get in shape for the beach. It might be unrealistic to dig out the bikini, but I should at least be able to be comfortable in my standard one piece suit.

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OPHELIA1226 11/17/2013 9:25PM

    Great Job. Sometimes just picking yourself up and brushing yourself off allows you to do better the second time around. You have set realistic goals and they are achievable. emoticon

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ROSAMARCELLE 11/10/2013 5:21PM

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WRITINGRUNNER 11/10/2013 4:32AM

    Well done for the sustained commitment! emoticon

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Kicking and Screaming...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

So the goal today is to look at my workout plan and rework it/ kick it up a notch...
Do I have a workout plan? No.
I go for walks with my dogs and I was using the treadmill before my vacation and will start using it again. But an exercise plan? I'll get exercise running away from the plan maybe... I'm not a huge fan of workout exercises.
Part of the problem is that I'm so tired today. All I want to do is go back to bed. I need to take an Asprin and drink some water.
I realize that this is not a healthy attitude. So I am going to try to make a plan and stick with it.
Step 1: Vacuum the floor & clear enough space to do floor exercises
Step 2: Draw up a schedule
Step 3: Get more sleep so that I'm less grumpy!

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ROSAMARCELLE 6/2/2013 4:54PM

    Good plans. emoticon emoticon

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YB0511 5/30/2013 6:19AM

    You can do it! Small steps at a time, and before you know it. A few small workouts will become longer and will become part of your everyday life. Before you know, you will be looking forward to them.

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APRILAUTUMN1 5/30/2013 12:32AM

    You know whats awesome? You're thinking about it. You know its gonna help to get moving. Make sure you track those walks, and every little bit of movement each day, and you will snowball yourself into success-you may find yourself finding excuses to walk five more minutes, ten. And try new things-i'm finding I looove landscaping and gardening. I've spent hours at it lately and cuz I find it fun, its not hard work! My muscles think differently though emoticon

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ROCKYRD1 5/29/2013 3:35AM

    OK Madam Mcturtle....
This walk with the dogs - Is it something that can be ramped up - Longer , faster ?
Exercise is your friend - It burns more calories , heats up your engine, Use the big muscles groups they heat you up more. It makes you feel better - It gives you more energy.

Tired and Grumpy - sounds like me on a GOOD day.
But you need to spend less time planning and grumping and a little more doing.
As I would say at work - I need to slap you with a wet fish - Looking back through your blogs, Not feeling it, Chug chug chug, Fiber Huh, Nowhere but up..... You are in a funk Madam Mcturtle. So ask yourselves some hard truths and get some straight answers.

You can do it - you just need to ask yourself do you really want to.
Tough Love Day my friend
Please take this in the manner it was intended - A kick start in the behind emoticon I need them myself every so often!!

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SKIPPYALTO 5/28/2013 4:59PM

    It's a short plan, but it's a start! emoticon

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Fiber huh?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

So this week's challenge is to eat a healthy dose of fiber every day.

I haven't made any special effort so far, I just tracked my normal intake. I come up with a grand total of 8 grams. Oh dear. The recommended amount is 25 grams. Where am I going wrong?

Well, I'm not eating many carbohydrates, so I'm relying on my fruits and veggies. The carbs I do have are not bad sources of fiber (brown rice, whole wheat pasta or whole wheat bread) but I just don' t have much more than 2 servings per day. I had 3 cups of salad for lunch and a large ear of corn with dinner and a cup of snap peas for a snack... but my total is still 8 grams of fiber.

I've searched out high fiber foods and it looks like I need to break out the lentils or buy come All Bran Cereal. I eat broccoli, berries, apples and nuts in my normal diet... The protein shakes I'm drinking for breakfast make up a lot of my caloric intake and there's no fiber in them.

I have a large container of dried 9 bean mix, it looks like I'm making soup tomorrow night!

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/28/2013 7:45AM

    I add ground flax seeds, but am still on the low end of okay.

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ROCKYRD1 5/28/2013 3:21AM

    Psyllium husk

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 tbsp (18.0 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.0g0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g0%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 10mg0%
Total Carbohydrates 13.5g5%
Dietary Fiber 13.5g54%
Protein 0.0g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% Iron 7%

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ROCKYRD1 5/28/2013 3:19AM

    Peas are also high fiber , strawberries, lentil soup - I struggle as well - Can always use a metamucil or fiber suppliment or Psyllium husk

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DIANITAH 5/28/2013 2:40AM

    I also am always low on carbs. I'm trying to use high fiber sources to get them in.

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CHIBIKARATE 5/28/2013 2:07AM

    fiber is a must any way you can get it hugz

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ADAPTOR 5/28/2013 1:58AM

    try oranges if you like fruit.

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