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Kick August Day 4 - Dec 4

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

HERE IT COMES!

Going really well as far as the weekdays are concerned. I'm making up for the not so awesome start of the weekend, haha.

~*~***~KICK AUGUST~***~*~
August accomplishments - December progress so far (December 1-4)

Nutrition:

Tracked all calories eaten all 31 days – 4/4 days so far
Within calorie range 24/31 days – 3/4 so far
Went over 2000 calories on 6 days – 0 so far
Fat grams in range 25/31 days – 3/4 so far
Carbs in range 29/31 days – 4/4 so far
Protein under range 4/31 days – 0 so far
Protein over 90g 12/31 days – 1/4 so far ** WOO!
Cholesterol in range 25/31 days – 3/4 so far
Fiber in range 19/31 days – 2/4 so far
Fiber over 40g 4/31 days – 2/4 so far **WOO!
Sodium in range 12 days – 1/4 so far **WOO!
Sodium under 3,000mg 24/31 days – 4/4 so far
Remembered to take vitamins 23/31 days – 4/4 so far

Intake (other):

Total cups of water 152 – 34 so far
Average of 4.9/day – average of 8.5/day so far
Total fruits & veggies 137 – 19 so far
Average of 4.4/day – average of 4.75/day so far **WOO!

Fitness:

(No change from Day 3; worked out today so that will be in tomorrow's update!)


I'm doing well on all the same stuff, plus I finally cracked my "stretch" goal for protein, and SODIUM was in range! Amazing! I had salad twice yesterday, so that helped my fiber and fruits & veggies numbers.

Today is looking good to continue the streak. I had a pretty good gym day, am working on my healthy breakfast, already got some water in, and breakfast lunch and some snack is already tracked. KEEP IT MOVIN!!

How are you guys doing? Happy Wednesday, the week is half over!

  
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AGODDESS79 12/6/2012 4:11PM

    Wow, i'm so not into doing the numbers as deep as you take them...I'm super impressed and I wish I had the patience and time to do it. lol I just don't pig out and eat a fiber one bar here and there....I drink water when I can.... Sounds pretty lazy after reading your ratio's lol You are doing freaking awesome! emoticon

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JENCANTA 12/6/2012 1:17AM

    WOOHOO!!!!!

I gotta tell you, I seriously love this. I'm so not keeping track of numbers the way you are (other than for on the nutrition/fitness trackers), so I think I'm going to aim to do so next week.

I'm so glad you're doing well!! I gotta say, so far so good on my end as well.

HURRAY FOR US!!!!!



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JUMPINJULIE 12/5/2012 10:29PM

    Awesome. I'm doing good.

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LEB0401 12/5/2012 11:14AM

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Salad Face

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Step 1: get salad

Step 2: find coworker/family member/friend

Step 3: hold up plate of salad in front of face

Step 4: cry out "SALAD FACE!"

Step 5: make a face that says "I'm a weird monster who loves salad and I am about to eat this plate"



And that's how it's done.

  
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JENCANTA 12/6/2012 1:14AM

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
R>Salad Face ROCKS. =D

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JUMPINJULIE 12/5/2012 12:00AM

    LOL you make me laugh all the time thank you.

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LEB0401 12/4/2012 9:29PM

    You're so silly!

Mmmm I could go for a salad face right now. emoticon

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ADARKARA 12/4/2012 3:20PM

    You are hilarious! I was wondering what salad face was!

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Kick August Day 3 - Dec 1-3

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

~*~***~KICK AUGUST~***~*~
August accomplishments - December progress so far (December 1-3)

Nutrition:

Tracked all calories eaten all 31 days – 3/3 days so far
Within calorie range 24/31 days – 2/3 so far
Went over 2000 calories on 6 days – 0 so far
Fat grams in range 25/31 days – 2/3 so far
Carbs in range 29/31 days – 3/3 so far
Protein under range 4/31 days – 0 so far
Protein over 90g 12/31 days – 0/3 so far
Cholesterol in range 25/31 days – 2/3 so far
Fiber in range 19/31 days – 1/3 so far
Fiber over 40g 4/31 days – 1/3 so far
Sodium in range 12 days – 0/3 so far
Sodium under 3,000mg 24/31 days – 3/3 so far
Remembered to take vitamins 23/31 days – 3/3 so far

Intake (other):

Total cups of water 152 – 26 so far
Average of 4.9/day – average of 8.7/day so far
Total fruits & veggies 137 – 11 so far
Average of 4.4/day – average of 3.7/day so far

Fitness:

Worked out 3x a week 4/5 weeks – 2x so far
Measured another way, worked out 13 days – 2 so far
569 fitness minutes – 75 minutes so far
Strength training days 0 – 0 so far
Calories burned 4720 – 1393 so far
Average of ~1005 calories burned per week - n/a (hasn’t been a week yet)


Good progress for yesterday. Everything on nutrition was good except for sodium. I'm successfully keeping it under 3,000mg but I'm still not getting under 2,300 which is where SP wants me. Weirdly I did awesome on sodium November 28, 29, 30! The only other thing I'm not meeting, so far, is my "stretch" goal for protein - I'm trying to push it up into the middle of my range, around 90g, rather than always just barely squeaking in at 60g, the very bottom of my range. So far I've had 78, 75, 78g, so decent amounts, just not up into the 90s.

I'm having no trouble with the water. I'm crushing it! I think usually the weekends drag my average down. I sit around the house and forget to drink water so I've had some weekends were Saturday and Sunday were both 0 or 1 cup of water. Yikes!

Got in a lot more veggies yesterday (salad for dinner!) so my average is going up. I should probably crack the average of 4.4 per day after today is over, I'm doing really well so far today also.

Went to the gym for 35 minutes of cardio. Tomorrow will bring in some weight training, plus a bit more cardio. I was going to do some body weight ST at home last night but I was busy prepping food for the week. Maybe I'll do some tonight.

My weight is up a bit this morning - I weigh often to keep an eye on it, but I don't track it multiple times per week because that would just drive me batty. It's within the normal range of my day to day fluctuations so I'm not worried.

I'm off to a pretty good start I think, now that the crazy weekend is over and I'm back on my routine.

  
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LEB0401 12/4/2012 9:34PM

    LOVE your data!



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Kick August Day 1 & 2!

Monday, December 03, 2012

Here it is, the first update! Short version: I am doing "okay."

~*~***~KICK AUGUST~***~*~
August accomplishments - December progress so far (December 1 and 2)

Nutrition:

Tracked all calories eaten all 31 days – 2/2 days so far
Within calorie range 24/31 days – 1/2 so far
Went over 2000 calories on 6 days – 0 so far
Fat grams in range 25/31 days – 1/2 so far
Carbs in range 29/31 days – 2/2 so far
Protein under range 4/31 days – 0/2 so far
Protein over 90g 12/31 days – 0/2 so far
Cholesterol in range 25/31 days – 1/2 so far
Fiber in range 19/31 days – 0/2 so far
Fiber over 40g 4/31 days – 0/2 so far
Sodium in range 12 days – 0/2 so far
Sodium under 3,000mg 24/31 days – 2/2 so far
Remembered to take vitamins 23/31 days – 2/2 so far

Intake (other):

Total cups of water 152 – 16 so far
Average of 4.9/day – average of 8/day so far
Total fruits & veggies 137 – 5 so far
Average of 4.4/day – average of 2.5/day so far

Fitness:

Worked out 3x a week 4/5 weeks – 1x so far
Measured another way, worked out 13 days – 1 so far
569 fitness minutes – 40 minutes so far
Strength training days 0 – 0 so far
Calories burned 4720 – 873 so far
Average of ~1005 calories burned per week - n/a (hasn’t been a week yet)

As promised I measured and tracked my weight and measurements on Saturday. My starting weight for December will be 266.6. Instead of announcing my measurements I’ll update on how many inches I lost as of December 31. For some reason while I don’t care who knows how much I weigh, I find my measurements much more embarrassing. Heh.

So far I’m good on tracking, carbs, vitamins, water, and workouts.

Fruits and veggies are abysmal, which is why fiber, fat, sodium, and all that other stuff is so bad. Basically I let myself eat what I felt like on Saturday, within reason, but it was all pretty carby. I made better choices but I could make better still. I had cereal on Saturday, but had yogurt with it for protein. Wanted some fruit but was trying to save calories for later. I felt like a grilled cheese for lunch, but I used way less cheese and added chicken which was good. But still no veggies. Then went to a party where there was pizza, pretzels, and cookies basically. No veggies to be had. I did okay on calories at the party, but that’s where all the sodium, fat, and cholesterol came from. I give Saturday a “Meh.” Not terrible, but I could have planned the earlier part of my day better.

Sunday was a crazy running around day. I had a good breakfast (egg whites + veggies!) but for lunch and dinner we were at the mall and movies. UGH MALL FOOD IS AWFUL. I only ate part of lunch because it was so high calorie and high fat, but then I was STARVING at dinner so I ate wayyyy too many fries. I only went over my calorie range by ~50 calories, so that’s not too terrible. I also give Sunday a “meh:” even though I overate, I didn’t go too wild, and I did get in fruits & veggies as my breakfast & snacks. But calories, fat, and sodium were WAY too high. Yuck mall food.

The happiest part is on Saturday I went SWIMMING.

I don’t know how to feel about the new gym I checked out yet. On the one hand, it’s RIGHT around the corner from my place. SO CONVENIENT! And I L*O*V*E* swimming. But the pool is TINY, so I’m concerned about paying so much to go there (I got a day pass, but the membership is way pricey) and possibly having trouble getting in my pool time if it gets crowded. The pool is literally 2 lanes, so… I don’t know. I think I’ll try day passes again on some different days and at different times to see if there’s a crowding issue before I decide.

Today is on track so far. Got in my workout, good breakfast and lunch and I have good snacks with me. Already getting in water (3 + so far) and I’m going grocery shopping after work so I’ll stock up on veggies.

Nothing to do but keep going!

  
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LEB0401 12/3/2012 10:18AM

    Great job keeping track of your progress!

I have similar nutrition issues.. my cholesterol and sodium are almost always too high, fiber almost always too low. And I'm TRYING to eat healthy and balanced. I can only imagine what they looked like when I was eating out a lot and not tracking my food. YIPES!

I hope you find a better gym. If it's expensive and not exactly what you're looking for, I wouldn't waste the money if I were you. My gym sucks, but it's CHEEEEAP.

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I think it's time for a challenge.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

So I know I'm usually all hippy skippy positive thinking gal up here, and I am trying to be, but I think it's only fair to admit this is not true 100% of the time "off screen."

I have a couple of things coming up that are making me start to, well. Obsess. Like I promised I wouldn't, and ranted and railed would CLEARLY lead to failure.

The scale has moved a little, but not much, and it is feeling sooo slowwww right now. I should stop whining and just be glad I didn't gain over Thanksgiving, but even more than that I should be proud of my accomplishments as far as eating and exercising because as advertised, That Is My Philosophy.

supposedly.

But it's hard with Christmas coming up. I'll be seeing my family for the first time in about 6 months. They know I've been running & losing weight, and I am starting to feel like I want to have lost "enough" when I see them. I've gone down a pants size, which is awesome, and I'm starting to feel like "WELL, ONE size is not that much..." Annoying! I am annoying myself.

Also, my babiest cousin is getting married (EEEE!!!) and we are going bridesmaid dress shopping in January. Same deal; I'm annoying and starting to feel like "I wish I had lost/could lose MORE before we go dress shopping." That's what alterations are for, dolt!

It's annoying because that isn't what this is about. And that will just derail me and cause problems. So it's time to get back to what was fueling the fire when all this started. And that would be BAR GRAPHS.

I need to see progress I can put on paper and point to and go WHEEE! and it doesn't have to be my weight, either.

So I spent some time pouring over the My Reports and all the graphs and such. I discovered something interesting. Of my months on SparkPeople (June-now), August 2012 has kicked every other month's behind. It's clear in all the charts - calories go down and get more consistent. Other nutrients improve. Fitness minutes go up. Calories burned skyrockets. August was the super star. Then things start to drop off. As I got busy/lazy/on vacation/injured/whatever.

Not cool! I want August back.

So I'm declaring for myself a challenge. I am declaring December the month of Kick August.

I looked over what made August so amazing, and I'm going to try and beat my personal bests all through December.

I'll try to post each day how it's going, then of course I'll do an awesome wrap up on January 1. Should be fun.

The best part is, it's a bunch of little goals, so if I meet of bunch of them but miss one, that's okay. And if I don't lose more weight than I lost in August, it's still awesome because this is about kicking August's butt, not about whatever the scale feels like doing.

This is all based on stuff I'm trying to do anyway. So, stay in calorie range for weight loss, keep fat intake down, increase protein and fiber, drink water, exercise, blah dee blah blah. This is to keep me focused on what I'm doing, forever and ever, for Healthy Me, instead of getting all crazy and weighing myself every 5 minutes and thinking I should drink 4 cups of coffee a day for the laxative and diuretic effect so I can have a good weigh in this week. I'm not, I'm just saying. It MAY HAVE crossed my mind...


Anyway here it is:

~*~***~KICK AUGUST~***~*~
August accomplishments - December goals

Nutrition:

Tracked all calories eaten all 31 days - Meet
Within calorie range 24/31 days - Meet or exceed!
Went over 2000 calories on 6 days - Make this fewer # days
Fat grams in range 25/31 days - Meet or exceed
Carbs in range 29/31 days - meet or exceed
Protein under range 4/31 days - FEWER
Protein over 90g 12/31 days - meet or exceed
Cholesterol in range 25/31 days - meet or exceed
Fiber in range 19/31 days - meet or exceed
Fiber over 40g 4/31 days - meet or exceed
Sodium in range 12 days - meet or exceed
Sodium under 3,000mg (above range, but range is hard, man!) 24/31 days - meet or exceed
Remembered to take vitamins 23/31 days - meet or exceed

Intake (other):

Total cups of water 152 - exceed
Average of 4.9/day - exceed
Total fruits & veggies 137 - exceed
Average of 4.4/day - exceed

(I know we're supposed to be getting 5 fr/veg but I try to get more like 7. The fact that this is my personal best average I am finding kind of dismal...)

Fitness:

Worked out 3x a week 4/5 weeks - meet or exceed
Measured another way, worked out 13 days - meet or exceed
569 fitness minutes - meet or exceed
Strength training days 0 - exceed (shouldn't be hard, HAH!)
Calories burned 4720 - meet or exceed
Average of ~1005 calories burned per week - meet or exceed


So there you have it. I'm interested to see which of these are easy to beat (strength training, hello) and which are hard (sodium, probably...). I'm also interested to see how it works out psychologically/motivationally.

Oh yeah, just for the record:

Measurements:

Lost ~7 pounds In August. December.... ??? Whatever happens, people.

Didn't measure inches (I've only done this twice because I'm super lazy) - December goal: measure and track waist and hips on Dec 1 and Dec 31.

Anybody wanna join me? You don't have to make a big long list, but pick a personal best and make December the month to best it.

  
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JUMPINJULIE 11/29/2012 2:28PM

    I'm right their with you. I'm going to change my weight loss goal for christmas again and say 155 if i reach 160 i'll be happy but i want to push. And i want to be in size 14 by christmas. emoticon

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BUFFALOKAY 11/29/2012 9:12AM

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LEB0401 11/29/2012 8:02AM

    With your attitude, you are GOING to reach your goal! emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/29/2012 7:53AM

    You've got a great plan. I wish you a whole year of "Augusts." I've added you as a friend. I look forward to following your successful journey.

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JENCANTA 11/29/2012 6:01AM

    O.M.G.

Yes. YES. YEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!

My goodness but this twin telepathy talent you have is astonishing!

I too am a positive thinking gal-online, out loud to others, occasionally in a blog/journal...but in my brain where no one else can hear is another story.

Now, I have not had the accomplishments you've had. I have not been tracking like you have-or eating well or exercising well like you have for that matter-and I have majorly been struggling. I'm not sure if it has been due to it being that time of the month or just residual stress from Thanksgiving (and the holidays in general), but I am in serious need of rebooting. Like, hardcore rebooting.

I'm so totally with you on this one. I will be making a list of my goals for December in a blog tomorrow (I'd do it now but it's three in the morning and I really should get some sleep). On a side note-4 cups of coffee? Been there!! I may or may not have used that and ground flax seed to, uh, get things moving and try to produce a smaller number on the scale. I know-I know. :hangs head:

Okay.

So.
R>So! I say: YES to bar graphs! Yes to seeing success on paper (can I incorporate gold stars?)! YES to decreased calorie intakes and increased fitness minutes (including strength training)! YES to December being a month of personal bests! YES to restating goals and reclaiming control!

Let's do this!!!!!!!!! =D

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SHRINKING_SARA 11/28/2012 8:24PM

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OSMRPRTR 11/28/2012 5:20PM

  Sounds like a great plan. keep up the good work emoticon

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