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Heading for week 2! Day 9.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Survived the weekend! Hit everything but cholesterol, which was jusssst over (by maybe 10mg). 

TOM was about a week late, but now that it's gone the scale has plummeted a couple of times. No complaints here!

Just chillin, watchin my PACKERS, and getting ready for the coming week. I'll check in with everybody's pages tomorrow!


~*~***~KICK AUGUST~***~*~
August accomplishments - December progress so far (December 1-9)

Nutrition:

Tracked all calories eaten all 31 days – 9/9 days so far
Within calorie range 24/31 days – 8/9 so far
Went over 2000 calories on 6 days – 0 so far
Fat grams in range 25/31 days – 8/9 so far
Carbs in range 29/31 days – 9/9 so far
Protein under range 4/31 days – 0 so far
Protein over 90g 12/31 days – 5/9 so far
Cholesterol in range 25/31 days – 6/9 so far
Fiber in range 19/31 days – 6/9 so far
Fiber over 40g 4/31 days – 5/9 so far
Sodium in range 12 days – 6/9 so far
Sodium under 3,000mg 24/31 days – 9/9 so far
Remembered to take vitamins 23/31 days – 9/9 so far

Intake (other):

Total cups of water 152 – 73 so far
Average of 4.9/day – average of 8.1/day so far
Total fruits & veggies 137 – 54 so far 
Average of 4.4/day – average of 6/day so far

Fitness:

Same as Day 7.  Another lazy day. 

  
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JUMPINJULIE 12/11/2012 2:23AM

    You rock. I'm so happy for you.

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LEB0401 12/10/2012 9:46AM

    Wow, you've already kicked August's Fiber over 40g goal!
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    Wow, you've already kicked August's Fiber over 40g goal!
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Lazy weekend. Day 8.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

I definitely am noticing I feel like overeating and eating garbage on the weekends. I kept it pretty well in check yesterday. Met everything but my "stretch" goal for protein, and I was a little over on cholesterol.

Not bad for Day 8.


~*~***~KICK AUGUST~***~*~
August accomplishments - December progress so far (December 1-8)

Nutrition:

Tracked all calories eaten all 31 days – 8/8 days so far
Within calorie range 24/31 days – 7/8 so far
Went over 2000 calories on 6 days – 0 so far
Fat grams in range 25/31 days – 7/8 so far
Carbs in range 29/31 days – 8/8 so far
Protein under range 4/31 days – 0 so far
Protein over 90g 12/31 days – 4/8 so far
Cholesterol in range 25/31 days – 6/8 so far
Fiber in range 19/31 days – 5/8 so far
Fiber over 40g 4/31 days – 4/8 so far
Sodium in range 12 days – 5/8 so far
Sodium under 3,000mg 24/31 days – 8/8 so far
Remembered to take vitamins 23/31 days – 8/8 so far

Intake (other):

Total cups of water 152 – 66 so far
Average of 4.9/day – average of 8.25/day so far
Total fruits & veggies 137 – 48 so far 
Average of 4.4/day – average of 6/day so far

Fitness:

Same as Day 7.  I pretty much sat on my butt yesterday. 

  
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JUMPINJULIE 12/9/2012 8:56PM

    Great numbers. No shame in taking a day off. emoticon

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GLITTERFAIRY77 12/9/2012 11:35AM

  Probably less painful than sitting on your neck...Let's be real.
emoticon HIGH FIVE! Great job keeping track, Lola.

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Taking it for granted: Day 7

Friday, December 07, 2012


I did go for my swim tonight.  It was a workout and a lesson.

There was one other woman there; it turned out she was working with a private swim coach.  As I started my first lap and her coach was getting kick boards and stuff, like a jerk I was thinking "...greaaat.  I'm going to look like a real out of shape butterball next to this woman taking private lessons. She's probably a superstar."

Yeah...  it quickly became apparent to me that this was a woman just learning to swim. In her entire life, she's probably been swimming for a matter of weeks.

And wow, what a shift in perspective.

I've been swimming my whole life.  I can't remember a time when I couldn't swim, or was afraid to be in water above my head. 

I never really thought about how hard it must be to learn to swim as an adult.  You've got to find the time and place, go out of your way.  You have to WANT to learn.  And without that fearlessness we have as children.  It must be scary, and the motions must feel so foreign. 

I spent my swim admiring her bravery and perseverence, and reflecting on what I take for granted.

She fought for every length of that pool.  Losing her rhythm, losing ground.  Looking scared, going under.  She never quit.       

For me it's like... do I feel like swimming for an hour, or just 40 minutes?  Will I be disappointed in myself if I'm too out of breath on my crawl and do 1/4 of my laps backstroke?  And here's this woman who's working her butt off to swim one length of the pool without stopping.

And this is a tiny shortie pool.  It wouldn't even phase me to get in an Olympic size pool "gee I hope I can make it all the way to the other side!"  Nope.  I don't know why, but it never really occurred to me that that's hard.  I never bothered to appreciate that I can Just Do That.

I think it's a good reminder.  Maybe a little more often I should take a break from thinking about the things my body CAN'T do, how it DOESN'T look, how I WISH it was...

and appreciate what it CAN do.


So, Day 7.


~*~***~KICK AUGUST~***~*~
August accomplishments - December progress so far (December 1-7)

Nutrition:

Tracked all calories eaten all 31 days – 7/7 days so far
Within calorie range 24/31 days – 6/7 so far
Went over 2000 calories on 6 days – 0 so far
Fat grams in range 25/31 days – 6/7 so far
Carbs in range 29/31 days – 7/7 so far
Protein under range 4/31 days – 0 so far
Protein over 90g 12/31 days – 4/7 so far
Cholesterol in range 25/31 days – 6/7 so far
Fiber in range 19/31 days – 4/7 so far
Fiber over 40g 4/31 days – 3/7 so far
Sodium in range 12 days – 4/7 so far
Sodium under 3,000mg 24/31 days – 7/7 so far
Remembered to take vitamins 23/31 days – 7/7 so far

Intake (other):

Total cups of water 152 – 58 so far
Average of 4.9/day – average of 8.3/day so far
Total fruits & veggies 137 – 41 so far
Average of 4.4/day – average of 5.9/day so far

Fitness:

Worked out 3x a week 4/5 weeks – 3x for week 1
Measured another way, worked out 13 days – 4 so far
569 fitness minutes – 166 minutes so far
Strength training days 0 – 1 so far
Calories burned 4720 – 2675 so far 
Average of ~1005 calories burned per week - 1824 for week 1


I think I need a new phrase, something besides "crushing it," but there it is.

I hate that calories burned count, though.  Hahaha.  Can't help it.  Swimming is too fun and feels too easy... It's hard for me to believe I really burned 900-something calories tonight.  Though I did swim for like 50 minutes...

  
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JUMPINJULIE 12/9/2012 8:55PM

    Wow 900 calories i need to start swimming i can't imagine learning how to swim as an adult either. My mom did when she was 19 but that made her get swimming lessons for me and my brother when we were young. emoticon

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ADARKARA 12/8/2012 7:21AM

    The calorie burn combined with the FUN of it is why I love swimming! It feels like cheating!

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JENCANTA 12/7/2012 11:12PM

    Now THAT was an EXCELLENT reminder. I used to hate the fact that, due to ridiculous hilly-treks my mother made me walk with her from about 7th grade till 10th, I have large muscle-y calves. I think they're the only part of my body that is mostly muscle. Until, that is, I realized that I should be grateful for them and for their ability to carry me through crazy 2 hour cardio sessions-especially at this weight. It was a nice shift in perspective. =D

I'm so proud of you, Kate! Look how well you're doing! I love all of your numbers and how you quantify everything. I think I need to do that. I really would like to sit down and go through the numbers and charts again. I think I'll do that this weekend. WOOHOO!!! I'm weird, I know. My brother has even made fun of me in the past for taking notes for fun. *sigh* I can't help it!!!!


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I am so smart, S-M-R-T. DAY 6.

Friday, December 07, 2012

(title because we loooove the Simpsons around here)


Yesterday was rough. I think I’ve identified the problem, though.

I think I’ve been pushing a little too hard on increasing the protein, in the sense that it can lead me to poor choices in other directions. I skipped fruit with breakfast yesterday to save some carbs. Which is fine, but meant I ate a lower calorie breakfast than usual. Yesterday wasn’t a gym day, and I had a really busy project all morning. I was giving a tour, sort of, and presentations, so I was preparing and running around for about an hour, then talking for about three hours. As a result, by lunchtime I’d had maybe 1/2 cup of water. On a gym day by lunchtime I’ve had a minimum of 4, usually more like 6.

So I think I just got really dehydrated and hungry, but whatever it was I felt TERRIBLE. I felt a tiny bit better after eating lunch and drinking some water, but still not great. Really really tired, run down.

I ended up grazing on my afternoon snack I had packed from just after lunch until about 4. Then I had MORE snacky stuff when I went home. I think being hungry in the morning just threw me way off.

I ate some leftovers for dinner and I was still hungry. I remember thinking “OMG, I’M STARVING, I have to eat more!”

Then I thought about it a little and, no, I wasn’t actually STARVING. I had a slight “empty” feeling in my stomach, and psychologically every food I could think of sounded good to me. Even peanut butter! (For the record, I don’t like peanut butter, so this is the part of the story where you should gasp in horror. The part where I was like “I would eat a piece of toast with JUST PB, no jelly or banana, right now.” That should amaze you.)

I actually debated with myself. I could go over my calories. I can still Kick August even if I have a few bad days here and there, as long as I don’t have too many (as long as I have fewer than seven, to be exact).

Then I remembered how dehydrated I was earlier and drank some water. And I did in fact feel much better.

That thing they tell us, “sometimes you feel like you’re hungry but you’re really thirsty”? It’s not BS. Surprise! I’ll be honest; I have always cringed at that advice. “Just drink some water instead of eating.” I firmly believe that if you are truly physically hungry, your body needs food, and therefore you should have some. Trying to train yourself to be afraid of food, or to "trick" yourself out of eating, is not a healthy habit.

But part of what we are doing here is learning to recognize ACTUAL hunger, and that is apparently not something I am super great at, so I learned an important lesson yesterday. Well, several lessons actually.

Dear Me:

1) Don’t get super dehydrated, you’ll feel like garbage. Today I had the same schedule as yesterday. So I drank water all throughout my 3 hours of talking instead of waiting until after.

2) Don’t be afraid to eat because you might “run out” of calories later. Feed your body what it needs. I added a baked sweet potato to my breakfast today to get in some carbs and some extra calories (just because I’m trying to eat MORE protein doesn’t mean eat NO carbs, stupid!)

3) You still don’t entirely know what hungry is all the time, so be cautious with your reactions.

Remember my initial interpretation of “thirsty” plus “lots of things sound appealing” was “AHHH I’M RAVENOUS!!” I was fine with my original dinner plus water. If I had been truly HUNGRY I wouldn’t have been able to fall asleep. And I was no hungrier than usual when I woke up this morning, further proof that I was not in fact hungry.

4) You have permission to eat healthy foods, if ever you are over calories but truly hungry. I will not use it as an excuse to binge on junk or sweets, but I will feed myself if I am truly hungry. This has to be a part of my plan, too.

Kick August is about encouraging myself in my healthy habits, so in that I am doing well and I am learning. I have to make sure it does NOT become about obsessively getting “good numbers” at the expense of the reality for my body. I will not use it as an excuse to engage in UNHEALTHY habits, in either direction. No binges, but no starving either.


“Enough blabber, Flapjaw Jones, where’s the DATA?”


~*~***~KICK AUGUST~***~*~
August accomplishments - December progress so far (December 1-6)

Nutrition:

Tracked all calories eaten all 31 days – 6/6 days so far
Within calorie range 24/31 days – 5/6 so far
Went over 2000 calories on 6 days – 0 so far
Fat grams in range 25/31 days – 5/6 so far
Carbs in range 29/31 days – 6/6 so far
Protein under range 4/31 days – 0 so far
Protein over 90g 12/31 days – 3/6 so far
Cholesterol in range 25/31 days – 5/6 so far
Fiber in range 19/31 days – 3/6 so far
Fiber over 40g 4/31 days – 2/6 so far
Sodium in range 12 days – 3/6 so far
Sodium under 3,000mg 24/31 days – 6/6 so far
Remembered to take vitamins 23/31 days – 6/6 so far

Intake (other):

Total cups of water 152 – 49 so far
Average of 4.9/day – average of 8.2/day so far
Total fruits & veggies 137 – 33 so far
Average of 4.4/day – average of 5.5/day so far

Fitness:
*okay I DID do some fitness yesterday, but I’m not counting it in the totals because it wasn’t so much “A Workout” as 5 minutes/3 sets of wall pushups. Good for me, but I’m not going to count it in the total # of DAYS. I’ll probably include the 5 minutes in the final count at month's end.


I was JUST under my fiber range yesterday, but otherwise I kicked it, even with all the snacking. Today is better planned, so the numbers work out about the same but more importantly? I FEEL better.

The scale was mindblowing this morning, but as usual I’m not tracking it until I see the same number or less again. One day could be an outlier. But I'm hoping not. Muahahahaha.

  
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JUMPINJULIE 12/9/2012 8:48PM

    I'm glad you figured out what was worng. Now you can make it work for you. And i did gasp in amazment at the pb. emoticon

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GLITTERFAIRY77 12/7/2012 3:50PM

  *dances around*
I em suh smart!
I em suh smart!
S-M-R-T...
I mean
S-M-A-R-T
*gasps in horror*

YES. LOVE the Simpsons!!! Can you believe they stopped making episodes so long ago???

Anyway-regarding the blog-Been there MANY times myself. A long time ago when I used to smoke weed, it was a very hot day, and I actually passed out from dehydration and either heat exhaustion or heat stroke and was hospitalized. Can't remember cuz marijuana affects the memory. S-M-R-T.

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LEB0401 12/7/2012 1:47PM

    A great read, as usual! Way to be a hunger detective.. I'm grabbing a cup of water right now emoticon

I'll be sad when December's over = no more daily LOLA blogs :(

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I'm so much less lazy than I used to be! also, Day 5:

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Still crushing it!

I was cooking dinner tonight... making an embarassing comfort-food recipe from my childhood. It's not the healthiest thing in the world, but I measured everything, tracked it, only ate a serving size that would fit in my daily calories, and ate a pile of veggies on the side.

I won't gross you out overly, but relevant to the story is the fact that the sauce for said embarassment is... Campbell's condensed tomato soup. (I know. Pasta blasphemy. Shhh.)

I got 1 can but it turned out to be not enough sauce for the whole pan. So I called the husby, hoping he was on his way home and would pick me up another can at the corner store.

Nope! Not on his way yet. Boooo!

Now, historically, I'm super lazy. Especially in winter! I come home, change out of work clothes, and get under a blanket. I don't even like to get up to go to BED. (I have been known to get around this by getting in bed as soon as I get home. I may have on occasion eaten take out brought to me by the husby IN BED, to avoid leaving my blanket cocoon or expending any sort of energy whatsoever.)

Tonight? I put on shoes. And a sweatshirt.

I went OUTSIDE.

I crossed the STREET.

I bought my OWN %$#@ can of soup.

I live on the third floor! I had to CLIMB STAIRS to come back! I already did that when I came home, yet I did it again, voluntarily. I didn't even whine.

I amaze me.

Also, see below: totally still crushing it.


~*~***~KICK AUGUST~***~*~
August accomplishments - December progress so far (December 1-5)

Nutrition:

Tracked all calories eaten all 31 days – 5/5 days so far
Within calorie range 24/31 days – 4/5 so far
Went over 2000 calories on 6 days – 0 so far
Fat grams in range 25/31 days – 4/5 so far
Carbs in range 29/31 days – 5/5 so far
Protein under range 4/31 days – 0 so far
Protein over 90g 12/31 days – 2/5 so far
Cholesterol in range 25/31 days – 4/5 so far
Fiber in range 19/31 days – 3/5 so far
Fiber over 40g 4/31 days – 2/5 so far
Sodium in range 12 days – 2/5 so far
Sodium under 3,000mg 24/31 days – 5/5 so far
Remembered to take vitamins 23/31 days – 5/5 so far

Intake (other):

Total cups of water 152 – 42 so far
Average of 4.9/day – average of 8.4/day so far
Total fruits & veggies 137 – 27 so far
Average of 4.4/day – average of 5.4/day so far **amaaazing!

Fitness:

Worked out 3x a week 4/5 weeks – 3x so far
Measured another way, worked out 13 days – 3 so far
569 fitness minutes – 116 minutes so far
Strength training days 0 – 1 so far
Calories burned 4720 – 1734 so far
Average of ~1005 calories burned per week - n/a (hasn’t been a week yet)

Another good day for water, protein, sodium, and veggies! Not quite as good for fiber, but that's because today is the first day I DIDN'T have a fiber bar for a snack, so I guess I've sort of been cheating. Fitness was also good. Let's see how long I can keep the momentum!

  
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JENCANTA 12/7/2012 11:04AM

    I'm so proud of you!!!!! Look at you go!!!!

Also-kudos on getting in a day of strength training. I've done 5 sessions of cardio so far. Why is it so hard to get strength training in? WHY???

Well done, you!! =D

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LEB0401 12/6/2012 4:01PM

    Dang, you're turning into a rabbit with all your veggies!!


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HFAYE81 12/6/2012 3:59PM

    I know what you mean, I am bad about surrendering to my bed an hour after I get home, and screw getting up to take the plate back to the kitchen. But YAYYYYYY you did it! emoticon

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AGODDESS79 12/6/2012 3:56PM

    That was a great read! I love how you got up the energy to get your own soup....lol You are doing great though, btw. I fell right off the wagon and down the hill and actually gained some back. I'm not sure exactly how much...but I can feel a difference....your awesome words and weight ticker gave me that extra push I needed to get outside and do a 10k this weekend. :)

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SDLEE514 12/6/2012 3:48PM

    hehe I like your humor. Way to get your own can of soup, and tracking everything, etc. emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/6/2012 7:13AM

    Wow, you like data as much as I do. That's the way to stay accountable and keep that momentum going. Good for you! BTW, that no-no Campbells condensed tomato soup is what I top my meat loaf with.

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JUMPINJULIE 12/5/2012 10:27PM

    Great job you can do it. emoticon

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