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April MOVE IT Plan!

Thursday, April 01, 2010



MOVE IT, MOVE IT!!

Below is my April Move It! Plan (to be altered as needed). I also posted it on my SparkPage, but I thought a monthly blog of my actions would help keep me accountable.

Let's all MOVE IT this April!

APRIL MOVE IT PLAN:

Cardio 4x a week
Strength training 2x

Work out EVERY day, even if itís only for 10 minutes.
Strive for 1 mile a day with Leslie
Train for my upcoming 5ks

In addition to that, strive for the following planned workouts. Mark them on my calendar so that they happen! Arrange for babysitting at gym to give husband his time alone while I work out. Go to gym 2-3x a week.

Sat: Core Commotion
Sun: Track (train) while Lucy in swim class
Mon: Yoga (either at gym or at home after kids asleep)
Tues: Ultimate Conditioning or Aqua class

Get up from my desk job once every hour and walk for 5-10 minutes. Also in nice weather walk next door to Starbucks to write.

Do the stairs at work, once a day.

My goal in April is to have 1,000 fitness minutes again like I did in January.


  
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YATMAMA 4/1/2010 9:40PM

    Awesome plan of action!!

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FLYSOHIGH 4/1/2010 5:26PM

    You can do it! I'll be crossing my fingers for you to get those 1000 minutes of exercise! Good luck! emoticon
And you look so totally different in the latest photo! Brimming with energy!:-)

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SEWINGMAMACDS 4/1/2010 2:58PM

    emoticon Stay focused and it will be fun to see where you are at at the end of the month!!!!!!!!!

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PAULACOLLINS 4/1/2010 2:36PM

    Love your goals and plans. No doubt you can do that! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Just got a little carried away! Oh yes, and of course--Happy Easter! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 4/1/2010 2:30PM

    You can do it!

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DZINE4KING 4/1/2010 12:59PM

    Love your motivation!

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SWEETZMIX 4/1/2010 12:11PM

    You are going to rock this month! You have an awesome plan and have created steps to help you achieve your goals! Stay positive and I think you surpass your fitness minutes goal.

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K10BFIT 4/1/2010 12:03PM

  Great job!!! I'm lovin' the positive attitude. Keep rockin' rock star!

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CARLAD22 4/1/2010 10:51AM

    I think this is a good plan. This month is starting out busy for me(month end and quarter end at work) but I will attempt cardio 4 days starting next week. Good luck to you!!!

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March Progress Report, April Goals

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Weight lost: 3.5 lbs.
Weight lost since the beginning of the year: 13.5 lbs.
Total weight lost: 54 lbs.
Fitness minutes: 420 (vs. 460 in February, 1,030 in January)
Miles: 20 miles (vs. 30 in February; 66 in January)
Measurements: Lost an inch from my waist and an inch from my hips for a total of 2 inches GONE!

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Non-scale victories:

I walked/ran my FIRST 8K!! I finished in 90 minutes.
Iíve signed up for 2 5Ks and plan to run them from start to finish
My family got me a present for my 50 lbs. lost Ė Sketchers Shape-Ups
My clothes are fitting looser
People are noticing a difference
I notice a difference and am starting to get my sexy back
More energy for my kids

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Looking at my March calendar, I see a trend. I don't like working out or tracking my food on the weekends! I want to start doing that more.



(The green represents the "good", the X's the days I didn't meet my goals). I didnít work out as much as I wanted to. I didnít hit my daily mile a day. I could have made time in the morning or at night, and I didn't. My goals were in 4 categories: water, exercise, stay within calorie range, and eat fruits/veggies.

I would grade myself at a C for the month.

In January I did the boot camp challenge and exceeded 1,000 fitness minutes in that month. In February that number went down to 460 minutes, and this month went down to 420 minutes. My goal is 500 minutes a month, and I want to aim for 1,000, but at least hit 500 minutes.

Iím tweaking my diet to eliminate certain foods I think may affect my skin condition, my psoriasis. I am eliminating dairy and gluten products and also adding more veggies and fruit. No junk food, fried food, processed food. I am noticing a difference in my energy and my skin and itís only been 2 days.

Iíve also changed my spark goals Ė I had wanted to lose 2 lbs. a week, but I just donít lose that way. So now I have changed it to 1.5 lbs. a week and that has given me a higher calorie goal to meet each day, which is helping me. I went from 1230- 1580 calories to 1340-1750 per day. I met with my dietitian and she said this was a good goal. She said to keep it under 1700 if I could and that I would see progress.

I am going to give it all I have in April.

My goals for April are:

1. Lose 6-8 lbs.
2. Train for the 5ks Iíve signed up for.
4. Have 1,000 fitness minutes again in April. I did it in January, I can do it again.
5. Work out EVERY day even if it is only for 10 minutes.
6. Balance my life - family, writing and work. Take my breaks at work, or at least my lunch. Get out of the office and write. Leave at 5 sharp to get home to the family. No more staying until 5:30, 6 or beyond. Claim back my life.

Iíve decided not to post progress photos for this month, I want to post them when I see more change, as it stands now they depress me more than inspire me.

BUT here are two photos, one from my heaviest weight walking a 3K and the other the picture after the recent 8K that I ran/walked. I see a difference, and I know I feel much more energy, and being a mom to two young kids, that is SO important to me.


BEFORE (298 lbs) - Walking a 3K


AFTER (244 lbs.) - After Running/Walking an 8K

I know I will reach my goals!!! I will get an ďAĒ in April!
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ILOVEPEOPLE 4/3/2010 10:30AM

    You Rock!

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FLYSOHIGH 4/1/2010 5:27PM

    Good luck on getting an A for April! Sounds awesome, by the way! I also want an A for April!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 4/1/2010 3:00PM

    Great job using the calendar. I got one, but it sits on my desk unused. I guess it is time to get it out emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 4/1/2010 2:29PM

    I think you did awesome!!!!!!

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DZINE4KING 4/1/2010 12:43PM

    Wow...how awesome! You are inspiring! Your goals are so defined, and you are doing so good! So, it looks like the Spark Calender is very useful, huh? I thought about buying one the first of the year, but didn't.

I am going to re-evaluate my goals, as I am not seeing much results.

Thanks for sharing!

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SWEETZMIX 4/1/2010 12:15PM

    emoticon You are going to make it. I can feel your determination! You rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SHERLYN-WILL 4/1/2010 10:38AM

    THIS is a great blog! What you did and WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO! I really see the diff. in your face!!! It is so "defined" with a pretty shape!

You know I think I will post a blog soon about my goals. I wrote them down 2 wks ago but this goal thing is kind of new to me!

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My First 8K (Pictures)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Today I ran/walked my very first 8K in Chicago, called The Shamrock Shuffle. They usually have a category for walkers, which is a 3k, and then the 8k for the runners. This year, due to construction in Chicago, they re-routed the route and only had one route instead of the typical 2. It's a tradition for me to walk with my dad and sister (who runs) and any other family members that want to join in.

Well, this year I wasn't going to join. I didn't have the funds, ($45 entry fee), and the no walking category made me hesitate. I couldn't run an 8K. Now the guidelines said that walkers were "Welcome", but that you would have to finish within an hour and 15 minutes. I knew I couldn't do that - my sister finishes in about an hour and she runs it.

So I didn't sign up. This is a very popular race in Chicago and it always sells out - it is the race that signifies the beginning of Spring and of race season. The day the race sold out, my sister gave me a gift - she had enrolled me in the race, and said that she knew that I could do it. She believed in me. I had been sad when the race sold out, and the fact that she signed me up and believed I could finish was so touching to me. I was still apprehensive, but I couldn't wait.

I've trained off and on for the race, I haven't been diligent about it, but I've upped my workouts and focused on my cardio as I knew I would need a lot of steam to finish the race.

Today was THE DAY.

As my dad and I navigated through the crowded streets full of very fit people, fierce looking runners, we were both a little scared. We knew we were going to walk most of the way, and it didn't look like there was one walker in the crowd. I even texted my sister. "There are no walkers in the crowd!" Her reply was simply "Sure there are." It was us. I gave my dad a pep talk as we were lined up with the 30,000 other runners near the starting line. I told him we could do it, and if we ended the race walking, we were still winners. Most people wouldn't be caught dead outside in the freezing rain and slush to run an 8K. We were living, and no matter how badly our race results might be, we were going to finish.

As the race started it was apparent that there were no other walkers. My dad and I almost got trampled. There were camera crews, and people on the bridge cheering us all on. He looked at me and winked, and said "Want to run just a little bit? Just for show?" I said yes (I had been fighting the urge to run as I didn't want to leave my dad behind). We were off! I felt such a rush of adrenaline that surged me forward. I looked around me - I was doing it! I noticed my dad wasn't next to me anymore - I looked back at him in the sea of runners. He waved at me and said "Go ahead!" So I did. I couldn't stop. I told myself I would make it to the bridge, then walk. Then under the bridge. Then through the bridge, then around the corner. Well, 2 miles later I finally slowed down. I felt bad I had left my dad behind. I called him on his cell phone. "Where are you?" He said he was blocks behind, it would cost me about 20 minutes from my time. He told me to go ahead. And I did, but blocks later I felt bad. I knew he was one of the only walkers and I knew he was terrified of being the last one to cross the finish line. I couldn't let him do it alone.

I called him again and told him where I was and that I would wait for him. I could hear the relief in his voice, and also the exhaustion. I waited about 20 minutes, and then saw him and ran over to him. We walked the rest of the way together, both tired, but determined. We were the last people to finish the race. But you know what? It doesn't matter. We did it. We finished. I felt pride at crossing the 5K mark, to finish an 8K is HUGE. I don't care if it took me 3 hours, I would still feel proud. But, it only took us 1 hr. 30 minutes - and that was with me waiting for my dad. Who knows what I could have done on my own? But I wouldn't have had it any other way. With my dad by my side I was the proudest daughter, mother, sister, woman and athlete to cross that line.

I ran/walked 2 miles and walked the last 3. I burned a total of 1,230 calories and gained a whole lot of pride.

For those of you that think you can't do it, YOU CAN. emoticonAs Nike says, JUST DO IT. You WILL surprise yourself. I know I have.

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Me (left), my dad (middle) and my sister (right) after the Shamrock Shuffle 8K, 2010, with free beer in our hands!


The start line of the Shamrock Shuffle

  
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BETTERJULIA 4/15/2010 1:34PM

    Very awesome! That will be me and my mom at her first and my second half marathon in June on her birthday. Fantastic blog post!

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JOYATLAST 3/22/2010 10:12PM

    Even finishing last placed you ahead of every single person who didn't bother to start!!!

Great Job! So Proud for you!!

By running ahead, you were not disappointed and by waiting for dad, he was not disappointed. It doesn't get any better!!

Thanks for sharing. What a special family.

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PAULACOLLINS 3/22/2010 1:31PM

    How cool is that !! What a special lady you are in so many ways. This is a memory you will certainly cherish for the rest of your life. How blessed you are to have a sister as special as yours. I know your dad is feeling especially blessed! We can do ALL things through Christ---Amen. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 3/22/2010 12:50PM

    Congratulations! You are so awesome!

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JEN4DICE 3/22/2010 12:28PM

    ok I am crying! This is the best blog! I am proud of you! It's kinda of ironic becaue my brother just asked me to do a race next weekend and I am way nervous about it!
I love your picture! What a great and memorable day for your family!!!!
Only Chicago would give free beers after a race lol!

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JWENZEL723 3/22/2010 9:59AM

    congratulations! you are SOOO sweet for waiting for your dad. what a great story and great accomplishment! this made me smile. :)

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SHERLYN-WILL 3/22/2010 8:38AM

    I am so impressed that you did this! SO sweet waiting on your dad... hard to fight the urge to go ahead I am sure! Thanks for blogging!

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YATMAMA 3/21/2010 10:53PM

    What an incredible thing to do together as a family. I am so so so so proud of you!!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 3/21/2010 10:15PM

    Thanks everyone!!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 3/21/2010 10:05PM

    emoticon emoticon How wonderful you all are. Thank God for good daughters and good dads. Where would we be without them? You are all winners. emoticon

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K10BFIT 3/21/2010 9:28PM

  THAT IS SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 3/21/2010 8:29PM

    Fantastic - I love that you waited for your dad and what a great accomplishment!

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LOOZINITNOW 3/21/2010 8:29PM

    What an inspirational blog! So proud of you!

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KATIE4KIDS 3/21/2010 8:23PM

    LOL Sorry for the triple take - my computer acted up while I was posting it!

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KATIE4KIDS 3/21/2010 8:22PM

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I'm so proud of you!!! GREAT JOB! :)

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KATIE4KIDS 3/21/2010 8:22PM

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I'm so proud of you!!! GREAT JOB! :)

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I'm so proud of you!!! GREAT JOB! :)

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SHERRILOU47 3/21/2010 7:40PM

    Kathy, as I read your blog, it touched my heart so much that I cried...you will never replace those memories of finishing that race with your dad..Girl, it would take me 3 days to do that 8K, and just think you and your dad did it in an hour and 30 min..Way to go for you, your dad and your sister...What an inspiration !!! emoticon

Hugs and Prayers,
Sherrilou

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JANISLI 3/21/2010 7:02PM

    Way to go girl, I identified with parts of your blog as today I ran walked my 1st ever 5k.
Congrats. to you and your dad.
janisli

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CARILOUIE 3/21/2010 6:53PM

    What a wonderful blog. I really enjoyed reading this!

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Instant Inspiration

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move.

The Bible
Matthew 17:20

"Don't give up though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow."

(2 lines from the poem "Do Not Quit", author unknown)

Last week I weighed in at my lowest weight in so long. I don't remember when I last weighed that weight, other than it had been at least 5 years, if not 10. I was so happy, I felt like a new person.

But I can feel myself drifting from this feeling of elation. I didn't make the best choices this past week, after seeing that low number on the scale. I was busy, yes, I didn't workout, didn't go to my Plan B or C, but instead just sort of got lazy and fell into old habits. Then the weekend came and I had a romantic weekend getaway with my husband to celebrate our 11 yr. anniversary. I had planned not to track calories, etc., but what I didn't expect was to step on the scale and find a weight gain of 5 lbs.

My weigh in day is tomorrow, but I peeked today and the 5 lb. gain is more like 3. I'm drinking my water, tracking my food, and crossing my fingers that tomorrow shows that I maintained, and not a gain.

But, if that scale shows that I have gained weight I am going to move forward. I am not going to look back at what I could have done and go downward in a spiral of depression, ruining all of my hard work. I am, instead, going to move forward and keep doing what I have been, and pray for the faith in myself, and for the strength, to continue on this journey and NOT LOOK BACK.

Here is some instant inspiration - a video created to the poem "Do Not Quit", author unknown. I hope it lifts your spirits as it has mine.

Thank you all so much for your supportive words and for your friendship. We are all in this together.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJ9Txll0STw

  
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LEAHANNE1989 3/26/2010 2:04PM

    Love your blog. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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AGCUNNIN 3/18/2010 9:48PM

    This is exactly how I've been feeling this week. You just saved me a blog post!! emoticon

Thanks for the positive vibe!

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GLITTERGIRL69 3/18/2010 8:48AM

    My eyes filled with teas watching that video. My dad is still not talking to me. He gave me ta book that had this poem in it as a present when I graduated from high school as well as a new car.

My dad read me that poem, Don't quite. As I mentioned in my first response (below), it is my dad's favorite poem. Please pray for my dad. He is very sick. I have not done anything to cause him to be mad at me, God has assured me of this. It is a long story, I guess I never told you but I have mentioned it in threads I have written for our team, can't do this on my own. You know my heart so you know kinda what I mean, and the kind of person I am. He is sick, he takes medicine that messes with him head. Please pray for his protection, and that God takes his pain away. He takes medicine that is the pill from of morphine. God has given me much grace through this. I never realized how much gave God gave to people. He has given me peace that I did not know existed! I am filled with peace dung a time no child wants to experience! God blesses my life in ways I know not!!! However, this poem brings me back to a tender time, a cherished memory, and I long to hug my dad once more.

We have always been externally close. I have always been thee for him and he has always been there for me. He has not talked to me since Thanksgiving when I came to visit him. I continue to pray for him and God will see me though until the end of this.

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GLITTERGIRL69 3/18/2010 8:27AM

    I love your post. I have not looked at the video, but I will as soon as I am done with writing you this. I have that poem, Don't Quit, It is my dad's favorite poem. It is very true I might post it on our team page.

I believe that God haas given you an inner strength. I have not been to my mail box in a few days. Sometimes I need to give myself a beak from it. As you can imagine I get plenty of mail.

Keep up the good work! We all fall ito this, no matter how much weight we have or haven't lost. I am getting better, but I slip into this as well. Three pounds can be so many many different things, really. Water, ministration, a bowl movement, a meal not completely digested. If you ask a tanner they will tell you only be concerned with 3 pounds if it constantly stays at a 3 pound gain or moe than 3 weeks. If you weight yourself and amount goes up 3 pounds and then down 2 ponds and up 3 three pounds or less, that is not weight gain that is water retention, salt retention, or something else which I mentioned above,

I am so proud of you. I am proud that you have developed this new healthy attitude, and I am proud to be you friend!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 3/17/2010 11:54PM

    Its all about finding out how to live lifeas this has to be a life style change we can live with 365 days a year so we will all slip and slide around a bit....but like you said....never quit!

Beautiful video!

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LOTUSFLOWER 3/17/2010 2:15PM

    Thank you all so much! It turns out that it was only a 2 lb. gain, not a 5 lb. So I'm moving forward!! You've all been so inspiring!!!!!

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SWEETZMIX 3/17/2010 9:35AM

    We all have slip ups! You are awesome and the scale will be back down soon! Just keep doing what you are doing.

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PEPPERLEAH 3/16/2010 10:22PM

    Kathy, look at how far you have come! You'll be right back on track and seeing results in no time!

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LKIRKENDALL 3/16/2010 7:09PM

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CARILOUIE 3/16/2010 7:02PM

    Drink that water! I find that every time I stray from my "normal" diet, my weight goes way up. A couple days of some extra water and extra moving gets that weight right off.

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MERCYNGRACE 3/16/2010 5:57PM

    Kathy, you are doing a wonderful job with your weight loss. I'm so proud of you for getting right back on track. I've been on the other side of that...let the scale talk prove my doubts correct, fall off track and many months and pounds later, start over. I'm so happy that your start over is with five pounds and not more. Congratulations on your anniversary celebration! Wishing you all the best in the days to come!!!

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IPATRICIA 3/16/2010 5:22PM

    I think you were right to forget the scales on your 11th Anniversity, the pounds will be gone very quickly, if you focus.
I loved the video.

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JLSAUNDE1 3/16/2010 4:22PM

    Hang in there and get back on track - in no time you will see an even lower number I just know it!

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LITTLEBUTTON09 3/16/2010 2:05PM

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Never giving up is key. We are ALL going to have bad days, weeks etc. We have to live and learn right? We cant be perfect all the time. When we do slip and have a bad few days we have to remember to say to ourselves, "Its Ok. I know Im not perfect and that today is a new day :)"



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LITTLEBUTTON09 3/16/2010 2:00PM

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Never giving up is key. We are ALL going to have bad days, weeks etc. We have to live and learn right? We cant be perfect all the time. When we do slip and have a bad few days we have to remember to say to ourselves, "Its Ok. I know Im not perfect and that today is a new day :)"



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New Rules to Live By...

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I wanted to share something that is working for me with portion control and weight loss, and getting my veggies in.

This month Iíve instilled a few new self-imposed ďrulesĒ

1. I will not eat any snacks such as chips, pretzels, etc. until Iíve eaten my fruits/veggies for the day. Iíve consumed less calories and sodium this way, and Iíve found that once I get my fruits and veggies in, I am no longer hungry for the chips.

2. At lunch I typically bring a sandwich to work. I am always full about halfway through, but tend to eat the rest of the sandwich ďanywayĒ, since Iíve tracked it, etc. Well, now that is just silly. So now what I do is I only eat HALF. I put the other half in the fridge. Then later, around 3 p.m. when I would typically reach for the chips, I will go get the other half of the sandwich and eat it. This has really helped me stay within my calorie range.

3. With my sandwich I eat a side of carrots with the sandwich instead of chips (see #1 above). Now I am not a carrot fan, per se, but I know how healthy they are. So my trick to eat them is to dip them into a wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese. I believe itís only 35 calories for the wedge, and it helps me to eat my carrots!

4. Move EVERY day. Even if itís only for 10 minutes. I have been looking for ways to incorporate movement now into my day, even if it isnít a ďscheduledĒ, ďofficialĒ workout. I tend to be a black and white thinker, and if it doesnít hurt, it doesnít count. Well, again, thatís just silly. For example, the other night I danced around the house holding my 6 month old daughter and got a great 10 minute cardio workout in, and she loved it! Today I am going to walk to Starbucks on my lunch and get some writing done (killing two birds with one stone).

5. Be easy on myself. I am NOT going to beat myself up if I maintain one week, or ONLY lose 1 lb. or 1 Ĺ lbs. one week. I am going to keep going forward and not look back.

6. Just added - Take my Lunch! I usually work through lunch and then work late, and it's really taking a toll on my family and on me. I am a writer in my spare time, and I walked today to the coffee shop and wrote and it felt great! I need to remember this and claim my time as my own! I encourage you all to do the same, whatever it may be.

  
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DEBWILLBFREE 3/6/2010 4:58PM

    emoticon Some well thought-out rules!
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FLYSOHIGH 3/5/2010 3:56PM

    Great new rules, I am sure that you will manage to incorporate them in your life:-) I'll be crossing my fingers for you!
Also, it was food for thought for me - my workout also doesn't count if it doesn't hurt, and as you said - it IS just silly. Tomorrow I've a long day in front of me, and I've been feeling rather depressed all day today and worried if I manage to do a good, at least half-hour workout tomorrow morning. So yeah, I was worrying TODAY if I was gonna have energy TOMORROW. But I decided to concentrate on the fact that it is AMAZING that I have now done 27 days of workout, that it has become routine and that if I do 30 minutes lighter cardio tomorrow morning, IT WILL MATTER and IT WILL BE GREAT and a huge huge difference from no working out at all and binging in order to forget that...

Best of luck with finding more time to relax and write!
Hugs:-)

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FLYSOHIGH 3/5/2010 3:56PM

    Great new rules, I am sure that you will manage to incorporate them in your life:-) I'll be crossing my fingers for you!
Also, it was food for thought for me - my workout also doesn't count if it doesn't hurt, and as you said - it IS just silly. Tomorrow I've a long day in front of me, and I've been feeling rather depressed all day today and worried if I manage to do a good, at least half-hour workout tomorrow morning. So yeah, I was worrying TODAY if I was gonna have energy TOMORROW. But I decided to concentrate on the fact that it is AMAZING that I have now done 27 days of workout, that it has become routine and that if I do 30 minutes lighter cardio tomorrow morning, IT WILL MATTER and IT WILL BE GREAT and a huge huge difference from no working out at all and binging in order to forget that...

Best of luck with finding more time to relax and write!
Hugs:-)

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K10BFIT 3/4/2010 6:17PM

  This is really helpful! I like the idea of only eating the chips/pretzels, etc. until you've had your full serving of fruits/veggies. And what a novel idea to eat half of your lunch and then eat the rest later on when you'd normally have a snack. Great ideas! I'm so thankful that you shared these!!! :)

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FIDDLER4JESUS 3/4/2010 10:24AM

    And,you are a great thinker as well as great at writing! God inspired you to post this and I really appreciate it. Great pointers! I have almost totally given up on chips but my husband found a "new treat",buttered popcorn from the store that is hard to resist!
Quantity is what matters,right? We can't always deprive ourselves. God is watching over us and cares! emoticon

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JODI912 3/4/2010 8:51AM

    These are great tips. Thanks for sharing!

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MOMFAN 3/4/2010 1:18AM

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PEPPERLEAH 3/4/2010 12:34AM

    Awesome rules; they are sure to get you to your goals!

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GLITTERGIRL69 3/3/2010 9:25PM

   
Great rules you go girl! I love the pictureas well! emoticon

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PISTL67 3/3/2010 7:31PM

    good post. emoticon

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FREELADY 3/3/2010 6:44PM

    Smart, sane, sensible! I love this!!! Gave me some great ideas to chew on.
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IZONPRIZE 3/3/2010 5:44PM

    I love your creativity!

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GABBYANNIE 3/3/2010 3:12PM

    I love your rules!!! I am going to steel the one about not snacking until I've eaten my fruits and vegies for the day. I am a big SNACKER and I think this will absolutely help me too. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/3/2010 2:55PM

    Great rules --keep staying focused and keep moving! emoticon

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SMRDER1971 3/3/2010 2:26PM

    Great post. Good ideas maybe I can incorporate some of them into my daily routine.

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BUSYMOMTO3PLUS6 3/3/2010 1:52PM

    Great rules!! Keep up the good work!

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LITTLEBUTTON09 3/3/2010 1:29PM

    great rules!!! I might have to pick a few of those up for myself ;) I use FF ranch veggie dip for 30 cals and no fat to get in my carrots and celery. Im in love with celery this way. and because celery is water based it fills me :) emoticon

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PAYDAY10 3/3/2010 12:54PM

  It is exciting to hear about different approaches that create personal and family results that is what I would call multi-tasking and finding quality time for your baby at the same time as accomplishing ways to reach your goal. Congratulations. Thank you for sharing.

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LOOZINITNOW 3/3/2010 12:48PM

    Those are great rules that are sure to help you be successful! emoticon

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GRAMLORI 3/3/2010 12:42PM

    Those are GREAT strategies to keep on track!! Dance with your little one every day...as you say, great cardio, but more importantly, it builds the bond that will stay with you for her entire life!! And, trust me, these days will fly by too fast! I have kids 11 yrs - 31 yrs....and 3 grandkids....so enjoy each day and each growth stage as it comes!!!! Keep dancing!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STEPHYC32313 3/3/2010 12:39PM

    Thanks for sharing your rules, and keep up the positive attitude.

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