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LOSE 8 LBS. IN AUGUST PLAN & REWARDS

Monday, August 02, 2010

I joined a spark team whose goal it is to lose 8 lbs. in August. Since I average one measly pound a week, I thought this would be a great challenge to try to double my weight loss, especially since it's my birthday month!

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Starting weight: 230
Goal weight: 222
8/4 Goal: 228 (70 lbs. GONE!)
8/11 Goal: 226
8/18 Goal: 224
8/25 Goal: 223 (25% of total body weight, 75 lbs. total)
9/1 Goal: 222

emoticonDIET:
emoticonStaying in the SP range for me. 1410 - 1760 cal. daily
emoticonTracking all food, even on the weekends.
emoticonGetting all my freggies in.

emoticonMOTIVATIONAL:
*Blog daily accountability blogs
*Visit motivational spark pages for inspiration. Read inspiring blogs

Fun Goals:

ELVIS RUN - Lose 70 lbs. (228)

BDAY LUAU BASH: Lose 75 lbs. and wear a tube top and look good! (223)

Fitness:

emoticon Work out EVERY day for 20 minutes
emoticonFinish C25K Training
emoticonRun 2nd 5K
emoticonFinish 15 days of the 30 Day Shred, alternating days.
emoticonReach 1,000 Fitness Minutes

8/1 – Heavy cleaning – 60 min. cardio - DONE!
8/2 – 30 Day Shred (Day 1) - DONE!
8/3 – C25K training (W9D2)
8/4 – 30 Day Shred (Day 2)
8/5 – 2nd 5K
8/6 – Run/30 Day Shred (Day 3)
8/7 – Strength class
8/8 – C25K training (W9D3) – Finish!
8/9 - Zumba
8/10 - 30 Day Shred (Day 4)
8/11 - Run
8/12 - 30 Day Shred (Day 5)
8/13 – Run/30 Day Shred (Day 6)
8/14 - Strength class
8/15 - 30 Day Shred (Day 7)
8/16 - Zumba
8/17 - 30 Day Shred (Day 8)
8/18 - Run
8/19 - 30 Day Shred (Day 9)
8/20 – Run/30 Day Shred (Day 10)
8/21 – Workout in the Park!
8/22 - 30 Day Shred (Day 11)
8/23 - Zumba
8/24 - 30 Day Shred (Day 12)
8/25 - Run
8/26 – Birthday workout of choice! (yoga?)
8/27 – Run/30 Day Shred (Day 13)
8/28 - Strength class
8/29- 30 Day Shred (Day 14)
8/30 - Zumba
8/31 - 30 Day Shred (Day 15)

emoticonREWARDS

Fitness Goals:

emoticonWork out EVERY day for 20 minutes – Sushi night with hubby!
emoticonRun 2nd 5K – running this with my best friend is reward enough!
emoticonFinish C25K/Reward: workout top from the shop at my gym
emoticonFinish ˝ of the 30 Day Shred Reward: Date Night out at the movies - no kids
emoticonReach 1,000 Fitness Minutes: new book

Weight Goal:
emoticonLose 8 pounds/Reward: Hair makeover! New consultation and hair cut

  
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THEABSURDEXTENT 8/8/2010 2:18PM

    i love you goals/plans. :)

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DZINE4KING 8/5/2010 8:54AM

    Wow....great plan! So detailed! Way to go! You are an inspiration...70 pounds gone! Wow!

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YATMAMA 8/3/2010 9:09PM

    Awesome plan you have. Go get 'em, kiddo!!!! *applause*

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IHEARTK 8/3/2010 1:38PM

    You always have the most motivating goals/ plans/ rewards. It's a good thing this isn't school... I'd be in sooo much trouble for always copying your ideas!! Thanks and Good Luck!
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CARILOUIE 8/3/2010 8:04AM

    I love your goal rewards.
August is going to be super!

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HOOPDANCER 8/2/2010 11:47PM

    Hi. I just joined the lose 8 pounds in August team too. From reading your blog I see we have some fitness goals in common. I look forward to hearing about your successes!

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PEPPERLEAH 8/2/2010 10:08PM

    I have no doubt that you will meet your goals, and leave them in the dust! What a great plan you have in place! And I KNOW emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 8/2/2010 9:22PM

    Wow! You got everything all planned out!!!! You can do it!!!!!!!!

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SLUMBERINGLOTUS 8/2/2010 7:24PM

    wowwwww great plan

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BGOOCH56 8/2/2010 6:33PM

    You have spelled everything out you have a very clear picture so I have no doubt you will rock the challenge.

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THEEXERCISER 8/2/2010 6:08PM

    You have great goals set up for yourself. I know that you can do it!!!

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MICHELLEXOX 8/2/2010 5:43PM

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Awesome! I'm doing C25K and JM 30 day shred as well.

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KITHKINCAID 8/2/2010 5:32PM

    Not only do I believe that you're going to do this, but I think you're going to KICK IT IN THE PANTS!!! Woo!

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July Progress Report

Monday, August 02, 2010

July Progress Report:

Start weight: 234
End weight: 230 (this was my Goal for the month)
Weight lost: 4 lbs.
Weight lost since the beginning of the year: 27.5 lbs.
Total weight lost: 68 lbs.

Measurements: I’m going to take these tomorrow morning and post.

Grade for the month: A+ emoticon

FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

emoticonI am on week 9 of C25K and can run for 30 minutes straight!

emoticonI am starting to feel abs of “steel” where my love handles used to be!

emoticonI was busy with board meeting stuff for a whole week and couldn’t run and felt itching to get back out there!!

emoticonI reached 1,000 fitness minutes!!! I realized on 7/22 that I only had 290 fitness minutes but worked my butt off to reach 1,000 minutes in July anyway!

NON-SCALE VICTORIES:

emoticonWearing my green dress, my husband couldn’t stop looking at my legs and complimented me right and left. It felt good!

emoticonI have been splitting my food and snacks. Meaning if I have a sandwich, I may only use half of a flatbread or piece of bread, and half of a piece of cheese instead of the whole thing, and I don’t miss that extra stuff! Cuts the calories in half! I also split Yoplait yogurt, the high calorie version and spread it out into 3 different snacks.

emoticonI made popcorn at the request of my husband and daughter one night for a movie night, but I didn’t have any more calories left to the day, so I resisted the popcorn! And I know it was good because I made it!

emoticonMy legs are getting stronger and firmer. I feel strong!

emoticonArm sweat

emoticonTurning down the crispy chicken on McDonald's Bacon Ranch salad - the bacon and the ranch are enough, thank you very much.

emoticonMy neighbor saying "Hey, you look great!"

emoticonSeeing my abs start to emerge

emoticonLooking at my own Spark page inspires me!

emoticonI like how I look in my sexy undies!

emoticonI got rid of my old grandma panties!

emoticonI have a bag-full more of clothes to give away!

emoticonI made an order of Pad Thai stretch four ways! Measured a serving for me for dinner, for my husband, and the next day had brought the rest for lunch, but it was too much! Had half for lunch leftover, still another serving left. In the past I have eaten that whole THING for dinner!

emoticonMy beloved Coach watch is now floating down a good inch ˝ from my wrist instead of being tight on my wrist like it used to be (but I “made it work”!)

emoticonI turned down a pre-made ice cream cone! Hubby thought he was being sweet by having two cones waiting, one for each of us, to relax and settle down. However, I had just finished an hour long workout, looked at the cone and said “no way”! He was slightly reprimanded, but it was very sweet of him to think of me.

emoticonHad the nerve to TRY ON a running skirt. Didn’t purchase, but I didn’t look entirely terrible in it either.

emoticonTurned down stuffed pizza. Ate a healthy sandwich instead, made at home.

emoticonFit into a size LARGE workout pant from JC Penney, and a size LARGE shirt!!!! I was so shocked that the XL was falling off of me!!!! And my rear looked quite good in them, if I do say so myself!

emoticonI ordered a healthy salad at the restaurant when going out, and asked for no fried onion strips on the salad AND balsamic dressing! Boo yah!

emoticonI went to the gym late at night this month (9:15 p.m.) and early in the morning (6 a.m.) (both firsts for me) I went to the gym at 9:15 to get my C25K run in before they closed at 10! I was one of the only people there.

emoticonFace sweat.

emoticonMy wedding set that hasn’t fit me in TEN years FITS!!! Comfortably I might add.

emoticonNo PMS weight gain!

emoticonThings I’ve learned:

It’s good to have a balance. This month at the beginning of the month I had too much laziness due to vacation, and then a stressful week at work where I didn’t get time to workout. But I wanted to make my 1,000 fitness minutes, so I pushed at the end of the month. But it was very difficult to get those minutes in. I’ve learned that although I may be busy, or on vacation, I need to take time to move every day. Then it will just all add up and help to become even more of a lifestyle.


  
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PEPPERLEAH 8/2/2010 10:10PM

    Do you know what a success and inspiration you are?!!!!!

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CATHERINEL66 8/2/2010 4:52PM

    This is a terrific list! Good for you - you made a lot of good choices here! Way more than 4 lbs worth -- though losing 4 lbs is no small achievement either! WAY TO GO!

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SHERLYN-WILL 8/2/2010 4:49PM

    I have so many things to "HIGH FIVE" YOU on! YOU being you is my first one!
What an inspiration you are. I especially love some of the details you share.. hubs looking at you legs... so kewl! No more granny panties.. (that in itself make you feel sexier!)
Way to go on the Lg size workout clothes... darn right your butt looked good!
So tickled your wedding set fits! That is a "jewel" I think on this journey!!

Keep that hubby lined out that is just too sweet that he thought of you but "what was he thinking" LOL

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LOOZINITNOW 8/2/2010 4:09PM

    Wow! That is some amazing progress this month! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SERENITY44 8/2/2010 1:54PM

    Great job! What awesome progress!! ^_^

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KITHKINCAID 8/2/2010 1:46PM

    Way to go - you totally rocked it out this month!!!

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TEMPEST272002 8/2/2010 1:11PM

    I'm so impressed with you! Congrats on meeting that 1000 fitness minutes! I know you had to work hard to meet that goal. Love your list on non-scale victories... especially getting rid of the granny panties! Snort! I've noticed this month that my hipster undies have turned into full-fledge grannies, coming over my belly button. Time for some new undies for me too!

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CARILOUIE 8/2/2010 12:45PM

    I love it!!!! Super job!!!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 8/2/2010 12:38PM

    Great job. I too made a schedule for myself this month. One of my personal goals is to stick to that schedule.

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Be Back Soon, Honey. Went Out Running.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010



So this morning I woke up at 4:30 AM. Now I typically sleep until 6:30, 7:00. Sometimes I do get up at 6 a.m. if I want to get a morning workout in. But 4:30? This was just ridiculous. I tried to go back to sleep, but couldn't. I've never gone to my gym before work, it's just always seemed easier to workout at home if I am going to work out in the a.m. But...the kids were asleep, my husband was asleep, and today was my running day. Today was the day I was going to finish Week 8 of C25K.

In my sleepy state I briefly thought that perhaps I should go to the gym. I quickly swatted that idea away, willing my body and mind to please, please, GO BACK to SLEEP.

But God had other plans for me this morning. I realized that if I got my morning run in I could spend some much needed time with my wonderful husband and kids. I could go straight home from work, something I haven't done on a Wednesday for a long time.

So, after about 30 minutes of staring at the wall, up I went, into the shower (yes, I know only to shower again, but I couldn't go to the club looking like I did, my hair is like a porcupine when I wake up in the morning).

I left hubby a post it note on the computer that simply said "Be back soon, honey. Went out running." (And felt like such a cool athlete just WRITING that!)

I was at the gym by 5:45 a.m.

But I DID IT.

I DID IT with the other committed, hard-bodied runners at my gym.

I DID IT among the pack of boot camp gym rats who whooshed past me at an alarmingly fast speed.

I DID IT even though I hadn't had my morning coffee.

I DID IT although after 5 minutes I could tell it was going to be a hard run for me.

I DID IT although my shuffle kept giggling against me and the cords kept falling out of my ears.

I DID IT even though I am bloated in my mid-section right now thanks to that time of month and felt like I was running with a tire around my belly.

I DID IT even though I'd rather be sleeping.

And I realized that I LOVE THIS.

I love the arm sweat, the face sweat, the feel of the soft track under my feet, the many windows around the track with the first signs of morning movement, birds, sky, grass.

I also discovered that running around the track at 5 a.m. is a good natural blow-dryer for my hair.

I finished my 28 minute run (the last day of Week 8!!) with a 5 minute warm-up and cool-down, stretched, showered and was home by 7 to make breakfast for my family and relax before work.

It's been a great morning!

Now onto work.

I'll leave you with my favorite lyrics of the day, courtesy of Missy Elliot from her song "Lose Control" feat. Ciara and Fatman Scoop.

"I’ve got a cute face
Chubby waist
Thick legs in shape
Rump shakin both ways
Make you do a double-take
Planet rocka show stoppa
Flow proppa head knocka
Beat spalla tail droppa
Do ma thang..."

  
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FLYSOHIGH 8/21/2010 3:08PM

    I absolutely love this blog! I am gonna keep this particular blog open in my web browser so when I can always look at it and feel this amazing energy and inspiration!!!

Thanks so much!!!!

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STARINTHESKY 7/29/2010 11:16AM

    That was so awesome! I felt so good getting up early and going to the gym, but 4:30?!!!!!! Ay ay ay ay ay!! That's eeeeeaaaarrlllly!! Many kudos to you. I used to get up at 4:45am for a 5:15am boot camp class. That was HE-double hockey sticks! It was disaster for me when it came to my emotions. I even WALKED OUT of work one day when I got into an argument with my boss! Let's just say I did NOT take that class again lol! Love that Missy Elliot reference at the end. You go, girl!!!

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PEPPERLEAH 7/28/2010 11:53PM

    You totally ROCK!

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YATMAMA 7/28/2010 10:22PM

    That is BEYOND awesome. I am SO proud of you!!!!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 7/28/2010 10:11PM

    I've told you before how you warm my heart.
Ditto
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P.S. Thanks for the map. I have printed out and it is my new motivation tool.

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MOMTO6PLUS2 7/28/2010 1:21PM

    YOU DID IT! And you are a cool athlete, indeed :)

You inspire me!

--what a great blog! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 7/28/2010 1:10PM

    Wow. You're Superwoman. Enough said! :)

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 7/28/2010 1:01PM

    Awesome job. So proud of you and I'm sure that your family is also.

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WYND10 7/28/2010 12:44PM

    That is an awesome note! Way to go!!! :)

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COLT2008 7/28/2010 12:41PM

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LOTUSFLOWER 7/28/2010 12:35PM

    Thanks everyone!!

I try to run 3x a week, but some weeks I only make it twice. Bad weeks I only make it once, like if I have a busy project at work. But I am determined to finish C25K before my next 5K which is on Aug. 5, so I can't skip any days!

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SLUMBERINGLOTUS 7/28/2010 12:17PM

    That is just TOO TOO awesome. I am smiling from ear to ear reading that. How many days a week do you run?

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BROOKDOESLIFE 7/28/2010 11:55AM

    Awesome! I totally know the feeling. I feel great when I run first thing in the morning. It gives me a huge boost for my day.
Way to go!

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HAMMLIN 7/28/2010 11:55AM

    way to go!!! thats awesome!

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SPENCERB123 7/28/2010 11:34AM

    Awesome! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 7/28/2010 11:22AM

    emoticon Look at you go!

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SHERLYN-WILL 7/28/2010 11:15AM

    Way to go... you athlete you!


Love the song lyrics...
perfect fit for how I feel too..

Keep on runnin'

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REBECCA1354 7/28/2010 10:57AM

    Good for you for doing it!!!!

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Goal to Reach 1,000 Fitness Minutes in July!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The past 3 months I have reached 1,000 fitness minutes and this month I've been so busy with work that at the end of the month, on 7/22, I only have 290 minutes under my belt. There is a challenge at the DONE Girls team to reach 1,000 fitness minutes and I initially thought, oh, well, not gonna make it, it's too late.

But then I thought. Could I do it?

I decided that I CAN get to 1,000 fitness minutes in July, although at this point, on July 22nd, I only have a piddly 290 minutes.

Here's how I'm gonna do it:

I am going to plan on walking or going on long bike rides with my family, either all together or a combination of minutes, to equal an average of 2 hrs. on Saturday, 7/24, Sunday, 7/25 and Saturday, 7/31. This equals a total of 360 minutes., which combined with my existing 290 minutes is 650 minutes.

Then my C25K workouts equal 40 minutes each. I'm going to do that on Friday, 7/23, Monday, 7/26, Wednesday, 7/28 and Friday, 7/30. This equals a total of 160 minutes, bringing my total up to 810 minutes for the month.

So 810 minutes minus 1,000 equals 190 minutes left to reach my goal. I have 3 remaining days that aren't slotted for my family outings/exercise or C25K.

So 190/3 = 63 minutes a day for the 3 remaining days.

To fill this time I plan to do Jillian Michael's The Shred (20 minutes) in the morning, and then walk 3 miles with Leslie (43 minutes) at night. Or vice versa, but either way, it's gonna get done!

The hard part is going to be today - since I've already obviously missed the morning workout I'm going to need to get a good hour (and 3 minutes) in. I may do a long hourish Leslie tape, not sure I can do both The Shred AND walk 3 miles all in the same sitting. Plus I have a class tonight and need to clean for an out of town guest, so time will be at a premium.

Whew! Let's see if I can reach this goal!!


  
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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 7/24/2010 2:57PM

    What an awesome plan. And I'm needing to tell you that I am stalled right now in C2K BUT I am hopeful to turn around. I am having to tread water and this moment in time. I have too many irons in the fire. When that happens to me I concentrate on maintaining so that I don't lose ground.

I am determined. I have learned not to give up when demands become too much. I take timeouts knowing that I will rejuvenate the effort.

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HAMMLIN 7/23/2010 12:56PM

    Go go go! You can do this!

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COLT2008 7/23/2010 1:07AM

    With determination and your plan emoticon!


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RED_WRITINGHOOD 7/23/2010 12:11AM

    You are definitely kicking booty girl!!! Congratulations!!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 7/22/2010 11:26PM

    Thanks everyone for your support! Got my time in tonight :)

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CARILOUIE 7/22/2010 8:52PM

    You have such a great plan to make it - you can do it!

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YATMAMA 7/22/2010 6:47PM

    I have NO doubt that you will reach your goals. Hurray for YOU!!!!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 7/22/2010 5:56PM

    Whew is right! But you can do it emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 7/22/2010 5:41PM

    Sounds like a great plan to get those minutes in. It's going to be tough, but it is doable. Other suggestions for your 3 unscheduled days... raking, gardening, mowing the lawn, painting - you can log all of these as cardio. Taking the family swimming is another great summer option. BTW, you may want to adjust your "calories burned" for the next 10 days. You'll need to eat more while your burning so many calories.
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2BTHINMAMMA 7/22/2010 5:04PM

    such determination and great planning! you can do it!! as for tonight try doing your cleaning as a workout (sparks fitness tracker has it on there!).

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 7/22/2010 2:07PM

    You sound determined enough to just make it!

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WYND10 7/22/2010 1:47PM

    You can absolutely do it, and imagine how much like a rockstart you'll feel like once you get there! Woo hoo! Let's do it!

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KITHKINCAID 7/22/2010 1:01PM

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

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SKFEREBEE 7/22/2010 12:54PM

    You certainly are dedicated! Go for it! emoticon

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KAYLAP101 7/22/2010 12:51PM

    i have faith in you! you can conquer any goal you set your mind to!

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STARINTHESKY 7/22/2010 12:50PM

    How inspirng! You can do it!!!

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I may have found the culprit...

Thursday, July 08, 2010

So...as some of you may know I've been in and out of a plateau. I've been doing everything right, exercising, tracking, etc.

I am actually an avid food tracker, but for some reason when I track my popcorn I've just been using SparkPeople's nutrition information for "oil-popped popcorn". Probably because I was too lazy to measure and figure out how many calories my homemade popcorn is.

Well...I have a sneaky feeling that perhaps THIS may be the culprit (or one of them) that is keeping me from moving lower on the scale. So tonight I measured and calculated, and....

SparkPeople's is 55 calories a cup.

Mine is DOUBLE that at 95 calories a cup.

I have popcorn twice a week. Ok, sometimes three times a week.

It's my guilty pleasure!

I always track it, but now I see that I'm hurting myself by calculating it as less than what it is.

Plus I add salt. Which holds onto weight.

SO....

From now on, I will only have popcorn ONCE a week. And I will track it accordingly.

I may try for only TWICE a month. We'll see how it goes and if I suffer from withdrawal.

And I'm going to look for recipes for lower calorie popcorn. If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them!


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THEABSURDEXTENT 7/18/2010 5:31PM

    Air popper sounds good--I think you're right about the salt stuff though. I'm dealing with lowering my salt intake b/c I think it's causing me to hold onto weight as well. Good luck with figuring out a solution!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 7/11/2010 4:18PM

    Good job Detective Lotusflower; finding the calorie culprit. I did a search in Spark's recipe section and a lot of options came up. Plus this section has a calorie analyzer so you can key in your ingredients and know exactly what the totals are.

Salt is quite the demon as well. I'm learning more about sodium as my Mom struggles with heart issues right now. Sodium is so overused and of course, is in every packaged product as a preservative.

Maybe a switch to one of the salt alternatives. We are exploring those. If I find a great one that might enhance your popcorn, I will let you know.

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YATMAMA 7/9/2010 4:00PM

    An air popper is the way to go to lose the oil that makes popcorn less diet friendly.

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LOTUSFLOWER 7/9/2010 11:53AM

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions!!! I may have for an air popper for my bday!

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STARINTHESKY 7/9/2010 9:49AM

    emoticon Good job being thorough on your calorie tracking!! Hope this helps you get out of that plateau!!!

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WYND10 7/9/2010 9:16AM

    An air popper is a wonderful thing, and the "butter" spray works wonders. You should give it a try. :)

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MOMFAN 7/9/2010 1:56AM

    I use the fat free Orville's from Costco!

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GOGOMAMA 7/8/2010 10:25PM

    I recently started popping my own in a heavy pan with 1 tbsp. of Olive oil. This makes 5 or six cups. But I like to sprinkle it with Kernel Season's Kettle Corn Popcorn seasonings. It has 5 cals per 1/4 tsp. serving and it says it doesn't have any sodium. It's sweet though, so I don't know if you like sweet popcorn. Well, best wishes for you and I'm sure you will break through that p thingy! I can relate though!

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TEMPEST272002 7/8/2010 9:47PM

    OR... you could continue having them, but budget your calories accordingly... says the woman who budgeted 265 cal for 26 really delicious chips. emoticon The salt, OTOH, is more of a problem. What about trying herb seasonings instead of salt, like maybe curry or an italian blend? Or would that just not be the same?



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SLUMBERINGLOTUS 7/8/2010 9:33PM

    i love airpopping mine, but the light butter spray colt suggested sounds good

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COLT2008 7/8/2010 9:31PM

    we use a air popper and while I still butter mine I know that using a light butter spray is better. Good luck!

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