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PUSH Food Blog - Tuesday (Day 3)

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Here we go, this day I was right at my low end of my calorie range.

BREAKFAST




Yummy Greek yogurt with honey



LUNCH




Had leftover from the day before

DINNER





I had 1 hot dog right when I got home...my baby daughter's dinner...I was so hungry. So I only ate 1/2 of the meatballs/noodles that my hubby made.

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MOMFAN 2/13/2011 2:09AM

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MUSHROOMSTEW 2/11/2011 4:06PM

    YUMMY! I adore greek yoghurt with honey!

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KITHKINCAID 2/11/2011 3:10PM

    You're the best food photographer! I know some of these are stock shots, but I know the ones you take and they're great!

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KSGROTHE 2/10/2011 6:05PM

    emoticon on keeping to the low end of your calorie range on this day! Since you didn't go over by much on Sunday and Monday, you could still have an average that's in your range! This is what I have problems with.

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- Karen

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YATMAMA 2/9/2011 11:21PM

    Awesome!!

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XTMONT 2/9/2011 11:09PM

    Oooh! Meatballs! Looks yummy!

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PPLUNICORN 2/9/2011 10:15PM

    Nice! Lookin good

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POSITIVE-FORCE 2/9/2011 8:09PM

    Looking good!

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OFFDREA 2/9/2011 7:00PM

    I just discovered the wonderfulness that is greek yogurt. I will have to try it with honey!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/9/2011 4:19PM

    Oh I miss Greek yogurt with honey!!! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Great job getting the blogs done partner!!!

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PUSH Food Blog - Monday (Day 2)

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

I went over my calories again this day by 154. I was doing well, then went out to dinner w/ my sister, and while we shared a meal it brought the calories up.

BREAKFAST





MORNING SNACK



LUNCH


I had 1 cup, not the whole can. Not the best choice, but didn't pack my lunch ahead of time and didn't want to spend $$ at the deli.

AFTERNOON SNACK


Carrots and Hummus


I had 3 minis. But at 42 calories a pop, so not worth it.

DINNER





SNACK



  
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MOMFAN 2/13/2011 2:08AM

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TODAYIAM 2/10/2011 9:52PM

    Y-U-M-M-Y... I love hummus

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KSGROTHE 2/10/2011 6:03PM

    Looks pretty good! emoticon

- Karen

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XTMONT 2/9/2011 11:10PM

    Looks so good!

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PPLUNICORN 2/9/2011 10:14PM

    MMM! Yum! I could go for some ice cream right now

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POSITIVE-FORCE 2/9/2011 8:10PM

    YUMMY!! Your doing great!

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STARPESCADO 2/9/2011 3:12PM

    Love the blog- I love carrots and hummus!
I broke my processor this week and wanted to cry!
Keep up great job!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/9/2011 2:54PM

    That soup looks AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

You can do this partner! FOCUS!

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PUSH Food Blog - Sunday (Day 1)

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

This day I was at our family cottage in Michigan and ate on the road on the way home, and then ordered pizza for dinner - it was a stressful day with the kids! Lucy didn't sleep all night the night before, didn't sleep in the car and didn't nap. So my hubby and I were just exhausted.

Overall not too bad considering..but I still went over my calorie range by 168 calories.

Also the beignets were made from a mix that my sister bought during her trip to Louisiana when she visited Cafe Du Monde. The coffee was from there, too - yum!!

BREAKFAST


I had 2 small ones.


I had Grapenuts because I was still hungry but wanted to make a healthy choice.



LUNCH

Wendy's and then a Ho Ho. Not the lunch of champions by any means, and truth be told, it grosses me out. At least I went for the Jr. Cheeseburger vs. the regular, and only had 2 chicken nuggets.







SNACKS

Life at the cottage is unusual...snacks can get a little weird...


(a few smokies)


(1 slice cheese)

DINNER





DESSERT


  
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MOMFAN 2/13/2011 2:08AM

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KITHKINCAID 2/11/2011 3:10PM

    Is that monkey bread??? OH MAN, that stuff is killer!

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TODAYIAM 2/10/2011 9:51PM

    mmmm.. it looks good though.. emoticon

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KSGROTHE 2/10/2011 6:02PM

    emoticon for owning up to not eating great choices this day! It would have been easy to skip recording this - it seems like you've taken one for the team! emoticon

- Karen

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/9/2011 2:45PM

    not the best, but you've been stressed and it could have been worse!!!! Keep on chugging partner. YOU ROCK!

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Confidence

Friday, February 04, 2011

For the Done Girls challenge this week (go Sunny Gals!) we were to:

Find an old picture of yourself that you feel confident in, and blog about it. Why are you happy in that picture, what makes you proud/confident about what you look like in the image? Think about that time, and try to figure out what you can do to bring that feeling along with you through the rest of your journey.

Here is my picture, it's just a tad bit x-rated, lol.


Me and Cheri, I'm on the right.

In this picture I am 23 yrs. old, 13 years ago. This was the BEST year of my life. I am happy in this picture because I lived with my best friend, we had an amazing apartment in the city complete with a sun room (where we danced all night long and hoped our neighbors were watching.) Neither of us ever went away to college, I went to college at DePaul in Chicago later in life while working full time. So this was our party time. This was our year. Nothing could stop us! We were both single at the time and it was just a fun time of my life.

What makes me confident in this picture is that I was...well...CONFIDENT. I would never think about lifting up my shirt now to take a picture, no way! I wasn't perfect then, but I was at my goal weight for me (180). That weight looked good on me, it looked healthy.

To bring back that happiness in my life I need to do those things that make me happy. Dancing for no reason at all. Sharing joy with my daughters. Doing things for myself, too, giving myself my writing time, my quality time with my husband, and not working so much.. All of those things will help me be a more balanced person.

To bring that confidence from the picture back into my life I need to start acting and BEING confident. I'm getting better at it. I just have to look in the mirror and know that I am fierce and I can handle any situation I'm in. Can you hear me roaring? LOL. Well, maybe meowing.


Me and Cheri after dancing our butts off, and my beloved dog Ashley, RIP.

  
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FITFUNKYMAMA1 2/9/2011 12:33PM

    confidence is something I am currently working on even though I am still a work in progress.There are times when i think the survival of my marriage depends on how confident I am.Maybe that's just some twisted thinking or maybe not.Anyways confidence is something we should all have regardless of how we look physically.We should know Whom we belong to and He adores us!!! emoticon

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FREES1 2/7/2011 3:31PM

    dance as though no one were watching!!!
great!

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2BTHINMAMMA 2/6/2011 10:35PM

    What a great idea...you've got me thinking...although I have never been that confident!! LOL

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YATMAMA 2/6/2011 6:15PM

    What fun!!

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SERENITY44 2/6/2011 3:44AM

    LOVE it! Sounds like an amazing year!

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MOMFAN 2/5/2011 10:55PM

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REENSKI 2/5/2011 9:27PM

    You are roaring! Love it!
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ANNEKATHLEEN 2/5/2011 8:42PM

    Gosh you are so stinking cute! I think you must breath confidence even now to have been able to post those FUN pictures! HA!

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OFFDREA 2/5/2011 1:29PM

    You are fun!!!!!

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TEMPEST272002 2/5/2011 11:46AM

    This is a great blog. I laughed at your x-rated picture! You've made some pretty significant connections with assignment. I think it's important to keep fun in our lives & really like how happy you & Cheri look in the 2nd picture. You ARE fierce! You are emoticon

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ZURDTA- 2/5/2011 7:00AM

    Brilliant. My life was no bed of roses at 23... but as I approach 42, I'm going to have all the fun I should have had!

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PPLUNICORN 2/4/2011 7:42PM

    OMG!!! I LOVE it! I dont have any pics where I am that confident. emoticon You are emoticon

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TODAYIAM 2/4/2011 7:22PM

    awe this is such a great blog.. Keep up all your great work!

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REDSOXMEJOE 2/4/2011 7:09PM

    LOL I love this blog!!! you are doing such a great job and really rocking out your journey!! you are an inspiration to me so i know your daughter(s) will feel the same way!!

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KSGROTHE 2/4/2011 5:53PM

    emoticon pictures! You sure seem confident in these! I'm not sure I have any photos of myself looking so confident. We'll see what I can find tomorrow, I think.

- Karen

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KITHKINCAID 2/4/2011 5:47PM

    LOVE IT!!!

Huzzah for old pictures :) I'm going to post one soon too - I'm wearing a dress tonight that I haven't worn since my semi-formal in HIGHSCHOOL! Can't wait to do a comparison blog :)

I believe in you and your confidence!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/4/2011 5:34PM

    oh my heavens how I adore you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!1 Hahah. These pictures made me giggle!!!!!! you are beautiful and amazing and you should be just as confident!!!

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ROBYNROSE26 2/4/2011 5:21PM

    Very fun! I don't think I have any pictures of the time when I felt the most confident?

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JENJESS48 2/4/2011 5:10PM

    You SHOULD be as confident now as you were in those pictures. You may have been thinner, but you were still a girl. Think about the woman you are now and how rich your life is (despite the stress). The girl I was at 23 can't imagine the woman I am at 32, and I'm sure the same is true of you. So be confident and proud to be who you are! emoticon emoticon

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January Progress Report

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

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Start weight: 225.5
End weight: 216
Weight lost: 9.5 lbs.
Total weight lost this year: 9.5 lbs.
Goal weight progress: 36 more lbs. to go to goal weight!
Onederland progress: 17 more lbs. to reach ONEderland!
Total weight lost: 82 lbs.
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emoticonI LOST ALL OF MY HOLIDAY WEIGHT GAIN AND THEN SOME! I lost almost 10 lbs. this month!!! I attribute it to more strength training, doing Spark’s boot camp, and also getting more cardio in. I also tracked almost every day, only faltering on the weekends, sometimes. If you see on my calendar I had mostly all “yellow” days, which is good!



emoticonFITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: emoticon

emoticon28 day boot camp challenge – almost finished, the last week I puttered out, but I’m starting again in February.

emoticonI ran on a treadmill for the 1st time!

emoticonRan/walked 3 5ks in 1 week for a challenge!

emoticonNON-SCALE VICTORIES: emoticon

emoticonI celebrated my 4-year Sparkversary!

emoticonI went to bed with just a bra and undies on since I was hot. Never would have done this before!

emoticonThis may be TMI, but I had s_x with no clothes on! I usually have a layer of something between me and DH.

emoticonPrinted out the boot camp exercises so that I can do them while watching TV w/ DH.

emoticonGave up alcohol - for now. It doesn't have a good effect on me, and makes me maintain weight.

emoticonA hoodie I bought a month ago that wouldn't quite zip now fits me comfortably. Yaay bootcamp!

emoticonI got up at 5:45 a.m. to get my workout in before work.

emoticonI like feeling my ab definition.

emoticonI worked out, cardio and strength training, while DH and I watched Top Chef...normally I watch it cuddled under the covers, but I knew I wouldn't get my workout in if I did that.

emoticonI was able to fit into a size Large "Life is Good" pjs, previously only able to wear XL.

emoticonA guy at the gym checked me out...

emoticon...then I realized it was the janitor...

emoticonBut then another cute guy checked me out. LOL. Not that I'm looking, but it feels good.

emoticonI got my Day 7 boot camp workout in while DH and daughter were watching a movie. I watched too, just while I was getting my ST on.

emoticonI didn't have a margarita when we went out for Mexican food, and I split a "healthy" fajita salad with my hubby.

emoticonI got carded!!! At Trader Joe's! Never has happened before in my LIFE! And when I showed her my license (where I'm 80 lbs. heavier) the check-out lady looked at me suspiciously.

emoticonI felt skinny.

emoticonI got my boot camp video in even though it was past 10 when I got home.

emoticonI got a scholarship at the Y!!

emoticonTHINGS I’VE LEARNED: emoticon

Nothing can or will hold me back, not even the dreaded 10 lb. holiday gain!

You CAN reinvent yourself.



  
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ROEANDGO 2/4/2011 4:46PM

    WOW!! What a month!! Great job!!

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DEBBICZ 2/4/2011 1:54PM

    WOW!!! What a great journal of your accomplishments! I just love that you were able to document your journey. That is the part that I think everyone has to keep in mind; it's the journey! Thanks.

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/4/2011 12:46PM

    Way to go! You look great; love those non-scale victories, although seeing that loss on the scale is pretty awesome victory, too!

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REENSKI 2/4/2011 12:41PM

    AWESOME! Thank you for the inspiration & keep on going!
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TAMIKLUCAS 2/4/2011 9:21AM

    YAAAAYYYYYYYYY! Big cheers for you! emoticon! That's awesome!

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CMCLAIRE 2/4/2011 9:16AM

    Awesome awesome awesome!

Such an inspiration!

Cxx

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SGTSUNNY 2/3/2011 9:50PM

    You are so awesome! What a great example of what can be done, you are looking great. And happy and yes younger. I would card you too!

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2BTHINMAMMA 2/3/2011 4:19PM

    WAY TO GO!! You sure did kick 2011 into a suyccessful start! =D

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CARILOUIE 2/2/2011 7:45PM

    Yahoo! I'm not looking either, but I still like to get checked out.
Go you!

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POSITIVE-FORCE 2/2/2011 8:30AM

    You are doing such a great job! I loved reading about all of your accomplishments so far this year! I have a feeling your going to have a great one!

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UNICORN212 2/1/2011 11:25PM

    The progress pics show how far you have come. Congrats!

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TODAYIAM 2/1/2011 10:45PM

    Again.. you are so inspiring!! Congrats on all the great things you've accomplished!

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PPLUNICORN 2/1/2011 9:27PM

    emoticonYou are a rock star! I love that the janitor was checking you out! LOL.... you crack me up

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THENEWDARLENE 2/1/2011 8:51PM

    emoticon What an Awesome January! You are a great Done Girl, and I LOVE your new page background. Your year certainly got off to a great start.


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YATMAMA 2/1/2011 8:32PM

    Hurray for you!!!!

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KSGROTHE 2/1/2011 7:55PM

    emoticon on having such a great January! Great start to the year!

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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KITHKINCAID 2/1/2011 3:36PM

    I think this is one of my favorite update blogs from you. You're glowing! And I laughed out loud at the sex without layers NSV. Woohoo! Or should I say "Ow Ow Hot Stuff!"

Hehe.

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OFFDREA 2/1/2011 2:18PM

    You are sooooooooooooo AWESOME!
Thank you for being you and being so inspiring!!!!

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HEATHIELAUREN 2/1/2011 2:07PM

    Whoo Hoo!! So happy to hear your progress!! Onederland is just around the bend! You can do it!!

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 2/1/2011 12:27PM

    You are doing such an amazing job girl!

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JMEPAYNE 2/1/2011 12:00PM

    awesome!!!! i love your list... and i laughed out loud at the janitor comment!

you're doing amazingly well! keep it up!

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GOGOMAMA 2/1/2011 11:56AM

    Congrats on a very successful month! Love your drive and attitude! Keep it up!

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AMBER281 2/1/2011 11:53AM

    You are inspiring!! Keep up the great work!

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JESSIELOVE78 2/1/2011 11:47AM

    you are emoticon!!! you are doing great!! emoticon emoticon

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THISISFORME924 2/1/2011 11:34AM

    I love your non scale victories! I also love your calendar... I might have to get one!

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FREES1 2/1/2011 11:30AM

    way to go!!!! congrats on all your accomplishments!

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JENJESS48 2/1/2011 11:27AM

    You are completely freaking awesome. Way to rock January!!!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/1/2011 11:27AM

    you amaze me!!!! I couldn't ask for a better partner or friend! YA SUNNY GAL!

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MAYBE_SOMEDAY 2/1/2011 11:22AM

    What great progress! I also love your calendar, it looks that you have a lot going on. Your accomplishments are truely amazing! Keep inspiring us all! emoticon

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CHICAT63 2/1/2011 11:17AM

    Woohoo, great month of January. You are doing AWESOME, it was not TMI things we discover about ourselves *wink* especially have fun discovering them ! Have a great first day of February, you rock !

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