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NSVs With a Side Order of Broken Record

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Let me start with a disclaimer. I don't have any ads on my non-SP weight-loss blog and I don't make any money off of it. But I've put a lot of work into and would like more people to see it. Soooo rather than copy/pasting my entries from there into here (like I have been doing), I'm going to start linking directly to that blog's entry. Now, my MGBs and WUBs will still be posted here directly. But for everything else, I think I'm just going to link to that blog.

I don't know yet if I'm going to link to every single blog post I write, or only the most interesting ones. We'll see.

Also, if you want to leave a comment, you're welcome to leave it either here or there. I think you have to login to google or blogspot or something to leave a comment there, so I'll still be reading the comments that show up here :-)

Sooo without further ado, here's today's entry: passionlifelovehealth.blogspot.com/2
012/07/nsv-s-2-and-3-with-side-order-o
f-broken.html

  
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BETHIEBOOPS 7/26/2012 12:40PM

    Love it! Congratulations on your victories! You should be so proud of yourself!

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SHRINK_U 7/25/2012 11:32PM

    How wonderful that your dad and his fiance noticed your loss! That is so great that you beat your running record before the end of July. Way to go-- you are doing fantastic!

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WUB #3 for BLC #15

Sunday, July 22, 2012

It's that time of the week again! How are things going? ...

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**Personal Goals**

emoticonStay under my calorie limit each week (and do my best to stay under each day as well).
~~Goal mostly met. Had a cheat meal, and I've been struggling enough that I moved my goal date back so I could have a higher limit.

emoticonDrink 8+ cups of water a day.
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emoticonTrain for my next 5k by wogging 2 miles each, 3 days a week.
~~Goal only slightly met. Wogged just 1 day **sigh**

emoticonIn my wogs, I'm currently jogging 1 minute for every 4 minutes walked. I'd like to have that ratio changed to 1.5 minutes jogging for every 3.5 minutes walked by the end of this month.
~~Getting there! Ratio is now at 1.25 minutes jogging for every 3.75 minutes walking, but will be changing to 1.5 : 3.5 this week.

emoticonCreate a training calendar for my 5k training wogs, detailing when to change my intervals.
~~ As you saw last week, emoticon

emoticonDrop my mile time below 15 minutes. My fastest mile currently sits at 15:19. Work on this by doing just 1 mile once a week (in addition to my 2 miles 3 days a week).
~~I was full of excuses this week. Fell into the "I don't want to wog unless the circumstances are perfect" trap. My plan to remedy that? Join a local gym. That way I can wog rain or shine, hot or cold, cloudy or sunny.

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**BLC Week #3 Challenges**

emoticonEat mindfully, keeping a food journal of hunger levels before and after eating, when and how quickly you ate, where you ate and what you were doing while eating, and emotions/physical sensations that may have lead you to make your dietary choices.
~~Goal met, mostly. Saturday my fiance and I traveled 2.5 hours to spend the day in Toledo at their art museum and Imagination Station, and I forgot to bring the food journal with me. However, the journal did teach me that the vast majority of my food choices are made based on practical considerations rather than emotional ones (although "I don't feel like cooking" happens a lot, too)

emoticonGet 7 hours of sleep per night
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emoticonWrite a blog post reflecting on a recent setback or mental barrier that you broke through and what you learned from it
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emoticonBONUS: Attend the live chat meeting on Tuesday
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*Beach Bunnies mini-challenge: Pick a day to create a picture blog of your dietary choices for that day
~~ emoticon That was fun!

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**BLC Week #4 Challenges**

emoticonTake measurements!

emoticonSpend at least 10 minutes this week to visualize myself reaching some of my goals.

emoticonDo a total of 2 full-body strength sessions
~~One is already done! Did it just before typing this post.

emoticonTry a new form of cardio
~~Definitely the week to join the gym. Perhaps I'll try spinning? Or maybe something else??

*Beach Bunnies mini-challenge: Post my workout playlist on the Beach Bunnies' forum thread.

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Although I continually struggle with exercising consistently, I am NOT giving up on that. I have a 2-day exercise streak going right now, and I'm going to work on making it a 7-day streak...one day at a time. Current goal? 3-day streak, baby! After tomorrow, the goal will be to hit a 4-day streak, and so on.

Keep on Sparkin' on, my friends.

  
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EUEK098 7/24/2012 10:23AM

    emoticon. Next thing you know you'll have a 4 week streak, keep it up

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SONIA260 7/23/2012 6:20PM

    ooohh....I like your take on the exercise streak goal!!!!!

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RCW0442EHS 7/23/2012 1:01AM

    That's awesome. Most of your goals were met and you've already got a jump on next week's. As for your new cardio I hope you do get to try spin, it is so much fun and is my favorite class at the gym. You'll get a great workout and it's always a challenge. And don't give up on making exercise a habit. You can totally do it and you have the right attitude, one step at a time. In no time I know I'll be reading about a 7 or more day streak. Keep it up.

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Dealing With Setbacks--What I've Learned

Sunday, July 22, 2012

One of the challenges this week for the BLC is to reflect on a recent setback or mental barrier we've broken through, and blog about what we learned from it.

I'll be honest--my journey this time around has been relatively easy and painless. No mental barriers that I can really think of. However, I did just get through a mini-plateau. And I believe that what got me through the mini-plateau is actually the exact same thing that has made this journey so easy and painless!

Let me backtrack for a minute. See, up until about a month or so ago, I was losing weight at a consistent 1.6 to 2.2 pounds a week. But then, I had a crazy 1.6 pound gain, a strange 5 pound loss, and then the mini-plateau--2 weeks in a row of just 0.2 pounds lost per week. I was frustrated. I mean, let's be honest, who *doesn't* get frustrated by a plateau? It's discouraging to work hard and not be rewarded. But then this week, after three weeks, my 39th pound finally came off...followed by my 40th, 41st, and 42nd, all in the same week!

Honestly, if this were any time in the past, I probably would have just given up. Granted, I had never made it past 20 pounds in any previous attempt, so perhaps my success would have kept me going. But obviously I gave up, time and again. This time is *different*.

So what's so different about this time? How did I get through that plateau? What kept me going when it would have been easy to be all, "what, so I work my ass off and this is what I get? Nothing?"? What has made this journey so incredibly different from journeys past? The answer, one that I hope you won't roll your eyes at, is: attitude.

For starters, since day 1 of this journey I have had a sense of determination about me. A quiet inner peace knowing that THIS is it; THIS is the time I succeed. Note that the determination didn't come as a result of seeing myself succeed this far--the determination has been with me since day 1! A friend of mine from high school said the sweetest thing to me a couple of weeks ago: "Ashleigh you are so dedicated in everything else you do you were always so smart and always the best percussionist so make losing weight your next thing ur best at! keep pushing, your results are outstanding, as a big fitness guy, I have to tell you how proud I am of you!" Aside from totally making my day, he had a really good point--I have the ability to be driven, motivated, and determined to succeed; I've shown it in other areas of my life. It's just a matter of applying that to a new realm!

The second thing that has truly helped my attitude this time around is motivational quotes. I'm a serious sucker for good quotes. They speak to me, they resonate with me, and they put things in perspective. I even have a page on my "real" (non-SP) weight-loss blog that has 84 motivational quotes on it (and is regularly growing!). A couple of my favorites for dealing with setbacks (I think I've mentioned one or both of these in previous entries):

"You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there."

and

"Saying, 'Oh, I've already ruined my good eating today; I'll just eat crap' is like saying, 'Oh, I dropped my phone on the floor; I'll just smash it 'til it breaks.'"

Do you struggle with having a positive attitude and going through weight loss attempt after weight loss attempt after weight loss attempt? If I may offer some non-expert advice: first, get determined!! Vow to yourself that no matter what, you WILL NOT quit. Decide--truly decide--that this is it, that you WILL succeed this time. I saw an awesome pic that another SP friend posted recently that said "I hereby promise that I will be a success story." I took that pic and posted it on facebook, with my own caption vowing to my friends and family that I WILL be a success story. I encourage you to make your own picture with that saying and share it with your friends. Aside from the fact that letting more people know about your decision adds to the accountability factor, it will help you get in the mindset that THIS is it.

One thing I've noticed is that I keep capitalizing "will" and "will not". I think it really helps to emphasize those words when deciding that this is it. Practice emphasizing them when you say to yourself "I WILL NOT quit. I WILL succeed." I feel like emphasizing them somehow adds to the determination.

Once you're determined that this is the time for you to succeed, keep renewing that determination. When a setback comes, it's all too easy to say "oh, I'll do better tomorrow" or "I'll start up again on Monday". But if this time is to be THE TIME, you can't wait until tomorrow or Monday. Don't forget that at ANY moment, you have the power to start making better choices.

Secondly, if quotes at all motivate you, then I highly recommend that you check out my motivational quotes collection ( passionlifelovehealth.blogspot.com/p
/motivational-quotes.html
) or SparkPeople's own collection (which I've admittedly borrowed some quotes from-- www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quotes.
asp
). Look for quotes that resonate with you, inspire you, or help put things in perspective. Quotes that point out the irrationality of all-or-nothing thinking (like the phone quote above) and quotes that remind you that you can turn things around at any moment (like the drowning quote) are especially great. I haven't organized my quotes page by theme yet, but as it gets bigger, I suspect that will be my next project. Also, as a side note, I don't have any advertising on my blog, so I won't get any money from you visiting...I just know that quotes help me SO much, so I want to share the wealth!

Attitude is powerful. Seriously powerful. Use that knowledge to your advantage!!

  
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BETHIEBOOPS 7/24/2012 1:18PM

    So True! I am SO proud of you Ashleigh- your determination is very inspiring :)

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SEXBOBOMB 7/23/2012 9:48AM

    So true.

I've been doing some thinking about what's made this go-around easier for me, too, and I think it's all tied into attitude as well -- whatever your mindset is determines the result.

In the past, I've dieted, and I've resented every counted calorie and every sweaty fitness minute.

Today, I'm just eating, but choosing not to drink soda or eat too much crap and I'm challenging myself to achieve something athletically (C25K) instead of following a "workout".

In the first scenario, I was a victim. And you know what? I acted like one, too.

In the current scenario, I'm in control. And I'm digging the results!
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RCW0442EHS 7/23/2012 2:39AM

    I used to hate all of those 'attitude is everything' posters in school when I was a kid. I used to think it was just too superficial to really make all that big of a difference. It's through watching other people really succeed at this and other things in life and wondering what makes them so different than me it becomes apparent that the main difference is in fact attitude. I thoroughly enjoyed your blog because it was another example of the difference it can make and a reminder of why I need to really get mine in check. Thank you and I will check your blog out.

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LLEWIS6879 7/22/2012 11:45PM

    "You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there."

That. is. brilliant.

Really brilliant. Thanks for this blog. Inspiring!

This one is similar, very succinct...

You're not finished when you lose. You're finished when you quit.

I'm NOT quitting. I WILL do this. This blog was truly the kick in the pants I needed today!
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SHRINK_U 7/22/2012 11:21PM

    Great advice-- congrats on breaking through that plateau!

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SONIA260 7/22/2012 9:53PM

    it is sooooo true!!!!!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 7/22/2012 8:24PM

    Great blog!!!! Attitude is everything! The phone on the floor is still cracking me up!!!! Way to break through that plateau. emoticon emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 7/22/2012 7:51PM

    Very good blog! I agree, attitude is so important!

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LEN_VERSION32 7/22/2012 7:24PM

    emoticon blog

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VARSWIFE 7/22/2012 7:23PM

    Excellent advice.

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A Day of Om Noms

Thursday, July 19, 2012

FOOD! That is the topic of today's entry. As a mini-challenge for the Beach Bunnies (my BLC team), we get to create a picture blog showing a day in the life of our food choices.

**8:50 am: Breakfast**



Today I had my favorite breakfast to eat, although it's not my favorite breakfast to make (granola bars are sooo much easier!). I drank my own recipe of a tropical smoothie! 4 pineapple rings, 1/2 cup of peaches, 1 cup spinach, a few drops of coconut oil/extract, a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder, and a cup of 2% milk. To save time in the morning, I portion out the freggies into a ziploc baggie ahead of time (I make many baggies at once), and place them in the freezer. The smoothie has a better consistency when the freggies are frozen. Total: 437 calories (yeah, I feel like that's a lot of calories just for a smoothie. But my fiance drinks 2% milk, and the only time I use milk is for my smoothies so I don't really see the point in buying skim for myself. Plus, 130 of those calories are protein powder. Sometimes I just use half a scoop instead, but I stay fuller longer if I use the full scoop). On the left, you can see my handy-dandy smoothie cup with lid and straw! I typically drink my smoothie (or eat my granola bars) on the drive to work--I HATE getting up in the morning, and always end up postponing it until the last possible second. So that smoothie cup is quite handy indeed!


**12:15 pm: Lunch**



Lunch was half "the usual" and half something new-ish. I had a deli turkey sandwich with sweet pickle relish on whole wheat sandwich thins--that was my usual. I typically have applesauce and a sharp cheddar cheese stick to go along with it, but this week I made a monstrous salad and have been trying to eat it before it goes bad. So I had the salad with the sandwich instead. Half spinach, half romaine, and some onions. For lunch, I added caesar dressing and a grated parmesan/romano/asiago cheese blend. Total calories: 314

**3:30 pm: Snack**



Honey roasted peanuts! One of my favorites. I'm not quite sure what lead to this choice, but I measured out 2 servings instead of 1 for my snack. I wasn't super hungry or anything...but perhaps I was afraid 1 serving wouldn't sate me until dinner time? I don't know. Total calories: 320

**7:10 pm: Dinner**



Mmmm dinner. I had my own recipe that I call "Mexican chicken"--shredded chicken with corn, black beans, brown rice, and salsa, with melted shredded cheddar cheese and some more salsa on top. 1 cup chicken mixture + 1/4 cup cheese is 340 calories, and I love it! Along with the Mexican chicken I had more salad, with zesty italian dressing this time. Finally, I had made some strawberry shortcake when I had family over yesterday, and there was one left over. The angel food cake, strawberry glaze, and cool whip probably cancel out any nutritional value to be found in the strawberries, but I'm okay with that--it was tasty! And only 170 calories :-) ...Dinner total: 559 calories

Total for the day: 1629 calories

Quote of the Day: "A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than knowledge that is idle." -Kahlil Gibran

  
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MILPAM3 7/21/2012 12:17PM

  I can see you put some effort into your meals. Smart to portion and freeze foods!

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BETHIEBOOPS 7/21/2012 5:24AM

    YUM!! I love summer smoothies! I enjoy one every morning in the summer time- and have really missed them this winter :)

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SONIA260 7/19/2012 10:54PM

    it all seems soooo yummmmm....although I have yet to try a smoothie with spinach, I know a lot of people who drink them, but I just can't bring myself to try it...

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SHRINK_U 7/19/2012 10:31PM

    Your dinner looks AMAZING!!

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WUB #2 for BLC #15

Monday, July 16, 2012

Not only am I going to reflect on how I'm doing with the goals I set in my MGB (Monthly Goal Blog), but I'm also going to start writing about how I did on the BLC challenges for the week. I want to do better on them than I did last time, and I think this may help.

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**Personal Goals**

emoticonStay under my calorie limit each week (and do my best to stay under each day as well).
~~ emoticon

emoticonDrink 8+ cups of water a day.
~~ emoticon

emoticonTrain for my next 5k by wogging 2 miles each, 3 days a week.
~~Goal partially met. Wogged 2 days instead of 3.

emoticonIn my wogs, I'm currently jogging 1 minute for every 4 minutes walked. I'd like to have that ratio changed to 1.5 minutes jogging for every 3.5 minutes walked by the end of this month.
~~Getting there! Ratio is now at 1.25 minutes jogging for every 3.75 minutes walking :-)

emoticonCreate a training calendar for my 5k training wogs, detailing when to change my intervals.
~~ emoticonNot only did I create a training calendar for the 5k, but I turned it into my total fitness calendar by adding a 1-mile wog and strength training as well! I didn't do that until yesterday, though, so I didn't do any of the strength training videos or the 1-mile wog last week.



emoticon Drop my mile time below 15 minutes. My fastest mile currently sits at 15:19. Work on this by doing just 1 mile once a week (in addition to my 2 miles 3 days a week).
~~Not gonna lie; I totally forgot about this goal. It's on my fitness calendar now, though, so I will be working on it!

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**BLC Week #2 Challenges**

emoticonMake a fitness plan
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emoticon10 Minute fitness streak
~~I failed miserably at this, getting only 2 (non-consecutive) days in. HOWEVER, better late than never! I started a new streak on Saturday, and have a fitness plan in place to help with it.

emoticonStay in calorie and macronutrient ranges
~~Oh holy crap. I was fine with the calories, but macronutrients as well?!? Honestly, I didn't even attempt this one.

emoticonBONUS: Support 5 teammates this week
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*Beach Bunnies mini-challenge: Do something touristy and active close to home
~~ emoticon My fiance and I went to an art festival at a local ski resort. It was outdoors in lots of tents, and we (albeit leisurely) walked around and took in all the gorgeous art. I'm an amateur artist aspiring to go to festivals myself someday, so I learned a lot, too!

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**BLC Week #3 Challenges**

emoticonEat mindfully, keeping a food journal of hunger levels before and after eating, when and how quickly you ate, where you ate and what you were doing while eating, and emotions/physical sensations that may have lead you to make your dietary choices.

emoticonGet 7 hours of sleep per night

emoticonWrite a blog post reflecting on a recent setback or mental barrier that you broke through and what you learned from it

emoticonBONUS: Attend the live chat meeting on Tuesday

*Beach Bunnies mini-challenge: Pick a day to create a picture blog of your dietary choices for that day

I'll let you all know next week how I've done on these!! They all seem doable, and I've already started on some of them (7 hours of sleep/night and food journal), so I think I may be able to get maximum points this week :-)

Here's a bonus end-of-entry picture! I got some new workout clothes (up until this point, I have had just 1 pair of workout pants--without pockets--and one workout shirt...and NO sports bra!!), so I thought I'd take a pic of me in one of the outfits. Also, holy guacamole I look small in it, compared to how I *feel* like I look. I guess a near-40 pound loss *is* noticeable, lol.



Oh...and pardon the red face. I took this pic immediately after my 2-mile wog on Saturday :-)

  
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BERKCHIK 7/18/2012 3:43AM

    sooooo many goals! ---but, you're doing phenomenally with them. Congrats on all your successes and thanks for sharing the photo...you look great!!!

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SARAHK6511 7/17/2012 12:03AM

    "Also, holy guacamole I look small in it, compared to how I *feel* like I look."

I know EXACTLY what you mean. For almost this entire time, I haven't really felt like I looked any different at all - even looking in the mirror every day, I feel like you don't really notice the change as much, or at least I don't. It's only been relatively recently, and for some reason, it's seeing myself in pictures that makes it different and makes it hit home for me, that I've felt like I've seen a really noticeable change in myself.

Also, congrats again. You're doing awesome, and you look fantastic. :) *hugs*

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SHRINK_U 7/16/2012 10:24PM

    Way to go on your 40 pound loss!!! I like your chart, too :)

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SONIA260 7/16/2012 4:38PM

    I loooooove your fitness chart!!! I'll bet you'll find it much easier to meet those goals with that visual :) Now you just gotta keep those macros in mind as you reflect on your food journal! I love that you included your Beach Bunnies mini challenge too...can't wait to see your post for this week...I'm doing mine today :) I'm horrible, I don't really own workout clothes...I just go in whatever I'm wearing...dresspants, skirt, blouse....whatever! At home, it's sports bra and boyshorts...but that's not really appropriate for public...lol

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