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2013 Plan

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I don't know what has finally triggered within me, but I am back on program starting today. I'll use my old rules to return to my former skinny self:
Burn 2000-2500 calories per week
Eat less than 1400 calories per day - Track each day
Eat 5 servings of fruit and veggies per day
Drink alcohol anywhere except home (max 2 glasses per event)

I will resume my weekly meal planning this Sunday. Workouts planned for today through Friday. We are taking a brief weekend getaway with friends this weekend so that will be the first challenge. I'll plan to cook us healthy meals for the duration. :)

I am glad to be back, SparkFriends. Happy New Year!


Newly Committed

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I feel a bit like a broken record. Ironically, I last blogged back in June. And I am probably not going to say anything different than I did back then. The exception now is that I really do feel a strong sense of commitment to healthy living. I got so caught up in the wrong numbers - the scale, my pant size - that I forgot about the really important numbers - my blood pressure and cholesterol. Seeing as the people in my family don't live the longest, healthy lives, I have reminded myself that LIVING is what this is all about now.

So here is my plan:
Exercise 4-6 times per week to manage stress and enable deep sleep
Get back into the habit of tracking daily and prepping food each weekend
Follow a Mediterranean Diet (continue my meat-free breakfasts)
Eat 4-6 servings of fruits & veggies each day (join a CSA or hit farmer's market weekly to facilitate, maybe even start juicing)
Enjoy lean protein with each meal - plant-based where possible
No cocktails at my house
Eat dinner out maximum of once every two weeks
Lunches out must be healthy (no more than 2 per week scheduled)
Leverage my SparkFriends to stay motivated and hold me accountable

I will hit the doctor at the end of September and again in December and keep you posted on my numbers. My goal is to reduce blood pressure meds by spring and stop taking cholesterol meds completely by spring. All the while enjoying my skinny jeans and size 6 suits too. ;)


My 8 Week Back on Track Plan

Monday, June 18, 2012

I have been struggling with the same 3 lbs for over a month. And those 3 lbs are WAY over my comfortable fluctuation range. Starting today, I have re-committed to eating well after working on re-focusing on exercise for the last 3 or so weeks. I've been able to work out 4-5 days per week pretty easily once I learned how to re-train myself to drive to the gym and do lunchtime when I can.

Now I need to really get committed to the food, which as you know, is the more important part. Jamison and I had a bit of a "last supper" last night - pepperoni pizza - and are committed to not eating out more than 1X every two weeks over the next 6-8 weeks. I realized that eating out is the BIG issue for me now PLUS cocktails.

If I haven't lost the pesky 3 pounds by Sunday, I will do another low carb kick-start June 25-July 3. I have also decided to adjust my weight loss goal to 158 instead of 154, which I was never actually able to maintain for more than 1 week. My comfortable fluctuation range is 155-159, so for now I'm just looking for 158 before Jamison and I head to Miami on August 8.

8 Week Back on Track Goals:
Exercise at least 5 days every week and 6 when I can (Fri-Sun is a must)
Eat out no more often than 1X per two weeks with Jamison
When I eat out with colleagues (max 3X per week, 1X per wk preferred) stick to low carb meals where possible
No drinking at home
Eat clean as much as possible to stretch the calories
Eat fewer than 1400 calories each day - try to stick around 1350
Eat one fruit snack and one veggie snack each day to avoid processed food and stretch calories
Continue plant-based breakfast each day
Eat those "tried and true" delicious yet low calorie meals that helped me to drop lbs in the first place
Begin resistance training 2X per week
Weigh-in twice per week: Sun and Wed
Monthly measurements

If you've got any great tips, please let me know. I know I'm a bit of a broken record for the last 5 months, but I hope to finally be on track now that my depression is waning and anxiety is a bit more under control.

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CAPPIEBREWER 6/18/2012 9:58PM

    It sounds like you have a solid plan in place. Good luck!! You can do it!

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The Ideal Me

Monday, June 04, 2012

I've been meaning to write this for a while. It was inspired by Fit-Whit's blog from a few weeks ago. I got to thinking that my anxiety and depression may be stemming from not really living the life I feel I was meant to. What life do I really want to live? Who is the Ideal Me - the Michelle I actually want to be?
-Connected to the Earth, the universe and God in my own way but paying respect in an outward way
-A great sister, supporting daughter and unconditionally loving (and not nagging) wife
-Physically fit and makes activity a priority and a hobby
-Prepares delicious and healthy meals 80% of the time, indulge in just what I want the other 20
-Finds fantastic scores while hunting for vintage and designer goods but doesn't live to shop
-Keep my cool under pressure and handle anxiety in a healthy way
-Has a strong network of people I spend time with on a regular basis and they know me but still love me anyway
-Is debt-free and fiscally savvy and teaches others about the importance of financial freedom
-Gives back to the community in a regular and meaningful way


Lost My Way But Planning for Success

Monday, June 04, 2012

This spring was rough for me. Bad news about my blood pressure and cholesterol levels has led to three medications. Anxiety and depression set in after gripping with the one-year anniversary of my father's death and feelings of isolation. I lost motivation to eat well and exercise and traded those habits in for old ones - shopping, happy hour, dinners out, cocktails at home - that I hoped would make me feel better. I've gained 11 lbs since january, when I only needed to drop 5 to return to my comfortable fluctuation range of 155-157.

Many of my clothes no longer fit since I got rid of anything bigger than a 12. I don't recognize myself in the mirror. And of course, it worsens my physical and mental ailments to see myself growing instead of shrinking (or even maintaining.) So I am making a new commitment starting today.
-Eat less than 1400 calories per day
-No after dinner snacks (nightcap of SF popsicle and chamomile tea only)
-No cocktails at home
-Eat at home!!! Eat out 1 time per week maximum
-Schedule exercise 4-6 times per week (burn 2500-3200 calories) and start lifting weights at least 2 times per week
-Eat more fruits and vegetables all the time
-Measure and weigh food
-Twice weekly weigh-ins.
-Monthly measurements.
-Inform my friends so they can hold me accountable

I will let you know how I am progressing next week. I am hoping for a quick jump start after re-buckling down this week.

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MISHY19050 6/6/2012 3:36PM

    You fell down, come on get back up!! You will do it emoticon

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CAPPIEBREWER 6/4/2012 9:45PM

    I am rooting for you!! emoticon

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