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Getting Back on Track NOW and Down 5 Pounds by August 18

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I love SP. Not just for the tools, but for the support. When I read FITWHIT's blog about making a PLAN for an "On Track" Week, I was so inspired I HAD to comment. Low and behold, she wrote back! Why was I planning to get back on track next week? Why had I "tried" (albeit faintheartedly) to get back on track last month and nothing had worked? Because I kept talking generally, not specifically. Because there was always some reason, some event... after which I'd get back on track.
So even though I am headed to Nebraska to spend time with my family, there are some things I can COMMIT to for getting back on track THIS WEEK:

Tuesday (today) - healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks; track all food; 60 mins cardio after work; I can either have chicken tenders and fries at Braves game tonight OR a beer and a healthier dinner but not both.
Wednesday - healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks; track ALL food; 50 minutes cardio
Thursday (vacation begins) - healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks; track all food; healthy dinner and ONE beer at airport; all that walking around is my cardio
Friday - start off AM with 30 mins on my sister's treadmill; eat a healthy breakfast and walk around zoo for hours; healthy lunch and dinner; no more than 4 glasses of wine at grandma's
Saturday - start off AM with 20 mins on my sister's treadmill; eat a healthy breakfast and walk around farmer's market for hours; choose mostly healthy and a few rare splurges (like mom's mac and cheese) at picnic lunch and dinner; no more than 4 glasses of wine at grandma's
Sunday - start off AM with 30 mins on my sisters treadmill; eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner; no more than 4 glasses of wine at grandma's
Monday - start off AM with 30 mins on my sisters treadmill; eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner (at airport); one beer at airport

This is not me being the "BEST" and "Most Responsible" version of my "getting back on track" self, but this is a realistic plan I can commit too. I am sending myself email reminders of my goals for each day of vacation.

Next week when I return - gym for 7 days in a row and CLEAN eating with no cocktails for 7 days. In 3.5 weeks (by August 18) I pledge to return to 156 lbs, the amount I weighed at my dad's funeral back in April. If I could stick to that weight during tragedy, I can surely stick to it during "regular times." If I plan that is...

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    You go Girl! I am so proud of you. I did something completely unplanned yesterday but it was good. When I was taking my son to football practice there was a sign for a fun run. what else was I doing. So I ran (well combo run and walk) for 1.75 miles. It took me longer than I hoped to complete it but I kept telling myself that I was running against myself and not the other runners. I am now going to run everyday around the lake while my son is practicing football.

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MAEST35 7/28/2011 12:00PM

    I am just checking in with my progress so far:
I was successful with my plan on Tuesday and Wednesday, and as of this AM (Thursday) I am down 0.8 lbs. I am planning to have a salad and beer at the airport for dinner tonight and walk around the airport as much as possible.

I've packed my gym clothes for vacation and will do some cardio each AM and try to limit my alcohol and "sketchy food" consumption.

Who knew getting back on track was as simple as making a plan! Thanks for your support!

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MCK0582 7/27/2011 5:52PM

    Love this idea!

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AUNTKITTY 7/26/2011 3:28PM

    I think it's a plan - now let us know how you do!

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FIT-WHIT 7/26/2011 3:11PM

    ATTA GIRL!! There ya go-- REALISTIC plan for the week. TOTALLY doable! You can even print it off and bring it with you in your pocket as a reminder, maybe with a little FITSPO photo as well. Being "on track" during vacation basically means not going waaaay overboard with excuses, but still allowing indulgences (like the alcohol-- I understand). Just as long as it's not a pattern of behavior you fall into (like four glasses per night in reg. life... uhhh probably need to seek help if that's the norm usually! LOL!), then it's totally fine for some family/vacation time. :)

Good luck, and stay positive! YOU CAN DO THIS!

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Goal Setting Issues - When Do You Stop Losing?

Monday, January 24, 2011

So, My original goal was to lose 35 pounds on SparkPeople. When I reached that goal one month early (in November 2010), I immediately decided to stretch my goal to lose an additional 12 pounds and a healthy BMI. Yesterday, I stepped on the scale and saw that I am now only 4.4 pounds away from my healthy BMI. Instead of being happy and proud, the first thing I thought is "Should I keep losing?"

There was a point when I was 20 that I lost a lot of weight (due to severe depression.) People asked me what was wrong; some told me I looked "sick" or "funny." Well, I was sick! I was very sad! Of course there were the others that said, "Wow, Michelle. You look great. You've lost so much weight." I could not share with them that it wasn't because I had a plan, that I had a goal, it was because I was extremely depressed. That weight is about 10-12 pounds lighter than where I am right now.

Breaking a weight barrier to return the 140's would probably take me back to my weight in 9th grade, so it's not familiar to me. There is a part of me that thinks there is something wrong with me for not being happy with the success I've achieved (nearly 38 pounds since late August 2010.) There is another part of me that things, "Man, this has not been too hard. I should keep losing." There is a part of me that is not sure I "need" to keep losing weight. But right now, I feel very confused. And all this confusion is about whether I should lose another 4-8 pounds after reaching my healthy BMI in 4.4 fewer pounds.

So I thought, I will ask my SparkFriends. They are people that are all committed to being healthy and active and "well." I need some opinions on whether I am developing some strange side effect of weight loss where you don't feel comfortable "stopping." Has anyone else gone through this? Should I stretch my goal again? Also, the article on "round numbers" being a source of encouragement made me think, "Why the heck do I want to be 154? That is NOT a round number?"

OK, now I rambling. Anyways. Any advice would be much appreciated, guys. Thanks in advance for your support and your valuable opinions!

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MISHY19050 1/24/2011 11:54AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss!! Great accomplishment. I feel like we are sisters. I also lost a significant amount of weight about 10 years ago after I ended a romantic relationship. I received many compliments, but I felt like I was dieing inside. Six months later I met my now husband, gained 7 pounds and was in the best shape of my life both physically and spiritually.
You look very good and sometimes we need to adjust our goal, but make acknowledgement and praise ourselves for what we have accomplished. I see no reason to not have a desire to lose additional weight as long as it does not become an illness or an obsession. We have to take stock, and really look and our mental self being at times. What are the reasons for the dissatisfaction with such a great accomplishment. Why do i desire to loose additional weight? Really look at yourself and the answers will come, but most of all relax and enjoy your accomplishments.

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Forgot 30 pounds loss meant new clothes...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I know, I know... How I did I not put one and one together to equal two. I have been truly thrilled that sparkpeople has been so successful in aiding me to lose nearly 33 pounds since August. But I forgot that those size 14 clothes would not fit my new lighter body. Luckily, I had a few size 12s, but I was totally unprepared for the massive amount of clothing I would need to purchase to fit my new body.
Since I am still looking to lose about 10 more pounds, I don't want to buy too many size 10 items (what if I go down to size 8?) just yet but I am committing to getting rid of all size 14s - TODAY. (I'm literally headed to my local Salvation Army this afternoon.)
In the past I kept them and I always needed them again at some point. I will not give myself permission to not stay committed to my healthy lifestyle.
Of course, I am also focused on paying off all of my credit cards by next summer so that leaves little money for shopping sprees. I am going to have to learn how to work the basics and buy a piece or two here and there to start rebuilding my wardrobe.
I am not complaining, but it's hilarious that I didn't even think about the financial implications of losing weight. Good thing I am saving all that money I spent on restaurants and takeout!

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NOELANIZ 1/9/2011 11:28PM

    I love SPARK and have learned to love our local thrift store. I have a great new wardrobe for under $100 and am looking forward to having to get a new one soon. Your blog is great! Keep up the good work.

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MAEST35 12/22/2010 8:42PM

    You guys will be happy to know that I found four blazers at Salvation Army for $21.36 and lots of pants (including 2 prs. yoga pants) and skirts at TJ Maxx on clearance for $107.05! Score.
Thanks so much for the encouragement. It feels good to not be worried about what the heck to wear to work after the holidays! And then I'll be able to focus on losing and maintaining these last 10 pounds. :)
Love you, sparkers!

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DANAJC 12/22/2010 3:30PM

  Yay for you!! Depending on what your work wardrobe is like, during your transition, it might be a good idea to find a high-end resale shop. They often have some nice work clothes for a fraction of what you'd pay new. A couple pairs of black slacks and a few new tops and you're set! :)

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Same food but more hunger?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

So, I ate basically the exact same items for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks on Sunday and Monday. Sunday I felt amazingly satisfied. Last night, I was ravenous beyond belief AFTER eating dinner. What gives? Have you guys experienced this too? Is it really physical or is it a psychological issue?

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MAEST35 12/10/2010 10:51AM

    I learned to do the exact same thing. When I just feel really hungry, I have more protein and lots of water. I've learned that all days are not created equal due to calories burned and I can't simply treat them all the same. So I've learned to give my body fuel when it requests it and trust that it won't mean I'm not "following the program" - especially because I like to eat at the LOW end of my calorie range.
Thanks for the advice, MISHY19050!
Down 30 pounds since August 23rd. :)

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MISHY19050 12/10/2010 9:57AM

    I experience the same thing also on a weekly basis. I exercise and about two days into the week usually on wednesday my body tells me that i have not consumed enough. What i do in up my protein, lean protein and water to assist me with my cravings. Your body is use to a certain weight and it wants to keep it there so when that is threatened it says "whoa hold on there give me more food".

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Thanks to Ruby Tuesday for Grilled Green Beans

Sunday, September 05, 2010

On Friday night, Jamison and I headed to Ruby Tuesday to take advantage of a BOGO coupon scored from Self magazine to wrap up his birthday fun. (Ruby Tuesday was my fave healthy restaurant back in 2003/2004 when I drove across PA for my job.) I noticed a new healthy side dish on the menu - grilled green beans - and had to try them out.

They were SO tasty! How did I never think of grilling green beans? I grill every other veggie! So, on Saturday night I made some grilled fresh green beans to accompany our sea scallops for dinner. So tasty! Here's what I did:

Lightly oil panini press, place snipped green beans in single layer and drizzle lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook for about 8-12 minutes for soft green beans but a little less if you like them crunchier. Enjoy! I know I will be, especially while they're on sale for $.99 a pound at Publix!

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CLARISSA1980 9/5/2010 4:24PM

    Thank you for sharing this AWESOME idea in your blog today..!!! I am going to try this recipe for dinner tomorrow night. I had never thought about grilling green beans until I read your blog. This sounds like a healthy, yummy idea..!!!

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