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Things I am going to do right this week

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

1. Meal plan and grocery shop

2. Complete week 1 of "running a mile straight"
(Please keep in mind I never wanted to run, I still don't and with my knees, I am not sure I can run but I am going to give it hell then decide after the first week. Frank is doing it with me because he is awesome like that).

3. I am NOT baking anything and I have no parties or other sidetrack-y things this week so I WILL stay on plan.

4. I am going to fan the flames of my spark.

5. I am going to lose a pound. I am going back to my small steps mentality that lead to losing the first 70 pounds.

What are you going to do right this week?

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THREEE 9/8/2012 6:00PM

    i so love reading that you keep at are an inspiration...which you must be able to tell from all of your comments after you blog...i hope to be able to keep finding your inspiration as i continue(sporadically) my journey...thanks, kiddo emoticon

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DAISY443 9/6/2012 7:52AM

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BIGMAMAT 9/6/2012 12:45AM

    Lovin your list Mama. emoticon How is the meal planning going? I am counting down the days until I can have everything put away/fixed and I can meal plan again. (I also need to coupon and stock up). Its very difficult to prepare a good meal when your pots and pans are still in your livingroom. lol..

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SOON2BSMALL1313 9/5/2012 10:48AM

    thats a great plan I hope you succeed this week :)

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GODDREAMDIVA1 9/5/2012 10:47AM

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/5/2012 9:57AM

    Awesome Mama!!!

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    Word up sassy pants! Kick bootay!

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    I'm with you- back to what worked, log my food, be reasonable with my expectations, stay on plan.

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CANNIE50 9/4/2012 7:48PM

    So, how goes it, Mama? I already know you are eating a good breakfast. I love your "run a mile" goal. May I suggest that when you get home after running a mile (which I already know you will do - if it feels too hard, don't stop just slow waaaayyy down, trust me on this) come home and ice and elevate your knees. I use frozen bags of peas when my knees ache. They are perfect for this. I certainly would never eat frozen peas because I find them repulsive emoticon I am late checking in but I can tell you I am doing great with exercising, and just okay with food. Just now, I broke a crown while eating a #$#@ing Tootsie Pop. How flipping stupid is that? A Tootsie Pop costs 50 cents plus $500 for the crown repair. They aren't even that good! Sheesh. I feel like an I D I O T. emoticon

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MOMMY445 9/4/2012 1:06PM

    those sound like great plans! you can do this! you are worth it!

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JITZUROE 9/4/2012 12:16PM

    I am sending you good vibes to get through that mile run! You can do it! Be sure to thank your knees afterwards : )

Let's see, I am going to try to lose a pound too along with you!
That entails eating well and not caving in to my inner Pig Pen.


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SLFRISBEY 9/4/2012 11:35AM

    Great plans! I am going to do something similar... meal plan, bring lunch to work and hit the work out plan. Too bad I have already talked myself out of working out so far. IT WILL HAPPEN though!

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    The first thing you did right was to make a list of the things you are going to do right!

Make Today a Great Day!

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Sunday check in#8

Monday, September 03, 2012

Wow, 2 months have gone by since we started the check in...

Have you made progress?
What progress do you want to see 4 weeks from now?

I have lost a few pounds since starting the check in and have decided to do the walk 4 minutes, jog 1 minute intervals during this week and see how my knees hold up when Frank and I walk stitchy in the evenings. I should have a good idea by the next check in whether I can go to week 2 of the training to run a mile. I am encouraged by all the small steps that have gotten me where I am now and the knowledge that I don't have to go BIG to get results and make some progress. My goal for next week is to lose a pound. Just one. That's it.

Talk to me....

This was in interesting week. I binged on cookies then yesterday rowed down a very slow rolling river for over 6 back and arms were screaming but since I am a bad ass, I kept rowing and probably burned off those cookies! We had a good time. it was a lot of work.

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CELLISTA1 9/4/2012 11:14AM

    Biggest progress step: packing lunches to take to work. I used to eat out EVERY DAY! Saving calories and dollars these last two weeks.

Bad idea: taking my aunt to a deli and then going to a neighborhood BBQ. Involved more meat in one day than in the entire last month.

Goals for the week: starting back up with Pilates, continuing to take lunches. I would like to lose ONE POUND too. That means I actually have to sweat, and I will do it!

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MT-MOONCHASER 9/3/2012 8:11PM

    Made a bit of progress. Upped my exercise minutes (probably a one-time deal of mowing my yard), lost one pound.

Goal -- lose another pound, dig up some chokecherries and transplant some lilac bushes.


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1000 calories for the last 2 days

Friday, August 31, 2012

In cookies.

Yea. I'm weak. And ridiculous.

But they are gone now so I will not have an extra 1000 calories in cookies tomorrow.

Back to reality. I used to be so happy in cookie land. Now I just feel weak and fat and gross and rebellious and dumb. I don't like feeling this way so I am gonna leave it behind and hope the next time cookie land calls, I have the strength to put it on ignore.

I just wasted a week of hard work. Why does my mouth feel like its worth it when my brain and my heart KNOWS its not? Don't even get me started on what my stomach has to say.

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BLUENOSE63 9/3/2012 4:33PM

  Trust aren't alone -- I haven't met a cookie i didn't like! So here's the thing when you set out your calorie count for the day, leave space for one or two cookies. Don't beat yourself up too much. 2 weeks ago I ate 6 tbpsns of nutella and tried to justify it as "protein".

Did you know that in order to gain 1 lb, you would have to eat 3500 in that day? did you also know that Caloric cycling keeps your metabolism on its toes and as long as you don't fall off your wagon more than 2 days in a row, you should be fine" These facts are from a trainer I know.

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XHENA16 9/3/2012 12:58AM

  That is okay...just get up, dust yourself off and get back on your bike and ride. Don't beat yourself up...these things happen and you have so many victories under your belt, these cookies pale in comparison. Forward march!! emoticon

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CANNIE50 9/1/2012 12:48AM

    emoticon oh, i have sung the cookie blues myself, too many times. No matter how good, the cookie hangover is not worth it. I haven't o.d.'d on cookies for awhile. Actually, I find cookie dough more dangerous than baked cookies! I don't have cookies, or cookie dough, around my house very often. I just don't want to expend the amount of mental energy it takes me to resist eating too many of those little sugar bombs - it's not worth it to me. I don't know how you resist as much as you do, actually, between all the baking projects and your bakery-girl. I would be in a sugar coma with all that temptation around me. I do okay at restaurants, and can resist a lot of stuff when I shop, but at home I want to let my guard down - I don't want all that sugary temptation lying around, whispering my name seductively.....
Good for you for owning up. And, honestly, I am so glad to hear you ate 1000 calories of cookies rather than 1000 calories, period. I am thinking of you, Mama girl. PS I wanted to go to Starbucks today. Payton told me "those cake pops aren't doing you any favors, Mom. I want to coach you to be healthier, but you need to listen to me. I'm trying to help you out." Guess what? I listened. No Starbucks, no chai tea, no cake pops. Shall I send Payton to your house for awhile? He will whip you into shape emoticon emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 8/31/2012 8:56PM

    I am right there with ya MAMA! We got this! Lets kick our habits!!! xoxo

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/31/2012 4:34AM

    I just had the same experience with a bag of marshmallows. Still feeling a bit disgusting.
But let's put it behind us and start again right now : )

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GRACEISENUF 8/31/2012 1:27AM



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SH9719 8/31/2012 12:38AM

    It called the cookie magnet. I used to justify cookies since I did not eat candy. It is not the cookies fault. It is the quantity of cookies fault. I decided that instead of cutting my hand off I would just not have cookies in the house and made my family (which is now down to my son and I) suffer through a cookie desert. Now I just do not stop at 7/11 for my cookie fix. The fact that you recorded and know the damage is a food sign. This is a record of your extra calorie affair. I think you just have to find substitutes. I just went upstairs and scarfed a nectatine. Very sweet and 60 calories. Good luck. Do not let the cookie monster get you!!!!!!

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SHARPISTOL 8/31/2012 12:35AM

    I do that, at times; however, I always make sure that I absorb the calories into my calorie count for the day; where I just have to go without, in the other foods (although a lot more nutritious), if it will take me over my allowed calories intake, for the day. And, boy, do I drink lots of water because of feeling hungry. This take a lot of will power in itself. How did the cookies get into your house, in the first place? #Just wondering.

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DJ4HEALTH 8/31/2012 12:35AM

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JO88BAKO 8/31/2012 12:35AM

    I totally understand the way you feel. I'm right there with you. I love cookies too. I have eaten way to much other stuff too. Tomorrow is a new day, a new beginning. Lets try and make good choices, 1 at a time. You can do it!!

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sunday check in #7

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hi everyone!

How are you doing?
What went right this week?
What went wrong?
Are you making progress?
What can you do better?

Lay it on me!

I had a great week for the most part, kept my eating good, walked and stayed on track until I went away this weekend. Even then, I did walk and didnt go completely crazy....

Your homework this week?

Tell me something you are feeling or something you want to BUT it has to begin with the first letter of your first name..

Since I am Jan, I am going to Jog for 1 minute at a time, 5 times this week...GO!

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GRACEISENUF 8/28/2012 12:35AM

    J for jiggle and I want to do much less of this when I exercise! :)

Glad you are home safe!


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BAYBELIEVER 8/27/2012 1:36PM

    Nothing has gone right for me for a while, but I am working on turning that around. My name word...Debbie... ... ... Decide. Decide what is important to me. Decide to live. Decide to plan. Decide. Decide. Decide.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/27/2012 11:20AM

    Uh oh... bad sign. My name word that popped in my head? Lazy. No, not good. Well, I am going to the cabin next week so maybe I can save the laziness til then. LOL

Hope you had fun at the races!


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THREEE 8/26/2012 10:44PM

    3 projects per matter how little or big...complete 3 per day


Keep up a positive attitude while Knees need to be Kept in motion for at least 3 minutes every hour of waKing day...Keen!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELLISTA1 8/26/2012 9:14PM

    How are you doing? Really well!
What went right this week? I thought about what I need to do each day, blogged about it, and actually did it. Lots of meditation and tai chi.
What went wrong? I never got my blog together about my trip.
Are you making progress? I lost 4 pounds!
What can you do better? Must sweat, even though I don't want to.
Homework: hmm, C --- cantaloupe, canasta, concerto, cello... I guess it has to be cello. I haven't picked it up for a couple of months, so I guess now's the time.

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DAISY443 8/26/2012 7:52PM

    What went right? Painted faux stones on my patio with my dil for 7 1/2 hours. Served healthy meals to my visiting family and my sons did a bathroom remodel for me! Life is good! I need to get in more strength training!

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DIET_FRIEND 8/26/2012 7:47PM

    Now I am enjoying a quiet Sunday at home. What went right this week? I stayed on my program 95 percent of the time. My weight seems down by at least a little and that's good. What went wrong? I was hoping to move and it didn't work out, but it's okay. I am trying to stay positive in all things.

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super small steps and somethung to think about

Saturday, August 25, 2012

You know how I have always said I have no interest in running? How I don't want to, never have and never will? I dont know what happened but the other day I read a spark article about starting to run. How you could run a mile, straight. I was thinking no way..I sure as heck don't want to run but I read it anyway. It said its a 4 week program where the first week you walk 4 minutes then run 1 minute then repeat and then the next week you walk 3 minutes run 2 etc....

It said you have to commit to this program for 4 or 5 days a week.

Gave me something to think about. Do I want to run? Do I want to run a mile. Is it different if I call it jogging. What about my knees? And my back?

Yesterday at the races, I went walking through this beautiful fairground's in the trees. I was walking and then I thought, I wonder if I could even run a full minute? So I got my stopwatch and I jogged (where noone could see me cause it wasn't pretty!!) And I made it to a full minute. Then I walked for 4 minutes and did it again and it was harder but I made the minute. It is my little secret but I'm telling you.

I jogged for 2 minutes yesterday, lol. Talk about small steps.

I'm thinking about whether I want to make this a challenge for myself to run aMile straight and do this program for 4 weeks. I will let you know What I decide.

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SUSIEQ911 8/30/2012 4:59PM

    I felt the same way.

Once I started I don't want to stop. I love it.

I'm going to attempt my farthest ever tonight 4 miles. Longest so far is 3.2. I know I can do it.

You can too!

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STRIVER57 8/29/2012 5:09AM

    as another person who started with 30 seconds of running ... did not expect to like it ... and fell in love with it ... and it will help your tennis too (and i agree with Carol that maybe you should take a class and find a partner) ...

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CANNIE50 8/27/2012 2:49PM

    No one will cheer you harder than I will, Jan. When I began running, my goal was to run a few minutes at a time, and work my way up to running 20 minutes at a time. I could not imagine running that long. Yesterday my best friend and I ran for miles and miles - so, yes, it works. Running a few minutes at a time, over and over, is exactly the place to start. Running is not pretty (for most people) and it isn't supposed to be pretty. Running is tough and sweaty and natural and is better than therapy. One theory is that people fall in love with running because it feels so good when you are done - works for me......So, go fall in love with running, a minute or two at a time, and if you don't fall in love? Time spent in pursuit of love is not wasted. emoticon with love, me

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BAYBELIEVER 8/27/2012 1:38PM

    I remember doing that too! And I hid in the woods too and was terrified someone else might come along the path. Good for you! It doesn't mean you have to turn into a runner, but isn't it nice to know you can move that fast!

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    That is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DAISY443 8/26/2012 3:06PM

    Hope it works for you! I'm thinking you're going to love it!

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SARAWALKS 8/26/2012 11:41AM

    Heh heh heh, I did this program and I'm so glad I did!
You just never know, you MIGHT be a runner, you'll never know til you try!
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BUBBLEJ1 8/26/2012 3:19AM

    Awesome job on the 2 minutes running! EVERYONE, even marathon runners, have to start somewhere!

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THREEE 8/26/2012 1:04AM

    FANGFACEKITTY said've done 2 minutes more than i knees and my weight will not allow(and probably my ankles)...but i could do that with walking and 'resting'--i just need to be WILLING

more power to's a 'step' further in the right direction...

i'm proud of you for continuing to 'stir it up' for yourself until you find what reminds the rest of us that it is NOT all or is "SOMETHUNG"!!! emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/25/2012 7:25PM

    That's 2 minutes more than everyone still sitting on the couch! Way to go!

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PAMATX 8/25/2012 6:49PM

    That's pretty cool! I never had an interest in running until I tried C25K. When I learned I could actually do it, I started to get interested. I think you're exactly right, it's achieving something we thought was out of our reach that makes it tantalizing.

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CELLISTA1 8/25/2012 5:57PM

    You never know... I say do it, and if something hurts, stop. You were loving tennis, so if this doesn't work out, go back to tennis. If nobody in your family wants to play with you, take a class and meet people who are looking for someone at their level to play with. I have a good feeling about this - something is gonna happen!

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EARTHMOTHR 8/25/2012 4:15PM

    Good for you!

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    Good for you! It doesn't mean you have to become a "runner" but you certainly can run if you like! :-)

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EMMANYC 8/25/2012 3:51PM

    Give it a try! You might have fun. But feel free to adapt the program to suit yourself. I have run-walked a half marathon, and have done 8 races in 2012, and I still don't run more than 4 minutes at a time. (I run those 4 minutes pretty fast, but I take 30-45 second walking breaks.) It's better for my back and other body parts.

I also don't run 4-5 times per week. I have back trouble from time to time, and various other issues, and I find that I need to limit myself to running every 3rd day, so I follow a 3-day cycle. I run on day 1, do some kind of cross-training cardio on day 2 (e.g, elliptical) with strength training, and I take a break on day 3.

So I'd suggest that you look at the program you've found as an upper limit as to how quickly you progress, but feel free to cut back the days a bit and progress at a slower pace if you want to. You will still be a runner when you finish the program.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 8/25/2012 3:29PM

    I am really happy for you! I found I just am not able to run with my knee and disc issues but I admire anyone will to try. So proud of you!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 8/25/2012 3:29PM

    I am really happy for you! I found I just am not able to run with my knee and disc issues but I admire anyone will to try. So proud of you!

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GRACEISENUF 8/25/2012 3:22PM

    I say go for it and I will cheer you on Jan.

I did give running my best effort but my back said "NO". I took baby steps and did all the steps to give it the best shot I could. I was sorely disappointed but it sure did make me appreciate my ability to walk and even speed walk all the more. I have many spark friends who are runners and I am so very proud of them. It just wasn't for least not right now.


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