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Spark Diet, Stage II, Week V!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

This week is all about eating on purpose! emoticon This is, from my experience, a hard concept for many of us dieters to understand! You want us to eat... to lose weight?? emoticon

Well... yeah! emoticon

I'm sure many of you sparkers out there have done the reading about why depriving yourself of good, nutritious food is bad for your diet. So, I will spare you the long, boring read of my summarization of that. But, if you have yet to read this information - please, please do! Or ask me and I will try my best to explain it as well as provide tons of great links here. emoticon

The action steps to eat on purpose are as follows:

1. Eat in the same place every day (preferably not in front of the TV)
2. Record and track your reason for eating every time you eat
3. Plan your menu for the whole week (or every day) using the meal planner

First off, I have to say that I really don't like having to change the meal planner here on SparkPeople. Don't get me wrong, it's a great tool... but I prefer to write my weekly menu out on a little chalk board. :) One, it's so simple to add things to or make changes to. Two, it makes me feel like I'm out at a restaurant - and I even have specials for my snacks - haha. Whenever we move in a few more months, I will be able to redo the kitchen just the way I want it... and I'll have to post some pictures! :)

Getting back on track here, eating in the same place every day is hard for me. Growing up, we always ate in front of the tv. Always. I remember one time when I was 15, my family had just got a new dining table and chairs. I wanted to use it! I actually cooked lasagna for dinner and managed to somehow talk my family into eating at the table. It was so awkward and uncomfortable, we haven't done it since! I guess that is why I haven't really tried to eat in the actual dining room (and why it looks so pretty since I never go in there hahaha). I am definitely looking forward to changing this though, I would love to be able to sit at the dinner table. Especially since I do eventually want to have kids of my own one day! There's actually a great article about that on WebMD;

Lastly, writing the reasons of why I ate have been very interesting! I've been seeing a lot of "munchies" comments. And, most of these munchies happen when I'm watching tv. I think my long time friend has actually been my frienemy! emoticon It just goes back to the action step #1, (preferably not in front of the TV). Haha!

This week has been challenging so far though! It's getting a bit better now that it's the middle of the week, but I still struggle with not eating in front of the tv. I'm thinking I may have to gradually wean myself from it just as I am doing with my caffeine. emoticon

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BUXOM-FOX 3/21/2012 6:46PM

    Eating some place other than in front of the tv is going to be hard for me and in all honesty wont happen lol. We don't even have a table in the dining room and it has become home to the dogs' kennels. When I was little we ALWAYS ate together at the table but that changed over time.

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RIBKNIT 2/1/2012 3:59PM

    Eating in front of the TV is a habit I find extremely hard to break, especially living alone. I'm still concentrating on the water and portion sizes in stage 2 because I'm a slow learner. Is there a Sparkpeople tool for tracking the reasons you eat, or do you do it on your chalkboard or whatever?
It sounds like you're doing great!

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Spark Diet, Stage II, Week IV (with a bit of Week III)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

First off, I want to say that I tried to post a vlog about Week III and it would never upload all of the way! It kept timing out, which I'm sure is because of my poor internet here. However, I also have some good news in regards to that. My fiance and I should be moving in May! My sister's friend (kinda my friend, but not nearly as close lol), has moved into a new house and is no longer attached to her old house. Basically, she wants to sell it and not pay on two mortgages. So, the deal is to rent the house for a year and then we have an option to buy. This works out great since we don't have a down payment for the house and love the area. I am sooooooooooo excited, thrilled, and relieved! :)

Back to the diet! I really wished the vlog would have uploaded because I had been stuck in a rut and was so excited to share a vlog for the very first time. I will try again... one day! :) Last week's healthy habit was to exercise consistently with the action steps of:

1.) Do 2 more cardio exercises this week than you normally do.
2.) Stretch every day for 10-15 minutes.
3.) Use the Fitness Tracker every day this week.

Well, I want to say that I am already doing the January Jumpstart Challenge and you do a 10 minute workout video every day, with 30 minute sessions of cardio for five days (to start). Then, you added an additional workout video... and then you added 10 more minutes of cardio a day (being a total of 40 minutes of cardio, 5x a week)! It was hard to balance all of this with all of my school work, plus planning and cooking healthy meals. But, I managed to do it somehow emoticon. I think next time... I'll wait to do a challenge when I'm not in class! emoticon

Moving on! Week IV is all about drinking more water! I have to admit, I do love water... but I am a caffeine junky. I love *diet* soda drinks. As of now, I do not plan on omitting diet soda from my life. However, I have gradually reduced the amount of intake I get from a *diet* soda. I am now down to 20oz bottle a day (which if you look at my before being about 9-10 cans a day at 12 oz per can... total of 108-120oz a DAY; 20 is not that bad!). My next goal is to bring the 20oz bottle a day... to a 20oz bottle a week.

The action steps for drinking more water are:

1. Day 1 this week - drink 1 (8oz) cup of water; day 2 - 2 cups; and so on, day 7 - 7 cups.
2. Drink one of your cups of water first thing each morning.
3. Make sure you have a water bottle or water cup at home, at work, and in the car.

Now, I am currently on a diuretic because my blood pressure is slightly elevated so I tend to lose a lot of water (not by sweat, lol). So, I try to keep myself well hydrated whenever I exercise. I loved the aticle provided that actually gives you a cheat sheet of how much water to drink before exercise, during, and after exercising. I will definitely take it to heart. If anyone wants to check out that article, here is the link:

My mother and I are going to join a gym (actually, a wellness center) in February. I am really happy about that. My mother and I don't have a very close relationship since we seem to be two completely different people and I think it will be good for the both of us. I am going to buy a nice water bottle to keep with me at all times. I know I've seen some customizable ones at Wal-Mart that are nice. I would like to have one that I can actually customize. I would like to put a mini-motivational collage inside of it. :)

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TAXPROF 1/27/2012 12:55AM

    Good plan, good support system,sounds like you will do well!

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RIBKNIT 1/27/2012 12:36AM

    You're doing fantabulous! Keep it up :)

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NO_SNOW_BODY 1/25/2012 7:28PM

    sounds wonderful

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Spark Diet, Stage II, Week II

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

After the first week, I have been measuring out all of my foods to the proper serving sizes and doing a great job of tracking my food. I know I mentioned this before, but I normally don't ever measure things out. I generally just guess on what I feel is right. I cannot believe how many years I have been wrong! I am pretty good at guessing things like flour, sugar, oats... things that you generally use to bake with. However, liquids and actual food (such as pasta, popcorn, etc), I was definitely in the dark with!

With that being said, I feel as though I have a great base/foundation started for portion control. Now... week II, I am focusing on eatting the right stuff. The action steps for this is to plan your menu, get at least 3 servings of good carbs and 3 servings of fruits/veggies every day. I have been doing fabulously on getting the good carbs and the fruits/veggies. However, I didn't do a very good job of planning my meals out this week. Well... actually, I did plan them, but I haven't stuck to them very well. I just started a new semester and I'm now trying to balance the four classes, with doing the January Jumpstart Challenge, and keep up the good work with planning and cooking a healthy menu. I honestly think after this week, I'll be better adjusted to my new schedule. At the moment, I have to be honest and say that I am feeling a little overwhelmed as if I have too much on my plate... but then again, that's life!! I just have to learn how to deal with it.

But, I also have to mention this. I have also discovered why I struggle with dieting. Growing up, my parents were always busy working and hard had time or felt like cooking. Which, I do not blame them at all and am very grateful for what they have given me. But, going through McDonald's drive through was a normal, everyday, part of my life. Going to the grocery store? Chips, candies, snackcakes... you name it! Anything quick and easy was what we had available to us. Living a healthy lifestyle is hard for me to digest because it's more of an alternative lifestyle to me! I am having to take these baby steps to really train myself to like healthy foods. I still don't consider myself a "rabbit" and immediately want to eat a big salad with all of the fixings... but I like spinach - who knew? If it was green, it would never touch my lips. I still hate lettuce because of the really watery taste it has... but I do like the more tender spinach and spring mix varieties. Also, I am starting to get to the point to where I will eat cooked onions! These are honestly huge steps for me.

I'm still a work in progress. But, this stage has been really helping to become healthier. It isn't easy, but I can do this.

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TAXPROF 1/15/2012 11:55PM

    It seems simple, but the more I track my food, the more I discover meals that work.

Also, high volumes of water help.

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MRSHOUSE918 1/12/2012 2:34PM

    I think that as long as you are willing to make those baby steps, that's what is important. When we grow up with busy parents/households, its bound to be full of convenience meals and easy snacks. My mom worked 60+ hours a week managing a fast food restaurant when I was younger... I couldn't even tell you how many meals were spent there. It is unfortunate, but now we have to grow up and make the decision to be happy healthy adults on our own, and I think you're doing a wonderful job! Keep it up!

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LILABBYNORMAL 1/11/2012 5:23PM

    Great job! I understand about the whole convenience eating thing. I was raised mostly the same way. I am also guilty of feeding my family this way too much of the time. My classes start back next week and I am hoping I will adjust well to the added stress too. Keep up the good work!

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What I Learned From My Weekend Away

Monday, January 09, 2012

My fiance's birthday is today and since we have been having a mild winter, we were able to go somewhere and celebrate. We chose Gatlinburg, TN since it is close and relatively inexpensive (I mean... $30 a night for a room that has free WiFi, breakfast, indoor heated pool, and gym; that's cheap!). We had a fabulous time and were able to go to all of the attractions he wanted to see (not to mention all of the great exercise by walking miles and miles to each place). However, my good time ended when we were about to leave. No, it wasn't because I was sad to leave the crazy town, but what I learned.

I learned that I am fat. I am not fluffy (as I like to say), big, large, plus, chubby, more to love... but I am, in fact, fat. How did I learn this bit of information? Souvenir shopping. Yes, shopping for last minute souvenirs. We went to several stores looking for tshirts or tokens to take back home so we could remember our trip. The shops lured you in with after Christmas sales and major discounts. There were many items I wanted; tshirts, shorts, dresses - everything, with cute designs and logos on them. I would have loved to have bought them, but I couldn't fit. There were no sizes available for me, or - and I do not say this out of denial - the sizes ran small.

We ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp and just had to buy something. There was a super adorable shirt that said "We go together like peas and carrots..." that I just had to have! emoticon The sizes were small as the sales lady said they are more of a "junior" size. I don't know if it was the fact that I felt she was trying to say it wouldn't fit or what, but I just had to prove her wrong and buy it. My pride was on the line! And of course, it is an XL - the largest size they had and I can just barely squeeze into it (I normally wear XL tops, XXL bottoms). With all of my rolls bulging out, and the fact that the shirt is green... I looked like a pea pod myself! Now, if Nick would have wore an orange TN shirt... he could have been my carrot!! emoticon emoticon

I can't remember all of the shops we went to, but there was a woman at one shop who kept following me around asking if she could help me find something. She even had the nerve to ask me if I was buying a gift for someone else. At the tme, it didn't really register with me how rude the comment was. However, after looking the sizes of clothes there, "XXS, XS, S, M, L," I realized I was out of place and left. We finally went to a store that had generic tshirts. I first grabbed an XL that fit, but then I read a sign they had posted about shrinkage. So... I had to switch it for an XXL. To add insult to my wounded pride, I had to pay extra for. Yes... I had to pay EXTRA for being fat.

Normally, I would have let this bring me down. I would have ate an entire box of snack cakes and family size bag of Cool Ranch Doritos by myself... hate myself for doing it, cry, and go to sleep watching AdultSwim on the couch. But, I did manage to find a small token in Gatlinburg that gave me strength. A $2.00 mood color changing necklace with the word "Believe." Though it may be small and corny, it was the "pick me up" I needed. It even allowed me to learn something about myself, even more important than the fact that I am fat. I believe in myself. That is true lesson I learned from our get away weekend.

Here's to believing in ourselves and that we can do this! :]

P.S. My new goal is to not look like a pea pod in my new Peas and Carrot shirt!

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TAXPROF 1/15/2012 11:37PM

    For me, it was a pair of draw string pants I have not worn for a long time and there was not enough string length to tie it.

It hurt, but I had to decide to let go of it or start fighting to not be "too" fat to wear my own pants.

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LILABBYNORMAL 1/10/2012 6:51PM

    I am so sorry that this happened to you. I have been treated like this many times myself. I love that you chose the necklace. "believe" in yourself and you can do anything you set your mind to. We are in this are not alone. Hats off to you for not emotionally eating after. That's something I am still working on. emoticon

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SHRINKING_SARA 1/9/2012 2:44PM

    I think one reason I hated clothes shopping in non-plus sized stores was the sales staff. They get that stink face, and follow you around because you obviously don't belong in "their" store. Ugh. Forget them and rock your new shirt in a pic once you reach your goal!

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Puttin' On My DONE Girl Pants!

Monday, January 02, 2012

Okay... so everyone has them! They're your go-to, favorite pair of pants that fits you like a glove! You remember where you bought them and haven't been able to find another fit quite like them. And, if you're like me... that's because you live in the land of denial and really bought a size smaller than you, but they finally stretched out until they fit great thanks to the Spandex! :)

And... then it happens.... A little reminder of why you're on Spark People. Your saddlebag thighs finally rubbed and rubbed until your favorite pants have huge splits. emoticon *sigh*

It happened to me not too long ago! Now I'll have to stretch out a new pair of pants to become my new favoites, lol. But, this is another reason I am glad I joined the DONE Being The Fat GIRL! SparkTeam. I have these pants hung on the back of my bedroom door so I am forced to look at them every morning and night. I am DONE with ruined pants.

Remember kids, say NO! to thigh rubbing!!!!

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MICHELLEGIRL22J 1/2/2012 5:35PM

    THanks for posting, cause i know the feeling all too well! emoticon

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    Yes! They're fabulous and sooooo helpful.

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SHERRIE_BERRY 1/2/2012 1:15AM

    emoticonGotta love the done girls!


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