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Weeks 26 and 27 in Review

Sunday, July 08, 2012

I can't believe a half a year has passed since I got serious about pursuing a healthy lifestyle again. I started to type weight loss, but I really didn't focus on that until a few weeks ago. It has been more about focusing on single habits, getting those under control, maintaining them, and moving on to the next trouble area.

Looking back over the past six months, I know I have accomplished a lot. I went from forcing myself to drink 5 or 6 cups a water a day, to easily drinking 12 without even thinking about it. I have consistently eaten within my calorie range, and looking over my Summary Calendars, I can count on one hand the number of times I have not met my calorie range. I have learned to add more protein into my day, and have gotten my fiber within range for a week's time. I am still working on the day to day there.

I realized today that I have done at least 20 minutes of cardio everyday since June 22nd. That is a new streak for me! emoticon Cardio is definitely my favorite forms of exercise. I am still not where I want to be on the strength training, but I am doing it at least twice a week. I want to get it too three. This past week I burned 4137 calories in cardio, and the week before 4188. I have a deficit of at least 500 calories per day, and as many as a 1000 on a day I do the 6 mile walk with Curves. Six months ago I wasn't even close to these numbers.

Our dog is going to need surgery this next week, and my routine is going to be altered in some significant ways for 10 to 12 weeks. After my immediate concern for how I am going to manage her and what we need to do to make her comfortable, my next thought was how am I going to get my exercise in. I have worked out a plan with my husband that ensures I can still get to Curves 4 days per week, and walk at least 3 days per week. I think I can still manage a fourth walk on a weekend day around his schedule. Even six months ago I would have used this set back as an excuse not to exercise. Yay for healthy habits!!!

As for current habits I am working on....

My focus areas for the last two weeks:
1) Protein intake /fiber intake/calorie range
2) Eating planned meals
3) Sleeping 7 hours per night
4) Weight loss

Results:
Week 26
1) Protein low of 62 grams high of 119 per day emoticon
fiber: 6/7 two under one day, within range for the week
calories: mid-range all week
2) Planned meals: 40%
3) Sleep: 4/7
4) weight loss: lost 3 pounds emoticon

Week 27
1) Protein: low of 68 grams and high of 91 per day emoticon
fiber: 5/7 one under one day, one over one day within range for the week
calories: 6/7 over range on the 4th of July
2) Planned meals: 40%
3) Sleep: 5/7
4) Weight loss: stayed exactly the same to the ounce of last week

Focus for the upcoming two weeks:
1) Protein/fiber/calories
2) Eating what I plan to for the week
3) Sleep at least 7 hours per night
4) Weight loss

Looking forward to a successful few weeks!

  
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BARBANNA 5/23/2014 12:02AM

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SCHECK5 10/12/2012 12:35PM

    Great Job...keep up all your hard work.

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KRMFREEONE 8/7/2012 12:30PM

    I am so proud of you! emoticon

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HOPEFILL 7/16/2012 7:42AM

    That's awesome! You're such a wonderful example of moderation and sustained effort! We'll all be rooting for you while things are a little topsy-turvey for the next couple months - you can do it!

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LUCYLIN101 7/13/2012 9:59PM

    You are doing an increible job of planning and sticking to it! I am so proud of you!
I thought my 10 glasses of water daily was commendable but 12!!! Yikes, I am going to have to ramp up.
I am interested in your tracking the protein and the tie in to your weight losses. Do you see more loss when you stick to the ranges you have above?

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APRILLSCOTT 7/8/2012 12:38PM

    All I can say is WOW! What a difference six months can make in a persons life for the better! I just love all the healthy changes and the cardio streak especially you have going on. You are a busy person and all the planning you are doing to make sure that you get that taken care of with your husband shows the change is stable. It has become a lifestyle habit! emoticon on that three pounds! You did not start out to lose weight but it is coming off, and you have done a great job with this! I am sure you can not be doing anything but feeling better and more energetic!

As for the new goals they are some great ones. I did not realize that you could not lose weight unless you get the right amount of sleep until recently. So this has been one that I too am working on. If I keep this one going down the correct path seems like all of them start looking up! Planned meals are another thing I struggle with, but if done right I do really well! So we are in the same emoticon!

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SBNORMAL 7/8/2012 3:20AM

  Great, keep working hard.

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STUFFNEARTABOR 7/8/2012 2:59AM

    Success!

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Weeks 24 and 25 in Review Jun 10-23

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I guess I can sum up the past two weeks with the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly!

Good: Lots of Cardio emoticon week 24 I burned 3113, and week 25 I burned 3233 between walking and Curves; finished the 28 Day Spring into Summer Bootcamp emoticon emoticon This one I am really proud of. The videos kicked my behind, but I did them anyway and finished one day early emoticon Now to carry forward the ST and toning from here on out. Protein intake *drum roll please* I managed to meet my protein needs every single day the past two weeks!!! This has been a struggle since the beginning of the year, 25 weeks to get it right! emoticon Week 24 my daily protein ranged from 65 my lowest day to 79 the highest. Week 25 I squeaked by with a 60 low to a 90 high! Not only did I meet protein, but I managed to stay in calorie range every one of those days too! I will leave protein on my goals one more week, just to make sure the past two were not a fluke. I also made my fiber goals week 24, and missed just two days this past week.

The bad: Sticking to my menus. Really hap-hazard the past two weeks. I did really well for a couple of days, then totally off track. I still ate (mostly) healthy just not what I had bought and planned. I have to get better at this as too much produce is going into the trash.

The ugly: Sleeping 7 hours per night. I can't even believe I am going to admit too this, but Week 24 I only got 7 hours sleep one night. The other 6 weren't even close. Week 25 was slightly better at 4/7. Obviously this stays on the goals going forward. Weight loss was also ugly. I actually lost 3 pounds in the first 10 days, and then all of it was back on for Saturday's weigh-in for the 5% challenge. really not sure what happened, either ate something I am allergic too or muscle from the bootcamp, but the scale doesn't lie :-(

My goals for last week(s) were:
1) 60 grams of protein daily
2) Eating planned meals
3) Sleeping at least 7 hours per night
4) Finishing Spring into Summer Bootcamp
5) Weight loss

Results:
1) Protein emoticon
2) Planned meals not even close
3) Sleep 5 out of 14 is really awful
4) Bootcamp emoticon
5) Weight loss still a rollercoaster

Focus for this week:
1) Protein intake /fiber intake/calorie range
2) Eating planned meals
3) Sleeping 7 hours per night
4) Weight loss

Wishing you all a week filled with small victories!

  
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VONBLACKBIRD 7/3/2012 9:02AM

    Just keep striving and you will be better off in the long run. I too struggle with the sleeping. I rarely sleep more than 7 hours and most of the time it is 5 or 6..So can join you there. I do ok on the protein but I struggle with the fiber...I eat lots of fruit but still don't seem to get that number right. We will just try our best!!! Together!!! emoticon(wishng for rain)

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APRILLSCOTT 6/29/2012 5:05PM

    You are doing emoticon Margie, keep it up. The sleep goal is one of the most important! Without that sleep it impossible to lose (or I have noted that it is for me)! That is a very worthy goal. The fiber intake is another one that I have trouble with. Meal planning and sticking with it is also very hard. There always seems to be something standing in the way or coming up in my house hold. You have set goals that are gems! I look forward to tuning in to next week. You always inspire me to do better. Some of these goals I think I will put on my agenda this week. I know sleep is most certainly one of them. I never, never lose even a pound if that one is not right!

Hope you have a great week, because emoticon

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KRMFREEONE 6/27/2012 9:15AM

    I love hearing the workouts you do! It inspires me.. And i can give full sympathy on eating what you buy, for some awful horrible reason, I put alot of stuff in the trash b/c i couldnt get to it in time, like my fruits and veggies. but i realized something that might help. But in smaller quantities. We are used to buying , almost in bulk on all of the unhealhty food we can get b/c our households can go go through it quicker, and b/c there are better bulk deals on those items. So what I like to do is buy one fruit and one veg on monday, and if I plow through Ill go back to the store just for my self like Wedneday or Thursday. It will help with the waste and it will help you stick to the planned meals... Keep up the good work!! and wish me luck you have inspired me to run today!!!

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KEEPGOINGEMILY 6/26/2012 7:11AM

    Wow, lots of exercise and very specific goals! Keep trying, don't give up!

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TELFERS01 6/26/2012 3:10AM

  You go!

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5% Summer Challenge Assignment

Monday, June 11, 2012

I want to get and stay healthy. For me that means losing weight, and building strength/endurance.

I want to change how I approach food, and stop eating out of boredom etc. I have allowed myself to get off track with healthy meals, and have turned into a grazer. I want to change that trend. I have been weaning myself off of diet soda, and am hopeful that will help with my weird cravings. Today was the first day with no diet soda, took drinking 16 glasses of water though!

I want to get back into a size 10 comfortably. That will take more than this next 8 weeks, but progress is progress towards that goal. I want to lose the extra weight around my middle, so that my clothes fit better. This will take eating healthy and exercise.

I want to have energy to do the things I enjoy, and age gracefully. I want to develop a healthier lifestyle that I can maintain for the rest of my life. I want to continue to develop healthy habits that become second nature to me. I want to know I set goals for myself and accomplished them!

  
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APRILLSCOTT 6/14/2012 9:48AM

    One day at a time! One moment at a time! You are doing great! Wow! 16 glasses of water! I have finally gotten to 8 glasses. It does seem to help. I can't stand the diet sodas they give me headaches and bloat me terribly. The lemon and limes in the waterare helping me get there. I had a professor in college that hated the sugar substitues. The first day of class he gave us a 20 page report on all the different disease and things that those sugar substitues can cause. I really do not see how they can say they are safe to use. This is a hard goal to conquer my friend, but I know emoticon! Thanks for the inspiration you are and going after those goals. You are sticking to it and it is showing! emoticon emoticon

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KRMFREEONE 6/12/2012 11:03AM

    So we have the same goals almost!! Youre right we know what to do , i will keep you posted on my end, and good luck on the challenge! emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 6/11/2012 7:05AM

    Yay for the goal of giving up soda! That stuff is PURE poison and it is full of chemicals and additives that actually make you CRAVE more junk.

I kicked sodas to the curb almost 2 years ago after easily being crowned the Queen of Diet Coke with a slice of lime. I immediately lost about 8 pounds and felt SO much better.

It's a tough goal...but definitely one working towards. Put a slice of lemon or lime in your water...makes it much more palatable. Water is now my drink of choice.

Good for you...wooooo hoooooo... emoticon

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DEBORAH-SIMS 6/11/2012 3:53AM

  Too much water can be dangerous for your kidneys. I would keep your water to 8-12 glasses.

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Week 23 in Review Jun 3-9

Monday, June 11, 2012

Exercise is becoming much more consistent! I am in a routine and that helps to ensure I get in my required fitness minutes. I have been contemplating checking out a new gym. It isn't that I don't enjoy Curves anymore, I just feel like I am not progressing like I was. I miss swimming, but dislike the long drive into town to go to the city pool. Plus, that pool is outdoors and even though heated not much fun in the winter. There are two gyms in town with indoor pools, about half the drive distance as the city pool. I will make an appointment at those this coming week or the next to check them out. One has a Women's Only workout area, and that appeals to me.

Eating unfortunately has been all over the board this past week. I went over calories one day, missed protein nutrients two days, missed fiber four days. I planned out my meals, shopped accordingly, and then failed to follow my plan. No excuses, just didn't do it. I am gearing up for the 5% Summer Challenge, and am planning to switch to a Mediterranean style diet for that. I feel like I am in somewhat of a rut. I have pulled out the cookbooks, looked at some recipes, and made my grocery list. Now to follow it.

My goals for last week were:
1) 60 grams of protein daily
2) 7 hours of sleep nightly
3) Complete all 7 of the Spring into Shape Bootcamp videos per week

Results:
1) Protein 5/7 (both missed by just one gram - close but not there)
2) Sleep: 3/7
3) Bootcamp: 7/7 another week completed emoticon

Focus for this week:
eating planned meals, sleeping at least 7 hours per night, and finishing another week of bootcamp. With the new challenge starting, I am going to focus on weight loss this week too. I have been weighing every week, but have not been concerned with the number. Weight matters going forward.

Wishing everyone a week filled with small successful steps!

  
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Week 22 in Review May 27-June 2

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

I am feeling much stronger this week. I missed my goal for total calories burned via cardio by a few hundred points, but managed to get in 85,473 steps for the week! That is approximately 12,210 steps per day. That is more than double last year's daily goal. I am moving so much more on a daily basis, not just exercising, but extra steps by parking way out at the store etc. It is a NSV, and I am celebrating it!

The scale and I have been at odds this past month. I gain a pound, I loose two, and the vicious circle continues. I weigh exactly what I did 4 weeks ago. I know I have eaten some things I am allergic too, adding weight for a few days, and I am also snacking way too much. I went over calorie range today, partly from lunch out with 2 oz of walnuts on my salad...yikes, but also chips on the drive home in the car. Once I left my daughter's today, after our shopping trip, I put the chips in the trunk so I wouldn't be eating mindlessly on the rest of the drive home. Snacking never used to be an issue. One solution is too limit what is in the house, and I have stopped buying certain things since I am not controlling portions successfully. It's a process. In terms of a process... I drank 92 glasses of water last week, an average of 13 per day! Another NSV win!

My goals for last week were:
1) 60 grams of protein daily
2) 7 hours of sleep nightly
3) Complete all 7 of the Spring into Shape Bootcamp videos per week

Results:
1) Protein: 5/7 ( even with missing 60 grams daily on two days, I averaged 65.9 grams per day) I missed my goal but that average is a new high for me.
2) Sleep: 3/7 this one is going to take some time and effort, obviously from those sorry results. I need to start my evening routine a lot sooner, and get to bed at a time that allows for at least 7 hours of sleep.
3) Bootcamp: Completed all 7 videos this past week! emoticon emoticon

Focus for this week will continue to be 1) protein, 2) sleep, and 3) bootcamp completion.

Wishing everyone a week of successful moments!

  
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