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30 Day Blog Challenge 23-25

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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emoticon 23. What are your current fitness goals?

My current fitness goals are to slowly improve my 5k running time. I have really been doing this ever since I started running a year and a half ago, so itís an ongoing goal. I have to be honest though- I havenít really been actively doing anything to make dramatic changes in my running pace as I had intended on doing a few weeks ago.
emoticon 24. When did you incorporate fitness goals into your healthy lifestyle? (Before starting to lose weight, during weight loss, after goal weight, etc.)

In past attempts at losing weight and getting healthier, I always either started with exercise before changing my eating or I did them both together. This time around, however, I focused only on the eating part of it for about 3 months. Increasing my activity didnít appeal to me at all because of the awful pain I would have in my heels at the end of each day just from my daily activity. I suspected that this pain was a result of my being so overweight (100 pounds), and I hoped it would get better as the weight dropped, and I would be more willing and enthusiastic to add it into my plan at a later time. After losing 30-40 pounds, it was a lot easier to increase my activity, and I began this in a very low key manner. Nice walks with my boyfriend or my best girlfriend became something to look forward too. I had also been experiencing a plateau in my weight loss, and I had hoped that adding the activity at this point would fire that up again, and it did. After about another 3 months, I got an idea from another spark blog about doing a couch to 5k rookie running program on my own. I had never enjoyed running in my life, but as Iíve aged, there are lots of things that I enjoy now that I never would have considered as a younger woman. To my surprise, it turned out to be a really wonderful form of exercise for me, and it also helped me break through plateau number two. Iím really glad I approached it slowly this time, because I had experienced burnout before I achieved my final goal weight at least half a dozen times in the almost 20 years before that, so it was nice to finally be able to keep seeing progress toward my goal, and I didnít mind a bit that is was slow.
emoticon25. Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you would like to try?

I went to a few Zumba classes, and while I thought it was really high energy and fun, I felt so uncoordinated, and all the sideways movement back and forth was horrible on my ankles. I kept thinking that if I was wearing shoes that didnít have such great traction that would help, but I didnít have any that gave the support I want either, and wasnít willing to spend the money on that trial and error project, because the times of the classes also interfered with other planned activity that was more enjoyable to me as well as my WW meeting that Iíd been attending every week. I am, however, to a point where I wouldnít mind giving it a try again. Skiing has always intrigued me, but Iíve always been too afraid of serious injury. Rock climbing- in a controlled environment- also sounds fun to me.

  
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KAYOTIC 9/26/2012 10:40AM

    I have to say, I started skiing at 40, and while it was a difficult challenge, it is now my favorite thing to do! I skate ski, a type of cross-country skiing, and if you do try it, get the lessons, they really help with technique and confidence. (this is true for XC and downhill)

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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 9/26/2012 2:47AM

  Verrrry interrrresting! Good luck with you fitness goals! emoticon emoticon

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LALMEIDA 9/25/2012 8:51PM

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30 Day Blog Challenge #22

Saturday, September 22, 2012

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emoticon 22. What is your current workout/fitness routine?

I'm a little embarrassed to say that I don't really have a set routine right now for workout/fitness. With the start of the new school year, I haven't been able to get into a regular groove with it yet, but I have been remaining as active throughout my day as possible. Any time I get a chance to go for an extra walk, I do it- it's just not on any schedule right now. I still park far away from the entrances of stores, etc. to get that built in extra. I'm looking forward to the cool fall weather, and I love being outside- that always automatically leads to being more physically active. My boyfriend's new house has a wood burner for the main heat supply, so very soon we will be busy cutting, loading, stacking firewood, and I'm looking forward to that kind of work out!

  
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GORIANA 9/24/2012 1:36PM

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MKELLY72 9/23/2012 8:23AM

    I am finding what you have mentioned, Johanne, to be exactly the case for me. I am really enjoying the fact that I can enjoy being more active! I wake up each morning remembering how thankful I am to have been given the gift of life, and I aim to enjoy it in the purest way possible. The healthy, active, and honest lifestyle I lead is providing that for me, and I find that I want to honor that glorious gift by treating it as precious as it is. In return, I have never been happier in my life.

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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 9/23/2012 6:09AM

  I recently read on SP someone who said she had a regular workout schedule while losing weight, but that after reaching maintenance, she was doing recreational activity, without a rigid plan, which was sufficient. Moving is a lot easier after losing excess body fat so I assume it's much more enjoyable, and it may not be necessary to plan ahead of time? Thank you for giving your everyday tricks for being more active.

Johanne

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30 Day Blog Challenge 19-21

Friday, September 21, 2012

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emoticon 19. What 'unhealthy' food(s)/drink(s) do you refuse to give up? Any that you have given up completely?

I can't/havn't given up ice cream. I rarely (maybe once a year or so) have deep fried foods. They were never a real problem for me in the first place- no particular cravings for them. I also don't have burgers/sandwiches with fries anymore either. I also don't eat many starchy veggies like corn and potatoes. If I have a potato, I opt for a sweet potato instead, but usually have squash unless I'm really wanting that sweet potato- which isn't a "bad" food anyway. Ironically, I was never a coffee drinker, but about a year ago, I started drinking coffee. Just black coffee, and only a few times a week. It's not a daily thing..but as the weather gets colder, it becomes more regular.
emoticon20. What are your favorite healthy foods? What healthy foods have you 'discovered' along the way to better eating habits?

Fresh fruits and veggies. I discovered that I love quinoa sprinkled on a large green salad in place of meat/other protein. Sugar-free, fat-free yogurt and fruit parfaits that I make myself....LOVE them. I feel like I'm having dessert! I had always been a lover of all these things before, but instead of making them meal staples, they were occasional after-thoughts. Slowly shifting the balance of my meals to mainly fruits and veggies has developed a real, true love for that way of eating. I don't usually crave the old "comfort foods" like high fat, high carb casseroles of my past anymore. When I do indulge in these things, I find I don't enjoy them nearly as much as I used to, and I realize how much better I like my food now.

emoticon21. Did you or do you have any disordered eating habits - binging, purging, excessive calorie restriction or excessive exercise? How did develop (or how are you developing) a healthier relationship with food?

If I'm honest with myself, I would have to say that I had occasional problems with binging. It wouldn't usually be longer than a day, and no more often than once or twice a month, but when coupled with my consistent double portions of nearly everything, it was a perfect recipe for obesity. I still have occasions when I find myself thinking about binging, and I can usually distract myself from it by finding some other activity to take my mind off of it until it passes. Sometimes I go for a walk, call a friend (like an AA sponsor), pull out my journal and write about it. Sometimes I still indulge that urge. In fact, two days ago I had an incident that I wish I hadn't allowed to happen with two bowls of ice cream. I was already over full after finishing the first A Ĺ cup serving, but it was so good....and I was home by myself...kids were all off doing their thing, and I was relaxing in front of my favorite show, Parenthood, but I just wanted more, so I got up and scooped more. It was good, but I felt sick after I had finished it....way too much sugar. I tracked it all though, and as of this morning, I still owe myself 4 activity points...as long as I don't go over my daily target today. I could easily earn that 4 points today to balance my week(that ends tonight), but I would have to go for a walk tonight after work to accomplish that. It's not the end of the world if I don't, but I will probably do it, because it will make me feel better- like I have done something good for myself, and help me to ease the regret I feel for allowing myself to cross that line again. It doesn't happen nearly as often as it used to...more like once or twice a year now, so that is a big improvement. I feel like I'm in ongoing recovery, and even though it's so much better, I don't want to ever let my guard down.

And.........I'm all caught up now....until Monday when I have to catch up for not blogging over the weekend emoticon

  
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GORIANA 9/24/2012 1:40PM

    Quinoa, huh? I've yet to find a way to enjoy that. Oh well, maybe next time I try it, it will work for me.

Anyway, I'm ejoying these blogs.

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MKELLY72 9/22/2012 7:32AM

    Thanks, Johanne.
It's an ongoing learning process- and that is one thing that is really standing out to me as I complete these questions. It's a good thing I love learning :)
I don't have tv service at all, thank goodness I can watch it on Netflix on my blueray player...I love that! It works out pretty well, since I don't really care to watch that much tv, but my daughter got me hooked on that show about 4 months ago. I just love that whole family!

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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 9/21/2012 10:32PM

  I know it's beside the point, Michelle, but your favourite show is Parenthood? I love it, but I have to watch it over the Internet, I don't get that TV channel anymore.

Your answers on this blog challenge contain a lot of food for thought for me. For instance, that you have slowly changed the balance to eating mainly veggies and fruit. Another day, it struck me that you were a low-carber at one point in the past, and it had not worked for you. One other thing that struck me today is that one of your important strategies to avoid bingeing is to distract yourself. I'm not yet successful at my low-carb attempt, because I keep bingeing every evening, so I have not reached nutritional ketosis yet. I assume that when I do reach nutritional ketosis, I will lose the cravings and stop bingeing.

Even though I haven't yet read all your answers thoroughly, I really appreciate you doing this challenge, because I am still learning new stuff from you.

Have a really nice weekend! emoticon

Johanne

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30 Day Blog Challenge 16-18

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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emoticon 16. Do you follow an eating 'plan'? (Vegetarian, paleo, South Beach, Atkins, yada yada yada) How has this helped you live a healthier life?

I don’t follow any of these eating plans. I pretty much concentrate on making each meal or snack half fruits and/or green veggies, and the other half is split between some kind of whole grain and a lean protein source. I like the balance it gives me. I also like the flexibility and control that I have learned by taking this approach. This is an example of my day’s meals:
Breakfast: ¬Ĺ cup sugar free nonfat vanilla yogurt topped with a combination of berries, apples, bananas..whatever fruit I have basically, 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts, cinnamon and a packet of Truvia.
Snacks for the day: 2 pieces of fruit, 2 lowfat string cheese
Lunch: Large bowl of mixed greens topped with an assortment of other veggies and fruit, 2 oz of lean protein, 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts, sprinkle of parmesan cheese, a spritz of a balsamic vinegar and oil mixture, salt and pepper paired with a repeat of the yogurt-walnut-fruit parfait from breakfast
Dinner: This is when I get more creative...Half my plate is some kind of green veggie, ¬ľ of my plate is a lean protein, and ¬ľ my plate is a whole grain or starchy veggie. I usually finish with ¬Ĺ cup of some kind of light ice cream treat.
I feel like this isn’t complicated, but follows some really good guidelines for healthy eating, and it has been really easy for me to adopt this habit for life.
emoticon17. Do you have any meals/snacks that you repeat over and over? What are they?
My breakfast, snacks, and lunch that I mentioned in the above question are repeated everyday during the workweek. It may seem boring, but I like the control. I vary it some by switching out the different fruits, veggies, and proteins, but I love the simplicity of it.
emoticon18. Do you have a go-to meal for days when you have to be on the go, no time to stop to eat and no refrigeration/cooler available?
I need to work on this plan better, but fortunately, this is a rare circumstance for me. I will pack an apple of two with a couple pieces of individually wrapped light string cheese to get me to my next meal when I’m on the go. I have used high fiber cereal type and protein bars on a rare occasion too.

  
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GORIANA 9/24/2012 1:45PM

    This is so interesting. I wondering how you handle unusual situations, like parties, vacations, or restaurant meals...

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JOHNMARTINMILES 9/19/2012 11:33AM

    Answering these questions is a great exercise in introspection.

Make Today a Great Day!

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30 Day Blog Challenge 13-15

Monday, September 17, 2012

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emoticon 13. What has been the hardest life style change you've made for the sake of losing weight, getting fit, or becoming healthier? Any tips for making that change easier?
I didnít find anything more difficult than I expected this time around. It was more difficult in previous attempts at healthy lifestyle changes to increase my activity and sustain it for the long haul. In the past, it had been so hard for me to make the commitment to more activity. I had just jumped in full force, and I ramped up my sessions/duration before I was ready, and I burned out and quit. I was pretty attached to an all or nothing mindset. This time, however, I decided to just do things a little at a time, be happy with slower progress and my new, healthy habits I was building. I also know myself well enough to admit that I will not likely ever love planned exercise enough to commit to more than 3 days a week. Some weeks I get more, and thatís just a bonus. The key is that I can SUSTAIN this habit....being able to sustain the habits is so important!
emoticon14. What life style changes have been easier than you expected? Why do you think that was?
It was so easy for me to track my food this time, since I was able to finally find a method that was a good fit for me. I like paper and pencil, and I keep a small notebook tucked in my purse- itís always with me, and I have tricked myself out of having any excuses. If I have to track on the run, I use the note feature on my cell phone (I donít have a smartphone...Iím kind of old school), and I track it later. I fell in love with the WW points system for calculating food intake and activity. It was really easy for me to learn, and that has been my rock! I track as I eat it/ pack it, and if something happens to delay me, I get it all caught up by the end of the day.
emoticon15. What is your favorite weight loss, fitness, or wellness blog (or website or magazine) outside of sparkpeople?
I really like manmeetsscale.com- it is written by the CEO of Weight Watchers International, and he covers a lot of issues/ concerns that are specific to weight maintenance. He uses WW lingo here and there, but I really like how his message is universal to all maintainers/weight losers no matter what the ďprogramĒ (as long as itís based on good health guidelines)
Another one that I have recently discovered while doing some researching in preparation of this question is called Healthy Food For Living. I like reading about new ways to eat a healthy diet, and so far, it looks like a good one. I had to actually do some research on this, because I rarely consult other online resources outside of Spark.

  
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KAYOTIC 9/20/2012 10:16AM

    You are so right about the healthy lifestyle really sinking in by taking it slowly...well said!

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GORIANA 9/17/2012 9:49PM

    I just found your new blogs. I'm looking forward to reading them and learning 'how you did it.'

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IRISHEI 9/17/2012 5:43PM

    #13.
I think eating out with friends or going to parties is the hardest part of my change, as far as CUTTING back on portions and certain foods. I always eat better at home with my planned meals and this helps me so much. Now, I also check the online menu before I eat out, if not familiar with the menu.
Also, not buying sweets and salty snacks when I shop. This does help me stay away from the snacks if not in the house.
As far as activity, making sure I work out OFTEN. At times it has been only
3x a week and I know that is not enough to help me lose my weight. I am trying harder to do this 5x a week.
#14. I think it has been easier to track my meals, this time. I went to WW off and on for years and know if I track it, it really pays off. I also use a notebook, one page for each day and it helps so much. If I'm out, I mark it on a small notebook in my purse and record it later when I get home.
#15. I log into Spark daily. I don't have much time to check other websites. I do however, receive www.kim bensen.com about her journey. I read her book and that really motivated me. I did not join her site as far as a profile, I just get lots of ideas from her articles and the book, called "Finally Thin!" She lost over 200 pounds and has kept it off. Great book to own, so it can be referred to often. Also has over 70 recipes in it. I am sure there are others I have looked at, but not enough time to stay on the computer for so much each day.
Thanks Michelle.
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