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10 min of exercise per day-Dec (8 out of 9)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I have to confess, streaks bother me. Sometimes trying to get a streak going does more damage to me than good. I need to look at my exercise differently. I have to look at overall percentages, not number of days straight I did something.

As of yesterday, I'm 8 out of 9 days in December for at least 10 min of exercise per day. Yesterday was 10 min of Trim Hooping, 12 min tread climber-fast, 10 more minutes of trim hooping.

Cookies: Haven't had time to bake any more. Hope to get some done today. I may have to cut back this year and not go crazy. Lots on my plate, and have to spend my time wisely.

Thyroid: Saw my doctor on Monday. As I suspected, I'm pretty much figuring out my dose on my own. I would love any doctor recommendations for thyroid. Omaha area is the most convenient, but if anyone has an innovative doctor in Des Moines, Kansas City, even the Twin Cities or Rochester, MN, I would consider traveling. My doctor has a dry sense of humor, and I know he didn't mean to upset me. The only advice he really offered me was to do less. This is my life. It is busy. I'm looking for help with my thyroid so I can manage it better! Idiot! At least he prescribes what I ask and allows me to adjust my dosing.

Weight: My weight is up to 160 lbs. I know there are lots of reasons, the biggest being the fact that I had hernia repair eight weeks ago. Another key factor is my thyroid. I think I'm approaching my optimal dose and dosing regimen, but feel I am still hypothyroid based on my symptoms. I haven't been eating great, but I haven't given up yet either. I still have stretches where I will eat right for 5-6 days. My percentages are good, just not one long streak of eating perfectly. Not enough bad eating to justify 30 lbs.

I have a plan and I'm determined. I added a few reminders to my Goal Board to help me eat better. When I eat bad (bread products, sugary products, even beans), I feel horrible. It's not just emotionally feeling bad. It's physically feeling bad. When the sugar rush is over, I feel depressed, insecure, sleepy, foggy, unmotivated, and completely not like myself. The day I went to the doctor, was the day after celebrating with the family and going off my diet plan for the evening. I felt better yesterday (after eating right all day Monday) and I still feel like myself today. If I can just remember how bad that food makes me feel, then it should be easier to avoid. I really hate feeling that way. I don't have time for it.

Here's my plan: Read my reminders frequently. Eat right (low carb for me, replacing nut snacks with dipping veggies and giving apples a test). Exercise as many days as is possible. Some days just get too busy, but I'm looking at percentages. 90% should be a good mark for both eating and exercising. Maybe 95% for eating, since eating bad has such negative effects on my body. I plan to weigh myself once a week, or once every other week. I plan to get on SparkPeople a high percentage of the time as well.

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MUSICMOMOF2 12/10/2014 6:03PM

    I am glad that you are trying to figure things out and making a plan! You can do it!!

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10 min of exercise per day-Day 3

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Quick update today:

Exercise: 10 min Trim hoop
15 min Tread climber
10 min Trim hoop

Cookie count: I baked 48 cookies yesterday, and 48 today, two kinds: lemon and banana. My total so far for December is 157. I've eaten one plus one bite of them. Patrick (16) said the banana ones were bland, so I had to eat one. They taste like banana muffins in cookie form. I'm trying dusting them with sugar today. I also had a bite of the lemon ones since I had adapted the recipe to try to bring in more lemon flavor.

Still lots of lemon and banana dough left, so those will finish out the week. No cookies eaten today, no need. I've sampled them already.

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KPETSCHE 12/4/2014 10:00PM

    Good job on 1) the cookie baking and 2) the self control!!!
Hope to see you soon at work.

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MUSICMOMOF2 12/4/2014 11:28AM

    Way to go!

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KNEEMAKER 12/3/2014 3:48PM

  Wonderful Wednesday! Keep on keeping on!

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10 min of exercise per day-Day 2

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

I expected that I would have to start over because of Thanksgiving. Today is day two of 10/day. It should be easy to keep track since I started on Dec 1. Today is a sunny day here in western Iowa, so I got outside for some of my workout. I walked 1/4 mile, jogged over 2 miles, and walked again a little less than 1/4 mile. Before and after I used my new fitness toy, a trim hoop. It's a 3 pound hula hoop. Yesterday was my first day using it. Ouch! So far today I don't hurt as much. I am feeling my core tighten up!

Tis the season for cookie baking. I started with some "Thanksgiving" cookies. I figured since other people would bring or make pies, I would stick to my specialty. I made four batches last week: Lemon, Pumpkin, Ginger & Molasses, Triple Chocolate. Still tweaking the recipes, but all turned out yummy! Too yummy! I've successfully avoided cookies now for two days. I ate a few, ok quite a few, over Thanksgiving weekend. Today I started dough for two more large batches: Lemon (revised the recipe a bit), and Banana. Darn kids let the bananas go over-ripe so I'd bake with them. Pretty sure they do that on purpose. I count all my December cookies as Christmas cookies. Yesterday (Dec 1) I baked up the last of the Triple Chocolate and Pumpkin: 61 cookies. I'll try to keep a rolling tally. I'll also try not to eat too many.
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MUSICMOMOF2 12/3/2014 11:45AM

    I am impressed with your cookie baking! Good luck with all of them!

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MRTHING2000 12/3/2014 6:10AM

    You've got me beat on the workout. If I was up to doing 1/4 of what you are, I'd be in a much better place. Still working on that


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WOUBBIE 12/2/2014 6:56PM


I'm not even up for 10 minutes a day this time of year, so I'm just trying to get a Tai Chi streak going. Two days for me too. It's not much but it's the commitment that makes me feel good more so even that the exercise benefit.

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10 min of exercise per day-Day 9

Sunday, November 23, 2014

I had a really good Sunday and family day. We went to mass first thing and stayed to visit afterward while the kids went to catechism class. After that we had a nice lunch at the Dundee Dell. The kids really enjoyed that. We were close to St Cecelia's Cathedral, so we took the kids in there for a look around. Beautiful! We still felt like an adventure, so we ended up at the Joslyn Art Museum. They had a kids art area, so we started there. There was a lot of religious artwork, and we enjoyed the western art too. Really great day!

When we got home, I got on my tread climber. I did 30 minutes today, followed by some light two pound weights and arm exercises. I feel really good!

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MUSICMOMOF2 11/24/2014 9:49AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day! Here's to a wonderful week!

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KPETSCHE 11/24/2014 1:23AM

    Sounds like a great day, Chris. I LOVE the Dundee Dell - of course, I always get the fish and chips when I'm there and I just call it a "free" meal and plan the rest of the day accordingly! Haha

Looks like you're off this week so make sure you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and family time!


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10 min of exercise per day-Day 5

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Today was another tread climber day, 20 minutes again. It felt a little easier today than yesterday. I also did a lot of walking at work to add to my step total.

Day 4 of following my eating plan to the letter. I hope I can finish up the year with just a few holiday lapses. I've gained a post-surgery pudge that I want to slim down. Don't know how many pounds. The scale depresses me, so I'm avoiding it to keep motivated. I'm usually a numbers freak, but I don't want to obsess, just get back to my healthy habits. My thighs feel a little trimmer already. We'll see in about six weeks if any smaller pants are fitting better.

So, in a nutshell, my first week of adapting to better habits is going well. I've exercised for five days, and I've eaten really well for four (sort of good for another day).

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KPETSCHE 11/22/2014 2:15AM

    Welcome back, Chris!!!!! I'm so excited that I'll be seeing more of you at work, too.

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MUSICMOMOF2 11/20/2014 11:19AM

    Way to go! I'm about to toss my scale out the window. It just will not budge!

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MRTHING2000 11/20/2014 6:34AM

    Glad you are sticking with the plan. It is hard to do this time of year, but if you do, you'll be in such better shape when Spring rolls around and it is much easier (puns intended)

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KAYTIE22 11/19/2014 10:26PM

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You're doing great! Good for you!

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