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Tuesday, July 08, 2014


I guess I was so pumped up about our camping trip, ensuring that I had all the right food choices available and moving A LOT every day. Since we have been home I have over eaten cashews ... got that under control ... there aren't any in the house now ... I ate them all.

I exercised twice last week ... 60 minutes Mon and Tue. Sat the rest of the week.

I have exercised twice this week ... 45 minutes Mon and today. I have my fingers crossed that going back to 45 minutes will spur me on to complete the rest of the week as planned ... a total of five workouts.

I agree that this is a journey and no one is perfect nor should that be the goal. I am afraid that I will lose my grip and start binge eating while sitting on my duff.


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KAREN608 7/11/2014 1:03PM

    Oh I just threw out some very old cashews, ancient dried fruit that I found hiding behind a basket in the kitchen. I know it is hard to behave all the time. Try marching in place or even chair marching to have add activity to your day without a lot of hard effort. We all back slide into over eating, but just get up, dust yourself off, and get back on plan. This is for the rest of our lives so there will be a lot of ups and downs. Just look forward and not back! I do my leg exercises and some dumb bell exercises before I get out of bed and spread them out over the day. You will be okay, just keep keeping on!

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GAILANN48 7/10/2014 9:41AM

    When we're doing yoga balance poses, my teacher always reminds those who are embarrassed about wobbling and struggling that there is no growth with struggling. Funny how I latched right onto that! LOL! Seriously, I know it's disconcerting, but you'll figure it out. :)

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RAWCOOKIE 7/9/2014 4:53AM

    Your body will not suffer for over-eating cashews x
It's a normal reaction to all those days of having to be self-controlled around food that you were being tempted by.
Treat yourself to some delicious fruits - sweet and juicy - then pick yourself up and carry on.
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RX_2_RV 7/8/2014 9:52PM

    Oh brother, I did the cashew thing ON vacation instead of at home...what addictive little morsels they are! I bought some raw almonds to get my nut fix instead...measured out 10 gram portions, wrapped them in wax paper, and put them in a tupperware container to help me with portion control.

This is a speed bump, not a roadblock. Just cruise on over it and get back on track.

Re exercise/activity: Find your inner panther! Go for a 5 minute prowl around the block in the morning, just to jump start your day. I need to do the I will, if you

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STARLITNIGHT 7/8/2014 6:49PM

    drink or eat more veggies, it will stop cravings in its tracks. Also join in the Gold ITC for fun. It is a great way to get up and move that body! emoticon

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    OK You did great over your vacation, then let down after you got home. Its done now time to get back on track. This seems to be a common thred right now, seems like a lot of sparkers are having trouble maintain their fitness routine and nutritional goals. No excuses found just fact. But guess what This is emoticon of the rest of our lives . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZANYGIRL1 7/8/2014 4:31PM

    DON"T DO IT!! You had a setback, it's over, now move on. Nobody's perfect, and that's ok, you were never meant to be perfect, just do the very best you can do. That's all any of us can do. So fix yourself something healthy to eat and dance around the kitchen, while you're fixing it. Good food, good movement, OH YES, and we are worth the effort!!!!! I know you have it in you, you were doing great, and you will continue to do great, CAUSE WE ARE THE PANTHERS!!!! emoticon

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Vacation to have fun ... not to eat everything

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Howdo … we had a great time over our three week adventure. We walked, hiked, swam and saw it all!!! We saw ancient ruins, grand views, old missions, national monuments … and more. Texas son couldn’t believe how active I had become … and bragged about my baggy pants!!! We made grocery runs and resupplied our fresh produce stash. Our vehicle Igloo was a life saver and due to how our Toyota 4-Runner is wired only worked when the car was on … not draining the car battery. When we didn’t have the car running the foods stayed cool inside. The trailer took a shake up when we went to Chaco Canyon … 20 miles of rough dirt road in and a different 20 miles of rough dirt road out!!!

The first three days at the Grand Canyon were very, very windy!!! We could not have an open fire so grandson made S’mores over a propane stove. Because he doesn’t get sweets often he only ate a couple of bites before he said he had had enough. What a lesson!!!!! It only takes a few bites when you are truly paying attention to what you are eating.

Hubby and I watched the sun rise and set over some of the most breathtaking views. Though we are retired together for a year now, this trip was the first to go exploring together in a long while. We are also planning another exploring trip for us.

Brag ALERT I got rid of 10 ˝ pounds while I was gone. I stayed on track and feel sooooo good. Most people told me before leaving not to worry about losing anything while we were gone ... you are on vacation ya know. Vacation is a time to let loose and eat what ever you want. NOT

I plan to stay as active as I was on our trip. Hubby has already planned on taking me to the forest with him when he takes the doggies. In addition, I will up my treadmill walking to 60 minutes 5-6 days a week.

My mind set is I am building lifelong behaviors to get rid of the weight that will help me keep the weight gone!!!! I have read many articles on nutrition being 80% and exercise being 20%. I would beg to differ. You can only reduce your intake of food so much … physically moving helped me a great deal.

To all of you … we can do anything that we chose to do, put in the time and effort and truly want more than anything else that only has a fleeting moment of pleasure. We aren’t striving for perfection … we are striving for the best we can be.

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GRLTAZ 7/4/2014 10:43AM

    I am so proud of you ! Who knew it could be done ? You did ! Way to motivate and walk the walk.... literally ! LOL ! Keep pushing !

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GAILANN48 7/1/2014 9:04AM

    Wow, what an inspiration! Congrats on your weight loss, and I LOVE your attitude. I agree with you that activity seems to be at least equal in importance for me at this stage of my journey.

Welcome home, Cat! It's great to see you. :)

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MYTURNNOW2013 7/1/2014 7:29AM

    Sounds like a perfect vacation!

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ZANYGIRL1 6/30/2014 3:22PM

    emoticon emoticon I am so proud of you for working so hard, even on vacation. You are a great inspiration!!!!! emoticon

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STARLITNIGHT 6/29/2014 10:46PM

    Sounds Wonderful! I am so happy for you! emoticon

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TAMMYAND 6/29/2014 9:49PM

    What a wonderful trip in and of itself....and then the bonus of losing weight while traveling. Super!!! I know this momentum will keep up for you now. So happy for you. Glad you are back... missed you!!! emoticon

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LUV2SK8TRISH 6/29/2014 8:55PM

    Great job Cat! We are so proud of you!!!

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RX_2_RV 6/29/2014 8:37PM

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    emoticon emoticon So glad you had a great time and WOW!! 8 lb. weight loss. That is really great.

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CLARISSABOND 6/29/2014 6:30PM

    It isn't a sprint. It's a marathon. emoticon

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Change your mind ... and the rest will follow

Sunday, June 08, 2014

We begin our 3+ weeks on the road ... and I am staying on track. This trip is going to be awesome. We have lots of clean healthy food packed and I am determined to stay on track. This is not a vacation from making food choices that will get me where I want to be! This is a vacation to create memories with hubby and our sons.

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GRLTAZ 6/10/2014 8:50PM

    Sounds like you are living in the moment ! Fantastic !

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GAILANN48 6/9/2014 10:45AM

    Wonderful attitude, Cat! Have fun and make some incredible memories.

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ZANYGIRL1 6/9/2014 7:38AM

    Hope you have a wonderful vacation.....time with family is the emoticon

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MOTTAMAMALOU 6/9/2014 5:11AM

    One word,,,ENJOY!!

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LUV2SK8TRISH 6/8/2014 10:52PM

    Have a blast and say Hi to the Grand Canyon for me!

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    Have fun!

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STARLITNIGHT 6/8/2014 9:20PM

    Have a quality filled vacation. Good times, good food, good people, and good views as you travel! emoticon

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On the road ... and on track!!!!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

We are almost packed to go on our 3+ week trip in our travel trailer. Tomorrow we have clothes and produce to pack and then Monday morning at the crack of dawn we head out. Our trip includes: Pagaosa Springs; Cortez – Anasazi Heritage Center, Canyon of the Ancients, Hovenweep; Natural Bridge; Monument Valley; Grand Canyon for a week; Wupatki National Monument; Sunset Crater Volcano; Walnut Canyon; Petrified Forest; Chaco Canyon and Ojo Caliente to soak in the hot mineral waters before heading back home.

We will be meeting up with our two grown sons at the Grand Canyon. One is coming from Dallas, Texas. Skinny hubby will be walking with me daily with our three dogs in addition to daily activities. I have canned veggies and fruits to go along with fresh to keep me on track. We packed can tuna for quick protein. We will be off the grid most of the trip but I will be checking in when I can. Many have said “oh, it’s vacation you should eat your way through it”. Oh, how many times have I done that??? A kajillllion!!! I had a stern talk with myself and I am going to stay on track. I am changing my behaviors for a life time. I have used every excuse in the book … and made up a few of my own … to eat for alllll the wrong reasons.

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GRLTAZ 6/10/2014 8:43PM

    Sounds like an awesome trip planned. I hope your weather cooperates and you have a ball ! Living healthy on vacation is possible. I am doing right now. LOL !

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RX_2_RV 6/8/2014 11:08AM

    I am so happy for you. Travel is my bliss!

You are so right about NOT eating your way through vacation. This is life, not a diet. I think you will enjoy yourself MORE by not overeating. When you are eating "clean" it is a bit of a shock for the body to deal with less healthy food choices. Nourish that body and enjoy those hikes!
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GAILANN48 6/8/2014 8:56AM

    Sounds like a great plan - I'll be cheering for you! :)

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MAINEALI 6/8/2014 8:06AM

    I hope you have the time of your life!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 6/8/2014 6:23AM

    That area of the country is gorgeous. You will have a marvelous time. ENJOY!!

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STARLITNIGHT 6/8/2014 1:28AM

    Sounds like you will be having a Great Time! Enjoy every minute! emoticon

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DCWILLIAMS831 6/7/2014 10:44PM

    Good plan to stay on track. Thanks "skinny husband" for walking to keep you on track. Have a blast and enjoy yourself!

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How much is enough cardio????

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I think I might be experiencing exercise high or at least a lift. The last couple of times I have walked I start out with … oh crap if you officially wake up and get out of bed you have to go walk!!! Half way through the walk though I start humming with the music and having happy thoughts.

I am confused about how much cardio is needed to progressively lose weight. I am walking 45 minutes five times a week. I hear numbers of:

3 x 30 minutes
150 minutes a week
250 minutes a week
300 minutes a week
5-6 times a week
60-90 minutes

More is more … less is more. Geeeeeeeze what is a girl to do … literally.

I have joined the BL Challenge ... Black Panthers. This is gonna be awesome. Now if I can just figure out how to do it emoticon

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FANNYMANSON 6/5/2014 4:16PM

    I agree. It's hard to know where you should be aiming because it's different for everybody. Just don't push it too hard and get sore or injured. Keep moving and mix it up from time to time. And have fun! (That's the best part.)

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GAILANN48 5/29/2014 10:58AM

    Maybe we need to do what feels like work until it doesn't feel like work anymore, and then do more. :)

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NEWLITTLE1 5/29/2014 6:56AM

    I agree with the two ladies before me. Do what your body wants. You will crave exercise. I like mixing circuit training in. I don't particularly like strength training and the extra cardio I sneak in while I do strength in circuits makes me at least stay in a better mood.

:) Hope that helps in some way :)

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 5/28/2014 11:38PM

    Lisa's right. A little or a lot, your body WILL adapt! I DO ALOT, but I'm used to it! WE ARE PANTHERS, HEAR US ROAR!!!

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STARLITNIGHT 5/28/2014 9:33PM

    I am not sure about anyone else, but for myself, I can do either. A lot or a little cardio, and my body adapts with calories. I still show a loss as long as there is more energy out then in. I like doing longer low intense workouts for my health right now. But plan on increasing intensity and working out in less time after I get a bit more weight off. I just do not want injuries when I am still not to the half way point. emoticon

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