Tuesday, July 22, 2014
To celebrate completing the first 33 days of the 100 Days of Weight Loss challenge I bought myself a pair of emerald earrings. I had a gift card to use up, so technically they were free, my favorite price!
During this first 1/3 of the book I have found myself using a lot of the day one lesson:
I used to ____ but now ____
and am now focusing more on hunger, timing of meals, and satiety levels.
I look forward to the remaining 67 days!
I was absolutely thrilled to have Linda Spangle, the author of the book not only join our Spark Team but also agree to be a co-leader! We have e-mailed each other a couple of times, and she is currently learning more about the site and then will become an active poster in our threads.
She was invited to join by one of our members KindredSpirit/Barb. I NEVER would have thought to do it myself and this was a great surprise for me!
I tried to take some pictures of the earrings, and have determined that I really do stink at selfies LOL! I finally was able to get the earrings by facing the camera towards just my ear and seeing what the camera saw by looking in the mirror.
I will only post 3 of the 12 photos it took to get this far LOL!
Ummm, nice try, where's the ear???
This is a decent picture, but cannot see the earrings.
An update on my dot calendar:
THE STARS WERE FALLING OFF! OK they were old I had found them in a drawer and Ms. Thriftypants thought she could use them up. I ended up buying a box of 1/4 inch Avery permanent green dots for $4. The box will cover 450 days so a decent price. I kept the red and yellow stars. I don't PLAN on needing very many of them and if I have to I will tape them on!
For July I am at 21 out of 22 days green = 95.45% The day I was not green was the day after my biopsy and I chose not to exercise. Since I am changing up my exercise plan (WHAT!!!!!) technically I could have counted that as a rest day and would be 100% for the month.
DID SHE JUST SAY SHE IS CHANGING HER EXERCISE PLAN ?!?!?!?!
For the next few months I want to start focusing on 3 days cardio, 3 days strength and 1 rest day per week . Focusing on an hour or more of fitness per day was a great way to get me started,I have 248 hours for the first 203 days of the year, it's just time to tweak things a bit.
For cardio it will either be walking or my recumbent bike.
For strength I am doing a combo of dumbbells, wall pushups and leg exercises. As my strength increases I will switch to regular pushups and I do have a 35 pound curl bar that I can graduate to, after graduating from 5 pound dumbbells to 10 pound ones.
I am also seriously considering getting into hooping next. I have found many online tutorials and it would mainly be something for fun,not competition.
I am just not sure if there is enough room in my mobile home to do hooping indoors in the bad weather months. More to come on this one!
That's all for now.
Onward & Downward day at a time!
The Banker may be retired but the Goddess is still going strong ! LOL!
Saturday, July 19, 2014
When you replace perfection with persistence, magic happens. You CAN have one day out of twenty that is not perfect and still lose weight.
Should I take the wider path one day out of twenty? Well, not necessarily. It's there if I need it. Sometimes I don't. I just don't fret so much about life event days anymore.
Learning to TRUST the program I am following and being faithful to it MOST of the time is going to get me to my goal of a normal (for me) body weight and a healthier life.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to listen to the Jumpstart Your Weightloss audio program by Linda Spangle.
She said a lot of things I already had learned through her books but the one thing that stuck out was if I stayed "in the green" 19 out of 20 days (be eating well and exercising) that would be 95% of the time and I would lose weight.
I went to the records section of this site and printed out my SparkSummary Calendars for June and July and then to my OneNote journals on my laptop where I track my WW points/food journals.
For June I had two gold stars and 28 green ones. Gold (yellow) are for the days I was not 100% perfect. I went over my points those two days and remember a crazy mini-binge at that time involving a diet dessert with saltine crackers and cheesecake pudding.
For June I was 93.3% perfect, and yes, I lost weight.
For July, so far I have one gold star and the rest green and am well on track to hitting 95%.
I am taking the emphasis off the scale, and putting it on the two things I can control, eating on program and exercising, for the rest of this month my only focus will be on those two things.
I will weigh again in ten days to see how I am doing. I actually stayed OFF the scale Thursday and Friday this week, and this morning the scale is up 1/2 pound. BUT, it's all good. I am pretty sure that 1/2 pound is not fat, it's digestional from the bean soup I had with dinner last night. (Yup, you guessed it I'm full of beans LOL!)
If you are interested in listening to the audio program, here is the link
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