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5% Challenge Assignment #4

Saturday, February 09, 2013

List ALL your trigger foods. Is it a snack food or part of a meal? Are they sweet or salty? Hot, cold or room temperature? Carbs, comfort foods?
~~Sugar is the worst and bad carbs follow closely. Be it sweet or salty, snacky foods or meals, hot or cold, it doesn't matter. Once I eat something heavy in sugar or bad carbs, it's like I can't stop eating until I'm about to burst. Some of the worst culprits for me are ice cream, cookies, candy, crackers, tortillas, pasta, rice (with salt and butter!), & bread (with butter and herbs!), pizza.

What are the sources of the Triggers Foods? Is it a fast food restaurant? ~~No, not really. Drive thru? ~~No. Food you order in? ~~yes, pizza... definitely. Grocery store? ~~Nope. Convenience store? ~~Nope. Meals at family or friends? ~~Yes, often. Co-workers birthday cake? ~~No. Treats from others? ~~Not often, but that has happened.

Describe the most common situations where you reach for the trigger foods or snacks. What room are you in, what time is it, what are you doing, who is with you, and how do you feel? Are you tired? Are you eating to feel better? Are you rewarding yourself? Soothing yourself? Are you bored? By getting the food how does it make what you are doing better?
~~My worst time of weakness for falling prey to a trigger is after work and the evenings in the living room. I have been alone, but I don't have to be... and yes, I'm often very tired or bored and eating delicous food is enjoyable and soothing and does temporarily make me feel good. I really enjoy eating while I watch tv... until I realize that I'm not stopping, then I just feel guilty and disgusted.

What should you be doing at that time?
~~Anything other than eating.

Do you see a pattern? What types of foods are you reaching for? Does convenient access make a difference?
~~I definitely see a pattern. I often reach for whatever is most convenient, often packaged, fastest, but what I cook for supper has also triggered binges... like spaghetti and french bread or pizza.

How can you better handle the situations to avoid the triggers and not binge or eat more than you should.
~~Recognizing myself about to eat a trigger food has stopped me before. I'll be looking through the pantry or fridge for something to grab and suddenly realize what I'm doing, ask myself WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! and then just walk away from the kitchen. However, eating supper with the family still often triggers a non-stop eating frenzy for me... To thwart that I try to cook less (no leftovers) or put the rest up right away after making plates for us all, and I have resorted to rarely buying treats, like ice cream, at all. I'm still having a hard time limiting the pizza. But for that, I found that if I eat a big salad with my pizza... I actually do eat less pizza.

Write out your strategy to avoid the Triggers.
~~A lot of self-talk... positive self-talk, drinking plenty of water.... they say that often when you want to eat, you're actually thirsty, portion control when serving myself my meals, putting up leftovers, saying no, thank you when offered treats at work, read, get busy with something else, or DO grab a snack but make sure it's a fresh fruit or veggie.

What did you learn from doing this assignment? Anything else to add?
~~I think I keep eating sometimes when I'm not really hungry because my body is starved for nutrition. I keep filling it with stuff that lacks good nutrition, but it's not doing me any good. My body says, no, that's not getting it, eat more... and so I keep eating until my stomach says ENOUGH ALREADY! I have found that when I "fill up" on fresh fruts and veggies, I don't get in that "EAT MORE!" loop ending with feeling disgusted and guilty and my body still stared for nutrition. When I eat fresh veggies and fruit I eat less, I'm satisfied with less and I have a TON more energy! It's amazing.

Women like her inspired me to go raw. :)

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LJR4HEALTH 2/11/2013 8:11AM

    You know what triggers you for sure Thanks for sharing

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JUSTME29 2/10/2013 10:12AM

    It's amazing how that works isn't it? We know we get fuller and feel more satisfied when we eat the fruits & veggies and yet making the choice to eat them over all that other stuff is so hard. I don't understand it, but I know it's true. Here's to both of us making the harder choice.

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FAVALL 2/10/2013 2:41AM

    Thanks for the exercise and information.

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MIDNIGHTER1 2/9/2013 4:56PM

    Carbs are hard to fight off. Them pizza,sugery snacks are all convenient and assessable to easily.
The nutritious foods require a little more work sometimes. This is why they take a backseat. A conscious effort to eat healthier is required,no matter what. If not all the time ,at least most of the time. It is a better benefit in the long run. I wish you luck.

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BIGPAWSUP 2/9/2013 3:40PM

    Awesome! I would love to go raw too but I too have a sugar crave!

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5% Challenge Assignment #3

Friday, February 08, 2013

Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight.

What do you want to change?
~~My overall self-perception, the way I look, the way I feel, the way I move, the way I eat.

How do you want to look?
~~Fit, healthy, attractive, beach-worthy

How do you want to feel?
~~Confident, energetic, healthy, pretty

What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body?
~~be more active, shop in the smaller sizes and look great in anything I want to wear, wear Minnetonka moccasin (or any) boots I like, wear a swim suit in public and still feel great about my appearance, climb stairs without getting winded, have improved self-esteem and confidence, leave my pants buttoned and zipped and still be able to breathe when I bend over to tie my shoes, get in and out of small cars with ease (daughter has a Miata that just kills me!), fully enjoy a theme park (especially the roller coasters!), be confident and feel great on the beach, not mind having pictures taken of me, maybe even become a fitness instructor somewhere... now wouldn't that be something! :D
And list all the OTHER things that you want to change!
~~be much more organized!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/9/2013 3:07PM

Keep up the great work!
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LIVING4HIM_INWI 2/9/2013 12:50PM

    I like this challenge! It looks like it makes people really think things through and puts the goals right out there in front. I know this is going to help you a lot. I might have to do this too.

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JUSTME29 2/9/2013 10:41AM

    Those sound great! Best of luck in your challenge.

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DISPATCHER04 2/9/2013 1:48AM

    You can totally do this, Renee! :)

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 2/8/2013 11:05PM

    This is a useful self assessment--it sounds like a great challenge.

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CMFARRELL36 2/8/2013 6:04PM

    Great goals - thanks for sharing.

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GMO_JEN 2/8/2013 1:18PM

    Great goals- keep us up dated, I know you can do it :)

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BIGPAWSUP 2/8/2013 12:06PM

    I'm in on the wish list!!! I know you will do it!

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FITMOMMA4LIFE 2/8/2013 10:36AM

    I agree many of the things listed are also on my wish list!


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LOVESLIFE48 2/8/2013 10:24AM

    Great blog!! You will accomplish all on your list!!! emoticon

(sounds a lot like me!!)

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5% Challenge Assignment #2

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Time to re-do and update my sparkpage.

I do this all the time.

So you better check it out often... ya never know when it will look different! :)

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    Me too, I like to freshen things up! BUT I have been sticking with my current for awhile now, I really like it. =)
I can't wait to see your new look.

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MCJULIEO 2/7/2013 10:43PM

    I need to do that, too!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 2/7/2013 10:12PM

    I don't think I have updated mine in like 18 months. People still think I am traiing for the Savannah Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. That was 11/5/2011.

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5% Challenge Assignment #1

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go?
Got my sweats, shorts and t-shirts ready, I still need new shoes! My water bottle is full and I'm ready!

What is your exercise plan?
to exercise. I'm horrible in this area and want to create a new habit of exercise, including loving it instead of hating it. Illness in my family has made starting this hard this month, but I am just as determined! My plan is to break out and make good use of many dvd's I have including several cardio hula dance, zumba, samba reggae, and SP workout dvd's: 28 day bootcamp and the new total body one. I'll probably throw in walking as well when I can, maybe even bring my exercise bike back in the house.

Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Have you stocked up on the foods?
I am going raw. So my diet will consist of lots of fresh veggies and fruits, very little dairy and lean meat/poultry/fish, basically NO wheat, rice, corn, sugar, or anything with preservatives or artifical ingredients. I bought a couple of books on going raw, so yes, I do have recipes. :) But not stocked up... hard to stock up on fresh foods. :)

Do you know how to connect with your team mates?
Sure do!

Did you put your Winter 5% Challenge Commitment on your page?
About to do that now.

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LIBRA73 2/7/2013 12:33PM

    Wow! Girl, I want to know how "going raw" goes! I am too chicken to go there!

Woohoo! I know you will rock this!

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JUSTME29 2/7/2013 1:09AM

    Sounds like a great plan.

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 2/6/2013 9:07PM

    Looks like you are on your way, you have a plan and determination, these are key ingredients to success! Best Wishes!!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/6/2013 7:36PM

    Wow - best of luck. You can do this.

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STUFFANFLUFF 2/6/2013 3:14PM

    Wow, very nice. Keep us updated on how the raw movement goes. That's some dedication there!!

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NGCHILD 2/6/2013 2:56PM

    You can do it!!


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    Way to go.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 2/6/2013 2:16PM

    You'll be in better shape to take on all that once whatever is ailing you goes away. Please take care and don't overload yourself. I pushed too hard last year and paid for it. I don't mean to lecture. I just would hate to see that happen to you. Seems like you'll have time to get better before the challenge officially starts.

I don't know what team I'll be on. I did the last 3 seasonal challenges and think I told the leader the wrong one I was on in the fall. I really don't care which team I'm on. The idea is to do well and help others to do well.

emoticon At the end of 8 weeks we'll get to pat each other on the back and say emoticon !

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2013 the year of the snake

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Hey! This should REALLY be my year... I was born in 1965... also the year of the snake. :)

I have a starting point... and I know where I want to be exactly one year from today. I know how I'm going to do it, too. :) One step at a time.

My main focus... is staying focused ...and motivated... even when I'm feeling very UN motivated.

So here I go. Day one of creating a new me. :)

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BUSYGRANNY5 1/2/2013 7:35AM

    Wonderful attitude! Keep on keeping on!

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GMO_JEN 1/1/2013 10:05PM

    I am with you-new year, blank slate, and a great starting point!

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SPARKNMOM 1/1/2013 8:00PM

    We can do it!!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/1/2013 6:28PM

    Woo Hoo! This should be an awesome year for you! You can do it!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/1/2013 5:24PM

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Great blog... short and to the point!!
Here's to a great 2013!!

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MAVERICK59 1/1/2013 3:34PM

    You can get this done if you focus on just one day at a time.

Set daily goals and don't think about anything beyond that.

Have a plan for when you feel cravings;Go brush your teeth, read success stories, set a timer for 30 minutes and hold off until then...what ever works for you.
Meet the goals you set for yourself each day and the rest will just fall in place.

Good luck and Happy, Healthy New Year to you!


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SARAHST0T 1/1/2013 3:02PM

    Good luck! emoticon

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