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End of Day (4/12/11) Evaluation

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I was SO looking forward to waking up this morning for my official weigh-in day! I do weigh myself each day, it helps with the motivation and keeps me focused. Since I do this I knew what I weighed yesterday.

Last night I made a new meal for my family, a recipe I found in a weight-loss magazine that had 279 per serving. It was yummy and some of my family went back for seconds (they are growing boys and need the extra healthy calories). Well this morning I was shocked to get on the scale to see I had GAINED a pound since yesterday! WHAT?!?!!!!
The only thing I can think of was the dinner last night, that it must have had way too much sodium for me (I rarely add salt or salty spices into my meals).

I didn't let the number on the scale get me down because it was still a 3lb loss. I went from 319 to 316. I re-started this journey two weeks ago at 325 so I've had a total loss of 9lbs!

I went through my day charting all of my food. At lunch I was SOOO full I couldn't eat it all and actually had to snack on it over an hour. Dinner is always a hard thing to plan when I'm eating healthy. One meal I love is a simple one...BEAN BURRITOS (baked in the oven!!!) I decided to do them for dinner tonight and planned the rest of my daily menus accordingly. I checked the carbs, calories and fat to make sure I didn't take in too many before dinner.

Daycare kids were picked up late and I had to run out the door for a board meeting so I didn't come home until 8:30pm which meant I didn't eat my dinner until 9. I debated not eating anything at all since it was so late but my calories would have been too low. Then I debated eating just a little bit of something to get my calories into range. My final decision was to eat my originally planned meal, BEAN BURRITOS! I had been looking forward to them ALL day and fit them into my plan. I knew if I didn't eat them and satisfy that desire I would probably have ended up binging.

Tomorrow will be another crazy day. It is also Day 5 for my 5K workout. Tomorrow I'm supposed to walk 1.75 miles. Might not seem like much but for a girl my size it takes a little while to get that in. Maybe 35-40 min. My morning with my kids starts at 6:30 am. Daycare kids show up at 7:30. They'll go home around 5:30 then I have to feed my family and leave at 6:45 for a meeting with my daughter. Yeah, I could wake up at 5:30 but I'm dragging my feet about that. It's almost 10:30 pm and I'm still waiting for a child to come home from a sporting event. I'll get it in somehow... I HAVE TO so I can prove to myself I'm still committed to ME and becoming HEALTHIER! Life will always be there to get in the way I just have to show that I can out maneuver it WHILE enjoying it.

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GRACEISENUF 4/13/2011 4:51PM

    9 pounds in two weeks......AWESOME!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 4/13/2011 10:59AM

    You can fit this in!! Somehow you will find the time!! Don't ditch your plan, but you can break it into more manageable pieces, 20 minutes at a time or so. Talk to your family and discuss your schedules and see if there is something everybody else can do to help you fit it in. Can you crock-pot dinner and everybody can take a quick walk (20 min because you already did the other half earlier) and then dig in when you get back? That is just one suggestion, I bet your family will be able to come up with more ways they can help you out in that area. Even if it means someone gets up early with you so it is more fun. :) It took a long time over here, but my kids understand now that Mommy's time is important and they kick in. My son is taking us on a "hike" tonight up a hill next to his baseball field before his game. I mentioned I wanted to do it and he chimed in with his offer to lead us since he has done it with is cousins. He's 8 and the trail is pretty obvious, but it made him feel like a part of our fitness plans. We are taking sandwiches with us to the ball game for dinner so that we can fit everything in and the kids are very excited about our picnic :). Sometimes you have to get REALLY creative, but your family can be a HUGE help. Can't wait to hear about your walk and how it went because I know you'll get it in :).

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FITMARY 4/13/2011 8:45AM

    Don't even THINK of trying to get yourself up at 5:30. You need your sleep with all you have to do. But you could try getting up maybe 15 minutes early and doing a little 10-minute workout before you start your busy, busy day. Those little 10-minute videos or just walking in place help me a lot.
Good luck with it all!!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 4/13/2011 7:31AM

    You just keep moving forward! You are doing great! emoticon

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Day 4 - 5K Your Way - Walking

Monday, April 11, 2011

Ughhhh, it's Monday! We just came off of a VERY busy weekend! Between two boys we had 10 basketball games and one of my daughters had a volleyball game! CRAZY! When my alarm went off this morning I turned over and set the 10-minute SNOOZE! When that went off I draaaaggged myself out of bed to get the kiddos stirring.

Not having daycare kids today I knew I needed to get another 5K workout in. When I saw the requirement was only 25 min I told my Elementary School kids we were WALKING to school today so hurry up.

I thought for sure the walk to school and back would take me the whole 25 minutes. But I pushed it, walking as fast as I could and I made it back in 12 so with my 3 yo in the stroller we looped the neighborhood for another 13 min. My neighborhood has a lot of ups and downs and it was a GOOD workout with thighs burning!

I'm glad it's only 9am and I've been able to get that workout in! I LOVE the fact that SP has a tracker to calculate the mileage, speed and calories burned from any walking/running/biking course!

Tomorrow is my weekly weigh-in day and I can't WAIT to see the results! I think I'll find some heavy house cleaning jobs (like mopping on my hands and knees my whole first floor) to get some other good calorie burn!

HAPPY MONDAY Everyone!!!

P.S. I was able to do my walk at a 3mph speed.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 4/11/2011 5:56PM

    Walking to school is such a great way to work in fitness!! Yay!! Happy Monday to you too, hope you have a great week :).

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MNGIRLIE 4/11/2011 1:37PM

    Great job! Have a fantastic week!

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My Three-Year-Old Helped Me Finish!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

So I took on the SP challenge of 5k Your Way walking program. I completed day 2 on Thursday and did NOTHING yesterday.

I felt guilty not doing anything but it's taken a lot of effort just to stay in control of my eating. As I'm just getting started it takes me awhile to get everything figured out. I'm usually the type of person that has to have EVERYTHING known before starting. This time I didn't allow that to happen. By the time I found the "perfect" eating program combined with the "perfect" workout program I'd probably be dead.

I told myself to just get started, make small changes at a time. For right now I'm trying to focus on keeping my calories in range (1250 - 1590) aiming for the higer end and completing the three day a week 5k training. Right now my goal is 3 lbs a week (the most recommended from SP). As long as I can keep on track with that I'm keeping with my current routine. Once the weight loss slows I'll be uping the exercise routine.

Okay, so this is kind of getting side-tracked from the direction I was going to take this post. So....Today was the day for me to do workout #3 for the 5K Your Way...Walk 1.5 miles. So far I've been doing my workouts on the treadmill, this morning I decided to take it outside. My 12-year-old daughter, who has about 20 lbs to lose, is doing it with me. With my husband gone all day with our 16 and 15 year olds at four basketball games I took my youngest two (3 and 7) with us as well.

I mapped out how far 1.5miles would be (If you haven't seen this site it's GREAT! (www.gmap-pedometer.com) You can plot a course and find the distance. I got the stroller out for my 3yo and the other 2 rode their bikes, loaded up water bottles and off we went. One block into it my 7 yo decided he needed a water break. REALLY???? He is a very fit boy, one of the six fastest 1st graders chosen to race against all the other elementary schools in a few weeks.

I decided I wanted to get this done in 30 minutes. It was much more of a challenge than my treadmill with all the varying hills, slopes and bumps but I actually enjoyed it more. I pushed myself harder. As we were heading out my 3 yo said, "What's that noise" I said it's the birds singing. No, she said. Uh, the cars on the road? No, again. The stroller? "No, it's you" she said. Oh, that would be my HEAVY breathing!!! LOL!

As we turned around at half point I had to get mentally prepared because there were going to be more hills on the way home! I pushed it because I REALLY wanted to finish in 30 minutes. When I was pushing and panting up the last hill, about 1/4 of a mile from home, thinking I don't know if I can keep going out of the blue my little 3 yo said "Never give up, Never give up, Never give up" WOW, where did that come from? I hadn't even been talking to her, had no breath to do so! Wherever it came from I'm glad it did because it helped me dig harder and we actually pulled into my driveway at 30 min!!!!!

I am SO PROUD of myself. At 318 lbs (as of this morning) I could just say I'm too heavy and unhealthy and I'll just go out on a leisure stroll up and down the street. But to get the results I want by the time I want them I know I have to push it. Keeping my health in mind I think I'm going to save for a heart rate monitor so I can make sureI'm maximizing my workouts while keeping them in the healthy range.

Have a GREAT Saturday! I know I will! Now for a shower and off to my 12 yo. volleyball game.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 4/10/2011 10:39PM

    Awesome!! Way to get the entire family out there and moving. My eight year old has the same issues when we go for a walk. So silly! I think for them it is more of a lack of interest thing. Not being interested makes them thirsty-lol! You accomplished a lot on a day that I would have used as an excuse not to do anything-Kudos!! :) Your 3 year old was really tuned in, glad she was able to help you. :)

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ON2VICTORY 4/9/2011 10:31PM

    way to go, see it through! keep Sparkin!

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LOOZINITNOW 4/9/2011 10:10PM

    Way to go to the 3 year old for cheering you on! This is proof that if you want it, you can achieve it!

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WONDERJUL 4/9/2011 3:28PM

    Wow! Good for you for commiting to the challenge. It will get easier if you keep working at it!
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GRACEISENUF 4/9/2011 1:27PM

    Can I borrow your three year old?

Way to go on the walk. I believe you are going to meet all of your goals this time around...one step at a time!

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Thought Output = A+...

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Energy output = D- I should have given myself an F in that category but HEY, I do get out of bed and take care of 9 kids (seven of my own and two daycare).

It's easy to think about losing weight especially here on Spark People. There is SO much to read, learn and gain motivation from. Blogs, articles, challenges, recipes, Spark teams...ETC. Before joining Spark People, and when I drifted away for a bit, I'd have given my thought output on weight loss a C. I occassionaly thought about it but not much.

Now, having seen the light and realizing I NEED to do something about this unhealthy body I'm living in, I came back to SP which spiked my THINKING up by quite a bit, hence the A+. I've been having a hard time putting all that thought into action.

I signed up for the Your Way 5K last week and completed day one, last week. I should be on day 5! Realizing that I'm way off track I decided I needed to get myself in gear. I've been motivated by SO MANY OF YOU and all you have accomplished. Reading about your successes and wishing they were mine will NOT get me healthy.

I set out my shoes last night and set my alarm for 5:45. About 3am I changed the alarm to 6:30! At that time life gets crazy and stays crazy!!! As I continued to use my A+ thinking abilities purusing this wonderful site I realized I need to do something and quit PUTTING IT OFF.

I tucked my 3-year-old and the two daycare kids (2-year-old and 10-month-old) down for a nap, grabbed my tennis shoes and hit the treadmill for day 2 of my Your Way 5K and did the One mile assignment!

Accomplishing that assignment today can move my physical output grade up to a D. I need to stay consistent for a bit longer to be able to reach the same high level of my Thoughts.

Spark People, thanks for the wonderful site and terrific friends who all have such wonderful blogs, advice and success stories to read about. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation now It's my turn to take action to inturn inspire and motivate others.

Stay tuned and watch the success story be written.

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GRACEISENUF 4/8/2011 1:21PM

    I totally can relate to the "putting it off" syndrome. WE CAN DO THIS and you proved that by strapping on the tennis shoes!

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Another Motivator to Stay on Track!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

So I'm back from my wonderful trip! It was a great time. I took my 12-year-old daughter to a church conference, a trip each of my kids get to do when they turn 12. My sister and niece also went along with a good friend and her daughter.

We had an amazing fun time along with spiritual moments that helped me put everything in my chaotic life back in perspective.

I didn't do 100% on my goals for the trip. I did come home with a .5 lb loss. Not much but heading in the right direction. I had planned on utilizing the hotel's gym but never did. We did get TONS of walking in each day.

There have been many times I thought I'd hit my all time low, the time when something happened that I thought "this is IT, this is the time I'm going to lose my weight and get healthy!" The time my son cried because he didn't think I'd be able to fit in the rides at Disneyland, the time I had to ask the flight attendant for a seatbelt extender or the time my doctor said he'd give me three months to start losing weight or he would push for weight loss surgery! YIKES! Each of those times got me started but my lazy-let-life-get-in-the-way personality always won out.

Well, through blogs and Facebook I've been back intouch with a couple of my roommates from freshman year at college. Both live an hour away from where the conference was held. They always tell me "When you come this way we have to get together"(I live 15 hours away). Out of embarrassment for my weight I didn't call them or let them know I'd be only an hour away from them.

On our first day sight seeing we stopped on a bench enjoying the beautiful 77 degree day. Part of our group ran back to the hotel to grab the camera and I sat visiting with my sister. As I was watching all the people walking around the huge courtyard outside a prominent sight-seeing building I saw one of my roommates walking in the courtyard with her husband. I was flabbergasted! I was torn insided! I love her dearly, like a sister, but the embarrassment of my appearance wanted me to hide away and not let her notice me. (she probably wouldn't have anyway since I'm over 100lbs heavier than I was during college). My love for her won out and I straightened my shoulders and took a deep breath and Yelled out her name. It was wonderful to see her again! To give her a hug and chat. I know she doesn't care how I look but I do.

What a blessing it was to have seen her. I'm going to use the feelings of embarrassment I had as another motivator to help me lose weight. I have another daughter who will be 12 for the conference in April 2012. I've made the goal to call my dear friends before I come to their state next year. I will use this year to get in the best shape I can and when a year rolls around I will be proud of who I am, I will be able to hold my head higher AND my dear friend will DEFINITELY recognize her old college roommate then.

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GRACEISENUF 4/8/2011 1:24PM

    So glad you decided not to "hide" from her and see you were blessed.

What an awesome goal you have set for yourself. My son graduates next year and I really want to get to my goal weight by then.


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FIERYSPARKED 4/6/2011 5:31PM

    Such a cute blog. I love that you went out there and said hi to your friend anyways. I think the first step for me to lose weight was to realize that I can't hide anymore.

I hope you wow them in 2012!!

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BARNABUSA1 4/6/2011 5:01PM

    Well written blog. I totally understand what you were feeling. I, too, have left opportunities slip by me because of embarrassment over my size.

Good for you for taking control. I fought this 10 years longer than you have. You are saving yourself 10 more years of grief and giving yourself many more years of joy! emoticon

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    I can relate. I hate meeting new people that my husband knows ... I'm always assuming that they are thinking that I don't look at all like the kind of wife they expected him to have.

We can do this!! And be proud of our accomplishments & who we are right now.

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SUITABLE 4/6/2011 2:20PM

    I like your attitude. Thank you for sharing.

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HMERCJ 4/6/2011 2:01PM

  It sounds like you have good reasons start! I wish you the best of luck! emoticon

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