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Wow...it's been too long!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

It has been over a year since I made a blog post. I've tracked food and attempted to lose weight several times over the past year, but with little success : (. I started a new job last year-my dream job actually, but unfortunately it comes with long hours and stressful situations.

So here I am a year later, weighing in at least 5 pounds heavier than this time last year. But I am determined to lose it this time around. Wish me luck!

  
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TAMI1691 7/2/2010 7:33AM

    Welcome back.
I wish you every success with your new goals.

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Update on April Goals

Saturday, May 02, 2009

My goals for April were:

1. Get out of the 180's

I reached this goal last week-yeah!

2. Incorporate more exercise into my daily routine.

I struggled with this goal this month. School and life has gotten really busy, and I am going to have to work harder at getting into a routine. This goal will definitely carry over to my May goals.

3. Work the 12 Power Foods of the Abs Diet into my eating plan.

I have worked many more Power Foods into my eating plan and I have seen a difference in my weight loss. Even on weeks when I didn't lose a lot of weight, I am seeing a difference in my body and how my clothes fit. I am going to continue this goal for May, just to keep me focused.

4. Continue to track every bite.

I have tracked every day!

Since I met most of my goals for April, I treated myself to a pedicure yesterday.

My goals for May:

1. Get out of the 170's.

2. Make an exercise schedule and stick to it!

3. Continue to work the 12 Power Foods.

4. Take at least 7,000 steps a day. I usually average between 5,000 and 7,000, but I'm going to have 7,000 a day even if I have to run up and down my stairs in the evening to get there!

  
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TAMI1691 5/2/2009 5:57PM

    Congrats on meeting you april goals. Good luck with your May goals.

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A Little Frustrated...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Well, I've had my first setback on this journey. Yesterday I was up .8 and I am really disappointed about it. I didn't overeat this week, so I was a little surprised to see the number go up on the scale.

Although I'm a little frustrated, I'm going to keep working at it. I looked over my nutrition tracker and I see that I need to add more Power foods. I also noticed that even though I stayed within my calorie range, a large part of my calories are being consumed at dinner. So I'm going to add some calories to breakfast and lunch, and decrease my calories at dinner. Also, I'm still not in a good exercise routine so I'm going to work on that this week too.

I have a little more motivation this week because we have a Biggest Loser competition that started at school on Friday. So I'm competing with my coworkers on weight loss now.

Hopefully all of these strategies will help the scale move in the right direction next week!

  
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TAMI1691 4/12/2009 4:43AM

    If it where to be so easy there wouldnt be so many of us trying to lose weight. Be patient and focus on being healthly.

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ROCHESTERMOM 4/12/2009 12:44AM

    Hi MaryBeth! Don't fret about less than a pound! Your body has its natural rhythms and will go up and down; mine usually fluctuates anywhere from 1-3 pounds on a day to day basis. It is when I see the range of weight going down that is the important thing :) Something came to mind when reading your post - are you eating 6 smaller meals a day? I find that is the most important take-away from the Abs Diet for me. I find that if I am doing the plan correctly, I am never hungry, I'm always eating, I'm drinking a lot of water, AND I'm losing weight. So how are your eating intervals and water intake doing? emoticon

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I did it!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Well, I made it through the visit to my parents and still managed to lose weight last week. I have to say, the SP website is what made a difference. Each morning, I would log on while I ate my bowl of cereal (yes, I bypassed Momís biscuits for Kashi-woohoo!). I would read a couple of articles and peruse my SparkTeams and message boards. This seemed to get me in the right frame of mind to take on the rest of the day.

One funny incident happened at lunch with some of my family members. We were at a restaurant that has wonderful yeast rolls, but I had decided that I was not going to eat one. As the waitress was placing the basket of rolls on the table, one roll fell out of the basket and rolled right into my hands. Of course, the waitress apologized profusely and I laughed it off, but here I was stuck with a roll! I just put it on my bread plate and I left it there for the rest of the meal. I was proud of myself for passing that little test!

I drank lots of water all week and I was able to exercise every day except for the day that we had strong thunderstorms and even a tornado. Needless to say, I didnít walk around the neighborhood that day!

Eating issues aside, I enjoyed spending time with my family and friends. I found that if I focused on spending time with them, then food seemed to be less of a priority. It was a great trip for me.

School is back in session tomorrow, so Iíll be back in my regular routine. Iíve spent the afternoon cooking meals for the week and preparing healthy snacks. Now if I can just get out of bed in the morning in time to exercise before I leave for work!

  
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MOLLIEMAC 4/6/2009 8:39AM

    Well done! emoticon

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TAMI1691 4/6/2009 4:00AM

    Preparing snacks ahead of time is great. You can just have something quickly without thinking about what to have or being sidetracked by less healthier choices.

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MRSAKINS2005 4/5/2009 8:43PM

    Wtg. Smart choices.

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SHIRLEYDILLARD 4/5/2009 8:21PM

    Good for you - making good choices despite being out of your routine.

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Survived the First Day!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Well, I've survived my first day at my parents house and stayed within my calorie range. I'm so excited! I truly enjoyed the day that I spent with my family and didn't feel deprived at all.

My mom and I went to lunch at my cousins' restaurant and bakery. Yikes-what a way to start off my trip, right? They run a wonderful little restaurant and bakery, and I only get to visit the restaurant a couple of times a year. I knew that this was going to be one of the meals where I ate what I wanted to, but cut my portions much smaller than usual. So, I ended up with spinach quiche, cranberry salad, and a slice of poppyseed bread. But I am happy to report that I split everything in half and immediately got a carryout box. Such willpower! I bought a few items at the bakery, but I will be taking them home and freezing them for my once-a-week treats. Mom and I split an iced sugar cookie, and the rest was boxed up for the freezer.

Dinner turned out to be a little more challenging than I expected, with pizza on the menu. And not the thin crust, cheese and veggie variety like I wanted. I really wasn't hungry, so I just ate one piece and drank lots of water.

It was a beautiful spring day here in Tennessee, so I took advantage of the weather and enjoyed a long walk around the neighborhood this afternoon. It was such a pleasant walk. I had my iPod jamming, a light breeze blowing, and lots of squirrels and birds playing around. I also saw several other people out walking or playing in their yards.

Tomorrow, Mom and I are meeting my sister-in-law and two of my cousins for lunch. I've already checked out the menu online, and I was pleased to find several yummy-sounding salads and some grilled chicken offered. The restaurant didn't list their nutritional information (boo!) but at least I was able to scout out some healthy options.

So, I'm not off to a bad start. I didn't get my usual amount of fruits and veggies in, but at least I stayed within my calorie range. This is a big step for me, because my usual behavior is to use a visit with Mom and Dad as an excuse for not eating healthy. I also referred my mom to SparkPeople and she is now signed up. All in all, a productive day emoticon

  
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MRSAKINS2005 4/2/2009 7:01AM

    You are doing awesome. You didn't take advantage of the situation. You conquered it. WAY TO GOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TAMI1691 4/2/2009 12:54AM

    Sounds like you are off to a great start. Being prepared is half the battle. it is always good to have a plan B. Good luck with your goals.

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VWBUG_1967 4/1/2009 11:08PM

    I love that your mom sounds totally on board with your lifestyle changes - and that you were able to exercise great judgement in tricky situations! emoticon

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KEEPSAKES66 4/1/2009 10:48PM

    emoticon That is awsome! keep it up!

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