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BLC Plan and Pictures

Monday, September 17, 2012

I have joined the Biggest Loser Challenge to help myself stay focused.

My plan for the next 12 weeks is basically to continue what I've been doing, as it's working pretty well so far. That means:

Food: Menu plan/shop over the weekend. Prepare dishes that I can just reheat for midweek lunches and dinners. Use my crock pot. Eat only what I've planned. Forgive myself for giving in to cravings every once in a while. Pay attention to getting enough fruits and veggies. Plan my snacks. Enter my food the day before to make sure I'm in the right ranges.

Exercise: Continue to work out in the mornings. Continue the C25K program. If I miss a morning, make it up in the evening...no excuses. When it gets too dark to go outside, get up 30 minutes earlier to hit the gym (5am wake ups. Ugh.) Do a long walk on the weekend. Keep pushing myself. In October, get back into strength training sessions at the Y on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Not feel guilty about only being able to fit 30 minutes of exercise into my day (still working on that one.)

Tracking: Track and measure everything. Seriously everything. Take pictures of meals when eating out to help with tracking later.

Rewards: Use the list of rewards I made for each 5 pounds lost. Buy a new piece of clothing each month to fit my changing size. (Bought a belt this month so my pants won't fall down.)

I'm not thrilled about this next part. I am posting my before pictures. I can't just put them up without some excuses first.

I am totally not sucking in my stomach for this. Usually when I stand, I am pulling in a bit. I figured since this is a before pic, it would be more dramatic if I didn't. Also, the bra I'm wearing really doesn't fit. It got too big and is not helping with lift at all. I already gave it away. So my end of the 12 weeks pic should be awesome compared to these terrible images. It would be better if you just don't look. Really.

Thank you.

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_TRIXIE_ 9/18/2012 10:15AM

    I always struggle with telling myself it's okay to work out for 30 minutes. Not every work out has to leave me soaked in sweat and jello legged. To help get myself in the right frame of mind, I bring clothes to work so I can walk over my lunch hour twice a week. It's only a walk, nothing strenuous, but it's getting me away from my desk and outside.

Sometimes, the little mental tweaks make all the difference. Good luck on the BLC!!

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PATSYB7 9/18/2012 5:18AM

    You are on the right track! Keep us posted on your results--we're here to cheer you on! emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 9/18/2012 2:22AM

    Great goals!! emoticon

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337 Days to a Better Me

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I'm feeling very proud of myself. I've been eating right and exercising for four weeks now. I've lost 8 pounds and am feeling stronger when I work out. My clothes aren't particularly loose, but I think that's because a lot of them were a size too small when I was wearing them 8 pounds ago. I usually measure myself on the last day of the month, so I'm hoping to see some inches gone.

I also made an appointment at the YMCA to do an orientation with the weight machines. I had worked with some of them before in the beginner's room, but then they put in new ones and changed the program. I've gone in twice now to work out with the "big boys" in the weight room. I don't love it, but I pretty much hate exercise in general, so it is what it is.

I'm still thinking through how I'm going to continue being healthy once school starts up again. So far, I've come up with the following.

1. Cut exercise back to 30 minutes five times a week. This will make the time commitment more doable with my schedule and I will hopefully be more willing to do it because "it's only for half an hour."

2. I need to come up with easy dinners to throw together when I get home from work, or eat leftovers from cooking on the weekend. I also managed to scavenge a free mini-fridge for my classroom. I'm planning to keep healthy snacks and emergency breakfast food in it (for those mornings when I just can't get it together.)

I will keep thinking things through and add more ideas as they come to me. For now, I am trying to be proud of my accomplishments so far.

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EATNBOOGERS 7/29/2012 1:09PM

    Oh, I am so proud of you! Way to go! I think this blog entry is so smart, too--good to plan ahead.

I've been thinking about what I'm going to do once school starts up, too. My fall and spring schedules will be different (with spring way more intense/restricted). Here's where I'm at.... maybe it will help you?

(1) Commit to continue to run 3-4 times a week, including at least 2 runs on weekdays. I just find that running is a very good "compressed" exercise for me.

(2) Commit to continue to bike commute whenever possible. Again, it's kind of a "kill two birds with one stone" kind of thing.

(3) Commit to continue to do at least one big and/or family active thing on the weekend (hike, ski, etc).

(4) Make better use of my crock pot this year.

(5) Continue to ramp up the chores (and allowance) for the kids. The more they do, the less exhausted I am.

(6) Be strategic about grocery shopping, bulk cooking, and meal preparation. Loop the kids and the hub into this as much as possible. I think we need to come up with a basic weeknight meal routine that takes our schedules into consideration.

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NEPTUNE1939 7/28/2012 11:04PM

    If you ever start thinking of missing you target for the day just remember, "the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. Enjoy your health, Earl

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UMBILICAL 7/28/2012 11:02PM

  Great objectives.

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349 Days to a Better Me

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

So it's been a couple of weeks, and I am doing pretty well. I'm keeping up on exercise and working hard at making good food choices. I am loving the extra calories that I'm allowed because my goal is so far out. For example, I entered my calories for tomorrow and I hit all my fruits and vegies, protein, etc. and I'm still 250 calories short. Guess I'll be getting a (reasonable) treat. Yay! I'm also cutting myself slack on "special" days. If I know a meal is something I will feel really deprived about later, I am letting myself splurge. So far it's keeping me from bingeing because I didn't get to eat what I wanted. I'm trying to keep it within reason, though.

Anyway, that's where I'm at. Not too exciting. Still thinking about how I'm going to make this work during the school year. More to come on that as I think it through. For now, I'll finish with


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JEFALLEN 7/17/2012 6:32AM

    Rooting for you! Think of the school year as your brick wall. From the quote:
"The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something." ~Randy Pausch


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EATNBOOGERS 7/17/2012 12:15AM

    I think getting into good routines *now* will make a difference during the school year (at least that's what I'm telling myself!). You're doing great--keep it up!

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Q8PRINCESS 7/17/2012 12:09AM

    I like your countdown.

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365 Days to a Better Me

Saturday, July 07, 2012

So I've been surfing a lot on the Pinterest website, and I kept seeing the quote "A year from now you'll wish you started today," of course accompanied by pictures of skinny, healthy people. And it just kind of stuck with me. I keep trying to get changes made quickly, like in six months, mostly because I am impatient. Very, very impatient. So I decided to dedicate a year to making lifestyle changes so they will stick for good. I started on July 1st and put a countdown app on my phone. It's been a week now, and I lost my first two pounds. (Yes, the same two pounds I wrote about in my last blog.) But I'm feeling good about it, and here are the things I think will make a difference.

1. Because my goal is so far out, the SP nutrition tracker upped my calorie range by about 150 calories. It's not much, but it makes me feel not quite so constricted in my eating, and I can have treats now and again and it will be fine. This is crucial for me. I do not respond well to being told NO, especially when it comes to food.

2. I do well with deadlines. Seeing the countdown change each day makes me feel like there's an end in sight and by that date I will be healthy and feel good about my weight.

3. I started in the summer when I have lots of time for exercise and cooking. I am hoping that making a substantial start in the summer will help me carry through those hard months when it's all I can do to eat a frozen dinner before 9:00 p.m.

4. I have a year. It just feels so freeing to know that if I mess up, or I decide to eat Haagan Dazs for dinner one night, it will be okay. I can get back on track and still have plenty of time to even it out or work it off.

I do realize that I've always had this much time. But that big nebulous "someday" is just too abstract for my brain. I love the thought that I will be where I want to be in 358 days from now!

I'll try to keep you all updated.
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TEAGUE1612 7/9/2012 10:58PM

    i like the countdown idea! emoticon

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JEFALLEN 7/8/2012 7:58AM

    Let the power of your ambition take you where you want to go, to do what you want to do, and to create the life you want to live!


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GAELA-I-CAN 7/7/2012 4:33PM

    Sounds good. Having a plan and short, medium and long term goals will help you on your journey !!! emoticon emoticon

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Italy and the Two Evil Pounds

Saturday, May 14, 2011

So I know I've mentioned on here a time or two that I'm planning to go to Italy, but haven't said much else. So here's the lowdown. This summer I will be spending two weeks in Italy. It's a tour group and we travel to 7 different cities. I don't know anyone else who's going and I kept putting off paying for it and buying my plane ticket. Because once I spent a crapload of money on it, there was no way I could back out. And I still want to back out, even though I had to pay for everything 2 days ago (deadline.) It's not that I don't want to go, it's my dream trip. I'm just super nervous about going alone and then sharing a hotel room/spending two weeks with people I've never met before. I have major social anxiety about not having anyone that I know already. I can totally go to a party or whatever if I know a friend will be there. But this is giving me no security blanket. I'm feeling big stress right now, even though I KNOW it will be fine and I'll make friends...hopefully.

Which leads me to the two evil pounds. The reason Italy money was due is that it is two months out. Two months! I only have two months to lose all the weight I wanted to lose. I pictured myself being a skinny-minnie when I went. Well, that's obviously not going to happen in the time I have left. But it's kicked me into gear this week. I will NOT go to Italy and be too out of shape to walk and bike around. I don't want to be a big sweaty mess because it's hot and I'm fat. So I am feeling the pressure to make better food choices and schedule (and actually DO!) exercise. I lost two pounds this week...the same two pounds I have been gaining and losing for three months. I am really hoping this will be my final goodbye to those evil two pounds that just kept coming back over and over. I want to see my weight ticker take a serious trip to the right!

At some point, I'm going to need to take a look at why I can only be motivated by outside events. Why am I completely unable to create intrinsic motivation? I would like to be healthy and feel pretty. Why is that not enough to make me lose weight for me, not someone or something else? Sigh.

For now, Italy will have to be what gets me there. It's a good start.


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_TRIXIE_ 5/17/2011 11:00PM

    How exciting! A trip to ITALY!!!

I agree with Wildrice's comment below... don't worry about the anxiety of not knowing anyone. That's half the fun; knowing you're on your own, able to make your own memories! I'm glad you're going with a group, but be sure to spend some quality time with yourself. This is a trip of a lifetime! I hope you allow yourself to enjoy it!

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WILDRICE99 5/15/2011 4:30PM

    I can relate to what you are saying. There's something about having a deadline to get me motivated. That's why I've decided to run at least one 5k each month this "non-snow" season. It will help keep me focused.

As far as getting in shape for your trip, you've got two months...not a lot of time, so get started now...but remember, you are a strong woman. You can do amazing things in two months. Stay focused and keep your eyes on the prize!!!

Also, don't worry about making friends...you will...and you will have the best time of your life on your dream vacation!!!

Have fun!!

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