Saturday, December 01, 2012
This Fall I joined the 5% Challenge (challenge to lose 5% in 8 weeks). I am glad that I joined it. I went on two vacations and celebrated Thanksgiving during the challenge. I was on a mission to lose my last 7 pounds. I ended up losing 2 pounds, which, with the vacations and Thanksgiving in the mix was fine with me.
It took me a while to figure out how the team worked. It involved a lot of computer use. I tried to keep up with the computer activities which gave the team points, but didn't have time for the other online threads. I have to use the computer a lot during work hours, so, I am not so much into it at home. Also, I know my husband would get quite mad if I did!
It did get me focused back on tracking my food after vacationing in Jamaica for a week (didn't have internet access). One week of not tracking got me out of the habit! The next week we collected points for the team by tracking which fell at the right time for me!
So, at the end, I am glad I participated in this challenge. I maintained my weight and met some amazing people on the Firecracker team. They are a very optimistic, honest bunch! I hope to keep in contact with them.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Two weeks left in the 5% Fall Challenge and 5 pounds to go! This challenge helped to keep me on track through two vacations, but, now I really have to get down to business! Something about deadlines approaching is ssooo motivating!
So, what am I going to do to achieve this goal?
1. No alcoholic beverages. This is huge - my kids are grown up and living on their own. My husband and I are "free" and go out to eat/socialize with our friends A LOT. It is like we are all back in college again! And, it isn't the problem of the calories in a glass of red wine, it is that my willpower breaks down and I eat more or junkfoods that I wouldn't if I didn't drink the glass of wine.
So, abstinence is best in this case.
2. Continue to track everything I eat. Tracking food has been one of the best tools I have consistently used to this date. I will not stop now.
3. Mixing Nutrisystem meals in my diet throughout the day. Nutrisystem has helped me tremendously with portion control. When I don't use it, my portion sizes tend to get bigger and bigger and bigger.
4. Continue to run, run, and run! I will continue to schedule it in and will be using my treadmill - it's a little too cold for me outside! This is a hard one for me to do. I love to run outside. I will be using my iFit module on my treadmill to try to entertain myself. Jillian Michaels will be kicking my butt!
5. Avoid eating out at restaurants as much as possible. If my husband had his way, we would never eat at home! He loves appetizers - especially nachos! I am great at eating breakfast at home and packing my lunch and snack for work every day - I am going to try to get him to eat dinner at home. I know there will be times where I will have to go out with him (including Thanksgiving dinner), but, I will plan what I am going to order and track it before we go out, when we go out.
6. And, finally, I will continue to drink a lot of water. My office and home are well stocked with water bottles. I will drink water with lemon or unsweetened iced tea when I eat out.
So, there is my plan.
It is time!!
Friday, November 16, 2012
I got back from Key West on Wednesday. I had a great time. Nine of us went down to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. We rented a house .4 miles from Duval street and 4 blocks from the beach. I got to relax, run, eat, drink, and walk a lot!
One of the days I was running, I compared this trip and the one I took two weeks ago to Jamaica in reference to weight maintenance. We went to an all -inclusive in Jamaica. I ran every day - but only ran 2.5 - 3 miles per day. It was very hot down there AND I had to keep running the same loop around the resort. That got old as the week went. I ran by myself. In Key West, we walked non-stop. Every time we went shopping, etc. we walked 3.5 miles. Most days we walked this route 3 times! Also, I varied my running routes and ran 3.5 - 5.6 miles per day. I ran with my brother.
Here are some pictures of my running route in Key West:
(My brother - my running partner - is in this one)
My brother at the Southern Most Point (I made him stop running to get the picture!)
We saw tons of roosters on our runs in the morning. They were everywhere!
Of course - we had to run by Mile 0!!
The food was great in Jamaica and Key West. When I was in Jamaica, I ordered healthy options at the sit-down restaurants. I went off the wagon at the buffets. I test tasted way too much! I also consumed a fair amount of alcohol. In Key West, we went to all sit-down restaurants. I brought breakfast items from home and ate breakfast at the house three mornings. I ate cottage cheese (one of my staple foods) for afternoon snack. That helped a lot on my calorie consumption. One day, we went out to the Sunset Key for lunch. Here is a picture of my yummy salad:
That is lettuce wrapped in thin cucumber slices with thin apple slices and almonds on top. The citrus dressing was light. That is goat cheese and salmon on the side - YUM! This was a healthy lunch, problem was I coupled it with a Key Lime Colada. Tasted great, but high on calories! And, as much of a "party" town Key West is, I did not drink as much alcohol as I did in Jamaica. I think I drank more in Jamaica because it was an all-inclusive.
One of the BIG reasons I think I did not consume as many calories in Key West is because I used the SparkPeople food tracker on my iPhone. I think I might have driven my husband and friends nuts with it because I would look up meals on the menu and compare calories before I ordered. And, of course I would tell them how many calories their choices were! My son started picking meals with lower calories. Not everyone liked this, but, oh well! I was also able to get on SparkPeople a lot and read all of my Sparkbuddies' status updates. And... I updated my status everyday pertaining to my running. I felt I had to account for it. In Jamaica it would have cost me a small fortune to go on-line, so I did not.
Relaxation is soooo important when I go on vacation. I work with small children and 40 women and hold vacations as "sacred". I slept really good at night and enjoyed the hot tub at the house we rented every single day. I even got pampered one day at a beach resort down the street in Key West. Every thirty minutes they handed out watermelon slices, sprayed light water, handed out frozen washclothes, cold apple cider, and frozen cucumbers!
It was really cool (excuse the pun)!
So, here is the verdict:
Jamaica - weight gain = 2 pounds
(which I lost before my next trip)
Key West - weight loss = 1 pound
I leave you with a picture of my husband and I in Key West...
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Yes, I am back out the door and headed on vacation!! Family and friends will be meeting my husband in Key West to celebrate his 50th birthday at his favorite place!
The Nor'Easter is due in our area at noon - our plane hopefully will leave at 7:30 am. I had to deal with Sandy twice last week - I am welcoming the break!!
I will be able to track my food with my phone this time. We rented a house so I will be picking healthy foods to cook when I get there. I cannot wait to run in warm weather again! :). My brother and son will be running with me - Yayyy!
The next time I blog, I will be in sunny Florida...Yayyy!
Sunday, November 04, 2012
I am going to begin with a really cool video I took when the first high tide occurred on the Chesapeake Bay as Hurricane Sandy stormed through. Because we were on the left side of the eye, the first high tide was sucked out to sea. (I am not sure how to move the video to another area in this blog - sorry!) I am hoping this video works, it's pretty cool to watch...
SO - Sorry I haven't been on to blog lately, here is an update...
I enjoyed Jamaica immensely. It was ssooo relaxing. My husband and I went with my BFF and her husband - we were all celebrating our 25th wedding anniversaries. We stayed at Secrets St James. It was very nice. The food was fantastic. I managed to run four mornings while I was there. We ate a lot, drank a lot, danced a lot, and swam a lot! We even swam with two dolphins which was a totally awesome experience! I held on to their fins and they pulled me all around. I then floated on my stomach with my feet flexed and they swam under and put their noses under my feet and lifted me so I stood up and they took me for a ride that way! I also got a kiss, sang and danced with them! We all had a blast!
We went to the Margariteville in Montego Bay. That was really cool. They had a huge slide going down two stories then it shot out into the bay. They had an inflatable obstacle course.
I went down the big slide. I climbed up on everything. I even climbed up the steps to the tall slide which was quite a workout in itself. I am scared of heights, so I didn't go down the slide - I climbed back down the steps! The round ball was a lot of fun. The handles were ripped out so it took a while to climb up on it, but we did. We then sat on the four seats and bounced all over the place. My husband made sure we were spinning! He is such a kid sometimes! I was really proud of myself! I would never have had the guts to do all of the above two years ago!
The day before we left Jamaica Hurricane Sandy hit. I must say that the Jamaicans worked very hard to get ready for it. They boarded up glass doors, cut the coconuts off all the trees, put all the lawn and pool furniture away, etc. Secrets was very organized and held meetings for us ahead of the storm. One of the heads of the whole organization flew in the night before the storm. We could stay in a ballroom or our hotel room. The ballroom had entertainment, food and drinks. We ate there and then went back to the lobby bar for the duration of the storm. The storm wasn't that bad on that side of the island - the other side got hit bad. Secrets gave every guest a gift certificate for 3 days/2 nights free! It wasn't even their fault! We will be going back for a little trip next Spring!
Here is the sunset the night before Hurricane Sandy hit Jamaica...
So, we flew back up the next day (passing Sandy) just in time for her to hit the North East Coast. Yes, I got to enjoy this Hurricane twice in one week!
Friday we got our house ready (we live on the Chesapeake Bay). Saturday we got our business property ready (which is in Delaware). Sunday my parents were evacuated from their home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. They came and stayed with us. Rehoboth was supposed to get the brunt of the storm.
Here is a picture of the river as the storm starts...
Here is one of the second high tide - we are thankful it did not go over the bulkhead or flood the streets...
We only lost power for five minutes during the whole storm! I had made two Rachael Ray crock pot recipes on Sunday (Seafood Stew and Mexican Chicken Tacos). They were both really yummy and low cal!
My parents found out that their town lost power all night and their streets were all flooded so they stayed with us until Tuesday afternoon. When they got home Tuesday night, the water was up to their step, but never got in their house.
Wednesday night we watched the news and were stunned at how much damage Sandy did in New Jersey and New York. We thanked God we were spared, but have lots of friends up there and our hearts go out to them. Quite a few own small businesses and received no income last week. Many, as of today, still have no power. A neighbor took gas and a generator to her parents home Friday. They have a big tree laying in the middle of their roof! My friend and her husband said it was too big for them to cut down.
Needless to say. between my Jamaican vacation and the drama of Hurricane Sandy I am thrown off track! As I walked Roxy this morning, I acknowledged that I have to get my butt back in gear with consistency!! I need to get back to being consistent with running - I did not run at all this past week :( and did not track my food each day. I couldn't track it in Jamaica (no wifi), but I certainly could have done it when I came back. Yes, there was a lot to do, but, I use my iPhone to track so I have no excuse! So, now I need to get off of the computer and go running!!
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