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The whys and wherefores

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Oops! Backtracking to do assignment #3 for fall 5% challenge.

Why do I want to lose weight and what do I expect?
1. I've been overweight long enough. But thanks be, I'm not obese anymore.
2. Heart disease runs in my family. I've been lucky so far with only moderately high BP. I'd like to be off BP med.
3. I want to be healthy and fit as I grow older and hope to avoid some age-related--read "sedentary lifestyle-related"--health problems.
4. Diabetes runs in husband's family. I want to keep him around for a long long time, and eating healthy together will help us both.
5. I want to wear medium sizes. It was really exciting to get rid of all the plus and x sizes in my closet. My body is meant to be a medium-sized body, and that's what I'd like to see in the mirror.
6. I like the way I feel when I consistently work out. I see a better toned, more fit, more flexible body.
7. I want to be able to do some physical things I can't do at this weight, like jump rope.
8. I've lost weight before a couple of times, but not all the way down to a sustainable healthy weight, and that's where SP gives me hope. Thanks to SP, challenges like this one, Sparkfriends and generous community support, it's goint to happen. I'm sticking with it unil I get there and then stay there.

1199 calories today:
350 breakfast
340 lunch
43 snack #1
319 dinner
147 snack #2

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POPSY190 9/21/2012 3:39AM

    And mine!

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RENEWNAN 9/21/2012 1:54AM

    Go for it

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LHLADY517 9/20/2012 11:36PM

    Your list is similar to mine.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

OK, folks, I'm gearing up for the start of the 8 week fall 5% challenge. At current weight, that's 9 lbs in 8 weeks.

1. 5 min stretch/strength training and 10 cardio at least 5 days a week
2. Use SP meal plans as a guide
3. Plan meals ahead and shop so I have on hand what I need
4. Try out one new recipe each week
5. Check in daily with my new teammates

That's all I'm listing. I know myself; it's too easy to get enthused and overcommit. I'd rather exceed all my basic goals than fail to meet more ambitious goals and get discouraged.

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KIMPY225 9/18/2012 10:59AM

    Thanks for sharing! I am excited about the 5% challenge too! That is very true about overcommiting!

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POPSY190 9/18/2012 1:06AM

    Good thinking!

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ROXYZMOM 9/17/2012 9:49PM

    You are so good at these challenges! You are going to do great! And, guess what? I am doing it too!!!

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PEPPYPATTI 9/17/2012 8:04PM

    That is a good way to start! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 9/17/2012 7:59PM

    Agreed. Anything extra will be gravy!

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Pat on the back today!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

If you've done something toward reaching your goals today, stop right now, smile, and give yourself a pat on the back. When my girls were still at home, we said, "Pat pat"to one another as a short-hand way of saying well done; you deserve a pat on the back. So--Pat pat!

I've had a really really good day. I started out this morning with plans to meet a friend for breakfast. I ordered healthy fare and lots of coffee with about half the cream I usually use. There was a nice breeze, not quite as warm as it has been so we were outside.

We had a lot of catching up to do....A long while later, we realized it was past lunchtime, so we ordered again. I intended to take half my sandwich home, but succombed to turkey with avocado spread and ate the whole thing. However, I did ask for fruit instead of fries, stopped drinking coffee and switched to unsweetened iced tea.

3 PM and a very generous tip later. we finally left, feeling very happy that this was a rare day when we could spend that much time together talking about everything under the sun. (We go back a LONG way; we were in our teens when we met.)

When I went to my nutrition tracker, my calories were pretty hefty, thanks to that tasty sandwich. However, I figured I wasn't going to be hungry any time soon. I wasn't. I've had an evening snack and came out with 4 calories to spare! Pat pat!

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KIMPY225 9/13/2012 9:54AM

    I am glad you had a wonderful day with your friend! The weather has been extremely nice here as well! emoticon

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TAMPATINK67 9/13/2012 1:48AM

    Awesome emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 9/12/2012 10:49PM

    Pat pat!!

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ROXYZMOM 9/12/2012 10:28PM

    I love days when I can sit and chat with one of my childhood friends. It's funny how you can pick right up where you left off, even if it has been a while since you last saw each other! What a great restaurant to let you sit there all day - I love it when they don't rush me out. Our weather is awesome here, too. I can picture you gabbing and enjoying your day!

I hope you are patting yourself on the back a are doing a wonderful job. emoticon

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Creative Cardio

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Whew! So much for Sundays being a day of rest. I've been on the go since early this morning. I LOVE singing in the choir of St John's Church. It's definitely worth the drive from one side of Tampa Bay to the other three times a week for two weeknight rehearsals and two Sunday services. I am sure I could legitimately count singing as exercise. Besides the singing itself, I should count the stairs from the time I enter the building to the time I exit after the last service.

From there, I treated myself to a stop at one of my favorite thriftshops. I found one of the two items I'm looking for, a catfood bowl, plus several things I didn't know I was looking for until I saw them. Fun!

Then off to the grocery store. I had three items on my mental list and came out with three bags. I justify that by what I might have written down if I'd sat down with the ad and a list.

Lunch didn't happen until 3:00. :-( I usually keep something in my choir bag, such as a small can of low sodium V8 and a Kashi bar, but my stash needs restocking. Hm. Put V8 down for next trip to the store. Needless to say, I was really hungry and overdid a bit, but hey, it was both lunch and snack calories, so at the end of the day, it'll all even out.

I just made Sweet Potato Stacks from a Publix recipe. I'd made it last week with the topping: bacon bits, crumbled bleu cheese, pecans, and white balsamic glaze. Husband and I decided we like it nearly as well without the topping, so for ourselves, I think we'll be having oven-roasted sweet potatos more often and save topping for company.

I have a women's group meeting here tomorrow night and am going to make No-Pudge Fudge Brownies. The mix calls for yogurt only, and I have some to use up from a potluck yesterday to which I brought strawberries and yogurt dip.

While baking and tidying up the kitchen, I remembered my Dancing In the Kitchen blog and started doing it again. Yes, it's possible to march in place while slicing vegetables. Just keep moving!

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ILOVEMALI 9/10/2012 12:33PM

    What a wonderful weekend! And good for you with the thrift store buys. I found a used book on our trip to see The Boy -- in no way did it balance out our taking him and his sweetheart out for brunch or our stocking his pantry! LOL -- he's been on this new job for almost a month but no paycheck yet! He's paid once a month -- and on the 10th!! Guess who paid his rent for September because he hadn't been paid in

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ROXYZMOM 9/9/2012 8:58PM

    Sounds like you had a great, productive day. Blue cheese is one food I have never taken a liking to, so I could very easily take a pass on that one.

Glad you had a great weekend!

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ANGGEL40 9/9/2012 8:47PM

    emoticon my family sings all day even if they are not singing at Church..singing is good for us all....Oh and those brownies sounds Yummy!

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1EMMA2011 9/9/2012 7:27PM

    emoticon Great job!!

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Dancing in the Kitchen!

Monday, August 27, 2012

I just added 25 fitness minutes to my tracker of what I consider "free" exercise. Free exercise is what I do incidentally while in the processs of doing something else.

For the record, I started off really bad this morning, and the day could easily have spiraled out of control from there. The temptation? Hurricane supplies--dark chocolate M&Ms. Well...Isaac gave us a miss, though we've had wind and rain. Husband and I like our daily chocolate, and I'm sure others are old enough to remember early M&M commercials about how they "melt in your mouth, not in your hand", which makes them perfect if there's a power outage. Alas, I gave in, and as so often happens, one thing leads to another....

I decided NOT going to let a few bad decisions derail my day, so I tracked, divided the extras cals between breakfast, lunch, and snacks, and made adjustments after. In spite of the bad start, I'm going to be within range at the end of the day.

So, some exercise will help, right? I did THREE SP videos, feeling better about burning some calories.

Fast forward to dinner. I'm standing at the counter chopping veggies. OK, get moving. Calf-rocking, leg lifts, sideways and backward kicks, march in place, march with veggies to stove, waltz across the kitchen. I can imagine how my husband would laugh if he'd seen me dancing to dinner! I checked the clock on the stove when I began to move, and lo and behold, 25 minutes of movement! Woohoo!

Challenge to self: What else can I do for "free"?

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ILOVEMALI 9/6/2012 11:34PM

    Time to dance in my kitchen! thanks for the inspiration!

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CHANGING4ME49 9/1/2012 3:30PM

    emoticon LOVE the kitchen dancing. I do that too every now and than.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 9/1/2012 2:42PM

    Way to go! That chocolate can really do you in if you don't watcfh it.

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ROXYZMOM 8/30/2012 6:51PM

    You should have your own cooking show and incorporate dance into it!!!

Great job turning around your calorie intake and for doing three videos!!

I am glad you were spared by Isaac!!

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TAMPATINK67 8/28/2012 2:16AM

    Awesome! (Dark Chocolate M&Ms are hurricane supples???!!!)

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LMGBRIAN 8/27/2012 8:44PM

    :-) That's great I've often told my friends to get moving when doing something else I don't always fallow my own advice but now that I can give it a cool name like free excersize I'm really excited about trying to add more movement into the day!!! My uncle is leaving tomorrow and ill be able to get back in the kitchen and cook again... It helps that I'm a fidgeter.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 8/27/2012 6:27PM

    Good for you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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