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Finally the scale moved!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

And not because I accidentally kicked it... emoticon

Interesting thing is, I knew it had. I could feel a difference mid-week.
AND oddly enough I got too busy to track food, around Wednesday, but I did get in my exercise, no matter what.

The January Jumpstart challenge videos have helped me break through my boredom and the lack of challenge in my ST workouts. They REALLY are surprising my body, to put it in Leslie Sansone terms, in a very good way. Not too hard but challenging and about the right length for a busy person.

I am super-busy right now getting things straight at work and getting ready for the trip to Rome, but I am still going to give this challenge all I've got until I leave.

And that includes the Cats in Winter team - whose challenge this week is to blog every day and comment on other blogs. so you are going to see quick and dirty little blogs! (just kidding, not really dirty...) emoticon

I will try to find something to share that will be of interest to all - maybe about the videos since they are my newest discovery!

Rock on, spark on into the New Year! Cats rule! ROWR!
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JEANUT 1/14/2012 7:45PM

    congrats on loosing wt. again

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CELLO23 1/14/2012 6:37PM

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CELIAMINER 1/14/2012 2:42PM

    Good for you!

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DOWNTOWNJEN 1/14/2012 12:41PM

    emoticon on kicking the scale (figuratively speaking, of course)!

And have a fabulous time in Rome - what a fascinating city! You'll have to be sure to blog about it.

And speaking of cats - I do believe the Collesium is still overrun by stray cats! So take some kitty treats with you.

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SHARKAR02 1/14/2012 11:44AM

    I know we're not suppose to concentrate on the scale, but it does give an extra umph when it moves in the downward direction! Keep going!

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CERIUSLY 1/14/2012 11:25AM

    emoticon I sure feel like kicking the scale often. Congrats on your success with the Jumpstart Challenge

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CLARKMOMOF3 1/14/2012 11:12AM

    Congrats on the scale movement. ;)

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Mid-challenge - some progress - self-evaluation with navel-staring...

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Today the scale disappointed me. I have made progress with some lifestyle issues that have been a problem for a long time - BUT the scale did not show that progress. 140.2 today, 139.6 for the last 2 weeks. Bleah.

So I went back to my goals recorded at the end of November before this challenge began. Let's see how I did...

"I will exercise daily for a minimum of 10 minutes for the 56 days of the challenge."
YES. This is consistency which I have never even attempted before, and I have done it.

"I will attempt to walk/run at least 6 miles a week."
Nope, haven't done it. I can blame the cold weather - I did compensate by doing much more Leslie Sansone indoor walking which incorporates bursts of jogging, knee lifts, kicks, lunging tapouts, and side steps. But when I ran yesterday for the first time in a week, it was harder than I thought it would be. There's something about outdoor running for a fixed period of time which is more challenging, even though the tracker SAYS it burns fewer calories, at least at my pace...

"I will continue to watch calories, portion sizes, and drink plenty of water."
I've done better on the water. I've tracked more consistently & weighed my food more often. But a few things such as dim-sum have intervened & I think the ones my friends made may have more calories than I think. They gave me some to take home...but those are now in the freezer...

Temptations I am not feeling so much any more:
Pita chips. Potato chips. Cheese. THAT is huge - cheese has been my Waterloo!
Alcohol. I decided last week to get serious & cut it back to two drinks a week. Wednesday was the day and I didn't even want a drink - but I had it anyway, and wow, could I notice the difference in my body. Also realized that if I have one, I want two - so I may as well say "two drinks, ONE night a week."
Tonight is my other allowed night. I may just not bother!

Habits that are changing:
Night-time snacking. I've been more successful at planning it & eating less. I've had more herbal tea.
Movie snacking - I streamed a movie last night and drank water instead of munching. It IS possible...

Bedtime snack - I don't think I can cut this out. I've been having a hot chocolate made with Super Skim, dark cocoa powder, and Splenda. Bananas don't seem to do it for me, Claude!

Things I don't want to change:
Bread. I've been weighing my bread in grams and having GOOD bread. It may be that the bread is compensating for the lack of cheese! Sometimes I do just want quantity in which case I have lo-cal bagel thins...but quality satisfies so nicely.

OK, so what about this plateau? Maybe it was a spike, maybe it was water weight, but hey, maybe it was ME!

I've been off work for the last two weeks, so I've exercised, but my regular movement has probably been less because of weather and lack of regular schedule. Stress has been low but I've had a huge clean-up project going here at home - it's fairly sedentary. And let's face it, I am a reader and at heart, a sedentary person -- I have to have something to keep my mind busy when I exercise, unless it is dancing, but that is not something I do regularly.

I have not done as well on raw veggies as I could have. Broccoli slaw is a great discovery, yummers! But I have neglected the raw carrots and the sugar snap peas I had planned to eat. What is it about winter, I just don't want to eat raw carrots!

EXERCISE is the area where I need to do more, I think.
The challenge has motivated me to go for 30-60 minutes a day more consistently. Coach Nicole's videos are helping me see where my body lacks strength.

Morning exercise has always been tough for me but I probably need to JUST DO IT. Late afternoon is when I want to go out - temperatures are usually better, & I just feel more like walking when I've accomplished something already. But if I added a half hour each morning, that might help a lot.

OK, the sun is shining, I am outta here! On to another week!

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/12/2012 9:33PM


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CANNIE50 1/10/2012 9:39PM

    Such a good inventory - detailed, honest, positive. I think you are doing really well. By the way, that number that makes you say "bleaahh" would make me sing an aria emoticon - it's all relative, right?

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CELLO23 1/9/2012 3:17AM

    It's great to do a pull-together like this, take stock and make changes. Interesting that you noticed the booze difference (I was amazed too :). And well done on the cheese conquering!
I often try to change too much at once and that always comes crashing. But the new ploy is to change just one major thing (Oct was booze, Nov was daily writing...) and then add another each month.
The sedentary thing sounds like me too - am wondering if there are better ways to combine beloved reading/film with exercise? The electronics at the gym mess with my Kindle :(
It sounds as though you're doing really well, especially over the colder weather. Exercise is just that bit tougher in winter.
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    So much progress! Wow, I am impressed. I think the scales will move in the right direction, especially as you realize you need to adjust a few things. Way to go, Sara! Bravo!

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STRIVER57 1/8/2012 5:15AM

    sounds like pretty good progress to me. that's 28 days straight of exercise!

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CELLISTA1 1/7/2012 8:36PM

    I think the navel-staring part of this IS productive. To me it's like a big puzzle and it's really hard to get all the pieces in the right place. You've assessed the situation and can make the changes if you want to. And don't underestimate the stress of the holiday season for someone in your position. Maybe you needed this time to just regroup.

Wishing you well - truly!

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MAMADWARF 1/7/2012 4:37PM

    Sounds to me like you are making huge strides in your life, health, patterns and awareness! Good for you!!

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    Great stuff to read. Thanks for sharing.
Broccoslaw sure is good. :) Have you tried it with Kraft free Italian dressing? Yum

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/7/2012 1:03PM

    Sounds like you are doing well in most areas. Congratulations! Keep moving!

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Maddy Prior! Great running music!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

It may not seem quite traditional to go running while playing Christmas music - but hey, it is REALLY working for me!

One of my friends makes me CDs each year of eclectic Christmas music and Maddy Prior's Carnival Band is one of the very best and liveliest groups.

Check them out on Amazon!
This is only the fifth day of Christmas, after all...

Rock on, Cats! And all Spark friends! emoticon

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CELLO23 12/30/2011 6:02AM

    Don't know Maddy Prior, but whatever works, go do it! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/29/2011 8:30PM

    Amazon is one of my favorite places :)


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Roast some root veggies, Cats!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

5% Weight-loss group has as its goal MORE VEGGIES this week.

Soooooo I roasted up all the root veggies in my fridge. It made a lovely meal!
If you like rutabagas, turnips and parsnips, you will like this!

Actually, to make this a meal, I would add a bit of meat of some kind...but since I'm heading out for a Hanukkah feast tonight, I decided to forego that luxury.

Happy Hanukkah, everyone! AND the last day of winter tomorrow...AND Christmas only 4 days away!

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LILY_SPARK 12/22/2011 12:21PM

    Lovely! I'm planning on roasting some tomorrow or Friday for guests :)

Happy Chanukah to you!

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CYNDERROSE 12/22/2011 12:01PM

    I love roasted root veggies. Sounds yumym!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 12/21/2011 11:58PM

    Absolutely! Beets are also very good.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/21/2011 10:31PM

    Happy Hanukkah to you also. Ner Li! Neri Yair, Victoria

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GOOSIEMOON 12/21/2011 3:01PM

    Sounds yummy!

One of the very best things I've learned this year is about roasted veggies of all kinds, kale (which crisps up like chips), broccoli, and root veggies are favorites of mine.

Enjoy your dinner tonight!

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Decadent treats...

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Just in case you'd like to try something yummy...

Not too hard to make, but you do have to watch the portion sizes!

I packaged most of them for gifts but am now having one with my tea! emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/19/2011 5:46AM

    It sounds yummy! Thank you for sharing. This year, I am just too tempted by sweets, I won't try and make them as I could easily eat rather a few before I give them! :)

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    I'm right there with you on the caramel and chocolate, but I'm saved by the walnuts. If I unknowingly eat something with walnuts, they, like pieces of coconut, send me into the street crying and screaming, "Help! Help! There's walnut in my mouth!"

As to your description...

" can cut into these small pieces which pack nicely into tins for gifts...and don't have too many calories each!"

...if you give them as gifts, they have NO calories. Not for you, at any rate.
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