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Week 1 of 6: COMPLETED

Saturday, February 25, 2012

On February 18, 2012 I decided to start a plan/diet/challenge to myself/whatever with one rule: stick with 2,400 calories or less per day. I decided it would be a six-week challenge so that the last day would coincide with my husband's 30th birthday, when we're having a party to show off all the work on our new house, and also when we're going to start TTC!

How have I done so far? Here are the stats!

Start weight (2/18/12): 170.0
End of Week 1 weight (2/25/12): 166.8
Loss: 3.2 lbs

Notes about weight loss:
*For a couple of weeks before I started this plan, my weight was more often than not hovering ABOVE the 170 mark, up to as much as 172.something, so even my Day 1 weight was a bit of a drop.
*Abbreviation fun! TMI, but TOM is due to start just about any second now, so I'm not sure how PMS affected Week 1.
*Even over the course of just one week, my weight loss was inconsistent: I'd see my weight stay the same or rise a little for a few days, then drop some.

Calorie report:
My self-selected calorie range is 2,050-2,400. (In order to get SP to give me that calorie range I had to play around with my weight loss goal and amount of exercise info.)
During Week 1 my daily calorie intake ranged from 2,015-2,394. The only day I was out of range was the 2,015 day. I'd give my average daily calorie intake but the SP report automatically selects the days to do the average and they don't match up with the days I've been doing this, and I don't feel like calculating it myself. Eyeballing it, I'd say my average was about 2,150.
Notes about calories:
*I was probably underestimating my calories most days. I admit I wasn't measuring and weighing everything.
*However, seeing weight loss while eating around 2,150 calories per day is consistent with my previous weight loss attempts.
*The only time of day I was really hungry tended to be at night after dinner. I was rarely close to the top of my range and could have added an extra tiny snack at the end of the day (a piece of fruit for example), but usually I just watched a DVD or read a book in bed and dealt with it. :)

Other:
I exercised every day except Thursday, and on Thursday I was working on the house and doing yardwork (it was warm enough for yardwork in February!!) so that was kind of like exercise. I did one muscle conditioning class, one Body Pump class, and one session of strength training on my own. I used the stair climber machine, took a Kick class, and did a tiny bit of running outside and on the treadmill which bothered my left knee. :( I will be thrilled if after six weeks I'm light enough to run without bothering my knee!!!

Final thought - after watching Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead yesterday I decided to add some vegetables to my breakfast smoothie this morning. I threw in a bit of a frozen broccoli/cauliflower/carrot combo and prayed that I wouldn't be able to taste it. Well...fail basically...I can taste it. I also didn't use a banana which I usually do, so maybe a banana would have helped to mask the vegetable taste. My smoothies are usually so yummy and this one is tolerable but NOT yummy. I should probably use a bit of spinach in the future because I've had luck not tasting spinach in smoothies, but my issue is that the green of the spinach adn the red of the berries makes the smoothie an unappealing brown!

Also, I always use unsweetened soy milk in my coffee, but I've heard conflicting info about whether soy is good for you, so yesterday on our monthly trek to Trader Joe's (we don't live that close anymore) I decided to try unsweetened coconut milk. It's half the calories! I haven't tried it yet (I had an open container of soy milk this morning so wanted to use that up), but I'm looking forward to trying the coconut milk and blogging my review of it. :)

  
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MARATHONER340 2/26/2012 8:32AM

    Those look like fabulous week 1 results to me! I've always wanted to get on the smoothie kick (but have yet to do so - seems like too much work and I hate cleaning the blender) I know a friend who does smoothies all the time - and she puts LOADS of spinach in - so I vote for trying that next time (esp since you said you had good results with it in the past) I just starting buying coconut milk as well - even though I HATE coconut, it's not bad. But - soy is still my favorite - I also alternate with almond milk. Have a great week 2!

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FITGIRL15 2/26/2012 7:48AM

    Soy products, I've read contain things that mimic estrogen... and Estrogen is not a hormone you want in your body if looking trim and being healthy is your #1 priority. (I've heard PRO athletes talk about how they avoid soy like the plague! I'm not sure if it's all a vanity thing, or if there's more to it! But Estrogen does keep us women from having the lean, musculature of a man, and more "curves"... that's a GOOD thing, otherwise, we'd all be MEN! LOL)

Congrats on your AMAZING start to your plan! These results tell me that you are NOT trying to do anything drastic this time around... if you hold steady with this plan, you will achieve your goal in NO TIME!!!

PS... orange juice masks te taste of veggies in a smoothie. Take a look at what the V8 fruit drinks contain and try to copy that! Pineapple juice might be good for hiding flavors too.

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SILLIANGEL 2/26/2012 3:25AM

    Sounds like a successful and revealing week!

I usually go with spinach for my smoothies because I can put in a boatload of it and not taste it as long as I throw a banana in there (usually one that is starting to brown so it's nice and sweet). I haven't really experimented with others recently. About 5 years ago I did and they all tasted terrible, ha. Besides, I love to just eat most veggies steamed or sauteed so no use blending them up with fruit!

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HOPERY 2/25/2012 11:14PM

    Doing great! I use the coconut milk for my coffee, and like it. I also use some stevia. I guess cause the coconut milk is unsweetened. I also like almond and vanilla rice milks.

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WOLFSHADESS 2/25/2012 9:50PM

    Sounds like you're doing awesome!

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COWBOYMAMA 2/25/2012 7:57PM

    Sounds like a great week! You have inspired me to get back on track and start feeling better about myself. I am trying to go gluten and dairy free, which is hard because I LOVE cheese and bread. I also love almond milk, but not sure if it is as good as they say with all those things in it. I, too, bought some coconut milk to try. Spinach in smoothies is great because you can't taste it!

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CARILOUIE 2/25/2012 5:52PM

    Hooray! I'm glad you found a plan that works for you!

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SEEHOLZ 2/25/2012 3:38PM

    I hate coconut milk,but there is a container ( a small one) sitting in my fridge- it's appearantly amazing after you work out. So, on a hard workout day, I'll force myself to try it-LOL. I like Sharon's idea of drinks though- if you disguise the flavor.. it might be okay.

I am ALWAYS amazed at how you can loose weight soooo fast! I've been eating like 14200 or or 14500 average weekly calories and my weight loss is rather slow.... like extremely slow. 1 lbs maybe? That's why loosing 5 lbs by summer is rather ambitious- you manage to do that in 2 weeks or less???

I am jealous-LOL!

Actually, I am proud of you for not overcomplicating the rules- I think 2,400 calories sounds like a great rule. I have to day that my rule to average 2,000 calories daily- has been good to me. So, I will keep it. I tend to underestimate my calories a bit as well, because I never weigh, so maybe I am eating more like 2200 per day? Whatever it may be, I feel like I need it to keep my body and mind functioning without feeling hungry all the time and hunger panks make me panic... kind of.

And of course my food choices- eating a lot of candy and such does not exactly help your body composition.

But, happy for you!

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CRYSBROWN1 2/25/2012 12:32PM

    Great progress on week one! Even though it looks kinda gross spinach & kale seem to be the best bet with smoothies I find & I agree with almond milk, good stuff!

Keep up the good fight!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/25/2012 11:23AM

    Congrats on an awesome first week and being down 3.2pounds!! Keep up the great work!

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KAYECAN 2/25/2012 11:16AM

    Impressive first week results. I can read your enthusiasm in your blog. I've never tried coconut milk but I have used almond milk and it's good. I'm anxious to read your opinion of the coconut milk. Still not feeling the vegetable in the smoothie thing though. Sorry.
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PAPER_WINGS18 2/25/2012 10:19AM

    Great blog, Susan! Glad you are off to a great start! :)

Have you tried Almond Milk? I like that a lot in smoothies instead of milk/soy milk. Haven't tried coconut milk though so IDK how that compares.

Great job! Keep up the awesome work!

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MBSHAZZER 2/25/2012 10:15AM

    Great success, Susan! The coconut milk is really good - I haven't had it in coffee b/c I drink my coffee black, but I've had it in cereal and also frozen blender drinks and it's delish! Esp. in frozen blender drinks!

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Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Friday, February 24, 2012

Hubs and I just watched the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. It was well done and inspiring! My only complaint is that it sometimes came off as a big infomercial for juicing machines. Oh, and that it doesn't really seem like a juice "fast" is a balanced diet. Even if you add in beans and nuts, are you really going to get enough calcium? I don't know...maybe...plenty of people go dairy free, just not me. Anyway, I'm not going to go on a juice fast, but I am inspired to stick with mostly just fruits and vegetables, and maybe I'll even add vegetables to my breakfast smoothies.

  
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MBSHAZZER 2/25/2012 9:59AM

    I loved that movie! So inspiring! But I do think a juice fast is for someone who is morbidly obese and needs to "re-set" themselves. I'm not a fan of juice AT ALL! I only like to drink water (and beer, LOL!) - drinking something is just not remotely satisfying to me, plus you don't get the fiber from the fruits and veggies.

That said, I do think that if you like smoothies / juices, throwing in a few handfuls of spinach is a great way to get a lot of nutrients for very few calories!

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SEEHOLZ 2/25/2012 7:34AM

    Juicing is awesome- but not for me. I mean, I love me some great juice, but I prefer smoothies made in my blender and I do like adding veggies in them - like spinach, because it does not even taste like it.

I have not seen that documentary yet- not sure if I want to either.

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WALKINGRED 2/25/2012 2:00AM

    I saw that one on Netflix a while back. I never tried juicing, but it definitely inspired me to eat more whole foods.

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ALLISON145 2/25/2012 12:54AM

    We saw the documentary and bought the juicer last year. Love the juice, but within 48 hours of starting the fast I l got bloody stools and hubby got stomach pain. Something about it was really harsh on the system. I need to pull the juicer out more but only to supplement real food. I'm with you - it would be tricky to balance your diet that way on the long term. You'd have to use very specific fruits and veggies consistently.

Comment edited on: 2/25/2012 12:55:30 AM

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KAYECAN 2/24/2012 11:19PM

    Well I'm glad the title of your blog wasn't describing you!!! Had me worried there. There is just something about throwing a vegetable into a smoothie that just doesn't work for me, but then some people like pickles and peanut butter together...ugh. Good thing we all have different tastebuds or life would be pretty ho hum. I think the main thing is to be sure we get all the right balance of nutrients in whatever "diet" we choose to aspire to. But brussel sprouts in a smoothie...really??? gives me the shivers....lol.

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Fitness Test

Thursday, February 23, 2012

4 Fitness Tests You Can Do at Home:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
_articles.asp?id=1112


1. Pushup Test: 32 pushups in one minute ("good" range for women aged 30-39), however, my form sucked. It was hard work!

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
_articles.asp?id=1113


2. Crunch Test: 58 crunches in one minute (above "excellent" for age of less than 35 years), however, you were supposed to measure out six inches for your fingertips to reach and I didn't do that, so I guess that's major cheating. Oh well.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
_articles.asp?id=1114


(If I do the other tests I'll add to this blog, but I probably won't because I don't have a metronome or a 12-inch step.)

  
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KAYECAN 2/24/2012 8:55AM

    I failed :(
Can I use my age as an excuse and the fact that I'm out of shape and have a cat that won't stay off of me when I try to do pushups!!!!!!
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Thanks for sharing the fitness tests. You sound determined enough to tackle them all with perfect form in no time.
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And thanks for stopping by my blogs and encouraging me.It really helps keep me motivated. Hope you have a special day!!

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SEEHOLZ 2/24/2012 5:14AM

    Cool

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MBSHAZZER 2/23/2012 2:20PM

    Neat! Thanks for sharing!

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IAMZBEE 2/23/2012 2:18PM

    Good job!!

BTW, there are a ton of sites out there that have a metronome feature to use.

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KRITKRIT 2/23/2012 1:57PM

    Thats cool - I might have to try those!!

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Confession: I only fit into one pair of work pants.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A long while ago, when I was actually at a relatively stable, healthy weight for once in my life, I went out and bought a bunch of work pants one day. They were all size 10 but different brands. One was khaki, one black, one gray, and one brown. I really liked how they all looked and since I already had one or two other pairs that I liked that fit, and also because Friday was jeans day anyway, I was all set in the work pants department.

Well....for the past few months my weight crept up to and then over 170 pounds. In that time, all of these pants ceased to fit me, except the gray ones. Even though they're all size 10, I guess the different brands make them really different measurements. Even my jeans stopped fitting me but I found a couple 12s from the past to wear instead. So...thank goodness gray goes with almost anything. I hope my coworkers didn't notice I was basically wearing those gray pants almost any time I wasn't wearing jeans. Ugh.

I have this week off from school. I really hope that by the time school is back in session on Monday (2/27) that I will fit into the rest of those pants!!

(Today is day 4 of 42 and I'm down 3 pounds, from 170 to 167).

  
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STEFANIE822 2/27/2012 1:18PM

    I know that feeling!! I just had to go buy 2 pairs of work pants in a bigger size because the ones I have been wearing for the past year were cutting into my gut. I made a promise to myself to only fit in these new ones for 3 months, then I will get rid of them. Congrats on the 3 pounds!!

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SILLIANGEL 2/22/2012 9:39PM

    I totally know how you feel Susan. I've gone through the same thing lately. Today I feel this sudden urge to make one of those radical changes. They usually work for me, but they have to be all or nothing for at least a few weeks and then usually I can settle into "lifestyle" changes. The only thing that is holding me back is that I'm leaving in a week for 11 days of vacation and I don't want to be so strict on myself when I'm supposed to be having fun. Ugh, what to do, what to do. I also wear the same pants to work almost every day...

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SEEHOLZ 2/22/2012 9:50AM

    I see you are making it happen!

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COWBOYMAMA 2/22/2012 6:17AM

    I can sympathize. I had been down to a size 10 jean and they looked great on me. Now I can barely fit into my bigger jeans that I bought just last year! Working on getting into the smaller ones again. Hang in there, you can do it!

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PAPER_WINGS18 2/21/2012 3:26PM

    Don't worry, Susan! I know that you will get back into those 10s in no time! You are doing so fantastic! Sometimes we just need the reminder as to why we have to do this, and unfortunately, sometimes it comes in the form of clothes not fitting. BUT use it as extra determination to do it! You got this.

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GONABFITCOWGIRL 2/21/2012 12:49PM

    they'll fit again, i know that feeling too girl, we all have slumps!

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FITGIRL15 2/21/2012 12:20PM

    DOn't worry, Chica! They will all fit again so soon!

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KRITKRIT 2/21/2012 12:20PM

    Im with WALKINGRED! Lets hope none of them fit the other way in 38 days!!

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MBSHAZZER 2/21/2012 12:02PM

    Susan, you always get such great, FAST results! That in an of itself must be really motivating to you (and yes, I am commenting on all 3 blogs here!). Legal Seafood sounds great and you know what?? Beer is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy! :D

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WALKINGRED 2/21/2012 11:39AM

    Before you know it- none of them will fit for a different reason... emoticon

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REDSHOES2011 2/21/2012 11:23AM

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Aha Moment

Monday, February 20, 2012

I just read this little nugget in a blog:

"Since habits are created all the time and since we know their components, why not create our own? Rather than let someone else manipulate us with their chosen reward, how about deciding to reward ourselves? When I think about my own maintenance, I realize that Iíve set up many of these loops and that they are what keep me going. Weighing myself every day is a reward in maintenance. When I have to lose some weight because Iíve edged up a little, the scale is both my trigger to lose and my later reward. Iíve learned to get pleasure out of the feeling of being hungry on days when I have to bring my weight down. How have I done that? I associate that feeling with a pleasant day Iíve set up. I follow a pre-set reversal plan that I enjoy---usually to have a non-fat, skim mocha for both breakfast and lunch, a nutrition bar at 3 and to try to do some shopping if I can, which is fun and which distracts me. Then I have a huge salad and some protein for dinner. I look forward to these days rather than dreading them. The scale on the next morningís weigh-in is a further reward."

While this person's exact plan would need to be tweaked to be a good fit for me, I don't think I've ever had the power of setting up your own habits laid out for me so clearly. It's time for me to overrule the habits that have had me fail in the past and set up habits to win.

PS - At the gym today the girl next to me on the stair climbing machine complimented me for working out so hard and so long. Nice. :)

  
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STEFANIE822 2/27/2012 1:15PM

    Love this! And compliments at the gym are always a plus :)

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CARILOUIE 2/21/2012 5:31AM

    Woot woot!

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FITGIRL15 2/20/2012 6:41PM

    Good Job, Susan! Rock them WORKOUTS!

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KRITKRIT 2/20/2012 6:29PM

    YAY for compliments! They are the best motivation to keep going!

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SEEHOLZ 2/20/2012 5:22PM

    Compliments rock! And they mean so much on a day when we feel blah or just like we should be doing more..

Like this whole stting your own habits blog- great aha moment!

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ZIRCADIA 2/20/2012 5:21PM

    Thanks for sharing! :)

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