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Fire & Ice Challenge...

Monday, August 10, 2009

I just joined the Fire & Ice Challenge on the 30 somethings (with 50-99 lbs to lose) board. I think it is a good idea! We started Aug 1st or later (I started today) and the challenge ends on Dec. 1st. Today is the first blog after yesterday's post to just get healthier.

I am not going to do anything crazy and I am not even going to subscribe to any diet service or program. That is a little scary to me! But, I know what I need to do. I am just not doing it. I am going to use Sparkpeople to track my food and exercise. I know a few weeks ago I had planned on not tracking at all, but that is not a good solution for me. I get too crazy after the first few days.

So the eating plan for today:
* Lean Ham sandwich on whole wheat bread with FF mayo, mustard and veggies
* 1c grapes
* Light Yoplait Yogurt

* 1c whole wheat couscous
* 1c frozen veggies
* Soy sauce
* Salad with tomatoes, 5 olives, 1 tbsp Feta and FF Caeser Italian

If I am still hungry, I can have some 94% FF popcorn.

* 8pm - Dance class at the gym

I will post again tonight to record how I did with food, exercise and water.

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GEEOHDEESGIRL 8/10/2009 10:08AM

    I'm excited for you. It seems like I could've written a few lines in your blog, myself. I thought about not tracking my food & stuff on Spark, but now I've come to realization that it HELPS me. I have to do it if I want to succeed. Different things work for different people. Some people cannot track food & have success, b/c they have the will/ability to stop eating when they should, etc. For me, the tracking helps b/c when I think about what I'm going to have to put in the food tracker & watch the calories add makes me think twice or even three times about the food I'm gonna eat & I do a 1000% better.

Anyway, I wish you lots of luck & thanks for sharing about the challenge. I'm on my way there to check it out.

Keep it Sparkin'!


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Landing Back on Earth...

Sunday, August 09, 2009

I have been all over the map the last few weeks and have felt very out of control. I see the link between my bad eating habits and my sense of control in other areas of my life. I went dancing last night and saw some pics...lets just say, they made me very sad.

I think I just need to realize what I am doing to my body when I choose to eat unhealthy foods. I know in my head what to do, but it is getting disconnected from my actions. This is such a tough thing to deal with and it is a constant battle for me each and every day. I want to just be able to eat when I am hungry and that be it. I know it will not be as easy as that. So, what can I do each day to take care of me and get me back to healthy?

1) Exercise each day for 30 minutes - This can be simply going for a walk, going to the gym or popping in a dvd
2) Drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day
3) Wash face in the morning and every night
4) Choose healthy foods to eat and make the best decsision I can make at each meal
5) Start taking baby steps to eliminate sugar from my diet - I don't need it to live and my family has a terrible history with diabetes

Let's just start there and see how it goes. I am not going to limit or eliminate food groups (with the exeption of sugar). This makes me too crazy and I end up giving up. Also, I am going to try to get at least 6-7 hours of sleep each night. That would be great!

One last note...I think I am going to try to blog every morning and each night as well. I think this will help me to focus on why I am doing what I am doing.

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Friday, July 31, 2009

I can't believe it! Since I have decided not to diet anymore, I have lost 5.5 lbs! In 5 days! It is just amazing to me...I am still stunned. I am only 0.5 lbs above the lowest weight I have been all year! And, I have been less stressed out because I am not constantly thinking about food in the back of my mind. This is a breakthrough for me. I never thought I could do this like this.

The silly part of the whole thing is that all I am doing is eating when I am hungry and stopping when I am no longer hungry. I am making the best decision I can at each meal and not beating myself up if I have something that is considered bad, extra, or not needed. For example, I had a glass of wine with dinner on Tuesday and chocolate for dessert. Normally, this would make me start to count calories or points and then I would feel like I blew the whole day because I had these two things.

Truly an amazing thing...I am still blown away!


Trying Something New...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I am going to try something that I haven't done in years...Not be on a diet! I can't even remember the last time I wasn't counting calories, points, etc. I think that this might be a problem for me because I am not paying attention to my body. I think I start to self-sabotage when I know how many calories I have had. I need to stop doing that.

I have been on and off diets enough to know healthy foods from unhealthy foods. Come to think of it, I could probably pass a dieticians test with about 80% and no studying! I know what to do, but I think it has become such an obsession, that its not about food. It's about emotions, dealing with emotions and a little bit about rebellion. Yeah, most people wouldn't call me a rebel. But, eating was the one thing I always had control over in my life. Growing up in the dance world, I was often told I need to eat "lettuce" and only lettuce. Because I was upset that I was singled out in front of everyone and everyone (including my family) said there was something wrong with me, it was the one thing I could do to rebel. I remember I was about 10 or 11 and thinking, "I'll show you fat!" It's a bit of a painful memory and I can't believe I even thought that...but I also have a tough time believing that my family and dance instructors would make me feel so poorly about myself that I resorting to that thinking.

Definately need to deal with these little demons. I think my plan of action moving forward is going to be simple:
* Exercise at least 3-5 times per week
* Drink 8 glasses of water
* Take my vitamin each day
* Make the healthiest decisions I can make at each meal
* Pay attention to my body and eat when I'm hungry
* Don't eat when I am not hungry or out of emotion

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OPERAJAN 7/28/2009 12:14PM

  Good luck! When we live a healthy lifestyle, the numbers take care of themselves.

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TOBSKINNY3 7/28/2009 11:50AM

    This fits me to a T.... I have becoem obsessed with the calories and points that I let it out the window.... I was emotionally eating b/c sometimes I was worried about the calories and what not.. as soon as I let that go I have been doing great! It pays to not pay attention all the time, I am able to eat when I am hungry. I don't overeat, and I don;t eat even when I am not hungry anymore!

Good Luck to you! You Know what you are doing!!!

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Day 5 - Still hanging in there

Friday, July 24, 2009

So...I think I am feeling a little better about everything. I am still struggling with the night eating, but it has decreased tremendously! I think the past four days I have been under 1800 calories each day, with a few days under 1600, and that is a huge win for me. If you looked at the past few months, I was hovering around 1900 - 2000 or more calories almost everyday.

Also, I have taken 2 kickboxing classes this week and I think I am going to go for a nice walk tonight after work to try to keep up with that exercise component. It is getting a little better each day. Still not easy, but I will get there!

Wins from yeserday:
* 60 min kickboxing class
* Under 1800 calories
* Realized when I was looking for something to eat, but wasn't hungry. Stopped myself.

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WHITE-HERON 7/24/2009 12:05PM

    Congratulations on your realizations ... wonderful work!

Wishing you strength, security, serenity and success ...

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"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."
~Edmund Hillary~
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