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new year same goals

Monday, January 06, 2014

Like everyone I set goals at the beginning of the year every January only to get discouraged and quit within a few months. This year will be different! I have the same goals as years past but this year I have decided to reach out for support more. So yeah I am depending on my Spark buddies to keep me motivated and on task. I gotta lose this weight. So it is nearly a week into the new year and so far my biggest struggle is finding time for exercise. Any suggestions on how to fit in a workout when you are always busy? Food wise I have been doing good sticking to eating healthy with the exception of Today where I ate Chinese food and added it to my tracker only to find it put me over my calorie goal for today. So what I learned from this mistake is I will put it in my planner first and see if it is within my calorie budget before splurging on it. Live and learn right? So I am going to try to blog more regularly also to help myself look back at the struggles I face throughout the year and see how many I can overcome. Well, 1 week done next weeks goals are to
1. continue to avoid soda
2. Make healthy food choices when possible
3.aim to Drink 8 glasses of water everyday
4. Weigh in Sunday and report progress

  
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DANCINCAJUN1 1/7/2014 10:40PM

    by golly you have a great plan .... working out for just a few minutes whenever you get a chance can sure add up each day .... 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there .... then when you have that extra 30 or 60 minutes to get in do make it worth the time .... good luck. Rocie
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DESTINATUS 1/7/2014 7:17AM

    You're off to a great start by looking for the things that trip you up and trying to find solutions.

I have struggled with finding time for exercise as well. I decided to try two things: 1.) accept that I may have to work in activity a few minutes at a time on my busiest days, instead of the 30 minute sessions I prefer, 2.) make my health and weight loss goals a top priority instead of the first thing I push aside when things get hectic.

Keep up the good work!

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OPPORTUNITIES 1/6/2014 11:12PM

    Break up your exercise. Exercise in the car on the way to and from work. While waiting in line at the supermarket lift up on your tip toes. Do some lunges in the kitchen while you cook. Just do something. Just move as much as you can. :)

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144AUTUMN 1/6/2014 11:10PM

  You can do it!!

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Day 1 again.......I am back

Sunday, February 03, 2013

well, it has been over a year since I was last on sparkpeople (my last log in was 1/24/12). I am happy to report I weigh less than I did when I left but before you get too excited for me it was only 2 lbs less. yeah thats right I only lost 2 lbs in a little over a year. I have alot of reasons for that and alot of it has to do with med changes. If I went by my highest weight this year than I have actually lost about 25lbs with today's weight. I have had alot of struggles within the past year and I am hoping they are finally over. first of all, last January I was struggling with a plateau with my weight it seemed no matter what i did i wasn't losing weight. then i started having issues with my seizures so the doctors started messing with my medications and of course they looked at what worked not whether it would cause weight gain so I gained 23lbs it seemed overnight (actually it was in 5 weeks but who's counting). This frustrated me alot and it seemed my life was messed up for awhile just trying to fight with the doctors to try something else. The doctors were hesitant because what i was taking worked for me and they didn't want to try something else that may not work. Then finally in November I had enough with doctor's telling me what to do so I tried a different doctor who was more willing to listen to me and my concerns about the medications. I am happy to report she put me on a new medication and not only does it work great I haven't gained any weight from it. I haven't really lost weight either but I haven't really been trying. I am recommitted to this weight loss journey and I will make it back down to my goal weight. I have 117.6lbs before I will get there but I CAN DO THIS! So I know the only way to reach my big goals is to make smaller more attainable goals so my weight loss goals are as follows:

1. Lose 1.5lbs or more per week, this is 6 to 7.5lbs per month

2. Drink at least 64oz of water per day but aim for 80oz or more per day

3. Make healthy food choices (baked not fried, lowfat instead of whole milk, veggies instead of chips, etc)

4. pack my lunch with healthy meals or snacks when I will be running to appointments or class all day rather than eating out.

5. Work out for 30 minutes per session 3 times per week. So I am aiming for 90 or more minutes a week of cardio exercise. I will accomplish this on my treadmill until the weather gets better. (it is Icy and cold here in MN this time of year)

I also have started a job where I work doing everything a nurse would do however since I do not have the degree I have chosen to go back to school for my nursing degree. I really love my job and the clients I serve. My boss is great! I have already started my classes for this semester and boy can it be a challenge. in 1 class I write alot of papers. I don't like to write papers but i keep reminding myself that this class is required for the nursing program so I gotta work hard and do my best to get a good grade in this class. The other classes require alot of memorization so since my stroke I struggle with this. I am making it work though. with the encouragement of my husband (rbauernfeind) and my best friend (artist8784) and all of my spark friends I know I can accomplish this. So here we go Day 1. So far so good already did the workout now off to find something healthy to eat. until next time Spark Buddies keep a smile on your face and encouragement in your heart.

  
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ANDI571 2/5/2013 1:52PM

    Welcome back. Don't be down on yourself. Maintaining and losing two more pounds is awesome. It's never day 1 again, it is just continuing on your journey. emoticon

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LJCANNON 2/5/2013 1:45PM

    emoticon Welcome Back!!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/5/2013 10:19AM

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DANCINCAJUN1 2/3/2013 6:49PM

    so glad you are back .... you can do it ! Roc
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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 2/3/2013 4:30PM

    Welcome back! I wish you great success on your journey, professionally as well, and I'm glad you've found the right meds. You have a great plan in place, with very good goals.

You can do this!

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HANDYV 2/3/2013 1:37PM

    Thumbs Up - great ideas and goals! emoticon

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 2/3/2013 1:31PM

    Great goals. You can do it.

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 2/3/2013 12:50PM

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CHUCK_SIMMONS 2/3/2013 12:49PM

    Welcome back! I was about to post essentially the same thing on my blog! I haven't been on SP since Feb 2012, and I've gained quite a bit back, so welcome back to both of us! GOOD LUCK with your new goals!

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January 21, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Well looking back over the last week and reflecting I feel I did pretty well sticking to my diet plan. I ate around 1400 calories every day. I did not eat at my target goal of 1590 but I am getting closer to the higher goal. I worked out 135 minutes this week which is lower than last week but it is more of a reasonable goal I can stick to a regular basis. I did really well drinking my water last week only missed drinking my water goal 1 day. I am frustrated because I weighed in yesterday and was expecting to see a loss only to see I had stayed the same weight. this is getting really frustrating I want to see the scale going down! It is really hard to stay motivated when I am working my butt off and not seeing any results. on another note, this week I had my Spark anniversary and it has been 6 years since I have joined Spark. alot of stuff has happened since I first joined. I have gained alot of sparkfriends and i have seen alot of sparkfriends no longer on the site which really saddens me. I went through my sparkfriends and deleted the non active friends off my sparkpage but was wondering does anyone know how to remove the ones that no longer are working pages? anyways my goals for next week are:
work out 3 days this next week for 30 minutes each session
drink 8 glasses of water every day
Eat @ least 1500 calories per day

  
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DETERMINEDJANET 1/21/2012 11:50PM

    Try drinking more water.... switching up the foods you are eating and the workout routine. Should help move you off the plateau.

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DANCINCAJUN1 1/21/2012 8:19PM

    don't fret ... you will be losing .... they say to change exercise routines ever so often to trick the body ... Roc
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NELLIEC 1/21/2012 3:06PM

    If you mean the ones that have taken their SparkPage offline, then you go to your SparkPage and click on Edit My SparkPage. Then go down to your friends area and you will see something about adding/deleting friends. Another page comes up when you click that and shows your friends. The ones that just have a name with no picture or outline of a person are the non-working pages and you click remove under each of those. You will probably have to go through several times to do all of them since it reloads each time you click remove.

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January 14,2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012

today I am really frustrated. I am really trying hard not to lose focus on my goals today. I weighed in yesterday and somehow I gained 2 pounds last week. I don't understand it I didn't overeat all week and I exercised everyday but Thursday. I talked to my trainer and she said that I might have gained weight either because I didn't eat enough calories or I am gaining muscle weight. she encouraged me to continue eating within my calorie ranges and keep working out and she told me that I should show a loss soon. I am getting bored with curves lately and think I need to step up my routine a little in order to lose weight. also my big issue with curves is that the hours are not that convenient for me all the time. anyways, my insurance pays for several clubs here in town and so I decided to join another club in addition to curves which is paid for by my insurance as well. so now I am a proud member of fit for life as well a curves. the good thing about fit for life is that it is a 24 hour access club so I can work out all hours which I think will be a better option for me to get my workouts in. I am not really sure what I am going to have to do in order to pull off a weight loss this month. I am going to focus on making healthy food choices and getting my workouts in every week. so my goals for this next week are:
1. Drink 10 glasses of water everyday
2. eat 3 healthy meals ( 1 carb, 1 meat, 1 veggie or fruit, 1, milk, 1 fat) and 2 snacks every day
3. Workout @ Curves @ least 3 days this week
4. Workout @ fit for life @ least 2 days this week
5. enter my food in the food tracker 6/7 days this week

  
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BENTONHEALTHY 1/14/2012 2:56PM

    I agree with your trainer. Just keep doing the right things, you can shake it up a bit with different diet schedule and such but sometimes we have water or building muscle and the scale disappoints. It really is persistence that wins afterall. I can't lose as fast as others but eventually I lose. And you gave me a great idea to call my insurance company and ask if they pay for any health clubs - doubt it but worth a try. Remember it is the long term that matters and not one week. emoticon

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DANCINCAJUN1 1/14/2012 2:22PM

    some days those scales are definitely not our friend !! happens to me but then the next day it is down .... reading some of the Spark info says some food is heavier than others -- no matter that it is health friendly -- but that can surely show up on the scale ... so many possibilities .... you will do fine .... Roc
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RHILL4455 1/14/2012 1:39PM

    Sounds like some great goal!! emoticon

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January 10,2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

today I got an unscheduled 30 minute workout in @ curves this morning which put me in a really good mood. I came home had a good lunch with my hubby thought I was doing good then, I logged it all. Not sure where all the sodium came from I just ate soup and a sandwich didn't think it was that bad for me but man was I wrong! calories and everything else were OK and within goals but I have already exceeded my sodium goals by more than 215 mg today and I still have a snack and dinner to go. Oh well, guess I will have to try to figure out that battle another day at least I am keeping the calories and the rest under control right? Yesterday was a very long and stressed out day! we were running in the cities all day to appointments and we ate out for lunch. I thought I made a healthy choice when we went to taco bell (my step dtr's fav restaurant) by getting the taco salad but boy was I wrong! I came home and logged it thinking man I did good only to find out it had 42 grams of fat! wow was that a shocker and darn that will never be touching my lips again! I would have been better off eating a burrito or a taco or something I think. I really do struggle when I try to eat out I really wish my hubby and step dtr would figure out where they want to eat before we leave so I can plan it out instead of trying to figure it out last second. I always do badly trying to pick healthy options because what I think is healthy I find out later is not always the healthiest option available. I am going to talk to my husband and see if next week we can plan where we are gonna go so I can plan ahead at least have him narrow down the options of places so I can have a few ready choices at each place planned out so I know what to eat that is healthy where ever we go. I wish we could just pack something but on the days when we are in the cities we are usually there for several hours and things would spoil or go bad. plus I think my husband like to eat out when we go up to the cities. sorry this seems kinda like a little bit of a venting session I'm just a little frustrated right now. I have figured out how to work in the water while we are out and about in the cities just gotta get the healthy food options worked out.
my goals for tomorrow:
1. Drink 8 glasses of water
2. get a workout in @ curves
3. make healthy food choices
4. plan out @ least 3 days worth of meals for this week
5. make out grocery list for meals and buy groceries needed

  
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KOFFEEGIRL1 1/12/2012 5:18PM

  I'm finding it hard to eat out now days! You sound like you have a solid plan to fall back to...good for you! emoticon

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GLMOM2 1/10/2012 9:56PM

    That's what blogs are for ... To vent! No worries. We're here for you!!!

I've been burned on those "salads" at Taco Bell too! LOL Darn things. My go-to meal for there is the Fresco chicken soft taco (sometimes 2!) & a side of pintos and cheese. My dh loves Taco Bell so if he gets to pick - that's where we go!

I have certain restaurants where I have meals pre-planned so if we happen to be out & need to stop I know what I can have.

Yes you gotta watch those good sandwiches & soup - salt in those things are terrible!
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DANCINCAJUN1 1/10/2012 7:55PM

    amazing as to what some meals consist of .... I am pretty good with sodium but when I go over, it is tremendous .... and usually involves canned food .... I try to stay with frozen veggies ... it sure helps .... and buy low sodium soup or make my own. Roc
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