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More exercise, more food

Monday, May 05, 2014

I joined the 'Eat Up, Slim Down' challenge to try to see just how my food intake relates to my exercise.
This week I'm trying to walk 5 or 6 miles each day and then consume at least the lower range of calories according to the nutrition tracker. Most days I'd like to eat mid-range just to see how I do with that much food. I'm counting all the miles as recorded on my Fitbit, not just the intentional exercise miles. I think this is a more accurate measure of my activity level and it does reward me for parking farther from the door when shopping, etc. I hope to learn more about my metabolism.

This is day four of my plan and I'm enjoying it. My muscles are complaining a bit after walking but I don't wake up stiff the next morning so I don't think I'm over doing.

  
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SUNSHINE192DAY 5/20/2014 10:18PM

    Good idea! I should try the same thing!

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ABETTERBETTY 5/5/2014 10:21PM

    I also am increasing my mileage this week. I have reached a plateau and hope the increased workout will help jumpstart my weight loss again. But I haven't lowered my intake. I will try just the increased mileage first before I change my intake. Sounds like you have a good plan!

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ROXYZMOM 5/5/2014 9:58PM

    This sounds great!

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PAMSPARKS 5/5/2014 7:22PM

    Sounds like you're on a good path! Best of luck on your fitness journey!

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MAINEALI 5/5/2014 7:18PM

    I love a good plan! Good for you!

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KIWIANN 5/5/2014 5:45PM

    Sounds great! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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NEED2LOSEN2010 5/5/2014 5:39PM

    Sounds like a good plan!
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Goal oriented behavior

Monday, April 28, 2014

I always seem to do better when I blog about my goals, even though the goals don't really change. I guess I could just say 'ditto' to the last set of goals I posted. But strictly for my own accountability, my goals from now until the end of May are:
1. walk 10,000 steps a day
2. eat between 1400 and 1500 calories per day with roughly equal amounts of calories from carbs, fats, and proten.
3. eliminate all sweets for at least a week to get cravings under control, then consume occasionally
4. take multi vitamin, co-Q 10, B complex, D, fish oil, proteolytic enzymes.
5. introduce a small amount of psyllium into my diet for more fiber
6. plan some fun meals to make all this more enjoyable

  
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SUNSHINE192DAY 5/1/2014 12:46PM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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MAINEALI 4/29/2014 12:26PM

    I know what you mean about goals seeming to never change. I thought that too but suprisingly enough they actually do get tweaked a bit as I go along. Good luck with your goals. I know you can do it!

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MARYBETH4884 4/28/2014 3:05PM

    Great goals!

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  Working with goals are the only way to go! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 4/28/2014 8:30AM

    Looks like you have a good plan.
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50 days until Spring (March 20)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What can I accomplish by then?
I'd like to be at least 10 pounds lighter but sometimes I have little control over what the scale says.
My goals are: eat no more than 1500 calories per day and track all my food every day.
exercise 30 minutes per day 6 days per week.

OK, it seem I'm saying the same thing over and over again! Sorry to anyone who reads this! I seem to need to keep reminding myself.

  
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MESEATURTLE 1/31/2014 11:25PM

    Needed the reminder too ! Thank u !! Good luck !!

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SHARON10002 1/31/2014 11:23PM

    There's nothing wrong with repeating things you want to do to keep them fresh in your mind.
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CAPT_BUTTERFLY 1/30/2014 6:07PM

    Remind yourself as much as you need to. If i don't write things down they are gone out of my head the next minute. Lots of people recommend making a weekly blog or post about what goals you want to achieve for the week. they can be the same all the time if that's what you need to succeed.

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SUNSHINE192DAY 1/30/2014 9:08AM

    Don't apologize! It's totally ok to remind yourself and emoticon

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SISSYFEB48 1/29/2014 7:17PM

    Keep reminding yourself. emoticon

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NEW_PARADIGM 1/29/2014 6:18PM

    These are for you, make them say what you need to hear (And benefit from your reminders, too!)
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ROXYZMOM 1/29/2014 6:07PM

    Looks realistic to me! Let's go!!

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My word for 2014 is Excitement

Monday, January 06, 2014

My word for 2014 is Excitement. As part of a 'follow the star' Epiphany service at my church we were invited to pick a star with a word on it out of a basket--no peeking and no exchanging. The challenge was to post the star where it will be seen daily and to think about and pray about that word and what it means to us.

Sometimes I feel that other people have all the excitement and I'm envious. When my husband was alive we traveled alot in our RV. After his death I sold the RV and went back to work. That's not nearly as exciting as traveling. Will I find a way to have an exciting life again?

Getting to my goal weight would be exciting. This past year I lost 70 pounds. I have 40 more to reach my weight loss goal. My goal is to achieve that weight in 2014.

I'm not sure what 'excitement' God has planned for me this year. I guess I better get in shape, and be ready!

  
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NEW_PARADIGM 1/26/2014 9:34AM

    What a wonderful word! Love your attitude -- ready and waiting.
I choose words of the year, too (or is it really the other way around?) Mine is engage. In reading your blog, I realize excitement can be an element of that.
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TERI-RIFIC 1/15/2014 3:37PM

    Excitement is a great word! Lucky you that you picked that one! Now that you are looking for it I'm sure you will find it everywhere and in unexpected places! P S I don't really believe in luck - it was Providence.

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SUNSHINE192DAY 1/7/2014 9:18AM

    Congrats on the weight lost first of all. I know you can lose the rest too! I too am envious of other's excitement sometimes but we must keep our eyes open for a chance to make our own!

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ROXYZMOM 1/6/2014 5:17PM

    I am excited for you!!

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JACKSGRAN 1/6/2014 2:46PM

    Walking with God can be exciting - I wonder what he has in store for you this year. Often excitement comes in the the most unexpected ways. You have done amazingly with your weight - I'm sure you will reach your goal this year. emoticon

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TAGSUIT2 1/6/2014 10:40AM

    If only we knew Gods plan but whatever he have in store for us, he will prepare you for it also. I pray he give you the strength to go with. God bless you. emoticon

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A Look back and a plan for the future.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

2013 was a successful year for me in terms of weight loss. I started the year at 260 and ended at 190. The Spark stats are a bit different because they go back to May instead of last January.
I've learned that exercise is a very important part of losing weight for me. If I don't exercise, I don't lose, or lose very, very slowly. So my goals for 2014 need to include exercise at least 6 days a week. I will continue to track my food every day. My appetite isn't a good gauge for me so until I'm at or near my weight loss goal I will track all I eat.

I've tried to overcome emotional eating but still struggle with it. When things are good I want to 'celebrate' when things aren't going as well I somehow feel 'deserve' a treat or a meal of comfort food. While one meal isn't going to change my weight loss that much, it is enough to get me 'off track' and then its way to easy to just continue nibbling away or eating old favorites. In 2014 I will work at ways to break this thought process. I will actively seek out Spark articles on emotional eating for help .

This morning I read that the biggest key to success in anything is gratitude. At the end of each day I will look for and write down the things that have gone well that day. It may be something as simple as giving someone else a hand with something, or receiving or giving a compliment....anything that accentuates the positive. Looking for the good in my day will help me to concentrate on the many wonderful things in my life rather than fretting about the annoying things that happen.

  
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SUNSHINE192DAY 1/3/2014 8:59AM

    I too am working on accentuating the positive and working on gratitude! I'm hoping and praying that you make goal this year, along with me! Have a great day!

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BOOERDEM 1/2/2014 9:40PM

    Oh, I agree with you - gratitude is huge!!! For much of 2013, I wrote down 3 things at the end of the day that I was grateful for that day. Helps my attitude!!! And congratulations on your great weight loss - you've accomplished a lot!! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 1/2/2014 6:50PM

    Wow! You have done very well! I think it is wonderful that you figured out what can through you off your plan.

Good for you!!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/2/2014 5:25PM

    I think that having an 'attitude of gratitude' helps in so many aspects of our lives.

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JACKSGRAN 1/2/2014 3:48PM

    Gratitude - even for obstacles - is powerful. You've got the right idea.

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JACKSGRAN 1/2/2014 3:48PM

    Gratitude - even for obstacles - is powerful. You've got the right idea.

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