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Another day, another good effort

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I worked out again today. Again, it wasn't easy to rearrange my day around getting sweaty, when to shower, how to get other things done, but I did the workout.

Yesterday a magazine came in the mail that proclaims on its cover a plan to lose 10 pounds in four weeks. So I added that strength workout after my video workout. It took up a lot of time, but I feel good about getting it done. And the next time will be easier.

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ZRIE014 12/19/2012 1:43AM

  just remember that today is the first day of the rest of your life and you need a plan to make the most of it. emoticon

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What I did right today

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Truth be told, I haven't actively exercised in nearly three weeks beyond my regular walks with my baby. And my eating has been heavy on the sweets for longer than I can count now.

But today, I tried to make some healthier efforts.

So here they are:
1. I exercised. I had to rearrange my entire day to fit it in, but I got it done. And after the first 9 minutes, it didn't even seem too hard. BONUS: My baby still laughs hysterically while I do pushups.
2. I ate more fruit. Three times, in fact. I've really gotten out of the habit with healthy food, and this was a good step in the right direction.

So there's my progress.
Hopefully, today was the beginning of some positive efforts on which I can build.

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6 weeks in -> 6 weeks out (BLC20)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Since I started this 12-week challenge, I've definitely been more active. I am making time most days for a scheduled workout, even if all I can manage is 20 minutes.

But the other goals I've had are not getting attention.

I know tracking isn't hard, and it truly doesn't take that much time, but I rarely get any time on the computer now and I don't enjoy spending it looking up values or adding foods that aren't already in the database. It has become a real chore, so I am sorely out of practice. I know this is a terrible excuse, and I really just need to commit and follow through.

Probably part of what is hindering me in tracking is that I still haven't given up my sugar craze. I'm still seeking it out and trying to compensate with activity or smaller portions elsewhere. I need to create something to do during those times when I normally reach for an unhealthy snack (boredom, celebration, stress, etc.).

So obviously that last goal of weight loss is not being met because I'm not taking care of the other goals that will lead me there.

But the bright side is that this is a process. I've got 6 more weeks to commit to this challenge. Then I've got 2 months beyond that to reach my next goal: losing the amount of weight my doctor recommended before my next checkup.

Then I've got the rest of my life to set a healthy example for my new daughter so that she grows up proud of her body and living healthily, unlike I have. That's my real goal: to break this cycle and give her something much better.

All I have to do is start NOW!

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SHANTODD420 10/24/2012 9:35AM

    What a great blog. I log my food in a notebook so I can not get to the computer all the times either. This way you can also see what you are eating by flipping through a notebook instead of getting on here. Good luck and congrats on the little one they are fun.

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SKINNYSTRUMMER 10/24/2012 8:50AM

    For me setting up the tracker is painful, structuring any plan takes so much time to start with. But then the benefit comes.... Now tracking takes me minutes each day.

But I really think this blog is about celebrating the activity - you are now fitting in activity regularly, with a new baby! That is a huge important step! We can always do better, but today you are doing better! Keep up the great work!

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NEWNAC304 10/24/2012 5:44AM

    I need to focus on tracking too. Keep working in it, you'll find what works for you.

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PEACEJENN 10/23/2012 11:07PM

    I hate tracking on the computer too! I don't know what it's an idea....since I know you have a new baby girl whom takes up a lot of time (because I' sure she is so sweet and adorable, your time should be spent with her) Get a notebook and just write down what you eat. Every bite. Then at the end of the night decide if it was good day or maybe there are things you need to change.

BR>Snack-String Cheese
Lunch-Sandwich with a salad
Snack-granola bar
Dinner-Chicken, green beans, and potato
After Dinner - ice cream

I'd write "Oops" or "No NO" next to ice cream but the rest was good. Get it? Maybe that will help you with tracking and yet save you from having to do it on the computer. Or you can write down the calories of each thing, or WW, Low Carb, whatever eating plan you are doing. It's just a thought, maybe that will help you with tracking without the headache of doing it on the computer?

Good luck girl, YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

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SAKURABLOSSOM9 10/23/2012 2:55PM

    I find that fruit really helps with my sugar cravings, especially grapes here lately. Sometimes I still crave chocolate but I don't even keep it in the house so if I want it bad enough I have to go buy it! That usually nips it right there.

Good luck with your challenge, and believe in yourself to succeed and you will!

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12-week goals (BLC20)

Monday, September 17, 2012

I've joined a challenge that's lasting for the next 12 weeks, and it came at a great time for me.

I just turned "30 again" (NOTE: Not my real age), I've got an 8-month-old baby to look after, and my meetings package at Weight Watchers just ended. So I could use some help in continuing my health improvements, and this challenge provides the motivation to do that.

My goals for BLC20:
1. exercise at least 5x/week
2. track my food intake
3. cut down on additional sugar (M&Ms begone!)
4. shuffle off 20 lbs.

With a few cooler days in the forecast (90s beat 100s), I might be able to take my baby to the park and do some walking and "baby boot camp" exercises on the benches. I've also got an Xbox workout videogame programmed to 5 20-minute workouts per week. And there's all those workout DVDs on the shelves collecting dust.

The barriers I have to exercise are 1) time (new baby? no time for anything else!) and 2) motivation (new baby? sleep or food look better than exercise every time). So I know I have to carve out some time every day and commit to using it to move more.

The tracking step is another time sucker, so I need to keep trackers handy where I feed the baby and jot everything down then log it later.

I've been feeding my sweet teeth since they popped up with the pregnancy hormones, so it's time I admit they've had their days.

I look at a pound a week as a reachable goal for this challenge, but I believe if I really challenge myself to put in the effort, I could maybe lose 20 lbs. in 12 weeks -- still a healthy rate of loss, and realistic.

Those are my goals for the next few months. My before picture is posted as my profile image in ROSY pink duotone to support my team. See you in December, hopefully with all of these points checked off as accomplished!

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NAN111 9/18/2012 8:46PM

    Sounds like a great plan! Wish I had an xbox--I've heard so many cool things you can do with them. Wising you the best on this BLC!!!

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GLMOM2 9/18/2012 4:06PM

    Great goals & obtainable too!


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    Great Plan; remember cravings and cravings go - it makes it harder when you are working on the babies schedule and not your own.... but you can do it.

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PEACEJENN 9/18/2012 12:07PM

    Sweet tooths are really hard to break after babies for some reason (I had the same problem after mine) Try jolly ranchers, or gum....or those healthy chocolate special k bars are pretty good too (90 calories) that way you still have sweet but not the calories. It's a wonderful great plan girl!!!

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NANT406 9/18/2012 9:39AM

    Great goals! Sounds like you have a plan of action and the motivation to go all he way. Best of luck in your challenge. Keep us posted.

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 9/17/2012 9:10PM

    I want to be 30 again too!!! emoticon

You have a lot going on but so much motivation too!! Kiss those M&M's goodbye! Stick to your goals and let's look at that comparison pic in 12 weeks- emoticon

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TEKRU1 9/17/2012 7:01PM

    It's tough getting back into it with a new baby. But at 8 months, hopefully your baby is sleeping through the night, so Mommy can start taking better care of herself. Good goals - I like the idea of finding ways to exercise with the little one. You got this!

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NSV: shopping my closet

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I've lost a bunch of weight this year after having a baby. One of the perks has been being able to shop within my closet and not having to spend money on smaller clothers (yet!!!). I'm finding clothes that haven't fit in 2 years -- sometimes longer -- now are perfect.

I have a trip coming up for my birthday and have been planning to wear a certain dress. Today I decided to try it on, but another dress caught my eye first.

Both of them glided on without any rolls or pudges pushing through; they actually look a bit loose.

So I went for the trifecta: a dress I wore to a pool party several years ago. I had been training for a couple of months at the gym and really hoped this dress would show off my hard work. Unfortunately, I spent the entire party feeling self-conscious and trying to hide my belly rolls that were spilling out inside the dress. It was emotionally deflating.

Today -- that dress fit very nicely. I could see where my belly is (tucked into the stretchy undergarments), but for some reason it didn't look so obscene to me. Either I weigh less now than the last time I wore it or I've grown to appreciate this body for all the diaper-changing, marathon-nursing, carseat-toting wonder that it has become.

Nothing fuels success like results.

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JULIAINLA 9/2/2012 12:11AM

    I love that feeling-going in the closet and finding smaller clothes that one can wear again. I personally haven't been able to do that in awhile. But after reading your blog -its reminds that I too would like that nice feeling (-I have some pretty clothes 2 sizes smaller than I am and also unworn tagged smaller pants hanging there). Well good for you..hope you wear more and more of your smaller clothes. Keep enjoying your hard earned results. :)

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DIET_FRIEND 8/30/2012 8:59PM

    I tried on some clothes I used to wear today and I still have some work to do, but I am celebrating with you if you had success! That stretchy foundation garment hides a multitude of flaws. Whenever I wear my Spanx, people think I've lost weight. Keep it up!

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