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12 Goals for 2012

Thursday, December 29, 2011

1 Finish 2012 with BF% under 20%. (Maintain!)
2 Once BF is under 18% (or 18% becomes clearly an unhealthy goal), set a new fitness goal. (Maybe a 5K. Maybe a strength goal.)
3 Finish 2012 with a weight in the 120s. (Maintain!)
4 Continue to weigh in daily and record food intake and exercise calories so that my weight doesnít creep up. (Maintain!)
5 Make 1 hour a week to exercise WITH a family member. (No one else exercises regularly.)
6 Involve the family more in the process of menu planning and food shopping/preparation. (Already do a bit but at 11 and 13 the kids should be cooking more.)
7 Continue to reward myself for maintaining my weight and exercise habits. (I am thinking of rewarding myself with a certain dollar amount per month on the anniversary of hitting my goal with the money to be spent on clothing/accessories I donít NEED.)
8 Finish 2012 with a house in as good a shape as my body is as 2011 comes to a close. (I tried and failed to make FlyLady habits stick this summer. I need to try AGAIN.)
9 Return to my hobbies Ė scrapbooking and knitting. (I miss them and I think my arm is ready.)
10 Finally learn how to use my knives using my knife skills book/DVD. (A Christmas gift from 2009 Ö and then I injured my arm in February 2010 and never got to using it.)
11 Continue to connect with others living a healthy lifestyle Ė online and in person. (sparkpeople and loseit)
12 Get my navel piercing. I really need to do my research and figure out how to mesh healing with my fitness routines.

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DIVEGODDESS 12/29/2011 10:10PM

    Great goals!!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 12/29/2011 11:30AM

    Love the idea of involving your kids with cooking! I remember the expectation of dinner on the table when my mom got home around 5:30. My dad worked a night job and does not have the best cooking abilities. My sister and I were forced to get along and our mom was always pleased.
Best of luck reaching your goals!

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YCOOLIO 12/29/2011 7:52AM

    Hey Tanya.

First, awesome 2011! I hope you are kicking back at some point this week, margarita in hand, in the hot tub and saying to yourself, "damn, I'm fine!".

Anyway, a couple comments about some of your goals. About number 6. When my kids were around 10 I made a rule that they had to make dinner once a week. I have two kids so they traded off weeks. The rule was that THEY got to pick whatever they wanted to make -- as long as it wasn't too unhealthy -- and I can't remember ever vetoing anything. Then, we looked up a recipe (I got a couple of "go to" cookbooks that were straightforward and were "their" cookbooks -- I can give you some titles if you are interested), and made a menu and bought all the stuff. I helped if they wanted help, and if they didn't want help -- or really no matter what -- I always made sure that my comments about eating it were "this is awesome!" no matter how it really tasted (and there were some over salted things -- some undercooked things -- some just plain not yummy things -- over the years. I think thought that that positivity chinched it. After awhile they just looked forward to "wowing" us with what they made. My son, whose the youngest, particularly took to it. I remember him making chicken parmesan for his sisters 16th birthday dinner completely on his own I don't think I was even in the house! He was 13. Now my daughter is at college and has two male roommates and cooks all the time for them and the other people in her apartment building. It's so fun to watch and help her plan menus for things like special occasions.

Also, about number 12. I had my navel pierced for my 40th birthday. It was no big deal initially but for some reason, it just never healed right was always red and irritated. I was worried that I wasn't taking care of it right Basically, I was cleaning it three times a day with a solution and keeping tight stuff off of my waist. I was lifting a lot then and just wore pants that were below my navel and took a shower right after a work out. I went and talked to the piercing people about it over time they said that it had nothing to do with how I was taking care of it, some people's bodies just "reject" piercings. When I thought back on it, I reflected that my left ear never was totally happy with being pierced and often will get sort of red and irritated even now kinda of randomly. They said that was a clue for me about the navel piercing. So, if you have your ears pierced and that wasn't an issue, you should be in good shape for the navel piercing. (FYI it was so not painful to do. I remember it as less intense than getting my ears pierced. Sigh, I wish I had those flat abs again!)

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Very Nice Christmas

Monday, December 26, 2011

We had a very nice day yesterday. Lots of great gifts, lots of great food. Everyone had plenty of time to play and to relax. It was a quiet day with just the 4 of us because my ILs opted to stay in Texas (although we did invite them) and my parents didn't want to travel this far as my dad is still recovering from his bypass surgery. The only downer part of the day is that I never managed to connect with my parents as they left to visit my grandmother, great aunt, aunt & uncle, and cousins and got home after we were in bed. We chatted for a good long time this morning though and will visit at the end of the week so all is well.

Foodwise, I did track but I didn't restrict at all yesterday. I chose to eat 'whatever I wanted'. I ate well over 2 days' worth of calories - half of which was in Christmas cookies - and I don't regret it. I LOVE Christmas cookies. I used to eat dozens upon dozens. It was NOTHING for me to eat half a dozen cookies at a go and that behavior started as soon as I started baking and I baked for weeks. This year I have baked much less, frozen everything, and eaten *a* cookie, if that, a day. Yesterday was my day to have my fill. I did. They tasted AWESOME. But the sugar crash was pretty bad. So.... I got to enjoy eating the cookies but I am not at all tempted to do it again... maybe not even in another year.

Hubby spoiled me... as usual. I posted a picture of myself in the dress he bought me. His reaction was really funny. If he was more of a ham, I'd think he was goofing around. But, he's not a ham and I can tell that sometimes he is shocked by what I look like now... in a good way. Among the other gifts he got me were a new pair of trainers which I adore (so cute!), the New Rules of Lifting for Women, and a dried PB product - both peanut butter and chocolate peanut butter - so I can add PB protein/taste to my shakes without all the fat of PB. I looooove PB. I love the grin on my face in the picture with the sneakers. I have come a long, long way since last Christmas :-)

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DIVEGODDESS 12/28/2011 3:34AM

    I ate Christmas cookies too!! MY philosophy is to eat anything you want on days like Christmas and Thanksgiving and then get back in to the routine the following day. I'm glad you had a great Christmas!

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A different sort of December

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I usually spend December feeling overwhelmed. I do all the Christmas prep and DH pays all the bills. I know he works very hard to be able to pay the bills but I still often feel overwhelmed by the enormity of 'throwing' Christmas every year. This year I consciously decided to be more laid back and it looks like it's working and I don't think anyone notices the differences.

This December has been so different. I've made exercise, healthy eating, and time to relax a priority and I think it has helped a LOT. The cards got out. The shipped packages got out. The gifts are all purchased and almost all wrapped. The baking (much reduced - by choice and by a shift in how I choose to spend my time) is done. And I am ready to relax and enjoy the next week and a half with my family. It will certainly include more preparations (more baking, decorating, wrapping, etc) but it will be because we WANT to and not because we have to.

My hubby has the next 11 days off. We have one trip planned in that time and I am really looking forward to lazy mornings (which WILL include the gym but hitting the gym while everyone is home doing their own relaxing thing is much nicer than hitting the gym after pushing everyone through their morning routines) and time together with him and the kids.

It is nice to be in a happy place in December.

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5KIDS4MEJESS 12/26/2011 10:04AM

    I am so glad this year has been a lot less stressful for you! Yay for less stress during the holidays! I hope you enjoy your relaxation :-) You're such an inspiration.

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YCOOLIO 12/23/2011 6:48AM

    When I look at the struggles of the younger mothers in my circle the thing that stands out to me is how stressed out they are trying to DO EVERYTHING for everyone. I was like that too, for sure. Raising kids, working, doing community stuff, social life, and the endless endless chores and household stuff. It took it's toll. I had to have my kids grow up before I realized that if I don't take time to take care of myself no one else is standing in line to do it! Good for you for recognizing that you can make choices now to dial back the endless expectations on you and take care of yourself.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 12/22/2011 8:21PM

    Very glad you are feeling peaceful this December!
Enjoy the time with your family!

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Enjoying my break :-)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

As planned, I am in a 2 week break from The Female Body Breakthrough. I worried a bit about whether I'd go to the gym without a big workout laid out.... but I've been 3 times this week so all is good :-) I'm doing Centergy Monday & Thursday and Cardio (elliptical) on Tuesday and Wednesday. I'm taking Friday-Sunday off both weeks to celebrate the holidays. This weekend we'll be home and I *could* go to the gym Friday and Saturday but I doubt I will make time. Next weekend we'll be at my parents and won't have access to a gym. I'll probably go walking (or if there is snow maybe something more active than that). I forgot how much I like the 'high' from working hard on the elliptical and just zoning out to some loud music while I do it. I can't zone out like that lifting heavy!

Body fat is actually down this week (which I think is typical cyclical variation but I haven't looked closely at the data). Weight is down too (although not 'too low'... just typical low for my maintenance goal).

I have GREAT meals planned for this weekend. My big worry is that DH wants to go out to lunch when he's off from work Friday. I'd rather NOT splurge on lunch when I have great meals planned for home (fondue that night!) so I'm not really sure how we'll handle lunch. I hope we can find someplace where he can get something he loves and I can get something I love AND which won't be filled with salt and calories.

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KANOE10 12/22/2011 9:30AM

    Tanya..Thanks for welcoming me to the Sparkteam maintenance. I also am an exercise person and go to the gym daily. I do the elliptical and nautilus. I am going to explore the Female Body breakthrough as I had never heard of it.

Have a wonderful holiday! Like you I will walk when visiting my family and being away from the gym.

Are you checking your body fat daily by calculating it yourself?

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DIVEGODDESS 12/22/2011 8:45AM

    Enjoy your holiday meals! You deserve it!

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

I've been very hungry this week and ate near the top of my range all week. I struggled a bit to get my weekend weight off but was comfortable with my progress by week's end. I was back to where I like to stay (2 pounds below goal). But I was still hungry yesterday so I decided that my splurge this weekend would be to EAT. I would eat healthy food but plenty of it. I had a big splurge of nachos (healthified - lean turkey, LF cheese, Greek yogurt for sour cream, baked chips, tons of veggies) and lots of unsalted peanuts as my movie snack. I ate about 200% of my calorie budget. I woke up NOT hungry..... And lost weight.

I was never hungry while losing. My 5-6 meals kept me satiated. I don't know where this week's hunger came from. I don't know if it is related to my low body fat. But it felt wrong and I'm glad I fed it. Back to normal eating today!

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TANYAP71 12/19/2011 3:16AM

    LOL don't we all?!?

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CORINNEMOMMY 12/18/2011 7:23AM

    I love to eat....

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