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2011 in review

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Before I post my 2012 Resolutions, I thought I'd take a look back at 2011 and see what I've managed to accomplish, and what I still need to work on. In March I went skiing for the first time in my LIFE! I honestly didn't do too well, but it's something I've always wanted to try. Last fall (October, I believe) I tried indoor rock-climbing with some of my SparkFriends emoticon - I managed to climb a little, and would love to go again! I also ran in a 5K and completed it, and just a few weeks ago went "tubing" at the Bricktown BallPark, another first! So 2011 was a year of "firsts" for me! emoticon

However, for the 2nd year I got my weight down to 135, a mere 10 lbs from my goal, only to gain back almost all the weight I lost this year. emoticon Clearly I've got some self-sabotaging issues to work out. I also put myself on a 12-week mini-challenge with three goals, and I really met only one - giving up Diet Coke! The other two, healthy snacking & consistent exercise, still need help!

As for the rest of my life, I got a less than favorable performance review at work emoticon But I set some improvement goals, and for the most part accomplished them! My supervisor said she'd write a report for my file, which is VERY good news! emoticon Onward and upward!

  
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2KITTIES 12/28/2011 8:36PM

    I agree with Cheryl! And you were quite the "rock" star!

If we didn't make mistakes and keep trying, would we learn? Nope-that's why we're all here. Goes for all aspects in life. Keep those feet moving forward!

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CHERYLSBUTT 12/28/2011 11:28AM

    I love your candor and perspective.
Celebrate success and rework the plan to achieve your desires. Happy New Year! emoticon

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Spark Diet - Stage 1

Friday, December 16, 2011

Well, having bought "The Spark" and reading it, I decided to go thru the 4 stages of the Spark Diet again. Well, honestly I never made it past Stage 1, but I've set up my "Fast Break" goals and have been tracking them, so I'm almost ready for Stage 2. This is such a LOUSY time of the year to try and tackle a new diet; in fact I'm at that "bah, humbug" stage, ready for this holiday season to END so I can get back to some sane eating!

As far as my weight goes, this year was a repeat of last year: Drop 6-8 lbs, get down to 135 (a mere 10 lbs from the goal weight!), then slowly gain back the weight. At least this year I didn't gain back as much as last year; I started at 144 and right now weigh in at 141. I'd LIKE to lose 6 lbs before New Years, though I realize that's not likely (especially the way I've been GORGING myself emoticon). And since I'm leaving work early, (taking my daughter to a Chapel in Norman to see if she wants to get married there) I won't get in my lunchtime walking emoticon - but hopefully I'll FINALLY make it to the treadmill tonight! emoticon

  


Well...just kinda frustrated

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Seems I've "fallen off the wagon" again - not logging my food like I should be. This has been a stressful few days. Found out my oldest is getting married! Met her fiancee, then she told me they were moving in together. That didn't go over too well with her Dad emoticon I admit I'm not too happy about it myself, but what can you do? Nothing, so I just gotta let that one go. Actually turned out to be pretty easy to do, 'cause my oven is dying! emoticon The broiler element still works, but the baking element doesn't. So...been pricing new ovens, and secretly dreaming about gutting my kitchen and doing a complete remodel (fat chance, I can't even afford the oven!). We did buy a small countertop thing, hopefully it will bake a pie for Christmas.

And then Tuesday night, a pipe burst! Found out yesterday morning, and had to turn off the water. Hopefully the repair team will find the leak & fix it today - and hopefully it won't cost too much $$$ (there goes my dream kitchen emoticon).

Well, today's another day. I'm at work, and just logged my fitness minutes for the week so far. Will start logging my food again, carry on, etc.

  
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2KITTIES 12/8/2011 9:11PM

    Hopefully the frustration is over for the week and things will start looking up!

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Sending you some sunshine!

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LJCANNON 12/8/2011 6:55PM

    emoticonKeep Dreaming, you never know!!
Hopefully things will work out for your Daughter!

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Suggestions Wanted!!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

I have been trying to log my food intake, but this time of year it's almost impossible! emoticon I can plan what I'll eat during the day, and therefore figure out how to log it just fine. The problem comes when people bring those yummy, homemade goodies to work. Most of the time I've just been guestimating, usually by picking some storebought variety and logging that (which is what I did today). Today one co-worker brought leftover birthday cake, which was some kind of Chocolate overdose bundt cake (really good, too emoticon), and another co-worker brought leftover apple crisp (also really good). So I logged a plain chocolate cake with icing, and a Quaker Oats Apple-Crisp bar, which probably doesn't have nearly enough calories.

So, I'm a little torn. Maybe I should just add some extra calories in my head, instead of trying to find substitutes - yes, I've done that a few times. Or maybe a guestimate based on some other food found in the food logger is at least a good ballpark. Or maybe there's some other idea I haven't thought of, so I'm asking the Community, what do you suggest? emoticon Any thoughts would be most appreciated, emoticon

  
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JUSTLEALAH 12/5/2011 2:35PM

    I agree with Sheri, and if you can't find something like the apple crisp, then I'd look for apple cobbler or something similar. I've done that the last couple of years and it seems to have worked thus far. Good luck!

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BOBF15 11/30/2011 4:28AM

    Major on the majors, minor on the minors. Keep the main thing, the main thing.

Is Spark here to be the 'food Nazi' or are you here to change lifestyle?

You know the answer to that. Focus on what is really important, focus on the goal line, and not the process, the process is only a tool to reach your goal, it is not the goal itself.

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GYMRAT_AT44 11/29/2011 6:18PM

    I think you are doing just fine. Many people quit logging because it gets too tedious and too difficult - especially when you snack on a veggie/chees try and trying to log those 10 different items in with 1 piece... Argh...

So yes, if I have a treat or something that is brought in homemade - I will search and find the closest item that is restaurant made. WHY? - the restaurant one is going to have more calories, sodium, fats, etc. They always do - than a homemade item (usually).

So, a friends chocolate bundt cake with icing - I might log the chocolate fudge volacano from Outback or something like that.

I believe you are on the right track... now, you just need to start cutting those servings down in size, then start eliminating them so you don't have too many in 1 week!

Sheri

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3-month mini-challenge summary

Sunday, November 27, 2011

So, today is the last day of my3-month mini-challenge, and the results are mixed. To review, I wanted to do 3 things:

1. Give up Cokes and save some money;
2. Avoid junk-food and stick with the healthy snacks I buy at the store; and
3. Train for the Kramer 5K by running 3 days/wk & cross-training 2 days/wk.

And the results:

1. I DID manage to avoid Cokes for the entire 3-month challenge; however the plan to pay myself & save up for something fun didn't happen. What can I say? Food is expensive, especially the healthier varieties. Makes me wonder how I ever afforded my Coke habit to begin with!

2. Really failed on this one - there were days when I just said "to heck with it" and bought some yummy coffee or muffin from Starbucks (what was I saying about affording that habit?). Other times people brought yummy, fattening stuff to work, and I'm just not good at saying "no" to them. I'm working on that, as this is the Most Fattening Time of the Year. Certainly need to give this some thought for the next challenge.

3. The results are mixed. I was VERY inconsistent with the exercise, rarely hitting my targets for any given week. However, I DID run the Kramer 5K, and even took about 43 seconds off my time! emoticon So, I give myself about 50% on this challenge.

As for my weight, well, it's WAY UP! emoticon Not that surprising, since we just had Thanksgiving at my in-laws house, which is in Colorado. So, I spent 2 days in a car, and yesterday on the way back we had pizza AND burgers - can't get much worse than THAT! But, today is a new day, back to logging both exercise and nutrition. At least my hubby and I got a walk in after Turkey day, and I DID do some toning exercises as well. I'm planning a new strategy/challenge, and to help myself out, I bought "The Spark!" Managed to read a fair amount, but still have alot to go. I'll be writing about my goals, once I get them all lined out according to the book. The book is GREAT so far, the early pages talk alot about your mindset. Now that's something I DEFINITELY need to work on! emoticon I'll keep blogging about this, if for no other reason than to keep myself accountable. Stay tuned....

  
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TBOURLON 11/27/2011 9:06PM

    THANKS! I'll look for that picture! emoticon

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2KITTIES 11/27/2011 8:29PM

    And you ran a great race! I found a pic of you/us on Landrunners site, sent link via Sparkmail.

Sometimes a break away is what we need to get re-focused and as a glass 1/2 full kinda gal, I say great job. Being candid about the not-so positive is a big part in moving forward in our health plan, as in life.

Keep rockin!

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