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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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My challenge - past 3 weeks

Monday, October 24, 2011

Weeks 5 & 6 were not very good - I only ran once on week 5 and missed ALL exercise targets on week 6! emoticon Further, my diet has REALLY gone to heck, maybe I'm too broke to buy fatty snacks but I sure don't turn them down when offered! About the only thing I've succeeded at is kicking the Coke habit. emoticon

Week 7 saw some definite improvement on the exercise front - I managed to run 3 times, hit the gym for weights Thursday & went rock-climbing Saturday (which really OUGHT to count as weight-lifting!) emoticon Also, still doing well on the Coke challenge, 7 weeks without one and I don't even miss 'em! However, the diet is still not going too well - I've been reading this book, a memoir written by a lady with lots of fab-sounding recipes and, well, I've tried some. emoticon They are delicious BUT definitely not low-cal stuff, and, well, my weight's up! emoticon I'm so MAD at myself for allowing this to happen - gotta get back to the veggies! emoticon

  


Whole Foods - just one word:

Friday, October 14, 2011

EX-PEN-SIVE!!! emoticon

So I went to check it out last night - just to see if I could afford anything; well, the answer is NOT MUCH! Now, if you're into gourmet cheeses and other things, it's great. And honestly, the produce wasn't so bad, pretty comparable to Sunflower (plus it looked gorgeous!). They had 3 or 4 types of Chard, which I NEVER see anywhere, plus leeks and fennel. BUT the grass-fed beef is, um, enough to make you re-think vegetarian. One small steak was around $10; others were like $20 each. Still, I think I'm going to suck it up and buy some ground beef (today's payday, after all) and compare it taste-wise to the stuff I normally buy at Wal-Mart, to see if it's really worth paying twice as much for hamburger.

I told my co-workers about it, and one complained that it seemed like the poor "didn't deserve grass-fed beef." But of course it's a bigger problem than that. I just read this book I HIGHLY recommend to my fellow Sparkers, called "In Defense of Food," which was a detailed report of the entire food production industry. Naturally the author advocates spending MORE money on higher quality food like grass-fed beef, organic produce, but at a time like THIS? When I'm trying to CUT my grocery bill? I'm just not sure how doable this is. I tried to grow some veggies over the summer, and that just didn't work out at all. I'm thinking I could probably afford some of the organic produce, and maybe start baking my own bread this winter (so that I'll KNOW what's in it!), but I probably won't be able to buy a whole lot of grass-fed ANYTHING. Life is full of trade-offs. Anybody have any thoughts on this?

  
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TBOURLON 10/17/2011 9:42AM

    Hey, a friend at work sent me this hilarious video on Whole Foods:

http://www.youtube.co
m/watch?v=2UFc1pr2yUU

Hope that link works - it's a SCREAM!!! emoticon

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DIANNEMT 10/15/2011 10:29PM

    Whole Foods has good food and pays their employees well--so it is more expensive. You do get what you pay for--and about the only thing I buy regularly there is milk--it is cheaper than the other grocercy stores!

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ANGELARUTHIE 10/15/2011 7:33PM

    Hmmm....judging by what I've read here I believe I'll steer clear of Whole Foods unless I need to find some random veggie I can't find anywhere else.

The documentary "Food Inc." was a true eye opener to me about the food industry. Makes you wonder if ANY food is pure.

What a cool idea to bake your own bread!! Do you bake it in a regular loaf pan or in a bread machine? I have yet to be able to make decent sandwich bread in a bread machine. The crust texture is just all wrong for me.

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BOBF15 10/15/2011 5:46PM

    Got lots of thoughts on this, and I pretty much agree with you on the plight.

There is an OK Food Co-op and they have gress fed beef from OK, the beef is to die for, best I ever had, it is from a farm called Cattle Tracks.

Also, Walker's Meats is another great place to get meat, it is high quality, but not necessarily organic, or grass fed, but it is great value. that is on the east side of the city.

If you are interested on any of this let me know and I can get more specific as to contact information and particulars.

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LINDALEE14 10/14/2011 10:36PM

    I have to admit, I go to Whole Foods pretty regularly. The thing is, there are things there that I can't find anywhere else. The other thing is, I sometimes see the same things at other "cheaper" stores, but the funny thing is, it isn't always cheaper. Sometimes it's less at Whole Foods. Also, I try to just buy what I need when it's on sale, they can have some decent sales. I don't eat meat, so that's not an issue. The book you mentioned, "In Defense of Food." Yes, it was definitely an eye-opener.

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2KITTIES 10/14/2011 6:24PM

    I was curious to see what you're one word was...and I agree. Whole Foods has always been expensive. I will spend a little more for better products but there is a wide variety of organic produce available at most of the local markets, including Walmart. It also helps to have a good understanding of what produce is really necessary to buy organic and not. Organic dairy products are definitely worth it, from both a taste and health perspective.

I haven't made it up to Sunflower yet but I've heard great things. The plus side of all of this is that there are many more choices here now and most tend to promote Oklahoma products, good for us. The carbon foot print has been reduced by buying locally, which to me, should ease the cost somewhat. I know it is more expensive to maintain higher standards for producers. Yes, it is a huge problem that the healthiest of foods is not accessible for the most needy of it. Keep working on that garden! It's your best bet and more fun to eat what you've grown.

I'd really like to see a Trader Joes here, that is the best of both worlds-they're awesome!

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Week 4 - A little progress

Monday, October 03, 2011

On the abstaining from Cokes - so far, so good. 4 weeks without one, and I must admit I feel better, lots less heartburn & gas, but still drinking too much coffee. That will be next, but one thing at a time.

On the exercising, I've FINALLY hit all my goals for running and weight training - although yesterday's run was cut short, not so good. I am trying to run outside instead of on the treadmill at least once a week, and so I ran around my block a few times at 4pm. Definitely easier to run in the mornings, I think maybe it was just too hot and I wasn't used to it at all. Will keep working on that - definitely harder to run on pavement than the treadmill!

On the snacking, well, I've been just craving junk food alot, especially chocolate! Last night I wanted to go out and get a brownie or cheesecake or something - fortunately my older daughter came by to chat. I know I bought a Snickers once last week, just wanted some chocolate-covered nuts or something, and then Friday I got paid so I bought a brownie. I was so proud of myself for ONLY getting the brownie, and not the Starbuck's white chocolate coffee that I LUV so much! But then I took the younger daughter to Target, and ended up splurging on the new salted carmel mocha blended drink! emoticon It was SO GOOD, I had another one the next day. Plus we ate out twice Saturday, Mexican for lunch and a spagetti dinner at Church. I watched my portions, but today my weight is UP! emoticon Really angry at myself, and I've just GOT to get more serious about my diet! I did buy groceries with a mind towards this Runner's diet that I found somewhere - pretty typical stuff about veggies, fruits, watching the grain products and lean meats, etc. It's just so frustrating - maybe something about the diet mindset, knowing "this is the healthy stuff I SHOULD eat" vs. the "yummy fattening stuff that I WANT to eat!" Maybe I need to get back on that weekend weight challenge emoticon

  


Week 3 - Time to re-evaluate

Monday, September 26, 2011

Right now I've got to wonder how committed I really am to my 12-week challenge. On the plus side, I've managed to avoid Cokes for 3 weeks now, and I have been running 3 times a week. Last weekend I ran for 30 minutes for the first time in a year, and Saturday I ran outside (boy, what a difference between treadmills and actual pavement!). On the minus side, I've been missing the weight training (I did a small set last night, but that was it) and not watching those snacks at all. Although I didn't buy very many (I splurged at Starbucks on some small Red Velvet goodie), I sure didn't turn down anything that was offered! Friday there was an event at the Campus, which included cookies, and then Friday night we went to Golden Corral to celebrate Margaret's ACT score. No restraint at all, none whatsoever.

I really should be saying "no thank you" more often, I know that, and I'm trying to figure out why I'm not. I think it's the Cokes. I've drank Diet Coke for years, but it's really bad for my GERD, which is why I'm trying to kick that habit. But I don't like feeling deprived, so I guess I'm making up for the Cokes with other stuff that's way higher in calories, and that's just stupid. And why am I not more committed to the weight training? I'm definitely "skinny-fat", (not so skinny today either - my weight's climbed almost to 140!) and all my research says I need to be lifting weights to try and reverse that, so why aren't I? I feel like there's just not enough hours in the day, but I'm only asking for 2 days a week for weights. Maybe 3 challenges at a time are just too many, and maybe my "snacking" challenge just isn't well-defined - or maybe like I said I just don't like feeling "deprived." I think my meals are pretty healthy, with low fat proteins, whole grains & produce, but the between-meal snacking is pretty bad, which is why I made that challenge to begin with. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! emoticon emoticon

  


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