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First day's measurements - what a Bummer!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

So here I am again, January 1, 2012, starting a new diet & exercise plan. And I seem to be back where I started last year, what a bummer! emoticon
Kind of mad at myself. For the past 2 years I've lost weight only to gain it back. I think the problem is I still see "diet" as "temporary." In fact, I bought yet another diet book for the new year - the Carb Lover's diet. I learned last year that I just don't care much for high-protein. low-carb dieting, so I'm HOPING that this "diet" will be something I can stick with for longer than a few months. It's not really telling me anything I DIDN'T already know, nutrition-wise. Like yes, I can eat pasta but not all I want, focus on veggies & whole grains, fiber, etc. Oh, and it DOES cut the chocolate down considerably. That's why part of my weight-loss strategy is to cut down or eliminate the use of Splenda and sugar (particularly where coffee is concerned emoticon). Maybe if I can taste the REAL flavors of the cereals and coffees, it will be easier to avoid the sugary-sweet treats that seem to be my downfall. In fact, I've already started, and am finding iced tea tastes pretty good with less Splenda in it! emoticon

I am also issuing myself a one-month mini-challenge, in addition to my running New Year's resolution - I want to log 1000 fitness minutes in January! I figure 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, = 250 minutes, X 4 weeks = 1,000! It's DEFINITELY doable, and the fact that I've signed up for a Pilates class twice a week should definitely help! emoticon But tonight I have a date with the Elliptical, after I put away the Christmas decorations. Off I go!


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!


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!


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