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Day 3- First Low Carb Day

Monday, September 22, 2014

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Well today came with it's own challenges, but for the most part I was gifted an easy schedule to figure out how to make eating at work easy.
I made it through the day with no carbs, followed eating plan and schedule pjust about perfectly :-)
I got in 7/8 bottles of water (technically only need 1 more glass and I'm perfect for the day so I did pretty good!)
Missed the cardio for the day, best intentions, but it didn't happen. I did do my first round of shapers :-) I was able to complete 3 complete cycles in 10 minutes (each cycle is 6 sit ups, 6 push ups and 9 squats).
New food tried was ground turkey with salsa and cumin for a faux taco meat. Paired it with spinach and cucumbers. Yum!!

Mood: Awake, not energetic, but not tired :-)
Energy: Hot just about everything done.
Hunger: Not hungry at all :-)
I had a headache, but they said it was a possible side effect of the low carb days, so we shall see moving forward :-)

Day 8 no pop, not even craving either :-)


Carb Cycle: Day 2

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Well today went a little smoother. I ate 4/5 meals for the day (ate more than I should have at dinner). I was able to drink 5/8 bottles of water for the day. It's really hard to drink that much!
Today was a High Carb day (thankfully) so here are the new things I've tried:
*Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oats and Unsweetened Almond Milk- super yummy!!!
*Egg Whites with a small white cap mushroom (HATE mushrooms), spinach and 1/2 whole grain English muffin- wow! Really good :-)
Today was also a rest day so no exercise for me.
Overall I felt good today. I think I wore a track from the couch to bathroom with how often I peed, but overall I feel I was successful.
~~ Energy: kinda low, but that's a typical Sunday for me.
~~ Hunger: I was hungry close to meal times, but the meals themselves were filling.

I have my mini meals packed for tomorrow: it's my first low carb day. Looking at the meals I've chosen I'm nervous, but feeling good :-)

Day 7 no pop, today marks 1 full week :-) Headache was minimal but I took Aleve early in morning to stop stomach cramps, so I think that contributed :-)

Here's to tomorrow :-)

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SIRIUS2014 9/22/2014 9:32PM

    Good job. You are going to be so glad you did it!

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    Great work avoiding the soda for a week!

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JANET552 9/22/2014 6:17AM

    I'm glad you had a good day. Good luck today!!

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New Journey begins.....today?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Well, today was supposed to be Day 1 for my new commitment of Carb Cycling. After reading the book it seemed simple enough and pretty straight forward. Wow, was I WRONG! I almost need an agenda with alarms to train me to stay on track. And I've learned prepping food isn't just a suggestion, it's a necessity. 5 mini meals every 3 hours, sounded easy enough, but whoa, not when food isn't made ahead of time. Not to mention figuring out what to eat and how much. A bit trickier than I thought.
So I'm gonna have to count today as my one free day for the week and I'll get on track tomorrow. I will pre cook some ground turkey plain so I can just flavor it with different spices through your the week and I will actually write out a menu with the recipes to help in planning as well. Remembering what each meal is on low carb and high carb days is more difficult then I originally thought.
I REFUSE to give up on this though. I KNOW it will work, I just need to plan better. Here's to a better day tomorrow :-)

On a positive note---today is Day 6 with no pop. Headaches are a killer, but I'm persevering through :-)

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JANET552 9/21/2014 8:14AM

    Congrats on the no pop streak!! As for the carb cycling -- any day you learn something is not a wasted day so just keep going forward. Good luck!

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5% Challenge- Motivation and triggers

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight.

What do you want to change?
To be healthier, breathe easier.

How do you want to look?
Thinner, happier, toned

How do you want to feel?
Happier, less headaches, rested.

What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body?
Have a baby
Wear a bathing suit again
Shop in the "regular" sizes, especially stores like Old Navy :-)

List ALL your trigger foods.
Chocolate- any kind
Drug rep lunches-most often greasy and delicious
When I eat Chinese I want ice cream afterwards, every time

What are the sources of the Triggers Foods?
Office-sweets in the break room and up front in reception.
Not being at home encourages me to eat more unhealthy.
Hot weather-house isn't fully air conditioned so we don't like to cook a lot.

Describe the most common situations where you reach for the trigger foods or snacks.
At night watching TV.
At work when it's easily available and I walk past it several times per day.
In meetings-keeps me alert.
When I'm stressed or sad.

Do you see a pattern?
Every time I'm stressed. I want grease, carbs, ice cream, pop. Most usually caused by difficult days at work and not getting out on time.
As I said above, when I eat Chinese I desperately crave ice cream.

That is what this assignment is about - how will you not do that again?
I can brush my teeth after each meal so I won't want to eat more for several hours.
I have found I eat less when I drink my daily water intake.
Talk/con my husband in to using grill more often in the summer.
Precook on the weekends so dinner can be heated up during the week.

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MSGRANNYMAE 6/21/2014 7:22PM

    Great plan, we will do this.!
Keep Sparking!

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JAWATKINS 6/20/2014 6:03AM

    You have done a LOT of work already! Just getting our heads on the game is so important to losing weight!
One thought on the triggers/difficult situations, maybe you could focus on just one item per week. Then you might not get so overwhelmed. Also, when you practice & make good habits in one area, it usually morphs over into other areas!
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BARBIE176 6/17/2014 11:05PM

    Great blog. It sounds like you have a lot of things that lead you to unhealthy snacks. Good luck on planning ahead, staying focused and avoiding those unhealthy snacks. emoticon emoticon

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MOMMABOF7 6/17/2014 10:04PM

    Weekend cooking is a great plan!

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Summer 5% Challenge Nutrition and Exercise Commitments

Friday, June 13, 2014

Another 5% Cgallenge is upon me, starts in a week. Now is the time for me to refocus and get my affairs in order. After this week I feel I've learned some lessons.
1) a lot of grease is BAD, so so so bad (my belly is still recovering)
2) water is a must- I'm always thirsty but when the only thing I've made available is pop, that's why (preparing for caffeine headaches all over again, yuck)

I will go back to my diet of mostly fruits and veggies with lean BAKED proteins. Me and grease need a divorce, I feel like absolute crap.

I will aim for the calories identified for me on here which is between 1200-1500. When I stay within this, I'm successful at losing consistently.

I will not eat past 8 at night and I will keep low calorie snacks available eat home (hello jello/whipped cream, watermelon and cantaloupe yum!)

I WILL drink my water Every. Single. Day. No exeptions.

Exercise will be trickier. I have a pulmonology appointment on July 11 because I haven't been able to breathe without support of rescue inhaler every 4 hours.

I will commit to at least 20 minutes per day of very low impact movement (yoga, Pilates, chair work outs, light strength training) until I get the green light from the doctor to do more. I tried walking and was really close to an asthma attack. Don't want to relive that one at all.

I feel confident with this plan. Can't wait to get started!!!

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PAULAAUTUMN 6/17/2014 10:17AM

    Sounds like a good plan to me I hope the Dr will help you.
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KALISWALKER 6/14/2014 11:01AM

    I hope your doctor gets you on the right meds. I am on asthma meds for life and it really helps me have a normal life.

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SUNHOME 6/13/2014 9:56PM

    Greasy food doesn't agree with my digestion, either. Whenever I think about eating something like that, I remember that, as much as I love the taste, it doesn't love me back.

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