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Day 1 complete!

Monday, October 05, 2009

I completed day 1 of 7 and did great. I did some cardio I've never tried before (belly dancing) and stuck to my eating plan 100%! I also officially have lost 10 lbs with SP (20 lbs total loss since this jouney began).

It's getting exciting for me because, as you can probably tell in my pictures, I lose off my chest and stomach first. Now I can start getting my butt and thighs slimmed down. I tried on my goal pants yesterday. I actually got them on! Previously I couldn't even pull them on higher than just above my knee! So, I can totally get them on and button them (though I can't breathe or move LOL). It's pretty exciting, I haven't worn them in nearly 3 years.

  
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PARISGIRL04 10/6/2009 3:30PM

    way to go girl!!! woo hoo!!! emoticon

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ALLIE1283 10/5/2009 9:21PM

    Great Job!! I am so happy for you :)

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DAGNYTAGERT 10/5/2009 4:53PM

    Keep up the good work! emoticon

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BEEZGYRL 10/5/2009 3:54PM

    CONGRATS!! emoticon

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NEWNARAYAN 10/5/2009 3:32PM

    yay!!

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Here goes one week!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

I have a strong goal this week to really stick to my plan. I'm using the support of my family and friends and also the support of the "Just do it!" team. They are great. Here is a link: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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These are my goals for the week:

Nutrition ~ Drink 12 glasses of water everyday & stay within my calorie goals for the full week.

Exercise ~ Do Coach Nicole's Butt-Blasting Workout Video 10 times during the week.

Reflection ~ Blog twice this week and take one hot salt bath.

Team Participation ~ Post on a "Just do it!" team thread once per day.

I know I have the ability to accomplish everyone of these, I just have to really focus. Today I got a pedicure as a reward and a refresh. I'd love to see that 136 on the scale soon which would mark 10 lbs lost with SP and 20 lbs of total loss - and it means only 10 to go!

I need to think of a reward system. I saw a great Spark Page the other day with the rewards she got when she hit her goals, and of course I can't find it again. I think I need to do this though. I don't have too much weight to lose but the last 10 is hard. I'll have to figure something out.

  
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MYFACEWITHIN 10/7/2009 12:43PM

    I have a list of rewards for my weight goals. Granted, I have a LOT more weight to lose than you, but still. Maybe you could take a couple of my ideas and use them? Best of luck on the last 10!

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Back on the Wagon

Friday, October 02, 2009

I've had a rough week. I feel a bit like I'm on a yo-yo diet but it's like the opposite. I'm back and forth between eating well and eating too much crap. I just can't stop myself some nights, it's like my body needs to keep eating (even though it really doesn't). I've been doing horrible on my goals all week too. Like literally, I don't think I've gotten to check off a single goal in like 5 days. :(

But today is a new day. It's nearly 5:30 and I'm doing great. I had a super busy day or running errands with my little boy. We went to get his Halloween costume, get party supplies and a cake for my youngest's birthday party tomorrow, we went to the pediatrician and then picked up his asthma prescription and then went grocery shopping.

Normally grocery shopping is hard because I see all this stuff I want but today I did great. I got food for tomorrow's birthday party and thought the whole time that these were for someone else - it was so natural. I also loaded up on the progresso light soups (only like 60 calories per cup!) and 100 calorie snacks.

Tonight we are having sandwiches and soup for dinner. I'm going to do a turkey wrap to save calories.

I know when I keep up on water I do 1,000 times better with my calories. Today Im already 6 glasses in. I better get to drinking though because I want to get 6 more in today. I'm also hoping to get the kidletts to bed a little early so I can hit the treadmill during the good Friday night TV. I haven't done any exercise in days (nor have I weighed myself out of fear that my compulsive snacking at night has caused me to gain some weight back).

I really wish I could figure out why I snack so much at night. I can do fantastic all day and the boredom eating kicks in at about 9PM, then the emotional eating kicks in after because I feel guilty that I allowed myself so many snacks in the first place. It's not about will-power because I'm so good all day, it's like a mental thing. I wish someone could hypnotize me. Or that we had a door on the kitchen that my husband could lock!

  
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PARISGIRL04 10/3/2009 3:06PM

    i really think its bc of our kids!! i do the exact same thing!!! my brain is busy all day long..moving and groving but at 9pm when my son goes to bed. my brain stops working. I just want to veg on any snacks in the house and watch crazy reality TV shows!!! i dont want to think or worry anymore til tomorrow!!! so i think its makes u not as strong against tempation!!

glad ur back on the wagon and doing great!!!!

one idea i keep in my house are these chocolate fiber bars from Kellog's they r great. it has alot of chocolate in it to satify my chocolate cravings!! i tell my husband he is never allowed in my box so i know i will always have some when my sweet tooth strikes!!!

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ALASKAWAKEUP 10/3/2009 12:43PM

    I'm glad you're back on the wagon. You have a goal to reach. Let's do this!

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ALLIE1283 10/3/2009 11:20AM

    I have the exact same problem! I do good all day and then around 8 or 9 I get bored or I get a crazy craving and I find myself going to the pantry looking for something. Some things that have worked for me in the past are...chew gum...go get a glass of water and chug it...or get on-line. If I keep my hands busy usually I can distract myself. Sometimes cleaning works too. Like folding laundry while I watch tv. Also, another thing that I try to do is I make a "kitchen closed" rule. I tell myself that for the rest of the week no more eating after 7:00. Sometimes it works...when you feel like snacking you can tell yourself....no, I can't because the kitchen is closed. Kinda silly but hey sometimes it works. Hey the most important thing is that we don't give up!!!

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DARRAHRM 10/2/2009 10:10PM

  i do the exact same thing! boredom eating late at night, then emotional eating because i feel bad about the boredom eating. im trying so hard to kick the habit. its so hard

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NEWNARAYAN 10/2/2009 10:06PM

    girl, i understand. i struggle with this at least 70% of the time. i keep sparkling flavored water around. if you drink a bunch of that, you get pretty full. otherwise, go to sleep early! then wake up early and you'll feel successful! none of that quilt that lingers on for the next day or more.

best of luck!

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BEAMISH7 10/2/2009 9:05PM

    Not one of us is perfect. It sure looks like you are really honest about how you are doing and you've made changes today! Good for you. I know I eat at night because I'm lonely, but I live alone. Maybe you could plan 9 pm eating into your day and et something healthy - popcorn or sugar free pudding made with fat free milk. One of my favorite bed time treats is sugar free ff hot chocolate with a small plop of sugar free cool whip on top. IT TASTES DECADENT. emoticoncONGRATS ON GETTING BACK ON TRACK.

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Weakest Link

Thursday, October 01, 2009

As suggested by the wonderful group Just Do It! Here are my answers for my weakest link www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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1) What is your weakest mental leak? Fear? Guilt? Victimization? Blame? Self-Sabotage? Hesitation? Lack of motivation? Or other attitudes.
My weakest mental link is probably somewhere along the lines of self-loathing. I have always had incredibly low self-esteem so, even if I know I entirely have the ability, there is a block wondering if I should, if I'm worth it, if I'll ever be good enough.

2) How does this play out in keeping you NOT making progress in your life, or not accepting the progress you have made.
I look at myself and think, "Even if I was 125lbs, it wouldn't be good enough, so why bother." Like, everyone else is better looking, better acting and better at this healthy eating thing than I could ever be so why should I even bother to try?

3) How can you ACTIVELY look at this differently. Everything, especially your judgements, can be gifts towards you making your goals.
I honestly don't know how to answer this. Like many of us, my eating, my view of food, has been a lifelong struggle. If it were a quick fix, we wouldn't be here. The only thing I suppose I can do is to shake it off. Perhaps I would benefit from looking in the mirror and finding one thing I love about myself each day, though I think that might be a little difficult.

  
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MADAMEAJA 10/1/2009 3:21PM

    A book I read a while back had an interesting challenge. Instead of finding just one thing you love about yourself, practice loving yourself without limitations. Say "I love you" to yourself in the mirror every time you pass one by. Without limiting it to "I love the way my eyes look," or "I love my hair today" because accepting ourselves, at any weight, age or mental place is what it's all about. And the rest of it, making great food choices and finding time for exercise come much easier if we're doing it because it's for someone we love. US!

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Ugh, Birthdays...

Monday, September 28, 2009

I was doing so good for about 5 days and then (last night) we went to my parents to celebrate my dad's birthday. We had fried chicken, pasta and pumpkin pie! Needless to say, I went over my calorie goal by 400! I tried so hard but, in the end, the pumpkin pie got me.

Generally, when I "slip" I get pretty down on myself. I had two dreams filled with self-loathing. One in which my husband called my gross to my face and another where my former English teacher laughed at me when I told her I wanted to be a writer, then she told me I was an awful writer.

Today we were running late and decided to get fast food for lunch. There are some places I can go to and do fine but others where it's nearly impossible and my husband picked Jack-in-the-Box because they have these new sandwiches he wanted to try. I just got jalapeņo poppers but they were still 500 calories! I decided that today will be a "free day" to try to fill any void I might be having.

My daughter's birthday party is on Saturday so I know that will probably be a free day too. I wish there was a way to break my sugar addiction. I just have a huge sweet tooth which is most often the cause of my cheats. I also notice that when I drink 11 or 12 glasses of water a day, I have a much easier time than if I only do 8 (or less) so I really have to force myself to keep my water up.

I am fitting into my size 6 pants though. They aren't quite as comfortable as I'd like but I'm getting there. I figure when I lose about 3 more lbs I should start to see more clothes fitting well.

Since June I've lost exactly 19lbs, which is a lot for anyone. Unfortunately, no one has noticed. :( Not that I'm doing this for other people but, hopefully when I lose my last 10lbs, people will notice and tell me I look good.

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BRILY67 9/29/2009 1:27AM

    Hang in there girl! it sounds like you are doing a great job....size 6, 19 pounds lost...keep it up!

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NEWNARAYAN 9/28/2009 9:17PM

    don't get yourself down. remember it is a lifestyle change, not a temporary diet, so birthdays, etc. are going to happen. they are inevitable. just decide how you are going to handle them before they happen. : )

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BEEZGYRL 9/28/2009 6:49PM

    It sounds like you're doing great. 19 lbs! Woot! Woot! emoticon Just keep moving foward and don't let 400 calories diminsh your progress.

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TLSPEARS1 9/28/2009 5:48PM

    emoticon emoticon on losing 19 lbs and getting into your size 6 pants. That is a wonderful accomplishment since June. I started on June 1st and I lost about 20 lbs. So I think you are right on track! My size 10 are baggy and my size 8 are looking great. But I want to get in that pair of size 6 hanging in my closet. You should be proud of yourself.

Don't let the set-backs get you side tracked from your goals. Just take it one day at a time. Try to get some extra cardio in on those days when you know you are going to go over your calerie count. It won't make up for it but it will surely help. I just made through 2 bridal showers (one at my house) and a wedding in the past two weekends and my daughter's 30th birthday. It definitely is hard to fight the temptation to overeat. Try to cut back on the portions instead of not having anything at all.

Hang in there. You can do it!

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