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Monday, October 12, 2009

Last night, I completed my Sunday work-out (it was at around 10P but hey, I did it - and I even did my stretching). Then I took my super hot bath last night and it felt great. I did finish nearly half of my reading for one of my classes in the bath as well. I planned out my food for today before bed and then actually fell asleep early (for me). I woke up before the alarm this morning because of it!

So, today (besides homework, exercise and food), I created a "To Do" list for this week. I've been getting really behind on some house cleaning type stuff. Yesterday we went on a family walk and it was about 35 degrees out and I couldn't find the kids' hats in the mess that is our hall closet, so I have to get that cleaned out this week, along with some other random things.

I found an old recipe from my mom's bestfriend that I used to LOVE when I was a kid. It's a soft and chewy granola but the recipe calls for 1 c. oil, 1 c. corn syrup and 1 c. flour. Way, way too many calories for me! So, I'm modifying it and experimenting. I'll let you all know the outcome. This first batch smells great but I can tell you right now that it has too much cinnamon. But, at only 140 calories per 1/3 c. it might be worth it. ;)

So I have to get moving on my chore list and my homework. And drinking my water! It's already past 11A and I've only drank 1 glass!

  
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NEWNARAYAN 10/12/2009 5:19PM

    good monday eh!? great job girl!! being on track feels sooooooo good!

we have to always remember that!

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hehe.

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ERINEPBASIL 10/12/2009 3:05PM

    Just a tip, I don't know if it'd work for granola... but I've found using natural no sugar added applesauce as a substitute for oil is often a pretty handy switcheroo in recipes, and it cuts the calories like WHOA! Def lemme know the outcome, sounds delish, especially since that's way fewer calories than the granola that I rarely ever let myself eat. Hope you've had luck with the rest of your day! emoticon

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Week Two of 100% Dedication

Monday, October 12, 2009

Tonight was a great dinner. I made my Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=782491#rate
on shredded zucchini "noodles." It was so good and filled my pasta craving. This week I really need to discover or create a recipe with chocolate in it. I haven't had sweets (besides a half serving of sugar free vanilla pudding) in a freakin' week and that is amazing for me. The issue is, I normally only have about 20 calories left at the end of the day so it would have to be a super low calorie cookie or something.

Week two officially begins today (and it went swimmingly) but my fav community (Just Do It! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=9091
) starts their weeks on Monday so Week Two will begin tomorrow.

My goals for this week are a bit more involved. I completed nearly all of the last week (I missed one day of posting and I didn't do all 20 cardio mins one day) so I'm upping the game a little bit. Some of these goals I did last week without having to have a reminder, so putting them here is more writing down what I'd like to continue. Other things are new and will be a challenge. I plan to add little by little until I'm where I want to be exactly.

Start date Monday 10/12/09

I, Liz, commit to make the following goals for myself this week:

Nutrition ~ (1) Complete another entire week of staying within my calorie range and (2) drinking 12 glasses of water everyday. This week, I am also adding (3) no eating after dinner (only tea is allowed) and to (4) make a new recipe for dinner this week. Also, I'm going to continue to (5) pre-plan meals the day before to insure I am within my goals.

Exercise ~ Stick to my weekly plan. Last week I created a spreadsheet of my work-outs. It's not hard, nothing more than 30-50 mins a day (and not all at once either). So my goal is to follow it 100%. The main difficulty I have it to do my 10 mins of stretching each day.

Reflection ~ Journal everyday and epson salt bath on Sunday evening. I like journaling everyday because it holds me accountable. The salt water baths are a nice reward and cleanse.

Team Participation ~ Post once a day in the Just Do It! forums.

I have chosen these goals to keep myself going in the right direction. I will complete 7 goal met days this week. I will also post any extras I accomplish on this thread. I will do my best to encourage and support my team mates. Most of all, I will make myself a priority and take care of myself and my needs, to the best of my ability.

I would also like to add:

Knowledge ~ Read for 60 mins each day.

I am adding this for me because my homework has taken second place to SparkPeople and I can't fall behind. If I post this goal here, I am holding myself accountable.

Reward for completing this week: 2 new scarves.

  
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ALLIE1283 10/12/2009 9:41AM

    WoW!! You are doing incredible!! Keep it up :)

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DMCGIRL37 10/12/2009 8:59AM

    zuchinni noodles, you must tell me more!!

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GRAMMA123 10/12/2009 12:51AM

    Good Job! I like the idea of posting goals weekly.

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DELWYNH 10/12/2009 12:38AM

  Well done and I agree "Just do it' is just the best community to be involved in. I'm just entering into week 12 and have found the teams great but only joind'Just do it' one week ago and it has really made me focus on my exercise and more importantly 'get it done'. So keep up the good work and you will reach your target in no time. From your pictures and weight tape you are almost there.

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I did it!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

So, I completed my week of strict dieting and I lost around 4 lbs!! I was shocked I lost so much so I think it has to be from the 32 oz of green tea I've been drinking every day. Otherwise, I have no idea how I could lose so much weight in one week.

Today I'm sticking to it. I don't feel like it would be much of a reward to eat a bunch of crap. I think I would feel pretty guilty actually. And I might feel super bloated and yucky. No fun.

Maybe I'll just see how long I can go? It would be really cool if I could make it through another whole week. I don't know if I'll tell my husband this time though since this week was pretty hard on him because I didn't want to eat out ever! I do have to decide my goals for the week though.

Today I'm wearing my new jeans and hubby said, "I can't believe how much smaller your thighs are." And then he grabbed my butt!

  
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DMCGIRL37 10/12/2009 8:58AM

    wow, great job! :)

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PHONEBUG 10/11/2009 9:54PM

    way you to go. You must feel awesome!

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NEWNARAYAN 10/11/2009 8:47PM

    4lbs holy moley! that's a darned good reward for all of your hard work and will power! congrats!!

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SEASHELL71 10/11/2009 7:53PM

    YEA GIRL!!THOSE HUSBANDS! SEEMS THEY NOTICE THESE THINGS
REAL QUICK! LOL GOOD FOR YOU! YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR BODY
NEEDS! AND IF WE DO MAKE A MISTAKE, OUR BODIES WILL LET
US KNOW! KEEP ACCOMPLISHING YOUR GOALS SET WITH
GREAT DESIRE! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STEPH1965 10/11/2009 6:57PM

    Yay for you! Congrats - I know you're on the start of something really terrific for yourself! emoticon

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Eating out, Day 6 (and 7!)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

So, last night we ate out and I did great! I ordered a side of asparagus with no oil, no butter and no seasoning. And I brought I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! spray and my own seasoning in the diaper bag! Sneaky, sneaky. It totally worked and I was super proud of myself. So, day 6 was done.

Today was day 7. Seven whole days of drinking a ton of water, making activity part of my daily life and being super strict on calories. I'm not sure what will happen tomorrow but I think I will allow for a treat - maybe 60 cal chocolate pudding with half a sliced banana on top. I don't want to just blow it because I made it 7 days but I don't enjoy being this strict about everything.

But tonight, my girlfriends and I went to the mall to buy my celebration jeans. My size 8's were falling off of me and I got a pair of super tight trendy size 6's. My hope is that those will start to become pretty baggy as well and, when I hit my goal weight, I'll be a size 4, but we shall see.

Tomorrow I have a Charity Walk and then we are going to the library. I'm going to look at cookbooks!

  
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NEWNARAYAN 10/11/2009 10:22AM

    great job! i too have to figure out how to eat out and not feel like i can't go out to eat or have a drink with friends. i was just thinking about this yesterday.

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RUNSTRONG128 10/11/2009 7:46AM

    Wow!! Way to go!! :-)

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Why 10lbs is actually a lot.

Friday, October 09, 2009

I posted some new pictures today because I've had a few people here who have expressed that I don't have much weight to lose or that I looked fine before. Just because I am losing 10lbs doesn't mean that it makes a difference to me. Hopefully those on this site that are 200lbs over weight will someday have only 10lbs left.

My weight loss journey began in 2007 when I was 180lbs. I didn't try to lose weight or anything so my body evened out at around 165lbs and a size 12 for nearly 2 years. I have struggled with weight all my life and have seen numbers from below 110 to above 180, sizes ranging from 2 to 16. I'm not a stranger to being overweight, nor has it been easy for me. Sure, I'm thin now but it's taken me a long time and taken an entire lifestyle overhaul to get here.

Besides, it's not just about weight, for me, even being slightly overweight is very risky for me. As my profile states, I am in a high-risk category for some scary stuff. I have double the risk of developing hart disease than the average woman does - so all the more reason lose the extra weight, eat healthy and exercise - it all leads to a healthy heart.

I'll be proud to say good-bye to the 130's soon. I can't wait to start feeling like I don't need to hold in my stomach all the time. I'll be thrilled when my pants can button without feeling like I can't breathe. I still have a size 12 pant and a size 14 skirt in my closet though, and, when I am happy, healthy and maintaining, I'll post the classic picture of me wearing those old garments.

  
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FLAWLESSCUBE 10/10/2009 8:11AM

    ONly you know what you are comfortable with. Good luck this week and btw your photos are amazing, the transformation you have gone through. Now you look like your younger sister. In a good way. emoticon

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ROAD_RHYTHM 10/9/2009 9:58PM

    I'm sorry you've had people act like that, especially here.

I mean, I have a lot to lose, but I know for a fact that being healthy is work no matter WHAT size you are, and if you're not at the right weight, you still have to work to get there.

Good luck getting out of the 130s! : )

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CIAOBELLA57 10/9/2009 9:55PM

    Boy, do I hear you on this one. My boss and coworkers are always telling me I am too skinny and ask if I have gained any weight.
And over and over again I tell them I do not want to gain weight, I want to gain muscle tone and strength and overall incraeased endurance.

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TIME4ANEWME47 10/9/2009 9:16PM

    Funny because no one else has noticed the 10 lbs I have currently lost, except my family. But just as you are moving out of size 14, I am rejoicing that I can now fit in my size 14 loose jeans and my elastic sized 14 jeans are much looser around my thighs!
But for both of us, accomplishments that we are getting healthy! And it does not matter what others say or think as long as both of us are comfortable with who we are, who we are emerging as and we still love the person inside. Great job on keeping on! emoticon

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PHONEBUG 10/9/2009 8:55PM

    First I want to say that I am sorry people are that people are just that rude. What is it to them how much you feel you need to loose.

I understand how you feel. I have been anywhere from 120 to 234. Like you I cannot wait to get those old clothes on and take pictures.

Good luck on your journey! emoticon

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