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Chapter 5 - 100 Days of Accountability

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Here I go again. Another chapter. Am I sick of same old, same old? Heck, no. Every journey has been different as I try out new plans to try to create a healthier and fit life. Creating Chapters of 100 days does some really important things for me:

-Makes me accountable, for both good and less good behaviors that I can contribute to, or inhibit my progress towards, specific goals.

-Helps me to keep the big picture uppermost in my mind.

-Assists me with being more deliberate about my day.

-Gives me context and depth for understanding my own evolution.

-Facilitates the management of my body weight.

CHAPTER 5 - What's new?

1) Tackle my biggest issue: snacking (yes, Vicki, it IS time)
-Use of fruits and vegetables to combat snacking any time of day
-Make sure a treat follows a meal, when I am full (as much as possible)

2) Add a bank of 10,885 calories weekly to draw from as another measurement tool as I begin to prepare myself for "maintenance."

3) Add 10 minutes of additional exercise daily, my choice, at least 2/3 of the time.

4) Show by my example that
To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping. (Chinese Proverb) is a truism that will be effective for me.

5) Prove that Ch 4 was a springboard for Ch 5s results.

Ready, set, ACTION!

Have a terrific Tuesday, my friend!

1,862 total calories.
You are probably wondering if I held to my new rules. No. I ate buttered popcorn mid day for a snack. And, I ate too many low cal cookies with a full meal. Lousy start to Day 1. My evil twin won this round....but "it ain't over yet."

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NJMATTICE 9/20/2011 3:14PM

    Enjoy the next chapter! I'll wave at ya as I fly over tonight. I'm flying to Cleveland at 7 pm and then on to Houston. It was a great trip. I look forward to sharing about it in the coming days.

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JULIA_211 9/20/2011 6:59AM

    What an excellent post! I am excited for you! Although it's the same goal of being accountable, you managed to make it different with all your sub-goals. I love this! I wish you, all the best on this new 100 days-journey. emoticon emoticon

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Ch 4, Day 100

Monday, September 19, 2011

Chapter 4, 100 Days of Accountability is winding up today. It is a very understated finish for me because I used this time to regain back 5# rather than lose weight. It's not the finish I would like, but I have learned some important lessons along the way:

Snacking is still my biggest issue and a real challenge for me.

I can't keep thinking I can indulge, thinking I have tomorrow to change. Good results come to those that keep plugging along, putting one step in front of the other.

Creating a 100 day view for reflection is useful for evaluating shorter periods within the year and helps keep me grounded.

Even though I have been doing this for 400 days now, it is important to keep reading the resources, trying new things, and drawing strength from your unending support and wisdom, my friend.

In times past, I would have regained most of what I lost in the first place....not just put 5# back, but more like 20# and have a full blown relapse. While I'm not where I'd like to be, I sure am not where I once was. Really, no time wasted here. I have made such progress overall.

Ah, success is sweet. Thank you for all that you do and for being there with me along this journey. You are simply the best, my friend!

On to CH 5, 100 Days of Accountability. I wish the results would be as predictable as my structure. LOL.

Hope springs eternal.

1,471 total calories.
I learned today, that it IS possible to have your cake and eat it, too! Thanks to my friend, Julia, who suggested Pillsbury Splenda cake mixes to me for my DHs birthday cake. Though the box warns the cake is not a lowfat product, the elimination of sugar sure cuts calories WAY down. We both LOVED it and neither of us detected much, if hardly any, artificial sweetener aftertaste. Woohoo!

I can't believe I enjoyed birthday cake AND stayed in calorie range for my day. An historic moment in the house of Vicki.


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JULIA_211 9/20/2011 5:11AM

    emoticon emoticon Congratulations on ending ch 4 successfully! emoticon

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Ch 4, Day 99

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Feeling subpar still. Goodness, this cold sure got a good grip on me this time. I am looking forward to this week and days of norm.


It's a beautiful cool morning.

This year's apples are ready in the Great Lakes Region. We have so many wonderful kinds to enjoy here.

Stayed within 10,885 calories for the week.
Needing to eat 1200 calories for two days straight was tough, but I did it, the healthy way.

Down 2# over this past week of the 7# I regained over Ch 4. A gift.
So mysterious. I was unable to exercise half the week and really exceeded calorie range 2 of the days. I usually have smaller weight loss results from a stellar week of exercise and eating healthy.


Eat a healthy 1,500 max calories.


Walk 1 mile?

Have a wonderful Sunday, friend. Rest, relax, refuel.

1,543 total calories. Whoops....a bit high, but still under for the day's allowance, by a wee margin.

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NIAGCHRIS246 9/18/2011 10:19PM

  Stay strong! emoticon

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JENJEN1004 9/18/2011 8:55AM

    Are you going to wait to start your new challenge until you get over your cold? That way you can start out strong. If you get your walk in, take it easy.

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Ch 4, Day 98

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Coming down with this cold threw a wet blanket on the strong finish I had in mind for Ch 4, 100 Days of Accountability. This journey sorta feels like I procrastinated studying for a school test, trying to cram in the twelfth hour, and hoping for a good outcome. Fitness and health really doesn't work that way. It's mostly each day of healthy moderate eating and fitness building on another. Maybe its a different experience for a bodybuilder that completes and does two weeks of super ramped up loading and lean eating, but for the average person I think I got it right.

I'm already thinking of my goals for Ch 5. It will take me right up to the Christmas holiday -- I sure would like to have this year's holiday experience be a positive change from last year (re-gained 5# between Thanksgiving and New Year's). Hope springs eternal.

Right now, my most immediate focus is on today. One step at a time. And, one step forward as often as I can (the journey is always far from perfect as is life.)


Nearly fully recovered from cold.

Stayed On Plan yesterday.


Eat 1,250 healthy calories



Have a spectacular Saturday, friend.

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JENJEN1004 9/17/2011 9:37AM

    I'm glad you're on the downside of that cold. Now you won't cross that finish line with your bankie wrapped around you and drinking your oj LOL) You've kept at this and even though you have had some difficulty with this one, you've plugged along. Yay for that!!!

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Ch 4, Day 97

Friday, September 16, 2011

I am inching back to wellness from my cold. One more day's rest ought to do it, I hope.


A good night's rest is like a gift. What a difference it makes!

I am so glad that I don't have to drag myself to work anymore when I have a bad cold.

I can still meet the week's calorie goal!
I MUST be feeling better if I have the energy to review all that information, LOL.

I value good health...illness has a way of making one very grateful.


Eat very healthy today, 1,275 calories max.


Enjoy your Friday, friend.

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JULIA_211 9/16/2011 7:01AM


So glad that you're feeling better! emoticon

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