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Week 5: From 156.4 to 155.2

Monday, February 06, 2012

I cannot express in words how happy I am this morning! I am down 15 pounds!!!

Like week 4, I had a lazier week. I walked, did strength training, or played tennis every day Monday through Thursday (great), but then didn't do ANYTHING for exercise Saturday or Sunday, AND I fully enjoyed the Super Bowl yesterday (not great!). I was so anxious about weighing in today, and right before I stepped on the scale, I visualized my first weight gain (really not great). But another week has gone by, and I earned another -1!

Last night, to ease my mind a little, I added up my calorie differentials, and they totaled over 5,000, so I hoped I had lost over a pound, but I've mentioned before that I am a master at cheating myself. Did I honestly enter everything correctly? Did I really have a 75 calorie buffalo wing, or was it really 135 (a BIG difference). I think I learned here to trust MATH (lol), SP, and my dang SELF.

Things that are working:
-Making healthier Super Bowl snacks (I cooked everything- baked wings and tortilla chips, fresh guacamole, spinach artichoke dip, deviled eggs, and lots of veggies- carrots & celery, fruit salad, and green salad)
-Monday morning weigh-ins (keeping me honest over the weekends!)

Room for improvement:
-Get out and WALK on the weekends (I've never said I "MUST" burn "x" amount of calories, just get MOVING, so I will in week 6!)
-Angel-ed Eggs recipe (YUCK- I attempted to cut calories by subbing mayo for Greek yogurt- a cheat that has been working elsewhere- and they were AWFUL! I threw them out and went full devil yesterday! emoticon )

In week 6 (still thrilled I'm in the game), I will continue to exercise Mon-Thurs., drink water throughout the day, and remind myself of what a good job I did in week 5 (and NOT dwell on my weekend couch-a-thon). Additionally, I will GET OUTSIDE and MOVE MY BEHIND next weekend!

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RYDERB 2/11/2012 7:16AM

    Congratulations on your 15 pounds! emoticon
I love your positive attitude! You've figured this thing out, and you're getting it DONE! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RHILL4455 2/6/2012 1:35PM

    What a great attitude!! Keep it going and congrats on losing 15lbs so far!!

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MUGSYMOM 2/6/2012 10:33AM

    You sound extremely motivated! Don't stop! You're on a roll!
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KM1116 2/6/2012 10:23AM

    Keep up the great work!!! emoticon

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Week 4: From 157.8 to 156.4

Monday, January 30, 2012

Last week was awesome.

I had it in my head that I was going to give 100%, and I really did. In the past I've been too good at cheating myself, but I think SP works for me because it eliminates room for error. Fool proof and cheat proof. I can no longer say to myself "this bite doesn't count" or "because I worked out, I can have this treat" because now I track every bite (they all count), and know that even a small "treat" can cost more than a workout.

Down a little over a pound, but it feels like 5.

Going into week 5 (by the way, I'm really proud of that, too- usually I've thrown in the towel by now), Mike and I are going to incorporate strength training into our usual 6 day cardio plan. Simple stuff to start. I'm thinking calisthenics-like workout for about a half hour today and then on Wednesday or Thursday. Also, we're going to play tennis on Wednesday!

Things that are working:
-Packing a post work snack (last week hummus & veg, this week an apple and boiled egg)
-Planning fun workouts (one can only walk so many of the same miles each week!)

Room for improvement:
-Start celebrating any/all weight losses (Starting TODAY)

Let's GO!

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AC6410 1/30/2012 12:23PM

    Your doing emoticon !!!!!!!!!!

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Week 3: From 158.6 to 157.8

Monday, January 23, 2012

Things I did right this week:
1. Ate like a nutritious angel
2. Ended strong by taking a long hike

Room for improvement (I'm being nicer, see?):
1. Get out more!!!

It started Thursday, the decent into madness... I felt sad. For no reason. It could be summertime blues (I head back to work today after 6 long weeks of vacation), hormones, or general blues. I don't know. But the result was massive sulking from Thursday through Saturday. I even had bad dreams... Awful. But on Sunday, I decided 3 days of sitting and wallowing was enough- I got off the couch and at the risk of being ran over by post rain seeking dirt bikers, and hit the canyon trails for just under an hour.

The results (less than a pound) relate directly to this pity party (at least gaining weight from attending a real party would have been FUN). This week I won't let this happen again. If it were one of my students, I would say "It's okay to feel bad, but it's not okay to neglect your work." Or "Getting out and running around will make you feel BETTER, Silly Goose!" So, in week 4, I'm going to take my own advice, which sadly, goes neglected, by me, far too often.


Week 2: From 163 t0 158.6

Monday, January 16, 2012

In the words of Ice Cube, "Today Was a Good Day."

It's Monday, which is weigh-in day, and it's also MLK Day, so Mike was off of work. We stared the day by jumping on the scale, and both of us lost big weight! M is down another 5 pounds (10 total), and I also lost 5! Awesome!

Then, we went to the golf course around the corner. We booked 18 holes (AHHH!- before today, I'd only ever chopped at balls at the driving range) for 10:30 a.m. So we downed some oatmeal, packed some snacks, and played for hours... I am still smiling...

I felt hungry a lot this week, but I knew from watching all of my weight loss shows, week 2 can be tough, so I kept my calorie intake low and upped the cardio a bit this week. In week three, I look forward to eating a little more, and salsa dancing on Wednesday!

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ICHOOSETHIN 1/16/2012 8:28PM

    What a loss! Yay! Looks like you were having a great time on the golf course. And, sounds like you've got a great weeks 3 in the works.

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week 1: from 170 to 163

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I found SparkPeople through their nutrition tracker application for iPad on January 2nd, 2012. That day, I stepped on a scale and was not surprised to find the number 170 staring up at me. I've been bouncing around the 160s all of last year, which has more or less been the story of the last decade.

I am committed to losing 30 pounds by June 2, 2012. I wasn't sure if this was possible until I stepped on the scale a week later to see the number 163 looking up at me. Wow. You're telling me all I had to do to lose 7 pounds was WALK and WRITE DOWN what I eat? Why did I wait so long to try this? I'm not hungry, I'm not burning out from over-exercising, and I feel pretty great.

Here's the plan: 6 days a week, I walk, hike, or bicycle; and one day of the week, my boyfriend (who is tracking right along side me) and I go for a fun active date. Last week we went to the batting cages, and tonight we're going to the driving range. We're pretty much eating the same, only we track it. I have cut my portions by quite a lot (I didn't realize how much I was eating- portion-wise, until I starting measuring). Mike loves to grill (and I love to eat his food) and I love to cook, so we're having fun thinking up healthy dinners.

I'll blog each week, probably on Mondays (when we weigh ourselves).

Attached is a picture I do not love of us at a wedding last September. I definitely weighed 170 that day...

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/21/2012 12:45PM

    What an inspiration that you started at the same weight as me! (for this go-round of weight loss anyway...I've yo yo dieted in the past unfortunately)

You looked great even at 170!

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