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Week 7: from 153.0 to 149.8

Monday, February 20, 2012

I can't believe it! I really can't believe it, but after stepping on the scale again with Mike as a witness, lol, it's true- I'm down another two pounds. And minus 20 pounds. And I'm in the 140s (by the skin of my teeth!).

This week I ate a little more than usual. On Valentines, red wine helped me hit the very top end of my calories, and the next day, we grilled burgers for dinner, which also put me nearer to the top than I'm used to. That made me nervous. On Saturday, I had a (single) beer with a shrimp cocktail at Ventura beach, and we golfed all day yesterday, which normally means I hold on to some water weight. Against all of these things, I still dropped weight. I am elated.

This is, without a doubt, the longest I've been with a diet (or healthier lifestyle, or regimen, or WHATEVER). I feel great! Don't get me wrong, I have those days that I feel ravenously hungry, or completely tired, but more often than not, I feel pretty great. I don't want for crappy food or soda, I look forward to our walks, and I go to sleep and wake up earlier feeling more rested. I sound like a commercial, but I mean it all. emoticon

Things that are working:
-Being consistent (taking walks 6 days a week, planning meals)
-Eating more? (gasp!)

Room for improvement:
-STRENGTH TRAINING (why is so dang hard to start???!!!)

Now, in week 8, I set off to work on the last 10 pounds. This should take me ten weeks, and I am in no hurry. I can't believe I will soon be in a place where I think about maintenance. Never have I reached a weight loss goal in the 10 years I've been starving, running, and girdling my weight away. What a wonderful thought. Thank you all for the love and CONSTANT motivation. I am so happy that I can share such personal happy news with you all emoticon

  
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MELKAY 2/22/2012 4:18PM

    Amazing job!!! I have not doubt that you will be in the maintenance phase before you know it.

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FRESHBAKEDPI 2/21/2012 8:49PM

    Strength training is my weak area too! Congrats on your results so far!

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MYLOVELYCURVES 2/21/2012 3:56PM

    Congrats on your weight loss! That's amazing :) Keep it up!

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/21/2012 12:48PM

    I am just in awe of your progress. You went from 170 to the 140s so fast! I want that to be me tooooooo!!!!!

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SAMMBA 2/20/2012 9:41PM

    awesome job!!!

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MARYONAMISSION 2/20/2012 6:19PM

    Congrats!!!! That is awesome, so happy for your. Good luck on losing those last ten pounds. I have no doubt you will reach your goals!

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MWARDELL 2/20/2012 4:51PM

    Strength training is a struggle for me too! One thing I've found works for me is incorporating it with activities that I enjoy. In my boot camp classes, there is strength training (boo!) combined with agility and speed drills. For some reason, run some distance and bust out 10 push ups, run back and bust out 20 squats, is okay with me as opposed to just standing around doing the moves alone. Also, pole dancing is something I've been wanting to sign up for as a motivator. The cool tricks require a pretty awesome core and some upper body development. So maybe something like that would help!

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CINDYBUNNIE 2/20/2012 3:48PM

    Congratulations on hitting the 140s! That's so awesome. :D

Do you have the Strength Training set up with the SparkPeople-generated program on your Fitness Tracker? It gave me exercises that had equipment I had no access to, but I went through and substituted them for exercises that either had dumbbells or no equipment. I just made sure each one had the same muscle areas that are worked on as the one I subbed. I wasn't going to really bother with strength training, but I figured it didn't seem like much once I had that all laid out, so I did them.

You're doing great without the strength training, though.

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NOIRNATURAL 2/20/2012 2:16PM

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thank you so much for sharing your journey! Reading your blog is exactly what I needed today! I got so excited because your journey shows that you can achieve results consistently by doing the work. congratulations to you and Mike!

Noir

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Week 6: From 155.2 to 153.0

Monday, February 13, 2012

I am on fire, dudes.

After a lazy weekend in week 5, I planned to be more active this week. In addition to my Monday-Thursday walks with Mike, we hiked both Saturday and Sunday. I really felt pushed (in a good way- sometimes I hardly sweat when we walk) and hoped that it would make a difference on the scale. It did. Down almost 2 pounds. I could sing. Lalalallalallalalaaaaaaaaaa (me, singing)!!!

Things that are working:
-Sleeping better (no more all-nighters)
-Getting outside and moving
-Repeating healthy breakfasts and lunches a few times a week (so easy to plan oatmeal Mon, & Weds., parfaits Tues. & Thurs.) and having fun cooking up healthy dinners

Room for improvement:
-Chewing (sounds silly, but I need to slow down when I eat)
-Strength training

In week 7, I'm going to keep doing what has been working, and incorporate strength training into our fitness routine. I'm thinking some basic calisthenics type stuff (shoulders, biceps, triceps, chest, core, and legs) for 30 minutes on Tuesday (we did this in week 4, and it kicked our butts!), and a DVD on Thursday-my MIL gave me a couple Biggest Loser DVDs (Cardio Max Weight-Loss and Shred-It with Weights) a while back, and I'll finally give them a try...

Look out 140s- I'm coming for ya!!!

  
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LUVPOETESS 2/16/2012 10:23PM

    I'm impressed by how well you plan your upcoming workouts. I've tried, and even with SP's fitness plan in front of me, I always (and I do mean always) end up doing something different.

I'm going to work on taking lessons from you. emoticon

Congratulations on your progress so far.



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MWARDELL 2/16/2012 7:31PM

    :D Keep going! Good luck with adding in that strength training!

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GOLFTEE3 2/13/2012 4:02PM

    You ARE on fire! :D Keep up the great work! emoticon

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RHILL4455 2/13/2012 1:11PM

    Just stoping by for some encouragement!! Your doing great!! Keep up the hard work!!

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LIVELAUGHXO 2/13/2012 11:26AM

    emoticon emoticon Way to go!! I see we are on the same path - 6 weeks! woo hoo! You will be in the 140s in no time, and will look fab doing so! Thanks for stopping by my blog, too...always nice to have some encouragement!! emoticon emoticon

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Tinga Tostadas- recipe

Thursday, February 09, 2012

I really love to cook, so I plan on recording some of my more successful recipes here. Why not?

Tinga Tostadas


First, I slow cook a chicken breast with carrot, onion, celery, salt and pepper in a crock pot while I'm at work, then shred it up when it's... Shreddable? ;) To make the tinga sauce (totally optional, but so so so good), combine a fresh tomato, a chipotle chile (or reconstituted ancho chile), a little onion, garlic, and a pinch of caldo de pollo (powdered stock) in a blender, puree, and then strain. It's a cross between an enchilada sauce and tomato salsa

I bake tortillas (no Pam or anything) at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, and I flip them over halfway

I mash black beans up (they are not refried), using either store-bought (watch for salt), or homemade

Lastly, top with some light sour cream, and veggies galore. I love lettuce, white onion, tomato, jalapeno, and cilantro. Avocado when I can afford the extra calories!

One tortilla, 1/2 cup black beans, 2 ounces chicken, 1 teaspoon sour cream, and veggies come to about 150 calories. I eat two AND have something sweet afterwards!

  
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WALKINGRED 2/11/2012 11:28AM

    Lol! Caldo de pollo is a Mexican chicken bouillon. Regular bouillon in it's place will work fine! emoticon

It really is easy, and a good place to use leftover chicken, salad, or beans.

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RYDERB 2/11/2012 7:10AM

    WOW! I'm don't like to cook, but this looks delicious and it seems so easy! I'm going to have to try it. It all sounds like something I can do or find, well except the "caldo de pollo" but I'm sure I can google it. emoticon
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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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Maryann

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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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