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December Plan

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Coming off of my personal training sessions I feel pretty motivated, I want to do some more sessions in January, would love to do them now but Christmas is coming so for now I am saving the money. I downloaded the Biggest Loser Fitness Plan book and I am mixing that in with some of my workouts. I feel this sets me up pretty well for the month of December, I made log sheets to use and take to the gym so I am not mindlessly wandering around trying to figure out what to do. I think that is one of the keys to making my time in the gym useful. If I go in there without something specific to do I have a tendency to just wander aimlessly doing random things. I'm continuing to log my food on the phone, such a handy app, it also seems like a lot of people are joining the same gym so it gives me many more workout partners, I am feeling good about December, I plan to drop at least a few pounds this month (8lbs being the recommended- but I know at my current weight with the right diet and exercise it can be more)

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REMARAHAB 12/5/2011 11:51PM

    Great plan! You're inspirational!
I think I'll check out that plan.

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ON2VICTORY 12/2/2011 7:52AM

    awesome!!! emoticon

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MNCYCLIST 12/1/2011 10:14AM

    Sounds like a plan--now the trick is to do it! And you can do it!

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KAKAKALI4 12/1/2011 8:22AM

    You go girl! I know what you mean about wandering .. I am always trying to get home to spend time with the kids .. so i do cardio and hit the door .. need to do more ST there .. but when I can do it at home .. it is better for me!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/1/2011 3:45AM

    sounds like you have it all organised.now all you have to do is follow it through and you have it made. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I survived Thanksgiving, Thanks to all who gave support.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thank you all for supporting me when I was down and frustrated by Thanksgiving. I got out of the holiday without gaining a pound, I managed to enjoy pecan pie, the only pie worth consuming:-). I worked out Wednesday with my trainer pretty hard, I got a free session BTW so I have one more left tomorrow. I started off Thursday with a run. Mike insisted on taking something to my parents so I suggested a nice green salad since we still have lettuce and tomatoes going in our garden (mini greenhouse). I filled my plate pretty full with that and a little bit of turkey to start, then I ate peas and a little bit of stuffing and a little bit of mashed potatoes and a little bit of corn casserole. I emphasize a little bit because I took nice tiny sample size portions. I had a half slice of pumpkin creme pie, since my Grandma wanted a small slice I had the other half. Then we enjoyed social time and it was off to Mike's family Thanksgiving. I started this one by playing tag with Mike's nephew, burned a few calories while we waited for things to finish, I made the mashed potatoes which are my favorite, but that way too I could control how much badness went into them. I had another very moderate plate of food and enjoyed a small slice of pecan pie. I made it through the day didn't feel like it was a total victory but it was minimal damage.

Friday morning Mike and I hit the gym and worked out together burning a decent amount of calories doing intervals on the treadmill and following it up with a swim. We ate healthy light meals of soups etc. and put up Christmas stuff. Now I just got to get through Christmas and New Year's and hopefully do so losing some weight.

Smart phones, just a side bar, are fantastic mine is really helping me lose weight, I use it to log food. It has a kindle reader so I have a couple fitness books right on it that I can reference. Totally random but this thing has been a big help, cause I log my food right when I eat it, not later, which really helps me decide if I am going to eat something or not.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/30/2011 9:36AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonwhen you can do soo well on thanksgiving you can rock it wioth christmas and new year.just remember to keep your phone handy lol. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 11/28/2011 8:07AM

    my buddy's got the skills! i knew you would find a way, you're a champion!

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HELP! Ireally HATE Thanksgiving

Monday, November 21, 2011

This has to be the worst holiday ever invented, a day to just eat and be fat. All I end up in full of guilt and hating myself. I really want the flu on Thanksgiving, or at least a coma. I don't want to deal with being around all of that freaking food! My boyfriend's family is going to have like 20 pies what the heck there will be like 8 of us there. Can this holiday just go away, the stores skip from Halloween to Christmas why can't I? I have been working too hard, why does this damn holiday have to exist.

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SOPHIEMAE2007 11/23/2011 9:53AM

    Wow, I never heard someone be so unhappy about Thanksgiving. It isn't all about eating and food. It is about family and being thankful about what you have.

Remember it is all about portion control. Take a smaller plate so you don't load up with everything. Just because there are 20 pies, which I am sure that is an exaggeration, take 1 or 2 pieces and eat one at a later time, like the next day. Drink water before you eat so your stomach feels fuller faster. It takes the brain 20 minutes to say, I'm full. Take a walk after you eat. Take an appetizer of fresh cut up veggies to snack on if dinner is going to be held later.

Just trying to offer some ideas so you don't HATE such a great holiday.

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ON2VICTORY 11/22/2011 10:22PM

    wanna talk? hang in there :)

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LYNNGREEN2 11/22/2011 11:34AM

    I saw the BEST comment the other day . . . "Thanksgiving is a word of ACTION" and I think we have lost sight of that. It isn't a meant to be a holiday focused on eating. It is meant to be a holiday focused on giving thanks. Try to focus on that ;)

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KAKAKALI4 11/22/2011 10:54AM

    You can do it .. just remember .. it doesn't have to be a day to gorge yourself.. have a bite of everything you want .. not platefuls! You can do it! I honestly think it will be easier than you think because you have changed the way you feel about food .. YOU ARE AMAZING!

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/22/2011 9:45AM

    The holiday isn't about the food. The food doesn't fly into your mouth.

Get your plate, make it ONE TIME and get ONE dessert.

Chew slowly, deliberately - all that stuff you already know.


It only has power over us if we LET it! Just think HOW GOOD you will feel CONQUERING THIS DAY!!!!!!!

Don't go into it hating it - go into it as a challenge YOU CAN OVERCOME!!!!!!!!!!


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RUNNINGPFUHL 11/22/2011 9:10AM

    Hey you!! Listen up!! Yea you! Listen to me! :)

It doesn't have to be about eating until you're gorged and fat foods. Besides that it's not fat that makes us fat....it's too many calories, particularly sugar and processed foods. sooo the consuming fat myth is busted!

Next. Take your own dish. A salad or a root veggie dish (check out the spark cook book, I bet there's a good recipe!)

Fill at least 1/2 your plate up with veggies. Then have a 1/2 portion of the other things you want to have.

So what they'll have 20 pies, you don't have to eat any of them!! I give you permission! :)

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BALANCEDMP 11/22/2011 6:37AM

    The problem is that it has become all about fat laden foods. I was told I couldnt' bring a healthy vegetable. Now that is wrong. If you look back to the original celebration of Thanksgiving, they feasted for 3 days. They rejoiced for their prosperous crop and harvest and celebrating new life together (Pilgrims and Indians). They ate all healthy food. I have come to the conclusion that I have to try to enjoy the day for being with the people that i love and love me. Yes, the food is there, but it's not like you are eating it for 3 days. You have it and move on. You are not going to gain weight that will stick toyour ribs if you indulge a little and move on and get in a good workout the next day. I am more likely to gain weight since I can't get in a hard workout being pregnant. Just try to enjoy the daywith your man and the family. Eat and be merry, but tomorrow you kill yourself in the gym!

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JBINAUSTIN 11/22/2011 1:51AM

    If your families tend to pull out the pre-dinner snacks, bring a healthy appetizer (fruit, veggies, hummus, low-fat dip) with you to make sure you have a good option. You'll be surprised by how many people will join you in a lighter snacking choice.

I agree, two dinners in one day is too many. Maybe join one of the families after dinner and ask for a plate to take home for the next day. That way, you only eat one meal, you have food for Friday, and you can control the portions when you eat at home.

Enjoy! It's a holiday about the harvest bounty.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/22/2011 1:40AM

    i am lucky i have never had to deal with this problem as we donīt have thanksgiving in england or germany but i have some friends who deal with it diffently.one goes to work in one of theese shelters that gives out thankgiving meals to the homeless she is so busy she doesnīt get time to eat and she really enjoys the feeling she gets from helping.another always makes sure she host the family dinner that way she has controol over how the food is made.another thing you can do is organise on this day a new family tradition of a sport compitition.i.e.if there is enough of you you can make up two teams for rounders or five aside football.you could just do individual races,egg and spoon,three legged,sack jump,short running sprints etc.make it fun,make it iteresting like the last one in does the dishes.i donīt know use your imagination and you will come up with something.remember thanksgiving is not just about eating it is about being thankful for what and who is in your life.put more emphasis on that and make the food second place. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WANNABFIT34 11/21/2011 10:40PM

    The other issue is the 2 Thanksgivings in one day it sucks I really wanted one of the families to do a different day or do one big Thanksgiving...

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GIGIDISAPPEARED 11/21/2011 10:34PM

    Don't look at it so negatively. Do what I did yesterday when we had our family Thanksgiving meal. I ate mostly veggies & lean meat (white turkey). I had a very small piece of strawberry cake (there was NO way I could resist my grandma's homemade cake) but I didn't overeat & still got to eat what I wanted. Just because there are 20 pies doesn't mean you have to eat all of them. If you really want a piece of one of them, then eat a small piece & don't beat yourself up. I know you can make it through the holiday. Also, I agree with Kaye4454...it's a great idea to eat healthy before you go so you won't be as hungry & won't be as tempted. Like her I exercise a little more during the week of a holiday. Hope this helps.

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KAYE454 11/21/2011 10:22PM

  Eat healthy before going to Thanksgiveing lunch I also do extra exercise all week also

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Battling the Green Eyed Monster

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Green eyed monster is the nickname I have for my insatiable hunger, its when food is in the back of my mind and the monster doesn't shut up. I am on day whatever of eating dead on perfect this week and now it is talking to me, I am fighting very hard not to listen, I made a decent food choice, not great but figured beans with a lot of protein might help shut the monster up. But seeing as it is 326 in the blessed A.m. it means it is going to be a rather long day (sometimes this is where night shift is a pain for eating right) . I have another training session today, hopefully I will be so worn out that I don't want to eat, but since that usually isn't the case I am going to have to be extra mindful today of what is going in my mouth, I will have to log it before I plate it, eat it, or stuff it straight into my mouth. If I keep my calories under 1500 today I will be super impressed, let alone keep it closer to the 1200 that my trainer wants me to eat. I am trying not to think of food as an enemy but nights/days like these are tough. I think my action plan is what has been working, lots of frozen veggies, which means I should hit the store after work in the morning, I only have peas left and while I love them, I will need variety.

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LINDATHOME 11/18/2011 10:20AM

    Dang, I KNOW you can do it - you never cease to impress me!

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NIGHTSKYLOVER 11/18/2011 9:50AM


Did you go to the store? What'd you get?!



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ON2VICTORY 11/18/2011 8:21AM

    Hey Kara, i get it totally. Remember that being consistent is better than perfection. As athletes (which you are) we demand so much out of ourselves because we want that magic moment down the road. I am finding that reigning in an appetite gone wild can be like herding cats. It cant be done at once but if you round them up one kitty at a time, you'll come out on top

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/18/2011 5:07AM

    sounds like a good plan of action to me.you can do this love.you could always swap your frozen veg for frozen fruit occassionaly for even more added virity.i love them.

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Sharing some calorie counting wisdom.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

For those of you like me that struggle with calories (ie too many) I thought I would share some sage advice that is helping me as I have been drastically cutting calories (ie to normal people range), the first thing is find a way to track it and do it religiously, a smartphone helps greatly because you may not always have a notebook and pen but I am certain you have your phone with you. Spark can go with you on a smartphone (as well as other unnamed trackers I actually prefer a tracker other than the spark one... sorry spark, love all of your other features though). The 2nd big thing is make frozen vegetables your friend and snack of choice, I love me some broccoli or some peas and I add a tablespoon of that powdery parmesan, perfect snack and you can have a lot of it and only hit like a 100 calories, especially if like me you have been overeating for a long time, volume without huge calorie numbers is a good thing. This goes to my 3rd tip, for you salty crunchy lovers like me air popped popcorn once again a lot of it and it is a low cal alternative to chips. The next thing and so common sense but prepare your own food, whether you have to take cooking lessons or whatever avoid eating out, even when you think something is healthy it is loaded with calories!! If you prepare it you know how it is prepared, a good example is when I go to Subway even if I say light on the mayo they still plaster the heck out of my sub. My final suggestion is find distraction, because you are focusing on eating healthy you WILL think about food all the time, so find something to do in boring parts of your day, if you don't you become obsessed with food and make yourself hungry and then eventually turn into a wild green eyed bad for you food eating monster. I am almost 2 weeks going strong on good nutrition so I am still not great at this but I am learning every day and have been lowering the calorie count almost daily without driving myself insane.

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REMARAHAB 11/18/2011 12:05AM

    Great ideas! Keep it up!

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KKINNEA 11/17/2011 10:52AM

    Yes, why do they do that at Subway! I've actually switched to mustard which apparently no one overdoes but the mayo is out of control!

Thanks for the reminder on frozen veggies - I really need to start getting into that mode.

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NIGHTSKYLOVER 11/17/2011 9:08AM

    I like the idea of just having frozen veggies on hand for snacking. I'm a stressed/tired eater... and I'm usually one or both.


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ON2VICTORY 11/17/2011 8:52AM

    great thoughts here. if you cant make it simple and easily accessible, it wont happen. I use frozen veggies alot. I HATE when I buy fresh only to have them go bad a few days later. the ones that microwave in the bag are the best. I put a bag in my lunchbox. keeps lunch cold then adds veggies to my lunch.

good for you...Irongirl!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/17/2011 6:44AM

    i am more for frozen and fresh fruits myself for snacks lol.otherwise good tips.keep up the good work you are going great love. emoticon

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    Good luck with staying focused and reaching your goals...

Was interesting reading your blog - as you are doing really well - well done you...

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