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BLC Goals

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Okay, my goals for this round of the Biggest Loser Challenge here on Sparkpeople are:

Nutrition:

I will follow the Nutrisystem plan. That's pretty much it because I do know it works. When I am on vacation I will make every attempt to follow the days off plan and not go off the rails. When I am in a new city and faced with a local treat, I will not be so rigid that I won't try something that doesn't fit on plan. I want to be a "normal eater" and for me that means being able to try something new and decadent and then get right back on my plan. I believe that is the key to maintenance and I want to have those keys!

Exercise:

I will get at least 300 minutes of exercise each week. This will include the Pilates I do every morning for my back issues but I will strive towards getting 300 minutes without the Pilates.

I will work towards doing strength training 3 times a week. I love strength training and don't know why it's such a struggle for me to develop and keep that habit.

Soul Feeding:

I will continue to reach out and help others, both online and in real life. I find that by helping others, particularly with regard to their weight loss efforts, I strengthen my own resolve. It almost seems selfish but it's really a win/win!

Weight Loss:

I usually don't like to set time-based weight loss goals. I figure I can only control the areas above and my body will do what my body is going to do. With that in mind, I'd like to lose 20 pounds over the next 12 weeks. My start weight for BLC was 185.1 so I would like to be at 165.1 at the end. I will NOT consider myself a failure if I don't make it! Hopefully, I will weigh less than 185.1 at the end. If not, I will look for the lesson and see if I can learn it.

  
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ALLIECAT26 6/27/2013 11:10PM

    You have a great set of goals! I especially like the Soul Feeding Goal. emoticon Thanks for the comment about working out at school. Yes, it will be so cool to have worked out before I get home!

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FEMISLIM 6/27/2013 9:58AM

    Great !!!!!

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SPARKLENICOLE 6/23/2013 1:24PM

    Great goals!
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PARASELENIC 6/11/2013 6:06PM

    I have the same problem with strength training. Maybe we can work on cheering eachother on?

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JENSHAINES 6/11/2013 4:45PM

    Emily, I love your goals, especially your "soul" goal and your words about your weight loss goal. SO healthy! Fabuloso!!!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 6/10/2013 7:45AM

    emoticon LOVE emoticon soul feeding Emily. My fav...you know the saying "if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy" -- if our soul isn't happy, WE aren't happy and we need to find that balance and love and happiness and I am convinced that with that, it will all fall into place!

This is life we are living - shoot for the moon emoticon , even if you miss you land among stars emoticon as they say. No blame/shame or guilt if we do not meet a rigid goal! WTG!

Wonderful, doable goals! You are going to have a wonderful summer and round! emoticon

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SUSANELAINE1956 6/10/2013 7:31AM

    Great goals. I like that you aren't being rigid about food, but know what works for you. Good luck!

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FUNGIRL81005 6/9/2013 9:47PM

    Great Goals!! helping others always helps me too!! emoticon

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 6/9/2013 4:25PM

    Emily, I love your soul feeding goal! I find that I do better when I am encouraging and helping others too. And I like your attitude about the numbers too. We can only control so much. I figure my goals better resemble pretty much how I am hoping to live the rest of my life, otherwise I will just have to form a whole new set of habits after I reach goal weight. emoticon

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JSFORSELL 6/9/2013 1:36PM

    You can do it!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/9/2013 12:33PM

    Fantastic goal! Well thought out and very do able. I agree with your philosophy on weight loss. It's like that for me too. Good luck & have fun!

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MSPATOOTY 6/9/2013 11:18AM

    Great set of goals, Emily! emoticon

I totally agree with what you wrote about the "keys" to maintenance. If I ever get so rigid about my plan that I cannot allow myself some "off-plan" items on occasion, it's like I'm stretching a rubber band. You can only stretch it so far before it snaps back and REALLY hurts. Keeping the right amount of tension on the rubber band, and keeping it just stretchy enough is my goal as well.

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Wheat and Cravings

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Since February 9 I have been without wheat or other grains. (I remember the date because I had just come home from a girls' getaway!) I did South Beach phase 1 for 2 weeks. During those 2 weeks I felt so good I started reading and researching some other ways of eating. I read about Paleo, and read "Wheat Belly." I decided that in phase 2 I would add oatmeal, then maybe brown rice and see what happened. I also decided to give up wheat as long as I could.

Sunday, we ate "whatever" lunches from the freezer. I found a small container of Moroccan chicken (turned out to be chickpeas) with spinach. After I reheated it I saw that there was about 1/2 cup or so of whole wheat pasta. I was hungry so I decided to eat it and see what happened.

At first, nothing happened. I ate lunch. Once late afternoon hit I was ravenously hungry so I ate a snack of almonds and some baby cucumbers as I fixed dinner. I wanted SWEETS, not nuts! I fought this urge to eat some skinny cow ice cream cones we have for DH and DD. Then I was in the pantry looking for chocolate we don't have. I finally realized it must be the wheat, because I haven't had a single craving since February 9. I have eaten beans/legumes in that period quite frequently and they do not trigger cravings for me. By sheer will I made it through the day without giving in to any cravings

I felt awful the next day. Headache, tummy issues that I won't go into. So, my conclusion is that wheat is not my friend.

I feel "normal" now, whatever that means for me! I have no intentions of testing that out again any time soon!

  
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INSPIRATIONAL3 5/19/2013 10:19AM

    Thank you for the inspiration on this sometimes difficult journey.

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JOYFUL78 3/26/2013 3:19PM

    thats amazing by process of elimination that you found the trigger.


you GO girl!!!!!!!!! yeh!!!!!!!!!!!

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MADLYINLOVE 3/26/2013 1:41PM

    I can totally relate to life without wheat -- feels so much better!

Great job getting though the worst of it!! ;)

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ALASKABRED 3/20/2013 12:51PM

    I did the same thing after Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet. I try not to add wheat based items into my diet and if I do, very occasionally. I checked out the Wheat Belly team and read up on what they had to say. I guess we just have to listen to our bodies. I have to remember to add enough fiber, such as flax seed in my yogurt, beans, etc. by the way, you look fantastic!

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LILSHINE 3/14/2013 11:16AM

    Okay you have giving me something to research now with this wheat belly talk. Someone mentioned it to me not long ago about gluten free. Seemed somewhat complicated, but I'm bit on buying wheat products as at one time it was better for you than white products. Uggghhhh off to YouTube and kindle library for book.

Now I just added you to my sparkfriend library but I must say you and your blog followers make it hard to concentrate on the subject at hand with all the eye candy as avitars geeeezzzz... hotties galore...but thank you emoticon emoticon

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GAILRUU 3/14/2013 8:57AM

    Certain foods seem to trigger food craving with me. I notice it especially when I have oatmeal for breakfast. I still eat it but try to be extra careful after that to be sure I don't get out of line with my eating. Sugar is a really trigger for me so I generally avoid that as much as possible.

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LOPEYP 3/13/2013 9:03PM

    wow that's really interesting. I'm going to see if I can get that book from the library.
Good luck!

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SKEEWEE2MEK 3/13/2013 2:51PM

    Way to go figuring out your good and bad. Here's to no more cravings or feeling icky! emoticon

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FRANCESCANAZ 3/13/2013 10:43AM

    emoticon Glad you are making such great progress!

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PATSYB7 3/13/2013 6:42AM

    I'm just starting to learn about wheat belly, etc. I'm learning that wheat is in practically everything! Tomato soup--who would have thought? Thanks for the reminder of the wheat/craving thing. Ugh.

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EDDYMEESE 3/12/2013 11:43PM

    Wow, great will power! I completely agree about the cravings. I'm getting ready to start SB again and love how I feel on it...but it's those small "cheats" that send me in a downward spiral. It's easy to think that a bite here or there won't hurt...but not so! Great job!

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MAGGIEVAN 3/12/2013 7:49PM

    At least now you know the culprit and good on you for taking steps to avoid it. Wheat is a real problem for many people. I find if I eat wheat it is triggering cravings for me too so I avoid it most of the time.

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JIBBIE49 3/12/2013 6:01PM

    I've read "WHEAT BELLY" and listened to his lectures on YouTube and they are REALLY good. I have stopped eating all wheat products and my legs don't hurt like they did at night. Dr. Davis says it is much more than just gluten that is the problem but the genetically changed wheat that we have today. Listen to him on Youtube.

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SINGER73 3/12/2013 4:08PM

    Gluten intolerance is very common. Most people just don't know they have it. These days it's easy to go gluten free. It's hard when you have multiple sensitivities like I do.

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SWEETMNTHING 3/12/2013 1:14PM

    Congrats on going wheat-free. That's really hard to do but at least you know how your body reacts if you have it. I'm considering starting back on South Beach Phase 1 again, it's hard but I know that it really helps with the cravings. Thanks for the inspiration.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/12/2013 12:44PM

    Congrats on going wheat free and feeling better! I'm hoping to go totally wheat free by the end of March. We've been using up the already purchased items. When they are gone I'll be totally gluten free. Sweet! Glad you realized what caused the problem and you know what to do to feel your best.

Wishing you continued success and all the best!

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ADZY86 3/12/2013 12:28PM

    Yep, same thing happens to me. I get bloated, gassy (TMI?!), uncomfortable, headaches, lethargic, fat, the list goes on. Wheat is not my friend. Nice one on finding out what your body can't deal with.

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MICHIGANLORI 3/12/2013 12:19PM

    I've been slowly trying to be gluten-free. I did give up wheat bread and switched to spelt bread which I love now.

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MSPATOOTY 3/12/2013 11:29AM

    Good job on being wheat-free for a month! I've been (very slowly!) re-reading Wheat Belly and nodding my head in agreement. emoticon

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TEKRU1 3/12/2013 11:10AM

    Yep - I had that reminder this weekend. Tired and stressed, so I ate something I normally wouldn't, a breaded fish. I know it's not the fish causing the knot in my stomach and other gastro symptoms - its that darn wheat!

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PARASELENIC 3/12/2013 10:39AM

    Figuring out how your body works best is great news. I'm glad that you are approaching this in a methodical way, learning what thing works for you and what doesn't.

I hope that you are entering this stuff in your tracker with daily notes, too, so that you have a wealth of data to refer to as you progress on your journey. You may learn that it's only processed wheat, but that things like pearl barley are fine-- having all of this recorded can only help you in the long-term....

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BOOKWORM27S 3/12/2013 10:37AM

    I've been gluten-free since November of 2012. I feel so much better, no cravings anymore. It effects people differently. Some people do fine with it, but it seems to upset my body chemistry.

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How I made Myself My Own Valentine

Friday, February 15, 2013

Last week I found myself at Kroger on the way home from work. Not an unusual occurrence at all, but I was prowling in addition to picking up forgotten items for dinner. Truthfully, I didn't "need" anything for dinner. I was there for a fix. Something sweet, carby, something I hoped would ease my stress. I ended up eating a kind of stale, cold apple fritter in my car in the parking lot so my daughter wouldn't see me eat it. Now, I've never had a drug habit, but I felt like an addict as I inhaled this thing. I like an apple fritter, but they are best warm and fresh, not 10 hours old and cold.

I was eating carbs, mostly healthy ones but with an additional refined friend, at every meal and some snacks at that point. My calories were way up (even on a day without a fritter) and I was even eating too much fruit on a daily basis. I did not reach 300+ pounds from eating too much fruit but no one needs more than one banana on any day in my opinion!

I realized I had come to rely on sweets and carbs like an addict relies on a drug. I also realized I could very easily regain a lot of, if not all of, the 100 or so pounds I've lost if something didn't change. I knew I would have to go cold turkey to get rid of the intense cravings, and I would need a plan to put healthy carbs back into my life.

I decided to return to the South Beach diet and really work it. I began phase 1 Feb 9. This put me on day 6 yesterday, Valentine's Day. I teach 2nd grade and kids LOVE to bring candy to their teacher. Mostly the inexpensive kind, which I knew I would be ab;e to resist, but sometimes you'll get a really nice box.

Yesterday I got 2 inexpensive boxes, one nice box, a REEEAAALLLYYY nice assortment of truffles, a cupcake, a bajillion suckers, and lots of small candies. I thanked my students with lots of hugs as they brought them, let the items sit on my desk until the kids went to their ancillary classes, then offered them up to coworkers.

I ATE NOTHING!! I had my planned snack of cherry tomatoes and a cheese stick, drank a lot of water, and chewed a stick of gum. I made it through on plan!

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The best gift I got? An insulated clear glass with a lid and a straw (kind of like a Tervis tumbler) with a few individual candies in it. Brilliant! This student is the 4th on the family that I've taught, so the family has seen me lose quite a bit of weight. I don't know if that played a part in their decision, but it was a brilliant gift!

Yay, me!

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HAKAPES 3/4/2013 6:14AM

    Wow! You now enjoy all the benefits of the preparation and planning! :-)
Way to go!
Congratulations on being featured blog post!

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KAR815 2/23/2013 8:56AM

    I read your blog love it! It reminded me of what I do too! Im a candy freak ... I have a sweet tooth, before I never thought about it how much candy I was consuming even if I was working out in the past. I also for Valentines day recieved alot of those cheap chocolates, roses, and the truffles in a tumbler w/ straw! Thought wow I love this now I have my water with me in a cute bottle to sip on all day! Im a preschool teacher and the parents are so generous, but sometimes I wished they would just make a homemade card , or a gift that isnt a cute cupcake or treats Im gonna want to eat! Your doing great...good luck!

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CM_GARDNER78 2/22/2013 3:33PM

    That is AWESOME!! Look what you can do with a PLAN! Great reminder - and GREAT job!!! :-)

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MINEA999 2/20/2013 7:08PM

    Nice work!
You inspire me - you're at a weight I dream of being and you started where I am now. You're living proof that it can happen. Thank you!

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CHESAKAT41 2/19/2013 3:29AM

    Way to go - great example for all of us. Nice Blog! LI, NY sends you a wave...
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NOLAZYBUTT110 2/18/2013 11:15PM

    Your braver than me! I cant resist expensive chocolates! whst your secret? susana emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PCASEY7 2/17/2013 1:37PM

    You showed growed resistance in the face of so much temptation! Good for you and good luck the rest of the way!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 2/17/2013 12:20AM

    Hooray!!! Sounds like you did a FABULOUS job resisting temptation; I'm not sure I could have! Love the idea of the water glass gift. How thoughtful of them!

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MIGHTYMO14 2/17/2013 12:13AM

  I teach 2nd grade and can really relate to how tempting those treats from students can be. Fortunately, this year I was off track ( I teach at a year round school) for Valentine's Day! Since I love chocolate too, I opted for one chocolate covered strawberry instead of the yummy cheese cake the women in line with me had. Next year our school is going to a traditional calendar, so I will use your advice and plan ahead. Way to go! emoticon

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BUMPS2 2/16/2013 11:40PM

    Now THAT is so fun. You should be proud of yourself. Good going. It feels good to make 'better choices' emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 2/16/2013 10:54PM

    I have one of those tumblers that I take to functions like church filled with my water. They are wonderful! What a thoughtful family. You are doing very well and if the South Beach diet works for you, keep it going!!
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FRANCIEVW 2/16/2013 10:16PM

    This is huge strength, to realize that you are giving way more to yourself by not caving in! You did the tough part; now sustaining it is the hard part! Still, you have made it, so enjoy the view...while sipping out of your fancy-pancy tumbler!

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MANILUS 2/16/2013 10:03PM

    That takes a lot to not eat some of the desserts, great work!

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    Excellent!!!!! A++++++! emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 2/16/2013 9:03PM

    Great job!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon You did it!!!

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NEWTINK 2/16/2013 6:23PM

    Very good for you ... i love the glass gift more people should do that ... emoticon emoticon

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DIANNEMT 2/16/2013 6:03PM

    Congrats!! There is so much now on the addictiveness of sugar--I need to just stay away from some things! You did SUPER.

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MARYJEANSL 2/16/2013 5:16PM

  Wow! Very impressive will power. Go you!

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AKATHLEEN54 2/16/2013 3:21PM

    Yeah you!! You willl do it. Way to stay on track especially on such a difficult day to do it! PS I love my Tervis with a straw.... its the best way to get all that water down!

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LIVELYGIRL2 2/16/2013 2:17PM

  That is darn impressive what you did. Great plan!

If you want to see how my sis lost almost 100 lbs. that program, go to, 1GodismyRock1 and see how she looks now. PROUD SISTER , yes, I am. emoticon

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KIPPER15 2/16/2013 12:34PM

    emoticonI have trouble resisting chocloate.

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WALLINMW 2/16/2013 12:33PM

  Great blog!

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GRIZ1GIRL 2/16/2013 12:01PM

    You totally ROCK! :) Yay, YOU! Happy Valentine's Day!

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    You did it CONGRATULATIONS!

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    Ditto on the Yays! Awareness is so much a part of the journey!
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JANEMARIE77 2/16/2013 9:47AM

    way to go you made yourself more important wonderful keep it up we know you can do it

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  good blog

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DECIDE to Just Do It!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Iíve been struggling with what my DECIDE will be for the BLC Just Do It challenge. I feel like it has to be something huge but thatís my own interpretation. Iíve decided Iím going to call it my procrastination with signing up for walks. I walked the Komen 5K 8 years ago and since then Iíve been saying Iím ďgoing toĒ sign up for this 5K, that race, etc., but I never actually do. Since about November Iíve been talking to some friends about the upcoming Colors in Motion 5K here in Houston next month. Yesterday I FINALLY started a team and registered DD and I for the race! My BFF at work is doing it with us with her oldest 2 boys, and all of a sudden there are about 6 others that are interested. I am happy that Iíve ďjust done itĒ and sparked interest in others at the same time!

  
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MONTHONY 5/12/2013 12:54AM

    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments!
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/23/2013 4:40PM

    Congrats! I did a color run in San Diego last year. It was a lot of fun! It sounds like you're sparking a lot of people now. Great job!

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FITNFUNJEN 1/23/2013 2:43PM

    Awesome! Glad you decided!! I did the Color Run as a walk (just like Colors in Motion) with some friends and we had a ton of fun!! I'm sure you'll love it!! Now I just need to get my rear in gear to actually run a 5K since that's been on my procrastination list for a long time!

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NEWCHICK 1/21/2013 12:00AM

    You go girl!!!

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PARASELENIC 1/20/2013 9:40AM

    This is a great do it-- and I'm so happy for you that it's done. It's weird, this self we have that wants to do things but for whatever reason doesn't-- I'm glad you reconciled with your procrastinating self. You even went beyond and created a team-- whoa.

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BUSYGRANNY5 1/20/2013 7:56AM

    Keep on keeping on!! Good for you!!!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 1/20/2013 7:00AM

    Love it Emily! It's hard to get people to commit to a team effort!!!! emoticon emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/19/2013 11:56PM

    sounds like a great goal. Sometimes I am so good at procrastination that I need to just do it.

Best wishes on the race. I love it when simple things help others to their goals.

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BLC Goals

Sunday, January 06, 2013

I do NOT set time-based weight loss goals. I know that my body will do what my body is going to do and I really can't control that. What I CAN control is what I eat, what goes on in my head, and how much I move, so my goals are based on those things.

Food:

I have a goal of a 100 day tracking streak. Yesterday was day 15. There are 84 days in 12 weeks so that means I will track my food every day. Even the 2 days in February I will be in Austin with the girls. That won't be pretty, but I'll track it.

I always eat a ton of fruits and veggies, so I will continue that. I will also continue to follow the Weight Watchers Simply Filling Technique. This focuses on eating healthy, actual food and minimizing processed, man-made stuff.

Head:

I will spend time each day engaging with like-minded people to help keep my positivity and motivation up. I will blog once a week. I will comment on the blogs of others. I will offer encouragement when I can. When my motivation wanes, I will remind myself that commitment is more important than motivation. I will take steps to show I am committed: I will go for a walk, blog, plan a meal, or go to a WW meeting.

Exercise:

I will schedule my workouts using the calendar on my ipad. I already scheduled the workouts for the coming week, looking at what we have going on as a family. I usually get up at 4:30 to do some positive brain work and have decided that i will do the cardio exercise during that time on days when I have cardio (Tues) and on days DD swims (Thurs). My strength training will need to be after work since I do ChaLEAN Extreme and don't think I can lift that heavy without eating first. I may try tomorrow. I can do cardio on an empty stomach but lifting as heavy as she wants me to, I think I need fuel.

I always set a monthly exercise minute goal, excluding the inflated Sparkpeople number that comes from my Fitbit. My January goal is 1300 minutes. I will get better about rewarding myself when I meet the monthly goal. I have no clue what my reward is for January. Probably a new piece of clothing, or some new workout shoes.

So, there is my plan!

What's yours?

  
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BONNYSPARKGIRL 1/22/2013 11:54AM

    Aloha
Awesome goals, and with your planning I am sure you will reach your goals.
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SUSANCDAVIS 1/14/2013 12:45PM

  Discovered your page and blog posts from the Nutrisystem team - you have a great attitude and have done fantastic with your weight and fitness goals. Looking forward to hearing more from you.
Susan

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/11/2013 8:00PM

    ALOHA Azure sister!
Love your blog. Great realistic goals! My body does the same thing. I can't say I'll lose a # of pounds/inches by... because my body will rebel. If it were that easy I'd be at goal by now. So have fun and keep it moving!

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EATNBOOGERS 1/6/2013 10:53AM

    These are really smart goals. I like that you are not choosing a time-based weight loss goal. The tracking goal is HUGE. I love the head goal, too--so important to be with positive people. I've been meaning to schedule my workouts on my calendar so I have no excuses--I need to get a clue from you and do it!

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BUSYGRANNY5 1/6/2013 10:03AM

    We each have to do what works for us, good luck with your plan!

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