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Excuses: A 5% Challenge Assignment

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Give 3 or 4 reasons and for each (reason/excuse on why my diets and exercise plans have not been well-executed in the past) write a strategy that will keep me on track for 8 weeks.

I read this on BEATLETOT's blog and decided it would behoove me to do it.

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Excuse #1
"I am craving something sweet."
Strategy: Chew sugar-free gum. Buy the yummy dessert-flavored gums.

Excuse #2
"I am craving pizza/cheese sticks/pure fat."
Strategy: Eat a piece of cheese, not 10 mozzarella sticks! I am going to have to outlaw pizza entirely, because I can't eat it in moderation. The craving comes from that salt-fat phenomenon. When I eat salt and fat together, or sugar and fat together, I want more of both! It's like food crack.

Excuse #3
"We have nothing to eat that is on my diet."
Strategy: Be prepared to shop consciously at the grocery store. I need to focus on the periphery of the store, where the meats, fruits, vegetables, and *fresh* foods are.

Excuse #4
"I really want a drink."
Strategy: I need to get over this one. It is not a healthy way for me to manage stress. I have to remind myself that nothing (especially alcohol) tastes or feels as good as being at my goal weight will feel after all of this trying and starting over.

Excuse #5
"Free (insert calorie-dense snack or treat here)!"
Strategy: People at work make things all the time and bring cake and whatnot in constantly. It is almost daily that I face temptation. Just because it's free doesn't mean I should eat it.

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Excuse #1
"I'm tired and I don't feel like exercising."
Strategy: I'm committing to at least ten minutes of exercise per day. I can walk around the block (.5 miles) at least daily, and I want to make my goal to do 20-30 minutes of walking and exercise of any sort at least 5 days a week.

I use that excuse not to exercise almost daily. I have what is clinically known as "tired all the time" syndrome.

Anyway, that is the assignment and I am crediting BEATLETOT with the idea to write a blog about it. I have a lot more diet excuses than exercise excuses. I usually blow my diet before I don't exercise.

I hope you all are having a great October! I, for one, am taking charge of my life!

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TRI_BABE 10/3/2012 7:43AM

    Nice strategies! emoticon

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MONAKIN314 10/2/2012 1:43PM


Go emoticon !!

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RECREATING_ME 10/2/2012 10:47AM

    Nice! Outlining your obstacles and your strategies for dealing with them is an excellent way of defusing their effectiveness at tripping you up. You can do this!

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BEATLETOT 10/2/2012 10:22AM

    Aw, shucks, thanks, Whitney! But it wasn't me, it's the Challenge Leaders that make up those assignments. =)

I need to make sure I read through my excuses a lot so when I make one, I can recognize it for what it is. After posting that blog, I was good at it for a few days, but I've also been getting into the sweets and stuff more often yesterday and today.

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FITGRL124 10/2/2012 10:09AM


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Good Morning, October!

Monday, October 01, 2012

It is officially my favorite month of the whole year: October. Ah, yes. The month of perfect fall weather has started.

I am also officially on induction phase of the Atkins diet. I am going to do Induction for 2 weeks, and then go into phase 2 of Atkins. If I can make it this two weeks, I am going to be so proud of myself.

Eating at work is my main problem. They had family night at the nursing home last night and we all get free food afterwards. Namely cookies, cake, and meatballs. How do I overcome this?

I read a really great blog yesterday. It reminded me that I need to make specific goals instead of broad ones that I can manipulate to my advantage when I binge.

Goals for October
1. Eat within my calorie range for 2 weeks of Induction, and stay within it for the rest of the month! This is going to be a hard one.

2. Get 500 monthly fitness minutes. I have never made it all the way to 500 minutes, or if I have, it was only one time in the YEARS I have been on this website. Exercise is a bane to my existence. I know if I only can get started, I will enjoy it, and there will be benefits for me (ex. mood stabilizer, antidepressant, energy). So my goal is small, just get about 200 more fitness minutes in for the month. I should be able to do that walking 150 minutes a week (30 minutes 5 times a week).

3. Walk at least 5 times per week, even if it's just for a mile.

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MONAKIN314 10/1/2012 3:26PM

    Great Goals!
Go Starfish!

October is also my favorite month, I love the fall, my birthday and halloween, it doesn't get any better! emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 10/1/2012 11:10AM

    "how can you do this?" WANT it :o)

You gots this....

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CJADERUN 10/1/2012 7:57AM

    This sounds totally doable. You got this!

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LOOK2LOVELIFE 10/1/2012 7:49AM

    Yah! Great goals and you absolutely can do it! emoticon

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MOONSTORMER 10/1/2012 7:24AM

    you can do it!!

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DANCINGJILL 10/1/2012 6:45AM

    October is also my favorite month of the year! I love fall and I love Halloween even more! Cake, cookies, and meatballs are delicious... in fact they may even be the devil.
Great job with your goals, I have all the faith in the world that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to! emoticon emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 10/1/2012 6:39AM

  I agree, I absolutely love October as there is nothing like the smell of fall and the sound of leaves crunching under your feet.

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October is Around the Corner!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I can't believe tomorrow is October 1st. I am totally ready for my favorite month! Also, the Fall 5% challenge starts on October 6th. I am ready to get started! To remind me why I want to continue to strive toward a thinner and healthier me...

Why do I want to lose weight?

I have always been chubby. Or, at least that's what I thought. Looking back, I have never been skinnier than when I'd thought I was fat. Now that I am in the "overweight" category by almost 20 lb. I can see the insanity there.

1. I want to be healthier. I want to live a long and healthy life, and not be victim to disease that affects the overweight.
2. I want to start a family. I want to be a good role model for my future children, and I don't want them to have the same thought process regarding food as I have. I want them to be "normal."
3. I want to feel better about myself. I love some parts of myself. I want to love my body more, though.
4. I want to fit into my clothes again.
5. I want to stop having to buy larger and larger clothing.

I have many more reasons, but to start the month of October on the right foot, I wanted to remind myself why I am doing this thing, and all I have to gain from reaching my goal.

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WALLINMW 9/30/2012 1:42PM

  Tomorrow is a new month, and Monday.....i'm thinking Day 1 too!

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Day 3 - Fell off the Wagon.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Well, day 3 didn't go as planned. I am ok, though. We all slip up now and again. I am starting fresh today and back on plan, feeling motivated to do this thing! It is hard because my husband brings treats into the house.

I am talking about those evil "Fall Party Cakes," which are those Easter cake things that are covered in white chocolate and taste heavenly with all their trans fats. I ate 4 packs of them. It was a full on binge. I narrowly avoided eating a chocolate bar we have left over from s'more-making a few weeks ago. Plus, I ate a big plate of rice with dinner. So the day ended poorly. Started great, though!

The lesson from this story is don't let the hub bring things into the house, and if he does, make him keep the stuff in his car or something so I don't eat it!

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MCFERRET 9/30/2012 8:20AM

    We all succumb to cravings at one time or another. And it's okay to indulge (a little) You recognized it, gave into it at the moment, treated yourself, and decided to make a change. Good for you!!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 9/30/2012 3:05AM

    ooooooh yes! Especially going through withdrawals on it!! dang hubby should get a smackdown!! LOL

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GRAMMYRHONNIE 9/30/2012 12:06AM

    Out of sight, out of mind. I have a shelf in the extra room with my husbands goodies, I will buy his snacks and put them in there and LEAVE them there. And I don't have to see them every time I open the pantry door. :)
Beside the grandbabies like it too, they go to the door and say "nack", they're 2 and 3. And for me it's the BAD room.

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FITGRL124 9/29/2012 7:45PM

    You got right back up and that is what is important!!!

As far as the goodies go - you should tell hubby that if he wants them, that's fine but he shouldn't tell you that they are in the house. He can keep them all for himself.


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WARMSPRINGDAY 9/29/2012 6:58PM

    I started making my husband totally responsible for his goodies. I didn't chide him for eating them or suggest that he doesn't bring them home. Instead, I approached it by telling him that I need his help. I asked him to remove them from the kitchen. I didn't care where he kept them, but not in the kitchen. I didn't want to put them away when we bring them home, I didn't even care if I don't know where they are. He did, and it made a big difference for me that they weren't there staring me in the face. Yes, I know where he keeps them, but I consider them his. If I want one, I ask him. If he is eating one, I might take a bite. It has made a world of difference for me. So thankful he was willing to do this.

As far as "falling off the wagon," just pick up and go on. I don't look at it as falling off the wagon anymore. I'm done belittling myself for my mistakes. I acknowledge that I made a poor choice, realize that in the long range view of things, one time is not going to derail my goals. I just move on with a better choice the next time.

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CANES4EVER63 9/29/2012 2:43PM

    Great lesson! That's my strategy too. If I don't buy the bad foods, then I can't eat them!
And great attitude! The only way to change what you ate, is to modify your diet/environment, acknowledge that it happend, and get your butt to the gym! Keep up the great work!

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Day 2 - Going Strong.

Friday, September 28, 2012

I did really well on day 2. A little higher in carbs...like 40 something and around 37 net carbs. I am still happy with that. I am down a few pounds already. I am still pretty motivated! I made corn casserole last night and ate two servings, hence all the carbs, and I ate two servings today, too. It is all gone now though so crisis averted. Now all I have to do is get through the weekend without drinking.

I haven't been exercising... just trying to get through school and work.

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FITGRL124 9/28/2012 6:14PM

    Good luck this weekend!

I love corn casserole! Yum!! :)

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DRAK416 9/28/2012 2:18PM

  Congrats, GL

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