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Week 5: Preparation for Hawaii

Monday, May 05, 2008

So instead of stressing myself out with eating and exercise goals, I may or may not be able to accomplish given my current health issues. I am not going to post my usual goals. Instead I am going to freestyle it a bit this week and do my exercising when I am feeling well and rest when my body needs it.

As for my eating regime. I am going to really focus on my portion control and if I do decide to snack on pretzels, sweets, ect. I am going to check the portion size and measure accordingly.

Also I will need to eventually figure out a eating lifestyle/diet that works for my body. So far I have winging it, combining a couple of different diets and their recommendations. But I think I will see more consistent results if I follow just one program.

A diet program that intrigues me is the 3 hour diet. It doesn't seem to put a lot of restrictions on your food. You just the have to be conscious on the timing when you eat. Unfortunately, I tried it slightly last week and it was very difficult for me to stick to it when I hung out with my friends.

I have also tried the fat smash diet (but the first two weeks are really hard to follow given you give up traditional proteins like chicken and red meat as well as bread)

I could probably do the south Beach diet but I would need to give up fruit for the first two weeks (which would mean no smoothies in the morning)

I will keep you posted on my diet program results. emoticon

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ZEN_WOMAN 5/8/2008 5:52PM

    Thank you for Everyones comments.


While I honor your beliefs and know being Vegan works for you. I could never give up meat. I love it too much.

But I am currently trying to reduce my intake for health reasons. Unfortunately, haven't seen a big improvement in my health or weight with the reduction of my red meat or chicken intake. (which is too bad) I will continue to make little treaks to see what works for me.

Thank you so much for being such a great friends. It makes me so happy when I get postings from everyone.

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    For me if I only ate when I was hungry I would never eat. For me it is defiantly PORTION size. Also, I am busy and don't always plan what to eat which leads to eating something pre-made with lots of calories and preservatives.

I think I will check out the 3 hr diet; it sounds like I could fit that into my schedule because that is about how often my son wants to eat.

Don't give up, you will find what is right for you.

P.S.- I can't go vegan, I gave up all meat (not so much as a bacon bit) for 12 days while my sister was on a mission trip and I felt AWFUL! It made me diligent in prayer for my sister but if didn't make me feel better physically or mentally. I was TIRED all the time. All i wanted was a emoticon... it tasted GREAT when she got back!

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AUNTTAROLE 5/6/2008 5:09PM

    Sounds like you are searching for a "fixed" diet plan to follow...well, given that each of our bodies react differently, you may just need to do the simplest plan there is...the one you mentioned...just eat when you're hungry and watch the portion sizes...keep up the exercise too!

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KRZYKAT3 5/6/2008 4:58PM

    Well, I am not going to get into the vegan thing cause I think plants feel as much as any animal; so harvesting them hurts too!

MJ -

I have tried many "diets". My first was when I was 12/13 and we couldn't find any clothes in the store to fit for a big trip to Texas to see my Uncle get his Air Force wings! Mom had to make my clothes - everyone else's were store brought! emoticon

Any way - after 40 years here is what I know. "Diets" don't work.

Altering your eating habits, water, watching your portions (don't have to carry the scale and measuring cup around), and being happy make the biggest differences in losing weight. Also a really good support system helps - & I think Spark is great for that.

A tool that has helped me the last few months is the nutrition journal and watching the reports (charts) from the nutrition items I track. What a lesson I learned from that! I was not eating enough! Woo hoo - now I am too much but working on getting back into the middle of the road.

It is also interesting to see if you need more protein, fiber, less fat ( probably always gonna be true for me). But it is really helping me to get to a healthy eating instead of extremes like Atkins or pre-purchased NutriSystem foods.

Hope there is a spark in here for you somewhere!

Krzy J emoticon

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Week 4: Exercise and Eating Goal

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

So I started having Stomach pains all day yesterday (Monday) and think that I have aggravated my ulcer again. (My body isn't used to me changing up my diet so dramatically. Saturday and Sunday I mainly had homemade smoothies- made from all fruit rather than juices and sorbets)

So due to this unexpected kink in my plan to lose weight. I am going to take it a bit easier eating wise and see if my ulcer medicine will alleviate my stomach pains. Otherwise I will need to see my doctor to figure it out.

Here is this week's goals: Eating
1. Drink Mainly Water this week (8 glasses a day) (5/5 update Yes)
2. No cola drinks this week. (5/5 no, I had about 3 cans last week)
3. Try substituting a smoothie as a meal (5/5 Yes, almost everyday)
4. Use the recipes in the smoothie book rather than free styling. (free styling leads to less tasty outcomes) (5/5 Yes)

From Last week:
5. Eat healthy. (work on portion control) (5/5 Yes)
6. Eat consciously. (5/5 Yes)
7. Don't snack at night unless truly hungry.
(5/5 - 4 out of the 7 days)

1. walk lunch 3 times out of 5 (No)
2. Go to the gym twice (No)
3. Do pilates machine twice (Yes)
4. Stretch during the day (for back issue) (Yes)

These are extra:
5. Go to yoga (Yes)
6. Exercise on Saturday (No)
7. Incorporate Strength training (Yes)

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ZEN_WOMAN 5/5/2008 12:36PM

    So here are my results from last weeks goal.

I lost 3 pounds from the week before. Starting weight was 226 and got down to 222 on Friday but went back up a little by Monday 223 due to some stomach issues on Sunday.

I think I ate pretty well during the week but snacked a lot on the weekend (tasty pretzels and sweets) and wasn't too mindful of my portions either on the weekend. Overall I would give myself a B+
for the entire week.

Well I hit a bit of a snag due to my back and stomach issues and didn't exercise as much as I would have liked. In fact I think I exercised about a third if what I did the previous week. But I did listen to my body and rested when I needed to rest. Which hopefully help me for this week.

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JEREMY_PATRICIA 4/30/2008 12:18AM

    I am glad you are not drinking cola. That is not good for your tummy. I hope you get better soon. Jeremy emoticon

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Today I am Strong and Powerful

Friday, April 25, 2008

So an account manager called me this morning and I asked him how he was doing and he said, “Today I am Strong and Powerful." and then he asked me how I was doing. To that I just said nothing cause I wasn't particularly feeling strong or powerful or even pretty or thin. I was feeling sort of down and dumpy (to be honest). Yet you can’t say that to an investment manager who is calling you about business.

After my awkward silence he reminded me that I live in one of the most Beautiful parts of the country (Northern California) and that dude (his words not mine) I should be happy.

Well after I hung up, it started me thinking and he is right. I am lucky to live in a beautiful area and when I am really stressed I can drive around in my new convertible (which I love) and even though my weight has been slowly creeping up this week (my scale was especially unforgiving today)

I need to remember that I am Strong and Powerful and continue to do all the things I know will get me to my final goal of being healthier and feeling better about myself both inside and out. So here’s to Tom for reminding me how powerful I can be if I just let myself. emoticon

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MCOBIAN1 4/25/2008 4:07PM

    Good for you on picking yourslef back up!! Yes we do need to remind ourselves every now and then of what we do have in our lives and be thaankful for that. Keep your chin up and just know there are people supporting you on your journey!

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JEREMY_PATRICIA 4/25/2008 2:39PM

    You rock. Patricia emoticon

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Life is what you make of it….

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I found this poem on someone's blog. I changed it slightly by adding a few lines. But love how it reminds me not to take my size or weight too seriously and enjoy what we have in the here and now.

is not measurable on a scale
is not determined by a size
is not found in a diet…

Is feeling free to be yourself
Is full of possibilities
Is knowing God love’s Me as I AM….

So when I am down on myself I need to Imagine how God sees me. Look through his eyes on my image and be more kind to myself.

Because in the end my life will not be measured on how much weight I have lost or how cute people think I am or even if I can get into my skinny jeans. My life will be measured on how kind I am to strangers and how generous I am to my friends and how open I am to God's teachings.


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JEREMY_PATRICIA 4/23/2008 7:17PM

    This was on a persons Spark Page and I would like to share it with you.

MOTIVATION stands for:

M ake short term goals
O ut with the negative thoughts
T hink of why you want it
I magine how you will feel
V isualize the future you
A cknowledge your successes
T reat yourself with respect
I nvestigate new ideas and foods
O bserve your healthy lifestyle
N ever give up and never give in
S upport one another

May your life be measured by the love you bring to others and to yourself. Patricia

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Week 3: Exercise Goal and Eating Goal

Monday, April 21, 2008

So here is this week's goals: Eating (Try to figure out healthy and low cal meal options)

1. Drink More Water (try to get to 8 glasses a day)
2. Only have soda 1 or 2 times this week. (One can limit)
3. Eat healthy but don't worry too much about the carbs or protein ratio for now.
4. Don't snack at night unless truly hungry.
5. Eat consciously. (Eat when I am hungry, stop when I am full, be aware of the times when I am hungry (to preempt any starvation runs for food)

1. walk lunch 3 times out of 5
2. Go to the gym once/ try hip-hop on Wed
3. Stretch 2-3 times (for back issue)
4. Do pilates machine once or twice
5. Go to yoga once (Saturday or Sunday)
6. Exercise on Saturday (besides Yoga)
7. Incorporate Strength training once (either with Pilates Machine or free weights)

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ZEN_WOMAN 4/27/2008 12:53PM

    It's Sunday and my weight has gone up a bit more. I started around 230. Went down to 224 after the first week. Had my period the second week and ended at 225 but now at the end of week three I am still up. I weighed myself three times this weekend. ( I was hoping my body would stabilize and I would see a loss) Between Friday and today I have weighed in from 227 then 225 and this morning 226. Not a complete loss, since I am still down over all. But not the huge change I was hoping after revamping my life style.

So here is my plan for the next two weeks (before I go to Hawaii and expose my body on the beach)...

I will still need to do all my exercises ( at least 30 minutes 5 days a week)and eat healthy. I am going to try eating every 3-4 hours to rev up my metabolism and to keep full. Not going to follow any particular diet so I can make it a lifestyle change and not a temporary change. (I really want to be able to eat a few malasadas in hawaii and not feel guilty about it :) )

If nothing else has happened over the past 3 weeks is that I feel healthier than I did prior to making the changes. Then I say that is still a huge win for Me.

Because that's the ultimate goal! To be healthy and feel better about myself and to be honest I really do... I feel really good about the changes I am making. And I haven't felt this good about myself in Months. So Yeah Me! emoticon

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ZEN_WOMAN 4/24/2008 12:19PM

    Weekly Update: Thursday


1. Walking: Monday 2 15 min walks and 2 miles around the park after work, Tuesday 15 minutes break, Wed (2) 15 minute breaks as well as 20 minutes on the treadmill at the gym. Thursday walked 6 laps (1.5 miles) during lunch and did some light weight training at night.
Friday (2) 15 minute breaks as well as 20 minute walke 4 laps (1.0 miles) during lunch..
Sat- rested
Sunday... Fun Day?
2. I went to the gym on Wed. and did an Advance Hip Hop Class (yeah me!! for sticking with it even though it was a bit over my head) emoticon

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MCOBIAN1 4/21/2008 4:51PM

    Good for you on setting these goals. Yes lets have a water war:) Lets try to drink our water. This is tough for me to get all that water in but I am seriously going to make an effort this week. Good luck this week and let's keep in touch! emoticon

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