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GOAL meeting.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

So I'm really writing right now just because I have a goal set to write everyday from my fast break goals... I suppose I COULD stop that now because I'm in stage 2, but I think it's a good goal. So onward!

I worked out this morning at the gym. I think I did good. I warmed up by starting my walking slow, and after about 5 minutes I was up to my 3 mph pace at 5% incline which I maintained up till the very end when I pushed it up to 3.5mph because I was listing to that flippin awesome song... Lady Sovereign -- Random. That song always gets me feeling pumped. I need a few more like that. I listened to Weezer for my main workout segment today -- another good one I listened to the other day was Jamiroquai. :) Great for working out..

Well anyway, today I am eating less carbs and more protein just for the heck of it. At least for breakfast and lunch. I have no idea what I'll eat for dinner, but if we do the fajitas like I think we might, that will be excellent.

I read an article today talking about how making carbs 50% and protein like 30% or something like that, the rest being fat... is supposed to be more filling and lead to eating less calories. I'd need to look at it again, but mostly I'm trying to give more balance to my four main catagories by getting more protein in my diet. So today for breakfast (this is gonna sound WEIRD) I had two servings of beef jerky, a 1/4 cup of mixed nuts, and a dannon lightnfit yogurt. hahahaha. Not conventional at ALL, I know...

But it was good! And filling!!! I get more nuts at lunch and I'm having this awesome thing I found -- Hibachi House Sesame Chicken!!! VERY low in fat and calories -- got protein from the chicken. The only bad thing is it's a LITTLE high in carbs from the rice that's included, but hey, carbs and protein that's supposed to be the combo to go for.




Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Welll welll wellllllll

Today is the second day of "STAGE 2" for me, which really means, don't screw up like you did last weekend. hahaha. Anyway. I worked out yesterday, did a few strength excercises today -- I'm trying to not do too much with my upper body because my neck was strained and I think it might have been from me trying to do something incorrectly. It feels MUCH better today. So I'm still doing crunches, squats, and wall pushups. I figure that's a good MINIMUM so that I keep the habit.

And I don't have a whole lot to say today....

Last night I was proud of myself because I was all excited to eat this food I found in the store and whatnot, and when I looked at he Nutrition Facts again it turns out it was 4.5 servings!!! hahahaha So I was like, oh. But one serving was still really good -- so anyway, last night I had 2.5 servings, and I put the rest into one serving size portions for lunches!! I had it today for lunch as well as a serving of mixed nuts and it was very satisfying. :) Anyway.

Go me.



Monday, January 29, 2007

Well. I did really good all last week, but then this weekend was another story -- Friday -- CRAP, Saturday, good!, Sunday -- CRAP!!! I let the weekend get me this time. It was difficult because on Friday, hubbie had just ended a fast for a medical procedure and therefore was STARVING on Friday night. I knew we would probably go out to eat and so I didn't eat either so that I wouldn't have to worry as much. Well -- come to when we're there and I totally blow it regardless. I could have selected much healthier food to eat, and not gotten dessert. BOO!!!

Then Sunday we ordered pizza -- I figured up what I could eat using information from Domino's website. Come to find out Henry got Papa John's. I figured it'd be about the same, but later when I went to log my food I searched for Papa John's in the sparkpeople database just in case so I could be more accurate -- BAM! WAY more than what I thought -- I dunno what the malfunction was, but I screwed up my math a LOT. I even had ice cream on top of that cause I thought I was doing good.

So NO MORE EATING unless I'm SURE of what I'm putting in my mouth, OR it's a designated cheat. I intended to stay within my limits both days, but because I couldn't be sure and do the math I screwed up. Well anyway --
I'm not going to allow myself cheat days except for maybe my Birthday and Thanksgiving, and even then I'm going to try not to go CRAZY. Maybe once I get really good at this I'll allow a cheat MEAL on occasion like someone else suggested on the message boards, but I'm so new at this I don't want to play with fire.

I tried to play a video game while walking on the treadmill -- not a good idea. I did it. But I don't think I did either thing well. I'm going to stick to LISTENING to things while walking -- maybe I can play if I'm on the recumbant bike (which I haven't tried yet, but I think I might try it soon).

Ok well anyway -- today I entered STAGE TWO!!! Which is supposed to be focused on diet, so I decided, OK! I can really really really feel good about starting anew.

Also. I was going to wait to weigh myself until Feb. 15th or thereabouts (my one month Spark anniversary), but I couldn't help it. I had to do it this morning, and although it seems minute, I was actually rather pleased. Depending on how accurate my start weight was... I'm pretty much on track. I guess it's possible it COULD have been lower than I entered, but probably not. Most likely it was higher. When I was weighed at the doctor's on December 14th I was actually 294 I think. or 293. I can't remember for sure, but either way it was actually over 290. I didn't weigh myself when I started, but I figured it was around there. So according to my estimated start weight, I lost 5.5 lbs in about 2 weeks. And that's with me falling off of the wagon two days of the weekend before! All I can hope is that this is indicative of a consistent progress which will continue as I press forward.

I get to go shopping for food again when it's the new month -- last time I went shopping it was with the general idea to eat healthier, before I joined SparkPeople. So this will be my first full on grocery shopping since I got the diet guidelines -- I'm kinda excited about that. Over the weekend hubbie and I went shopping and I got a couple of things. Some mixed nuts. (High in fat, but good fat, and I will only eat the one serving suggestion size!!!!), some of those 100 cal pack snack thingies to try, and some beef jerky. I was impressed when I looked at the back of the beef jerky at the nutrition facts and saw how low in fat and cal and of course carbs they were. And all that protein! Anyway. I also am psyched because I wrote down the recipes I want to try from the cookbook I got for Christmas from my boss. So I will be getting those ingredients and be able to cook something I have nutrition facts for. WOOHOO!!! Maybe I'll also get some of the ones I've liked from SparkPeople added to the list before then.


I've had some failure, but I still feel motivated by the opportunity to keep progressing.



Thursday, January 25, 2007

I haven't been doing so good at it...

But it's all good. I've been sticking to the plan. Even last night when hubbie wanted to eat out since he has to not eat for a surgery tomorrow. So we went to Arby's since yesterday I made a binder with Restuarant Nutrition facts in it. I want to see if I can find some more places, but I'm pretty psyched about it. So anyway, I got a Sante Fe Chicken Salad. If I wanted to be SUPER good I could have left off the dressing and tortilla strips, but I had enough left in my cal/everything else range to add it, so I did and it was SOOO GOOD. I was very excited.


I did my strength excercises for the second time today. Tomorrow will be my first full day off since Sunday. Only I will be busy -- but at least I can rest. WOOHOO!!!


So I didn't write yesterday...

Monday, January 22, 2007

HEY! It was Sunday. It's hard to make me sit in front of a computer TOO much on that day. The ONLY day of the week that's true. I set some extra goals for myself today surrounding church and trombone playing. I really want to achieve some success/progress in those areas and I have been doing so good so far with using SparkPeople for my fitness and nutrition goals, so I figured I'd give that a try. I think it's going to be a good thing for me.


I worked out today -- 330 calories burned. YEEHAW! Aaannnddd... I packed a really great lunch. I snacked twice today, too. Good & Plenty and also my coworker gave popcorn at a meeting, but I only ate a cup of that which is practically nothing. But I did add it to my tracker!!!! NO CHEATING! hahaha :)

Balbhlah. I got nothin else to say.


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