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Getting serious & a 60 day count down.

Monday, May 21, 2012

I'm standing in front of the fridge looking at my chart for 30 Days of Planned Eating for Vibrams... and in 20 days, I only have earned only 8 X's. That just won't do.

Then I turn to the wall calendar & count the days until I go back home for my cousin's wedding... only 60 days! Yikes. I'm no where near in the condition I was 4 months ago before I started working, gaining weight & losing muscle. And if I continue on the recent trend, I'll have put on another 5-10 lbs before I go. Aaaagggghhhh.

Deep breathe.

I still have sixty days.

Sixty days is workable.

A lot can change in sixty days. A lot.

But... only if I get real & get serious.

Really serious. Kick ass kind of serious.


I do spin class on Mon & Weds. Today, I signed up for METCO Training on Tues & Thurs. I wanted something challenging & the course blurb reads:

"Train smarter with Metabolic Conditioning! Take your intensity to a whole new level. This power packed hour gives you the opportunity to elevate your intensity and finish with a solid core workout! The ultimate in training techniques!"

Hmmm... just typing that out has my heart racing! Am I nuts? Of course that's the same question I ask myself every time I take on a new challenge. I'm such a scaredy-cat when it comes to pushing myself. Good thing I've become so good at pushing through fear. lol

I'm going to do additional workouts in the mornings - M & W I'll do a 40 min bike with DeeOhGee; T & Th will be morning run days.

Friday is a rest day.

Sat & Sun are walking days.


Decided there is no way around it. If I want to get serious about losing weight, I simply must measure and track my food every single freakin day. I just got to suck it up and do it.

I find tracking extremely tedious, but extremely effective. So I asked myself is there anything I can do to make the process easier? And cleaning up my favourites list immediately came to mind. I've been using the tracker for 2 years & have never removed a favourite! lol

It ended up taking me a full hour to go through & edit the list (can only remove 1 item at a time). Boy was it eye opening! CheeCha Puffs, McDonalds burgers & Caramilk bars have no business being on the favourite list!! If I'm going to have them, the least I can do is manually enter the calories.

Another way to reduce my tracking time is to eat the same meals several days in a row. Then I can use the "copy meal to" function. Batch cooking will also save me time in the kitchen.

All this getting serious is going to take a serious amount of time. With a full time job, I'm not sure how I'm going to fit in everything I need to do in a day. But I know this - for the next 60 days, my workout & nutrition have to take priority.

I'm glad hubby is supportive. He has loved me the same, regardless of size, for 15 years. But now that he's seen how happy I was when I was a the top of my game with healthy eating & fitness, he wants me to go back to that place. He sees how unhappy I am about gaining the weight back and if, for the first time ever, giving me a hard time when I make bad food choices. I explained to him that I might be neglecting him a bit for the next 60 days & he's going to have to cook for himself at least a few times per week & I'm taking $75 out of the budget for exercising classes & another $100 for more workout clothes... and he just smiles and nods & says "You do whatever it is that you need to do. I'm behind you."

Alright, enough planning & thinking & typing. Time to DO! Taking DeeOhGee out for a long bike ride.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LINDAKAY228 5/24/2012 1:54PM

    Great plan! You're lucky to have such a supportive husband! He's a keeper for sure. You CAN do his!

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OFFDREA 5/22/2012 2:06PM

    You have a great plan in place!!!! You are going to rock the next 60 days!!!!

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AMBER281 5/22/2012 12:51PM

    You can do it!!!
The new class sounds interesting. Can't wait to hear about it

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KRISZTA11 5/22/2012 8:06AM

    Your husband is emoticon ,
not only is he supportive, but he is supportive because of right reasons.

Tracking is a very good idea!
Now that you cleaned out your Favorites list, it will be easy!
emoticon to having healthier Favorites.

Eating the same foods spares a lot of time:
I made about 15-20 Food Groupings, and and mostly ate those foods,
so I could add complex foods with one click,
like Oatmeal+oat bran+ flaxseed+milk+oranges,
or Tortillas+chicken breast+sour cream+grated cheese+ pico de gallo salad.
Additional benefit is that you will want to eat those foods that you already have as Favorites or Groupings to make tracking easier - and those are all healthy foods!

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TRUE-NESS 5/22/2012 7:45AM

    A LOT can DEFINITELY change in 60 days!!! And with your well-thought-out plan, I know you'll be where you want to be before you go to your hometown! emoticon

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JLITT62 5/22/2012 5:04AM

    I love your DH - he's a keeper!

The plan is a starting place. Remember to be flexible & not beat yourself up when you can't stick to it. Listen to your body, too, because recovery is REALLY important.

One thing I've noticed: seems DH tends to bring home some not-so-good foods. I don't know if it's at your request or not, but you can't eat what isn't there. A little food for thought.

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NEVERMIND2010 5/21/2012 11:10PM

    I so hear you on the tracking! You're right - eating the same thing several days in a row (or several times a week) makes it slightly less tedious. As does using the GROUP feature, which I do for my regular snacks, rather than having to separately enter "6 almonds, 0.15 ounces walnuts, 10 grams dried fruit, 2 brazil nuts" - ugh!

You can do this, and yes, 60 days is plenty of time to make real changes.

I, on the other hand, have my parents' 50th wedding anniversary in - oh, I just realized, 58 days! I thought it was sooner. So I can make some real changes, too.

Let's do this!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/21/2012 9:00PM

    She's baaack!!!! I know you can do this and it seems the fire has been ignited!!!

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DUXGRL1 5/21/2012 7:12PM

    You can definitely do this! Great that your husband is so supportive, too!

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HOLDINGMYOWN 5/21/2012 6:27PM

    Aren't hubbies emoticon when they are so supportive?
You have given yourself some serious goals here Sweetheart...I will be cheering you on and giving your wee bum a slap when you write a Blog that says you fell off the will be a LOVE slap...but a SLAP it will be~~ emoticon emoticon

I am away to SC in about 2 see my oldest son. We are taking our time and sightseeing on the probably will not be at his place for about 4 weeks from now...
SO...I have some work to do before then as well!! DS has not seen me since the Fall of 2009...before I started on my journey so even the weight I am now will be a bonus for him to see...BUT this 20 lbs had got to go!! Not just for him to see...MORE for me! I am feeling it big clothes are seeing it! emoticon and I do not have the energy I had last summer before this gain!

SO I WILL be expecting a love slap from you if I start to fall off this wagon...

Love and emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 5/21/2012 5:09PM

    Awesome!!! And you know how easy it is for me to type you are worth it, yet to buy anything for me, or do much for me ? I have honestly one pr of sneakers, one pr of sandals and one pr of dress shoes. Thats all. I have wide feet and a very hard time finding shoes. at this time costco has awesome german shoes but right now I feel we don't have the $ for me to take 69 and 15 % tax to buy a pair. I also keep thinking go and get a few consultations at the higher priced hair salons and get some ideas. I want it long but know it ages me, and also I am so hot with it on my neck the bit it is! LOL

So glad you have gotten a plan and I know you can do it, somehow you will get it worked and boy you will shock them all and feel great doing it.


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KANSASROSE67 5/21/2012 5:06PM

    I think cleaning up your favorites was a great step. I try not keep unhealthy foods on there either; that way the tracking of them is even more tedious and helps me avoid eating them. It's a little thing, but it does help!

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    Yay! Your hubby is supportive, and so is D-O-G!!! You can do this! Rah Rah! emoticon

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