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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

For my BL team I need to blog about my past 10 weeks, so here I go.

I did not reach my goal, not my a long shot. In fact I gained weight. That about sums up the past 10 weeks.

I have been reflecting and planning and coming up with a new strategy. I've decided I'm trying to do too much. I have decided to cut back on my team activities and cut my priorities down to 2 main things.

1. Eat Less
2. Move more

I have already started getting back to tracking my calories. I am going to track everything I eat 6 days a week, with Sunday being my "off" day. To begin with, so that I don't "fail" right off the bat, I'm going to attempt to keep my calories between 1800 - 2000. My normal calorie range is somewhere around 2800 give or take a few hundred, so this will be challenging for me, but not so challenging that I feel like I can't do it and just give up.

To move more, I'm walking or biking my son to and from school again mostly. That's regular exercise that I can always count on during the school year. For now that's all I'm going to do until I get my calorie intake under control.

That's about the gist of it. I'm just going back to the very, very basics with my main priority being to log my calories and keep them in the range I've set for myself.

For anyone wondering HOW I intend to keep them in that range, when I'm used to eating more, my strategy is this:

Breakfast - 1 serving of oatmeal and 1 cup of milk OR 1 yogurt and 1 cup of milk OR a "diet" bar or shake and 1 cup of milk.

Lunch - Canned soup and fruit OR salad and fruit OR "diet" bar or shake and fruit OR 1/2 sandwich, fruit, and veggies.

Dinner - Whatever I make for the family, but keeping track of the calories and portion sizes so I don't go over my goal for the day. If eating out for dinner, try to stick to lean meat and vegetable dishes and water to drink.

Snacks - Preferably NO SNACKS AFTER DINNER! However, during the day if I feel especially hungry I will snack on fruits, vegetables, or "diet" bars or shakes, with possibly a handful of nuts/seeds for protein.

That's generally what I'm going to try to do. I've also been planning my dinner menu ahead of time for the past month or so, which is making it easier to know what I can eat during the rest of the day.

Let's hope this works!
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    Getting back to basics is sometime the best way to get ourselves going. I think that you plan is a sound one. I might suggest to help with sodium and nutrition, the canned soup might be something you make, then can store in freezer is portions to that it is pretty easy to thaw and eat. I do this a lot and it helps with planning too. Also a plus is it is economical.
    Keep taking those baby steps forward and you will see success.
    Hugs and smiles
    2029 days ago
    Back to basics is a good strategy when things seem too complex.
    Reading your blogs for a while now, appears to me that you're playing terrible mind games with yourself. I see that as a huge stumbling block, and probably the no.1 reason why you're backsliding.

    Make sure your breakfast and lunch are big enough. I find that if I skimp on meals I'll end up with the munchies and am a lot more likely to snack on things that I had not planned for, which can be a binge trigger.

    Watch out for too much salt (soup) and sugar ("diet" bars and shakes are EVIL :))

    You can do this!!!!
    2032 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/23/2012 10:20:54 AM
  • CINDYKC2000
    One step at a time! Work on one area and then move onto the next. emoticon
    2033 days ago
    I love the fact you are biking your son to school. Hitting to objectives in once is an awesome idea. Love where you going with all of this. I think you got a hand on it all. If you need any help just send me a email. Cheers!
    2033 days ago
    Going back to basics is sometimes necessary! I have had to do that too! My only goal is to walk every day outside no matter what the weather is! Even if it is just for 3 minutes...I just need to get out and take one loop around the block! Generally, I walk more because it feels great, but just saying to myself I only have to do one block is reassuring. I am horrible at tracking, so I like your strategy. Sometimes, if I find time, I will track before if I know what I am going to eat for that day.

    You should check out nicole started the self diet club for September issue. It is loaded with all sorts of exercises and meals/snacks. You can join online for free too!

    Good luck...we can do this!
    2033 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I need to EAT LESS & MOVE MORE!


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    2033 days ago
  • STEPH219121
    I track my meals ahead of time and that really helps! I have been snacking on cherios late at night because it is really hard for me to go without from dinner to breakfast. It sounds like you are motivated!
    2033 days ago
  • BIGDOG18
    2033 days ago
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