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Updating my program - developing healthy habits

Saturday, February 02, 2013

I would like to lose this weight quickly ( as in by yesterday?), but I know that won't happen at this stage. So I am making gradual changes slowly to develop healthy habits which hopefully will stick.
I'm starting my 2nd year here on Spark People. For February my goals will be to exercise daily - 10 minutes minimum. I usually exercise more than that at a time, but haven't made exercise a DAILY habit, so that is this month's goal. I've also added strength training 1X a week. Again, more is better, but that is the minimum. To accomplish this, I'm planning on trying the exercise DVDs I have, plus doing some of the ones on SP (now that I have my new computer speakers so I can once again hear the instructions). Long walks are out due to the weather and icy sidewalks, but short, slow, careful walks are still possible and Dear Doggie needs her exercise too.
For food, number one on my list is NO CHOCOLATE! I love it, but it doesn't agree with me, and it's time for me to accept that fact and move on. Eat a minimum of 3 fruits and/or veggies a day and healthy snacks only means I have to make sure to buy or prepare these so they are on hand.
February will be a time of stocking my pantry with healthy and nutritious ingredients and experimenting with new recipes, trying many on the SP recipes as well as tweaking my own even more.
And of course, continuing to track my food and exercise.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BOPPY_ 2/28/2013 11:43PM

    Keep at it. You've got the right attitude now!


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CAMEOANDLACE 2/9/2013 5:46PM

    Good for you. Making a habit is so important. I'm doing this very slowly but I have seen I am changing. It does take time to change all those habits we have created to make us fat. I was told I need to not eat chocolate and I am not ready to give it up yet. That will be hard for me. Hope you are successful.

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BRERRABBIT1 2/4/2013 1:19PM

:) Thanks for commenting on my blog! I agree with Chica! Viewing images of food, or smelling (it works for me) say vanilla, cocoa, etc. can actually be enough. Good luck!


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CATHEMARIE 2/2/2013 11:45PM


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CHICA_BORICUA 2/2/2013 7:10PM

here you go, the only way you can have a chocolate....yes see it only, not eat it, no touch it, not even smell it, just look at it, and enjoy it. Also you don't gain any pound.

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CJJANISS 2/2/2013 11:49AM

    Sounds like you have a good plan.

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BRAVELUTE 2/2/2013 11:37AM

    About the chocolate problem, I recently discovered Cacao Nibs. These are the whole cacao bean chopped into small niblets. You can find them raw or roasted.

They have a subtle bitter taste that I love to sprinkle like nuts on a salad of strawberries, onion, and colavita basalmic vinegar with romaine or spinach.
All the health benefits without the cravings added with all the fats, sugars, and other processing evils of those chocolate candies.

I'll be posting some other used for cacao nibs and cocoa powder as the month goes on in my team's February Challenge.

You'll have to copy/paste the link if you want to check for further ideas as the month goes on:


Have a successful, healthful month.

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BRAVELUTE 2/2/2013 11:29AM

    As long as you are doing this for February, you might as well join the 10 minute challenge or the January Jumpstart fitness challenge.

The January Jumpstart Challenge can happen anytime during the year when you need a fitness jumpstart, but they also have you track your food.

Check it out. You might as well get a trophy for your efforts!!

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