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Monday, May 13, 2013

So, I'm reaching the point in my program where in the past I've not seen any results and just fizzled out. This time however, I'm using SparkPeople's resources -- and that magical space between my ears -- to research WHY I'm not seeing the results I'd like and I'm working on a plan to change some things around.

For the past week or so, I've shown myself that I can eat within my calorie allowance (except for a few slip ups!) and I can even curb my carbs! emoticon BUT I'm still going over or under in a few areas. I need to watch my fat intake; I plan to limit avocados (my favorite thing right now) to 1/2 an avocado per day. And I also need to watch my peanut butter, olive oil, and hummus portions. Measuring my servings should help me gain some perspective there. I'm also going to switch to Earth Balance butter which is healthier than Canola Harvest and I'm trying to use olive oil cooking spray whenever I can substitute it for the real thing.

I really need to get in more protein; I'm generally falling short 10-25 g so I just need to squeeze a bit more protein in there! Maybe taking veggie patties to work for lunch would help? A lot of people eat nuts for protein but my teeth can't take those so I feel like I'm totally missing out on that gold mine of protein. And of course, I need more veggies!!! I think tonight instead of grabbing for tortilla chips and salsa, I'll try dipping veggies in salsa. I also need to remember to cook veggies ahead of time and take them to work / have on hand as a snack.

Currently, I'm on day #3 of my Spark Streak for getting at least 8 glasses of water per day! (Er, at least I will be at the end of today. Lol.) And I'm planning to start doing mini work outs for AT LEAST 10 minutes EVERY day. I've found that I work out a lot on my days off but completely stall on days that I work. So I've made a goal to get in at least 10 minutes of activity a day and to try not to sit so much when I'm not working. So those are the 2 main Spark Streaks that I'm going to try to stick to next week.
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