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2 years home, today

Monday, June 17, 2013

Happy Birthday Kohosh. It was two years ago today you were neutered so you could come home. What a great perk that was, huh? By the different vets' and animal wardens' guessings he is somewhere between 10 and 6 years old.

I had good results and improvements in 2 of my 3 areas I targeted. I give myself a B for overall learning maintenance habits this month.

1) reset my goal weight to 199. In past cycles when I lost 60 pounds then rebounded, I was eating 600-800 cals/day focused on fast results, not maintenance behaviors. May Goal: focus on the next 5 pounds only. As of today, down 15 this month, focused on the next five. Super improvement in achievability factor. Yay me!

2) I am consistently using the Core advantage armband to track my sleep. Done! My average is 6 hours 10 minutes with 84% efficiency. Tracked 100% My goal was 7-8 hours. Next month goal 6.5 average.

3) Vegan adds to diet - 6 cups vegetables /day. I did not track to measure this goal, but planned each day to include 2 cups leafy greens, 2 cups fibrous and starchy greens to meet vitamin mineral and fiber requirements. Goal met. Some days it was hard to choke down this much veggie matter. TGFNB. Thank God for nutribullet. This behavior is set, and I will need a replacement goal. Matter of fact, my skin and hair is luxurious! I no longer need lotion or conditioner, other than gardening salve on my cuticles. I can't feel the adhesions between skin and fascia like I used to. I track 20 nutritional components since going veg. I ate meat on 2 occasions and I am ok for that. Both times I have preferred to the way I feel after I return to my diet. My digestion is pretty fantastic. My tongue is pink and uncoated.

I think that is the big diff between now and previous times - I can feel my body's response to foods, especially celery, asparagus, grapefruit and watercress. I can't remember enjoying grapefruit without sugar ever and now I look forward to my Pitbull Chai for breakast.

I compared Core Armband summary results. Based on weight loss and calories estimated, it appears I overestimated calories up to a third, or the armband underestimated cal burned. It projected 10 pound loss by calorie deficit. I always round up in calories, so that makes sense to me.

When I joined the Earnedit challenge, I did see an uptick in calorie expenditure by day, sleep by day, and steps by day.

my new goals are entered, and Im adding cardio measured by the armband in METS. I am now hitting vigorous cardio barely more than a minute at a time, any improvement will be evident.
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    Love your puppy dog! and love your enthusiasm for eating healthy and your determination to stick to it! I struggle with this more than anything. I like exercise, but lettuce? no. It sounds like your body is really benefiting from your food choices. thanks for your comment on my blog...just what I needed to hear! emoticon
    1739 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    He is beautiful!
    1739 days ago
    You are doing really well. I love eating all vegetables, so getting them in is never a problem. I will cook a one pound bag of spinach and split it between the two of us. We joined a CSA this summer, so we get a variety of fresh veggies every other week.
    I logged my breakfast and lunch today. I had 700 calories left for dinner, so I think I probably have not been eating enough. I also logged 2 snacks. Peter and I are going to do the Spark Solution Challenge, so I hope it will help reset everything and motivate me to exercise. My work schedule is set through the end of August, so I should be able to set up a workable schedule.
    1739 days ago
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