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Day 80- 81 - Assignments 4-8

Sunday, July 21, 2013

My back is doing better, but still not 100%.
I am going to do a few back exercises today with Coach Nicole.

I am trying to catch up for The summer 5% challenge so here are my assignments.

Assignment 4
My trigger time is after dinner - I tend to have a cup of tea. Once in a while I crave sugar after dinner, so I will have a cookie with my tea. Then a bit later I crave a salty snack. I have been working on two things to help me deal with these cravings - I will have my cup of tea while I wash the dishes and later I will have my snack of fruit prepared and ready to eat. If I do not have my night snack of fruit then I will have a snack of chips (even though these are bought in portion control bags - I am trying to eliminate them completely!).

I am making part of my new plan to not have them in the house - the portion controlled snack bags are an improvement over the amount of snacks we used to have in the house. To give you a clear picture: the top of our cupboard used to be filled with snack bags - end to end, now what is up there end to end is Fiber One cereal. emoticon

Assignement 5
One way I have cut calories with dinner is hubby and I cut a portion of meat in half. For example: hubby likes NY strips - instead of eating the 7oz portion we cut it in half and eat 3.5 oz portion.

When we go out to have breakfast, I have a child's breakfast or I split a breakfast meal with someone.

I use measuring cups to know that I am staying within a serving size.

I only cook enough for two servings - one for me and one for Don. There are no leftovers and there is no overindulging.

The best thing Don and I changed - we have a salad with dinner - typically 1 servings of lettuce, 1/2 serving of cheese, 1/2 serving of croutons and for him lite dressing, for me no dressing. Our salads are only ever 3-4 items - keeps the calories at minimal.

Assignment 6
The reason my plan has not worked in the past
pain, injury or just plain health issues
so I reach for comfort foods
Plan- drink more water, choose freggies...

I tend to give up just as I am making progress and have lost 20-25 pounds
I feel stuck, even though I know what I need to do... continue to exercise.. exercise is KEY for me. I eat healthy all day long - everyday (that is not to say I do not have the occasional cookie (see above ^ Assign. 4) or 1 oz bag of chips, but I need to exercise to continue to meet my goal.

Which leads to feelings of I just "dont want to"
then I maintain, but still want to lose emoticon

then I will take a break - because I think on Spark I get caught up in the "overload" of everything on spark and find I am not spending my time exercising, which is why I decided to get hooked on the videos and then
I can motivate myself to get back on track and then I return to spark

Assignment 7 - I do take my measurements once a month

Assignment 8 - ready to go! Quiz :
Are You Prepared to Reach Your Goals?

YES I am.

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    Like your assignment schedule it sounds easy to follow
    One day at a time
    1642 days ago
  • STRINGI719
    I like a large variety of veggies in my salad.... adds flavor & color & interest without the calories. I don't do cheese or croutons anymore, sometimes I'll do hardboiled egg or sunflower seeds.
    1643 days ago
    Great inspiration Jean. Keep up the good work. I'm cheering you on. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1644 days ago
    Great blog - thanks for sharing. Sharing that steak with hubby is a great idea. My son and I started doing that this spring and I was COMPLETELY shocked to discover that that 3-4 oz portion actually was ENOUGH - I used to be a "BIG DEAD COW" fan and wanted LARGE, REALLY LARGE steaks regularly. The first time Ed told me he was SHARING ONE 6-7 oz steak with me, I almost had a heart attack. Now, that is the NORM and in fact, for the past month, we have mostly only had meat as a "garnish" on our salads and it has worked for both of us.
    1644 days ago
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