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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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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MAYBER 7/24/2013 1:02AM

    Like your assignment schedule it sounds easy to follow
One day at a time

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STRINGI719 7/23/2013 8:52AM

    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.

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ANHELIC 7/21/2013 7:25PM

    Great inspiration Jean. Keep up the good work. I'm cheering you on. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 7/21/2013 5:39PM

    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.

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