Good afternoon Sparkers,
Food planned and tracked - Done
Jodi Stolove's 45 min. Aerobic 'Chair Dancing through the Decades' - Done
Jodi Stolove's 20 min Sit Down & Tone Up - Done
Soup of the day: Mexican Vegetable. Here is a link to the recipe.
Today's weight: 451.4 - down 2 lbs for the week. Here are my updated stats.
Total Lost: 74.6
10/23/2013 - 451.4 (-2.0)
10/16/2013 - 453.4 (-2.2)
10/9/2013 - 455.6 (-4.8)
10/2/2013 - 460.4 (-5.2)
9/25/2013 - 465.6 (-1.8)
9/18/2013 - 467.3 (-3.4)
9/11/13 - 470.8 (-3.6)
9/6/2013 – 474.4 (-3.0)
8/30/2013 - 477.4 (-5.0)
8/23/2013 - 482.4 (-5.4)
8/16/2013 - 487.8 (-4.8)
8/9/2013 - 492.6 (-3.4)
8/2/2013 - 496.0 (-3.2)
7/26/2013 - 499.2 (-.6)
7/19/2013 - 499.8 (-5.4)
7/12/2013 - 505.2 (-3.2)
7/5/2013 - 508.4 (-.8)
6/28/2013 - 509.2 (-9.0)
6/21/2013 - 518.2 (-.6)
6/14/2013 - 518.8 (-.4)
6/7/2013 - 519.2 (-.6)
5/31/2013 - 519.8 (-1.0)
5/24/2013 - 520.8 (-5.2)
5/17/2013 - 526.0
My BLC-23 team has us respond to a variety of questions and prompts. Today we answered a QOTD = Question of the day and shared a NSV = Non-Scale Victory. We also responded to a series of questions or activities under the topic of 'Tempted or Transformed' for challenge points. So I'm going to share some of those here.
QOTD: What mantra are you going to use to help carry you through next week?
The pain of discipline is less than the pain of regret.
NSV - I didn't let some small setbacks (back pain and dead fitbit) throw me off track.
Related to my back (and shoulder) pain, I'm having some success with Penetrex cream which my sparkfriend Carolyn (WHITNEYTEACHER) turned me on to.
Tempted or Transformed
1) Clean up your food stash. This would include your drawer at work, your car, your computer desk and that shoebox in the back of your closet with those hidden candy bars. Also clean up your pantry and refrigerator. 25 points one time.
I'm not sure if I should take these points since I actually did this months ago. I cleaned my house of all foods not on my low fat vegan McDougall plan. So, I have no meat, dairy, eggs, oil, margarine, cakes, cookies, candy, crackers, or chips in my house. The only off plan items I have in my house are Mary's diet soda which I never drink and Mary's Fiber One Bars which I consider to be medicine. The Fiber One bars don't tempt me and they are only considered off plan for me because they have oil & dairy in them.
2) Make a list of foods that will tempt you over the weeks from Halloween until New Year's and their calorie count and portion size and share with the team. Facing your tempters can help you overcome them. 25 points one time.
REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups ( 1.6 ounces = two peanut butter cups) - 210 calories
Pumpkin Pie with real Whipping Cream - 1/8th pie = 299 calories
Pecan Pie - 1/8 pie = 456 calories
Aplets & Cotlets - 3 pieces = 150 calories
Homemade Date Pinwheel Cookies - 106 per cookie
Homemade Almond Roca - 210 calories
Homemade Frosted Sugar Cookies - 100 calories per cookie
Homemade Lefse with Butter - 250 per piece
Homemade Dinner rolls with butter - 190
Note: I don't plan to eat any of these things in the coming months.
3) Write a blog or share in the thread the reasons you don't exercise or exercise too little and make a plan on how to make it happen over the weeks ahead. 25 points one time.
Compared to a fit person I'm very inactive but for my current weight of 450 and current level of fitness, I think my exercise activity is appropriate so I'm struggling a bit with the premise of the question. But it is my goal to gradually increase the difficulty of the exercise that I'm doing. In particular I'd like to move from seated exercise to walking by springtime.
Yesterday I tried doing some laps in the garage for the first time. It's 25 steps from the workbench to the garage door and back. I can do that three times before I have to sit down. I have a chair in the garage so I can do that and I'm thinking I could maybe do 3 or 4 sets of 3 laps to start. I also just ordered a Leslie Sansone: 'Walk at Home' DVD but I'm not sure if I'm there yet. I also have plans this afternoon to try a little outside walking. I'll report later on how that goes.
4) Read an article about dealing with temptation, summarize and link to the team in the chat thread - 25 points one time.
A Sparkpeople Article: Lose Weight Over the Holidays! 20 Tips to Help You Succeed
Letha's Summary: Stick to your nutrition and fitness routine and plan ahead to deal with holiday celebrations. Focus on enjoying the people and the activities and track whatever food you do eat.
5) Make a list of quick 5-15 minute tasks you can do instead of EAT and share this list with the team in the chat thread. 25 points one time.
When I think of tasks I think of things that are not pleasant and I'll share some of those but I actually find it's more effective to distract myself from food with something fun like playing computer games or drawing zentangles or some such. But here are some tasks.
Make a healthy menu or grocery list.
Wipe down the bathroom
Sort the mail.
Review bank transactions
Fold the laundry
6) Get 20 minutes of any strength training. 25 points one time.
Jodi Stolove's 20 min Sit Down & Tone Up - Done
As noted above, I'm going to try a little outside walking today in response to a daily challenge for the team.
For our upcoming BLC weekend challenge the theme is CHUTES AND LADDERS and for our Monday & Tuesday Last Chance Workout Challenge our 5 team leaders are challenging the other 25 members of the STEELY SAPPHIRE SOLDIERS BLC-23 team on fitness minutes and the losers have to post silly hair photos of themselves. When I told Mary about it she started laughing and said it didn't sound like something soldiers would do which I thought was funny. I'm having fun with this group and also working hard to meet my goals.
Have a great day. I'll be back tomorrow.