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Halfway to New Zealand!!!


Friday, January 31, 2014

Today I transferred $45 into my vacation savings, and I have officially saved $1,000 for my trip to New Zealand!!! emoticon I have been going to the NZ tourism website to check packages & prices, and I figure once I hit $2,000 I'll have enough to start booking the trip. Of course, I'll still need a few hundred for meals & sightseeing, and kayaking! I DEFINITELY plan to do some kayaking while I'm there. So, it's still possible that I'll be spending this year's Christmas break way down under! emoticon

So that's one of my four goals, and it's probably doing better than the weight loss, which is not really happening. Okay, I'm down a little from December, and that's a good thing. emoticon My number 1 goal is still to be strong and healthy, so this year I'm really focusing on my diet. I've spent the last 2 weeks or so making sure I get 5 servings of fruits & veggies, plus 2 servings of whole grains daily, and am TRYING to get back into exercise. This year I really need to incorporate some weights/toning into my routine, not just cardio. I signed up for this free wellness class at work, we meet once a week for weigh-in and tips. I'm supposed to lose about 5-7% of my weight over these 12 weeks, which would be a great start. Anyway, first week we got "food diaries" to track our meals. Yeah I know, should have been doing that anyway, oh well. This week, however, we went over the "plate" method for portion control. I went home Wednesday evening & measured which plates were 9", and measured out 1/2 cup rice & 1/2 chicken breast plus broccoli. I found I was feeling kind of hungry, though, and ended up going out for ice cream. I had 1/2 cup frozen yogurt at Braums. Possibly the problem was that Wed. morning I had a SINamon roll, which may have set me up. Yesterday was much better, I followed the plan and didn't feel nearly as hungry after dinner. I'm also starting to track how much protein I'm eating. No, I don't want to start obsessing over macronutrients, but the class instructor did say to make sure we get enough protein. From what I can tell I do fine in that area. emoticon

Like I said, I don't want to be so obsessed about weight loss & nutrition that I don't do anything else. Honestly, I already drive my family crazy complaining about the weight I've gained back, I'm obsessed enough already! But the reason I want to be "strong and healthy" (and about 17 lbs lighter) is so I can LIVE - so I can play with my grandkids, so I can go hiking & kayaking in NZ, etc. I know this is SparkPeople, but there has to be more to our lives than just diet & exercise. That's why I have 4 goals, and only one of them concerns diet & exercise. It's a means to an end, and the end is a happy life full of adventure - or at least as much as I can manage in this modern world. And manage to include a little chocolate, of course emoticon - but that's another subject!

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