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Keeping Goals and What Went Well- 2/3/14

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

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The Feb goals were to eat in volume not calories, pay attention to hunger cues (thats a tough one), drink more tea

Yesterday was my daughter's birthday so aside from some cake, frosting and sprinkles I don't think I ate too bad. Again, not all food was tracked, but I am beginning to wonder if counting calories is really beneficial for me anymore. I mean, I have been on SP counting calories, tracking on and off for 15 months and I am still gaining and losing the same 20lbs over and over again.

I asked a friend of mine about bingeing and why all of the sudden I find myself eating too much of the normal food now and not just the junk food. She recommended I check out some books on mindful eating. I've already seen some research about how counting calories can be more harmful than good in some cases. I am going to keep reading to gain more information. Because after all, if I don't count calories like I've always done, what other way do I hold myself accountable??? It's definitely something that I am looking into.

Choosing to strive on just being healthy and less focused on number is something that I know will be a positive example for my daughter anyway, who shouldn't necessarily hear Mommy ask Daddy every morning "okay how many calories was in so and so??" But, I have come WAY TOO FAR to go back to the completely ignorant Mandi who didn't know the ins and outs of how many calories are in what foods, what should be eaten, and what healthy eating should look like.

We'll see. I am drinking lots more fluids though and that is making me more conscience of am I really hungry? or just thirsty?

Oh, and my daughter's bday cake was NOT saved. As soon as her precious little head went off to sleep, my husband and I decided to let the rest be trashed (just not in front of her). None of us need the extra junk food lying around.

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The goals were to wear Fitbit, AM exercise, make some instructional videos or at least one video??

I wore my Fitbit. Logged some minutes, but not as much as I would've liked. I ran on the treadmill for 2 min intervals for a total of 2 mins. Sounds minimal, but its a new record for me so I'll take it. Sadly, Fitbit didn't count my steps as much as I thought it would when I was running.

I set a new alarm system for both "mommy wake up time" "mommy blog time" AND "AM exercise" so we'll see if this works better today. My other alarms were not working the way they should've been.

I also did some squats trying out this new app my friend recommended that counts your squats if you hold your smartphone out while you do them .It's like a pocket personal trainer. Very cool.

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Mental Health:

The goals were to adjust to new med dosage, take some Mommy time, positive self talk

I'm not nearly as weepy as I was awhile ago so adjusting to new med dosage is working. I did take some Mommy time when the kiddo asked to play in her room by herself. I got some reading done on a mommy book. I dont think I have been beating myself as much, but that could be adjusting to the med dosage. Not bad all around! Plus, being my daughter's birthday I was just extremely grateful for the healthy little 3 yr old I have (whether hubby and I end up having another baby or not)

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The goals were to visit SP as often as I can with other motivating resources too and work out to Richard Simmons.

Didn't get on the computer much yesterday, so wasnt able to check out some resources I have online. Richard Simmons might be possible today 2/4/14 I was extremely lucky and honored to be the motivating member in my Winter 5% Challenge and that was a nice surprise. It is nice to be recognized and when you least expect it too.

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Goals for keeping goals:

I am blogging daily and 1st weekly report due 2/8.

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My daughter and I had fun. I was more laid back in our schedule because of her birthday. Maybe not stressing over time and when we do what is something that leads to more relaxing and fun during the day. We'll see.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JYGETSFIT 2/4/2014 12:25PM

    Happy belated birthday to your daughter. Deciding whether or not to count calories is a difficult decision. I wish you all the best.

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K1TT3N 2/4/2014 12:24PM

    Happy Birthday to your lil one. Your doing great. I have seen in the posts your trying to drink more teas have you tried...Bengal Spice by Celestial Seasonings ... I just tried it today and I love it is cinnamon,ginger,cardamom and cloves also has black pepper and nutmeg

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NEWCHINELO 2/4/2014 12:22PM


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MALIAN1 2/4/2014 9:24AM

    How you feel is a much better way to judge if all your hard work is paying off. Do you feel better than you did when you started on SP - if so, then it is working. There is no one right or wrong way to go about becoming healthier - you have to find what works for you. You CAN do this!

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JUDITHANNIE 2/4/2014 8:02AM

    Good for you keep it up

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