SAMI2012's SparkPeople Blog SAMI2012's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What can I say.... still trying... So, my husband has been fighting the good fight with me the last month or so. I think we are pretty equal on food and exercise. Honestly, he is probably doing a little better. By the way- 21 days does NOT make a habit. ;0) Anyway, we were watching the end of a Zumba infomercial and it peaked his interest because we have a Zumba Wii game. I guess he didn't realize it was so hard. He gave it a try last night and I was impressed. He did well and, of course, beat me game and time wise, but was b... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:46:34 EST 21 days done! The "changing my eating habits" 21 days is done! I did it! Yay! I have now started my 21 days to make exercise a habit. This part is always harder for me. I am only 3 days in. Fingers crossed. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:20:53 EST Almost there.... I only have 4 more days of my first 21 days of forming my new habit. My eating should be under control. It hasn't been that hard, but I learned a lot last year to help me succeed. My next 21 days will be forming the habit of exercise. My fitbit has really helped me realize how active I am currently and how easy it is to add activity, ie. a few extra times up the stairs or walking in place while I watch my favorite show. Although, I want to make formal exercise a habit. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:02:48 EST Yay! Ummmm, I would like to say I didn't eat a million calories from things I should have avoided but I cannot. So why the yay? I didn't gain any weight! Did I get to where I wanted to be? Well, no but I didn't move any further away from it either. I am ready to move forward, the treat season is over and I have collected all the resources I need to truly succeed. (Except my reward- my DH bought that for me for Christmas) I will work on that. Here is to a new year and having what you need to move f... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:52:17 EST Ahhhh, cooking Christmas treats for friends. I always enjoy it, but then I have to taste everything to make sure it came out ok. Cookies and cream fudge, mini- s'mores treats, mint/chocolate bark, fudge, and baked toffee make up the list this year. It took me two days, so my over indulgence got spread out. Ugh. Oh well, isn't that my motto- trying again.????? Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:13:29 EST Bummer... So I haven't blogged in a week. What does that guessed it- didn't do very well. I only totally lost it on 1 day but ugh! I have been back on track since Monday trying to undo the damage from that one day gone wrong. I hope I learned my lesson. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:34:07 EST Done! I am done with 7 days! Woo whoo! I lost more than I thought, I hope it keeps going, a little worried about that. But on the now side- I read somewhere that 1 lb of extra body weight is equal to approx. 4 lbs of pressure on your joints. I tooK off about 12 lbs of pressure already! YAY! I can hear my joints thanking me already. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:24:12 EST Checking in. This is my seventh day. Phew, I almost made it, it is all down hill from here. (fingers crossed) The nights have been hard, I get snacky, but sipping on an iced coffee seems to help it pass. I know I am getting a little ahead of myself, after all, I still have 23 more days to go but why would I want to lose the progress I made this week? ( I will just keep telling myself that ;0)) Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:11:45 EST Wow! The scale is being too kind. I am not knocking it and please don't take it back, but wow! 5 days down and a few pounds gone. (I am not going to jinx it with how many) Yesterday went well until last night, I was snacky but I made it through- woo whoo! My roll is still rollin'- yay me. (The "yay me" is from a kids show my daughter used to watch-sorry, some things stick!) Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:20:41 EST Still going! 3 days down and 27 to go...I am on a roll. A short roll but it is going to get longer-I promise! The scale is being kind, I know it is just water weight but it is very motivating. I really want to see how much I can lose on 30 days. I really want to hang in there, challenge myself and not fail. I need to learn that food does not fix things! In fact, the opposite is true. 3 days down, only 27 to go. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 10:45:38 EST Yay! Ok, so I know it has only been 2 days since I recommitted to this journey but I am doing well. I figure if I check in more often, hold myself accountable, then maybe I will make it this time. I have not gone over my calories, exercised, and not beat myself up about doing more. :0) Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:31:46 EST Starting again...apparently that is my mantra....ugh! But it is not going to be anymore, I say with fingers crossed. I backslid when my daughter went back to school but I am not going to do that again. I am going to move progressively forward-no more messing around. Which, by the way, I have been doing since March. I plan on sticking to my plan like glue for the next 30 days so I can see what I can really lose when I consistently try. Hope you can hang in there with me and give me a shove now and again. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:38:54 EST How it's going... So, the Triple P plan is still in effect. We have had to tweak the calories down (1350) because I just wasn't losing on the higher amount (1500/1400). What a difference 50 calories a day can make! But starting at the higher calories taught me to not be so "bingey" so now the lower calories are much easier. The reward system has REALLY helped also. Who knew a Wii exercise game or some new tea could be such insentive? Hopefully, I am not excited to soon as this is the first week of loss on the... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 12:16:20 EST Update Just a little update as to how the triple P lifestyle is going. I rocked the first week and earned a fabulous treat-a water boiler/heater for my tea obsession. <em>40</em> The second week (last week) I failed miserably-(I ate too many calories but did exercise) because I wasn't feeling tip-top. And I was sad I didn't earn my next treat (a new Wii exercise game). So this week I am rockin' it again! Yay! I didn't think the treats would help and my daughter doesn't always keep track of me lik... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 23:05:14 EST The triple "P" plan My daughter, whose name starts with P made me a "Perfect Plan" (hence the triple P's) So, here are the rules: <BR> 1500 calories / day <BR> 200 bonus calories/ week to use as needed <BR> Exercise at least 4 days/ week for 45 minutes <BR> Must have at least 3 fruits/veggies on weekdays and at least 1 on weekends <BR> If I don't complain Mon. thru Fri. about dieting, I get a bonus 100 calories on the weekend <BR> Here's the rub... If I follow these rules daily I get a "satisfactory" mark on the... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 11:46:38 EST Making better decisions I noticed this week that when I ate out I made better decisions about what I was eating. I choose salad instead if pizza, etc. I am a little proud of myself, so I thought I'd mention it. Not that it is a giant step forward, but every little thing helps, right? Sat, 30 Jun 2012 11:36:09 EST Wondering. Do you sometimes wonder about the logic in the decisions you make? Do you look back at those decisions and think "why did I ever feel THAT was a good choice?". For example, choosing a side of nachos for dinner because the taco was not quite filling enough, or celebrating losing a pound or two with a milkshake or giant mocha. What the h#%*? Seemed like a good idea at the time. But in reality, no wonder I am not losing weight. I take one step forward and two steps back. Yep, I am currently pr... Sat, 26 May 2012 22:21:57 EST Feel so much better... I feel so much better when I eat the proper amount of calories. I don't know why I can't remember that, why the feeling of being full over rides the healthy feeling of not eating so much. I wish the healthier feeling would over ride the comfort of food feelings. Hopefully, one day it will, with practice. With practice. WITH PRACTICE! ( if I repeat it or yell it, will it help?) Fri, 25 May 2012 20:25:48 EST It takes some learning... So I know that you have to watch your calories in and out. For me that is a tight equation, meaning, I have to be really careful about calories in no matter how many I spend or I don't lose. But I always think things will change, as I did this week. I kicked but on exercising (several hours a day) but didn't really watch my total calories and shazam! I lost NO weight. Did I learn my lesson? You bet! Next week I will exercise, although probably not for hours, and be more careful about my cal... Sat, 19 May 2012 11:15:17 EST Trying different things! So yesterday I did Wii Fit Plus and Wii Walk it Out. Today I did the elliptical and 2 Sparkpeople 10 min. Exercise videos. I am hoping by doing different activities each day it will keep me motivated and seem less daunting to exercise. Tue, 15 May 2012 15:02:46 EST Wii is fun! I haven't used my Wii to exercise in a VERY long time. I dusted it off (so to speak) and had a great time! Played for so long, I burned over 300 calories! Yippee! I love it when old things are new again. Maybe it will be the extra push I need to get moving on my journey. Mon, 14 May 2012 22:30:32 EST Same place... There is a saying about doing the same things over and over again and getting the same result, but EXPECTING a different result. Mostly I have heard it in regards to dating, but I think it applies here as well. So I am going against all known suggestions that keeping a food diary helps you lose weight. I have been doing that faithfully for over a month and a half and it is not helping at this time. Maybe I need a change of mind set. I am going to test not recording for a couple of weeks and s... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:31:51 EST Why? I am not sure why I am doing this? I have been messing around on this site for over a month and have gained 5 lbs instead of losing anything. All I can guess is that I am not ready to succeed. That is not an excuse, just a fact ( apparently). I feel very disappointed about the whole situation. All I can do is try to start over yet again. It is a new day, right? This WILL be the day I succeed and start my journey, a journey that will continue for a lifetime. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 10:24:59 EST Ugh! Can't seem to exercise and eat the right calories at the same time, and unfortunately I didn't do either the second half of this week. I am trying not to be negative about it though. Pick myself up, dust off, try again. Here I go! Sat, 17 Mar 2012 11:23:11 EST! I gotta stop messing around and be a winner with my weight. Enough is enough already. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:13:18 EST Another start, foiled. I exercised and did well with my food until after dinner. Then it was all over, I wasn't full and threw away my whole day. Try again tomorrow. I will succeed! Mon, 12 Mar 2012 21:57:45 EST Again Wow, I am really having a hard time sticking to my eating plan! On the bright side, I feel I am doing pretty well at the excercise part. Maybe I will have to concentrate on that and once it becomes habit I can tweak my eating. I don't want to let the negativity of not eating properly weigh my mind down with guilt because exercise is very important and I should let myself be happy and feel good about doing it. I would love to change my status from trying to doing, hopefully soon! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 18:25:14 EST Yeah! I really lost my way over the weekend but I am back on track today. It is amazing how making one positive step forward in a day makes more steps easier to achieve! Yea! Mon, 5 Mar 2012 18:47:18 EST