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Starting Over

Saturday, September 01, 2012

At Weight Watchers this week, the theme was all about refocusing, restarting, re-energizing, and getting back into it. With the start of Autumn comes a feeling of starting new - its the new school year, after all, and even as adults that feeling persists.

So. I'm "starting over". Not that I ever really stopped, but over the summer things kind of petered out in stages. I took photos of my dinners but stopped posting them, for example.

These are habits I have acquired and kept over the last 8 1/2 monts since starting:

1/ I eat more home cooked meals, and bring my lunch at work most of the time. I still eat out a lot, but not nearly as much, and my consumption of pre-packaged frozen and boxed meals has dropped to almost nil.

2/ I eat seven to ten servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Having veggies at breakfast really helps, as I get veggies (one to two servings) at all three meals, plus fruit at two or maybe three.

3/ I walk every day. Some days its not very much, but minimum 5,000 steps.

4/ I do some kind of exercise every day, for at least ten minutes, that isn't walking.

5/ I track food & exercise every day. I don't track on sparkpeople any more as I track on e-tools. Tracking twice I just don't have time or energy for any more, and I pay for e-tools, so that's where I'm focusing my tracking for now.

6/ I take the stairs at work and at home at least once up and down every day. Not a big deal, except I *never* used to take the stairs. Ever.

7/ Eight to ten glasses of non-caffeinated drinks per day

Habits I need to develop:

In starting over, I'm starting at Step One of the diet plan. This means setting goals.

1/ Seven hours of sleep at night. I really struggle with this one. I'm determined this fall to actually complete the Sleep Challenge on Sparkpeople.

2/ Curves three times a week, without fail

3/ Increase strength training - I want to get to that pull up!! I failed by 'end of summer' but I'm not giving up.

4/ Blog three times a week, progress, positive things in my life, areas I need help in, anything, but get into the habit of blogging.

5/ Increase minimum steps per day from 5,000 to 7,000

My new 'starting weight' is 168 lbs. My next 5% goal is 159.6, and 10% goal is 151.2, which is just over a lb away from my End Goal weight of 150 lbs.

My non-scale goal is to regularly wear size 12 clothes (though knowing sizing, it could be up to a 14, I won't let that get me down), or Mediums in both pants and tops. I doubt I will ever, ever fit into a Small anything, my boobs and shoulders are just too big. My skeleton would have to shrink to fit into Smalls! :)
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