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The Home Stretch; Days 24-26

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hey! I hope everyone is well and happy! And warm and safe, if you're somewhere underneath the huge crazy storm that's whopping half the country with snow, half with tornadoes...

We're okay here. We've got a nice pile of snow, but the roads are getting plowed and it's safe to move about. Pretty used to dealing with snow in NE Ohio!

So, I haven't followed all of my plans from my holiday challenges post EXACTLY. I have eaten some candy here and there, and I have eaten more than one cookie, and stuff like that.

But overall I'm pretty happy with how it's going. Obviously I went over calories (and planned to!) on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Rice stuff is worth every freaking calorie by the way. YUUHHM.

I put all the recipes into the calculator & added the foods to my database so I can track treats. I count that as a win!

Christmas Day was the worst, but mostly because of breakfast and snacks! I did really well at dinner, ate a little of everything, only had seconds of turkey, very small portions of dessert and no picking at cookies and candy. Totally proud of me!! I just was hungry and let my eyes get bigger than my stomach for breakfast, and for "lunch" (which was cheese & crackers type stuff) I was just stupid and didn't bother to go fishing in the fridge for veggies. So I wasted a few hundred calories I didn't need to, but whatever. It's Christmas. I'm not remotely upset about it, I'm just analytically thinking "Oh, I could have done X, Y and Z a little better."

My cholesterol Christmas day was amazingly high. hahaha. We had, basically sausage & cheese casserole PLUS EGGS for breakfast, and more cheese later with snacks, so... Probably should not surprise me. But still. It is the first tracker number that has ever literally SHOCKED me.

The day after Christmas/yesterday it was hard to get back on track! It wasn't my healthiest day ever, but I pulled through and stayed in range. I almost didn't at the end of the day, I really wanted a little sliver of pie, but I just said, you know what? I can have pie tomorrow. So I made it!

Today is looking good so far! Here's my Kick August update!

Dec 24-25 I was over on calories and fat. Over cholesterol on the 25th. Over sodium EVERY day. Under fiber just on the 25th. I've been eating turkey like a madwoman so I've met stretch protein every day, hahahaha. Veggies were super low on the 25th, acceptable the other 2 days. Water also very low on the 25th but good the other two days. We did go to the gym both Monday & Wednesday, and I did do ST on Monday.

So it's really not bad! I'm happy with what I ate, satisfaction-wise. I ate some treats but I really enjoyed them, they're things I don't have very often, and I don't feel remotely guilty about it. So my mental health related to food is also good.

According to my parents' scale I'm at least holding steady. It's hard to tell, because it's a manual scale, with the spinny dial with the super tiny tick marks for each pound and I wasn't wearing my contacts the first time I used it. Pre-holiday feast weight read blurrily on that scale was at or just under 260, and I was 259 this morning so I'm not even sodium-bloated really. I did have a TON of water yesterday and TOM is on its way out, so I think that helps. I'm very optimisitic for my post-holiday weigh-in on the 31st.

~*~***~KICK AUGUST~***~*~
August accomplishments - December progress so far (December 1-26)


Tracked all 31 days – 26/26 days so far
In calorie range 24/31 days – 20/26 so far
Over 2000 calories 6 days – 2 so far
Fat in range 25/31 days – 21/26 so far
Carbs in range 29/31 days – 25/26 so far
Protein under range 4/31 days – 0 so far
Protein over 90g 12/31 days – 13/26 so far
Cholesterol in range 25/31 days – 21/26 so far
Fiber in range 19/31 days – 18/26 so far
Fiber over 40g 4/31 days – 9/26 so far
Sodium in range 12 days – 14/26 so far
Sodium under 3,000mg 24/31 days – 23/26 so far
Remembered to take vitamins 23/31 days – 26/26 so far

Intake (other):

Total cups of water 152 – 209 so far
Average of 4.9/day – average of 8/day so far
Total fruits & veggies 137 – 162 so far
Average of 4.4/day – average of 6.2/day so far


Worked out 3x a week – 3x for weeks 1-3, 2x wk 4
Measured another way, worked out 13 days – 12 so far
569 fitness minutes – 477 minutes so far
Strength training days 0 – 4 so far
Calories burned 4720 – 7317 so far
Average burn ~1005 calories/week - 1910 avg wk1-3, 626 wk 4 so far

I think this will be my last update before the Jan 1 Big Reveal!

So where do I stand??

Back in November, I set my goals to "meet or exceed" what I had done in August, for the most part. So if you don't feel like doing the math, here's what that looks like:

There are FIVE DAYS remaining in December, including today. Which goals are going to be easy, and which will be close? Actually I will have quite a few that will be a photo finish! August is not so easy to beat on some things, it turns out!


Tracking - I have to track all 5 days to meet August!
Stay in calorie range – 4 days to meet, all 5 to exceed!
Over 2000 calories – 4 days or less to meet, 3 or less to exceed. zero to meet the above goal!
Stay in fat range – 4 days to meet, all 5 to exceed!
Stay in carb range – 4 days to meet, all 5 to exceed!
Stay in protein range – 1 day to meet, 2 or more to exceed
Protein over 90g – emoticon , but that doesn't mean I'm giving up!
Stay in cholesterol range – 4 days to meet, all 5 to exceed~
Stay in fiber range – 1 day to meet, 2 or more to exceed
Fiber over 40g – emoticon !
Stay in sodium range – emoticon !
Sodium under 3,000mg – 1 day to meet, 2 or more to exceed
Take vitamins – emoticon !

Water and veggies, total and per day average: emoticon , but that doesn't mean I'm quitting now!


Work out 3x a week – need 1 more for this week! And Monday, technically, counts as part of working out MWF each week that has a day of December in it.
Worked out 13 days – 1 more to meet, 2 to exceed
Fitness minutes – I need 92 to meet! Planning on 45 tomorrow, then I'll still need 47 on Monday to meet, more to exceed!
Strength training days - emoticon but I'll keep at it
Calories burned – emoticon , but I'll have more in order to meet or beat minutes!
Average burn calories/week - This week is low so far, so I need a good burn tomorrow!

CAN YOU FEEL THE EXCITEMENT???? Kick August is better than the Super Bowl! Hahahahaha.

Everyone enjoy the last little snip of your year. I hope the new one brings you wonderful things!
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  • LEB0401
    Rob Schneider says "You can do it!!!!"
    3057 days ago
    I can't wait. You can do it.
    3058 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12141585
    Way to Kick August!
    It IS better than the Superbowl-- because football is silly, and watching us meet and/or exceed our goals is stupendously exciting!

    I am glad to hear that you are not being mean to yourself about Christmas food indulgences-- I have been reading too many despondent blogs about that this week. I agree with you-- it is good to stay mindful about your food choices, but it is acceptable to loosen up and enjoy eating less-strictly with your family for a special occasion.

    Being less-disordered about food is the name of the game for me. I have to remember that it is not all-or-nothing. Way to Go!
    3059 days ago
    Well done!!!
    3060 days ago
    Good for you! I get to go Home today!!!!!!!!
    3060 days ago
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