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New year, new goals, new focus!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Here we go again. 2013 is now here; I am another year older (turned 35 a few days ago). I am still over 200 pounds. My weight this morning was 218.1. So, this time last year, I think I was at 190 something. Not sure what has happened to my body to make me gain so much weight. I know I haven't been that horrible with my eating, as i have been tracking for the most part the last 6 months or so. I haven't been tracking the last month or so but i have been pretty sick.

So i spent my birthday in Cardiff, walking all around Cardiff Bay and City Center and Cardiff Castle! I walked about 7 miles the first day, about 3 miles the second day. And I saw lots of Doctor who and fun places. So I had a good trip and good walking exercise. I will admit I didn't eat that well, but my birthday dinner was delicious and not that bad on the health marker. I had a steak dinner, with a baked potato, salad and a nice glass of wine! I will try to post a picture later.

So, my stomach has been very unhappy with me for the last few days. I am not sure if it is my eating or the soda. I have been having more soda than I normally do, as I do like Pepsi and Dr Pepper. So my stomach has been quite bloaty and gassy and unhappy.

So after some evaluation of my last month or so, activity is definitely strong on the radar for the new year and new focus. I have already started the Sparkpeople 28-day bootcamp video program. I completed Day 2 today! (day 1 yesterday). I figured starting Day 1 on the 1st of January seemed appropriate! I have also started walking, around the yard! We have quite a bit of land, so I started walking through the yard, around the workshop, by the stables. When the weather isn't so soggy, i will venture up through the woods more! emoticon My goal is to eventually run again. So I'd like to maybe set a mileage goal, like my friend did last year for his year end goals. he set his mileage goal to 1000 miles I think. he surpassed it! And ran I think 2 half marathons and several 5K's. I am using him as some inspiration! I just need to work my way up.... A month of being sick and in bed with a nasty cough and exhausted all the time has not done me any good on my workout and breathing abilities. Luckily I think most of it is gone now, even with a slight lingering cough... *sigh*

More veggies (although they have not really been a problem in the past, they have been lacking recently) is also on the radar. I also have a small personal goal of trying 1 new recipe at least a week and trying at least one vegetarian meal a week or at least vegetarian day! Talking my husband into this wasn't that difficult! he's not really a vegetarian type, but he said it wasn't a bad idea. emoticon

Since my stomach has been acting up, i think I will resume my "no soda" goal I had set when I first started. T his might help with my stomach issues for sure! and might help my teeth and blood sugar as well. I do enjoy a good soda though... I am not sure how this one will fare but i will do my darnedest! On this note as well, i am planning on following my gluten free guidelines a bit more strictly. I am mostly thinking of going wheat free, as opposed to gluten free. As i am not allergic to gluten, but am growing a concern for wheat products and their effect on my body and health. This is probably why my Naturopath doctors had recommended this diet to me previously, as well as my Internal Medicine doctor also before them! So i'm at 3 doctors recommendations. I do have a baseline, I better follow it. I know I do this a lot, trying to refocus, but someday I will do well enough to keep at it and feel better.

So sort of recapping on goals:
1. Work out more often; adding walking and doing the bootcamp video solidly for the month of January.
2. work my way up to running again; I will think of a realistic goal for mileage. I could say 1000 miles. :) Should that include walking? I am not running yet.
3. eat more vegetables!
4. Try to have one day of mainly vegetarian dishes!
5. Follow my Gluten/wheat-free diet guidelines I was issued last January from my nutritionist! I have been very bad about this one.
6. Try a new recipe at least once a week! My first new recipe is going to be the Southwest Calzones from Chef Meg!

7. ........

well i've run out of ideas on this writing! haha. But those are great starting points for me, and generally speaking, of the 2 days of January so far, I have already done better. i have also posted several new recipes for my collections and on sparkpeople to share. some are modified recipes that i have enjoyed that i adjusted more to my liking. More over, I often added more vegetables or a bit different spices to give it more a kick! Definitely recommend my sausage casserole, which can also be made vegetarian!
here is the link if you want to try it out! emoticon Feel free to message or mail me if you want ideas. I have some recipes I haven't put up yet, and will be happy to share with people. I am getting around to it and I am trying new recipes frequently. I am still getting used to British food and cooking. My husband likes lots of potatoes! so we have a lot of pork and potatoes in our house! And bread, unfortunately! Definitely going to change that! (at least I need to).

So just silly information to share with people: My husband has lost almost 30 pounds since my arrival in July! So, definitely my weight isn't from my eating. (partially but still! i have eaten waaaay better in the last 6 months since moving here than I have, and i have gained weight, well a little weight.) I do have an appointment with a new naturopath/homeopath in a couple of weeks. And I am trying hard to get my workouts going again. I need to call my personal trainer and get rescheduled up with her! My husband was interested in doing my PT with me. But i cant' get him to settle on a time or date, and still need to see what she has open. So I am hoping I can get my hormones back under control, my activity going again, and health better again.

Here's to a new year, and hopefully it will turn out better than last, on the weight/health/activity front! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thanks for reading! Maybe you can help push me! emoticon
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    1977 days ago
    great goals!
    1993 days ago
    Hey there!
    I am pretty much in the same boat as you! I gained 12 lbs last yr, I have put on 50 lbs in over 4 yrs so average about 12 a yr! I always felt bloated,well i cut out pop for a few months now,and have felt better! Just joined sp about 3 wks ago,and I am trying to get into a routine of working out atleast 4 times a wk,and eating breakfast( i was never having breakfast) I was also told to check my thyroid...which I plan on doing you might want to check yours. Btw I am jealous you got to see doctor who stuff!!
    1993 days ago
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