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Old 02-14-2012, 05:01 AM
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*~*FitDay Challenge *~* Persevere: "Keep Swimming"
"Life is a challenge, meet it." ~ Mother Theresa
Check-in: Mon -
Sun = "Cushion" Day {Respite with Reason} . . . Daily = x6/wk

MON MISSION --> Before eating . . . Think & Do: Did I chart previous intake? *Accomplished
TUES MISSION -> Veg. - Eat 3 serv. of low carb.

FIT (Focus ~ Intake ~Train)
FOCUS (3) Mind & Heart
*Audio Bible (10 chapt) =
*Hlth Group (wkly Bk Study) =
*Thankfulness Journal (Daily Entry) = Yes x1 :::: No x0

INTAKE (3) Nutrition
*1600 Calorie = AT/BELOW x1 ::: ABOVE x0
*H2O (40 oz) = Yes x1 ::::: No x0
*Supplements = Yes x1 ::::: No x0

TRAIN (3) Movement
*Aerobic (150") = 30"
*Life: Miles/Steps (15 mi/32,000 Steps) = 6.27 mi
*Muscular (Each Area x2) = UEs x1 * LEs x0 * Torso x0

DAY (3) Life
DAZZLE: *Deep Clean: Zone 3 (1' 15") = 1 hr
ADMINISTRATE: *Paper Trail (20") =
YARD (Outside) *Maintain (x5) =

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Old 02-14-2012, 08:07 AM
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Mike. I'm in a huge rush and will post my goals later.... I promise.

April. Only just got to see your lovely photos, you looked grrrrrrrreat girl.

To all those who are having issues with your children or illness in the family, I AM thinking of you, I do read the posts but sometimes can't keep up with replies, but you are often in my thoughts. Catch you all later as I'm taking iPad to work so may get a chance to log on.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:42 AM
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Quick Chatting Here -- 'cause I can't sleep & I don't want to give into chowing right now.

Hope ~ I'm so sorry about your cat & other difficulties that you're experiencing. Hugs to you.

Julie ~ Woooohooooo on your weight loss!!! You're so inspiring with your get-up & go attitude.

Mern ~ I hope I never come across as giving off advice to you - especially when I'm on the up-curve of learning about what's best for my nutritional needs! I was thinking about a post that you wrote on how hard it is to do what we know is right. I'm really struggling with consistency right now, so I have to do a lot of preaching to myself. Thus, the motivational sayings & even the smilies to help keep me focused and to bring variety in my life.
Yesterday we spent time going thru some clothing & kids' videos to send to relatives who have kids younger than our girls. It feels so good to rid our house of more clutter. Gotta a lot more to do, but grateful with what is done.

Well, please forgive if I missed responding to anyone who has addressed me. I feel a bit disorganized & also need to now think about a snooze. Hope everyone's Tuesday goes well.
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:32 PM
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Monday Report

3 low carb, vitamin fortified protein shakes as small meal replacements before dinner YES
Low carb, on-plan dinner YES
Evening snack of solid food protein and fat such as meat and cheese ground turkey patty and string cheese
Calorie limit 1600 1576
Carbs less fiber limit 20g (usually is 25g) exactly 20g
Fiber range 25-35g 28g
Protein target 120g 148g
Sat fat limit 12% of total calories 13g
Cholesterol limit 300mg 216mg
Veggies/fruit 4-5 servings 4

Exercise 5 days YES
Water 60 oz. YES
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:36 PM
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Hope!! I'm so glad to see you, i love your goals. I feel the same way lately, disgusted with myself and self medicating with food.... UGH! So sorry about your kitty. DD issues can be exhausing, I have DD16, I feel your pain. Stay with us here, lets help each other!!
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:43 PM
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Deborah, it's wonderful that you have your life organized to homeschool your son and have a job where you can take him to work with you. Nice that your girls are close together--they can borrow each other's clothes in a few years like my 17 and 16 year old granddaughters. I feel the same as you--I need to lose weight but I need to make it a lifestyle change. I make little tweaks every so often as needed or make a temporary little change like using the low carb protein shakes this week to help re-break my carb addiction and curb my desire to snack so much, but basically I have my eating lifestyle set.

Julie, wishing you the best possible days during your busy tax season. Hey, a 7.5 lb. loss in just six weeks is something to crow about! Congratulations! Aw, thanks--keeping my fiber under 30g and eating some good fat solid food (such as almonds and avocado) with each low carb protein may have been what prevented the recurrence of my tummy trouble.

Pam, great tips on getting in the water. Thanks for sharing.

Tori, it must be harder to stay on track with the vacation and moving. Congrats on the Zumba. Thanks for sharing the funny stories.

Mike, congrats on the policy writing and on the good deed.

Kay, congrats on the kettlebell work. Hope you can get the stuff straightened out with the DS's teacher!

Cassie, you had a fine day! Congrats!

Luv, you had a fine Monday, too. If something you say comes across as advice, I welcome it--no need for you to weigh your words before posting to me. I learn from virtually everyone here. And your smilies and sayings give ME motivation as well. I remember that wonderful feeling of gaining more free space because of passing along the gently used kids stuff to others. Hope you got in that snooze!

Lizzie and Ashlie, hi!
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:17 PM
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What IS with all the ice cream talk? I have been craving ice cream even though it's been colder than normal here in FLA. There's a coldstone creamery a stone's throw from work. I know they are TERRIBLE, but so so good!

April: Nice food porn. I always read it, lol! I feel lucky that Shepard's pie is not a comfort/danger food for me. There's something about the mashed potatoes being mixed in with everything else that turns me off. Maybe I'm a mashed potato purist?

Mern: Can you send those lessons about not interfering with your daughter's life to my parents??? They don't interfere much with my relationship, but they've been killing me a bit with the job hunting lately. They keep sending me links to jobs that aren't right for me, and as much as I appreciate the help, I also feel a bit like... I'm 28, I can conduct my own job search thank-you-very-much! It'd be one thing to give me info for a contact they know to help me expand my network. It's another to spam my e-mail with job links. Thanks for the praise for logging. Sometimes seeing the numbers is the only thing that stops my binging. Lol on riding the horse because you're falling off the wagon, I like that! Your casserole sounds delicious!! I really want to learn how to make mashed cauliflower taste good. I'm worried I'd make it bland.

Darlene: You sound like a great caretaker, I hope that everything resolves soon to full health

Tori: Good on you for throwing out those chips!! I too have an aversion to throwing things away, but sometimes we simply must!

Deborah: Welcome!!! Nice goals, I hope to be reading about your successes this week!

Hope: Lovely to see you, welcome back, though I'm so sorry to hear about your cat!

Julie: 7.5 lbs. since the first of the year is awesome, it's a nice steady weight loss between 1 and 2 lbs. per week, which is sensible and really maintain-able, good for you! I think movement is my hardest goal, getting in that exercise when I don't want to, so kudos to you for being focused on that!

Pam: Great job on your water, have a fantastic trip!!!!

Tori: Your Zumba class sounds so fun! I've heard the classes are 10x better than the DVDs, I wish I had one around me! I would definitely go just to see what it's like and to giggle about the dance moves. I'm great at some and then others I'm just lucky I don't fall down.

Mike: Nice job on the policies!!! C'mon pimp daddy, you know you're gonna have an awesome week, now get to it!

Kay: Ugh, sorry about the fiasco with your DS. I know you'll give 'em hell! Can the learning support teacher come and corroborate your conversation?

Cassie: Good job on your Monday, woooohooo!!!!

Luv: I looooovvvveeee getting rid of clutter once I can build myself up to do it. I'm amazed at how stuff just seems to spread out over time. It's crazy. I hope you get rid of a bunch of that! Nice job on your goals so far!

Weekly Goals

Food, Exercise, Lifestyle Goals

1) Keep calories between 1200 and 1500, with an average for the week between 1200 and 1300 M: 1,154 (Week Average: 1,154)
2) Exercise 3-4 times this week M: yes (Week Total: 1)
3) Calorie deficit of at least 5000 M: -1,233 (whoohoo!) (Week Total: -1,233)
4) At least 80 oz. of water daily. More is better. M: 80
5) Protein average between 25-30% for the week. M: 27% (Week Average: 27%)
6) In bed by 11:30 every night M: yes
7) No more than one lunch and one dinner out this week (This will be really hard this week, considering V-day) M: no eating out
8) Weigh in daily and report here!! M: 160.4 T: 159.0

Other Life Goals

1) Make an effort on my appearance every day M: yes
2) Don't sweat the small stuff M: yes
3) Get in four job applications M: 1.5 (one was an e-mail inquiring, not an official app)
4) Write down something wonderful that happens every day M: First parts for new computer arrived!
5) Perform one random act of kindness a day (Did you all know it's "Random Act of Kindness Week" officially in the USA?? I didn't even know that existed!) M: Helped in delivery of a DVD to someone I don't know.

I was happy to see the scale this morning inching closer to my low -- I had a great day yesterday. I actually was at something like 1,080 calories at 10:00 and I was like "Hmmmm, I have to eat something or I'm going to be starving tomorrow." I really wasn't hungry, however, but I forced myself to eat some LF popcorn. By the end I was choking it down, so I only ate a half serving. I guess it was just one of those days where I was satisfied, and so far I'm not tooooo hungry today, but we'll see what happens as the day goes on. I've intentionally packed a larger-than-normal lunch to be ready to compensate, because I know my body, and I don't want to be scarfing down food tonight. This week is TOTM, so the scale might go wonkers on me, but I need to start charting my weight more reliably again, and I think weighing every day will give me the feedback I need for now, so that's what I'm going to do!

Discovered $100 in Bed Bath and Beyond gift certificates that were hiding in my wallet, had TOTALLY forgotten about them (birthday presents from back in July) so I went and got things I've been dying to get - mostly a bunch of new pans, since ours are starting to get gross, the non-stick coating is slowly peeling away and sometimes I find black flecks in my food (ew). Got three new saute pans of various sizes and a really nice new small saucepot. I've been making a lot of my own sauces lately and really needed a good one, and I used it last night, THREE THUMBS UP! Also bought a new kitchen clock and shower curtain liner. Oh, the glamorous purchases of adulthood...

I hope everyone has a lovely Valentine's Day!


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Old 02-14-2012, 03:17 PM
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Default Monday report card!

Fitness goals:
> 1400 calories daily 1490
2 tervis water yes
45 minutes activity with kids baseball practice/homework
Zumba twice!!! not yet

Non fitness goals:
kids sale entry not yet
1 load laundry per day yep, washer hoses clogged up, gotta clean out today
clean 1 room per day my bathroom
car washed/cleaned out not yet

Its a crazy day today, I work in a public middle school, Valentines deliveries galore!! Looks like rain too, and I promised BF I would be at his game today... Its freezing.

I really have to get serious about this weight loss, my clothes are not fitting like they should, I don't feel so great about myself these days....

On a happy note, my DS8 wrote me the sweetest Valentine letter, I found it on my desk this morning, he said I was skinny and pretty. He is officially my favorite kid for the day!!

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Old 02-14-2012, 03:29 PM
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I logged on last night, wrote a long bitchy rant and ended up deciding not to post. After reading it through, it occurred to me that my problems weren't really "problems", it was more a case that my only "problem" was "attitude". I had more sugar and caffeine yesterday than I'm used to and just felt wired and mean. Anyway I think it might also have something to do with the fact that I started taking a different birth control script 2 weeks ago, hopefully I can get used to it before I end up divorced or drive the children to running away. Yesterday was a disaster goal-wise, but hopefully with some yoga breathing and calming exercises I can get my head around a new attitude today, because unfortunately that bitchy agitated feeling did not dissolve overnight. Today I'm at least trying to keep it in check, although I will admit my success has been a limited. The kids knew this morning I was feeling grouchy, but I didn't cross the line from "grouchy mom" into "Galactic Bitch from Hell", but it was a near thing. Eldest DD sent me home twice to find Valentine's that were actually packed in the bottom of her backpack and DH forgot to drag the garbage can to the curb. Really? It's freaking Valentine's Day and he forgets to take out the garbage? That is sooooo not romantic.

Health & Fitness:

1. Calories 1,400/day. 2,032
2. 128 oz water daily (Mike you really should have challenged me to something harder, I'm already at 50 for the day and I haven't even worked out yet). 128
3. 7 hours exercise. 0 min.
4. Calorie deficit 5,000. -66
5. Protein 25% or higher. 18%
6. Log & report everyday. Y
7. Last Monday 164. Post weight: 165, 164.4

Other stuff:

1. Cut all the pieces for the other 3 rabbit cages. N
2. Finish my little part of the taxes. N
3. Housework 45 min daily +1 load of laundry. YY,
4. Call guy about elliptical parts. N
5. Distribute 4-H calendar. N
6. Finish 3 pieces for Betsy costume. N
7. Write down the most wonderful thing that happened. I found a new Starbucks coffee cup to give DH for Valentine's today, and it's darn near perfection.

Kay, sorry to hear about your troubles with DS, hopefully you can get it worked out and soon. Kids only have so much time in school for the adults around them to get it right, stick to your guns and don't be afraid to make yourself in to a royal pain in the ass. If you need some vinegar today, I got spare lol.

Hope, I'm so sorry to hear about your cat, good luck with DD issues and welcome back to the wagon.

fit4luv, I'm jealous of the junk purge, I need to do that in the worst way. I'm going to try and channel you this week. Maybe next week I'll add "Load to Goodwill" to my goals - maybe.

Cassie, wow I don't think I could have thrown out fried chicken, you're a far stronger woman than I, (bowing down) I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy... My problem food this week has been peanut butter hearts, well not the whole confection, just the filling. Ugh.

Mike, wow I've never heard of home insurance costing $7000/year. I think we're more along the lines of April here, ours is maybe $600-700/year, and that's including flood insurance!

Terri, that soup sounds great. I love me some soup, especially on days like today. We have snow on the ground and it's misting outside, so cold and damp, a very good day for soup indeed. Don't sweat your eat-fest. It happens. Now what you need are a couple of low days, and it all will even out.

Tori, that's it, you've convinced me, I'm going to Zumba class! Next week swim season will be over, so that will make me a window of opportunity (Zumba and swimming are on the same night).

Julie, tax season sucks, but it's good to have work, right? Hang in there honey.

Well I gotta git, the laundry isn't going to wash itself.
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:31 PM
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Hi again everyone, sorry I disappeared for the weekend! Things have been crazy busy over here, so I didn't log as much as I normally would Friday through Sunday. Anyhow, I'm back with a vengeance for this week!

Here are my goals for the week, along with yesterday (Monday's) results:

"Whole foods" only - Y, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?
500 calories burned at the gym daily - Y, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?
NO refined sugar - Y, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?
NO dairy other than nonfat plain yogurt and 1oz feta daily - Y, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?
Take supplements (Vitamin B12 & Vitamin D) - Y, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?

For one thing, I am going try an experiment to stop counting/limiting calories -- whenever I set a limit for myself, it automatically makes me want to eat more than whatever the limit is, LOL! But yesterday when I decided to just observe/monitor how many I ate, I ended up consuming significantly less -- around 1680 or so (last week I was trying to keep it under 2000/day and barely making it). We'll see how this works for me!

And "whole foods only" means I will only be buying/consuming foods with 1 ingredient, OR store-bought versions of prepared foods that are free of preservatives (e.g. hummus, salsa, bread).

I'm cutting out refined sugar completely for a week which is a bit scary, but I'll do my best!

Oh and I lost just under a pound, going from 144.2 to 143.4 -- slow weight loss for sure but I don't mind -- as long as it comes off eventually i'm happy!

Thanks and hope you are all having a wonderful start to your week! <3

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