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Week 24/52: Goals Check-in

It’s been awhile since I have posted a “Goals Check-in” but in order to be accountable I think I need to make this a habit again.  Here’s how the past week went:

  • Log my food & exercise. Check!  This is second nature to me now.  My phone is about to die every night because I’m using the MyFitnessPal app all the time to log what I eat and enter my workouts. (Ok, I also play stalk a lot on Facebook, but I use MFP a LOT!  I need to add more friends – always looking for positive supportive motivating friends, so if you use My Fitness Pal, I would love to add you as a friend – look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. Sorta – we had a lot of leftovers in the fridge this last week, but Monday I got my Emeals plan printed and got myself to the grocery store and stalked up on the ingredients needed to follow it this week. Also bought my new favorite Greek yogurt flavor – Dannon Oikos Key Lime.  It actually tastes like Key Lime Pie!  In the past when I have tried key lime yogurts, I thought they tasted like PineSol, blech!  But this is soooo creamy & truly limey.  Like dessert in a cup, but with way more protein & calcium.
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. I feel so free with my “Eating More to Lose Weight” approach that I don’t feel like I have to eliminate my addiction to sugar.  Nothing feels “off limits.” Now, I must admit we had a box of Nutty Bars in the house a couple of weeks ago and that truly tested my willpower.  One “portion” of nutty bars packs a whopping 310 calories… and not exactly filling.  So it’s things like that that I need to break my addiction to.  Not feeling deprived though, especially since I track all of my calories.  I can plan around a meal out or eat lighter during the day if I know I’m going to want ice cream for dessert.
  • Exercise 5 days a week. Nope – I did 3 days.  But those 3 days were following the C25K (Couch to 5K) plan!!  Last Monday, lil man & I went to pick up my running shoes at The Running Well Store and I ran my first day of C25K that evening.  It wasn’t pretty and my knee was a little sore after the first workout, but every time I run I do improve, although it’s baby steps. Tonight’s workout just stunk… I felt so good the first 4 intervals (each interval at this point is run 1 minute, walk 90 seconds).  I was able to run the first 4, then decided to walk through the 5th because I knew I was getting tired, but then the 6th I could barely do 30 seconds and then I HAD to walk the last 2 intervals.  My legs felt so leaden that I couldn’t even walk faster than 3.0.  I don’t know what happened – advice from my running friends??
  • Get more sleep. This is happening – but only because it is summer vacation! But last night, I just couldn’t get comfy.  I woke up at 4 a.m. and laid there & laid there & laid there….. and then fell asleep about 2 minutes before my alarm went off, which was about the same time lil man decided he wanted to get up.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. Check out my stats page to see the latest!
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks.  So I am securely in onederland! This week I saw a new all-time low (at least for this weight loss journey) on the scale.  I’m gonna make it official – I have lost THIRTY pounds!  I have been hovering at 28/29 lost for months, so I’m wondering if the running jump-started my body into losing again.  (Totally okay with that by the way.) Now, my next milestone is 32 pounds lost – because I’ve been wanting that since April when my 32nd birthday was approaching. I’m hoping it doesn’t take another two months to lose the next two pounds!  30 pounds down 22 to go!!!!

Now time for you to check in! How has your week been? How are your personal goals going?  I would love to hear from my friend who is training for a marathon!

Week 17/52: Goals Check-in

Week 17 brought my new diet into play, MUSIC and the last of my birthday celebrating!  Busy, but good week!  I promise I will tell you about the new diet, just give me time.

  • Log my food & exercise. Check! I learned from my fitbit that I burn about 2300 calories (on average) per day.  I find it really interesting that even though it resets itself at midnight, when I wake up at 5:00 a.m., I have already burned about 350 calories – just laying in bed!  It has really put what I learned about BMR and TDEE in the front of my mind.  It’s  making so much more sense that I cannot eat just 1200 calories a day – if I can burn nearly a quarter of that just laying in bed for 5 hours.  I must feed myself to keep my body happy and satisfied with dropping some weight.  If you use My Fitness Pal, there is an excellent group called Eating More to Weigh Less.  I would encourage you to check them out.  The ladies that moderate the group give excellent advice, ideas & support. I would love to add you as a friend on MFP so we can keep each other motivated – look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK!  I had to make quite a few modifications this week to make it fit my new eating plan, but everything was still yummy & the whole family enjoyed it! We went out to eat for the last of my birthday celebrations on Sunday, where I completely  enjoyed an ooey-gooey cheesey enchilada (and a half).  So yummy, so worth the calories.
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. My new way of eating is going to make this a reality!
  • Exercise 5 days a week. Eh – only 3 days.  One morning I couldn’t seem to pull myself out of bed and then the next day apparently I didn’t even set my alarm, so by the time I woke up it was the time I would have gotten back from the gym – whoops!  But Friday I worked out in the morning, ran around (ok, not literally) work like a mad woman and then mowed the grass – I was pooped after that!
  • Get more sleep. Hmmm… except for that forgetting-to-set-my-alarm morning, I haven’t gotten much more sleep.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. Still way behind!  But never fear – 6 more days until summer vaca!  Then you’ll get sick of me! At least until my summer job starts…
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. AAAARGH! At this point, I’d be happy with 30!  Do you hear me, Me?  I just want to see that 30 pounds lost badge appear on my blog – come on!! I’m getting so impatient!!! (if you couldn’t tell)

And for the music part of my week?  Well, I finally got to check out the new community band and for a small fledgling organization, the group sounds really good.  Unfortunately I couldn’t play at their first concert because I was playing in another, but I heard great reviews!  The concert I played in was an alumni concert for the group I played in in high school.  I must tell you, these high school musicians are so talented.  Absolutely amazing – it was an honor to be allowed to play with them.

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Week 16/52: Goals Check-in

I am way behind!  I’m halfway through week 18, and I haven’t even had a chance to tell you about weeks 16 or 17!  I feel like a lot of changes have happened since I last wrote.  In a nutshell, I still haven’t reached that magic 32 pounds lost; I’m trying a new diet (read: a new way of eating, not a fad diet); I got an awesome birthday present; and I’m feeling more self-confident every day (reminder – this is how I felt during week 16).

  • Log my food & exercise. Check!  And I have a new “toy” to help keep me in line.  Meet the Fitbit!  I had heard things about it here and there and then when I was at my conference a few weeks ago, a lady behind me was talking about how great her fitbit is, so I just butted right on into her conversation and asked her all about it.  Then I texted my hubby and said, “if you still need a bday idea for me, how about a fitbit?”  I’m still learning to use it and the website it syncs to has all sort of tools, but probably the greatest thing is that you can link it to MyFitnessPal (and other similar websites), so they talk to each other and if I’ve had a particularly active day, my Fitbit will tell MyFitnessPal to let me have some extra calories!  If you use My Fitness Pal, I would love to add you as a friend so we can keep each other motivated – look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK! I know I haven’t posted any “What I Made Monday” recipes lately, but we’ve been enjoying yummy food.  I’m really looking forward to vacation to cook more!
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. My new way of eating is going to make this a reality!
  • Exercise 5 days a week. ALMOST – I made it 4 days.  I will explain more later, but  I was in a lot of pain.  Like, this-is-all-I-can-do-to-get-up-and-pretend-I-feel-good-at-work pain and popping 4 ibuprofen every 4 hours. So I decided not to work out that morning.
  • Get more sleep. Yeah – my awesome lil’ Fitbit even tracks my sleep! It informs me that I sleep just about 6 hours a night – but get this – I hardly wake up, so once I’m out (according to FitBit, it takes me about 5 minutes to fall asleep), I usually stay asleep, so I am 99% sleep effiicient!  Yay for efficiency, but let’s bump up the duration to 8 hours!!
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. As mentioned above, I am so behind!!
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. This is the holy grail. Lately it’s two steps forward, one step back.  I’m still hovering on the border to onederland.  It’s like the border patrol can’t figure out if I’m a legal resident, so they are keeping me in a holding cell until I can prove I deserve residency in onederland!  Someday I will push through and kiss my old homeland goodbye!!

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Week 15/52: Goals Check-in

I might as well title this: Up & Down, Up & Down.

  • Log my food & exercise. Check!  I have logged everything – the weight of the weights I lifted, the length of time I walked, the foods I ate – everything!  Good & bad (but most of it is good anyway!).  If you use My Fitness Pal, I would love to add you as a friend so we can keep each other motivated – look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK! I cooked a lot this week. I can’t remember everything, but one particular meal we all liked was a Southwest Quiche.  We told the little guy it was egg pie, because we figured anything followed by the word “pie” would get eaten… and it absolutely did.  I’m sure I’ve given the impression that he’s a picky eater – he’s not, he’s just two and if it sounds unusual, he will act two and announce he doesn’t like it. I plan to post the Southwest Quiche recipe later this week on the blog, so stay tuned!
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. This last week I’ve actually been more focused on tracking my sodium.  So many mornings I wake up and feel puffy and thirsty, so I’m trying to figure out where all this salt is coming from.  I’m sure I could make more foods from “scratch” and scratch out the salt that way.  Maybe that’s something I can experiment with this summer.
  • Exercise 5 days a week. YES! Yes! Yes!!  I made it to the gym all 5 mornings last week.  I strength trained three of those days.  And Friday I got the best self-confidence boosting compliment while I was there!  You really need to read my story.
  • Get more sleep. Nah – it ain’t happenin’. I think I would like to get 7 hours, but I never get more than 6.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. I blogged several times. Check out my posts from the last week – here, here, here and here.
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. See all that awesomeness above?? 5 days working out, tracking my food, watching my sodium??? And for what??  Well, Friday morning I weighed in at the lowest number I’ve seen in years! Securely in ONEderland! And then I celebrated my birthday. . … My husband took me out Saturday to a dinner theater.  The food was excellent and even though it was a buffet, I was only able to eat one plate of food. I was so disappointed I got full so quickly!  I was able to sample everything, but had planned to get one more plate of whatever was my favorite, but I got full!  I also ended up with a huge tummy ache.  I imagine my stomach wasn’t used to all the rich foods.  Sunday our family went out for pizza.  I started with a salad and only ate two pieces of pizza.  We had ice cream from a local walk-up ice cream shop (I had a scoop of birthday cake flavor, appropriately).  The rest of the weekend I ate as I usually (healthfully) would. I even tracked it all.  So I went into my Tuesday morning weigh-in with high hopes – I figured it wouldn’t be as low as Friday morning, but still under the 200 mark.  And boy was I wrong!!  I gained nearly 3 pounds!!!  I am so frustrated with gaining and losing these same 2-3 pounds for the last few weeks, especially since there are more birthday celebrations and various parties scheduled in our next several weekends. I’m beginning to think my new weigh-in day should be Friday – I probably won’t do that though because I would totally slack off & overindulge on the weekend.  So of my last weigh-in this morning, I have lost 27 pounds, which leaves me with 25 pounds to lose this year!  I’m not so happy about that, but it is what it is.  I am really looking forward to saying “I’ve lost 30 pounds!” or “I’m in ONEderland and been there a whole week!”  Ups & downs…

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Weeks 13 & 14/52: Goals Check-in

The major news from this week is I moved into ONEDERLAND!!

  • Log my food & exercise. These are the first weeks I haven’t logged every morsel. Part of this is because of Easter and I had already decided there was no way I would gain thirty pounds eating Easter dinner, so I decided I could eat whatever I wanted on Easter. So I didn’t log it.  And I lived. The world didn’t come to an end! If you use My Fitness Pal, look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK! With the exception of Easter dinner, I cooked and followed emeals. Last Monday was a really yummy recipe that I hope you check out under my What I Made Monday category. The Monday after Easter? I made leftovers. 🙂
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. In progress!  Easter Sunday I ate whatever I wanted including candy. I don’t know that I will ever be fully cured of my sugar addiction, but I am beginning to lean towards an “all things in moderation” approach.
  • Exercise 5 days a week. Nope! I tried, but I had no energy. I think I made it 3 days and did do some weight lifting. This last week I had a sick kid one morning. Then I thought I would be all “good” and visit the fitness center at the conference I am at right now, but guess what?  I forgot my dang socks! Yes, there is a Walmart, but I would have to drive quite a ways and just for socks?  Ugh… No thanks. I know, no excuses. It will be ok though. I will not gain 30 pounds in one weekend. Really. I swear.
  • Get more sleep. Nope. I was getting ready for Easter and cleaning, cleaning, laundry and more cleaning. And at my conference? Yeah, I stay up late talking to college friends and playing on the iPad and watching TV. There is no sleeping in either.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. I blogged a couple times. Check out my posts from the last week!
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. I am in ONDERLAND! I refuse to weigh again soon though since I indulged on Easter. I am currently at a conference out of town and at the mercy of eating out and having food provided to me at the conference center. I am trying to make healthy choices, but when you have triple layer chocolate cake staring you in the face, what do you do? It’s not like I eat this all the time, so….. My next short term goal is to lose 32 pounds by my 32nd birthday, which is next Sunday. In 8 days. That means I need to weigh in at 196 in a week 8 DAYS! Ack! I am scared to weigh this Tuesday, because I have a feeling my house in Onderland was rented out this week. But as of my last weigh-in, I had lost 28.8 pounds, which leaves me with 23.2 pounds to lose this year!  Over halfway there!!

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Week 12/52: Goals Check-in

This is the end of my 3rd month of “Workin’ it Out.” I have come a long way in three months. I uploaded my most recent progress pictures tonight to my stats page and I am always shocked when I look back at those pictures from my first week.  It’s amazing!

Last week was a good week – lots of accomplishments!  Here’s how I did with my goals this week:

  • Log my food & exercise. CHECK!  I continued my calorie goal at 1500, plus exercise and for this coming week I have upped it to 1600, which is right at my BMR.  If you missed it, check out my post about why I have increased my calories here. It still hurts my brain, but I continue to read more about eating more to lose weight and I think it can be done! It you use My Fitness Pal, look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. Sorta – We had a bunch of leftovers, so it was a C.O.R.N. (clean out refrigerator night) nearly every night. I did make a Turkey Vegetable Soup on Monday when it was 80 degrees that was really tasty.  Check out the recipe here.
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. In progress!  I think last week went pretty well, except for the ice cream I had Saturday night.
  • Exercise 5 days a week. Nope! While I don’t really like to make excuses, my excuse is that I had my hair re-permed on Wednesday afternoon and couldn’t wash it.  Well, there was no way I was going to work out and not wash my hair afterwards, so I didn’t go Thursday or Friday. I made it to the gym 3 days, walked in a charity event on Saturday and mowed the grass on Sunday.
  • Participate in a 5K. So it wasn’t a 5K, but I did complete my first organized walk for charity.  It was just 2 miles, but I am so proud of myself for just doin’ it! Plus I helped raise money for the Dream Factory. Win-win!
  • Get more sleep. Never… but I can wish!
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. Several times!  Check out my posts from the last week!
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. I weighed in on Tuesday I lost 2.4 pounds!!  Again, with increased calories!!  I have officially lost 25.4 pounds!!  New athletic shoes here I come!! 25  pounds down, 27 to go. (And only 1 pound to the halfway point and 2.7 until I see a ONE on that scale!) I’m so excited!!!!

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Week 11/52: Goals Check-in

Last week was not nearly as stressful as the prior week, just busy.  Even with Monday off work, I felt like I needed another day – isn’t that how it always is?  This week has been busy too and I can’t believe it’s already Thursday and I haven’t blogged about last week!  I can’t even think of any major events from last week.  I did increase my calorie goal and I very carefully monitored my intake since I was so frustrated with my plateau.

Here’s how I did with my goals this (really last) week:

  • Log my food & exercise. CHECK!  I increased my calories from 1250 to 1500, plus exercise.  This weekend I plan to post a lengthy explanation as to why – stay tuned!
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK! I made a couple of breakfast dishes that were so yummy!  One night we had baked French toast that was so easy I think I would opt to always make it baked.  I also made some blueberry oatmeal pancakes.  I don’t even like blueberries, but these were delish!
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. In progress!  I think last week went better than previous weeks, but I am still not perfect (and I won’t be and I don’t expect myself to be).
  • Exercise 5 days a week. CHECK! I made it to the gym 4 days, cleaned house another day and mowed the grass (in March!?!) on Saturday.
  • Get more sleep. Hahahaha – maybe I can focus on this this summer when I have a few weeks away from my job.  I started reading a new Jodi Picoult book and I cannot put it down – so good!!
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. I posted a little.  Have you checked out my recipes?
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. I weighed in on Tuesday and…. drumroll, please….. I lost a pound!!  Yippee!!  I have never been so excited to see one little pound gone!  I have busted my plateau with increased calories!!  I can’t wait to share my strategy with you soon! 23  pounds down, 29 to go. (And only 2 pounds to my next reward of new workout shoes, 3 pounds to the halfway point and 6 to one-derland!)

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Week 6/52: Goals Update

Have you ever seen the movie Money Pit? I have started to worry that’s where my house is headed. Our family is now heading into week 3 of not having a reliable drainage system. This means we cannot use the dishwasher, hand wash dishes (more than a couple at a time at least) and no using the washing machine. We thought all of our plumbing and drainage was fixed on Friday, but Sunday night as my hubby and I were working to rebox things in the garage and move them back into the basement and the washing machine was going, water started running into the garage from the wall adjacent to the laundry room – Flood #2. Fabulous. I’m a bit tired of us shop vac-ing the laundry room floor at 10:00 pm. So after being all excited that I woud go grocery shopping and cook healthy meals this coming week, we are in limbo again and eating whatever I can find that is lower calorie at fast food restaurants. So let’s hope Bob Harper and the folks at the Biggest Loser never read this. This season they are all about a Season of No Excuses. Bob probably would tell me I should have washed my dishes with the spigot outside or in the bathtub! My other excuse is that there were a few less structured meals that I didn’t have control over, such as parent teacher conference night where I did my best to guess how many calories I ate; the inservice the next day when my colleagues and I went out to eat and the kiddie birthday party where I had to guesstimate how many hundred calories of birthday cake I ate…. Again, Bob would have said i should have packed my dinner, packed my lunch and only ate the cake if it were whole wheat, egg free with sugar free icing (yeah, right). But as always, I’m keeping it real and honest, so here’s the scoop on the progress of my goals. Let’s see how this week went (all things considered):

  • Log my food & exercise. CHECK! I did my best this week, but this has been a wacky week. I have definitely learned I am not ready to have a lot of freedom with food choices. My estimates I had to make probably weren’t 100% accurate.
  • Follow my E-mealz Portion Controlled plan. Nope and boy do I miss my emeals! I know I complain about having to cook and clean and even though I love eating out (well, I don’t love eating fast food this much, I would much rather be eating at 4 star restaurants!), I am really looking forward to having a home cooked meal again!!!
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. I’ve decided to start when Lent starts. Even though, I had been better about at least reducing my sugar… Yeah this week not so much. There was definitely some emotional eating and not so mindful eating. Thank you stress!
  • Exercise 5 days a week. I managed four days at the gym and one day at home. Saturday I busted my butt with laundry, cleaning the basement floor and repacking boxes to move them back in the basement, but it seems like I get to do basement floor all over again.
  • Participate in a 5K I would like to participate in the color run, but they still haven’t opened registration!! I hope they plan to extend their cheaper registration rate deadline.
  • Get more sleep. Nope, still haven’t accomplished this one! But I read a really good article on the Huffington Post yesterday about getting more sleep and I am going to try their tips this week. Mini goal for this week: 2 nights in bed by 10:00 pm.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight I haven’t posted much this week, but hope you have read a little.
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. So last week I said, “This seems to be going much better than expected.” Enter excuses mentioned above and I gained nearly a pound this week… Oh well, it is a new week and I am still 18 pounds lighter than I was 6 weeks ago, so I am still positive that I am doing things right (as long as I have more structure!) 18 pounds down, 34 to go! Oh! I have a new deadline! I purchased a Groupon today for a spa day. The Groupon has to be used by August 22. So if I lose 45 pounds by then, I get a spa day!!! You can read more about my rewards here.

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Recreate A Relaxing Spa — At Home: via HuffPost

I think a little pampering at home may be something to do at the end of a busy week!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josie-feria/home-spa_b_1260836.html

I could definitely see adding this into my rewards. Maybe treat myself every time I lose 5 pounds.

How do you pamper and make time for yourself at home?

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