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5% challenge week 1 results

Sunday, October 07, 2012

So week one focused on getting in 10 glasses of water a day. Wow, that is really hard. I have to admit I didn't get it done every day. I did manage to do it 5 out of the 7 days which I think is really good. I am trying to keep that habit but take it down to 8 glasses a day. Drinking all that water made me feel really good. I think it also helped out with cravings. Looking back at my calorie intake I ate less on the days that I got 10 glasses in.

Fitness was still not up to what I wanted it to be. I didn't make my calorie burn in for the week but did get some minutes in for some good workouts. When I weighed Saturday morning I was glad to see a 1/2 pound decrease. It isn't much but it better than nothing.

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    emoticon on the loss and the water :)

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Nebraska 5% challenge pre-challenge items

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I am signed up for the 5% challenge on the Nebraska spark team. Here is everything I need to get started and focused.

Plans for exercise, meals, involvement:

1. Exercise-- 30 minutes 5x a week. I have a list what exercises I want to do. I will check them off as I do them. I will exercise after work before the rest of the family gets home.

2. Meals-- I use the SP meal plan. We grocery shop and plan meals for 2 weeks at a time.

3. Involvement-- I check SP at lunch and after work daily.

Updated goals:

1. Exercise consitently (5 days a week for at least 30 minutes). I will also meet my calorie burn set by SP every week and will keep track by tracking my fitness minutes.

2. Eat healthy. I will use SP meal plans. I will track my calories as well as my nutrients daily. I will stay in my set ranges. I will use SP daily nutrition report to keep track of how I am doing.

3. I will achieve a healthy BMI and weight. My goal weight is 116. I will weigh in weekly and post weight on SP. I will measure success in 5 pound increments. My goal for this 5% challenge is 7 to 8 pounds.

I weigh in on Saturdays so will have a more current weight on 9/29, but at last weigh in I was at 157 so I would like to be at 150 by the end of the challenge.

I am doing this challenge because I have progressive gained weight in the last 2 years after an injury at work. I have officially gained back everything I have lost. I have struggled with consistently exercising especially when my hip is sore. I definitely use it as an excuse to not exercise. I have also not been good about healthy eating. Before my injury I basically could eat/drink whatever I wanted because I would burn off the calories with no problem at work. Now that is not the case.

My triggers are boredom, stress, and alcohol. I eat more when I am bored so I need to find ways to keep myself busy when I home by myself. Stress is also an issue and there is lots of it lately. I have started incorporating more yoga and relaxation into my days. I also like to drink cocktails which skyrocket my calories. I have found light alternatives and lower cal options. I have also start carrying a water bottle with me all the time so I am less thirsty and don't grab a drink.

I am optimistic this will be the boost I need to get myself back on the right track. I know if I can stay consistent I can lose this weight. It will not only benefit my injury but my overall health.

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HYJEAN 9/30/2012 1:41PM

    You have a great plan, hope I can keep up with you.

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SHEENADEE 9/27/2012 9:15PM

    Looks like a great plan and challenge! Best wishes!

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LLREED 9/26/2012 7:48PM

    Great plan, Amy! You certainly have done your homework on this one. I'm impressed that you shop and plan for 2 weeks at a time. I can barely get a couple days in advance.
I hear you on the alcohol, too. That's one thing I struggle with. I'm off it for at least a month; I have an appointment with a dermatologist the middle of Oct. and I want to rule out alcohol as the problem before I go. I'll probably drink a little that weekend as we'll be out of town and it's near my BD but after that will probably go without through the rest of the challenge.

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1MANKNEY 9/26/2012 7:33PM

    I am a very slow loser. I have finally gotten back to my WIO on Wii. Hopefully that will get me losing again.
I recently discovered that I am a stress eater. I really was not aware of it before. I find that sugar free gum is a help for me when I just want a good flavor in my mouth. Try it, it might work for you, too.
Good luck with the challenge. emoticon


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Stuffed peppers--- WIO cooking challenge

Friday, August 31, 2012

We made stuffed bell peppers last night. Instead of the usual recipe I choose one from SP.

Here is the link:

It was very easy and delicious. Talk about filling for 300 calories. A serving is the entire pepper not just half. I would definitely suggest trying this one out.

Sorry my pic won't upload. I keep getting an error message. I will keep trying though. Mine didn't look quite like the pic with the recipe but pretty close.

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SHEENADEE 8/31/2012 10:53AM

    What a fun way to find a new recipe that you like.


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LOPEYP 8/31/2012 9:39AM

    Just checked out the recipe. It looks yummy. I think I'll try it tonight!

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WIO Double Dare Challenge

Friday, June 08, 2012

So, for our WIO Summer challenge our current challenge was to read 14 ways to change your walking, try 3 ideas, and blog about it.

I dusted off one of my WATP DVD's. So this is something a little different to my current exercise routine. It has been awhile since I did this DVD (5 miles Fat Burning Walk). One of the ideas in the article was to change up your routine which I definitely did.

This DVD added the elements of Power Walking, changing speeds, changing directions, and also changing stride lengths. Who knew one little DVD could mix up a walking routine so much. It felt great. I don't know why I don't use this DVD more often. Talk about feel the burn. Even better I burned off over 400 calories in the hour long workout.


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JEANUT 6/8/2012 9:08PM

    emoticon great workout

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LOPEYP 6/8/2012 7:19PM

    Glad that you had a great workout!

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Cautiously optimistic

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

After all my struggle with the injury to my hip I am almost feeling back to normal. There are still a few things I cannot do but I am getting back on track. My exercise minutes are up and what I can actually do is increasing. I have peaked at 16 pounds gained thoughout this injury. My weight peaked at 147about 3 weeks ago and now looks like I am on the way back down. I am down 1 pound so far this week. I have been tracking EVERY food I eat. I had really gotten out of that habit. I am staying in my calories range (some days a little under) and burning the amount of calories I need each day (sometime more). I am 4 workouts away from completing the walking 5K Your Way program. I did the 2.5 miles today and took only 45 minutes. I am not up to full pace yet but I am so close. After completing the walking program I am going to progress to the walk/jog 5K.

I am definitely making progress. Just over a month ago I was still walking with a limp and next week I will be completing a walking 5K. I have a long way to go weight-wise but I am taking it one pound at a time.

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MELIVA 4/3/2011 2:26PM

    Glad to hear you're up and at 'em and ready to kick some butt...even if it is slow and easy!

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HAPPYHARTZ 4/2/2011 7:56PM

    You go girl! As we all know slow and steady wins the race. Take your time and take it easy and don't overdo so you don't go backwards!


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CLCCOOL 3/31/2011 8:57AM

    Way to go! emoticon

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CANDOK1260 3/31/2011 7:21AM

    bb oy. I don;t know how you guy to do it. I can barely walk to my bus. But I admire the displine and courage must take to walk a 5k.

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JANTWO 3/31/2011 12:33AM

    Way to go girl!!!! I think you are such a wonderful inspiration and motivator!!!! emoticon

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