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Halloween Friday Goals

Friday, October 31, 2014

I decided to not eat candy all day, until after dinner. Then I will check and if i have the calories for a sweet dessert. I have to have a "take it or leave it" attitude. Like I would be fine either way. This is living with intention, being true to my self. And it's also about not making food the main source of fun, excitement, pleasure in my life. Sure, eating is delightful, especially when I have a good appetite, but I'm making a shift to move food out of the center stage spotlight.

Yesterday, I had basically 3 workouts. Physical therapy 3-4, personal trainer 4:30-5:15, and Dance Fusion 7-8.

I bought some asparagus, and cooked it for dinner same day. Cooked it in a skillet with chicken broth, lemon juice, butter and garlic.

Friday Goals:
1. Write it before I bite it
2. no candy until possibly for dessert
3. no alcohol
4. Get 10,000 steps; jog in place while watching TV if I have to
5. physical therapy exercises (daily)
6. light candles at sunset 6pm

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/31/2014 4:19PM

    I am making chili and made a decorated cake. Neither one are my favorite things so I know I won't over eat.

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SCHECK5 10/31/2014 4:16PM

    Wonderful goals!!!

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TWEETYKC00 10/31/2014 12:21PM

    I'm proud of you, you are doing so well!

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WIFE48 10/31/2014 12:03PM

    What a great saying. emoticon

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LIS193 10/31/2014 12:01PM

    Great goals! That asparagus sounds yummy!
Have fun tonight!

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Thursday Goals

Thursday, October 30, 2014

There's 2 dance classes I attend:
1. Zumba M/W 6-7pm
2. Dance Fusion T/Th 7-8pm

Last night, at Zumba the instructor asked me why I don't go to Dance Fusion as much as Zumba. I said the time was inconvenient, I do physical therapy & personal training on T/Th, so I feel like 2 workouts is enough for me. But she asked me: did I not like that it's hip hop, or the energy was wrong? And I said I didn't like the choreography, too repetitive or monotonous. Now I hope it doesn't get back and hurt the other instructor's feelings. Or I came across as a snob. I think I better go tonight. Show of support.


Dear Asparagus,
I'm sorry I brought you home & neglected you to the point you went bad. Next time, you will be our dinner headliner the same day you arrive.


Thursday Goals:
1. Write it BEFORE I bite it
2. 1,200-1,500 calories
3. no candy
4. no alcohol
5. 3pm physical therapy
6. 4:30 personal trainer
7. 7pm Dance Fusion


Motivational quote:
"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible."
-Tony Robbins

Duke University researchers said in July that the average Weight Watchers subscriber paid $377 a year and only lost five pounds in other words, paying about $75 per pound.

Jersey Girl ate all the parmesan cheese.

edited to add:
1. yes!
2. yes 1,266 calories
3. yes
4. yes
5. yes...last day of pt
6. yes...did 25 min rowing machine & core
7. yes

B-oatmeal, blueberries, egg whites
L-chili & crackers
D-chicken, squash, asparagus

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BEACHCALSIX 10/31/2014 11:15AM

    I love the doggy picture emoticon bet that cheese was worth it haha
we have a hip hop yoga type of class at our gym and I feel the same way. It's too repetitive and gets boring. The instructor doesn't get excited either. Feedback is always appreciated, even negative feedback, helps them improve!
emoticon Let's complete all of our goals!

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RITAROSE 10/31/2014 5:01AM

  You are doing super! Congratulations on working your plan to the limit!! You inspire me! emoticon

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    You are doing great! I did not have my trainer this morning as his back is still very bad. I just put more time in on the treadmill along with some stretching and will do core at home.

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LIS193 10/30/2014 11:58AM

    Great goals! Oops about the asparagus...

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MY9STONEJOURNEY 10/30/2014 11:33AM

    I love your write it before I bite it!!!! I am going to use that... Awesome Goals!!! Awesome YOU!!! emoticon

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LUCYCAN7 10/30/2014 11:11AM

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/30/2014 11:02AM

    Most people only have so much time to devote to exercise. I would never apologize or allow myself to feel guilty for doing what is best for me.

Loved the asparagus comment. I am trying to have zero waste on produce but it's hard.

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/30/2014 10:45AM

    I love asparagus but sadly, the same happens in our house too often

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ICEDEMETER 10/30/2014 10:43AM

    You let asparagus go bad?!? ASPARAGUS??? Inconceivable!
You hit on one of my very serious "addictions" - I have to limit it strictly from a cost perspective. Feel free to send any that you won't be eating over to my place...

I suspect that the Dance Fusion attendance wasn't what they were expecting, and that your Zumba instructor paid you a huge compliment by knowing that you would give honest, constructive feedback as to why you weren't going to it as often. Hopefully the Dance Fusion instructor will take it as constructive, and major kudos to you for going the extra step of attending it tonight to reinforce that you intended it in a positive manner.

I know you're going to make this a great Thursday - have fun!

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AUNTRENEE 10/30/2014 10:30AM

    I always wanted to try Zumba but rather do it at home than in a group setting. I'm not a big fan of big groups.

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Wednesday Goals

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I had physical therapy yesterday, and was surprised that tomorrow will be my last day. Only 2 weeks. Now, it's up to me to continue doing the pt exercises.

I also had personal trainer. We did the rowing machine. I really like it for my knees, because my knee problem is tracking, and the action of the rowing machine keeps my knees in alignment. I could do that all day! I also did some upper body lifting since pt hit lower body and abs.

I took your advice, Spark Friends, and asked my personal trainer, to take my weight and body fat percentage. 25.3% HOLY CATS! That's lower than I thought. At the start of this weight loss journey, I was at 42%. Now, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), that puts me on the low end of average, knocking on the door to fitness.

I think that the percentage is off, just by what I see in the mirror, looks more like 35%.

Wednesday Goals;
1. 1,200 calories
2. no candy
3. 10,000 steps
4. Zumba 6-7pm
5. Physical therapy exercises

Dinner is spaghetti and meat sauce, spaghetti squash for me.

edited to add:
1,211 calories
Made all my goals

B-oatmeal, blueberries, egg white
S-kind bar
L-French onion soup, salad & dressing, diet coke
D-spaghetti squash, meat sauce, salad & dressing, parmesan cheese

It was challenging to eat low enough to make 1,200 calories, and still not be hungry, and everything I ate was nutritious and delicious. Win!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/29/2014 4:26PM

    Great body fat percentage!!!

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LIS193 10/29/2014 11:52AM

    emoticon That's a great number for body fat percentage! You must have some serious muscles!

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ICEDEMETER 10/29/2014 9:36AM

    42% down to 25.3%
LOW end of "average" and bordering on "fitness"

HOLY CATS is right! Now THAT is real progress!!!

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Well worth a "happy dance" in my books --- and I hope that you got another upper body workout patting yourself on the back!

Something to think about: you might want to chat with your trainer about whether it would make sense to re-assess your "goal weight". I suspect that what you originally had in mind might end up being a bit low, and require you to lose some of that lean muscle that you've worked so hard to build up, and you should think about whether you are willing to do that for the sake of a number on a scale.

Now I need to look in to getting a rower - it sounds like an awesome tool for those of us who are knee-challenged.

Have a great day!

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Tuesday Goals

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

This really hurts to write, but, I have to be open and honest with myself here. I pulled the scale out this morning, and I haven't lost any weight.

On the other hand. I am as healthy and vibrant as I've ever been. I danced Zumba last night, and my knees were feeling quite good. I did deeper squats and lunges. Not easy for a woman turning 54 next week. Just 2 years younger than my mother was when she died.

I didn't have a healthy role model in my mother. I begged her to quit smoking. But between smoking and eating, she had something in her mouth all the time. My 2 sisters are both disabled, yes, collecting SSDI, Social Security Disability Insurance. I chose to be different. I chose to re-educate myself, eat healthily, and exercise. I may be still in the lower end of the obese category of the BMI scale, but I'm physically fit, active, strong.

I just wish that my plan of daily goals, non-judgement, healthy eating, and exercise resulted in some weight loss. I'm not perfect. But I've been good enough. I'm eating in a way that I can maintain for a lifetime. I'm not dong anything extreme. No pills, shakes, or fad diets.

Time to ask the hard questions, only I can know the answers:
1. Can I be ok with not making progress?
2. Is being healthy and fit good enough, or do I still want the body of my dreams?
3. Will I try something extreme, if moderation doesn't work?

Tuesday Goals
1. 1,200 calories
2. 3pm physical therapy
3. 4:30 personal trainer
4. 5:30 DS16 audition
5. 6:30 tux fitting


Motivational quote:
To be good is not enough when you dream of being great. - by Anonymous

edited to add:
1,561 calories

B-oatmeal, blueberries, egg white
L-lasagna, squash, salad & dressing
S-grahams, 3 snickers minis
D-chicken, 1 slice swiss, potato
S-ff/sf pudding

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2BDYNAMIC 10/28/2014 8:51PM

    I have to say ......... I wish scales had NEVER been invented when I read things like this ................. It actually saddens me as I see one SUCCESSFUL beautiful woman! ............ and sparks just blogged about "what if we had no scales?" ........ saying look at OTHER things like .... how are your pants fitting; do you have more energy; on and on .................. PLEASE do not stress over those darned scales as stress can jumpstart the bad hormone that puts a halt on weight loss and more. You ARE doing great!!!

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LUCYCAN7 10/28/2014 7:28PM

  emoticon With everyones advice especially IDICEMs,you are doing
great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LE7_1234 10/28/2014 1:13PM

    Worth repeating:
That bites that the scale imps have chosen to be fractious this month, but that does NOT mean that you're "not making any progress".

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RICKHANN 10/28/2014 12:53PM

    It sounds like you're doing great. Look at the positive, you're feeling healthier and stronger. Don't do anything extreme. Keep your overall calories around 1200 to 1600 with food that provides your body with the nutrition it needs and you will start seeing results!

Make sure you follow the carb/fat/protein chart provided while tracking. How your body stores and uses energy is important when it comes to weight loss.


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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 10/28/2014 12:29PM

    Lisa, I vowed not to buy another diet book. I have a pile of them!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/28/2014 12:19PM

    I think you will at some point be happy just to be healthy. Beauty is fleeting. It is possible to be beautiful at any age but not young. At some point you will appreciate your improved health a lot more than you do now, especially as your mom died at an early age and your sisters are both in poor health. You are the one who is successful. The one who is setting a good example for your children and other young adults.

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LIS193 10/28/2014 12:12PM

    You did well t overcome the bad role model of your youth. You are fit and healthy and doing everything you can to stay that way. As for your weight - your body is happy there, maybe time to shake things up??
I love The Plan - it helped me lose steadily and now i am in maintenance mode.

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IDICEM 10/28/2014 11:36AM

  Overcoming an upbringing of poor habits is so incredibly fantastic. You are not only working on your health but are setting a healthy lifestyle for your children. Strive for healthy, not perfection, and you won't be disappointed!

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ICEDEMETER 10/28/2014 11:06AM

    Woohoo on the knees feeling good enough for deeper squats and lunges (along with zumba, of course)!

That bites that the scale imps have chosen to be fractious this month, but that does NOT mean that you're "not making any progress". I trust that your personal trainer tested your body fat % when you started, so maybe it's time to have that tested again to see if you've made REAL progress in changing your body composition to be stronger and healthier...

One thing you might want to consider adding to your tough questions:
"Does my current lifestyle make me happy? What changes would I want to make to the lifestyle that would make me happier?"

It's just something to think about... I can't maintain any changes that don't make me happier, and I honestly don't see the point in making changes that aren't sustainable and don't make me happy (just my POV).

You are doing wonderful things for yourself and your kids, so remember to stop and give yourself major kudos for all that you do!

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AALLEY2 10/28/2014 10:42AM

    Only you can answer your tough questions, I can relate to you. But like anything, you have admitted you are not perfect, that is the first step. emoticon

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Monday is NOT some magical day; Goals

Monday, October 27, 2014

It STILL feels weird to not weigh myself. I put on my plaid pants to judge my progress. Not there yet. Soon. (know your meme: )

Let's talk about starting diets on Mondays. Monday is NOT some magical day that we all of a sudden turn our life around. Diets don't work. Lifestyle changes do. That doesn't mean my life will be only water & vegetables. That is a little unrealistic.

For me, Monday-Friday provides structure. I know I'll be waking, eating, working at certain hours. I know I have appointments on my calendar for Zumba M/W, and Personal Trainer T/Th. It takes a lot of effort to move me off schedule. Weekends, on the other hand give me the unstructured time I crave. I chance to relax, take a nap, be productive, play, enjoy company and entertainment. I need this.

I look at this as calorie cycling. I have lower calorie intake M-F, and slightly higher on weekends. Enough to feel like I'm not deprived, but not binging. I found it helps if food isn't my primary way to cut loose on weekends. Food isn't the star of my show; I am.

Monday Goals
1. Write it before I bite it
2. Judge how healthy my meals are
3. 10,000 steps
4. 1,200 calories
5. Grill chicken for the week
6. 6-7pm Zumba
7. Physical therapy exercises

motivational quote:

"If you keep good food in your fridge, you will eat good food"
-Errick McAdams

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2BDYNAMIC 10/28/2014 8:53PM

    Love this blog and do like structure too! emoticon

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IDICEM 10/28/2014 11:28AM

  Great goals!!

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MISSYGEEN 10/27/2014 10:00PM

    I agree. On Sunday I usually go out to eat after church service with a few of the ladies. This Sunday I resisted urge to have the chilli cheese fries and tell myself I could splurge on the calories and begin with a fresh start on Monday. Instead, I opted for the grilled veggie taco, which turned out to be the best taco that I ever had emoticon This in turn gave me motivation to make better choices on Monday.

Thanks for the reminder. Great goals. Great quote. Enjoyed your blog

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/27/2014 4:10PM

    I hope your enthusiasm rubs off on me. I have no energy.

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LIS193 10/27/2014 12:02PM

    Great goals.
I love my structured days!

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JERZRN 10/27/2014 10:14AM

    Awesome goals!

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