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Friday Goals

Friday, October 24, 2014

I'm keeping to the low end of the calorie range, because I had 2,600 in calories yesterday (DS16's birthday). We went to a Chinese/Japanese/Thai restaurant, and there were so many delicious choices in, I plan to go back next week for my birthday.

Personal trainer yesterday:
We did my physical therapy exercises to strengthen hips and abs; and upper body workout.

Friday Goals

1. Write it before I bite it
2. 1,200 calories
3. avoid starchy carbs
4. grade how healthy my meals are
5. 4-4:30 exercise
6. winner, winner, chicken dinner
7. 6pm football game, bring canned goods for donation

Stadium wear:
t-shirt, long sleeve shirt, jacket, hat, gloves, scarf, uggs, stadium blanket

NSV: I met a woman my age at Zumba (well 12 years younger) who couldn't believe I'm 53 and dance like that!

Motivational Quote:

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."
- Bruce Lee

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MORTICIAADDAMS 10/24/2014 8:46PM

    I would love to try zumba too. It sounds like it would be fun!

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2BDYNAMIC 10/24/2014 1:00PM

    All sounds excellent .......... Glad you are doing so well ................. Have lots of fun tonight .......... stay warm. emoticon

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LIS193 10/24/2014 12:31PM

    Great goals!!
Have fun at the football game!

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Why I hid my scale

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Why did I hide my scale? What is it like to put away the scale? How do I judge progress?

Oct 13, 2014, I hid my scale in the linen closet because it was a daily frustration. I was getting obsessed with it. I get these emails from "No Excuses Weight Loss" every day telling me I deserve to be losing 1-3 pounds a week. I feel under pressure to "put up big numbers," as they say on Biggest Loser. I was dieting, exercising, but cutting loose on weekends. And Monday weigh in was such a bummer. I was mad as hell and not going to take it anymore! But instead of throwing my scale out the window, Network style, I put it out of sight in the linen closet.

I was afraid that I would gain, like other times that I stopped weighing myself. But that was different. Because in the past a vacation from the scale, was accompanied by a vacation from weight loss effort. This time, I looked back in time to a period when I was successful. April-June, 2014 I lost 5 pounds in 5 weeks. I looked at how I ate, exercised, felt, and I made a plan.

I shifted my focus from the outcome (scale) to the process (daily goals). I made 5 or more daily goals to hit. They could be appointments, calories, no alcohol (alas!), or attitude. They have to be challenging, but doable, concrete, and only about TODAY. I have a shrug if I don't meet my daily goals. And every day is a new chance for new goals specific to my daily needs. No copy/paste!

I judge my progress by how I look naked, in clothes, and how hard or easy it is to walk up stairs, carry groceries, do zumba. I pay more attention to how exercise makes me feel happy. My pants are fitting better, not as snug, but a few of the low riding pants have more muffin top than I would be comfortable wearing to work. It's only been 10 days. Give it time. Soon.

I got a sneak peek a the scale at the dr's office on Friday showed progress, although it's a different scale, different time of day, and with clothes on.

I plan on taking the scale out Nov. 1, and doing my "Pinch Punch, First of the Month," then putting it back out of sight.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LIS193 10/24/2014 12:31PM

    Although I weigh every day, my tummy and how my pants fit are the best indication of my weight. Good for you putting the scale away and working on fitness and health!!

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IDICEM 10/24/2014 9:53AM

  Great plan! Scales are only a tool. emoticon

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PHEBESS 10/23/2014 11:45PM

    We don't have access to scales since we're travelling, although we do hop on one when there's one available. Up, down, I stick with how my clothes feel and how I think I look.

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FIT2BETHIN 10/23/2014 9:41PM

    I never thought to do this before! Like you, I need to make a point of measuring my progress in other ways. Thanks for the ideas!

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WIFE48 10/23/2014 3:23PM

    We all have to deal with the scale in our own way.

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/23/2014 2:57PM

    That's fantastic - I need to do this

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2BDYNAMIC 10/23/2014 2:44PM

    I do remember reading your prior blog on this 'touchy' subject ........... I too have my ways of deciding how I am doing ............. BOO on those scales! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/23/2014 2:39PM

    I hope the scale is kind to you when you break it out.

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MM11113 10/23/2014 2:25PM

    I use the belt method. When it gets loose, I punch another hole in it.

Just because you can measure something, does not mean it is the best measurement of progress.

You should grade yourself on how healthy your meals are. Was it a struggle, or are healthy meals appealing to you more and more.

I weigh once a week, and am happy if I don't go up. If I go down, then I have to stay down. Don't be in a hurry. I never watched the biggest loser, but it is so unrealistic to think they will keep the weight off. They have no experience in real life and weight management!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 10/23/2014 2:23PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Its very tempting to let the scale define our progress more often than not all it does is over shadow the real progress that we are making.

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Thursday Goals

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Today is my son's birthday! He is now DS16. How will this effect my goals today? I still plan on going to personal trainer. We're going out to dinner at a local Chinese restaurant (not a chain). And I'm going to have a slice of cake. This may be a 2,000 calorie day.

Thursday Goals:
1. Write it before I bite it
2. Prioritize my needs
3. Drink plenty of water
4. p/u DS16 after school
5. 4:30 personal trainer
6. no alcohol
7. eat reasonable portions. This isn't the last meal!


edited to add:

1. no
2. yes
3. yes
4. yes
5. yes
6. yes
7. yes

calories 2,614 (DS16's birthday)

B-eggs, bread, turkey bacon
S-Greek yogurt, apple, kind bar
L-soup & salad
S-M&Ms, crackers
D-hot & sour soup, panang curry shrimp, rice
S-cake & milk

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LIS193 10/24/2014 12:33PM

    emoticon to your son!
Your dinner out sounds wonderful - love curry!

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IDICEM 10/24/2014 9:51AM

  Happy birthday to DS16! And great goals -- I love special occasion splurges. emoticon

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ICEDEMETER 10/23/2014 1:39PM

    Happy birthday to your son!

It sounds like you've got a good and fun plan - hope you all have a great time!

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LE7_1234 10/23/2014 1:27PM


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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/23/2014 12:57PM

    Happy birthday to your son!! I hope you both have an enjoyable time!

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Wednesday Goals

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Another busy day.
1. Write it before I bite it
2. eat every 3-4 hours, so I don't get too hungry
3. 4pm p/u DS15
4. 4:20 physical therapy
5. 6-7 zumba
6. no alcohol

Physical therapy was ok. I learned that weakness in my abs & hips contributed to misalignment in lower body, and pain in knees, and even my bunion. So I have a set of easy exercises.

Personal trainer was ok. We worked on lower body. Left knee was pain-free due to cortisone shot on Friday. Right knee was slightly painful, but I worked through it. I focused on tightening the glutes, and not compensating with the quads. IYKWIM

I didn't go to dance class since I had 2 workouts.

Motivational quote:

Every time you feel yourself getting pulled into other people's nonsense, repeat these words:
"Not my circus. Not my monkeys."
-Polish proverb


1,408 calories, and hit all my daily goals!

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LIS193 10/22/2014 1:10PM


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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/22/2014 11:35AM

    This reinforces to me that I really need to find a doctor and go to him. LOL.

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DETERMINEDJANET 10/22/2014 11:26AM

    I really have to watch the glutes too because of my constant sore knee. Have a great Wednesday!

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IDICEM 10/22/2014 10:46AM

  Great goals and plan for moving forward. emoticon

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RITAROSE 10/22/2014 10:43AM

  Making good choices will add up! emoticon

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PHHHISC 10/22/2014 10:30AM


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ALICEART2010 10/22/2014 10:29AM

    Good plan!

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Tuesday Goals & IOWL #271

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

IOWL (inside out weight loss) #271: Unblocking your dreams

What can be blocking my dreams of becoming slimmer?

In my dream of being slim goes like this: I'm in a swim suit, on a very active vacation on a warm & sunny beach. I walk, play, swim, sunbathe, well aware of how good I look, and the admiring glances. This is the dream that makes me happy. My towards motivation.

I think sometimes I'm afraid to dream too big, because it will lead to disappointment. And sometimes I don't even hit my daily goals, but I keep putting out goals that are challenging, but accessible. It's an ideal to strive for. But it's ok if I don't hit every one. It's not all or nothing.

What's your dream of being the slim version of yourself?

I'm setting my intention to live today as a slender person, craving the good stuff that makes my body happy.

Tuesday Goals:
1. Put myself on the top of my priority list
2. Write it before I bite it
3. 2:30 physical therapy (for knees)
4. 4:30 personal trainer
5. no alcohol
6. Eat green veggies at lunch & dinner

Motivational quote:

"You have been given one body, one vessel, one home. Thatís all youíre going to get. No matter how unhappy you are at this moment with it. Thatís the only one youíre going to get. Better to treat it with love, respect and give yourself the dignity you deserve, and move toward that healthier body that you want but do it with kindness and compassion for the one that you currently have."

-Heather Robinson

edited to add:
1 yes
2 yes
3 yes
4 yes
5 yes
6 yes


total calories 1,389

B-oatmeal, egg whites, blueberries
S-apple, kind bar
L-can soup, cauliflower, diet Coke
S-apple, 2 mini recces peanut butter cups
D-tacos, cheese, salad, dressing

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RITAROSE 10/21/2014 7:34PM

  Good goals to work toward your dreams! emoticon emoticon

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ICEDEMETER 10/21/2014 5:35PM

    Maybe it's a good thing that I never "dreamed" of being "slim" --- my "dreams" are of being pain-free and healthy, neither of which is ever likely to happen...

Reality being what it is, though, I LIVE "as if" it were true now, and find the joy in each and every day. "Slim" is fine (I guess that I kinda fit that definition now), but it's how you live that matters.

What I love about your blogs is that they show that you are "LIVING your dream" --- and the "slim" will follow along in its own time... Waiting to look a certain way before living how you want to just doesn't make much sense to me, and it's inspiring that you aren't waiting!

Good luck with the PT, and I hope that your knees feel much better soon...

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/21/2014 1:10PM

    I don't know that my dream is to necessarily be slim. My dream would be that I would wake up and not feel any discomfort, that I would roll out of bed feeling refreshed and eager to start my day. I would crave healthy food and exercise. My life would be about balance. I would be organized. Have structure. A schedule and to-do list. No clutter. No procrastination. Everything would be done in a timely manner. My home would be beautiful. I would remained unruffled. Stress would not be in my vocabulary. Any problems would be viewed as challenges to quickly overcome and move on. I would have plenty of time for work, sleep, preparing good meals, exercise, socialization, recreation. And like the commercials about the most interesting man in the world - mosquitoes would refuse to bite me out of respect, I would live vicariously through myself, if i were to mail a letter without postage it would still get there, when I drive a new car off the lot it would increase in value, on every continent in the world there would be a sandwich named after me, I could make orange juice out of apples. Superman would have pajamas with my logo, the dark would be afraid of me, roses stop to smell me, The Holy Grail is looking for me. my pillow is cool on both sides, etc. LOL.

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IDICEM 10/21/2014 12:10PM

  Great dream! emoticon emoticon

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LIS193 10/21/2014 12:08PM

    Love your dream!
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MARGOH12 10/21/2014 11:34AM

    Keep on aiming to achieve your dreams you can do

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