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Finally getting it (sorta) right

Thursday, March 19, 2009

So I've been examining my nutrition tracker, and I discovered that I was not getting enough protein but certainly getting enough fat. I've been trying to add more protein to all my meals, and today is the 2nd day where I think I'm almost where I need to be. I had steel cut oats for breakfast (YUM with raisins and brown sugar) and I have chicken and black beans on my salad for lunch. If I have some chicken or shrimp for dinner tonight, I think I'll be all set.
Yesterday the contractor came and our sliding door works again. Yay! It turned out that there was a build up of gross grease-like stuff (blech) on the track, and the door would not open. He cleaned it with some acetone, and it slides again. Weird. I am REALLY looking forward to Spring Break at school so I can get some super cleaning done. I can't wait to open all the windows, air out the house, and maybe change out the curtains to something lighter. I'll see how much the budget allows me to do.
Tonight a friend is coming over and we are going to book our flights and hotels for our San Francisco/China trip in July. Wahoo!!!
Bought some new Kashi granola bars last night - dark chocolate cherry and chocolate coconut. I think they will satisfy this craving for chocolate that I've had lately.
Have a Sparky Day! Off to school.

  
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JOSEPHINE1231 3/19/2009 4:59PM

    Hmm, didn't know Kashi made that kind of bar. Will have to look for it. I love using bars for emergencies when out and about.

The nutrition tracker here is quite good. Better than most as far as the data base is concerned.

Saw you over on the Kossacks thread. What is your screen name? I'm Grandma Jo. That thread is kinda skimpy.

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EATNBOOGERS 3/19/2009 9:58AM

    I second the notion that the nutrition tracker is very helpful. When I feel like I'm having problems, I track.

I will have to check out those Kashi bars--they sound like they could be a solution for me, too.

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TABBALOOSA 3/19/2009 7:51AM

    I love those Kashi bars! :)

That tracker is worth its weight in gold - hehe. Your post is a good reminder to me that I need to get back to detailed tracking. I do much better when I put it ALL down in there. On the protein, don't forget about combining - you know, like grains and legumes. You may be getting a little more protein than you know.

Woohoo on the China trip!
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Jump Rope for Heart

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

That's what today is at my school. The whole day, all the kids are jump roping and doing other fitness activities. They get to taste different veggies and vote for their favorite one. I think it's a great day, and I get to wear sneakers to school. Yay!
And since I am wearing my gym stuff to school anyway, I can go right to the gym after school - no excuses. Today is going to be a beautiful day... 61 degrees, sunny, spring is on its way!
The contractor is coming to our house today to take a look at some doors and windows that need to be fixed. I am a little nervous about what it's going to cost, but it's all stuff that needs to be done. Ah... our first Spring as homeowners. Now I know why Lowe's and Home Depot put so much advertising money into their spring commercials!
A positive side effect of this lifestyle change is that my fiance is calling me beautiful all the time. I think he notices a big change in the way I look and in my confidence level. What a pleasant surprise!
Off to make the contractor list. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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EATNBOOGERS 3/17/2009 10:31PM

    Way back when, I worked for the AHA. I'm so glad they do this... jumping rope is SUCH a great exercise, and for kids, it's so much fun.

Woo hoo for compliments!

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TABBALOOSA 3/17/2009 2:48PM

    What a cool thing to do at school. That's just great! And does it get any better than when your main squeeze lets you know that stuff? Enjoy!!!
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P.S. You are too sweet sending me a goodie! Just lifts my heart and makes me smile. Thank you!!
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LSTRAIT2000 3/17/2009 8:14AM

  Enjoy your beautiful day!!

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A not so careful weekend

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Today was Pancake Sunday. We haven't had pancakes in a long time and I forgot how good they were. When I entered them into the Nutrition tracker, though, I got a huge surprise. Those two pancakes with syrup accounted for almost half of my day's calories! I used to eat pancakes for breakfast a couple times a week. No wonder I couldn't lose weight!
I had creme brulee on Saturday. YUM. I went out to eat with my mom and the restaurant we went to has the BEST creme brulee. I stuck to my plan and skipped the wine and the bread so I could have dessert.
Bought some really cute spring clothes yesterday. I actually *enjoyed* shopping! I can't wait until it gets warm so I can wear some new stuff.
Today I had a craving for chips. I complained to my fiance that I couldn't just go out to eat and order whatever I wanted to. Sometimes I wish that I could go out to eat and order a giant greasy sandwich, or a basket of onion rings, or a big chocolate dessert. I don't feel that way as often as I used to, but every once in a while I sometimes wish I didn't care about what I was putting in my mouth. But then he said "do you *really* want to eat that stuff though?" And I guess my answer is no. Fresh food and non-processed food tastes so much better. The last few times I ate greasy processed food, I got sick. The asparagus was SOOOO good tonight.
Went to the gym today and did my lower body exercises before my cardio. What a difference! I lifted heavier weights a little slower, and I could tell I worked hard because I couldn't even run when I was done. I just did a fast walk up an incline. Wow! I think my body needed that change. It will be summer before you know it!
Just got my China trip itinerary today. I'm SO excited! I'd like to lose another 15 pounds or so before I leave in July. I'll have to check my calendar, but I think that's doable.

Good things this weekend:
Two people I haven't seen in a while told me I looked "fabulous"
Got a nice comment that I really looked like I lost weight
Bought a smaller size in ALL my new clothes (woot woot!)
Got to see my dog, who I don't think is going to be around for much longer, which is a sad thing :(
Didn't eat too much, despite going out to eat on Saturday night.

Have a Sparky week!


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TABBALOOSA 3/16/2009 10:18PM

    Aw, the pancakes on Sunday brought back a happy memory for me. Every Sunday morning when I was a kid, my dad took over in the kitchen and made pancakes for everyone.

I hear you on the craving. I gave in to a couple of Oreo cookies lately, and immediately regretted it. The processed food just tasted nasty, really, and it made me feel yucky to have eaten something like that.

Woohoo on the China trip and all the "good things!"

I'm really sorry to hear about your dog, though. It's nice you got to spend some time together.

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Today's mission is...

Saturday, March 14, 2009

to find some casual clothing that I can wear on a weekend. I have been so concerned with buying new clothes for work that I forgot about what to wear on the weekend. It took me FOREVER this morning to find something to wear out shopping!

Thursday night was dinner with a friend. I ate a hamburger and french fries. Blech. It wasn't my plan, but it was damn good. My punishment was that all that fried food made me sick. I made sure to run a lot last night at the gym.

This weekend is going to a hard one for making good food choices. Tonight is the symphony with my mom; it's hard to resist the homemade creme brulee at the restaurant we are going to! I think I'll skip the wine and bread and go for the dessert. Yum.

Yesterday I was reminded why I like Spark People so much. I had conversations with two people that ended up with them talking about how they can't get to the gym, how they hate to work out, no water, bad food, etc. As soon as I mentioned something about going to the gym, the conversations stopped. Now I know why friends make friends fat, especially when both friends don't have the motivation to live a healthier lifestyle. Getting motivation from all you wonderful Sparkfriends has really made a huge difference. If I didn't have this resource, I think I would have caved into giant pizzas and cakes weeks ago. Five pounds would have been enough, and I would have just lived with being Fat. But now I know that I don't have to live with that. I can keep going and who knows where I'll be in another 2 1/2 months.

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EATNBOOGERS 3/14/2009 2:34PM

    Re friends... I agree. I guess I've gotten to the point where I really don't rely on friends to be involved in anything involving exercise, because that's just not where they're at. Sad, but true.

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KEEPSAKES66 3/14/2009 8:51AM

    It is true about friends. I have one who keeps breaking our gym dates and at first I would not go then I thought "heck with this" and I went anyways. I have a hard time with getting the time to exersise as I have a busy life, so when I make the plans I have decided I am going to do it one way or another...
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Haircut

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I love getting my hair cut. It's so relaxing, and the girls at the salon I go to give the most amazing head massages when they wash my hair. So I'm thinking shorter; like Winona Ryder when she was arrested at Saks.
I went to the gym last night, but I don't think I gave myself enough time between eating dinner and going to the gym. My stomach started to cramp up when I was running, so I had to cut the cardio short. I *did*, however, get in a full upper body workout.
Next week is a meeting with a trainer to update my workout. I definitely feel that I need some new exercises to add to the mix.
On Saturday I am going spring shopping (yay!) with some coupons (I don't buy any clothes without a coupon). I need to look for a new dress for a friend's wedding in April. SO excited to look for a cute (strapless?) dress - not a frumpy thing to hide lumps and bumps.
I am still getting nice compliments from people at work. One of the teachers told me I was looking "trim." I love the word "trim." It's better than "skinny" or "thin" I think because it makes me think of "fit and trim" (even though I think that's what Perdue calls their chicken - fit and trim).
Today I am wearing my "skinny skirt." I bought it for $10 at Target and it's the smallest size I've ever bought. I feel so good.
Going to dinner with a friend tonight... don't know where, but keep me in your thoughts as I avoid french fries and too many calories!

  
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EATNBOOGERS 3/12/2009 4:12PM

    I love getting my hair cut, too. I swear, if I had the money, I would pay someone to wash (and style) my hair every single day. :-)

Woo hoo on updating your workout! Progress!

I like "trim" and I like "toned", too. And woo hoo for compliments!

Good luck on the restaurant... knowing ahead of time that you have to plan helps!

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ALTHORP 3/12/2009 12:16PM

    Hey, thanks for the comment on my blog! Upping the calories really seems to have made a difference for me too, and it looks like you're still doing well. Good luck at dinner tonight! I had a friend stop by unexpectedly last night and we had wine and healthy snacks, but after he left I felt hungry (or rather, the 3 glasses of wine felt hungry), so I ate some more (all healthy stuff, but too much). Oh well, I can still do well today :)

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TABBALOOSA 3/12/2009 7:41AM

    Look at you, girl! Running around in your skinny skirt, glowing fit and trim. Love your bubbly posts - such a great attitude! You are definitely sparkin'!
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PINKYPOOS 3/12/2009 7:37AM

    wow - you sound super positive! I hope you like your new hairdo and be sure to post some pics for us!

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