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A Surprise Goal

Saturday, January 17, 2009

I have been reading a lot of blogs and posts about people getting the "did you lose weight?" comment. I read them and smiled and thought how nice! Yesterday at school, one of the teachers asked me if I had lost weight. For the longest time I thought that my first small goal would be to lose 5 pounds on SP, but really, getting that complement was even a better goal. (Note - I DID lose 5 pounds since I started SP, and a little bit before that. So I am down 8 total.)
Now I really understand why everyone was so excited about that when they posted it. Yay!
BSP (before Spark People) I would have come home and celebrated with some General Tso and maybe some cheesecake, but this time I celebrated by going to the gym.

Small victories for me:
- Portions are MUCH more reasonable. I am actually eating suggested serving sizes for my meals and snacks!
- Water intake is out the wazoo. My skin is getting smoother, my hair is shinier...
- I have tons more energy
- No more mindless snacking when I come home from school
- My immune system seems to have really kicked in; there are a lot of sick people at my school, and I am not one of them! (knock on wood)

Happy Saturday!

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EATNBOOGERS 1/17/2009 3:58PM

    Good for you! emoticon (I will admit that for me, feeling better is all well and good, but a *compliment* and looking better? *YES*, that feels *very* nice.)

I'm right there with you about reasonable portions, better hair/skin from the water.

Congrats on your loss *and* your comment!

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Plaid Pants

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Yesterday was an exciting day for me. I have a really cute pair of plaid pants that I bought the last time I lost weight. I haven't been able to fit into them in about a year or so. Yesterday I wore them! It was so exciting. I could actually breathe in and move around in them. I teach elementary music, so it's really important for me to be able to move around.
Speaking of that, I do LOTS of movement with my kids and I have been feeling much less winded after having a few classes in a row. Wahoo!
This weekend is going to be a challenge. On Saturday I am going to visit my mom and she wants to go out to lunch with my brother and we are going out to dinner before the symphony. I am going to have to be crazy menu reader. But since I started measuring food, it has been much easier for me to not eat so much.

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EATNBOOGERS 1/16/2009 11:55AM

    Good for you! Woo hoo! Yea for cute pants! Yea for more energy!

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Today was my fiance's birthday. We went out to eat at a smokehouse and they had ribs. I love ribs. Since I have been tracking my calories, I am really paying attention to what I am eating.
I had:
A salad with dressing on the side. I dipped my fork in the dressing and used hardly any at all. yay! I kept my hands off the bread. I LOVE bread, and my fiance said it was really good. But I knew that bread was coming soon in crouton form in my soup.
French Onion Soup: I was a little nervous about the cheese and crouton, but it wasn't covered with cheese (hallelujah!) and there were only two little croutons under the cheese. The soup was WONDERFUL and worth every calorie.
1/2 rack of ribs: I got a full rack to take home leftovers. I did NOT touch the potato! This is amazing since I love baked potatoes. But I truly enjoyed my ribs.
I drank four big glasses of water with my meal!

I did not track my calories today (shame, shame) but I tried to be stingy this morning because I knew what was coming. Today was a good lesson for me. I learned that I can still enjoy going out to eat without a ton of salad dressing, bread, or potato. Leaving those things out allowed me to enjoy the food that was REALLY delicious.

Workout note: I spent over an hour trying to get my car out of its parking spot. After a lot of swearing and hitting the steering wheel, I managed to get it out. It was really icy here!

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EATNBOOGERS 1/13/2009 5:32PM

    I find it *so* hard to exercise restraint in a restaurant. I think you did *really* well. I think it's good to *enjoy* it so you don't feel cheated (and totally blow it the next time) but important to also not totally drop the ball. It sounds like you hit the right balance. emoticon

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Support is wonderful

Friday, January 09, 2009

My wonderful fiance has been so supportive of me. He is a chef and he loves to cook at home; he has really been thinking of healthy meals to prepare for us. He saves the cream of (broccoli, chicken, mushroom, garlic) for his restaurant and makes the yummy broth-based Thai soups at home. He thinks that Sparkpeople is a great website and is proud of how well I've done with my daily calories.
Today I broke down again and ate a bag of popcorn (no, not the 100 calorie bag, the whole bag of butter popcorn). I put it into my calorie count for today. Good news - It didn't totally blow my count for the day since I was really stingy earlier (which may account for the popcorn attack); bad news: I feel a little defeated. But before I joined SP, I probably would have just threw in the towel for tonight and ate a million other things. Instead, I logged 35 minutes of strength training for my upper body. Wahoo!
Tomorrow it is supposed to snow here (about 9 inches) so I am looking forward to a great cardio workout shoveling out my car. I'll probably lug around my neighborhood in my snowboots for a bit as well.

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NEWCREATION2010 1/11/2009 7:10PM


You have a good attitude! It's so wonderful to have a great support system in your own home, along with us Sparkers. Keep up the good work!

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EATNBOOGERS 1/10/2009 10:29AM

    Don't feel defeated! It's one day, and it sounds like you bounced back. I try to use times like that to remind myself--eg, "Oh yeah, I really *do* need to take time for breakfast, or I'll blow it later" (that's my weakness).

Man, if I had someone around making me Thai soups.... yum, yum, yum!

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

I am down four pounds from my SparkPeople start date of 1/1/09! I am so excited. In celebration, I am drinking a giant glass of water and having a healthy tuna melt (one with very little cheese and lots of mustard and cayenne and paprika in the tuna).
I am convinced that tracking my calories in one of the most important parts of losing weight. It doesn't seem worth the trouble to enter tortilla chips and cheese; I'd rather see the calories stay low.

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EATNBOOGERS 1/9/2009 12:22PM

    Congrats! Tracking food is daunting to me, so you have my admiration for sticking with this one.

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