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Happy Groundhog Day!

Monday, February 02, 2009

I would love to have Spring on its way.

Yesterday was Cheat Day for me. I didn't count calories; for lunch I had a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with blue cheese (my FAVORITE sandwich), a potato skin (yes, only one!), chips and salsa (I didn't count the chips) and 1 1/2 pieces of homemade pizza (my fiance makes a super dough). It was a wonderful day! I got up and went to the gym to run a little, just to get my metabolism going. I even went for a little walk after lunch because it was such a nice day!
No wonder I couldn't lose weight before... yesterday I stood around eating chips and salsa without thinking. I have no idea how many chips I ate. If that was what my life was like before Spark People (BSP), I can't even begin to imagine the calories I would consume in a day!

So today it's back to tracking and mindful eating. I think I like this way better. I feel more in control, and I can enjoy my food.

The teacher half of me wants snow tonight (I LOVE snow days), but the practical side of me wants the storm to go off coast. I'm tired of shoveling, and I'm tired of my car getting stuck in the ice and slush.

Happy Monday, all!


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AMYJEAN75 2/3/2009 1:33AM

    I love the idea of a cheat day! LOL and I think you made EXCELLENT choices in food to cheat with.


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TABBALOOSA 2/2/2009 8:54PM

    Well, your cheat day sounds happily naughty. Hehe. At least you got some exercise in. :)

Thanks for suggesting the walnuts on my salad to get in some more calories. Good idea. I really like walnuts, too.

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EATNBOOGERS 2/2/2009 2:47PM

    But it's *Monday*! ;-)

I think eating *one* potato skin is a big deal. I hear you on the mindful eating. Even when I'm not eating my best, I'd say I'm eating better than before, which is an accomplishment.

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One month down... a lifetime to go

Saturday, January 31, 2009

So here it is, the end of January. I have learned so much about myself this month. thank you, Sparkpeople! I learned:

- Cheese was my downfall. I learned to portion cheese and it made a HUGE difference.
- I really enjoy going to the gym! I love feeling strong and I love having muscles (even though they are still kinda small at this point).
- I'm stronger than I thought. I did not let food take over my life. (I had some close calls, though!)
- The feeling I get from people asking me if I lost weight is better than the feeling I get from eating a pint of ice cream.
- I love being able to pull anything out of my closet and not have to worry about a roll showing over the top of my pants.
- Support goes a long way. I don't think I could have been this successful without this website. To hear everyone's encouragement and to encourage and congratulate others has been SO important.

Here's to February! emoticon

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MRSTUCKER812 1/31/2009 8:53PM

  Thanks for your comment on my blog first of all! And congrats on your progress so far! It's amazing what good support does for our mentalities. I have to agree on the cheese thing. It's my downfall for sure! Why does it have to be soo fattening?!! And, great point about how good it feels to be asked if you lost weight rather than the feeling of ice cream! I like that, and it's so true! I just had a comment today and was very flattered! It all makes us that much more confident! Keep it up!

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TABBALOOSA 1/31/2009 7:49PM

    Cari, you are supercharged with positive focus! Awesome! And I'm with you, point for point in this post (well, I gave up cheese altogether - not missing it either!) Yay! And yes, here's to February (clinks glass of sparkling water)!

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EATNBOOGERS 1/31/2009 7:30PM

    Cheese is your downfall, too? Were we separated at birth? ;-)

Congrats to you! Woo hoo!

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Happy Thursday!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Just got back from the gym. It was weigh-in night. I got rid of three (three!) pounds this week. I am so excited. I didn't even take a shower yet, I was so excited to post it.
My piano is tuned.
My teeth are healthy (except my dentist recommended Invisalign braces to straighten out my slightly crooked front teeth. Ugh).
Lunch is packed for tomorrow.
I drank all my water today.
Tomorrow is Friday!
I can wear the cute vest my fiance bought me for Christmas. He bought a medium and I'm not sure I should have been offended, but I wasn't. It motivated me. Tonight I tried it on (as I like to do sometimes) and it zipped up with nary a problem. I can't wait until he comes home so I can show him!
When I was running tonight, my pants were falling down. One more pound to go, and then it will be 10 pounds rid of since I started SP on 1/1/09. I think I'll treat myself to some new running pants.
I need a shower before bed...

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EATNBOOGERS 1/31/2009 7:31PM

    Here's to 9 lbs! emoticon

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Snow Day!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I got the phone call last night that school was closed, so I got a little extra sleep last night. Cleared off the car late morning, looked at some vacation info, and read a little bit.
I figured out a new goal, too. I am going to San Francisco and China in July, and I would LOVE to be able to wear a bikini out in San Fran and I would love even more to buy a beautiful silk dress in China.
Last night I got on the scale at the gym, even though it was two days early for my weigh-in... I was just curious. It looks like I lost another pound! I think I'm going to start saying I got rid of another pound. "Lost" makes it sound a little like I am trying to find it again. And I most definitely am not trying to find that weight again.
I think I'm going to treat myself to a nap this afternoon. I don't often get to take a wonderful afternoon nap!

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AMYJEAN75 1/29/2009 2:46PM

    I love naps. And the ridding of pounds. You go girl!


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Argh - the popcorn again!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tonight when I got home from the gym, I was craving a salty treat, so I made some microwave popcorn. I ate the whole bag. And it wasn't a 100 calorie bag, it was an entire bag of Act II Butter Popcorn. It was so good. It's not often at all that I eat an entire bag of popcorn... but tonight I was so hungry for it. Not only did I eat the whole bag, but I ate it while i watched The Biggest Loser. Ugh.

But there is good news! Tomorrow we have a snow day (I just got the phone call). One of the teachers told me today that I was her inspiration because I was looking like I lost weight. I don't think I have ever been anyone's inspiration! I got my butt to the gym, I ran a little bit, and I did some lower body and abs stuff.


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