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Week 1 of August - done!

Friday, August 06, 2010

Starting over with some new goals was the best thing I did in a long time. I set some concrete goals for August, not just "lose weight" or "eat more protein." I gave myself some specific numbers for goals, and I think it's working. When faced with a piece of delicious peach pie for dessert last night, I thought about the numbers.
Will it help me lose one pound? No, especially after eating pancakes with syrup for breakfast.
Will it help me get to my protein goal? Not as much as some Greek yogurt will.

So I made a choice. And my choice felt good. I CHOSE not to eat the peach pie. It stared me in the face, and I chose to turn it away. I CHOSE to have Greek yogurt with blueberries instead. I chose that because I also chose to have pancakes for breakfast. But along with choosing the pancakes, I also chose not to have bacon or sausage with the pancakes. I really felt mentally strong making those choices.

A good friend of mine is getting married tonight. She was telling me about all the wonderful desserts they ordered, so I am going to have to be strong tonight. The scale was good to me this morning, so I think that will help me to keep in control. I am staying at my mom's house tonight - the wedding site is really close - and I'm going down there this afternoon to meet my brother for lunch. It's going to be a day of eating out... so lots of water, fruit and veggies to compensate.

Today (it's a light list today):
Drink tons of water.
Keep in mind that everything I eat and do is a choice.
Be cheery.

Got my swim in early this morning - I knew I wouldn't get any "real" workout in later, so I thought "well, I better go now." I'm glad I did - tomorrow I'm planning an afternoon bike ride, so I will get my fitness minutes in this week.

Off to get ready...

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COOPSM 8/7/2010 6:03AM

    Great job on the choices Carrie....hope you had fun at the wedding...

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LAGREBE 8/6/2010 2:54PM

    Inspiring! Thank you!

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    You are making decisions and living with them and make the next decision correctly. emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/6/2010 10:16AM

    I am really liking this philosophy of yours! Let us know how the wedding goes..

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PATTYKLAVER 8/6/2010 9:55AM

    It's great to see that setting goals does help someone. I've been trying to work on this since the beginning of July. You've given me encouragement. Thanks!

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The downward spiral...

Thursday, August 05, 2010

But this is a good spiral!

I have been frustrated - while everyone around me seems to be posting "____ lost 1 (or 2, or 3) pounds!", I feel like I am stuck at the same weight. I *know* the scale isn't the only way to gauge my progress, but it's still frustrating.
So this morning I read one of the Spark Blogs about busting through the plateau. After I read it, I decided to take a look at my "Weight Over Time" tracker. It went back to August 19th of 2009, about one year ago. My weight then was 153. Last time I was on the scale, it was 148. So slowly, ever so slowly, but surely, my weight has been going down. And even thought it's been moving at a snail's pace, I am living a lifestyle I *know* I can keep living for the rest of my life.

Good things:
- The weight line on my tracker is moving in the right direction.
- My coffee tastes especially good today (after two big glasses of red wine with dinner last night)
- I didn't go totally nuts at dinner last night (went out with honey's parents). I left food on my plate, which I hardly *ever* do. I even stuck with one piece of bread! (And the bread was good - it's made daily by my honey at his restaurant.)
- I am finding really great ways to get more protein in my diet. A glass of skim milk is great for me, and actually, the skim milk doesn't taste too bad. In fact, I kind of like it. High protein, no fat? I'll take it!
- Having specific weight goals for the month is keeping me on track. I have thought about my goal often this week - "Will eating that cookie get me to my goal weight?" and I go for the apple or yogurt instead. Or, more often, I go for the water.
- Have specific fitness minute goals is helping me, too. Even though I may not make my calories-burned goal (I think I'm going to adjust this - it's been so hot and I just can't bear the thought of a 2 hour bike ride in this heat and humidity), I am working toward my fitness minutes goal. At this point, for me, getting the minutes in is more important than the calories burned. I can easily adjust my nutrition goals - getting the routine of fitness minutes in is important to establish now so I can continue the trend when I go back to school.
- Honey is still noticing differences in my body, and I am too! My legs are looking more toned all the time, my arms are looking much better...
- I met a friend for coffee the other day, and he said "you look good, I can tell you're still losing weight." and he pointed to his mid-section. And if *he* notices, I *know* I must be. He doesn't make up stuff like that.

So for all this nonsense about the stubborn scale, I guess I'm still doing a pretty good job. I've been totally consistent with workouts, and I am feeling good about my nutrition.

Drink tons of water.
Get in some good cardio and ST before my stretch class tonight.
Schedule my next session with the trainer.
Make dill pickles.
Enjoy going out to breakfast. (to me, this means not agonizing over the menu. The place we're going has FANTASTIC homemade pancakes, and I just love them. Do I need the bacon with the pancakes? No. Tomorrow is weigh-in day, but not eating delicious pancakes the day before I get on the scale just isn't my style. Ha! Tonight I'll work my butt off at the gym.)

Off for a little walk around the neighborhood...

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    I HEAR you on the plateau thing - it can be really frustrating. Just keep shaking things up and you'll get there. At least, that's what I am hoping for myself - I have been kind of doing the same thing at the gym for over a year, and I think my stalemate with 130 is due in part to that - I have decided to cut my ST to 2x a week and add in the Filthy 50 one day a week, a run with the dog outside 1 day a week, and yoga or stretching 1 day a week...oh yeah, plus I am now playing soccer for 2 hours, once a week. If that doesn't get the scale moving, I don't know what will! Plus, I am eating so much zucchini and vegetables right now, I'd be surprised if I don't *finally* get into the 120s. But sheesh! It is a lot of work to lose weight. So try to stay focused on the positives - weight, like age, after all, is just a number. It's all about how you feel.

Go, go, go!!!!

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GIGI1222 8/5/2010 3:04PM

    Good for you!!! It is all about being able to make this a lifestyle and not a diet, and you are winning!! You have reset your thermostat and you can stay where you are without it being too difficult to maintain.

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BOBBYD31 8/5/2010 2:56PM

    great job, you are learning how to live the lifestyle and that is what it is all about

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    Great blog! and you ARE doing fantastic on the lifestyle. I've reverted after the baby was born. i did SOOO great during the preg. I'm stuck now at this weight-still 8 preg. lbs to go. Unlike you-I ask,"Do I need this cookie?" and then shove it in my mouth before I answer myself! LOL!
MMMmmm...dill pickles!

Keep up the great work,Carrie!

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GLACIERLILY 8/5/2010 10:36AM

    Great post! I love the fact that you really sound like you are living a lifestyle, not just on a "diet", i.e. you're not going to give up your favorites for the rest of your life! Even though we're all supposed to be committed to the lifestyle change on SP, I can tell from reading some posts that other folks are so excited that they are either cutting calories too low or eliminating EVERYTHING they love. Neither one is a good idea, so way to set the example!

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SANDYLH1 8/5/2010 10:11AM

  I can relate! The scale doesn't want to move, but the inches have come off and the belly has shrunk somewhat. I feel healthier overall and plan to stick with it.

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GSDMIKE 8/5/2010 9:42AM

    It took me close to 20 years to put on my 100 pounds, so I guess losing 5 a year would be reversing that process. I'm greedy and want the rest gone by October.

I got one of those "are you losing more weight?" questions at the dog club this weekend. Someone I hadn't seen for months. Me wearing clothes that fit. etc... It feels great, doesn't it?

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JOPAPGH 8/5/2010 9:12AM

    Keep this up:

"I've been totally consistent with workouts, and I am feeling good about my nutrition."

and you will be successful long term.

Outstanding job!

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LAGREBE 8/5/2010 9:09AM

    This is a GREAT blog! Very inspiring and consoling to know "I am not alone." Your perseverance most certainly is an encouragement for me and others. Thanks for posting!

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MITECU 8/5/2010 9:00AM

    Keep focusing on the positive like you did. You may not lose the pounds, but you will lose inches as you continue your healthy lifestyle.

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PINKCOCONUT 8/5/2010 8:59AM

    You are doing SO awesome! I could learn a lot from this post! I ditched my scale out of frustration! Ha!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 8/5/2010 8:56AM

    I can so relate. I have gone between the same 5 pounds forever. I go up and down but can't break through. But the postive comments have to keep you going. You have done terrific at changing to a healthy lifestyle. I'm trying to prepare for going back to school also. Need to get to bed earlier and up to exercise. It's definitely an adjustment.

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    You know whenever I plateau I try to change up my eating schedule. I will have less for dinner for example and it usually tricks my body enough to lose the weight. Fiber also helped me a out a lot. I love your attitude about the weight loss line. I feel that way too. As long as it is going down!

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Windy Wednesday

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

I love looking out my back window into the woods... the trees, the birds... I love listening to the leaves rustle and the birds chirping. (We used to hear a rabbit in the woods rustling around, so we started calling him Russell.)

Did I do what I wanted to yesterday?

downstairs ready - mostly. It's actually in pretty good shape, so a quick vacuum and pick-up today is all I need to do. And the bathroom, which should take about 5 minutes.
Low-cal drink - I'm not really sure. I had a smoothie, and I don't think it was low-cal, but it was tasty anyway. And it was a nice treat, since I haven't gone out for a smoothie/coffee in months.
Gym - yes. I dragged myself there after my evening nap (yes, I took at nap at 6:00pm). Ended up doing 2.5 miles on the TM - it was a good run.

Yesterday I picked up my veggies from the farm. We got TONS of tomatoes - the farmer told us that it's a really good year for tomatoes because of the dryness. They are extra-sweet this year, she said. I made some bruschetta when I got home last night - TASTY. Today I think I'm going to make some sauce for the freezer - don't want these tasty tomatoes going bad!
Bad things about honey working all the time - don't get to see him. We don't get to eat together. (Although yesterday we *did* get to eat lunch together before he went to work. Hooray!)
Silver lining - since he's not helping me eat all these veggies, I'm finding ways to make freezer-happy food. We are going to be stocked with sauce and other various foods for a while! This is a good thing. Yesterday I even brined and roasted a whole chicken for the first time. It is very moist and tasty. Mmmmm. Honey is a bit impressed with all my cooking - he told me that he can tell my cooking confidence has gone up. He tastes the difference. BTW - he LOVED my spanakopita. Which is not an easy dish to pull off...

Lots of water.
Plan out meals for the next week.
Make tomato sauce.
Eat mindfully when out to eat tonight. Honey's parents are coming up tonight to eat at his restaurant, and I already know that I am going to get a filet. I really need to pay attention to my fullness level and not totally pig out mindlessly.

Off to start some tomato sauce...

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    Need any beans? I have probably picked at least 4 gallons so far!

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PINKCOCONUT 8/4/2010 9:27AM

    I'm going to have to bug your for some tomato recipes as my boyfriend had the bright idea of planting all NINE tomato plants we were given...

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New music gets me movin'!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

I love listening to my iPod when I'm at the gym. I don't think I'd be nearly as productive there if I didn't have my music. But my play list was getting old... the same old music would come up and it wasn't pepping me up as much as it used to. So on Sunday I bought some new gym music. Put it on yesterday and had a SUPER workout. I think I underestimated how much music really helps me at the gym. So I am going to treat myself more often to good gym music.

Did I get done what I wanted to get done yesterday?

Peach Pie - Yes. It's very delicious! My first time making my own crust; I already have notes on what needs to be different next time.
Clean out the flower box - No, but I MUST do this today. Honey's parents are coming tomorrow night, and I don't want them seeing how much of a black thumb I have.
Chicken - Not yesterday, but it's in the brine right now. I didn't split it; I'm going to roast the whole thing in the oven instead of grilling pieces. (it's getting ready to rain, anyway.)
Gym - YES! A great upper body workout with some elliptical and swimming, too.
Clothes inventory - yes. I tried on some shirts, wasn't quite sure if they still fit or not. they didn't, they were too big. My pants are still ok (which is good, $$$-wise, but bad, weight-loss wise. Ha!). So the thought is that I will get a few new tops and some accessories, maybe some new shoes, but I'll wait on getting other stuff until I drop the size or two that I'd ultimately like to drop.

Today I already:
Drank three glasses of water.
Planned and entered my meals for today - left some room for snacks.
Cleaned the dining room table.

Today I will:
Get the downstairs ready for honey's parents' visit
Get a low-cal drink when I meet a friend for coffee this afternoon
Go to the gym this evening to get in a run (I saved it for this evening - the time I find myself getting the munchies)

Good thing that I just thought about:
I bought a gym top at Target (clearance rack - $3. Yahoo!) in a size small, and it gave me enough support to run on the TM comfortably! Never in my LIFE did I think a gym top would give me enough support by itself for anything. Maybe some more size small tops will make their way into my gym wardrobe this fall...

Off to do something productive!


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SEPPIESUSAN 8/3/2010 9:16PM

    Oh wow, you didn't even need a sports bra underneath?? That's impressive. I got a gym top from the Target clearance rack for about $3 recently too...but without a built-in bra.

I feel EXACTLY the same way about the music on my iPod as you, and I wish I knew more songs to download because the ones I have are losing their effect on me...any suggestions would be greatly appreciated if you have time!!

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KARVY09 8/3/2010 11:18AM

    Woohoo! Thanks for reminding me that I need to update my playlist. And congrats on the awesome find at Target!

Gotta take a pic of the peach pie next time... mmmm...

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Monday, August 02, 2010

I woke up this morning and thought "I should really start getting back into going to the gym in the morning and in the evening." I know it's a little crazy, but I like to do a 20-30 minute swim in the morning and then a more intense workout in the evening. At least this is the way it is when school is in session. But I am a planner, and I like to know when things are coming up. So I decided that I'd give myself one more week of True Summer Schedule, and next week I am going to ease myself back into the school-year schedule. Start going to bed earlier, getting up earlier and heading to the gym in the morning...

I *did* go for my after-meal walk this morning. If I can keep that going when school starts (even if it's just after breakfast) I will be pretty happy. On my walk this morning I thought about what I would like to get done today.

- make a peach pie (we have peaches from the farmers market - yum!)
- clean out the flower box on the front porch
- split the chicken and brine it
- get in a gym workout (specific workout TBD)
- start inventory on back to school clothes (I'm getting lots of fall coupons already...)

lots of water and protein, here I come!

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PINKCOCONUT 8/2/2010 11:35AM

    I'm a big planner as well so I know where you're coming from! Enjoy your last week of summer workout vacation!

Have an awesome day!

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