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Sticking to the plan...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I often have trouble sticking to a plan for more than a week. I get bored, i don't see the results I want... but this time it's going to be different. I laid out a plan for August, and I'm going to stick to it.
As much as I like to make lists and plan, it was nice not having to come up with a whole new plan for this week. Tweak the protein number, and that was it.

Today I will:

Go into school for a little bit to drop off some stuff.
Drink a ton of water.
Stick to the eating plan (I even planned my snacks for today!)
Get to the gym this afternoon for Power Zen and a TM run. My muscles need a rest from weight training - I did a lot yesterday.
Try to relax a little bit - my honey reminded me that I need to take a little time for myself before school starts.
Be positive!


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WATERS1973 8/11/2010 3:33PM

    You know, when I started SP my only goal was to record everything I eat for the month of August. I haven't used the food plan or the exercise plan. I can't wait to see if it works for you. Maybe having someone else create the plan for me and I just have to follow it would work. You've got me thinking!!

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LSCHULER72 8/10/2010 6:16PM

    Your hubby is right-make sure to take that time for you. Go for it!!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 8/10/2010 11:16AM

    Sounds like a great plan! It's easier to stick to now that you've written it down. Have a great week.

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KARVY09 8/10/2010 10:54AM

    You can do it, girl.

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GSDMIKE 8/10/2010 10:50AM

    Power Zen sounds like an oxymoron to me. I love plans. I live to plan. I feel lost without a plan. When I'm really living the plan it's a dynamic thing though, constantly refined, revised, revamped, I ran out of re-words.

Have a great day, and enjoy some powerful zen.

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It's hot.

Monday, August 09, 2010

I really haven't done much of anything today. It's just one of those Lazy Days of Summer. But I *did* get to the gym... Took a nap and when I woke up, decided that I couldn't be a lump for the entire day. Just like every other time I go to the gym, it was wonderful once I got going - it's just getting out the door that's the problem.

This evening I will:
Stick to a very low-cal soup for dinner. I ate cereal at lunch (bleh - too much of it) so I am going to take it easy at dinner.
Drink lots of water.
Plan meals for the rest of the week.
Make some shopping lists.
Lay on the couch.

Bought some chocolate milk yesterday. I am getting pretty good at adding protein into my diet - I've been consistently hitting my goal. This conscious decision to add more protein has also caused me to really *think* about my snacks - instead of crackers and jelly, I've been having Greek yogurt or cottage cheese and fruit or hard-boiled eggs. With the exception of today's mini cereal binge (it was very mini - I was able to stop myself before it got out of control), I have been doing well on the nutrition stuff.

Yawn... off to get some water and a nap.

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TORTUETOO 8/10/2010 10:26AM

    I had to consciously up my protein, too. I'm not a vegetarian, but I don't eat a ton of meat so sometimes it's hard for me to work in as much as I'm supposed to have. I went the powder route...I add it it to my oatmeal and smoothies for breakfast. I've found that really helps. Cottage cheese is a good idea, though! I don't know why but I never even think about it. Thanks for the tip!

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COOPSM 8/10/2010 5:05AM

    Great job on stopping the cereal downward spiral...I love my cereal too!!!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 8/10/2010 12:25AM

    Go protein! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOBBYD31 8/10/2010 12:16AM

    because of you i keep adding more protein also but i have been adding meat, thanks for the reminder

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CAMROLA 8/9/2010 10:08PM

    I admire you for always getting a workout in, even with the heat! It's definitely been a HOT one this summer!


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GOALIEGRANDMA3 8/9/2010 7:13PM

    what is chocolate milk over the moon? I love chocolate, so this interests me

150 calories for a cup isn't bad, either

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DREBENEZER 8/9/2010 6:23PM's hot. LOL.

Soup sounds good!

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PINKCOCONUT 8/9/2010 6:14PM

    You're awesome!

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FLB.MMA 8/9/2010 5:19PM

  Sounds like you got it under control!!! It is hot here also. It is about 5:15pm and it is 96 degrees (bardstown, ky) emoticon

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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Just some things...

Friday's wedding was beautiful. Bride was gorgeous. Had the vegetarian meal - delish. Did well with the open bar and dessert buffet.

Saturday I spent time shopping with mom instead of going for a bike ride - it was nice though; we don't go shopping together too often, so it was definitely worth it. Got some cute new tops to transition into fall.
Yesterday's eating was all over the place, though. I went out for breakfast and lunch, and dinner was not the planned stir-fry, but instead a PB&J and some crackers. And two cookies. Bleh... but today I am ready to get back on track and have some super delish and healthy food.

This week's goal is to have 70 grams of protein a day. I just snacked on some Greek yogurt, and I had my milk for breakfast, so I'm already over half-way there. i feel like eating more protein during the day is keeping me from getting snacky after dinner.
Made a zucchini bread this morning - most of it is going into the freezer. It's nice to have individual pieces of a sweet for when the mood strikes.
Later today I am going to make some carrot-potato soup for the freezer. We have lots of carrots, and I'd like to use most of them up for the soup. I've been doing really well using up our veggies from the farm; with honey working so much, it has been a challenge for me to figure out what to do with everything.

I had originally planned on going to the gym today, but if I don't get there, I'm not going to sweat it. Today is a day with my honey (he's home for most of the day), and I want to take advantage of that. Maybe I'll take my bike up to the mountain for a little ride around there... it's a beautiful day!

Off to do some grocery shopping...

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CASSIOEPIA 8/8/2010 10:08PM

    Great thoughts! Sounds like you did awesome at the wedding, and spent a nice day with your mom. Hope you also had a great day today with your man!

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COOPSM 8/8/2010 9:52PM

    Carrie---sounds like a great weekend...I think I may try the milk trick when I get the munchies...hmmm...need to keep more greek yogurt on hand too...
Glad you got some honey time today....

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/8/2010 12:59PM

    Sounds like you did an awesome job at the wedding. Dessert buffet.......mmm...

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GSDMIKE 8/8/2010 11:57AM

    Mmmm, soup. And zucchini bread. Now you've got me thinking about what to cook for dinner. Maybe a nice lentil soup...

Enjoy your day with your fella.

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ACROSONIC 8/8/2010 11:44AM

    Enjoy your day!

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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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