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Pasta woes.

Monday, July 28, 2014

I am buckling down on finances right now. I have a big bill that I need to have paid off by September, and so that means all of my money is going toward it. That means I am eating what's in the cupboard, and trying to make meals out of what I already have on hand.

I have some lean turkey that I wanted to make sandwiches with, so I baked French bread yesterday. My boyfriend thought it would be nice to have spaghetti for dinner with garlic bread and salad. I think I was pretty moderate with my portion size. I had 1c spaghetti and 1/2 c sauce and 1 slice of garlic bread and a big healthy salad. This was the first spaghetti dinner I have had since I joined Sparkpeople back in March.

I also made a cold pasta salad with tuna yesterday. It's something fast that we can eat throughout the week as a side dish. Bad news though, I didn't use any special whole grain pasta or light mayo. As I said, I am using up what I have on hand.

I know that all the carbs in pasta and bread are typically frowned on for dieters. The consequences are that I have bumped up 2 pounds. Weight fluctuates naturally to some degree, I know that this is why they tell you not to weigh in daily. However, I do it anyway, because I have portion distortion and I need to have a clear picture of my progress.

I will stick to having salads for lunch this week. I will continue with daily exercise. I will measure and track my food. I also have to work on drinking more water. Honestly the water drinking is the most annoying thing for me. Mainly because my bladder is about the size of a peanut.

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GORDON66 7/28/2014 2:22PM

  If you're looking for inexpensive protein, go with dried beans. Since they are short one amino acid, add brown rice and that's cheap too. I make all sorts of different soups and chili, because there's such a wide variety of beans. I never buy broth. I make my own vegetable stock, and you've got a garden full of herbs to add flavor. Good luck!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/28/2014 1:56PM

    Just hang in there.

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PARKSCANADA 7/28/2014 12:13PM

    I think it's a very North American way to eat - planning meals around the carbs and meat. I read somewhere once that we should plan meals around the vegetables and consider the meat and potatoes the sides. Maybe that will help? Anyways, know that using up supplies on hand is a temporary situation and that once you finish those you can restock your pantry with healthy items. It's definitely a challenge to eat healthy on a limited budget; my family also struggles with that. Good luck with your meal planning! emoticon

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DYANNE4293 7/28/2014 11:53AM

    I can relate about the high bills and needing to eat whats in my pantry. I coupon frequently, so I have a nice stockpile of whole grain pasta. Which is still high in carbs, but also higher in fiber. If I eat it in moderation (the key), I can do it.
Good luck to you!!

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All cleaned up!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

We were busy around the house today! We deep cleaned everything and opened all the window to let a wonderful breeze in. The house feels so energized now.

I mowed the lawn today, except for the hill because I'm afraid I might roll my ankle on it. My boyfriend helped finish the lawn and he also did chores inside..

I put the rabbits and guinea pig outside today and also took the cat for a walk around the block. This is the mildest July I can ever remember!

Walked yesterday and had to dig deep for motivation. I was tired and sore so I was only going to walk halfway, then when I got there I thought I could go 3/4, and then when I got there I just figured what the hell, just do all of it. So that was positive.

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MTN_KITTEN 7/28/2014 10:34AM

    What a great day!

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GORDON66 7/27/2014 11:05PM

  Once you get moving, it helps to motivate you to do more.

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Nice walk yesterday.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I am feeling pretty motivated today!

Happy to have completed my walking route yesterday. I even stopped for a minute to visit with the mother of my first childhood best friend. She lives in the last house on the block by the trail and she always comes out to wave at me when I walk by.

On the way home I caught a little dog for some girls. He was trotting along dragging his leash and I didn't see anyone with him so I faked a treat and he came right over. Then a couple of little girls came running up to claim him.

I am stiff today, and I was stiff yesterday. I blame Jillian Michaels. She had me sweating like a mad woman the other day and I think I used some muscles that usually don't get to play.

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GORDON66 7/26/2014 11:53PM

  Exercise and you save a dog too!!!!! You had a terrific day!!!!!!!!!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/26/2014 7:54PM

    emoticon sounds like a good work out and saved a dog toboot. Wow, that is great.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

I love when people tell me I'm looking better because of my weight loss, but I always try to stress to them how much better I feel.

I am down 60 pounds from my heaviest, and I feel so much better for it. My balance has improved a lot. I used to only be able to take one stair at a time when going up or down stairs. Most times, I had to lean heavily on the handrail to pull myself along. Now I can go upstairs and down the normal way. Thank goodness because that was embarrassing and inconvenient.

I also do not get winded as easily. I surprised myself by being able to walk 3 miles right out of the gate. I attribute that to the fact that I used to be an avid hiker, and maybe my muscles remember that. When I first started walking, it took me 80 minutes to cover the route. Now I finish it in 60 minutes with the help of my iPod. I find a song with the rhythm I want to keep pace with and then focus only on that.

Yesterday I blogged about being adaptable, and I got a chance to prove that I could do it. I was committed to walking after work, no matter what, but then it rained. So I got busy with my Jillian Michaels DVD, Ripped in 30. It was fun, even though I have to modify several moves, I can do all but 1 or 2 pretty well. I am on Week 1 and will keep using that for a while.

I am actually inspired to create a workout area in my basement. I find that if I workout upstairs, the whole house shakes when I jump or march and I hate that. It makes me feel like a thundering herd of elk or something. If I was downstairs, I also think I would have better traction on the concrete floor than on the upstairs carpet. This may take some time to do, but it is definitely on my wish list.

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MTN_KITTEN 7/26/2014 5:48AM

    You deserve a designated workout space!! Go for it.

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SUNDAYS_CHILD 7/25/2014 9:19PM

    I miss basements! If we had a basement here, I would need scuba gear to workout. :)

So glad you are having wonderful health results!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/25/2014 5:47PM

    Enjoyed reading your blog, and yes 1st floors are noisy when I exercise also, and even though we have a full finish basement I don't like it down there. Only go down there when I have to. So I exercise inside in the kitchen.

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SUE5007 7/25/2014 4:33PM

    emoticon I feel the same way about exercising upstairs. But you may want a mat for sitting/laying if your floors are bare concrete. I don't wanna scare you but Week the first circuit, during 2 min of cardio, every move is in a plank! Only JM would do that. I always do what I can, for as long as I can. As long as I'm truely giving it my all then I'm satisfied.
Good luck to you! Keep up the good work!

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Working through the challenges.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This week is getting away from me in a big way.

I can't believe it is Thursday already! Tuesday was a bust with everything going haywire. Wednesday, I had so many errands to run after work, and I didn't get home until after 7pm. By then, I was absolutely famished and I accidentally ate a whole frozen pizza. I thought about stopping after 3 pieces, but then the fact that I had been hungry for so long took over and I got greedy. That shouldn't have happened, but it did.

So what can I learn from that?? Well, for starters, I should have had a snack when I started getting hungry instead of waiting until I was ravenous. Also, I wasn't sticking to my routine. My routine has everything built into it at the right time to keep me on course.

And finally... I am annoyed with myself because I haven't been out for a walk in three days. The other day was super hot and muggy and I do not function well in that environment, so I planned to do a yoga workout at home. I moved the furniture out of the way and got out my mat, only to find out that My Yoga Online channel on the Roku has disabled their free sample videos. Their monthly subscription is only $9.95 but I don't know that I would use it that much to justify the extra expense right now.

Overall, I am thinking that I need to be more resilient about when things don't go my way. If everything isn't just right, I give up and the lazy side of me takes over. Life doesn't run on a set schedule, so I want to keep my goals AND get through the daily challenges more smoothly. I feel bad because I was rude to some people on the phone the other day. My frustration and anger about the computer situation got the better of me, and I swear I do not want to be that grumpy person. In addition to losing weight, I think I need to shine up my attitude a little bit as well.

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ADIRONDACKMOM 7/27/2014 10:16AM

    emoticon emoticon With all the other comments -- Don't dwell on past mistakes, just keep moving forward and don't quit on yourself!!! Your honesty with yourself is fantastic! That is the best way to your goals! Keep a journal, keep those unperishable snacks handy for those hunger urges, and who doesn't collapse over pizza!

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SUNSHINE5268 7/25/2014 2:17PM

    I admire your honesty in sharing your truth :) you GO girl!

I have given into my greed many, many times ~ so I just switched it up finally.... I just decided that if I was going to partake in over indulge then it would be an over indulgence in protein and veggies and I make sure the flavor is fantastic!

Would I do that all ways..... I would hope so from now on, hugs

again congrats for you analyzing the situation emoticon

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STARLITNIGHT 7/25/2014 12:51AM

    80/20 rule, It gives you a little room to move, but still in the right direction for a positive change.


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GORDON66 7/24/2014 2:23PM

  Rolling with the punches makes life so much easier. As for the pizza, it happens. When I left the car dealership much lighter in the wallet, I spent some quality time with a good sized chocolate bar. Did I regret it? Sure, but I'm so over beating myself up. It changes nothing. Be kind to yourself and move on.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/24/2014 1:54PM

    We all need to just plain blow it once in awhile. I think once in awhile we just need to forget about weight lose and just enjoy life, even if it is just for a few minutes. So don't feel guilty, just feel refreshed to start again. Linda

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WIFE48 7/24/2014 12:33PM

    Pick yourself up, brush yourself off. and keep going. Don't look back. Look forward. emoticon

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