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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

So, I have been tracking my food again for 4 days now, and I have noticed something. I am eating way too much food! Especially for snacks. And too many carbs, way too many. No wonder I am not losing weight! Golly! When I started tracking my food again, I did it with the intention of developing a 5 day streak. I planned to make no changes to the choices I made, just to see exactly how bad I am eating. I am eating pretty bad. Tomorrow, I will have tracked 5 days in a row. Friday, I am going to start planning my food and start a 3 day streak of eating within my calorie range. I have been making some serious baby steps here to get back where I am losing weight again, because the "TODAY IS THE DAY I WILL START DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT" attitude just wasn't cutting it. Back to basics is working so far because I am not trying to change the world, just one habit at a time. It worked for me in the past, so I am going to stick with it. Also, I am bumping up my cardio just a little bit. Typically, for months now, I have been following my running training program. It tells me to have two rest days a week. I have been really enjoying those rest days I tell ya, but I am beginning to think that might be part of the reason my weight isn't going down and staying down. So, I will still rest from running on those days, but I am going to get in 1 hour of another form of cardio to bump up my calorie burn and stay in the "zone". Sparkpeople tells me that my calorie range is 1200-1550. In the past, I have found that to be low when I am running, so I might just go a little high on my long run days, and on my rest days with lighter intensity cardio, go towards the lower end of the range. I need to get some success going on to build on. I have also added back strength training to my regime. I am not following a planned list of exercises, just flipping through the exercises I printed off when I first started on Sparkpeople and doing what I want for as many sets as I can handle at whatever weight I think is good. I am not tracking it, just trying to fit it in with no pressure. Come on success! I am ready for you!

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GOEGIRL 1/21/2010 12:43AM

    Yay for tracking! Yay for recognizing that the 'perfect day' isn't an event!!

Girl, you run WAY longer distances than me, so a little 'wiggle room' makes sense to me. But I have to tell you, with a few months of tracking and eating less processed foods I've made my peace with the under 1500 day. If you can keep yourself on your tracking streak, ***without stressing to be too perfect*** you're going to find the right balance with the food and the running, and results you want! Key is, don't beat yourself up, and don't be afraid of what you see at the end of the day. Try to engage your 'impartial observer' to analyze the results.

You're a SMART chickie, I know you can do it! Once you get past the obsessive stage with tracking, you'll be golden

Hang in there - and hang that 'perfectionist' crud out to dry, baybe! You're already perfect - just finding your way around in the world in a more perfect way right?

Rock on!

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AGINGDAISIES 1/20/2010 11:57PM

    My tracking always falls off at about mid afternoon... I gotta work on that, You have inspired me to have a tracking streak of 2 days this week and more next week (weekends don't usually work well for tracking so we will work on them later) :)

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CINDYTW 1/20/2010 11:48PM

  1550 seems way too low to me for the training you are doing...I get 1700 something and I am not doing what you are. Go on the exercise plan and put in how many calories a week you burn and it will increase.

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PERSONALTRNR 1/20/2010 9:09PM

    Awesome. The journey of a million miles begins with a single step. I think this is great. I find that if I do a little something activity wise each days its easier to keep myself doing. Even if I jsut walk for 30mins it really makes a difference. Let me know if you need anything.

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MINIMON 1/20/2010 8:22PM

  That is a very good idea to set a streak to track your food. I may do that. And I agree, not to put too much pressure on yourself about the strength training. I find that thinking about it too much pushes me to give up. Thanks for your blog. It really inspired me to work more on my eating habits.

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Boredom Busters starter list

Sunday, January 17, 2010

So, I talked about making a boredom busters list, I thought I would share with you guys the list I have started with, feel free to use this idea, it is really helping me right now.


Scrapbook Area ( whether to organize, tidy or play)
Call friend 1
Call friend 2
Talk to hubby
Read to my kidlets
Jumping jacks
Plank pose
Clean bathroom
Take out garbage
Basketball arcade (my kids got this huge basketball net arcade game for Christmas, tons of fun to play and a good distraction)
Shark floors
Clean windows
Tidy books
Play in snow
Drink Water
Drink Green Tea
Paint Nails
Take a bath
Play Rockband
Play Mini sticks with kids

This is a start, I have one full note page on the fridge, and a second note page started. I will post them in the places I go when I feel tempted, hopefully they will distract me enough to break the boredom eating habit. If you have any suggestions I could add, it would be so helpful, the more ideas the better!

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DONNAZZ 2/5/2010 1:52PM

  Great idea! I love this so so much.

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AGINGDAISIES 1/18/2010 10:17AM

    Thank You Thank You, I can't wait to get mine up!

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DEUSMACHINA 1/18/2010 1:17AM

    If that works, you will have the cleanest house on the street! It reminds me of studying. I always procrastinated by cleaning and therefore had such a clean house around exam time lol!!

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IRONGRANNIE 1/18/2010 12:23AM

    I just did a load of ironing and it worked. Can't eat with a hot iron in your hand!

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BEFIT014 1/17/2010 11:53PM

    Shark floors?

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MORGANLAFEE 1/17/2010 10:05PM

    Too much sounds like housework with I hate. But I guess it would keep a person from eating. Good job.

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Mini goals

Friday, January 15, 2010

So, I reached my mini-goal of 170 pounds, but I bounced back up 1 pound. I imagine I will be back down in the next day or two, because I am finally getting a handle on my eating. The boredome busters are really helping, I totally avoided caving to a craving tonight by making my way down the list I made, plus my dishes and laundry got done! Another thing that is really motivating me right now is my mini-goal reward for 165 pounds. I am going to spend a day scrapbooking once I reach this weight. I had it set up as my 155 reward, but with the weight I regained since Christmas happened, I have changed it, because golly I sure need the motivation right now! I am still getting all of my workouts in, and really enjoying the boot camp, and now that my food is starting to fall into place again, I am really looking forward to making some progress again.

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LOOKFORWARD2IT 1/17/2010 11:53AM

    That's great! Never give up! We can succeed!!!

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AGINGDAISIES 1/16/2010 2:12PM

    You are inspiring! I need some boredom busters!!!

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MOONSCRIBE 1/16/2010 3:00AM

    How go you eat an elephant?

Despite how you feel, you're doing just fine -- please don't beat yourself up :) You have your boredom busters (I must check them out) in place, meals are organised and you're moving. And you have the seduction of a promised treat to spur you on!


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Trying to complete this journey, new approach.

Monday, January 11, 2010

I keep deciding that this is the last time that I am going to work towards my goal weight because I am going to reach it this time, no matter what! However, I keep getting in my own way. December really set me back, I ate so recklessly from the 12th of December, and really, I am still not tracking my food consistently. So, what am I doing that is getting in my way?

I read an article here that talks about a solution focused weight loss approach. It really changed my way of thinking. It will take work to make myself think this way in the long term, but it sounds like a new way of doing things for me, instead of expecting new results from the same thing. One of the tips it gives is to focus more on the things I am doing right, so here goes.

What I am doing right to get the results I want.
- exercising very consistently
- drinking water
- tracking my calories burned
- making use of my support system = friends and family, Sparkpeople buddies

One of the other tips is to figure out what you are getting out of the bad choices you are making. Some of the bad choices I make a lot are - eating too much, too often, too many unhealthy choices and not planning ahead. What I get from these things - the eating is often a response to boredom. The eating too much is often because I don't stop and check my body signals. The not planning ahead is trying to save time. It suggests finding other outlets for those needs.

Boredom issue - I will make a Boredom Buster list to post on my fridge, cupboard and pantry shelf so when I feel like eating I can have ideas right in my face of what to do instead.

Body Signals - I can slow down when I eat and make sure I don't go back for seconds the instant I finish eating.

Time management - Reality is that planning ahead really does save time, so I need to take the few minutes to plan our meals and shopping trips to make the most of them.

I am really hoping that by trying this new approach I can really make this a lifestyle change that sticks long term.

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MARKAMURKA 1/13/2010 7:14PM

    Wow! That's a great blog. Thought awakening. Thanks.
"expecting new results from doing the same" - that hit.
Focusing on the right things, planning ahead - great advice there.
Boredome Busters would have been a best advice for me years ago -certainly not now with four very young kids...

Congratulations. It is a new approach. Just go ahead.

I've also found your 5 lbs monthly thread - very inspiring.
May I add that you are doing excellent from time to time. I've read on SP that picking yourself quickly up (even several times on a bad day) and not getting discouraged after each and every wobbling is very helpful.

edited: just seen your old and current pics and it's amazing how you look ten years younger now. Fantastic job so far.

Comment edited on: 1/13/2010 7:23:56 PM

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AGINGDAISIES 1/13/2010 10:41AM

    Love these Ideas! I will have to come back and read this blog regularly!

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CRYSBROWN1 1/12/2010 10:38AM

    This seems like an incredibly practical approach! I like it! You seem to be doing a lot of "right" things so by tweaking these other things you should have pretty good results!

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HYPNOTURKEY 1/12/2010 10:15AM

    Nice blog! I don't know about you...but my plateau is really emotional block. I think I am afraid that if I get below 140 lb., then I will have to starve to maintain my weight. I have been working on slowly changing my thinking but it is a long, slow, painful process. Do you think you might be afraid of giving up some of your less healthy habits? Just a thought...

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IRONGRANNIE 1/11/2010 11:52PM

    That Boredom buster list has got to be a winner! Focusing on the "right" and not the "wrong" is also a great idea. Good luck.

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BEFIT014 1/11/2010 10:27PM

    I like your Boredom Buster list idea!

Lately I've read a few articles here that have REALLY made me go hmmm...For some reason, this time around it's all starting to come together. I also think the emoticon has helped a lot, too!


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AWOLF24 1/11/2010 9:30PM

    Awesome new plan. December is tough with the holidays and being so busy. But winter can be boring...what better to focus on than YOU???? You can do it!

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DEUSMACHINA 1/11/2010 9:11PM

    It will make a difference. December is a rough time for everyone, I think! But you've got a FANTASTIC plan. You will do it.

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LITTLEZEWSKI 1/11/2010 7:27PM

    It sounds like you've got your foot in the door to a great new approach. You have to think about things one day at a time (like it says in The Spark). Once you did the first day of eating in your calorie range, or exercising, why not try to make it another day.. one day adds to the next and then when you hit day 10 and think, meh i've been good ill skip today all you need to do is look at those past 9 days where you've kicked butt and worked hard... then you'll realize that you cant skip because you want your "Streak" to keep going! Anyway, works for me! hope it works for you! Good luck!

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My 20K run on Sunday

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I did it! I really did it! I was able to complete my 20K training run. It is the longest distance I have ever run. It took me a total of 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete, and I actually continued running when I was done because I wanted to start my cool down closer to my house to get in out of the cold sooner. That added 3 minutes to my time, for a total time of 2 hours 58 mins. The weather left a lot to be desired. I had originally been planning to run this distance on Saturday, but the blizzard that rolled through town delayed us. Sunday wasn't any better! I spent a lot of time running through snow covered sidewalks, slush covered roads, and avoiding traffic. By the end of the run, my shoes were soaked, but strangely enough, my feet weren't cold until after I was done the 20K and closing the distance to my home. I wonder if the snow insulated them? I wasn't cold for a lot of the run, my momentum kept me warm. There were a few times I had a hard time seeing because the snow was still coming down and got pretty thick a couple of times. At the 2 hour 45 minute mark, a really interesting phenomenon occured. I got a second wind! Who knew that it would take me that long to catch my rhythm, but at that point, I honestly felt like I could run forever! I was completely drained physically after my run, not to mention how cold my skin was! Emotionally and mentally though, I have never felt better! What an incredible rush! I ended up having a two hour nap in the afternoon and was willing to trade hips with any willing individual(no takers on this one), but it gave me confidence. If I can survive 20K in a blizzard, I can surely take on the 30K in March! Next Sunday is 16K and 18K the week after, the third week takes me to 21K, before 25K in 4 weeks. I am looking forward to these runs, they are very important for my physical training, but even more so for my mental training. There are going to be times during the 30K that I will want to give up, and I won't believe there is any way I will finish. I will think back to runs like this one and remember that I persevered and survived. It will make me tough! Honestly, I still am amazed that I am able to cover this much territory on my feet! I never would have believed anyone who would have told me two years ago that I would lose 45 pounds and be training for a 30K race right now in my life! Believe me, if I can do this, anybody that sets their mind to a goal can achieve it! There is no limit!

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LYNNOTT 1/7/2010 2:08PM

    I am in awe of you! Those were very hard conditions and you triumphed! Very, very, very well done! emoticon

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GOEGIRL 1/6/2010 10:27AM

    ROCK ON! That was a TOUGH day - I'm impressed that you got through the whole 20!! You definitely have this to look back on as a milestone moment - and on that lovely day running 'round the bay, you can say to yourself - 'Ha! Tired? If I can do 20K in a blizzard, I can do this!!' wtg!

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CRYSBROWN1 1/6/2010 9:35AM

    You are a BRAVE soul taking your run outside in that kind of weather! But you're definitely right, if you can conquer this you'll be quite alright for your upcoming race in March!

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MARKAMURKA 1/6/2010 9:15AM

    Take care and don't injure yourself as I have...
Well done, fantastic. Running is also very good for self esteem...

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DEUSMACHINA 1/6/2010 12:44AM

    Oh wow, that is fantastic! Congratulations! 30k here you come!

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IRONGRANNIE 1/5/2010 11:54PM

    That is amazing!!! In a blizzard????WOW

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LISAW/3 1/5/2010 10:38PM

    That is awesome! Your running is inspiring to us newbie runners!

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LOOKFORWARD2IT 1/5/2010 9:42PM

    Well done!

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    Wow! You are amazing! 20 K in a blizzard??? You go girl!

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