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Last Week's Progress/This Week's Plan

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mine and my husband's plans for this week:
Monday: Masterchef and Hotel Hell
Tuesday: Tuesday: Cardio
Wednesday: Strength Training and video games
Thursday: Deep cleaning (for me while he is at work) and cardio
Friday: Strength training

My self-esteem builders from last week (7/21 - 7/27)
Monday: I am beautiful, gorgeous, sexy, cute, and pretty.
Tuesday: I am a loving, caring, and attentive wife, daughter, and sister.
Wednesday: I picked an amazing husband.
Thursday: I am not as fat as I think I am.
Friday: I am a very lean and organized person; I keep a clean home.
Saturday: My allergic reaction rash does not gross people out.
Sunday: I am a good person.
Most of these (except for Wednesday, because I already knew that) were things that I needed to remind myself.

My healthy choices from last week (July 21 - July 27)
Monday: I chose to drink unsweetened iced tea with dinner instead of soda.
Tuesday: I wanted the doughnut, but cjose the peach instead.
Wednesday: I played kickball with the kids at work.
Thursday: I spent 2 hours organizing our storage space when I wanted to watch TV.
Friday: Instead of getting annoyed with myself, I listened to music.
Saturday: I reached my 10,000 goal steps.
Sunday: I did some much needed relaxing.

I know this week's post is short, but we are working on making good choices and living an active lifestyle. This week was tough and we slipped over the weekend, but we are working on it.

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Little Progress, Staying Positive

Monday, July 21, 2014

As you can see, I am trying to update my blog every Monday. This is not for anyone else, but for my personal use to track my progress, goals, and steps.

This last week was rough, as far as fitness, nutrition, and progress goes.

For some reason, my stress levels have been way too high. I do not know why, but I need to figure out how to calm myself down.

We did not do well with working out and eating right. We are starting over today. We decided to place a dry erase board on our fridge with each day of the week planned for meals and fitness, and we are going to stick by it.

I did finally admit to my husband that my recent weight gain has made it difficult for me to leave our home without panicking or feeling uncomfortable. I feel better to get that out into the open, and I feel as though I can now work on feeling better in my own skin. Admitting is the first step, I guess. I consider that progress.

I also decided to make a goal to make at least one good, healthy choice at least once a day. I am going to record one healthy choice each week.

Goals and actions redefined:
1) Lose 60 pounds.
2) Fit into my size 12 jeans again.
3) Completely cut off soda.
4) Feel good about myself again.

1) Plan ahead. On our white board, write out the week for workout and fun, for at least the weekdays. We start today.
Example: This week is my "bad week" (aka the week on my inactive birth control) and taking is slow. It will look something like this:
Monday: Strength training, Master Chef and NCIS
Tuesday: Laundry day at my parents'
Wednesday: Strength training, video games
Thursday: Cardio, Hell's Kitchen
Friday: Cardio, hang out with a friend
2) Go for a long, intense walk on Saturday and Sunday.
3) Make at least one good, healthy choice each day and record it every week.
4) Every day, write one good thing about myself and record it every week.
5) USe the SparkPeople app to record and keep track of my nutrition, fitness, water intake, sleep, stress level, and other goals.

I hope this will help with progress.

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MILPAM3 7/21/2014 11:46PM

  You seem to be taking very good steps in your plan. emoticon

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Progress and Tough Times.

Monday, July 14, 2014

This last week was full of good things and bad things.

Let us start with the good: Progress.
I have dropped one pant size! Yay! I still cannot fit into some of my pre-weight-gain clothes. But I am slowly getting there. Every small achievement is good. I am proud to lose a pant size and I am excited to lose more! Every small achievement is motivation to keep working hard to achieve my weight loss goal.

Another good thing that happened this week was my job interview. It was printing services for the school district. I will still get my benefits and discounts around town, but I would be able to quit my morning job, and would not have to work with children anymore. I may still keep my after school program. I am waiting for the call to know whether or not I got my job. So, I am keeping optimistic and I am crossing my fingers. As much as I have a passion for education, I am thinking my part is behind the scenes.

Now it is time for the bad: Deaths, funerals, and slacking.

I have slacked on tracking my nutrition and fitness this weekend. We also ate poorly and did not reach our 10,000 daily step goal. I bounced back today and plan to stick with it.

This weekend was very emotional and difficult.

On June 19, 2014 my great Uncle Mike died from a stroke. Friday, July 11th was his funeral. We had the service at the mortuary in Thornton, had the burial service at Fort Logan National Cemetery, followed by the wake at his house, hosted by his wife.

It was a long and emotional day for all of us. I am glad that he got a proper military funeral that he deserves as a Vietnam Vet in the Air Force. Rest in peace, Uncle Mike. You will forever be loved and miss.

On Tuesday, July 7th. We had to put the cat down after she was diagnosed with lung cancer two weeks ago. She was loved and she will be missed, but it was the right thing to do, as she was withering away.

On Thursday, July 10th I found out that my best friend's great grand-father, "Bampa", is dying of cancer and is placed in Hopsice. I know, "he is just my best friend's great grandfather". But he is more than that. My best friend and I have been best friends for 22 years. I am just apart of her family as she is apart of her's and vise versa.

I know the dates from last week are out of order, but it made sense to me. A lot went on that kept me from keeping to my plan. A new goal of mine is to not let life events distract me from my goals and plans, or keep me from my progress. That is always something I have struggled with, and will learn to get better at it.

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Progress Is Key

Monday, July 07, 2014

In the three weeks that I have last updated my blog, there have been some good changes.

My husband and I have been eating better. We eat out a lot less; we also eat healthier foods at home, using more fresh ingredients instead of frozen or canned products.

We try to work out when we can. We have been going to the rec room about twice a week for 30 minutes at a time. We also go on long, intense walks on the weekends. We got the new Galxy S5's (for free, thanks to my credit score) and it has a built in pedometer, so we are able to track our daily steps.

There have been some progress and it is good.

My measurement changes in three weeks:
Waist: -1"
Hips: -1"
Thigh: -3"
Arm: Same
I am proud of what I did. I can't wait to shed more inches.

I don't track my weight as much, because that measurement gets me down. I am trying to focus on the good. I am trying to feel better about myself, and to see what my husband sees. I look in the mirror and see myself as being way heavier than what the scale and measuring tape says. My goal is to have a positive body image. I am so grateful to have a wonderful husband who reminds me every day that I am beautiful and gorgeous, and I should feel good about myself.

This picture is so true.

My educational summer program has been good for my fitness. Monday - Friday, I play kick ball with the kids for half an hour and recess, then I play soccer with them for half an hour during lunch and as parents are coming to pick up kids.

There have been small changes, and small progress. Progress is still progress, and I am looking at the positive things that are happening, and I am being proud of my work and results as I slowly change my lifestyle and lose the weight in order to get healthy and fit.

For now, I am happy with the progress I have made through this process.

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DEB62BIE62 7/7/2014 7:37PM

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Recommitment and New Life Changes

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

It has once again been a long time since my last blog entry. It has been a long time since I have done anything, really. But i am back, totally motivated and recommited.

A lot has happened in the past year. There have been so many wonderful, and not so wonderful life changes.

First, the bad. In October 2013, I had to put my dog down. I loved him as if he were my own child. My Aunt gave him to when I was 12 years old. 15 years later, he was still one of the best things that happened to me (but not better than my husband, that I will get to later). He was there for all of my changes, all of the good times, all of the bad times, and all of the lonely times in my life. I still miss him every day.

Now for the good. In March 2014 I was blessed to marry the man of my dreams. He is my everything and I love him with all of my heart, mind, body, and soul. He is my rock. He is so incredibly supportive and wonderful. There is no way I can thank him for that. He believes that I am beautiful and sex, and he reminds me every day, even when I don't feel that I am. He supports me in my weight loss, yet makes me feel as though I'm amazing the way I am. He has recently joined me in losing weight, eating better, and getting healthy. That has been so helpful. I am so lucky to have someone so amazing by my side, who can support and motivate me, and who I can support and motivate in return.

With the wedding, there have been a lot of changes. There have been things that have stopped me from losing weight and have even caused me to gain some back. There was a lot of stress with the wedding, a bad living situation, and moving

I seriously cannot believe how much I let myself go. I am not going to make excuses, but learned from what I was doing wrong, and fix it.

Now for the re-commitment.
1. Fitness:
I am going back to work out. I am going to start off slowly. My husband and I are making a pledge to do cardio work outs for 30 minutes at a time, 3 times a week. We started this week, and it is going well so far. I am also doing some strength training and toning exercises on the days that I have time to do it.
We are also going to walk for at least 2 miles a day. I was walking 3 miles a day for 3 days a week before the wedding planning started, so we are going to try to build back up to that.

How are we doing this?
We are going to the fitness room at our apartment after he gets off work. Every Sunday night, we will plan what days to go and stick with it. These days will probably be during the week. The obstacle in our path is the fitness room hours. They are only open during their leasing center business hours, 9am-6pm. so we have to go right after work, and will have to figure something else when the school year starts and I don't get home until 6pm again. On the weekends, we are going to find different walking paths in our area, and walk around them for 1 mile a day.

2. Eating Better.
This one seems pretty obvious. We pledge to eat at home more often, pack lunches for work, and stick to our calory range. We are going to eat more fruits and veggies, cut down on evening snacking, and try to eat less sweets. We want to completely cut off soda.

How are we doing this?
We are going to pick two meals in which we can eat out. This means making plans with family so we can plan all of our meals for the week. Not eating out as often will be easy, as we have less money to spend with my hours being shorter during the summer.
This week, we started packing our lunches together every morning. We cover the food groups, and make it a healthy meal.
To cut down evening snacking, we are asking ourselves "Are you hungry or bored." If we are hungry, we can have some fruit or veggies.
To cut down on soda and sweets, we are going to wing ourselves off, slowly cutting down on our intake, and buying less. We are also shopping smarter and looking at the nutritional information before we buy the food.
We are tracking everything on our SparkPeople app. Every food intake, every workout, and every goal will be monitored as we go.
The hard part that we struggle with is the difference in calorie ranges. Mine is significantly lower than his. I try to remember that, and I don't eat whatever he eats. He is also remembering that fact, so that he doesn't feel like I'm not eating enough (which I tend to do when I'm feeling stressed, depressed, or down on myself).

So, for all of you Sparkers out there, are there any suggestions for a newly married couple trying to get healthy together and lose weight?


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