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Plan to stay on track...

Monday, December 16, 2013

So for the holiday season, a time when I (and half the planet) have a tendency to go off the deep end on sugary sweets consumption, I will remember that a picture is worth a thousand words:


Whenever I think about cheating on my meal plans (no wheat or dairy, minimal sugar, moderate fat), that's what I should think of. Even if I don't have a doctor's notification or an exact link between specific symptoms and specific foods, I feel better when I eat that way. Feeling good will help me with fitness, with my clothes fitting, with my concentration at work, with my confidence... It's only good. Even if the scale doesn't budget, eating cookies and junk will not fix that.

Here's what I will do:
Eat according to the plan - no wheat or dairy
Minimal grains - avoid when I can help it (including rice at the Thai place)
Minimal sweets - one serving after dinner when I'm at home only
When I have a craving - plan a time when I can satisfy the craving in a "safe" way.
Exercise - as much as my body can handle. When I want to cop out, is it mental or physical?
Emotional - spend at least a little bit of time each day for me. Journal more often to solve issues. Don't eat when stressed.

  
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JKDUBS 12/20/2013 10:20AM

    Awesome chica! You are doing so great! KEEP IT UP! You can do this!!

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SINGER73 12/17/2013 8:21PM

    emoticon My goal is to stay far away fom my intolerant food.

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BECKYSKEL 12/17/2013 4:51PM

    Good plan! You can do it!!!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 12/17/2013 11:58AM

    sounds like progress in the making :o)

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SAASHA17 12/17/2013 6:59AM

    Way to go...a good plan...keep pushing Loren!!

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CANES4EVER63 12/17/2013 1:17AM

    You can do it!

Don't mind me prying - but what are your symptoms with the food? I went through a year and a half of severe stomach pains and a major change in my BM. I did an elimination diet on myself and guessed at a lot of things I was sensitive to. I had cut out gluten prior to the stomach pains, so I knew it wasn't that (Celiac runs in my family). A few months later, I increased my dairy from cheese to make veggie lasagnas and zucchini pizzas to ice cream and milk. I noticed an increase in pain, so I cut out the dairy. Still struggling with pains, I thought soy might be a problem. That helped, but there was still more. I saw a gastroenterologist and I ate everything I wanted to (with severe stomach cramping!) and ended up testing negative for Celiac. I was then referred to a food allergist and lo and behold, there were my answers. I found out everything I'm sensitive to and my stomach has only acted up when I eat chocolate (which I tested negative for!). So I've cut out chocolate. Recently, I've had some pains, but I think it's the chemicals used to wash the non-organic mixed greens I bought (they were on sale compared to the organic kind!)... but today I was having problems to, so maybe it's eggs (I was negative, but the allergist was surprised that I wasn't allergic to egg and oats!).

The exciting thing though is that my job allows me to run my own blood on machines and the blood allergy machine is moving from one hospital to the one I'm working at - so, my blood is going to get run for all the foods that we have reagents for. I'm so excited!

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SARAHSTEELIO 12/16/2013 10:49PM

    I LOVE this! A concrete plan! Well done!

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BLC22 Week 1-2

Friday, June 14, 2013

Week 1 goals:
1 Follow marathon training plan
1 Log all meals. Avoid allergens (wheat, dairy) without excuse.
1 Participate in the BLC chat
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Week 2 goals:
1 Follow marathon training plan
2 (Re)Start the 100 push-up challenge
1 Log all meals. Avoid allergens (wheat, dairy) without excuse.
2 In range at least 5 days
1 Participate in the BLC chat
2 Learn one new thing per day and record it

What did I learn new?
Wednesday: Understood a new concept at work.
Thursday: Learned how to make calcium supplement out of eggshells.
Friday: Read about manufacturing changes

  
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BLC22 Goals

Monday, June 10, 2013

It's time for a new challenge! In my efforts to improve my lifestyle for the long run, my goals need to be progressive and build upon each other so that I am not shocked and they are more likely to stick.

Fitness Goals: (each one continues into the following weeks)
1 Follow marathon training plan
2 (Re)Start the 100 push-up challenge
3 Do at least 2 yoga sessions.
4 Do at least 3 yoga sessions.
5 Do one yoga session over 20 minutes long.
6 Use the Stick daily to remove stiffness
7 Do at least 4 yoga sessions
8 Do a Jillian/strength once/week in addition to the push-ups
9 Do at least 5 yoga sessions
10 Do ab work once/week in addition to the Jillian/strength
11 Do at least 6 yoga sessions
12 Do one yoga session over 60 minutes long.

Nutrition Goals: (each one continues into the following weeks)
1 Log all meals. Avoid allergens (wheat, dairy) without excuse.
2 In range at least 5 days
3 In range at least 5 days, with no days more than 2200 calories
4 In range at least 5 days, with average less than 1800 calories
5 In range at least 5 days, with average less than 1600 calories
6 In range at least 6 days, with average less than 1600 calories
7 In range at least 6 days, with average less than 1500 calories
8 In range at least 6 days, average less than 1500 calories, carbs less than 200g each day
9 In range at least 6 days, average less than 1500 calories, carbs less than 180g each day
10 In range at least 6 days, average less than 1500 calories, carbs less than 160g each day
11 In range at least 6 days, average less than 1500 calories, carbs less than 150g on average
12 In range all 7 days, average less than 1400 calories, carbs less than 150g each day

Personal Goals Part I: (each of these continues into the following weeks)
1 Participate in the BLC chat
3 Plan my day and execute on it
5 Do at least one house chore per day
7 Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night
9 Meditate once per day
11 Eat all meals mindfully (no other activities or standing)

Personal Goals Part II: (these are one time challenges)
2 Learn one new thing per day and record it
4 Contact 3 old friends outside of normal circle
6 Complete at least 4 journal prompts
8 Spend at least 2 hours being creative or working with my hands
10 Make time for 15 minutes of “me time” per day
12 Make a plan for maintenance / BLC break

  
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BECKYSKEL 6/12/2013 9:33AM

    Great goals! I love that you will continue on each one week after week. Makes it really goals for a lifetime!!! You can do this.

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GSDMOMMA 6/11/2013 10:55AM

    You go girl!!!

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SINGER73 6/11/2013 5:56AM

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NEVADAPP 6/10/2013 11:38PM

    Wow! Very detailed!! emoticon

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CHERYLN 6/10/2013 10:26PM

    Wow, I am impressed! I really like how your plans are progressive and keep building on each other. And including the personal goals is such a good idea too. Well thought out plan, great job!

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HEALTH4LYFE 6/10/2013 9:14PM

    Very specific and defined goals! emoticon

With your plan, sticking to it will definitely get you to your goals!

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MYTHMYTH 6/10/2013 9:12PM

    Seems like you have everything covered! Good Luck!
Jane

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Back to the Future Blog (BLC)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

First question: Forgive yourself for one thing in the past…

Response: I don’t believe in regret, so I don’t have any sad stories about dying relatives or not taking chances. However, I can think of thousands of times I’ve screwed up, and those times remain on the forefront of my memory bank. Whenever I have a moment of doubt about my abilities, I pull one or two or a hundred of these screw-up memories out of the vault and use them to prove that I’m not capable, not worthy, or just not good enough. To torment myself.

So to this end, I will list as many as I can easily recall, and put them behind me for good.
1. I forgot to pick up the rental car for my work trip today, so I’ll be late tomorrow.
2. I did not respond quickly to the emails I got this weekend.
3. I ate two of Matt’s candies.
4. I took too long to pick out new make-up in the store today.
5. I was awkward in my boss’s office Friday.
6. I micromanaged one of my committee members at work
7. I have lost and gained the same few pounds over and over. Gained – ugh
8. I snapped at DH this morning.
9. I did not respond to one of my friend’s emails looking to make plans for next month
10. I took a long time to respond to one of the request to be a presenter for a college alumni event.
11. I did not do any work on my attic renovation project.
12. I did not respond to one of my Sparkfriends’ post on my blog.
13. I have not yet followed up on one of my doctor’s recommendations.
14. I have overeaten often.
15. I have overspent my discretionary budget for a few months in a row.
16. I did not clear out my work inbox this weekend like I planned.
17. I wander and talk too much at work.
18. I was not very productive at work on Friday.
19. I forgot to email my old boss for his birthday.
20. I sent a note to my old boss a month ago that was not as nice as it should have been.
21. I worry about the future too much.
22. I complain too much.
23. I do not spend enough quality time with DH.
24. I have not sewn his pants like I promised.
25. I doubt myself too much.

And for these things, I forgive myself. I do the best I can with each moment and will continue to get better as life allows.


Question 2: How will your life change when you reach your fitness/weight goal?

Response: I should start by forgiving myself for feeling guilty about not having a more concrete vision, because I don’t, even though I know that having a vision makes it more likely. I have done this exercise a few times before, so I will use it as a reference to copy and on which to meditate here:

I want to move towards being slim, fit, and healthy. I want to move towards feeling good in my body. I want to move towards having looseness in my clothes. I want to move towards excitement for shopping. I want to move towards better posture. I want to move towards becoming a true runner, with a runner's body. I want to move towards a healthy relationship with food. I want to move towards a focus on life and accomplishment.

I want to move towards peace with food. I want to move towards peace in my body. I want to move towards confidence. I want to move towards inner happiness and pride in myself. I want to move towards a feeling of power and hope.

  
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SEEHOLZ 2/2/2013 11:40AM

    Your list reminds me so much of myself- all those thoughts go through my head too- all the time! (well, my own version)
I've been taking a bunch of e-learning classes through my work about communication with confidence, achieving results without authority etc and it's been really helping with my confidence issues at work. I also have been focusing on improving my technical skills, which also helps me feel more confident when it comes to discussing technical issues and being confident. It's definitely a work in progress, but I think those types of things are really helpful! Do they have any of those types of recourses available at your job? if not, it might be worth it bying a little book- as a guide. I didn't think it would be as helpful as it has been.

As for how your life will change? I can relate to your response in many ways too--- but I also think that trying to picture your improved life- where you are all those things- fit, strong, in control of your eating etc- can give you the edge in getting to where you want to go--- again, I'm a work in process, but I'm trying to do more "visualizing" myself.

Sounds like overall you are doing these BL challenges, which are keeping you motivated--- NICE!

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MYTHMYTH 1/28/2013 4:50PM

    I like your comment about being a peace with food. It would be great to reach that point, wouldn't it?
Good luck!!
Jane

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LE7_1234 1/28/2013 2:08PM

    I agree about the list of screw-ups--really, nothing that major. OTOH, I understand how you can have these thoughts and somehow "forget" to release them as quickly as they come. Then they just kinda pile up... Did it help just writing out the list and forgiving yourself? If not, maybe a round or two of EFT?

"Response: I should start by forgiving myself for feeling guilty about not having a more concrete vision, because I don’t, even though I know that having a vision makes it more likely."

You know, to me the thing that's missing here is a way to tie the first question and the second together. IF the future you is able to forgive yourself for all that other stuff--every time it comes up, every time you're less than perfect--I bet it will be easier to get all the other stuff.


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MISSUSRIVERRAT 1/28/2013 7:21AM

    Just an observation and comment about your list of "screw-up" memories.... it seems to me that you are very strict with yourself.
Of the things that you list, only #14, 15, 21,22 & 25 show things that are of major magnitude in that they are repetitive and may affect the whole rest of your life's functioning. Even then, they are not really screw-ups but could be reframed/redefined as symptoms that you have something going on in your thoughts/feelings that needs to be understood.

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KACEYSW 1/27/2013 8:34PM

    You can do this! And you are worth it!

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Fit Test

Sunday, January 13, 2013

At the beginning of BLC 21, my team was challenged to do a fitness test. Exercises to exhaustion plus a timed run.

I was nervous! I thought of this quote:
‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond imagination. It is our light more than our darkness which scares us. We ask ourselves – who are we to be brilliant, beautiful, talented, and fabulous. But honestly, who are you to not be so?’
- Marianne Williamson

It's a quote that applies to more than just fitness. I've always shied away from being noticed, even if that meant doing less than my best.
Quick story: When I was in kindergarten, someone each day had to pull a random challenge from the jar and do it in front of the class. I pulled "Count as high as you can until the teacher says stop." I kept counting until I felt everyone's eyes on me... then I pretended to forget 100. The teacher could tell, corrected me, and made me keep going.

So I will challenge myself to be my best, regardless of what people think.


Fit test results:

1 mile: 8:57
Push-ups: 10
Squats: 70
Crunches: 130


I will keep getting more fit!

  
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SEEHOLZ 2/2/2013 11:25AM

    Not too shabby at all!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/27/2013 3:40PM

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re: "I've always shied away from being noticed"

I've always felt that way also, and not trauma to speak of...just my nature. I can be in the "spotlight" it just exhausts me!

Love your kindergarten story too. Can remember having exactly the same experience only with a spelling challenge.

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MELP06 1/15/2013 12:15PM

    Great job!

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MYTHMYTH 1/14/2013 3:13PM

    Nice mile! and those crunches ! Can't imagine where you will be in 12 weeks!
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Jane

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WINDSURFNERD 1/13/2013 11:25PM

    emoticon Fear of success is more limiting than fear of failure, and leads to bitter regret. Kudos for not letting that shy kindergartener hold back the power of the fabulous person you are now!

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SHERYLP461 1/13/2013 10:24PM

    A perfect challenge!

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