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October 14th: Thanksgiving + Looking Forward

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I successfully handled Thanksgiving and didn't gain much! My goal last week was to maintain at 219 and that didn't happen, but I unexpectedly got my period and bloated up to 221 by week's end. Thanksgiving came, though, and my parents' visit went extremely well. We did a lot of walking and not too much crazy eating.

At Thanksgiving dinner, I had spent all day on my feet cooking and only ate one plateful, taking a little bit of everything. I had another plate of dessert and a cup of tea and that's where my food intake ended. This morning I weighed in at 221.6 - not bad. I had two large meals of leftovers today but also did an hour of exercise using MapMyWalk on my phone and a yoga video.

The goal for this week is to get to 218. My mom pointed out to me while she was here that whatever shape I'm in at Christmas is the shape my wedding dress will be sized to, since I won't be in the same province to do alterations again until two weeks before the wedding!

Time to really buckle down and look to the Christmas break. I picked up new workout shoes and three new sports bras while shopping in the city on Friday, and they're sooo comfortable- it's amazing. Working out today was so much easier wearing clothes that fit properly.

Here's to a successful short week, I hope! Looking for 218 by Saturday.

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WHYNOTJ1 10/15/2013 2:04PM

    Well there's a good goal to shoot for! emoticon

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October 4th: Thanksgiving nears!

Friday, October 04, 2013

Canadian Thanksgiving is next week and I can't wait! This is going to be my first time EVER preparing the turkey dinner instead of just helping my mom, and I'm especially excited that my parents are coming out to Alberta from Ontario for that whole weekend!

I'll be making my menu this weekend to feed at least 5, but possibly 7 people might attend in total. My parents have become very health-conscious over the last couple of years (my mom lost about 40lbs on Weight Watchers, my dad lost some weight right along with her) and so I want to make sure that this is a healthy Thanksgiving dinner. No cheesy scalloped potatoes here. We're also going to be taking lots of walks and I'm taking them to a harvest festival on the Saturday they're here. Plenty of non-couch time!

Over the last couple weeks I realized that one of the things keeping me out of the gym is workout wear that doesn't fit. I lost one of my sports bras over the summer when we were traveling and was left with the one that fit... 60lbs ago. So there's lots of, uh, spillage happening when I wear it. And so I don't wear it and I don't work out! Add to that my broken-down 3-year-old running shoes and there's just not a lot of exercise happening.

I'll be going to the city to meet my parents next Friday and will be purchasing a new sports bra and workout shoes then. My old shoes will become outdoor-only and I'll save the new ones for the really fantastic indoor gym and walking track at our community centre.

Since vigorous exercise hasn't been happening, I made more of an effort this week to pay attention to my diet (tracking calories) and doing small amounts of exercise (brief yoga videos, a walk or two) and today I weighed in at 219! My goal for this week was 220, so if I maintain this week that's no problem. I'd like to be 210 or below when we go home for Christmas this year and I know I need to stay on track.

Next week I'm traveling for 3 days for work and staying in a hotel for 2 nights with a colleague. I purposefully booked a room with a kitchenette so that I won't be obligated to eat out for every meal, and the hotel has a fitness room that I'm going to be SURE to use. I'll definitely make a blog post from the hotel next week to stay accountable!

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EERTOLA 10/4/2013 6:53PM

    Sounds like you have a GREAT plan in place to stay fit and healthy through the holiday, and it always helps when the rest of the family is on board! If I might make a suggestion for healthy Thanksgiving menu choices, I've seen a recipe for pesto mashed potatoes that sounds delish and less fattening than adding cheese or cream, but I haven't tried it yet, so I don't know how good it is. Another recipe that I HAVE tried and will be making for my family's Thanksgiving dinner this year, is the SparkRecipes BEST EVER Crustless Sweet Potato Pie! My fiance doesn't like sweet potatoes and LOVES it. So much that I've made it twice now, in September. We both agree it rivals any pumpkin pie we've ever had and we both LOVE pumpkin pie! And being crustless does not detract from its appeal AT ALL! But here's the greatest part: only 101 calories/eighth of a pie! So you don't have to feel guilty if you decide you want two slices!! How great is that?! Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

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September Report: Need to make changes!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Work is back in full swing now that kids have returned to school and boy have I been busy! I work as a school counselor in a very rural area and our kids have high needs most of the time. Add to that some projects that I've committed to this year and I have a heck of a lot on my plate until July 2014!

Unfortunately, what's that meant for the last two weeks is that I've been falling into all the old traps: Feeling too tired to cook a healthy dinner, packing 'comfort foods' in my lunch, lazing around on the evenings and weekends and allowing myself to have poor dietary habits.

One bright spot is that I signed up for an outdoor bootcamp class at my gym, and this week I went to both sessions! It's an hour at a local park on Mondays and Wednesdays, and so far I'm the slowest/most out-of-shape person there, but I'm NOT going to quit going. I'm gonna huff and puff and keep going at the pace I can sustain.

I also dropped into the college pool near my house one evening last week and did just a short 5-lap freestyle swim with lots of rest. I love swimming and the pool wasn't at all busy at 8pm on a Monday.

Something I really need to do is dial in my comfort eating (I've been so often eating when I'm not hungry OR waiting until I'm too hungry to make the right decision and just going for whatever's close + calorie-dense) and ramp up the exercise. I was thinking about the first time I lost a lot of weight, and I was in school - commuting a couple of hours to and from campus each day with about 30min or 40min of walking built into that time. I also worked part-time where I was always on my feet, going up and down stairs carrying heavy loads or cleaning or serving customers. At home, I was expected to keep the house clean and spent a lot of time doing chores.

These days, I have an office job where the only exercise I get is walking the halls a few times a day. I have a car-based commute (and can't switch it up, in the country) and a great fiance who does half the housework and sometimes more. My stress levels are probably similar but different- high overall, but it's less about juggling responsibilities between roles (student + worker + daughter) and more about overall workload.

I often see posts from people who are exercising 30min every day and think that that's a crazy level of activity, but maybe that's what I need to be doing if I'm gonna get this weight off.

I'm gonna take the rest of September and try to make a radical change in my diet and activity levels. I will be blogging more often about these efforts- self-reflection is awesome and I find it helpful. Wishing myself good luck.

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KIM22211 9/26/2013 6:56AM

    I think you are doing great! If you are happy with your results then keep doing what you are doing. If you are not, then increase some but we can't feel like because others are doing 30 min means we have to. I do a ton of walking but not a solid 30 at one time. You sound so much like me wanting to lean on that comfort foods because of ease and waiting too long! errrr! Why? Why do we do that! oh well, we live and learn,right?! Have a great one!

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WHYNOTJ1 9/16/2013 10:41AM

    I wear my sneakers and leave for work a little early and walk around the building several times before I go inside. Even in the rain (with umbrella), unless it is very icy/slippery or below 10 degrees F. On those days, I try to walk inside the building.

If I do 20 minutes in the morning, sometimes I can squeeze in another 5 or 10 minutes later in the day.

I keep some healthy emergency foods on hand (soups, frozen meals) for those times when I really, really don't want to cook. I brown bag my lunch with an awesome salad and healthy snacks almost every single day.

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KEIRIKEIRI 9/15/2013 12:19PM

    Honestly I walk 5 miles a day and that takes over an hour. Every day. My suggestion to you about the food though & exercise is - make it interesting to you. Do you like genealogy? walk through a graveyard for exercise. Like books? Books on tape while you walk. I'm a huge fan of Zombies, Run! on my smartphone. As for food, try new recipes on the weekend in large amounts so they last all week. Find recipes that intrigue you and you will WANT to cook. Good luck

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Back on Track Day 17

Saturday, August 17, 2013

It's been a very relaxing week-and-a-bit since I last posted and I've had a great time just enjoying being at home without any obligations beyond keeping myself, my fiance and my cats alive and fed. Has it been conducive to eating healthy and exercising? Um, not really- but I didn't make a point of it.

My eating's still been out of whack, but when I'm home with nothing to do that's more likely to happen. Tomorrow is my very last day of summer vacation before work starts back up again on Monday, so that'll be back to pre-packed breakfasts and lunches, which ought to keep my portions more in check.

I have been cooking a lot, which has been great! Tonight I made minestrone soup from scratch. We had so many leftovers in the fridge- half a can of black beans from one night's taco salad, a decent amount of chopped bell peppers and mushrooms pre-seasoned with basil, oregano and parsley from pizza night with friends, and half a jar of tomato sauce from that same night. I added chopped celery, a diced potato, a coined carrot, and two cans of chopped tomatoes to make a pretty awesome soup. We topped it with sauteed shrimp and shredded mozzarella cheese.

I've tried to go to the gym a few times, to no avail. My fiance won a 10-pass to our community centre's gym ages ago, and the first time we tried to redeem it a few days ago there was some kind of issue and we couldn't. We went back a few days later and they honoured the pass and gave him an ID card with the 10 passes loaded on it. I had brought my gym bag and he hadn't, so we asked the front desk if I could use one of those accesses and they said absolutely not!

That last time was a few days ago too. Tomorrow my fiance's going to go to the gym in the morning, and I'll just pay the day rate and see if I like it.

I'm excited to get back to work- my department is myself and another woman, and we have big plans for this year. I'm dreading waking up early in the mornings though!

Weigh-in tomorrow morning. I've rejigged my program to reflect my goal of at least 20lbs lost by Christmas, and am hoping to just see stability on the scale this week.

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KIM22211 8/29/2013 2:22AM

    I have been cooking/baking a lot more too and I do find that if I am bored I tend to want to munch! You are doing great!!!

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68ANNE 8/19/2013 7:49PM

    I know it is so hard to get into gear on vacations. You've done well by planning and cooking in advance for work days. Nice going!
That is awful about the gym. You would think they want new people coming in and should go out of their way to be nice.
Good luck with the scale. Go far those NSV!

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Back on Track Day 8 & 9

Friday, August 09, 2013

It's so nice to be home! We've cleaned our apartment top to bottom, planned out the month's meals, and opened every window to get some fresh air moving around.

Another priority has been finding enough to eat- we're doing the groceries this afternoon. I was happy to find a bell pepper and half a cucumber in the fridge that were still good to eat. The lasagna I made and froze way back in June also cooked up beautifully and made a great dinner last night.

One thing we have to address soon is our gym memberships. Last year, we bought a couples membership at a 24-hr access weightlifting-focused gym in a retail basement. I had looked forward to a collaborative atmosphere focused on lifting, but what actually happened is that I got major side-eye for being a girl in a strength space. I also felt uncomfortable a lot of the time since the gym was generally full of hockey-playing dudebros and was only staffed for about 2.5 hours each day- so if something were to go wrong, I would be far away from help. This all worked out to me hardly ever going to the gym!

I've decided that I'll get a membership at the local community centre instead. It's a little more expensive ($475/individual vs $700/couple at the other place) but it also gives me full access to the community pool around the block from my house, some workout classes will be free, and there's also a great walking track in addition to the cardio and weight machines.

I haven't been tracking food, but I know I've been eating a bit better- avoiding unnecessary bread, especially. For lunch yesterday I bumped up a can of minestrone with canned tomatoes + white beans, instead of adding a slice of toast or saltines. At today's lunch, I stuffed half of a bell pepper with tuna and white bean salad rather than making a sandwich.

I also started doing the Insanity program and it is HARD. I tried the fit test on a whim yesterday, then decided to do day 2 today. It was a 40min cardio circuit and it was KILLER. I took lots of breaks and at one point paused the video and lay on the kitchen floor for a good 10min with the fan on. In the end, I skipped the last 10min of intervals and went right for the cooldown, so tracked 30min of work altogether. It feels great to move more, though, and the endorphin high is pretty awesome too.

Up next: A trip to the farmers' market, groceries, and dinner with friends!

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SWEETSOUNDS11 8/9/2013 5:02PM

    I like the community gym idea, especially if you are discouraged by the other gym. Paying for discouragement is double whammy. Go for the pool and social bonds at the other place. Keep up the good work.

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