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Man With a Plan

Friday, August 29, 2014

So, I've been using this week as a sort of "on ramp" to my return to health and wellness. I want Monday, specifically 9/1 to mark the beginning of a more hardcore pursuit. This week has been good in the soft sense -- I've gotten more veggies, more water and more exercise. But for the most part, I didn't make any "hard" goals for myself. I've been very flexible and mostly focused on consistency (which is awesome).

So, what are my "hard" goals? And why do I want to achieve them?

My long term goal is 30 pounds. Right now, I would like to focus on losing about half of that before the end of the year. 15 pounds in by December 15, 2014 -- very doable. How am I going to do that?

1) Omit sugar, trans fats, alcohol, red meat and processed foods from my daily diet. Essentially, a modified paleo/primal diet with some dairy (~ 1 serving a dat) and some complex carbs ( a few servings per week).
2) Stay within Spark calorie goal
3) Eat several large servings of vegetables and smaller servings of fruits every day (side note: this week I've gotten more produce but my fruit/veggie balance is out of whack -- something to work on for next week)
4) Bring own food to office and eat only what I bring. To this end, I have purchased a mini-fridge for my office (should arrive today. I was worried that a mini-fridge would actually encourage me to overeat if I just have an endless pool of snacks in my office. But it will be up to me to stock the fridge with GOOD healthy snacks, mostly vegetables and fruit.

1) Daily activity (walking)
2) 5 scheduled work outs per week
3) Once consistency is re-established, add back in strength training (October)

1) Establish the "why" of my goal -- remain focused on that
2) Read/watch motivation
3) Continue to read and learn about weight loss, fitness, health and wellness

Establishing the Why of my goal. I can think of a million whys right now:

I want to get rid of my foot pain
Get rid of my belly
Up my energy level
Tone my arms
Feel light on my feet
Be a better dancer
Improve my self image
Be healthy for when it's time to have a baby
Live a long life
Avoid chronic weight related illness
Not be heavier than my husband

I know all of this will come with losing the next 15-30 pounds. But of all of those, the desire to start a family is the key driver right now. I don't know if my weight is affecting my fertility -- I've never tried to get pregnant before. But I do know losing weight will make for a healthier pregnancy and a healthier baby. I also know that I will probably gain at least 25 pounds with pregnancy so I need to at least lose that amount to break even!

I will do a separate blog with my September goals.

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TRAVELGRRL 8/30/2014 2:23PM

    Great goals!

My daughter's weight definitely affected her ability to get pregnant -- she worked with a fertility clinic for a year before she finally got pregnant. But then, when her baby was 16 months old? She got pregnant again in the ahem, usual, unassisted way! emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 8/29/2014 1:54PM

    YES!! Those are terrific goals! And especially wanting to be healthier when you get pregnant. It is hard on your body to carry a baby, and if you are already carrying excess weight, it just makes it harder. And not being heavier than your husband... happily, mine is 6.2, so he weighs more than I do - at least now! There was a time when it was pretty darn close! And I was totally mortified!

I know you can and will do this! and I also feel really confident that this will be your last time... yes, there will hopefully be some baby weight to lose down the line, but that is different. You know now that you won't let your emotions control your health! I am so glad you are back where you belong!!!

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FUNLOVEN 8/29/2014 1:42PM

    I knew you would come up with a plan to get back on track!

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BABY_GIRL69 8/29/2014 1:38PM

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God bless,


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Settling in for the long haul

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It is going to take a while before I see some progress and I need to be okay with that.

I've been conscious and effortful and active all week with no change on the scale. But I know this is normal. My body is ramping up. When I get into weight loss mode, my body starts shedding pounds left and right. But it takes time and effort to get there (anywhere from a week to a month). I need to whittle the carbs, up the produce, up the water, up the activity. My body takes a few weeks to recognize these changes. So, it is okay that my body has not noticed the changes yet. I've made them. And I know they are there. And that I need to keep plugging away.

I am giving myself this week as a transition, allowing my body to adjust and my mind to re-focus. The true grit starts 9/1. I'm kind of looking forward to it!

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TEMPEST272002 8/29/2014 1:29PM

    Good mind set. Keep working on a healthy lifestyle and the scale will eventually follow.

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KERELLA 8/29/2014 9:42AM

    I have to remind myself of this all the time. It's annoying, but so true. The needle doesn't budge for two weeks, or three, then... BOOM! Five pounds gone. I don't get it, but I just remind myself that the needle is fixing to plummet. Besides, I'm lookin' pretty darn hot and I can run circles around the old me.

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NELLJONES 8/29/2014 7:58AM

    Remember that time looks different looking forward than it does looking back. Looking forward looks eternal, looking back looks like the blink of an eye.

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GOLDLILY00 8/28/2014 6:52PM

  Keep up the good work emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 8/28/2014 5:52PM

    You know your body. You are doing great. Keep up the good work, and keep blogging!!

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Epiphanies for all!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I'm just full of epiphanies on this (endless) journey to health. :channeling Oprah: And you get an epiphany! And you get an epiphany!

Tonight at my fantastic, perfect, amazing, missed-it-so-much dance class, I realized two things:

1) I don't have to be perfect on nutrition. I don't have to be perfect on fitness. I just need to, through some combination of the two, get it done. Of course, perfect nutrition gives the best bang for buck. But I was not nutritionally perfect as I was losing this weight. I had more good days than bad, but I wasn't perfect. Similarly, I worked out A LOT. But I didn't work out 7 days a week every week. Some weeks, I ate perfectly and worked out three times and lost weight. Some weeks my eating was rocky but I worked out twice a day five days a week and lost weight. The point is I got it done. And I didn't have to be perfect to do it. Which is good news because perfection is impossible!

2) This led to epiphany #2: Boy, I've really been doing NOTHING to move myself towards my goals this summer. I haven't been eating well. I haven't been working out a lot. It has to be one or the other, preferably both. And here I've been doing neither. And yet also cringing at the number on the scale, berating myself for not doing well and, in so doing, doubling down on failure.

It's like sometimes I just go into a fugue state where I forget everything I have ever learned along this (long)(arduous)(neverending) path to wellness. Dude, we gotta drop the "journey" metaphor -- it suggests a neat ending to weight loss THAT DOES NOT EXIST.

So these may sound a little weak to merit the title of "epiphany" but they boil down to the following:

I don't have to be perfect. I do have to do some stuff. To put it in a neat Michael Pollan like formula: "Imperfection is okay. Do some stuff. Lose weight."

Oh, also I should just straight up work out more because a) I LOVE IT, b) I'm a little slower and heavier on my feet than I was last year which PISSES ME OFF and 3) although I must work every day to conquer the nutrition beast, I really can make a lot of headway by simply maintaining a semi-insane workout schedule. Gotta work my way back up to two-a-days!

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PATTISTAMPS 8/27/2014 1:26PM

    I like the epiphanies! But I think that all of life is a journey, so this is just part of that journey. Weight loss in itself is neither the journey nor the destination, but simply a part of where we have decided to go with our lives. (OOOOHHH... DEEP! I need to get OVER myself, here, LOL)

My favorite "Sparkism" is "you can't out-exercise your fork" Sometimes I think I should have it tattooed backwards on my forehead so that I would see it every time I look in the mirror, LOL... BUT... I love how my calorie range moves when I move. The more exercise, the more I can eat. But that doesn't mean I'm having Fettuccini Alfredo... It just means 3 healthy meals and one or two low-calorie snacks. Allow me 1800 calories, and I will eat 1700. Restrict me to 1500 and I will eat 2000... Yes, I am contrary and I know it!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/27/2014 11:44AM

    I think those are great epiphanies and I like your idea of dropping the "journey" metaphor. You are so right, there is NO END!

The problem with relying on workouts for weight loss (and I've done in the past, my eating sucks), is that when you are sidelined (as I am right now) you are in a world of hurt!

I shake my head -- this is a "path" of constant monitoring and adjusting, monitoring and adjusting....

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LAILATN 8/27/2014 9:47AM

    Your epiphanies sound very familiar to me! I am having similar thoughts. If I want the scale to budge I actually have to DO SOMETHING to make it happen.

Thanks for sharing!

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SHIMMYHIP 8/27/2014 8:46AM

    I like your quote " Imperfection is okay. Do some stuff. Lose weight" I will remember that when I don't want to exercise. Thank You.


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Good food

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I have some out of control produce in my life this week, thanks to the farmer's market. White nectarines, heirloom tomatoes, plums, Japanese eggplant, summer squash and piel de sapo melons, oh my! You know your body has been deprived of good food when it reacts to an overload of fruits and vegetables with some . . . distress. I'll say no more on the topic.

So, far, I am on track to meet my goals for the day. I'm realizing this is much more like "starting over" than I cared to admit. I held on to what good habits I could over the course of the last year but in the last few months especially, they have eluded me. In the last month, they have cratered entirely. I mean, who am I? When I was in the airport coming back from North Carolina, I ate a fast food cheeseburger, just because. I mean, it was pretty good (I think Five Guys is like the In N Out of the South/South East), but really? A fast food burger? That is not my usual M.O. Ditto with the desire to buy those toffee pretzels yesterday. Usually, I save my treats for the realllllly good stuff -- not some random super market flotsam and jetsam.

In any event, I'm hitting the produce hard core right now and hoping to reset my body entirely. If it takes a few weeks before I see progress on the scale, it is probably because I've caused myself significant metabolic distress with all the garbage. But I'm worth the wait.

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PATTISTAMPS 8/27/2014 1:20PM

    Think of it as a produce cleanse, LOL... Enjoy - I know it is like a binge when you get all of that good stuff!

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TRIM180 8/26/2014 5:36PM

    emoticon Blended grapefruit with whey protein PLUS flax seed. Delicious I did not like grapefruit till I made this shake. emoticon Job with your market finds!
Fresh and no pesticides!!!!

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MOONGLOWSNANA 8/26/2014 5:30PM

  emoticon You'll be back on track in no time! emoticon

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Decisions, decisions.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The more healthy decisions you make, the easier it is to make healthy decisions. But those first few can feel agonizing. I made two healthy decisions today. And while it almost hurt to make them, I know I put myself on track for more healthy decisions tomorrow.

First, I was picking out a snack at the supermarket and I saw a new product -- chocolate toffee covered pretzels. Boy did those look good! I even picked them up and started walking towards the register with them. But then a small voice chimed in -- "These are processed food! Full of sugar and empty calories!" I circled the aisle a bit, still clutching them but was able to talk myself into putting them back. I got a packet of freeze dried strawberries and bananas instead (no additives).

Then I picked my husband up from the airport. He was hungry and wanted In N Out. He got a double double animal style with animal style fries to go. I got a glass of water, reasoning that I could wait until we got home to eat dinner. We actually stopped off on the way home for a quick walk around the lake. When we got home it was sort of late so I just had some melon for dinner. Saying no to delicious fragrant In N Out was not easy, but I know it will make me stronger moving forward. emoticon

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LAILATN 8/26/2014 7:42PM

    Those are some healthy decisions! Really shows so strength.


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GARDENQE2 8/26/2014 3:24PM

    Good for you!
It's getting harder and harder to avoid the junk at the supermarket.
Today I was shopping and they were rearranging my neighborhood store. They had put half of the chips where the vinegar and pickles used to be, and canned tuna across from the other chips. But I think I'm up to the challenge!
Best wishes!

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PATTISTAMPS 8/26/2014 10:26AM

    EXCELLENT!!! It is hard when your husband wants something you KNOW is not good for either one of you. And especially when he can eat it without apparent consequences! But you are STRONG!

Today you have inspired me to make good choices. Thanks, friend!!!

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FUNLOVEN 8/26/2014 8:26AM

    I've done the same thing at the grocery store. As a matter of fact, I have even done the same thing at a clothing store when I thought I wanted something new (nothing special in mind) but knew I shouldn't spend the money. I walk around the store picking out this and that of things I like and then I circle back around again and put all of the items away instead of spending the money! I don't think I have ever told anyone before that I do this. The secret is out - LOL!

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NELLJONES 8/26/2014 7:41AM

    Good for you! I no longer even see the junk in the store, but it took awhile for my eyes to automatically look where I want them to.

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WISHICOULDFLY 8/26/2014 6:11AM

    You are STRONG emoticon ! Great way to handle temptations!

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