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Back in my routine

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I've had to work 2 days in a row. I'm throwing in the towel; I'm worn out. After 1- and 2-day work weeks for the past month, I'm not sure I can handle real work! On the plus side, my routine is BACK! I thrive on routine. My OCD side wants a predictable schedule. I've done much better eating-wise this week (after a ridiculous last week). I haven't been perfect, but I've made progress.

I've been thinking about Visalus shakes. Does anyone have any experience with them? They're expensive and they involve milk. I don't even like fatty mcfatty milkshakes because of the milk part (yes, I'm going to have osteoporosis). But, I've seen recipes for cookie and Reeses flavored shakes. Now that I can handle. I'm ruminating on it. If they will help me get rid of this last 10, well then, I can put up with a little milk (no seriously, I use a slotted spoon when I eat cereal so I don't accidentally ingest a little milk).

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    I've read that dairy is not the answer to good bone health, so you're probably not missing out when you're avoiding milk. I never enjoyed drinking milk, but I do like yogurt and cheese. In recent years I've been eating soy yogurt or coconut yogurt and drinking soy milk. The plain soy milk works the best in recipes when I substitute it in place of dairy milk.

I haven't had any experience with Visalus shakes. Hope you get some answers. You might find some by googling your question.

I know what you mean about having a routine. I gain weight over the weekend or breaks, then I go back to work to lose weight because I don't have access to my refrigerator, cabinets, and pantry (although I try to keep temptations to a minimum which is challenging with a husband and a teenager also in residence).

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LJOYCE55 2/11/2014 8:37PM

  Try milk substitutes (almond milk is my fave).

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Girl Scouts. Why.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Today will be known as the Great Girl Scout Cookie Mishap. There are still some left. Not many, but some. The fortunate souls who survived my prep time are now safely tucked into the back of the freezer. Out of sight, out of mind.

After an amazing weekend, I was all revved up for an amazing week. And then a sweet, innocent, little Girl Scout in my class walks in with the aforementioned cookies. And I have two more boxes coming from another budding entrepreneur.

I'm writing it here first: The Mishap Part II will NOT happen. Will. Not. Happen.

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    Yes, I've been there, done that. I can't stop at one or whatever the supposed serving size is. Also, I can't stop with buying from one little Girl Scout. They are too cute to let down. It's the horrible season of Girl Scout cookies. Maybe you could buy one box (of your least favorite kind) from each one, then give them to the school janitor or leave them in the break room. Please let me follow my own advice, LOL.

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AWKSWAN 2/3/2014 10:51PM

    I feel your pain. Last time I bought GS cookies, I ate a whole box of Savannah Smiles in one sitting. I will try not to duplicate that feat this year, but I wouldn't place any bets on my willpower.

Perhaps you can put a single cookie (or two, if you're desperate) in each of five or six ziplocs and put the rest in the freezer. Then tell yourself you can choose one ziploc per day. (I know, I know. But it's worth a try!)

Good luck!

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PRAXTIPRAT 2/3/2014 9:03PM

    *shakes tiny fist at the goddess of grl scout cookies*
why?!?!? whhhhyyyyy?!??!?

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My Self-Inflicted Challenges

Sunday, February 02, 2014

It's amazing what I can accomplish when I put my mind to it. Sometimes my ultra-stubborn personality pays off. After a dismal week, I had an amazing weekend. I stayed on plan, tracked everything I ate, worked out hard, and stayed out of the kitchen. Now, as for why I can do that when I am home all day and not when I am at work 3/4 of the day is beyond me.

I went grocery shopping while hungry today. Always a bad idea. I ended up bringing home chips (my #1 trigger food) and M&Ms (a close 2nd trigger food). As soon as I got home (well, after I ate lunch) I portioned out both foods. I weighed them and put each serving into individual Ziploc bags. It's a self-inflicted challenge to eat them in moderation and by doing that I've paved the way to success.

Then, I was having the world's best chili (aka my dad's) for dinner. Gotta have cornbread with chili! Last week, when I heated up some of his chili, I made a pan of cornbread and almost ate the entire pan in one night. That was NOT happening again. Before I took a single bite of my dinner, I put 1 piece into my lunchbox, 2 into the fridge for dinners later this week, and 2 in the freezer. That left my 1 piece. I ate it with a fork and took very small bites. When I was finished, all I saw was an empty pan. Success.

Can this momentum carry me into this next week? I sure hope so! I'm feeling STRONG!

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    That took lots of willpower and perseverance to portion out your food and put away what you weren't supposed to eat. If you keep doing that, it becomes a great habit! emoticon emoticon

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Do Over

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Being a second grade teacher, I am well versed in the rules of do overs:
1. Things are not going your way
2. You have a [not so] valid argument that persuades your opponent
3. The louder person gets their do over granted

I called a do over on myself. I have not been focused or motivated this fall. I love exercising, so I move a lot (especially while coaching - 2 workouts every Monday and Wednesday). But I wasn't monitoring, tracking, or being mindful of what I was eating. I don't even want to get into the specifics because I don't want to think about it. I called a


Things were not going my way. I want to lose weight. I'm 7 pounds from my goal. My argument is actually valid (rather than, my shoe wasn't tied! It hit my ankle!). I live alone so I am by default the loudest person in my house.

I am one week in to my do over and I have to say I had an excellent week. I set 3 goals for myself:

1. Find a distractor strategy when I want to eat mindlessly - SBLR (Stop, breathe, listen to my inner voice, and respond) and keep my hands busy (yarn-wrapped wreaths).

Deep breaths really help me refocus. There were a couple of times this week I found myself with my hands in the cabinet and I stopped and took a deep breath. I closed the cabinet without taking anything out and found something else to do. I've found that when my hands are busy creating this year's homemade Christmas gift, they don't have time to put something in my mouth.

2. Eat dinner at the kitchen table.

Experts say to eat without distractions - no TV, no computer, no magazines or books because you're not focused on your food and end up eating too much. I like reading while I eat (I live alone). I am an avid reader, so I get engrossed in my book and forget about eating altogether. I leave the pans on the counter/stove and only put one portion on my plate. When I finish a chapter and look back at my plate, I decide that I am satisfied and go back to my book. Hey, know yourself.

3. Journal at least every other day.

I may have a masters in technology and be the tech "go to girl" at my school, but good ol' notebook journaling and tracking my food works best for me. I've tried online journals (like this one - I'm copying this out of my journal) and Weight Watchers' online tracker. I don't do it. It may work for some, but not me. I stick to my goals when I write about them so I need to journal consistently.

Here's to Week #2 in the great November Do Over!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 11/18/2013 12:17AM

    Ok, you got your do over

No you gotta do it right.

And if you don't, you can have another do over.. Have as many as you need.

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HEALTHYNEWPAIGE 11/18/2013 12:05AM

    Your goals sound like great strategies emoticon emoticon

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Back to the beginning!

Monday, September 09, 2013

The beginning of school is always rough. My whole routine is thrown for a loop (as in, I have to go to bed before 3 AM and get up before noon... and you know, WORK). I thrive on routine so it always takes me time to adjust when I go from freedom to work (and work to freedom). I have a wonderful class this year that won't. ever. stop. talking. ever. I've given up on my fight and decided to research ways to harness their unusually strong vocal skills.

Overall, I'm happy with my health and weight loss progress. I had to skip last week's Weight Watchers meeting because I had 2 meetings after school and the second ran so late I even missed the late meeting so I don't know if I've lost weight. I always get frustrated and hit a stubborn streak when the scale doesn't budge, anyway, so instead of focusing on my weight I want to point out the positives.

- I've been getting up at 4:45 AM for morning workouts. I LOVE IT! I'll never go back to after work workouts!

- I'm a coach for Girls on the Run this year. I'm so excited to share my new-found love of running with young girls.

- I've had a lot of co-workers who didn't see me all summer compliment me on weight loss (although I haven't actually lost any number-wise...).

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TIHAITIEN 9/10/2013 6:26AM

    emoticon. I like working-out in the morning as well.

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PATSYB7 9/10/2013 6:05AM

    Even though the scale isn't showing a loss you must've toned up to look slimmer. Well done! The scale will catch up eventually.

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    You inspire me. I need to try getting up at 4:45 in the morning because I keep missing my after work workouts. I'm sure that's one of the reasons I caught a cold. emoticon emoticon

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IMREITE 9/10/2013 12:54AM

    I am not so good at waking up in the morning. i actually look forward to ecxercising at the end of the work day. i just am not a morning person. i dont even like to wake up early on my days off when i know i can nap afterwards.

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