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Sunday, June 30, 2013

People tell me Iím lucky being married to a chef. I just say 16 years and 60 lbs later Iím not sure! The only consolation was that there were a ton of dishes to do.

Iím afraid to get on the scale to tell you the truth. I hooked up my fitbit scale and pedometer to the dashboard so no cheating on that. My hubby quit smoking 3 weeks ago which is great. But heís been cooking which is bad. His concept of portion sizes needs to be adjusted. There have been a few too many empty calories coming from beverages of an adult nature, so those are going to stop.

For example, last nightís dinner was

Spaghetti and sauce (with fresh parm of course)
Garlic bread
Fried mushroom caps
Broccoli with prosciutto.

I only had a bit of each but still - not a great food choice. During the week, dinners are much more reasonable - mostly because we're both too tired to cook. It's coming into canning season again, so I'm looking forward to putting aside lots of fresh fruits and veggies.

Today is laundry day so there will be a lot of stairs from the top of the house to the basement (28) where the laundry is and back again.

This weekend my plan is to get my budget in place and a lifestyle change plan in place. I want to have one go up and one go down ! I bought the new Spark People book and need to get into it.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ROSEDOLL 7/2/2013 10:06AM

    Alright! It's time. I'm starting Week 1, Day 1 of the Spark Solution and I will be making some adjustments to the menu as I go along. Perhaps you could give the chef a list of measures for your plate, ie; 1 cup of spaghetti, 1 sausage link, less bread and more vegies, etc. Ask him what is on the menu and let him know what a serving should be.


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BARBARASDIET 6/30/2013 2:29PM

    Oh, sigh! I love food....

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GETULLY 6/30/2013 12:38PM

    I agree with Diane! DH and I no longer eat at places like Olive Garden that think one serving is 4 cups! Or that cover everything in butter/cream sauce. Up the vegies with no additions other than herbs. You are on the road!

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DIANE7786 6/30/2013 11:53AM

    A lot of people prepare their meals at home because restaurants don't offer many healthy choices. If your husband perfected healthy meals at home that would work at his restaurant he would have a lot of new customers!

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Glad that's over

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Last week we had temps over 100F and it sucked the life out of me. Exercise? I was lucky to breathe.

Along with it went my motivation. I leaped off the program with the abandon of a 4 year old at Chuckie Cheese. If it fit in my mouth it went in. If it didn't fit, I cut it in smaller pieces so it did. Tracking....not so much.

The only good thing I can say is I drank a LOT of liquids. David's Razzmatazz iced tea was all that kept me sane.

So I put the 2 lbs on I'd managed to take off. And I start again. I recognized my failings last week and the triggers, and that is the important thing. Learning to fight the good fight against old bad habits takes time and discipline.

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DEBBYFROMMT 6/24/2012 10:07AM

    Very good! That's what this is all about! Now that you've owned it, it's time to make better choices! Good for you!

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Is this what it's supposed to look like?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I'm not much of a sweater when I exercise. In fact I hate it. (goes back to high school trauma)

Instead I'm more of a walker. Or at least I used to be. I used to walk between 10-15,000 steps a day.

I bought Adidas shoes about a year ago and royally screwed my legs up. Within a week of buying them I could barely walk 20 feet without excruciating pain going up the back of my legs.

I went for numerous chiro treatments and accupuncture and we realized that the problem was the shoes and the way they made me walk. So I gave them to a friend of mine - and sadly she reported the same thing but luckily didn't suffer permanent damage. We just tossed them in the garbage so no one else would suffer.

But sadly buying a new pair of shoes didn't help. A year later and I'm still trying to recover from the original injury to my legs. My soleus muscle is constantly cramped and my hamstring could be on a violin.

So I thought I'd try yoga. Well....I'm clearly not a bendy person anymore. So I bought the DVD Yoga for Inflexible People.

While I am not nearly as flexible or graceful as the instructors (imagine the 3 Stooges doing Yoga and you have the picture), I'm determined to keep going. I want to walk again. It's a new world out there and I mean to explore it.

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TIGRKITTN 6/20/2012 10:38AM

    I bought a yoga dvd and haven't opened it yet. I really need to make myself do it! We have space issues in my house, and I'd have to kick my husband out of the living room so I can work out and he's got nowhere else to go. Excuses! I'm sorry to hear that the Adidas messed up your legs. I'll bet you'll be back to fit and bendy in no time with the yoga, though :)

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STASHAHOLIC 6/15/2012 9:23AM

    Unfortunately I couldn't take them back as they had been worn outside. I haven't seen any stores offer that but I will look around. I'm also going to do some research before my next pair to make sure I get a good one.

Thanks for the suggestion.

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MIRAGE727 6/14/2012 1:12PM

    I have to ask this question as it is essential in choosing a good walking or running shoe. Did you get a Video Gait Analysis? It's essential when you get the most important piece of equipment for cardio. I would have returned them if I had that problem. Hope you get that cleared up and back on the road!

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Bit by bit, bite by bite

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hello world.

I'm new to this SparkPeople but not new to dieting. Oh no, I'm a professional dieter.

The fact that I live with a chef doesn't help the matter. 15 years and 50 lbs's time to do something.

I used to be on Weight Watchers and did quite well at losing. Then they changed it and I couldn't adjust. Stopped losing and even started gaining.

No point in paying for that - I can do that quite well on my own for free!

So my short term goals are:
1) fit into my pants without looking like the Michelin Man
2) be able to walk up my stairs without wheezing
3) stop this persistent ache in my body from carrying so much extra weight.

I'm hopeful this can be done. And it all starts with hope.

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THEMAGGIEMUM 6/17/2012 10:41PM

    You can do it, sista!! emoticon

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JEANETTECURRY 6/10/2012 10:06AM

    Welcome to Spark! The tracking system has really clicked in and is working great for me. I hope that it does the same for you.

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