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Looking toward Spring!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Here we are on the last day of February. I like March, because it's the gateway to Spring. Daylight Savings begins, our days stretch longer, the air gets warmer, the heavy layers aren't so necessary, and the snow melts away. For the most part, anyway. Here in New England we've been blessed so many times with April snowstorms. emoticon

February was a good month for me. I did not see a significant loss on the scale, and I stayed steady between 156 and 158 each week. For some reason it did not bother me to see these numbers, because I was seeing bigger results with my clothing. My jeans slip on without a fight, and I've lost the bulge around my waist. So for the first time in several years, I'm going several days between weigh-ins, instead of each morning. It really and truly IS a fact that the scale doesn't tell the whole story, or do us any justice.

I've been gluten-free for about five weeks now, and I'm not missing anything. I don't have any cravings for bread or pasta. I did try clean-eating brown rice pasta last week that was very nice, and I'll have it again, but I'm not out in search of gluten free foods- it is just happening more naturally for me because I eat clean.

I find that I'm eating cleaner each week that goes by. I've given up the gelatin. It was hard to say goodbye to, but now I just grab a clementine or two instead. Each little step helps.

Since March is such a long month, I would like to see 6-8 pounds gone. I'd like to be in the higher 140's by around April 1. Sure, the scale hasn't been my BFF lately, but I still do need the focus.

In order for a 6-8 pound loss to happen, I have to end each day correctly- there are many days where I'll do great until around 3:00pm, and then the mindless munchies set in. I don't binge on chips or cupcakes, but I do go overboard on pistachios, avocadoes, pitted dates, cheese, and OH YES, the wine on the weekends. Even though I plan them in, these are the things that I'll always reach for a second helping of.

And I have to remind myself each afternoon about how absolutely fabulous I am feeling each morning when I bound out of bed for the gym- to find a small loss on the scale because I've done well the days previous. It's a wonderful feeling that is very easily squashed by the mindless munchies in the afternoon.

Next time I'll tell you about our winemaking adventure. And cheese- yes, homemade cheese, too. Happy Thursday!

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    Wine and cheese, yum! Looks like life is very good for you.


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SUNSHINE99999 2/28/2013 9:22AM

  yes, happy Thursday and then the weekend. Enjoy! emoticon

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A week down and life is CLEAN.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I have completed one week of clean eating. It was a great week!

In my estimation, I ate clean 90-95% of the time.
*I lost 4.8 lbs in the week.
*I have a ton of energy this week (but funny how the Christmas stuff still isn't put away!?)
*I am sleeping like a baby!
*My skin is clearer (I have some food allergies, oral allergy syndrome and often have a rash/hives on my face, neck, back and chest- this has been far less, and I'm exploring the possibility that gluten and dairy may have been playing a role all these years.)

Best food of the week- spaghetti squash with sauce made with chicken and black olives. This felt like pure comfort food.

Worst food of the week- none, in my opinion! My worst offense is either the glass of wine on the weekend, or the atomic fireballs a couple of evenings. ;) My next offenses are likely the processed South Beach high protein bars I had twice, and the Kame rice crisps, but neither will worry me moving forward, as I'm only striving for 90% here- I will eat processed food occasionally. That's life! I'm also still snacking on my sugar-free jello, which has an artificial sweetener. Maybe down the road I'll find a more natural, low calorie alternative. Any ideas?

What I consciously eliminated: lowfat cheese sticks and processed sliced meat. This was my go-to lunch forever- wrapping a cheese stick in a couple slices of lunchmeat. Goodbye. Just the level of sodium alone was enough for me to clean that out. Now I have to be more creative and make a clean lunch with a clean protein and vegetables.

Something new I tried: roasted chick peas with garlic and parmesan, although I eat chick peas all the time on salads. These were great, and my kids loved them.

I've eaten clean before, and every time I revisit it I am reminded how GOOD real, unprocessed food can be. I'm happy with the choice to make it a priority for 2013. See ya next week.

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SABLENESS 1/10/2013 1:24PM

    The results are worth it! emoticon

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67YKCEB 1/9/2013 3:06PM

    wow 4 pounds in a week !?! That's great!!
so what clean eating are you doing?

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NMSUSTUDENT 1/9/2013 9:02AM

    Quote: "Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."
~Samuel Johnson

Stay on the right track.

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Happy New Year and a Reset!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

I love going back and reading my new year commitment for the past year:

It's eye opening and I like reflecting on what worked and what didn't.

First off, I didn't lose the last 20 pounds, so that is my goal again this year. This year I'm smart enough to make it a "HOWEVER..." goal, because while I did NOT lose the last 20 pounds last year, my body changed a ton from the added weight training at the gym and at home. At 160ish pounds, I feel better, have lots more energy, and I'm firmer in places around my body. I was able to float through the holidays eating what I wanted to eat, knowing that my fitness routine was keeping me even.

2013's focus is to continue what I'm already doing fitness-wise. I'm in a really good groove with the gym- I love going and meeting up with a couple women I've met there. I go to 5-7 spin classes a week, 2-3 pump classes a week, and now I'm adding in a 45 minute run or walk on the treadmill before/after pump classes. I'm also continuing with my heavier lifting at home, and if my time permits I can do that at the gym, too.

My "better" focus needs to be on clean eating. I'm halfway there, but need to take it up a notch and eliminate some dairy, sugar, gluten and all-things-processed.

Step by step, I'm making better choices all the time and my goals don't seem so difficult or ominous this year.

I'm going to go to a black tie event with my husband in April around my birthday, so I am making April 1 my goal for the 20-pounds with the "however" attached. If I'm happy after 15, knowing that my weight training is making me leaner but heavier, I'll go into maintenance then.

Mark and I are doing the Warrior Dash again in September, which gives me a great goal for fall as well, to be as physically fit as I have ever been in my life.

It's so much easier going into a new year just resetting and continuing, instead of starting from scratch, so I am thankful for the hard work I have put into my health and wellness in the last few years.

Happy New Year to my Sparkfriends!

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67YKCEB 1/5/2013 12:00PM

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 1/2/2013 12:08PM

    You have such a great attitude! Good luck to you!

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40 Day Countdown!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

40 days to the Warrior Dash. Even though I think I could pull it off now, another 40 days of training will help with my upper body strength. And really, it doesn't matter all that much- I'm going with a group of friends that don't have any other goal in mind except to finish.

I've upped my weights at the gym, in pump class, and at home, and can definitely see things changing. The scale continues to not budge, but the clothes are getting bigger. I stocked up on some size SMALL workout bottoms yesterday!


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67YKCEB 8/14/2012 2:21PM

    Hey if the clothes are getting bigger than that is a very good thing!!! emoticon emoticon

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What a difference a year makes...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Here's my family and my sister's family last year (2011) on Mt. Megunticook in Camden, Maine in July. I'm in the green shirt and green hat (or you can identify me by the spare tire around my waist that I hauled up the mountain.) I was around 170 or 175 here.

And here's our family picture this year, taken last week on Bald Rock Mountain, also in Camden Hills State Park, Maine. I'm in turquoise with the black hat, second from right. Around 20 pounds less. I'm happy with the picture, but thanks to some major monthly bloating and a week-long vacation bender, I can see how much work I still have to do.

The difference this year? I could have run up the mountain. The kids were complaining more than me this year! And we climbed twice- once to the top of Mount Battie, which I have always driven up. We had a nice, leisurely climb this year instead of a ride. So much better.

I'm looking forward to next year's picture. Oh, and the bender is over, thank goodness. What fun we had, but boy I needed to come home and eat healthy again! (In our defense, we did eat healthy most of the week- it was the drinks at night that got us, even though it was F.U.N.!)

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LIVELAUFLUV 7/20/2012 5:38AM

    Great job! Keep up the GREAT work! I love to look at the before during and after pictures. It shows how much you care about yourself and your family!

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CATHYJR73 7/17/2012 3:29PM

    The pictures are priceless too!! emoticon emoticon

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67YKCEB 7/16/2012 6:59PM

    aren't pictures wonderful for pointing out our spare tires??
Way to go on your weight loss!! You are well on your way to reaching your goal!!

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LYNSEY723 7/16/2012 6:55PM

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