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Food Prepping Really Does Work!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Last Saturday, frustrated with my overall lack of progress and lack of control in regard to my eating, I determined that I was going to try to plan my meals and track everything for an entire week. I had experienced success with meal prepping before, but I had only done it for a week. But, I DESPERATELY needed to get my eating under control so I was game to try it again.

I didn't have a lot of *extra* money for grocery shopping for myself only, so, I wrote out a simple little menu of meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner... not several options, just the same thing every day for 7 days. I already had some leftover nuts, Kind bars and frozen fruit in the house so I, at least, didn't have to purchase snacks. My husband took care of groceries and cooking for the family. I sooooo appreciated that.

I decided breakfast would be eggs, turkey bacon and spinach. Lunch would be salad w/boiled egg for protein. Dinner would be tilapia, broccoli and black beans over quinoa. Very simple meals. I spent all Sunday morning before church grilling my tilapia, boiling eggs, cooking quinoa, and measuring/weighing EVERYTHING out and placing in containers, because I was going to start SUNDAY. I wasn't going to wait another day. I was ready to begin!

Sunday, Oct. 19th, I weighed in at 192.
Mon, Oct. 20th - 191
Tues, Oct. 21st - 189.6
Wed, Oct. 22nd - 187.8
Thur, Oct. 23rd - 186.6
Fri, Oct. 24th - 187.6
Sat, Oct. 25th - 187.2

This morning, I weighed in at 187.4. So, I lost 5 lbs for the week! So, aside from Friday and Sunday, I registered a lost on the scale every day. Why I had a gain on Friday, I'm not sure. My cheat day was Tuesday, so I expected a gain on Wednesday, but I didn't have one. Sunday gain was expected because Saturday was a cheat day. But, Friday.... no clue. You're welcome to look at my food logs and analyze what I ate of Thursday and come up with your own conclusions. I'm not going to expend my energy on it, but you're welcome to expend yours and then clue me in. LOL

Other keys to the puzzle:
(1) TOM began on Monday and ended on Thursday.
(2) No exercise that week, except for Wednesday
(3) On Monday, I had picked up a book I ordered from the library written by Dolvett Quince (the black trainer from The Biggest Loser) entitled "The 3:1:2:1 Diet." I had ordered it a week prior when I was super frustrated. I figured I'd see what he was talking about. Well, it's a good read. I'm still reading it. Basically, his program is about eating "clean" for 3 days, then having a "cheat" day, then eating clean for 2 days and then having one more cheat day. That's the basics. But, I wouldn't prescribe to his program because I'm unwilling to cut out the things he suggests in order to "eat clean." I don't want to eat that clean. But, I did like the idea of having HEALTHY cheat days, which just means that you eat at the higher end of your calorie range on those days. So, that's what I did on Tuesday and Saturday. I guess I followed a 2:1:3:1 plan, instead of a 3:1:2:1 plan. LOL

So, that was my week!!

This week, I'm meal planning again. But this time, I'm adding back in exercising as well. I usually have success with one OR the other. But, this week, I'm hoping that I can do both successfully.

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SAPHRAEL 12/14/2014 12:23PM

    What a good plan to keep the meals simple! I think I gotta steal this idea!!

Happy holidays!

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BEACHCALSIX 10/29/2014 5:13PM

    emoticon emoticon to a great week!
I think that gain was from tom ending. tom always leaves bloating and hormones even 1-2 days after ending. Not saying that's what it is but it's an idea. Always happens to me :)
emoticon to an awesome week! Pre portioning is a life saver for me too!

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LOVINSHERRY78 10/27/2014 2:44PM

    so glad you had such a good week :) and oh mr that guy! didn't know he had a book. i'll have to check it out.


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KRISZTA11 10/27/2014 4:31AM

    Great plan, I'm glad it is working so well for you!
Congrats to your success!

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DALID414 10/26/2014 10:50PM

    That's the one reason I don't follow 'diet' plans: I'm not willing to give up certain foods completely. I'd be a pretty angry person if I did, I just know it! emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 10/26/2014 9:57PM

    planning a prepping food in advance makes a big difference for me too

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D_4RECOVERY 10/26/2014 9:26PM

    emoticon 5 lbs... emoticon

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October Goals: I expect a Harvest!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

NOTE: September end-of-month update on goals is at the end of my "Hellooooo September" blog. But, in short, it was a bust. LOL Moving forward...

The healthy seeds I'm planting for October are:

emoticon 30 for 30: 30 days of exercise for 30 minutes. This month happens to have 31 days, so I guess I get one pass. :-)

emoticon Water First: Before I can drink anything else, I must complete intake of 64 oz of water first.

emoticon 1000 Fitness Minutes Trophy: If I'm exercising for 30 days for 30 minutes, I'll have 900 fitness minutes. So.... that means that some days, I'm expecting to exercise for longer than 30 minutes. :-)

emoticon Gym visit at least 2x/week: I only went to my gym one time in September... I am NOT about wasting money. So, I need to set foot into my gym at least 2x's a week.

emoticon Strength training 2x/week: Still haven't conquered ST, soooo I keep pushing and aiming.

emoticon Burn 6000 calories: I'm hoping this goal will help me to not "phone-it-in" during my brief 30 minutes of working out. I want to make those 30 minutes count. If I burn a minimum of 200 calories per workout, I will make this goal. I'm hoping to burn more though. This month I'll be using different machines and trying different higher intensity workouts. I'm curious to find out how much I COULD actually burn in 30 minutes if I pushed myself a little more.

At the end of October I expect a harvest of...
- better habit of exercise/fitness
- glowing skin (from all that water, lol)
- weight loss
- FINALLY being able to get my 10 lb weight loss reward! I'm down 5 for the month of September. So, I've got 5 more to lose and KEEP OFF. That's my self-imposed requirement. I don't want to just lose and gain throughout the month and then reward myself for it. If I lose the remaining pounds in October, it must still be OFF at the beginning of November. THEN, and only then, will I reward myself. (Rewards listed on Sparkpage)

HARVEST TIME!!! Let's go!!!

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STAY39 10/2/2014 9:46PM

    Wow those are some impressive goals! I know you can do it! October better watch out! emoticon

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BEACHCALSIX 10/2/2014 6:06PM

    emoticon goals! GO FOR IT!

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DALID414 10/1/2014 7:33PM

    Great list of goals!
I'm so with you about wasting money on a gym membership!

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Hellllloooo September!!! (Goals)

Monday, September 01, 2014

I've tried to keep my goals simple and attainable for September. Most of these goals have been goals before, but that's okay. I keep pressing! LOL

- Earn 1000 Fitness Minutes Trophy
- 200,000 steps
- At least 64 oz of water daily
- No fast food, junk food or baked goods
- Track all food/drink (when nutrition data is available)
- Track exercise
- Cardio 3x's weekly (Mon/Thur/Sat)
- Strength Training 2x's weekly (Tues/Fri)

I also have some non-health-related goals that I'm working on for September as well. I'll just keep those to myself, as this is not the forum for that. But, I'm excited! :-)


*******END OF MONTH UPDATE*******

- No trophy gained (not even a 250 Fitness Minutes one!)
- Steps not counted. FitBit not synced.
- Water intake... laughable.
- Ate fast food, junk food and baked goods.
- Tracked some of my food.
- Tracked exercise WHEN I did any
- Cardio/Strength Training: Did not keep to my schedule.

Synopsis: September was a bust! Moving forward to October... WILL do better!

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BEACHCALSIX 9/4/2014 5:56PM

    emoticon you can do it! Let's go for a strong September!!

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KTTAYLOR21 9/3/2014 8:22PM

    emoticon emoticon Mapping the plan is the way to go!!

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STAY39 9/3/2014 8:07AM

    Sounds great! I wish I could accomplish that 4th one! Challenge accepted!

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B-LYNN1ST 9/3/2014 1:13AM

    Great goals! I have some personal ones too that I'll keep to myself, but sometimes I can't keep them. I love to share, but then again. Everything isn't so good to share. Thanks for adding me. I wish you the best!
Let's do this!

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LILSHINE 9/2/2014 9:12AM

    Great goals you can do it

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LALALOVELY76 9/1/2014 10:47PM

    You can do it!!!

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PUMPKINHEAD29 9/1/2014 8:51PM

    Great goals!!! I know you can do it!!

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THEENFP 9/1/2014 8:03PM

    Sounds good!

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    These sound like reasonable, doable goals. I wish you all the best in your first month.

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KAKAY56 9/1/2014 6:42PM

    We are on the same page.... emoticon emoticon

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LOVINSHERRY78 9/1/2014 4:19PM

    emoticon emoticon YOU GOT THIS!!

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Brief Update: What I've Been Up To...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hello Sparkfriends!

I haven't really been active on SP that much lately. I'm sure I'll get back into it at some point. But, honestly, I seem to not have that many active sparkfriends, so I'm not really feeling as much support on here as I used to. And, without the support, it's kind of just a personal blog space. I've really been finding support on Instagram and in a Facebook group that I joined last month. I share my fitness goals, motivations, achievements, and pictures on the special fitness account that I created. If anyone wants to follow me, it's: the_vee_project. But, I have to say, I'm finding the most support and determination within myself. That's new for me. LOL

I'm doing great. I'm definitely staying on track. I've been concentrating on fitness and keeping my activity level up. I can't report any weight loss/gain because I've not been on the scale. I'm pretty much avoiding the scale because I'm on such a fitness high right now. I just don't need any distractions or discouragement. So, I'm trying not to have my every victory be tied to the scale.

I'm participating in a couple of fitness challenges this month. One is an 100-mile challenge that I joined mid-month with a lady from my church. So, I have a lot of miles to get in before the month of July ends. It's tough. But, I'm determined to get it done. All miles (walking, running, elliptical, bike, etc.) count.

I'm also participating in the below wall sit challenge this month with my sister.

I joined that one late as well. But, when I joined I just started at Day 1, so that I would have the same opportunity to build up my endurance as others who started the challenge. I'm on (Friday, July 4) right now. I can say that I'm getting stronger. I remember my legs shaking when I did the sit for 45 secs. Now, I'm up to 01:15. It's been a good challenge.

I've not been using my fitness or nutrition trackers (apps or SP website). I can get a little obsessive about that kind of stuff. So, I'm kind of just using the plate as a guide (half veggies, 1/4 protein, 1/4 carb). I've not had a single green smoothie since I finished the cleanse. LOL That was a lot of greens! LOL But, I still would LIKE to try to have a green smoothie every now and then as a replacement for one meal. I've just not been motivated to do so as of yet. These days, I'm not looking at a clock (timing how often) or a scale (measuring how much) or anything to determine when and how much I am/should eat. I'm just eating when I'm hungry and until satisfied. I'm actually listening to my body. It's just becoming natural and more a part of my life.

I really think this turnaround happened because of the green smoothie cleanse. After I completed that cleanse, my tastebuds and cravings and food desires, just changed. I feel more in control than I ever have been in my life. I'm in a good place.

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THEENFP 9/1/2014 8:06PM

    I joined as many sparkteams as I could, so that my most recent blog would show up to as many people as possible. I only joined teams that were relevant to me, but I'm sure it's over 100. If you do this, you are pretty much guaranteed comments every time you post. It might also be helpful to add a few people from here on facebook or skype and try to instant message every few days to touch base. I think I would struggle to keep up with someone on sparkpeople alone.

Good luck!

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KTTAYLOR21 7/21/2014 10:43PM

    Love your blog post and I may do that wall sit just for personal goals! I don't do any other form of social media but Spark so I am consistently on here. Facebook is way too distracting and I know pretty foolish people who use FB for the wrong thing LOL so I AVOID!!

Thanks for sharing you gave me some pretty good ideas, this wall sit and staying away from the scale (UGH!!)

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STAY39 7/21/2014 10:21AM

    Wow! This is awesome! I am so happy for you! Looks like you have found the secret to your success. Thank you for the update and for the advise on my blog as well. You words really spoke to me. I think you are totally right and I need to stop focusing on the numbers. I want to refocus on feeling like an athlete! I am sorry you feel you have little support here. I am here for you! And I appreciate you being in my corner too. Keep up the great work! emoticon

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DALID414 7/17/2014 12:37AM

    Good to hear you're doing well and what works for you. emoticon

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LOVINSHERRY78 7/16/2014 6:31PM

    u r def on the right track :) i myself have been lacking all the active spark friends and it def makes a difference. i try to get new ones but for some reason it's just not the same :( i think the facebook and instagram thing is great. i've also started a facebook group for some gals here locally but even then it can be a hit and miss with them, lol. all we can do is keep up the fight and even if it's just to stand by one person (or one by you) it's all worth it.
good luck!!

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PINKBEANBOO 7/16/2014 1:51PM

    Awesome! If I remember correctly, you used to have trouble getting your exercise in. Sounds like that is not the case now! Your eating is right on as well. emoticon

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JOYSONG50 7/16/2014 10:51AM

    Awesome post. Congratulations on your accomplishments. You're doing great. I was already motivated and getting ready to begin some challenges of my own. But, your post inspired me even more. Think I'll add the wall sit to my challenge list. Keep up the good work.
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    Great post - always nice to get updates from you. It's so important that we each figure out what's the plan that will be most effective for us. Glad you've landed on a few things that are working well for you. Thanks for the wall-sitting challenge. I have been doing a version of that for my physical therapy but now I can operationalize it with a chart! Yay! Have a great rest of the week!

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My Experience: 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse (JJ Smith)

Friday, June 27, 2014

How many of you have heard of this detox cleanse?? The author was recently on the Steve Harvey Show and The View.

Well, after I saw her on Steve Harvey, I said I would buy the book for my husband for Father's Day. He's been drinking smoothies since the beginning of the year and it's really allowed him to get more fruit and veggies into his diet that he's ever eaten. I've seen positive changes, but I see that he still uses a lot more fruit than he does veggies. So, I wanted to help him go to the next level. But, I was interested in it for myself as well. LOL I had to order it off Amazon because it's sold out in every bookstore!!

Before I added it to his gift bag, I read it myself in secret and I thought that I really wanted to try it for myself. So, the Monday after Father's Day, I went shopping for all the fruit and veggies that I would need for the first 5 days of the cleanse. Every day you just follow the smoothie recipe that's contained in the book. The ingredients are meant to facilitate cleansing of the liver and colon, which also will help jumpstart weight-loss efforts.

I began the cleanse on June 17th, and finished up the 10-days yesterday.

Well, after only 10 days of infusing my body with an onslaught of nutrition by way of green leafy veggies, fruit, nuts, fiber, healthy carbs and protein... I feel FANTASTIC!!! I'm down 9 lbs!!! I went from 194 (6/17) to 185 (6/27). I didn't take measurements, but my clothes tell me I'm down several inches as well. My skin is absolutely radiant! I feel light and fluffy and my sugar and carb cravings are absolutely gone. I'm actually craving more fruits and veggies.

Some days (depending on the greens used) were more challenging than others, and I have to admit the smoothie did not taste so good on those days (for me). But, they were certainly effective in cleansing.

The cleanse is meant to be followed for ONLY 10-days straight. It's a cleanse. It's not a diet. So, it's supposed to jumpstart your weight loss efforts. But, as a way of maintaining healthy weight or continuing to lose, you could drink 1 or 2 GREEN smoothies as a replacement for any meal and then eat 1 or 2 regular clean meals. That you could do indefinitely, provided you just alternate your greens. You, supposedly, could lose the healthy 1-2 lbs weekly by doing that.

I'm not sure that I'm going to do that. I did have one smoothie today as my lunch but that's because I didn't know what I want to have. LOL After not having to really think about that for 10 days, it was kind of hard to decide. LOL But, I did have sauteed spinach and an egg for breakfast this morning. For dinner, I had kale and some baked chicken wingettes that I made. I've continued to have over 64 oz of water daily.

In addition, there is an excellent Facebook support community of folks who are doing the full cleanse (3 smoothies and 2 snacks) and/or the modified cleanse (2 smoothies and 1 meal). The author, herself, is a part of the community and interacts with everyone on there.

The testimonies and pictures shared by people who are doing the cleanse are so encouraging and motivating.

So, I'm just sharing my experience with it just in case any of my sparkfriends wanted to try it.

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LOVINSHERRY78 6/28/2014 3:37PM

    thats awesome!! have u seen the movie "fat,sick and nearly dead" on netflix? something to def watch and for others thinking of doing the juicing. i've never tried it but i can only imagine how great u feel. it's a fantastic way to cleanse. i will def be trying this next year after the baby is born.
way to go with stickin to it too..amazing!!

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    Thanks for sharing! Great job sticking to the cleanse ... sounds like it really worked for you!

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