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Assignment 7 Cleaning and food buys

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The other Count Down Assignments required thinking and writing. This one will take a little more effort - time to look at the diet plan, clean the fridge, tidy the pantry, make a grocery list and shop. If you don't have time to do it now, write down what you will do. We need to have our food in order for Day 1 of the Challenge.

Have cleaned out pantrys and am cleaning the refrigerator today..Have stocked up on salad makings and fat free dressings..and also my sugar free gum to get me by the hunger spells...best to keep something in my mouth that won't add pounds than to be mindlessly snacking on something. Will be posting big notes around the house to keep reminding me of what I should be doing rather than eating.

Have everything ready for my exercising...walking,..arms with weights, etc..have downloaded some apps for yoga and arm exercises to my tablet..

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CAKAROO 9/24/2012 6:12AM


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HOLLYM48 9/23/2012 2:08PM

    Good job, it sounds like you are more than prepared! Have a great week doing all these healthy things! emoticon

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Assignment 6 cutting calories

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Is there something you eat often that you have learned to cut the calories on? What works best for you? Do you have something you can share with us?

I still measure portion sizes and if I get hungry (from boredom or stress) I drink a glass of water and go for s short walk until the feelings pass. My doctor wanted me to eat more protein and suggested peanut butter..it is so fattening so have substituted lean turkey breast in place of it and use it as snack to get that extra protein. Also eat an apple with skin on for extra fiber. We have our own tree and will do this until our apples are gone. I'm afraid to eat storebought apple peels as afraid of pesticides..ours are not ever sprayed..I substitute splenda and fruit for the sweet cravings I sometimes get.

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CAKAROO 9/23/2012 8:39AM


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DOROTHYBERO 9/23/2012 7:32AM

    Barbara - I love peanut butter and often start my day with a tablespoon - it seems to keep me full longer - I love eating it with a banana. But we each have our own devices and need to use what is best for us - awesome on having apple tress. See you at the start line!

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ZACEVETOB 9/22/2012 10:17PM

    argh already assessment 6 better catch up lol. Good challenge it seems though, getting in touch with your food and dealing with it.

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MCJULIEO 9/22/2012 3:27PM

    I often use chicken broth instead of butter to season vegetables .

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Assignment 5 weigh in

Friday, September 21, 2012

Info - the last weigh in for the 5% Challenge will be November 24th.

A) How many pounds will you lose to achieve your 5% weight loss?

To calculate your 5%

193 x.05 = 9.65 pounds. I will round it to 10lbs.

Current Weight: 193pounds
Target Weight: 183 pounds
By When: Nov 24th, 2012

Goal to eat 1200-1550 calories per day
Goal to go from 193 to 183 by 11/24/2012

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Assignment 4 Food Triggers

Thursday, September 20, 2012

For my assignment 4 for the 5%challenge...

List ALL your trigger foods. Is it a snack food or part of a meal? Are they sweet or salty? Hot, cold or room temperature? Carbs, comfort foods?
*****Both sweet and salty are my triggers. And it is mainly snacks. We only eat 2 good meals a day so I usually fill the rest of my calories during the week with snacks. And it doesn't matter if it is hot or cold..and also this time of year I'm wanting more comfort foods and more carbs which to me are comfort foods.

What are the sources of the Triggers Foods? Is it a fast food restaurant? Drive thru? Food you order in? Grocery store? Convenience store? Meals at family or friends? Co-workers birthday cake? Treats from others?
*****We rarely eat out so nothing I get when we eat out. My husband sometimes complains that I don't bake and make sweet things like I used to. He doesn't have the "fat" problem that I have but I'd like to please him at times so do continue to bake. I then want to eat what I bake. We also have a few birthdays and holidays coming up and I love cooking and baking for these.

Describe the most common situations where you reach for the trigger foods or snacks. What room are you in, what time is it, what are you doing, who is with you, and how do you feel? Are you tired? Are you eating to feel better? Are you rewarding yourself? Soothing yourself? Are you bored? By getting the food how does it make what you are doing better? What should you be doing at that time?
********Common situation is I've just made a pie or cake and it is still warm and sitting on the counter cooling and smelling so good..I just want one taste..which leads to another until I've eaten a whole slice of pie or cake. If I remove it and the smell then it is out of sight out of mind. A case for salty snack..I will be at the computer and get an urge to eat something..maybe stress of what I'm doing makes me feel hungry and then it is usually something salty I want.

Do you see a pattern? What types of foods are you reaching for? Does convenient access make a difference? How can you better handle the situations to avoid the triggers and not binge or eat more than you should.
************I do know that when I've just baked something it is so convenient to just eat some at that point. I need to bake an apple or open a jar of apple sauce to eat at that time when I'm tempted after baking something. And as for the salty triggers. I just mainly need to get them out of the house until I get the cravings under control. or get up from the computer and get out and walk instead to relieve the stress.

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DOINITRIGHT2012 9/21/2012 10:52AM

    Looking forward to sheering you on through the 5% challenge!

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ZACEVETOB 9/21/2012 9:23AM

    Awesome on able to see your food triggers, now lets work towards them :)

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BOOKWERME 9/20/2012 8:25PM

    I would be hard pressed to analyze those food triggers. emoticon

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Assignment 2 &3 (5%challenge)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Assignment 2:Ok I have revamped my sparkpage and added new profile picture.

Assignment 3:Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change!

1. Reasons I want to lose weight..mainly to get healthier. Along with getting healthier I will begin to look better as well and feel much better about myself.
2. Reason...I have 2 major trips planned next year and want to be in shape and smaller to enjoy myself more. I want to fit the plane seats comfortably and also to travel in our camper easier.
3. What I want to change is the amount of exercise I have been getting. I want to step up and do more in that way to become much healthier in the process.
4. I want to feel proud of myself that I have accomplished my goal.
5. The things I will be able to do once I'm slimmer is to walk longer distances and be able to go on tours easier.
6. Lastly I want to change my attitude toward exercise...I don't want it to feel like a burden and I want to enjoy it instead of mumbling awful things about it..So the attitude change will be a biggie for me as well.

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DOINITRIGHT2012 9/19/2012 9:23PM

    Your goals show lots of thought. I hope I can support you and can't wait to see the after picture. As far as the exercise, I understand. However, if you can push yourself without over doing, your body starts to crave the movement. I can't wait until you get to that point. I look forward to hearing about it when it happens. emoticon

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ADRIENNIE 9/19/2012 7:07PM

    Good well-thought out goals! Best of luck reaching them!

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