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Chapter 16, Day 45 ... how will you get through Thanksgiving week without gaining weight?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The message ringing in my head is very clear: dump the refined carbs pronto, if you want to lose weight. Simple, but yet so hard.

I've done it before, I can do it again.

Well, except for Thanksgiving Day. Everyone will be bringing the best of their best, and so many choices are on the "worth it list." Maybe I can be super good from today and every day, except for Thanksgiving Day, and I will still lose at least something. My DIL's chestnut stuffing is my absolute fav, also very fattening, and the list grows from there, then there's Uncle Jose's homemade Apple crumb cheesecake (to die for). I will definitely need some boundary rules for Thanksgiving dinner. No drinking will be at the top of the list (I need to keep my good sense about me). Fail to plan; plan to fail. I've got a few days to come up with Strategy.

My Goal: I WILL be in the 150s as I ring in 2015, and I will be at a lower weight than when 2014 started.

Started back to exercising in the house again with my Leslie Sansone dvd. I like to walk outdoors, but I so dislike the snow, wind, and damp cold temperatures.

Food Plan
Outside of Thanksgiving Day, kick the refined carbs to the curb and focus on lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and healthy, but reasonable amount of fat. Keep the whole grain breads, rice, to small portions. Stay at the lower end of daily calorie range every day.

How do you plan to get through the Thanksgiving holiday this year without regaining weight? What is your most effective strategy?

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/22/2014 11:28AM

    Portion control, that is what I do now. Hope you are keeping warm emoticon

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Chapter 16, Day 42

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lots of snow everywhere. How we escaped the first round of 6 feet of snow with just a dusting is unimaginable, when just 2 miles up the road, the highway is closed to traffic. The Thruway is closed to the state line of PA, and also as far east as Rochester, NY. Another 2 feet of snow is forecasted for us, even the areas with 6 feet of snow already. The area is in a state of emergency; the National Guard is here to help.

It is a fast falling snow. Today, in just two hours, we had 10 inches of snow with drifts. Reluctantly, I shoveled for 75 minutes. Still recovering from a cold, I'm feeling very tired, but not sore (hoo-ha to being in shape.

BIL, in the hospital with two deep infections from diabetes, is showing small signs toward recovery.
Client deliverable deadlines extended due to the storm.....that couldn't have come at a better time.
There is a good chance I will complete the day On Plan.....this is long overdue, and if it happens, it will be thanks to Mother Nature, for getting me out to exercise today as it gave me some momentum.

Stay the course with Food Plan today.

Wishing you a healthy and fit day!

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JULIA_211 11/20/2014 7:44AM

    I'm so glad you and dh escaped the big one! Make sure you warm up before shoveling! emoticon

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EDLEAR 11/20/2014 2:30AM

    Oh yikes! I do love some snow shoveling cardio, but this storm is a bit too much.
Stay safe and warm.

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BUBBALOOGA123 11/20/2014 12:31AM

    Wow, now that's a workout! emoticon

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/19/2014 11:40PM

    Stay safe and well my friend, prayers for BIL, emoticon emoticon emoticon and family

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Chapter 16, Day 38.....oh,no....the mirror!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mirror reflections: that would be a big ole ouch! Was that me, really? Where did that middle "pot" come from? In my mind, it was still gone from my work over the Summer Challenge.

Clearly, my sloppiness in health and fitness over the Fall Challenge is evident. Physically. Reality check.

I guess I should stay in touch with the mirror a bit, and not wait until I'm out at a clothing store trying to find cover up tops. Somehow the store mirrors seem a much more traumatic experience than when in one's home. Maybe it's the bright lights. And the clothing that has to be returned to the rack for a bigger size. Reality check.

Got the message. I let the Fall Challenge opportunity slip away from me. More excuses than this side of Sunday (what a wierd trite-ism....surely just 6 excuses for M-Sat fall short of the huge amount I'd tapped into!).

Time to engage....

New opportunity! emoticon

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JULIA_211 11/20/2014 7:41AM

    Oh boy...do I know what you mean! That mirror is merciless! I don't want to stay in touch with the mirror! Please, don't make me! emoticon

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KDYLOSE 11/16/2014 8:56AM

    Store mirrors are the Devil, just ignore them.

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EDLEAR 11/16/2014 3:57AM

    Oh yes, I'm with you on this. I tend to avoid mirrors in general, and that probably says a lot. I don't know why it's so, usually I'm pleasantly surprised when I catch a reflection. It's those occasional oh no moments that really stick with us, isn't it?
emoticon We know what to do now.

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/15/2014 4:12PM

    Oh Vicki, I still hate those mirrors in the stores. I do think the lights are too bright. And I think those are funny mirrors too. emoticon

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WHYTEBROWN 11/15/2014 11:36AM

    I know what you mean Vicki. I'm having my own mirror troubles myself. Just went through like 20 tops to find one to hide the return of the muffin top. Just a "few" days turned into weeks of carelessness and before you now it.... POOF!! Anyway we just have to face the reality and get our butts back into gear. Time to engage indeed!! emoticon emoticon

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Chapter 16, Day 29

Friday, November 07, 2014

A busy day ahead of me. I'm ready for it. The focus is on me first. Though I wasn't planning to, I slept in and got more rest (my plan was to rise early and start in on client work). I'll get out and walk in a few minutes, and then hit the client work.

I'm going to knock off early today and go to the fabric shop to take advantage of a coupon I have....that will be fun.

Tonight it's a girl's night out for a home jewelry party my son's GF is having. She has great parties....lots of laughs, so fun, so I am looking forward to it. Maybe I can get a little Christmas shopping done while I am there, too.

Feeling really positive today, and I like that.
Getting my walk in early.
Weekend is here (client work stands still and I can attack "the pile.")

Stay my Food Plan to finish out the day in calorie range.....the attack for a day with a food event.


Client work.

Fabric store.

Wishing us all a positive, healthy and fit day! We are worth this! emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 11/8/2014 7:07AM

    sounds like you had a fun day planned!

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EDLEAR 11/8/2014 2:43AM

    I hope that you had a great day! Extra sleep is good. Coupons can be good. Socializing can be good. Enjoy the rest of the weekend! emoticon

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WHYTEBROWN 11/7/2014 11:27AM

    I hope you have an emoticon day. Here's to both of us staying within our food plan!! emoticon emoticon

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/7/2014 11:25AM

    Sounds great Vicki, Have a great day emoticon

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Chapter 16, Day 28

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Yesterday was a busy day of client work....chained to my desk, my doing. I found it challenging to get just 10 fitness minutes in, and that's a poor showing of making my health and fitness a priority. I could have done better with my food choices, too, and finished the day on the top end of my daily calorie range.

I am babysitting Arden today. It was a cool, brisk day, but we headed over to the zoo. The animals were at their finest, and very active. We got to see the baby rhino playing with a pumpkin, the new baby giraffe with its mother, and the baby gorilla playing, or may be annoying her mother. An elementary school is on the property, so there were lots of children out viewing the animals, having lunch on the grounds.....what a cool concept!

This afternoon while Arden is napping, I will try and get out for at least a short walk.

New day of opportunity for health and fitness
Fun zoo time with grand daughter
Finally getting rid of my cold and getting some energy back.

Stay the course with food plan and fitness
Enjoy my day with my grand daughter.

Wishing you a terrific healthy and fit day!

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SWEDE_SU 11/7/2014 4:31AM

    i like the way you list your positives and plans - what a great approach!

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WHYTEBROWN 11/6/2014 9:00PM

    It's good to know that you're feeling better. emoticon on staying WITHIN your calorie range yesterday even if it was at the higher end. emoticon emoticon

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/6/2014 4:45PM

    Fun day at the zoo, would love to do that.
Glad you are feeling better, hope you get a walk in. emoticon

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