My Journey To Health ~ Day 7

I’m SO excited! Today is day #7 of my journey and this morning I was down 7.1 pounds. On day 4/5 you enter fat burning, which is awesome because those pounds of lard have got to go! Today I moved 7 diamonds over to the Pounds Gone Forever wine glass, only 39 are left and I’m not stopping. This plan truly is great and if you stick to it, it does work. I’m so stoked that once I get further along I’ll be working to become a certified health coach myself, this is the best I’ve felt in years. And I felt good!

I get to eat amazing, healthy food on this too, like zucchini boats with shrimp…7oz of said shrimp which left me stuffed!

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What is not to love about this?

Last night one of the nurses had brought in $3 a piece cookies that were huge, loaded with caramel and brown sugar and I had zero temptation. I looked, contemplated my health and goals, smiled and said, “no but thanks so much for offering!” and moved right on by. Cookies in the break-room, same thing, just didn’t have a desire to reach for one.

Want more information? I will hook you up with my health coach, my wonderful daughter-in-law, she is down 37+ pounds in 2 months and has just 22 to go until she reaches her goal. Doesn’t she look fantastic?

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My Journey To Health – Day 5

It is Day 5 and I’m feeling fantastic! On Thursday I’ll be posting my weight loss, but I’m here to tell you that I already have been on the scale and lost over 5 pounds so far. I’d say it was all water, but I already was a huge water drinker so I doubt that it can be said it is all from water leaving me!

My daughter-in-law, who is my coach and one of my inspirations, has lost 37.5 pounds in 2 months time. I LOVE THIS! And my friend lost 93 and has kissed it good-bye forever, 3 years ago now.

My goal is HEALTH, and losing some weight. So, inspired to use a visual like my daughter-in-law has done, I made one, and every week on weigh day I will post a picture of my diamonds making their transition from one glass to the other. My goal in getting healthy is to get all 46 diamonds to the other side and KEEP THEM THERE!

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Ready, Set, Go!

Once again I’m going to make the attempt to keep up with the fitness journey posts.

I decided that I would do this as a way to be accountable, and maybe even inspire someone else.  Hopefully, others will come along that inspire me too!

You can read about my purpose behind all this in the My Fitness Journal – Making Marti Marvelous section.

I began this week with reactivating my SparkPeople account.  It wasn’t inactive, just sitting there unused.  Not so much anymore.  I got on the scale and nearly stapled my mouth shut when I saw the results.  I don’t FEEL like I weigh this much but I do.  I don’t look like I weigh 183 pounds, but I do.  And that is not acceptable.

So I began tracking what is going in my mouth and that is always an eye opener for me.  I am a grazer when I go through my day.  Open fridge, grab something to chew on.  Wander to the kitchen for coffee, reach for a snack to munch.  And so goes my day.  Trouble is I don’t reach for the healthier options.  I go for the crap.

51YPNYK1B5LExample: cookies!  Pecan Sandies at 170 calories for 2.  UGH.  I don’t usually get by with just two…more like 4 or 6.  Yeah, that isn’t helping one bit.  10 grams of fat in 2 of them isn’t good either. That racks up to be 340-510 calories just on that one trip through the kitchen.  10-30 grams of fat, as opposed to the 3 grams of protein. Not a healthy or wise choice.

I could have 5 large baby carrots and rolled back out with only 35 calories.  And once I stopped eating sweets the first thing I noticed is just how sweet carrots are, and green grapes.  I can have a whole cup (may not sound like much but measure them out) for 110 calories.

Last night, instead of grabbing junk for a snack, I decided to go with a serving of raisins, green grapes and baby carrots.  3 servings of fruits and veggies in one sitting. First of all that is high volume food so it wasn’t easy to eat all of it!

1 cup of green grapes
1/4 cup of raisins
5 baby carrots.

It took a while to eat it all, while sipping water.  I was ready to just stop, but I also had not hit my minimum calorie intake of 1200 so I had to finish.  It was SO good.  I was more than satisfied by the time I finished.

I’ve also been told that often when we think we are hungry, we actually are dehydrated and need water.  I’ve taken to keeping up with 8 glasses of water a day.  I carry around my 24oz tumbler that is spill proof and filling it 3 times a day.  That has helped me get the water I need to drink, and it is healthier than a Diet Coke.

ProduceI’m going to be getting very familiar with the produce section at the store, and hopefully over time, with much determination and help from the site, I will be successful this time.

It Only Takes A 183 Pound Spark!

As in a spark of motivation.

Desire.

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I got on the scale this morning after being a tad uncomfy in my favorite jeans yesterday.  I did not like what I saw, 183 pounds, but that was 9 less than it was when I last checked.

Still, that is not acceptable.

So I decided to once again get on and activate my SparkPeople account.

This will help me to watch what is going in  my mouth.  It also helps me track my water intake.  And exercise.  As a stickler for earning meaningless points at anything and everything social media like that I have, I also can earn points for everything I do on there.  Best part is?  FREE!  Yes it is 100% free.

I am all about free stuff.  Especially when said stuff can help me get fit and healthier.  50 has me in it’s cross hairs, so I am really desiring to get this done, hit my goal weight and be in much better shape.

Sure, people see me and few believe I really weigh this much.  I am good at dressing to hide it. But this is insane.  I weighed around this when pregnant with my daughter.  She is 22 years old.  I think it is safe to say that there is no reason I should not be back to my pre-baby weight.  I was hanging around the 150 pound range toward the end of my marriage.  But while some of this is depression and anxiety, comfort food weight, the marriage ended over 2.5 years ago now, time to stop with comforting myself with crap I eat.

I am what I call an equal opportunity comfort eater.

Happy? – Grab some comfort food!

Sad? – Go for the cookies!

Angry? – Look out candy here I come!

You get the idea…I just like to eat.  Not that eating in and of itself is so bad, it is more what I eat than anything.  And portions, those are important too.  Before today I would grab the raisins and have a cup or two.  A serving size is 1/4 cup.  Oops.  My favorite cereal, raisin bran, a serving is one cup.  I was going for 2 or 3 cups, whatever fit in the largest breakfast bowl I could find.  Not working so well!

If you are on SparkPeople, please feel free to add me as a friend!  I have a SPARK PAGE there, would love to have more friends as a circle of motivation!

If you are not yet using it, may I suggest it as a way to get fit, healthy, drop weight etc., all for FREE.

I don’t use their meal plans, as it isn’t required.  I do track everything going in my mouth, even my herbal tea.  Every day at the end of the day it gives me a report on my progress.  That helps.

Just click this button and come get sparked with me.

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Spark Me Fit Baby!

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Yes, beginning Sunday, 1/1/2012, I am back on the Spark. And on My Fitness Pal too.   I have a wedding coming up in March, my son is getting married, and I don’t want to be shown a seat over in yonder pasture.  And frankly the older I get the harder it is to drag a few extra pounds around with me.

I’m not unrealistic, 10 or 15 pounds is the the most I will have shed by the wedding, if I do this safely (and I will) but I am happy with that!  Then I will be motivated to keep on going!

In the past I’ve posted this at the beginning of a new year…then did nothing with it.  Difference this time is in my seeking knowledge to expand my direct marketing business (Avon) I’ve learned from the experts in sales: write down your goals and you are 75% more likely to achieve them.  Keep them in front of you.  SO, every day my goals will be there on the wall next to my desk along with my business goals.  In front of me daily to motivate me.

It is NOT easy for me to put out here in public what my weight is, even though I love my curves because they are me.  I still know that this weight is not healthy, it is hard on my joints that already cry in pain from arthritis.  So from now on I will keep it very public.  I need the accountability. I need the motivation.

If you opt to join either or both sites, as I have, they are FREE!  Oh and add me as a friend.  We’ll motivate each other on down the scale!

Where Is The Food????

Okay I’m not really starving, but I am facing a harsh reality.  There is a big reason my butt is growing so big and my jeans are getting snug:  mega portions!

Over the past 3 days I’ve been adding my foods to my SparkPeople nutrition tracker and noticing that if I actually measure out my portions, holy heffers no wonder I’m weighing in at 170!!!!  Okay so I know if we eat appropriate portions we’d likely all start dropping pounds, but DAMN!  I measured out my Special K cereal this morning, 3/4 cup and 1/2 cup of vitamin D milk.   Then I looked at the tiny bowl in which it was waiting for me to dive in.  Tiny bowl is what I chose so that it appeared full.  It was full.  It still appeared rather small…too small.  It isn’t hard to see that my usual portion would be about 3 times that much.  SIGH.

I have had  no major issued getting my water intake up to the 64 ounces a day, that is a piece of cake for me.  But taking time to measure out my foods is another story, and staying focused.  My pink heart post it note on my mirror still is a #1.  I didn’t go on with my workouts.  I know I know,  don’t give up, just do it today and start over.  I AM going to do that!   It is hard to establish a new routine and stick to it though, and I’m quickly meeting my resistance on the road to a more fit self.  I refuse to give up!

One place I DO need to starve myself is my social network addictions connections.  It likely is somewhat related to my expanding bum!   Last night Diva Mom, Boo, me and my daughter had dinner then went shopping for a bit.  I went out of the door without my most prized appendage…my cell  phone.  I  experienced varying degrees of withdraw, especially when we had to stop at the Verizon store on the way to Target.  There, in a valley of cell phones, I was naked.  I had to touch my daughter’s for a moment so I could keep breathing and hold back the panic attack.  Then when we came home we watched Police Women of Cincinnati, CSI: NY, and then CSI (we DVR’d them).  When I crawled in bed I realized my usual nightlight was not glowing from the desk…my laptop.  I had gone an entire evening from the time I left the office without being on the computer.  I think hell must of experienced a frost warning, the Packers may win the Super Bowl, and I should go buy a lottery ticket.  An entire evening without the computer??? Be afraid, be VERY afraid.

Time to get my life train back on the track from its derailment.  Obviously I’ve gotten my priorities in life completely out of whack, but now it is time to refocus!

On that note, time to change the sheets, get myself together, and go buy yarn. I have blankets to finish!