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Results in Other Realms!

Well it is Tuesday.  Yesterday was weigh in day.  Today I saw the doctor to get my blood pressure medications re-prescribed.  I thought that I’d wait till I got home to post the weekly numbers!

It’s been a busy week at my house.  I’ve been busy trying to organize my practicum teaching report.  I did the teaching at the beginning of May and the report had to be submitted today.  It got Purolated at 1 o’clock this afternoon and should arrive tomorrow.  The bees have been busy in the garden as well and I am enjoying the reseeded plants that come back every year.   After a very cool and rainy spring Calgary is enjoying a stretch of mostly sunny and warm weather.  It is nice!

Anyways,  here are the numbers for this week.  I am still maintaining a foot in the 220’s, although I’d like to get further away from that 230.  It’s exciting to be in this range though!

After 26 weeks…

(to July 4)

Weight Loss

Number of Visits

Cost per visit

Miles

Traveled

This Week

 

.5

pounds

5

Last week

$2.30

8.93

miles

Year to Date

 

pounds

142

This week

$2.23

363.17

miles

Week  Three of resisting those ripe, spotty bananas!

I’ve managed to resist the grapes and bananas.  Instead I’ve been enjoying the peaches and nectarines that are in the stores now.  Co-op has also had organic melons on sale and they’ve made it into my backpack as well!  Yum!

Every three months or so I see my doctor to check my blood pressure.  I’ve been taking medications for about two and a half years now.  For a while it was 4 mgs. of Coversyl, but then it went up to 8 mgs.  Ouch!  I’ve been taking this higher dose for over a year now, and I was so hoping that my visits to the gym and the drop in pounds would make a difference.  Finally it has.  I’m back to the 4 mgs.  Yes!

That’s the news for the day.  I’m going to start working on the second half of my project and hopefully I can send that in within the next two weeks!

Have a great day!

Marcia

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To Carb or not to Carb – that is the question…

This is still one of my favourite inspirational pictures.  Just getting up in the morning and going to the gym is like a step off the plane and into thin air.  I’m just used to it now.

I also found the spot in Why We Get Fat where it counsels avoiding the grapes and bananas.  It’s on page 156, where a low carb diet from the early 60’s is printed.  That was just for the record.

I’ve come to a conclusion after reading the book and looking at other websites and blogs that discuss this.

First of all, I’ve noticed that I consume more sugar than I think.  Bananas are good for me.  Enjoy.  Grapes are good for me.  Enjoy.  Yogurt is good for me.  Enjoy.  Cheese is good for me.  Enjoy.  If you ask my friends, I eat a pretty healthy diet.  No pop.  Very little white flour, rice or sugar.  I grind my own grain, bake my own muffins, and now again I’m baking my own bread.

But, if you’ve been following my numbers, you’ll notice that I’ve parked in the low 230’s for a month.  I had to investigate my eating.

I’ve decided to continue to carb.  I like my morning coffee with it’s half cup of frothed milk and teaspoon of sugar (I keep a measuring spoon in the sugar bowl). And of course it is in my lovely red cup.  I also like my porridge in the morning.  It’s a no brainer and I need that after an  hour at the gym!d

I also like my muffins and my bread.  I like making them.  I enjoy messing with the recipe.  And I enjoy eating them – in moderation.  I have to say as well, that with less sugar I am eating less of them, which is a good thing, I think.

It’s easy to get sucked in to someone’s logic and accept it.  I think I do that a lot with all kinds of things.  At the beginning of the book I was ready to jump in to the NO CARB camp, slowly but surely.  Now I think I’ll stay on the edge, tweaking as I go.

Whatever, I’m glad I read the book.  If skipping the bananas and the grapes will make a difference, it was worth it!

Have a great day!

Marcia

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WHY WE GET FAT And what to do about it.

This book has been on my nightstand and on my treadmill at the gym since I brought it home from the library.    It was recommended by Flylady at the beginning of the “Body Clutter” challenge.  To be honest, I haven’t done much with the challenge other than follow it on Facebook.  However, I did get this book from the Calgary Public Library and I’ve read it.    And I liked it.  So much so that I was compelled to start making some changes.    For example:

  • I made my bread with a different recipe that calls for far less sugar than my other recipe.  Maybe I’ll post them both one day, but suffice it to say that it’s taking me much longer to get through the latest loaves.
  • I also made my muffins with less sugar.  They aren’t the greatest, although the dried cranberries (sweetened with apple juice) make a great taste exclamation mark!    Needless to say, I’m not going crazy eating them either.
  • I’m not quite ready to give up my fruit.  But I did read that bananas and grapes are the ones to forgo ( I just forgot to write down what page I read it on) so I’ve set them aside for a while.
  • The other day after work (I work in a grocery store) I was feeling peckish.  Instead of buying a chocolate bar, I bought a few slices of roast beef from the deli.  It worked and I made it home in one piece!

As I write this, I’m not quite finished the book, but the fact that I got this far, means it is quite readable.  I found myself drawn into the arguments for a low carb diet and considering the ways I could apply this to my own journey.  Then I started looking at what others have said about the book.  Here are some links that you might like to follow for more information:

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/why-we-get-fat/

and http://www.weightymatters.ca/2011/01/book-review-gary-taubes-why-we-get-fat.html

At the end of the day, and the book, I don’t think I will be giving up the apples in my oatmeal, or the teaspoon of sugar in my morning latte.  What the book has succeeded in making me do is noticing the extra calories that I’ve been hiding in my food (since I bake my own bread and muffins these days)

I’ll put this out there for your consideration, and we’ll see how it goes over the next little while

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I hate to say “Good-bye!” but…

As you may see from the timing of this post, I am a lot more eager to post it than I was last week!  I’ve been more diligent about eating my vegetables each day.  And it shows.  But I’ve also left some thing out!  And there they are!  I have a great fondness for bananas – the spottier the better, in my estimation.  And whenever I see those red globe grapes – well, I’m in the checkout line in no time, and home to enjoy them!  This week I’ve managed to do without them, especially after reading that they are not a great choice when you are trying to lower your carb intake.

Lowering my carb intake is something I am trying for the summer.  I haven’t and probably won’t eliminate them completely, but I am in the process of cutting down.  Vegetables have moved in to take their place.  We’ll see how it goes from here.

In any case, here are my “stats” for the week as we say in TOPS:

After 22 weeks…

(to June 6)

Weight Loss

Number of Visits

Cost per visit

Miles

Traveled

This Week

 

2.5 pounds

5

Last week

$2.60

14.70

miles

Year to Date

 

21.5

pounds

126

This week

$2.50

338.08

miles

Even with the challenges of May, I can still achieve my goal, weightwise.  I should also be able to get at least 250 gym visits in ths year too!

I’ll try to explain about the bananas and grapes right now.   For a while t here I was eating a lot of bananas – especially the spotted ones.  They have a lot of sweetness, as do those delectable grapes.  The truth is that I overdid it.  Now I’m “underdoing” it and undoing the accumulation I’ve been struggling with all week.   It’s one of the sails that needs to be “trimmed”  and I”m trimming it.  I’m also about to fall asleep mid afternoon, so I’m going to sign off.

What is it that you might have to change in your life to get you closer to what you want to achieve?

Have a good day, and enjoy a banana for me!

 

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Summer Challenges!

My TOPS group ( www.tops.org for your nearest chapter!) is running a series of challenges for the summer.  Each week we add a new one!  Here are the first 4.

1.  Create a SMART goal.  Tristan Loo (www.SIA-ha.com) has a great planning sheet that we used.  The goal is to achieve it by the end of 13 weeks.

This is the goal sheet I used to define how I will declutter my space 3 items a day.

2.  Our second goal was to repeat positive affirmations.  I remind myself that as the TOPS pledge says, “I am an intelligent person!”  I also remind myself that “I take care of myself”  and “I treat myself with dignity and respect”

3.  “Eat 4 vegetables per day!”  This one is vital to my success.  And the hardest one, believe it or not!  I have been enjoying my salads – 3 cups romaine lettuce and 1 cup cherry tomatoes – with a variety of toppings to keep me from getting bored.

The new challenge is to “Add 2 cups of water” to your routine.  Some people have a hard time getting enough fluids.  This is a baby step that will get you on the right path.

I’m keeping a water bottle by my computer.  That way I don’t start wandering around my kitchen looking for something else.

Feel free to join us in taking on these challenges!  It all helps!

Have a wonderful day!

Marcia

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Day In and Day Out.

One of my first red envelops was loaded with encouragements.  The one that I have by my computer is, and I’ve probably said this before, but why not say it again!

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

Because I’ve been continuing to visit my gym, even though the scale was less than reflective of my efforts,  I am again seeing the results I wanted to see.  However, that’s not all there is to the story.

After 20 weeks…

(to May 23)

Weight Loss

Number of Visits

Cost per visit

Miles

Traveled

This Week

lost 2.5

  pounds

5

Last week

$2.84

13.65

miles

Year to Date

22.5

 pounds

116

This week

$2.71

302.68

miles

This book has been open at page 62, where you can find the Vegetable exchange.    Our TOPS chapter has been challenged to eat 4 vegetables every day.  I’ve taken up the challenge, and it showed up on the scale this week!

While it hasn’t been true for all of my life, the last year or so it has been very difficult for me to eat vegetables.  I’m not sure why, but it takes work and effort on my part to get them past my lips.    I’ve measured my salad – 3 cups of lettuce equals one vegetable exchange.  So does 1 cup of cherry tomatoes.  Every day I make a salad.  Some days I add half a can of salmon or tuna.  Other days I add some kind of fajita mix – chicken, beef, sweet potato.  Every once in a while I even eat it plain with a bit of dressing.  I just have to say that I’m really enjoying this dressing – new from Kraft.  It has only 30 calories per tbsp. and lots of flavour.  And it’s not too spicy either.  I don’t like a lot of spice in anything, especially my salads.

I’ve also been seen eating raw cucumber and zucchini on my breaks, and at home for a snack.  Can you imagine?

Fruits, somehow, have always been easier – maybe because they are sweeter and easier to grab.   Sometimes I think I ate too many of them – especially cherries and globe grapes.  Again, it comes down to balance.

Anyways, I will continue to build the 4FV habit, and we’ll see where it takes me.

Have a wonderful day!

Marcia


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“I make a commitment…

to not beat myself up when I make a mistake.  I realize that I am not perfect and I never will be, and  that in order to establish a new habit my success lies in continual changes that do not happen overnight.”

This is the first commitment in Flylady’s “Body Clutter Release” contract and I need to be reminded of it this week.  Something is going on and even though I get to the gym every morning, ride my bike to work, and am on my feet all day…  the clutter is sticking around and coming back home to roost.   This does not make me so happy.

Further down the contract there’s #5 which reads “I commit to balance in all things.  I will not allow myself to become overwhelmed and then crash and burn.”

I haven’t crashed and burnt but I have been spending a lot more time at the gym working those machines.  It was creating stress and taking time away from other endeavors – like menu planning and “writing the bites”.

Today, instead of 20 minutes on each machine, I did 15.   I also took some time to stretch.  Tomorrow I will do my usual  weights and treadmill.  And after I share my “stats” for the week, I will figure out just how many calories I’m eating.  Perhaps I am not eating enough!  I’ll keep you posted!

After 18 weeks…

(to May 9)

Weight Loss

Number of Visits

Cost per visit

Miles

Traveled

This Week

gained  1.5

  pounds

5

Last week

$2.97

15.74

 miles

Year to Date

20

 pounds

111

This week

$2.84

289.03

miles

And…25.25 inches lost so far!

So, I’m off to finish a class assignment, plant some seeds, and enjoy the sunshine of a fine Calgary spring day!

Marcia

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