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    Default Living Healthy in 2012 - January - March

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    Happy New Year! What are you planning this year to make it healthier than ever?
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    Happy New Year, everyone.

    I don't have any big resolutions in the health department this year, I just want to continue to move toward eating and exercise that works for me.

    The holidays allowed a few more carbs into my diet than usual, and I have about 3 extra pounds to show for it. First order of business is to cut out the cravings for sweets that have surfaced by cutting the carbs waaaaay back for a few days to a week. Then I can increase them slightly again, but not to holiday levels, for sure. I also want to re-read either Good Calories, Bad Calories or Why We Get Fat and What to do About It, for some added motivation. The results in my own life have been unarguable, but it does require a change in thinking and mindset to eat this way, so it helps to remind myself why I do it.

    My shoulder has an injury that I need to get into PT to investigate (ugh) and I probably won't be training a lot until I do. It's been bothering me a while, but it's gotten a lot worse in the past few weeks, so I'll call tomorrow and see if I can get an appointment.

    DH and I did fix the treadmill the other day, however, so I want to make sure I'm at least hopping on there a few times a week to start with. It should help make up for the lack of training right now.
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    I'm sorry to hear about your shoulder injury, Zip!

    I haven't had any dark soda since before Christmas (Dr. Pepper/Coke/etc.) so I'm sticking with that. I'll try to phase down the ginger ales and sugary teas as I go along, too.

    Walked to the end of the block this morning for the first time in a long time, but I absolutely need new shoes. Going to see how often I can do that.

    Need to get back on the early to bed/early to rise thing. I slipped back into Night Owlism during the long winter break between college classes.

    Getting back on the vitamin wagon.

    Bought a mango sorbet this morning instead of ice cream. Will start out combining the two, then trying to increase the sorbet level.

    I made cream of wheat the other day and it was wonderful, I need to make breakfast more often. I used about a quarter lowfat milk to three-quarters water and it came out perfectly.
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    I am also going to be working on this again.
    I just get discouraged and make myself worse in the process.
    I am up 9 pounds from last New Year's Day.

    My plan:
    Healthier foods, regular meals
    Good sleep patterns
    Cut back on carbs
    Get my blood sugar back down where it belongs (306 this morning)
    Walk on the treadmill at least three times a week (20 min)

    My goal for this year is under 200 lbs. It is a real challenge for
    me, everytime I get close, I go nuts and eat back to 230.
    But for right now, the above are the most important.
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    Emily, I will work on that 'under 200 lbs' goal with you. I weighed at the store this morning, I'm at 259 and a half. I would also be happy to see 199 again!
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    Thanks CF! Great to have you !
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    I would love to see 199 again, too, CF and Em!

    I was at 277 in July, am at 235 now, so...what - 42 pounds in the last 6 months. I hope to keep chipping away at that number.

    Goal 1 for me is to drop 15 pounds in the next 8 weeks, to 220.
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    Wow, Zippity, that's awesome!
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    Good for you, Zippity!

    I semi-started on my food plan today.
    Low carb breakfast, and salad and chicken for dinner
    However, lunch was taquitos and avocado dip, messed
    up my bs numbers.
    I walked a lot shopping so that was my exercise.
    Tomorrow, I hope to start the treadmill
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    Thanks guys!

    Em, good for you staying on top of your blood sugar. Those numbers tell you a lot.

    I'm actually up a couple of pounds in the last week, which doesn't thrill me. I've been working my way back off the carbs and the treats (even too many low-carb 'treats' aren't helpful!) I have to stay on target if I have any hope of dropping the 15 pounds by the end of February.

    I was thinking of buying some decaf coffee. I often end up eating in the evenings when all I really need is a cup of coffee or splenda sweetened cocoa or lightly honey sweetened tea...but the caffeine keeps me up. I have some herbal tea, but coffee is more satisfying for me.
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    How is everyone doing on their plan?

    I am down 3.4 pounds so far.

    Exercising 3 times a week with a short yoga workout,
    p/u, s/u, and hamstring curls, and 10-15 min on the treadmill.

    Daily multi-vitamin, calcium chews, and better personal care as well.

    Trying to take it slow and easy so I don't burn out or get injured.
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    I think I have had a good month, could have done better, but
    I am happy with the results.

    Weight at 1 Jan 2012: 229.4
    Weight 31 Jan 2012: 221.8
    Loss for month: 7.60 lbs.

    Inches lost:
    waist: -2.75
    hips: -1.25

    BMI 1 Jan 2012: 35.9
    BMI 31 Jan 2012 34.7

    Hip to waist ratio: 1 Jan 2012 .83
    Hip to waist ratio: 1 Jan 2012 .79

    Diebetes management:
    1 Jan 2012:
    2 long acting insulin shots per day 45 u. each
    3 short acting insulin shots (each meal) 5 units each

    31 Jan 2012:
    2 long acting insulin shots per day 45U each

    Jan 1, 2012; Average BS
    7 day 270
    14 day 268
    30 day 246

    Jan 31, 2012; Average BS
    7 day 136
    14 day 122
    30 day 141

    Exercise:
    Cardio ( treadmill)
    3 Jan 2012 10 min per day starting
    31 Jan 2012 cardio 25 min per day

    Strength training: Jan 1, 2012
    P/u 10
    s/u 20
    hamstring curls: 0

    Strength training: Jan 31, 2012
    P/u 35
    s/u 60
    hamstring curls: 50

    My February goals are:
    Lose 8 pounds
    Walk on treadmill 3 x per week for 10 min at 2.5 mph
    Do one WATP 15 min mile walk 3 times a week
    Do Yoga DVD 3 x weekly this month 15 min
    Drop my calories to 1400 per day
    Raise my three strength training exercises to 50 p/u,
    75 s/u and 75 hamstring curls by end of the month
    Drink 64 oz of water daily
    Sleep at least 7 hours per night
    Build up from 1 min to 5 min on mini-tram

    I had several binge episodes last month and today.
    I would like to stop all binges the rest of the month.
    Last edited by EmilyD; 02-03-2012 at 06:44 AM.
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    Looks like you have made some excellent progress, Em! Good for you!

    I'm sitting right on 230, so down about five pounds this month. Not bad. It's been slow going, but reasonably steady. I could certainly drop weight faster, but the idea has been to change my eating habits in a way that's sustainable.

    I start physical therapy on my shoulder next Tuesday. There's a black belt test that I could, possibly, potentially be ready for in March, but I have serious doubts about whether my shoulder will be up to par by then, so I'm not really planning on it. Later in the year is far more likely.
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    Default Living Healthy in 2012 - February

    A new month, new goals!

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    Let's do it!
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    Starting point for February - 230.0

    Total weight loss - 47.7 pounds

    Still creeping down.
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    - Leonardo Da Vinci

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    Going to move my Feb. goals over here so
    I don't have to search for them LOL

    My February goals are:
    Lose 8 pounds
    Walk on treadmill 3 x per week for 10 min at 2.5 mph
    Do one WATP 15 min mile walk 3 times a week
    Do Yoga DVD 3 x weekly this month 15 min
    Drop my calories to 1400 per day
    Raise my three strength training exercises to 50 p/u,
    75 s/u and 75 hamstring curls by end of the month
    Drink 64 oz of water daily
    Sleep at least 7 hours per night
    Build up from 1 min to 5 min on mini-tram

    I had several binge episodes last month and today.
    I would like to stop all binges the rest of the month.
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    Starting point for February - 230.0

    Finally...227 pounds. Down 50 pounds today, which is about halfway to my goal weight. (My goal weight is somewhat ambiguous, as I haven't been in range of it for about 25 years, so best guess.)
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    Still at 227, so not a lot of progress this month. Weight has fluctuated within a 2-3 pound range for the last 2 weeks. Not that that's bad, it's just not ideally what I am looking for.

    I figure I'll gain a bit on vacation, so I'll be back ready to start in again in March!
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    Default Living Healthy in 2012 - March

    "I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."

    - Leonardo Da Vinci

    "I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart."

    - Vincent Van Gogh


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    Welcome to March, somewhat belatedly!

    I have 12 weeks from (last) Friday to "stripe" (qualify) for the next black belt test. I'm ready to qualify in terms of my skills - the main reason that I wasn't at this one was a shoulder injury. Now I have the opportunity to be in the best possible shape for the next test - both in terms of my weight and my fitness. And I must get to the doc for the shoulder, as PT isn't cutting it, and Motrin isn't touching it. That's really the first step, because I'll know if testing in 13 weeks is possible.

    The plan for the next 12 weeks:

    ASAP - Shoulder doctor. I can't really train it at the moment.

    Diet - stay on target. I've developed mainly good habits the last 6 months. Make sure I am eating at home as much as possible.

    Practice - 15 minutes of daily study and practice. Regularly work stances around the house.

    Monday: Kickboxing class, followed by regular class.
    Tuesday: Off
    Wednesday: Regular class.
    Thursday: Cardio at the gym with J, strength - legs, lower back, and core
    Friday: Cardio at the gym or class.
    Saturday: Cardio at the gym with J, Upper body strength, once the shoulder can be worked on OR class
    Sunday: Off
    "I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."

    - Leonardo Da Vinci

    "I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart."

    - Vincent Van Gogh


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