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Thinkin Out Loud Thursday, August 20th

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So it’s been an interesting week...as frustrating as it may have been I have had a plan and have tried to stay with my meal plan.   Unfortunately, not everything I had planned this week worked out like I had planned, but I have made it work.  Tonight seems to be the only night that I don’t have anything in the crockpot or pre-cooked for dinner.  Last night’s dinner was a little more processed than I normally make right before weigh in, but it is what it is.  I am trying to get a little more used to the meal planning and meal prepping.  I have been reading Choose More, Lose More for Life by Chris Powell.  I have not made a final decision as to whether I will start carb cycling, but I think if I am doing it in conjunction with WW (since most of the approved list is the same) that it might help me get moving in the right direction.  There are definitely concepts in this book that I have read in other books/articles as well that I think definitely have some value.  It talks about starting…

MOVE FORWARD FRIDAY, August 14th

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So if you read my blog yesterday, you know I had a gain.  I am really trying not to focus on that number and to move forward with what I know I need to do.  Like meal planning/prepping, taking lunch, tracking, working out because these will get me to my ultimate goal of being healthy.  I've already starting trying to put together a meal plan for next week...including a meatless Monday!  I am excited and need to figure out what my meal prep item will be for lunch this week.  It's looking like a crazy Saturday, but I'm sure we will have fun.  Tomorrow's fun includes the Frontiers of Flight museum for the anniversary of the end of World World II and Rosie the Riveter dress up fun.  I'm not sure I'll get a formal workout in, but definitely lots of walking around the museum to see the exhibits.

I'm not sure I'll have time to post tomorrow, but I'll try.  Have a great Friday!



Thinking Out Loud Thursday, August 13th

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Wow!  Sometimes I have quotes that just hit me like a ton of bricks and this was one of them.  I have been struggling with this the last few workouts.  My body aches and my legs will feel like they are going to cramp up and my breath feels like I just can't get enough...but I give myself a pep talk while I'm on that machine and tell myself...hey you only have 7 minutes left...you did 30 minutes yesterday or the day before or whatever.  Sometimes it really is mental for me just to get me there.  I was hoping to do Zumba yesterday, but, well, it simply didn't happen.  Life got in the way, but I am planning to try to make it next week.  If I plan ahead, I can make it happen, right?

This morning started out very frustrating,  but I am trying to turn it around.   I did decide that, instead of a rest day,  which I normally take on Thursday because if weigh in, I am walking for 30 minutes and going to do a few sets of squats,  lunges and calf raises.   I am a work in progress.   S…

Workout Wednesday, August 12th

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While everyday is not the best day, I can honestly say that I am feeling the changes that are coming.  Even though my sweet husband didn't feel like going to the Rec Center, my DS15 said he would go with me.  It is always better for me when I have someone holding me accountable.  It is a process for sure.  I want to make sure that I have lunch and snacks prepared so I can make it work for my day.  Tomorrow will be a little longer tomorrow because I have weigh in.  

Tonight DH and I went to the Rec Center and rode the recumbent bike for 30 minutes.  My legs have been trying to cramp up so I decided to do something different.  I'm just proud of the steps I'm taking to get me healthy.  Lunch is fixed for tomorrow but I do still have to do my yogurt and such and probably and extra snack so I know I've got enough to get me through until I can get home and have dinner.

Unfortunately, I've got a bad case of the "I don't want to's" since my kitchen was a di…

Let’s Talk It Out Tuesday, August 11th

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It’s been a crazy few days.  Where to start?I started on Week 2 of my Back to Basics Challenge, which is to focus on 1 to 2 servings of lean protein and continue with week 1’s focus of water and vitamin/mineral supplement.I had to leave the office for an emergency and wound up not eating the lunch that I had packed.Downside, I wound up eating Whataburger…Upside, I still had lunch for today.I am really trying to focus on planning better and managed to take a little time on Sunday to meal plan/prep.I browned some ground bison with some taco seasoning.I portioned it out at 3 oz. each so I could have it this week in a wrap, salad, or whatever.
Breakfast was a smoothie with 1/2 a serving of Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, 3 oz of spinach, 50 grams of banana, 1/2 cup of blueberries, 1 tsp each of chia seeds and ground flaxseed and 8 oz. of milk.  Lunch was 1 head of romaine lettuce, 1 cup of spinach, 1/2 cup or so of grape tomatoes, 1 oz of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing and half a Wholly Guacam…

Wake Up Wednesday, August 5th

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Yesterday was a pretty good day.  I did not work out and feel like I should have, but my back was really out of line.  After my chiropractic visit, I got a bit of a headache and my legs were going numb.  This, for me, is a sure sign I waited too long to see him for an adjustment.  I am trying to listen to my body and feed myself healthy food.  I think I may need to plan for 2 snacks in the afternoon because I hit the peanut butter filled pretzel yesterday afternoon.  So today I planned better with extra snacks so I'm not munching on peanut butter pretzels again.   While my Back to Basics challenge seems quite easy to accomplish, it is spurring me to make better food choices.  Here's hoping that my meal planning/prepping will go better this week.  Can't beat myself up but taking things one step at a time. Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!  


Talk It Out Tuesday, August 4th

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Sorry I haven’t posted in the last couple of days.  Honestly, my body has just been tired.  If you have read my last couple of blogs, you may be aware that I have decided to go back to basics.  I think that remembering how I was when I started and when things were new, will help.  So far, I have to say even though my focus this week is on something else; it seems to be helping across the board. I am making better choices.  This morning I was reading my devotional and I was reminded that I need to let go of my expectations.  When I do that, my focus will change and I will be free to “let go and let God”, as my Pastor has said many times. 
Honestly, I realized something earlier that had not occurred to me until recently.  I have stopped focusing on the traditional “meals”.  I still do that for dinner (other than breakfast for dinner), but I seem to be focusing on what I have on hand that will sustain me.  For instance, yesterday I had 2 cucumbers and avocado hummus for lunch.  Today, I …