scotia, that must make shopping easy Good job on losing the weight you needed and not bad for keeping it off either considering. No problem on the check in day. I make a post for Wednesday which has seemed to work for most people giving us time to work off any weekend excesses but Stardust also does Fri or Sat because of Weight Watchers so you can have your choice. Just glad to have you here with us.
First check-in day of the year. Happy New Year everyone!
Nica mentioned goals and some of you have achieved such amazing goals. I have so much in my life right now that is goal-oriented (starting my own small business) that I just can't bring myself to count calories or have weight loss goals. I can't be striving every minute of the day. So my Shaping Up will revolve around behavior, eating better and exercising (where I am setting goals).
As some of you know, last fall I started working on walking goals according to a health and fitness walking program called Texercise. There are three tiers to the program and they all have multiple milestones. I am on the first tier, and currently walking 1.5 miles a day in 30 minutes. This is milestone 4 of 12. I slacked off of walking quite a bit in December due to weather, being sick, Christmas, and Winstar (!), so really getting back into it this week. My goal for the week is to get back to walking consistently and achieving the 1.5/30.
I normally do aerobics twice a week and plan to resume going to aerobics tomorrow for the first time in several weeks.
As far as my healthy eating goals go, as some of you know, I have been buying a farm box with a variety of fresh produce. It's a creative challenge and forces me to come up with healthy ideas to use up all the produce. We are having a real winter here for a change so the farm boxes are on hiatus. I am going to try to make it to the farmer's market this weekend and see what they have.
Do any of you guys have ideas for healthy lunches? I don't have any trouble with breakfast and with fixing a balanced dinner, but now that I work from home, I find myself just assembling a lunch from whatever is lying around.
CHecking in: I think I lost 1 lb... I have an analog scale and its hard to see small changes, but definitely no gain - I am happy, as I did not jog last week due to weather. Although I did "replace" it with walking up and down 20 floors - good cardio but obviously not the same as 90 min jog/walk....
Junie, you asked for lunch ideas. I usually have a large salad which takes 2 mins to make - lots of raw kale (I get pre-washed and cut at Trader Joes, so just poor out of the bag), several cherry tomatoes, cucumber, celery, avocado, pepper and a cold cuts or smoked salmon sandwich/1 slice of rye bread. If I decide to save "bread calories" I just cut up the cold cuts into the salad. An apple or an orange for desert.
I am a bit afraid of goals since I don't know what to expect and don't want to get frustrated, but I have decided to declare my weight loss goal to be 25lbs. I have also decided to attempt this without counting every calorie and will give it a shot just being conscious of eating less and better-bad snacking is my main issue. This week my weight stayed the same but I am not surprised.
My main goal is being heart healthy. Working out was a challenge this week since I had an out of town guest. Also because I got a little too ambitious on the weight equipment at the gym and was majorly sore for three days. I did manage to get there some but will be better this week.
Junie, I often make a salad for lunch. if I have lots of good things to put in it, including a protein, I really enjoy it and it is filling. It is easy because you keep the base the same but can mix it up by adding different toppings. Lately I have been using just salsa as my dressing and adding black beans and avocado and maybe a few crunched up tortilla chips.
ETA Nica beat me to the salad idea I see. How about open face sandwiches, which, since I don't eat meat, for me means hummus spread with lots of veggies on top. I also jbuy premade meals that are easy to control calories and are good when you want something fast. The trick is finding ones that are healthy and filling. Buying these vegetarian probably helps in that.
Well, my first weigh in since December 18th, and I am up 3.2 lbs since then. I can live with that, not as bad as I anticipated, but the goal from now on will be to go down again to the total of 60 lbs. lost. So I have 11.2 lbs. to go and that will be my weight loss goal for the year, and then maintain it of course.
I am like some of you in that I do not count calories but track meals and portions, i.e. I eat much smaller portions and cut WAY back on the snacking and sweets, while trying to have a well rounded diet at the same time. As I consider myself a chocoholic, that's been the hardest part. I do allow myself some sweets and chocolate, but not daily and just very small amounts, and savor them! These are things I enjoy and am not prepared to cut out of my life, so it's a matter of controlling the amount and the frequency. All this seems to have worked for me over the past year as I was able to lose 50 lbs. so I will continue on in this way. Counting calories just doesn't seem to work for me, just too much time involved. I have a pretty decent idea in my head what I can eat during the course of a day that will make me lose weight.
I have increased the distance that I walk 4 times a week to just over 6 km, from 4.75 km, so an extra 12 minutes or so. I'm keeping track of my activity through my new FitBit, and am quite surprised how much that actually all ads up during the course of the day. My FitBit keeps track of steps, distance traveled and calories burned, and I needed more knowledge on the activity part than the food intake part. It too has a computer program and an app where you synch your daily figures too so you can keep an overall picture. You can also input calories taken in and weight loss etc.
I think everyone needs to approach it in a way that works for them, be it counting calories or not. The weekly checking in has been a BIG motivator for me and has finally helped me to lose, and I thank you all for that!
My lunch is usually a sliced up banana and some other fruit, often green grapes cut in half or small apple or fresh blueberries in season, with about 3/4 cup no fat yoghurt, to get my dairy portion of the day. I'll have half a dozen small peeled carrots on the side with a diet gingerale. The yoghurt and fruit works really good for me, as I normally always ate bread for lunch (and breakfast) as it's another thing I love!
Hope everyone has a good week, and check in here if you need some encouragement. Chapf is our great cheerleader as well!
I am like a tree, from my top bough I can see the footsteps that led up to me
I'm the poster child for not getting anywhere, up 1 for the week. Well I was up 3 earlier so yeah for that. We had an office late holiday party on Friday but DH and I both good in that we brought half the meat home and had it for lunch the next day.
For salads I'll add boiled eggs and nuts to the list of ingredients. My girls are starting to lay again so back to free-range eggs. We only had to buy 2 dozen store eggs to tide us over.
Morning everyone...a day late but....I am happy to report that I am still holding at being down 3 pounds. Company last night for dinner so luckily my weigh in this am still is keeping my spirits buoyed!
Well many weeks to go....keep it real everyone.....at least we are giving it a shot!
So the fitness coach that my neighbor and I go to has been having us hulu hoop as one of our exercises. It took me awhile to get it to stay up more than two times around but started doing it pretty well and by that I mean 10-15 time around. whoo hooo. Oh, on with the story. Anyway I ran across one at the used store and got it for $2 bucks. It was a bargain. I got it just after Christmas and I passed a milestone today. I hooped for a full minute! Can you believe it? I think I did 20 seconds before. I had to come share.
Hoops - not the lightweight bendy plastic things you find at the dollar stores, nope, good luck keeping that thing going around. Hooping for grownups actually costs money. If you buy new and one of the take apart weighted hoops(they break into sections) expect to spend $30-$40 at your department store. But you also can make one yourself out of water pipe.
Time - This will work your back muscles and your spine and it might make you stiff at first like it did me. Don't do more than one minute, twice a day for the first five days or a week and then you can start to add minutes or frequency. I'm doing 5 minute segments at the moment.
Videos 1- group of women having fun 2- never to old for this stuff & how to make your own 3- for inspirational weight loss 4- he's not Adam but I can see what hooping did for his abdomen, wonder if I can convince my DH
wow, those salads are a great idea. Really worth going to the site because she takes great pictures of all the ingredients, how long they'll store etc. I had to bring over a pic. I've got canning jars that are just the right size.