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  • v EEOSKI
    Am so glad you survived your "forced march" (there is a story to this, it is in my blogs under "What I learned on my summer vacation...") AND added five more minutes! That DOES deserve a:

    I started this this new life's journey the 9th of January of this year. It has had its challenges but I really have, weirdly enough, enjoyed the majority of the "ride" thus far. I think this is mainly because I do not regard it as a path of deprivation as much as one of adjustment and awareness.

    I have been scrupulous about tracking my intake...I am fortunate enough to have an iPhone to which I downloaded the SparkPeople "App" and I LITERALLY track everything that goes into my mouth, BEFORE it goes into my mouth. I measure/weigh all of my food and when I eat out I ask for the nutritional information (if it is a spontaneous situation) and/or look it up on the internet (I have even done this on the iPhone at the table at times). When I first started, looking back, I was so afraid that I would not accurately "guesstimate" portion sizes for the meals for which I could not get the nutritional information I actually underestimated the amounts/measures.

    To not make it such a "chore" I committed to exercising four days a week and I did not start exercising until I felt I had the eating part under control. I started out walking 20 minutes each time and I was able to do a 24-20 minute mile. I am now walking 45 minutes twice a week and am able to do a 15 minute mile. I then incorporated two days a week of resistance bands (30 minute DVD from SPRI) with two days of walking. I most recently added 60 minutes of swimming two days a week. (I do the breast stroke and the "professionals" lap me on a regular basis, but they tend to stop frequently in between and I am a firm believer in "slow and steady wins the race." They also, for the most part swim for 20 - 30 minutes (including their breaks) and leave so I THINK I may actually be getting more out of it...AND no sweating (at least not so you can see/feel it)!

    Somewhere along the line, while exercising is not my "thing" (as in, "Hey, let's go exercise!") I find that it makes me feel better and in control so I got to working out up to six days a week. As long as I keep to my four days a week commitment I am VERY happy! Anything more is gravy.

    I have found that a higher fiber diet helps me with hunger issues along with three meals a day and two to three snacks in between. In addition to the "normal" things tracked I include fiber, potassium, calcium, sodium, and vitamin D.

    A number of magazines that I have found helpful are Prevention, Cooking Light (their recipes include not only the number of servings and nutritional information, but the serving sizes as well), and Health. I also pick up Women's Health, Oxygen, and Fitness magazines now as well. (I will likely add them to my subscription list, but I will wait to check out a few more issues before committing to them.)

    Another website that is nice (from the fiber perspective) is www.thefullplatediet.org which addresses getting more fiber into your diet. (Also a free website.)

    I also LOVE to cook, so creating/adapting recipes is actually fun for me. One cookbook that I recently purchased and have a lot of fun with is Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian cookbook. Though I am not a vegetarian, it has some neat recipes that are very flavorful. My nephew (who lives with us while attending college) has even been "caught" checking out recipes and has cooked a number of them for us as well!

    This is all a "process" and I am constantly adapting as I go along. Some things I wish I had done when I started:
    -Taken and recorded my measurements
    -Taken regular photos
    -Purchased a balance scale (like at the doctor's) for home
    -Got fitted for and purchased good walking shoes (I finally did this in June and WOW what a difference!)

    Some things that I find helpful:
    -Weigh myself once a week
    -Weigh myself at the same time of day
    -Weigh myself in the same clothes each week (though this obviously has changed as I have lost weight)
    -When the "evil twin" tries to take control remind myself of where I want to be next April (Works wonders!)
    -Drinking liquids frequently
    -Getting enough sleep

    Keep in touch!

    3858 days ago
  • v EEOSKI
    I saw your comment on the post about adding fruit and veggies to you diet and my mouse rolled across your sparkpage "button." When I saw your "Woo Woo" comment about heading to the treadmill I laughed loud enough to startle my two "terrorist terriers!"
    I feel the same way about my twice weekly, 3 mile treadmill "appointment" and it was just a hoot to see someone else "share" that perspective!

    Now swimming is something I DO look forward to as it does not involve sweating...so my one hour of breast and side stroke twice a week is something that does actually make me happy! (The calories burned are nothing to sneeze at either!)

    Hope the "walk" went well!
    3858 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/15/2010 1:30:53 PM
    Love your huddle this morning!!! I'm so proud to be a loser! LOL emoticon
    3859 days ago
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    Sending some beach fun. Hope your having a great weekend
    3859 days ago
    This is certainly the place to say "I'm proud to be a LOSER!!" emoticon
    3860 days ago