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Positive Changes

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I need to record some positive changes I'm making before I forget! emoticon

1) Cutting out sugar: over 2 weeks in, only one recent blip (we're calling it a "blip" and moving on; I even tracked it).
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2) Started using the nutrition tracker. I'm not promising to do this every day, but my Dr. wants me to use it, so after a month of NOT, I finally AM.
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3) Using my phone for alarm reminders to DRINK WATER (again, Dr's suggestion but now I'm actually doing it).
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4) Adding strength training. I've resisted this (get it: I've resisted resistance training? I'll stop). I'm doing this twice a week currently, usually about 10-15 minutes at a time.
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5) Increasing my cardio slowly but surely. This is the most consistent I've been with cardio in a LONG time. I'm easily at 4-5x/week, 20 minutes usually. Still working on increasing that too.
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6) I've joined TWO different challenge teams in "Biggest Loser" team. This is very exciting and new for me. (Great, now I have the theme to "The Love Boat" in my head.) I've almost always been missing the support aspect in any venture to lose weight and get healthier, so this is cool. And it's FUN.
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7) I also joined my coworkers in a similar health kick, cutting out caffeine, sugar, unhealthy carbs (think refined carbs; some of them may be cutting out more carbs than I am; I don't have anything against a potato so I'm not excluding them altogether). It's fun knowing we're all in it together.
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8) I'm consistently (fairly) having at least 5 freggies a day. This is sometimes VERY challenging for me (luckily I can take 2 days as a break and not break my streak in this, per the challenge rules). But it's awesome. I feel so healthy, and it's starting to feel more like "What I Do." (You know how sometimes we think, "I don't do this." Or "this is really unusual for me to do." Or "I'm not that type of person." Well, now I am!!)
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I'm sure there are a few more (not that sure), but I can always add to this later. I didn't do any of this overnight (I'm at the end of Week 7 of my 1st "Biggest Loser" challenge, and end of Week 1 for my 2nd team). And I plan on continuing to add good habits as these above become 2nd nature for me (or 1st nature? why is it "2nd nature"?).
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ETA:
9) Keeping my kitchen neat/clean regularly so it's easier to prepare healthy food ahead of time. I realized this last night as I was finishing up and looked around the kitchen. This is also new (something I've been actively trying to improve for over a YEAR).
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10) Regular flossing. Every little healthy step makes me healthier overall so I'm counting it. Unfortunately, I've habitually been a non-flosser until it's dentist time. But now I'm a flosser. Much more pleasant dental cleanings!
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