C. Ella's Weight Wars

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Mission Move More 08/12/11

Today was a pretty slow start of the day moving wise and it stayed that way. My joints and muscles are very sore so I took it easy. No sense in over doing it and getting discouraged.

To start off, I only had a few Office Dance Parties today.The songs that made me want to shake it today were:

Flo Rider - Shorty Got Low
Nicki Minaj - Super Bass (Not sure this really did it for me though)
Alicia Keys - Fallin’

My boss came in for a chat and nothing else really spoke to me for getting up and dancing so that was that.

I did teach a set of swim classes from the deck which involves a whole lot of pacing, but it was fun and I had a blast with the kiddos!

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I met a friend for dinner and girl talk. In my theory of everything has to taste awesome or be good for me today definitely was on the “tastes awesome” side and absolutely worth it.

I met a friend for dinner and girl talk. In my theory of everything has to taste awesome or be good for me today definitely was on the “tastes awesome” side and absolutely worth it.

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Today was a good day food wise. I’m pleased with most of the numbers. Next week I’m going to focus on getting my fiber gs closer to the fat gs, but I’m not going to worry TOO much about it just yet.
I had a good quantity and spacing today and other than lunch, I was rarely really hungry. I’m trying to eat every few hours and my body is starting to expect it I think so it doesn’t get eat my own arm off hungry. (Other than after swim lessons, but that’s always the case and I saved half my pretzels to munch on on the way home.)
Over all, the numbers come in at 1769 cal, 45.7 fat g and 31.1 fiber g

Today was a good day food wise. I’m pleased with most of the numbers. Next week I’m going to focus on getting my fiber gs closer to the fat gs, but I’m not going to worry TOO much about it just yet.

I had a good quantity and spacing today and other than lunch, I was rarely really hungry. I’m trying to eat every few hours and my body is starting to expect it I think so it doesn’t get eat my own arm off hungry. (Other than after swim lessons, but that’s always the case and I saved half my pretzels to munch on on the way home.)

Over all, the numbers come in at 1769 cal, 45.7 fat g and 31.1 fiber g

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Mission Move More 08/10/11

To start off, I had a bunch of Office Dance Parties today.The songs that made me want to shake it today were:

Adele - Rolling in the Deep
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
The Killers - Somebody Told Me
Nelly - Ride Wit Me

Tonight was swimming lessons and one I taught from the edge of the pool (testing day) and the other was me in the water moving around a lot with one of my munchkins. It was a good night for swim class. 

Tonight’s Mission Move More was the similar to last nights:

First I did the simple stretch/isometric activity. Lay on your back, feet straight above your hips and separate your feet/legs into a V shape and then bring them back together. Keep your knees straight while you do this. I did this 20x tonight with toes pointed, rotated through other moves and repeated with toes down.

I also did the other version where you bend at your knees and then bring them back up to straight. This was also done 20x, twice.

I skipped the double leg lift and holds. Instead, I did something from one of the classes I took way back where you lay flat on the floor and lift your arms straight in front of you and legs straight behind you. You’ll sort of feel like a boat. Then you hold it to 10 and do 10 of them. Then holding it like a boat, rock your whole body against the floor.

Moving to my arms, I sat with my legs crossed, knees bent (my swimming kiddos call this “ChrisCross, AppleSauce”) and sitting up as straight as I could, I held my arms out into a T position with my palms facing down. I held this to the count of 60. Then I rotated my arms so my palms were up and held this to the count of 60. Lastly, I stretched my hands up to the ceiling and held that to the count of 60. I then did the other set of leg moves and after repeated these arm moves to the count of 50.

And then I said, “Good enough for now. Sleep wins.”

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Change it Up!

One of the things I dislike about getting back on the healthy eating train is that I find myself eating the same things over and over again if I’m not careful. This is because a) I’m lazy about making lunch and what not and b) once you’ve got some good food that you like with good numbers, it can be hard to change things.

But then I get bored and want to have something different or exciting. (Which equates often to me eating out, eating food that doesn’t represent the best choices and is generally WAY too much.

What’s a girl to do?

Here are a few ways I make myself think I’m changing it up:

  1. Heat it up! Seriously, 20 seconds in the microwave and my lean meat, mustard or peanut sauce and cheese on a sandwich round takes on a whole new flavor. (If you’re a mayo and veggie on the sandwich fan, put these on AFTER it gets heated.) The flavors mix in a totally different way and it tastes more decadent once it’s been heated.
  2. Spice it up! A sprinkle of Adobo or Emeril’s, a hint of garlic or whatever your favorite spice happens to be on your sandwich, in your whole wheat pasta, or salad can totally change your lunch. One of my favorite salad “dressings” is a ginger rosemary blend on the salad with a little pepper and white vinegar drizzled over it. Just a bit. So yummy! If it’s your favorite to cook with, try a little on your lunch.
  3. Alternate what you’re having. Sometimes I bring a sandwich, sometimes left overs, sometimes leftovers on a sandwich (zucchini and mushrooms with Gouda on a sandwich round anyone? SO GOOD). Go crazy, but be honest with yourself about how much you’re eating.
  4. Piece it together. Sick of sandwiches? How about a yogurt with sliced fruit mixed in and some whole wheat crackers? A toasted English muffin, with tomatoes and string cheese?

Give it a whirl. What can it hurt?

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More Energy!

I don’t know if it’s the Office Dance Parties breaking up the day, my slightly healthier eating so far this week, but even without a cup of coffee to start my day, I’m not totally lost without the coffee today.

No, it wasn’t that I slept well last night. I almost never sleep well.

While I’ll be having a cup of coffee later today (after I finish my water, or I’ll face a headache around 3pm) I’m not dragging or cranky without it right now…and that’s pretty huge for me.

So no, I don’t know what’s causing this actual energy I have, but whatever it is, I’ll take it.

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Tonight I had dinner with a dear friend and her baby. Good friends, babies, and sushi make for excellent dinners!
Overall, I did pretty well for the day, but a few items launched me over my targeted numbers. I could have skipped the gyoza and Philadelphia roll, but I like them and wanted them, so I had them. Did I need the icecream with pretzels on top? Nope. But you know what? I’m not trying to “diet”, I’m trying to get back on track and make better choices.
Over all, I came in at 2216 cal, 58g fat and 45g fiber. Not terrible, but not amazing. Tomorrow is a new day.

Tonight I had dinner with a dear friend and her baby. Good friends, babies, and sushi make for excellent dinners!

Overall, I did pretty well for the day, but a few items launched me over my targeted numbers. I could have skipped the gyoza and Philadelphia roll, but I like them and wanted them, so I had them. Did I need the icecream with pretzels on top? Nope. But you know what? I’m not trying to “diet”, I’m trying to get back on track and make better choices.

Over all, I came in at 2216 cal, 58g fat and 45g fiber. Not terrible, but not amazing. Tomorrow is a new day.

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Mission Move More 08/09/11

Today was a pretty good day moving wise. To start off, I had a bunch of Office Dance Parties today.The songs that made me want to shake it today were:

Taio Cruz - Dynamite
Gloria Estafan - Everlasting Love
Alicia Keys - Fallin’
Adele - Rolling in the Deep

Tonight’s Mission Move More was the same as last nights:

First I did the simple stretch/isometric activity. Lay on your back, feet straight above your hips and separate your feet/legs into a V shape and then bring them back together. Keep your knees straight while you do this. I did this 20x tonight with toes pointed, rotated through other moves and repeated with toes down.

I also did the other version where you bend at your knees and then bring them back up to straight. This was also done 20x, twice.

Next, I did some double leg lifts from soccer days. Lay on your back and hold your feet (legs straight) out about 3-5 inches off the ground to the count of 10. Lower and repeat. I did this 20x and it was about all I could I

Then I did something from a yoga class I once did. You lay on your back, feet hip width apart and push up with your hips until your body is flat. You will be resting on your shoulders and hands should be flat on the ground. I did this with 10 pulses, held each to 10 and repeated 10x

Moving to my arms, I sat with my legs crossed, knees bent (my swimming kiddos call this “ChrisCross, AppleSauce”) and sitting up as straight as I could, I held my arms out into a T position with my palms facing down. I held this to the count of 60. Then I rotated my arms so my palms were up and held this to the count of 60. Lastly, I stretched my hands up to the ceiling and held that to the count of 60. I then did the other set of leg moves and after repeated these arm moves to the count of 50.

I wanted to do more, but it ended up being a bummer of a night so I made myself do this and then stared at the tv and vegged. Not all my nights can be ambitious.

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I have a Google spread sheet that I use to track the food I eat. I  find that it helps on several levels. First it helps me be aware of what  I’m eating! You might be shocked to see how much you actually eat  during the day. I’ve loaded the WW formula in so I have an idea of how  many points I’m eating, but I look more closely at calories, fats and  fibers that I eat.
Through Google research and with the help of  Google spreadsheets I’ve figured out that I need to eat between  1550-1750 calories a day to lose an average of 1-2 lbs a week depending on how much I move. I find it very helpful to enter the food as I eat it so I know what else I can have. If I eat a big lunch, I don’t have the numbers for a big dinner!
And it’s all about the numbers.
The kicker is that I have to come close or my body (and likely yours too) will hold onto what it get and that makes weight loss harder.
Tonight I came close enough with 1612 cals, 41-ish g of fats and 23 g of fiber. I’m not super thrilled that my fats were so much higher than the fiber, but tomorrow is another day to make different choices…Right?
If you have questions/comments about what I’ve done above, please feel free to ask.

I have a Google spread sheet that I use to track the food I eat. I find that it helps on several levels. First it helps me be aware of what I’m eating! You might be shocked to see how much you actually eat during the day. I’ve loaded the WW formula in so I have an idea of how many points I’m eating, but I look more closely at calories, fats and fibers that I eat.

Through Google research and with the help of Google spreadsheets I’ve figured out that I need to eat between 1550-1750 calories a day to lose an average of 1-2 lbs a week depending on how much I move. I find it very helpful to enter the food as I eat it so I know what else I can have. If I eat a big lunch, I don’t have the numbers for a big dinner!

And it’s all about the numbers.

The kicker is that I have to come close or my body (and likely yours too) will hold onto what it get and that makes weight loss harder.

Tonight I came close enough with 1612 cals, 41-ish g of fats and 23 g of fiber. I’m not super thrilled that my fats were so much higher than the fiber, but tomorrow is another day to make different choices…Right?

If you have questions/comments about what I’ve done above, please feel free to ask.