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Goals of the Week

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This week is going to be another set of the same plus one different goal. I’m pretty stubborn so it may be harder than it looks on paper. Last week went well. Surprisingly just adding one more work out a week was more challenging than I thought it would be, but I made it happen.

Goal 1– Continue working out 5 days a week-

Goal 2– Meet up with my newly hired dietitian/trainer Roger Adams who can be found here- eatrightfitness and listen to what he says

Goal 3– Eat a veggie snack- I’m hoping Roger can help me figure out how to do this

Another quick and simple set of goals. After meeting with my dietitian I’ll probably have some fresh goals to add

Goals of the Week

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A few of my goals this week are a bit of a repeat of last week’s, but I also have some new ones.

Goal 1- Keep up the good work on drinking decaf coffee. The desire to drink caffeinated coffee isn’t there anymore, but I’m struggling with lack of energy and getting agitated more easily. I’m hoping to push through this soon.

Goal 2- Do some research on finding a way to up my energy now that I’m not drinking caffeine.

Goal 3- Up my workout goal to 4 times a week. My goal the last two weeks was 3, and I’ve done 4 for two weeks, so I think upping the minimum to 4 is possible. I’m sticking to using the Daily Burn website to achieve this. All you have to do is show up. They plan the workout for you. Easy Peasy.

Goal 4- Eat a veggie snack a day. This still remains a challenge. It has never been a habit for me but I’m hoping that if I stick with it, that eating them will become a habit.

Goal 5- Try to write more often. My job demands a lot of time, and is very stressful, but I need to make time for me.

I think that’s enough for one week. Whew! I’m being pretty ambitious here, but my spirits are up and I know I can do it.

Have a great week and check in next week to see how I did!

Goal Update

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I’m pretty excited about my progress over the past two weeks. I’ve been drinking decaf coffee, working out with Daily Burn’s New Beginner Series 4 times a week, taking a 15 minute walk at work each day and struggling through eating a snack of veggies. The veggies remains the hardest goal which still surprises me. I received this in my email from my fitbit. It’s pretty cool. Since I’ve been able to do 4 days a week for exercising I’m going to up that setting from 3 to 4. It feels great to finally stop thinking about becoming active and actually doing it.

Goal Update

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My goals last week (and the week before)were:

Goal 1- Continue working towards my goal of going all decaf. So this week I’m doing two espresso shots of decaf and just one shot of caffeinated shots.

Goal 2- Work out in the training room at lease three times this week. I’m going to be starting back at the beginning of the True Beginner Series on the Daily Burn website. My husband also agreed to give it a try. YAY!

Goal 3- Eat more veggies. I usually eat veggies at lunch but I don’t eat them as a snack. This week I’m going to add one veggie snack a day

The results for the past two weeks were mixed.

Goal 1- I’ve been successful with the coffee goal. I’ve been doing the two decaf shots and one caffeinated shots for two weeks now.

Goal 2- I didn’t work out in the training room but I did walk twenty minutes each day which is more than I have done in a long while so it’s a modified win.

Goal 3- As I expected, eating veggies as a snack each day has been challenging. I’m kind of surprised that eating them felt like such chore. I’d eat them as fast as I could to get it over with. But I did it.

My goals next week will continue on these lines. I successfully pulled off goal 1 and 3 and will make goal 2 happen with working out in the training room.

I’ve learned to remind myself that each new day is a new opportunity to be successful.

 

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For the Love of Sugar

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For the love of sugar! It’s my kryptonite. For some people it’s pasta, others it’s bread, and for my daughter it’s potatoes. My first memory of losing control with sugar was when I was twelve years old. My grandmother bought these mini ice cream sandwiches and stored them in the freezer out in the garage. We were only supposed to have one, but my sister and I would sneak outside and eat I don’t know how many at a time. I would call myself a sugar-aholic. Eating just one piece of sugar is just the beginning. There’s no such thing as eating just one. If I start the day eating sugar, then I’m eating it all day.

Searching for a solution, I came across two trains of thought. Quit sugar completely. Cut it out of your life forever. The other thought was eat it in moderation. If you cut it out completely, then it will become the forbidden fruit and you are more apt to lose it one day and smother yourself in a mountain of chocolate iced cupcakes. My nutritionist had allowed 100 calories of chocolate in my eating plan so that can’t be a bad thing.

A couple of years ago I decided to take the route of quitting sugar altogether and even did it cold turkey. I had already done it with smoking, and caffeine, so why not? If I can’t control myself, then quit it. I had actually read a story a bunch of years back about a lady who was a pasta addict and she decided to quit. I remember thinking, “Oh my goodness. What a horrible idea!” Then I turned the concept on myself but with sugar instead. The horror and shock of such a horrendous idea was too much. I would sometimes think about it over the years and quickly shove the idea away. But, I did do it and was successful at it for a year. The thing I found though was that I had been using sugar to make myself feel better, and as a reward for achieving goals. Now, when I wanted to feel better or reward myself, I became depressed. I had nothing to help me now. I’d even get a cake pop and try to eat it, but found the taste repulsive which made my depression even worse.

I’ve also tried eating sugar in moderation, as my nutritionist had suggested. This worked for a little while, until that big hit came. The one where a co-worker upsets you, or you catch a bad cold and just want comfort food. I lose it every time. I was really sick this week with allergies and had a really bad week with unhealthy choices.  It makes it much worse when you are a sugar addict.

Both options have their challenges. Deal with the emotional loss of sugar after quitting cold turkey, or try to find some control and will power to only eat it in moderation. My daughter has been a great inspiration to me. She’s been making a ton of progress with her weight, eating and self control. Growing up with a sugar addict for a mom hasn’t made her transformation easy. So I decided to chat with her and try to come up with a plan. She asked, “What food do you eat for comfort that is not sugary? ” My answer was,”Cheese enchiladas and grilled cheese sandwiches!” Hmmm…not healthy, but a start to finding a solution.

After some inner searching and conversation we came up with this plan. Bring some string cheese to work, which is where I’m usually weak, to deal with the stress and comfort eating. For the sugar, try to eat a healthy sugar. So I’m getting some small oranges and splitting off the wedges. When I want sugar, I’ll eat one of the wedges. I’m also going to try to take a walk if i’m having a really bad struggle When I quit smoking I drank some water when I wanted to smoke. I imagined that with each drink I was cleaning away some of the damage I had done.  Want sugar? Then walk.

Which option would work best for you? Quitting cold turkey or eating sugar in moderation?

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Until next week!

Eat Well and Prosper!

Goals of the Week

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Last week I achieved my goals, and I want to keep achieving them, so I’m not going to be too aggressive. It’s the worst feeling to set a goal that maybe was a little too high and then not to reach it. I’d rather set reasonable goals that I know I can achieve.

This week’s goals are:

Goal 1- Continue working towards my goal of going all decaf. So this week I’m doing two espresso shots of decaf and just one shot of caffeinated shots.

Goal 2- Work out in the training room at lease three times this week. I’m going to be starting back at the beginning of the True Beginner Series on the Daily Burn website. My husband also agreed to give it a try. YAY!

Goal 3- Eat more veggies. I usually eat veggies at lunch but I don’t eat them as a snack. This week I’m going to add one veggie snack a day

Wow, the combo of all of those goals do seem a bit aggressive. I feel like I can do it. Surprisingly, eating all the veggies is the goal that concerns me. LOL

Check back next week to see how I did.

Eat Well and Prosper!

Goal Updates

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Last week my two goals were:

Goal 1- To change the amount of caffeine in my coffee from three shots of caffeinated espresso to one shot of decaf and and two shots of caffeinated espresso. This was the first stage to going all decaf.

Goal 2- Straighten up the training room so that I can begin working out again in the mornings.

And the results are…..drum roll….I achieved both goals! I felt so good to finish what I set out to do. I’m working on setting up my goals for this week and will be posting them soon.

Thank you so much to all of you who marked Like on the post. I appreciate your responses and it has encouraged me to keep writing.

Until next post.

Eat Well and Prosper