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This has been stickied - if anyone objects let me know and we can talk about it.

Ok, so Mara suggested that I start a calorie counting thread but then I started thinking that not everyone is counting calories, some are doing other lifestyle choices that are also healthy so they could join in too!

So if you are counting calories, doing some kind of work out regularly, swearing off the fast food, or just generall doing something to make yourself healthier - post your healthy living ideas and actions here!!!

If the thread turns out to be a pretty good one I will sticky it.

Even for our preggo May 2010 mommas - post your healthy pregnant choices here too!!! All the more way for us to keep stalking you!!

Happy, healthy you!!!

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Ok, I'll start.

First of all - see that ticker in my siggy??? Don't get used to it's current location. That thing is moving on Monday for my weigh-in. Yup, I'm that confident that I can behave myself this weekend. Even DH has stopped pushing junk food on me Smile

So today so far (it is 8:53 am here) I have consumed 190 calories with my Slim Fast shake. I plan on a 200 calorie bar for a snck and a 200 calorie salad for lunch. Another 200 cals for snack.

That leaves me 800 cals for the remainder of the evening.

Leaving myself more for the evening works well for me because that's when I like to consume more. This way I'm not hungry throughout the day and I get to have a nice satisfying full feeling at night.

What are you doing today??

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Well, we didn't end up going to the Tex Mex place because they were having some party or something. We went to a favorite place that has random assortments of foreign food. My choices (vegetarian choices that is) were a couple different salads, a veggie burger, a veggie mexican wrap or falafel. I was leaning toward the veggie burger, because it's not the kind of thing that is that easy to make at home (and you can't buy them here), and a good burger is a good burger. But that would have of course come with fries, and I knew that would be bad news, so I went with the salad! I'm proud of that choice! I did have some beer, and I ended the day over my calorie range, but by about 200 cals. It could have been much worse if I had gone the fries way!

I would really like to start exercising again, but, right now, I'm not making it happen. I also don't know where I would go, or what I would do. Well, I could use the Wii at home, but I'm not really inspired at the thought right now. I kind of got the running itch the other day, I felt it... but, I don't know where I would run, or when.

So for now, I'm just going to try to keep plugging away at what I'm doing. Try to stay under my calories, and just lose weight that way. And go for walks with Beni when I can. It feels like things have just been busy recently, and time gets away from me.

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Yay girls, GREAT idea! I really need to do something and this will help keep me accountable! Whooo hoo....keep up the good work and I will join you all Monday morning full force Smile

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Great idea! Since I haven't done anything specific yet today, I'll let you in on some subs I've made (it's much easier for me to sub in a lesser vice than just cut out stuff because I'm a huge creature of habit and mentally dwell on what I'm trying to cut out).

I've substituted my evening snack, which used to be a handful of cookies or crackers or something with milk. I don't drink plain cow's milk, but I've found that I really love coconut milk. When I can't buy coconut milk, I get almond milk. 80 - 90 calories per serving. This has been going on for three weeks, and I think it's helping (hey, I'm getting more calcium and cutting my evening snack calorie intake my 2/3rds!). I've cheated a couple days this week by eating cookies too, but it was due to the stress of Eve's surgery and AF. I'm putting it out online so maybe I'll be motivated to do better Biggrin

I've also started chewing gum at work. I got the kind that has Xylitol in it to help with my tooth sensitivity. Also, chewing burns something like 5 calories per hour.

And, finally, I'm drinking lots of water. My sinus infection isn't gone yet, so I drink a couple cups of hot green tea with mint (nothing added) then start on my water. With the tea, I usually only get around 40 oz of plain water. Without the tea, I generally get 64 or more.

I need to start counting my calories. Monday, I'm going to start running again. I haven't been to the gym in like a month.

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Fun! I'm not trying to lose weight but I am always trying to eat healthier and change up my exercise routine ~ with three young kids it can be really be a challenge ~ I find myself hungry and shoving fast and easy and often not best foods into my mouth while I make their lunch or whatnot! My current challenge is to drink more water, I'm an athlete and a nursing Mom and I swear I am part camel......I stink at drinking water and pretty much walk around dehydrated all the time, I think. I have my first half marathon on Sunday and the weather is looking perfect, I'm very excited and starting to get a little nervous! Sitting here sipping tea and eating a brown rice chicken and vegetable stir fry ~ as the weather is cooling off I am again remembering how tea (the herbal caffeine free kind) is an easy way for me to get more water into my body.

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Yay! We're off to a good start!

It'll be great to have some of us at the beginning of our healthy road, some already working on it and some who are already health nuts (Melissa Wink ).

Tara - can't wait for you to join us on the cal count! It's not actually that much fun but it's better with company!

Mara - I'm sure you'll find a way to get some activity in. Walks are great. I need to do more of the same.

Suzanne - I like your substitue idea. Right now I've sub'd my regular ranch dressing for light. Not quite as creamy but it's still good.

Marathon?? You rock. No marathon in my future but hopefully I will get myslef into a regular routine with work outs.

You ladies are awesome! It'll be great to have encouragement and give encouragement.

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I'd love to lose 5 pounds but I'm perfectly happy where I am. I'm also an athlete and nursing mom. I try to eat as "clean" as I can at all times. I give myself one cheat day a week(Saturday) and it really really helps me to make good choices throughout the week and get right back on track on Sundays.

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Woot! We got Steph in our corner!!!!

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Best of luck on your half marathon, Melissa! I'm sure you're going to do great.

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How's the weekend going for everyone???

I am not actually doing that well. But, with a history of messed up eating that I have, I need to stop the feeling bad about what I'm eating. So, today, I am not counting anything. I'm just going to work on being mindful. I had a smaller breakfast than usual, and am just enjoying my coffee, the same way I do when I'm counting. This afternoon we're going over to BIL/SIL's cause they are having people over. It's going to be a buffet of finger foods I think and beer. Going to something like that and trying to count calories does my head in because it is so hard to keep track of what you're eating, you know?

So, I'm just going to focus on being mindful. I'm not going to stuff myself, and I'm not going to keep going back for more and more when I don't really need it. I'm going to enjoy people and conversation, and chase Beni.

And I'm going to remember how good it feels to fit in my size 10 jeans! Remember way back when I was in the States I bought those $12 jeans from Walmart? The mom jeans? The 12s were a perfect fit, but, after I wore them for a day or two, they would be so stretched out, that they'd be falling off. So I went and bought the size 10s, thinking that maybe that was what size I really needed? And then they totally didn't fit. Remember that? Well, I wore those puppies on Friday night, and they fit like a dream- the way the 12s did back in the spring! YAY! So, progress is progress, and I'm just going to keep focusing on feeling good, eating food that makes me feel good (I've noticed lately that some "junk" foods that I used to really enjoy just really leaving me feeling crappy these days!) and trying to move when I can. Haven't actually gotten to that yet, but, I think about it a lot. Wink Ha ha!

Christina, it's already Sunday morning here, and I'm already excited for your Monday morning weigh in. I know you're going to see a lovely number!!! That said- I just wanted to share with you- both of my brothers are machines- tall, slender, pure muscle. They are also both very active outdoorsy people. Anyway, my younger brother is a cyclist (CAT 2, I think) and he actually has to eat constantly to keep weight on, because that is how much of a machine he is- it's ridiculous actually, but he has to eat like 5,000 calories a day because of how hard he rides! Anyway... he told me once, "Want to gain weight? Eat in the evening, especially right before bedtime. All those calories will go straight to your hips. If I need to gain a pound or two, I make sure I eat late." Like you, I always seem to want a big dinner and some snacks later in the day, but...hearing him say that made me rethink it. I do still eat a normal sized dinner, but, I try not to eat so much after that. I know in a lot of cultures where I have lived they eat their biggest meal at lunch time- and they think it is RIDICULOUS to eat a cold lunch- must be a full proper hot meal- but I know American society isn't set up like that either. Anyway... just food for thought. If what you're doing works for you, then by all means, keep doing it! But it sounds like eating more later in the day might be working against yourself a bit. Sorry, I don't know about you, but I'm surrounded by skinny SUPER healthy people in my family- and it's hard to deal with sometimes because they all do things and act in ways that I just can't seem to bring myself to do... but then, it's like, well, they do these things that I don't do, but they also have the results I don't. Hmmmm.... Anyway... I need to take my own advice- the popcorn and m&ms I had last night don't help anything!

Melissa, good luck on your half today!!!! I'm sure you'll do great! I would really like to get my running shoes back on. I should just do it!

Suzanne, I'm with you on the substitutes as well! When we first got to Laos, I was doing well- I would have just a cup of tea at night- which is like 5 calories, if that. I like herbal tea. But then somewhere along the line I stated eating cookies with the tea, and yeah... no good. Keep up the good work!

Oh, and as for water... I found two things- I drink more and faster when I drink through a straw, and I really like having a fairly large cup that I know if I drink 3 of them, I've done my water for the day. I actually bought one of those Starbucks reuseable cold cups with a straw- I know you can get generic brand ones too. Anyway, mine is a 24oz one, so I know if I have 3 of them, then I've done 9 8oz cups of water, which is enough (well, now that I think about it, it might not actually be enough, given that I'm nursing and living in a sweat all the time climate- but it's close to enough)! I always make sure I have it with me in the car, because for whatever reason, I can suck down like half that baby when I'm sitting at a stoplight!

Oh, and also, I know some people might find it picky, but, I can't drink water that doesn't taste good. Tap water has so much different stuff in it, depending on where you live, most of the time I cannot stand the taste. So I go ahead and spend money on bottled water. Because it's no use just not drinking water at all- which is what happens if I try to force myself to drink water that tastes like minerals or whatever. We have to have bottled water here anyway, because it's the only water that is treated, but, even in the States, I bought bottled water. It's worth it to me!

Tara- yay for joining us! You can do it!!!! Smile

Hi Steph!!! Seeing you post about how often you're exercising might motivate me to get moving! Smile

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Mara, congrats on the weight loss and the jeans fitting! There is no better feeling than sliding into pants which once didn't fit Smile Do they have a list serv or central hub thing for other foreigners teaching at the school? Maybe you could post or put up a sign looking for a running buddy ~ that might feel safer or less scary or overwhelming than running alone, and having someone to talk to always makes the miles click by much more easily than running solo, for me anyway. Smile

I totally agree with your brother on the late night thing. I know that there are different schools of thoughts on that research wise, but I know that for me, when I am training hard, I usually head up to bed with a few tablespoons of peanut butter and a banana to fit in a 4th meal ~ I don't really know how to count calories but I have just seen that when I am training hard I need to add in a snack and a 4th meal or else I lose weight, and I can't lose weight without losing strength, and I don't want to lose strength. Peanut butter is always my go to if I didn't actually get an entire meal in. A big breakfast is critical to my day as I almost always work out in the morning ~ things like cereal just leave me starving an hour later. We do a lot of whole oats with banana and raisins, eggs, Fage with honey, fruit etc and I feel like it wakes my body up and gets my metabolism really turned on for the day.

Steph, how do you like crossfit? I've never done it but have heard that it is a killer workout? They don't have it at my gym. Would love to hear about it!

I did a good job drinking the past two days, but only because of the race. I wish I could or would drink like that all the time! For me seltzer or some lemon makes a huge difference in drinkability ~ I'm going to get one of those home carbonation thingies as I love the idea of making it at home and not wasting all of the plastic bottles and whatnot.

I had to be up at 5 today and am sitting here trying to choke down some breakfast and coffee ~ the only annoying thing about having to leave my house at 6 for the race is that I need to nurse the baby before I go ~ (13.1 miles with a bursting chest? No thanks Lol so I am waiting till about 15 minutes before I have to leave to wake him, nurse him, and hand him over to DH. I'm nervous! The only other long race I have done I did this past spring (I only started running in January or Feb) and I ran the first 6 miles with a friend who runs slower than me ~ so when we split up I had a ton of energy and ran the last 4 fast. I'm running this one with a lot of friends, but running alone, so I am really worried about being able to pace myself ~ I read something the other day along the lines of "For the first half don't be stupid, for the second half don't be a wimp" and I loved it. My goal is to not let the excitement and adrenaline of the start and the spectators and the bands make me go faster than I can knowing that I need to run so many miles.

Have a great day, all!

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Good luck again, Melissa! I know you'll do great, seeing as you're such an athlete! I hear ya on the pacing thing though- it's so hard not to get caught up! I did get a little caught up when I ran my 10k, but, I quickly petered out, and slowed down, but then a little ways on, I was actually passing some people- they obviously hadn't really paced themselves either. Anyway... I like that quote too- awesome! You'll do great- can't wait to hear your report! Smile

I was just with some other people this afternoon and one of them said, "since the only running is indoor running here"- I think she meant because it's so hot, and the streets are not super runner friendly as there are no sidewalks, when there are they are often parked with motorbikes, or blocked by street-side restaurants, etc, etc. That said, there is one paved river side area that a lot of locals go to at night and they run and stuff there... but, the thing is they go at night (because it is SO HOT during the day). I wonder how early I would have to get up in the morning to avoid the heat??? Hmmm.... It's kind of enticing. I'll keep thinking about it and trying to come up with a plan. But I do know a lot of the other teachers belong to gyms. I considered signing up, but, I don't think the gyms have child care, and without it, it might just be a scheduling nightmare. So I guess we'll see.

I have an ex, who also happens to be an ex-marine, and he wanted to open a Cross-fit gym. I don't even know what that means, but I know he's hard core- also the kind of guy who tends to be in such good shape that when he loses weight it's because he's losing muscle because he's not eating enough. I honestly can't imagine being in that kind of shape. Anyway... all I've heard about crossfit is that it's hardcore!

Oh, and Melissa, I think getting a soda stream, or whatever they're called, is a great idea! A blog I read sometimes had a recipe for home made ginger ale... yum! But I love ginger ale/ginger beer- the more real gingery the better. Smile

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Thanks Mara, it was a great morning! I TOTALLY blew my goal of a slower start and a faster finish (cheering people and kids holding signs reading "GO MOMMY!" slay me), but looking at my splits I literally ran the entire race averaging the same pace/mile.....different than my last long race.....but I firmly attribute it to the two friends I randomly made around mile 2 ~ I as totally following this woman who sortov looked like I did........we started talking and another girl joined us and we ran the entire race together, talking about our families and encouraging one another. So glad that she didn't tell me until like mile 10 that she had run T&F at Penn State or I would probably have slunk off in fear right away Smile It was really tough, the last mile was uphill and into the sun and I'm just beyond thrilled to have exceeded my goal.......having never run one before I didn't really know what to expect. I felt great at brunch but had a horribly upset/crampy stomach all afternoon ~ took a toll on my body for sure.

Hope that everyone who is weighing in tomorrow sees the numbers that they want to see!

ETA: the other good news was that I woke up the poor peaceful sleeping baby and basically nipple whipped him into nursing both sides.......then kissed him like crazy and put him back in his crib....leaving feeling awful to have woken up a baby just to meet my selfish nursing/relief needs......but he fell right back asleep and didn't wake up until 7:30! Was so happy my DH had a good morning, as after being away pretty much all week he deserved it.

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Melissa, that really is awesome!!!! Congrats on exceeding your goal! And that is great news about a happy to nurse and go back to sleep baby! Smile

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Mara - Yay on the jeans!!!!

Melissa - WTG on your record! You are a rock star!!!

You're both an inspiration to me.

So my weigh in didn't go as well as I'd hoped. Only 1.5 lbs lost. You can see by my ticker that I rounded down.

BUT...

AF showed 2 days early (yesterday) so I'm thinking there's some water weight reflected in that weigh in. My cramps have been really bad which also usually means bad water weight. I am going to re-weigh on Thursday or Friday when all the AF related symptoms should be gone.

It's disappointing b/c when I did WW after my first two babies I lost like 4 lbs. in the first week.

But I'm not discouraged yet. I reavowed this morning that I'm not going to let a little water weight set me back.

DH has been wonderful!!! He hasn't pushed me to eat bad things or anything. He's even trying to get me to re-join Jazzercise or the local rec center. I'm looking into my schedule to see if I can squeeze that in 3 times a week.

Tara - are you counting cals this week??? If you need a talk-down from the bad food temptations let me know! I could have used one myself yesterday!!!

So we went to McDonald's (yes I know, the dieters hell) yesterday because we were on the run to get to DS#1's football game. I got a grilled chix sandwich but I only ate the chicken - no bun. It was pretty good. And I ate 1/2 a small fry. I was so proud of myself. I admit, I usually like a big mac :/

I'm eating a grilled chix salad for lunch today with about 3 oz of chix on it and low fat dressing.

I'm so impressed by you ladies - Mara, Melissa, Steph, and you too Tara. You might not know it but you're really helping me. I hope I'm giving some of that back too.

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Christina!!!!! You should be sooooooooo proud of 1.5lbs!!!! 4lbs in a week is neither sustainable nor healthy anyway!!! 1.5lbs a week is how you keep going until you reach your goal! And with a period thrown in the mix? You should be proud!!!!!

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Great Job Christina! -1.5 lbs is awesome! WAYYY better than gaining 1.5! whooo hooo!

I am trying to be much more mindful of what I am eating. My big downfall is that I don't eat much if anything throughout the day and mid afternoon I will start eating and not want to stop until bedtime! So I started my morning out with a bowl of cereal. I am also trying to drink more water today. It is a start!

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Thanks Mara - you put a little smile on my face Smile

Either way I'm still really proud of how well I did last week. No matter what I still know it's a healthier way to be. I need to be around for my kids and as 40 is fast approaching I need to be healthy and there for myself and my DH. Besides, no one else would take his high-maintenance butt and he is not someone who should be alone Wink

How's your start to the week??? I mean the jeans thing is phenom!! I have my secret stash and I'm looking forward to pulling out my 12's at the end of next month!

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Oh Tara - that is a good start!! I find if I eat a small breakfast I don't have those munchy munchies in the afternoons. And I try to keep some rice cakes or something at my desk in case I do. Plus I keep gum around which can also help with that need to chew something.

You're gonna do great this week!!!

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Morning ladies!

Congrats on the loss, Christina! A loss is a loss in my book Smile

Congrats on the half, Melissa! I haven't done a half in 5 years. I just don't have the time to put in the long miles yet. Once our house project is done I'll have a babysitter (DH). As for Crossfit, its killer. I don't know why I keep going back...and then I reminded myself that I bought a membership and THAT'S why I keep going back. It KILLS me. Friday we did 150 Wall balls and 30 muscle ups. So Wall balls is when you hold a 15 lbs medicine ball, squat down and back up and as you come up you throw the ball up to the 8ft mark on the wall and catch it as you squat back down. I'm still sore from Friday. Muscle ups is basically pull ups on olympic rings.

I sprained my ankle yesterday so I'm out of running for a week. Sad I'll still lift weights and go to Yoga class though.

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Steph - so sorry about the ankle - bummer. WTG on doing weights and yoga, I'm a little jealous.

(super cute pic of Miles BTW - so adorable!!)

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Sorry about the ankle Steph. That sounds right up my alley ~ I'm a total minimalist when it comes to equipment, give me one 25 lb kettlebell, a step with 8 or 10 risers, a jumprope and some running shoes and I could never set foot in a gym again and be as fit as I wanted to be. It is amazing what you can do with just plyometrics and your own body weight. That sounds awesome.

Christina, if you want to keep the weight off, you really don't want to lose more than that in a week anyway~ so be proud of yourself!

There are three proven factors or commonalities among people who are obese.
1, excessive TV watching.
2, eating fast food at least once a week.
3, skipping breakfast.

Don't skip breakfast girls! It is the most important meal of your day (IMO). Get protein and whole grains into you and you won't get that mid morning hunger and overeat!

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Melissa - you're right especially about the breakfast thing - totally!

When I lost over 30 lbs after each of my other two kids I followed weight watchers. They really taught me how to look at portions as well as the actual food.

I'm hoping to apply that "long lost" knowledge this time around too.

I've also started switching out things like making 1/2 white rice and 1/2 brown rice (DH won't do all brown rice - yet). I know that by doing simple things like looking at the chicken on my plate and making sure that it is about the size of my palm is the right way to portion things. I know a lot, I practice a lot less!

For me it's less about lack of knowledge and more about "what feels good now" - a lack of delayed gratification. It's about changing my mind set to look forward instead of being stuck in the here and now. It's hard for me but with real practice and time it'll get easier. I've done this twice, I can do it one last (long-lasting) time around.

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Wow, you girls are doing great!

Melissa, congrats on getting through the half marathon!

Christina, 1.5 lbs is 1.5 lbs closer to your goal. It's great Biggrin

Mara, woohoo for size 10! And you are very right about the larger containers. I drink my water out of a 32 oz container, and it goes down pretty fast and easy.

Tara, it's wonderful you're starting to eat breakfast. If you can eat small meals throughout the day, you won't feel the need to binge and your blood sugar will be more stable, which is beneficial even if you don't have major sugar probs.

Steph, that Crossfit does sound killer. I hope your ankle heals quickly.

I got a run in during my lunch break. It's been a long time since I've been to the gym. I did a little over a mile and am feeling pretty good. I think I may start the couch to 5K program to increase my speed and distance.

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Good job going for a run at lunch, Suzanne!

Melissa - I agree, the fact that you use your body weight to workout is freaking amazing. Since I started at Crossfit I've lost that last 10 pesky pounds that was "hanging" out. It feels so good to wear all my old clothes again. Some of the tops still don't fit right due to breastfeeding but I'm okay with that.

Christina - Did you join WW this time or are you just using the program? My MIL has done wonderfully on WW. Eventhough she hit her goal weight over a year ago she still goes and weighs in once a week just to keep herself in check.

I went and did some cardio at the gym at lunch to get my legs moving and get some of this lactic acid out of there. I'm still so sore. Then I did some weights.

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I saw on another healthy living thread on site that people are also posting what they eat and/or sharing recipes ~ could be a good way to introduce new foods and/or get meal ideas?

My kids ~ all three ~ slept from 1 till 4:30 today. They are great sleepers, but that is unusually long. Must be the cool fall air. While they slept I made two loaves of pumpkin cranberry bread and a big batch of butternut squash soup. Monday nights are soup nights in the fall and winter. It is nice to come home and have healthy homemade leftover soup available to just microwave when I get in from the gym or from picking up the kids at school ~ and a hot lunch makes me way more satisfied than just a sandwich or something.

I had steel cut oats with raisins and bananas for breakfast, a salad with balsamic and a rosemary balsamic grilled chicken breast for lunch, and the soup and bread for dinner. I've been grilling up a few extra chicken breasts every time I make chicken, as they freeze well and it is so nice to have it to thaw for an easy lunch. Also made cookies with the kids so am looking forward to a big glass of almond milk and cookies tonight Smile Hopping in the jacuzzi tonight and getting to bed early, I'm incredibly sore from yesterday and I have 60 minute HIIT workout (high intensity interval training) ~ followed by 30 minutes of strength training. I'm hoping that the jacuzzi loosens me up or I don't know if I will be able to handle it tomorrow.

Good for you for running, Suzanne! Do you have a gym at your office?

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Steph - no, not doing WW this time, I'm using some techniques but mostly counting cals.

Melissa - I usually grill up extra chix too when I make it. It makes for a good salad the next day or a quick 2 oz snack on the run if needed.

I saw that thread too this morning! It might be nice to "link" us up so to speak! Not sure the best way to do that but suggestions are welcome.

Melissa and Steph - you ladies really impress me with your workouts. I wish I had the time like you. With working full time, the house (and all its repairs) and 5 kids (4 in school from K-5) I barely have time for anything. I've been trying to revamp my schedule to fit in 45 minutes of workout time 3-4 times per week. I'm hoping to start next week or the following week if I can get it all arranged.

I almost forgot to take the stairs this morning and headed for the elevator - then at the last second I remembered and turned around. I think the people on the elevator thought I was losing it! But I did the stairs and I'll be going for my 20 minute mind-clearing walk today too (if it stops raining). It's the little changes that can make a big difference in the long run.

Now if those lbs would start coming off!!!!!

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Christina, one pound did come off! And half the next one! When time goes so slow, and it seems like I'll never get to where I want to go, I imagine myself looking back thinking how fast it all happened. Always helps a little. Smile

I wanted to go for a walk today too, but it rained ALL DAY. Then I had to go tutor. There have been times in my life when I have been a very regular exerciser, but, never when I had so many things stacked against me as I do now. I hope I can figure a way around it.

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Nice work ladies! When I was pregnant I would walk up to the 5th floor to use the bathroom. I peed a lot when I was pregnant so I stayed in some sort of shape.

We're doing a 30 day Paleo challenge at Crossfit....hopefully having to check in everyday will help me make wiser choices. I did have a cocktail last night so I was down a point for that. And I had cream in my coffee so I was down a point for that too.

This morning I walked "hills" my the treadmill while watching Dog the Bounty Hunter. What.a.lame.show. Is that guy for real? I tried to run for a few minutes but my ankle said no so I backed off and just walked. Going to Yoga class today on my lunch break.

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Steph - I want to hug you so I can absorb some of your activity point Smile (no, I'm not above stealing Wink )

I am eating my indian leftovers from the other day. Healthy and yummy (no creams or fried stuff - grilled chix - about 2-3 oz and about .75 cup of spicey rice).

I'm going to try to fit in a walk but my time at work is quickly evaporating.

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Oh, and I had one 60 claorie indulgence today - a 3 pack of mini gobstoppers Smile I love to crunch them Smile

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I used to have a trainer who said that the only time they bought the notion that someone had no time to exercise was if that person literally didn't watch any TV. He had a whole program based around working out during commercials, as he found that lots of people would say that they didn't have any time to exercise but routinely watched an hour or two of TV a day. His plan started out with short but intense interval workouts during each commercial break. That would allow for 20 minutes of intense activity. Eventually he would have people work up to doing longer intervals during the show and resting during the commercials (40 minute workouts).

My husband travels a ton so it can be hard at time for me to fit in things like long runs or whatnot. We set up a babysitting run co-op amongst 4 of us who all have 3-4 kids ~ one watches two peoples kids while those two run together, and we alternate houses/runners. The kids have a great time playing, and we are able to get in those long 90 or 120 minute runs without paying for childcare. I think that most problems have a solution, depending on how creative one is willing to be to come up with it, you know? To me exercise is as much of a priority as dentist appointments or eating meals, it just sometimes takes scheduling it as rigorously as we schedule other events in our life.

We actually based our house hunt around our gym ~ it allows me to multitask as their kids programs are amazing. Today my kids had T-ball and art class while I worked out. The fact that they love going makes it easy on me, and the fact that they are doing their own activities like dance or gymnastics while I am working out means that I accomplish two things at once and don't have to spend my life in the car running everyone around. Admittedly, I don't know of a whole lot of gyms like that, though MAN everywhere should have one ~ they are like Mecca's for young families! I think that my gym has like 14,000 members or some crazy thing.

Steph, what is a Paleo diet?

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Melissa, yes, the university where I work has a great brand-new gym. Unfortunately, my office got moved off campus, but it's not too far off campus that I can't drive there, do a run, take a shower, then drive back during my lunch hour. It does limit my running time though.

Today is a non-gym day for me, so I parked far in the parking lot to get a few extra steps in. I always walk up the flight of stairs to my office. It would be nice if there was more than one flight.

I weighed myself this morning with all my clothes on and my hair wet. 158.6 lbs. I think that means I lost a little bit of weight.

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Melissa, I was thinking more about the whole working out thing. I really mostly agree with you. It's mostly about commitment and just making the time if it's important enough. I will admit that I don't know if I have the drive right now. I don't feel like I do. Also, the thought of working out AT NIGHT during my tv shows is one of the most unappealing things I've ever heard. Working out straight after work (when I used to work) is the latest I can handle mentally.

So for me... I'm glad I'm even THINKING about it right now, that it remains a thought in my head to go out and do- hopefully I'll get from thinking to doing soon. I know it's up to me. And right now, it is about starting from scratch and setting the whole entire situation up from the bottom up.

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Hey Suzanne! Go you! It's nice to see a number on the scale that means a loss! I'd be super happy with 158 right now too!

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Wow Suzanne! 158 is awesome!!! I'm a ways away from that though Sad

As for working out when I watch TV it isn't gonna happen. The only TV I watch is generally betwee 10-11 pm - not a good time to work out. And it is literally the only down time I get during the week. Oh, and I'm usually folding laundry or working on my laptop at the same time.

I will admit that during the weekends I probably have an hour or so that I could dedicate to working out. That's what I'm working on with my schedule. Saturday's and Sunday's working out an hour each day then one more day during the week for 45 minutes. I'm talking the schedule over with DH tonight so I'm hoping to have something on my calendar for next week.

So I really am making strides. I know I don't need an hour of TV between 10-11 and actually last night I didn't watch even a minute of TV. DH and I spent that hour putting up Holloween lights on the porch to start preparing for our party in a month. I guess that's better than sitting though Smile But I do need some down time. I cannot be active 18 hours a day and sleep 6 with no down time. that's not healhty either.

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So, OMG, as I hit post on the last post one of our colleagues came strolling by with a box of doughnuts (drool hitting keyboard now)!!! How cruel. I said..."Um, no thank you - they look great though! Enjoy!".

Ok, so yes, I am beyond proud of myself. But I am also mourning the loss of sugary sweet fatness that will not pass my lips. Pause. Deep breathe. I'm ok now. That was so not even funny.

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Yay, GREAT JOB saying NO Christina! YOU are making great strides towards a healthier you!

Suzanne--- I would be Beyond excited to see 158 on the scales! Goooood Job!

Mara-- I understand the THINKING about working out. Man, do I wish that it came so naturally and easy for me!

Melissa--- Sounds like you have an awesome set up for working out. That is GREAT!

I am not doing as well as I would like. BUT better than last week, SO I guess that is better than nothing. It is just so darn hard for me. I have lost quite a bit of weight before. It is almost like it is a frame of mind more than anything. And, I just can't get back to that spot. Ughhhhh!

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Mara, I'm wishing I could fit into size 10's like you! I think we're the same height (5', 3" or so), but I have a very, how should I put this, shapely bum and good-sized leg muscles along with good birthing hips that have always made my pant size bigger than everyone else with the same weight. I know I shouldn't focus on the size, but how I would love to get into 10's again. I think the last time I was able to pull that off was right before my pregnancy with Luke. ETA: I'm a size 14 right now, so 2 sizes up!

Christina, you can resist the doughnut! It's hard when people bring in delicious treats though--especially when you're near the break room or have to go by there a lot.

Tara, you're right. It's definitely a frame of mind. Once you get into the groove, I think it gets better though.

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Melissa - Paleo diet is the caveman diet. Basically if you can't pick it up off the ground and eat it then its a no no. So lots of meats, fruits, veggies, nuts. No dairy, processed foods i.e. bread, sugar, etc. It's very challenging as I love cheese. That's my soft spot for sure. And I love alcohol. Lol.

Christina - do you get a lunch break? I find it's pretty much the only time I can work out and it's so nice to not worry about trying to do it after work. And I get up super early (4:30 am) just to get some cardio in sans kids/noise.

Tara and Suzanne - a frame of mind for sure! I was a workout freak (kind of like I am becoming now) before I had kids and didn't do anything while pregnant and gained 50 pounds both times. After my 1st I tried to hop right back into it and of course I wore myself out and loathed working out. After I had Miles I just took baby steps and started going to the gym only once a week and built myself up to more and now I LOVE IT again! I look forward to it every single day! It's my me time.

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"StephanieTinMT" wrote:

Melissa - Paleo diet is the caveman diet. Basically if you can't pick it up off the ground and eat it then its a no no. So lots of meats, fruits, veggies, nuts. No dairy, processed foods i.e. bread, sugar, etc. It's very challenging as I love cheese. That's my soft spot for sure. And I love alcohol. Lol.
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Oh goodness girlfriend, you lost me right there! I'm with you.

I'm three glasses of wine into my night so I admit to being biased :). I had a friend over for dinner and grilled up some pesto rubbed chicken, with a salad with blue cheese and a balsamic concoction and some jasmine rice sauteed with olive oil, carrots, peppers, onion, basil and parsley finished off with locatelli cheese....... can you eat olive oil (or other oils) on that diet? I'm struggling to eat out of my garden right now so am putting carrots and peppers into everything, even though they are not my favorites. Do you have to steam all of the veggies? Or roast them dry? Do tell. Are you eating that way to lose weight or for health purposes? Does it make you eat local, or are any foods (even those from far away and not necessarily ground collectible) included?

I admit to not understanding how one counts calories based on how I cook. Like, how would I know how many calories the rice with vegetables that I made tonight was worth? When I see you guys talking about being 5 calories over your goal I am amazed ~ how do you calculate it that well?

Oy! I'm so curious to hear more about this. How do you cook the meat without oil of some sort? Boil it?

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Melissa, one of the reasons counting calories makes me a little crazy is that to calculate your calories for your rice, you would have to basically create a recipe with all your exact ingredients, and then figure out portions, etc, and then you can figure out calories per serving. It's a pain. I hate it because I regularly make stir-fries and stuff, but I like to do it with like whatever is in my fridge- if there is a large head of broccoli, then that stir-fry gets more broccoli, no carrots in the fridge, then no carrots in my stir-fry, etc. So it's not like I can set up one recipe for stir-fry that always has x amount of each of certain ingredients in it. So yeah, the calorie counting takes a bit of effort, and usually makes me want to eat super simple, which is not that cool, cause I really like to cook!

Oh, but also, if you sign up for a website like sparkpeople or whatever, you tell them about you (height, weight, gender, activity level) and it tells you how many calories you should be consuming, and then when you do consume something you enter it in the search box, find it, enter the amount you ate, and then it tells you how many calories that was, and subtracts it from your daily allowance....so, in that sense, the whole calorie counting thing is very easy!

Paleo is mostly based (I think, from what I know about it) on cutting out processed food. Like, you can process it once you get your hands on it (cooking veggies, etc), but, you don't buy it processed- which is why no grains, wheat, dairy, etc. Yea, it's based on hunting and gathering principles- which I guess makes more sense on the no dairy, cause fresh (raw) milk isn't processed. I had heard a lot of people do really well on it- lose a lot of weight, have more energy, etc- mostly I think because it's a cleaner way of eating. But cutting wheat and dairy might make a bigger difference for more people than care to admit. That said- I take issue with this whole paleo thing come winter. What are they all going to eat then? Our ancestors ate WAY differently than we do, for many reasons, so I don't necessarily buy that we should try to eat just like them now.

The book that has actually made the most sense to me as a foodie and someone who struggles with wanting to find a magic pill is Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. He basically says to, Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Don't eat it if your great-grandma wouldn't recognize it as food (it's very interesting to me to think of the things I eat that might fall into this category). But he also advocates for a diet based in location and culture- meaning that most of our ancestors figured out how to stay alive (and often fairly healthy- much healthier on the whole than the "average American eating the "standard American diet" these days"- in the places where they lived- eating what was available there to eat. He's basically saying that there isn't ONE right way to eat, foods to necessarily eat or avoid- but that most things depend on what grows near you, what is otherwise available near you, and what you make of it!

Anyway...that was probably me adding my two cents where it wasn't necessary...but that is my take on it.

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I'm a big Pollen fan. I'm an Italian Locovore Smile A world without olive oil or cheese sounds scary to me. I'm a big "everything in moderation" person ~ I was a vegetarian and vegan for years and have found that my body (and soul) are happiest and healthiest when my diet includes meat and cheese. I don't believe in restriction anymore. For us, that means locally sourced and pastured meat, to balance what my/our bodies need and our beliefs surrounding factory farming. It is annoyingly expensive to eat meat that way, I wish that there were cheaper options. Our CSA and orchard share help us stay in local and organic fruits and vegetables from May through November, but it gets a lot harder in the winter months.

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I love my alcohol too. Cheese - love it. Meat - love it.

I am a big moderation person myself which is really what I'm trying to get back to. I am also Italian and would die without my pastas, meats, and cheeses. But again, I'm trying to tie my portion sizes back to something reasonable instead of eating until I feel like I'm going to pop!!!

We also do a CSA during the summer months and I am loving the fresh veggies. We have one more week of delivery on ours and I'll be sad to see it stop until next year.

I'm also trying to slowly get back in to working out to Steph's point. That's why I'm walking and taking the stairs. I'm hoping to officially go workout starting next week.

Steph- I don't really get a lunch. I generally only have time to eat at my desk. If I'm lucky I can squeeze in a 15 or 20 minute walk which I've been doing (except yesterday when I didn't have time). I wish I could do more during the day at work but it's just not possible unless I don't want to get home until 6:30. And that's not a good idea.

I already only get about 6 hours of sleep a night so getting up earlier isn't going to do me any good. I told my DH that I need to try to push my bed time up to 10:30 instead of 11 or 11:30. Ideally I'd like to get up about a 1/2 hour earlier than I do now to fit in some strengh (like crunches, weights) 3 times per week. I'll work up to it though.

So yesterday I was doing freaking awesome!!! I had only consumed approximately 1200 cals by the end of dinner - woot!!! Then my mom came over with a bottle of wine SmileSad Yes, happy and sad! I drank a glass and 3/4 with her while we talked about my DD's crappy science test and talked through some study strategies to help her.

While it was great to sit and talk with her it was also a stupid thing to do. I don't need the alcohol!!! Not only that I didn't get anything else done and now my kitchen is still a wreck! Erg. But it was nice to chat with her so I did get that out of it. My mom irritates the crap out of me but I love her dearly - she's so good with the kids and is such a huge help with their homework. Today's a new day.

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I'll have to get caught up on what everyone is doing to stay healthy, but I figure I'll join in too!!

I need some more motivation. I'm mostly an everything in moderation person. I never watch what I eat. I probably should. Mostly, I do think I need to get more active again. The girls and I do an hour of yoga every day. But I'm lacking in the cardio. I have ****ty arches, so running and I don't get along. I love my bike. I need to get back into the routine. My hubby has a full gym in the basement, but I loathe going down there. I hate working out indoors.

I will say, those primal/paleo diets look interesting. I could never do them fully, but I have been getting into some of the snack ideas lately. My latest fave is kale chips. Amazing!! Surprisingly very good.

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Yum! I love kale chips. I ate a lot of kale while I was in the States this last trip.

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I have never tried Kale chips. Where does one get them? Are they healthy?

Oh, I forgot to mention that I got a new app on my droid. It's called calorie counter by FatSecret. I tried the Sparkpeople but it's to complicated and slow for me. I'm super crazy on the go busy at work and I need something where I don't have to think as much and something that has pre-loaded calories and stats for resteraunts as well. This one is perfect for me.

I liked Sparkpeople except for the slowness and complexity of it. I like Noom but it was too simple - it didn't really store the actual foods I ate. FatSecret is a happy marriage between the two styles. It has a great widget for my home screen too so I can just tap, enter, be done. Loving it.

Kale chips, gotta look into that. Ever heard of Chia seeds? One of my colleagues swears they reduce her cravings for other foods.

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Christina:

Get thee some fresh kale. Tear the kale into chip size pieces and place on a baking sheet. brush with olive oil and your fave seasonings. I like garlic powder and salt. (I know some of that isn't paleo though) Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. They go nice and crispy and are simply addictive!! We did a huge batch at my last girls night last week. A HIT!

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Morning ladies! EPIC FAIL for me last night on Paleo. Lol. I had 2 cocktails. They were oh so good though.

Melissa - I do use olive oil when I cook my meat and I use most seasonings. I eat some of my veggies raw but I steam a lot of them too. Since fire was around back in the day its okay to cook everything. We eat lots of wild game too which is all very lean. This website has great info on it. http://paleodietlifestyle.com/

Those Kale chips sound good! I might have to try. I'm going to Crossfit today at lunch so I'm sure I'll be dead soon.

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Don't feel bad Steph ~I bet cavemen drank some sort of alcohol Smile Those nutty fellows had to have something to entertain them around the fire, no?

I did 30 minutes of stairs (150 flights) and a 60 minute tabata/kettlebell interval workout.

I'm doing terrible with drinking water. Ugh. I also have a goal: I have to get to the store to buy a bathing suit. I don't have any one pieces and I need one. My goal for next summer is to do my first triathlon......I've got the run and the bike portion down, but I need to get in the pool. This is my goal for this winter. I'm dragging my feet on it. I haven't swum laps in like 20 years. Again, ugh.

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