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February Update and March Goal

Well I did okay with the February goal but I had trouble getting out of bed in the morning. I did my night time routine – no tv/computer after 9pm, bath and reading- 26 out of 28 nights. I was in bed before 10pm on 25 nights out of 28. However I only got up and moving by 6am on 11 out of 28 days.

I’m not sure what to do to get myself out of bed in the morning. It is just dark and cold and I’d rather stay in bed. Hopefully with Spring coming it will get easier to get out of bed in the morning.

I probably should work on adding some kind of exercise to my day or sticking to a maximum daily calorie count but I’m not ready nfor the kind of commitment. Instead I’ve decided to work on something else that will improve my health, drinking water. Almost everyone recommends that you get at least 64 ounces of water a day. I’m lucky if I get 32 ounces each day and since I don’t drink anything else, I’m sure my body needs more liquids. I decided to try to increase by one glass each week.

After the weekend I’ve realized that I need to have some kind of plan to help me get into the habit of drinking more than just a few sips here and there. I have a hard time trying to drink a full 8 ounce glass at one time. I’ve been using a five ounce glass and can usually finish it off with my meals. Now I need to add it to snack and other times to get my total up where I want it to be.

What’s your goal for this month??

Fitness Friday

Here is my latest update for the 100 Day Challenge

getting to bed by 10 pm  15 out of 26

taking at least 15,000 steps   17 out of 26

Zumba class  3 out of 3

exercise  5 out of 9

less than `1800 calories   9 out of 15

pounds to lose   8.8

average daily steps   16,889

I have been increasing my walks which is helping my step counts. I had 2 slip up days with my calorie counting. One was just a few calories over but the other one was a major fall off the wagon. I do not have will power and I should not buy candy with the thought that I will ration it out over a period of time. I can only buy what I want to eat at the moment. Now to try to remember that when I am at the store!!

Only one late night this week but also only one exercise session. Want to do better this next week in both of those categories.

Very pleased with my weight loss. Hope to keep the streak going and hit 3 weeks in a row. We’ll see how it goes.

What have you done to get fit lately?

Tidbit Tuesday

Here are the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

I went to see  The Perks of Being a Wallflower with the girl this weekend. It was quite an experience. Brought back depressing  memories of my high school years(did anyone really enjoy highschool?). Of course, there is so much more that today’s teenagers have to deal with. I’m so glad I am past that stage but I worry how my children will handle these years.

The girl feels a bit like Charlie – an outsider looking in. Feeling like she doesn’t quite fit in or measure up to the others. Why is it so hard for some people to see the great things inside themselves? What can a parent do to help??

I’m really struggling today with my calorie limit. Yesterday I had no problem but today all I can think about is food. This is truly tough for me.

We did quite a bit in the orchard part of the garden this week.  The mulch and weed fabric have broken down and the weeds took over. I did not keep up with them in the summer and now there are tons of them everywhere. I’m pulling everything up and dumping it. Then I’m going to put down more weed fabric and some soil and plant some ground cover seeds. I’m trying to decide between microclover or thyme or a mix of both.

I’m slowly getting organized and getting the paperwork off the desk and where it needs to be.

How about you? What have you been up to lately?

Fitness Friday

Another horrible  week!!

pounds to lose 12

daily average steps 15,273

But at least I’ve learned where I’m getting into trouble. It’s in my eating habits. There was a time when I was measuring/weighing every bite I put in my mouth. Then I started to just “eyeball” things and now I’ve gotten way off the mark.  I’m thinking I’m eating one serving when I’m actually eating one and a half or two.

According to the calculator on one of those fitness/nutrition sites(which I can’t remember ) I have a dailyneed for 1290 calories. If I’m doing some form of  exercise daily  I can go up to 1775 calories. This week I have been eating between 2000 and 2500 calories a day. That is an excess of anywhere from 1575 to 5075 calories a week. That translates into .45 to 1.45 pounds gained in a week.

Obviously, I need to do some serious revamping of the diet. I want to come up with some meals that I can have and know exactly what the calorie counts are. I want to come up with some snacks that will fill me up and keep me satisfied.

I will also need to pick up the pace when it comes to exercising. Maybe doing some riding on the stationary bike or try to increase my speed while I’m walking.

There are 95 days to go in my hundred day challenge, here’s how I’m doing so far.

-Take a least 15000 steps per day  4/5

-Write down what I eat and see how much I’m taking in to help me create a daily calorie goal – I will try to limit myself to 1800 and up my activity level and hope that will work  new daily calorie goal is 1800

-Zumba class once a week  1/1

-Start doing some exercises for my arms, abs and legs will try to do this 3 times/week – have done twice so far this week

-Get to bed by 10 pm every day  1/5

Obviously I have my work cut out for me. Here’s hoping I will have a much better report next week. Have a great weekend.

Tidbit Tuesday

Here are the random thoughts rambling around in my head today…

If you are following along from the last Fitness Friday post you should know that on my very first day I blew the challenge. I stayed up late, I only walked a little over 5000 steps and I was at a church luncheon and then went to the Olive Garden for dinner(to celebrate my anniversary) so I definitley wasn’t watching what I had to eat. But yesterday was a new day and things went much better. Now to keep on doing the right stuff!!

Also, I did follow through with yesterday’s task and decided on a quilt project to work on. I will be making a 6 inch block with a Halloween or harvest theme. Hopefully I can get it done before Halloween comes and goes.

Still a ton to do in the garden – need to prioritize what must get done and what I’d like to get done.

Has been in the upper 40’s in the mornings – definitely speeds my walking along. I’m not quite ready to bring out the sweaters, coats,hats, etc. Expecting some rain off and on this week, not sure how much time I’ll have to be outside.

Kids will be home tomorrow and I think we’ll do some baking. I’d like to have some muffins in the freezer so I can pull them out whenever I want.

Be back on Thursday – have a great day

Fitness Friday – a day late

I tried to post yesterday but it got lost in the internet pending file I guess.  It  was not a good week.

pounds to lose  11.6  yes I went up again

daily step average 15025

I walked more, did a few(ok, a very  few) ab and arm exercises and went to Zumba class. It appears that I need to do more walking and definitely more exercises. I think I need to put a bit more effort into Zumba as well. It is cooler now and I didn’t sweat as much this week – perhaps the sweat was due to the heat and not the exercise.

I would like to think that the weight gain was due to increased muscle mass but clearly that is not so. Instead I must put the blame on the Aldi version of Nutella – I love Nutella but buy it infrequently due to the cost(and the fact that I have no will power). This week I saw a Nutella-like spread and decided to try it and see how it compared.  Bad move – it was gone in 3 days. I know better – I know I have no will power and shouldn’t even buy stuff like that- but I did it anyway.

There are 100 days left in this year and I’m going to buckle down and really work at getting  rid of this weight.  11.6 pounds translates to 186 ounces. That  means I need to lose less than a pound( 14 ounces to be precise) a week – I should – no I will do my best to hit that goal.

How to make it happen??

-Take a least 15000 steps per day

-Write down what I eat and see how much I’m taking in to help me create a daily calorie goal

-Zumba class once a week

-Start doing some exercises for my arms, abs and legs

-Get to bed by 10 pm every day

I may add more later but I’m going to start with these and  work to meet them consistently.

Wish me luck  – I will surely need it and will definitely appreciate  it!

Fitness Friday

pounds to lose  10.8

daily step average 12007

Really disappointed that I went back up again. I can’t seem to make any progress on the weight loss.  I really need to get serious about weighing what I’m eating and watching my calorie counts. I’ve been doing more moving around so I should be burning more calories unless I’m eating more than I think. I hate to record my food but I think it is the only way for me to get the scale moving down.

Zumba was okay. I’m definitely sweating a ton during the hour. I’m getting the hang of the steps but I do still get mixed up some times.

Maybe I’ll get motivated and do some kind of exercise this weekend. We’ll see how it goes.

Tidbit Tuesday

I have so many thoughts in my head today …

We got another Subaru to replace the one that got totaled 2 weeks ago. It is a 2001 with 80,000 miles on it. DH has decided that we will get off-street parking put in before the year is over.

Have started to do some planting and have a bunch more to do.  The veggies will go in later today. Put down some mulch but still need to do a lot more.  Things look good – it appears that the frost did not damage things too badly.

Kiddos are home and don’t want to be. They would like to be out and about. However most of the things they want to do cost money and that is in short supply right now. Will need to build up the emergency fund again.

Still need to take care of the taxes – there is so much paperwork to collect. I’m glad I’m not the one who has to figure out all the schedules/deductions/etc.

Have read several books lately – need to update that list. Why does it seem like the more I do, the more I find I have to do??

I’m back to counting calories – we’ll see if that can help me shape up some. It is annoying to write stuff down and look up the calories. Sometimes that helps because I won’t eat something due to the work involved.

Want to finish up the laundry and then get outside. It is another gorgeous day here in PA. Hope it is nice wherever you are. I’ll try to be back on Thursday.

Fitness Friday

No movement on the scale today. Did take a lovely walk with a friend and a bike ride with my hubby this week but not much else. Need to get more intense with my working out.

  I think I need to go back to tracking what I eat. That seemed to help me do a bit better.  Wish it wasn’t so hard to give up eating goodies. I try not to keep any in the house but I end up going to the store and buying some anyway.

Fitness Friday

Lost another pound! Hope I can keep this up. It is nice to see this type of movement on the scale. I have been walking again but I think it is the calorie counting/recording that is really helping. Also helps that there is someone in the house all the time. Hard to eat junk when someone else is around.  Went out to dinner tonight – that may make it hard to record today’s calories. We’ll see how it goes.

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