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Get Off Your Broom Week 5 Check-In and Week 6 Challenges

Ugh. That is how I really felt this past week went. My will-power bottomed out and I pretty much gorged on candy. Or I feel like I did. Looking back, I seemed to have managed to keep it to about a 3 piece per day average. I didn’t do that today. I will get to that later.

My measurements:

Only doing weight this week: 165.6 (-6.4 lbs!!!!)

Week 5 Challenges:

1. Exercise 5 Days

  • Sunday: None
  • Monday: Walked a lot trick-or-treating. Our neighborhood is hilly and we were out for a long time.
  • Tuesday: Ran
  • Wednesday: Cardio and weight machines
  • Thursday: Ran
  • Friday: None (drove to Oregon)
  • Saturday: Walking
I did 5 days of exercise!
2. Eat more fruit and veggies. I didn’t do as well on this as I would have liked. I did make vegetarian stuffed squash on Thursday. It was delicious.
3. Drink more water. I definitely did better on this. I just need to remember to keep water near me and I will drink it.
Week 6 Mini-Challenge
“Health goes way beyond whether or not you are skinny and muscular. So my challenge to you this week is to research the added health benefits of exercise and eating right. If you are struggling like I am, learning these bonus benefits can be very motivating. Do you have diabetes or depression that needs controlled? Are you overwhelmed by stress? Do you just want to be happier or have more self confidence? Do you want to attract a hot guy? Do you want to look good for a special event? How will getting in shape affect your entire life? Make a list of all of these added benefits and POST THEM WHERE YOU CAN SEE THEM EVERY DAY!”
I will do this and write about it later. This is giving me some fuel for thought…
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Get Off Your Broom Week 4 Check-in and Week 5 Challenges

First, measurements!

Before:

Weight: 172
Hips: 43″
Waist: 39″
Chest: 42.5″
Thighs: 23″
Arms: 12″

Now:

Weight: 167.2 (-4.8)
Hips: 43″ (no change)
Waist: 38″ (-1″)
Chest: 41.5″ (-1″)
Thighs: 21″ (-2″)
Arms: 11″ (-1″)

It would appear that I am melting! meeellllting! Slowly, but the numbers are there! W00t! I was actually a little worried about this week. I came down with a cold and it really knocked me for a loop. I basically had no exercise after Wednesday. However, this will change this week (due to one of the challenges and one of my own mini-goals). I am feeling better now and have no excuse to at least go for a walk. I get lazy when I get sick, but the last time I tried to run before I was recovered, I ended up with bronchitis. My lungs take forever to really recover from a cold. I will be running this week, but very slowly.

Incorporating my Pagan values was a huge help. Whenever I really wanted to eat something deliciously bad for me, I would remind myself that my body is a temple and meditate on that for a few seconds. The craving would usually just go away.

Week 5 Challenges

“There will be three mini-challenges this week, which will appear simple. The reality is that they may be simple but they are not easy. They will take a lot of willpower and some planning ahead to stick with. Now that we have observed our habits and started to change them, it’s time to work on making them consistent. Remember, these mini-challenges are always optional.

Part 1 is to exercise at least five days this week. (At first I wrote “five times this week”, but if you are like me you would take this literally and cheat. Oh I did Zumba for and walked the dog today. That’s two times so I only have to do three more times this week.Nope, we should to be exercising almost every day. )

Part 2 is to eat more fruits and vegetables, or in other words a more plant based diet. Maybe you aren’t going for the goal of a vegetarian diet like I am, but studies show that even if you are a meat eater more fruits and vegetables helps weight loss. (But don’t cheat and eat a bunch of potato chips and french fries and count that as vegetables.)

Part 3 is to drink plenty of water every day. I’m not going to suggest that you drink 8 glasses every day because I honestly don’t know how any does that. I’ve also researched it and no one actually has a clear answer on why 8 was the definitive number. A good rule that I have heard is to drink one glass of water with every meal and snack that you have.” From The Domestic Pagan
Part 1
I have already scheduled some sort of exercise Mon – Sat. I did cardio and weights today and will be running tomorrow. I am leaving on Friday for a small family vacation, but managed to think ahead as to what type of exercise I can do before we leave and while I am there. One of my personal goals for this week is to make it to at least 1 class at my gym. So far I have been mostly doing the elliptical machines, weights, and treadmills.
Part 2
Yikes. I do not know why I have so much trouble getting fruits and veggies into my diet. This will be a goal I am going to be working on for the rest of this challenge.
Part 3
I already try to keep a glass of water at hand everywhere I go. I will drink it if it is handy. I will forget about it if it is not.

Get Off Your Broom Week 3 Check-in & Week 4 Challenge

Week 3

I really struggled with Week 3. I had such intense sugar cravings that did not seem to want to go away. Even when I gave in to them. They just hung around. Funny that the Week 3 Challenge was to find out about what causes cravings… I’m going to go with my body starting to get ready to return to its cycles. At least for those cravings. I have no idea what else they could have been. My body has been threatening to restart its periods for a few weeks now. Up until this week, it has mostly been severe cramping. My son is almost 1, so it is getting close to time to restart.

For a really great blog on food cravings, I recommend checking out The Domestic Pagan’s post for this week’s check-in. She found some great info and articles. I feel so lazy now.

I actually did pretty good with exercise. I didn’t get as much weight-lifting in as I would like (as in none at all), but I got in a good bit of running and discovered that I am now averaging about 2 miles in the same time that I had been doing 1.7 miles. I also made sure to walk as much as I could.

Now for the measurement:

Weight: 168.0
-.4 this week
-4.0 total!

I will be doing my other measurements next week. I think they will be pretty good. I have noticed some things fitting differently and my belt is loose on me now… I might need to find a new one.

Week 4 Challenge

“There will be two parts to this week’s challenge.

Part 1: How balanced is your diet? Are you eating healthy, wholesome natural foods or are you simply eating less crap than before? If I’m honest with myself and you folks, I know my answer is that I am simply eating less crap.

A balanced diet, despite what the food pyramid tells you, won’t actually look the same for everyone. (I know, I’m no nutritionalist but the common food pyramid was created by the United States Department of Agriculture not the health department.) If you are diabetic or a vegan, a balanced diet is going to look a lot different for you than for someone who is eating a more traditionally balanced diet. I am striving for a mostly vegetarian diet so I look to the vegetarian food pyramid for guidance.

Part 2: In the previous post, I wrote about how I’ve been struggling to make this fitness challenge more “witchy.” If we do do things witchy all the time like Magaly says, then making a fitness challenge more witchy shouldn’t be hard, right? What can you do to combine your spirituality and practice with your diet and fitness regimen? Some suggestions include using the witches pyramid (to know, to will, to dare, to be silent), to use the elements to balance your diet and fitness routine, base your diet on the Wiccan Rede (to harm none), or to do ritual or magick to aid you. Can you tell I’ve put some thought into it already?”
From The Domestic Pagan

Part 1

I have to be honest. I’m with The Domestic Pagan. I’m eating less crap. I am working on eating more balanced. MyFitnessPal actually helps with that. During the day, I can actually see what nutrients I am lacking in my diet. I am also working on creating a weekly menu. I like to use the Alli website to help with this. I tried using Alli a couple of years ago and was actually pretty successful. I don’t care for the pill thingies so much, but I LOVE their recipes and how you can plan an entire week (or more) with their website. Most of the recipes create single servings and are easy to make. For dinner, I will double the recipe so my husband can enjoy it also. His favorites are the vegetarian stuffed squash and the vegetarian stuffed peppers. Anyway, this is a great challenge and I look forward to working with it.

Part 2

I once read (I am pretty sure it was in a Buckland book) that we need to consider our bodies as temples. They are a gift from the God and Goddess and we should take care of them in respect to that. We should be careful of what we put into our temple. This is a concept that I can easily combine with the Part 1 Challenge.
I can use my cooking time to put in loving and healthy thoughts into my food. I have a penchant for kitchen witchery, this would be a natural way for me to hone that skill and to add a bit of “witchyness” to every meal.
I may also do a bit of spellwork to help me with willpower…

Frak it.

Today will be my “bad” day. I had the most intense cravings for chocolate and nothing helped. Not even chocolate. I gave in, hoping to quell the weird need for it, but I still wanted chocolate. I should change that to “want.” I still want chocolate. I just drank a bunch of water and having a full belly seems to be helping. How bizarre. Usually if I get a craving like that, it will go away if I give in to it or if I just ignore it. Oh well. Hopefully it will be gone tomorrow lol.

I haven’t been very good about exercising lately. I have been walking a lot, but I haven’t been getting in my running or weights. I hope to be able to go running tomorrow morning. I am also hoping it will be nice enough that I can go to the animal shelter to get a running buddy. I do enjoy running with a dog.

On a similar note, I did take Sol to the shelter today to walk a dog. Sammi and I took a spill while walking near the river. The puppy we were walking got a little upset, circled us, then curled up in my lap. I think he was really worried about Sammi and kept trying to lick his face. Such a good pup. His name is Alpha Romero and he is an Australian Shepherd. He was only 4 months old. I couldn’t figure out what he was doing in the shelter. He is a good natured little guy and absolutely beautiful. I will not be surprised if he gets a new home before this week is up.

That is pretty much it for now. Just wanted to post a quick update before going to sleep.

Get Off Your Broom Week 2 Review & Week 3 Challenge

Recap of Week 2:

Weight: 168.4
-1.6 lbs!
-3.6 lbs total

I definitely did better with the stress, emotional, bored eating. However, I did break my fast on fast food and ice cream. I just needed a cheeseburger sooo badly. The ice cream was part of a malt I had in Seattle when I took my son for a doc appointment. No reason for it, but DAMN it was so freaking good. I haven’t had a malt in years. The calories alone were more than twice my daily allowance, but it was worth it. I did walk for about 2 hours (carrying an 11-month-old the whole time) to help burn some of that off. I did pretty good with the exercising. I love my new gym! I did 20 minutes in the cardio theater and didn’t even notice lol. I was sweaty, but really enjoying the movie. I also did my first ever stint at running on a treadmill for my C25K program. The steady pace did help me to go farther than I do on trails, but I think I do prefer to run outside.

Thinking on the subject of emotional eating seemed to help me curb those cravings caused by emotional, stress, and boredom factors. Other than the milkshake, I actually did pretty decently with the eating last week.

Week 3 Challenge

“This is going to have two parts. Remember it is always optional. Part 1 will be about investigating the cravings that we have that aren’t due to emotional eating. Why do we have a sudden craving for something sweet or salty that just seems to come out of the middle of nowhere? Should we give in to these cravings or suffer through them?

Part 2 has to do with body measurements. If you have not yet started keeping track of your measurements, I want you to buy or borrow a measuring tape and start! Keeping track of your weight is helpful but not always a true gauge of achievements. My week 2 results are proof of this.” From The Domestic Pagan
Part 1
I’ve been thinking about this. Sometimes I think that a craving is there for a reason. You might need more salt, protein, gluten, carbs, fat, whatever. I really do believe that our bodies let us know these things. I also believe that if you are craving something that is not especially good for you, try doing something else to distract yourself (go for a walk or drink water – sometimes reading the nutritional info on whatever I want also helps). If the craving goes away, you didn’t really need it. If it remains, give in to it, but try to be responsible. Don’t eat the whole tub of ice cream. Measure out a half cup of ice cream, then top it off with nuts & fruit (pineapple + coconut is super yummy on ice cream).
Part 2
I mentioned before that I will really do body measurements the first Saturday of each month. You are all lucky I am even weighing myself each week lol. Yes, it is important to keep track of the other measurements, but I am not going to do them every week.

Get Off Your Broom Week 2

Week 1 Overview

Ok. My first week did not go too well. I did alright with the food. No fast food and no ice cream. However, I did have a few breakdowns with chocolate. I will be discussing this issue a bit further down. I also had a horrible 24 hour flu or food poisoning thing. I spent my Thursday running for the bathroom and for a while I actually stayed in the bathroom curled up on the floor. It was painful and awful.

Measurements:

I decided that I would only be doing weight on a weekly basis. I will do the other measurements on the first Saturday of each month.

Weight: 170 lbs.

-2 lbs!

Week 2 Challenge

“This weeks mini-challenge is to research ways to take control of your emotional eating. First you need to identify when you emotionally eat. Remember the 5 W’s from English class: who, what, when, where, why? Who are you eating with, what are you eating, when are you eating it, where are you eating it, and why are you eating it. Once you’ve done that think of things to do instead of eat. If you need to, do some research on the Internet or read some books on the subject. Then in next week’s check-in, report on what you learned, especially what you learned about yourself!” From The Domestic Pagan.

I am an emotional eater. I am also a bored eater. I also eat because I very much enjoy food. Now on to identifying my bad eating habits:

Who: If I emotionally eat, it is alone. Almost as if what I am doing is shameful.

What: Hmmm. Lately it seems to be candy bars (mostly cuz that is what is around). I will scrounge around until I find something sweet: granola bars, chocolate chips, licorice, ice cream, banana bread, pumpkin bread, and so on.

When: Usually when everyone else is asleep. As I mentioned above, I eat like this when no one else is around.

Where: Home

Why: To the meat of the subject. Why? How about I just concentrate on this week. The week started off with a pretty awful letter from a family member. I took my youngest to Seattle Children’s Hospital for follow-up appointments and more blood work. I tried to go to the gym: drove 30 minutes to get there, couldn’t get any exercising in because Sammi would not stop crying, got really frustrated on the way home. I got that horrible stomach thing that I think I passed on to Sam today (his symptoms are more mild than mine were, thankfully). These were the abnormal stressors this week. I also have my normal ones associated with household care: laundry, dirty cloth diapers, what to make for dinner, shopping for dinner, keeping the kids on schedule, cleaning house, etc.
I suppose, looking at the way my weeks normally go, and the way this one was, I think I stress eat alone because that is the time I enjoy for myself. And the time I want to have enjoyment. I enjoy food.

This week, I am going to find a replacement for my alone time food. Maybe carrots with hummus/half apple with peanut butter/slice of cheese/etc. and a cup of herbal tea. Peet’s Xiao’s Blend is one of my favorite teas and would be a perfect choice before bed. I also think it is important to have something with protein before bed, hence the hummus, peanut butter, and cheese choices. I am also going to work on a menu for the week. I may start putting up a menu next week as I need to work with the household to figure out dinner choices. I am also going to get better about my exercising. I was ill last week, so I need to be sure to keep it up this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Mid-Week Update

Until today, I had done well with my meal plan. Today… I just couldn’t seem to resist chocolate. One day of indulgence isn’t too bad. I just need to be sure to control my impulses for the rest of the week. I am looking forward to my run tomorrow. I wasn’t able to run on Tuesday. We had doctors’ appointments and Sammi needed more blood work done. Bleh. However, I did walk all around Pike Street Market. If you haven’t been there, it is a huge place. It was my first time seeing it. I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t that lol. I enjoyed myself and Sammi seemed pretty interested in all the goings-ons as well.

I have changed gyms. I decided it was not worth my time to drive all the way out to my old gym only to get in maybe 10 minutes before the nursery calls me in to take care of Sam. My new gym has all the same classes, is nearly $40 less per month, is 5 minutes from my house (rather than 30 minutes), and I can receive passes to visit other gyms across the country (will be handy when I visit my bro and mom in December). I will miss the indoor track. A treadmill really isn’t the same as running on the ground. However, I haven’t even been going to the gym to run. I have been going to the animal shelter walking paths. So, I think it all works out. If the weather is really too poor for me to run outside, I can use a treadmill every once in a while.

 

Get Off Your Broom Week One Challenges

OK. Today was the first day of the fitness challenge. I feel like I did very well. Now to see if I can keep it up. I ate fairly healthy and logged everything in MyFitnessPal. My nutrition was mostly on target, except for sodium. I’m not too worried about the salt as I usually have very little salt. I also went jogging today.

Now for the challenges:

Challenge One

A Picture. Eek. I am going to have to post this later since my camera needs charging. I will do this tomorrow.

 

Challenge Two

Measurements:

Weight: 172
Hips: 43″
Waist: 39″
Chest: 42.5″
Thighs: 23″
Arms: 12″

 

Challenge 3

 Make a plan.

Exercise plan: I will jog 3 days a week, weights 1 – 2 times per week, and a class at the gym at least 1 day per week (yoga, pilates, BodyPump, BodyCombat, etc.).

Eating plan: I am still breastfeeding, so will need to be sure to keep up my calories, but not overdo the calories. So a healthy 1500 – 2000 calories per day. Stressing the healthy. I am totally cutting fast food out of my diet. I don’t like it anyway. Ice cream is also cut. I believe I posted about my reasons for that. Now, I do know myself and my addiction to sugar. I will allow myself 2 unhealthy dessert-like snacks per week. If I can keep up with that, I will lower that to 1 per week before the challenge is over.
This will also be a good way for me to try two new recipes per week. Yay!
Oh, I also wanted to mention the MyFitnessPal will also help me to keep track of my nutrition to make sure that I eat what I need to in order to keep a healthy diet.

Goal: My ultimate goal is to get down to 135. For this 3 month program, I will be happy to lose 10 lbs (162) and 1 – 2 dress sizes.

Hey! How’s that running thing goin’ fer ya?

Not so well at the moment. I will be going tomorrow morning. In fact, I will be heading to the animal shelter to pick up a running buddy for my 30 min jog. I’m looking forward to that. I have completed Week 1 of C25K (again) and will be starting in on Week 2 tomorrow. On Friday, I think I will do a BodyPump class. It’s been a while, so I will most likely be unable to move for the rest of the weekend hehe. Too bad for my body that I will be forcing myself to get out and run on Saturday as a way of celebrating Day 1 of the Get Off Your Broom Fitness Challenge.

I was trying to prepare myself for the fitness challenge this week by getting back into the habit of eating healthier. I failed last night with ice cream and today with a candy bar. Ugh. However, I did discover that ice cream, while it is one of my weaknesses, really makes me feel like crap afterwards. I don’t mean that as in I am berating myself for losing willpower. I mean I really feel yucky. I get headaches, lose energy, and start to feel sluggish. So, I have told my family to not buy me anymore ice cream. I can control myself if the ice cream belongs to someone else, but once I am told that a pint (or 2) was purchased just for me… forget willpower.

The reactions to ice cream actually really bother me. If I could find my blood sugar testing kit, I would start testing myself regularly again. I am starting to suspect that I am type 2.

Oh! I have found my vegetarian cookbook! I can now finish posting the recipes I had made from it. I will also start making and posting recipes from another cookbook, Madhur Jaffrey’s World-of-the-East Vegetarian Cooking as soon as my oven is fixed. Or replaced. Whatever. The landlady needs to get on that. I keep having to remember that I can’t just pop things in the oven. It’s frustrating. Today was supposed to have been a bread baking day… Oh well. Patience is a virtue. Or so they say.

Get Off Your Broom! Fitness Challenge

I have just signed up for a fitness challenge that I am hoping will keep me motivated to eat with moderation and to remember to exercise during the winter months. I’m not a very competitive person, but this sounded like it could be fun. I also believe it will make me keep up with my routine better.

A fellow Wiccan blogger, The Domestic Pagan, is hosting this challenge. She has named it cleverly “Get Off Your Broom” and it is a 3 month health and fitness contest. I will be posting about it as I go along with it.

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