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Switched things up and it’s working!

Whew! I’m relaxing a bit. Trying to find what works for my body. I actually went back to Cycle 1 this past week and decided to LISTEN to what it said about the 17 minutes of exercise (sort of). What I was doing was exercising ALOT… thinking, burn it off, I’ll lose more… and well, maybe I was, but it wasn’t showing up on the scale for me. I know, I know, stop looking at that darn scale! I know I’ll have alot of you thinking that. Especially when I was fitting into new clothes up top (only up top, really) and getting compliments daily… still. BUT, for a daily weigher, it was driving me crazy. So, ever since I heard about that magazine article, I had to do something, because now I have a deadline and I seriously WANT that article!

So, at my place of employment, we have an indoor walking path (mostly due to living in the Northeast and the BITTER cold outdoors necessitating one)… anyway, it involved two floors and two sets of stairs… so even though the idea of walking at work and SWEATING, which isn’t something I ever really wanted to do THERE… I decided, I was going to do it, to ramp up my exercise for this article… and I started up with it. Well, for two days, I was doing that AND then going home and doing my Leslie Sansone walking videos (3 miles) and after 2 days, I really couldn’t walk! So, I re-thought my strategy, and decided, nope… two 15 minute breaks was really enough, especially if I FELT the workout… and an evening off was probably going to be really healthy for my body to recharge itself… and that’s what I’ve been doing this week. I’ve been getting to bed earlier, as well… Drinking lots of water, staying on track with my food, not straying and being consistent. I even took a rest day yesterday and today, I’ll grab a Leslie tape and do a 4 mile workout, just to get a good cardio in, but not do it too late in the day, so I can rest my body. My plan is to do this for the rest of the cycle, then when I add carbs in Cycle 2, ramp up my exercise with my Leslie tapes… but only maybe add in 1 or 2 miles in the afternoons, not much more… and see what that does… and stay consistent… and REST and get that sleep in.

I am going to see what happens.

I’m also going to stretch and use weights in the morning just to get some toning in… although I feel the toning in my legs BIG TIME!

On another note, I was asked to do a fashion show on the 16th of March for a retail store. Just a simple thing, nothing big… but new to me and thought it’d be fun. I went in yesterday and picked out my two outfits to model! How cool is that? If I can take any photos, I’m going to and I’ll post them here. I’m one of 40, so seriously, it’s not a big deal… just something for fun… but it’s a fundraiser for a local place for women and their babies… so it’s a good cause, which is great!

I also went to Goodwill yesterday to find new pants, as mine were getting pretty loose on me and found 2 pair for only 3.99 each! How cool is that? Nice ones for work! And several tops, too. I’m getting quite the stylish wardrobe! I hate pant shopping, but I really took the time to be patient and it paid off… if I pick a day where my patience is not worn thin, I can actually find some pretty good deals there! Perfect for when you are slimming down and don’t want to spend alot of money on the clothes you won’t be wearing too long! 

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Tips that have worked for me while losing the first 122 lbs

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Basically, I’ve kept to a few of the basic principles of the 17 Day Diet plan.  I do have warm lemon water every morning.  Not only do I feel this has helped with the weight loss, but I feel that  it’s helped my skin tremendously!  I have a problem area just under my right jawline.  Used to break out ALL THE TIME.  It’s still got a bit of scarring, actually, but a bit of makeup takes care of it, however, I just do not have the problems with it that I used to have.  I’m so very grateful that it’s cleared up nearly 100%!  

I’m the first to admit that I’m a bit vain.  There are certain things we are happy with when it comes to our appearance.  My hair, I have to admit, I kinda love it.  My fingers, they are long and I love that.  I don’t mind my face.  I’m happy with it.  I love that I’m tall.  I’m 5’10”  I always wanted to be 6′, but I’ll take 5’10”.  Now, there are things I’m not happy with, as are all us women, but I’m ok with these things… Anyway, lemon water, check.  Good with that.

Water.  I LOVE WATER!  I think I carry a bottle with me just about everywhere I go.  Water and Iced Tea.  I once gave up Soda for lent when I was in my early teens.  It was probably the best thing I ever did… Since then… Water and Iced Tea have pretty much been my staple.  I’ve also been pretty blessed that I’m just not that much of a drinker.  The occasional drink I’ll do, but I’ve just never really been a drinker.  I don’t crave it, I sometimes forget I even have it in the room downstairs.  We do buy a few bottles on occasion when we take a drive up to the finger lakes up in New York, but when I say blessed, I’m strictly talking about caloric content here… just it’s so much easier to never have to count liquid calories if you don’t intake them… EVER.  Anyway, back to water… I drink alot of COLD water, which I read that the body takes energy to warm up, and that burns calories to get that energy going… so that’s cool!

Probiotics, two a day.  Love yogurt, so I love getting this in.  I’ve always enjoyed getting some sort of dairy type of food in, so this is a no-brainer for me.  

I do try to get some raw vegetables in.  I read that the body takes more energy to process them and more energy usually means burns more calories, which is always good…. raw carrots is usually my choice.

I eat lots of meals throughout the day… sometimes even more than the 5 or 6 you read about… I sort of just graze… like a cow.  Not necessarily on the weekends… sometimes those get away from me.  Too busy.  It’s so much easier at work when I’m not as actively running around everywhere.

I like to get use of MUFA’s… (MonoUnsaturated Fatty Acid) which I am almost convinced help me lose weight better.  My favorites are:  Olive Oil, Avocado and Dark Chocolate.  I don’t have tons of these (Except the Olive Oil, which is basically in my daily diet), but I do have them from time to time and do feel they help.  

Protein:  I like to have this several times a day… maybe 3, 4 at the most (not in huge quantities) but again, read that your body burns more energy processing it… so therefore burns more calories… 

Plus, I obviously exercise… I try to minimally do 30 minutes at minimum of 5 days a week of cardio and I add toning and firming exercises to that at least 4 days a week.  

From time to time, not all the time, maybe once every couple of months?  I may have a crazy, no holds barred meal.  This has usually been followed by a HUGE, INSANE loss!