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Saturday, April 28, 2012

This is round #19 of the BLC and it's my second time participating. This time, I am an Amazon. An Amber Amazon Warrior. Our first challenge is to Write It, Move It and Plan It. So far today, I'm on a roll. So now I have to put together a plan for the next 12 weeks.
Here it is:
Nutritionally, I'm going to focus on keeping my fruit and veggie intake high. (5+ servings/day). I'm going to continue consuming a minimum of 64 ounces of water a day. I'm also switching Roo to formula (not challenge related, it's just time) so I'm going to work towards reducing my calories to the 1860 that SP recommends.

Physically, I'm going to continue to run three times a week. I'm training for the Scotiabank HM on May 27, 2012. Consistency is key. I intend to add ST and Yoga to my schedule and, I hope, will do at least one class at GoodLife per week. BodyPump & BodyFlow are such awesome classes.

Emotionally, I'm going to work on NOT eating emotionally. I'm not a "I'm so sad, I should eat a box of Oreos" kind of eater. I'm a "if I don't eat that box of Oreos, I'm going to kick someone in the face" kind of eater. In other words, an angry eater. I still can't figure out what my brain thinks that will solve but it takes me from the peak of anger to "Ahhhh" very quickly. From now on, I'll be trying some deep-breathing exercises and leaving the chocolate & potato chips alone.

So, to recap:
- Eat right and within calories
- Keep running as I have been, add yoga and strength training
- Find a better way to deal with my anger. Food is not the answer.

Hopefully, if I do all this, I'll lose 5% of my current body weight (136.5) in the next twelve weeks. FYI, that's 6.8 pounds. We'll call it 7 just for fun.
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    Good plan! Watch those lbs fly away.
    3183 days ago
    Great plan! I haven't conquered emotional eating, but less sugar and processed food, and more exercise have reduced it. I really admire your running plan, especially with a baby.
    3186 days ago
    As an emotional eater myself, I can add this:

    It doesn't matter which emotions trigger us to overeat, and it's never going to make rational sense. Unconsciously, we are just using the feelings as an excuse to overeat.

    So, we can do two things to break the pattern. First, we can take care of ourselves so that we don't get too "Hungry-Angry-Lonely-Tired." In twelve step groups, they call this the "Rule of H.A.L.T."

    Secondly -- since we can't stop ourselves from having feelings, obviously -- we need to break the conditioned response in our heads that says: "oooh! I'm feeling that feeling again, so I better overeat!" With whatever behavior modification we decides works for us, we need to have an emergency plan ready to deal with that thought. Whether it's to drink water, or to exercise, or to journal/talk about the feelings till they pass -- whatever works for us should be our "go to" plan of action when those thoughts pop up.

    Of course, I could say "easier said than done!"
    3186 days ago
    Love the plan........and I know you can do this! I would never thought I'd be saying this, but having given up a lot of processed foods and sugar in general recently, I think Jan is may be on to something. I'm amazed at how different my body chemistry feels and reacts right now.......................

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    3186 days ago
  • FABAT402009

    Great plan and look forward to being on this journey of wellness with you over the next 12 weeks.
    3186 days ago
    Good plan!! Is it maybe more a "sugar addiction" than anything else. So many of us are SA's and don't even realize it. Think about giving up all white stuff first - the first 3 days are KILLER, but you will feel so much better. That carb cloud lifts and the world looks so different. Just a thought!
    3186 days ago
    Definitely a frustrated eater here, but I think CASSIOEPIA makes a good point about frustration and anger.
    3186 days ago
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    You go Amazon Woman!

    I think that I am not an anger eater, as much as a frustration eater (frustrated because I get angry), so I think they are very similar. Maybe we need professional help!
    3186 days ago
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