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Friday, October 23, 2009

Hot 100 -- Third Update! And a new Award!

Steve over at Log My Loss is trying to help us stay focused and motivated during these last 100 days of 2009. Visit his blog and check out his motivation for Monday posted this week -- awesome! Steve is the man! Thanks, Steve

Here's my Hot 100 goals and how I did since my last report:

Exercise a minimum of 5 hours per week - As I posted earlier this week, I sucked ass at logging my food and exercise this past week. I have already turned that around! I have really been enjoying the autumn walks. A combination of having lost weight coupled with the cooler temperatures makes for less sweating and makes breathing easier.

Eat foods rich in omega-3s at least 3 times a week - I nailed this one again too.

Complete all three months of the ChaLEAN Extreme fitness program: Well, this will take another 8 weeks, but so far, so good. This program guides you in using heavier weights with proper form. I LOVE THIS!

Consume at least 5 fruits and veggies per day - I did it!

Eat 5-6 small meals per day - I improved on this over last week. I was hungier for some reason so was able to do it without a prob.

I mentioned a month or so ago that I thought I needed to give up artificial sweeteners because of the symptoms I was having. Well, I was one of those people who was constantly drinking crystal light or diet coke or coffee. I ALWAYS had a can, bottle, glass or cup in my hand. Once I gave up the aspartame I became conscious of just how much I was drinking sweet-tasting stuff constantly, day and night.

On this vein--I have a small victory to report! I simply can't give up my morning cup of coffee and I tried Stevia -- quite frankly -- YUCK! It tastes bitter to me. So I decided to have one, maybe two cups of coffee per day prepared as I like it, and drink water the rest of the time.

So every morning I have one or two cups with real sugar and real cream! YES! And ya know what? Not only did it NOT affect my weight loss but I lost MORE from my waist this past month than I did previously.

So this goes to show that we can consume just about anything in moderation and still lose weight. We just have to stick to the planned amount and not go beyond that. I am so proud that I can do this in moderation! It is a huge accomplishment for me!

I work from a home office and the deadly part of that is that my kitchen is always just a short walk away. I used to drink coffee by the POT and would often make a second pot of decaf in the afternoon and down that too-- and I like it light and sweet. I bet I was consuming 1,000 calories a day just by what I put in my coffee and how much of it I drank.

Anyway, this wasn't part of the Hot 100 but it is an accomplishment I am proud of so I thought I would include it.

I am honored to have received another award for my blog. I wish to thank Helen and Sandra for this Cat's Meow award. Of course, I will pass this on! You don't have to do anything in particular when you receive this award, and of course, you can pass it on!

If I read or comment on your blog, consider this award bestowed upon your amazing self and post it on your blog with my gratitude for sharing your journey with the rest of us. But I did want to mention a few recipients by name, as with the last time, I tried to focus on people who don't already have the award so that we all feel loved. LOL

Patsy over at Musings on a 100+ Weight Loss Journey

Kiki over at Overhauling Me

Greta over at Big Bottom Blogger

Steve over at Who Ate My Blog?

Josh over at A Personal Journey of Fitness and Fat Loss

Ron over at Ron is Getting Healthy

Becca over at THE FINISH LINE

Ok, I could be here all day listing people. Spread the love my friends! Thank people for putting themselves out there and sharing the ups and downs of their journey! I realize the guys don't always like to display these awards, but, that's ok, I'm giving it to you anyway.

I've been super busy and a little stressed but this coming week looks like things may ease up a bit, at least temporarily.


  1. Thank you for my award and mention! :o)

    I'm curious about your ChaLEAN Extreme workout... Think I'll google that in a moment and see if it's available in the UK...

    Congrats on your progress with the Hot 100!

    You know, it's scary to think how many 'hidden' calories we could consume in a day... I wonder how many of us don't count beverages? I'm extremely virtuous so I ALWAYS do... ;o) But... If calories were not a problem I'd load my coffee with proper cream (not that rubbish powdery stuff) and brown sugar because it tastes LUSH like that... Instead, I have it with skimmed milk and I've cut down from two artificial sweeteners to one. Ideally, I'd cut them out altogether and I'm only have one or two cans of diet coke per week instead of one or two litres per day!

    Moderation is definitely the key and it's the way we're going to keep all the weight we've lost off for good!

  2. THANK YOU!! :) So sweet of you to mention by page! You are always an inspiration, and I love following your progress notes. Artificial sweetners are so bad for you and your hormones and digestive system, and I am not a huge Stevia lover either, so I kind of did a version of what you are talking about where I drink my first cup with brown sugar and skim milk, and then the following 2 cups I drink black (then water...eventually)

  3. Woo hoo for passing the love on!

    I don't like Stevia either - at all.

    I think you're doing great on your personal challenges - you don't quit and you keep trying to improve. That's all anyone could ask.

  4. Hi Lori-Ann. Wow! You're hitting a lot of goals! Well done. The motivation of goal setting is obviously working for you.

    Drinking too much coffee messes with your blood sugar so it's good to have a smaller quantity.

    Hope you're having a great Friday,
    Bearfriend xx

  5. You are doing great! It's wonderful to read your great, positive, bubbly attitude.

    Eating 5-6 meals a day does help ... a lot. I've had lots of success with this.

  6. WOW, thanks for my first award! It was VERY much needed today! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Wow, you totally rocked your goals for this ten day period! Woot!

    BTW, thanks for the video plug - I have Monday's already planned out. I think it is going to be the best one yet.

  8. Thanks for the award!!! I totally agree with your statement "So this goes to show that we can consume just about anything in moderation and still lose weight". The problem I have is that their are many foods that I can not control myself and eat in moderation, so I tend to stay away from them.

  9. Hope all is well. Look forward to your next post! :o)



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