Stepping Stones Week 12 – Others Are Noticing

     Do you remember seeing this statement at the beginning of the year? How exciting is it to be at week 12 and know that the changes we are making have taken us this far! 12  weeks is no small amount of time. We’ve proven our dedication and our bodies and attitudes are changing in fantastic healthy and long-term ways.

     Why do we look at “Stepping Stones” every week? Because if we aren’t constantly reminding ourselves of our goals and our plans, they tend to fall by the wayside. This week has been AMAZING for me! I have had some really great highs and some periods of serious doubt as well. The contrast is enlightening and the support I have received has been invigorating.

     My husband reached out and took my arm the other day. “Wow,” he said with genuine surprise, “that’s hard.” The muscles I was building in those sessions of push-up and dumbbell reps must be paying off.  This after having been called “hot” by a stranger who saw a recent pic. It’s been a good week for the self-esteem. You would expect this to keep me motivated in and of itself and in some ways it has. I have done great with the exercise this week. I’ve done additional miles and toning sessions. Feeling fit is addictive.

     However, the other piece of this is though the compliments have come and the jeans are loser, the scales are moving slowly and I always find that discouraging. In spite of all I know, all I preach, and all I believe, I really love to watch the numbers move on down and feel more successful when they do.

     After my Weigh-In-Wednesday confessions about the temptation to be less dedicated to the calorie restriction and just be satisfied with the progress thus far, my bestie Vicki, came immediately to my side and suggested partnering with me in a re-dedication to meeting our goals and to “upping our game”.  If I want the numbers to move faster I need to give it greater dedication and focus. Now I don’t just have the promise I made to myself and the support of my “wellness buddy”. I have an additional “accountability partner”. This commitment to support and encourage each other, to work hard to accomplish a common goal, makes me feel not just more obligated but more empowered as well! I feel revived in my resolve to achieve! I feel certain that this was part of what drove me to those additional exercise sessions this week.

     I hope each of you is using “Stepping Stone” Sunday to honestly evaluate your progress and to renew your commitment for the upcoming week. Remember to look back over the past week’s efforts, give yourself props for what you did well. The things that didn’t go well, make plans for how to improve those in the coming week.

     I’ve had a pretty successful week. Calorie counts have been good. On two days I went over by around 100 calories but most of the other days were at least 200-300 calories under goal. I have exercised more than planned. I did 10 miles, 3 toning sessions, and an adventure as promised – belly dancing.

     Bellydance is beautiful and graceful to watch. I first learned a little belly dance through Zumba classes with Angel Chadwell. Though we usually think of belly dance as middle eastern our modern interpretation is based primarily on styles from Morocco, Spain, Egypt and Russia. It celebrates womanhood and the female form in a very artistic way. “Oriental Dance” as it is also known in other parts of the world, works hundreds of muscles, can be very aerobic and at the same time very sensual and soothing. It’s also great for sexual and reproductive health and muscle control.

     Even with a couple of bellydance workshops, a number of zumba classes, and at-home instruction, I am still anything but graceful. I struggle to isolate individual muscles and find it fascinating that masters of this art can do so with what appears to be such ease. I just can’t seem to keep the right parts still while the others move, but with practice there is some improvement. If you’ve never tried bellydance I encourage you to do so. Minimum you will get  a whole new appreciation for those who practice it and a greater awareness of your own body and the vast number of muscles you never think about having.

Find this and other fun bellydance items in the Slimdown With Sandee Store.

     This week I traded in my 3 glasses of grapefruit juice a day for 3 grapefruit halves and I like it much better. The fruit is more filling, slightly less caloric per serving, and sweeter.

     As a part of upping my game I am working to make sure I am getting the hydration I need, staying really accurate in my calorie counts, and getting all of the grapefruit and dairy I have as part of my personal plan. I added chia seed to my daily diet and do think it helps me stay satisfied longer without hunger setting in. I am also planning to make the third toning session a part of every week’s goals.

     On this week’s to-do list, I need to add “Read South Beach Diet”. Since my doctor recommended it as a good resource for low carb living information I want to check it out. I haven’t yet decided if I can commit to a still more restrictive plan, but I do try to stay away from empty carbs, so I’m curious to see what it would entail.

     I encourage you to look over last week’s blog entries and any entries you’ve made in your discovery journal. What needs to be added or changed in your “Stepping Stones”.  Here is what I have for week 12.


Stepping Stones for Success – Week 12


Goal:  “To weigh 135 lbs by12/31/2012. (That is a loss of approximately 40 lb in 1 year).

Action Steps: I will continue to limit my daily caloric intake to 1600 calories, focusing on good nutrition in my choices. I will continue to speed walk no less than 8 miles during the week and include at least three combined toning and cardio exercise session.  I will also have 1 additional “fitness adventure” of 20 minutes or more.  I will officially weigh in once this week, marking my progress on the Weight Tracker tool.”

To-Do List:

1. Plan Weekly Menu (See Plan To Eat Fabulous Foods.)

2. Grocery Shop (See Stocking The “New Me” Pantry.)

3. Refill Snack Basket (See The Real Food Fight .)

4. Weigh In (See Weigh In Wednesday.)

5. Organize Outfits and Gear (See Get Your Rear In Gear.)

6. Speed Walk a Total of 8 Miles

7.  3 or More Toning/Cardio Sessions (10 Ways to Increase Your Metabolism)

8. A Random Fitness Adventure of 20 minutes or more.

9. Give myself 3 “Get Out Of Diet Guilt Free Cards”.

10. Enjoy a Rest Day. (See Balance.)

11. Grade Last Weeks Efforts (See A for Effort.)

12. Assess Past Week’s Efforts (See Assess for Success.)

13. Create next Stepping Stones Sheet

14. ReadSouthBeachDiet

Daily Log

Morning Weight: ______           Evening Weight: ______

Did You Take Your Omega 3? Yes / No       Consume Chia?  Yes / No

Servings Of Dairy:   ——–      Servings Of Grapefruit: ____

Did You Do Daily Affirmations? Yes / No

Did You Use Aromatherapy? Yes / No

Bedtime:  ——————               Wake Up Time:  ———————

Did You Eat Frequently (Approximately Every Two Hours Until After Dinner)? __________

Did You Complete Cardio In Miles or Minutes? ___________________________

Did You Complete Toning Exercises? _________________________________

Did You Drink at least 64 ounces of Water? ______________________________

Total Calories Consumed:_________

Foods Eaten













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