Stepping Stones For Week 17 – Week 16 Review

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      As we begin week 17 I’m feeling pretty good about things. Less than a third of the way through the year and I’ve already lost almost half the weight planned for the entire year. With around 21 more pounds to go and 8 months left I feel confident that I will reach my goal. That said, I’m not ready to rest on my laurels. Quite the opposite in fact. The closer I get the more anxious I become to meet the goal soon.

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     This week’s efforts went well. I ate a daily average off 1557 calories, that’s 25 under goal. I got in all of the exercise planned and more. I did 10 miles, 4 toning sessions, 80 minutes of hula hoop, 20 minutes of jump rope, and 20 minutes of modified handball. My fitness adventure this week was a really fun 1 1/2 hour game of frisbee with my hubby. We enjoyed a beautiful afternoon in the park and some fun time together while being active and getting plenty of sunshine.

     Foods I loved this week? Salads! We enjoyed trying several bagged salads. Dole Baby Spinach Spring Mix With Grape Tomatoes was among my favorites.  I also really like Dole Perfect Harvest with dried cranberry and diced almonds. I didn’t love the dressing provided with this one, so I substituted Ken’s Fat Free Rasberry Pecan Dressing at just 50 calories per serving. I think my favorite salad kit may have been the Kroger Fresh Selections House Bacon Ranch. It was really yummy and had a variety of ingredients in just the right amounts to still be a good low calorie choice. At 160 calories per serving I was able to enjoy a little ranch dressing, a few croutons, a little cheeese, a little bacon, and a generous helping of fresh raw veggies.

     A couple of new salad add-ins we enjoyed this week were  Athenos feta chesse with basil and tomato and kroger salad shrimp from the forzen foods department. I love feta cheese in a salad anyway, but with the addition of the tomato and basil I was able to use less dressing and still get plenty of flavor. It’s a really nice touch. Ken’s 70 calorie Fat Free Sun-dried Tomato Vinigerette is one of my favories and it great paired with this, on even the simplest salad.

     I was excited this week to find Kroger’s Frozen Cooked Salad Shrimp available in small 3 0z bags listed as a 1.5 serving size. I found these to be enough to nicely top two to three salads. I have succesfully tried both ranch and Italian dressings on shrimp salads and enjoyed them, but am still looking for a winning dressing combination. Any suggestions?

     This weeks stepping stones are unchanged. Feeling successful I will stick with the plan!

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Stepping Stones for Success – Week 17

 

Goal:  “To weigh 135 lbs by 12/31/2012. (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 10 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.”

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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 10 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. Contine reading SouthBeachDiet

15. Hoola- Hooping For Fun And Fitness (See Hoola-Hooping Workout)

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Daily Log

Morning Weight: ______           Evening Weight: ______

 Omega 3?  Yes / No   Chia?  Yes / No     Raspberry Ketone?  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

Breakfast:

Snack

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Snack

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