Stepping Stones Week 22 and Week 21 In Review

Me with my handsome hubby at Foster Falls

Just finished a lovely week full of fun. It was also full of change but not as difficult as I anticipated. I reached all of my fitness and nutrition goals. Surprisingly, I didn’t really miss the the 200 calories cut from my diet. I really enjoied the two Pilates sessions I added as well. I began Pilates briefly many pounds back and it was fun to see how much easier it is now with less weight. Now I can actually grab my ankles and roll myself into a ball, where my belly was in my way at 200+ pounds. The down side is with the lower weight I have less cushion on my behind and the sitting up straight hurts my tail bone. Maybe I need a thicker mat. My fitness adventure this week was a lovely 4 mile fitness hike with my handsome hubby at the lovely Foster Falls state park. This is a pretty flat and straight trail so there wasn’t a lot of “challenge”, but there was alot of beauty to enjoy. The fragrance of honeysuckle filled the air. We saw beautiful butterflies, flowers, and birds. The falls themselves were very pretty and the sound of them was so tranquil and inviting.  We really enjoyed the time spent together too!

In food-finds this week we enjoyed several new things. I traded in last week’s low sodium V8 for the Spicy Hot regular. I’ve been enjoying an 8 ounce serving once each day along with a wedge of Laughing Cow Garlic and Herb Cheese for a yummy little snack. It’s very satisfying.

I mentioned previously that I’ve been eating oatmeal each day, usually with my own added cinnamon, almonds, and rasins or cranberries. However, I did Quaker’s Real Medleys Peach Almond Oatmeal this week and it was yummy, filling, and comforting. When I first spotted these “Real Medley” selections I was unimpressed. Each variety is 290 calories. Then I compared it to my own daily serving of oatmeal. Yes, the oats themselves were only 130 calories  but once I added almonds and dried fruit each day’s serving was around 250 calories so the calories are pretty comprable.  It also comes in it’s own ready-to-go container so it would be great for travel. I’m on the road this weekend and threw a couple in my bag so I can just add hot water and eat up! It’s easier than packing oats, fruit, and nuts individually and no dishes to mess up for my host and hostess to have to clean.

Light & Lean Spinach Lasagna

I was excited to try another great Amy’s product, this time from their Light and Lean collection. This yummy Spinach Lassagna, like all of Amy’s products, is made from organic ingredients. With the rich flavors of the mozarella, romano, and parmesan cheese it’s hard to believe this hardy lassagna weighs in at 250 calories (the same as my daily bowl of oatmeal snack, coincidentally). I’m big on spice, so for me this needed just a little extra kick. With a touch of garlic salt I thought it was perfect and such a great way to fill up on healthy food!

     My friend Laurel Degener sells Amway products. Last week when I ordered my “gotta  have it”  Satinique Smooth Moves Shaping Cream for my hair, Laurel brought me a sample of the newest XS energy drink. I’ve enjoyed the
XS drinks in the past. They deliver a different kind of energy than the usual high sugar “buzz” often associated with this type of product. I find the energy to be more subtle and longer lasting. They even come in a variety of great flavors including my favorite, Root Beer.

The new XS Gold has a neat and unique flavor that reminds me of the old school fruity punch from my childhood.  It also has a unique ingredient called Essentra. Essentra is believed to help the body cope with stress, provide immune suport, sharpen mental focus, and alleviate mental fatigue. I enjoyed the energy I received from the drink and though it would take longer term use to confirm the other touted benefits it is an exciting prospect. I don’t drink many energy drinks these days, but this one certainly was a fascinating and yummy try.  If you are intrested in trying this or one of Amway’s other weight loss, energy, or health related products check out Laurel’s Shop.

     The Stepping Stones will remain the same this week but I will be looking into the best way to begin adding running into my routines. Have a happy Week 22!

Stepping Stones for Success – Week 22


Goal:  “To weigh 135 lbs by 12/31/2012. (That is a loss of approximately 40 lb in 1 year).

Action Steps: I will begin limiting my calorie intake to 1400 calories a day, contnuing to focus on good nutrition in my choices. I will perform at least 2 1/2 hours of cardio exercise.  I will also do two circuit training sessions with weights for toning and 2 flexability/stretching sessions, each at least 20 minuites in length.  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. 2 1/2 Hours or more of Cardio Exercise

7.  2 or more Circuit Training Sessions  (10 Ways to Increase Your Metabolism)

8. 2 or more Flexibility/Stretching Sessions.

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

Date: ________

Daily Log

Morning Weight: ______           Evening Weight: ______

Omega 3? ___   Chia? ___  Raspberry Ketone? ___   Multi-Vitamin? ___ Vitamin D? ___ Oatmeal? ____

Servings Of Dairy:   ——–    Servings Of Grapefruit: ____   Servings Of Green Tea: _____   Servings of Water: ____

Affirmations? Yes / No            Aromatherapy? Yes / No

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

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


Cardio?  Miles:  ____ Minutes: _____    Flexibility?  _________  Toning? _______

Foods Eaten








Total Calories Consumed:_________

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