Stepping Stones Week 30 – Week 29 In Review

     I fell in love with the poster above when I spotted it in a post from fellow blogger Finding My Worth. I was inspired as she challenged readers to get out of their own way and start living the life they’ve always wanted. I have to say, this is a where change begins. Wheather the change you are looking for is health and weight related or not, you must take steps away from what isn’t working for you and move consciously into the life you know you desire. You have the power to make the change.

     I was rewarded by evidence of my own change this week. While shopping, a couple of times I caught glimpses of myself in store mirrors and was each time a little surprised and pleased that the girl I saw on the other side was not a fat girl. Now wearing size 8’s and 10’s as opposed to the 18’s I started in I look like an “average” person. I am now within what is considered a normal or healthy weight by the health and insurance industry standards. What a great place to be after years of being considered “obese”.

     This change didn’t happen over night. It has been a slow process but one made up of individual moments of conscious change. I am lighter because I move regularly, because I eat healthier, because I give my body the vitamines, rest, and attention it needs. My weight, my energy level, and my life would not have changed had I not moved away from the old.

    Week 29 has been pretty successful. I have restricted calories, jogged 11 miles total (3 of which were solid outside treks), and have enjoyed healthy foods and activities. I only made it to the gym once because of some scheduling issues but it was a great session and I will be back in the gym this week. Three sessions are planned, two with my trainer and one with a friend.

      I had a particularly stressful weekend and caught myself wanting to drown my sorrows in grease but as I went to drive through a burger joint realized my car window wasn’t working. Was this providence? In that extra few minutes necessary to park and regroup my will power resurfaced and I found myself realizing I would be just as satisfied and not nearly as guilty if I passed on the burger and grabbed a six-inch Subway sandwich full of lean meat and veggies. Sometimes just an extra deep breath and a little thought make a world of difference. My new habits are deeply rooted and even my “cheats” are frequently only slightly less healthy that my original plans. I am learning to love the things that are good for me!

Tuscany Lentil Soup nutrition data at Calorie Count

     Food finds that I enjoy have been fewer and further between lately but I did find a couple of treasures this week. Orville Redenbacher’s Natural Gourmet Salt and Lime popcorn and Tabatchnick Tuscany Lentil Soup were my favorite new foods. Popcorn has already proven to be my go to food when I want to feel that I can eat my fill of munchies. The new salt and lime flavor was a great change and a real treat. The touch of lime is just right and the hit of salt really tops it off. An entire mini bag is just 220 calories and is enough for a great little snack.  Tabatchnick Tuscany Lentil Soup earns an A for good nutrition at Calorie Count website and it’s no wonder why. It’s 150 calories for a satisfying serving and has 0 fat and 0 cholesterol. It also provides 11 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber and this diner gives it an A+ for flavor. Look for it in your grocer’s freezer.

     Change happens slowly but those changes add up. One decision, on pound, one mile at a time I have changed my weight and my life and the change and progress continues. The stepping-stones for week 30 are little change. I am simply going to up the mileage outside and begin trying to run 1.25 miles without stopping 3 times a week. May week 30 be full of success for us all!

Stepping Stones for Success – Week 30


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

Action Steps: I will limit my calorie intake to 1400 calories a day, continuing to focus on good nutrition in my choices. I will run at least 10 miles.  At least 4 of these miles will be run outdoors. I will also do two 30 minute weight training sessions.  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. Jog 10 Miles or More

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

8. Give myself 3 “Get Out Of Diet Guilt Free Cards” or one Splurge Meal.

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

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

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

12. Create next Stepping Stones Sheet

Date: ________

Daily Log

Morning Weight: ______           Evening Weight: ______

    Raspberry Ketone? ___   Vitamine B? ___ Vitamin D? ___

Gram of Fiber? ____  

    Servings of Water: ____

Affirmations? Yes / No 

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

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


Jogging –   Miles:  ____ Minutes: _____  

  Weight Training? _______

Other Exercise? ________

Foods Eaten








Total Calories Consumed:_________     Total Calories Burned: __________


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