Monday, April 13, 2009

Unveiling Phase 2

I hope you had a blessed Easter. We did, in spite of our doomed yearly tradition: The Easter Ham. Here we are, being our somber selves. I just wish we could loosen up a little bit once in a while. Especially the boy.




The Plan: Phase 2 of 30 x 5, Starts Tomorrow. TOMORROW.



Many of you have expressed interest in continuing our new quest toward regular, attainable movement. That is excellent. That is called "forward momentum," my friends. Un-cha, Un-cha, Un-cha. "Un-cha" is me dancing in my chair right now doing that thing where people put both clenched fists out parallel in front of them and sort of jerk them around in a circle like a lawn sprinkler. Kinda like this, only palms down:



Anyway.

We're going to continue moving our 30 minutes for 5 days per week for two weeks, but we're adding a component. We're saying "no" to something to say "yes" to something else.

We're saying "no" to any random 100 calories each day to say "yes" to: "Am I making better choices?" "Am I in control of little mindless compusions to eat?" "Do I want to look and feel sleeker and more energetic?"

We want to answer "yes" to those questions. And we will.

By the way, this 100 calorie denial is to be in your head and inaccurate.

Yes, you read that right. In your head, and inaccurate--or approximate. No writing down or consulting Google or Oprah. Just guessing. GUESSING.

Because getting it exactly right "to-the-calorie" is for legalists and perfectionists. I refuse. I refuse!

So, for instance, I will do my 30-45 minutes on the elliptical, and then at some point during the day, I'm going to forego some extra calories LIKE LEFTOVER EASTER CANDY, thereby skipping 100 calories (or so). I'm saying "no" to Sweetart Easter chicks and bunnies to say "yes" to no jiggling muffin top this summer.

Because rolls and floppiness are cute on Easter bunnies, but loppy muffin tops on us, NOT CUTE.

According to the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension online newsletter called Food Reflections, "It takes an excess of about 3,500 calories to gain a pound. Break that into smaller bites and 100 extra calories a day can put on about 10 pounds a year. The GOOD NEWS is LOSING 10 pounds can be as easy as eating 100 calories LESS each day for a year."

Wow. It doesn't take much to come up with 100 calories. I bet if I can make just the tiniest changes, I could drop 100 cals per day. And so could you.

And just in case you literally have no idea about calories or if you simply like easy quizzes, there's an online quiz called, "What Does 100 Calories Look Like?" at Women's Health that can help you figure out what a 100-calorie serving might look like. For instance, 1/6 of a large order of McDonald's fries is 100. Ten Peanut M & M's is 100.

But basically, if you want to know a good estimate, try not eating something roughly the size of your thumb. That ought to do it.

So can we do this? Can we keep the 30 x 5 forward momentum going and drop 100 pesky calories the size of our thumbs for the next two weeks? Can we?

Yes we can!!!

Leave a comment if you're in for the next two weeks!








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44 comments:

fransmomma said...

yes!! first to comment!! i'm already pretty good about moving. i workout very regularly. i do however need to cut some calories. i've gained almost 10 pounds since november just eating junk. so starting tomorrow (i still have an hour left. i think i might go eat some candy!) i will be cutting at least 100 calories a day. here's to self-discipline!! un-cha, un-cha, un-cha.

Shawna said...

YOU ARE AWESOME. I'm going to do much better this time. You're getting me excited. I'm SO IN.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Yes....definitely yes. I'm in!

Becky said...

OK Linda... I'm in for phase two for the next two weeks. I need to do this. I will probably put my posts for it on my weight loss ... um... NEGLECTED weight loss blog. :-/

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Yes, I can! And yes I WILL...Have a good week.

Tabi said...

I'm in for this round!! Oh yeah baby!! Or...oh no...baby...being said to my snickers bar...it will be so sad without me! Haha

Susan D said...

I am so doing this! So let me get this right.....If I buy a bag of peanut M&M's....promptly throw ten of them away and eat the rest, that counts? Right? hahaha Oh yeah! I can do that! Honestly, I think I'll just stick with my Lent sacrifice which was giving up sweets except on one day a week. I'll be good. Thanks. Blessings, SusanD

LuAnn said...

I'm in ... I will keep movin' and really try to stay away from the salty, crunchy stuff.

R.L.Scovens said...

Okay. I'm gonna commit to this. With my new diabetes diagnosis, I'm already watching everything I put in my mouth, but it's not easy!

I need to keep moving though...no matter what. So....I'm in!LOL

sara said...

Ok, I missed the first one, but am joining in on this one!!!

Chatty Kelly said...

Okay, I'll give it a whirl. I am FAT! (Well, not by worldly standards, but compared to me in my 20's - I'm FAT!)

You didn't comment on my wonderfully amusing, witty and entertaining video - and I'm just devastated. ;-)

Beverlydru said...

I'm in. I've been doing this and this helps me persevere despite the scale which is not my friend. I might break the thing soon. ; )
I thought of you, Linda Maria, when I made my post today.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Count me in. Since I'm not working I can surely "work" on this!

Teri~Facedown said...

Okay, I totally stunk up the joint with the first two weeks. Seriously, the stress of school and writing the biggest paper to date got the best of my 30 X 5 challenge commitment. It was more like 30 X 5 hours of sitting-on-my-butt-writing-non-stop. But, I birthed that baby and now I am ready to get more serious about losing the baby weight! (Two weeks of school left!)

Okay, I'm in. Ug.

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

I am in to catch up from the first phase. Call me a slow learner. Or just slow.
Plus, I ate a lot of thumbs of peanut m & m's yesterday.

Debbie said...

I stunk up the first go around too! But maybe, just maybe I can do better this time:)

Erin said...

I'm in on this one! After eating way too much ham and brownie easter bunny yesterday I am so ready to move! Oh also, lets not forget to add some strength training, muscle burns alot of calories and is really really important when you are in your 40s! I tried on jeans on Saturday and the muffin top was making me a little sick :0). By the way you look wonderful in the Easter pics!

Mocha with Linda said...

I'm going to have to give this a try. Maybe. :-)

Dita said...

Holy COW, girl......you have inspired me and on a MONDAY!

I'm in........you ROCK!

Beautiful family, by the way!

samurai said...

Man! :/ I am still struggling to accomplish the first two weeks...

Brooke said...

i'm in...i could do with more nutrients and less empty calories

The Bug said...

I'm in! I know I said that last time, but then I got a tetanus shot & had a multitude of things interfere. This time - no excuses!

Susanne said...

I'm in. I'm even ordering that book "Eat this, not that" that they were featuring. On Ebay of course. Gotta save them money "calories" too. :v)

Kathy said...

I'm in! Thanks for giving us more reasons to stay motivated!!

Mimi said...

I'm definitely joining phase 2!

Lois E. Lane said...

I've been away for too long--love this idea!
P.S. What if we call it a cupcake top instead of muffin? Does that make it any cuter and thereby more desirable???

Jenny said...

I'm game. I think your dance is called the Cabbage Patch:)

Greg C said...

Well I didn't sign up for the first go around but I did the 30 minute thing anyway so I might as well sign up for round two. I will grab mr linky tomorrow because I already posted today. :) And by the way that little dance is called the Elmo because that is how he dances.
Lets see if this post goes through. I tried to leave a comment on your last post and google said I was a virus.

Angela said...

OK--I am giving it another whirl...and I am going to count playing crash and roll with my 2 yr old as movement---now does this mean no junk food at all during the two weeks? Or 1 thin mint cookie here or there is ok?

Blissful Babe said...

What a beautiful family! Too bad you don't have any fun.

Is 'the boy' single? He's cute. ;)

I'll have to come back and read more about phase 2!

H-Mama said...

well, you KNOW i'm in for the long haul...err, i mean 'life change'! of course.

ummm, you mean i could have eaten those extra calories i said no to in the first phase? man! ;)

Taylor said...

I'm doing it. I take salads for my lunch at school everyday. Does that count?

Betty said...

I am going to try. I'm having a rough day today. I'll try.

Hugs,
Betty

Renna said...

Sigh....count me in again..I GUESS. I thought this week was gonna be somethin' FUN! ;-Þ

Just kidding, I'm in for the count!

Patrice said...

I'm in this time too, but I am actually "in" this time!! To my defense I had a great excuse with the surgery and all!! I posted today, but will join in with Mr Linky tomorrow!! Yay!

Brenda Leyland said...

I found your site over at Bev's (Dancing with Daffodils). I didn't catch Phase 1, but I'm not missing Phase 2 -- count me in!

skoots1mom said...

i'm game...
on your mark, get set....

Miss Behavin said...

New to this - but I'm in!!

Michelle said...

I'm in!

Christi said...

I finally got my post written, and I am in.

I have a nearly empty bag of peanut M&M's calling my name (stupid Easter Bunny) but I am ignoring them.

Must. Be. Strong.

Rach@In His Hands said...

I'm in!!! It's raining, but I'm heading out for a run!

Kaycee said...

This sounds fun, count me in!

Heather said...

I'm in - pray that I find some enthusiasm for this. I was the child that read at recess instead of running around, and I haven't changed much.

calista said...

I'm in, with the hopes of doing better the next two weeks than I did in the last!!