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8/8/14 6:38 A

The very next day, after my 3 hour workout, I was not able to move around. So, I took a day off

This morning I bounced back, with lots of vigor. I felt the need to job.

Tomorrow is weigh-in day, and I will perform my last 33 minute jog, from the 'Learn To Run' app. The next routine will be three sessions for 39 minutes. To be honest, I really don’t feel comfortable running for close to 40 minutes unless I weigh in the 180’s.

Just for today, I want to weight train, upper body, for 55 to 60 minutes. emoticon

8/6/14 9:23 P

Well, I managed to work out for 3 hours and 30 minutes today, but only burned 1772.19. I fell hopelessly short of the 3,000 to 3,500 calorie burn for today, but I'll take it. I ate 1,300 calories, so there is a calorie deficient.

For weight training I performed the Firm's Lower Body. It is my favorite.

Tomorrow is another day. I will burn 3,000 to 3,500 calories. My workout routine will be upper body. Yea! I am really looking forward to it emoticon

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8/6/14 10:46 A

I love your determination. I need some. Be safe though. Glad nothing happened.

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8/6/14 10:22 A

I suffer from Osteoarthritis and know moving is the best thing for me. I use the tips from my physical therapist and aching is not a major thing. I recall not to long ago I let the pain put me in a terrible unhealthy place. I went from getting down to 220 after weighing 309 and gaining back reaching 302 by Jan 2014. Well I am back down to 266 and know each weigh-in can be a numbers game. Yet this is game I will no longer play during weigh-ins. I more importantly consider: how I feel, how the week went, how my clothes are fitting,noting how the inches are decreasing. Exploring new foods, new recipes, new exercise routines. I am not my scale and the scale is not me. Its just a tool I use to measure my progress. The best tool I now know is my thoughts; they can lead me to success and keep me there or they can keep me stuck. I chose to keep moving.

Have a blessed day Everyone and keep motativating one another ;-p

8/5/14 3:22 P

Eyes Wide Open, Pepper Spray In My Hand

Well, I had a perturbed incident this morning, on my cardio walk. I saw a man, riding a bike in the distance, as I was headed up the street. He was riding on the other side of the street. I wear a safety light and he moved to the side of the street where I was walking, and continued to ride towards me.
I readied my pepper spray and he rode right up to me and I held it out. He moved back to the other side of the street and I turned and watched him ride away as my finger was on the last button to push for the ‘1’ in 911.

I will not be deterred and this is NOT my first run in with some weirdo. I have used my pepper spray on some guy who jumped out of the bushes. This is a good website to mapped your walk/run although I hear there are more.

I made it home safely and had made over 10,000 steps and did yard work for an hour. My aim is for 3,000 to 3,500 calorie burn for the next 90 ninety days. Today I will weight train my upper body from a routine from my workout app. I am looking forward to it. Thus far I have burned 1,400 calories. I am half way there for day
Be safe out there

TALLYFL Posts: 7,658
8/4/14 3:30 P

Work out 2-4 hours a day for the next three months? Ambitious plan you have there!!

8/4/14 8:24 A

What has really changed?

There is pep in my step…Why?
I so truly rocked my non-tight sage dress with matching sage blazer. I bought it from the Anthony Richards catalog, in case you want to see what it looks like. Everyone, in church, noticed. Ah! Yes score one for me.

I figured out how to disconnect my cell phone from my wireless carrier, in order to use my ‘Learn To Run’ app. Ah! Take that Verizon, you WILL NOT charge a over data allotment charge to me. I will be dropping them soon anyway.

I fixed my Pro-Form 400 LE elliptical trainer, again. I bought it from Home Shopping. It was a birthday special that was running. I have to admit that I am NOT impressed with it. Bear in mind you get what you pay for and it is NOT a gym quality machine. With an Elliptical trainer one would expect a great stride. You will not get it with this machine. The work outs are predefined and one cannot set a strictly mileage workout. If anyone else has bought a piece of home exercise equipment that is a disappointment or a complete fail, kindly let me know.

Although I am 16 pounds down, I have to admit that I am disappointed in the tone of my body. I missed my well-toned shoulders, arms and my thigh-gap. I found a routine that I think I will really like. It is from Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition Season 2 Episode 4, total crush on Chris Powell, story if Ashley and the routine is this:
Rule of ‘Six’ for working out
Weight Train: 3 days a week
Cardio Train: Six times a week. I am already there
Work out for 2 to 4 hours a day and burn 3,000 to 3,500 calories a day to lose one pound fat a day
This is my three month plan

PARKSCANADA Posts: 4,802
8/3/14 11:32 A

I was feeling pretty low this morning. I had lost 60 pounds, regained 20 and maintained at that for 3 years. This winter everything went outta whack from menopause to my diabetes....and I have regained another 20 pounds. I've been so despondent, not caring. I'll get a burst of motivation, but it fades quickly. Thanks to everyone who posted here. I know I can do it, so even if everything is not working properly I can eat right and exercise regularly and be the healthiest I can be within the limitations of my body. Thanks!

TALLYFL Posts: 7,658
8/2/14 11:08 A

I love your attitude! Acceptance, knowing you are not perfect, is very powerful. emoticon emoticon

8/2/14 8:11 A

The weather was rainy this morning and it delayed my walk.

I weighed in at 200.6 lbs. Argh! I am so close to weighing in the 100’s again. I can’t say that I’m disappointed. This is my lowest weight this year. I’ll take it.

8/1/14 7:14 A

Setbacks, but I will not quit

My legs are sore, but my will is strong. Tomorrow, Saturday, is my official weigh-in and I am not cringing

Yesterday, I was hit with another setback. This one comes from my wireless carrier. I got another alert that my data usage is at 90% and that I will be charged $15 extra once I will my limit. My data cycle restarts on the 8th. Thanks a lot Verizon I am unemployed at the moment. Jerks!

The ‘Learn To Run’ app, which freed me from boring walks and help me rediscover my love for exercise, keeps connecting to the Internet and used up my data allotment.

I now have to figure out a way to run with my 10” tablet, which not associated with my wireless carrier.

This incident did not trigger a binge. I now can add the following to my wardrobe:
Two dresses, I’ll be able to wear a new dress to church this Sunday
Three skirts, which do not fit snug
A pair of size 14 pants without elastic which are not snug

A weight loss journey is more than numbers on a scale

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7/31/14 11:32 A

Good thoughts ladies! Thanks for the motivation and inspiration~!

7/31/14 6:48 A

I used the ‘Learn To Run’ app for the first time today. I shaved 10 minutes from my walk time. My endorphins have kicked in and it has been years since I have had run-endorphins in my system.
I performed the ‘beginners’ program this morning that charts the run and walk program in three minute intervals. My was
Run: 15 minutes
Walk 18 minutes total Beginner Time is 33 minutes. I wrapped my left knee in an Ace bandage, just to be safe. But, I am fine and feel great. It has been a LONG time since I enjoyed working out.
My official weigh-in is on Saturday and gone is my anxiety
Steps: 9169
Distance: 4.62
Calories: 493.00 I really need to burn 500 calories, but I am fine with what I have achieved

TALLYFL Posts: 7,658
7/31/14 5:49 A

It sounds like you are making progress. Yay! emoticon

7/30/14 9:22 P

I weighed in at 202.2 this morning. I am now 3 pounds away from weighing in the 100’s.
I afraid I won’t make it and I’m afraid to stop trying. On a plus side, I enjoyed my walk this evening
Today I fit a size regular 14 pant, without elastic, and they were NOT tight. I bought the pants, on sale, in May and the pants would not pull past my thighs. Now, they fit.
My biggest desire is to NEVER have elastic in my clothes. Elastic lulls me in to a false since of security
I will post some more pictures of myself when I weigh 190 lbs

7/28/14 10:05 A

I never thought I would be in this position. Well in the back of my mind, I guess sort of did know this. I have regained back 73 pounds of the 92 pounds I have lost.

I knew, when my gym closed down, I would be in trouble. I knew that when I took a job, which requires a 2 hr 30 min one-way daily commute, that I would be in trouble.

This back-on-track plan is the MOST miserable trek in my weigh management. My closet is now filled with clothes I use to be able to wear. I now walk the path wear I use to jog, twice a day. I weigh 205 lbs and to jog at this weight would hurt my knees.

The scale is the MOST depressing part of the weight regain. The scale does not reflect how achy my legs are from all this stupid walking I am doing. Now, I have to find some weight training programs to move down the dreaded numbers on the much hated scale.

Weighing in the 200’s truly sucks. I have avoided the scale, for a second week, because I know the results will: trigger a binge and cause severe depression. My clothes are not getting any looser

EDEACONTX Posts: 1,065
4/29/14 1:39 P

I've been there too, actually I'm here right now. I lost about 20lbs, but life got overwhelming, school, work, kid etc, all the excuses in the world. I stopped working out and watching what I ate. I got on the scale and I gained all my weight I had lost plus some. I was devastated. This was 9 days ago. I finally said enough is enough. I have now gone nine days without soda. Ive started exercising again, Ive been doing at least 2 miles a day. My fiancé and son are even on board and started walking with me. Ive turned my frustration and disappointment into something positive. I've stopped "dieting" and I'm actually trying to change my lifestyle. I'm not depriving myself but eating in moderation. Nine days in and still going strong.
It's not easy but you can do it....EVERY ONE OF YALL can it....because we're strong, and this is what WE want.
Don't be too hard on yourself :)

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4/29/14 12:56 P

I feel like I have been yo-yo-Ing back and forth in weight for about ten years. And after losing a significant amount of weight just to gain it back really helped me to realize that I need to worry less about loving the scale and caring about what it tells me, and focusing more on what my body craves, loves, and needs.
Let go of those feelings of disappointment and guilt and unworthiness and replace them with feelings of love, compassion, and acceptance of yourself.
Staying motivated is usually why I end up quitting. Motivation comes from everywhere though...from those dogs that need a walk, to the kids who wanna ride bikes, to the vision board you could make. But the biggest asset that you have is this site. Post a blog working through your feelings, look at success stories, make and calculate the calories of your meal plan for the week, then make a grocery list. At the very least, promise yourself you will do ten minutes of cardio a day. Make it different and run everyday! And I bet you will spend more than ten minutes on cardio once you get started (:
Lastly, when I'm super desperate I pull out The Spark and read it!

VEG_GIRL04 Posts: 2,617
4/29/14 11:17 A

I'm so happy you posted this thread. It's easy to see we have all been there or are all there now. Last June I was happily weighing in at around 130 lbs. Tomorrow morning I will be weighing in for the first time in probably 6 months. And I'm afraid but ready. I know it will be north of 140 lbs. I started last January at 153 lbs...I'm really hoping I'm not there again.

BUT we are not alone. This thread is proof. These people on this board, including you, have had the strength to lose once - or twice or twenty times if that's what it takes. You still have that strength to do it again.

Today my pants feel tight. But not as tight as when I started back on spark last Wed. Let any little progress be your inspiration!

BOATBODY82 Posts: 75
4/29/14 10:18 A

I am finding myself in the same situation. I was down to 145 and now have creeped back up to 164!. I have NOT worked out at all in 3 months!!. I have been eating whatever I want. I have had some recent stress in my life which has contributed. I am now focused on getting back on track. I have dealt with the stress that was causing me to give up. I started back yesterday. I am logging all my food intake and starting to walk again during my lunch break. We can DO This!!! I am taking it one day @ a time. Don't be too hard on yourself, its a lifelong journey & there are going to be ups & downs along the way. emoticon

4/28/14 3:55 P

I'm 5' 4" and I got up to 285 pounds sometime in the winter of 2010. In January of 2012 I had a health scare and got serious about weight-loss, and lost 110 pounds. Then, sometime around last August, I got really busy and stopped tracking my calories. I wanted to indulge a little over the holidays -- and I made the holidays stretch from my anniversary in late August to New Year's Day in January. I gained 35 pounds in about 5 months. It was embarrassing for me to come back to Spark and say "I gained a bunch of weight."


On January 6th I picked myself up and went back to my own little weight-loss "boot camp." Now I'm almost back to where I was, and as of today I've lost 108 pounds from that high point in 2010.

I keep coming back to the fact that weight loss is, at base, a big math problem. Figure out how many calories it takes to maintain your current weight, and eat less than that. If you consistently burn more than you take in, you will lose weight. Of course the devil is in the details, but if you get that basic equation figured out, it can't not work.

One big advantage we have now is that we know how to do it. We know it's possible. I used to think I couldn't lose weight. To my amazement, that isn't the case.

Beating ourselves up isn't productive. The only thing we can do is get busy and try to keep a positive attitude.

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
4/28/14 2:42 P

You're definitely not alone! I started at 330 pounds and hovered around 255-60 for almost 3 years. Fast forward to now, and here I am sitting at 300 pounds again. Am I frustrated? Absolutely. Am I mad at myself? Not anymore...I was for a very long time-especially when I realized that I could see the weight gain in my face, and that the pants that I was wearing no longer fit-I have to wear size 20 pants again from the 16 I had been wearing about a year ago! So frustrating!

I seriously sometimes feel like the weight regain process has the same steps as the grieving process....There's denial and isolation: "no, my pants are fine...they fit, I Just washed them and that's why they're too tight" or "It's my TOM. They're fine" or how about "I'm eating the same amount as I was before I don't need to track it..." followed by solitary binging episodes
then there's Anger: "Darn it my OTHER pants don't fit either! Now my clothes don't fall on me the same way that they used to! Why is NOTHING FITTING RIGHT!? I am SO MAD at myself right now!"
Then, there's Bargaining: "Maybe if I just don't eat for like, 12 hours or if I do some extreme diet, I'll get back down to where I was! yeah, that's it! If that doesn't work, I'll completely cut a food group from my diet! That will 'kick start' my weight loss! " or "I'll just do the exact same exercise routing I was doing before (even though the old routine was a daily 3 mile jog and it's much tougher now with a little extra weight) it will shred calories and I'll be back to where I was in no time (it won't work, and it never does, TRUST me)!
After bargaining comes Depression: "I hate clothes shopping...I don't want to exercise, what's the point? I have so much more weigh to lose now that I've screwed up....Why bother? I'll just eat whatever I want...I don't care anymore. I don't have to look nice or take care of myself. I'm destined to be 'X' weight and 'X' size"
Then, after all of that, Acceptance: "Okay....I've gained weight. It happens. It's okay. I know what to do, I just have to do what I was doing-start slow, and working my way back up" (this is the stage I just realized I was in today.)

I of course am not trivializing death in any way. I have lost family members and it's very sad, but my point is that this is still a loss happening. In my case, it was the loss of my pride. I was an example for others! I had lost almost 100 pounds at one point! I said almost 3 years ago that I would NEVER see this weight again, yet here I am.

So, if you think no one else understands, know that people on this site definitely do.

MARTHA324 Posts: 5,598
4/28/14 2:37 P

Kudos to you on the initial weight loss and big kudos emoticon for catching the weight gain before you gained it all back and then some! Very smart to reach out for help now to get yourself back on track.
Don't know where you live, but in many parts of the country this was a brutal winter and now with spring time to get back on track.

one piece of advice that has worked for me is to stop dieting. Doesn't mean that I don't pay attention...I do. But nothing is off limits so no guilt or getting mad if I have dessert or French fries. I aim to eat real food, less of of it, and more plants. I track everything and choose to eat healthy most of the time. I get in my 10,000 steps at least 6 days/week and get to the gym 3 days/week for cardio and weights. Love yoga and Pilates and will get in one class or the other most week.

You can do this! emoticon Please don't be mad at yourself.

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4/28/14 1:43 P

Thanks, MCCC75! I am really impressed with the supportive nature of this online community. Hang in there too! You CAN DO IT!

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4/25/14 6:29 P

We have all been where you are so don't feel alone. Just take one meal at a time and don't beat yourself up. Pretty soon, you will be on a streak of better eating and the weight will slowly disappear.
I have had my moments in the last couple of weeks where eating right has been really hard. Not sure why though I am tracking everything and keeping a journal. Just remind yourself why this weight loss journey and then maintenance is so important to you and keep that thought front and center to remind you. Hang in there...... emoticon

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4/25/14 1:26 P


This is true. I guess I never though of that! I have learned that I don't want to go back there and stopped before it got worst. Thanks for the post. I was nervous to start a topic but so glad I did. I tried to reconnect today with the person I was last year and I think it's starting to work. I got salad from the wholefoods salad bar and plan to hit the gym tonight. Then eat healthy and workout again tomorrow. As I used to say, one pound at a time. Anything else is too overwhelming.

Good luck and thanks again!

TALLYFL Posts: 7,658
4/25/14 12:54 P

Many of us have this happen to us. We've accomplished a lot, maintained for a long time and then, somehow, let it start slipping away. We eat too much, or party too much, or don't exercise enough.

Remember that you are the among fortunate ones, those that realize that they are headed in the wrong direction before ending up all the way back where they started in the first place!

Always, one day at a time. Stay focused on today and plan for tomorrow.

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4/25/14 10:36 A

Pam (tweetyfitn60)

I really appreciate your response. I have been obsessing about it all week and that isn't helping anything. I did figure out that I drank ALOT more alcohol over the winter. I live in Pittsburgh and it was so cold that I turned to red wine. LOL! So that is a good lessen, be mindful of alcohol in take. Aside from using that to learn I need to move on. I have done it before and I WILL do it again. Regret will not change my weigh- only action! Thanks again and best of luck in your journey.


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4/22/14 8:19 P

Yes, LuckyDink7, I hear you and I understand exactly what you are saying. In fact, one of my long time online diet buddies lost over 80 pounds and then regained it all and has been struggling to re-lose it all again. I have slid back and forth but last year I was really "cooking": I was eating less, exercising more and the weight was just plain falling off of me then my a/c broke and in the Georgia summer heat it was unbearable to exercise. Then, I couldn't afford the fruits and vegetables that I had been eating so my carbs increased. I stayed the same weight for nearly 7 months but when I started back about 5 weeks ago, I had already 10 of the 20 lbs that I had lost last year. My suggestion (since it is what I am trying to do as well) is just forget about what happened. Start today as though you have amnesia and don't remember what you didn't do. Think about what you can do today. If you ate well, then give yourself a verbal pat on the back. If you exercised, do the same. Then, tomorrow wake up with the idea that you are going to focus on doing what works today.

Remind yourself though that you CAN and WILL do this.

Pam (tweetyfitn60)

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4/22/14 5:10 P

Hi, everyone! I am new to the board and joined because of frustration. In 2011 I went from 182 to 152 pounds. I was so proud of myself. I never felt better and I was able to manage my weight, skip most desserts, eat low calorie and exercise regularly for about 3 years. This winter I began to do hot yoga and not as much cardio. Without looking at the scale for months I went from 155 to 167! I am so mad at myself. Please note that I think yoga has more benefits than I can count and I love it. However, it is not cardio and that my mistake. I also began to eat more and be less aware of my food intake. I promised myself that I would never get back to a higher weight and I feel like I am destined to be in the 180s again if this doesn't stop. I am sad and no one in my life understands the frustration/disappointment/regret that I feel about it.

My challenge now is to regroup and get rid of AT LEAST 10 pounds. Has anyone been in a similar situation? How to regroup and find the motivation again? Thanks. This seems like a great community.

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