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6/28/13 5:56 P
Thanks for the awesome replies, everyone! And especially for the positive feedback on my progress so far. I'm pretty proud of myself, but hearing it from others obviously means more. :-)
The idea to lower my carbs is interesting, but my head doesn't want me to do that. I'm a big believer in moderation, and while I understand the science behind low carb diets, I also have philosophical problems with doing something like this. I will think on it...
I am looking forward to the challenge of losing 12 lbs in 7 weeks. I think it's doable, but definitely not easy. And if I don't get there, I won't be too upset. After all, my highest ever non pregnant weight was 338, and I'm 113 lbs below that, so I could always celebrate that too. :-)
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1,078 6/28/13 10:08 A
First of all, congrats on your progress so far!! That's an awesome accomplishment :)
Second, Vegas isn't necessarily like losing weight for a wedding, graduation, etc. I see it as more of a goal and another part of your timeline in your lifestyle. Glad to hear that your eating is pretty much on track and your recognize where your weak areas are.
Also, this: "I'm worried that adding muscle will hurt my goal of 12 lbs lost in 7 weeks" Maybe you will notice a weight gain when you start building more muscle, but trust me; you'll become smaller even if the weight goes up a few pounds. This is where you whip out the tape measure track your progress!
You should definitely adjust your tracker too to keep up with the amount of exercise you'll be doing so you are fueling your body properly.
First off: Seriously awesome job on your current weight loss. That's amazing. Go you.
Second: Vegas is a fantastic way to celebrate your current success. I love it there.
Finally :) Your questions. you say you're in your ranges on things like protein, carbs and fat. If you're not near the bottom of the carb ranges, try to reduce that and increase your protein slightly. I find that I lose weight a little faster if I'm at the lower end of the carb range. I wouldn't recommend cutting calories as that can often backfire and slow weight loss down.
As for exercise, I've never done Zumba, but I've heard so many good things about it. Keep doing that. My understanding is that strength training can help with the loose skin issues so I wouldn't be afraid of it. But you're right, it may not help you with your scale number.
You have a gym membership, so maybe add another strength day. You might want to try something like this: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitnes s_articles.asp?id=174. It's not too intense. If you don't have access to a pool at your gym, replace that with the rowing machine (excellent full body workout), elliptical, bike or treadmill for 20-30 minutes.
Do try to make sure you have at least one day off per week for your body to rest and recover.
All that said, I've found that in increasing my workouts, the scale has stalled. BUT my tape measure has not. I'm still losing size which is really what is most important to me right now. So if you do decide to ramp things up at the gym, break out the tape measure and find out where you are. It might help you if the scale stops moving.
Good luck, and whatever number you're at when you get on that plane, HAVE FUN IN VEGAS. You've earned it.
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6/28/13 9:34 A
Thanks for the advice. :) I wasn't clear about the nutrition part of my plan, but that is on track. I watch all of the usual things that the tracker keeps track of but also have added fiber, iron and calcium. I'm almost always within all ranges, except possibly iron and calcium, but I take a supplement so that fixes that. So I'm not sure what I can change up there. It's been working well, and I love the challenge of finding recipes or changing ones of favorite things to make them healthier.
Now that I'm off work for the summer, I'm going to add in some more cardio for sure...just not sure what to add. I love the Zumba classes and might be able to add one or two more a week. Also thinking about adding more strength training (like maybe the weight training circuit at the gym) but I'm worried that adding muscle will hurt my goal of 12 lbs lost in 7 weeks, although I know it will help in the long term...not to mention helping with my skin not keeping up with the weight loss... And finally, I'm worried about upsetting the balance of calories in/calories out so I'm wondering if I should adjust my tracker to show the increase in exercise to adjust my calorie intake to work. I know in the past when I've increased exercise and kept my calories the same, the weight loss stalled until I upped the food intake.
Some people are really motivated by events, and that's fine as long as you also recognize that to lose weight for the long run, you must make a lifestyle change. However, it sounds like you do realize and have been doing that, so I don't think there's anything wrong with trying to push yourself a little harder for a week or so. Go for it!
As for exercise, try doing at least a little cardio every day if you can. In addition to your regular workouts, try to get in 10-20 minutes (or more, if you feel up to it) on the days you don't have something scheduled. Even if you don't feel up to all that, at least try something new! That often shakes up your metabolism because your body isn't used to doing whatever said new thing is, and you may discover some other form of exercise you love to do.
By the way, congratulations on learning to love exercise!!!! I've recently discovered I love it as well. In fact, I didn't exercise today... and now it's 1 AM and I'm wishing I did!!! Today was really stressful, and a lot of unforseen events kept me in a car circling the airport while waiting for my sister, so all my time was pretty much wasted today, but I will make up for it tomorrow! ;)
As for diet, since you haven't been focusing on it as much as exercise, you could probably just change a few little things here and there. You didn't say what you have done to your diet since you've started losing weight, so I know you may already do some of these. Make sure you're drinking plenty of water, at least 8 glasses a day. Try to reduce (or even eliminate!) soda if you drink it. Try to get in at least one serving of fruit or veggies at every meal. Replace white grains with whole grains. Just some ideas. :)
And congrats on your weight loss so far! I hope you have a blast in Vegas! I will get there one day.
"Know your limitations. Then defy them."
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6/28/13 12:08 A
Sorry in advance for how long this is...
For reference, I've have been at this journey for almost 18 months. For the first 7 months, I worked on the one missing piece in every other attempt at losing weight over 20 plus years...exercise. I started small, with just a couple days a week of aquafit because I was in such bad shape I couldn't carry a basket of laundry up my own stairs without stopping to rest. After 7 months, I had lost 20 lbs despite not changing my eating habits and had learned to love exercise and frankly, I was "better" at it than pretty much my whole life from the time I was 13 or so. So, in total, I've lost 88 lbs (the first 20, plus 68 since starting back up with Sparkpeople) and I have worked my way up to taking 3 Zumba classes a week, a toning with weights class plus either cardio at the gym or aquafit once a week. And I have learned to love exercise. It truly is a way of life for me now.
I am not a believer in diet or exercise for a specific event or date on the calendar. Never have been. I think they are doomed to fail. That said, I am thinking of a short term goal that I'd like to accomplish. I have made annual solo trips to Vegas every summer for the past few years. This is a "sanity" trip for me as for 10 months of the year, I'm a high energy middle school teacher and Mom of 3 who is basically a "single Mom" for 50% of the time as my husband works out of town. This trip is the only time I'm not responsible for another human being and it refills my emotional "bank" so I can give the rest of the year as much as I do. This year will be the first time I am not going to need a seat belt extender on the plane, and the first time I will feel truly good about all the walking I'm going to do, because I am truly able to handle it now.
School is now out, so I have the next few months off work. I'd like to focus for the next 7 weeks (until my scheduled Vegas trip) on ramping up my exercise program even more in part because I want Vegas to be when I celebrate losing 100 lbs total. That's 12 lbs from now in 7 weeks or so. So leaving aside the argument against losing weight for an event (because I get it, believe me), what can I do to ramp up what I already do to help me with this goal? I have a membership at a gym with a variety of water and land classes and a full array of equipment so I'm game for almost anything. And the 2nd part of this is what should I do with my nutrition plan? I know that once I ramp up my exercise I probably should adjust my eating plan by eating a bit more calories to avoid what I know happens with me when I eat too little or exercise more than my plan states (weight loss slows down).
Once again, sorry for the long winded question...I just wanted to be clear. :-) Thanks in advance.
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