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Back from the beach!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Oregon coast was beautiful over the weekend! We stayed in Seaside, but also traveled around to Tillamook and Newport.

So many things to see, SO many foods to indulge in! I basically let myself eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. You know what I found out? When I allow myself to eat I don't do too bad. I did eat things that I usually don't, and things that I ONLY eat while at the beach.

I did try a candy coated Twinkie (who knew people needed to create such things?) I also had fudge. Even ice cream at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. There was so much stuff to do I actually missed lunch one day. I didn't even realize I hadn't eaten!

When I got back on Sunday my weight was up by three pounds. Not bad to me considering I didn't eat that healthy, and the only exercise I got was walking around through all of the shops and along the beach. Today my weight was only up by half a pound. One day of eating right and I'm back on track! I didn't even get a chance to exercise yesterday, since I ended up having to watch my niece and nephew.

Today I've already gotten in 45 minutes of exercise, and I'm planning to go to the gym again with my husband tonight. It felt great to take a break and know that I can bounce right back.

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MDTWEETY 6/1/2008 9:07AM

    I've been to the Tillamook cheese factory! So many great ice cream flavors! Aaahhh!!!
I absolutely LOVED my vacation to the Oregon Coast a few years ago! It was so beautiful; one of my favorite vacations of all time. I can't wait to move to Seattle and visit Oregon more often.
I recently went on vacation and gained 3 pounds too! I'm finding it difficult to get back into the normal routine again. I didn't pay a bit of attention to how I was eating and I only worked out 1 day in the hotel fitness gym. But I did a lot of walking. All in all, 3 pounds isn't terrible but of course I wish it went the other way! ;)

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    I wanna go to the Tillamook Cheese Factory. We'll be in Salem June 4-6 on our way to Alaska .. my cousin lives there in Oregon. How far is Tillamook?

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READY4LIVE 5/21/2008 4:57PM

    Sounds like a GREAT time, and I know the whether was beautiful too. I love the beach, so true there is so many things to do there.

Congrats on getting back on track, that is something I struggle with when on vacation and to come back to dieting, so I commend you for that emoticon

Good job on the exercise too, I'm sure it's nice to have a buddy to work out with too emoticon

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Judgement Day

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Ok, it's the day after my birthday. Time to weigh-in.

I hadn't updated my tracker to reflect the weight gain I had experienced which led me to start skipping the scale. I did cheat a couple of times and weighed myself. I'm actually bummed because when I weighed today I was 2 pounds heavier than when I had cheated and weighed myself a couple of days ago.

But I am 2 pounds DOWN from my weight gain. So I guess I'll just keep exercising and eating right and for the most part ignore the scale. It doesn't seem to like me.

I'm also nervous because I'm going through a rough week with food and exercise. I won't be getting in as much this week, (SUPER busy with a billion different events I have to go to). And my food is up in the air, since most of them involve food in some way. I'm going to try to be as careful as I can, but we'll see!

So maybe I won't weigh myself until NEXT Tuesday. I think the hotel we're staying at this weekend has a fitness center. I hope it does!! I read somewhere that they do, but then I saw another list of amenities and it didn't include a fitness center....so we'll see!

I'm sorry that this blog is so random, my mind is just racing away! I'll type one soon that isn't so scatterbrained!

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KMARIE0218 5/17/2008 7:59PM

    Happy belated birthday! Keep trying - we all have little setbacks here and there - and at your birthday you're entitled! The scale is not my friend, either. It rarely ever is! I tend to gain and lose the same few pounds. I also try to only weigh in once a week, which is usually Friday. Depending on what that says I tend to weigh again on Saturday and Sunday just to see if there was a difference! Try to give yourself a week between weigh-ins so you're not addicted to the scale and all it's evil fluctuations! :) Good luck to you!

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DIZZYMISSLIZZY4 5/15/2008 1:36AM

    Happy birthday!

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READY4LIVE 5/14/2008 12:02AM

    Happy Belated Birthday! It sounds like you've got the right attitude to succeed, and look how far you've come already, your an inspiration!

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LUCRECE 5/13/2008 3:59PM

    keeping lost pounds off by weighing frequently is one of the secrets of successful losers. for more info on what successful losers do to get and keep weight off, google the National Weight Control Registry and you'll find lots more....best, L

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Ok, so maybe that title isn't entirely accurate. I'm not really stuck at one weight, it's more of a range of weights. I seem to be able to gain weight and stay the same, but losing weight? Nope, not really an option!

I keep staying the same, trying new things to lose the weight, and they either make me stay the same, or gain. I didn't know I would be able to gain while eating a net calories of 1400. But that's what happened! I haven't updated my tracker yet, because it's been changing so randomly.

So I think I've decided to take a hiatus. Not from exercise. Not from eating healthy foods. But from the scale. I'm not going to measure myself. I'm only going to wear my clothes with elastic waists so I'm not thinking about how my jeans fit. I want to eat right and exercise because that's who I am, and not worry about the outcome.

I'm going to be doing this until my birthday, May 12. Well, technically the day after. So on May 13th, I will try on my jeans, measure myself, and weigh myself. I will put down whatever those numbers are. I will wear my jeans with pride, or slide them off and put on my workout pants. Whatever happens, I choose to be happy.

I choose to know when I've become too obsessed with counting every calorie and weighing every day. I can do both for long periods of time and be fine. I've proven that. But sometimes, it's time to give our minds, bodies and emotions a break.

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    The thing with weightloss is when your body composition has less weight to lose overall .. your body sort of freezes in weightloss until it's ready to lose another pound. You're getting really close to the suggested weight for your body and so you are losing a lot slower. Many things can affect the fluctuation ... like water intake, more sodium the day before than usual or anything.

You are doing the right thing and not allowing yourself to get overly obsessed with the weightloss measuring. You have proven to yourself that you are able and capable to lose weight, exercise regularly, and eat healthy. You are a beautiful person inside and out. There's no need to keep 'measuring' when you are only going to get frustrated with the measuring. Continue the exercise and eating habits and before you know it those measurements will move!

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MDTWEETY 5/5/2008 7:35AM

    I've been there. I get stuck a lot! I think it's a lot more common as you get closer and closer to goal. You've done phenomenal!! I think you've got a great plan to take a bit of a break from the scale! Have a relaxing "time off" and a great birthday!

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KERIBELLE 5/5/2008 12:01AM

    What would you tell any of us that were frustrated? You're our leader and one of the most inspirational women I've seen on this site. You are hard working and highly motivated so why are you being so hard on yourself? You'd tell any of us to hang in there and choose to be healthy and happy and to hell with the scale! You're beautiful so why care if the scale fluctuates from time to time? I've asked myself the same question....how can I be up a pound when I haven't even eaten a pound of food? I still weigh in daily and keep making good choices. All of a sudden I'll be 2 pounds down. Keep it up girl!

Comment edited on: 5/4/2008 11:59:35 PM

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DNJEN471 5/4/2008 11:13PM

    I think it is healthy to take a break every now and again. It will allow you to put all your healthy skills to the test.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 5/4/2008 8:38PM

    Hi Amber

You are gread jsut the way you are.
(Ever ahd anyone tell you you look like Judy garland playing dorothy in Wizard of Oz?) I think you are jsut beautiful!

I am goign to measure myself today.
I won't get back on the scale again until Friday.
I'm exercizing at the gym in a hard workout every other day and on the days i'm not at the gym it's a 2 mile walk.

no more scales for me either until scale day.
My weight loss has been at a stand still but oh well what can i do?
Starving is unhealthy, too.

Hang in there. emoticon

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Yay! So I had the code for free shipping at www.vitalicious.com so I could get some amazing Vitamuffins! I love them. I got the sampler pack so I have a ton of different kinds to try! I had AppleBerry Bran today. I was disappointed because it was berry, not apple berry. I have no clue where they think they hid any apple flavor in that thing.

But anyway, I'm realizing I LOVE the vitatops. I wish my store carried them instead of the two kinds of vitamuffins they carry. The vitatops are so much easier to eat! I also got vitabrownies in the sampler pack, but I haven't tried them yet. It's been so hard! i have so many different kinds to try and they are all in my freezer. But I am only allowing myself one a day. I can't eat them all at once!

Although without the free shipping the prices are just a bit too much! I mean I paid $36 for 24 items. If I had had to pay shipping I would have paid $40 for those same 24. Those are some expensive muffins! Especially since I can buy six jumbo muffins at the store for $2. Or a grand total of $8 for 24. $40 is a big difference from $8. Dang my healthy habits!

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SIMPLYTHAT 7/1/2008 1:45AM

    Heya. How did all of the items in your sampler wind up tasting? I really want to try these, but despite what the store locator says, they're not offered in my area. I want to order them, but want to make sure they are worth it before I fork out the dough.

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DNJEN471 4/20/2008 5:05PM

    Sounds yummy.

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SCRAPPYLOUISA 4/18/2008 3:03AM

    You could try baking you own muffins. There's lots of healthy recipes out there on the internet. Baking your own is a lot cheaper that buying them. Hugs, Shirley

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A great picture!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

This picture is really inspiring to me. No, it isn't of someone who has lost a lot of weight. But it is something that helps to convince me that gaining muscle is not a scary thing!


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NEWINSIDEOUT 4/25/2008 2:44PM

    Thanks for sharing. I'll pass it on to some other teammates.

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PMSLIVES 4/16/2008 2:51PM

    That is a great picture! I have seen the fat before, but not the side-by-side. Thanks for sharing.

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TWISTMONKII 4/16/2008 1:51PM

    That was good. Thanks for sharing.

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ITSTIMECM 4/16/2008 9:28AM

    Thanks for sharing. I printed the picture and will have it by my workout gear so I can see why I'm working with the weights!

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