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Weigh-In Week #3 - Biggest Loser Summer Challenge Day #1

Thursday, July 08, 2010

After three weeks here on SP, it finally happened - my first week that I didn't lose any weight. I didn't gain any weight either and that's the best part. So, I'm still 197 but I did finally get around to doing some things that I should have done three weeks ago - I took my other body measurements.

After reading blogs by both Carly216 and Nascarchick, I learned the importance of tracking my other measurements. Losing inches is just as important as losing pounds, especially on those weeks where I don't lose any weight but rather only inches.

I've also entered the Walk Away the Pounds - Sisters in Sweat Biggest Loser Summer Challenge. In order to join the contest, I had to send in a picture of my feet on a scale - LOL



There's some kind of prize at the end (don't remember what it is) but it doesn't matter; I'm not doing it for that. I just like the idea of working towards a goal and the accountability of it all; that motivates me.

So, I'll be reporting on the challenge and my results from time to time as well as my other diet and exercise goals. I'm getting really excited about my program now and it's actually been really fun doing this - so far.

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2TIGRE 7/14/2010 12:16AM

    Xena - you're so sweet! I've always seemed to have small feet no matter how much weight I gained. I guess I didn't retain a lot of weight in my feet.

Wednesday is my weigh in day and I'm excited to see if I've lost any weight this week. I've been really good on my program.

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XENA1956 7/13/2010 11:55PM

    I think we are both on the blue team together. You are doing a great job and hope you are still hiking around Simi?? I took the picture when I wasn't standing on the scale because I sent a picture first and then reread the directions. My scale has a memory so with both pictures Tema let me in. LOL
You have cute feet and toes. My are not.

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2TIGRE 7/12/2010 4:21PM

    Hi Ladies - I got a kick out the contest rules where we had to take a pix of us standing on a scale - LOL

I'm excited about the contest; I like pushing myself to do better. This whole SP journey is so good for me. Thx for the support; I really appreciate it.

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JAY75REY 7/9/2010 5:40PM

    Funny picture! I think I'll take one too. I'll wait til a day that I LIKE what the scale is telling me, however!

I am always fluctuating and on a plateau so don't give up! It really is good not to gain.
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CARLA-216 7/9/2010 3:31PM

    :::scratching my head::: How did I miss this blog?

Good on ya for being okay with a maintain on the scale! I feel it's the body's way of taking a breather, adjusting to the new lower weight, and then it will release more pounds next week. Also, great job taking your measurements! Some weeks the scale may not budge, so pull out the tape measure and measure your success that way! emoticon

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Ok, So I Indulged a Little on the 4th - SO WHAT!

Monday, July 05, 2010

I worked very hard all week to stay on my program. I exercised every day, managed my eating goals really well. Then on Sunday, I went to a BBQ and partied with hubby and friends. I drank a little too much and ate a little too much. I didn't exercise (hubby and I slept in) and didn't log in anything I ate.
SO WHAT!!!

I refuse to beat myself up for my brief indulgence. I don't understand why so many people do this when they do the same. Holidays and celebrations are a part of living life. If we don't make allowances for them then we're missing a much more important lesson here than whether or not we stayed on our diet.

Anyway, this is just my humble opinion and now my little rant is over and I'm getting down off my soapbox. Have a good week everyone.

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2TIGRE 7/7/2010 1:10PM

    Teriana - I'm glad you liked my post. I wrote it after reading a few posts of people bashing themselves for indulging too much over the holiday weekend. I just don't get that! We don't deserve that. Anyway, that's my humble opinion. :)

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TERIANA 7/7/2010 12:55PM

    Ha ha--I loved this blog. And I loved the "happy ending" that you went back to eating well and exercising on Tuesday. Thanks for reminding us about moderation in all things.

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2TIGRE 7/6/2010 3:43PM

    Frenchtosd - AMEN!!! As long as I am continuing to lose weight every week, then a little indulgence is not going to ruin my whole program.

Tomorrow is my weigh in day and even if I don't have a weight loss, I'm going to be ok with that. I knew when I started this that there would be weeks I wouldn't lose. I am prepared for that.

Anyway, the point is (and I actually do have one), I really hate to see people beat themselves up for a brief indulgence. It's so anti-productive and self-defeating. This is a time when we need to be a little kinder to ourselves and highlight the positives and not let the negatives define ourselves. Once again, JMHO

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FRENCHTOSD 7/6/2010 2:46AM

    As long as you are moving in the right direction, it's all good. I think if you average your calories for the week you will probably come out OK. Just keep tracking. Whenever I stop that, I go haywire!

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2TIGRE 7/6/2010 12:39AM

    Jamer123 & Xena1956 - AMEN!!! This is my point, if we indulge, so be it. Tomorrow is another chance to start over and another opportunity to do it right.

Thx for stopping by ladies; I really appreciate it.


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XENA1956 7/6/2010 12:33AM

    I never worry about the holidays or special days. I try to watch what I eat but if I go over my calorie count or don't exercise I just don't worry about it. As Scarlet would say "I won't think about it today, I think about it tomorrow because tomorrow is another day". Hope you had fun! That is what is great about this site. You only have to answer to yourself and if you want to indulge once in a while so what! emoticon

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JAMER123 7/5/2010 11:44PM

    Good for you!! We all need a day off on occasion and holidays seem to be a great time to do just that. Tomorrow is another day and you can pick up just where you left off. Have fun!!

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My First Hike in Years - It Was Tough But I Made It

Sunday, July 04, 2010

I hadn't hiked in many, many years but when I was invited to go on a hike recently, after some initial hesitation, I said yes. While I kind of stressd out over it a little last night, I just didn't want to slow the group down because I couldn't keep up. I just wanted to finish the hike, even if I was last.

The hike was a hike up Mt. McCoy and onto to the Reagan Library that was nearly 3.5 miles long. I know that doesn't sound like much but the hike was considered a moderate hike and it was a steep climb for the first half of the walk where I struggled to keep up.

I thought my 4mi walks up and around my neighborhood would be good practice but they weren't. They didn't prepare me for the hike up the mountain. If there was one thing I learned today it was that I need a lot more practice building up my strength and stamina.

I want to do the next hike (the group has an easy hike scheduled in a couple of weeks) and hopefully a few more weeks of building up my strength and stamina will serve me a little better.

It was a good day and I'm glad I went even if I am really sore now. It was good that I stepped out of my comfort zone (of just walking my neighborhood) and put myself out there to try something new as well as meet some new people.

One good thing though, after tracking my fitness for the day, I have banked some extra calories for tomorrow. I'm going to a BBQ and as long as I make some healthy choices, I should be able to indulge just a little - I promise not a lot, just a little.

Have a wonderful 4th of July everyone.

  
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CARLA-216 7/9/2010 3:32PM

    GREAT job on the hike! That is something I really want to get back into, but I'll likely wait until the fall to do so (too stinkin' hot and muggy here in NC!).

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2TIGRE 7/5/2010 4:03PM

    Brandyceliz81 - Thx for the support; I really appreciate it. This is one of the best things that I like about SP - all the encouragement from the other members.

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2TIGRE 7/5/2010 3:59PM

    Calilindi - The group is the Simi Valley Trailblazers and they organize hikes all over the place. It actually was another SP member that told me about the group Their website is http://www.simitrailblazers.com/>
I'm glad I went because I did enjoy myself even if I am still sore. They were a great bunch of people and really fun to hang out with. I will definitely be making the next local hike (their hiking up in Glacier Park for the two weeks) on July 31st.

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2TIGRE 7/5/2010 3:42PM

    Teriana - Exercise is a vital aspect of my efforts to getting healthier. I have no illusions that diet alone will help me succeed my goals - I have to exercise.

Now, having said that, I learned that after years of not exercising I have to build up my strength and stamina slowing. It's two days later and I'm still sore.

I wasn't prepared for the hike and it was just a liitle ambitious of me. I'm not going to give up, I'm just going to be a little more realistic about my abilities.

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CALILINDI 7/5/2010 12:34AM

    Congrats on putting yourself out there! I am also in the Simi area and would love to have a hiking partner/group. I love to hike and don't really have anyone close by. Was it SPARK people that you hiked with?

Exercise is so much easier when we can get outdoors and have some fun!

Any info. would be appreciated!

Linda

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TERIANA 7/4/2010 2:06PM

    Great job! I think I will push myself a bit more on the exercise side of things. Today makes 4 weeks on SP and I did not lose a pound last week. Disappointing yes, but I am not "giving up" as I have in the past. I will follow your example and do more physically than I have been doing. You are a champion!

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2TIGRE 7/4/2010 11:43AM

    Xena1956 - If you know Simi Valley, then you know the area around the Ronald Reagan library is really hilly. It was a strenuous hike for me even though the group said it was a moderate hike (moderate for them maybe).

Everyone was really nice and when they found out it was my first hike in a long time, I noticed that some of them paid a little more attention to me; asking me if I was ok and generally just making sure I knew to pace myself and hanging out at the back of the group with me.

They were really nice and encouraged me to come back in a few weeks to join them on an easier hike up in Carpenteria, in Santa Barbara county.

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XENA1956 7/4/2010 1:36AM

    I am so glad that you tried a hike. They are fun. I have done a few of them too. I know exactly where you hiked and for those not familiar with the area, it is not all that easy. If I get up to Simi this summer I wish I could get together with you.
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Love Those SP Reports

Friday, July 02, 2010

Since joining SP, I've been really pleased as well as impressed with all the really cool apps. One particular one I like are all the reports, specifically the daily nutrition feedback reports.

I like how it tells me what goals I met, which ones I exceeded and which ones I didn't meet. I also like how it tracks my goals throughout the week. The really cool graphs that breakdown my foods by meals as well as foods is cool too.

Yesterday, I was going over my reports since starting two weeks ago and one thing is obvious: my daily walks are definitely offsetting my indulgences (just small ones - not huge ones). Based on my reports, there are several occasions where I have exceeded some particular goal, either I've exceeded my calories or I've exceeded my fat, etc...

The fact that I'm still losing weight is good but the only reason I'm able to do that is because of my walks that are averaging 4+mi day. But at some point, if I don't get my indulgences under control, things will probably take turn in the opposite direction as far my weight loss progress goes.

So my new goal is to try and limit my indulgences to once a week. I'm not talking about going mad crazy one day a week and totally pigging out. I'm talking about once a week having a little indulgence (once again, not a huge one - just a small one) by maybe exceeding my calories a little or maybe exceeding my fat goal a little (maybe a cookie or two).

Hopefully, this plan will not only get my snacking indulgences under control but it will also establish a better, healthier habit so that when I do reach a plateau, it won't be because of a less than sensible diet.

Who knows, I could be really off base here but I think it's worth a try.

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2TIGRE 7/2/2010 1:07AM

    Daisyismydog - Oh, my snacking monster can get the best of me some days. While it may take me a week or two to get down to one indulgence a week, I'm going to really work on reducing my indulgences.

Turbogirl - After two weeks, I'm still learning about all the really cool apps. Seems like I discover a new one every day.

Thx for stopping by ladies; I really appreciate it.

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TURBO-GIRL 7/2/2010 1:00AM

    I agree! I love SP's reports and graphs so much! They are the greatest for really seeing how you're doing over time.

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DAISYISMYDOG 7/2/2010 12:59AM

    Good luck! It is hard to balance those indulgences, like you said. Cravings can be really strong sometimes. I think you are wise to cut back one step at a time.

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Weigh In Day: The Best Day of My Week

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Today was weigh in day. I LOVE weigh in days! I know, I know, you're thinking I'm nuts for love getting weighed in. But I do. I actually look forward to my weigh in days.

By Monday, I'm getting so excited about whether or not I've lost any weight that I can't stand it and I want so bad to go and weigh myself early just to see. By Tuesday, I'm beside myself and it takes everything I got not to go and weigh myself.

On Wednesday morning, I am so excited about stepping on that scale. I'm racked with anticipation as the numbers on the scale settle on the final number. For just a moment, my heart flutters as I run the week through my head. I contemplate those two days that I exceeded my calories by 20-30 calories or the day I exceeded my fat grams by 14grams and the fact that I rarely get eight glasses of water a day.

But then there it is, my weight and lo and behold, it's less than what it was last week - two pounds less too! I'm so ecstatic I can't contain myself and that feeling can last for days.

I LOVE weigh in days. They're the best day of my week!

  
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2TIGRE 7/1/2010 11:33AM

    Frenchtosd - I second that! Knowing I'm going to be weighed in a couple days keeps my snacking a little under control. So far, the scale is my friend so I'm loving my weigh in days.

Teriana - Thank you so much for the support and encouragement; I really appreciate it and it means a lot.

Brandyceliz81 - Thank you! I am really enjoying SP. Even though two weeks ago I didn't know anyone, I have to say the level of support and encouragement is such a wonderful surprise.

Carla216 - Thx for the support; I really appreciate it. So far, so good.

Thx everyone for stopping by; I really appreciate it. Now have a wonderful day.
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CARLA-216 7/1/2010 10:31AM

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Congrats on another great weigh-in!

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TERIANA 7/1/2010 3:52AM

    YEAH! Two pounds lighter definitely qualifies for a Snoopy Happy Dance! Well done my friend!!! I am counting down until my weigh in day which is Saturday. I hope to match your progress. Keep going! You are well on your way....

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FRENCHTOSD 7/1/2010 2:50AM

    Great attitude. The scale keeps me honest and focused. Whenever I avoid it, I pay!

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