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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

No more whining (for now, heh-heh). My new formula for making this thing work is an about face. Exercise LESS (as atrocious as that sounds to a compulsive person such as myself) and cut back on my calories again. That really should have been obvious all along... I mean, what old lady on a diet really needs 2,000 calories per day?!! Duh! Sometimes I amaze myself these days, how could I have gotten this stupid? Oh, ok...that was pretty degrading...I guess. What I meant to say was, how could I have become this "unaware", especially with so MANY years of experience under my belt? (and that's not all that's under my belt, yuk yuk).

EDIT: (Important one too)
I have not actually CONSUMED 2,000 calories per day, at least not when I've been logging or counting them...but according to my recommendations, that IS within my calorie range. For the record, I have been keeping my calories closer to 16-1800, but that's still more than I should need.

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54ANICKEL 6/10/2009 6:38PM

I remember saying that all the time when we were kids - whenever we sort of messed something up on our turn.
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    You are making great progress so far. It's all about learning and adjusting to things and you are doing that. Keep it up! Things will work out for the best for you!

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RENNAH 6/9/2009 2:25PM

    Good job on trying to have the right attitude.. I think we all lose sight of that sometimes, and it is good to know that you are not alone!!
Keep up the good work! You can do it. emoticon

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QUEENLATIFA 6/9/2009 11:36AM

    Hey, you have the right attitude for this. We all need to "start over" from time to time I think. Lord knows I've done it many times! You just keep your goals in sight and you will make progress. Might be surprised at the little things you have changed already and don't even think about anymore. *S*

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FEFERNATOR 6/9/2009 10:46AM

    The journey is a constant work in progress. The good news is you are aware of what needs to be done and are making the changes needed to get to where you want to be. You CAN and WILL achieve all of your goals. Just keep moving!

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FRANCA1P 6/9/2009 9:43AM

    good for you, making changes. sometimes one change is all we need.
have you calculated how many calories you actually need each day?
i know i am like viv and we need fewer than the sparkpeople calculation in order to lose weight. it is disheartneing but finally , one comes to the reality that we cannot eat like we want or like we used to because that's what got us in this place to begin with.
it really is something to think about, come to grips with, and then deal!
i say that as much for me as for you and all of us!
reality bites but as long as it's celery and not cheesecake , let it chew and swallow too!
let's make it happen!


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According to RealAge.com...

Monday, June 08, 2009

I've got such conflicting information and viewpoints that I really just don't know what to do...other than just getting back to exercising in an attempt to improve my health as much as I can, without worrying about my weight...since it (the weight) is only changing for the worse, when it changes at all lately. But no matter how many times I make the vow to forget about pounds and focus on health only, it still seems to come back to those numbers on the scale. Honestly, I really do believe that this journey IS about becoming more healthy, and the numbers on the scale shouldn't make any difference...and sometimes I actually DO feel that way. But let's be honest now...will I be likely to run into any doctors who, when giving me a physical, will tell me that my weight doesn't matter, as long as I'm eating right and exercising? If there are some who hold that opinion, I certainly haven't met any of them. But I'm getting off track again...still depressed, even more so, really...so it's hard to stay on track. Forgive me for straying.

What I *wanted* to post here was that, according to realage.com, I am exercising too much. More specifically, the report stated that I have been exercising as much as athletes in training do, and that I needed to cut down. Really? Could that really be possible? I'm seriously confused...I didn't think I was getting THAT much exercise, I'm certainly no athlete. Not even CLOSE! But I honestly can't believe that I've been doing so much more exercise than anyone else here. I read the posts, and some of those (you) people blow me away with the amount of exercise they (you) are doing! I'm surely not doing anything like THAT. But I've been trying to work out a new exercise regimen anyway, so this might be a good time to take stock of what I'm doing, and how much of it is actually productive vs how much is just causing "wear and tear" on my body (as RealAge stated).

I'm going to look over my current plan again, to make sure I'm getting it right, and then I'll add it to this post and see if anyone has any suggestions for me on changes....NEVERMIND. I have already figured it out, asking you to figure it out FOR me was pretty lame. Anyway, someone else did give me the answer, just the same, lol.

I have gotten SO MANY wonderful, kind, caring responses from my SparkFriends that I am feeling MUCH better, not so depressed anymore, and hopeful once again. My next blog post will be a great big thank you to all of you!


OK, seriously...why do I even bother?!!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

It's been three months now that I've been at this...exercising faithfully, watching and logging everything I eat, staying below my calorie range...and still no real weight loss. That belief that just getting healthier is more important than worrying about weight loss is starting to dwindle and fade.

OF COURSE I WANT TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT!! I'm trying so hard! I just can't figure out where I'm going wrong, and all this failure is adding up and starting to get depressing. That, along with all the other crap in my life that's heading south is getting to be too much for me to handle, and everything I'm *trying* to do to change it just isn't working. I feel so discouraged.

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DALE0529 6/8/2009 9:01AM

    You have been so instrumental in keeping me from giving up. Please don't quit. I know how hard it is and I sympathize. Sometimes stuff happens that makes us feel like quitting.

When I hit that plateau a little while back, I examined my eating habits and exercise habits closely. I ended up cutting back on exercise and refining my food intake. For whatever reason, a decrease in exercise and an increase in protein worked. You will find the right formula - just keep trying.


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HOPTOIT7 6/8/2009 12:57AM

    emoticonGranny, don't ever give up. I have been down this road for over a year now. I started doing great and things happen. I have been going back and forth and have try to not give up. I know its hard but think of yourself and stop worrying about everyone else. I am going threw some hard times now and I am still trying to keep up with my weight and exercise as much as I can. If I am not giving up Don't you give up either. Good luck and let me know how you are doing. HOPTOIT7 emoticon

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54ANICKEL 6/7/2009 3:45PM

    I hear your frustrations, I had the same problem last year. Didn't you recently quite smoking? That's an accomplishment in itself and if you were a longtime smoker (like me) it might take a while for your liver, thyroid and hormonal system in general to rebalance.

I tried to go easy on myself for the first few months of not smoking, concentrating on getting more fit without being overly attentive to the scale or my calories - just made sure I was moving more (walking, biking, Trikking), taking some supplements, and not eating junk. Sort of followed "You on a Diet". I was actually loosing inches in my "jelly-belly" even while gaining pounds. I started paying attention to calories when I became a bit more human, after 4-5 months from last cig (I was a NASTY recovering smoker). It took a while but I finally started seeing the scale move down.

Hang in there, I'm sure all your hard work is paying off in ways you just can't see...YET! I'm certain it will come, and if it doesn't in a few months it might be worth a trip to the doc for some bloodwork.

Someone recently reposted this, you might have already seen it...
Use Measurements Besides the Scale
What's So Motivating About Numbers Anyway?

Pretend for a minute that gravity doesn’t exist. Everything is weightless, including your aunt Sophie, yet it all manages to stay on the ground. You don’t know how much you weigh because scales have never been invented. How would you define your state of health? After all, you wouldn’t be able to say "I need to lose 10 pounds" or "I weigh 150 pounds, so I must be overweight."

What would be your benchmark? You might still not like how you look. You might be tired of being tired all the time. You might need to trim down and take care of that blood pressure problem. You might want to avoid diabetes.

In a gravity-free world, those are all still good reasons to create healthy diet and fitness habits. Who knows, you might decide "Hey, I feel all right, I look all right, and I’m healthy. If I can just maintain the habits I have, I should be okay."

The point is, you can decide for yourself what shape you’re in. You don’t need the scale to tell you. Unfortunately, many times we get down on ourselves simply because something as trivial as gravity tells us we’re out of shape. Some people feel and look fantastic in every respect, but if the number on the scale doesn’t match expectations, they’re miserable. This doesn’t make sense. Gravity should not be able to wield that kind of power.

....rest of article here ---)

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MAXFOCUS 6/7/2009 3:06PM

    Sorry to read you are feeling so discouraged. I haven't lost any weight since February so I understand you feeling frustrated with the scale not moving. Make sure you are actually eating enough food - doesn't that just seem bizarre?! To lose weight you have to be eating enough calories for the amount of exercise you are doing or your body goes into "starvation" mode and doesn't drop the weight. If nothing else take a week off from working out and just take time to de-stress in whatever way makes you happy - renting some DVD's, meditating, taking a yoga class, reading a good book, playing with grandkids, etc, etc.

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IMRSCICI 6/7/2009 8:43AM

    Hi! Never give up! I am young and only been on this "lifestyle change" for almost a month and I already hit a plateau. It can be very very very discouraging. But you might not see any difference on the scale, you might even be gaining muscle. I researched some ways to "bust" a plateau and it said to "confuse your body". Doing that, you eat your calorie limit today and tomorrow you eat a bit higher and the next day a different calorie range. It said to do that for week, I haven't tried it yet. But...you CAN be working yourself too hard and your body kinda "locks up". Just make sure your eating enough and drinking 8 cups of water per day. Plateaus are not fun, trust me, I know! Just hang in there, in the end it will ALL be worth it. emoticon

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PEPPER92 6/7/2009 7:12AM

  Granny don't give up. Try eating in the middle of yur calorie range. I did the same thing and stayed below my calorie range. Once I increased the calories I started to loose. Good luck and never give up. I wanted to give up but I feel so good. I have alot more energy and I want to do things. Go for a small walk. I started on the treadmill with 10 minutes a day because of my herniated discs and now I am up to 30 minutes a day. I really miss walking on the treadmill when to much comes up bt htan I usually am outside working in the gardesn wich I love. Please Please don't give up
you can e mail me anytime you want to talk
dsteinke@centurytel.net I am here for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OUTTAHERE 6/7/2009 6:54AM

  I'm a granny too. Been "trying" to lose weight for about a year - but not very hard. I ate potato chips and ice cream yesterday... and sat on me bum watching tv for most of the afternoon! You can see I'm not trying very hard... I would like to lose about 10-15 pounds and get rid of my anxiety! A lot of times when I'm having trouble, I kind of step back away from it and just ... exist. Can you go for a walk? Just walk? Don't think about trying to lose weight or anything else. Just walk, enjoy the day, feel the breeze - relax. Take a break from "trying". I hate to see you so down. Maybe we can help each other stay motivated!

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FLASUN 6/7/2009 6:28AM

    Debbie, you know if you looked over my SparkPage, my Slogan: NEVER GIVE UP!!!! I know just what you are talking about, because some days I feel the same way. I've wanted to just shoot that scale of mine! Working so hard every day, eating healthy, increasing exercise....and guess what 1/2 lb was gone. Just keep logging your foods, maybe you are not eating the correct portions? That was what I needed to do with my eating habits.....learn the portions of each meal. I know you will get back to your swimming soon, that will increase the exercise! So keep going, and don't get discouraged, it will happen for you with the weight loss!! Love ya! Janice emoticon emoticon

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What's happening NOW? - continued

Friday, June 05, 2009

AND.... I'm not sweating enough. Although I totally understand the importance of "mixing it up" rather than doing the same thing all the time in regards to exercise, I've gotten into a rut, and have been doing the same thing, day after day. And doing it for too long at a time to boot! It's time to make a new plan...again. Car problems keep me from getting to the beach, which was my "mix it up plan", but that's only one thing. I've got dozens and DOZENS of cardio exercise videos I could/should be alternating. I just got stuck in the hiking/walking rut, because the weather's been SO beautiful it's been hard to stay indoors to do anything. Obviously, I need to learn to use moderation in this area as well as all the others. (I HATE moderation!)

New plan, steps 1-10:

1. Do NOT give up
2. - 9. Other stuff that makes more sense than what I've been doing (WRONG) all this time that I *thought* I was working so hard on becoming fit and healthy.
10. Go back to sleep, IT'S THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT!!!


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    I know that it may seem hopeless for you when you feel that you are doing all the right things to lose the weight. Sometimes our bodies fight us on things, but just stick in the battle and you will win. I'm glad your plan involves not giving up. I like to write things out to monthly and weekly goals so it doesn't seem so overwhelming to me. I try and work on one big thing for a week or two. I do plan my exercise out and write that down. This way I don't do the same things over and over. I do keep my daily walk in because Bella needs her walks, but I change it up every other day. I know that you can conquer this and get passed it.

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RENNAH 6/5/2009 8:40AM

    You can do it!
maybe you could try joining a water aerobics class or something to mix it up for the summer.
But, whatever it is that you do, I am glad that your #1 is do not give up!! emoticon
Keep your head up too!! emoticon

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What's happening NOW?

Thursday, June 04, 2009

I'm still gaining weight, even though I know I "shouldn't" be. I'm eating healthy - low calories, low fat, low sugar, low simple carbs, low everything it seems! Exercising a LOT, and gaining weight. SP has been "telling me" (via trackers) that I am burning too many calories for the amount I'm consuming, yet eating any more just seems to go against everything I've ever believed about nutrition and fitness. You eat when you're hungry - period.

OK, that still makes sense to me, so why does it "seem" like I must need more calories? Get this, I FINALLY (may have) figured it out! Much of the exercise I've been getting is counterproductive. Just like eating too few calories is counterproductive, as your body goes into "starvation mode", more than an hour of cardio *at a time* is likely to send your body into "survival mode". So when I go on a two or three hour hike, my fitness tracker counts all those minutes as "productive" exercise, when, in fact, many of them are likely COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. At least this is the information I got from one of the trainers I worked with in the past...when things were still working for me.

So that's one of my extrapolations - remember to count only productive exercise minutes when tracking exercise as related to caloric needs.

Another thing I've figured out is that I can simply add a little more fat to my diet to add a few more calories, and probably do wonders for my digestive system as well.

It certainly seems like I'm spending an awful lot of time trying to figure out how to make something simple work. All I really know for certain is that I've been active here since March, adhering to my nutrition and fitness plans, and really haven't lost enough to even be worth mentioning. The one time I WAS starting to lose, I gained it all back overnight when I quit smoking. It just seems like I'm always starting over. Maybe this time will be better.


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