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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Yesterday went very well. I stayed in my lower calorie range that I recently went back to and tracked everything that I ate. I did make a change to something I ate so I didn't exactly stick to my planned out snack, but I made the swap before I ate it in the calorie tracker to make sure it worked first.

I also remembered to time my walk this morning. My plan was to maybe try some intervals today, but I think I gave it my all the whole walk. It's been a while since I put that much power into it. My dog does have to make a couple of stops so it affects my overall time, but I am still proud.

I mentioned in my blog from the other day that I needed to get back in a routine of waking up earlier. Yesterday I turned off my alarm clock and got back in bed LOL. This morning I was able to wake up on time. Yay! Hoping this will help the way I feel and also being earlier means it is cooler outside. Maybe the pooch and I can build up to walking further next week.

So here is a recap of my goals for the next two weeks:

-track calories everyday even if I go over emoticon
-start back timing my walks emoticon
-strength training
-blog once in a while since it helps keep me motivated emoticon
-continue to work towards buying a smaller size jeans for the fall
-wake up earlier and get back into a routine emoticon
-no dairy, no wheat, no added sugar
-start doing pilates
-try to not stay in work out clothes all day

I'm 'bout to work on that last one on the list and get dressed. Thanks for reading! What are you working towards this week?

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GYPSYGOTH 7/11/2014 10:08AM

    I love planning ahead on the tracker... it works SO well!

My goals are very similar this week... although I'll never give up dairy emoticon

I am also trying really hard to get into a better routine that includes getting out in the sunshine earlier, and doing more regular housework, as well as actually accomplishing things that might help me not be unemployed and totally unstructured.


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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/10/2014 6:10PM

    great job! Waking early is tough for me so good on you!

You totally got this!

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SUMMER2203 7/10/2014 11:43AM

    love these goals!!!!! you've got this :) :)

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Close, but no cigar

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

This week I've been working hard on getting back on track. Each day I accomplish at least one of my goals, but haven't really had the perfect day of being completely back in the weight loss game. Yesterday I did well with tracking my calories and planning my day out, but got lazy when it was time to cook. I ate some chili which I was saving for my lunches which was fine, but ate some chocolate which kept me in the higher calorie range when I was trying to lower it.

Today is a new day. Forgot to time my walk, but I walked. Going to plan out my day in the calorie tracker when I am done with this blog and sticking to it today. I have to cook today anyway so no excuses.

I am trying to ease back into eating less starchy foods as well. This helped me before so in effort to get back to basics I decided to go back to what has worked for me. I've also started putting sugar in my coffee which I need to work on reducing. Small changes to get back to into my routine and hopefully back into the losing weight mode!

At first I sort of was giving myself this week to get my act back together. But, then I realized that I am giving myself a way out. Last week was sort of the same thing. Do you see the cycle? I am putting my foot down today with myself and will stick with my planned meals.

Thinking ahead for next week, I'd like to continue with this weeks goals plus these:

-no dairy, no wheat, no added sugar
-start doing pilates
-try to not stay in work out clothes all day

I am working on the first one already except for the no added sugar part. Not sure how my dog will react to me trying to do pilates LOL. Anyone else stay in their work out clothes all day? I admit I like it, but I don't feel like I get dolled up much anymore. While I do want to lose weight to be healthy, it is also to look better. I don't look like these girls taking selfies and posting on instagram looking all hot with a full face of makeup in their tight leggings and sports bras. I have a messy bun or pony tail most days, no makeup, tank top, and walmart shorts. Don't judge me.

Thanks for reading! Are any of you struggling with getting back on track since vacation?

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POMATOJUICE 7/11/2014 11:00PM

    I'd do workout clothes all day if I didn't get so sweaty! I have to hang them up so they can dry out for the next day. I'll totally admit to being lazy and only washing them once a week, though. I get a strange sense of accomplishment when I can see white sweat stains on my sports bra! It almost seems like a shame to wash away this physical proof of me working out. lol. Then again, I don't want my clothes to be able to stand up on their own!

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GYPSYGOTH 7/11/2014 10:29AM

    Oh, my goodness, yes on the workout clothes all day... Since I haven't had a job, I don't think I've worn "real pants" or "not a sports bra" more than a handful of times. I admire women who make an effort every day... and I wish I was one of them...

Good luck with the pilates with the dog! When I do yoga or pilates my cat likes to get under me. Sigh.

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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/9/2014 7:31PM

    I love just chilling in whatever is comfortable and if that happens to be workout gear, than so be it!

Sounds like you have a good plan going forward. You can do it! I'm right there with you trying to make changes this week with foods to see some progress. It's beyond time...

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SPIFF37 7/9/2014 1:47PM

    But doesn't it feel good knowing you look better in your Walmart shorts? And at least you got out of your pajamas! You can do this, you're the most dedicated person I know in the weight-loss arena right now. :)

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Doin' well

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

So yesterday I didn't work on any of my goals except for blogging LOL. Don't get me wrong. I did eat well and went walking, but tracking and stuff didn't happen. Today is planned out in my tracker though and it's pretty much the same as yesterday except I am cutting back on my calories again.

A while back I upped my calorie range because things weren't moving and I was hoping that would help. It didn't really do much so I agreed to just shift my way of thinking from losing weight to maintaining for a while. I'm going back to my old calorie range that got me this far hoping that the break from it will make my metabolism happy. We'll see!

I didn't walk this morning because I needed to do something. Tomorrow I hope to start waking up earlier and get back on my usual schedule. It's easier on me when I have more of a routine. Not waking up to my alarm and sleeping 1 or 2 hours longer was fun at the beginning of summer, but I am ready to get back to my normal wake up time.

We went on vacation recently. I allowed myself to eat what everyone else ate during that week. It definitely affected the way I felt and my energy. I didn't really over eat so I was proud of myself. I've had one week of eating some what normal since vacation, and then this week I am officially getting back on track with my weight loss goals. I haven't weighed yet and nervous about it. I've got to buy a new scale too before I can do that. It had to be thrown away just before vacation.

I am a little worried about my new, shorter walking distance. It's still a good walk and I did fine when just trying to maintain, but now that I want to see some changes again I am not sure if it is enough. Going to start timing myself again tomorrow to see how long it is taking me to complete so I can get back to tracking my fitness minutes and do a few strength training exercises.

Thanks for reading! Are you working towards a new goal?

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GYPSYGOTH 7/9/2014 10:47AM

    I've been on an "OK with maintaining" streak for a while but really want to get back into improving my fitness (and hey, if I lose weight, awesome).

If you have to cut down your walking time, maybe try some intervals? Walk super fast for 30 seconds and then calm it down; repeat. You'll burn more calories and confuse your body!

Glad you had fun on vacation and were able to keep from really overeating... but now you know you feel better when you're on plan emoticon

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    I hope that taking a break helped, too! emoticon

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ELIZABETH5268 7/8/2014 3:55PM

    Vacations seem to do that to the most of us. Keep pushing, you'll be right back where you were in no time:)

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JADED_CHICK19 7/8/2014 2:24PM

    Sounds like you have a great plan set up for yourself!!

My goal for now is to lose 15 pounds by September 7th. :)

Keep up the great work!

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Monday, July 07, 2014

It's been a long time since I've blogged! This week I hope to get things going again and sort of rededicate myself to my weight loss journey. I've been in maintenance mode for a couple of months when things slowed down a few pounds from goal weight. It's been fun and all, but time to get back to the nitty gritty.

I have been stuck weight wise for a bit. Lowest weight was almost 152 lbs. Go out to eat and it would bounce up to 154. Walking is still going well. I even have a new walking buddy named Jake. My new dog wasn't big on my long walks at first so I had to shorten my distance.

Like I mentioned earlier, this week I hope to start things off right with trying to lose weight again. I haven't done well with tracking mainly because I haven't gotten the hang of using the app and I don't always turn the computer on anymore. I track once in a while to make sure I am eating the right amount of calories. Most days are the same foods so I really haven't done bad by not tracking, but I still think it helps me to track all calories everyday. So, I figured I need to set some new goals to work towards. This is what I hope to accomplish.

-track calories everyday even if I go over
-start back timing my walks
-strength training
-blog once in a while since it helps keep me motivated
-continue to work towards buying a smaller size jeans for the fall

Thanks for reading! How is everyone doing?

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JADED_CHICK19 7/8/2014 7:18AM

    I'm so happy to see you are doing well and keeping the weight off! I look forward to seeing you more around Spark again!

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STEPH-KNEE 7/7/2014 10:59PM

    I am glad to hear you are doing well. emoticon

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WONDERWISH1 7/7/2014 10:23PM

    I`m in the same boat as you. I have been maintaining for way too long. I keep setting goals and things keep getting in the way. I need to rededicate myself to me again.

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KAT321123 7/7/2014 10:05PM

    Ali! SO super excited to see your name pop up in my feed! I'm glad you've been maintaining -- when people sort of disappear off of SparkPeople I always worry they've fallen totally off-track but it seems like you maybe just needed a bit of a break from such a high level of intensity and now are back in high gear.

Please let me know if there's anything I can do to be a support!

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

I went clothes shopping yesterday. It's been a while and it was much needed. Last time I went shopping was in December. That was for cool weather clothes and plus I've gone down another size since then. I was hoping to be a size 8 before buying new summer clothes, but it just wasn't happening.

So I am pretty much a size 10 now and started out at a size 18. I did have to buy 1 pair in a size 12 because of the way they were made. I'm funny about shorts and like them loose. The style of the rolled up jean shorts is not flattering on me. I managed to find some plain jean shorts and some khakis plus two new tank tops and bathing suits. Finally got some new panties too. You're gonna laugh, but I've been wearing the same ones this whole time. Like from 67 pounds ago. Yeah, droppy drawers. I got new walking shorts too and going to get a few new shirts later on. It really is funny how buying a few new things that fit make you look at yourself differently.

My eating was crazy this past weekend. We went out to eat a few times. I am back on track now. I did walk everyday and skipped my weigh in on Monday. Today I did give in and eat some chocolate eggs, but I counted them out and will track them. Candy isn't very satisfying so I am not really happy that I ate it since I know it was empty calories, but I didn't eat my snack today and had some extra calories anyway.

We are not used to going out to eat very much and so we have decided after this weekend to not go out for a while. We usually go out to eat maybe once a week. Sometimes less than that. After eating that much I am welcoming getting back to normal LOL.

Anyway, back to the sizes. I used to get so caught up with the number. I would not buy a bigger size and just say it didn't fit leaving with nothing. I've learned that sizes can vary so much and it was silly of me to ever be worried about that. Like the shorts I bought. The khakis and the jean shorts are two sizes but fit about the same. Actually the smaller size is slight larger. Same brand too.

Walking is still going well. I enjoy it so much and glad to be able to wear my newer shoes again. Still pretty much working on maintaining. I may try lowering my calories again soon to see if I can lose a few pounds, but I am not in a big hurry.

Thanks for reading! Anything exciting happening with ya'll?

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ZAPPATTACK 5/7/2014 9:29PM

    Congrats on the new stuff! It's amazing how some new wardrobe pieces really boost your confidence! :)

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AHALTOM 5/7/2014 6:51PM

    67 Pounds!!!! That's amazing. I'm so happy for you.

I laughed about the underwear comment, because I need new underwear. Mine are too big too.

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MAPFARMS 5/7/2014 4:44PM

    Great job! Shopping is way more fun when you need smaller clothes. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PROPMAN1 5/7/2014 3:57PM

  Nothing exciting.....maintaining. It is amazing how different designers can make such a difference in sizing. There have been times when i've had to buy an XL when usually i get a small/medium. Keep walking! emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGO 5/7/2014 3:44PM

  Great blog!

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ADARKARA 5/7/2014 3:38PM

    Sizing is ridiculous! I have 12s that are tight and 8s that fit perfectly, so it's best not to focus too much on the number and more on how it fits, which it seems like you're doing!

Nothing exciting here! Thinking about starting to maintain myself. emoticon

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