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Lost just about 2.4 pounds in about 3 weeks-- trying not to think of this as a bummer...

Monday, January 25, 2010



This time around, I resolved not to be a slave to the scales, to follow the program I have outlined for myself, gentler, more relaxed than in the past and to try to be serene about the whole exercise and weight loss process.

So I did, for about three weeks, stayed in my calorie range, did my exercise, doing two days over calories, and a few days on the low end of the range to make up for it, doing plenty of exercise, mostly walking which gets me some fresh air.

2.3 pounds gone to show for it. Not fantastic.

Of course, if I look on the bright side, that's 2.3 pounds less than before, a kilo, nothing to be ashamed of either.

I just thought it would be more. And I'm back to trying not to be disappointed with the scales, the place so many of us often seem to be.

But I've also decided not to go nuts and start doing tons more exercise or only eating 1200 calories a day. Been there, done, that, not sustainable in the long term. Does lead to more weight loss though, but ultimately, that didn't work out for me because I couldn't keep it up.

I have also decided to count in pounds and not kilos as you get less than half as many of the kilos as you do pounds and I need the positive numbers!

So just got to hang in there I guess.

  
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NATHELESS 1/25/2010 4:34PM

    Yes, hang in there - 2.3 pounds is not bad at all!

Last time I lost weight, I managed about 1-2 pounds a month... but over time, that added up to a substantial loss.

It's a process and a journey, not a race.

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Personally, I've found that being happy and feeling good during the journey was more important than losing weight at the fastest possible speed - the kinds of things I end up doing to lose weight quickly tend to make the whole process really unpleasant.

Keep up the great work!

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Cooking from scratch at home, one of the keys for me.

Monday, January 18, 2010



Just a picture of nearby Arles, about a 20 minute ride away.

This am I made high fiber chocolate chocolate chip muffins, 5 gr fibber each, about 130 calories. Very good, like a nice cupcake. I was horrified at the prices for things at the grocery store, and we don't even have a lot of this kind of option in France, so have decided to get back to more do it yourself stuff.

Also made pretzel rolls for sandwiches, which I just had for lunch, a lot of work though and I may not soon do it again. Still, I had two rolls, with light butter and two pieces of ham for about 500 calories and a very filling lunch, and I know just what was in it.

The control freak in me likes to know what goes in my food and one of the only ways to real know is to do it yourself.

I know enough about baking now, after doing it for years, that I can predict what will happen if I take out some of the salt or fat, and that helps with good results.

I haven't lived in the States for 12 years, and I know there is a lot of packaged food, light food, diet food, all that kind of stuff. Here in France, there isn't, and the average woman wears a size 6-8. It makes you wonder.

I wear a 14 and am considered grossly obese by French standards.

I will never be the size of a French woman, I know this, I'm too tall, too muscular, my feet are too big, and so on. I'd be happy to be about a size 10-12, which is still plus sized in France.

The only consolation, I'm built like Marilyn Monroe, something none of the French women can say!

  
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NATHELESS 1/20/2010 9:42AM

    I think you've hit on an important difference when you note that in the US, there is all this super-processed "diet/light" food, and in France there isn't... and the women in France are generally smaller. Real food is best, and the most real food is the food you make yourself.

The other component there is that portion sizes in France are also smaller - from the cup of coffee to the chocolate chip muffin. The muffins you made for 130 calories were probably at least half the size of the standard muffin you can buy in the US. We just eat too much here, all the time, and we've been doing it so long that it seems normal... in France, normal is something that lets women eat real butter and real cream and still be a size 8.

Or a 10-12 and look like Marilyn Monroe.

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TRACEE5 1/18/2010 2:37PM

    I perfer eating things made from scratch also. Actually when my weight is under control, I usually make alll my bread, use real butter, regular dairy products and such. The less chemicals teh better. I still prefer my children to eat this way. I will still shove packeged chemicals down my throat until I'm at a healthier weight though. Once there, watch out!! Then I only have to focus on protion control! Woo hoo!!

Your food sounds selicious!

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KIMCATUS 1/18/2010 11:11AM

    And Marilyn Monroe was one of the sexiest women alive!! You go girl!

But I DO agree with you about the packaged crap over here....just so much junk food...even the "diet/healthy" food. Unfortunately I'm bad about eating that stuff...I need to be more conscious of what I'm eating.

Hang in there girlie...you're on the ricght track!! :D

PS...Arles is gorgeous!!!

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I need to stop thinking drastic exercise is the only good exercise and tone it down

Monday, January 11, 2010

After hurting myself, neck pain and severe plantar fascitiis in August last year I'm back to SP. Yes, I gained kilos in the interim as I was in such pain I could barely walk let alone exercise. It has slowly gotten better and I'm back to try to lose what I gained and continue on.

It is strangely hard to tone down the exercise. I loved the cardio, loved the hard workouts, but I know I can't do it now and maybe shouldn't do it again ever. There is nothing like not being phsyically able to walk to the corner, or even get up out of bed in the am without serious pain to make you rethink.

I just did a long walk this am, one of the longest I've tried, not a super fast walk either, and it was great. First time in a long time.

I have to learn moderation in the exercise department.

One thing I have noticed, exercising really a lot makes you really hungry and I am having a much easier time keeping to the calories I'm trying to keep to now than before.

So, so far, so good.

If this phot works, it is St Guilhem le Desert in France, very near us.

  
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COLE771 2/18/2010 1:33PM

    How is your PF? I have struggled with it for a couple of years now. I keep trying to get a good workout rhythm going and then it will act up and keep me from doing anything. Even walking is painful. I have a stationary bike but it's soooo boring!
Well let me know if you have any good tips to keep PF away - I'm about to start the C25K program again on March 1st with a little group so I really don't want to get bumped from my plans because of another injury!
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COLE771 2/18/2010 1:33PM

    How is your PF? I have struggled with it for a couple of years now. I keep trying to get a good workout rhythm going and then it will act up and keep me from doing anything. Even walking is painful. I have a stationary bike but it's soooo boring!
Well let me know if you have any good tips to keep PF away - I'm about to start the C25K program again on March 1st with a little group so I really don't want to get bumped from my plans because of another injury!
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COLE771 2/18/2010 1:33PM

    How is your PF? I have struggled with it for a couple of years now. I keep trying to get a good workout rhythm going and then it will act up and keep me from doing anything. Even walking is painful. I have a stationary bike but it's soooo boring!
Well let me know if you have any good tips to keep PF away - I'm about to start the C25K program again on March 1st with a little group so I really don't want to get bumped from my plans because of another injury!
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TRACEE5 1/11/2010 8:41AM

    What a gorgeous place!! You are so lucky to live so near!! Good luck on your goals! You can do it!

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MISSWASHUU 1/11/2010 7:21AM

    *hugs* glad you are back! take care of yourself! Thanks for the advice about my neck. I'm going to take it.

you take it slow! Do what you need to but hey, people have lost 100's of lbs walking. I understand the love of some intense cardio (give me Kenpo or Turbo Jam and I'm in heaven) but in order to be healthy, we have to do what we can do within our limitations. you can walk chicka, that is a blessing in and of itself

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Goal for January--just get back on track

Monday, January 04, 2010

No fancy goals or resolutions for me. All I'd like to do is get back on track with SP. After the injuries, I think I've learned my lesson not to overdo in the sports department. Regular and gentle will have to do for me instead of intense. Walking, Wii Fit and the elliptical will be sports of choice with some strength training thrown in. The calories are easier to manage and so far, no bg problems with that.
Daily check ins with SP, a minimum of 50 SPoints, just to keep touch and read the educational stuff and tracking are what I plan.
I missed it, I'm glad to be back.

  
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LUCKY-13 1/4/2010 11:47PM

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BPELLER 1/4/2010 7:54AM

    Way to go make a commitment!

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ZEE1960 1/4/2010 4:57AM

    Same as that,I aimed to be 140 pound by xmas so I could enjoy it without guilt, I put on 4 pound so no real damage done, I was in Devon the land of the cream tea after all, so like you just want to get back on track now!

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New beds today!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Hi all, I'm back after some injuries and hopefully things are mostly back in order. I'm still going to the osteopath for me back and neck. Just replaced the beds today. After 12 years, and back trouble, decided that a new box spring and mattress could only be a good thing. Theya re longer than the last beds, should be nice, room for cats! I'm crossing my fingers that we chose correctly, so many different mattresses out there. These are springs, all individually wrapped with an extra memory foam top piece.

  
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LUCKY-13 12/28/2009 6:41PM

    Good to see you back!!!

Hugs,
Lucky

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KIMCATUS 12/28/2009 2:26PM

    Yay!! Welcome back! Congrats on the beds...I'm sure the cats....er I mean I'm sure YOU will be very comfortable!!! :D

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CHEFBLUEROSE 12/28/2009 12:03PM

    emoticon Back

I missed you!

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We too got a new mattress after 15 years and my back thanked me.
Good luck on choosing the right one.


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