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I'm back after a long absence

Monday, December 06, 2010

I was involved in a car accident as a passenger in late June 2010. I sustained internal injuries of the spine, hips and shoulder. After 4 plus months of chiropractic and massage care I returned to work full time Nov. 1st., but it is only now that I feel I can get back on track to losing weight. In the beginning, the first 2 months I held tight to within 5 pds of my maximum weight loss, but in August and September I lost the battle. There was ssooo much stress, with getting to all of my doctor appts (9) each week, and dealing with the stress of work and being on short term disability, and my lease ending and looking to buy my first home...the weight crept back on. I knew I was eating to cope, but with everything else going on, and not having any accountability or support I justified eating poorly and eating anything and everything I wanted...(because I deserved it) Well the truth is I deserved to keep eating healthy and feel good. I owed it to my self to keep the 40 pds I had lost BEFORE the accident off and not let it back on, but I didn't love myself well enough to consider the consequences or the HARD work I had put in to losing the weight in the first place. I didn't realize how much it mattered...until now. Now I feel miserable, ashamed, discouraged, but there is still a flame flickering inside that is trying to get my attention, and today I AM GOING TO PAY ATTENTION TO IT. I need to find encouragement somewhere though. So today I am returning to Sparkpeople, eating right, and exercising. I have to recognize that at least in the gym I am "starting over", but I am 20 pds lighter than when I started Sparkpeople last January 2010. So here is to starting not "over" but "again".


Counting the cost

Monday, April 26, 2010

Instead of feeling discouraged about my lack of weight loss the past couple of weeks I'm going to list the gains I've received.
1- I feel better physically. My body does not hurt like it had with fibermyalgia. My blood pressure has dropped significantly. I'm sleeping somewhat better, and I'm moving around better. My stamina has greatly improved.
2- My clothes are looser. I had to buy new underwear this week 2 sizes smaller. I actually looked and considered buying two size smaller clothes. My friend keeps telling me how baggy my current clothes are on me, and has suggested we go shopping! :)
3- I feel better about myself. Funny how being over weight has dwindled my self confidence, and motivation to be adventurous as I had once been. I'm doing better at work because of my "lunch break" at the gym.
Just keep truck'n on and enjoy the ride! Oh that reminds me my motorcycle gear is fitting much better now...yeah!


Hitting a plateau this early???

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I've read a lot about hitting plateaus during people's weight loss, but I didn't expect mine to come so soon. As of last week I had lost 24 pds, but yesterday and confirmed today I gained 1.5 lbs, and 2 weeks prior only had lost 1 pd!!! My heart sank yesterday, and today I thought surely the mistaken numbers on the scale would correct itself today...not. I have been faithful in tracking my nutrient, and fitness calories. I bought a HRM a few weeks ago to keep "better" track of my burned calories. So I wonder to myself (and to anyone reading this)...is it because, I have had a lot of stress the past two weeks, and this week is expected to be especially hard. Is it b/c with the HRM I'm actually burning less calories than I had been b/c the machines were considerable off in calorie burn count, or could it be that I'm building muscle as I've noticed I'm getting stronger and lifting more weight? Is it because I need to bump up my exercise intensity, or because I miss calculated my calories eaten when I ate out? I wish I knew what to do to get out of the weight loss slump I'm in. I guess I wasn't expecting a plateau until 30 or 50 lbs lost. So this has been a shock to me. I think I am still trying to understand how my body fuctions. If this is truly a plateau...this is dang hard to work through...physically, emotionally, and mentally. BUT know this- I am in no way giving up, slowing down, or defeated. I am pressing on in this race to win the prize of a healthier me and look at the changes I've already experienced from my weight loss. My clothes are looser, I'm moving around better, my blood pressure has really dropped (praise the Lord), I feel better over all, and I know that I know that I know I WILL continue to lose weight...when my body is good and ready...pressing on!

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PSALM22 4/25/2010 7:17PM

    Plateaus happen anytime. Look at how those other measures have improved even if the scale isn't budging! You are making progress!

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PURPLELVR7 4/25/2010 6:13PM

    You can reach a plateau at anytime, especially when you have increased your cardio. As you muscles get stronger, they gain wait. You should see a favorable change shortly.

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SHECUDDLES 4/25/2010 5:55PM

    I am in the same right now, I lost some lbs. before staring sparkpeople and after a lost more in total around 24 lbs. and I had been in the same weight for 3 weeks, but I feel great, just keep positive like I said sooner or later the number will change, but right now the important is how are you feeling and if you are like me you are feeling great, keep doing the right thing and we will see that scale number move. emoticon

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IAMANDARAMA 4/25/2010 5:36PM

    The building of muscle is definitely a factor. I'm on a plateau after 16 lbs, but I can now run up flights of stairs - not seen for several years and my girth is definitely still changing. People comment on it and I've had to buy new bras, twice, because my underbust size has changed so dramatically - and all in 8 weeks!

Like you, I know the weight will start moving again. In the meantime, I'm pleased to tread water and not let it creep up.

I also intend to up my excercise, by adding in at least one more ten minute quick hit cardio each day. Hopefully, that will kick start my metabolism and get the weight slipping off again.

Good luck with the healthier you.


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AH the "fun" continues- can someone help me with their advice or knowledge?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Monday I broke a tooth just about in half, but had to wait until Friday to have it removed by an oral surgeon. So for the next couple of days the challenge it to eat my calories according to the post-op instructions, which is quite limiting for the next three days. Challenge accepted!!!. It's been a strange week as I burned more cals in 3 hours over a 2 day period than was designed for the WHOLE week, so now I'm in a quandry. Do I try to make up the enormous deficit of cals, or just let this week roll on it's own and what will be will be. And wait for next week? I entered my questions on the message board under site/tech. I'm trying to understand how the cals in and cals out work out (sorry for the rhyme). Is it at the end of the week the balance should occur or is it within a day or two of the excessive calorie burn? Am I risking put on weight trying to make the balance occur by the end of the week? Can anyone help me with this concept of cals in- cals out.

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PSALM22 3/20/2010 1:02PM

    Let the past be what it is and concentrate on going forward. It's more important to take care of your mouth according to instructions until it heals!

The goal is to have net calories out over time in order to lose weight. A week is a handy timeframe. Yes, try to do so daily but don't get too hung up if each day isn't perfect in that regard. Focus to much on the daily and one can quickly become discouraged, so focus more on your results over a longer time basis. How have I done this week vs. last? This month vs. last?

Keep in mind, too, the trackers are not perfect. The calories in out are estimates, often close estimates, but still not precise. So look at other measures: the scale, how clothes fit, how do feel, to measure your progress.

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Yesterday was a tad bit scary

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I've been feeling weak since Monday and yesterday I happened to check my pulse rate (PR) on my new sportsline watch that will read you PR and calorie burn during exercise. Yesterday my pulse was jumping between 46 and 55 depending on if I was moving around or not. Went to a health clinic at the urging of a coworker (cardiac nurse). The clinic did an EKG and the same thing happended there except it was going from 48 to 60 (partly because I was anxious being there I think increased my PR). Anyway, they sent me to the ER where they saw the same thing. Funny thing is my blood pressure was somewhat high. Well the bottom line is they aren't sure why my PR is so low. They ran all kinds of blood work tests and everything came back normal and in good ranges. So I now have the rest of this week off work and NO exercising for a week.
So I'm concerned about my lack of energy and reoccurring dizziness and NO exercise. So I'm wondering how all of this is going to play out in " my plan/goal " to lose 1-2 pds per week. Anyway, the last thing I need to do is stress out about it. It is snowing here and so I will spend a few minutes enjoying watching the snow flakes fall and not stress about missing two days of work, and getting much needed rest this long weekend. emoticon


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