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Getting Back in the Saddle

Thursday, May 16, 2013

It's been a long time since I've logged in. I got tired of needing to enter information for every recipe, so I stopped recording foods all together. Work got super-stressful in the past few months, so I stopped even visiting SP. I got depressed, and stopped having any interest in cooking. I stopped writing in my blog, and so all of the depressed and negative thoughts I had just built up.

Long story short: I've gained a lot of the weight I lost since November back again, and I've fallen into bad habits (mindless eating, emotional eating, skipping exercise). The pants I have that were loose 2 months ago are tight again. Super discouraging. :(

I'm better than this, though. Things at work may be unclear, but I don't need to wallow in my anxiety about the future, that only makes it worse. I deserve to take time to take care of myself and my needs, and those of my family. It's past time to get back into good habits. I know it will be easy for me to feel overwhelmed and want to stop again, so I'm just going to work on three small goals at a time, and try to worry less about losing weight and more about just being healthier. Once I can complete a goal for the week or day without thinking about it, I'll add a new goal to the list.

Current Goals:
1. Record at least 80% of my meals here. Trying to record every little thing becomes stressful if I can't figure out how to record something I ate at restaurant or something a friend made for me. It's better to record most of what I eat than to quit because I can't be perfect.

2. Empty my water bottle at least 1x/day. I always feel better when I drink more water, but I tend to ignore my water bottle outside of meals.

3. Don't eat when I'm not hungry. To start, this will just be trying not to start eating if I'm not actually hungry. I grew up with the rule that I always had to clean my plate, so it's hard for me to tell when I'm full, especially with the strong compulsion to keep eating if there's food on my plate. I need to get back in touch with my body's signals about when it's full, but again, I need to start small.

I'm also going to try to make at least one healthier choice each day (order a smaller portion than normal, skip the soda at meal out, add an extra veggie to dinner---even if it's from the freezer, etc). Baby steps is the name of the game!

I CAN do this! I lost this weight before, I can lose it and get back into shape again.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GODS_TEMPLE 5/17/2013 9:35AM

    For your number 3...I find it's best to serve myself small portions, then if I'm still hungry, I can go back for a little more. If it's on the plate, most people tend to eat it so they don't waste it, or just eat it cause it's there.


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SUSANBEAMON 5/17/2013 2:31AM

  you know what to do, so get doing it. you can make it.

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EVELYN112011 5/16/2013 1:01PM


Your goals are good!
I have read that using the 80/20 plan helps to keep you from feeling deprived.

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HAPPYMENOW58 5/16/2013 11:16AM

    Good luck...I know you can do it..Keep trying, be patient, don't give up!!

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FitBit Syncing Problems

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

There's definitely something wrong with the SparkPeople to FitBit syncing, so I'm recording all of my food and exercise at FitBit for now (I'm still here for the community). But there's no way I burned 500 calories in a 30 minute WALK. Anyone else having this problem?

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USMAWIFE 2/26/2013 11:04PM

    It is better to record all your food here on SP than FB as they use a different method of calcuating calories in and out than on SP

Also do not put them in both places as tat will cause you more issues between them

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-SHOREIDO- 2/26/2013 8:26PM

    My Fitbit is weird. Sometimes it does what I call "catching up" when all of a sudden it'll come up with some wild amount of steps that I know I didn't do that particular day and yet the days I thought I did the count was lower. Sooooo go figure : ) Maybe when I sync it and push the Fitbits button and it runs through all those numbers I'm setting off something.
I still like my little buddy though. It helps keep me motivated.
Stay healthy : ) and good luck with it. emoticon

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GLORIAMAJDI 2/26/2013 7:18PM

    I think that mine is pretty accurate. I have been getting in about 10,000 to 12,000 steps each day and eating the amount of calories that SparkPeople recommends, and I have been losing weight each week. Don't forget, that over course of the whole day the Fitbit is counting for metabolism burn too so you will burn a lot more than just what you exercise. I always look at the Fitbit dashboard at my time active and it seems to be pretty accurate. SparkPeople only takes the Fairly Active time and the Very Active time, not the lightly active time so I don't think it is counting housework and stuff.

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Inadvertent NSV x 2

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I never took measurements before I started this new way of eating; I just kind of fell into it, and by the time I realized I should I had already lost about 8 pounds and it just didn't seem worth it. My first NSV came today when my mom and I Skyped and she said she could really I'd lost weight. She asked about measurements, and reminded me she had some old ones from when she knit me a sweater, so she sent them over. I've lost 2.5 inches from my waist since I sent her those initial measurements!

So, 2 NSVs to reinvigorate my efforts to keep losing and meet my goals for this year!

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GODS_TEMPLE 2/24/2013 11:13PM

    emoticon That's a great day of NSVs.

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JULESJET 2/24/2013 8:52PM

    Yay for NSVs!! Congratulations on your inches lost!

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Keeping Myself Honest

Friday, February 08, 2013

I've come within a pound of my original Valentine's Day goal 5 times in the past two weeks, only to swing upwards and away. I don't record most of these weight jumps because I tend to be ashamed of myself; I only like recording when I lose. I've decided for at least the next few weeks I'm going to record my weight here every day, not because I want to obsess over the number, but because I want to keep myself honest with myself. It's much easier to lie to myself and say "That cookie won't hurt" or "I can eat that small piece of candy" if I'm the only one who knows I'm ticking back up instead of down.

I also feel bored with my current diet routine, so it's time to change things up. I updated all of my goals to change up what I'm doing each day. I'm also going to try eating "snacky" meals at 10, noon, and 2 instead of eating two snacks (at about 11 and 3).

I've had so much more consistent energy since I reduced the refined carbs and increased my protein, so I'm going to try a bean salad in my lunch this week, along with an apple for around 10 am and celery and peanut butter for a mid-afternoon boost. Hopefully changing up what I eat will help me get back on track!

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KRISKECK 2/8/2013 1:17PM

    Agreed on tracking both ups and downs. I used to wait until my weight got back to the low point before tracking again, but as a Sparkfriend pointed out, while i avoided the embarrassment (perceived, at least!) of recording the gain, I did not get the satisfaction of recording the loss. So one of my current goals is to track every Saturday. This recently caused me to record an all-time about motivation! Fortunately I am currently on my way back down...

Have a happy weekend!


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CASEYSAUER 2/8/2013 12:29PM

    Good Luck with the change!

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Protein Update

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Just a quick update: I'm finally managing to hit my protein requirements. I added eggs and a piece of a bacon to breakfast and cut cereal (I still have oatmeal occasionally), and I'm doing much better. We had leftover roast chicken this week, too, so I've been taking a few ounces of that in my lunches.

Now, of course, I have to get fiber up! I know beans are a good way to get fiber and protein, but I don't really like them enough to eat them every day. I found a link on the mayo clinic website that lists some high fiber foods, so I'm going to see if I can incorporate more of them into my day. (The list, if anyone's curious:

I know I've always had trouble with fiber, so I'm going to start by trying to plan at least two meals per week that intentionally add a high fiber vegetable. I'll let you know how I do!

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EVELYN112011 1/15/2013 8:25PM

    emoticon with getting your protein intake up.

I usually do not have a problem getting enough fiber, but I will check out the link/


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TURTLETALK 1/15/2013 7:59PM

    Do you like green peas? They are full of fiber and can be added frozen to a salad or cabbage slaw. I also add them to rice and pasta dishes to bump up the fiber. emoticon

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RG_DFW 1/15/2013 5:23PM

    sounds good

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