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Looking At The Big Picture

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Last week I decided that I was going to try to use only my regular daily Weight Watchers points and try to avoid using my weekly 49 flex points and my accrued activity points. I have had a very difficult time meeting that goal. So I decided to take a closer look at which behaviors might be responsible. Those of you who know me, know that I'm really into taking a step back and analyzing my own behavior. When I was growing up, I was the "Why?" child and as an adult I still like to find reasonable explanations for things. (Even though things often don't have reasonable explanations)

I am so glad that I track my exercise, water, sleep and food! The trackers enabled me to have some additional information as I looked for reasons why I couldn't meet my set goal. Two things absolutely jumped out at me from the very first look. The first thing was the huge amount of daily exercise and activity that I was doing. There were several days when the SP exercise tracker said that I burned 1700+ calories! My Weight Watchers ActiveLink logged 9 activity points for one day. Wow! No wonder I was so hungry. I decided to increase my intake of protein, increase my water and replace any foods with added sugar with additional grains. I also chose the goal of eating a fruit or vegetable with every snack. So, if I eat a diet ice cream bar, I have to eat an apple, carrots or broccoli etc. along with it. The same thing is true if I eat a protein/nut bar after exercising. Today I had 2 tangerines along with my Aloha Almond Bar. I was instantly satisfied. Amazing!

The second thing that jumped out at me during my analysis is that I was getting very tired from all of my daily activity. Instead of going to bed and sleeping at night or taking a short nap during the day, I was trying to push my way through it. We all know what happens when you get tired. Your decision making skills take a big hit with fatigue. Instead of trying to squeeze one more task into my day, I have decided that with the first few yawns, I will head for a comfortable place where I can rest my body. I can't believe that I let my quest to finish my "to do list" get in the way of my sleep. Last night I only slept for 5.5 hours! I did sleep soundly but that just isn't enough sleep when I am so active. Starting tonight, I will go to bed as soon as I feel tired and I will not push through my fatigue.

Already, I am seeing results. The snack that I ate this morning, 2 tangerines and an almond bar, kept me from being ravenous at lunch. In fact, I had to force myself to eat a romaine lettuce salad with tuna and an apple. I had a huge glass of water (20 ounces) along with it. Since I often get tired when I don't eat enough protein, I am going to add 3 egg whites to my breakfast of oatmeal tomorrow. I've already boiled a dozen eggs and they are sitting in the refrigerator ready for my breakfast tomorrow morning. I will also decrease my exercise time if I am going to be active later in the day. I will rest during the day if I need to and go to sleep at night at a reasonable hour.

I am so glad that I took a step back today, to look at the big picture. The trackers can really give us valuable information but only if we use them. By tracking my sleep, water, exercise and food, I can use the collected information to address my issues and to find ways of dealing with them. I now have a plan in place to help me be more successful!

  
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TIME4CARRI 12/30/2012 12:22AM

    Wow! What useful information you gained in taking the time to analyze. Not only did you pinpoint the "why" but you have an excellent plan of attack. Way to go. emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 12/11/2012 6:56PM

    You are very wise to analyze all the trackers. Yes, you need enough sleep. And yes, when you are earning 9 PointsPlus you need to eat at least some (probably half minimum) to nourish your body. Extra whole grains is a great choice, especially if you are already getting enough fruits and veggies.

Take care, Cyndi. You are doing great!!!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/11/2012 4:53PM

  Yes, these trackers are great aren't they?

We have to be in tune with what we are doing and how we are doing it as we are all individuals and have to tailor our weight loss journey to fit our own personal make and model of our bodies. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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New Shirt Surprise!

Saturday, December 08, 2012

The other afternoon I stopped in a store that was having some serious sales. I had a coupon, of course, and I decided to use it. The coupon was for $10 off a purchase of $25, and I decided to reward myself for all of my hard work. I put about 5-6 items that I wanted to try on, in my cart . (I was trying on tops and capris that were smaller than my current ones.) Every item but one that I tried on fit. The top that didn't fit was a smaller size but still way too big! Since I do have a budget, I chose 2 tops that matched shorts that are "hard to match" colors. One top is a light metallic purple and the other was an odd shade of lime green. The exciting news is that the green top was a size extra large and it was only $8! It has been about 14 years since I wore a size extra large! How exciting is that?

I'm learning to appreciate and celebrate new, non-scale measurements of progress. My clothes are getting looser, my lab numbers are improving, I'm feeling stronger with more energy and I have more confidence. As the new and improved version of me begins to emerge, I am getting excited about my future. I feel that every day is filled with blessings and opportunities to rediscover my inner spark!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 12/9/2012 7:37AM

    You are doing so GREAT, Cyndi!! I'm excited about our future, too!!

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I've Now Lost 15 Pounds Since September!

Friday, December 07, 2012

It is official! Today I got my 15 pound award at Weight Watchers. So far I've gotten my 5 pound award, my 5% body weight award and now my 15 pound award. It is so motivating to have the Weight Watchers leader announce your achievement and have everyone clap and congratulate you. It makes me want to be more diligent in my efforts to stay with my plan. The old saying, "Success breeds success," is really true.

I'm going to join SLENDERELLA61 and start a streak of days when I stay within my range. I think my first goal is to see if I can have a streak of 7 (or perhaps more?) days straight between now and Christmas. I chose 7 because I know that there may be a time when I'm faced with holiday goodies between now and then. I do have 49 flex points but I'd like to see if I can go a whole week without using any of them or any of my activity points. I know I can do it.

  
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TJCADDO 12/7/2012 9:47PM

    Great job! I like Slenderella too! She is very inspiring and your story was very inspiring too.
Keep going keep going!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 12/7/2012 9:43PM

    Congrats!!

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Tracking Is Key To Success

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

One thing that I have learned on both Spark People and Weight Watchers is that tracking what you eat is key to your own success. Only once this week did I partially track and I am positive that I went way off plan for that day. This is the first week since I began Weight Watchers in September that I've used all of the 49 weekly plus points. I have never used my activity points either but I may end up using some of those this week if I'm not careful! I do a much better job of eating healthy when I plan my eating in advance. This particular day, I went to a birthday party and did fairly well but I could have done better. The next time an occasion like this rolls around, I will plan my eating a little differently and have better success. Am I beating myself up over it? No way! Since I'm on a lifelong journey, one day of falling off my plan is just a little blip on my radar!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 12/5/2012 8:12AM

    I know just what you mean - if I don't track my food I don't lose. It's as simple as that!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/4/2012 10:46PM

    Very good! Good attitude. Those extra pointsplus are there for such occasions, so you can live your life and still meet your goals. You are doing just GREAT!! Looking good.

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5% Of My Body Weight Is Gone!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Yesterday was a milestone day for me. I have lost 5% of my body weight so far with Weight watchers and 35 pounds overall since I started with Spark People. I actually weighed myself at home yesterday morning before working out and I had missed my goal weight by .2 of a pound. I have a lovely purple outfit that I purchased as a reward for myself but didn't wear it because of the .2 of a pound. I promised my Weight Watchers friends that I would wear it to next week's meeting. I am hoping that I will lose another 6 pounds by Christmas. I even joined a "Lose 6 Pounds By Christmas" Challenge! I'm hoping that if I lose 1-2 pounds per week, I can be the challenge winner. Even if I'm not the overall challenge winner, I will win by dropping the weight! emoticon

  
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NELLJONES 12/2/2012 10:42AM

    Doesn't it feel great??!!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/1/2012 8:22PM

    CONGRATS!!! You are doing great, Cyndi. I'm so proud of you. Celebrate your milestone!!!

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