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Lack of motivation...

Saturday, September 22, 2012

It's not just Spark, it's with pretty much everything.
I'm still eating right. No huuuge meals, or skipping meals, or downing a half dozen sodas a day, but also no tracking for now.
Still exercising as well, minimum of 15 min a day, up to an hour a day. Still drinking 3-5 bottles of water a day. (that is around 6-10 8oz servings)
Going Monday to see about a gym membership (brother's friend since highschool just bought out a small local gym... *maybe* 5 min from my house. weee?)
I track my exercise daily, even if I don't track all my meals (kinda hit or miss with them atm.)
Been feeling really drained, I know it's stress. Dad has appt's this Tues, and next Tues, annnd the Tues after that, with various heart dr's, surgeons and nutritionists. They are about to put the fistula in, but he needs clearance from the cardiologist, and they want him to meet the nutritionist (who knows why. He can't cook, I do, and he's been on the renal diet for nearly a year... his issues are not based in diet unless he's downing mass quantities of chips when no one is looking.. and if he is, I wanna know how he's getting them. I don't buy any of that stuff since no one here is meant to be eating it right now!)

Still need to clean my room and put things away, just cba with doing it. Don't want to read, or go for a walk, or really do anything. Ordered a new Wacom Bamboo tablet to replace the one that got destroyed in the move, had a discount card for a website from a return I made 6months ago, ended up paying 23$ for an 80$ graphics tablet. Maybe being able to draw again will motivate me to do other things?

This blog is kinda disjointed. Kinda like my brain ATM.

Every time I lose motivation to work out, I read my spreadsheet of weight loss.

6.52% of my body fat
6.03% of my body weight
3.7 points of my BMI are gone
All this equals 21.6lbs gone.

The inches fluctuate, so does the actual weight, depending on how hydrated I am, and how much salt I've eaten lately, but it's around 4 inches from my waist, 5 from my hips, 5 from my chest, and 2 each from my arms and thighs. There is actual contrast between my hips and waist again (even if it's a bit lopsided. I gained it pretty even, whyyyy can't it go away the same way!)

As of tonight, my short-term goal is to be at 300 (or a bit less) by New Year, which is exactly 100 days from today. That is 36lbs in 100 days. At the rate I've been going (21lbs in around 63 days) it is possible I will make it to that, but even if I don't, I've done pretty damn good so far.
And I know, most ppl will say I am losing weight too fast. I don't care what they have to say. I don't plan to keep losing at this rate, but realistically all I have done is drop to a healthy # of calories per day, stopped drinking sodas, and started going for a walk every day. Nothing drastic, and it's all things I can continue to do for the rest of my life!

Ok enough rambling. I'm gonna try to get going and at least clear all the books off of my bed before time to sleep. Tired of moving them from bed to chair every day lol.

*Dream big, step small, and just keep going!*

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ATLTRAINR 9/23/2012 8:16AM


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SUNSHINE65 9/23/2012 1:32AM

    Up your Vitamin D to D3 2000 IU with food. Helps with depression (stress induced I read between the lines) and with weightloss. Good luck, sweetie!

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GOOSIEMOON 9/23/2012 12:19AM


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3 Things I Learned This Week

Saturday, August 18, 2012

1- I like having a stationary bike in my room. I can set it up by the TV and don't even notice how long I've been on it if I don't set the timer. (I aim for 15 min a night, in addition to a walk every day.)

2- I am not made for jogging. Not that I mind this that much, but the movement that jogging requires, puts a *lot* of stress on my foot, which is bad. Even after I lose a log of weight, I will still not be a jogger. (Maybe a cyclist tho!) Also, sports bras are a necessity for women of a certain size. Even fast walking can be uncomfortable without one.

3- I still kinda hate clothes shopping. Maybe it won't be so bad when I can actually go into stores and try things on, but where I live has no plus-sized clothing stores outside target/walmart, which makes shopping online the only option.. and that is just a massive pain for me.

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PATTYCAKE17 8/23/2012 9:36AM

    sounds like you're making a good effort, and that's a good thing! As for the clothes, Woman Within has been meeting my needs for many years now, with accurate sizing. I dress quite fashionably and always have, regardless of my weight. I love clothes and dressing up and have always enjoyed catalogue shopping, but i hope you can get out for shopping when you are ready. emoticon emoticon

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MOEMOORE 8/19/2012 2:35PM

    Great to hear about the bike. I often wonder if I should do that, but our place isn't that big.

And I agree that a good sports bra is a necessity!

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PENNYPACKER3 8/18/2012 11:01PM


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3 Things I Learned This Week

Saturday, August 11, 2012

1 - Tracking food is mandatory for me. Sometimes I may forget to track a meal, but never again will I skip a whole day.

2- Chia seeds are fun to drink. I don't have them every day, but about every other, or every third day, I'll dump a tablespoon into one of my water bottles, add a squirt of lemon or lime juice, or a packet of Crystal Light Pink Lemonade and let them swell up, then drink it over the next couple of hours.
This website has the nutritional info on them, but google has dozens of recipes using them for everything from bars, shakes, frescas to baked goods. Seems there's almost nothing that you can't put them in.

3- Very very few websites (or cookbooks for that matter) have information for someone that has to have Low to No Sodium, Potassium AND Phosphorus in an easy-to-understand format. Most show you the potassium OR phosphorus and sodium, but not all 3. This is kinda important, dad goes in for surgery on the 28th for a fistula, the port they use for dialysis. Add in mom being diabetic with several digestion issues, both of them with high blood pressure, and both of them being unwilling to try just about *anything* new... It's just a good thing I enjoy cooking from scratch rather than boxed, bagged, takeout and frozen!

Hope everyone reading this is having a lovely weekend!
,.-~*`*~-.-(We Can Do It!)-,.-~*`*~-.

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SUNNYDAZE9 8/12/2012 4:05PM

    Never stop learning. It is a key to happiness.

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LDRICHEL 8/12/2012 8:44AM


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MSROZZIE 8/11/2012 10:42PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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Skipped tracking food..

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Yep. Nearly all day yesterday, I simply didn't track.
Call it a personal experiment.

I ate wayyyy too much, made myself feel sick for it (physically, not as in sick with guilt here) and didn't get to sleep til around 3am.

When I track my foods, I feel better, and make better choices throughout the day. I drink more water, and eat less junk. There's less mindless eating, and less eating at the computer.

My knee hurting was not helping either. Didn't walk because I had to move a bunch of bags and boxes (still in the process of moving my parents from one house to another... this is month 7 of it.. ), had to take mom to 2 appointments with her sulking like a 3 year old who got its toy taken away, and have another BIG appointment tomorrow with dad, to see when he goes into the hosp. for surgery. (He's getting a fistula for dialysis.)

So. Yea. No weigh in this week but I honestly don't mind. I know the weight is coming off because of my clothes, and til my knee feels better, there is no way I'm walking upstairs just to check the scale. It can wait.

Now I gotta go enter what I had for dinner, before I forget!

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LADYLARAN 8/11/2012 12:57AM

    I've found that I do better with tracking too.

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MCJULIEO 8/11/2012 12:52AM

    Track star!

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MAGI_5 8/10/2012 1:25PM

    I hear ya, it keeps me accountable. emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 8/10/2012 9:45AM

    I've learned I have to track my food..When I started here af few years ago, I faithfully tracked for about 8 months and then with 2 vacations looming I quit tracking and then the holidays last winter I was heavier than I was when I started..I may have to track food for the rest of my life but then I would much rather be healthy and feel better than to be miserable with the added weight on me. I may track after the fact but I do track the food at least once a day. It keeps me honest.

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DYSMITH0365 8/9/2012 11:23PM

    I hope your parents will be okay. As for the not tracking your food. I did that on Saturday. I tracked it after the fact. We had Chinese food. Just what I could find on the food tracker, dinner was over 2000 calories! I felt so guilty. I know how you feel. I think I am over it now. Push on my dear!

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MANILUS 8/9/2012 11:22PM

    I am a seasoned veteran in tracking food in my head after 4 1/2 years on 2 separate journeys of weight loss. It takes a long time to be accurate on calculating just in my head. Tracking is so essential, hop back on!

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3 Things I Learned This Week

Sunday, August 05, 2012

1 - Most weight-loss information online, (calculators, BMR information, calorie deficit information) is geared towards either weightlifters, or people with less than 30lbs to lose. Quite a lot that is geared towards anyone with 100+ lbs to lose, assumes we are all going to run out and get gastric bypass surgery.

2 - No matter how loudly someone talks about how they want to lose weight, if they don't take the first steps, they won't ever lose the weight.

3 - Every time I am *really* chuffed about how much I've walked, and I'm looking forward to walking that night, THAT will be the night the weatherman is wrong and it is going to pour down and knock the power out for hours. (like tonight, power is just up after a 2 hour downtime, and thunderstorms the whole while.)

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VONBLACKBIRD 8/5/2012 8:48AM

    I like this idea too...and yes counting calories isn't an exact science..I usually try to track them here on SP but usually track them higher to make sure I'm within a real range..and yes you have to make that effort to really lose weight..I used to talk how I wanted to but never did anything about it until this year..and so sorry about the around the house when it one can see you in the dark...heehee..

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NANCYPAT1 8/5/2012 12:34AM

    I like the idea of the 3 Things you learned this week. I have never really counted on the calculators and so-called information related to exercise - after all not many of them think people as FAT as me (300+ pounds) ever exercise. I always go on the premise that exercise calorie deficits are BONUSES rather than a REAL part of my calculations for what I can eat.

I generally go figure that any time I am "REALLY" excited to do something that sounds like exercise outside, the weather will not cooperate with me - I mostly plan to workout inside and take outside exercise when the weather cooperates unexpectedly.

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