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Monday, July 09, 2007

Do *NOT* like strength training. It goes ok when I'm in water aerobics, but doing it on its own? No thank you.

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KPSSART 8/9/2007 5:44AM

    Maybe it is group exercise you like. Try and find strength training class like circuits or body pump. It can be great fun.

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LJRENOIRGIRL 7/10/2007 9:40PM

    Hey, did you see the article listed as "Today's Feature" about avoiding the aches and pains of exercise? I'll paste in the link here, but you know how they break links...


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Weekly weight and measurements

Sunday, July 08, 2007

I did the weigh/measure thing this morning and...uh...I don't know how I did what I did. I lost 3 1/2 pounds. That's too much in a week and I wonder if some of it was water weight or what? I had been following my calorie targets and all, but I did move around a lot more this past week than I have been doing. It wasn't until day before yesterday I changed my calorie target and etc so I know that wasn't why I dropped what I dropped in a week.

My measurements all look good, all of them have went down except for my neck which is still the same. I was looking back over my graph this morning and W00t!

So far, since 5/5, when I joined Sparkpeople:

-2 inches from my waist
-3 inches from my hips
-1 inch from my neck
-1.5 inches from my bust (can't figure out if I'm happy or sad about this one, LOL)
-2 inches from my bra band size
-11.5 pounds

I'm so very proud of myself. I never in a hundred years thought I would actually buckle down and lose weight. Much less do any exercise to help lose that weight.


Weekly weight and measurements

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Well, kids, I actually gained a pound by this week's weigh in. I guess that's the way that cookie crumbles (despite the fact I haven't *had* a cookie since I don't know when!) I guess I'm back in that cycle again. I have been drinking a whole lot of water lately though. I also haven't been exercising like I should have.

Measurement-wise only my neck and (of course) bust decreased in size. Everything else is still pretty much the same.

I swear though, when I put on my bathing suit Friday, it seemed bigger. So, dunno if it has stretched or if I actually have lost more bulk than I think I have. I have no idea.

Next week will be better.


Weekly weight and measurements

Sunday, June 24, 2007

I was surprised to see that I actually lost weight this week. I guess I'm just in that cycle again. My measurements haven't changed a whole lot, but that's ok. I'll work on that in the coming week.

I haven't been exercising since I've been aching for the past few days. I felt so bad Friday I didn't even go to my aerobics class. You know if I didn't go to that class I was feeling bad. I don't know what causes this, but every now and then I'll just ache really badly for a few days until it finally settles back into that dull, pretty much ignorable ache that I typically have. I swear, I must have fibromyalgia or something. I don't know many other 20-something people that chronically ache.

I mean, crap, I don't know what else to do, really. I'm losing weight. I've tried exercising. I've tried *not* exercising. I'm (for the most part) eating a much better diet than I have in maybe ever. I'm sorta running out of options and ideas here.

To end on a positive, non-whining note though: it seems like my lower back doesn't bother me as much as it has in the past. This is progress!


Protein, Carbs, and Potassium, oh my!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

It's been business as usual, I guess. Still tracking what I eat and all that jazz. Now the most difficult thing is getting more protein into my diet. I'm still having problems with getting enough potassium.

You would think that I, a gung ho meat eater, wouldn't have a problem with getting plenty of protein but that's not the case. There are many days when I struggle to get at least the minimum. There must be some trick I don't know about how to get more protein without getting a lot of fat with it.

I'm also a carbaholic, too. I've gotten now where 99.9% of all the carbs that come from pasta or bread are complex. Of course, there are carbs in fruit and veggies, but I can't very well take that out or I won't get my daily servings of them. There has to be a better way to cut more carbs out of my diet. I'm not going over my target goals, but I still don't really match the little pie chart of what my nutrition is supposed to look like.

As for the potassium, I still don't really know what to do about that. I rarely meet that target.

You know, too, it's a pain in the ass to try to make a balanced menu everyday. Makes me want to pull my hair out, even if I know it's worth it in the long run.

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LJRENOIRGIRL 6/20/2007 10:02PM

    Wow, you're getting lots of feedback on this! (Oi. I'll e-mail this to you since it went long. It'll be hard to read.)
Some ideas for you to evaluate for helpfulness:/
Are you eating whole-grain pasta and bread and cereal? Higher fiber content can help you feel full sooner and longer without filling you with carb-calories. If you're eating cereal, is it sugared? If so, try a non-sugared variety and sweeten with Splenda.
You're right to keep fruits and veggies even though they have carbs. The higher the fiber content, the more filling those carbs will feel.
When you eat, fill up as much as you can first on high-fiber, filling foods like veggies, then go to your other foods.
As for the potassium, if a banana and a multivitamin aren't enough, consider a second banana at another time of day. Think again about breakfast cereals and choose one that has good potassium levels.
Fat-free protein sources are available. Fat-free cream cheese, Egg Beaters-type egg substitute can make great scrambled eggs. Skim Milk is a good thing to get used to, but if you can't go skim, you can at least cut down as far as possible on the fat% of the milk you drink and use in cooking. For cheese, as much as possible stick with part-skim mozzarella.
If you work hard to eliminate fat from your diet, you could wind up with days like I had today. I was so short on fat that I had 40g of dark chocolate and a quarter-cup of sunflower seeds to make it up. Of course I don't have days like this very often, but it does happen.
When you're cooking, look for opportunities to make substitutions that will still taste good without hurting your diet. Use Splenda instead of sugar, applesauce instead of butter or cooking oil (in baking), whole wheat flour instead of white/all-purpose flour, Olive Oil instead of butter or margarine (in place of any form of fat, actually), Mrs. Dash (or knock-offs) instead of salt. When you're shopping, always look for sugar-free or low-sugar options and low-fat or fat-free options. And read labels religiously.

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DATARAT 6/20/2007 8:39PM

  protien is hard to get enough through ordinary means. You have to eat a lot of food to get it and that means lots of calories. I use protein shakes such as myoplex. they are delicious and i add fruit, bananas, strawberries, blueberries and mangos boy are they yummie just mix with icewater and blend in a blender and add whatever fruit or anything else you can think of , for instance yogurt

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REDPORTMAN 6/20/2007 7:52PM

  I don't know if there are Kroger stores where you live, but their "Carb Master" yogurt is great.

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MARGOLIS 6/20/2007 7:15PM

    I don't eat a lot of meat either, but I get what I need in with egg whites or nuts. I like almonds.

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