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Friday, January 04, 2013

I've decided to post the number of calories I eat and the number I burn everyday. I think it will be a good motivator for me, knowing I'm putting it out there, hopefully, will keep me honest!

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MEADSBAY 2/5/2013 6:48PM


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ASPENHUGGER 1/5/2013 9:24PM

    You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din! My longest streak of filling out the Nutrition Tracker was maybe a day & a half ... I get sidetracked with other things. I know I should, & I have all good intentions of doing it, but I take the short road going down anyway.

I hope this works for you!

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MEADSBAY 1/4/2013 9:04PM

    Good idea!
Me, too (maybe).

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MEADSBAY 1/4/2013 9:04PM

    Good idea!
Me, too (maybe).

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CARRAND 1/4/2013 7:20PM

    I'm going to try to do this, too. I need something to keep me on track!

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NORASPAT 1/4/2013 6:10PM

    Just go for it. Just write a short piece and then your numbers and often others join in.

HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Putting it out there usually gives you more support also.

Support is the best motivator possible , after self motivation that is and you can do it. emoticon emoticon

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Day 3 of the New Year

Thursday, January 03, 2013

On track so far. Even though it is too soon to actually SEE the difference, I can FEEL the difference. I'm finally getting over my cold and I have done some exercise and stayed under 1400 calories each day. I'm sure 2 weeks worth of rest after the stress of last semester didn't hurt either, but laying around wasn't getting me where I wanted to go.

So, at least I feel better. Who knows how long it will last when I have to get back on the treadmill of my hecktic life.

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CARRAND 1/3/2013 8:32PM


I was under my calorie count today, and I did a 45 minute spin class, so I feel pretty good.

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Only one resolution this year.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Get on Sparkpeople at least once everyday! I need to track my food like I did in the beginning. I don't know what I weigh, I'm afraid to get on the scales. I haven't gained back all of my lost weight, but more than I would like. My size 10 jeans are tight now and I have to get this business turned around or I'll be having to buy a size larger and I really, really don't want to do that.

I've really fallen down on my exercise. There is simply no time for formal exercise. I put as much activity in my day as possible but I know it really isn't enough. Working full time and going to class 2 nights a week and studying the rest of the time puts a damper on lots of things.

I managed to get a cold on the last day of school before the holiday, ugh. All I have felt like doing is sleeping and reading. Well, here I am on that well worn road of good intentions once again. I really want my groove back.

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NAVYMOM133 1/8/2013 7:16AM

    Welcome back to Spark! I can so relate to the time factor with exercise. I've righted the ship in terms of food (on Day Seven!) but it's a challenge to get exercise when it's so cold outside.
You know what to do on this 'well-worn' path - so get to it gal!!! We will succeed!
Happy New Year!

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NORASPAT 1/2/2013 2:33PM

    So glad you are back. I hope you can find some time before class to take a walk around the facility inside if it is after dark. There has to be somewhere you can find a bit of space JUST FOR YOU in you schedule . Plan it in --- 2 X 10 minute periods.

I use Resistance bands and I am doing some of Nicoles seated videos about 10 some even less

If you want it hard enough - you have to find the little piece of time for Just YOU !!!
Happy you are back Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ASPENHUGGER 1/2/2013 1:41PM

    You and me and CMRAND54 are all in the same boat! I'm trying to cut back on the frivolity stuff on SP and concentrate on the things that help me lose -- like logging my food, meeting exercise goals, etc. At the moment I'm broke, so living out of the pantry, and I bet my daily calories look like the national debt! But my resolution is to start tracking again when I can get healthier food.

I've been where you are: full time job, going to college full time at night, raising two teenagers. Not easy! And my hat's off to you! I don't think anyone can do two really hard things at once -- such as quitting smoking & trying to diet at the same time. So concentrate on your studies, get as much exercise as you can, eat right to maintain where you are, and keep yourself from going crazy!

Happy New Year -- may it bring you the best of everything!

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MEADSBAY 1/1/2013 10:10PM

Schedule exercise into your calendar-
it's as important as anything else.

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TISHTOES 1/1/2013 9:33PM

    I'm (hopefully) back too. Need to track and get serious.

Even though you don't have time for formal exercise you can get in some extra by walking farther. More trips up and down stairs if you have a 2-level home and park farther away than you need to. The steps DO add up.

Happy New Year and best wishes,



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MJ7DM33 1/1/2013 4:05PM

  emoticon Take care!

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LIVELAUFLUV 1/1/2013 3:00PM

    I look forward to seeing you on Spark People daily! Here's to success in 2013!


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SCAREWALDORF 1/1/2013 3:00PM

    This is probably the ONLY New Years Resolution any of us need! If we're on Spark People, it motivates us to do everything we need to do! xoxo

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BARBARASDIET 1/1/2013 2:48PM

    I got a cold this past week, and am almost over it! Feel better!

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CARRAND 1/1/2013 2:48PM

    You and me both. I weighed this morning and discovered I had gained 14 pounds in the past year. I've been using my food tracker, but I've been lying to it and not tracking all the snacks. That has to stop. I am keeping up the exercise, because I am retired now, so I have lots of time. Your schedule is awesome and I'm sure it keeps you busy. You need an exercise like cycle spin classes that burn a lot of calories in a short period of time. Take care of yourself. I know we can do this, and stay in our size 10 jeans.

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Not a happy camper...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Where do I start? Well, January 12th was my 3 year Sparkversary. I have to say I have stuck with Sparkpeople the whole time, learned many new healthy habits, lost weight and I am healthier over all. So what's the problem? I hit my low weight of 144 about 6 months after I started Sparkpeople. Ever since then I have had a very, very slow but steady weight gain. I have now re-gained 15 pounds of what I lost.

I am really upset about this for several reasons. As I said before, I have embraced this healthy lifestyle and have not fallen off the wagon. I drink my water and eat my fruits and veggies daily. I still track at least some of what I eat most days. I thought I had a handle on maintaining my weight but recently it has become obvious that it's not working completely. Especially the last few months. I am now at 160.2 and no matter what I do it won't go down. I still exercise 2 or 3 times a week, mostly Walk-Away-the-Pounds videos, at least during the school year. I did manage to lose 2 or 3 lbs. last summer but at the time I was swimming almost everyday, lots and lots of laps. I simply don't have time or energy for that when I am working full time and taking 2 college classes.

The holidays didn't help but that's not the whole problem either. Now that it's January and I have really jumped on it with both feet; still, nothing is moving. I thought after the holidays were over and I started tracking everything and holding my calories to 1300 to 1400 everyday that I would begin to see changes; so far, nothing. Since I have been eating right all this time, I have no big changes I can make. I don't drink softdrinks (not even diet), or fruit juices. I don't hit McD's for breakfast anymore or Burger King for lunch.

I just turned 48 so maybe age is a problem. I have had some stress in my life recently but I have put a lot of effort into NOT using food for comfort.

I wouldn't worry about the weight so much except that I have grown out of my size 8 jeans that I love and I'm afraid I won't even be able to hold the line here. I will just die if I grow out of the 10's also.

I just want my jeans back. Is weight gain unavoidable at this age? I don't know what else to do. I am extremely frustrated.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/14/2012 3:54PM

    Hi Barbara -
I haven't lost much weight too as I got closer to the 50's and now that I'm 51 it seems to have gotten worse. Not sure if it's a menopause or a lazy thing or both.

I've often thought the SparkPeople articles on Plateaus were interesting and would be useful to look at again once I got in that situation. Which ... come to think of it... is about now?

I'm not seeing a "add link" button here so not sure if it will be a clickable link, or if you'll need to copy it and then paste it into a new page/tab/window (depending on your browser.).

Hope it all gets better for you soon!


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KLONG8 2/21/2012 10:51AM

    I just thought I'd check in with you today and WOW! There's a lot going on with you. I feel your pain. When I was in my late 40's...well, that's when things got tricky. All the things that used to work didn't so much any more. I thought for the longest time that I was doomed to slowly increasing weight gain. That's a frightening thought for anyone who has taken weight off and watched it begin creeping back.

For myself I had to revamp things. I started (restarted) writing down every morsel of food that passed my lips (and was sometimes surprised to see that I was routinely 100-200 calories over where I really needed to be). I changed my exercise a bit. Added an extra walk at lunch 2-3 times a week. I started working out with hand weights - nothing dramatic but just added to my routines.

The result? The scale started to move down again. The dreaded M weight gain began reversing itself. Now I understand that it's all about a lot of vigilance. It's about eating right (as someone said before) because its what my body needs not just to lose weight.

You can do this...and I hope by the time you see this (I realize I'm late to this party) you'll be making noticeable progress again because it isn't much fun when your jeans don't fit. I'm rootin for you and all of us!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 1/22/2012 1:22PM

    With me it was meds that made me put weight on after losing. Not to mention the dreaded "M".

Stay with us. It's about being the best you can to yourself.

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TISHTOES 1/20/2012 5:41AM

    Make sure you are getting enough sleep. I read somewhere that getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night can help you lose weight, event without other changes.

Unfortunately, as we grow older, metabolism changes. You can eat less and still not lose. Change up the exercise and don't give up. Go for healthy and how you feel and the rest will follow. Try not to get frustrated. Look for some new recipes (there are many on SP) and even change your meals around (breakfast for dinner). Have you tried eating often instead of 3 meals a day? Eat small amounts throughout the day. Be sure to drink your water.

You can add exercise throughout the day. I do plies while I brush my teeth in the morning. Sit on "nothing" while you're on the phone (against a wall, bend your knees like sitting on a chair but without one), take the stairs, park farther away, dance during commercials, etc. Get creative.

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CARRAND 1/19/2012 8:48PM

    I can feel your frustration. I wonder if some of your weight gain is muscle mass? It sounds like you are doing everything right. Stay healthy and try not to worry about the jeans size.

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BAREADER 1/19/2012 4:23PM

    Yeah, I know I need to change up the exercise routine and do more strenght training. I will put forth more effort in that dirction and see if I can't move at least a little of this "junk". I will continue to eat as well as I can and keep it in the low range as much as possible.
thanks for all the comments and encouragement!

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MSTIRES 1/19/2012 3:29PM

    I know the frustration. Check out the January issue of Prevention magazine. It has some great "reset" articles for nutrition and exercise that my husband even likes! We started the "resetting" on Monday and I've started losing my holiday weight gain.

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MEADSBAY 1/19/2012 2:40PM

    Welcome to my world!
I lost (almost) 30 pounds in 2009.
Plateaued for over a year
then regained 10 in 2010
and another 10 in 2011.
Amazing how less than a lb a month can add up after a while.
LOVED FloridaJoe's words of wisdom and guess that is how I have come to live with it.
I am doing my best to be a very active healthy person who eats only good natural healthy food almost all of the time and that will just have to do.
Do I wish I weighed less? darn right!
My only advice is to try to change things up once in a while if you haven't already- try a month of low carb or a few weeks of strictly vegetarian or one day a week of 2000 calories or calorie cycling or ...
But, in the meantime, we are doing the best we can.
btw- I am part of a wt loss study that begins this week so keep an eye on my blogs.
(used to be ewestcott)

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HAPPYHOLBROOK 1/19/2012 1:54PM

    Ugg...the dreaded plateau! I agree with MOXYJONES: sometimes you need to shake up your routine to get the scale moving in the right direction again. Try different workout videos from the library or Netflix to confuse your body. Our muscle memory can be a powerful thing: once we do something many times, our muscles can do it more efficiently and we don't have to work as hard, hence the plateau. Keep up the hard work, and best wishes for better results!

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NAVYMOM133 1/19/2012 1:11PM


I have been a member since 2008. I initially lost 30 lbs but could not maintain it due to my eating quality, and lack of consistency. I regained almost all of it.
In January of 2011, I started anew. This time I was consistent and approached my nutrition completely differently. I am eating 110% better than ever, and almost everything that I eat is minimally-processed healthy food, or whole food itself. I also follow the 90/10 rule and just don't indulge most of the time.
I am a believer of those experts who say you cannot exercise yourself thin; it's the food! As soon as I cleaned up my diet and stuck to it no matter what, I was successful and have maintained my new low weight since July. I got through the holidays with minimal detours into holiday food land and am back to my "regular" diet of whole food. I go heavy on the vegetables, maintain a 30+ g fiber daily, low-end-range complex carbs diet and my calorie range is as close to 1200 as I can get. I am 5'4" and will be 50 this year. I do not eat higher than the ~1200 calories. When the diet is mostly whole foods/single ingredient foods, the 1200 calories goes a LONG way.
I won't be getting a consistency award for nutrition tracking this month, with having to travel to my parents so many days/nights, but am back to it in the last four days. Open tracker if you want to see what today's ~1200 looks like.
I agree that changing it up is good as well, regarding the exercise.
emoticon ... and I totally agree with the fella who just posted. In it for keeps!

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FLORIDAJOE1 1/19/2012 11:42AM

    Wow! That sounds frustrating to the max. I wouldn't know what to tell you about whether you will ever lose the weight again. I can, however, tell you what I tell myself when my weight goes astray or I get frustrated:
I have to eat right and exercise just because it's the right thing to do for my health. I know that eating right will ALWAYS be better for me than eating wrong. Yes, I'd like to get skinny as a result but even if I don't get desired results I will still stay committed to doing the right thing because it truly is the right thing.
I hope this encourages you to keep on keeping on. May God bless you with the desire of your heart as you continue to do the right thing.

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NORASPAT 1/19/2012 11:39AM

    I have been on a plateau for 15 months and the only way I can budge this is with strength training. I am using resistance bands and even though that scale did not budge, my health issues now need no meds and more important is I have gone from 18/20 to 14 that was a surprise. Now I have stashed the scale and I use my belt notches instead.
It is harder as we age I am 68 years young but the strength training has built up arm and leg muscle and stamina. I use resistance bands and Coach Nicoles 20 minute seated Resistance bands work out. emoticonfor me. Maybe emoticon emoticon emoticonPat in Maine.
PS See my pics!!it shows.

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MOXYJONES 1/19/2012 11:39AM

    From everything that I've read, both here and elsewhere, the trick is to doing something different with your exercise. The things that worked for you before are things your body has become accustomed to so it's not making the same difference (or any difference). Try to find a different, new workout or exercise focus and perhaps that will help?

Good luck, you'll do great!

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Up date

Friday, August 05, 2011

For those who read my last blog entry, I just wanted to let you all know that I am feeling better. I have been exercising a lot and eating well.

After a lapse of several years I have been able to get back into lap swimming. emoticon That is something that works really well for me. I haven't really lost much weight, maybe about 2 or 3 pounds but i can tell things have changed with my body for the better. Lots of lean muscle.

Food is less of a problem, 1. It's too hot to eat much. 2. I'm tired of cooking.
I even did pretty well on the trip I took. But sitll, thinking about what I eat all the time, if not tracking every single thing I eat.

I guess my midsection is about as good as it is going to get at my age. My waist is 32 and it's the first place fat goes when I gain so I have to be extra vigilant or I'll grow out of my pants.

My next challenge is going BACK TO WORK! Now my schedule will change again and I will simply not have the time for as much exercise as i have had this summer. I plan to still use my Walk Away the Pounds videos, they get me through when nothing else will. And hopefully I will be able to go to the pool occasionally. But working full time and taking 2 classes (no math!) Will put a big dent in it.

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BAREADER 8/8/2011 9:23PM

    I swim at the TC pool. It is indoors and the water is still pretty cool, although it is hot in the building.

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SANDYOLSON 8/8/2011 11:43AM

  Where are you finding to swim that isn't HOT? I live in Maud and we have a pool, but the water is like extra warm bath water and I build up heat when I lap swim!! emoticon

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TISHTOES 8/7/2011 3:27AM

    Try to fit in exercise within your day. Climb stairs, walk further from the parking lot, take mini breaks.

Sounds like you made some real progress.

Good luck!

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MAUREENMOZ 8/6/2011 5:09PM

    Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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CARRAND 8/5/2011 8:28PM

    I used to do lap swimming in the morning before work. But that was years ago.

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MEADSBAY 8/5/2011 7:43PM

    I'm glad you are finding your way back to where you want to be.

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NORASPAT 8/5/2011 5:06PM

    Barbara why ever did you choose NO MATH.---Just kidding.

It will be hard to get back to work but it will be cool in there for sure. Does this mean your job has changed or just the schedule. It is hard to beleive it is back to school already, we have not used our RV not once this year Pat in Maine. xoxoxo emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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