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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Today was a good day, diet-wise.

When I first started on Spark, I just tried to watch my calories...which translated into eating lots of 100 calorie snack packs of my favorite sweets. Eventually I cut those out completely, but continued to use white flour products because I just 'hated wheat'. As my lifestyle changed, I soon found I quite preferred whole wheat or multi-grain products to anything made with white flour. Today, I can't even eat white bread without making a face.

A couple of weeks ago, I realized I had one last hurdle to jump over before reaching my goals: a salt addiction. I have my sugar cravings under control, I've switched to whole grain products, but I have yet to cut out added salt from my diet.

I lived for salty pretzels, salt&vinegar potato chips, and generously doused most of my meals in sea salt.

Today was the first time in weeks that I am actually under the max. amount of sodium recommended in my nutrition tracker.

I know now that I can pass this final hurdle before being the healthiest woman I can be, and it feels oh so great!


Grocery shopping: a reflection

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I love grocery shopping. While scavenging for sales at Walmart today, I realized that what ends up in my cart now is vastly different than it was 3 years ago.

3 years ago I would have put in:

mint chocolate chip icecream
Reeses' Puffs Cereal
2% milk
chocolate syrup
premade chicken nuggets
potato chips
instant mashed potatoes
cherry coke get the picture.

Today's grocery cart was filled with:

individually sealed wild caught fish fillets
wasabi peas
dried apricots
freshly made black bean and corn salsa
baby carrots
sweet potatoes
no sugar added pudding
green tea
high fiber granola bars

The best part is, I think today's cart sounds way more enticing! :)

It feels great to reflect on the changes I've made, especially when I'm stuck in a weight loss rut.


Take that, fat!

Friday, April 02, 2010

I've been going to Art of the Catwalk [fitness studio in Tallahassee] for about two months now, and I am finally feeling better about this plateau situation. After three weeks at Catwalk, I finally broke 160 and went to 159. Now this morning my scale reads 162, but I've learned that sore muscles=water weight retention, and after all the work I've been doing, my muscles are definitely sore! In order to depend less on the scale, I started measuring myself again...sure enough, since starting Catwalk I've lost 1/2 inch off my hips and waist! Considering I hadn't lost any inches since October and this happened after only a couple weeks at Catwalk, I'm stoked.

My energy levels are up, and since most of my fitness classes are dance-style I don't really think of it as dragging myself to the gym. For the past two weeks I've been going to 5 classes a week.
No worries guys, I updated my fitness tracker so that I am still eating the proper amount of food =]

I'm really excited to see where my body is in another couples weeks, and don't worry, I'll keep you guys posted!!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 4/2/2010 12:50PM

    Wow, if you're right about the sore muscles = water retention you just brought my anxiety level down a few notches. I too gained weight this week, just after I increased my workouts from 30 minutes every other day to 60/90 everyday. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Keep having fun at those fitness classes.

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Bump in the road

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

So 50 lbs later, I am generally happy with my new body and my new life style. I haven't had a chicken finger in over a year [i used to eat them several times a week!]

I drink water and tea instead of soda, and I exercise regularly.

However, it's been six months since I lost weight. I am ten lbs away from my ultimate goal, and I can't seem to get to it.

I rarely overeat, but after a horrific semester both educationally and emotionally, I went home for christmas break and spent a month being lazy and eating all the holiday grub. I put on 7 lbs.
Coming back to Tallahassee I immediately started tracking my food again and have dropped those winter lbs, but that leaves me around my stagnant 160.
I'm getting desperate. To be so close to my goal and not get even a lb closer is disheartening.

I'm trying to be proactive instead of simply throwing in the towel. I am incorporating more fresh veggies in my diet, and eliminated icecream from my diet completely. I am still tracking everything I eat, and I got a membership to a dance fitness gym and have started taking 2 classes a week.

I really don't want to use supplements to lose the weight, but I'm not sure if i can stand waiting much more =[

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TACOMALO 3/3/2010 10:35PM

    Keep plugging away! We know you'll do it.

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OZARKMEL 2/24/2010 6:33PM

  First off, if "supplements" worked none of us would be here! Plateaus are horrible, they just suck the willpower and energy right out of you. But part of this journey is realizing that you will hit the wall and knowing that when you do there are some steps you can take to see if they can help.

1. Change up your eating...put more protein into your diet

2. Eat smaller meals more often during the day to keep your metabolism up.

3. Give up the ice cream? Why? If you can eat it and stay within your daily limits why give it will just set you up for failure by denying yourself that "treat"....maybe give it up a few days out of the week if you have it every single day...but not totally.

4. Change up your exercise routine, doing the same exercise the same way, the same day of the week "sets" your body...confuse it, try something new (like your dance classes).

Most of all, don't give up. We all throw ourselves a "pity party" once in a while and that's ok, just don't wear out your welcome there! :) This shouldn't bring your journey to a halt! I know you can make it....look where you've been and look at how far you have come!


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Doing SO good....

Sunday, June 29, 2008

So, the fruits of my labors finally seem to be paying off!

The scale is steadily staying on 192 lbs now!

Which means two super exciting things:

My BMI is back in the 20s
This is the best weight I've had since the fall!

I've also bumped my cardio up to about 6 days out of the week, and I'm planning on jogging more and more regularly. I eat crazy better now, and I've discovered a love for cooking, shopping, and going to the fruit market.

I thought all of this was grand, and then while I was packing I tried on two pairs of shorts that I hadn't been able to fit in months....

they're tight, but they definitely fit!

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MSTELZER 6/30/2008 5:03PM

    GREAT JOB!!!! You should be so proud of yourself! Keep up the great work!!!! What a difference a month can make huh!

Proud of you, keep it up!

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GMA1964 6/30/2008 12:17AM

    Great Job!

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