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3 Week Countdown... and AWESOME UPDATES! :)

Monday, July 12, 2010

1) So first and foremost- I am 100% totally going to start tracking again. I drove 2 hours to go to my brother's fiancé’s bridal shower, stayed there for 20 minutes, and then went out to eat with my brothers and my sister-in-law. They're all 30-32 and I've always wanted to hang out with them, go to dinner, grab a drink etc. So this was the first time I really felt like a "grown up" with my "grown up" brothers. :) So I had a light dinner (grilled chicken, spinach salad), had 2 servings of this AMAZING beer at the cafe (it's fermented with peach juice... yum) and really enjoyed myself. I never drink, but this was a special occasion... so I felt like it was worth it. The next day I had some chicken tenders, some fries... some El Fudge cookies... okay now as I'm typing this it's really no surprise that my numbers crept back up.

I said all that to say this: Tracking is key for me, apparently. I'm better at recognizing portions, for sure. And I'm proud of myself for that. But an extra 300 calories here and there that I "forget" about are equaling no loss to gaining... and I've come too far to backslide now.

I've already bought the dress for my brother's wedding, and it looks alright on me. I'd be comfortable in it, but I'm seriously going to kick it into the high gear for the next 3 weeks so I can feel AMAZING in it.

2) Also... Brandon and I are moving our plans up about.... 6 months... so he could propose any day now, and we want to get married in MAY 2011!!!! Umm... that's less than a year away! And when I think about it I get all giddy and excited and nervous. But this means that I HAVE to step it up on all accounts and stay true to my program this fall. I know I may not get to my ultimate goal (150) by May but I am going to shoot for 60-80 lbs, putting me in the 170-190 range. That, for me, would mean a size 12-14 wedding dress. :D That's a lot of weight- but it's not impossible. I feel that it's totally doable.

3) AND... I had applied for an internship at a hospital in town (my dream hospital) and I received an offer, which I accepted! :) I'll intern during school in addition to my regular nursing school clinical hours, and then in February after I take the licensure exam- I'll have a job waiting for me! :) The internship starts Aug 2nd, two days after the wedding, so this countdown applies to that as well.

My program IN WRITING
Zumba program from pamphlet
Women’s Health 21 day body makeover
Chalean Extreme - Burn Month, Weeks 1-3

So this is probably the most incoherent blog I've ever written... I usually have segues and puns and all that jazz... but I'll try to pack some extra giggle-points in the next one. GREAT things are on the horizon! :)

  
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SPARKLES_MCGHEE 7/12/2010 5:18PM

    Whenever I track I'm always surprised at the things that have the most calories (and what has the least!). Congrats to you on everything!

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SCRAPHAPPY94 7/12/2010 1:37PM

    Wow! Congrats are definitely in order:)

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SONGBARDBIRD 7/12/2010 1:32PM

    Wow--congratulations on everything!!

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MERISSA1315 7/12/2010 1:17PM

    I am so so so excited for you on all accounts. I couldn't agree more about the tracking food. I didn't realize how much calories I use up on junk that I don't pay attention to unless I'm actually writing it down. I think you are going to be a totally gorgeous bride because you already are! Brandon is lucky to have you and you are just as lucky to have him.

Way to have fun with the grownups!

OMG love the job news!

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TINK9305 7/12/2010 12:46PM

    Your blog is very inspiring you sound like you really want it, you can totally do this, just keep focus on your goals ;o) Keep up the good work!! You are worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy

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Deep Thoughts

Monday, July 05, 2010

I get a tremendous feeling of bliss when I see some beautiful girl from high school on Facebook who is now fat. (I know... that's terrible... but it's a knee-jerk reaction which I cannot control). Then I scroll down, realize she is not fat- she is 7+ months pregnant, and the house in front of which she is standing is NOT some cozy vacation bungalow- it is in fact, the home she purchased with and for her husband, 4 cats, 3 and half dogs (long story about Bowser) and her soon-to-arrive crazily expensive T-rex from some newfangled all-the-rage Asian company. Okay... the last part was totally my imagination... but it might as well be the case.

When I focus on my negatives and all of the things I am NOT, I get overwhelmed. Did I graduate in May 2010 like I had planned? No. Did I marry my high school sweetheart? Negative. Am I a svelte 120 lbs with blonde hair OR ready to pop with baby number 1, 2, or 3? Nine (or however you spell "no" in German.) Am I even engaged? Nope. Do I have awesome graduation pics to post along with a lot of the other people I graduated with? Not yet.
I lost my best friend, and that still hurts on a daily basis... I'm up to my rear end in college-related debt, I still weigh more than I'd like, and for the life of me I still can't complete a single load of laundry in a 24 hour time-frame. (Wrinkles are in, right? They make things look weathered, distressed... yeah... we'll go with distressed.) Am I really a grownup? Like... for real?

---HOWEVER----

When I REfocus on all of the wonderful things in my life, I feel tremendously blessed.
Yes, I am graduating in December. Did I get into School or Nursing THE FIRST TIME when they were actually accepting even LESS people than my originally planned date? ABSOLUTELY! That makes it even awesome-er (that is totally a word. I checked). It just wasn't on MY timeframe. Do I have 4 (count em, 4) amazing families that would do anything in the world for me at the drop of a hat? And...among those families, my Sanctuary Church family... do I not have one of the most amazing Pastors on the face of the planet? Um... that's a big 10-4! I also have an amazingly patient boyfriend... I wouldn't trade places with him in a moment for having to deal with all of my non-stop, action-packed, drama-coated nonsense.

Nothing happens on my schedule. Nothing is up to me. But it's great to know who's hands I'm in and that for once in my life, I'm on the right path... even if none of the bumps are those of the baby-variety. Everything's going to happen when it is supposed to happen... and that's just how it is. Neat.

I'm even becoming content in my own skin... So far I've lost 28 lbs (that's like... losing a toddler at WalMart- which I don't condone... but it helps me to put it in perspective) and I'm getting closer to feeling like the person I was a year ago, only better. There are pieces that are now and forever will be missing... but all-in-all... I'm pretty darn blessed.

So there are my ramblings, for anyone who's interested... and if you are one of those gorgeous girls from high school with 3 and a half cars and 2 dogs and a husband and uber-talented triplets that are already performing showtunes in utero... be blessed. :) I know I am.

  
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LYSAX13 7/6/2010 8:12PM

    You've lost 28 lbs!! That is awesome!! I bet it is through consistency and hard work! Great Job!

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MERISSA1315 7/6/2010 7:08AM

    Thanks for the smile! Love your humour.

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L*I*T*A* 7/6/2010 1:50AM

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MISS-GETS-FIT 7/5/2010 11:30PM

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SUZALOO 7/5/2010 4:29PM

    You are not alone! We are all secretly hating on the girl with the seemingly perfect life. It is not easy to take the high road, but you feel so much better once you have done it!

Just rememebr how far you have come and how exciting the journey will be to get to where you want to go!

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GL0BE_TREKKER 7/5/2010 3:57PM

    Awesome! Way to take stock of all the good things in your life and congrats on your weight loss!! Losing a toddler is such an achievement! :D emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 7/5/2010 2:53PM

    I liked your blog a lot! You do indeed sound blessed and how wonderful that you are aware of your blessings!

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FIESTYMARY79 7/5/2010 1:41PM

    I loved your post! I do the same thing, it's so much easier to focus on what you don't have when in fact we are so lucky and have alot going on! Thank you for your post :o)

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Oops... I did it again...

Friday, June 04, 2010

I started this week with a cleanse, and I felt pretty fantastic. I broke my plateau, lost a few pounds (I know it was water but it felt good to see the #'s move) and was feeling pretty excellent. I did good for the two days following, tracking and doing well- exercising as I had planned.

Then Thursday rolled around. I got a haircut- it was supposed to be a trim from what I already had, as I'm trying to grow it out. The stylist offered to "give it some movement," to which I agreed. I like movement- I'm trying to lose weight. Movement = good. The result was a cut, which I call "the fat girl" because it's the one I had all through high school. It wasn't what I asked for, but apparently it's what hairdresser's are trained to give plus-sized patrons. Face-framing 'slimming' layers, layers throughout. On a lot of ladies it looks fantastic- I'm not downing layering in any way. But it wasn't what I asked for, and I feel like it makes me look older and I'm not a fan of that in the slightest (I'm 22... I already don't feel that I look 22... so a "mature" haircut does me zero favors).

I had my first staff meeting for the camp I'm working at which is actually located at my university and in my School of Nursing. This is the first time these people have seen me since the end of April, and no one said jack about my 19 lbs weight loss since the semester ended. I know I shouldn't base my mood on what other people say, and I know the bigger one is, the longer it takes to SEE the difference... but nothing from classmates or instructors. So I cried a little, but I wasn't going to let it RUIN my day.

My guy and I decided on sushi for dinner, with spicy hummus and pita chips (our favorite combination) and I watched my portions and really felt okay about the situation. But then THAT FEELING set in. One that hasn't emerged since I began SP- the BINGE feeling. And it began.
I started with healthy food- baked chips, a handful of almonds... I was actually trying to be mindful- protein, good fat... fill up so you can't eat anymore.

My stomach was not fooled. I painted my nails, brushed my teeth, did some exercise- all the tricks the books and therapists and counselors mentioned. It didn't work. The trip to Food Lion ensued- Laughing Cow Cheese, Special K crackers (for 'tomorrow')... and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and a container of icing. The icing was on sale.

I couldn't get the container open fast enough in the house. Cookie-icing-cookie. My new habits took over a bit, as I calculated quickly what I was consuming. About 150 calories per cookie, about 150 for the icing- 450 calories in the palm of my hand. At leat 15 g of fat, potentially trans, definitely saturated. Fiber? What's fiber? And down it went.

And I was like a junkie getting her fix, because then I was fine.
I made Brandon take the container of cookies with him for his co-workers to eat, and the icing went in the garbage. I imagined myself digging it out today, eating it off my fingers like a REAL junkie. Golly day.

For the first time in a LOOOONG time, this happened. There was a time when I would have eaten the entire container of icing and cookies, then gotten rid of it all, collapsing next to the toilet screaming at myself inside NEVER AGAIN! But I have grown, because I did not 'get rid of' the garbage I put in my body. It was one day. Honestly, it might throw off the week in regards of losing or gaining- but it's done. If I fall into this hole where 'nothing matters' because I already messed up- then it will spiral downward. I'm not going to do that.

I started my Turbo Jam DVD so I could hear the silly intro music ("Hey... it's time to party! When I say 'Hey' you say 'Ho!' " for all you TurboJammers out there- it's that one!) while I typed this. I'm drinking a protein shake because I'm gonna lift weights after.

All is not lost. All is NEVER lost. I really don't wanna do that again. It wasn't worth it. As I was eating it, I thought the same thing. But it's done... and now it's TIME TO PARTY- Turbo party that is!

-Bex


  
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JESAN1 6/8/2010 9:39PM

  Sorry about your haircut! GOOD for you however on picking yourself up and throwing that icing away. We have all been there but it really does get easier. Just like you said, one day is one day. Take each day one at a time.

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JILLIBEANIE 6/5/2010 10:08PM

    You did better than me, I've been on a downward spiral for the last few weeeks that has just been getting worse. I'm gonna put my foot down, but uggghh I feel wretched

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FITJANE 6/4/2010 5:57PM

    Good job logging your treat. Being accountable and getting back on track. That is awesome.

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MSFITAL 6/4/2010 5:36PM

    great job getting a hold of yourself with those cookies!

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PIXIECN 6/4/2010 1:45PM

  You did amazingly well! You managed to stop yourself after one cookie sandwich??!! That's awesome, and something to be proud. You should be double proud since you also managed to not purge afterwards too. Not only were you controlling your portions, you controlled bad behaviors that could have sent you into a relapse. I'm so proud of you, keep up the good work!

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SCRAPHAPPY94 6/4/2010 1:34PM

    So Sorry about the haircut! But am proud of you for purging those cookies and icing from your kitchen.

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MERISSA1315 6/4/2010 12:00PM

    I'm so proud of you for just picking yourself up getting back on track and letting the past be the past. That takes a huge amount of strength to do!!

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BRILLIANTAQUA 6/4/2010 11:57AM

    Congrats on not purging!!! I'm really proud of you! (I'm a former bulimic myself) Even though you had a little binge, I would look at this as awesome progress--you were fully aware during, etc. and did try to minimize it, I think things will only get better with time.

Sorry about people not noticing yet--it can take a bit of time before the loss is apparent to others (for me this spring, no one noticed at 20 lbs, but at 25 lbs all of a sudden I got lots of comments--but it's different for everyone & also depends on your clothing). Just keep at it! And hair grows, so soon you'll be able to get it back to how you like it, plus it's pretty much summer & hot, so you can probably wear it up most of the time while the layers grow out a bit.

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KARVY09 6/4/2010 11:23AM

    It can happen to the best of us. I'm sorry none of the methods worked for you, but remember for next time how you felt after you ate them, and hopefully that will deter you.

Sorry about your haircut! At least it's not this...
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Running into HIS Ex...

Monday, May 24, 2010

So I must say, for a big city… Wilmington, NC is the SMALLEST town I have ever encountered.

My guy's grandma gave us a 2-for-1 lunch coupon for the local TGIF, and we decided to go there for lunch today while he had the day off. We were about 5 minutes into eating, when we noticed his grandma leaving- she had kept a coupon for herself! It was neat to see her out and about, so we chatted for a minute and then went back to our table.

Less than 30 seconds after we got back to our seats, his ex walks in. They dated three years ago for like 6 months, but for him she was the real deal, the first love, etc. etc... I was facing the door and he could tell from the expression on my face that someone had arrived whom we did not care to see. I asked him to look to make sure that it was her... and it was.

And a magical thing happened... I realized that all of the things I had worried about since he and I started dating had been a waste of time. I've mentioned before that Brandon's fronted metal bands in the past. One main club in Wilmington catered to that sort of music, and she was THE bartender there. I feel like everyone in this town knows this chick, and I know at the time they dated it probably made Brandon look pretty rad to have been with her. The club recently closed and now she works at a bar even closer to our apartment. My heart jumps into my throat every time I see her car, and I've always put this girl on a pedestal in my mind because A) she was the first; and B) she's not a big girl. And in my head, it's never mattered how smart or funny or cute I am... being a big girl, in my head, took all of those attributes away and overshadowed everything I had to offer.

She's not gorgeous, she's not fit, and her voice was one of the most obnoxious I'd ever encountered. She's average, she's not a nice person, and Brandon is WITH ME. I can't tell you how many hours of my life that I've lost comparing myself to this girl... (well woman... she's 29) when it was unnecessary. We're different women, and me being a big girl has nothing to do with the fact that I'm also pretty, and smart, and have a great future ahead of me.... that I watch what I eat and work out consistently, that I've lost 15 lbs in 2 months and plan to do more, that I have an amazing boyfriend who's supportive and sweet and is gonna marry me one day. All of those are awesome things about ME... being a "big" girl is just a PART of who I am... it's not me. And I'm changing that. I'm not gonna be a "big girl" for much longer.
I really do feel like I grew up today.

And besides I'm wayyy prettier. Okay... maybe not much growing up took place after all. :)

  
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PIXIECN 5/25/2010 9:55AM

  LOL. You did grow up! Overcoming insecurities due to past relationships is a MAJOR accomplishment. Great job!

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MS_MANDA 5/25/2010 9:23AM

    hahahaha I love it! I too have done the same thing over my boyfriend (Brandon lol) ex wife. Even though I ahve know her my whole life and she is a crappy person to the core. She is pretty. & is thin. Or should I say WAS thin... not so much anymore. & its horrible that it makes me feel happy that while I'm losing weight she's gaining.... but somehow we just can't help but be cady like that with the ex's. We all compare ourselvews to the ex's.... but they are with us instead of them for a reason! ZGlad you won't be wasting anymore time over this girl who dosent seem worth your thoughts :)

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LYSAX13 5/24/2010 10:37PM

    always remember that men (people in general) are attracted to confidence. So be proud and confident in who you are and what you have to offer! But the hardest thing about it all is convincing yourself when doubt rears its head. Stay Strong and hold your head high!

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WERNERSBACH519 5/24/2010 4:14PM

    I ran into my husbands ex when we were first dating. she bullied me. What a jerk. Now I am married to him and we are so happy. I found out there wasn't anything to worry about too. Us girls can be so funny at times.

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-SHIMMER-ANN- 5/24/2010 4:07PM

    LOL!!!!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BCALDWELL1922 5/24/2010 3:53PM

    I love this blog b/c I have been there with my husband and UGH! Even though we are married and he is home with me every night...still you cant help to feel like your in a race sometimes with ex's and female friends of your spouse/boyfriends! I am very proud of you though! Keep yer head up lovely.

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MERISSA1315 5/24/2010 3:26PM

    I LOVE this blog! I got a little teary because, NO you are not just the "big girl" you are so much more than that and Brandon realizes it. He proved it to everyone on Spark. I also love the last two lines. I think it's way grown up to bash your bf's exes...umm or at least I do it too...may not be grown up but most of it's the truth....and well...ok...

ANYWAY! You're gorgeous. You're rocking this getting healthy thing and you've got an awesome guy who doesn't want that girl who isn't better than you and never was!

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CALDEROB 5/24/2010 3:22PM

    Great job bringing the focus back to you and whats important. Go u!!

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LOLZTHATSWIM 5/24/2010 3:21PM

    Oh, I understand you completely on this subject. My boyfriend had dated a beautiful girl which I always put on a pedistol as well. It's nice when you finally see that she isn't worth all the worrying and stress. It is a great feeling isn't it?

And by the way-You are gorgeous.

Hollie

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When Things Fall Apart

Friday, May 07, 2010

Alright. I'm at a crossroads. Weighed and measured today- my measurements are the same (except my thighs have actually gotten bigger) and my weight is the same - it's actually up 3 pounds from my ticker marking but I really don't want to change it- I keep thinking that tomorrow will be the day the number changes and then I won't have to. My clothes aren't looser, either. I've been looking for all of those subtleties that might not show up on the scale... they're not happening.

I had a total of 5 days since beginning this journey (March 22, 2010) where I would consider myself to have been "off track". For the past 4 weeks, I've worked out consistently, 5-6 days a week. I'm tracking (except for those 5 days) and staying within my ranges, usually at the lower end.

I don't want to see the numbers falling- I don't need 5-7 pounds per week. I just want that MAGICAL 1-2 that everyone talks about! I know that the scale shouldn't be my only guide- but the numbers haven't changed AT ALL either! And I don't know how it's possible with all the changes I've made. I was excited, didn't have the old measurements out... did the new ones on a separate piece of paper. I finished, put them next to eachother, and proceeded to cry for over an hour. My boyfriend is so great- "You just have to keep going! I'm so proud of you! You can't give up- you're doing so great!"

But am I? I don't want to give up. Am I stronger? Yes. Do I have more endurance? Definitely. I also love how I feel when I work out (especially when I'm done) and lift weights and eat right. I like the FEEL of it. But I keep thinking if nothing's going to CHANGE physically- I'll just do 30 minutes 3 times a week and watch what I eat and FEEL the same way if my body's going to be a jerk either way.

Since Monday I have amped up my cardio to 60-90 minutes from the original 30+ Strength this week to see if that makes a difference. It is Friday- and nothing's changed yet but I didn't expect it to. I know if it's going to have an impact it might not show up right away. I'm going to keep going.

I don't feel like lifting weights could mess with my numbers THIS much. Seriously... to have a gain, then no loss-- and a gain in inches? Is it the weights?

I just want to see the changes START. I know it's a process. I don't expect to be where I want to be TOMORROW. I just want to be SOMEWHERE after 6 weeks of trying so hard. And I really don't feel like I am. And that... sucks... And I know being positive keeps you going and makes this a lifestyle change- not a diet or a quick fix. But it's super hard to be positive when it feels like you're spinning your wheels...

Any advice? The last thing I know to do is to cut my calories- but with working out 1-2 hours a day, I don't know if that would help or hurt me. Can anyone think of what I'm doing wrong- or what I can do... uh... MORE right? :)

  
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SCRAPHAPPY94 5/8/2010 11:06AM

    Looks like many people have given you some great advice. The only thing I'll say is that I found the same problem about a month ago and i had to bump my calories up just a little bit. I was eating about 1300 a day and I tried to get closer to the higher end of 1500 and it worked for me so far. Don't give up, you can do this!

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BRILLIANTAQUA 5/7/2010 8:36PM

    I'm so sorry that this is so frustrating for you!!! You are making healthy changes as you can tell from how you're feeling. I had a look at your trackers as well & your calories in do look low for the amount you're burning. What do you have the SparkPeople setup set at? I wouldn't try to do more than 2 lbs/week and if you do try 2 lbs/week then you really should have your fitness goals set really close your actual calorie burn (not below!) so that you take in enough calories. Also, if you just switched from doing nothing to cutting calories (it looks like you average ~1600/day, your BMR is ~2400 according to SP, right? that's an 800 calorie/day deficit just from your food intake alone!) & exercising 5-6 times/week your body could be in total shock & trying to hold on to as much weight as possible. Keep at it and maybe make some adjustments. Hang in there!

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OFFDREA 5/7/2010 1:40PM

    Everyone has already given you some great advice so I just want to say please don't give up!!! It have stopped weighing and measuring myself because I was getting so discouraged with those numbers. Keep at it and watch your clothes get bigger on you. That is what I have been doing and it is AWESOME!!!!! You can do this!!!

ps: eating at night before bed is not bad. Especially if you have had an early dinner. Just make sure it is something light like veggies or a piece of fruit.

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A-BOOGIE 5/7/2010 1:02PM

    I agree with investing in a heart rate monitor. No eating right before sleep if you do that. Also get in some good stretches and like everyone else said make sure what you are burning when working out correlates with how much you need to eat. If you put all your information in correctly spark will give you the numbers. But with the heart rate monitor again or body bug you will know exactly what you have burn based on your weight height, age and your heartbeat count.

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ALESHABEE 5/7/2010 12:32PM

    Yeah I think everyone has the right idea...you need to up your calories. You may also want to invest in a heart rate monitor. They are pretty pricey but are definitely worth the investment. A heart rate monitor will help you know exactly how many calories you burn so you can log them into SP. I have had one for a year now and it has been the best investment ever!!

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PIXIECN 5/7/2010 11:58AM

  First of all, you are rocking the fitness minutes. I just checked out your food and nutrition trackers and you are busting some serious hump there girl!

Second, I 100% agree with Merissa. Your calories are way too low for that level of activity. We shouldn't create a deficit of more than a thousand calories per day including our bmr and exercise. That would equal a 2lb loss per week. Any more than that and our bodies freak out and go into starvation mode.

Third, I'd try boosting your breakfast up. A high protein breakfast can do wonders to jump start your metabolism everyday.

I know it's hard not to start panicking when you're putting so much effort in, but you can do it. It takes time to get your calories and exercise in balance. I know you can do it though, with all that effort you're putting in, I already know you can rock it! Good luck!

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GERBEAR1964 5/7/2010 11:24AM

    Hi, first of all I understand your frustration and know how it feels when the numbers don't do what we want them to. I am not an expert on fitness, wellness, or anything else, well maybe music I have degree in that, but I have been trying to loose weight for 3 years and have had some up and downs, but feel alot better.

I'll ask you a couple of questions that you may have answered all ready, but look at this.

1. Your cardio time looks good, but what about your heart rate. If you aren't pushing your heart rate up to the appropriate level then you aren't getting you bang for the buck so to speak. Also if you are walking, maybe try an elliptical trainer, it burns more calories.

2. I am assuming you are tracking everything you are eating and staying within the range. If that is the case and everything else is on track, I would go and see a Doctor just to check your blood levels and such.

In the end, feeling better and living longer is the payoff. Hang in there and feel free to contact me if I can help.

Gerbear

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MERISSA1315 5/7/2010 11:23AM

    I just took a quick look at your nutrition and fitness trackers. You're doing great hitting your calories in and out. What I'm thinking though is that you may be burning too much for what you are taking in. I know it doesn't seem logical, but your body may be going into starvation mode because you are burning too many calories.

I actually just had to do this, but go in and change your calories burnt (just go to "My Fitness" and under the cardio section click change) to the average number of calories you burn a week. It will change your calorie intake count. You may be surprised at the difference. I upped my calorie burn by 100 calories a day and ended up with over 300 more calories a day to eat.

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KARVY09 5/7/2010 11:18AM

    Breathe deep and give yourself a hug. It's going to be OK. I'm sorry the lbs aren't coming off the way you would want or expect them to. It totally sucks.

First, evaluate what you are doing. Are you getting ENOUGH calories given the activity you are doing? Are you eating fruits and veggies? Are you forgetting to track snacks or nibbles along the way? Are you on new medication or consuming too much sodium? Any or none of these (or something else) may be a factor.

Today I went to the doctor and got my first lab results since exercising and eating right and my doctor told me that my results were way better than some people who are NOT considered overweight or obese. While it's great to lose weight and get smaller, think about your overall health too. It's the most important thing.

Have a wonderful weekend!
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