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Monday, November 26, 2012

I've been doing pretty well with tracking my eating and faithfully exercising, and my weight is slowly going down. I've been seeing all the ads and articles regarding the fitbit and how it syncs with Sparkpeople, and I thought it would be fun to have some immediate feedback to motivate me to move more.

I checked out the various Fitbit models and decided to buy the Fitbit One. It arrived about a week and a half ago, and I have to say that I HAVE been motivated to move more! I probably was a 6000 step per day person. Now if I see in the evening that I'm below 10,000 steps, I have to walk around until it reaches that goal. The Saturday after Thanksgiving I did 16,000+ steps! Yesterday I walked to the library and back for the first time instead of driving.

It cracks me up that if I put the fitbit on the counter (while showering or changing clothes), when I pick it back up it gives me a message: "Walk me, Joan!" "Move It, Joan" "Rock it, Joan." It's particularly funny to me if it says that just after I've done my workout. I can't wait to see what else it has to say.

We have 2 sets of stairs in our home. Fitbit thinks a flight of stairs is at least 10 feet. The stairs between the main and top floor meet this requirement. The stairs from the basement to the main floor apparently do not. My husband just shakes his head in amusement at me when he sees the small step stool at the top of my basement stairs so that I can use it to get credit for the flight of stairs. So much motivation in one small device. I'm having a lot of fun with it.

I do like the way it syncs with Sparkpeople. Fitness and sleep info goes from the Fitbit site to Sparkpeople. Food info goes from Sparkpeople to the Fitbit site. There are some good reports on the Fitbit site, and it will tell me, in light of the fact I'd like to loose a half pound a week, how many more calories I can eat at any given point in the day - or how much more exercise I need to do to work off the extra calories I need to burn to reach that goal.

Well, that's all the time I have to spend here, today. I have WALKING to do.... emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 11/28/2012 10:06AM

    It sounds like you have become a FB convert! It is one of the most motivating devices I own and now that it syncs with SP it is even better! I smiled when I read about the foot stool comment, that is motivation!


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TRAVELGRRL 11/27/2012 10:11PM

    Thank you for adding me as a friend! I'll do the same. My husband enjoys "my" fitbit too; when we walk he's always asking me "How many steps do you have?" It is a tiny motivator, isn't it?

Here's my fitbit website; why don't you add me as a friend on fitbit, too?

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 11/26/2012 2:11PM


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Monday, February 13, 2012

Itís difficult to come back to the scene of my former success and admit Iíve failed. I failed to maintain my weight loss. Sickness originally derailed my exercise program, and I didnít get it going again when I recovered. (I donít love exercise Ė I love how it makes me feel AFTER Iíve exercised.) Of course, I didnít reduce my intake, either. (Have I mentioned I love food?) I failed to stop the upward spiral even when it became impossible to ignore. It takes time for muscle to turn to fat.

Of the 30 pounds I lost, Iíve regained 26. Sigh. Iím ashamed to come back to my Spark friends in this condition.

BUT! Failure can be good groundwork for future success. Itís not a permanent failure if I get back up, pay attention to the things that sabotaged me before, and plan what I will do if those circumstances happen again. I now know where some snares lie in wait for me. I believe I can loose the weight again, but I want it to be permanent this time. No more yo-yo!

So, Spark friends, Iíd appreciate your encouraging support again. And when I get back down where I belong, I will need to keep on with a maintenance team. I need those trackers and the accountability of checking in with others. Iím so thankful that the Sparkpeople website and community is available.

Here I goÖ.

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KLONG8 11/14/2012 11:50AM

    This is the cool thing about SP. We are learning skills that show us how to lose weight sensibly (no starvation diets for this crew) and we know there can be set backs. You've just had one of those but here you are. Ready to go again. Very brave, very smart, and you've set your sights on healthy living again. So proud of you.

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CAPETERSON 2/27/2012 9:05AM

    I'm so glad you have decided to work with SP once again. You are not alone, by any means. I'm in something of the same position and need to use the trackers again, too. Yet, I'm finding it difficult to devote the time and attention to actually following through with the trackers, especially the nutrition tracker. How are you doing with that? Any tips for another returnee?
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CRYSTALJEM 2/22/2012 8:32PM

    Your courage will see you through.

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    You are so not alone. I"m actually back for my third try. Each time I come back wiser and stronger and always, always, always healthier!

You have an excellent outlook and I'm sure you will achieve success!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/22/2012 7:44PM

    I had to eat humble pie in December and do EXACTLY the same thing. I regained 20 of the 25 I lost, and I wasn't even at maintenance. emoticon

But, happily, I am now down 15 pounds and really excited about doing it FOR GOOD this time.

You are in good company. Congratulations for coming back and 'fessing up. Now that you've got that off your chest it's time to move forward! Good luck and welcome back!!!

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NEWKAREN43 2/22/2012 7:40PM

    Well! I wasn't here when you were before so welcome my new SP Friend!!! Just think, the lessons you learned in round one will serve you well in this final round of loss and on to maintenance! Think of it as a head start. Don't give up, power on and know that you are in good company with the current SP community! Blessings on your journey! Karen

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WATERMELLEN 2/22/2012 7:21PM

    You've lost the weight before: and you KNOW that you can do it (and will do it) again.

That "At Goal and Maintaining" team is a great one!!

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ROSEWAND 2/14/2012 1:14PM

    It takes courage to come back and report your
situation. You have not failed; you have gathered
more information for your individual success! emoticon

At times when we have stumbled; and lost sight of our
goals, what we each need more than anything is
self-compassion. And that can be the hardest thing
to give. We are quick to punish our slip ups.

Most of us here have been where you are. Some of
us, like me, several times. The best way to approach
this crisis; is take all the information you have gained
both from your success and your setbacks, and move
ahead toward your goals.

We are here to support you. emoticon

Go for it! emoticon

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MS0669 2/14/2012 11:24AM

    You are back where you belong !! I have been in your place before lost the weight of a whole person, and gained the weight back of person and a half. It happens. The only thing we can do is keep trying to make the healthy choices and move on from there. Start each day new and fresh and forget about bad mistakes from yesterday, easier said than done, I know !!
Good Luck and don't give up !

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KANOE10 2/14/2012 7:57AM

    We have all been down your path and regained weight. It takes courage for you to come back. Good for you. As you siad, you know how to lose weight, you have the tools and Spark People is the perfect place to be!

Hope you have a great day. emoticon

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Scale and Tape reflections

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I've been maintaining for almost 2 months now. I've generally stayed 1-2 pounds below my goal weight of 132. I was pretty discouraged today to find my weight back up to 131.5 - 1.5 pounds over last week's weigh in. I've been struggling a bit with eating - all but one day staying within my calorie range - but exercising consistently. In fact, I'm strength and flexibility training more than I was while keeping up the cardio. I'm quite pleased at the progress I'm making there.

Fortunately, this is my day of the month to measure myself. I had lost 1/4 inch in waist and hip. The rest stayed the same except for my upper arm, which gained 1/4 inch (?! How can I gain in my upper arm only? I'm sure I heard that muscle takes up less space than fat. What's the story here?)

All this to say that the scale alone would make me depressed. Adding the tape measure results gave me back my determination to persevere. Sparkpeople is a great source of necessary information and affirming people. Thanks for being part of my journey!!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WATERMELLEN 6/21/2010 7:07PM

    You are doing very very well: your weigh-in is withing usual fluctuation and the tape measure tells the tale.

Thanks for your kind comments on my graduation blog!

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/21/2010 1:39AM

    Yes, indeed that tape measure can help us 'see" the results of our work. CONGRATS on maintaining!!! I'm at a definite plateau .... Hopefully something will move soon!

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HAWKEYERANT 6/20/2010 9:07AM

    That IS funny/weird about the upper arm measurements. I don't know WHAT that story is!

Maintaining is difficult - but you are doing GREAT. It's tough (and it scares me often) but to know that you are on your journey maintaining, and doing great - really and truly, is very motivating and inspiring to me!

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SDDLETSDOIT 6/19/2010 1:35PM

    I need to find a tape measure because I am exercising faithfully and eating right but the scale is NOT moving!!

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Goal Reached...Husband says STOP!...Begin Maintenance

Saturday, April 24, 2010

This morning, my "official" weigh-in day, I was 131.5 pounds - that's down 26.5 pounds from last November. (I'm 5' 6.75" tall) That's .5 pounds lower than my last goal. A few weeks ago my dear husband began worrying that I was not eating enough or losing too much. I told him then that I was NEVER going to be anorexic or bulimic and that he could tell me to stop losing and I would comply. He graciously allowed me to continue to the last goal without nagging, but since I have now reached it, he wants me to stop.

It's really fine with me. I'm not attached to a number on the scale. What I want is a great figure. I'm thrilled to be fitting into size 6 pants - and some of them are too loose now! I need to continue to build muscle so my tummy will flatten more, but I don't feel like I need to keep losing weight.

HOWEVER... I'm not sure finding the calorie level for maintenance will be easy.
I'm going to go look at maintenance teams today. emoticon I'm going to need all the help I can get! Thanks to everyone who has helped, encouraged and motivated me when I needed it! You've made the journey much more pleasant, and together we've accomplished the first part of what I set out to do - lose the weight. Now for the hard part - keeping it off FOREVER!

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ALLFORONE2009 6/1/2010 11:36AM

    I know that the DH wants you to stop - but you use your medical guidelines and your good judgement. People get "use" to seeing us a certain weight and as we begin to look different it changes their point of reference and they become uncomfortable. Be sure you do what is right by you and not be intimidated by others :) even the ones we love the most :)

did I mention how incredibly proud of you I am!!! You are such a shining star - just like your amazingly beautiful daughter who I love so much! You GO GIRL! :) Maintenance will be a snap! Because we are all right here - just like before cheering you ON! :)

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HAWKEYERANT 4/26/2010 10:32AM

    Congratulations on hitting your goal weight - what a huge accomplishment! So proud of you and your journey....!!!! Best of luck to you on the hard part - maintenance!!

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CAPETERSON 4/24/2010 10:15PM

    Congratulations! You have done wonderfully. And, with your attitude and focus, maintenance should go well for you.
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WATERMELLEN 4/24/2010 9:36PM

    You have done absolutely great! Good for you!!

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LIMASTAR 4/24/2010 7:44PM

  Congrats on reaching your goal weight. I've been there at least twice recently, but then would gain a few lbs back. I'm about 1.5 lbs from goal and have decided to go pass a few lbs more to give myself a cushion this time.

I'm not looking forward to maintenance either because I know it will take time to work out how many calories I will be able to consume without gaining weight. But we can get it done.

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BAMBAM87 4/24/2010 6:42PM

    wow you look fantastic congratulations!

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JOHNTJ1 4/24/2010 6:06PM

    Congrats to you.

You are officially a good example to us all!!! emoticon

I can only hope and dream of the day I reach my goal, it's at least 40 more pounds!!! But you're blog helped me get focused again and I appreciate that



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TYLARDERDIN 4/24/2010 5:54PM

    I too am a little aprehensive about heading to maintinence. I know for me pretty much everything is a slippery slope when it comes to food. I guess it is the same as how you loose. Go with BMR and work from there. I wish you luck!

Trust the process. Do right, things go right.

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Goal # 2 Achieved - More questions arise!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I began this trip to health in November 2009 weighing 158 pounds, and I wanted to weigh 142 pounds by mid-March. After much exercise and portion control, I had lost that much by mid-February, and thought I needed to lose more, so I made a further goal to get to 135 , which I passed by 1/2 pound this week.

I'm still not sure I'm satisfied with my shape. I have questions for wiser, more experienced people than I:

1. I'm over 50. Is it even reasonable to want a FLAT stomach? I'm very self conscious of the bulge of belly below my waistline. Perhaps I need to weigh what I do now, but work on making bigger muscles? (they really have grown a lot since I began.)

2. At what point does someone get excess skin? I know it happens to very overweight individuals when they lose a bunch of weight, but I don't know if 24 pounds would cause such a thing. Above my waist is either loose skin or still some fat showing if I stand normally. (It disappears if I raise my arms and you just see ribs.) My husband says it looks like a 6 pack - I say it looks like a 4 pack of gel rolls - lol. Will it eventually go away?

3. How do you decide what your final goal weight should be? My daughters are both very slim (size 0 pants!!!!) I can't really see myself that tiny, but I think I want to try to get my tummy under more control. I may take some time to think about this before setting another goal. Any advice?

4. If I decide to lose any more, May I still belong to the "50+ members with 10-24 pounds to lose" team? They are such a great, supportive bunch, and I owe much of my motivation to them! (I had no idea when I started that I'd ever want to be lower than 24 pounds!)

Thanks for your encouragement and support. I'm in better shape with more hope of maintaining the loss than I've had in many years.

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JUST_TRI_IT 3/28/2010 8:07PM

    Can't answer any of your questions... just opinions:

#2. I have no idea what the "right" weights are. I don't think that many of the charts really help us all that much. Our builds are so different that is makes "ideal" a fairly relative term. If your doctor has no other advice, I say go with the shape, feel and weight that seems healthy to you.

And... CONGRATULATIONS for sticking with it... YOU DONE GOOD GIRL.. as my DH would say :)

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WATERMELLEN 3/27/2010 7:43PM

    You must be pretty darn svelte -- at your height and new goal weight!! Congratulations!! Permit yourself to enjoy your success for a day or so!! But the only person who will know when you've lost as much weight as you want to lose is -- you! And of course the great thing is that you don't have to decide today or tomorrow -- the decision always remains to be revisited.

I'm almost 59, 5'9" and my maintenance range is 150-1555, size eight (a few sixes, a few tens: but mostly eight). I do share your desire for a flat stomach; I'd call mine "flattish" on good days!! And loose skin? well, I took off more like 80 pounds so maybe -- but it's livable. Finally, although I've been at my "goal weight" for quite a while, nobody's drummed me off the roll call at the "50+ members with 10-24 pounds to lose" team"!! I think they'll let us stay!

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