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The View from a Plateau

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Ah, the dreaded plateaus of weight loss. As I read the new blog posts each morning, itís a rare day that they are not a focus of concern to someone. A search of the message boards reveals the same thing. Anyone who has ever been on a weight loss journey has been there.

If I think about it geographically, standing on a plateau gives me a chance to see where Iíve been and where Iím headed. I can look around, take in the scenery and focus on other things for a bit. Maybe thereís something here that I havenít noticed before, like some inches lost, or stronger abs, or less jiggle in my arms. Maybe the jeans are going on easier or that image in the mirror looks surprisingly good.

After a rest period on the plateau, Iím ready to continue my journey down the mountain to my final destination. I trust that my body knows when itís time to move on as long as Iíve been honestly taking care of it and I havenít been unrealistic about the distance or speed Iím trying to achieve. Finally, I definitely prefer the view from the plateau to retracing my steps back up the mountain only to have to come back down again.

Difficult though it may be, donít be discouraged. Plateaus are just a necessary part of the terrain.

  
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COCK-ROBIN 11/6/2012 7:12PM

    Very good and motivational.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/6/2012 7:12PM

    Very good and motivational.

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SHAYLAGETFIT 11/6/2012 10:51AM

  Very insightful! I always love reading your blogs! I have not come to a plateau as of yet, I have a long ways to go so long as I don't give up, and I won't. but I know that the plateau will come and that I have so much more work to do when I get there as my body is saying more is needed.

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DAVIS_6311 11/6/2012 10:01AM

    emoticon for your amazing insight! It's very true...they are a great place to see where you've been and where your headed!

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CELIAMINER 11/6/2012 9:18AM

    It's great how you trust your body's wisdom!

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TREYONE 11/6/2012 8:42AM

  what a fantastically positive blog!!! It is so easy to get discouraged when you don't seethe numbers falling anymore, instead of looking at the big picture - how you feel!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAWN14163 11/6/2012 8:36AM

    A good way of looking at it!

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SUZYMOBILE 11/6/2012 8:32AM

    Well said, as usual! Though I have to admit, it's the most positive spin I've ever seen put on the concept!

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WILSONWR 11/6/2012 8:31AM

    Excellent blog. Plateaus used to frustrate me, but now that I've been doing this for about 5 months, I noticed that nothing may seem to happen for a few weeks (according to the scale), but then it "suddenly" drops pretty dramatically. It may not go down in the same increments every week like I would prefer, but as long as we get there in the long run, who cares? It's all about the journey and learning to change your lifestyle to a healthier one. I certainly feel better!

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GOTTAPLAN4U 11/6/2012 8:17AM

  Words that are worth repeating. Thanks.
This advice goes hand in hand with the other wise words I have read on SP that say to pick your healthy path, press on a step at a time, disregard the occasional blip, and have confidence you will arrive.

Kate

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DMEYER4 11/6/2012 7:45AM

  great blog and much to think about Thank you

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DH gave away a package of cupcakes! Dare I hope?

Monday, November 05, 2012

Could this be a new direction for the junk food king?

My husband, aka the junk food king of the world, has carried on a 45 year affair with Little Debbie, the snack cake lady. On my sparkpage I have a candid photo of our kitchen table at its worst.

Recently while we were grocery shopping together, he passed up all of Debbieís ďcharms.Ē He still put his sugar laden fruit juice and apple cider in the cart, but progress is progress. Then on the way out of the store there was a Bake Sale for a very worthwhile cause Ė a man with high medical bills not covered by insurance. When DH stopped at the table, I suggested we just make a donation and leave the homemade baked goods for others to enjoy. He got it halfway right. He bought 2 packages of cupcakes and told them to keep the change.

Once back home he was visiting a neighbor who was working on his house Ė serious physical labor. He told me about the neighborís project, grabbed one of the cupcake packages and gave them to him.

My husband is about 20 to 30 pounds overweight. In our society thatís hardly noticeable anymore. However, thatís exactly the position I was in when I decided I didnít want to carry around the extra baggage any longer. Both of us have been considered healthy and fit. He swims, I run and we canoe and kayak, weather permitting. Iíve also written in a previous entry about how we switched to healthy nutritious meals about 20 years ago. Unfortunately, our weight didnít decrease at all since ďportion distortionĒ affected us as much as it did the rest of America. Who knew that we were perfectly capable of eating enormous quantities of healthy food too!

He recently had a physical and the results, while not terrible, were heading in the wrong direction. Thatís not what you want to see at almost age 68. Since objective assessment by a professional doesnít happen all that often, itís easy to fall into a false sense of security.

Now considering his ďdonationĒ of baked goods: Was this just a solitary moment of generosity or maybe a sign of good things to come? Time will tell, but Iím hoping for the best.

  
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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/6/2012 8:42AM

    Ooh, that's a great sign!! Good for you guys for supporting a good cause, and good for your husband for supporting a neighbor AND his own health at the same time! I checked your page to look at the photo of your table...I love that you posted that photo! LOL that is a LOT of junk food. :) It actually looks quite a lot like my in-laws' kitchen table. But it gives such a good idea of what your background and your particular challenges are like - I'd never have made it if my husband was such a junk food junkie like that. I am now that much more impressed by your accomplishments! :) And by your husband giving away those cupcakes! Hooray for conquering junk food (gradually)!

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WILSONWR 11/5/2012 10:13PM

    Hopefully that's a great sign. Maybe he has finally experienced that moment in time that makes you decide enough is enough. I hope so!

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SHAYLAGETFIT 11/5/2012 9:23PM

  Sounds like a wonderful thing in the making! Great job to the both of you!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/5/2012 7:38PM

    I am hoping the best for you and DH as well.

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KANSASROSE67 11/5/2012 3:20PM

    Hoping these small steps continue to lead to bigger ones! My DH needs to lose 30-40 pounds and though he's made some changes, he's just not consistent with them yet. But you're right that we can't push someone...it's a decision only they can make.

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ALLENJOSEPH 11/5/2012 10:05AM

    It was nice to see how your DH could change around from buying the cupcakes because it's always been a favorite of his, and then giving a package to someone else he thought might enjoy them. emoticon emoticon That is progress!

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MAHGRET 11/5/2012 10:00AM

    I think Little Debbie has some crazy addictive power-they call out to my husband, too.

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/5/2012 9:51AM

    Sweets are a hard habit to kick. I have only toned my sweet tooth down, myself. But fingers crossed this is the start of a positive trend!

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HAYBURNER1969 11/5/2012 9:37AM

    Yay for Dad! His grandchildren hope it's a trend. They want him to be around for a long time. emoticon emoticon

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MJZHERE 11/5/2012 8:56AM

  It will be interesting to see what happens. My dh was not at all on board with me when I started - he was about 20 lbs over. After several months, and after I joined sp, he suddenly became interested and joined in and lost the weight as a result (it really wasn't effort on his part). Now, if I bring the stuff in (which shamefully I have because of sales, coupons, dgk, visitors) he eats it, but I have noticed the lbs have pretty much stayed off.

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TREYONE 11/5/2012 8:48AM

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CELIAMINER 11/5/2012 8:38AM

    Loved the picture! My pantry used to look like that. Hope this small step in the right direction leads to another...and another...and....

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SMILES4383 11/5/2012 8:28AM

    Little Debbie Divorce emoticon

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BOILHAM 11/5/2012 8:08AM

  Ooooo, you said "Little Debbie". Who doesn't love her? Little Debbie Nutty Bars! Mmmmm. Too much fat though, so I gave 'em up.

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KANOE10 11/5/2012 7:56AM

    My husband is about 30 pounds overweight also. He has lost weight this last year but needs to lose more. We are also eating healthy meals..but like you say portion matters..plus the snacks he has later.

I am happy for you and your husband. It could be a sign of good things to come. Maybe the lab test is pushing him on the path of health!!

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SUZYMOBILE 11/5/2012 7:51AM

    I'd say it's a trend! emoticon

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MENNOLY 11/5/2012 7:31AM

    I hope he makes the changes he needs to make to join you in a state of fit and healthy weight. Have a great week!

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Did you have work done?

Sunday, November 04, 2012

It took me a minute to understand what that old acquaintance was actually asking. I hadnít seen her since my retirement and when we reconnected, I was two years into maintenance.

I lost my weight very slowly so I really didnít get much recognition for my efforts one way or the other while I was on my journey. However, when meeting someone whom I hadnít seen in a very long time, the change was obvious to her.

Isnít it interesting that her first thought was that I had surgical help to achieve the new me? Breast implants, tummy tucks, butt lifts, face lifts, all kinds of nips and tucks as well as serious gastric intervention are so common now that that scenario seemed more likely than the possibility that I might have managed it naturally.

Whenever I see a movie star who looks great at 50, 60, 70 or more, I have to wonder how much artificial help was sought to keep up with their contemporaries or younger competitors. Fortunately, Iíve never had a job or lived in an atmosphere where I depended on my looks for success or validation. I can understand how someone who has a camera thrust in their face with great regularity might consider it a necessity.

I would never criticize anyone for what is really a personal choice. My fear of medical procedures far outweighs my need for bodily perfection or improvement. I even close my eyes when having blood drawn or getting a flu shot. Yeah, Iím a wimp.

So the answer to my incredulous friend was YES, I had work done and I DID IT!

  
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TRAVELGRRL 11/5/2012 2:28PM

    I love that answer and am going to steal it too! I'm still doing my "work" but one day it will be done and then I'll be doing the "work" of maintaining it!

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DEBBY4576 11/4/2012 5:14PM

    You are an inspiration. I too lost very slowly. And, also, I go up and down in the same weight range. No one that sees me regularly ever notices. How can they not see those bulges in the midriff area, or the hunks of skin (fat?) bulging in the mid back? They don't seem 'em come or go. I agree with you, wouldn't it be awful to have all those things noticed because we are constantly in the spotlight. So I guess I'll be happy to only have my pounds noticed by people I haven't seen in a long time.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/4/2012 3:41PM

    You have much to be proud of, and I'm proud of you. Keep it up!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/4/2012 1:52PM

    emoticon emoticon answer!

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SANDYBREIT 11/4/2012 1:17PM

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What a great response! I'm going to remember that and steal it should I ever get to the point where someone asks me that question -- although most of my friends know that I, like you, would do almost anything other than undergo surgery...

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/4/2012 12:39PM

    Fabulous response!

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GODDESSOFHOME 11/4/2012 12:09PM

    Fabulous response, way to be assertive!

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ALLENJOSEPH 11/4/2012 10:58AM

    I sure like what you told your Friend about your weight loss. It was the most perfect answer. emoticon emoticon

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SHAYLAGETFIT 11/4/2012 10:14AM

  Awesome reply! Another well written and thought out blog post!

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HAYBURNER1969 11/4/2012 9:51AM

    Great response!!!!

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MJZHERE 11/4/2012 9:07AM

  Love it! What a great answer! I am so glad you found your voice - really enjoy your blogs. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 11/4/2012 8:24AM

    Love that answer!! You did the work. Me, too!

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TREYONE 11/4/2012 7:41AM

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DAWN14163 11/4/2012 6:59AM

    The best way (IMHO) to lose weight for good!
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My daughter is a Sparker too! What can we teach the next generation?

Saturday, November 03, 2012

How about preventing weight gain in the first place?

Now I donít expect SP to be inundated with new members in their appropriate BMI range, but Iím glad to see a team of those with ďLess Than 10 Pounds to Lose.Ē My daughter is in that group. I understand that such a group can be diverse, including those who have managed a significant weight loss and now are working on the last difficult 10 pounds. It also includes those who have seen the first stage in the weight gain that affects so many of us.

10 pounds may not be concerning to a 200 pound man, but to a petite 120 pound woman, thatís about 10% of her body weight. That may not yet be cause for alarm, but itís certainly worth considering the reason that it occurred. Without an honest assessment of lifestyle, that 10 pounds can turn into 20, 50 or more quite easily. For many of us thatís exactly what happened.

The National Institute of Health maintains that ďyour weight may be affecting you more than you thinkÖ that even a few extra pounds each year can affect your quality of lifeĒ
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/hear
t/obesity/lose_wt/onepound.htm

Weight plays a role in blood sugar levels, knee, hip and back pain, sleep apnea etc. as well as the risk of serious disease. Losing even a small amount reduces those risks.

I definitely AM NOT referring to the few extra pounds we all seem to gain over a lifetime. Iím perfectly happy 13 pounds more than that sweet young mother I used to be.
(pictures here:
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I mean the few extra pounds that are added year after year until we reach that moment Ė Yikes! Who is that in the mirror? Or worse - whew, that was a steep flight of stairs!

I also DO NOT advocate badgering our children (usually daughters) into being obsessive about their weight and appearance. Well meaning efforts in that direction can be counterproductive at best and positively dangerous at worst.

Thatís why I love SP. The message here is a healthy lifestyle, not some quick fix diet or pill. Itís like taking the wrong turn on a road trip. I would much rather discover my mistake 10 miles down the highway rather than 50.

Iíve written about my Dadís struggle to quit smoking. He told me that the easiest way was never to start. Similarly, obesity happens one pound at a time. So does preventing it.

  
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SHAYLAGETFIT 11/3/2012 8:15PM

  Again, Awesome blog! Love reading this and I have 2 very young daughters and 1 of whom seems to be very superficial and always worried about how she looks. this scares me as she is too young to even be thinking like this. At least with my lifestyle changes and her seeing my healthier choices, maybe she can overcome what 'might' happen as she gets older whether it's obesity or being too skinny. Thanks for writing!

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DEBBY4576 11/3/2012 7:14PM

    How bout that, my oldest is 43 also. Except she is obese. I wish I could get her to think she has enough time to check this site out.
So many of us are in the 10 pounds or less group. I find that I'm probably always going to be there. I gain and lose 5 pounds all the time. It's a type of maintenance haha. My BMI is in the middle, and I don't know if I'm complacent because I look okay, or just not that dedicated. I do know that Sparks keeps me from getting above the 10 pounds and that is a good thing.
Love your blogging....really really do.

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MJZHERE 11/3/2012 9:49AM

  Look at you go! Exceptional blogging (you were hiding all that time) and now you have your daughter on board. I'm starting to feel like somewhere I got off track - you are a runner, your daughter is a runner, my daughter is a runner and me - I'm a sitter!

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KANOE10 11/3/2012 9:07AM

    You are right..prevention is the key..don't let those pounds creep up year after year. I am gald your daughter is working on her ten pounds.

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ONMYMEDS 11/3/2012 8:35AM

    Another thoughtful, informative, well written blog. You're good at this. Great job.

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TREYONE 11/3/2012 8:03AM

  As someone who battled an eating disorder during my teen years and early 20's, I think your message is very powerful. Eating right and losing weight for health reasons is necessary, but the tendency to equate thin with beauty is dangerous. Glad to hear you are on the right track with your daughter. emoticon emoticon

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HAYBURNER1969 11/3/2012 8:02AM

    Here I am, proud to be Brooklyn Born's daughter! Age 43, mother of 3 kids, ages 10-16. That's a picture of me in her "Back to the Future" blog post.

I am in the Under 10 group for the very reason that my weight started to creep up this past year. I stopped paying good attention to how much I was eating vs. how much I was burning through exercise. Yet to look at me, you'd say, "Oh, you don't have to lose anything" and you'd be absolutely right. I am still toward the lower end of recommended BMI. I have a very petite frame.

Mom knows that through ages 15-26, I did not move my body at all, ate whatever I wanted (a lot of junk - I am half my father, you know), as much as I wanted, and never got above 110 pounds at 5'4". Please don't hate me for that because having a fast metabolism doesn't do anyone any favors in the long run. It's too easy for people like me to ignore the fact that what we're eating does real damage INSIDE our bodies that we can't see... damage we don't realize is there until we get some abnormal numbers on a blood test.

Like most people here, I've had to learn to eat healthfully and discover an exercise I enjoy (running). I don't think I'll ever be 110 pounds again but that's okay. I don't feel like I need to be that. However, I do know that I felt and ran my best at roughly 114, when I qualified for the Boston Marathon. I'd like to get back there... back to 114, back to Boston, and back to where ALL the pants in my closet fit me again.

I'm glad Mom has always told me not to let the weight gain get away from me like it did for her. Not just because it's a little easier to lose 6 pounds rather than 20, but also because I'm too cheap to buy new pants.

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FATFREETRINI 11/3/2012 7:59AM

  This is so true .

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COCK-ROBIN 11/3/2012 7:42AM

    Very good!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/3/2012 7:42AM

    Very good!

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Honest mistakes: Underestimating and Overestimating Ė the results?

Friday, November 02, 2012

I clicked the wrong category when registering for the SP 5K challenge. OK, no problem . This time Iíll be a walker keeping one foot on the ground at all times.

Imagine my surprise to see that weíve got world walking records here on SP. Some of the times recorded here beat the top women in the world. It looks like some others may have clicked the wrong category too, just in the opposite direction.

When it comes to diet and exercise, we often tend to underestimate what we eat and overestimate our exercise and calories burned. I use the database to search for foods that I donít eat often enough to be favorites that I enter myself. How happy I was to find that my name brand snack crackers had NO SODIUM AT ALL! Uh, no. Somebody obviously forgot to enter that line.

Itís also easy to overestimate the distance we travel and underestimate the time it takes to cover it. Iíve done this myself, but the worst example was a colleague who told me she was walking 2 miles a day while at the conference we were attending. I congratulated her for finding the time for that and she replied that it only took 20 minutes. She walked from the hotel to Dunkin Donuts and back. Aside from the irony of her destination, Dunkin Donuts was only Ĺ mile from the hotel.

According to the US track and field website:
An ordinary person out for a walk averages about 16 minutes per mile or 3.75 miles per hour, a typical treadmill setting. A fitness walker tops out at about 12Ĺ minutes per mile or 4.8 miles per hour.Ē I know that beyond 4.6, I would be jogging not walking.

So, we would expect the recorded times for the SP 5K walk to be between 38 and 50 minutes for the fittest walkers among us and that seems to be true. There are a lot of people in that range, but some have reported covering the course in half that time. I know that it doesnít really matter. Itís not like thereís an Olympic medal at stake, but it brings up an interesting point.

When studies are done or claims are made using participantsí self reported data, how accurate is it, really? Here on SP we are self reporting daily in our trackers and generally getting great results. Sometimes though, the results are not what we expect or want to see. Then itís time to reevaluate. Are we really doing what we said weíre doing or have we just done the equivalent of clicking the wrong category Ė an honest mistake.

In any case, congratulations to all who completed the 5K Challenge regardless of your final time. The challenge is worth it, however we covered the distance or how long it took us. We do it for our health.

Throughout this journey we just have to be honest with ourselves and patient too. Thereís a solution out there for all of us.

  
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KANSASROSE67 11/5/2012 3:23PM

    This is a great blog and an excellent reminder. It's so easy to estimate incorrectly!

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SWEDE_SU 11/5/2012 3:35AM

    honesty in tracking is good, but the truth is in how the numbers add up in reality, and calories in/calories out just don't lie. if weight isn't moving, or is moving the wrong way, there is a reason, no matter how many minutes are added to the fitness tracker, or how few calories.

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TINAJANE76 11/5/2012 3:22AM

    You're definitely right. A big part of being successful in this process is being honest with yourself. Unless you have a medical issue that's holding back your progress, there's usually a concrete reason why the scale goes up or down. I definitely don't advocate obsessively tracking, but if something isn't working for you then I think it's time to take a long honest look at what you're doing. I try to balance things out by not counting my exercise against my calories unless I'm really going hard core. I know I eat enough calories to support my activity levels, so I view the extra burn I get from exercise as a bonus. That way I know that any extra bites, licks or tastes that I take during the day that aren't tracked will be taken care of. If the scale stops backing up what's been working for me, then I reevaluate.

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ALLISON145 11/2/2012 9:01PM

    Yes, there is definitely a fair share of delusion going on around Spark... I cringe when I see folks hitting 500 fitness minutes by the 3rd of the month. Either they are counting every moment they are not sitting in a chair perfectly still as exercise, or they are spending hours in the gym torturing themselves. Moderation in ALL things, folks - not just food! LOL! Same goes for folks posting about "plateaus" and insisting that they are only eating 1200 calories a day at 200 pounds. Something just doesn't add up, but no one really wants to be told that. Or, what I've seen a lot of lately... "I burn 5000 calories per week in exercise." Really? Even without a single rest day that's over 700 calories a day. Yeah... right.


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TREYONE 11/2/2012 7:39PM

  Very good blog-gives you something to think about!

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TEMPENATIVE 11/2/2012 4:40PM

    nice blog. you are an insightful writer!

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DEBBY4576 11/2/2012 3:05PM

    Your blog has been something I've noticed and had to let go. I am my own competition. It drives me insane to be two days into the new month and someone has logged 1000 minutes. So for my own sanity, I dismiss the person and their reporting as inaccurate.
I so agree with your statement to be honest with myself. I hope most people are just making a mistake. That's sweet of you to hope for that too. It is what it is. And I'm so glad we are "friends" with honesty in common.

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JELLIAJAMB 11/2/2012 2:25PM

    I have sometimes wondered about the top fitness minutes reported by members, where, by my calculations, those people would be training for 4 hours a day plus. I tell myself, "Oh, it's none of my business anyway, those virtual medals are for our own satisfaction," etc., but the small competitive streak in me does grumble at times. SP and GPS trackers help keep me accountable to the facts of my outdoor exercise, but I know that I have to subtract .5 miles from my treadmill total.

Thanks for this post and previous ones. It was your blog posts and comment on a recent community board that made me think, "Brooklyn_Born is the kind of person I'd like to know."

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SHAYLAGETFIT 11/2/2012 1:32PM

  Ha! ANother GREAT post! so very true and I am guilty! again as you have said, honest mistakes for certain... so long as we are being honest! ;)

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CATMAGNET 11/2/2012 10:44AM

    This is why I try to keep realistic with my fitness when I track and stay on the low side of ranges for nutrition, so I can at least try to err on the side of conservatism. That way, I have some "wiggle room" if I make a mistake.

Great post! :)

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KANDOLAKER 11/2/2012 9:13AM

    A great blog! Thanks for the research!!

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MOOSLADY 11/2/2012 8:50AM

    I had a conversation like that with my sister. She was telling me how she was in such good shape because she walks 10 miles per day. I asked her how in the world she finds the time since she works all day as a special education aid. She said that her obese mentally impaired student had to walk for 30 minutes on the track at school and she did it in those 30 minutes. I let it go because she is one of those people who is always must be better at everything or have worse problems than anybody(and never their fault, of course). I will grant she is thinner than I am( the beginning of this conversation was how her Dr had told her she was skinny/fat, and had high cholesterol) but walking 20mph, I think not. I am impressed if an average person walks 3.75mph. I have a very short stride and can only walk about 3 without having to jog. I do try to exercise on a measured track at least once a week just so I know I have and accurrate distance.


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WONDERWOMAN 11/2/2012 8:19AM

    Great blog! I just faced this problem; unable to remember which "race" I had signed up for on SP. I am running a "live" 5K on Saturday so hoped it was the 5K and not 10K, but panicked when I couldn't find a simple way to find it. I ended up scrolling through all the 5K Runners in my gender and age group and found myself, so Whew! But yes, no matter how hard we try, our logging isn't going to be perfect and I agree most often it is because of technical glitches and not trying to cheat.

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KANOE10 11/2/2012 8:14AM

    That was interesting. I walk 4 mph and need to use 4.6-8 as a goal. You are right that there is misperceptions on amounts of distance!

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MDBUTTERFLY 11/2/2012 8:03AM

    One of the biggest steps in deciding to lose weight or make changes I think is to approach it with honesty. I think it is something that we need to keep in check often if we are to be successful as it can be easy to slip into lying to ourselves (aware or not) all to easy.
Great blog!

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/2/2012 7:47AM

    I wonder what the definition of "ordinary" is? At my younger, most fit, I didn't go much faster than 4 mph and most people I knew thought it was alarmingly fast, LOL. Now in my early 50's and with severe arthritis in my knees, the most I can manage is a 3.7 and still I get comments about how fast I walk.

Interesting blog. I do obsess a bit about (track) calories eaten and burned. So often it is guesswork, but eventually it becoes apparent which side you are erring on.

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PMRUNNER 11/2/2012 7:43AM

    Funny. Check out some of the 10k times! There are some folks logging in 10ks in the 28 -35 min range. While I know some folks who run a sub 6 min pace, I would be surprised if these folks were!

Happy running!

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WILSONWR 11/2/2012 7:43AM

    As usual, a great blog. I'll be out at our ranch until next Tuesday, so I'll miss your blogs while I'm gone (no internet). Talk to you then!

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BLUENOSE63 11/2/2012 7:36AM

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