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wallowing in chocolate

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Last Saturday my husband and I went to Applebee's for dinner and instead of having one of their lower-calorie entrees, I had a turkey club sandwich, french fries, and a chocolate brownie sundae. The next day I lost it on Brookstone Acai Blueberry Dark Chocolates. I got ahold of myself the next day for the most part, but ate more than I intended to pretty much every day this week, mostly losing control around chocolate. I didn't have a sweet tooth before I lost weight, I was more of a meat and potaotes eater. Now I can't get enough sweets.

Weight Watchers Giant Fudge Bars do help. If I'm going to eat a dessert, it's best to keep it to reduced-calorie, portion-controlled serving. They say "giant" but to me they're just normal sized.

There's a nasty upper-respiratory virus going around my office, and I fell to it this week. Having a sore throat doesn't help when you're to resist cool, creamy chocolate desserts. I've really felt lousy all week.

Today I've done better. I ate healthy foods, measured everything, and came in a little under on my calories for the day. I did include one of the fudge bars. Yum. And I did 30 fast, intense minutes on the recumbent bike.

Still trying to deal with issues of "I'm good, I'm bad." Obviously it doesn't make me a bad person to have blown the diet a few times this week. But I feel like a "good" person when I don't. In the long run I think it would be helpful to scrap that dichotomy altogether and just be. And just be a person who's not too heavy.

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MTN_KITTEN 5/11/2014 6:33AM

    I hope you are feeling better. Make sure you get in quality foods each day which helps with the over eating.

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ELSCO55 5/10/2014 10:48PM

    You can do it. Hope you are feeling better.

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It's Actually Working

Sunday, April 13, 2014

It shouldn't come as a surprise, but my efforts to eat fewer calories and burn more through exercise are actually working, and I've lost six pounds in four weeks. I'll take it!

I now weigh almost exactly what I weighed a year ago. I feel good about this, because my diet went off the rails last summer when we took a road trip to visit my brother in southern California. After that I had a trip back to Omaha to visit my mom. Then I had trip to Seattle to visit some friends. Then it was my anniversary. Then it was my birthday. Then it was Halloween, then it was Thanksgiving... and so on. I gained 30 pounds in the last half of 2013. I have to face the fact that vacations and holidays will come up, and I can't let them totally derail my weight loss efforts. Columbus Day is not a reason to overeat, but it's not beyond me to go for it.

I could be depressed about but actually it makes me very happy that I'm where I was a year ago, because that means I took action and got back on track. I lapsed, but didn't abandon the whole effort. That, to me, is a win.

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MTN_KITTEN 4/21/2014 3:29PM

    You are my hero. You will get back with it ... and we can do this.

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JANESLOSS 4/13/2014 11:04PM

    Great attitude! Keep up the great work and all those 30lbs will be gone before you know it. Have a happy, healthy week!

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MEOWMEEEOW 4/13/2014 9:18PM

    Yay for you! I agree that events and travel can really mess up a structure and plan for good choices. I'm so proud of you that you didn't give up and are making progress again!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 4/13/2014 9:18PM

    Congrats!! Keep up the good work!

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The doctor said it, so...... who am I to argue.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

I had a doctor's appointment today, specifically to discuss weight loss and blood sugar issues. (I was insulin-resistant, although mildly so, in January of this year, and the fear of diabetes was what motivated me to start losing weight and getting fit.)

It had been four months since I'd seen my doctor, and I was hoping to walk in there and show a forty-pound weight loss or something on the scale. Not so. I was travelling in August, and then I had my anniversary and celebrated, then I had a vacation in September, and then it was my birthday and we drank champagne, and so on. I had lost 19 pounds since I last saw her but felt I should have lost more.

The doctor emphatically disagreed. "Slow and steady wins the race," she said. "This has to be a lifestyle. This has to be sustainable. You're always going to have birthdays. You're always going to travel. Count this as a win."

I mentioned that my husband was out of town for a few weeks, so I was going to eat fish and salads and really get serious about weight loss and not be distracted by his steaks and french fries.

"And you're still going to be married," she said. "You're not going to divorce him because he distracts you from your diet."

Well, true. Probably not.

He was the person who had seen Spark People online and suggested I try it, after all.

I keep thinking I should have made more progress by now, but it was good to hear the doctor tell me "Atta girl."

So I hope this helps someone else too. It's a lifestyle. It has to be sustainable. Slow and steady wins the race.


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TANITHSEH1011 4/7/2014 1:11PM

    This is a good outlook. I'm glad your spouse can be there to suggest awesome thing like SP to you.

You doc is totally right, 2-3 weeks of great food is good but this is something we have to do every day forever. We have to change how we handel food and how we handel all of life as it relates to food, stress, sleep, excerise ect.

Baby steps, Keep going, don't you dare stop!

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KDRICH24 8/14/2013 5:41PM

    I agree with the doctor! I think you are doing GREAT! emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 1/17/2013 6:14AM

    Carrie, you've found a great doctor!!! Life does get in the way, and spouses/children/co-workers especially get in the way. We just have to learn not to let them (I've been failing at that the last two weeks).

Slow and steady starting again today! emoticon

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BARHAAS 1/11/2013 12:32PM

    Wow, 19 pounds in 4 months is more than a pound a week! That is fantastic! I don't think it's good to try to lose weight faster than that IMHO. Good luck in your journey. I would love to get under 200 pounds!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIZINA730 10/18/2012 8:10PM

    Your doctor is so right. I appreciate doctors who celebrate your successes and recognize them as such. Very good advice. She sounds like SP and you're doing great.

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JANESLOSS 10/4/2012 12:39PM

What a great encouraging doctor you have!

She had great comments and advice. Love the slow and steady!!

I always eat so very healthy when my hubby has to travel for business. I can just have a big plate of roasted vegetables and be so happy.

Keep pushing forward on your healthy lifestyle!!

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Indulging in a little self pity.....

Friday, March 09, 2012

It appears I'm not going to lose any weight this week. My normal weigh-in day is Sunday, and I haven't lost any weight this week so far, so I doubt I will make any appreciable gains in the next two days, especially since it's my husband's birthday this weekend and I was hoping to have a steak dinner with him -- modified, in my case, of course, to be smaller in size and lower in calories.

I have done 60 minutes on the treadmill every day for the last 10 days. I've been averaging less than 1500 calories per day. I count my calories scrupulously, and sometimes I even add in more calories than I might have actually eaten, just in case I estimated low on one of the foods on which I had to guess. So I don't think I'm "cheating." What am I doing wrong?

By the way, Hi. I'm kind of new here. I've been visiting the Spark site a lot, but this is the first time I've ever posted more than a sentence or two.

It's not just that I didn't lose weight this week. I've been at about the same weight for the last 10 days. I did record a two-pound weight loss for last week, but haven't actually lost any weight for around 10 days.

Between my BMR and exercise, minus the calories I'm eating, I'm at about an 1100 calorie-per-day deficit. Someone please tell me it is not possible for a 5' 4" woman to exercise an hour a day and eat a 1450 calorie-per-day diet and remain at 250 pounds for the rest of her life. I mean, seriously.

I know I'm impatient, but this is a lot of work. I don't want to scrimp and save on calories and work out an hour a day if all it gets me is...... the same.

UPDATE 8/16/12:

Well here I am at 210 pounds, so obviously I did break through my plateau. I don't know why it came or why it went. The most frustrating thing is to do everything right and not lose any weight when you feel you should have. I eventually broke through the plateau and lost 8 pounds in the first week of April. Go figure.

In fact, I'm sort of at another plateau. I have been trying really, really hard for the last 3 weeks, being scrupulously honest on my food blog, exercising consistently, and doing everything right. But I've barely lost a pound and a half in three weeks. I would like weight loss to be orderly and consistent and have the results exactly correspond with the effort, but it just isn't like that. I've taken monthly cycles into account -- this should be my "lighter" two weeks. Just isn't happening.

The only thing I know to do is keep on keeping on. "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." I think that's in the Bible somewhere. My flesh is getting stronger, but when it falters, the mind has to summon the strength to push the body over the threshold. Time to rely on inner grit and determination. I refuse to be deterred from my goals, so onward and -- downward.

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KDRICH24 8/16/2013 1:06AM

    The spirit is willing and the flesh is weak... that is from the Bible! I really believe that prayer has helped me in my diet and that prayer can help us over come the "flesh" YOu are doing so well keep your chin up! emoticon

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MOINSDEMOI 2/3/2013 2:45PM

    First, you have lost a considerable amount of weight so hooray for you as it is a tremendous feat.

From what I have read, your body gets used to the same exercise day after day as you use the same muscles in the same way. The more efficient your body becomes, the less calories burned so you won't lose weight at the same rate if you don't change things up.

There is a chance that you are not eating enough. If you consume too few calories your body will hoard them, worried when the next meal will come.


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THETROUT 9/6/2012 10:46AM

    Well, I am the Plateau Queen! I've messed with the same 3 pounds over the past 2 months! I decided to change things up a bit to see if that helps. I'm splitting my cardio to 20 min. in the morning, 10 or 20 after dinner. Also cut calories (not permanently, just for 3 or 4 days) and cutting carbs (again temporarily). Also, drinking green tea once or twice a day.

So, those are what I'm doing. Don't take these as suggestions, but just as information that may or may not help you.

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MIZINA730 8/15/2012 11:59AM

    I just read your profile and updates! I am sick today and didn't realize you made it past your plateau, WAY past it. Congratulations!!! Please post how your plateau was resolved if you haven't already.

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MIZINA730 8/15/2012 11:55AM

    Could it be your hormones? If you're in the second half of your cycle,that could do it. I'm not an expert at what could cause plateaus because exercise always got me out of them. You are already doing that. You could be building up some muscle. One thing I do is weight myself on Tuesday. That way, if I have a big weekend for food I have Monday to cut back and make up for it before I weigh myself. I wouldn't be surprised if you see the scale drop soon. Since you're doing the right things you will reap if you don't give up.


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DIET-DELIGHT 5/5/2012 6:09PM

    I've read that strength training can make a huge difference. I hit plateaus a lot and find that only lots of exercise can get me through them. It's worse now that I am older than before (will be 47 this year). Once I am in my BMI range like I am now, it's harder and harder to lose the weight. So, I just bought a used home gym on Craigslist for $320 delivered and set-up! It's a $1400 gym. I'll start Monday on it and keep you posted!

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MYJOURNEY79 3/9/2012 10:15AM

    I totally get you ...I have been there and there are still weeks that I feel that way. But we have to remember that the scale may be at a stand still but it isn't moving up!! That is really what we don't want to see!! Plus, we can not only base our progress on the numbers on the do you feel? how are your clothes fitting? do you have more energy?...all of these things make us realize and help us size up our actual progress. I weigh in on Sundays too and I will sneak in during the week and do a check-up, but I try not to let that disappoint's just a battle. One week is a battle, but I am here for the war, and it will be my victory!!
On the other hand have you incorporated any other activities into your workouts? Some strength training? Just some thoughts...
Happy Birthday to your husband...and enjoy your weekend!! Good luck with everything and keep up the good work!!

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