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Trying to slide into maintenance

Monday, April 16, 2012

In my last blog, I said I did not make my final goal weight by April 15. It's no biggie, as I have only 2 pounds to go, but it got me thinking about what maintenance entails. I've read other people's accounts of trying to figure out what their calorie intake should be for maintenance, and decided to try easing my way there. So today, I took those last 2 pounds and set the goal for the end of May. My nutrition page has a new calorie range on it, so I have at least an estimate of what my daily intake should look like. Was hoping for 2000 calories, but the top of the range right now is 1770. Guess that means I need to get some more exercising into my days!

  
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BRAVERUDE 4/22/2012 10:27AM

    The hardest part of maintenance is learning to release some of the rigid controls while learning to trust yourself not to gain or slack off on the exercise. Its all about balance, harmony, and being at peace with yourself (you won't find that in the calorie range!! ha!).
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CAMAEL100 4/19/2012 3:58PM

    Giving yourself to the end of May will probably help you to see what level of calories work for you. Best of luck and well done for being down to the last two pounds!!

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FITSMALLCLOTHES 4/19/2012 2:00PM

    You have done amazing with your small goals and achievements.
Congratulations!
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BLUEBIRDSFLY 4/17/2012 2:10PM

    I remember way back when I was a member of Weight Watchers, maintenance was an increase of about 300-500 calories. At the time I was burning an enormous amount of energy through exercise--not something that I will ever do again.
Celia, you will find your way. Your body will defionately know how many calories it can handle. What an exciting place to be--preparing for maintenance. WOOHOO (I'm getting better at them--that was a loud one)
Do you have other friends who are maintaining? If not, I can direct you to some of my sparkfriends who are. Let me know. Anything to support you, sweetheart.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 4/16/2012 12:44PM

    Awesome slow and steady wins the race!!

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Still working toward the finish line

Sunday, April 15, 2012

This was my date to meet my goal of 145 pounds. Did not make it. Still 2 pounds short of goal, but I'm working on it. Right now I have my niece's wedding coming up on Cinco de Mayo, and I am in the wedding Mass. I've chosen my dress and can't gain and expect to wear it well, so I have some incentive. The 5K run and lengthy trash pickup this weekend will help, I hope. At least, I hope they will help jump start me out of the fitness slump I've been in. Thank the Deity for goals and for my trainer and for my Spark buds.

  
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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 4/15/2012 10:20PM

    You are so close, you will complete your race!!!

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SHARON10002 4/15/2012 10:15PM

    "The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

I have no doubt whatsoever that you will meet that goal very, very, soon. emoticon
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JUST_BREATHE08 4/15/2012 8:49PM

    This is for one of my favorite Spark Buds Celia... emoticonGirlfriend!! I know you can. I have Faith in You!! emoticon

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CLAIRESML 4/15/2012 8:42PM

    You have done so well! congrats!

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BILBYGIRL 4/15/2012 8:14PM

    Your strength and determination will see you through as frustrating as it would be not to meet that very last goal on time after all the others!

I really like on your SP how you've outlined your rewards and have been very specific about your time frame goals. I have considered mine to maybe a bit generalised after reading yours. I think I'm brave enough now to do something about that so thanks for the inspiration.

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Finally in the moment

Saturday, April 07, 2012

It happens so rarely in my life that the realization I am actually "in the moment" comes as a pleasant surprise. Even when I engage in my meditation practice, I find I'm frequently battling urges to sneak a peek at the clock or let my mind go off on a list-making tangent. But yesterday afternoon, after a long week with too many short nights, I took the cat and a glass of burgundy out to the front porch rocker and basked in spring sunshine and a cool breeze on a stunningly beautiful day. My eyes rested on the stark contrast between deep blue sky that we usually think of as autumn-like and that color of green that comes only with new leaves. The birds had an entire symphony going. The cat, his fur soft under my hand, had his nose lifted to the breeze for all the scents only he could appreciate, and the wine had a peppery finish I love...something for all the senses. At some point I realized what was missing: no list-making, no thinking about chores I ought to be doing or SP or Facebook posts I should be responding to, no wondering what work e-mails or phone calls I missed answering, no stressing over taxes or bills. I simply was. And it was a most wonderful feeling that, while my senses were full, my mind was blissfully at rest, finally in the moment.

  
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BLUEBIRDSFLY 4/15/2012 5:56PM

    Really beautiful blog. You captured a very special moment. I hope you have many, many more of such moments-perhaps not the same but equally as still and as wonderous.
It is an amazing moment when the mind recedes and you just are.
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SAL2525 4/12/2012 10:31PM

    Ahhhh ! It sounds wonderful! It is funny sometimes I go for a week with very satisfying "sittings" and then sometimes I go a month without a one! Which reminds me - I need to emoticon emoticon

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MARYHOLMAN 4/10/2012 4:06PM

    Taking time just for yourself is pure bliss!

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BESTMEICANBE51 4/7/2012 9:11PM

    Oo ! I loved this. Wonderful !

I loved the phrase "I simply was".



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IMLEENEY 4/7/2012 7:09PM

    You've painted a beautiful picture of contentment. I hope you can string many of those together. I'm sure your cat loved it too. emoticon We can learn a lot from them!

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SHADOWDANCES 4/7/2012 6:33PM

    Beautiful! I feel more at peace just reading it. :)

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MLIANNE 4/7/2012 1:37PM

    Beautiful moment. :) So happy for you! Instead of "trying" to make this happen ... it will just "be" at some point!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 4/7/2012 12:45PM

    What a nice time!!!

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OMMAMA7 4/7/2012 11:40AM

    Wow, I'm happy that you experienced that, and noticed it, and thank you for sharing that as well. Such great description I could totally imagine myself there - made me really calm for a moment, and gave me a great reminder to get out and do the same thing!

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PINKNFITCARLA 4/7/2012 11:40AM

    That was lovely! Enjoyed reading it and I know you enjoyed experiencing it! Have a great weekend and more moments like that!

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K-GETTING-FIT 4/7/2012 10:07AM

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Beautiful post:)
Wishing you many more glorious moments! So happy for you:)



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Through the Morning Fog

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Well, it wasn't really THAT foggy, more a mist that softened everything, but it was pretty. I almost missed it because I just didn't want to go out to jog...too early, traffic, drippy humidity, blah, blah, blah. But I did lace up my shoes and head out on my 3.45 mile course in which I have a 5K measured (so I can do warm-up and cool-down walks). As if to reward me for overcoming inertia, four deer crossed the road ahead of me in the first half mile: 2 adults and 2 fawns. Seemingly unconcerned, they stopped in the woods and turned to watch me as I jogged by.

One thing I noticed was that the hills didn't seem quite as bad since I hadn't been out in awhile, and I was able to think about other things besides my labored breathing and keeping one foot in front of the other at a steady pace. I saw that neighbors on a side street have replaced a blow-up leprechaun with a blow-up bunny holding a colorful Easter egg. They have something for every season. And farther down that street is a house just like ours that's for sale at the desirable end of a cul-de-sac. At least it would be desirable if the people next door didn't use the cul-de-sac as their personal toy box. It's usually an obstacle course of children's bikes, tricycles, soccer balls, and other miscellanea, but someone must have talked to them, because there were only one bike and another toy tucked neatly at the base of the basketball goal. Farther on, I saw two shadowy geese flying over in the mist and heard others I couldn't see. All in all, it was actually a pretty nice jog, considering I don't really like jogging that much.

  
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POETICBLONDE 3/24/2012 12:18AM

    Sounds like a good jog. I like it when a deer out of the blue crosses my path. So cool.

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THJORA 3/23/2012 3:58PM

    Good going!!!! Getting out the door is always the hardest for me, but I'm always glad I went. No matter what is going on with the weather (and all the other reasons I make up to dread the idea of it), being outside is usually a good thing. :)

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SHARON10002 3/22/2012 11:00PM

    emoticon on getting yourself out the door! Sounded like a great jog, and so peaceful, too!


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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 3/22/2012 1:20PM

    Awesome on your jog, way to go!!!

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MLIANNE 3/22/2012 12:46PM

    Love it!!! :)

Sounds like our obstacle courses are similar - mine just involve coconuts, stray dogs, poop and potholes in India! :P Makes dodging things more fun! Heh!

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BENDIEB 3/22/2012 12:09PM

    What a wonderful way to start the morning.
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OMMAMA7 3/22/2012 9:14AM

    Awesome - that's great that you went out anyway and got to notice all of these things - really being present in the moment. Sounds more enjoyable than the time going by while sleeping or watching tv :) Good job and GREAT way to start the day!

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PINKNFITCARLA 3/22/2012 9:12AM

    I'm so proud of you for going out jogging! Thanks for sharing your jog...felt like I was there with you.

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Settled on the Final Goal

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Well, I didn't make my original February goal of 75 pounds lost, but I was at least at 70.5. I've been reassessing where I really want to settle, and I have set that goal weight at 145 (so far I've revised it down twice to 150, then 140, and once back up to 145). The target date is April 15, tax day. When I changed my goal in SP, it was gratifying to see my daily calories go back up, now that I'm not on that "pound-a-week" train, but SP, the program plus ALL YOU WONDERFUL SPARKBUDDIES, has been veddy, veddy good to me! Looking forward to crossing the finish line.

  
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BENDIEB 3/22/2012 12:22PM

    It is challenging to determine what is the right goal weight. In my 20s and early 30s I was around 120 (17 lbs lighter than now). I am now back at about what I was 25 years ago (35-40 years) and think this is "right" for me now. I feel I would be too skinny if I lost another 15+ lbs. and I do not aspire to be a "zero."
Strangely, I am wearing size 6-8 the same size that I wore in my 20s/30s though I think sizes must run larger now.
Anyway -- with all of that -- Congratulations on your accomplishment -- You look great!

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WALKSFAR 3/13/2012 12:07PM

    Congrats on your lose!

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PINKNFITCARLA 3/12/2012 8:46AM

    You will cross that finish line! You've done awesome!!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 3/11/2012 6:28PM

    Awesome way to go, looking forward to celebrating that day with you!!

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OMMAMA7 3/11/2012 3:55PM

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