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I Guess This Is Progress . . .

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Well, I may not be shaking up the scale but I can notice that my clothes are looser (a little) and I have noticed an increase in flexibility. Now if I can just get the night time eating under control, maybe . . . just maybe . . .

  
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HOPEISME1 7/9/2009 11:08PM

    That is the first thing people noticed with me was I was walking taller and easier, don't get discouraged and keep challenging yourself.

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JUSTTRIING 6/7/2009 8:35AM

    Congratulations. I think sometimes we put too much emphasis on the scale. Having the clothes fit looser, is a huge accomplishment.



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CHRISSYCLEM 6/6/2009 1:24PM

    Yes, Caz, wire my mouth shut! emoticon

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 6/6/2009 12:30PM

    You'll do it hun.
Is there anything I can do to help you on a course of action emoticon emoticon
Luv
Caz
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DANCINGANGEL01 6/6/2009 12:08PM

    Progress is Progress.... emoticon

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Frustrated by my Night Time Eating

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Now I'm going to the gym 3-4 times a week and still ZERO progress on the scale. I know my night time eating is the culprit but I can't seem to control it - it controls me. When I am physically tired I feel the NEED to eat. I was tired most of the day yesterday (wore myself out on Tuesday) and knowingly ate things I shouldn't have (potato salad) in an attempt to feel better. A carrot just won't due when I'm feeling like that. I don't know if I can pull myself out of this.

  
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GRANDMA_NANNY 5/15/2009 12:48AM

    I know I have had those times. One thing I have been know to do is just go to bed. I have found that it does the trick for me "sometimes." Other times I take a bite of the "forbidden" food. That helps me feel in control.

I am not sure what you are doing diet wise, but it could be that you need a change. It could be you need more of structured plan, it could be you need more of an unstructured plan. But some type of change might be due. I know for me, changing my plan was the best thing I could have ever done. It made a lot of difference in how I have felt, satisfaction wise.

Good Luck! Paula

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TIME2CHG 5/14/2009 12:52PM

    If I'm hungry at night, I usually cut up an apple with peanut butter. Quite filling.

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GABY1948 5/14/2009 7:46AM

    I agree with CAZ 100%. I always eat the most at the evening. ANOTHER thing that works for me...I eat ALOT of fiber and make sure to eat fiber and protein approximately every 2 hours. I used to be just like you and eat at night. You CAN do this. It is just the matter of finding the right balance...CAZ and I are both here to help you if you need it! Don't be hard on yourself you are just learning what works and frustrated.

I especially agree with CAZ about not cutting your calories too much...your body will work against you for sure.
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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 5/14/2009 5:56AM

    It sounds from reading your other blogs as well as you've not got the balance between exercise and WHAT you eat right and then when you do sit down you haven't enough fuel to sustain you at night- or could it be boredom eating?
Try making your last meal of the day the largest calorie wise and have a serving of wholemeal rice or pasta, or bread and potatoes with a salad.
This will make you feel fuller longer and you'll be less likely to want to snack. Sometimes were tired because we're actually dehydrated so drink some water b4 you resort to munching and if you feel hungry go for things that will boost your energy levels fast like bananas (they are good mood raisers too). This is also a good thing to do b4 and after exercise.
Are you actually eating ENOUGH calories or are you minimizing what you eat in the hope it will give a quicker weight loss- it won't. Your body will think it's being starved and will hold on to fat reserves.

Just some ideas hun, I can tell you are trying so hard and getting frustrated.
Luv
Caz
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OK, Need some good advice . . .

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Well, I have found that after going to the gym I am TIRED! Don't laugh . . . I mean TIRED! What do I need to eat or drink before or right after exercising??? I've only been going for between 45 to 70 minutes so far and mainly doing cardio. I know I SHOULD be tired but this seems a little over and above . . . to where I really don't want to do anything else for the remainder of the day. I eat 3 basic meals plus snacks and I'm eating fruits, veggies, protein, dairy. Am I missing something????

  
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SHETHINKS 5/6/2009 6:13PM

    These articles from spark are good and might help. One is what to eat "before" a workout and one is what to eat "after" a workout.

Before:
http://w
ww.sparkpeople.com/resource/nut
rition_articles.asp?id=1074


After
http://www.sparkpe
ople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=1082



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STELLAR185 5/6/2009 4:47PM

    Here's some ideas:

Arrange your meals and snacks so that you get a healthy snack no more than 1 hour before your workout and a good meal no more than 1 hour after your workout. This will give you optimum energy for your exercise and fuel for recovery afterwards. If you know you won't be able to eat after your workout, at least pack a snack to go. Think protein and carbs, like a cheese stick and an apple.

Try taking a look at your "Daily Calorie Differential" report on a day that you have tracked all your food and exercise. If you have a big deficit (more than 1000 calories), you may need to eat more on gym days. A tall glass of chocolate milk can do wonders after a work out.


If your deficit isn't huge, then you might need to drink more water. Remember that proper hydration going into your workout is super important. So drink lots before, during and after your workout. As far as sports drinks go, be careful of the sugar content- Powerade Zero is your best choice if you're managing blood sugar.

If you're fairly new to cardio exercise, you may need to decrease your intensity or duration until your body has adjusted to your new routine.

And lastly, listen to your body. If you're beat after your workout and your schedule allows it, take a nap!

Hope this helps!!


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STRAWBERRIEZ1 5/6/2009 4:32PM

    if your just starting out its natural to be tired on the days i really push my self hard sometimes i need even a nap just to get through the rest of the day i would give it another week or so and see if you show improvement!!!! and if not then make adjustments to your diet and drink lots of water

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LITTLEMAMMA123 5/6/2009 4:00PM

    try drinking more water and eat a banana everyday after you exercise

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DANCINGANGEL01 5/6/2009 3:24PM

    Water, water, water.... and maybe so sort of drink like Gatorade. Might want to check with a nutrienist at your doctors office

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DWALKER44 5/6/2009 3:00PM

  Maybe try a good protein bar before going? Sometimes that works. I know my problem is going to workout and when I am done I am super hungry!!

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I Feel SO Good Today . . .

Sunday, May 03, 2009

I am feeling SO good today . . . even tho it's raining! I have decided to join a local gym. I have been wanting to join one for a time now but have not had a gym that was convenient for me to get to. I know if I have to go much out of my way that it would induce me to not go very often . . . if at all! But a new one opened up right next door to my employer plus it is on a direct route for me back and forth to town so I am FINALLY getting to join up somewhere. I stopped at the grocrey store after church this a.m. and stocked up on more fresh fruits and veggies. I am attempting to add even more of them to my diet each day, plus make it a point to get 3 servings of skim milk and a serving of extra virgin olive oil as often as possible during the week - mostly with oven roasted veggies. Let's see if THIS works!!! emoticon

  
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TIME2CHG 5/3/2009 7:45PM

    Good job! You're moving in the right direction. Keep going---I know you can do it! emoticon

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STRAWBERRIEZ1 5/3/2009 6:26PM

    im so happy for you!!!!!! hope your week continues to go great

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DANCINGANGEL01 5/3/2009 1:56PM

    I keep wanting to join the gym by the dance studio...now I am glad I didn't because things will be changing big time out there and I won't be in W. Knox as often. My new piece of work out equipment is schedule for delivery tomorrow...so I am excited about that. I also saw you status post...what time is dinner???? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 5/3/2009 1:40PM

    emoticon All positive stuff.
I'm so pleased for you re the gym, there's not one near me either but fortunately I had the equiptment I need at home so no worries.
I hope you enjoy it and it's not too expensive.
Caz
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I'm Inspired

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Watched the latest episode of Biggest Loser and was inspired by Filipe's narrative at the end of the program. He wanted to inspire the people who were sitting at home on their couch watching the program. My husband was watching with me and afterwards we discussed how he could help me as I stated to him that I didn't feel I could do it without some help from him and he asked me what he could do. I'm hoping (against hope) that he will follow thru and just give me some little pointers throughout each week (can you think of a healtheir dessert you could have - have you exerecised today, etc.) which could help keep me on track. I am also starting a weekly get-together with a Spark Buddy and we have decided that each week we would either take a walk, go hiking, or meet at one of our homes to exercise for a continuous hour (or more). Something has to give one of these days - I don't want to give up.

  
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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 4/30/2009 3:43AM

    Good stratagy.
Losing weight and getting fitter is so much easy with support and positivity around you.
It's great that DH is there for you.
Caz
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