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I Was Just Resting......

Sunday, June 14, 2009

You know how you just keeping making that uphill climb and you think...."it's only a few more steps but, I'm so tired"? Well I guess my body decided to take a rest. Could not get another pound off. In fact, a few came back on. For a little while I think I gave in to that excuse.

I increased my exercise, tried upping calories but, that just made me want to eat more carbs. A long cold winter and spring hasn't helped. Well, I think now a calorie cut is in order. And so, I've been trying change my focus.

First, I did get back down under 175 but, I kept bouncing two pounds up & down (done THIS before) and refused to move the ticker until the scale stayed down for more than a day or two. Finally, it seems to be inching DOWN again.

I am hopefully optimistic and starting to think.....I can make it back down to 170 and contine from there. Time to get up, get moving and take the next step!

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CEELEE53 6/19/2009 3:19PM

    emoticonYou make me laugh,friend...we'll get there. Two steps step back. That old saying still applies. If we keep going forward...we'll eventually get there...just not in a straight line.

One foot in front of the other...hand in hand. emoticon

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MORRISDATTER 6/14/2009 4:00AM

    You need some longer pants, dear. hahahahahaha

I've been doing the same thing - at a higher weight, if it makes you feel any better. I keep figuring there's some deep psychological reason that I'm afraid to get under that weight or something. But I haven't found it and maybe it's not even there.

I was reading a book I bought when I started all this getting back to a healthy wieght and life and body. It's a book about overeating and the addiction that overeating really is. One of the things that helped me to start and that I have let slip is to recognize the feeling when you hit a desire to overeat. To acknowledge that it is what it is, to let yourself feel it. To do that is an incredible lesson. Usually we - I - just eat through it, which dulls it and doesn't allow me to acknowledge what it is for what it is. Ooh, I'm sounding psycho-babbly. I should just quote the book.

Maybe I'll do a blog on it with some quotes. It really does help me, Penny. Just the listening to your body - and to your MIND - gives control and the realization that there is a choice. end of psycho babble. I'll see if I can blog it better...
emoticon from a friend

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My Considerable Can Has Been Kicked And It's About Time

Monday, April 13, 2009

Well, all I can say is I have no excuses. Yes, it's been a brutally long winter and spring only teases us for a few days at a time here in Chicago. Yes, a lovely trip to Texas at the end of March, meant less exercise and a lot of good food in five days. But FIVE POUNDS!!!! KRAP!!!! THAT'S A POUND A FOOT!!!!

That is why I am on Sparkpeople. In the past, I would have consoled myself with more food and not good food (well I guess that's a matter of taste). I've changed in the almost nine months I've been on Sparkpeople. This is a small setback and I have my Fighting Friends to keep me motivated and thinking ahead to the weight I want to be. We have a new April Challenge, goals to meet, pounds to shed. No time for regrets.

Since my activity level is high and I am always getting those little notices to up my calories....I did. I am hoping this is the reason I had stopped losing and was stuck for so long. Maybe that five pounds is an adjustment, maybe I just need to balance my burn with what I earn.

Thanks Chickies for being good friends. Together we kick the can into ACTION.

YES WE CAN! emoticon

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MORRISDATTER 4/13/2009 3:45PM

    We are, indeed, right here beside you. Kicking the can - not the bucket, though! We'll get rid of the pound per foot - I have, ahem, more than a pound per foot to get rid of, but I refuse to calculate how many per foot I need to kick out of my life. emoticon Hugs to you, friend!

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CEELEE53 4/13/2009 2:33PM

    Go for it sweetie! We're right beside you all the way, and even tho' miles separate us, I do believe WE have been there for each other many times before tho' we don't "remember" now.

Just know in your heart of hearts...we can and will do this AND more! emoticon

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LOGCABINCOOK 4/13/2009 2:23PM

    We have family in TX and I can totally empathize with your TX = LBs. plight. I swear I gain five pounds too every time we go there. Beer, mexican food, BBQ repeat. I am gaining 5 pounds thinking about it!

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Mass Quantities of Really Good Stuff

Friday, February 06, 2009

I am the maintenance queen. With a few setbacks, I have managed to maintain not only my initial 35 lb weight loss (BSP) but I have maintained my additional 10 lb weight loss (ASP). I eat good food, exercise regularly, log in my food & exercise daily, speak to what's the PROBLEM?? In two words.......MASS QUANTITIES!

Oh it's really good stuff, healthy, mostly home cooked, whole grains, fruits, veggies, nuts and such. I never drink pop, avoid fast food almost entirely, drink plenty of water, and treats are generally healthy choices. I do indulge myself with half & half in my coffee (usually one but no more than two cups a day), homemade fruit bread, occasional drinks or wine. I have changed the way I do the business of feeding my body and am so much more honest with myself when I log in. It's just the MASS QUANTITIES! Too much of a good thing.

In order to begin losing again, I will have to reduce my calories, use a food scale for better accuracy, watch the carbs and up those fruits and especially
veggies.....even more.

And my sparkfriends.......I am giving you permission to kick my considerable can if I don't follow through!



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MORRISDATTER 2/7/2009 4:05AM

    Believe it or not, Queen Penny, sometimes it helps me to UP my calories one day and then go down to where it should be. It seems to, like, kickstart my metabolism. But, then again, I'm a maintenance queen, too. I get used to eating kind of the same things too much. Our bodies are damned complicated. I do wish they were fooled more easily.

But aside from that, congratulations on maintaining. It's a biggy. When I go into plateau mode, I make myself think that it's OK - it's just letting my soul catch up with my new body. emoticon devil food.

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I Need A Visual Aid

Sunday, January 04, 2009

I'm going to have to keep a visual in front of me to keep me motivated. I managed to lose the vacation weight from November but over the holidays I have continued bouncing between 168 and 170. And no wonder.....HELLO.....I could not make myself avoid the treats. The worst came on New Years Eve. We actually went to a party at a hotel and stayed overnight. Of course I snacked the whole night and ate poorly the next day. But we really had a great time so, I now have to kick off my party shoes (they were killing my feet anyway), rid the house of temptations (already ate all the Greek cookies) and pick up where I left off. The scale bumped up above 170 on the day after New Years ( my husband told me I shouldn't have looked). The next time I check, I hope it's right back down.

In front of me now is a picture of the girl I was at 19. I don't expect to return to looking like a 19 year old.....I just want a visual to keep me focused on the goal. I'm not alone in this friends in the spark zone keep me going......fighters all are we!

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CEELEE53 1/7/2009 2:27PM

    What an absolutely gorgeous picture...ditto what Steph said!

Going back to the weight I was when I was 19 would be an effort in foolishness...the only thing I'd love to have from that time is my sense of the the whole world unfurling before me. When I felt that nothing was impossible. I mean really and truly FELT that sense of power we have when we are young, that somehow gets whipped out of us, to some extent, by LIFE.

Great blog, Penny...we are not doing this alone...that's comforting!

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MORRISDATTER 1/4/2009 3:36PM

    What a nice photo that is! Black and white is so hard to get right. But done right it's unbeatable. And I think this one is - the feel of the day is there, the silence of the wind in the grass. Looks like a good "Go to my happy place" :-)

Good visual. Nope. I have no desire to be that young again. But the weight would be great. I wrote about weight and the holidays, too, today. What a crash. But we're on the wagon and trundling off!


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Thursday, November 20, 2008

On Novemeber 1st my husband and I left for a lovely 25th aniversary trip to Sunny Ises (Miami) and St. Augustine, Florida. I was 167 pounds. We had a wonderful trip, great weather, lots of walking the beaches (and everywhere else) worked out some and.............ate a tremedous amount of excellent food!

The bad thing was that the old laptop computer we brought with wouldn't work properly so I could not log on to Sparkpeople....OH KRAP! You know what that meant. Without the daily logging in and monitoring of my food inhalation, I was like a kid in the candy store. My eyes bugged out. There were so many excellent restauants of every nationality, cafe con leche, wine, pina coladas.

OH KRAP! Over the course of the next two weeks I gained 7 pounds. SEVEN POUNDS! I enjoyed every minute of it! My husband only gained three and he is 12 inches taller than me. Stinker! I think our only saving grace was we walked and walked and walked. We both came back with sciatica issues....long car ride there and back and all that sand walking took it's toll. So it's back to the Chiropractor, back to our regular workout schedule and back to my regularly scheduled entries on Spark. I am down a pound so far.

By the way, I also tremendously missed all my new buddies and the 600 plus sparkmails (OH KRAP!) that I am slogging through are worth
every minute....don't want to miss a thing! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/20/2008 10:03AM

    What an wonderful 25th anniversary trip!!! It certainly sounds like you had a great time...even to overindulging a bit. I am sure you are right back to using your nutrition tracker, etc. Just be careful in exercising with that sciatica. Don't keep irritating it. You may have to take a few days off. Do whatever it takes to keep yourself healthy.
I will be lifting prayers for both you and your husband.
God bless you.

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