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Sitting Still while Running

Monday, February 14, 2011

I am keeping a weight between 183 and 187 right now. I seem to bounce around those numbers with no rhyme or reason. I can eat well and exercise well all week and see 187 on the scale. On the other hand, I can eat too many calories and not burn as many as usual and see 185 on the scale. My body just seems stuck. I have to admit that even though I don't want to, I do get frustrated. I want to lose more weight but my body doesn't seem to want to. I have tried to eat fewer than 1500 calories but I just get hungry and end up eating something high calorie. I try to exercise more, but my body rebels and I get too tired to do anything the next day. I have been trying to be satisfied to just "maintain" this weight but I still want to lose more so I am not really happy at this weight. I worry that I am just settling. I don't know. What I do know is that I don't want to go up from here. I never want to see 190 again. Maintenance at this weight seems like the lesser of 2 evils, BUT I still want to lose weight. I am still in the overweight category by BMI and I know that isn't as healthy as I should be, but I just can't seem to get there.

I have read a lot about plateaus and have tried many ways of changing up my routine. So far none have worked.

How hard should I keep trying to lose? Any suggestions?........

  
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ROOBEARZ 2/17/2011 2:36AM

    Well...first you just amaze me with how wonderfully you've done already!! You're really an inspiration! There seems to be a lot of great advice here about plateaus - I have not yet lost enough weight to reach the point of plateau so I'm afraid I don't have any good experience to share. Good luck to you - change up seems to be the way to go. Please keep us posted! : )

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MNNICE 2/15/2011 9:42PM

    Yep, count me in as another one who's been there! I found I did better going a bit heavier on the protein and lower end on the carbs. Also I had more success when I started eating more variety of foods instead of just sticking with the same meals that easily worked into my nutrition plan. All I can say is stick with it!

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GATOR12 2/14/2011 6:02PM

    Hang in there!! I hear your frustration! But I've read lots of good advice and can't add anything. Thinking of you that you will begin to see that scale move!! DOWN!! to reflect all your hard work!

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AELARLEE1 2/14/2011 12:24PM

    Seems like Joyinky has some good points to me. I read an article on SP today about blasting more calories. Maybe it has a bit to do on when you eat, when you exercise, etc. I am stuck as well but can't blame it on anything but not exercise and too many calories. One point the article made (can't remember the name now) was that if you work so hard in exercise that you wipe yourself out then the extra burn kind of goes to waste.

Anyway, do keep at it! You know you need to maintain and if you simply build slowly and don't do too much exercise too fast, then you will gain momentum and strength.

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JOYINKY 2/14/2011 10:08AM

    Oh Daisy! I have so been there! I swear there were times in my life that I did gain weight on 1500 calories a day. Don't give up! You will get past this! Think health and don't let the numbers on the scale shoot you down. You've lost almost 100#!! That said, you know I've been all the way down AND ALL THE WAY BACK UP every decade of my adult life! I had to find something I could live with which meant no less than 1500 calories a day; shooting for an average of 2000 calories a day. All of this is outlined in "MY JOURNEY" blogs. I was once again starting that upward creep, really struggling to stay within 5#'s of goal when I came on SP last year. I am not willing to eat less so the answer had to be to exercise more. Now I'm several pounds under goal and comfortabley eating 1800-2200 calories a day. Have stepped up exercise in general; mixing it up more but the big change has been in the amount of walking I do and WHEN I DO IT. See my "I'm Hooked" blog. I really think that has boosted my metabolism. Another change that surprised me was that I started counting protein grams in preparation for surgery last spring; having read that it would speed healing. I was getting around 60 gr a day; SP tracker recommends 60-183 gr/day for me. I had to work to get it up to 100; didn't realize I was coasting at the low end of the range. I feel better, healed quickly and surprisingly seem to have more energy. The rest of my healthy diet hasn't changed that much. We all have to keep tweaking and listen to our bodies; in the end it all makes sense. Today I'm in my 6th year of maintenance, lower in weight than I ever remember being in my adult life, and feel great. Feel much younger than my years. I know you can do it. I'm glad you shared, it helps us all. Be well, Joy
P.S. Since focusing more on "activity" I think a lot less about food!

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MNCYCLIST 2/14/2011 9:30AM

    Thanks for sharing, I feel your pain--I was on a plateau for over a year! I learned to find joy in pursuing health rather than weight loss but I still felt what you feel and I was glad when I started losing again.

One tip: SP has great articles on plateaus which you can find on the "Healthy Lifestyle" page. They helped me a lot. Also, I googled "weight loss plateau" and found lots of other helpful info that both helped me to be patient and eventually to begin losing again.

Thanks again for sharing, we're with you!!!

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-PAULA 2/14/2011 8:03AM

    You have great suggestions from VEUVEGIRL. I use protein shakes so I won't be so hundry. You have done great with your weight loss. Keep up the good work!

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VEUVEGIRL 2/14/2011 7:41AM

    It seems as if you have hit a plateau. Try changing your workout if you haven't already. You need to changing your weight lifting exercises and your cardio.

With your cardio add intervals. Do sprints, hills and change it up.

Do the same with your diet. You need to 'fool' your body a bit and you'll start losing weight again. If you search plateaus there are a lot of articles to help. Good luck!

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New Exercise Routine

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I've been taking university classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We have to leave the house at 8 and don't get back until noon. It has been difficult to get in my c25k training so I have decided to modify my schedule. I am going to do c25k on Tue and Th morning (just 2 times a week for now) and take a spinning class on Mon and Wed at 430 pm. Friday I will do my Wii Plus routine (running, advanced step and boxing). My weekends will be flexible. I am doing my ST on T, Th, Sat or Sun already. I think this will work for me but we'll see.

After my 28 day challenge, my new baseline weight is 183 instead of 185 and I love it. To be realistic, my goal is to be in the 170's for my birthday in May. I know I can do it.

Stay warm friends!

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KARIJO-OSAGE 2/5/2011 8:56AM

    You can do it!!!

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JRSWHIMSY 2/2/2011 10:25PM

    You go girl!

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KOFFEENUT 2/2/2011 10:15PM

    Sounds like you're doing an awesome job of working things out so they work for YOU. That's half the battle!

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AELARLEE1 2/2/2011 3:06PM

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I just love the way you are filling your days with good things!

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RURAL3 2/2/2011 9:24AM

    You can do this. You are amazing Nancy. Keep on your plan. We are snowed in with 20 inches of snow today. I am hoping to not eat too much comfort food. I guess my exercise today will be shoveling? Everything is closed and no one is out and that is a good thing.

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JOYINKY 2/2/2011 9:04AM

    I know you can do it too! One of the things I learned here that has helped me tremendously is to be flexible with my fitness minutes. Now, I have a minute goal for the day, which I usually exceed, but can mix up the activity depending on what else is going on that day. Yesterday swapped yoga class for gym time; sometimes it's yardwork or shoveling snow that subs for gym, some days all my minutes are aerobic walking, etc. Makes it all more enjoyable for me and I am more active than ever. You are doing great!

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Atypical Sunday

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I went to a friend's Birthday Party yesterday, so we didn't go to the cabin for the weekend. Today was all mine. So what did I do!

I got up late. Sparked. Then I made a vegetable omelet which I don't usually do. I took my dog for a 2 mile walk. My podrunner track came on to my MP3 so I decided to see if I could run outside instead of on the treadmill. Monday is my usual c25k day so I didn't want to run too far, but I did run for 3 minutes. It felt good. Maybe when I've finished my treadmill c25k it'll be warmer and I could try the c25k outside. We'll see.

I stretched out after my walk then did a 45 minute yoga video on exercise tv. I really enjoyed it and was surprised at how much more flexible I am than when I tried yoga about 6 months ago.

After lunch I made crockpot stuffed peppers. DH and I watched Perfect Storm on TV while I knit on a scarf and now I'm Sparking again.

Life is good.

  
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AELARLEE1 2/1/2011 4:18PM

    What a GREAT day you had!!!!

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ROOBEARZ 2/1/2011 2:52AM

    I like all the walking you do - our doggies would probably like if I walked them like that, too! I should!

Take care-

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LOULOUBELLE2 1/31/2011 7:22PM

    Glad you got that in yesterday...it might be awhile before you'll feel like running outside again. Stay warm and safe today and through out his storm.

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RURAL3 1/31/2011 2:03PM

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KARIJO-OSAGE 1/31/2011 9:41AM

    Sounds like you had a great day!

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JOYINKY 1/30/2011 7:09PM

    It doesn't get much better than that! What a great day! Isn't it nice to actually enjoy exercising and recognizing the changes in our bodies?! I agree; life is good!

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LAMBIERABBIT 1/30/2011 6:51PM

    Good for you--you have found a way to discipline yourself and enjoy at the same time--plus you give yourself adequate strokes for a job well done. You are the perfect sparkette.

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It's Never too Late to Learn

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I've had a good January and I've learned some things about myself. Since I've been at the same weight for several months, I decided to shake things up a little so I joined 2 challenges. I joined the 5% Winter Challenge and was a proud Teddy Bear. I really enjoyed the accountability to post my points ( and earn them of course!) for the team, but I didn't like the pressure I felt within myself to do as well or better than other team members and other teams. Competetion doesn't help me, accountability does. I didn't like constant reminders and "encouragement" from the team leaders. They were great, I just work better being my own cheerleader. I don't think I'll join another team challenge.

However, I loved the 28 day challenge. All the tools were there (I loved the ST videos) but it was all up to me and I credit doing every single day of the 28 day challenge with jiggling my weight down 2 pounds this month.

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I will use the 28 day challenge again.

I have also found that my interaction on the site other than these 2 teams has really slowed down. I don't blog as much and I don't comment on other people's blogs as much. I miss the friendships and conversations I used to have...so it is up to me to be more active.

I am continuing my journey. I don't like the maintaining before I am ready but I am so much healthier and happier than I was before SP. I will keep trying to lose that last 20 lbs, but I will accept being out of the obese range and enjoying this weight. I will not go back. I will stay with Spark and enjoy!

  
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RURAL3 1/30/2011 12:29PM

    You are doing great Nancy. I also like accountability but not the "pressure" of others. I love your new pic. You look so different from when we first met. Keep up the good work my friend. emoticon

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JOYINKY 1/30/2011 10:25AM

    I so agree! It's never too late! Come join us in the forum on 50+ Maintainers: "How are you today?"! We are a really active group and a good pressure free way of staying in touch! Hope to see you there. Loved your page! Joy

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KOFFEENUT 1/30/2011 12:02AM

    Good for you that you're willing to let go of the things that aren't working for you and stick with the things you really enjoy - including the health gains you made from the changes you've incorporated in your life!

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OURELEE1 1/29/2011 10:30AM

  So glad you loss the 2 pounds and learned alot about what you need to do. Be your own self.

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CARLANNIE 1/29/2011 10:20AM

    We've missed you, too! I had a very similar experience with a Team Challenge, and do prefer to take the pressure off of losing weight. I create enough of my own pressure - I don't need a team to remind that I should keep going. Congrats on those 2 pounds down. SO much better than 2 pounds up!

Sees ya,
Barb

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PLAYBLUES22 1/29/2011 9:41AM

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Exercising my Mind Too

Friday, January 21, 2011

I'm so excited! DH found out about a Senior Auditor Program at CU in which for $25 a semester people over 55 can sign up for university classes. We don't get credits but in our 60's who needs credits. I signed up for Women's Lit and Contemporary Lit and he signed up for Astronomy and Geology. I was a nurse and he was a research biologist so we are expanding our horizons. We've been to the first week of classes and we're loving them.

AND I have 4 hours 3 x week where I can't snack!

  
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KAELBEE 1/27/2011 10:13PM

    Congratulations on expanding your horizon. Learning new things can be fun. And you are right - why do we need 'credits' if we are enjoying what we are doing!

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KARIJO-OSAGE 1/27/2011 5:55AM

    What a wonderful idea and it's so much fun meeting new people isn't it?! Good for you both!

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COLOURFULME 1/22/2011 5:49AM

    Very good to keep your brain vivit!

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KOFFEENUT 1/21/2011 10:34PM

    What a GREAT find - this is awesome! Thanks for sharing; I imagine there are lots of others who'd like to take advantage of this!

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HINOTO 1/21/2011 5:59PM

    Oh how fun! I wanted to go to college just to take all sorts of classes that I wouldn't necessarily use, but that was too expensive. haha.

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AELARLEE1 1/21/2011 2:57PM

    This is so wonderful!! Hubby and I here are in Seminary together and it has been a fun little addition to our lives as we laugh about having homework and study for tests. Credits or not, learning is a joy and helps model for our kids and grandkids that it never stops! Not to mention the wonderful conversations this will stimulate!

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RURAL3 1/21/2011 2:10PM

    That is a fantastic idea. I wish they had that here in IL. Working mind and body. Your retirement has really turned out to be a blessing wouldn't you say? emoticon emoticon

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ILUVTOTAT 1/21/2011 12:26PM

    That's fantastic! Your classes sound interesting, too.

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CERIUSLY 1/21/2011 11:24AM

    Sounds like fun, and no snacking is a great perk. Enjoy!

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LOULOUBELLE2 1/21/2011 10:25AM

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CARLANNIE 1/21/2011 9:35AM

    That is just really cool! No snacking, and you're probably getting in some extra steps walking to and from your classes. Enjoy!

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RENE54 1/21/2011 8:55AM

    Wow I wish they had that here. I will check into that. Enjoy your classes!! emoticon

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TWOTIMESS 1/21/2011 7:00AM

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This sounds like a super idea!

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