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Overdoing it!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

I am tending to be obsessive about my exercise and activity. I do too much for too long. It feels good when I am doing it, but after a week or so I get burned out. I do not take rest days. I am beginning to wonder if I need to change that strategy. I get worried about not burning enough calories and plan aerobic activity for every day of the week. I know intellectually that rest days are essential, but I don't take them. I plan a "light" activity for 1 or 2 days of the week, but usually end up doing much more than I planned. As I am trying to adjust to more of a maintenence mode rather than a weight loss mode, I think I need to revise my strategy and take at least one entire rest day a week.

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DDOORN 6/9/2011 3:40PM

    No harm in trying this out for a bit and seeing if it brings the results you're looking for!

Don

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RURAL3 6/9/2011 2:23PM

    That is an excellent idea. Give yourself a rest day both mentally and physically.

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SMILEYBEE 6/9/2011 11:32AM

    It is great to hear how you've come to love exercise ... realizing that you sometimes "overdo" now will help you find the right balance and say "that's enough for today" when you need to. emoticon

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CARLANNIE 6/9/2011 10:23AM

    Everything you read says to give your body a break each week. So just pick the day, schedule it for Rest, just like you'd do for the gym, and be comfortable with that decision. I think you're on the right track. emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/9/2011 10:03AM

    That happened to me too! Keep tweaking! First it was the gym 4x aweek. Then I added in an a.m. video, 10 min of abs every morning, gradually adding fitness ball and yoga until that went to 45 min. Got Sugar and started walking, got pedometer and increased walking and went back to yoga class. Yikes!! It got out of control! Started finding excuses not to go to the gym; especially when yardwork kicked in! Now, I mix it up; can't do it all. With SP I learned to shoot for 120 fitness minutes a day for whatever worked for that day. No "shoulds"! Many days I have twice that because I count gardening minutes and heavy cleaning, etc. Now, it's vacation time and houseguest time and although I'm busy it's not with things that count as fitness minutes. When that's happening I continue to make the healthiest choices I can food wise, fit in what I can exercise wise, and am confident as well as looking forward to getting back to my routine. I'm not going to give up having fun with my family and friends!
It's about living life without obsessing about numbers and not returning to mindless eating and vegging out. Keep tweaking! It takes time. Hugs, Joy

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FELINA 6/9/2011 9:59AM

    I do the same thing. I plan some kind of exercise every day, then I get burned out and exhausted because I don't take a day to rest.
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SUECHRIS50 6/9/2011 9:48AM

    YOU TOO? there are days when I dont do what I want to! emoticon

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I am going to eat more!

Monday, June 06, 2011

I have been going over my fitness goal minutes / calories a lot lately so I changed my goals. Now that I've increased my fitness ranges I am allowed 1500 to 1800 calories a day. Mmm, maybe that's why I've been hungry and eating extra. Let's see how this works.....

  
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AELARLEE1 6/7/2011 3:00PM

    Fascinating, but when our bodies get used to little they "hoard" so this makes sense.

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KOFFEENUT 6/6/2011 10:08PM

    Gotta make sure that engine has fuel! You've been racking up those fitness minutes so I'll bet a few extra calories will help!

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CARLANNIE 6/6/2011 8:55AM

    Now isn't that a nice surprise - eating more! I'm like you when I try to follow a posted menu plan - I need to swap around items to fit my tastebuds and allergies. It all evens out in the end. WTG on increasing your fitness regime. We CAN do this!

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DDOORN 6/6/2011 8:50AM

    Good to tweak one's approach now & then...!

Hope it works well for you!

Don

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I am going to eat more!

Monday, June 06, 2011

I have been going over my fitness goal minutes / calories a lot lately so I changed my goals. Now that I've increased my fitness ranges I am allowed 1500 to 1800 calories a day. Mmm, maybe that's why I've been hungry and eating extra. Let's see how this works.....

  
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MTNGRL 6/7/2011 10:28AM

    I think you are on to something! Although I have a hard time meeting my original range and have not been losing weight on 1200-1500 I always go burn more calories and get that warning too. Maybe I should make more of an effort to eat more and track better.
Good luck and let us know how this works!

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JOYINKY 6/6/2011 1:54PM

    Slow and steady wins the race. I ate 1500-2000 calories a day to get to goal, had to step up exercise later to maintain it. I lost slowly but consistently. I think that has allowed me to maintain. I understand. I refuse to be hungry anymore either. Fought that battle. Also know some foods are not worth the calories. For example 2.5 cups of partially thawed blueberries are much more satisfying than .5 cup of ice cream for the same calories. I've made a lot of those kind of changes. Keep tweaking, you'll find what works for you.

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SUSIEGKORN 6/6/2011 9:45AM

    Way to go on thinking things through and trying to figure this losing weight thing out! Hope you have continued success! Sounds like you are getting in lots of fitness minutes. Good job!
Best to you,
Susie

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Trying Something New

Friday, June 03, 2011

I have a lot of trouble eating below 1500 calories a day. My range is between 1200 and 1500. So I decided to try something I have never tried in the almost 2 years I have been on Spark. I turned on the meal plans. So far I am enjoying the experience. I didn't think I would like "being told" what to eat, but I find that I don't look at it that way right now. I just see the food items as suggestions and ideas. It is really easy to swap out things you don't like or even change whole meals and I have learned a few ideas of healthy meal patterns....AND my calorie intake has certainly gone down. You might want to give it a try if you have been having trouble staying in your suggested calorie range. emoticon

  
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AELARLEE1 6/7/2011 2:59PM

    What a great reminder and perspective!! I look forward to hearing how this goes.

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JAMARIGOLD 6/3/2011 7:38AM

    Good for you for trying something new! I'm glad it's working for you. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/3/2011 7:06AM

    Nancy, You are where I was when I came to SP struggling with maintenance! I could gain on 1500 calories a day and just refuse to try to live on that. I knew 2000 calories a day was doable as far as me being comfortable. So, I had to work on increasing my activity; and I have. Today I can eat up to 2200 calories a day and still maintain. It's all about balance, if I want to eat more I have to move more. I've been noticing here on SP that the members who have more fitness minutes than sparkpoints seem to be moving in the right direction; just finding that interesting. I just can't think about food all the time and not feel deprived; focusing on fitness instead has been a real help to me. Balance and healthy choices; maintenance is a challenge! Be well, Joy

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TEDDYTEDDY 6/3/2011 7:04AM

    Thanks for sharing. I have recently joined weight watchers and the point system has been working for me (as long as I keep track).

Your suggestion of looking at the meal plans is good. I think I would have to look ahead at the whole week to be sure I have some of the items on hand. emoticon

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Still Struggling but Feeling Positive

Thursday, June 02, 2011

I'm not doing very well on my goal of blogging 3 x week. I have certainly learned that it is easier for me to blog when things are going well than when I'm having trouble. It should be the other way around but it isn't.

I AM learning some things thru these months of struggle.

1. Struggling at my current weight is a lot better than struggling was when I weighed 270.

2. I am not perfect but I am at least 80% and that is enough

3. I am enough.

4. When I have a high calorie day, I stop overeating as soon as I recognize I have gone over. I don't continue eating "because I already blew it"

5. I over eat on less calorie dense foods than I used to. Yesterday I had rice cakes for example. That was a whole lot better than eating slices of white bread and butter.

6. I exercise daily as a metabolism booster. I take an absolute minimum of 10,000 steps a day and 30 min of some sort of aerobic activity EVERY day.

7. I forgive and love myself.

8. I talk to my friends and DH about what is bothering me.

9. I wear pretty clothes and marvel at the sizes and enjoy the view in the mirror and the smile on DH's face.

10. I SPARK daily!

  
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DDOORN 6/3/2011 9:08AM

    Lots of great strategies there...! Especially appreciate #7 & 8!

Don

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FERRETLOVER1 6/3/2011 7:26AM

    You've learned alot and are doing really great! Keep up the good work - and you are at least 90% awesome!!!!

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JOYINKY 6/2/2011 8:26PM

    I love your list and I think you are doing great! Sometimes we set goals and find they are not benefiting us like we thought they would; in fact they may nag at us and make us miserable. Then it's time to re-evaluate; goals can be changed. There is no right and wrong here; something either helps you or it doesn't and not the same thing works for everyone. I had a goal of not eating after 8 p.m. Made my evenings miserable! I really enjoy a bowl of popcorn when I'm watching TV in the evening. There's not a thing wrong with that if I plan for it! So, I do. Learning about ourselves and being honest with ourselves will get us where we want to go and you are doing that! It's not a race. Be well, Joy

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CARLANNIE 6/2/2011 6:40PM

    #3 is key! Enjoy the journey.

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AELARLEE1 6/2/2011 6:38PM

    For not doing "well" you sure are doing "well." I too can relate with feeling a bit discouraged but still plugging away. And yes, we need to affirm that plugging away even if we struggle every now and then.

Blessings on you!

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LOULOUBELLE2 6/2/2011 5:58PM

    So you didn't do well on your blogging goals....So what? Look at all you HAVE accomplished........ emoticonjob, keep it going and be proud of that pretty gal in the mirror and the smiles from your DH.....
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CMD4982 6/2/2011 4:23PM

    Great inspiration, keep it up! emoticon

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BLACKROSE_222 6/2/2011 4:12PM

    Wow - that is a great blog, and you have so many things to be proud of! Thank you for sharing, and take it one day at a time. emoticon

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