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90 Day Challenge/Pledge to MYSELF!!

Monday, March 07, 2011

To hell with this wishy washy up and down ridiculous roller coaster I have been riding for the past 9 or 10 months!! Seriously, I am over it! So here's the deal: I am a classic case of all or nothing, and when I say "nothing", I mean "NOTHING". I have made several attempts to get back on my "Spark Streaks", but when I mess up once....that's it!! Honey buns, donuts, lasagna, chocolate, ice cream...whatever I wanted. I justified it by saying "I'll start over Monday." That pathetic way of thinking has helped me gain 20 lbs of the 14 I had lost. Yeah, you read that right. I lost 14 lbs this time last year and have managed to gain that back PLUS another 6! Yay! I look back and realize I went 60 days non-stop without missing exercise. I remember how great I felt and exercise was almost some cult I had joined because it didn't matter if it was pouring rain....I was jogging! I am sooooo going back there. I don't care how bad I've messed up...forget about that. What matters is that I am back here, in an honest frame of mind, with all of you guys who are soooo awesome and helpful and encouraging!! I am making a pledge to myself here and now that for the next 90 days I will exercise NO LESS than 6 days a week. I will make healthy food choices and I will lose as close as possible to 40 lbs. I am serious. No matter what happens....I WILL NOT quit! For once in my life I am going to see something through 100% until the end!! I am going to buy myself a "goal outfit" and i will celebrate small "wins" on here with all of you! I feel better already!

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ME40ME 4/1/2012 1:40PM

    Ok its April...and I need to do your 90 day challenge. Just measured myself and the numbers are different from what I had tracked last year. So...I need to get my butt up and exercise, log my points, and try to follow a food plan (im terrible at it). I am in. I know you are doing the right thing and making a difference for yourself!! Go Girl!!

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OFFDREA 3/9/2011 4:25PM

    I have written this same blog before, I know it can be done! You can and you WILL do this!!!!

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REALROXY 3/8/2011 10:05AM

    OK Buddy....Your 90 day challenge is My 90 day challenge. I am with you ALL THE WAY! I also had lost 14 lbs on my last Spark venture and since November I have been on the same roller coaster. Can't say that I've only put back on 14 + 6, I am sure it's more, but my goal is to go back to my SPARK log on every day, count on my spark support network, use my food diary, exercise, and drop at least 2 sizes over the next 90 days. I know I can do that. I hit a bad stretch after a tragic death in November you know that, but for myself, for her, and for everyone around me I have to stop grieving in this manner. I am not good for anyone like this and there are others hurting too - so much! And they need me in a new frame of mind and the best way I know to get there is to take care of myself. I am proud of you and I say let's GO GIRL! I am ready to go shopping and buy some CUTE clothes! emoticon

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DBOWEN4 3/7/2011 2:10PM

    You are right; however, I've made excuses for so many years....I've decided I am just out of them!! I can at least do 10 minutes of cardio on an "off day", you know? I usually do about an hour (P90X or Insanity), but I also like to jog. If I get a good 45 minutes in, I am happy. NO MORE EXCUSES FOR ME!! emoticon

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JULIENMM 3/7/2011 1:43PM

    You can do it! You might be able to stick to it better if you make a goal to exercise 4 times a week instead of 6. That way, if you miss a day, you can still get back on track. emoticon emoticon

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Here we go again!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

How's this for an excuse? My father ran for sheriff of our county this summer (the final election was Nov. 30th). I tried and tried to keep up with my P90X and Insanity workouts, but the campaign really did pretty much consume us the entirity of the fall. I'm an all or nothing kind of girl I'm afraid. In other words, when I didn't have time to exercise, I chose not to eat right too! So, here I am, holidays are over, beginning of a new year. I am very happy that I only gained back a couple of lbs that I had lost, so it's not a total loss. Time to get back in there, though! So....here goes nothing!

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KANDSMAMA2405 1/11/2011 12:40PM

    Good job in getting back on the wagon so to speak. I can relate to being an all or nothing type of gal too!

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I am still doing P90X, but I ordered another Beach Body video called Insanity. The reason being my older brother is doing Insanity (he's in great shape anyway) but he said it's alot more cardio than P90X and the longest video is 45 minutes. PLUS, it's only a 60 day program as opposed to a 90 day program. I was thinking I will do it as soon as I finish my first 90 day round of P90X. As a working mother of 2, one playing football and the other one a toddler, 45 minutes is so much easier than some of those 90 minute days!

Anyway, I still don't know what the hell I've done to my knee? I'm actually pretty concerned. I've had to completely stop jogging (which stinks), and I feel like I'm giving maybe 75% during my P90X dvds. I took 2 full weeks off!!! It's just still very tender and starts to hurt as soon as I start jumping on it! I wish I knew how to tape it up because I think that would help! It's right below the kneecap on the front of my leg. I am so mad about it!! What are the chances I get all excited about working out and suddenly CAN'T!!!???

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KCALLEN2004 10/2/2010 3:08PM

    You have a shin splint!!!! Ouch : ( I had one and because I am allergic to NSAID drugs I couldn't take anything for it. You need to heal so be careful and if you want to get back to running check out the C25K workout. I was just checking on you to see how you were doing. Stay strong girl!!!

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KKESS11 9/23/2010 8:46AM

    I am interested to hear how you like Insanity. I have watched both commercials for Insanity and P90X and just can't decide if I should by either...afraid to spend the money if it will not help me break the plateaus. Keep us posted on your results ONCE your knee is better!

Good Luck

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DBOWEN4 9/22/2010 10:22AM

    Thank you guys for all of the responses! It really helps! Oh No! I pray it is not the 'A' word! At least if it is I will know how to treat it, right? I did Insanity yesterday after work (modified version to favor the knee) and actually had no pain?? I am now wearing the correct shoes....could that be it? It's probably best to just go to the doctor and get a professional opinion.

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 9/21/2010 5:21PM

    I notice that when I jog, my knee will occasionally have some pain below my knee cap so when that happens I stop jogging and walk instead because I'm afraid to have a bad knee injury - not into having knee replacement surgery! LOL I'm with the others though - I think you should definitely take it easy with the knee and choose low impact when working out. Good luck and if you don't think it's getting better fast enough - I'd go ahead and have the doc take a look!

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40PLUSANDFIT 9/21/2010 3:18PM

    I would definitely rest it some more, but there is a strap that you can use... because as I hate to say this, you might be developing.... oh.... this is so hard.. arthritis under there and it may have inflamed something. But anyway, there is a strap, I think it's called Jumper's knee strap or something like that. I used that in the beginning of my weight loss endeavor.. oh wait, lifestyle change and re-introduction to exercise endeavor and it helped with my... yeah, I have to use that word again arthritis in my knee until the weight loss dropped some of the pressure. If... this continues, you may have water on the knee or something and may have to break down and see old doctoro and get it drained or scanned. Sorrreeeeeeee.... I'll send you hugs and kisses if that helps??? emoticon emoticon

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/21/2010 2:52PM

    You definitely need to lay off any high impact aerobics. so, no jumping. you're going to have to find a low impact substitute like marching in place, marching with high knees, walking... no, jumping.

You're going to have to be very careful with that knee. Knee problems are the worst to diagnose and even harder to heal. I know. You should still be able to do P90X. You're just going to have to make modifications where needed.

At night put up your knee and put an ice pack on the knee. While you might not see any swelling, there is inflammation if there is pain. the ice will help reduce the swelling and inflammation. Also, if you do decide to do something high impact, which you shouldn't, at least wear some type of knee brace to support your knee.

So, you may need a few more days of modified exercise before you can start running again. just work on your strength exercises and take regular walks. you'll be okay. remember, weight loss is all about what you eat. as long as you are eating right, you won't gain any weight because you can't exercise at the intensity that you want.

Injuries happen to us all. You've got to learn to adapt your routine accordingly.

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KATRIONAH 9/21/2010 2:46PM

    Sorry you are in pain. And, do understand the frustration of wanting to DO when you find you can't. But, perhaps you need to have it checked out .....the healing may be faster if you know what is wrong. THEN, you can get back in and move and groove the way you want. HOPE you feel better, Karen

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fail, fail, and fail again!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Obviously, I am feeling like a total failure today! I was doing so well. Doesn't every miserable sad tale of failure begin that way? Ugh! First, i was so in the groove with my running and P90X. Overkill, maybe, but it was working. I have been ignoring a throbbing knee pain for a good 2 weeks and on Friday afternoon (during my jog) it became unbearable and I literally limped home! I can't explain this pain, it's really odd. It gets worse and worse as I run and when I am finished, I can't even walk for about 20 minutes and then it eases up some. Strangest part is that my ankle has the exact same pain? So I thought if I just ran through it I would eventually get over it! No such luck! Now I have obviously injured myself because I've been hobbling around since Friday's run (as in NO EXERCISE since Friday). I want to cry writing it! Did I mention I was on a 45 day streak?

So, as if that wasn't enough, my 18 month old starts running a fever on Thursday evening. Took him to the doctor Friday and we were told it was a virus and to treat the symptoms with Tylenol and Motrin. This goes on for 4 days and included 2 nights in a tepid bath at 2 AM and a trip to the ER Sunday night (Monday morning actually at 3:30 AM). I missed work Monday and half of today! I am tired as hell! I am lethargic! My 10 year-old's Birthday was Sunday and I felt terrible for him because the whole weekend ended up being about the baby! So, I indulged in 2 pieces of his Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake! I ate terrible Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and now again today! I can feel the rut coming on and I am freaking out! I have that, "Oh well, I've already screwed up attitude" and I am hurt and can't do much for exercise! This sucks in the worst sort of way! I was almost at the 20 lb mark! Wonder how bad I have already screwed this up? Scared to death to get on the scale! HELP!

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GOEGIRL 9/15/2010 4:27PM

    Bubble baths, ice packs, some nice tea, maybe a few movie rentals... Hang in there - set your sights on about a week from now when you can calmly resume your normal life again!

For now, emoticon emoticon hang in there!!!

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JASONCAMPBELL1 9/14/2010 10:11PM

You'll be fine as long as you don't quit. Don't give up. Do your best and what? Forget the rest.
any plantar problems, knee problems that also include tight or sore hamstring.... look to the calves. Trigger Points in the calves are a main runner culprit that get over looked. Google Trigger Points and Plantar or and calves. I roll my calf over a hard base ball on the floor for massage and it works like a charm.

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SERENEART 9/14/2010 10:00PM

    I know it feels like it and I have had those feelings..in fact I had them today, because I nixed the gym yet once again. You are not a failure. Look how far you have come...take somedays off and like some others have said in the grand scheme of things it won't make much difference. If you continue to have pain, do go see a doctor. emoticon

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 9/14/2010 7:49PM

    Believe it or not, this too shall pass. I know. I am the queen of failure but I won't give up!

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GGMOM06 9/14/2010 7:25PM

    ALL good advice, and if you can't run (i can't either found out the hard way) OH did you ever go to the dr. to have it checked? Might be a good idea, ya know "take care of yourself too" Sorry for your sick baby, and "we" all get bad Tudes once in a while. I just got over one and it was all because I Hurt so much,why put myself through more walking 4-8 miles a day? So i ate,and ate and ate! Now instead of being in the 130's i'm up 2-3 lbs(140's) Let's be smart and see the Self Sabotage coming and kick "it" to the curb!!

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POLLKAT 9/14/2010 6:42PM

    I am so there with you. (Read my last two blogs - they sound just like yours!!!) My last two weeks have been nothing but binge eating sweets. I also have 5 lbs to show for it. So STUPID!!!! And I want to kick myself to the curb. BUT....

TODAY IS A NEW DAY!! YOU CAN DO THIS. PUT DOWN THE FOOD RIGHT NOW!!! Just go throw it in the garbage. Don't wait - do it now! Just because you ate bad for several days, does not mean you should continue!!!! You are the only one that can do this - no one can do it for you!! Do you want it? Do you want to feel good? To look good? To fit in that itty bitty bikini? You know you do. Well you CAN!!! But its up to YOU!!! Look how far you have come. Yes you messed up. So did I. But what counts is from this point forward!!!!! Remember one step back but two steps forward. Begin right now. Not tomorrow or next week. You are strong and powerful. Now drop and give me 10!!! Get the butt in gear.

Oh and I'm sorry your baby was sick. Don't like to be around sick babies - they are too helpless!!!

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RDY4ACHANGE34 9/14/2010 6:37PM

    I agree with what everyone said above. Your body and YOU both need rest. I have a wonderful journal full of little quotes. I found a really good one for you. "Two steps forward, One step back, still gets you were you are going! Don't give up..stay strong and don't let a step back mess you up entirely. Everyday is a brand new day to get things right. emoticon

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AMYCOOLJ 9/14/2010 5:31PM

    You will NOT fail this time! You want this to bad! Don't let a few bad days de-rail you. Get some rest, take care of your body and clear your head. Get in some "me" time when the baby is sleeping tonight and just relax. You deserve to do this for yourself. Just think about how good you were feeling as your pant size was getting smaller. You will start another 45 day exercise streak soon, but don't push your self. Your body and mind need some rest.


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BETHKK 9/14/2010 4:30PM

    First of all, girlie, you need this: emoticon

Next, you need some rest. I know when I get tired my attitude goes south. You've had a rough few days, so don't make it worse by beating yourself up! BE NICE TO YOU!!

Rest that knee, and take it one day at a time. A few days off from exercise will definitely not make a difference in the grand scheme of things. Get back on track with your eating and then work back into the exercise as you start feeling better.

And give those kiddos a big hug! I know that unconditional love helps a lot of hurts!

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/14/2010 4:19PM

    Take it easy for the next few days !! You will NOT derail any of your weight loss efforts if you have to take a few days off from exercise. Remember, when it comes to weight loss, nutrition trumps exercise. What you eat matters most. So, as long as you are mindful of what you eat, you will not gain any weight because you can't exercise.

Injuries happen to everyone. This could be a wake up call for you if you've been ignoring your body's subtle signals. You need to learn to you listen to your body. You take days off when you need them or you will end up fatigued, burned out or injured.

So, don't beat on yourself because you can't exercise. You've got to give your knee a chance to heal. And you really do have to be careful, knee injuries are the worst to diagnose and the worst to heal. Take at least 3-4 days off. NO EXERCISE. put your leg up. get some ice on it and rest rest rest.

See how it feels, IF you still pain of any kind, NO EXERCISE and definitely see your doctor. Don't let this go because knee injuries take the longest to heal. Trust me, I know... I've been dealing with knee issues for years now.

The ice will make a difference. it will help reduce any swelling. It's okay to take time off from exercise to recover from an injury. As I said, as long as you are eating right, you will not gain.

feel better soon.

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40PLUSANDFIT 9/14/2010 4:03PM

    okay sounds like you've tweaked the knee and ankle. Time to get on the RICE treatment, REST, ice compression and elevation. Find an easier way to exercise, not run. Biking is supposed to be good for the knees, but I would rest for at least a couple of days.

So sorry about the baby.. I would say I can remember those days, but I can't, my baby is almost 20.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Ok, this may be lengthy and I apologize beforehand to anyone who may bother to read this. Prior to Spark, I was going to a fat doctor who weighed me, gave me a B12 shot and some prescription diet pills (phentermine). So, I find Spark, get my mind in the right mode and I have been diligent ever sense. I started P90X 3 weeks ago! I am amazed how much I have improved in just 3 weeks as to what my body is capable of doing. In addition to DAILY P90X, I have been running 1 to 2 miles a day! So, the fat doctor called this morning to remind me of my monthly appointment today at 9 AM, and you have to pay even if you don't show up...so I thought, what the heck, I'll go! So I'm all excited to step on their stupid magic scale that (God only knows how) tells you your BMI and your water % and your body fat %. OMG! It said I had gained 2 1/2 lbs, my BMI had gone up and my body fat has gone up! Then when we have our consultation, I tell fat doctor everything i've been doing (drinking a bathtub full of water a day, running, P90X, logging food, heart rate monitors, the whole 9 yards) and do you know what this man told me??? He said I need to cut my calories down to 800-1000!!!!! I told him Sparkers have told me that your metabolism slows down when you don't eat enough calories with all of this working out and he said that was not true!! I am so upset I don't know what to do! HELP!!!!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 9/21/2010 5:28PM

    OK - everyone here had good advice and I ditto pretty much all of it but wanted to tell you that from my very own PERSONAL experience, I actually did try cutting my calories down below the recommended 1200 and found that my body would not lose. It held on to the weight - probably what they call starvation mode. You DO have to fuel your body. I will also say that for ME - I took 2 weeks off due to being on vacation which happened to be right when I had plateued anyway, got back to my regular exercise program after the 2 weeks and I think I shocked my body back into that "when you first started SparkPeople losing mode" which was great. It's still slow but slower is better!

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COURTNEYLEA08 9/8/2010 9:05AM

    I agree with all that has been said. You should be proud of progress!! You are losing the right way :) I am not doing P90X but I have upped my number of workouts from 3 to 5 a week and upped the intensity too. I actually gained weight too. Its just water weight, but I know how frustrating it can be to see a bigger number!! Just keep up the good work and you will see results!! I'm sure you are already gaining tons of muscle...you're going to look ripped like the commercials in no time !! emoticon

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POLLKAT 9/7/2010 3:19PM

    Just tell him he really doesn't know what he's talking about and all of us sparkers are proof that he doesn't!! You could be gaining muscle from all your exercising OR his scales are wrong. I certainly wouldn't listen to this man. You are doing very well on your own and don't need him. Keep up the great work

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AMYCOOLJ 9/7/2010 1:13PM

    Ditch the Doctor! Any doctor that makes you pay for an appointment that you cancel in advance is just out for the money! I'm sure he is making a ton of profit on the diet pills too, so of course he wants you to continue seeing him and taking his pills, that's his business. If he was really looking out for your health, he would not have prescribed diet pills and would have encourage healthy eating and exercise like you are doing now. I'm sure he can see you are doing it the right way now and don't need him, so if he de-rails your train, you will come running back to him! You don't need him or the pills!! You can do it the right way, you are doing it the right way!

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KFAYJAY 9/7/2010 1:05PM

    There is a book called the Turn Up the Heat by Dr Philip Goglia ( of which we have a team titled as...I am a co-leader) that explains wonderfully how your body burns and utilizes food. You really do need to fuel ur body like you do a car. It will not just run on air. The less you put in the less the body is going to expend and hold on to becz it thinks u r starving it and is going to keep what little it gets in the form of FAT! When you feed ur body then it burns ( metabolism) the fat and you lose weight. It is true! An unfortunately we have been so brain-washed for decades by media and the likes of people who do not know what they are talking abt that we cant envision that.

I suggest ( and i am not an expert) that if you want to start out low then "at least" start at 1200 cals, but still 1200 cals prob will not be enough since you are doing P90X, bcz also when you start building muscle you have to feed it to build and to keep and when you build muscle you are also increasing fat loss becz muscle burns fat! And the more muscle you have the higher ur metabolism churns. And the more it churns to do what it needs to do the more you have to feed it in order to keep doing so. SO! With that being said, most people hover arnd 1500-1800 cals while doing P90X. You will end up bonking as time goes on becz of too low of cals intake. You can play with it. You will still lose weight if you are in these ranges. I amdoing or trying to stay arnd 1900 cals becz i really want to build up my muscles.

Now the problem comes in when you do not do weights or building then you have to scale down accordingly with the cals cuz you will gain weight but not when you are building and putting on muscle. When you get that muscle it will weigh more and you may see it visually on the scale but the goal as Dr Goglia ( a nutritionist said), " you want to take up less room IN the room". And that is where the key term, "muscle weighs more than fat" comes from. It does not literally weigh more but it is more compact than fat. So you will see it in how tighteeer you are, you will see muscles ( not like a guy emoticon) and you will feel leaner and more energy.

Sorry this is long, but I am a true believer now in this theory. And it does work and I am 50 now and a lot of people do not think that i am and I can still do a lot of stuff that my mom cld not do at this same age and I plan to continue into my 60's and well beyond becz I have seen "on this site" people who have proven that it can be done. As far as I am concerned, you are still young and you have that also on your side where the metab has not set in just yet, actually I think that is bull too, but I can tell you that I am menopausal and I had got rid of a stomach that made me look like I was 3 months preggo, and when I hit premenopause ( late 40's) it came back! I said, hell no! I am not going out like that! Do you know that I now have a very slight bulge that i am depending on P90X to take care of and am seeing the making of abs now at 50??!!! I have those side impressions. You can check out my pics ( 30 days and before) on my site. They are 2 diff blogs. But it is all poss. If I can do it and others have done it... emoticon.

I just feel so bad that you are subjecting ur body to this stuff, that may poss harm you in the long run. Take care of yourself and love yourself! Also another read is Tosca Reno's "The Eat Clean Diet" it is not a diet per se in the word but more of a lifestyle way of eating and ridding ur body of the crap and chemicals that manufacturers want to put in our foods. I eat abt 75% clean and I have come a LONG way!!!!!!
So there's your homework!!! emoticon I am adding you as a friend to keep an eye on ur progress!!!!

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LIZSILVA7 9/7/2010 12:53PM

    He is a doctor that makes money by people paying him to lose weight. He doesn't want you to learn healthy habits, so you can be thin and happy the rest of your life. He wants you to lose weight quickly, so you gain it back over time, and you can be back in his office next year!

You are doing it the right way. Keep it up!

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REALROXY 9/7/2010 12:01PM

    You are absolutely a type "A" personality, just like me! One thing I have had to resolve and really focus on moving away from is that life long - harsh dieting mentality! I had to slow down, which was very hard for me to do and realize that fierce and fast is not as good as strong and steady! I am much like you my friend. I've been so frustrated!! I feel good and feel like I have done so well, but I am still under the 10 pound mark after 3 months. But the point is, I feel so good and I am not bouncing around, starving, or feeling faint. Slowly but surely I am truly CHANGING!! Some of mine I attribute to not having added my workouts like I should. I am starting now to leave all my excuses behind (I'm moving, it's too hot, I have company, I want to lose a few pounds first...blah..blah). Obviously you can't blame yourself for that since you've been working out so hard, but remember you're body is going through some huge adjustments and pretty soon you are going to see that steady (maybe a little slow) decline, and your HAPPY feelings are going to be STEADY just the same. Be patient with your beautiful self!! You are way too hard on yourself. I think you are doing a great job, just focus on patience, my dear because I need you! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!! and Don't Worry....Be Happy! emoticon

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KJDOESLIFE 9/7/2010 11:24AM

    Don't do P90X on that few calories. I had 1500-1600 a few days in a row and wanted to pass out. Listen to your body and do what is best for you. If you were inactive and really needed to lose weight, 800-1000 MIGHT work, but don't do that on an intensive workout program.

On a happier note, awesome job starting P90X!! It's a hard program but TOTALLY worth it! You can do it!

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ANNEGIRLGA 9/7/2010 11:20AM

    I feel your frustration! I joined SP a week after you, and it seems SLOW going, as far as the scale is concerned. I was just venting last week, wondering if I was eating too much, though I usually get in close to the minimum recommended by SP. Many responded back to follow the plan and don't go under the minumum - they've had success with this plan. I was just wondering if your calorie requirement takes into account all the exercise you're doing? I don't think I'm doing near as much as you, but when I entered my fitness in the other day, it indicated I was burning so many calories, I may need to up my food intake. I wonder if you actually need to increase your calories to speed up your metabolism?

It was a real eye-opener for me when I first started using the Nutrition tracker. I began by using a diet plan I've used in the past. When I finished tracking for the day, I was shocked on some days to have only around 850 calories! No wonder I've failed so often in the past! I was shutting down my metabolism by eating so few calories. I also saw I was getting far too few nutrients, though I was eating natural, healthy foods - I just wasn't eating enough of them!

So, I'm going to continue with this program longer. Though the weight is coming off slowly, that actually is the healthiest way to lose weight. I'm going to try to be more patient with my weight-loss and acknowledge progress in all aspects of my health, not just the slow-moving number on the scale. I feel like this really is a life-long way of eating that I can live with. I never feel deprived and don't even have the cravings like I used to. I hope this helps a little. Hang in there!

BTW- I used to live in Savannah. I'm about 2 hours inland now. I love to go back and visit, though. LOVE the downtown historic district.

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/7/2010 11:10AM

    First off, congratulations on making positive changes to your life over the last three weeks.

Now, don't worry about that 2.5 pound gain. That's NOT a real fat gain. What you're experiencing is nothing more than a temporary WATER WEIGHT GAIN. When you work your muscles intensely, they soak up water like a sponge. this is perfectly normal. Your muscles will release any excess they don't need once they've adapted to your new workout routine. BUT, this could take a few days. So, don't fret if the scale does go up. it really is nothing more than water weight gain.

Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ??? Most women tend to gain during their menstrual cycle. is this a fat gain ? No, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a couple of days. There are many more reasons your body could retain water.

I can easily "gain" 3-4 pounds in a day !! Don't let the day to day scale fluctuations make you crazy. My weight goes up and down daily. that's normal. What you're looking at are the downward trends over the next few weeks.

Remember, you didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. You won't see a dramatic change in the scale in so short a time. It really does take time to lose weight.

As for those body fat monitors, they are notoriously inaccurate !!! Do NOT trust any number from that scale other than your weight. IF you really want to know what your current body fat is, go to your local gym and ask a personal trainer to do a caliper test. A caliper test is much more accurate. DON'T trust those scales !!!

Also, if you really had gained 2.5 pounds of fat, that means you ate an EXTRA 10,000 calories. One pound of fat = 3,500 calories. So, 2.5 pounds would be around 9,000 and some change. Did you eat an extra 10,000+ calories ? If so, that's why you gained 2.5 pounds of fat. IF NOT, then you're retaining water.

Don't worry, that's perfectly normal. Let me tell you this, IF your clothes are fitting better. IF you are sleeping better. IF you have more energy. IF your blood pressure has gone done. THEN YES you are making positive changes.

The scale will go down, but you really do have to be patient. As for your overweight doctor, he should practice what he preaches as well as get some decent training in nutrition !!! By telling you that you need to eat 800+ cals, he obviously has no idea what he's talking about regarding proper nutrition. Tell him about Spark People. It might help him learn a healthy lifestyle !!!

-- karen

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TWOBOYS3503 9/7/2010 10:58AM

    OBVIOUSLY, he doesn't know what he's talking about. With all the working out that you've been doing 800-1000 is not nearly enough to keep your body functioning properly.

As for the "magic scale" - those aren't accurate anyway. If you've been measuring yourself, I would go with that.

Please don't let him discourage you. You know you've been doing great!!!

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RB5656 9/7/2010 10:57AM

    ya like miss 40+ said "HE'S an IDIOT!!!!!!"

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MISTYSMOM06 9/7/2010 10:55AM

    Don't listen to him! My doctor doesn't want me to go under 1200 calories. And the gain, you are gaining muscle. How many more times do you see the quack? Just go by what you know sweetie and you will do right.

Cut out the pills too!

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40PLUSANDFIT 9/7/2010 10:55AM

    Let me put this nicely... HE'S an IDIOT!!!!!! You would totally screw with your metabolism if you dropped your calories that low and continue with what you are doing. I hope you didn't reschedule another appointment with him. I truly find it hard to believe that your fat % has gone up because of what you are doing. You might just be redistributing and of course you are building muscle. The Spark calories are fairly target on, so keep with them. You'll eventually lose some weight. You know it might have been the water weight from Ms. TOM or something that you aren't aware of. I know mine was because I had miscalculated my days. Anyway, do NOT lower your calories that low.

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