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Calories in, Calories out..... What, really???

Saturday, July 13, 2013

I get so sick of hearing people say "calories in, calories out - it's simple math." Well, guess what - it's not simple math - it just show the ignorance of the person talking.


For some people, yes, it is just that simple and if it was for me - I'd have hit my goal years ago and been able to maintain it.

I was always athletic and was in good shape, never had to watch what I ate. Then I graduated college and got a job where I traveled 95% of the time. Woo-wee, plane flights, hotels, per diem, good food and too exhausted to hit the gym -that's when it hit me :( and it took me 6 years to realize WHAT hit me - yikes!!!

So, since then I have tried anything and everything to lose weight, the only time I was successful, besides the Atkins diet, was when I was working out 3 hours a day, but after 8 months of that and only losing 40 lbs, (which I was excited about), I got burned out and could not maintain that intensity any longer and just QUIT all together. I didn't work out for almost 2 years.

Before that 2 years, I found out I had a wheat/gluten allergy -that sucks! I was off wheat for 3 years, until I went to Europe, I was good the first 2 weeks, but the 3rd week, we went to Italy and, well, When in Rome :). Anyway, I didn't get back off wheat until about 2 weeks ago, again. Even though I felt better getting off the wheat - more energy, better nights sleep, it didn't help me to lose weight.

I finally went to the Dr. and am having a full blood panel done to determine why I have not lost any weight - he has a list of exactly what I have been eating the last several weeks and all of my workouts. I am concerned that my thyroid may be the cause. I had blood tests 5 years ago and was told that I was hypothyroid - but I take nothing for it. I am not a fan of medications. Hopefully, if it is thyroid I can get it working in a natural healthy way.

I am not going to quit my personal training sessions, I know I am building muscle, so once I shed the fat - you should be able to see some toned body parts :). Plus, I feel really great.

We shall see how it goes. The moral of the story; everyone one has a different body type and different issues they have to deal with when it comes to their body weight. Whether it's emotional, mental , physical, chemical - who knows. Don't be discouraged by people who don't know what they are talking about. Eventually with the hard work, the good diet and finding ways to get our bodies healthy and functioning properly, things will start to change and people will take notice.

Be encouraged, it might take a lot of figuring out, but it will happen!

Blessings, Dena

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TEXASPCMAMA 7/13/2013 7:22PM

    Keep it up! Find out what is happening with your metabolism, and keep on doing what it takes to be healthy: deal with the thyroid as best you can, make good nutrition choices, persistent! You've shown you can do it before, you can do it again! Only this time you will be better armed - knowing more what is going on with your body and your metabolism!


I have read of natural ways of dealing with hypothyroidism. I'm sure you will find a solution!


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    Amen Dena! I gained weight following WW very strictly and was devastated.. I felt like such a LOSER (in a bad way).. I mean EVERYONE is successful on WW... for me, eating Paleo has changed my life but that's another story.. I was just wondering if you've ever had your metabolism tested? I had mine tested 4 weeks ago ... and it was 1400 calories.. based on my age, height weight, etc. Spark and everyone else had me at a BMR of 2000 calories but I have a SLOW metabolism... so Spark keeps telling me to up my calories based on a FORMULA not based on what my body actually needs.. my point is, when possible, know your own numbers! Because what you say is so true.. we are all different... and we respond to food differently... and our bodies may be releasing unreal levels of cortisol which will impact weight loss.. or (oh you'll love this) you can look forward to menopause cuz that will really impact your metabolism.. there's a ton of stuff

So, GOOD FOR YOU.. do what's right for you and there will be people around to support you ... (waving hand) look I"m here! GO GIRL!

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MYUTMOST4HIM 7/13/2013 2:39PM

    You are so right - persistence always pays off

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Is seeing the RESULTS the only benefits to working out???

Monday, June 24, 2013

I've been working out really hard and watching everything I put into my mouth and not "SEEING" the results I was hoping to see, but........

I feel much stronger and my endurance is better. I walk taller, I feel more confident in myself. People tell me they can tell that my shape is changing, so I'll take their word for it emoticon .

I am not going to be negative about it, because it's a process. Some people seem to lose quickly - good for them emoticon , some don't. I am hoping that because it is taking longer, I will see the value in ALL the effort that is going into making this change. emoticon . And I will not forget the hard work it took to get me where I need to be, because I don't want to have to repeat it.

Be strong and stay encouraged.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

This is my future!


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MAMAJAHMAI 6/25/2013 2:36PM

    Well said!! You know you see yourself in the mirror everyday, so you might not see what your friends and family are seeing. You are strong, you are consistent!! That in itself is MAjOR. Congrats!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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  Yes, yes, yes and yes again.

I agree because exercising is so vital to feeling healthy and strong and energetic. A person has to expend energy in order to be energetic.

Energy creates energy.

The great healthy and strong and energetic feeling I have is so awesome and I don't every want to give it up to not ever...for I am strong and invincible in Jesus and healthy and healed and whole by His super natural healing and health plan that He has laid out for me to follow by the leading of Holy Spirit.

Stay strong by acting and being strong because with Jesus we can do all things no matter what.

Keep on truckin'....LOL

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It's been a while - AGAIN!

Monday, June 17, 2013

I have been working out hard for the last several months. My eating has not been great, but I am working on it.

I have been working out with a personal trainer - the best one I have ever had. You know you get those trainers, they are good and nice, but don't seem to push you as hard as they need too. Well, that is not Will, he is tough. He is an MMA fight instructor and trains most of the Gold's Gym trainers in our area. His nickname is "The Reaper". He does not train at a Gold's Gym or a 24 hour fitness, he runs a real fight gym and it STINKS, I mean literally PU! All you smell when you walk in in the mornings is the stench of the sweat from the work outs the night before!!! They do not turn on the air - it stays about 86 degrees in there - YUK!!! I have never sweat so much in my life.

This is Will:

Pretty scary looking, but he is great. He doesn't yell or cuss at you. He is so encouraging. You get to where you think you can not do another thing and he really inspires you to finish it out and finish it out strong. I have not lost a lot of weight at this point, but I feel so much stronger and I am really firming up in places - yippee! I also go to his gym at night to do kickboxing - the real stuff, not the cardio - it is tough.

It's been great because my 2 sisters and my mom are training with Will as well. My one sister and mom meet him at 5:30 in the morning and my other sister and myself meet him at 6:30. My sister, niece, nephew and myself do the kickboxing 2-3 times a week at night and now my brother wants to get involved - so it's become a family affair and everyone supports the other. It's a very exciting time for us all.

Everyone feels so much better about themselves and stronger, it's a process and it will take time, but it's good to be on that journey with loved ones who support you and are enjoying the ride "most of the time" with you :)

Be Blessed,

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PJ2222 6/17/2013 11:35PM

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Feeling pretty good about myself right about now :)

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Well, I usually weigh myself once a week, but because my scale is way off, I haven't done that at all since I started back about a month ago. So I wasn't really sure of my progress.

You know, how you have those pants that you can wear whether you've gained 20 lbs or lost 20 lbs, you just can't really tell too much one way or the other. Well, I have those and I thought they felt looser just not sure.

Just so happens that I have a coat - where you can tell, I buttoned it all the way up and it didn't pull - yee-haw!

Steady wins the race, last time I got so burned out becasue I did so much, that this time I am going to take it one day at a time and learn to enjoy everything. It's for life, if I don't do it now - then when????

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WIXNWAX 2/10/2012 12:46PM

    Good for you, Dena! We get so caught up in what the scale 'says! We actually allow the scales to dictate our lives, attitudes and feelings about ourselves! God didn't invent the scales...satan did! Hehehe! Life is so much more than a number on the scales! It's about being healthy, energetic, satisfied and loving who you are! I am proud of you!

Love and Blessings,

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FIERCE_FABULOUS 2/7/2012 10:34PM

    good for you! congratulations. emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 2/7/2012 10:23PM

    Glad you aren't stressing any possible gains and looking on the bright side.

May need a pair of those jeans for myself nevertheless! emoticon

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NEPTUNE1939 2/7/2012 10:10PM

    Congrat's - Besides, scales lie - clothes don't, LOL emoticon

Comment edited on: 2/7/2012 10:11:15 PM

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ANDIEBM71 2/7/2012 10:08PM

    I love jeans that are like that! They are the best!

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Meanwhile, later the same day (almost 2 years later)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Well, Here I am after almost 2 years, back at it.

I wonder how much weight I have really lost in my lifetime? How depressing to think about that. If only I could have kept it off. The 40 lbs that I lost 2 years ago has crept back on me - my own fault of course. But, CRUD, had I kept that off I'd only need to lose about 40 lbs, now I am back to 80. What a rude awakening.

So, I am at it again, this time, with God's help and both of my sister's - who are on the same journey - we will not quit. We will achieve our goals and maintain them and change our lives for the better. I am excited!!

I've always had great support, but not everyone doing the same thing at the same time. Both of my sisters, my dad, mom and I are all doing Weight Watchers Points Plus, very nice to have everyone exchanging recipes during the week and keeping everyone accountable with their daily points at the end of the evening. If someone doesn't send an email with their points by the next morning - the reminder emails go out, in a loving way emoticon.

I am on a mission to lose as much as I can in a healthy way by Feb 15th, I am going to visit one of my sister's in Amsterdam and I want to be comfortable on that LONG airplane ride. Pray, that I am a mindful eater while I am over there. I really want this to be a lifestyle change, if it is, then I will be a mindful eater on vacation as well.

Stay safe and be blessed,


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WIXNWAX 1/29/2012 4:17PM

    Dena, so good to see you back! I was on Points Plus for awhile and really liked it better than before, but after a while I found that I need to get back to my SP tracking where I can track everything...calories, fat, carbs, sodium, etc! :) I love the fact that fruits are 0 points, except that I was eating too much and those carbs do add up even though they are good carbs! Love those frozen grapes! hehehe! I did bring most of my recipes I had made back to SP!

This is a lifetime thing so I decided that for me, SparkPeople is definitely the way to go! Besides with the money I save I can buy some new clothes! :)

Glad your're back and you can do it, you already have once! We all just have to realize that this is a lifestyle choice we have to make and stick with it! It's really all about training ourselves with portion sizes, training our taste buds and enjoying our 'favorite forbidden foods' once every few months! It's funny how after a while when you decide to have one of those foods that you once loved, it just doesn't quite taste like you remembered! Hehehe!

Welcome Home!
Love and Blessings,

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