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Slow going, but still going...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My weight has not been falling off at 2 pounds a week consistently but I am hopeful that if I stay on my program, the pounds will come off. I attribute some of my slow weightloss to a woman's cycle--engorge, release. I am hoping that when I do release, a pound will release from me too! If I can't lose 2 pounds every week, I need to either accept a slower reduction or do more (you know that means including fitness!). Also I could always drink more water and see if that will help.

A friend's mother was so lacking in muscle tone that she couldn't get herself off her floor last week. I'm not clear if she fell or what but she couldn't get up. She's a lot older than me, but I lack muscle tone too. I really need to psyche myself into getting more movement in my life. I know I would like to have strength and all the other benefits of exercise.

  
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KAREN608 8/16/2012 11:11PM

    If I go over on sodium, I retain water. Don't lose hope. I have trouble getting up off the floor since I slacked off wii fitting! UGH. For me part of a work out is get on floor and get back up. Baby steps! Oh wait, I am mixing up Flylady with Sparkpeople!

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QUALITYONE09 8/16/2012 9:31AM

    I don't know how much exercising you are getting in but with our reduction of calories the body's metabolism is going to slow down a bit. So building just a little movement in our day or getting a few simple workouts such as walking 15-30 mins say 3-4 times a week is going to go a long way to helping to stoke that metabolism. Also, build your endurance and strength. I am not a fan of some of the over the top workouts I hear some people doing....it is not necessary and it is not something most people will be able to keep up. Slow and steady wins the race!

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IS1GAR 8/15/2012 2:15PM

    Are you seeing other improvements in your body beside what the scale is telling you???? Is your clothes fitting looser? Is people noticing changes? That is what counts!! I also have not loose as much weight as I want it to by now, however, I get a lot of compliments especially from people I don't see on daily basis. I feel more energetic and much better than when I was 26 lbs heavier.
I also keep myself motivated because I know I did not gain weight over night and I rather loose it slow and keep it low than loose it fast and gain it back.
I have totally changed my life, I now have choices to make, plans to follow and when any one of those fails I know how to forgive myself and start over right away. Don't wait until tomorrow, keep doing what you are doing and you will see the results.
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ATLTRAINR 8/15/2012 5:30AM

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MOONSTORMER 8/15/2012 1:57AM

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you won't always lose 2 pounds a week, but if you are improving your lifestyle, you will see wonderful changes.

perhaps start to incorporate some basic strength training into your routine. even if you just do incline pushups against the kitchen counter while waiting for the kettle to boil, or coffee to percolate. i do squats while i brush my teeth. small changes can yield big results.

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Still All In

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Still focusing on my eating program and most days I am way below my limits in carbohydrates and calories. I feel hunger now and then and I eat something like a Diana's banana treat. It's kind of like ice cream but it's a banana! My scales is reporting my success too. I only plan to lose 2 pounds a week and think I'm on target--yay!

I've lived in the same place for the past 17 years. I recently became unemployed which hasn't helped my state of mind much and think I might be coming out of my funk at last. Our family is pretty sure we are moving to the middle east in a few weeks to live and work for a few years. Hopefully we will still be able to access SparkPeople--hate to lose my fave website (next to FB and email). Thinking about that long plane ride helps keep me motivated.

If you have ever lived in the middle east, touch base! I would like to know any details you could share.

  
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TARZANSGIRL2 8/13/2012 12:14AM

    Way to go! emoticon

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QUALITYONE09 8/12/2012 9:04AM

    Congratulations on your 3rd week and staying focused. Wow, that is going to be a huge move...I sure hope you are able to get Spark...I would love to be able to follow your journey. We are both repeaters and started around the same weight and are beginning our journey around the same time. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you are able to keep on Sparking! Much success on your joureny and move.

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JINLYNN 8/9/2012 2:07AM

    Sounds like you are on track for success!
And best wishes on the move.
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Staying On Track

Friday, August 03, 2012

Weighed myself and I'm staying with my goal of losing 2 pounds a week. I'm pretty proud of my ability to stay in my calorie range, but occasionally I exceed my range (bummer)...like today. I was happy about my weigh-in, but my mom was in the hospital so I had to road trip over there to check on her. I had to eat in the cafeteria. The food choices I made seemed good: stuffed pepper, lima beans, and blueberry bread pudding. I don't really know the ingredients and the serving wasn't large, but the calorie number was still high. Gasp! One day of calorie overage won't kill me--it's the day-after-day overages filled with candy and baked goods that I've been successful in avoiding lately.

Anyway, I hope my mom will get well soon, and I hope I can continue to lose pounds and feel better myself before I end up hospitalized too!

My take-away message is to be really careful about choices at restaurants, even hospital cafeterias where you'd think the emphasis is on health!

  
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KRASH1111 8/7/2012 4:34PM

    I frequently write about making good choices when you're not in control of the ingredients, too. It's a very important lesson to learn in living a healthier life!
My thoughts and support are with you and your mother. I'm hoping for the best for you both!
It is a huge challenge to stay strong in situation like this - both emotionally, and in regards to staying true to a commitment to yourself when so many other things seem to be competing for your attention. Keep staying strong. I know it's not easy, and often it's not fair, but you have the right attitude to make your own success. :)

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PATRICIAANN46 8/4/2012 9:26PM

  Hi.........I hope that your Mom gets better very soon. Your choices were NOT that bad and like you said, it's not like you do this everyday. It sounds like the majority of your decisions have been right on track. emoticon

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MOONSTORMER 8/4/2012 3:18AM

    hope your mom gets better soon! i think you made very good choices - could have been far worse! just keep making good food decisions and i'm sure you'll hit your goal!

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SLUNDQUIS 8/4/2012 12:07AM

    Think about this: before you started would you have thought much about what you ate in this situation? You did and you thought you had done okay, though some of the choices may have put you over, it was still on your mind.
Keep going, you can do it.


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EVIE4NOW 8/3/2012 11:52PM

  It's all about choices. Good luck to you and your mom.

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First week and 2 pounds down.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Last Thursday, I got real with my situation. I actually blogged that I am obese. I am not used to facing up to my weight. I am happy to report a solid week of logging my food and being low-cal. My scales report that I am down 2 solid pounds! It is my goal to be down 2 pounds a week.

One strategy I use is to eat my junk foor in serving size-portions. For instance, yesterday, I wanted to eat tortilla strips. Ordinarily I open a bag and eat as many as I want one-by-one. They are so good on the tongue! Before too long, I notice that the bag is over half-empty. There is just no telling how many I eat in a sitting! So yesterday, I counted out 12 whole strips and put them in a bowl. I enjoyed each one of these chips. Later, I counted out 12 more and then 12 more! It did show up on my tracker as a significant source of calories, but I was still under my target calorie goal. I'm not saying tortilla strips are a good snack choice, but if you love something, try just eating the serving size and see if it satisfies.

  
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KWWILSON 7/25/2012 8:12PM

    You are off to a great start! Avoiding foods will only hurt you, so it's great that you are portioning out the snacks you want. Snacks are important...make sure you are eating every two to three hours. emoticon

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BOOSMOM03 7/25/2012 7:19PM

    Learning to stay within a serving size is SO hard, but so valuable, too. I can also sit and eat an entire bag of tortilla chips (and right now there's a bag in the pantry that I bought for my husband calling my name!!), but making a small serving fit into a healthy day is so important. Good job!!

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QUEENXQUIZIT 7/25/2012 7:01PM

  Small steps! I learned that lesson yesterday with spaghetti. I ate less than normal but it wasn't until I put it on my tracker that I learned I should have looked at the serving size first then make my plate! Way over on my carb count (I'm diabetic). It is amazing once you see the nutrition label in action!

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TURNERHEATHER4 7/25/2012 7:00PM

    WTG! That's what I do too...yesterday I just had to have oreo's...I had 6 and was still in my range...pretty cool how that works when you're really trying! Keep it going chicka!

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I am overweight and I have to do something about it.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I DVRed The Weight of the Nation and finally had the courage to watch the first episode. I have to face that I am obese and killing myself with poor choices. On top of that, these choices are not making me very happy either. I do not like being this heavy, but I don't do much about it.

At this moment, my first step is to choose not eat anything else today. My second step was to think about how to jumpstart yet another weight loss streak. I have the Spark Diet book on my phone/Kindle so I took a look about what to do to jump start and am attempting to try some of these strategies now and tomorrow. I am trying to get myself plugged into Spark and the supportive community. If you are reading this. I wish you success on your weightloss journey. I hope you will send good thoughts my way. I'm logging off now to try to engage in 10 minutes of exercise.

  
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STARWARSFAN2 7/20/2012 10:23PM

    I agree with BOOSMOM03...tracking your food is very helpful. It is not just about keeping track of your calories. It is about learning how food fits into your life. Being able to look back on a whole week's worth of food gives a person a new perspective.

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SNEVIL1 7/18/2012 11:19PM

    Way to go! The first step is the scariest. U can do it:)

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SNEVIL1 7/18/2012 11:18PM

    Way to go! The first step is the scariest. U can do it:)

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BRAVENEWGRL 7/18/2012 11:02PM

    One step at a time. One step at a time. Little changes soon become habits....

Welcome back!

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BOOSMOM03 7/18/2012 7:51PM

    It's hard to get started. It's even harder to STAY started, especially when you feel like you have SO far to go. Been there, done that. All I can tell you is what has worked for me - start SMALL. 10 minutes of exercise is a good start. It's more than zero!! I'd also recommend tracking food intake, if you aren't already. Even if you go over calories for a while, it's good to see those numbers, to really evaluate what you're putting in your body, and to start finding healthier choices.

I will send good thoughts your way for sure. I've been up and down this road a few times myself, and am also bound and determined to make it work this round.

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