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Still Making Progress - YEAH!!

Monday, April 06, 2009

I've reached my 145 increment goal and had my homemade potato chips with melted blue cheese. Yum. I'm working out 5-6 times a week at the gym with my husband. Thirty minute increments. Still low-carbing and getting lots of compliments from friends. My next goal is 140 and then I think I'll have some pasta. It's interesting, I really don't miss the carbs. How is everyone else doing?


I've been trying something new and it's working

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Well, I've been trying something new. My daughters had a lot of success visiting a dietician recently, so...I'm following her lead and have gone on a low carb diet option. Notice I said low carb, not no carbs. It's working for me, I'm finally losing weight again (and more importantly fat) and have set 5 pound goal increments for myself. I've also started walking with my husband and dog. We get exercise and a chance to spend some time together. I'm looking forward to my next goal 145 pounds. My reward will be a serving of homemade potato chips with melted blue cheese from my favorite local restaurant. Knowing that I can have them in the future as a reward, is incentive enough to keep me from them now :-) I've also been closet shopping and am able to wear slacks that I used to wear at least two years ago. Yeah!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day. I know I did.

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MKPQ51 2/15/2009 10:42AM

    So, glad the low carb diet is working out for you. (My hubby's nutritionist actually has him on the same; I'm afraid he's not been following it 100%, but he has improved over the last month.)

One of the things I've learned, like SparkPeople recommends, it is important to track calories, carbs, fat, and protein; for some people, they need to add sugar and sodium. Though the low carbs are working out for you, keep the other items in mind when you're making food choices. Also, key is exercising, which is great that you're walking; take a look at the 10-minute workouts that were used in the New YOU Bootcamp (Healthy Lifestyles, Videos, Day 1 - 7) for some great and short additions.

WooHoo to being on the track to losing weight again!!!!!


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Hanging in there...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I am having a rough time. And where does the time go? I can't believe it's been two months (+) since I've blogged. No movement, no progress, some slipping re: weight loss (minor but still -- the struggle). I've been weepy and not feeling supported. Rather I should say, not as supported as I felt by my Dad. His birthday (August 7th) still has me missing him more than other times. The grief cycle. I know it's not unusual, it just hurts. I've been cheating (alot) with Cheetos (my comfort food). I do appreciate the support and community I feel here. I need to get back on track and stay there.

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MKPQ51 8/23/2008 5:54AM

    Special days like your dad's birthday will probably always be rather emotional times for you. You're going to think about him and how much you miss him. Knowing that special days are going to depress you, try to think of a way to change your thought pattern and make that day joyous again. Celebrate what a great dad you had; so many aren't as bless to have even known someone like him.

Try to limit your portions of Cheetos; take out a serving and put the rest of the package away, making sure you don't get it out again. Let the words of your dad run through your thoughts; he was and can still be your supporter and encourager!


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JMALONE44 8/19/2008 1:18PM

    Dr. D, I'm sorry you have been having a rough time! It's not easy losing a loved one. I guess we have to expect we will have our ups and downs. Sometimes, we comfort ourselves with food. Don't be too hard on yourself! It makes it worse for me when I am. I hope you are feeling encouraged soon. I'm sure your dad would want to see you doing well. I know we can't help the way we feel though. Do something nice for yourself...a pedicure perhaps? Blessings to you, Jem

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Ground Hog's Day

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Here I am, over my cruises and the flu...stuck! My weight has not moved for 2 weeks (almost 3) and it's because I'm in that two month rut. Everyday, I renew my committment to my weight loss-gain health lifestyle and yet I waiver. I'm inconsistent. For example, I did not realize that it's been just over a month since I last blogged. I see myself taking shortcuts (that don't work) and finding reasons to deviate (ever so slightly) from my goals -just for today-

I know that hasn't worked for me in the past and it's not going to work now. I've lost 10 lbs so far and I have another 25 lbs to go. I'm feeling better, looking better and my clothes are looser. Then why am I feeling disenchanted and bored?

Help me to motivate myself!

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MKPQ51 6/20/2008 8:21AM

    Hey, most people that go on cruises gain weight and you lost weight (at least on your first cruise; I looked through the blogs and didn't see any mention of how you did on your second one.); that's a big accomplishment in my book!

As for getting stuck on that inevitable plateau, so sorry! Hang in there! This too shall pass. Don't beat yourself up on your wavering; it take a long time to change old habits. Besides, in some of the articles I read, we need to allow for wavering (slip ups, cheats, indulges, or what ever you want to call them); matter of fact, we should actually plan them sometimes.

To break out of that plateau, make sure you continue to log on your nutrition and exercise trackers, drink eight cups of water daily, and get 8 hours of sleep. Try changing the number of calories, fat, carbs, and protein, but stay within the recommended goals; also change the food you eat. This change is also recommended on our exercises. Apparently, our body gets used to routine, so change it frequently. If you're walking or running, change from fast to slow to medium pace throughout your exercising. Change the order of your routine. Also, change the exercises periodically.

And, don't get discouraged! Remember, changing our habits take time. So, if you find yourself off plan, get back on track and press on.

You've said it, you're feeling better, looking better and your clothes are looser. Concentrate on that and let the disenchanted and boredom feeling go away!


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Reality Check

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Greetings to my SP Family. I had a wonderful time on my second cruise and I'm back now.

I've been remiss about communication here, which translates into ~ I haven't been taking care of myself the way I should ~ I haven't been putting myself (my health), first.

My in-laws just left, after visiting for about 10 days. Of course, there were many meals out, or more elaborately cooked at home. I found myself overcoming the challenge of excess at times and giving into it (little by little) at other times (always telling myself, "I've been good and I deserve.." or "I'll be better tomorrow" and the ever popular (for me) "it's only..."

Reality check ~ I've weighed in and I gained a pound. I did manage to get in some good exercise, however, again, some was planned and some was make-up exercise. This is not how I want to proceed. So instead of looking back at all the things I have not done or done sporadically, I'm going to proceed in the positive and renew my committment to myself.

I can do it! I will do it!


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