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I fear the scale.....

Sunday, February 28, 2010

I am sure this blog (or for that matter any of my blogs) will ever be a fan favorite. But that is ok. Mostly, I am writing these blogs (as sparse as they are) for me. To track my progress.....

So a few weeks ago, I was weighing myself constantly. Every time I went to the bathroom, I would step on the scale. I would work out on the Wii Fit Plus and have it weigh me too. And when the scale would go up, I would get depressed. And when the Wii Fit would go up, it would ask me why did it go up. Heck, I don't know, why don't you tell me. If I know that answer, I probably wouldn't be here. I would be skinny....

So I decided I wouldn't get on the scale except Sundays. And although I still use the Wii Fit Plus, I don't use it daily (trying to start running too) and I won't do the body test. I even went so far as to make that one of my other goals. I figured I could get spark points for being good about not making myself crazy about the scale.

Now, tomorrow is weigh in day. I am so scared that I won't be down. Although twice this week I was "high" on cholesterol, I was still under 300. But I do need to watch it. And although I followed the recommended meal plans, I did do my own thing for dinner on Friday and for all of Saturday. Saturday, I was within points but I just feel it wasn't the most balance of meals. I do realize that SP meals are far more balanced. But knowing we were going to services and after services there is a luncheon, I wanted to "save" the calories. This meant breakfast wasn't that balanced. And by the time lunch started, I was really hungry. And there wasn't any fruit there. And then dinner was sushi. Yummy, but hard to estimate calories. I "think" I came in under the recommended amounts but who knows. At least I did 1 hour and 13 minutes on the Wii today plus 5 minutes of walking outside.

I did get in my exercise this week. And in fact surpassed it. Two weeks in a row, SP has recommended I up my calories to accommodate my increase in exercise. But again, I am scared to do that. First, does the Wii Fit Plus measure the calories correctly? Is it really exercise? I mean I do sweat, but come on, it is a game and it is fun. Can I really be losing weight playing video games? And second, I am worried that with my crazy schedule, I won't be always able to do as "much" exercise and then SP will have increased my calories and I won't be exercising enough and will for sure gain weight.

So what will I do if I gained this week? Well, I won't go off and eat everything in sight. That won't help. I guess I will try to follow SP plan better. No switching items/meals. No making our own meals. I need to remind myself fluctuations happen. And this isn't a diet, it is for a healthier lifestyle. But I am so scared that I also won't be able to make my own meals forever. I can do this. This is doable. But I am scared. I guess I really should just go to bed, and see in the morning what that mean scale says. And I will take measurements next week (the first Sunday of the month).

And lastly, remind myself, it is ok to be scared. Just keep doing what I am doing. But don't whine so much!

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KA_JUN 2/28/2010 2:30PM

    If you're increasing exercise, you're doing something right! Just do the physical activities that you're enjoying and having fun with. I ride my bike, yeah I know it's cardio in the abstract, but I enjoy it so much it's great to get out there.

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SOFIABUG2002 2/28/2010 9:10AM

    After your workouts, are you sweaty and tired and feel like you've exercised hard? Then you exercised hard! Are you working toward eating better by planning and recording your meals? Then you're creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself! Awesome!

The scale just tells you one piece of information: what your weight is at that particular moment. Don't give it the power to take away your ability to be proud of your accomplishments!


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MOUSTER 2/28/2010 9:02AM

    I weigh everyday and when i went up 1.5 lbs for a few days i freaked out. but i had to talk myself back into reality. One i was bloated not sure why wasn't TOM time. maybe i had to much sodium (had gone to outback 2 days before).

your question on the wii as exercise, yes it's counted as exercise the higher the met the better the workout. housework is even exercise. i'm pretty much doing the wii right now and i'm almost down 10 lbs for the year.

you can do it!!!! emoticon

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JIMDAB 2/28/2010 8:40AM

    Yeah--my wife says I pay more attention to our scale than to her. I am thinking of stopping it's use but the mere thought freaks me out...

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JIMDAB 2/28/2010 8:40AM

    Yeah--my wife says I pay more attention to our scale than to her. I am thinking of stopping it's use but the mere thought freaks me out...

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Want my points...

Monday, February 15, 2010

posted a blog 5 minutes ago and sparkpeople didn't register my points... why? any idea?



Sunday, February 14, 2010

So I see so many people say how they will reward themselves when they lose 'x' amount of lbs or 'x' % of weight. I know I should reward myself but what? I am not a shopper. In fact, I hate shopping..... And then there is the issue of what if I lost 10 lbs yesterday but am up in weight today, so I only lost 9 lbs? And also don't know how to make the beginning enough of an incestive but not too much..... All this is just too much.

So what are your rewards? And how did you decide what they should be? Any ideas for me?

And then there is the question, how do I decide what my "starting" weight was? I have used the Wii Fit but that requires me to quess how much my clothes weigh. We had a analog scale I was using, but felt I couldn't clearly see the tenths well enough. And then we thought the scale broke. Now I am not sure. But we bought a new digital scale that Walmart reviewers rated well that keeps track but of course, we have only had it for a week. So many questions..... I am just (as usual) confused.....

Thanks for any input.

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STINGRAY1317 2/22/2010 3:55PM

    You can always reward yourself with things that you need but haven't got around to buying like socks, underwear, workout clothes or new running shoes.. I personally like the idea about putting a dollar in a jar every week that you lose and maybe save for a vacation you have been wanting?

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MOUSTER 2/15/2010 10:03AM

    there's an article on here about different rewards not sure where i saw it though. YOu could always put $1 in the jar for each weeks weigh in with a weight loss and then you could buy a new wii game or something like that. I'm not a big shopper either.

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GIVEUP30 2/14/2010 11:59PM

    You have my problem I don't know what I should reward myself so I'm still think... emoticon

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Water and/or Flavored Water?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

OK, so I am trying to drink my 8 glasses of water daily. But there are days that I have trouble getting in all 8 glasses. So my question is: If I use the Crystal Light packet added to the water, does that still count as water? What about Kool Aid or Lemonaide, if I count the sugar calories? Since I started this, I haven't had Kool Aid or Lemonaide but during dinner, flavor would be nice.

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MOUSTER 2/11/2010 9:35AM

    you can also just squeeze in some lemon or any citrus fruit into your water. I've done that before. lemon actually is good at detoxing the body and is good for the liver i believe.

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BORROWEDANGEL1 2/11/2010 12:18AM

    If you have a Walmart store in your area, they carry another brand similar to Crystal Light, but it is walmart's brand. It is cheaper than Crystal Light and I think it tase better.

I buy the Tropical Punch flavor most of the time. It is sugar free, 0 carbs, and very very few calories if any. I can't remember right off, but very few .

It will make 2 qts of flavored water for one of the tiny tubs and I think it has 6 of them, so 12 quarts of water for little money.

I love the taste of it. They have several flavors, but the tropical punch is great. I didn't drink water very often until I started trying to lose weight, and this helps a lot and it does count as water. It's also great with meals too..

Good luck on your journey!

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L-I-S-A 2/11/2010 12:01AM

    go with the Crystal Light! no calories and it counts as water.

Koolaid/lemonade has alot of sugar...although they may have a sugar free version these days. I'm not sure on that.

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I'm doing it!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

1 month ago, a dear friend of mine joined SP. Watching her progress, it made me inspired to come back to SP. I have been a member since 4 yrs today. I didn't even realize today is my Sparkaversary. 2 weeks ago today, I was sent home from work because I had a horrible cough that was getting worse. The following day, the doctor determined I had a severe case of bronchitis. I then went on to miss 8 days of work. During this time, when I wasn't sleeping, I was on SP.

I "officically" started fast break on Sunday. I have eaten fresh produce and followed the menus for 3 days now. I went back to work yesterday and even went to my district internship class last night. I also was able to score and put into Grade Pro the 2 finals I gave yesterday.

Today, I got on the scale before work, I am down 7 lbs from before I was sick. I am NOT going to regain the sick loss..... I was able to go for a walk today and didn't cough up part of my lung! I then worked on the Wii Fit Plus for 20 minutes. Eaten as told. Read a motivation. And went for a walk. All fast track goals met! I have also put in grades in 1 class complete, 2 partials and 1 to go plus the 2 partials. I can do this!

I am putting myself first. I am stressed, yes. But being fat is stressful too. Even with grading to do, housework, kids and my homework from my di class, I need to put me first. I can and will and did find the time for a walk.

Until next time!

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BELLA044 2/4/2010 9:17PM

  Hello Tova,
Thanks you for visiting my blog, I'm sorry that you have been sick, but now that you are feeling better I'm sure you are happy 7lbs are gone, Congrats to that! Keep on track & before you know it you will be down 10lbs!! You are right you need to come first. Best of luck on your journey! We can do it!

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MOUSTER 2/3/2010 5:10PM

    WTG girlfriend!! I"m so jealous of your 7 lbs. i'm down 4 lbs since i started in january. i forget the day i started back up. We can do this. Do you watch the biggest loser? if so you'll know what i'm talking about i want to know what the yellow team did at home for them to get such great results the first month. ok off to sweat in the sauna (small portable one) lol...

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