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I am SO Happy!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Yesterday I hit the 13-pound-loss-mark. I was so excited. I could now say aloud that I had lost thir-TEEN pounds. No longer was I in the single digits, nor in the paltry early double digits that had solitary names of their own, not cool enough to be part of "The Group." I, however, had just joined the "Teen" group and I was ecstatic.
You can only imagine my elation when I stepped onto the scale this morning and discovered that I had lost 14 (excuse me, four-TEEN) pounds. I was laughing, clapping my hands and, dignity not withstanding, almost jumping up and down with glee, recognizing that the next single solitary pound I shed would put me at 15- FIFTEEN- XV pounds gone. I would be at an even multiple of five, I could post an "I lost 15 pounds" Spark icon on my page, I could tell people I had lost 15 pounds and watch their faces take on a "Sure, probably less" expression as they heard the round number issue from my mouth.
How is it possible to be this excited about a mundane event that ump-TEEN people experience every day? Obviously, maturity does not necessarily accompany aging.

  
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MCGS62 8/31/2010 10:48PM

    you should be happy and proud emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANDRAXIA 8/30/2010 9:47AM

    GREAT!!!! This post is so inspiring...and what a great way to start the day!

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GOOMA2 8/16/2010 9:38PM

    FOURTEEN POUNDS! Wow! Congratulations!! I'm proud of you! emoticon

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YAZMAMA 8/16/2010 10:49AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon What else can I say?

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Trying Something New this Month

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

I'm going to try eating differently for one month. I want to increase my monthly weight loss by 50%. This is very do-able, as I've only been losing one pound a week. During the month of August, I'm going to eat five 250 calorie meals a day for a total of 1250 calories. This planned calorie count is not much different from what it has been; my range has been 1200 -1475. I have been eating a reasonable percentage of this at each meal and snack to stay within my range, but if I'm not careful enough this can leave me with a deficit by the end of the day and sending me to bed hungry where I toss and turn until, eventually, I get up and get something to eat so I can go to sleep.
This month I'm going to adjust portion size each time before I eat to make sure there are 250 calories in the meal. Doing this five times a day will allow for three meals, a snack and a bedtime reserve, and, for one month, I will be eating 1250 calories daily instead of somewhere between 1200 and 1475 or more.

I'm hoping this will shake things up sufficiently to lose six pounds this month and move on to a two pound per week loss afterward. Wish me luck.

  
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MCGS62 8/8/2010 7:10PM

    That sounds like a well thought out plan! What I've been doing tends to lead to controlled binging. Then again moderation has always been my week point.
Wish You Luck!

JIM


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GOOMA2 8/5/2010 3:16PM

    Good luck!! I know what you mean about going to bed being hungry; I end up grabbing a bag of popcorn or something worse and barely remember it the next day. Spacing the calories throughout your day should keep up your blood sugar and energy. Let us know how it goes!

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2BEEANEWME 8/5/2010 12:23PM

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Sounds GREAT! Good luck!

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Plateau Broken!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The plateau I've been on since June 20 finally broke. I went down a pound! Thank you, Spark Friends, who encouraged and reassured me while I was experiencing frustration and disappointment. I expect to react differently the next time I "plateau." As goofy as this may sound, I was becoming fearful that that next pound just wasn't going away, and, obviously, if it didn't go, neither could any that had to follow it. Reminding myself that ANYONE would lose weight over time when calories burned exceeded calories consumed kept my logic on course, but, as illogical as it sounds, I feared that for some reason my body was defying that law when, no matter what I did, that pound just hung on. I might have given up but for the encouragement of my friends on Spark.

Thank you all. Why that persistent pound hung on like it did, I don't know, but when I plateau in the future, as will undoubtedly happen, I will just be patient and smile, knowing that that pound, too, shall pass. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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TRIGFROST 7/14/2010 10:27PM

    you learned a "Great Lesson" of life on the Journey... emoticon

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QUIKNIT10 7/14/2010 9:21AM

    Awesome...that is so cool!!!

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GAILRUU 7/14/2010 9:10AM

    I have had several plateaus over the last 6 months. You are right about calories in needing to be less than calories burned. What works for me is to go to bed feeling just a little bit hungry. Not starving, but with the feeling that a snack would taste good. Usually the scale responds with a drop in the morning.




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SKYWATCHERRS 7/14/2010 9:08AM

    Congratulations! Way to hang in there!

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BRITTVFAN 7/14/2010 9:03AM

    Congrats keep up the good work.

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Plateau

Monday, July 12, 2010

I've hit a plateau. I've increased exercise and adjusted caloric intake, but haven't lost a pound since June 20. Frustration is beginning to hinder my efforts. I didn't expect to hit a plateau this soon. (I started SP May 1st). I'm going to completely change my exercise regimen as SP suggests to shake things up and see if that gets things moving again.

emoticon I just checked my Report Page and saw that, while I haven't lost any weight in three weeks, I have doubled the speed and incline and increased my time on the treadmill by 50% since I started. There is progress! I really want to see the number on the scale go down, but I started the program in order to increase my fitness level and that is happening! I'll just consider the eight pounds lost so far as a bonus to the actual goal I'm achieving, and look forward to additional bonus pounds lost as my fitness level continues to improve.

Thank you SP for this wonderful program!

  
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PEGTIGER 7/12/2010 6:31PM

    I hope the plateau is broken soon. I've hit one myself and I have been considering trying the Kellogg diet for a week or two to see if that will move it. My exercise has been off, so maybe just starting that back will do it. Good luck.

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TRIGFROST 7/12/2010 11:33AM

    read the book [the Metabolism Miracle by Diane Kress]or/ come read my story on my SparkPage...

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Think I'll Load the Dishwasher Twice Today

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

When I signed up with SparkPeople I set what I and health authorities considered to be the reasonable goal of losing two pounds per week. If I succeeded, I would be at my goal weight, forty-seven pounds lighter, only two days after my first envisioned date. Not bad. I had a plan.
The first four pounds melted away right on schedule and I started thinking about the new dress I would be wearing at my daughter's wedding in October. Speedbump. The fifth pound wouldn't budge. Oh, well. A new dress would look just as good sitting down to dinner on Turkey Day, and we have to be patient with these things, don't we? I continued with the program, but number 5 was a tough one. It wouldn't let go. I became discouraged, gained two pounds back, lost one, gained it back, increased my daily exercise, and still, it wouldn't leave. I stepped hopefully onto the scale every morning only to be disappointed. Nada.
Christmas Brunch? A dress would be pretty then, except that at my house we're all bushy-headed and still in pajamas for that event. I panicked. This had to be do-able. People all over the world lose weight all the time. I began hovering over the computer, reading the blogs, looking at the weight tickers, all proclaiming that, "I lost 100 pounds!" If all these people did that, surely I could get rid of Ugly Number Five. I had forty-three more pounds to lose and nothing was going to happen with them until this one hit the road.
I'm not a quitter. I took action and hit the Spark Panic Button with no idea what to expect but figured, "What the hey, it can't hurt." A coach responded almost immediately, (wow!) and tactfully reminded me that I'd only been at this a month. That was a fact of which I'd lost sight (I panic easily about such things; floods, tornadoes, car crashes, etc. are all handled calmly by a sane woman, but let something like not meeting my weight loss goal come around and I am overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy and failure). No, I hadn't met my goal this first month. I had failed (had to concede something to the dark side) at losing two pounds per week, but I was four pounds lighter than when I started. I looked again at those "I Lost 100 Pounds!" postings, and trudged on.
You can probably guess what came next. Big, Bad, Ugly Number Five fled the scene, recognizing that he didn't stand a chance against the formidable spirit of a woman wanting to look pretty for her daughter's wedding. I laughed, I howled, I lost another pound that moved me down into the next "decade" of numbers on the scale. I calmed down. I returned to my normal routine and housework. I bent down to remove a pot from the bottom rack of the dishwasher. I smiled. With my head stuck in between the plates, silverware and grandkids' Sippy cups I enjoyed one of life's sweet moments. My pants weren't tight.

  
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SSCHULTZ59 6/16/2010 9:21AM

    Congratulation.. you will loose it when you least expect it.
stick to your plan. and remember a watched pot never boils..

dont be so critical of yourself. stick to the plan and it will come off.

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BECKA525 6/15/2010 5:25PM

    Congrats on the lost pounds and loose pants. Good job on keeping at it even though you weren't seeing any results on the scale.
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NEWNAC304 6/15/2010 5:25PM

    What a great blog! Good for you for noticing the other changes besides the scale!

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GOOMA2 6/15/2010 4:13PM

    Your comments about inadequacy and failure hit a nerve with me as I react the same way. Serious crises are handled adeptly, but personal failure (from my perspective) is so difficult to deal with. You were so smart to hit the panic button instead of giving up! Good work! emoticon

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MCGS62 6/15/2010 3:53PM

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emoticonDo you think you can make it to my house for the second load. No one here seems to be capable of changing the dishes---or the toilet paper. emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 6/15/2010 3:44PM

    Loved your blog! It brought a happy smile on a day when I needed one.

Way to go!!!

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FATANDSASSYINTX 6/15/2010 3:25PM

  Congratulations on 5 pounds lost and 1 month on Spark! Slow and steady wins the race and it sounds like you're off to an amazing start!

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