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The Scale Gremlins

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My scale has them. And they are playing with me. For the last week my scale has not budged an ounce...or even a fraction of an ounce. The same number every single day. And I've been good, eating right and exercising.

Intellectualy I know that plateaus happen and why I'm on mine. Emotionally I know that the scale gremlins have evil little senses of humour and are messing with my mind.

So last night I talked to "myself" in the bathroom while getting ready for bed. I said enough was enough already and if I didn't see some movement on the scale in the morning I was going to be really irritated and take action.

This morning I get on the scale...and it moved down by 0.1.

Now that the gremlins know who's the boss I expect to see further improvements LOL!

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NOMOREBREAKS 1/25/2011 11:42AM

    It often happens...especially when we are starting out in the first couple months of a new plan, or after we've stepped up a new workout....that there's no scale movement or there's a gain. Muscles weighs more the fat. And if you're building up muscle mess you can still be losing weight.

Hang in there. And get out the cloth measure. Those numbers will be able to tell you more about how your body is changing right now!


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JSPEED4 1/25/2011 10:15AM

    I do the same thing, with other issues! emoticon

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    I know what you mean!! Thanks for sharing, pat

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Taking it easy

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Today is my "day off".

I have no exercise scheduled, I'm going to be looser with what I choose to eat (but still stay within my plan!). We're having Tur-duc-hen with homemade jambalaya for dinner just because (it's expensive so is generally a special occasion dinner). I'm getting more things sorted / filed / donated / trashed in my room today as I continue to transform it into my "sleep haven".

I may try my hand at meal planning for the week but suspect I won't really do so. I don't like planning more than a day or 2 ahead.

Happy Sunday!

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MCJULIEO 1/23/2011 3:20PM

AND jambalaya????

Yum! What a great meal! (especially if the tur-duc-hen is stuffed with crawfish!

Oh dear, I'm making myself hungry..... not good!

Well, enjoy it while I fantasize from afar... emoticon

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Chicken Chimichangas (shameless plug)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dinner tonight! This is fast becoming my childrens' winter comfort food. They are after me to make it weekly. So I entered the recipe here & the damage isn't nearly as bad as I thought. I might even eat one!


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MCJULIEO 1/22/2011 8:08PM

    Tempting! I never think to make chimichangas at home...

Until Now! Thanks!

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RESULTS361AP09 1/22/2011 5:06PM

    Sounds good-I may be trying those soon! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Week 3 recap / ramble

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Yesterday was the end of Week 3 for me. I've lost 14 lbs. so far which is amazing. My BMI is hovering just on the edge of "obese", ready to go to merely overweight in 1 more pound. Which stubbornly refuses to go away this week. But at least I'm not gaining so I consider it a victory. I know the torture...I mean the exercise along with portion control & healthier eating is helping, even if the scale is not moving. I went down a clothing size, my legs don't look like over-stuffed sausages in my pants and the dreaded muffin top was greatly diminished yesterday.

I'm participating in the sleep challenge as well. When I started week 2 I was very discouraged with it. I was already doing what the week 2 steps said to start doing and it wasn't working. But that weekend, for the first time ever, I got up close to my "normal" weekday time. I also cleaned the spare bedroom/junkyard out and was able to move a very large dresser, my treadmill and the ironing board out of my bedroom. What a difference! Even though there were still piles of stuff around my room I instantly felt better; it was like I added more space. I bought a cheap table lamp so I can read before bed without the very bright overhead light being on. By the end of week 2 I was falling asleep within a reasonable time of turning out the lights, without medication. I still wake up frequently throughout the night but just being able to fall asleep is a major improvement.

I've also noticed some unexpected benefits from the whole torture/exercise thing. Because I do my treadmill time & karate in the evening I shower in the evening. So in the mornings I'm not nearly so rushed, I'm getting to work earlier (which for me is "on-time") and I don't wake up already stressed out. As a result I've been happier (and so has my boss LOL). I have a little more energy throughout the day which is motivating me to start/finish some of those home projects I keep meaning to and never do. My legs are getting stronger which is definitely needed after the ACL replacement & broken ankle I've had in recent years. I can round house kick again and did a (very cautious) shuffle in kick for the first time in a very long time on my "bad" leg. I am now back on the road to black belt!

I've committed to trying Zumba next Friday. A coworker has been talking about wanting to do something after work with someone for a few months. So I located a place close to work that has a Friday 5pm class and we committed to go next week to try it out. If we like it we plan to invite other co-workers and see if we can make a group of it.

Overall I'm still feeling very positive about my weight loss journey.

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RESULTS361AP09 1/22/2011 12:20PM

    It sounds like you are on the right path for success. Keep up the good work! And have fun at Zumba. I plan to go at least once next week (hopefully twice). Enjoy your weekend!

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JUDITHANNIE 1/22/2011 9:35AM

    good for you keep up the good work just don't over do emoticon

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CANBDONE 1/22/2011 8:08AM

    You just "sparked" me....thanks! emoticon

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Math for Spark People...or learn from my mistake LOL

Thursday, January 20, 2011

We all know drinking enough water is important. Being very goal oriented & somewhat competitive I just can't break my streak. But time conspired against me yesterday and I was faced with being 2 glasses short at bedtime. Not thinking it through I drank the 2 glasses and went to bed. This is what I (re-)learned about math:

16 oz water at bedtime does NOT = restful, uninterrupted sleep

Dreams are reveling. If you dream about going to the bathroom...PAY ATTENTION

Open door + (black dog x black carpet) + (no light) = X

Please learn from my mistake! LOL!

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FLOYDSMOM 1/23/2011 12:47PM

    This some of the most important math anyone can ever learn.
I substitute 2 orange cats for the black dog, and tan carpet for black carpet, but the answer is almost exactly the same.

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/20/2011 10:18AM

    hahahha, I learned the not drinking water tip a looong time ago. It's amazing how great sleep can be when not interrupted by the bladder! :-D

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ONICAM 1/20/2011 10:16AM

    The only one that I understand is the first one.

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 1/20/2011 9:04AM

    Oh, I know this math!
Some may mock me for my night light, but considering all the times that I almost tripped over my cats...
I hear there are slippers that light up when you walk, but you would have to *find* them first...

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YOUCANDOITSUE 1/20/2011 8:50AM

  oh my, your absolutely right though. I try to consume most of my water early in the day, but I cant see downing 2 glasses of water at bed time being beneficial at all. This is a good reminder. Drink early Drink early Drink early emoticon

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LISA8381 1/20/2011 8:41AM

    How funny! It doesn't seem to matter for me when I drink my last water or waters....I never get a restful sleep without a visit to the bathroom! LOL! emoticon

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KATTY1975 1/20/2011 8:39AM

    OMG! I learned this lesson only too well myself yesterday! Except my inequality was 24 oz of water about 1 hour before bed time. Yup several trips to the bathroom did equal a rather restless night. From a math FANatic thanks for the fun post!

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MEANCARLEEN 1/20/2011 8:36AM

    emoticon...GREAT Blog and I have learned my lesson, thanks! emoticon

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