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MISSING: My Metabolism

Monday, January 28, 2013

Be on the lookout... I've lost an old friend. I am ashamed to say that I am not sure exactly when it happened (early 40s I believe), but sometime in the last several years, I've seem to have misplaced my metabolism. I actually think it might have run ran away from home with the constant abuse and lack of appreciation. I can't really blame it, but either way, it's gone. Kaput! I miss my old friend and want it back. Desperately!

I've tried luring it back through exercise, but managed to have it be replaced by some lesser version of its former self. Seriously. I thought for sure that regular boot-camp style exercises 4 days a week would lure it back. No such luck. Between 4 days of boot camp classes, walking 3 miles yesterday, and eating in line with my requirements, I some how managed to gain half a pound!! If I had done this years ago, I would have been well on my way to my goals. Oh how I miss you metabolism!

You know how the saying, "You don't appreciate something until it's gone." How true it is!! If I had to do it all over again, I would have appreciated you and used you to my advantage 20 years ago. Now I am starting over and dealing with the mere shadow of its former self. It's not fun, but I'm not going to let it stop me. I'm going to dust off the depression of the gain and keep pushing on knowing that I am dropping inches.

If you still have a metabolism, appreciate it while you still can!

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LABRATIAM 1/28/2013 7:51AM


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FISHER011 1/28/2013 7:43AM

    emoticon You've brightened my Monday-great blog! emoticon emoticon

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CHERYL_ANNE 1/28/2013 7:01AM

    You've gained a half pound of muscle - not a half pound of fat... :D

And if the inches are dropping - you're still moving in the right direction regardless of what the number on the scale says.

I sincerely applaud you for your dedication to boot-camp style exercising!

I started SP the way I mean to go - which is - I'm lazy - and know that SP gives us extra calories based on the premise that I'm going out to work X number of times a week - so I made sure to change those settings to reflect what I was willing to do.

Yes I received a reduction in calories, but now I know that I won't be taking in more nutrition than my body requires.

I also eat at the midpoint of my SP caloric range, which, is a calorie deficit of 500 a day times 7 which hopefully translates to loss either via inches or the scale.

You're getting there - maybe not as fast as you like - but you're getting there!


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NEWLEAF2013 1/28/2013 6:38AM

    emoticon Great blog! I know how you feel!

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The Secret: Feeling good has a domino effect

Friday, January 25, 2013

I finally hit the 10lb mark in weight loss and I am really feeling good. Yes, some days are harder than others but I am starting to feel a difference in my clothes. Some of my "fat clothes" are still too tight, but some fit great. I am so happy to be moving the right direction!

Here's what's interesting... first, I motivated someone at work to join me on this adventure without even asking. Just knowing I have someone to talk to will tremendously helps me at work. Second, because I am starting to feel good about myself, other good things are happening. A business trip to a Sandals resort fell into my lap -- gasp! A job opportunity presented itself (not sure it will work out, but nice to be considered).

I sincerely believe that things happened because I feel good and I am more open to accepting good things into my life. It is feeding on each other. It reminds me of "The Secret" audio book I have but haven't listened to in years. I think I am going to dust if off and listen to it again. While I have momentum, let's keep it going!! I really don't want this to end.

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AZMOMXTWO 1/25/2013 6:41AM

  great job you are doing great

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DMEYER4 1/25/2013 6:40AM

  great attitude good luck on your journey and and all the other great things in your life emoticon

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YMWONG22 1/25/2013 6:37AM

  Congratulations!! Good for you!
Positive begets positive. Wish you all the best for the present and your future undertakings.
Keep it up.
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Need to follow my own advice

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I hate to be negative, BUT I am frustrated after losing only 1 pound in my second week. Yes, I know I probably lost inches. Yes, I know the body adjusts during week 2. I know all of this, but it's still depressing to see the number drop only 1 pound (actually 0.8 if you want to be exact). I have not slipped a single time with my diet and I am still doing my boot camp style workouts 4x week.

My husband lost only 2 pounds during this time frame and just said to me this morning, "I don't know why I am bothering! This is ridiculous! For 2 pounds I gave up having a beer with football last weekend?!" Of course, I gave him a pep talk about losing inches, 2 lbs is still progress, body is adjusting, plateaus, blah blah blah. Sitting here doing my SparkStuff, I realize that setbacks like this is when people typically throw up their hands and walk away. It's when "I" throw up my hands and walk away frustrated.

I can't do that this time. I just can't. These things take time and I have to stop whining and pull it together. Now. I can't afford to walk away this time.

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CHERYL_ANNE 1/17/2013 8:06AM

    When I decided to try SP again I realized I would be continuing a lifestyle change, not being on a diet and not depriving myself of things. So I started as I mean to go. If I want a treat or a cocktail, I include it in my daily nutrition intake. Yes that means I might not be able to eat as much but that's what happens when I have a cocktail because they aren't free of calories.

I also really didn't start losing weight until I increased my water intake. I drink at least 64 ounces a day. It may sound like a lot, but it's not. If you want to use a hydration calculator to see how much you should be drinking - you can go here and check it out for yourself.
You may be surprised by the figure. I know I was because I wasn't drinking nearly enough.

And as for nutrition. I try to eat in the mid point of my SP range and I am also very careful of how much sodium I eat. You can always go here to check your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate)


Then click the link underneath for Daily Calorie Needs.

If you take 500 off that final figure - you should lose about a pound a week because you're creating a deficit of 500 calories per day X 7 days a week which equals 3500 calories = a pound. (Which is how I arrived @ eating a the midpoint of my SP range.

Yes, it's frustrating. Yes, you should continue! :D And yes, it will get better.

I didn't gain all the weight at once and I'm not going to lose it all at once, either.

I began this SP journey on 1 September 2012 and have lost 26 pounds so far and 13.50 inches.

If I can do it, you can do it. Keep going - you will get there.


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I've experienced the "Dreaded Week 2"

Monday, January 14, 2013

I've watched several seasons of Biggest Loser and it is common knowledge that the participants struggle during their second week. Thank goodness I know this or I would be in a big state of depression. I have been fully and completely committed on this weight loss journey. Sure, I am "only" on Day 12, but it's been a great past 11 days. Let me rephrase that, "It was a great 7 days and a mediocre at best last 4 days."

I know better than to let it get me down, but it's sure hard not to. The secret to success for me is to plan my meals and my workout schedule. All of that is set and ready to go, so I am hoping this week will see more positive results. Another component of my success is having my husband on board with me (for once). He too has struggled with week 2, although not as bad as me, and I definitely want to keep him encouraged. Sure, I should be able to do this on my own, but let's face it, it's soooo much easier if your husband follows suit.

To all of you who kicked this thing off on New Years, good luck in surviving Week 2. If we can get past this, we are well on our way!

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CHERYL_ANNE 1/15/2013 11:57AM

    Every step you take, no matter how small, adds up! Every time you log your nutrition, every time you drink enough water, every time you make a healthy fuel (food) choice as opposed to an unhealthy one, every time you measure/weigh/portion out your food, every time - it all adds up to you become the healthiest you can be.

Sometimes you lose weight. Sometimes you lose inches. Sometimes nothing happens. Keep your eye on the prize of becoming healthy and doing all that you can to achieve that goal. The weight will take care of itself.

I encourage you to keep a tape measure by the computer so you can measure yourself and record it. You might be surprised!

For example - in mid December it didn't look like anything was happening for me, and feeling a little discouraged I pulled out the tape measure. By the time I was done recording the figures, I realized I'd lost a whole inch! That means it's gone! Gone for good. And then a couple weeks after that, I lost a pound. And just this morning, another pound.

And you are absolutely right how much easier it is when the household is on board with becoming healthy. In fact, my husband and Mom both decided to become gluten free with me even though I am the one with the wheat (and other grains) allergy. So it means a lot to have that support!

PS - Sometimes I feel like the only person who doesn't watch The Biggest Loser - so there are a lot of references on SP that just fly over my head because I have no frame of reference. :D

Have a great Tuesday!


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Is working out slowing down my weight loss??

Friday, January 11, 2013

Let me first start with a confession... I weigh myself every day. Yep. I know you aren't supposed to, but I do. Although the honest truth is I want to see how the weight loss is going, I justify it by saying that I want to know what's working and not working with the foods I'm eating. Both reasons are legit to me. I am only on week 2, so maybe this bad habit will simmer down eventually.

So I take bootcamp style classes 4x week and they are extremely hard, cardio and weight workouts for about 50 minutes. Although I've only been on this diet since 1/3, I have noticed my weight loss each morning is significantly less after I workout the previous evening. I've logged my food and I am definitely NOT eating different because of the workout.

Has anyone else experienced this? Someone told me it is because I am building "muscle mass", but I am skeptical. The bad thing is that it makes me not want to work out. However, I am not taking that drastic step because working out for me has always been more about relieving stress. Committing to a work out is much easier for me than eating healthy. Tonight is my night off from working out and it will be interesting to see what the scales shows tomorrow morning. I sure hope it's better than the 0.1 I lost yesterday after a grueling workout and healthy eating. How depressing! emoticon

In the meantime, I am trying to keep the faith. I know I'm doing the right thing so it should pay off eventually. Right? Right?!!

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WOUBBIE 1/11/2013 8:00AM

    First, take "weight loss" out of the picture. Weight is made up of bone and water and blood and a lot of other things. No one wants to lose lean body mass but most people want to lose fat. So what you're looking for is "fat loss".

There are MUCH better ways to measure that than using a scale. At best a scale will give you an approximate measurement of your progress, but, heck, you can "gain" a half a pound by taking a shower right before you weigh yourself.

Use something more meaningful, like a tape measure, (accurate) body fat monitoring, or "measuring clothes": those pants that are currently too tight or that blouse where the buttons gap from pulling too tight.

If you MUST weigh daily, try taking a weekly average to actually see your progress. Add up 7 days of measurements and divide by 7, and THAT'S your weight, not what popped up on the scale this morning.

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CHERYL_ANNE 1/11/2013 7:44AM

    Two interesting SparkArticles that address working out and weight loss - don't let the titles fool you:

8 Reasons Why You're Not Losing Weight

and 8 Reasons Why Your Workout Isn't Working

Something you wrote in your blog post made me stop and think. You said: "Committing to a work out is much easier for me than eating healthy."

What kind of fuel are you giving your body?

There is also this interesting chart from the Mayo Clinic on Exercise for Weight Loss - Calories burned in one hour

And even though you're using the nutritional tracker - what is the daily caloric deficit so that you are able to lose weight?

I doubted the amount of calories that SP allowed me so I double-checked the amount by using a BMR calculator - figuring out my basal metabolic rate and then timing it by my activity level. That told me the amount of calories I could consume, and taking 500 calories daily away from that figure has allowed me to lose roughly 1.38 pounds per week.

BMR calculator is here:

One thing that really helped me was making sure I was drinking enough water. So I used a hydration calculator and the results told me I needed to add more.

and hydration calculator is here:


Wishing you a great journey as you continue towards becoming the healthiest you can be!

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SANDYCRANE 1/11/2013 7:43AM

    It has only been two weeks, these things take time. But you are on a good path to losing weight. Exercise is always helpful to your body, even if you do not lose weight. You will lose inches. Keep up the good work.


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JBEAUFORD 1/11/2013 7:42AM

    You are still in the very early stages, so give yourself some time for things to even out and your body to adjust to your new dietary and exercise routines. At first you might see more of a slowdown on the scale moving, however, that will change as you go and you will see that, as you have less fat to burn, the weight will start to go down as well. Also, keep in mind that while your scale may not go down as fast as you might want, you WILL be able to see other positive changes, like clothing fitting better, more energy, overall feeling better, etc. Weight loss is about more than just a number on a scale. Remember that and you'll succeed! Good work so far!

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RIDLEYRIDER 1/11/2013 7:05AM

  The weight loss will come. The good thing you are doing by kkeping the exercise schedule are worth continuing those efforts. As you feel stronger and healtheir, eating habits will improve, I'm sure.

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GHOSTFLAMES 1/11/2013 6:49AM

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MYBULLDOGS 1/11/2013 6:38AM

    Working buids muscle which weighs more than fat

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DMEYER4 1/11/2013 6:37AM

  small steps is what you should be taking,It takes time but your hard work will pay off in the end, I was always one to weight myself every day but my new years resolution is to weight myself once a week. I am not so discouraged with the daily ups and downs of the scale. I know in my heart even if I did not lose another pound, I am eating healthier and exercising every day and I will have a better life.

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BLUENOSE63 1/11/2013 6:34AM

  Actually it is true, your weight loss is slower due to the fact your body is working on turning fat into lean muscle....the lean muscle will burn the calories. Another factor, don't go at it so hard -- you need to workout and then take the next day off to give your muscles time to recover.

Your body will go into starvation mode, if you overwork it and not feed it enough protein. So double your protein intake by eating making sure everytime you eat protein you eat a carb with it.

Water is very very important as well to flush out the crud out of your system.

Hope this helps in some way

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