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Feeling Stagnant

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Last week, my weight was really falling off easily and quickly. I lost 6 pounds that first week! This week I have not lost any weight yet. I do check my weigh every day, at the same time. I enjoyed the instant feedback that I got from doing that last week. Maybe I should stop doing that since I know the weight is going to slow down and come off at a more steady pace? Last week I was so excited to see the weight coming off, but now that it's been the same for three days, it feels discouraging. I need to remind myself that the weight is going to be coming off slower now.

But I am also feeling bloated and sluggish (that time of the month......) I really need to push myself to feel motivated to keep working out and eating the right things. Gotta keep the goals in mind. Especially since I will be having two Thanksgiving dinners this week! (One at my parent's house Friday and one at my boyfriend's house Thursday) Definitely will be keeping portion sizes in mind over the next few days!!

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RG_DFW 11/21/2012 12:12PM

    Dont' get discouraged. Your weight will fluctuate but what you're interested in is the trendline of the weight over time. Just keep going and doing the things that are right and you will get there.

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CAGMUAHFO2 11/21/2012 9:21AM

    I would go to weighing just once a week now since the weight loss is going to slow down. You don't want to get discouraged. Youre doing an amazing job and you want to keep it up!!

Good luck with all the meals. Portion control is the only way to keep everything in check.

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SQUIRRELLYONE 11/21/2012 9:21AM

    Weighing in every day has never been something I've done. I prefer to weigh in once a week. Daily fluctuations can be very frustrating. On average you probably won't lose more than 1-2lbs a week (good job on your first week, though!), so don't get discourage. Just keep swimming (as Dorie would say!)

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Long day of work

Monday, November 19, 2012

First, I'll just start by saying that my first weekend was a success, as was my first week overall of my weight loss plan! Hooray!!!

Today was the first full day of work that I had since beginning my weight loss, and it was a long day. Not a bad day, but it was long. I subbed in a special education classroom and then after work I tutored. So I am finally back home and I'm a little tired.

I ate well today. Being out of the house took away the option to snack during the day. Now I have to resist the urge I have to go and get a big snack (or two) like I usually would because I know I will be eating dinner soon.

I also have to motivate myself to fit in a workout now. I am absolutely NOT a morning person, so waking up any earlier than I have to to exercise before getting ready for work is just not going to happen. That leaves me with right now. Again, my usual habit would be to sit on the sofa, watch TV, and eat snacks until I ate dinner. So I will remind myself of my goals and how badly I want to reach them and I will exercise now instead. I have to keep my motivation up!

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ONMYWEIGH60 11/19/2012 6:27PM

    emoticon emoticon
You deserve to be kind to yourself.
You have had an awesome week and now you can continue on to having an awesome month.

All the best in reaching your goals.


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Gearing up for the Weekend

Saturday, November 17, 2012

So this is my first weekend that I am eating better and working towards losing weight. All week, I haven't gone into work, so it was easy being able to exercise on my own schedule and eat what wanted and when I needed to.

I usually spend my weekends at my boyfriend's house. And it is never stocked with healthy food options and dinners on the weekends are almost always take-out. Furthermore, my boyfriend doesn't really tend to eat during the day. He'll eat breakfast and then be good all the way until dinner. I can never last that long and I always end up eating some kind of junk food to hold me over.

In the past, I've used the weekends as "cheat" days to my diets and exercise routines. And then the weekends turn into the rest of the weeks. I cannot think like that anymore, the weekend days are just as important to any other day in my journey to getting healthy.

So, this weekend, I am going to get my workout done before heading over and I am going to bring some yogurt and an apple with me to help resist the just food. And when his family orders take-out, I'll go for the healthier options and eat smaller portions. I'm working hard to resist the temptations of the weekend!

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GOLFGMA 11/20/2012 3:58PM

    You can do it and maybe boyfriend's family will order healthier take out food for you once you prove you can stick to the healthier choices. emoticon emoticon

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 11/17/2012 10:21AM

    emoticon You have a plan! That's what it takes!!

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CSDAYS 11/17/2012 9:42AM

    Keep at it!

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I Deserve....

Friday, November 16, 2012

I deserve to reach my goals.
I deserve to be healthy.
I deserve to be fit.
I deserve to be happy.
I deserve to feel beautiful.
I deserve to feel confident.
I deserve to not feel the need to hide my body.
I deserve to enjoy clothes shopping again.

I will work hard and earn the things that I deserve. I will treat my body right. I can make it happen!

What do you deserve?

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GOLFGMA 11/17/2012 8:16AM

    We deserve any and all things we are willing to work to achieve! emoticon

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MOLLZ007 11/16/2012 11:36AM

    Great attitude!! emoticon

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SUNSHINE99999 11/16/2012 9:32AM

  Wow, lots of positive thoughts so keep them going for you do deserve the best. emoticon

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SEESKO 11/16/2012 9:27AM

    You are right you do deserve all those things and more. Keep up the great work and attitude.

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Dealing with Hunger and Boredom

Thursday, November 15, 2012

After working on my weight loss for a few days, I can see that boredom and being hungry are going to be some of my biggest challenges. I am a substitute teacher, so I do not have a set work schedule- I go into work when I am called in. This week and next week will be slow for work because of days off and the holiday, so I have been doing a whole lot of sitting at home.

I try to keep myself occupied on these days off. I have been filling in more of that time with exercise (which was something I almost never did before), and I do some things around the house. But I can't exercise all day and there is still a lot of time that I am bored. I had gotten into the terrible habit of always getting a snack to eat while watching TV. So now when I put the TV on, I get hungry.

I am not trying to starve myself. I am trying to eat small meals throughout the day, keeping track of the calories. I am also trying to choose things that will fill me up and last and I am drinking plenty of water to help fill me up as well. But I am still hungry throughout the day. I know I have to give my stomach a chance to shrink, but I have found myself constantly thinking about food when I have little to do.

Does anybody have any tricks on dealing with hunger when bored? I have heard different things about chewing gum- some people think that it's a good way to get that desire to chew something fulfilled while not actually eating anything, and then I've heard others say that it tricks your stomach into thinking that food is coming which will make you hungry. Maybe I'll give it a shot. I also think that I should find something to keep my hands occupied while watching TV to help keep my mind from food. Any other suggestions?

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GOLFGMA 11/16/2012 7:51AM

    I take a glass of water to the TV or computer and drink. It fills me most times and if not maybe do a little exercise while watching TV. Keep the dumbbells handy and do bicep curls , dumbbell side bends etc. emoticon

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DRPOOH63 11/16/2012 7:29AM

    Great ideas. I started knitting to keep my hands busy as well as doing word games and there always sparkpeople!

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ZULAIKAH 11/15/2012 10:42AM

    A few things I do to keep busy:

1. Cut and organize coupons / check ads for items on sale (healthy snack items are a plus)
2. Research new craft ideas (I try to make a craft with my daughter once a week) - you could find new ideas on Pinterest to use with students in the future.
3. Doing a crossword puzzle, word find, etc.
4. Planning meals (including snacks) ahead of time and following a schedule.
5. Just having a snack - and working it off :)

Good luck!

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SDLEE514 11/15/2012 10:06AM

    I agree with cheetara, doing your nails while watching tv is one of the best ways I've cut back on snacking while watching tv. I also happen to have a hobby, making jewelry, that I do. Is there something like that you've wanted to try?

I like to have a mint rather than gum...it can curb any cravings for awhile. or, brush your teeth. also, it sounds like you're already trying, but I find eating many small meals through the day, like every 2 hours helps curb hunger. that way you can have a little snack or whatever, and if you find yourself getting hungry again, i'm like well, I can hold off for only another hour or whatever.


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CHEETARA79 11/15/2012 9:55AM

    Ok. How about getting out of the house and away from the snacks? You could go to the library, the park, a museum, the mall, etc.

Sometimes when I feel snack-y, I like to do my nails. It takes a good long time and I cannot possibly eat with wet nailpolish on my hands. But it is a good activity to do in front of the TV.

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