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A Successful Day!

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Thank you to those who offered tips and support yesterday! I ended up having a very successful day. I stuck to what I had planned on eating, which were healthier choices, and drank plenty of water. I am feeling very proud of myself and I am ready to have another good day. After a few days of making myself eat better, I'm hoping that I will get back into the swing of doing it naturally as I was before Christmas.

On another note, I am going skiing for the first time in my life today and I'm really excited (and a little bit terrified)! We're going to a small mountain nearby so I can learn because my parents got my boyfriend and I gift cards to a bigger mountain for Christmas. So I'm in for an active day!

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DRPOOH63 1/5/2013 10:47PM

    Hope your skiing was a great experience Congrats on your good day

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GODS_TEMPLE 1/5/2013 6:43PM

    I went skiing, ONCE! Decided it wasn't for me...

Hope all your dreams of having fun came true! emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 1/5/2013 8:18AM

  Good for you! Have a fun-filled day!

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Getting a Grip

Friday, January 04, 2013

I have been having the worst time getting a grip on my eating this week. I got a taste of eating the way I used to over Christmas and I didn't gain any weight, so now I am struggling with the mentality of "I can do this while eating whatever I want". I've been working out extra hard too which is also letting me think that I can get away with eating more. And by the end of the day, I feel gross and regret my choices.

Each morning this week, I have woken up and told myself that I am going to do better today, that I will track my calories and stay within my range. I do well in the morning. I eat a healthy breakfast, drink plenty of water and tea. I do well through lunch too, but I start to lose it after that. I find myself constantly hungry and I just want to eat whatever I can get my hands on. And then I over eat at dinner. All while making excuses for myself- it's ok, I exercised today, or, I'll do better tomorrow....

So today I am determined to do better. I have enlisted the help of my brother. I have told him exactly what I am going to allow myself to eat and I have put those things into my calorie tracker. I told him to not let me eat anything else today. I need to be really strict on myself today. I need to prove to myself that I can do this, I can get back into eating healthy again.

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GODS_TEMPLE 1/4/2013 9:09PM

    I read someplace on SP, that if you are having problems, go back and find your best week and do what you did then. Eat the same food, do the same exercise. Maybe you are pushing the exercise too much right now. Step back in time a little and start again.

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DRPOOH63 1/4/2013 4:27PM

    You have done great and getting back on track is tough but remember this is a journey and this is part of that journey! emoticon Take it one day at a time and you will do great! emoticon

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RG_DFW 1/4/2013 9:16AM

    In the grand scheme, calorie control is more important than the exercise for losing the weight. Exercise is important, to be sure, but not for the weight loss but instead to make sure you don't lose muscle. It's also good for the posture, for the bones, etc, etc.

It took me months to learn that "you can't out-train a crappy diet" and I didn't lose, even though I was running an hour a day (7 days a week). It wasn't until I started calorie restriction that the pounds came melting off.

500 a day is the magic number to lose a pound a day and I learned to expect to feel a little hunger, especially at night. It's part of the process. However, the body will adapt.

Stay with it!!

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A new year and looking for some suggestions

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year everyone!!!

I think I ended 2012 pretty well losing almost 15 pounds. So now I am ready to take on 2013 and keep losing weight and continue living a healthier lifestyle. The past few days have been a little bit tough getting back on track, but today I am really going to focus and do it.

To help, I joined the January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge. Week one starts today and I am really excited to start. Especially since yesterday I went outside for a power walk/jog and I have that great feeling of my muscles being just slightly sore, a feeling that I haven't had in a while. I would like to get back out there and do it again today, however I am hesitant because when I came back inside yesterday I started to cough a lot and was wheezing for quite some time from breathing in all the cold air. It went away, but it still wasn't very fun as it was a very deep cough. Does anybody have any suggestions on how to prevent this? Does it get better over time if I just keep going out there?

Well, aside from that, I really do hope that every has a wonderful year and that we can all keep working towards and meeting our goals!

Here's to 2013!!! emoticon

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BER7506 1/2/2013 9:51PM

    I do the same thing in the colder weather, but not in the summer. If it is real bothersome, try a lifesaver or a fruit gum (nothing minty or it mixed with the cold weather will take your breath away!) But it should get better!!! Congrats on the 15lbs what a fantastic way to end 2012, you should be proud!!

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VANICIS 1/2/2013 4:00PM

    I agree with the scarf idea!! Congrats on Last Years Accomplishments!

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GODS_TEMPLE 1/1/2013 10:30PM

    A scarf is a very good idea. It might also help if you used a throat lozenge, or sugar free candy to keep your throat moistened.

I use TheraBreath mouth wetting lozenges when I exercise because several medicines I take cause dry mouth. You can get them at most drugstores and Walmart.

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    That's the answer! I was going to suggest a muff around your face and nose. See, two of us thinking the same thing ... it has to be the answer! Hope you find what works for you!!!

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OHIOSTAR58 1/1/2013 10:02AM

  Try a scarf around your face so the air is warmed a little. It might help. Not sure.

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What I'm learning from my Fitbit

Monday, December 31, 2012

I received a Fitbit Zip for Christmas. Now, almost after a week of using it, I have learned quite a bit about myself.

It is really really hard for me to reach 10,000 steps in one day!!! Yesterday, I actually got up to 11,846 and that is because I was at the mall all day. But on a regular day at home, I really had to work hard to get up to 10,000- just making extra trips to do things that could have been done in one shot or aimlessly walking around to bring the steps up. I've only done that once so far. A few other days I've gotten into the 8,000's and one day I was feeling a bit run down and I only got into the 2,000's. Again, it took a bit of making an effort to even get to 8,000 steps. I am very interested to see how I do on a work day, I'm sure it will be easier to get to the 10,000 steps.

On a positive note, I have found that it really motivates me to get moving! I want to get as close to 10,000 as possible, if not actually reach it. So when I find myself sitting around for a long period of time, I will start to think about the number of steps that I still need to take and I'll get up and move around a bit.

Here is something that confuses me about it though. My boyfriend also got a Fitbit. Yesterday he walked about half the number of steps I did and yet it said that he burned about 100 calories less than I did. So I'm confused as to how the Fitbit tracks calories because that really doesn't make sense to me. Especially since I actually worked out yesterday. We weigh about the same, but maybe men burn calories faster? It was a little bit frustrating to see that I moved so much more than he did and yet we burned almost the same amount of calories. I guess I need to do a little bit more research on this.

I am also confused as to how the Fitbit tracks exercise calories burned here on SparkPeople. I haven't done any exercise today, and yet 77 burned calories show up in my fitness tracker. I mean, I really have not moved much at all yet today. The other day, I logged on to find that my Fitbit put in 54 minutes of exercise into my tracker when I had yet to do a real workout again. So I have been removing these exercise minutes and manually putting them in as I do work out.

In the end though, I am really enjoying having my Fitbit. It's a really great way to keep me motivated to keep moving, even on a day when I'm at home and don't really have anything to do.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/31/2012 4:17PM


if she's only "burned" 77 calories today, it cannot be overall burn or BMR. It must just be activity.

If overall burn or BMR were in there it would have been much much higher than 77, unless she's a yoga swami or Buddhist monk with the ability to put herself into suspended animation via mediation. LOL

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GERIKRAGH 12/31/2012 1:33PM

    Got my Zip for Chrisrmas too. Have not reached 2000steps yet!

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/31/2012 12:47PM

    I'm not certain what "burn" represents on a fitbit, but males burn more calories than women on average just staying alive. So are you talking about BMR + activity or just activity or what?

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LAMARY9 12/31/2012 12:14PM

    I got the Zip for Christmas too and this is my second day using it. I am still a bit confused by its tracking. I am sure it will get better.

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LIFE-FAITH 12/31/2012 11:56AM

    Thank you for sharing your info on fitbit - I am ordering mine today - I cannot wait to use it!

Best of luck in the Jan Challenge.

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I did it!!!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I almost can't believe this, but I actually maintained my weight over the past week! I didn't gain anything!!!!! But I didn't really just maintain, I actually lost 0.7 pounds- almost a whole pound. I really am in shock because I was feeling so bloated and heavy the last few days, I thought for sure that I had to have put on some weight.

0.7 pounds may not seem like much, but that is the biggest confidence boost I think I could have ever gotten. I can enjoy the holidays and even overindulge a bit, but as long as I make up for it with extra exercise, I don't have to worry. I don't have to beat myself up over not sticking with my diet plan.

I feel so amazing about this and I just wanted to share it with all of you!

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EVEMG12 1/2/2013 11:57AM

    That's awesome! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 12/31/2012 12:57AM

    emoticon emoticon Keep up the good work!

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DRPOOH63 12/30/2012 9:50PM

    emoticon Great job I know you were concerned!

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RG_DFW 12/30/2012 11:23AM

    Good deal!

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LCKAFF 12/30/2012 9:11AM

    That is great! You did a great thing, and are an inspiration. I am going to go walk to see if I can offset the crab dip I just ate. emoticon

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