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I dropped off the face of the earth

Thursday, October 25, 2012

First my college roommate dies suddenly, then my dad died slowly. It has been a rough 96 days away and I have gained 18 pounds.
A few days ago, I ran into someone who had lost 50 pounds in 4 months. I couldn't believe the change. He told me it was due to Herbalife and wouldn't you know it, he was a distributor. So now I am on day one of the Herbalife diet, but am already eating too little. I am supposed to eat 1399 calories a day and that just seems like a tremendous amount of food in addition to the two shakes. I don't know how to do it right without overeating. I need it written out for me, I guess, so there is no wiggle room.
Am walking to the gym three times a week with my husband, lifting weights there, and walking home.
I'd appreciate it if anyone has any advice regarding Herbalife.

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EBURGITE 10/26/2012 11:56AM

    i'm so sorry for you losses. that's tough. emoticon
when i started sp, i realized i knew how to over eat, and i knew how to under eat, but i didn't know how to eat for health and life. so, that has been my goal throughout this process. discovering what "just right" eating looks like for me.
from my perspective, imho, using shakes can be a temporary solution to a life-long problem. it may be a bandaid for a while, but if you don't "heal" the injury, it'll continue to be a pain. you might lose 20 lb, but you still haven't learned how to eat. so, i would just urge caution.

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TEACHFIRST268 10/25/2012 6:44PM

    I know nothing about it, but first of all, I'm so sorry for your recent losses. I can't imagine going through all of that and how hard it must have been (and continue to be!)

Secondly, welcome back! Like I said, I know nothing about it - but hope you find success with it!

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VENISEW1 10/25/2012 6:42PM

    Way to go on the walking to the gym w/your dh & lifting weights. Not too sure about herbalife but sparkpeople has great meal suggestions and tracking. Binge eating is a tough one for me to control. Best wishes on your success!

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Back in the saddle again!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Today I felt much better, so I rode Pearl emoticon downtown and back. I also rode her around the neighborhood a little later when I had time. Weather permitting, I plan to ride every day this week.

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TEACHFIRST268 7/23/2012 8:00PM

    Good for you! Keep up the great work!

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EBURGITE 7/22/2012 12:06AM

i did a 12 mile ride yesterday...6 of it up hill, into 20-30 mph winds, with even stronger gusts. it wasn't fun! hope your weather is more cooperative. emoticon

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M2HEALTH 7/21/2012 5:15PM

    emoticon Have a fun ride!!

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Stomach Flu

Friday, July 20, 2012

This is day 2 of the flu. Yesterday I slept or went to the bathroom. Today, I tried to venture to the Harris Teeter, but they called my husband to come get me cuz I was about to fall out.
I am not tracking what I eat but it is not much. My husband is making me drink Gatorade.
Poor Pearl, the new bike, sits waiting. It has been raining, too, so I wouldn't have been able to ride her. Maybe tomorrow things will come together.
For now, I have lost a measly pound since June 30. I choose to attribute it to the bike and not the flu, but I'll take it from wherever it comes.

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    stinks to be sick in the summer. rest and drink all you can. an old fashioned country dr told my mom when i was little; after throwing up wait four hours to drink anything. then it was maybe ginger ale with the bubble stirred out or some tea. then wait four hours if you keep the drink down. then try some tea and toast or crackers. believe it or not it is usually by this time you are through the worst of it and then next meal time you can eat some oatmeal for breakfast or a light sandwich for other meals. never lasts longer than 24 hours for me personally doing it this way. used to be a saying feed a cold - starve a fever.

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About Pearl

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hurricane Irene decimated my bicycle last year. The replacement parts have been on back order since then, so my husband took me to Tarjay yesterday and let me pick out a new bicycle! It is a Schwinn with ample seating and handle bars which can be adjusted upright. Pearl came with a matching helmet and was reasonably priced. With my mountain bike, I had the problem of my hands falling asleep because of all the weight I rested on them on the flat handlebars. Not so with Pearl. I sit upright and ride. I have already taken her out twice. Once downtown with my husband and two of the five boys (I know, 5 BOYS), and once to my therapist's office and back. She was pleased to meet Pearl.
After my husband gets home from work, we are going on another family bike ride. Maybe Pearl has been the missing link. I am going to try to ride her at least once every day, track my food daily, and hope for the best!!!

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CATHOLICCORGI 7/22/2012 10:45AM

I have a nice Schwinn, too, that is just a cruising bike. I haven't ridden it in two years! Thanks for the inspiration! When this heat gets less, I am going to ride!
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EBURGITE 7/18/2012 7:56PM

    emoticon for emoticon. sounds like fun!

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PATSYB7 7/17/2012 4:09PM

    I have the same problem with my hands falling asleep. Thanks for the tip. I may have a new bike in my future! Keep up the good work! :O) Patti

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IBSFOSTER 7/17/2012 2:38PM

  The way this bike is designed, the knees and belly do not touch. Trust me, if mine don't, yours won't. It adjusts several ways.

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TEACHFIRST268 7/17/2012 2:24PM

    This is awesome! What a great way to get some activity in - and spending family time to boot! Good for you!

I've been thinking about getting a bike for some time now, but have shied away because 1. I'm afraid I'd be bumping my belly with my legs, and 2. I haven't ridden one in 20 or so years!

I've made some progress in my weight loss goals, maybe the legs whacking into the belly won't be so bad...next time I'm in Target maybe I'll brave it and sit one one to see how it feels... baby steps! haha!

Thanks for inspiring me!

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CHRISBEM 7/17/2012 2:21PM

    I need to get out too! Thanks for the idea!

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Definitely not starving anymore

Sunday, July 15, 2012

For the last week I have increased my caloric intake from 800-1000 to 1200-1400. I expected the weight to come pouring off like hot butter from a steaming corn cob. But it hasn't worked out that way. I still remain over 200 pounds. I can blame it on that time of the month, perhaps, but I was reading someone else's blog (one of the Motivator of the Days) who had a very slow metabolism. She was losing like .2 pounds a week until she got serious about the fitness aspect of this journey. Then she started losing weight at a greater rate. And that is what it boils down to for me, I think, now. I need to start walking the walk every day if I want to see some real results and the fact that I am only sporadically/rarely doing so means I have another head game to deal with. Part of me wants to keep the fat on and I have to out-wit it. Any suggestions on how to restart/get back on track with exercise? If I can get the food and the fitness on the right track at the right time, maybe I can see some results!

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EBURGITE 7/16/2012 9:33PM

    walking is a great start. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
tever you choose to do, be sure you enjoy it. dancing is fun. you can try bike riding or swimming. i have a fitness trampoline and it's really easy on the joints, but gets your heart pumping. there are lots of videos on spark people to sample.
when i started, i just did ten minutes a day. it was all i could do, but i tracked it and kept plugging along. i started with barely walking 1/4 mile, and i actually ran 2-1/2 miles the other day. i never thought that would happen, but if i'd have tried it last year, i'd have given up. be careful to not jump in too energetically, 'cuz you'll burn out, or potentially injure yourself. slow and steady wins the race. stretching after exercise makes a HUGE difference, too, so be sure to do that.
the other thing to do is track exercise calories, and be sure you're still in your range.
there's so much to learn, and if we can look at this as life-long learning, it will be easier.

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TEACHFIRST268 7/16/2012 10:16AM

    Yes, adding some activity will definitely help! I agree with AMPROSKE1, a walk a day will make a big difference! Not just physically, but mentally as well. It may be a HUGE STRUGGLE to get out there, but once you've finished - it's a great feeling of pride and accomplishment. Now that you're getting a handle on your food intake, make a commitment for walking days. Even start with 3 or 4 days a week for 15 min, then build upon that. Mark it on your calendar to keep track of your progress so you have that visual, as well. Track it for a week or two and see how this, in combination with your better eating habits, affects your weigh in. (o: You can do it!

Believe me, I feel your frustration - progress has been painfully slow for me lately. It came off quicker in the beginning, now...not so much. And though I whine and complain about it - venting my own frustrations in my blog - I'm not going to give up. If I give up, then I definitely won't reach my goals. HAVE to keep trying because I don't want to go back to where I was.

Hang in there - you can do this!


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AMPROSKE1 7/15/2012 4:15PM

    Just tell yourself to go for a walk everyday. Walking seems like nothing but it is better than nothing and it is easy. Reward yourself for sticking with walking (or any other exercise) for X days, non-food rewards of course. Small changes can make a big difference. Good luck! emoticon

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