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Back on the Wagon Babystep Challenge!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

OK so I was very successful with Spark People when I start 3/15/07 and then the holidays hit and it was hard to maintain that lifestyle, in other words - I burned out! I have attempted to come back several times but would give up because I felt so overwhelmed.

So what is different this time? Instead of jumping in gangbusters, I am taking one step at a time - hence the babystep challenge. I am tracking my food, but only to get in the habit and the tracking itself is making me more aware without making me feel deprived, which is one of my main hang-ups. My other challenge is to do 30 minutes of cardio a day. That is it, nothing else until I have made this a daily habit. Then I will add in a reasonable amount of strength training.

My main goal is to do enough to become healthy and fit while still living the rest of my life. Before I let my food intake and exercise consume my life and that is not balanced living, which is what I want.

So I started my challenge on 9/28/09 and have 4 days so far. Hopefully I will add a reasonable amount of strength training between 10/19 & 10/26. I love how they changed the tracking on strength training on SP. I can't wait to get started - but I will!

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LUCKYDUCK2 10/1/2009 9:17PM


My "gangbusters" got busted and now I am doing this the smart way for me too. something I can live with and not struggle so hard with.

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MISSDYLANS 10/1/2009 4:57PM

    Awesome goals. Chances for success are greater when you attempt to attain two small goals over a long period of time than trying to do several goals all at once. Burnout is high.
you can do this!

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MNNICE 10/1/2009 4:53PM

    Definitely you are on the right track in setting small goals. Even drinking ONE MORE glass of water is a step in the right direction. Each tiny goal makes us feel that much better about ourself and gives us motivation to continue our quest for a healthy lifestyle! Good look - you wont' "burn out" this time!!

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DEE0973 10/1/2009 4:40PM

    Those are great and attainable goals. It good thing is you know what works and incorporated that this time. Good luck!!

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Did I really say no to cake and ice cream?

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

I really can't believe that I turned down a piece of birthday cake and ice cream. That is why I show up for birthday parties. Not really, but it sure was a BONUS! So while waiting for the goodies, I began to think that I could have those items, which I knew would not fill me up after my limited dinner OR I could go home and have some popcorn which is much healthier and filling for me. The world did not come to an end, I am not going through a mourning period and I survived.

I am really coming to terms that even though I am eating within points, there are some foods that I eat out of habit and although I like it, it is taking away valuable points that could be used on better foods. Case in point, I love those Quaker Mini Rice Cakes - Mint Delights 2 points and I would pack them in my lunch every day during the week. Doesn't matter that I was full or tight on points, I would eat them anyway. So I don't plan on buying them at this time so I can find other goodies! So far so good, although I do miss them.

I always worried about having enough food to eat so I would not have a diabetic reaction or in case of, which happened alot the first time I lost weight. Now I make sure I have enough glucose tablets and watch my medication closely so I can reduce when necessary, instead of eating. Did I mention prior to sparkpeople that I loved having reactions because it was a great excuse for a candy bar! No more.

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LUCIED83 4/7/2009 7:26PM

    Way to go! I am definitely not at the point where I can turn down cake yet. Thanks for letting me know how good it feels!

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LUCKYDUCK2 4/7/2009 3:05PM

    Thank you for inspiring me today. You are so ....on top of everything. You have such an understanding of your body and its response to different things.

I really needed to read today about walking away from one bad choice to allow for two good choices. I am struggling with wanting to throw away a brown of bars my daughter made. GRRRR.

Because of you, I will remember this when they look at me again...
one bar is worth three healthy fruits or snacks I could have that are filling for me.

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    Congratulatuions on your success. emoticon

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MUSHYMEW 4/7/2009 12:43PM

    Congrats to you on staying strong!!

I know when I am having cravings (my downfall is chocolate) that make me want to chew my own arm off....I have two back up plans:

1. Reese's Peanut Butter Puffs (it's a cereal that tastes amazing dry!)
2. Little squares of Dark Chocolate

I am a MAJOR choco-holic, so I am glad I have something to fall back on when I am on the hunt for sugar, lol!!

Keep up the great work - one day at a time!!


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Back on the wagon!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

After falling off the wagon and in fact, losing site of the wagon altogether, I am back on track. I lost 30 pounds two years ago and put nearly all of it back on and feeling all of the pain that goes with it, such as being out of breath, higher blood sugars, etc.

One thing I am learning is to take it slowly this time around. I had been pretty obsessive about my weight loss last time and did alot of exercising, which meant I could eat more of course. Of course, when I quit exercising to the extreme that I was because of winter, I forgot to eat less.....go figure! I also limited my food quite a bit and the holidays when they rolled around were NOT good to me.

I decided to join weight watchers on 2/27/09 so I would have a real live person to be held accountable to, but can't forgot sparkpeople that helped me so much so I plan on combining the two. I won't be tracking food here, only because I track through weight watchers and I really like the point system of which I have my minimum amount plus my weekly allowance, which is a lot easier for me than the calorie range because I will eat ALL of my calories! I have no idea how many calories I am eating now and prefer it that way, at least for now.

I do plan on tracking my exercise through sparkpeople, because I really like the set--up better. I did injure my leg/knees a couple of weeks ago so I am taking it real slow on the treadmill until I get "healthy" again.

I am looking forward to re-connecting with some old spark buddies and teams. emoticon

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IMANI4000 4/1/2009 10:50PM

    Glad you are back on the wagon -- looks like we both got off track. It is TOO EASY!

Hope you get some sunshine your way tomorrow!

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LUCKYDUCK2 4/1/2009 5:21PM

    Welcome back! This has been a long Winter of cabin fever for me also and some times reflects back on the scale with boredoom eating. Those old triggers sure fight back, don't they?

I hope that knee heals asap.

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Two month SP Anniversary today!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Wow! Can't believe all of the changes that have happened in the last couple of months. Where do I even start...

Well I am down 20lbs from my start weight and I am having to buy some new clothes - actually goodwill since I don't plan on being in these too long. :) I still have 41 more lbs to go to reach goal.

I am so happy with myself. Yesterday I turned down donuts that my boss bought. Before I would have "had to look" and then find a "small" one, like there really is that option. Also, this last weekend I was to a restaurant that had a buffet set-up and I only took small portions and didn't go back for seconds. I kept thinking I had to get my money's worth and it took some effort to get that out of my mind and tell myself that I was satisfied with what I had and that was good enough. I am not a garbage can and that's exactly how I would have been treating my body had I kept eating to get my money's worth!

So where am I at today:

My doctor was very pleased with my progress - I believe he said "the angels were singing". I am off my insulin and should be off another of my diabetic pills within the next 2-4 weeks. I am still on one other diabetic pill, but he also has plans to wean me off that as well as the weight comes off. He also cut my blood pressure pill in half. My BP jumped up slightly 110/70's, which was a little disconcerting since I am used to it being about 100/60's. But then I realized that once it gets back down to 100/60, I will be able to cut my dosage even more if not all together. This is so awesome, from taking a handful of pills plus shots to just 2 or 3. I can handle can my pocketbook!

I just increased my cardio from 30 minutes a day to 45 minutes. I do 30 minutes in the morning and the weather has been so beautiful that I have been taking my dog, Molly, for a walk every day, instead of getting on the treadmill (I have all winter for that). I think the vet will appreciate these morning walks for Molly too, she has appt today and I am anxious to see how she is doing. I also do 15 minutes of cardio in the evening to help with my next morning blood sugar and I try to mix it up between biking, stationary bike, walking and hopefully jump rope soon!

I do six days of strength training. I was doing three, but it was taking too long, so I divided it up to Legs/Abs three days and Arms/Chest the other three days with Mondays off and that seems to be working a lot better - only 15-20 minutes a day instead of 30-40 and the different muscle groups do get their rest days between workouts. Also, doing ST six days helps with consistency, which I find is the key to weight loss and the amount of calories to eat.

I am also seeing a difference in my boyfriend, as he sees my success, he is also succeeding - even though he won't sign up! He is the cook in the family and he is really trying to make things healthy for me and therefore for himself. I am eating more balanced meals. He still has to work on breakfast and lunch, but at least he recognizes that he needs to improve on these areas.

Current challenges are: Biggest Loser Challenge Part 2 - Go Green! & Women on a Mission Challenge, which has been a big help giving us points for staying within calorie range, drinking our water, cardio, ST and a personal goal! Both challenges are keeping me accountable! I am also doing the Tolkien Walk and I am at 270 miles or so on a 458 mile journey and that encourages to walk just a little bit more or get on the bike for just a few minutes since every mile will get me that much closer to Rivendell!

I started Stage 3 last week and am looking forward to the next 8 weeks to see what they bring.

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LOLA9882 6/27/2007 4:08PM

    Wow, that is so impressive!! Congratulations on all of your achievements! You are certainly working towards a healthier you! I can't believe the change in medication in just 2 months, that is just wonderful! Keep up the good work!

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Down 3 lbs!

Monday, April 09, 2007

First weigh in for the BLC and I am down 3 lbs from last Monday! I am down a total of 8 lbs since I started on 3/15. Not bad!

Also since 3/15 - I no longer am on insulin for my diabetes - from 17 units to zero in exactly 4 weeks. I have also reduced my glyburide in half as well!

I am eating oatmeal and whole grain cereal (TOTAL) with fruit for breakfast instead of my usual bagel. Now the bagel is limited to once a week, if even.

My goal now is trying to balance my meals with fruits and vegetables and less processed foods.

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DIETKRAZED 4/9/2007 10:40AM


WAY TO GO on your weight loss...Keep up the good work...


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MANDI427 4/9/2007 10:38AM

    Congrats on the 3 lbs! And good luck with the rest of your challenge. It sounds like you've gotten a great start.

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