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Redemption!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

I've had a tough weekend motivationally speaking. I haven't exactly stuck to my eating plan. I was extremely tired and lazy today, even laid down on the couch and ended up taking about a 90 minute nap. BUT WAIT! I woke up and something inside me forced me to get up off the couch and move! I just finished 30 minutes of cardio dance followed up with a 30 minute walk outside. I feel my mojo coming back!

  
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LORIVIOLA 4/14/2013 9:28PM

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Rambling thoughts of the day...

Friday, April 12, 2013

I re-started my weight loss attempts again on 3/4/13. I'm down 16 lbs so far---hooray! But, I feel this emotional pull trying to drag me backwards today. I am so psyched and proud of how far I've come in approx. 5 weeks but it takes so very little to derail me. I've been trying low carb days on Tuesday and Thursday. 7 days of low carb a week is not for me but I thought maybe 2 days a week would be just the boost I need to keep myself on track with my 2 lb/wk goal. Well, it hasn't panned out as I thought. For all the success stories I hear from others, either my scale shows I weigh exactly the same the day after a low carb day (even though I usually lose SOMETHING the rest of the days) or I actually go up as much as a half pound! Now, before everyone dissects my eating on low carb days, let me first just say I don't actually "count" carbs on my low carb days. I eat the same number of meals--usually fewer than my normal 1450 calories per day--but the difference is I try to make sure everything I eat that day has 5 g. of carbs or less. I'm not eating 2 lbs of bacon and half a pound of cheese either! I workout at least 45 minutes every day. I'm proud of where I'm at. I'm already 1/3 of the way to my goal in the first month basically. But, we had a potluck at work today after I stepped on the scale and saw it went up half a pound and let's just say it probably went up another half a pound by now! I think I did pretty good though. I definitely had way more calories than I have been but not nearly as many as I once did. I actually was able to stop eating all the goodies once I was full, but in the past I would've kept eating because it was "a special occasion". Funny. I have "special occasions" way more often than I realized! That's probably why I gained so much. Have a bad day at work? Stop at Culver's and treat yourself to a butter burger and onion rings. Have a great day at work? Stop at Culver's to celebrate with a butter burger and onion rings! I am far more an emotional eater and creature of habit than I realized. Today was a milestone being able to walk away from the food once I was full. Tonight...I'm craving things and I'm falling into the old broken record bit again. "Self, you already kinda blew it at work with the whole potluck thing. Might as well go the distance and tip the fridge into your wide open mouth! We can start over tomorrow...." Anybody else ever said that???

  
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JO88BAKO 4/12/2013 11:21PM

    Oh ya, a thousand times. Now I try one good choice at a time. You can do it

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Goodbye Health-o-meter...Hello Weight Watchers!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Okay, let me begin by saying I've always enjoyed a little chuckle at the expense of those people who make such a big production about "the weigh-in". Should I be naked? Should I weigh in at night or the morning? Should my hair be wet or dry? Should I go to the bathroom first? LOL! My fiance and I have long been wondering if there is something wrong with our scale and before you start laughing at ME, it's NOT just because the scale doesn't say what we want it to. (In fact, we're both a little nervous that we're gonna get our new scale and find out we're actually heavier than we thought!) We've both noticed that we can step on the scale 3 or 4 times in the span of a few minutes and get a different reading each time. It's a digital health-o-meter scale that weights "accurately" to .2 lbs. The other day, I stepped on it 3 times---due to the fact that my weight had evidently gone UP 2 lbs in 24 hours despite keeping religiously to my plan--then the 4th time I stepped on it in disbelief, I suddenly dropped 1 1/2 lbs! We thought maybe it was just going bad so I started looking online for a better one and saw dozens of reviews from people having the same problem as us. In some cases, the readings varied by as much as 5-10 lbs! And it didn't matter which model or how expensive it was, accuracy was clearly a problem. So......I have a weight watchers scale on the way that is supposed to be accurate to .1 lbs up to 400 lbs. I figure if I'm gonna invest my time and energy in this process, I need accurate feedback on how I'm doing!

  
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NOW2DAY 3/22/2013 8:34PM

    Best time to weigh is in the morning after going to the bathroom. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Just curious...has anyone ever died from Zumba?

Monday, March 18, 2013

OMG! If I don't drop some poundage after that, nothing will help me!!!

  
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NEEDBU66 3/20/2013 3:57PM

    Had to laugh!

But we have runners pass away every year while in a race, sooooo......



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BMCKEOW1 3/20/2013 12:17PM

    When I first started Zumba I thought I would die. I had a intense teacher, now she's my favorite and the others just don't compare. I know I'm going to get a killer workout from her and Zumba. Just remember the weight isn't the only thing going on with Zumba, I'm discovering although there is still plenty of fluff around my abs, more then I like, but there are some muscles there. They are enjoying Zumba. Keep up the great work.

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CLAYARTIST 3/18/2013 9:54PM

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CHICKPEA23 3/18/2013 9:38PM

    Sounds like it was quite a class! I do find that some instructors are better than others at meeting people at their level and offering adaptations to different moves. I squeezed myself into a very crowded class last Saturday and kept running into the punching bag in the corner.... oof. Maybe Zumba comes with some occupational hazards :) I hope you give it some more tries! It's great once you become more familiar with the dances!
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Just a little over 4 months to go...

Sunday, March 17, 2013

I have just a little over 4 months to go till our wedding day and lots of weight to lose. I've decided to tackle this from a different angle since the "big picture" view of wanting to lose 40+ pounds by July has just been too overwhelming and too far in the future (or so it seemed!) to feel relevant right now at this moment. Instead, I've decided to focus on the smaller goal of 2 lbs per week. It seems more do-able to say I can lose 2 lbs by Friday and it feels more relevant to my current food and exercise choices when I think about needing to lose by next Friday rather than July. I'm keeping my calories to 1450 or less and the goal is 60 minutes of exercise a day, although in all honesty sometimes that part is a challenge since I had two foot surgeries last year and sometimes it gets too painful. But I definitely get at least 30 minutes in...it's just the 2nd 30 that can be hit or miss.

  
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I_M_SHRINKING 3/17/2013 10:09PM

    @Akathleen54--Thanks for the advice on chair cardio--I definitely will check that out. @Mybulldogs--that's very impressive weight loss for both you and your sister--congratulations! I hope to get back to a day where I can walk 15000 steps a day (I used to walk an hour a day on weekdays and 2 hours a day on weekends) because I know the power of walking when it comes to weight loss!

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AKATHLEEN54 3/17/2013 9:42PM

    You have the right idea of focusing on small goals rather than looking at the "end". Take one day at a time. Give every day your absolute best with your food plan. If you can't always walk because of your foot pain, there are other alternative exercises you can do for cardio fitness. Check out some of the Spark videos for chair cardio etc. .... you will still be burning calories and that's what it's all about!! Good luck!

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MYBULLDOGS 3/17/2013 9:30PM

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i have not gained a pound in over a year.

i gave up sugar and grain products and lost 44 pounds at age 61.

my sister lost 105 pounds at age 63 by walking 15000 steps a day and has not gained a pound back either in over a year

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