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Back on the horse

Sunday, January 22, 2012

So I'm back! Life is better than ever, however much more stressful. Unfortunately, I've gotten into the habit of simply cramming food into my mouth when I'm hungry and that led to gaining most of my weight back :(

I got into PA school within the last year which was surprising and exciting! I commute 2.5 hours to school, have class, then commute 2.5 hours home. That doesn't leave a lot of time for healthy choices that are not planned out, especially when my free time has been filled with studying.

A list of ways I plan on being healthier:
Walk from the train to classes vs. catching a second train (unless super late) = 2.5 miles
Fast food- Saladworks or subway= 500 calorie savings
Lunch? Pack- PBJ versus pizza and junk= 200-500 calorie savings
Train rides- study (not sleep) So I have free time to workout (hopefully 2-3x's/week)
Long 3 hour break on wed- bring gym clothes and workout for 30 minutes
Dinner- Stockpile with healthy choice & healthy snacks= bazillion calories saved over takeout

I'm really hoping this works and STAYS with me this time. I am newly back on the singles scene and want to look awesome for any potential dates that come my way, plus, it would be nice to rock a 2 piece this year.

An additional goal I have is the Lady White Rose 5K which is held in April of every year. I love this race, it is sooo stress free! All women, all ages, all speeds. I want to get under 35 minutes this year so I'd better get to running soon!

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JCDROLSHAGEN 1/22/2012 12:07PM

    Sounds like a plan. Good luck with your education. emoticon

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Forget You Biggest Loser!

Monday, March 07, 2011

So this weight-loss journey began just before Christmas. At the time I thought the only thing that mattered was losing weight. Ha, not so much anymore. My time with SP has taught me that a healthy lifestyle is the main goal, not to be a size 2.

For additional local support, I joined a biggest loser club at work. No offense, but KMA biggest loser! I have lost 15 lbs, most prior to the club. I have only lost 3 lbs since I joined in the beginning of Feb. Those numbers are horrible for a number-counting club. I feel guilty constantly that I'm not living up to the club's weight-loss goals. Finally I realized the biggest loser club has it wrong. I'm a slowest loser and PROUD!

Thanks to SP I have realized I have so many accomplishments that do not involve the scale. Things I accomplished in Feb. despite "only" losing 3 lbs:

1) No more TV marathons, I get outside now!
2) Lost one inch from my: waist, hips, arms
3) Fit into one size smaller than before, almost 2 sizes smaller!!!
4) Can now workout for over a hour without being winded or sore
5) Have WAY more energy
6) Am trying new activities, machines, and exercises, variety is the spice of life
7) Can sleep like a baby now
8) I know portion sizes, generally, without measuring every thing
9) Can determine healthy foods from unhealthy foods

AND (last but not least)

10) LOST 3 LBS! That's nothing to be ashamed of!

So sorry again, biggest loser, but FORGET YOU!
And a big thank-you to Andeenate for helping me to realize this!

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CERIUSLY 3/11/2011 6:46AM

    emoticon Took me a minute to realize what KMA is. Understanding that the number on the scale is not the number one priority, but an important side effect of living a healthy lifestyle brings such a sense of freedom! I'm glad you've found that freedom. emoticon

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UWHK8STER 3/8/2011 11:25AM

    Great job! Biggest loser is overrated, it's about all the other things you mentioned! Keep it up!

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MARVEEME 3/8/2011 10:13AM


YIPPEE! You GO girl!


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ANDEENNATE 3/7/2011 10:53PM

    WHOO HOO, GO JESS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and... #11) almost 20 pounds lost total! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSCAPALDO 3/7/2011 8:55PM

    Great Blog!!! Keep up the good work emoticon

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Finally Not Sick!

Friday, February 25, 2011

For the past week I've been incredibly tired and achy, then got a fever. It was a pretty miserable week and NOTHING got done. I pretty much slept all day every day. Not very productive.

My weigh-in showed a weight loss of over 2 lbs for the week. I'm sure that was because I haven't been eating a lot or drinking hardly anything. Hopefully this week the scales won't go in the opposite direction!

FINALLY today I'm feeling much better! I started tracking my foods again and eating like normal. I can't wait to go out and run or go to the gym and get on the elliptical or lift or anything!

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WANDA68 2/26/2011 9:52AM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better! take it easy and do ot over do it listen to your body!

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ANDEENNATE 2/26/2011 12:20AM

    Glad you are doing better. Please drink lots of water, so your not dehydrated....ya for being ready to get back to normal! emoticon

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MARVEEME 2/25/2011 9:29PM

    emoticon BACK!

I hate losing time that way, but now that it's behind you, we're still here for you!

Take it slow, but steady!


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Plateau? I don't know!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

So weigh in day. It seems what my SP experience is based around now. It was yesterday morning, got up, weighed myself, and to my disappointment 0.8 lbs were ADDED to my old weight! I wanted to run into a corner and cry. What did I do wrong?

My past week was surprisingly similar to previous weeks with one change. I was starving. I wanted to eat every and anything around me. I kinda did. But nearly every day I was within my range, my high side of the range, but my range none-the-less. There was one day that was off by 20 calories, so I didn't count that as really being "over". And one day that was off by nearly 800. Ok, so those days don't help, but really... do they mess up your hard work that much? Or.... is this a dreaded plateau I hear about?

I was just sad to see my first gain since starting SP in mid December emoticon I feel like I did something wrong. It's even worse that I joined the Biggest Loser club for work and feel like I'm disappointing them by not losing. Ugh, weight gain sucks!

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CASSIECAT 2/18/2011 8:42AM

    My weight fluctuates all the time. Keep up the good work and things will move in the right direction!

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ANDEENNATE 2/17/2011 9:22PM

    I know how hard you have been working, I am sure that you are building up muscle! Check and see if you can change your calorie ranges (you might have to increase your exercise by a few minutes a day. As a wise woman (Jess!)once told me a few weeks ago, don't worry about the stupid scale! YOU ARE AWESOME KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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CO-CREATOR 2/17/2011 9:03PM

    I hate it when the scale does that. Don't give up. Often after I see a gain, I see a big loss the next week.

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PURPLELVR7 2/17/2011 8:53PM

    I think plateaus are part of the process of losing weight. Our bodies have to adjust to the changes and sometimes it takes awhile. Before I started my journey I was at the same weight for several years.
I only step on the scale once a week - I tend to retain water so my weight can really change from day to day

Don't give up. You can do this

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TCMOSBY 2/17/2011 8:29PM

    Awwww...hang in there baby! I was stuck between 215 and 217 for several weeks and then I weighed in at 213 finally after those several weeks of fluctuation. Last week I weighed in at 211 even and then yesterday weighed in at 211.8! WTH?! What I am trying to say is that perhaps your body may bounce back and forth for a couple of weeks and then you may drop a couple of pounds. Hang in there Momma! Try changing your routine and caloric cycling. Google "caloric cycling" to get a better understanding of what it is. It has helped me in the past. Goodluck to you! HUGS!

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Sleep, eat, relax, workout, lose

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

So that's how I hear this is supposed to work. Sleep enough hours a day, eat when you're hungry and stay within your calorie range, decrease stress and relax to help speed loss, exercise to strengthen your body and the weight is supposed to roll off, and had been!

But what is supposed to happen when that routine can't happen? Some days I can't sleep enough, or at all. That leads too an off eating pattern, which leads to me eating what I can get (or binging) and going wayyyy over on calories. Then that makes me stress, which makes me tense, which makes workouts go horribly wrong. Then the weight just doesn't come off. What are you supposed to do?

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PEDNURSEMOM 2/10/2011 9:25AM

    I know what you mean. I just sleep when I can. Try to track my calories and if I eat more one day then atleast I was good most days. and I try to work out when I have time. You just do what you can when you can and hope it works out!

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CASSIECAT 2/10/2011 8:58AM

    I think I'd try to get one aspect back on track and then work on another, and so on. For example, finding an extra ten minutes for vigorous exercise might relieve some stress (as well as guilt over not exercising). Might also improve your sleep a bit, and it would be ten minutes of exercising instead of eating due to stress or whatnot. If I tried to fix it all at once I think I'd feel overwhelmed, so fix what you can and then see how you can improve all the other areas bit by bit. May even happen faster than you anticipate!

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MARVEEME 2/9/2011 11:21PM

    YO YO YO
Assuming that your are on track more often than not, persevere a little, and double check your calorie/protein intake numbers in relationship to your weight/height/age. If you've already lost weight, you may have worked your way down to a smaller calorie range needed for weight loss (opposed to maintenance). You mention a few problems and a few mistakes here, blending them up to question why weight isn't coming off. A plateau is temporary, but not if you've binged on things that threw you over your calorie range often.

If you're not getting a solid 7 hours of sleep, perhaps an additional nap will help you get it into the 24 hour period in which it belongs, or perhaps a later workout will tire you enough to fall asleep. Also, check to see if there is something in your diet that is keeping you awake (caffeine?). If you are having five 1 cup servings of fruits and vegetables every single day, and your proteins, and you're drinking all of your 8 glasses of water, then you're on track. If you're not, then you're getting too many calories from "other" not-so-good things and fell off the track somehow.

I don't mean to sound "bossy", but thought I'd offer the things I would look into if I hit the same wall. I hope some of the ideas help.

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