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Summer Challenge Week 1

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Yesterday I completed Week 1 of the Summer Challenge and I feel so good!! It is a great feeling to see that scale drop from week to week. I will confess, I did skip out on exercising 2 days this week but my body felt like it needed rest. It seems like my body is able to grow stronger and I think resting is something your body needs. I also did really well with my food intake and tracking everything I eat. Even when I do splurge, (which I have only had one bad meal all week...improvement) I track it all. It helps me see how many calories I eat weekly which makes a big difference. It is not just about day to day calorie intake.

I feel like I have a new outlook on how I eat now. I am not sure what has triggered it but I almost feel like a different person. Hope it sticks around for a while...well forever!

Next week's challenge is water intake and interval training! I will post my progress again next week :)

Start weight: 195.2
Week 1: 193.8



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I will confess this is probably the hardest thing that I deal with on a daily basis...PORTION CONTROL!!! I love food, like almost more than anything. I know this has led to the problems of being overweight I have today. I can sit there and say I am going to eat my whole wheat and turkey sandwich and grapes, but then eat whatever else I can get my hands on.

I have a hard time controlling how much I eat and I realize this. Now what is the next step? Where do I go from here? Any suggestions? Maybe someone out there has been through this also? I have definitely cut back but still having a hard time with this.

Suggestions please :)

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CAMAEL100 7/6/2012 5:33PM

    I try to ask myself if I am really still hungry when finished the sandwich. This works but not for the past few days when I seem to be eating everything I can lay my hands on!!! The trick is to only eat when hungry and not to listen to false hunger. There is a lot of good advice on the binge free for life team.

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NATARSHAD 5/16/2012 10:09AM

    I struggle with overeating as well. I also struggle with emotional/mindless eating. I eat when I'm stressed, bored, excited, etc. The smaller plate method works for me as well as using measuring cups. I will be investing in a food scale soon to help out as well. Try to drink water before and after planned portions to fill you up.

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JEANNIE_410 5/15/2012 2:03PM

  Thanks ladies!! I will try these things to help me! emoticon

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ALPINESALLIE 5/15/2012 1:45PM

    Definitely get the food scale... it helped me SO much to realize where i was selling myself short on certain things.....

On the other hand, if you're into portions as much as I am - give yourself breaks on things.... anything leafy and green - you can have UNLIMITED of, so go crazy on those things... I LOVE myself a HEAPING salad and I go crazy on those things.... also complex carbs, they keep you full longer... so oatmeal, whole wheat things.. you get my drift.....

Another thing I (try to) do is use smaller plates. If I use big plates or bowls in my house, I tend to portion out WAY TOO much for me... so using smaller plates kinda tends to help and gives the illusion I'm still eating a good serving....

Hope that helps! You are awesome and good luck!

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SHRINKING_SARA 5/15/2012 1:13PM

    If you know you overeat--force yourself to measure out portions. Get a food scale. I personally have three sizes of ziploc bags in my house.

When you buy a snack you like--force yourself to measure out individual portions into the bags. That way you have to take another step to overeat and take another portion.

Do the same with your dinner. Use measuring cups to get exact servings down. By doing this -- even if you go back for another serving, it helps to keep you from gobbling down everything in the bag/box/bowl.

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Time to get back on track!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy Monday everyone!

So I have really been struggling with being consistent the past 2 weeks, eating and working out. I have been discouraged by my size 0 mother-in-law who is always on a "diet" and runs a few miles a day. I really do love her to death but she does not understand that it is harder for some people to lose weight. Sorry..small rant. Some people are blessed and some people are like myself, work hard for little progress!

So I am starting out today on a better note with Jillian Michaels tonight and trying to eat better this week. I will do this and look good for my body, not having to be a zero and still look good! Cannot wait to see the finished product but going to continue loving life in the meantime.

Hope everyone is having a great week so far and hope it continues well emoticon

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JEANNIE_410 5/14/2012 4:29PM

  Thanks so much! Trying to stay positive!

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ALYNNSELLNER 5/14/2012 4:17PM

    when i get like that i try to remember that time is passing whether i'm working out and eating right or not. so why not let the time pass and be more happy about it by working out, eating right, and watching the scale go down! it's hard for me on the weekends especially but i'm trying to get better at that. sounds like you have a great attitude and i hope you have a great week!

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Let's start with 5

Friday, April 06, 2012

I was just reading over some message boards and saw my weight ticker. What I noticed is how far I have to go to reach my goal weight. I understand I only started a month ago but it is almost disturbing of how long I have left.

Then I realized other people's tickers...some have not lost any because they are very new, some have lost some weight (same position as me), and some are almost at their goal weight! So why do we look at the numbers and have tickers and get discouraged?? Look around and find someone who is close to their goal weight and take their story as encouragement. We have so much to be thankful for so let us work together to make this happen.

Let's start with 5. Just 5 pounds, don't look at your ticker. Focus on your food and exercise. Remember you are here to encourage and be encouraged. It will be much easier taking it 5 pounds at a time. I am so close to my 5 about you?

I am looking forward to working 5 pounds at a time because I do get discouraged seeing the big picture.


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ISMEME 4/11/2012 9:54AM

    I do the same thing with looking at other's success and getting discouraged sometimes. Great way to view it though. Gives me a new perspective to think about. Thank you.

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MYSTERIAS 4/6/2012 7:24PM

    I love the message - Celebrate the small things!

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Almost two pounds down this week!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Yepp, that's right! Almost two pounds this week..

I love seeing the scale move. A total weight loss of 6 pounds since the beginning of my weight-loss journey even before SparkPeople. I cannot wait to see that number get even lower!

Now I have to focus on my cardio this week...30 minutes every day. I can do it! Just have to put my mind to it!

Wonder what the scale will say next week after my goal?? I will just have to wait and see...

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JUNA89 4/3/2012 10:47AM

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