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Assess, Address, and Accomplish

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

A week ago...I was 3.3 lbs heavier

The week before that, I permitted myself to have cupcakes. Plural.

The cupcakes were good. But they weren't worth 3.3 lbs more on the scale. They aren't vegan. They aren't gluten free (or just one of those options). It was fine to support a new local business. But the fun ride ended. An occasional celebration is okay.

So what did I do? A couple things. My knee has a dull pain, which caused me to be overly cautious on fitness. My SP calories burned was too high, therefore my caloric range was too high.

I told SP I wasn't doing any type of fitness. I determined my basal metabolic rate (SP does include this in part of their equation, I am sure of it). Your basal metabolic rate tells you what you burn calorically if you sit in bed all day. I reduced my intake from that number by 200-300 calories/day (which was the lower end of my caloric range on SP).

The result? Even without exercise (but sitting in a house without A/C) and pushing lots of ice water with lemon...and NO cupcakes...I lost the weight I gained plus .4 lbs.

This does not resolve my need to get back to PT/ST, but it did resolve the gain that made me want to emoticon

How does this help other Sparkers? Well, if you have a physical limitation...find out your basal metabolic rate, then do what I did...consume mostly water for beverages...and I would hope you would find yourself losing even during that time where you could not do what you could.

I am so relieved to understand and know this to do my part in maintenance mode. I know I must constantly be on watch and observe. Bad surprises are not good!

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FITQUIZ 6/6/2011 12:59AM



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    Congrats for learning the way to be able to consume cupcakes and then lose the weight. I need to do that daily.

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BLC 16 - Halfway There Thoughts

Monday, May 30, 2011

So about halfway I where I want to be? I think many days I am front and center. But some days, I allow something that I should not. I don't want to sit and say 'you can't have this or that'. There are some things I just won't have. Ever again. I look at nutrient values on things all the time and some things make me put it down right away. I am satisfied with a lot less than I used to, so I am happy with that transformation. I think that my trying vegan/gf has made a difference. Because there are so many additives (on the days I behave) that I won't choose and therefore a lot of things are gone baby gone. But then I say 'hey corn chips those are allowed' but then I have to read the label to see a serving.

This is the best time for so much amazing fruit and veggies. Best time of year! I am grateful. I am pleased that I pointed out to my team what I would do to fix my gain and I am doing it and I hope that I will not have just lost that gain but a little more. We'll see.

I would love to lose more body fat, but I need that focus each day of ST/PT to make it happen. I can wear a 6 and some things are okay but then sometimes an 8 is better. I'd rather put a little more heat under my rear to stay committed and make the size 6 comfortable all the time.

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BRIDGIE1028 5/30/2011 9:09PM

    Again, I'm so impressed with you Julie. You're an inspiration!

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DAS92687 5/30/2011 6:50PM

    Julie, Sounds like you have a really balanced way of looking at nutrition. And, .... Thanks to you I tried beets this round ;-)

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MACKANDME 5/30/2011 6:38PM

    Mmmm, corn chips. And chili, and cheese. I have not had any of that in a long long time. Eating clean(er) is tough sometimes, true. But it just feels better, doesn't it?
And I would love to be in an 8. You rock!

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BLC 16 - NOW blog

Sunday, May 29, 2011

What bad habits do you have that are keeping you from your goals?
Snacking, letting myself have a treat after weigh in

What can you do to break these bad habits?
Stop the madness!

Are you WHERE you wanted to be?
In retrospect, I have been a few lbs from goal. I have a cranky knee and I am trying to figure things out. I know this isn't a great answer...but if I can stay a few lbs (and by that I do not mean 10 lbs) then I am okay. Not great.

What are your goals to Finish STRONG?
Avoid the cupcake shop!

What's your plan?
Track track track

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    Well put

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The Knee Bone's Connected to the...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Who knows. I am not a doctor, I do not play one on TV, and I am at a loss. Julie...stop complaining about your knee! How can I not think about it? I bothers me. I bothers me. I do ST and bothers me. My husband seems to think I should go back and they could potentially clean the knee out. I have fluid on the knee. I know it. I see the puffy spot.

I have concerns that the doc will tell me I am getting older, that a little discomfort (but not ouch I can't make it up and down the stairs, or drive because it hurts, or this and that because it hurts) is okay. Suck it up. Take your ibuprofen (I do not think taking it daily for an extended period is okay for my body.

I don't know if I should just take up walking. I fear if I cannot challenge myself then I'll just be stuck staying under 'x' calories but not as fit as I could be.


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    You know the difference between sore and pain. If it is constant go to the doctor - however if your doctor tells you you are getting old - deal with --tell him I was your patient now you deal with that.

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CAROLCRC 5/26/2011 8:05AM

    Absolutely you don't want to be taking ibuprofen on a daily basis. It's not safe - can really do a number on your stomach.

If your doctor dismisses this as normal aging you need to find a different doctor who will understand that you are an active person and work with you to maintain that. Once they get it, doc's are usually so happy to have someone who is being pro-active about their health to work with that they really try hard to make it work for you. Most of the doc's I know just get fed up with people who won't do anything to improve their health status but want the doc to 'fix' them.

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MK_MONKEYTOES 5/25/2011 10:51PM

    Hiya~ I am an athletic trainer and though it is impossible for me to tell you anything great about what is wrong with your knee I will tell you any doctor worth his/her degree will not disregard a highly active person who has actual swelling in one knee (or both even) as just getting old. I also don't know how your insurance works but if you have to start with your primary care and they dismiss you OR you feel that you don't have a good answer, TELL them you want a referral to an Orthopedic doctor. This is YOUR body and YOU have to take control of its health care. Make sure you have written down BEFORE going to any doc ALL of your symptoms, what makes it worse, what makes it better, what you have tried, how it responded.

Knees are complicated because there are so many components that can go wrong and they mimic each other (ie, pain, swelling). If I was in person I could tell you more.

If you can get into a pool, that would be the best place for you to burn calories and shouldn't bother your knee too much.

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Do You Light Your Own Fire? Do You Inspire Yourself?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Over the course of my days of having some sense of awareness about health and what healthy means, what has lit up my spark has varied.

When I was in my teens, it was wanting to fit in.

When my engagement broke up, it was not wanting to be 'that girl' anymore and showing my ex what he was missing (even if I didn't want him back!).

When I had a miscarriage, it was about getting to that goal just so I could be pregnant again.

When my miracles were 4, it was about silencing the 'jiggly butt' commentary from my 9 yr old.

Finally...I was over it. The fighter in me was on. For good. For keeps. No turning back. Game on.

My twins could get away from me in a heartbeat. I had to be capable of jumping to my feet and hauling tail without batting an eyelash if need be so they were safe and happy. I'm essentially a single parent Thursday - Sunday. I needed to be at my best for so many reasons. If I was going to tell my kids about healthy choices, then I needed to make those healthy choices too. Walk the walk.

Over the course of this 'done girl' journey, I have been surprised at what inspires me. Of kids inspire me. I do what I do, ultimately, to be my best for them and to be my best for them. But have you done something and just felt a sense of accomplishment? Did it make you want to do it again because it was just that fun? I know that would be me.

Yes, words and stories of acquaintainces have fired me up. But who moved the scale? I did. Who crossed the finish line? I did. Who changed their clothing size? I did. Who is figuring out what works and what doesn't for this vessel? I am.

In the end...advice and inspiration can be received...but it is up to you to make it make it make it make it shine.

Enjoy your journey! It will be everything it is, or isn't, or different, or on fire (with sparkles even!) because of you emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RONOSOF 5/20/2011 8:17PM

    excellent! Thanks for the reminder that I am the who puts the chocolate in my mouth;)


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CINDIDIT 5/17/2011 10:14AM

    What truth, I loved this.

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RUNSHANBUN 5/16/2011 11:35AM

    I don't do this and I need to! Thanks for the reminder.

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    Well put - no matter what happens it is US that powers our body to be better.

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MK_MONKEYTOES 5/15/2011 9:21PM

    Great blog!!! So many people forget that THEY are the ones that have to make the choices and actually DO them. They end up giving themselves so much less credit than they deserve! BRAVO to you for owing it!!!

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NAVYMOM133 5/15/2011 8:28AM

    Perfect!! This is so true! Celebrate all your wonderful reasons that YOU take this path today! Thank you for reminding us to give OUR all, every day.

One thing is for certain, this journey will be entirely everything we make it!! Design and deliver (and be delighted!).

Thanks for the inspiration this morning!!

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VMAIJALA83 5/13/2011 11:56PM

    Right on!! emoticon

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LVMAMAW 5/13/2011 11:09PM

    AMEN!! emoticon

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