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Pushed the "Reset" Button

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Over the past two weeks I have slowly, gradually slid off the SparkWagon. So slowly that I didn't really notice it until this Thursday or Friday. I let one or two things slide a day until eventually I wasn't tracking my food, exercising, or Sparking. And I know that I was eating above my calorie range.

I have the usual excuses: work was crazy, I was tired. I've been working very hard at my healthy lifestyle for two months and I was a little burned out. The most troubling thing, though, is that I always seem to do this right after a big success. I dropped 10 pounds in January and February, to halfway to my overall goal. My fitness test revealed spectacular success - I raised 4 of the 5 indicators that needed work to fair and made good progress on the fifth, plus I raised my bicep strength from fair to excellent. Rather than energize me to work harder, I rested on my laurels. And I'm certain I've gained weight because of it; tomorrow's weigh in will tell the tale. The less I did, the worse I felt. The worse I felt, the less I did. What a vicious circle.

Yesterday I decided to break it, although cautiously. I was careful about food, although I didn't track it, and worked out for 20 minutes. Today I'm tracking everything, and a Vinyasa yoga workout is on my to do list. A rainy Sunday feels like the perfect time to start over gently and let myself off the hook.

The larger problem is finding a way to avoid this cycle next time I have a big success. I'm honestly not sure where to start and would appreciate any advice you lovely Sparklers have to offer.

Also, I want to apologize to YOOVIE and the Mega B2W team for not participating in Mission 4 or 5. I'll get back at it tomorrow.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TRAVELGRRL 3/11/2011 6:20PM

    This is the best advice I've ever heard:

"Ask yourself every day if what you're doing is sustainable. If the answer is no, then don't do it. Find other ways to make it work instead of push, push, push and then stopping when you get there. Lifestyle change, one SMALL step at a time."

I know your reset button will get you back on track!

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LIMENADE2011 3/8/2011 10:29AM

    Everyone needs a reset every now and again. Thinking of ya! emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 3/7/2011 12:10PM

    Sometimes we all need to hit that "reset" button. I LOVE Jenn's advice for you about ditching the diet mentality, too. You are amazing and awesome, and I think that our bodies and brains just need a little break sometimes. You will reach your goals, I have no doubt of that.

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 3/6/2011 10:17PM

    Good for you! You didn't get too far off track, and you're starting again gently. I think you'll be just fine emoticon

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CARLY9578 3/6/2011 8:00PM

    The sooner a person pushes that button, hopefully the less progress lost. I always remember that it's changes over a period of time that make a difference. Overall I have a much healthier diet and am more fit with Sparkpeople. What a great program!

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YOGINI18 3/6/2011 6:45PM

    Everyone stalls from time-to-time on a journey. It's great that you are being gentle on yourself and taking easy steps back into things.

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KITHKINCAID 3/6/2011 6:23PM

    Hey babe - sounds like you still have a bit of "diet syndrome" - i.e. you do really well and hit a big goal, then your brain decides you're "done with the diet" and you resume normal activity. You need to find the happy medium between dieting and not dieting and get rid of that normal activity that you keep reverting to - which means, ditch the diet mentality all together. Ask yourself every day if what you're doing is sustainable. If the answer is no, then don't do it. Find other ways to make it work instead of push, push, push and then stopping when you get there. Lifestyle change, one SMALL step at a time.

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DITZYCHICK 3/6/2011 1:10PM

    GREAT JOB realizing what is happening and not being afraid to admit it and to reach for that "reset" button. I've been finding myself in that same cycle for the last three weeks, and yes...I too have various excuses for it. Last week I didn't weigh in and just this morning was thinking about skipping yet another week of it because I'm not happy with what I'm going to see. But, after reading your blog, I know I'm only cheating myself by not facing up to it and taking responsibility for my actions.

I'm going to hit the "reset" button with you!!! Today starts with awareness of my food choices and tomorrow I will get back on that scale. We can get back on track excuses, only success and happiness!!!
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ADYLEIGH 3/6/2011 11:02AM

    Good for you! You've convienced me to locate and push that restart button too. You'll do great.

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BETTERJULIA 3/6/2011 10:26AM

    It is so easy to especially if you feel like you've reached a goal - but keep trucking and setting your eyes on something and stick to it! Great job on coming back here - you'll make it for sure!

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    Good job on pushing the reset button! I'd say the fact that you recognized that it needed to be pushed is a good sign. You learn from what's happened and you keep moving forward! emoticon

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JMUCKINHOUPT 3/6/2011 9:54AM

    Congrats on pushing the reset button. The only problem we have is when we don't push the button. I am resetting today, too. emoticon

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TINY67 3/6/2011 9:50AM

    We all have to push the reset, ever so often.

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DUMBELLE 3/6/2011 9:32AM

    Our mistakes always teach us something. The fact that you want to get back on the Spark wagon is a good thing.

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March Goals

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

This month, I want to:

emoticon Drop to 173 pounds, a 5 pound loss.

emoticon Do 1,000 fitness minutes.

emoticon Continue bootcamp strength training program.

emoticon Blog once a week.

emoticon Participate in D&A fitness and weigh-in challenge.

emoticon Make significant progress on a UFO.

emoticon Read one book.

emoticon Knit GrandMary's scarf.

emoticon Wear lingerie once.

emoticon Do a monthly goal check-in blog.

emoticon Start making a wedding photo book.

emoticon Plan and prep the garden.

emoticon Start a job search.

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    Nice, I think you accomplish all of this!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 3/2/2011 12:38PM

    Great goal list.
I also want to Continue bootcamp strength training program and have. emoticon

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February Progress Report

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Here's a recap of my February goals and how I did towards them.

emoticon Drop to 177 pounds, a 5 pound loss.
I got to 178, one pound off. Actually, I dropped to 175 and then gained 3 pounds. emoticon I'm pretty sure a lot of that is water weight, though. Either way, I came out all right compared to where I wanted to be.

emoticon Do 1,000 fitness minutes.
1,333, to be exact.

emoticon Continue bootcamp strength training program.
I modified this one a bit by trying different videos, including ones with resistance bands. I kept to the rotation, so it totally counts. I just don't want my muscles to get too complacent!

emoticon Blog once a week.
Done and done.

emoticon Huddle with the Determination and Accountability Team every day.
Well, mostly. I skipped a day here and there when I barely had time for SP - but I neglected everything else on SP on those days, not singling out D&A. So close enough is good enough. emoticon

emoticon Participate in the monthly Determination and Accountability fitness and weigh-in challenge.

emoticon Make significant progress on an UFO.
I knitted and felted an oven mitt and potholder set that's been languishing for a long time.

emoticon Knit my grandpa's hat.
It's so cute and stripey!

emoticon Find a pattern and yarn for a wedding afghan.
A lovely lace pattern in washable eggplant-colored wool.

emoticon Read one book.
"Emma" by Jane Austen.

emoticon Wear a special garment for DH once.

emoticon Do a monthly goal check-in blog.
Here it is!

emoticon Type up my bucket list.
Posted it in a blog on February 13.

emoticon Burn CDs of wedding photos.
The CDs are ready to go to family birthday parties this month.

Overall I give myself an A for effort this month. The weight yo-yo is a little frustrating, but I know why it happened and I'm taking steps to fix it. I'm keeping it simple by tracking my food, eating more freggies, and upping the intensity of my cardio. That oughtta do the trick.

The bigger problem is that every time I hit a milestone I immediately backslide. Specifically, I eat poorly for a few days. That has got to stop. As fun as milestones are, repeating them isn't fun. I need to keep pushing every time I pass one.

This month I'm very proud of the progress I made on fitness. I pushed myself very hard and gotten out of my comfort zone. I'm working harder than ever and trying new things, which is very cool. And I'm appreciating how strong I really am. My overall fitness goal is for my physical strength to mirror my inner strength, and I'm getting closer all the time.

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LIMENADE2011 3/2/2011 9:29AM

    Loved what you said about your physical strength mirroring your inner strength - very very cool! You totally rocked those goals! emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 3/1/2011 5:57PM

    You are doing AWESOME!!! Congrats Jenn!!!!!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 3/1/2011 5:53PM

    You had an awesome month! You must feel fantastic.

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B2W Mission 3 After Action Report

Monday, February 28, 2011

Summary: Consistency is awesome. I did either ST or cardio every day, and usually both. I've also really pushed my boundaries by doubling up my boot camp ST exercises and trying new things, like resistance bands, Vinyasa yoga, and new stretching routines. Yet I managed to gain 3 pounds last week alone, after consistently losing 2 pounds a week for 3-4 weeks. (I'm mostly blaming water weight - I did a super intense workout yesterday afternoon, followed by a salty dinner and a glass of wine. The fact that I drank a bajillion glasses of water today without needing a bajillion bathroom trips helps prove this theory. But I also seriously neglected my food tracking, and that obviously didn't help.)

Advice to self: Track everything you eat and focus on getting 5 freggies a day. emoticon Also, make sure you're doing sufficiently intense cardio.

Weekend After Action Report:

emoticon Two upper body videos with resistance bands on Friday (Coach Nicole's videos here on SP), lower body with resistance bands and crunchless core videos, also by Coach Nicole, on Saturday.

emoticon I set my bike in the stand and used it as a stationary bike for 25 minutes on both Friday and Saturday.

emoticon 50 minutes of Vinyasa yoga, for which I am paying today with some serious DOMS. To the point where I can barely walk. So worth it to feel this strong!

Total fitness minutes: roughly 140

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LIMENADE2011 3/1/2011 2:26PM

    Woo hooo! You are kicking butt!

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DITZYCHICK 3/1/2011 1:42AM

    WOW...I think you're doing really good! It's great that you're pushing yourself and trying new're really inspiring! Sorry the scale didn't co-operate with you, but I bet you've got that pinned down right. Next week should give you a much better result. Keep up the enthusiasm girl!!!

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KATHIERAE 2/28/2011 9:07PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonYou did so well this week!! Good for you!!

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B2W Mission 2 Wrap-Up

Friday, February 25, 2011


Since Monday, how many days did you manage to squeeze in a workout?

4! emoticon

Approximately how much time did you spend working out since Monday morning?

emoticon 105 minutes cardio

emoticon 65 strength training

What kind of activity did you spend most of those minutes doing?

emoticon strength training! I did two days of bootcamp every day instead of just one.

What moment were you MOST proud of? Did you have a chance to post proof of it?

Getting up at 5:30 two days in a row to squeeze in double ST sessions before getting to the office extra early. Alas, no proof, except what's in my fitness tracker.

4 motivators and how to make them last:

1. The progress I've already made. I keep rolling "30 pounds gone" around in my head.

2. How it feels to slip on my smaller clothes.

3. The feel of my muscles moving under my skin. They are strong and ready for action now!

4. The way my husband looks at me. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 2/26/2011 3:57PM

    I vote for HUSBAND'S LOOKS as proof of your success!!


There's nothing more sexy than a husband who is proud of the way his wife looks.

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KATHIERAE 2/25/2011 9:31PM

    Activity log is def PROOF!! Good for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DITZYCHICK 2/25/2011 5:27PM

    So happy for you that your husband is supportive and giving you those looks...they can be SO MOTIVATING!!! Keep up the great work girl!

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ADYLEIGH 2/25/2011 3:30PM

    Fantastic! Those are great motivators. 5:30! You deserve a medal for that feat. emoticon (couldn't find an actual medal, so a trophy it is)

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LIMENADE2011 2/25/2011 3:25PM

    I.N.S.P.I.R.I.N.G! that is all I can say. There is no going back, you are full steam ahead!!! So happy for you! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 2/25/2011 2:04PM

    5:30am? That's what I call a "hypothetical hour" - i've never seen it, so I'm not sure it exists...

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LOTUSFLOWER 2/25/2011 1:23PM

    You are doing SO GREAT!!!!!!

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