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My Weight Now Starts With a Two Instead of a Three!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Is there such a thing as TwoLand, the 100 pound heavier equivalent of Onederland?

I'm so happy, I skipped right over 300 and landed on 298.7... I round so I entered 299 here, and I could not be more pleased!

I have to hurry up and develop my 176 reasons to lose weight, so these pounds each get their own great reason. For today I think I will use "weighing in at over 300 pounds is embarrassing and demoralizing to me."

I'm going to celebrate by making today my first day back in the pool. I even bought new goggles and a swim cap. :) I'm crossing my fingers that my ear infections stay away this time!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

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PINKLIZARDS 4/22/2011 10:51PM


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GRACIESUE 4/22/2011 4:53PM

    Awesome!! I just hit that two a few weeks ago....WooHoo!!

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KELLYIM 4/22/2011 4:48PM

    That's awesome! Enjoy your new swim toys and getting back in the pool!

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2011FORTHENEWME 4/22/2011 1:52PM

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Why Will This Time Be Different? I Want to Make It Different So Badly

Thursday, April 21, 2011

i've successfully started diets in the past, I have even called them lifestyle changes like I have been told to, but I've never successfully finished no matter what I've called them.

I'm trying to figure out how to make this time different. Do I join a team where I'm expected to show up? Do I put workouts on my calendar? Does the fact that I think I will need to lose a bunch of weight to get pregnant serve as a constant motivator that I never had before?

I wish I had more answers. I wish I knew the secret that would keep me on track, not just this week but six or ten or fifteen weeks from now. I don't really think there is a secret answer other than diligence and hard work. Why is it that I work incredibly hard at school, or work, or my writing career, but when it comes to my body I've failed every time? I know what to do. Less calories in, more calories burned, but I have always fallen off the wagon in the past.

I want this time to be different, but wanting doesn't make it so. Today, I did great. Tomorrow, I won't be able to go to the gym before work and it worries me, is it the first day of a week of failures? I don't want or need perfection, but I really need some consistency until I get addicted to weight loss success.

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    Everyone is going to have that little nugget that will flip their long-distance switch. For me it was sitting down and really, really doing the math. The calories-in, calories-out equation just never quite made sense to me because I wasn't sure what my body was actually using and what it wasn't.
Enter: BMR equation. Basal metabolic rate is my little friend I actually like to spend time with. You always hear about 2,000 calorie diets, 1,500 etc. But what if I could figure out what someone my height, weight, age and activity level ACTUALLY burns through in a day. I thought I would have to cut down to 1,500 calories to see a difference and when I did the formula I was floored to learn that my body burns about 1,700 calories just by being alive! Add in my activities and working, and I fall around 2,200 calories without even working out yet. So if I want to meet that less-in-than-out rule I simply have to make smarter choices and eat things to fuel. It has really taken out the unattainability for me.

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DCAPDEVI 5/6/2011 6:02PM

    I definitely do not have all the answers, and I have many of my own struggles. However, I may have one tid bit for you here, something I have learned over the years.

Remove the "All or Nothing" attitude. I used to think, "What's the point if I can't finish?" My issue is mainly mobility, but it kind of holds true to just about everything when you think of it. I started changing my thinking from, "I hurt to much to do anything today," to "If I can just do 10 measly, stupid pelvic tilts..." Then I aim for the ten measly tilts. Once I hit them, then I think, Am I dead? If yes, take a break. If no, "Maybe I can do (insert baby step here)." Even if I can't finish, at least I did SOMETHING, and I pat myself on the back for that much. I fall off the wagon, too... It's the getting back on part I try to put stock in.

Second tid bit, you mentioned how you can achieve greatness in school, work, etc. Remember always, YOU are worth it! I stumble over that idea a bit, ok, a lot. I can cheer anyone else on, but struggle to cheer myself on. Remember always, that you are worth it! You are more important that Task X, take ten minutes for you first.

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PINKLIZARDS 4/22/2011 10:44PM

    Your blog sounds like something I would write. I wish I knew the secret to getting started and going in the right direction.

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KOALALOVER1978 4/22/2011 4:32PM

    I have the same fears as you especially the children part. We are here for you and take it day by day!

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CALGALFOX 4/22/2011 9:29AM

    I think you've got a good idea. You've joined the swim team, come to the daily thread and "show up" every day. Post what your exercise is, every day. If you want help with staying on track, we're happy to support you. Dieting is tough, there's no two ways about it. Just take each day on its own.You'll get there.

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GOIN4GR8 4/21/2011 11:47PM

    I just posted on your "what is your plan" question in the 100# in a Year group, and this blog entry is pretty much what I posted--I just have to KEEP GOING! That's the hardest part ... probably for all of us.

One day at a time. One meal at a time. One challenge at a time. We just have to keep going.

This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: "The difference between what we ARE and what we CAN be is what we DO."

Let's do good things for ourselves, daily!


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I Want to Find 176 Reasons To Lose Weight--Do You Have a List?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Here is a new non-food, non-scale goal: I'm going to come up with 176 reasons to lose weight. One for each pound to my dream weight. I think each pound deserves it's own reason, so I'm going to get started on my list.

I can see it now... oooh, I lost a pound, that pound was "Never fearing the seatbelt on an airplane again!" or "I can ride roller coasters again!"

Do you have a list?

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VALERIERAYNE134 7/4/2011 10:48AM

    Definitely a really great idea. I think I might utilize this one, since it'll give me those small rewards constantly!

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JSMILE50 5/27/2011 8:07PM

    I love this idea! I read one of your recent posts and enjoyed it so much I'm catching up on the rest of them. You have a great writing style! What book did you have published, if you don't mind me asking?

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MEGHANS7 4/24/2011 4:58PM

  Awesome idea! I think I'll do this too, if you don't mind me stealing your goal!

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PINKLIZARDS 4/22/2011 10:52PM

    Cute idea!!

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GURLNXTDOOR 4/21/2011 12:24PM

    I agree great idea and good source of motivation. I think I'll get a list started as well

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LUCKY1964 4/21/2011 10:59AM

    This is wonderful idea I think that I am going to try and make a list as well not mention it will make each pound that we loose just a little bit of a bigger sucess to us. emoticon

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I Didn't Binge... Planning is Everything

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I was busy today so I had an orange for breakfast, followed by a work lunch at a restaurant that really didn't have many vegan options, so I had a green salad. Breakfast and lunch together were less than 300 calories, leaving me so hungry my fingers were in danger of being gnawed off.

We went to our favorite pizza place tonight and I told my husband that I was worried that I would inhale too much food since I was so hungry. We strategized. Ordered a huge salad as an appetizer to take the edge off, then when the pizza arrived, I had two pieces and stopped when I felt satisfied. Who knew vegan pizza could be so tasty?


Things I learned:
Start with the low calorie food when I've allowed myself to get overly hungry
Keep a snack in the car to prevent the gnawing-off-my-fingers hunger
Choose restaurants that offer more than a side salad type salad for lunch

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PEGGYMAS1 4/21/2011 7:58AM

    thanks for the advice your husband seems to be a big help!! emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/20/2011 11:01PM

    Good job!

Here's something I do to help avoid getting so hungry I'd eat the paint off the walls - keep a couple of low carb protein bars around just in case I get too busy to eat a normal meal.

Pure Protein makes some that are pretty high in protein and otherwise low in calories. I get those at the pharmacy section in grocery stores and Walmart near the nutritional supplements.

Online I get Dixie Diners Soy Rocks bars, which are only 80 cal each and have great protein and fiber. I had one in the car tonight, since I was rushing around and didn't have time to eat a proper meal...

Keep it up!

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LARISADK 4/20/2011 8:29PM

  Great advice. My husband and I always make a salad with dinner these days and it helps us get full and keeps s from over eating.

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LARISADK 4/20/2011 8:29PM

  Great advice. My husband and I always make a salad with dinner these days and it helps us get full and keeps s from over eating.

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LARISADK 4/20/2011 8:28PM

  Great advice. My husband and I always make a salad with dinner these days and it helps us get full and keeps s from over eating.

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Music Makes the Difference...My New Playlist - What Are you Listening To?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I made a playlist last night for my IPod just to capitalize on something I noticed a few days ago: I struggle to maintain 3.5 miles per hour unless I'm listening to something with a beat. When something with a driving beat is cranking, I can do bursts at 4 miles per hour, and I do the entire hour at no less than 3 miles per hour.

So the playlist is about 2 hours long, giving me the option to skip to a faster song or slower song depending on how I'm feeling. A few warm up tunes, some fast songs, some really fast songs, some cool down tunes. So far so good. I did 3.49 miles today, by best yet. :)

I have different music for listening in the water... what works to walk faster isn't necessarily the right thing to swim faster.

Woke Up this Morning - A3 (theme song from the Sopranos) warm up
Kiss that Frog - Peter Gabriel
CanYou Feel It? --Michael Jackson
Gimme Some Lovin - Spencer Davis Group
The Little Things - Danny Elfman (theme song from Wanted)
Born this Way - Lady Gaga (this is where things really get moving!)
Move In My Direction - Bananarama
Days Go By - Dirty Vegas
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
Devil Inside - INXS
Disease - Sister Machine Gun
I Beg Your Pardon - KonKan
Man Eater - Nelly Furtado
Now That We Found Love - Heavy D and the Boys
People Are Still Having Sex - La Tour
The Politics of Dancing - Re-Flex
Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Rocks - Primal Scream
Technologic - Daft Punk
Uprising - Muse
What You Waiting For - Gwen Stefani
Will 2k - Will Smith
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive
Knock on Wood - Amii Stewart
I Like the Way - Bodyrockers
#1 Crush - Garbage (cool down)


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LYRALICE 6/23/2011 2:57PM

    'There She Goes My Beautiful World' by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds does it for me :-) (I am not stalking your old blog entries or anything... *shifty eyes*)

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LCPB85 6/16/2011 3:06AM

  I love "Woke Up This Morning" - perfect song for a warm up!

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METOO03820 6/12/2011 6:56PM

    I'm right there with you.. Need my cranking up music to get me going!

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JENNSWIMS 4/20/2011 8:12PM

    I totally agree about Adele being a great addtion... she's on my IPod too. As far as not knowing many of these songs, one is from the 70's, many are from the 80's and a few are from the 90's.

I wonder if there is some way to publish this list on Itunes?

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AMANDAB386 4/20/2011 2:35PM

    I have a SwiMP3 player, and it makes all the difference when I swim. Adele's 'Rolling In the Deep' is a great one to warm up to. It has a constant pushing beat. I also like 'Ocean' by John Butler Trio to cool down to.

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ELECTRICITY3699 4/20/2011 2:30PM

    This is so true! I have started seeing better results with my new playlist. I was having a hard time getting my heart rate in my "target zone" and keeping it there. I made a new playlist and it's there about 90-95% I may have to check out some of these songs though - I'm not familiar with a lot of them :)

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GOLOPTIOUS 4/20/2011 11:15AM

    I gotta say that I love this list. I tend to just listen to my IPod and skip whatever slow songs come up, but I really should make a playlist. It seems like it makes a difference in your workout!

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