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Stupid Toe Continues & My Fear of Not Working Out

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Stupid toe (ingrown toenail from hell, I have a photo but I will spare you the ick) was not fixed this morning at the urgent care, but they did give me an antibiotic which should make it quit hurting in ten days or so, while the actual problem worsens. So the nail will still be growing into my flesh, but I can take comfort in knowing said Satan nail will not be infected while it does so. I'm such a nurse, while I sat on their exam table, fuming, I called the podiatrist who gave me an appointment for actual care.

Thankfully, Wonderful Podiatrist took pity on me and the lack of help I got today at Urgent Care, and got me in this afternoon. However, he made an argument not to do anything until tomorrow, because he wants more antibiotic running through my bloodstream and because I am on call until 0800 tomorrow. It seems the location of evil nail makes a bone infection easy to come by and working after having it fixed is not a good plan. Three visits to the doctor in 26 hours. Ugh. That's going to cost some moolah.

So, I won't be able to exercise after the procedure as the toe will be bandaged and packed with drugs (I also hope to be pleasantly gorked out on whatever pain meds are in the drawer of drugs that I refuse to throw away after the original reason for them ceases to exist).

That means another pool morning! WOOT. Maybe I'll do 1,500 yards instead of 1,000 tomorrow. I'm already wearing my smaller suit. I have a big suit and a small suit, big suit is too big!! Can't wait until I HAVE to shop at Speedo! My pool mp3 player is irritating me (only working in one ear) but half disco is better than no disco at all. The Pet Shop Boys are surprisingly good swim tunes.

So, here is what freaks me out about the gnarly toe. It isn't knowing that this procedure could cause 10 out of 10 pain (that just makes me queasy) because the pain will pass and Mr. Toe will be all better and this will never happen ever again on that toe (thank you Wonderful Podiatrist).

I'm truly afraid that I may not be able to exercise for a few days. I think not exercising for a few days was the kiss of death pretty much every time I have fallen off a diet. It gets easier to not workout after you've already made excuses for 3 days or 5 days or 10. After a while, you have no expectation of gymming whatsoever, you don't even feel guilty about not going because it wasn't on the radar.

I have this forward momentum right now that I don't want to lose. I even got what I suspect is runner's high today, although I got it from swimming. I was like the energizer bunny, bouncing off the walls, chipper, talking too fast, etc. I like that. Mega Endorphin rush. I had to work my ass off to get it, I earned that fun little high and I'm not willing to give it up.

I don't even like taking Sundays off and only did so last week because of peer pressure. You need a day off, your body needs rest, your body needs to recover, blah blah blah. I guess SparkGuy didn't hear that, because he's planning a 1,000 day streak. You need to take a day off ranks right up there with the fabulous "you're not eating enough" on my kiss my ass-0-meter. I need to get addicted to exercise. I'm already addicted to no dairy, simply because I hate the way I feel, sinus drainage etc, whenever I eat any.

I refuse to fall off this path. I REFUSE. This time is not going to be like all of the last times, if I have to sit my butt in a chair and do Miss Manly's (Jillian Michaels) workouts seated, I will. I refuse to hate myself for another week or month or year. I refuse to wake up and look in the mirror and think to myself that I am disgusting. I'm done fueling my high fructose corn syrup addiction instead of nurturing my body. I am done having a hate hate relationship with myself. I'm done being my harshest critic. I wouldn't talk to a dead dog the way I talked to myself before getting on program.

Getting on track and going to bed tired, knowing I've done many things to head in the right direction, knowing that I have done right by my body, is the only way I want to end my day.

Stupid Toe, you will NOT get in my way. I will continue to lose pounds and inches, I will continue to work out and I will not fail this time. This time IS different, not just because I say so, but because my actions talk louder than my words. This time IS different. PERIOD. I will not stay 293 pounds. WILL NOT.

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DCAPDEVI 5/6/2011 9:31PM

    Glad I'm not the only nurse to hoard stuff, well, ex-nurse I guess.

For your cardio, how about recumbent bike? No real pressure on the toe pedaling that way...

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CANNIE50 5/6/2011 8:34PM

    Okay, I promise I am not stalking you - I am just feeling very motherly towards you for some reason (annoying, I know). I am with MAND8301-get some dumbbells or kettlebells and work that upper body and do push-ups from your knees and do crunches on a stability ball and ...... do whatever it takes because you are not going to lose your momentum - way easier to keep it going than to get it back. I hear you about the toe - I had a nail removed a few months ago and I am so glad I did but it was a nasty recovery. SUCH a sensitive area. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RACH818XX 5/6/2011 1:52PM

    Hang in there! Keep your eye on the prize and remember once your toe starts feeling better, you HAVE to work out because that's the only way you will achieve your goal faster. Keep the faith and determination. It is very hard to get back in the game but look at it as a week off from work. Of course once vacation is over we don't want to go back. We dread it, but we HAVE to. After the first 2 days you don't even remember you were off. We all need a day or two off a week from exercise so our bodies can catch up! Just do what you can do because that's all you can do! Tough it out girly. You've got this! Headstrong.

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/6/2011 11:25AM

    LOL, Loved this post! Sorry about the pain you're experiencing and will be. I can't relate, I've never had an ingrown toenail.

As I was reading I was thinking about the advice I'd give you but by the time I reached the end you had already talked yourself through what I was going to say.

So you know it all...DO IT! Get the workout in, even if it means sitting down to do it. And...keep your eating clean.

BEST WISHES on a speedy recovery!

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KABEE2011 5/6/2011 11:11AM

    Keep "standing" fierce against "Satan Nail" and remind him who is boss!!! Hope the procedure goes well, that the drugs leave you in a temporary euphoric state and that you are back to running strong again soon!!!

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RUNSHANBUN 5/6/2011 10:47AM

    Oh man! I had one and the urgent care had to cut part of it off to drain it! TMI I know! BUt that was miserable. I couldn't walk because it hurt to wear shoes. I got to a point where having the covers in bed would hurt when they touched my toe. I was glad when they took it off because it stopped hurting..but the procedure was no peach either! I didn't run for like a week or so. It will be ok! Just keep at it girl!

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ATHAA8245 5/6/2011 9:00AM

    My hubby had horrible problems with ingrown toenails and finally a podiatrist removed them (the podiatrist said they were the worst he had ever seen). He has been so glad that he had them taken off. It's been years and he still talks about how glad he is that they are gone, however after the surgery he was very, very "tender" and there was a lot of throbbing pain. He was stepping over a baby gate blocking our stairs and hit one of his toes on it and immediatly dropped to the floor and rolled around in a ball holding his foot and using words that until that point I had never heard him use! It was one of those situations where his toe didn't hurt that bad until he would bump it or be on it to much then it would throb, so take it easy on it. It's only temporary. I will tell you that that big toe nails offer a lot of protection that we don't even realize and every time you drop something from now on you will swear it seeks out that toe lol!

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JESSALOU7 5/5/2011 9:54PM

    If I remember correctly from when I worked in a hospital, it's nurses week the first week of May so Happy Nurses Week!

You are so determined and a darn little but painful ingrown toenail is NOT going to get you off track this time!!

By the way, you are too funny! I love this! "You need to take a day off ranks right up there with the fabulous "you're not eating enough" on my kiss my ass-0-meter." LOL!!!

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GOLOPTIOUS 5/5/2011 4:39PM

    "Getting on track and going to bed tired, knowing I've done many things to head in the right direction, knowing that I have done right by my body, is the only way I want to end my day. "

I think I might just have to put this thought up on my bathroom mirror. Seriously. It's very motivating!

I hope your toe heals quickly and that you'll find a way to get that gym-time in!

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MAND8301 5/5/2011 4:20PM

    Oh my gosh girl, I love talking to fellow nurses!!!! We are SO alike! You should see my medicine cabinet... I have flexeril in there from 2006! I refuse to throw it out...You never know when you'll need it. I also have atleast 30 OTC meds in there too...I'm the freaking pharmacy for my whole family...
I'm also SUCH a bad patient. But that's a whole other story!

So anyways I'm really sorry to hear about your toe! I hope the antibiotics kick in really soon and the pain is controlled. Nobody wants I'm glad you're taking care of it!

As for the exercise wagon, don't fall off! For those 5-10 days or whatever, concentrate on upper body and abs! You could even do some lower body stuff...stuff that can be done in a seated or laying position. And give it everything you have! You won't lose any cardio momentum in that short period of when the toe is healed enough, you can hop back on the treadmill or in the pool or WHATEVER. Just don't give up! I know you can do it! emoticon

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    Sorry about Mr. Toe!
I've never has an ingrown toenail but I've heard they can be very painful. =(

You will make it through this stronger than ever!

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Stupid Toe

Thursday, May 05, 2011

My toe hurts so bad that I can barely walk. I have an ingrown toenail (I self-diagnosed). It hurt some yesterday, today there is mega hurt and pus. No treadmill this morning, I'd probably fall off of it.

I can't get in at the podiatrist, so I will have to go to urgent care and they don't open until 9.

This is going to hurt. A lot. I already feel queasy just thinking about it. I guess I will have to swim this morning instead of doing mileage on the hamster wheel.

P.S. In better news, I'm down 4 ounces today to a new low of 293 even. I'm utterly in amazement of myself today, going to the pool because I can't walk well, accepting no excuses not to exercise, etc. I really am transforming, inside and out.

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CANNIE50 5/6/2011 6:40PM

    ow - I can so relate. I am going to come back and read the rest of your blogs but wanted to make a quick comment so I could subscribe to your blogs. emoticon

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/5/2011 11:42AM

    Sorry about the toe but...YAY about all the changes! It's great to see a different mindset...INVIGORATING!!! Have a GREAT swim and good luck at the doctor's!

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GOLOPTIOUS 5/5/2011 11:36AM

    You rock!

It's amazing how much we depend on our toes, isn't it? I've never really thought about it before....

Hopefully they'll get it taken care of quickly at the Urgent Care center. Good luck and congrats on the 4 ounces!

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AUNTC321 5/5/2011 10:00AM

    Awesome positive attitude. emoticon

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How Often Do You Weigh Yourself?

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

So the scale went from 293 to 300 in two days, leading me to have a bit of a freak out.

Today, I am back at 293 and have learned my lessons. PMS does weird things. Period. No pun intended. It is time to weigh in less frequently. Most importantly, if you don't like what the scale says, get moving.

Overly simplified a diet is this: input - output = loss or gain

Input: My food intake is pretty much as low as I dare go calorie wise even though I am never hungry and eat huge portions of food. I literally couldn't eat any cleaner most days without existing on organic brocolli, steamed brown rice and an organic orange every day. So if anything, I need to eat more, not less.

That leaves output. Yesterday I did my usual 65 minutes on the treadmill (3.6 miles) and then after work, I did an hour Zumba class with a friend. This AM I swam 1,000 yards because I chafed by inner thighs so much yesterday that there was no way in H-E-Double Toothpicks that I was going to willingly rub them together for an hour today.

End result? One of this months goals has been met (taking a new class), my weight is back where it was (panic begone!), I no longer fear the two a day workout, and I'm half way to the yardage I want to be doing before joining a Master's swim team.

So here is today's question:

How often do you weigh in? How often is enough to keep you motivated and on track, but not too frequently to be demoralizing? Do you skip the scale and use another form of measuring progress?

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CANNIE50 5/6/2011 8:26PM

    I weigh in a couple times a week, first thing in the morning, only on my home scale (I resist the urge to hop on any and every random scale - too much fluctuation), after going to the bathroom, before getting dressed. I only post my weight once a week or so. PS Re the chafing? Do you wear fitted yoga-type capris to work out in? That is what I do and I never have chafing. Don't worry about how they look - just find a really good pair that fits. It will make a big difference in your comfort level. I know about thighs - I tell people I don't wear cords because I figure I would start a friction fire! Until my recent weight loss I had a much bigger "caboose" so you would think I would be self-concious about wearing close fitting work-out clothes but I'm working out, for God's sake - who's stupid enough to criticize that? Okay, stupid people are but I don't let stupid people run my life. Okay, rant over. Go buy some comfy workout clothes! PSS There is also a good anti-chafing ointment called "Glide" that is sold in running stores - it looks like a stick of deodorant (which also works in a pinch).

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Ok, seriously? I am freak. I weigh every day, sometimes several times a day. Hey.. it's all in the interest of science, I tell you! Science! *looks back and forth really quick to see if anyone else bought that* erh..

I like to see how I fluxucate. Sometimes if it's not moving, it's a sign to pound the water.. or if it's going up when it shouldn't be to check my salt intake. Sometimes it goes up for no blasted reason, then I have a mini hissy for 5 minutes (good activity points) and vow to break up with it forever. I don't though. I usually buckle down hard core, and go back the next day with steam likely coming out of my nose until I see a better result.

Its both good and bad. I figure, really, for me.. Twice a week, would be a good answer. I am not gonna try that until I get back from vacation though.. because I know as obsessive as I am now.. there is no way I will be combing hawaii to find a scale!

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JUSFOLK 5/5/2011 9:17PM

    I weigh daily. It's a fetish, yes, but I don't want to go a month and see I've gained three or four pounds. I'm almost at goal and getting a pound off is like carving concrete! I think if I didn't weigh every day, it'd be easier to not pay as close attention to what I eat, so it makes me stay more accountable.

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/5/2011 11:49AM

    I weigh myself every day! I only count it once a week. I don't allow myself to freak out and the daily number. But it helps me stay focused. If I see the number go up, like this morning (1 lb, I think it's because my pipes are clogged) then it helps me adjust my food or kick up my exercise!

I'm impressed with your workouts! Right now an intense workout for me is one hour. Can't wait to get to your level!

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BERGBA7 5/4/2011 8:30PM

    I also have a routine on stepping on the scales every morning. I am not yet strong enough to ignore the scales but I try not to let myself through out of the wagon by the number. It should just remind me why I am working out.

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SARAMOUSY 5/4/2011 1:03PM

    I weigh once a week and I take measurements once a month. This allows for daily fluctuation that can be between 1-5 pounds on average of water weight etc. Gives me peace of mind. I did the daily weigh in and it drove me insane trying to figure out what fluctuations were me versus other factors.

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GOLOPTIOUS 5/4/2011 12:42PM

    I weigh myself way too much, but I never let the number tell me how hard I've been working. I already know how hard I've worked. I just use it as a motivational tool. If I ever get to the point where the scale is running my weight loss, then I'll start limiting myself to once per week weigh-ins.

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MAND8301 5/4/2011 12:19PM

    I have to weight ATLEAST every other day. I try to do it everyday, and just not get upset over 1 lb fluctuations. I know that they are just water weight. If I don't weigh often, I let my healthy habits slide and pretend like they won't effect me. Plus when i've lost even a tiny bit, say 1/2 a pound, it gives me a pleasant boost to see my efforts working! :)

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RUBY_TUESDAY21 5/4/2011 11:44AM

    I am a scale junkie. It's part of my morning routine (and pre- and post-run to gauge dehydration). I only record Friday morning's weight, though, in the tracker. I also take measurements once a month, and I tend to pay more attention to that.

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CUPCAKE2CARROTS 5/4/2011 11:30AM

    I step on the scale maybe once every two weeks. The first two months, the scale crept down 15~lbs. Then it stayed at the same weight for the next three month. I was getting very discouraged until I realized I had gone down two pant sized within those three month. (I added a Kettlebell trainer to my mix) So something is working :) I don't get on the scale because even though the inches are coming off the scale does not reflect that and I get frustrated.

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KKINNEA 5/4/2011 10:53AM

    I never weigh in more than twice a week, Wednesday and Saturday. I always weigh on my home scale stripped down after using the bathroom - lowest weight possible!

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KABEE2011 5/4/2011 10:50AM

    I weigh in once a week. I measure once a month. There are occassions that I will take a sneak peek at the scale mid-week... especially if I've gone "over" my goals instead of maintaining or gone under the goals. I find that I am more depressed if I weigh in more than once a week and I really don't like the constant up and down. I'll take a one pound loss total at the end of the week over watching that one pound come and go all week!!!

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NOVELIC 5/4/2011 10:45AM

    I think it depends on what frame of mind you're in. For a few years, I was terrified to weigh myself and of course, that's when I was regaining all my weight. If you can see the daily weight as nothing more than information, and can let go of the emotional response, it's (for me) helpful to weigh daily, even when it goes up because of hormonal swings. Daily weighing is when I feel I"m at my most honest and accountable self. But I also give myself the right to change my mind about it if it's sabotaging my progress.

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KIRBYS8 5/4/2011 10:43AM

  Every day. Sometimes twice a day. I'll weight myself in the morning for my official weight. Then a lot of times I'll weigh myself before dinner. This lets me know how I'm doing. It's easy for me to stay on plan for breakfast and lunch because I have limited time for breakfast before leaving for work and I pack a healthy lunch for work and do not snack or over eat there. When I get home, all the food is there and I have time to graze. The second weigh in motivates me--either to scale back if I'm up a little or stay reasonable if I'm on the verge of losing another pound by the next morning.

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JOYINRUNNING08 5/4/2011 10:31AM

    I try to weigh myself about once every two weeks. Take pictures once a month. Just to keep myself accountable. I resist the urge to step on that thing. :)

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CARYNW 5/4/2011 10:00AM

    I do it nearly every day, but I'm also trying to lost a few pounds right now, so I'm trying to gauge whether or not things are going in the right direction.
During that special, special time each month, I don't go near it! Bloating is a you-know-what (although weighing myself during, and a few days after is a bit of a pick-me-up!)!!
I can't believe you did 65 mins on the treadmill AND a Zumba class! Good for you!
As for the chafing, we runners like a little something called "Body Glide", and you can find it in most sporting goods stores. It looks like deodorant, feels like it will not work when you first touch it, but it's a champ!
Good luck

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WYO_CASEY 5/4/2011 9:19AM

    Honestly I weigh myself every day. It keeps me in check. If I do it weekly, I tell myself I can work off a binge in the beginning of the week, then the middle of the week and pretty soon the weeks is over and I've gained.

I know I'm not supposed to - everyone tells me that, but it helps me see the direct effects of my behavior from the day before.

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Things Are Truly Changing, Portion Sizes

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Things have really changed. No longer am I chowing down on enough food to maintain 311 pounds, I'm now eating portions that someone who wants to be healthy would eat!

This is my dinner.

This may sound silly, but it seemed really decadent to me. 3 ounces of avocado, 1 ounce of pine nuts, 8 ounces of fingerling potatoes sprinkled with herbs and 8 ounces of tofu.

Not only did this seem like the height of naughty eating, even though it really was not, I couldn't finish it. I gave the leftovers to the kids (see my photos to see my great dane babies, Remy and Scooter).

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MAUITN 5/4/2011 8:57PM

    Great job! Keep going. emoticon

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SUSIEQ432 5/4/2011 12:04AM

    Awesome.....Keep it up!:0)

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It Is Hard to Feel Motivated When... and PMS Gains? Anybody?

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

I went to the gym today, not because I wanted to, but by sheer force of will.

I've gained 7 lbs in the last 48 hours. (Please let it be PMS. PLEASE.) I was good this weekend. I watched friends come to my house to eat and I did not have a morsel of filet mignon, butter, lobster, baguette, or any of the other stuff we soaked in butter. I had nummy steamed green beans, nummy tofu, nummy fingerling potatoes, and I didn't feel like I was missing out at all, because hanging and eating with friends was the point, not what I ate. (I'm learning!)

Inevitably, this gain leads to me wondering if I really have broken my body, if my initial success was just a fluke, and the weight will not come off EVER. I wonder if I'm destined to be fat forever, bouncing between 300 and 293 ad nauseum. I wonder if my goal weight is just a giant cosmic joke and that I will be destined to shop at Land of the Giants (Lane Bryant) for the rest of my life.

My analytical brain says keep going, this will work. My emotional brain says I'm a failure and I really need a Snickers.

This morning I put my faith in physics. I mean seriously, I weigh 300 (sob) pounds today, surely eating incredibly healthfully and doing my 65 minutes on the treadmill HAS to work. I got this much fat moving and covered 3.5 miles in 65 minutes. I even jogged for 45 seconds. It may not work this very instant, but over time, how could it not? Decreased calories, increased activity = weight loss. At least for the parts of the world bound by the laws of physics, which does not, apparently, include my gut.

So this morning at 0545 I listened to my analytical side and I got out of bed, drove to the gym in this crappy weather and trudged up the stairs of doom that I loathe so very much and got on the treadmill. I will do the same tomorrow, and the next day and the next. If I don't lose weight, I will adjust, reevaluate and keep going. I don't have a choice. I am done hating myself, I'm done with the negative self talk, I'm done with aching and wearing a size 24.

Scale be damned, I'm in this for the long haul. Wow. I've either lost my mind or I really am serious this time. I like it!

PS. How much weight do you typically gain (very personal question, I know) when you reach the part of the month that makes you gain weight? My emotional brain is still clinging to the possibility that this is PMS related.

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CHEETARA79 5/3/2011 7:36PM

    It's probably just water weight gain from TOM. Do you ever do any ST at the gym? You may wish to add that to your routine. Cardio burns calories, ST burns fat.

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KABEE2011 5/3/2011 1:32PM

    Hey, Girl... I agree with RELIVE's comments. Even tho it sounds crazy... you aren't getting enough calories. Your metabolism is confused! I'm in the same weight ranged and it amazes me how much the charts are saying I should consume in calories. I still find myself staying at the lower end of the range, but it made a difference... it's now coming off 1 pound at a time... but coming off.

I can't help much with the PMS gain... I don't have all my parts anymore. :o| I do still struggle with being hungrier at that time but it is then that I drink a lot more water.

You are doing a fantastic job and don't get discouraged too much. You've already made the commitment and getting up early to go to the gym is proof that this time IS different. This IS your time to succeed.

Nothing is going to stop you now! Not even PMS!!!!

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RELIVE 5/3/2011 12:06PM

    I agree I believe it is PMS related and most likely your body holding in more water than usual.

I decided to look at your logs to see if I could help you in any way, and I noticed you usually try to eat between 1200 - 1500 calories or so (on average). I only went as far back as the 21st. What I think is happening is you're not eating enough. For being your weight and at the amount you exercise I have a feeling your body may be in starvation mode. I'm not a nutritionist but I would try and bring up your calorie intake to around 1500 - 1700 at least so that your body gets the nutrition that it needs, and you being able to exercise will cover the rest. There are some days that you eat under 1200 calories, and that is a big no no. It shuts down your metabolism in a heartbeat, making all the food you eat stick to your body.

Another thing I would change are your breakfasts. Some days you have a breakfast that is under 200 calories! I would eat at least a 300 calorie breakfast, it jumpkicks your metabolism in the morning and gives you a great start to the day. It looks like sometimes you're missing out on some lunches as well.

No one is perfect, today I even gave in and had McDonalds for breakfast!! But the most important thing is to keep chugging along and make changes that work for you. I'm sure after next week those magic 7 lbs will be gone (whew!) and you'll be back on track! Don't worry about the scale and worry about how you feel!

Wish you the best!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAVEMESANDRA 5/3/2011 12:03PM

  You have two things playing against you at the same time -- PMS and your body not wanting to give up its protection. I have had the same issues many times and trust me, it passes. There have been times when I have been so good it was scary and I still gained weight. But a couple weeks later, my body would suddenly let go and I would see a nice drop.

Don't let the numbers on the scale rule you. How do you feel?? Is your energy level up, are you feeling better, are you sleeping better, is your mood lighter? How are your clothes fitting? I have a pair of jeans that were my biggest and try them on each time I get to a plateau or don't feel like I am making progress. Just seeing the extra room and the loose fit is enough to convince me my body and the scale are in cahoots to sabotage me. Don't let them win -- stick with it, you are doing an awesome job and will see the results soon.

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/3/2011 11:44AM

    Loving your blog. You can so perfectly put into words what others are feeling or have experienced. I get so bloated with PMS and gain weight. I'm sure that's what you're experiencing. Check your sodium intake and then your analytical brain is correct...move more eat less and it WILL work....over time!

Great job getting out of bed and going to the gym! Your next weigh in will be a GOOD one!

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GOLOPTIOUS 5/3/2011 11:16AM

    I usually gain 5 pounds or so. I don't like to weigh myself that week.

Your analytical brain is right. Keep going, because you CAN do it. Even on the weeks where you don't lose weight or you gain weight, you are still creating habits that will help you long term.

You are awesome, fabulous, and an inspiration to people. Just reading your daily blog makes me want to spend more time at the gym because you've made me think about things in ways that I haven't before.

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FUNSIL 5/3/2011 11:15AM

  Wow, i've been there and done that, and its not a fun position to be in. Hopefully, the weight you have recently gained is PMS weight. Or it could also be water weight if you eat a lot of salt. i have this problem. When i am trying to lose weight (as i am trying so hard to right now) i tend to eat a lot more salty foods perhaps to make up for the processed and sugary things i think i want but don't need and won't have. Looking at my ankles right now, i can tell that is the case,because i can't even distinguish where the bone is at the moment. That would tell ME i need to drink MORE WATER, MORE WATER, MORE WATER. Or at least more fluids anyway. When i am PMSing though i thing I can gain anywhere from 3 or 4 up to about 6 or 8 pounds. SO, you are NOT alone. I would reccomend not weighing yourself though for about a full 10 DAYS around that time of the month just to prevent the mental issues that go along with that number on the scale during that time. If you give yourself that much, you will not have a number in your head of how much weight you gained during this time, and you would have hopefully lost any of your PMS weight by the next time you step on the scale.

On a different note I would like to share something with you that i recently read in a book called "MADE TO CRAVE." It has been helping me to know this. It is a book written by a Christian author (hope this doesn't offend you or anyone else) which has motivated me to start on this journey of weight loss. It says "I am a Jesus girl who can step on the scale and see the numbers as an indication of how much my body weighs and NOT as an indication of my worth." Here's the 2nd part of that which i think really applies to YOUR situation. "Define your week by obedience, (to God) NOT by a number on the scale. The scale can't tell us everything... Ask yourself some of these questions. Did i over eat today? Did I make unhealthy food choices? Did i Exercise? do i feel lighter than i did at this time last week (physically or mentally)? BEFORE you stepped on that scale, did you think you had been successful this week? If your answer is yes to at least the last question, (this is till the book talking) "then why are we getting tied up in a stupid number?... and almost let it trip me up to head to the kitchen for a 750 calorie binge?" She didn't though. She wanted to define herself by her obedience, NOT that number on the scale. Hope this helps. emoticon

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BANJO_13 5/3/2011 11:07AM

    Yep, I usually gain around 5 so it's definitely possible that your 7 is PMS. Don't worry about it---you've GOT this! It will only make next week's weight loss look that much more impressive. Keep on doing what you're doing! E2L 4 Life!

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MICHELLESMILES_ 5/3/2011 10:51AM

    Honestly I gain usually 4-5 lbs. Don't let it get you down. It completely zaps me. Last night I needed to walk on the treadmill and didn't even make it a whole mile.

If you keep doing what you're doing I know that the pounds will start falling off of you!

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NIGHTOCUPS 5/3/2011 10:46AM

    It probably is PMS related because there is no other way to gain 7lbs that fast. I have the same problem when it's my time too and my emotional brain has a conniption fit over it. You've got a good thing going being able to recognize the two parts of your brain and listening to the analytical part. You're making good decisions and are working out. You can do it! *hugs*

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