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Update #7

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I was up .2 pounds for a total of 17.6 pounds lost for my Tuesday weigh-in. (My Medifast buddy hit 30 pounds this week, which is awesome!) I am actually really happy with how I did this week. In addition to three work events with meals last week (which I mentioned in my previous blog), graduation parties were on the agenda this weekend, so I was inundated with food. I ate a chicken barbecue, including a little macaroni salad and cake at the party, and part of a turkey sub at the get together the night before but I did manage to stay away from the chips, crackers, and cheese. (These are almost always my downfall.)

As for exercise, I started to do my walking dvds last week. I did 3 miles yesterday and 4 miles on Sunday. I also mowed the entire yard on Sunday (Happy Fathers Day!) which took about an hour of hustling. I like the Leslie Sansone dvds, but I try to ignore some of the chit chat. Itís also a little corny, but I do work up a sweat so itís a good tradeoff. My knees are not really bothered by it either which is very good news. I would also like to start working with some weights for my arms pretty soon. I have hand weights in assorted colors and poundages, and I know there are some good workouts in the Fitness Resources area. Iím trying to add things a little at a time. I am definitely a creature of habit, so making too many changes at once really throws me into a tizzy.

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SHERYLDS 6/19/2012 1:28PM

    You are making emoticon progress
and you are creating habits along the way.

don't compare apples to oranges
the real test comes in maintenance
and it's a tough road ahead for your friend

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Update #6 and First Test

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I lost 1.4 pounds this week for a total of 17.8 in 7 weeks. Not too shabby. My buddy on Medifast is kicking my butt with a total of 27 pounds, but that's OK. We're both doing awesome.

This was also my first real test in a while. I attended a conference for the last two days and eating was definitely a challenge. I had some failures and I probably gained a pound or two. One thing about conferences like this, you pretty much sit all day long and generally the food looks better than it tastes. But I still ate more of it than I should have. (My willpower muscle definitely needs more work, but it got some good practice in.) Yesterday's lunch was a disaster. It was a barbeque. The only green thing there was coleslaw, which is not exactly diet friendly. I have another conference tomorrow and then my niece's graduation activities this weekend. Weigh-in next week will probably not be too pretty, but these things happen. I did go home yesterday and did 3 miles of one of my Leslie Sansone walking dvds. That always makes me feel better. Hopefully I'll get some walking in at lunch today as well.

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KIYOSHI04 6/14/2012 10:49AM

    just keep plugging along.

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Update #5

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

I was down 2.6 pounds this week, for a six week total of 16.4. Not too shabby, but of course I would like it to be higher. An average of 2 pounds a week is more realistic in the long run. At least I didnít go up!

My Medifast buddy has lost a total of 23 pounds, so we're both doing great. It helps so much to have a human to share the ups and downs with and we really support each other. It also helps that we are not following the same strategy for weight loss. Otherwise, I think it might get a tad competitive.

I am happy that I am finding it easy to find good things to eat, too. Since Iím kind of a boring eater, tracking has not been a problem. I know itís a pain, but measuring and tracking really help me. Iím not just tracking calories, but other nutrients as well. For example, I rarely get enough protein and calcium Ė which is not so good given my age (can you say osteoporosis, more importantly, can you SPELL it?) Even with my multivitamin I wasnít getting enough, so Iíve added a calcium supplement. Not so sure what to do about the protein, though. I donít crave meat anymore and I only have smoothies on the weekend now, so I guess I need to find something else to put protein powder in.

I still have knee and back problems if I walk too much, but I am sure that this will improve as more weight comes off. I definitely need to get more physically active to get the complete healthy lifestyle that I want.

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KIYOSHI04 6/13/2012 9:01AM

    glad to hear you are doing great!

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CCASKEY37 6/6/2012 5:57AM

    It's good that you're making progress. Keep it up.

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SHERYLDS 6/5/2012 5:43PM

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MBERKLEY2 6/5/2012 2:14PM

    Your doing great!

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Medifast Update #4

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

This is my weekly update related to my weight loss buddy who is doing Medifast and me (who is NOT doing Medifast). My buddy was down 2 pounds this week for a total loss of 20 pounds.

After my previous slight falter last week (see my previous blog "Ugh), I came back with a 4 pound weight loss for a total of 13.8 lost in the last month. Hopefully those pounds will STAY lost this time!!! I'm really sick of them hanging around. I am faithfully tracking everything I eat, which is a big help too. This is something that I used to do sporadically in other (unsuccessful) attempts. This is really important for me to be accountable.

What else is really cool is that I have a ton more energy. I frequently get "hungry" but ignore it and it goes away while I'm doing something else. Obviously this is not real hunger and I'm starting to actually understand the difference. For me that's huge (pun intended)! I am not as obsessed with food. The key for me is to keep busy and distracted by doing something else. Another positive side of that is that I'm tackling a lot of cleaning projects that I've neglected in like, forever! I've cleaned out drawers and cabinets that I haven't even looked in since we moved to this house in 1991. In fact, I have a large storage drum in my bedroom and in it I discovered clothes I didn't even know I had! Many of them still had tags on them.

Eliminating clutter in my life overall has become another goal that will help me too. I am being buried by stuff! It's just something else I don't need weighing me down.
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SHERYLDS 5/29/2012 4:56PM

    the more organized I get ... the easier it is to get other things accomplished.

and You are doing great.

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BIGDOG1969 5/29/2012 11:37AM

    Congrats on your weight loss and your focus. It does seem like a competition between you and your friend; that may be good or bad. Keep in mind we all lose weight differently. The medifast method may not be something the other person can do for the rest of their lives.

Also, you've lost a lot of weight in one month. That's commendable but it may be too much (like there is such a thing.) You stated that you are hungry - maybe you do need to eat a little more. I've always heard that we should aim for .5-2 lbs of loss a week, and you are averaging over 3 lbs a week. That could explain why you get hungry. Just my 2 cents worth.

Great job and congrats on uncluttering your house!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

OK. So this week I gained .8 pounds. I know that's not a huge amount and that there are all kinds of reasons for fluctuations like this, but still... ugh. I'm down 9.8 overall so I'm OK with that -- not ecstatically happy, but OK.

My Medifast buddy was down another 3.5 pounds this week. It's been so awesome to have somebody to share this with and I'm glad that we're doing different things. I think I would feel worse today if we were on the same program.

We both braved a Happy Hour on Friday and a conference yesterday, so food has been a little extra challenging. Obviously these events didn't set her back, and I am back in the zone today.

Sometimes Iím afraid that if I have one thing it will open the floodgates and Iíll devour everything in sight. It feels like Iím walking a fine line right now, and even though I know what I need to do, the instant gratification ďgeneĒ is strong. I read in a magazine recently that you can think of willpower as a muscle that can be developed and become stronger the more you use it. I think mine is a wimpy kid right now, but I am aware of whatís going on in a way I havenít been before, so thatís good.
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3016DEBRA 5/25/2012 1:00PM

  Don't get discouraged...everything is possible! emoticon emoticon

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MIMMICA 5/23/2012 7:25AM

    Remember, you and your buddy can be doing exactly the same things, and get completely different results -- because you're two completely different people! Your two very different bodies have their very own mechanisms for sustaining each of you.

Next week, it could be you that has the big loss!

I had a HUGE drop in my weight last week but this week, even though I did everything the same, I didn't have any drop at all. My body is adjusting itself. I'll just have to be patient until it's ready to move on to the next adjustment!

Keep up the good work! 9.8 pounds is an awesome drop!

Have a fantastic day!

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SHERYLDS 5/22/2012 2:01PM

    stay strong and stay the course
you will be successful in the long run

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KIYOSHI04 5/22/2012 1:01PM

    it will all balance out.
the willpower thought is interesting.

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NASTARIAL 5/22/2012 12:04PM

    Fluctuations are a normal part of losing weight. If you're working out, you've probably lost fat but gained muscle, and that could cause you to have gained the extra bit of weight. Either way, I wouldn't worry about it too much. It sounds like you're doing a great job. Just remember... emoticon

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