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Week 10 Wrap Up

Monday, March 21, 2011

Uh oh...went a little crazy this weekend. I gained a couple of pounds from the excessive eating and drinking. I did make some good decisions and did work out a couple of times but just was not point on. I am back on it today.

So, I thought I would have been down 22 pounds this week but am only down 18. That's not bad but .... I need to not quit and need to get back to eating more healthfully and working out more faithfully.

A couple of happy notes:
* I came in second in our office's biggest loser contest - second to a gal who had surgery during the competition and couldn't eat for two weeks. Feeling good about that - and I won a couple of bucks. We start up a new round on Thursday -hopefully by then I'll be down to what I was when the first round ended!
*I'm definitely down a pants size! All of my pants are way too big and I fear being "pantsed" by friends (not really but it could happen). I tried on a bunch of things in my closet and found I could now fit into some and am about 10 pounds from fitting into others (a smaller size yet). I can say that this will be a better summer - so many more clothes to choose from.

Goals for this week:
*Strength train 2-3X.
*Keep on walking.
*Get the damned couple pounds off!

Until next time...

  
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VALKYR8 3/22/2011 5:24PM

    Yay you!!!!
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Week 9 Wrap Up

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I'm a few days late on my updates, and haven't been on Spark for a couple of days (broke my streak). I've been babysitting my 6 year-old nephew and 3 year-old niece and nephew ths weekend. They are soooo busy. I got a cardio workout running after them and and a strength workout wrestling with them. Also got to see my 9-month-old great nephew - so cute. Spending time with my kids is always so theraputic. Puts everything back into perspective.

So I had a good week - shocking 2 pound loss. 16 pounds down with Spark for a total of 18.5 pounds total. Amazing. Last week I expressed my fear. This week I still have some fear but know that this change is for the long haul. I just feel different, even when I don't have a good day (s). I'm not mindlessly eating even with work stress. I consciously go off course, but am trying not to beat myself up about it.

I'm even keeping a good attitude about not being able to run. (every time I do my hip bursitis flairs up - bah stupid bursitis). I am walking stronger and longer than ever before, and enjoying my aerobic workouts. I'm just thankful that I can workout at all - for over 5 years I could barely walk.

Need to really work on meeting my strength training goals again this week. For some reason I just haven't gotten into it - but know that I need to in order to increase my metabolism even more. I also need to work on eating at least one fruit a day - fell off that wagon (unless wine is a fruit since it's made from grapes?!)

Hope all you sparkers are doing what makes you healthy and happy! Have a good week!

  


Week 8 Wrap Up

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Ho hum. That is the attitude to my 0 pound weight loss. I have to watch out for my ho hum attitude because this always happens around 8 weeks for me when I'm trying to lose weight. I can make it two months and then I let things slide.

I love the results I am seeing - my oval government worker hips/butt is going away, my energy level is high, I fit into some of my old clothes again, and I feel strong. I am afraid of reverting back to old habits, becoming sloppy and suddenly waking up and all the weight is back on. I am conscious of what I am doing and know that I'm not going back but I think I'm afraid both of going back to where I was and also of where I am going. Does that make sense? I don't want to sabotage myself. I don't want to revert back to old habits.

TOM doesn't help with the attitude, motivation or munchies! At least now I am tracking this and know when it is coming and why I'm feeling/doing what I'm feeling/doing. I need to think of some ways to mitigate the continued need for munching - I've been trying gum but that only works so long. Or, I may need to just be okay with having a ho hum week every month?

Weekly goals:

1.Continue with the strength training and do more of it.
I did start strength training last week so met that goal but I need to do more. Love feeling muscles that are reactivating . They are a little angry with me for waking them up, but they'll get over it.

2. Refocus my efforts on eating well - more whole foods and less processed. Staying within my calorie range, and eating less sweets. (I eat too many even when staying in my calorie range.)

I am proud of myself for what I have done, and will continue to move forward with love and positivity!

  
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JRZG8R 3/6/2011 3:17PM

    Great job! You are doing so well. Hang on and you will blow that 8 week myth up.

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MIM2317 3/5/2011 10:38PM

    You should be proud. You recognized a pattern and you are taking steps to change it. That's difficult in itself. I am proud of you too.

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Week 7 Wrap Up

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Down 2 pounds this week. (For a grand total of 16 total pounds gone). I should be thrilled but I'm apathetic. My body seems to be fighting me which is frustrating. First the hip bursitis flair up - which is better but I still can't run, and at points can't walk. Then I go and get shingles - which are painful and of course are at my hip, so when I can walk my clothes brush against the rash and that exascerbates the pain. Stupid stress.

On a brighter note: I wentshopping for a wedding dress with my niece this week. She is getting married in June. The shopping expedition was successful! I cried. She's my little girl all grown up.

Hmmm....I feel like I should set a goal for the next week....hmmmm...
I think my goal will be to start strength training which I've been putting off. I think I'll be able to do that at least three times this week. So there you go.

I send my kudos to the Wisconsin state workers who have been displaying their civic pride through non-violent demonstration. (I went into a long diatribe but deleted it because this is not the right forum). Needless to say - people standing up for what they believe in in a peaceful and respectful manner , whether I personally agree or not with what they believe in, is cool!

Hope everyone has a great week!

  
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VALKYR8 2/25/2011 11:15PM

    Yay strength training!
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MIM2317 2/25/2011 10:07AM

    Ugh! That does not sound fun. But, I think focusing on the strength training until your hip is healthy again is a great goal.

I also leave the opinionated side of me off of SP, but my facebook page is littered with it. It sounds like that once again, we are of similar thinking. :-)

Feel better.

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RUNANDRUN 2/24/2011 10:12PM

  You're singing my song! I have hip bursitis that flares up once in a while. I've learned to work through it, but it still sucks! I also got shingles for the 3rd time in 4 months and it always pops up in a spot that the seam of my pants rubs against. Just keep on keeping on. That's all we can do. Hope you enjoy the weights next week!

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Week 6 Wrap Up

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I'm sitting with an ice pack on my hip as I write this. Totally frustrating. Here I am trying to be healthy by exercising and my stupid hip bursitis kicks in. I blame yoga which I quit a few months ago because it started acting up - tried it again this week and WHAM - it's back. So I'm going to have to lay low for a few days to ice and heat. Here my week 3 of C25K was going pretty good. I had to stop mid-way through my run on day 2 because my hip felt like it was going to slip out of joint. I'll wait a couple of days and then try again. I will not let this blip stop me from my goal (she writes so that she will believe it.).

I gained a half a pound this week. I'm okay with that (I try to convince myself) after my tough weekend. As my faithfully supportive co-workers remind me, this change is for life and there will be weeks (and as I keep repeating in my head). I am still down 14 pounds from when I started, but I am disappointed with myself because I could be a couple more pounds down . Lesson learned (I hope) for next time - maybe my "failure" won't be as bad. Ah well. I was having a pity party tonight and didn't want to cook and wanted fast food. So I went to McDonald's and ordered a salad. That's a positive!

Looking forward to a long weekend - going wedding dress shopping with my niece. So exciting!

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VALKYR8 2/18/2011 9:25AM

    Injuries suck! Hate them with the heat of a thousand suns. The basic fact is that you are better off resting and giving it time to heal then to push yourself. Thats what I did with my elbow and I'm really glad I took the time cause now I can do hammer curls again. You can always focus on your upper body and core while your lower body sits it out, so to speak...

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Did I mention that I pounded down 6 cookies yesterday? Yeah, we all have days.

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MIM2317 2/17/2011 9:24PM

    I'm going to repeat what you told me. Chin up! I guess we have to accept that the set backs are a part of changing a lifestyle completely, but they suck none the less. Take care of your hip.



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JRZG8R 2/17/2011 9:08PM

    Sorry to hear about your hip. Hope you get relief. Good job on the salad. Fast food was a huge change for me. Avoidance is still my tactic even though they do have good salads these days.

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