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220's Are Back!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Last week I met my goal of 230lbs but the next day I was back up a pound! I just realized that by mistake I went off the plan. I thought each package of food was 1 serving size when it's really 2.25 serving sizes (or maybe 2.5). Instant water gain and slow down of weight loss. I lost the 1lb the next day and then the following day I lost 2lbs. Today I'm at the same weight but I think it is due to lack of water, increase of diet soda and lack of sleep.

I find that when I sleep really well I lose and when I don't ...well I don't lose. Same with water. And I think the sweetener in the soda is messing with me a bit and I should cut back.

Another thing, I've been doing protein drinks and I'm wondering if they are putting on more muscle on me and maybe a bit more weight. I really should have done measurements. Either way I'm at 228 lbs as we speak. 1 more pound and I will have hit 30lbs gone!

Everyone will know, I'll end up putting it as my profile image. LOL


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ZEN_WOMAN 11/20/2012 2:14PM

    Sweet! comgrats.

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KATRINIA17 10/17/2012 12:13AM

    OMG! You are back! I wanna so badly get the ole gang back together. I miss you and the others so much! I've been on here, here and there and normally check in every week or so but wasn't active on the boards. I'm changing that as much as I can now that I have a computer full time.

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SEESKO 10/16/2012 4:08PM

    It is good to see you back on Spark. You were a big supporter of mine last time I was here. I just came back myself. Lets do this!

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KATRINIA17 10/15/2012 7:24PM

    Thank you to both of you! I just want to make it out of the 220's asap but I know that it's gonna take a while so I'm just gonna keep on chuggin along.

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JLN0527 10/15/2012 5:58PM

    That is awesome, I am the same way. I will see the scale rise if I slack off for a day or two. I am trying to cut back on my diet soda intake. Congratulations, you are doing FANTASTIC!!

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BLISSFULCIN 10/15/2012 4:39PM

    Omgosh! Yay!!! Super Duper congrats Kat!! Keep up the fantastic work!!!! You are an inspiration!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A Quick Check In

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Just wanted to give a quick check in. I continued on with the Just 1o Challenge and reached my Goal. I gained back some of the weight after getting off of it but I've gotten back on track and hopefully tomorrow will be back at that last weight. It's hard knowing that I'm starting back over from months ago and realizing that I could have another 10, 20, or even 30 lbs gone by now but I guess now is not the time to sit back and bring out the tiny violin. I'm moving forward and hope to see my goal for this year met!


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OHANAMAMA 10/8/2012 5:34PM

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Don't look back, just forward!

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Just 10: Day 15

Friday, June 15, 2012

Today I'm 15 days into the Just 10lbs Challenge with my Hottie Girls and so far I'm liking it. I find this to be the perfect challenge for me, I'm working on core health principles such as portion control and serving sizes. I've not yet "mastered" all the task but I'm pretty close, almost hitting every one daily. I struggle on the 10 mins of activity and making sure it's "exercise" like.

The good: Simple steps I can take one at a time that teach and re-enforce good habits.

The bad: I don't feel that this challenge is going to help me drop weight quickly. I feel it will help someone who is just starting drop the 1-2 lbs a week but for those who are already eating in range and pretty set up I don't think the will see pounds drop like that or additional pounds lost to what they already lose. I do feel that this is a good plan for slowly losing weight, say like 10lbs in a year or something of that sort if you don't want to "diet and exercise" but still lose a little something.

What I love: I love jumping on the scale every morning. It gives me my daily dose of motivation!

What I hate: All the vitamins. Sick of taking them already.

My Advice: Use the numbers on the daily weigh in to motivate you! If you gained a pound use that knowledge to put yourself into check and work harder.

As of today's weigh in I've only lost 2.5lbs but I can say that I'm swollen and that 2 days ago and days before that I was down to a 4.5lb loss. I'm hoping to lose 10lbs in 30 days on this challenge (so far not good LOL) but have already noted to my team mates that 45 days might be more reasonable.

Tomorrow will be a test since I'm invited to a pot luck BBQ. Can I hit everything on the list? I'm going to do my best!


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JOLEEV 6/18/2012 10:37AM

    You got this girlie!

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30 Day Challenge #1

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I just finished my first 30 day challenge in which I set the goal to lose 10 pounds in 30 days. I reached my goal on 6/13/2012! I wanted to reflect on that challenge today.

My diet plan was to eat in range 5 days of the week and "diet" with a low carb diet for 2 days of the week. At first I tried to "fast" my first day (Monday) and failed like crazy. So on Tuesday I picked myself back up and ate only 50 grams of carbs for the day and the following day. I then continued in the 1200-1500 calorie range. I changed nothing else and lost 5lbs by Mondays weigh in. The following weigh in I lost only 1 pound and the one after I gained it back. I figured that something had to be up since I was still keeping with the plan and had not made any changes. I then noticed something...I was eating very little. Cutting out the carbs and replacing them with veggies meant that my calorie intake would be lower. I was right and calculated that instead of 1200-1500 calories I was eating 800 calories a day. My body was in starvation mode! It was time to readjust my eating but I found it to be too hard. My stomach had shrunk and I was easily full. Slowly though I got in the calories I needed and in the last 4 days I had managed to drop a pound a day!

Now the Good and the Bad and My Advice:


1. I never gave up! Since I only needed 2 days in a row of "dieting" I always felt like it was something I could do and it was so short lived that it was over before I knew it!

2. I ate less during those days so the following days felt full. Over time I noticed I when I was full and so instantly stopped eating.

3. All the veggies were so low in calories that I instantly cut calories by eating more of them.


1.The first 2 sets of "diet" days were hard to get through.

2. Once I got use to those 2 "fast" days it was hard to eat normal the next few days so my body went into starvation mode and by the time I did get to eating normal it made it harder to fast again. I had to live and learn and find balance.


1. Do not try to fast the first time around, instead focus on eating more veggies.

2. Remember snacks! Taking in snacks helped me to get in the calories on high carb days while allowing the main meals to be lower carb and healthy. Eat fruit for your snacks on those days and on the days of low carb skip the fruit and have a veggie for a snack instead.

3. Eat bitter food! Since I was cutting out carbs for 2 days I knew I would have cravings for those days. So to battle my cravings I ate bitter foods. My favorite? Asparagus! Every day for 2 meals (or even my snacks) I would eat at least 3 asparagus spears. Eating bitter foods made sweet foods and carb cravings nearly disappear!

Would I do this diet again and recommend it to others?


This is a simple and easy way to ease back into losing weight and eating better. I noticed most of my carbs came from unhealthy foods so just cutting them out for 2 days meant 2 days of no sweets and lower calories. After 2 days I found that eating sweets was no longer satisfying and so I stopped! Out with the sweets and in with the veggies! I'll be continuing on with this plan but adding it to another plan for my next 30 days which start today!


Just 10lbs Challenge

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I'm taking on a new challenge on the Spooky to Hottie team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_
individual.asp?gid=10729 and I'm really excited about this one. Why? Because I feel this is a great stepping stone for those just starting, those who are starting over and those who are still going but need a little something to keep them on track. This means that all my friends can join without the need of rearranging their current plan. The plan comes from Dr. Oz and is called "Just Ten Lbs". It gives a list of task/goals to help you lose 10lbs. This is no diet with recipes or exercise plan. In fact the closes it gets to that is by telling you to move for 10 mins a day and "reinvent" your recipes. In short, no need for a gym membership or tread mill and no need for special smoothies and a new shopping list. Just move and sub your meat pizza for a veggie topped pizza type of deal.

I can so do that!

So I know that the idea is to take these all on at once but I don't want to be over whelmed so I'm planning on taking them on a little at a time. The goal is about 1-2 a day every day or other day depending on if I feel I have the control of the others and the ability to accept another challenge.

Below are the 12 Task suggested:

Task #1- Cut out soda
Task #2- Stop eating at least 3 hours before bed
Task #3- Move for 10 Minutes Each day
Task #4- Exercise portion Control
Task #5- Weigh yourself every day
Task #6- Take a Vitamin B Complex Every Day
Task #7- Take your vitamins (cal 1200 (600 from food) Mag 400 V D3 1000 with DHA, DHA 900, Probiotics in spore form and multi vitamin)
Task #8- Recipe Reinvention
Task #9- Know your serving sizes
Task #10- Conquer your cravings
Task #11- Survive the holidays
Task #12- Keep the weight off

Just so that you know this, task 11 and 12 come with helpful hints that I will blog about when I get to them. For now I'm planning out details on how I want to go about this challenge starting with grouping task into "bite size" portions I can handle. I'll list these as "days" though it may be not the next day that I start that next grouping.

Day 1- Task #1- Cut out soda and Task #5- Weigh yourself every day
Day 2- Task #2- Stop eating at least 3 hours before bed and Task #9- Know your serving sizes
Day 3- Task #10- Conquer your cravings and Task #4- Exercise portion Control
Day 4-Task #6- Take a Vitamin B Complex Every Day and Task #7- Take your vitamins (cal 1200 (600 from food) Mag 400 V D3 1000 with DHA, DHA 900, Probiotics in spore form and multi vitamin).
Day 5-Task #3- Move for 10 Minutes Each day and Task #8- Recipe Reinvention
Day 6- Task #11- Survive the holidays and Task #12- Keep the weight off

I think that all these task work hand and hand and go in an order for easiest to hardest for me. I feel if I put in the harder stuff and fail then I will give up sooner. Maybe with the easier stuff first and seeing success will help me stick with the harder stuff at the end.

Either way, the plan is set!


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