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October Reflection

Sunday, November 02, 2014

October has been very busy. I realized I haven't posted a blog since the end of September! Can't believe it is November already!

At the beginning of September, my 14yo dd was injured at soccer practice and has a concussion. She is still out of school on homebound, doing OT and PT. She is frustrated with missing most of the first half of her freshman year of high school! My father-in-law had surgery last week to replace his pacemaker an defibrillator. He came through the surgery ok, but the pacemaker isn't working properly. Lots of new students moving in, finding out students who moved in at the start of the year should have been in EC, and trying to fix messes left by others.

I still don't know what I have done to my heel, but it is so unbearable at times that I can barely walk. Steps are way down from the last few months due to pain and changes in the weather.

October break down:
Total steps: 417,251 steps
Daily Average: 13,460
Highest day- 10/3 21,028 (barely higher than Sept average!)
Lowest day- 10/12 7,848
-- Reached at least 15,000 steps 12 days in October!! Only had 3 days under 10,000.
-- I had only 1 day in October that was 20k steps or higher (14 in Aug, 17 in Sept)

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BEATLETOT 11/2/2014 12:42PM

    Awesome stats!!!

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September Reflection

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Dr visit after 3 months mostly allergen-free went well. She added some meds that I didn't want to take. Tried the niacin once, but experienced extreme flushing so I didn't take it again! School has been extremely stressful, but I am trying to get into a routine.

Another 5 pounds or so down. Frustrating because I am between the sizes of clothes that I own and don't want to have to buy a lot!

I finished my 100 day step challenge, and hit 2,000,000 steps on day 99. During the challenge, I've increased my best day from 26,000 to over 40,000 in one day!!

Here is how September breaks down:
Total steps: 603,566 steps (about 1,000 less than August)
Daily Average: 20,119 (more consistent than August, which was 19,000)
Highest day- 9/9 30,478
Lowest day- 9/30 15,447
-- Reached at least 15,000 steps every day in September!! Only had 4 days under 16,000!!
-- I had 17 days in September that were 20k steps or higher (14 in Aug)

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KCSMOM9 10/2/2014 9:13PM

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PINKPANTHERS 10/2/2014 8:47PM

    Awesome steps! emoticon emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 10/2/2014 11:31AM

    Wow! emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 10/2/2014 7:09AM

  Thanks for sharing

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100 day step challenge reflection

Monday, September 22, 2014

In June, I signed up for an online 1,000,000 step challenge. It was simple: walk 10,000 steps a day for 100 days to reach 1,000,000 steps. I started off fine, 12,000 to low teens daily. Then I decided to see where I could go. My high for one day was around 26,000 at that time. I weighed 161lbs.

Over the course of the challenge, I increased my daily average steps and increased my personal best several times, with my highest of 40,578 in one day on July 31 while on vacation with my husband!

Today was day 100. Yesterday, I reached 2 million steps in 99 days! My final numbers:
total steps: 2,030,578
Best steps: 40,578
Daily average steps: 20,306
total floors: 3,769
best floors: 126
weight loss: 20.3lbs

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/23/2014 11:21AM

    WOW WOW WOW what an inspiration! I've been having a hard time getting to 10k each day but I'm going to really push myself!

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BEATLETOT 9/23/2014 10:04AM

    That's pretty awesome that you've lost so much weight doing it! I did Million Step Club at work and got 11,000+ steps almost everyday. Not any real weight loss to speak of...

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PINKPANTHERS 9/23/2014 10:00AM

    Sounds like you are doing all the right things! Those are fantastic numbers! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KRISTA987 9/22/2014 11:21PM

    Holy Smokes! Those are some amazing number! Congrats on your accomplishments!

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KEEPITUP62 9/22/2014 9:38PM

    that is so awesome! Way to go on the fitness and the weight loss.

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JAMBABY0 9/22/2014 9:29PM

    awesome keep it up

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EMMACORY 9/22/2014 9:22PM

    That is fantastic! I was also part of a 100 day challenge. Mine was to do 10 minutes of ST per day, which I achieved. I have been doing 10,000+ steps for several years but I certainly never got to the numbers you did. emoticon emoticon

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August 2014 reflection

Monday, September 01, 2014

Just realized I haven't posted a blog entry in a while! Lots of travelling over the summer, then back to school last week (as a teacher, I've been back about 3 weeks, but last week was students' first week back)

Eating has been pretty good this month. Not sure I posted it, but I had allergy testing in June. Already had gone wheat, peanut and egg free and mostly dairy free. In addition, no oats, cashews, no walnuts, no corn and lots of other strange things (honeydew?! Asparagus?!). Generally, it was either things I hate and never eat (Cayenne pepper- never have liked spicy food) or things I ate daily (oatmeal for breakfast). I also had my cortisol levels checked and began treating low adrenal function.

I have lost some weight over the summer. I'm down about 10 pounds, which I attribute to getting the cortisol levels in check and removing allergens. Less due to actual weight loss and more reducing inflammation, I think.

I've been doing a step challenge, and should hit 2,000,000 steps in the 100 day challenge that ends on September 21. During the challenge, I've increased my best day from 26,000 to over 40,000 in one day!!

Here is how August breaks down:
Total steps: 604,056 steps
Daily Average: 19,486
Highest day- 8/1 30,738
Lowest day- 8/31 13,558
-- yesterday was the ONLY day in August that I didn't get at least 15,000 steps!! I was disappointed, but we spent most of the day driving.
-- I had 14 days in August that were 20k steps or higher

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JEANKNEE 9/21/2014 1:04PM

    Awesome job with the steps!

My body does not handle oats well either. Have found that minimizing certain carbs (wheat, oats) leads to less apparent inflammation (water retention?). I also feel better when my overall carb intake is more like 40% to 45% of my overall nutritional intake.

We really are an experiment of one. Good job determining what works for you. Keep up the great work!

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BEATLETOT 9/2/2014 9:28AM

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PINKPANTHERS 9/1/2014 8:44PM

    Wowza! That is some amazing steppin! You are awesome!

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LOLAINSC 9/1/2014 2:57PM

    Mighty impressive statistics! It never occurred to me that doing 10,000 steps a day will add up to 1,000,000 steps in 100 days and more than 3,000,000 steps in a year. Now double that--makes my feet hurt just thinking about it!

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ROCKPORT9 9/1/2014 9:53AM

    I am in awe of all of your steps and positively dealing with food restrictions!

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My weight story

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Daily question in the 5% challenge today was to tell your weight story. Thought I'd also blog it. This is just the basic weight gain, nothing detailing the outlying factors such as stress, depression, and relationships that may have encouraged weight gain and dissatisfaction. emoticon

As a child I was always small to average. In high school, though I thought I was fat, I realize now that I wasn't and was just influenced by the media and societies expectations of "thin". I've always had large thighs and a big butt, so I equated that to being fat.

After I had my first child, I had trouble losing weight until I went to work in a factory. With my second, I lost most of it. After my 3rd (a c-section) and 4th, I didn't try until the youngest was a year old to lose anything.

I spent years working out and eating "healthy" with no results. In 2009, I joined SPARK but took a few months to get started with it. From August to December, I lost 30 lbs and another 10 over the next couple of years and maintained that for a while.

In December 2012, suddenly I started gaining weight. Fast. In about 2-3 weeks, I gained 16 pounds. Lost a little at the beginning of January, then gained even more for a total of 30lbs gained over 8 weeks! After battles with different doctors, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (Hypothyroidism) and continue to work to regain my health.

I am working to ignore conventional diet advice. I feel like that is what kept me from losing the weight when my youngest was little and what caused my body to revolt against all I was doing (specifically, severely limiting salt in my diet, thus also limiting iodine).

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LOLAINSC 9/1/2014 3:07PM

    Hope it all works together for you. It is so frustrating to do everything the experts say is right and have the results turn out wrong.
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JOYFUL_JOURNEY 8/7/2014 3:09PM

    I agree with you that conventional dieting keeps you from losing the weight. I think it makes you add even more pounds overall.

I was a thin child up until age 10; then I gained weight rather rapidly. I went on my first diet at age 13, weighing 150 lbs. Each time I would lose weight, I'd re-gain it plus more. This started years of yo-yo'ing. When I was 38, my dr. found a nodule on my thyroid and I had to have the left side removed. This corrected all sorts of things, including my menstrual cycle and the tiredness I'd been living with for years. I am convinced that dieting caused me to live the last 40-some years fluctuating between 40-65 lbs. overweight from something that was initially caused by my thyroid and hormonal imbalance.

At 62 years old, I've FINALLY realized that all I have to do is ditch the processed foods in favor of fresh/natural foods and stay active with walking. My cravings went away after about a month, and once I tuned into my normal appetite signals I automatically ate less and have been steadily losing weight since last January. I haven't eliminated any major food groups and am able to eat in moderation. No more diets!

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SMG1963 6/27/2014 3:31PM

    emoticon I have learned that strength training is essential for me to stay fit, along with clean eating habits (which I struggle with from time to time)

Although I do not have a thyroid issue-so check with your doctor first, but if you are not already doing that, you might try it. I will be glad to help in any way.


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ROCKPORT9 6/26/2014 12:08PM

    I hope you find what works for you! Hugs, Laurel

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TURTLETALK 6/26/2014 10:39AM

    Your path sounds very similar to mine without the thyroid issues. I find it almost impossible to lose weight now. (57 years) I have been to many dieticians and nutritionists but unless I cut down to 1200 C or less there is no loss for me.

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NOT_BIG_BONED 6/26/2014 10:34AM

    I think your right about ignoring conventional diet advice. I think you just have to do what works best for YOU! I think its good to read up on what works for other people, but at the end of the day you have to figure out what you can stick too. I lost weight really easily after my first daughter. But after my second daughter its been a lot harder finding time and motivation. I have finally got my motivation back, but my daughter is also already 18 months old now and I'm only down 20 lbs since her birth with still another 50 to go! We will finish what we started though!

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JSPIN74 6/26/2014 10:31AM

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