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And now for round four

Monday, October 05, 2009

I hate hate HATE tracking my food. It's an annoying hassle. I also hate being stuck at my current weight, which I've been stuck at for far too long now. When I first came here, I kept saying that I'd still be happy if I never lost another pound. In some ways, that's true. I am grateful that I'm no longer a hundred pounds overweight. And as hard as it has been being stuck on this plateau, I'm still confident that I'll never go back to being that overweight again. But dangit I'm sick of still being overweight. I just want a healthy BMI. I don't want a model-skinny body. I don't need to be able to flaunt myself in a skimpy bathing suit. All I want is a healthy BMI. I've been so frustrated lately that I've considered using gimmicks and weight loss aids to get these last 20 pounds off of my body. But I lost a hundred pounds without any gimmicks, without diet aids, and dangit -- without counting my calories!! I'm determined to get rid of these last 20 pounds without them either. I'm just frustrated as all get out right now.

I recently re-connected with an old friend, and learned that she uses SparkPeople. So I've decided to give this another shot, and I'm re-committing myself ... again. I guess the point though, is to never give up. No matter how many times you "fall off the wagon" you get back up and try again. You only fail when you stop trying, right?

My current plan is to alternate walking and jogging for a total of six days a week, include some body sculpting exercises for my belly, some strength training, and some yoga at night to relax. Sundays are my day to check in.

  
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JANEYINMADTOWN 10/5/2009 7:44PM

    The only time you fail is if you stop trying...welcome back to the fight for your healthy lifestyle! Good for you!

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DANCINGCAROL 10/5/2009 2:25PM

    I did calorie shifting when I hit a plateau. Are you familiar with that? There should be an article on that on this site and I know there is a group for this. It essentially means you figure out how many calories you need in 1 week and work out what you will eat in a high cal day followed by low and next not so low and then high...it knocks your metabolism out of position. I religiously counted calories for a few weeks, did the shifting, and that worked for me. I also liked it because I could eat rich foods on my high cal days.

The final 20lbs are usually not so easy to shake off & I do understand your frustration. Best of luck.

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She's baaack!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Okay, round three, right?

I'm really frustrated with logging my calories and activity -- even though I've seen that it works. It's just a hassle to do it every day.

But, I've implemented one of Dr. Oz's tips and I've 'automated' every bite of food I eat until dinner time. That means I eat the same thing, day in and day out, which occasionally gets boring, but I don't have to worry about how much I'm eating calorie-wise.

I know that every day, if I stick to my 'automated' foods, I'll have eaten about 1350 calories. That means that if I'm a total slug and don't exercise at all, I only have to eat about 200 calories at dinner.

Depending on how much I exercise, I may have to eat a lot more. Like tonight, I'm eating a 300 calorie dinner -- and I'll *have to* eat something for dessert to meet my calorie goal! Oh poor me. *grin*

My goal is to get down to 150 by the end of the year. I'd love to get there sooner, but I'll be happy to get there by the end of the year.

Here's today's calories:

1853 (+)
358 (-)
1495 (net)

  
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JANEYINMADTOWN 5/5/2009 7:54PM

    Welcome back! You know we've all tried many get healthy programs over the years so you are not alone in that! Set some goals and get some successes under your belt. It will help keep you motivated!

Best of luck!

Janey

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Skinny jeans

Thursday, January 22, 2009

We've all got a pair of 'em right? Those jeans that are just one or two sizes too small that you can't quite fit into, but keeping hoping that some day you will? Mine are size "14 S" black jeans. Black because, well, black is slimming, right? I'm not sure what the "S" stands for. Since I always thought that "W" stood for "Wide", I've decided that "S" stands stands for "Skinny" now. These are the jeans that I've always been able to just barely crowbar myself into, but then I couldn't breathe or bend my legs and they were tight and uncomfortable *everywhere.* A few months ago, I finally threw them up on my closet shelf and decided not to try to wear them again for a while.

Well, the other night, as I was putting my PJs on, I noticed how much looser they are now. Then yesterday afternoon, I was noticing how much looser my regular jeans are. My jeans are almost always loose around the waist. Except for when I was obese, I always had a thin waist -- it was my hips and thighs that always made me feel fat. So usually my regular jeans are snug in the hips and thighs, and extremely loose in the waist. Except for yesterday. Yesterday, I noticed that my regular jeans are getting looser in the thighs too. So I literally ran to my closet and dragged my skinny jeans down...

I still have to crowbar myself into them, and they're still snug -- but I can feel the difference, they're not as tight as they used to be. They're not uncomfortable anymore. So I decided to wear them to work today! LOL

My husband started exercising and watching what he eats too recently. I'm so happy for him! He's talked about loosing weight for years, but every time he's started an exercise program, it's petered out after a week or two. Granted, it's still only been a week or two this time, but CalorieKing seems to really be working for him. He's already seeing progress, and I think that's going to keep him motivated. Even though we don't work out together, it's nice to be loosing weight together and making healthier lifestyle choices together.

I checked my BMI calculator and I'm still in the "overweight" category -- but I've only got eleven more pounds to go before I hit "normal." I'm pretty excited about getting back into the "normal" weight range again. And I'm feeling cautiously optimistic about being able to achieve and maintain my high school weight of 145 pounds. I think loosing much more than that would make me too thin, but I'm really thinking that 145 may be an achievable goal again.

  
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TWISTOLOMEW 1/22/2009 12:01PM

  emoticon emoticon Very very awesome!

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Still on the Calorie Counting Bandwagon

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Today I've stayed within my fat and carb goals, although I'm low on fiber, protein, and overall calories. We just ate a big meal, so I figure I'll have a protein/fiber/diet shake after this food has started to digest and settle a bit. Otherwise I'll feel sick and overstuffed if I eat it right away. But the shake should get my calories, fiber, and protein closer to my goals without shooting my carbs too far over.

Here's a bonus to counting calories that I *never* would have expected: At lunch today, I looked at where my carbs were and said to myself, "Hey! I've kept my carbs down; I can afford to have a root beer!"

I don't feel obsessive about the food I'm eating, like I was afraid I would if I started counting calories. But I'm not *just* counting calories -- I'm counting "net" calories (the more I exercise the more I have to/get to eat -- depending on how you look at it), and I'm counting fat, protein, fiber, and carbs as well, which is helping me make better food choices overall. About 30% of my calories are coming from fat right now -- but that's the goal that the CK software automatically generated. I'd like to get my fat down to 25% or even 20% but for now, so long as I'm keeping it under 30%, I'm feeling good about my choices. My worst fat day was 41%, and my best so far was 15%. I don't think I could do 15% every day right now, but I'm doing a good job of staying under 30% so I'm okay with that.

  
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TOONACAT 1/19/2009 11:19AM

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Good job!

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TWISTOLOMEW 1/18/2009 8:59PM

  Great feeling, isn't it - when it all seems to pull together?! Don't forget that in order for you body to function properly, it does need some fat as not all fats are created equally! so don't aim too low. 15% each day may be a bit extreme.

As you learn which foods have more nutritional value, reaching your fiber and protein goals.

Keep it up!

--Twist

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Calorie Counting Convert

Friday, January 16, 2009

Okay, I am now a total convert to counting calories. I've only been counting calories for seven days, and I've lost seven pounds. I know that's all just "initial weight loss" and expect it to even out to about 1-2 pounds per week soon -- but this is the first time I've seen real progress in MONTHS and I'm still optimistic that it's going to continue.

My net calories are about 1500 -- that means that if I sit around the house like a lump all day, I can "only" eat 1500, but if I exercise, I've got to make up for that exercise by eating more. Some days it's a real struggle to get JUST that initial 1500 calories in! Holy cow! I really must not have been eating enough before I downloaded the Calorie King software, which is probably why I kept just gaining and losing the same five pounds these past months.

So yup, I'm a convert to counting calories now.

  
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TWISTOLOMEW 1/16/2009 12:41PM

  emoticon emoticon That's awesome! And numerous studies show that people who log their food and exercise lose more weight and keep it off than those who don't. It's a great way to become aware of portion size...

.. eventually with that you'll start looking at how small some portions are and start eating healthier versions to get more bang for your calorie buck!

Keep up the great work and woohoo on 7lbs!


--Twist

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