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Back on Track

Saturday, July 07, 2012

I was at a complete standstill for about 5 weeks. I was not making any progress, and I was working out like crazy. I had to take a break. I was determined not to quit, but to exercise a little less and get some information on how to change my eating habits. I wasn't going over my calorie range except for one day a week to "shock" my system, but I still wasn't making in progress. I changed my weight goal on my start page and viola! It cut my calories down about 500 per day and suggested that I do less exercise. It's been about 4 days so far, and I am happy to report that I am 0.6 pounds down. It may not sound like a lot, but it is the progress that I needed to feel like all this is worth it.

Inch by's a cinch.


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WOMANATWORK1 7/26/2012 4:53PM

    WOW -- I just learned something! Thanks for sharing!!


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CPWASH 7/22/2012 3:02PM

    No matter the pounds lost (.6 or .2) you are headed in the right direction. Reading your blog is just what I need to do ---keep my calorie count under control. I am with you on just starting to get back on track. I have been off course for way too long and I can feel and see it!


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MAMAJAHMAI 7/9/2012 3:14PM

    That is just fantastic :) you are definitely doing it!! Nice!!

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SPARKLE1908 7/7/2012 8:51PM

    That is great news!!! Keep up the good work!

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ROADRUNNER201 7/7/2012 2:55PM

    I was just reading somewhere that if you hit a stall like that, if you will take a few days off of working out, you should start to see progress again. Glad it worked for you!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I am a little bit frustrated today. I have been working out 5-6 days a week for the past few weeks and making sure that I eat within my calorie range, but nothing has changed. Nada...zilch, cero, zero...I am fighting frustration as hard as I can and trying to use it to motivate me to work out harder. I am beginning to wonder if maybe there is a problem with my thyroid or something. I know.... it's probably desperation, but I can't seem to figure out what the problem is. I seem to lose a couple of pounds, then I hit a 4-6 week wall. I see changes in the way that my clothes fit and the way that I feel, but the scale hasn't budged in about 4 weeks. I'm doing all that I know to do. I'm going to keep on keeping on and hope that one day I reach that tipping point where things shift in my favor.

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CITYZOZO 6/29/2012 5:21AM

    i've experienced this.. just keep at it, it will come off.. you feel great right?

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LILSHINE 6/27/2012 2:13PM

    You've received great advice so far. One thing I learned when I thought I was eating within my calorie range I really wasn't gauging the food correctly. Are you using accurate measurements and calories counting? Are you drinking enough water, exercising at your heart rate? I agree with the cheat day as well. Not that you're binge eating but give yourself a little more fuel. You maybe working out too much and not getting enough calories. Revamp your program, your body may need a kick start. Don't give up whatever you do, it will move

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MAMAJAHMAI 6/27/2012 2:01PM

    Lady K, First of all I wanted to congratulate on your Consistency-that will instill discipline for life- Trait of a highly successful person-!

You may need a cheat meal-your body is fighting you because it knows something is up, cheat meals "trick" the body in thinking all is well, then you rev up again and go

You may be eating too much as well-consider both sides

You need to exercise hard. Hard enough that you cannot carry a conversation with anybody

Are you strength training? that will definitely jump start your metabolism

With whatever you do, please don't lose heart-You are in it to win it!

emoticon That victory is YOURS.

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FLY0NTHEWAL1 6/27/2012 1:12PM

    I know how you feel, I have been working out steadily and eating within my calorie range and I lost.... 0.2 lbs this week. I feel like, "is that it? do I really have to keep trying?" but YES, we have to keep it up, because our bodies are thanking us with each right choice, every workout, and every fruit/veggie, every well-prepared, well-portioned meal. My clothes are looser and my posture is better. My flabby parts are... well, they are spread a little better over my less flabby parts, and therefore less flabby looking.

In a year, you could be where you are now OR you can be stronger and leaner and WAY healthier. Don't give up on your future self, she is clamoring to be seen. Let her out!

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PHEBESS 6/27/2012 10:18AM

    Some of us plateau a lot, and lose slowly. Good part is that we also gain slowly.

I used to take my measurements each month - some months I didn't lose any weight but I'd lose a lot of inches.

So you might want to do that as a measurement of your progress.

And hang in there, you'll pass this plateau and lose again. Really.

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ANNETTEMARIE63 6/26/2012 11:25PM

    I cannot say this would work for you but for some unforseen reason when I have a cheat day and eat 1 meal in a week that I would not normally eat I tend to start losing weight. Although I did not lose weight originally when I started this I did notice my clothes fitting different and I felt better which was just as rewarding to me. emoticon emoticon

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Day 93- My first Jog!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

A while back, I posted a blog about wanting to become a runner. I kept up my walks in the park, and continued to do my exercise DVD's, but every time I tried to jog, my hamstrings would tighten up so badly I would have to stop. Today, I committed to walking 5 miles in the park, and it happened. On my second lap around the pond, I just started jogging. I was a bit apprehensive, and I waited for the tightening of my hamstrings, but it didn't happen. So, I did 1/4 of a mile. When I felt like I couldn't take anymore, I walked until I came to that same spot where my feet decided to lift off the ground at a rapid pace, and I did it again, and again, and again! I jogged 1 mile today in the park!!!!! Wooo Hooo!!!!! I am excited to go back to the park tomorrow and do it all again! I AM FINALLY BECOMING A RUNNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What are some of the feats that you have accomplished with fitness?

Inch by inch it is a cinch!

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MIDNIGHTER1 6/20/2012 8:21PM

    Good for you. I started the same way. I hated running. I have knee problems ,so I was apprehensive at first. I go to a track. I just decided to run and I ran half a mile, then further. Keep it up ! emoticon

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FEB_SHOWERS16 6/16/2012 9:36AM

    Woohoo! That is exactly how I started running too! I had tried and tried but never could run. One day I was walking on a trail and suddenly decided to try again... Just out of the blue. And kept going, which was the crazy part. I had never been able to run in my life! One year later I was running a full marathon.
Keep up the good work!

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LUVS2BIKE101 6/14/2012 9:51PM

    Wow! I'm so proud of you! You are doing so well with keeping your goals in sight.

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Day 79- Where will I be if I quit?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

It's hard to believe that I have not blogged since day 57, but my life has been extremely busy. I recently found out that funding for my instructional coaching position was cut, so I have been interviewing for a new job. Praise God that I now have a couple of offers on the table!

I must say that I am pleased with myself! Through all of the challenges that I have been going through, I still managed to stick with sparkpeople. I wasn't as active as I had been, but I DID NOT QUIT! I kept thinking to myself, where will I be in a year if I give up? I am so thankful to be able to connect with so many wonderful sparkpeople who have achieved their goals. It is encouraging to see peoples' pictures and to know that people have lost 40, 50, 60, or more pounds in a year's time by NOT QUITTING. Thinking about that gives me the motivation that I need to keep on pushing. I don't want to look back a year from now and think, "I could have been 20-40 pounds lighter right now if I didn't quit."

So fellow sparkers.... when you are thinking about giving up, ask yourself "Where will I be in a year if I quit?" Keep on keepin' on! We can do this!


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KMACHE 5/25/2012 7:28PM

    Thanks ladies! Feb_shower16... You were my inspiration for this blog! emoticon

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TURTLERAE55 5/23/2012 1:02AM

    emoticon emoticon

Keep up the good work.

Yes we can do it. Keep it moving at all times. emoticon emoticon

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FEB_SHOWERS16 5/23/2012 12:54AM

    Great blog!! I'm so proud of you!

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Day 57- Favorite Fitness Routine

Monday, April 30, 2012

I went out of town to visit my family this past weekend. I knew that I wouldn't be able to go to a gym (I go to the community center for free) so I took the Rockin Body DVD that my boyfriend got me. I've done a couple of the workouts before, and they are NO JOKE! I invited my mother to do the dance with me, and we had soooo much fun! I enjoyed the video so much that I got up and did it the next morning and 2 times on Sunday! When I weighed this morning, I had finally lost the last 1.5 pounds that I needed to make my April goal!

I think the Rockin Body workouts are going to be a key to help me make my goals, so I am gonna stick with them for a while and see how I do. I'm also going to order Walk Away the Pounds and Jillian Michaels' 30 day Shred so that I have something else to do if/when I start to get bored.

What fitness routines give you the most bang for your buck?

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RAE_LEIGH22 5/1/2012 8:29PM

    What a great feeling to know you've found the solution! Keep me updated!

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MAMAJAHMAI 5/1/2012 8:59AM

    Congrats on meeting your April Fitness Goal!....JM is a beast...I have 2 of her workout tapes, she does not play lol... emoticon emoticon

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