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Revision Snacking

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Time definitely flies when you're busy!

It's been 3 months since my last blog post and I can't believe how quickly these past 3 months have gone. The healthy eating is definitely becoming more of a habit and I'm actually finding that I'm thinking about calories and portion size without much effort.

I'm still having my off-days. This weekend, for example, has been a bit of a disaster! A friend's birthday on Friday consisted of Chinese takeaway and a lot of chocolate and the naughty snacks and over-eating has continued over the weekend. I'm trying not to be too harsh on myself but I'm finding it very difficult not to get frustrated.

However, I've totally changed my exercise regime. I bought myself a pedometer and track my daily steps. I've started placement at university so I'm on my feet and walking around most of the day which is definitely helping rack up the miles! And I now do 3 different exercise classes each week and I'm still playing netball twice a week with cardio gym sessions when I feel like it. Exercise has almost become an addiction. I actually feel slightly agitated if I've spent the day sitting in the library and I definitely feel more sluggish if I haven't done any exercise that day.

But with university comes exams and mine start in 6 weeks time. Before placement started I was coping well with lectures, exercise and healthy eating and the results were really beginning to show. Now I'm on placement, and the serious revision is starting, I'm beginning to lag. I wake up at 5.45am and spend the morning in placement. By lunchtime I'm starving but I make sure I take a packed lunch so I know exactly what I'm eating. My afternoon is spent revising and I'm beginning to snack on chocolate and sweets and biscuits in an attempt to keep my energy levels up.

It's frustrating. I know the best solution is to not buy anything unhealthy but I'm not sure I could do that... I've tried it before and found that I just raided the cupboards and ate half the contents because nothing was satisfying me. I don't binge like I used to. I can have 4 squares of chocolate or 2 biscuits and it satisfies me but I'm beginning to do this every day and I'm aware it might be a downward spiral back into binging and feeling incredibly guilty all the time.

If you're still reading this, thank you for listening to my ramblings! I think the combination of lack of sleep, a mountain of work to do and ever-increasing stress levels has lead to a poor weekend on the healthy living front and I'm basically looking for some motivation to get me back on track. If anyone has any tips on how to battle fatigue (especially if they don't involve food), I would really appreciate it!



Goodbye Plateau

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The scales are reading 124lbs today. That means I've lost 1.5lbs and smashed through the plateau I'd been stuck at for nearly a month.
I've also lost 0.5 inches from my thighs and I'm generally feeling pretty good right now.

So how did I break the plateau....?

Well, I looked at my gym routine and decided to change it up. Dedicating at least 1 day a week to pure strength training. I also noticed my protein consumption is generally on the low side so I've been trying to push that up and I've finally ordered some protein powder so that should really help.
By boosting my protein it's meant my carbs have generally dropped (although I have had a few cheat days recently!) which has been an added bonus.

The new changes to food and fitness tracking on Spark have been incredibly helpful. I love the fact that it alters your calorie allowance depending on the exercise you've done and I'm sure that's what has helped me over the past couple of weeks.

In my personal life I've now started placement at university so the time for snacking is non-existent and I'm on my feet 8-5 Monday to Friday which has probably shocked my body into losing a couple more pounds.

So, for anyone that is struggling with a plateau just keep sticking with it. It's taken me nearly 4 weeks to break through my plateau and it's involved a lot of changes to my food intake and gym workouts so try something new in the gym and have a look at each food group you track and see if you can vary that.

If I can do it then you can! emoticon

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LAURENNW23 7/23/2013 9:25AM

  That's so awesome how some small changes really add up! It gives us all motivation to keep it going!

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MYKIDSRSWEET 7/20/2013 11:19PM

    That is awesome!

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MJ7DM33 7/20/2013 12:57PM

  emoticon emoticon Thx for the encouragement!

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ADAPTINGANNIE 7/20/2013 9:08AM

    Congrats and good job! I admire your perseverance. emoticon

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Does half a pound count?

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

I'm stuck at the same weight I seem to plateau at every time I try to lose weight.

Actually, according to the scales I'm 125.5lbs but I'm not completely sure losing 0.5lbs counts for much. So in 2 weeks I've apparently lost half a kilo which is not great.
I took my measurements again; I've lost an inch from my hips which I'm pleased with and I took my 1 month pictures and the difference in the mirror is amazing! (I'm not confident enough to post them yet but one day I will!) The cellulite on my bum and thighs has gone, my stomach is flatter and my muffin top has halved in size.

But does anyone have any tips on finally dropping below the dreaded 126lbs and breaking this plateau!? I need help from all you wonderful Spark people :)


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EARTH-ANGEL 7/7/2013 2:53PM

    Oh and, I should have also mentioned. I found that I was able to push past the higher 120 pound range by removing grains completely from my diet. This isn't for everyone. I have celiac disease so it was necessary. Perhaps you could just try cutting out wheat (gluten). For me it made all the difference. Check out for more or Weston Price Foundation!!

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EARTH-ANGEL 7/7/2013 2:50PM

    An increase or decrease in food intake depending on your total daily expenditure as well as increasing your activity by lifting heavier weights/higher intensity cardio can all help to break a plateau. Depending upon how tall you are 126 might just be your body's ideal weight. You can still change body composition from this point if the scale won't move. Just change it up! keep bringing it!! emoticon

"If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." (Bruce Lee)

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NOGOINGBACK5 7/2/2013 3:09PM

    Half a pound TOTALLY counts. Yesterday I went to my WW meeting and there was a woman that was unhappy that she had lost ONLY a half of a pound. My leader took out a great visual. She showed her this representation of what a half a pound of fat looks like. You may have seen on TV or here the gross yellow blocks of fat to show someone's weight loss...this was a good 6 inch block. She asked her if it didn't count, then where would she like to have it back. Really made me think. It doesn't sound like much, but it really adds up. A half of a pound is essentially 2 sticks of butter that is no longer on your body. I would call that a success ANY day! :)

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LORI2562 7/2/2013 2:31PM

    Have you searched SparkPeople for "plateau" articles?

I read something today with regards increasing your food intake as well as your exercise if you hit a plateau. So many people eat less when they hit a plateau which puts the body in starvation mode and lowers you metabolism.

I may need to bump up your healthy food intake and your exercise to give you that little push over the plateau.

Good luck to you and congrats on your success so far!

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CHRIAMARIA1983 7/2/2013 9:30AM

    It sure does count! Lose another half pound and it'll be a whole one! Besides, at the weight that you're at its probably really hard to lose a lot I'm sure.

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MYKIDSRSWEET 7/2/2013 9:02AM

    A half a pound does count...especially the inch lost!

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GHOSTFLAMES 7/2/2013 5:06AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I WISH I WERE AT 126 THAT WOULD BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME.

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Week 3

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Aims from Week 3:
Limit chocolate to a small, bitesize portion when necessary - 1 Fail
Continue logging food - Done
Continue with daily challenge videos - Done

So week 3 has been tough. I've had two cheat meals which definitely hasn't helped with the weight loss. I had fish and chips one night and an ice cream last weekend! The fish and chips was planned so I prepared myself for that and planned my meals for the day but the ice cream was a moment of weakness. I think 2 weeks of cutting out chocolate and sweets took its toll and I caved. It means this week I haven't lost anything. BUT I haven't gained either which is great.

To try and boost my motivation I decided to take my measurements for the first time since starting at Sparks and that's really spurred me on!
Waist - lost 2 inches
Hips - lost 1 inch
Thigh - lost 1 inch
And my waist to hip ratio is down by 0.03. It's amazing how much losing a couple of inches makes such a difference in my appearance!!

The gym sessions this week have actually been fun. I've mixed up the sessions and used more interval training which has had me sweating like crazy. I've also started to focus my strength training on sections of the body; so I do lots of arms in one session and legs in another and it's beginning to show in the mirror with everything starting to tone up.

Goals for Week 4:
No cheat meals
Minimum of 3 cardio sessions and 2 strength training
Continue drinking 8 glasses of WATER every day

Let go! emoticon

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EARTH-ANGEL 7/7/2013 2:54PM

    Sounds like a great plan! Way to go!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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Week 2

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pounds lost: +1 (YAY!)

This week was a very mixed week. I went back to university and I'm back to cooking all my own food which is great but the long days and lack of sleep has made it hard to resist the night-time snacking.
I'm pleased to say I've managed all week to avoid all night-time snacking which is a massive achievement. I have had chocolate on a few days this week though... Only a tiny amount but cutting out chocolate completely was incredibly difficult for me and I think I jumped into it head first and it came as a bit of a shock. My new aim is to limit my chocolate intake to a small bite at a time rather than a whole bag or bar.
I'm back to the gym and netball so I've been exercising a lot and I'm beginning to see the difference in the mirror. My thighs look at bit less flabby and my stomach has a bit more definition to it which is such a great motivation. Definitely more motivating than seeing the number move on the scales!

Aims for week 3:
Limit chocolate to a small, bitesize portion when necessary
Continue logging all food, pre-planning is particularly useful if I can do it
Continue with daily challenge videos

Bring it on. emoticon

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