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I can't believe myself!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

I'm so angry at myself! I couldn't push myself to swim today. I took a nap instead. No one understands that skipping a workout that I created already is NOT an option. I had to increase my calories per day to help my weight loss from my swimming and when I don't swim I mess up the calorie count and I might actually gain weight! I feel so bad about myself. When I'm not able to push myself I become weak, and no one likes a weak person, including myself.

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THOCK1 8/7/2011 8:57AM

    TAKE IT EASY! Don't sweat missing one workout. In the grand scheme of weight loss, ONE silly little workout is not much. It only becomes a problem when you stop working out completely.

Remember this: The perfect is the enemy of the good. What does that mean? It means that if you try to be perfect, you may end up giving up trying altogether because you can't BE perfect. You can only do what you can do, and doing SOMETHING is better than giving up completely. So don't let the fact that you skipped one workout keep you from picking up again tomorrow.

And don't forget that it doesn't matter on a DAILY basis whether you eat more calories than you burn, but what your LONG-TERM calorie balance is. So, keep your calories where they are. Don't adjust them down. Just swim 5 more minutes (or however long) each workout. Or go 5% faster.

You're NOT weak. You're also not perfect. And that is ok. You're human. Accept that you are human and that you can't possibly be perfect. If you WERE perfect, you wouldn't be someone anyone wanted to hang out with, anyhow, so rejoice in the fact that you're human. And get off your own case!

If you took a nap, your body needed it. You need to get adequate sleep to lose weight, too, so just accept that your body knew what it needed, and look at the nap as one way you're taking care of yourself.

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BROWNSNAPPER 8/6/2011 10:00PM

    ...don't beat yourself up tomorrow is a new day pick up early and swim ...swim....swim....

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GAINED a pound?!?!?!?!?

Friday, July 29, 2011

WHAT?!?!? I GAINED a pound after swimming so much and eating only the right amount of calories? What kind of world do we live in where we do all the right things to LOSE weight but then GAIN weight instead? GRRR IM SO ANGRY!!!

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BADASSBLONDIE 7/29/2011 7:22PM

    It's possible that your weight is up due to water retention due to increased exercise. Or you might not be eating enough for the amount your swimming - make sure you've entered your intended calorie burn in your "fitness goals" so that the nutrition tracker can act accordingly. In any case, take it one step at a time and WTG on rocking your swimming AND eating this week!!!!

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    When was the last time you weighed? Daily fluctuations have little do with permanent weight loss. It is simply fluid. Some days you expel more fluid than you take in, some days less. If you consider that 2 cups of water is one pound and if you're drinking 8 cups a day, it doesn't take much retention or release to shift a couple of pounds in a relatively short period of time.

I try to weigh myself every single day at the same time (right after I wake up) and record that measurement. I take the average weight and plot it along a line. If the line is moving in the right direction, I'm good. If it's in the wrong direction, I need to change something.

Getting overly excited or depressed over short term gains/losses is silly. Unfortunately, it prevails a lot around here and causes a lot of unnecessary emotions and irrational hatred of the scale. The scale gets a bad rap around here, but it shouldn't. Most people just don't know how to use the tool right.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/29/2011 7:10AM

    dust yourslf off and begin! smile emoticon

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GERMTURTLE 7/29/2011 7:10AM

  Weight fluctuates all the time, but you're probably replacing some lost fat with muscle. Swimming doesn't put on muscle like weightlifting, but it's going to add some - especially if you're just getting into doing it regularly.

You mentioned your stamina had increased - that's likely because you're replacing fat with lean muscle.

The good news is you'll look better and feel better even if it doesn't get reflected on the scale, and as a result you'll be able to handle the exercise you're putting in. The weight loss will come.

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999 Fitness Minutes!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Yesterday I got 999 fitness minutes! I can't tell if it actually feels that much or not. On the one hand, I have been swimming almost every day since I started. On the other, these weeks have flown by! I have improved so much in swimming, only in a few short weeks! My stamina is double of what I started, I decreased my number of pulls in freestyle by 4 per lap, and I decreased my 50 free time by 10 seconds! All of these accomplishments are motivating me to keep going and get some more!

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I've Found It!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I've found it! I've seen the light! I found my motivation for losing weight! I need to lose weight to swim competitively again! I would like to join a Master's team, but first I need to get in shape. This will happen with:

1. Swimming. A lot. That should only be a problem when there isn't a pool for me to swim in. I need to improve my endurance and technique.
2. Strength training, a necessary evil. I have to schedule in a couple of dryland practices a week so I can develop the muscles needed to swim fast!
3. Eating right. This is more tricky. I'm an emotional eater, and sometimes I eat a bit more that I am supposed to/ I eat something that is not good for me and high in calories. However, I will keep trying to eat the right amount of calories per day.

If I can handle my coursework, I would like to join a Masters team in January. I will try my hardest to make that goal come true!

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CALGALFOX 7/17/2011 8:55AM

    Yay! That's really exciting for you! Strength training is a great idea to couple with swimming. My son set me up with some lifting routines that really helped my swimming. I'm so glad that you've got something to motivate you!

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RAINRUNNER5 7/17/2011 4:45AM

    Fantastic motivator!!! :-) *high five*

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I-HAVE-A-DREAM 7/17/2011 12:19AM

  Follow your dream! Best wishing, Taylor

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MISSB8604 7/16/2011 9:59PM

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Sounds like an amazing idea! You've got a plan and you've got a goal, now GET GOING!

I wish you the very best. Let us know how it goes.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

I weighed myself today. For the first time. I guesstimated my weight as 155 when I began SP, but I guess I look thin in my eyes. I weigh 162.4 lbs. Now it looks like I gained 7.4 lbs in one week! Hopefully that is not the case...

I made a discovery after the weigh-in. I was in a really bad mood because of it and I did NOT want to swim, but I got in the pool and after my warm-up I felt great again, like I was flying. I realized that swimming is good therapy and should not be skipped because of a bad day. So, if not for my weight loss, I should swim for a healthy mind.

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KWRIGHT26 7/17/2011 6:56PM

    My doctor has been yelling at me to swim for my SI joint dysfunction for years. I just started taking formal lessons and I'm starting to love it. Swimming is good for us!

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