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Springing into Action Week 1

Saturday, February 23, 2013

About Me:
Name: Amanda
Location: Northwest Georgia
Age: 25 in a little bit under a month
Education: Bachelor in American History, Certificate in Public History

I have been yo-yo dieting for a couple years now... I initially lost 40 lbs in 2008 and by 2012 I gained back 20 lbs. I recently lost the 20lbs since November. This time around I am determined to lose more weight and be smaller than I can ever remember. Technically if I lose 7 pounds then I will officially be in uncharted territory. I can never remember weighing less than 190. I would like to hover my weight around the 140/150 area.

Doing by body fat percentage was a huge eye opener to me! My body fat percentage is 45.39%. That number seems worst than measuring my BMI which is slightly in the obese area, but 45% fat is a number I did not like seeing calculated. I look forward to seeing that number decrease!

  
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MANDA2506 3/14/2013 9:45AM

    Thanks for the comments!

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CATLADY52 2/23/2013 6:55PM

    You will make it I'm sure. emoticon

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NMSUSTUDENT 2/23/2013 9:34AM

    Quote: "Fitness needs to be perceived as fun and games or we subconsciously avoid it. "─Alan Thicke
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Springing into Action Week 1

Saturday, February 23, 2013

About Me:
Name: Amanda
Location: Northwest Georgia
Age: 25 in a little bit under a month
Education: Bachelor in American History, Certificate in Public History

I have been yo-yo dieting for a couple years now... I initially lost 40 lbs in 2008 and by 2012 I gained back 20 lbs. I recently lost the 20lbs since November. This time around I am determined to lose more weight and be smaller than I can ever remember. Technically if I lose 7 pounds then I will officially be in uncharted territory. I can never remember weighing less than 190. I would like to hover my weight around the 140/150 area.

Doing by body fat percentage was a huge eye opener to me! My body fat percentage is 45.39%. That number seems worst than measuring my BMI which is slightly in the obese area, but 45% fat is a number I did not like seeing calculated. I look forward to seeing that number decrease!

  
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MANDA2506 3/14/2013 9:46AM

    That is exactly how I feel too... It's thrilling and scary at the same time!

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MANDA2506 3/14/2013 9:46AM

    That is exactly how I feel too... It's thrilling and scary at the same time!

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CNGMYBX 2/23/2013 9:19AM

  It sounds like you have your goals broken down well. I am also heading into territory I haven't been in a while (although much heavier than you). It is a little scary in refinding the self that is hidden underneath.

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Weight Watchers and Family Dinners

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I recently joined Weight Watchers and in a week and a half I've come to the realization that family dinners and late night eating are my diet pitfalls. I know majority of my calories/points are consumed at night and I know this is not a healthy eating habit. This is a challenge for me! Not everyone I live with is on diet or trying the healthy lifestyle. I have 27 points for the day and I normally leave about 14 points for evening eating. However when my mom makes homemade goulash, macaroni and cheese, and fried chicken for one dinner, its hard to stop at one helping and its hard to track all of that food! Majority of our dinners consist of homemade anything, its hard to track all the time, which is why I think its crucial for me to leave as many points for the night as I can!

Anybody have any strategies or suggestions on how to conquer this pitfall?

  
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MANDA2506 1/23/2013 9:53AM

    Thanks for advice!!!! Going to try all of these options. Yesterday, I even asked my parents what was planned for dinner, so I plugged in single serving portions and planned my breakfast, lunch, and snack accordingly. Thanks for the support!

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SOCIALAPHASIA 1/20/2013 12:52PM

    I agree with Renmo99, using the recipe calculator is the best way to go about it. That way there is no guess work into the homemade food! Also I found when I am put in the situations where yummy homemade food is made like that I would get one of those vegetable steamer bags as a side for myself. Throw it in the microwave for a few minutes and I would make sure to fill atleast half my plate with the veggies! That way I am less inclined to go back for seconds or fill up solely on the "bad" foods.

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LOLOSMOMMY 1/20/2013 11:02AM

    I've found planning ahead and using smaller plates has helped with homemade heavy point foods. emoticon

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RENMO99 1/20/2013 11:00AM

    Get the recipes for the food and enter them into the recipe calculator on SP, you can then take the nutritional info and use a Points Plus calculator to track or, if you have WeightWatchersOnline, you can use the recipe calculator on that site and figure out your points directly. Good luck!

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New Goal...New Take

Thursday, February 16, 2012

So every time I set a weight related goal on a blog- IT NEVER HAPPENS! So going forward I'm just going to set goals not based on weight! I'm not going to take tackle all these goals at once- I'm going to start one at a time!!

So my new goals are:
-Take it one day at a time
-Don't deprive myself
-Create a routine
-Make better decisions
-Experiment with foods
-Exercise

So far- I have started getting in a habit of planning out my food choices- I'm creating a food journal and a routine of eating on schedule and planning out dinners for myself and family. This has helped us create a more balanced meal.

I have learned not to deprive myself because then I will just go overload and blow the entire day!

My next goal is to set and implement an exercising routine!

  
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MANDA2506 2/18/2012 1:12PM

    Thanks for the comments! It is definitely true not to let your mind believe that you need to sacrifice foods. I have learned that if I want two helpings of mac and cheese- I will eat one serving at lunch and at dinner! I keep it pre-portioned which has helped!

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CIRANDELLA 2/16/2012 12:51PM

    Sounds like a plan! But especially bear in mind the wisdom of not depriving yourself...it will keep you going in the long run!

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JOANN1212 2/16/2012 12:45PM

    what=ever works

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I looked into the mirror...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

I was in target the other day and trying on clothes and for the first time I looked at myself and realized I'm skinnier than I use to be and I have curves. Before it was always, I need to tone this get slim here, but for once I actually looked and thought that I was getting smaller. Then I realized for the longest time, I been hiding my true size. I've been in loose shirts because I was not comfortable with my body. That is something I am still continuing to work on.

  
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CIRANDELLA 9/26/2011 10:14AM

    Good for you! There is nothing like those visible changes that spurs us on, is there? Go ahead and ditch the loose clothes; clothing that skims your body and fits well actually makes us look slimmer. Y'know, I need to get some better-fitting duds, too...and I've been at my goal for about a half year now ;)

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ESBELL 7/18/2011 7:16PM

    What a wonderful thing to see. I hope you become more and more comfortable with your new shape.

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PENNI68 7/18/2011 3:11PM

    It is incredible when we notice we actually have curves and not just rolls (for me anyways!!) LOL..good for you for looking at yourself in a positive manner. Keep it up!

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