Tuesday, September 18, 2012
I spark stalk fitness and nutrition trackers. Do you?
I like to see what people eat, and how they exercise. I have gotten several new ideas for meals by stalking trackers. I have seen people who work out with intensity, and others not so much. I know everyone's journey is different. We start in different places, our roads are different, and we won't end up in the same place. I still can't help but compare my trackers to others. I can't run because of my knees, but I do have a heart rate monitor to track my calories. I try to really push myself most of the time because I know that my calorie burn is directly related to how hard I work. Some days I feel like I am dying, and my HR is 65%. Other times I am pumping along at 80% thinking it feels pretty good.
I'm just getting back into this thing again after dropping off the radar for a while. I need to go back and stalk my own trackers and find some of my favorite meals to recreate. Chances are, if you have chosen to share your trackers, I will be stalking yours, as well!
Monday, September 03, 2012
I hit my lowest weight last November. I liked the way my new clothes fit, and I was excited to be 5 pounds from my goal. Something happened, however, and I really got off track. I have no idea what it was, but I just quit exercising, and I started eating like the old Michelle. I've been struggling to get back on track, and I think I have finally done it! I learned some things about myself over the last few months.
1. I STILL like junk food. All kinds! Chips, dips, hot dogs, candy, ice cream. I love it all. I find it hard to eat any of these things in moderation. Perhaps my greatest temptation is potato chips. I just can't have them in the house.
2. I can lose weight fairly quickly if I stick with the program, but I can gain it pretty quickly when I don't!
3. I still gain weight even when I don't get on the scale.
4. I probably shouldn't have tossed out ALL my larger sized clothes.
5. I get overwhelmed when I see my start page say I have a large amount of calories to burn at the beginning of a new week. I panic, almost!
6. The toughest part about my treadmill and elliptical is the first step on.
7. I love to exercise! But I think pushing for those high minutes and large calorie burns really burned me out. Moderation!
8. My weight affects more than just me. I am grumpy when I know I am not doing what I need to do. It affects my relationship with my husband, and how I interact with my kids.
9. It is very humbling to walk into a room knowing that I gained enough weight back that it is noticeable. I loved the comments about all the weight I had lost before!
10. I have still yet to realize that just because I overeat at one meal, I don't have permission to binge the rest of the day. That binge might carry over for DAYS!
I had lost almost 60 pounds in November. Now, I have a ways to go. I didn't gain it all back, but enough for me to not be happy with myself. I can still get there. One day at a time. One meal at a time.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Or, maybe a better title:
Words of Wisdom From Pinterest...
I saw this in my Pinterest browsing recently:
"Losing weight is hard.
Maintaining is hard.
Being fat is hard.
Choose your hard."
Friday, April 06, 2012
I joined this site on November 4, 2010. Wow. Seems like yesterday. And nothing I have done in the last 20 years has changed my life so much (other than having children). I had dieted and exercised before, but I was really just bouncing around in the dark. I love the structure and flexibility that SP gives me. I can eat anything I want. Anything. And still lose weight. I just can't eat everything I want. I can exercise how I want. If I want to eat more, I know I can change my goals to lose weight more slowly, or I have to exercise more. I am not following a rigid plan set up for the general public. Love that.
I am a part of two Spark Class teams. The one I "joined" when I signed up for SP, and the one in which I was made co-leader. Periodically, I will check the leaderboards for fitness minutes. My original Spark Class has dwindled down significantly, and I am 5th on the leaderboard. With 250 fitness minutes, I am 35th in the rankings in the Spark Class of March 11-17th, 2012. I'm not even on the front page. I remember when I first started sparking, I wanted to be top ten. I spent two hours working out most days. Now, not so much. Even though I liked being one of the top in fitness minutes, I have accepted that I probably won't be able to compete with the newbies. After all, I have lost over 50 pounds. The next 20 pounds are not going to come off as quickly as the first 50. I have to do something that I can sustain for the rest of my life. Can I work out an hour or so 3-5 days a week? You bet! I can't do the 2 hours, 5 days of week. And that is ok. I was a sprinter in the early days of my Spark journey. I may not be able to run like so many of my Spark friends, but I can Spark like it's a marathon. Slow and steady may not win the race, but I can certainly finish!
Sunday, April 01, 2012
To say that I have been struggling is an understatement. I haven't been making the wisest food choices lately. The week before my mom and grandmother came to visit, I had turned a corner, but when they were here, I made a u-turn and kind of meandered off course. I could see in the mirror that things were growing. I just avoided the scales, like I am so good at doing. It got the best of me the other day. I had tried on some shorts from last summer that were actually too big at summer's end. They were tight. I pulled out the old tape measure, and it was not my friend. I am a pear through and through, and fat likes to attach itself to my bottom and thighs.
I know how to turn this around. I have been back on track for 2 days. So far, Day 3 is looking good. I even managed to stay in range yesterday during a hard day of shopping (and eating out) with my girls. As the days get warmer, opening the pool is looming. I SO wanted to be at goal this summer. Now SP projects it will be the end of September before I am at goal. In reality, I know it may take longer because I cannot maintain a 500 calorie deficit per day as I get closer to my goal. I will need to slow down to half pound weekly loss. And everyone knows that it is harder to lose as you get closer to goal.
My lowest weight on this journey has been 160.5. I have hit that a couple of times, and for some reason I go off the deep end when I get there. I have lost the same +/- 10 pounds several times the past few months. I haven't been very good about rewarding myself for milestones reached, but I have decided that during this sandle season, WHEN I reach 159.5, I am getting a pedi. Until then, I will just have to paint my own toe nails.
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