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The scale is moving again!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Well, I am happy to report that after being stuck for about 3 weeks, I am down 4 pounds! YAY! Plateaus are so frustrating, but I know that won't be my last one, unfortunately. I think what gets me through this process the most is the interaction with so many wonderful people on SparkPeople. It just makes my day to get a comment on my page or blog. I hope I can help all of you in some way as well. :)

I have decided to take a break from the gym today. I need to wait for a package that is supposed to come for my husband today. Who knows when it will arrive. Plus, I wasn't feeling very well this morning. But I am feeling better now, so maybe I will still go to the gym this evening. It feels great to be at the point of actually looking forward to going to the gym every day. Now I feel like there is something missing in my day if I do not go.

My latest goal is to have a more positive outlook on life in general. I just want to surround myself with positivity. This week I joined the "Positive Sparkers" team. And I have also decided that every time I write in this blog, I will mention four things I am thankful for, or four positive things in my life -- no matter how big or small. So here goes:

1. It is a gorgeous summer day. I am grateful that it is still summer.
2. My husband was put on a project about 10 minutes away from our house, so that means he does not have to commute 2 hours to work anymore.
3. I got to spend the day watching a friend's adorable 9-week-old puppy last week.
4. I am grateful for everything SparkPeople has to offer.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MILAYA 8/30/2007 5:55PM

    Congrats on busting through your plateau! Reading your blog post has inspired me to work harder to bust through my plateau! Hope to get to know you better in R&SP!

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Still standing still

Monday, August 20, 2007

Today I'm feeling kind of "blah." Maybe it's the rainy weather -- though it is a welcome relief. The air felt so cool for my walk to the gym this a.m. Scale still hasn't budged. I know I must not be trying very hard. Lately I am finding it difficult to stay within my allotted calories. I have just been very hungry -- hungrier than usual -- lately. Eating junk that I know I don't need, albeit in small portions. I have stepped up the speed and incline on the treadmill. But I am also going to try to eat on the low end of my daily calorie allotment to see if anything changes for my weigh-in next Monday. I have already sort of screwed up today, but I have the rest of the week to redeem myself.

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ZABELINA1 8/27/2007 5:11AM

    It's good that you realise it.
I was doing just fine (even had larger portions sometimes, but I really did 2 hours of exercises every day)And after reaching my goal weight of 108 lbs I screwed a big time; relaxed, stopped exercising and started eating more and got results in 30 days 7 lbs back. It's terrible. I now I feel like I have cheated on muself :(

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SPRIGHTLY 8/26/2007 6:02PM

    I was stuck at 150 on the nose for AGES!!! Then I battled my way down to 144 and that was it 150 or 144 for weeks on end!! It's kind of like your body has adapted to the hard work you've been doing so it's found a way to 'rest' at whatever diet/exercise combination you've been following until now.

This is a time when the adage "A change is as good as a rest" might apply. Mix it up on the excercise front - maybe play a sport one time per week?? Raquetball, squash, or perhaps swim if you haven't been. Or maybe start doing interval training on the treadmill....sprinting for one minute, recovery for one minute etc..

Anything your body isn't used to should, if you're consistent with the new routine for a few weeks, shake your body up enough to get back to losing weight....

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Fighting to keep my resolve

Monday, August 13, 2007

Ok, today I am starting to feel like I am losing my resolve. I know this has to happen to everyone who ever tries to lose weight. For me, this feeling is not yet strong enough to be a problem, but it just took a little bit more self-nudging to get to the gym this morning. Once there, it seemed harder to stay on the treadmill my usual time -- I kept wanting to get off early and not finish my workout. Overall, I was not having as much fun at the gym as I usually do.

Maybe it's the weather. It's been in the 90s here every day for the past month or two. Also, when I weighed myself yesterday afternoon, it said I gained three pounds. Then this morning when I weighed myself, those three pounds were gone. Does weight fluctuate that much in one day's time, or does it matter what time of day I weigh myself? I will have to pose that question to the SP experts. I usually weigh myself on Monday mornings before I eat anything. Yesterday I weighed myself in the afternoon after I've had a meal.

I think to be safe, I will continue to weigh myself in the morning, once a week, and on the same day each week.

I know that I will have ups and downs. Giving up is NOT an option. I do feel proud of myself for the weight I have lost so far. I feel better, more energetic, healthier. My skin even looks better. But I am just impatient. I want the weight to come off faster. I am also worried that once I start working again, I won't have this much time to devote to fitness and that will set me back.

Well, right now I will just take things one day at a time. I am crossing my fingers that next week the scale will show a few more pounds lost. My initial goal was to reach my GW by the end of October. However, I got off to a slow start and now December or January seems more realistic at the rate things are going now.

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JUNKMAVEN 8/13/2007 2:13PM

    Your body weight does fluctuate during the day. I weigh myself first thing in the morning, after I get up. Make your workout a priority, even when you are working. It will give you more energy, and boast your spirits as well. You can do this.

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Scale stubborn this week

Monday, August 06, 2007

Well I did my weekly weigh-in today and the scale is being stubborn. Zero pounds lost but no pounds gained either, so that's good. I guess I am just becoming impatient. I want to lose weight FASTER!

I have decided that this week I will kick up my treadmill routine a notch. I always have to watch Tv on the treadmill to help pass the time, so I decided to run during the commercials and walk during the show. I am not much of a runner, so it is more of a jog. But we'll see if that helps get the scale to budge a little. Also, I am going to start taking a body pump class once a week. I went to my first one last Thursday and it kicked my a** but it was very, very fun! I REALLY need to start building up my strength ... I can't even do a pushup!


Adios Don Pablo's

Monday, July 30, 2007

I finally feel like I am getting the hang of this new healthy lifestyle. I'm losing weight and it feels great!! Until I joined SP, I never gave much thought to the enormous amounts of calories I was consuming with my poor habits. Not going out to eat as much as I nhave been in the past has been a tough habit to break, but SO worth it for my health and my wallet. I remember going to Don Pablo's (one of my favorite restaurants) soon after I joined SP. When I looked at the menu, REALLY looked at it, I realized how one meal there can add up to an entire day's worth of calories and fat on the Nutrition Tracker. I looked around the place, and, I'm not kidding -- at least 80 percent of the diners (including me) were overweight. No wonder! Now, I don't even want to set foot in Don Pablo's, although I know there will be days that I miss it and will go to treat myself. But that will not be often. It feels GREAT to break bad habits! Onward!

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LEONAMASHA 8/3/2007 11:50AM

    It's always nice to come to become aware of things. Sure, it may be a little sad at first but in the end it's totally worth the pay off. Yesterday I just realized that there was a restaurant that I should not go to in quite awhile. Which is why I went over my caloric range...but that's another story...Basically I just wanted to congratulate you on a job well done!

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