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calorie cycling report

Saturday, July 18, 2009

So, like I said I'm still learning how to CC and found out I should have been coordinating high/low workout or rest days with high/low calorie days
and I should have had low cal days for a few days before and after high cal days, none of which I have been doing,
or, I should say, I have no clue if I have been doing emoticon
I've been trying the last few days to get into the routine.
For example, yesterday was a medium calorie day and I just did wii and a little ST for under an hour. That's about right.
It's funny, I went back and wrote a list by week of all my calories and then averaged it by the week and they were SO close: 1487,1457,1523
So this is an my daily average caloric intake within my CC range of 1100-2100.
I SHOULD be losing 1-2 pounds a week with my activity level but have not.
So, that's why I am trying to coordinate my workouts better.
I also moved my ticker to more adequately reflect my starting weight in Jan., so I have gone over the 20 pound mark-
halfway to my first goal! emoticon
Thank you so much, my wonderful sparkfriends!

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TRUEFIT 7/19/2009 4:46PM

    You're doing a great job!!!

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SCHATZI4MO 7/18/2009 8:50PM

    this is exactly what i like about you ... you try, review, analyze, and adjust. you aren't afraid of change...

what's that saying ... doing the same thing over and over expecting different results is ... CRAZY!

20 pounds ... half way ... by Christmas you'll be at GOAL #1 ... now that's something to shout about emoticon emoticon

p.s. DIL ... please note ... a back washing bribe probably doesn't apply?! emoticon

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WILDFLOWER- 7/18/2009 11:17AM

    I've been switching to a calorie cycling program too. Sometimes the numbers get confusing to me -- but keep up with it. I was amazed to learn that I just wasn't getting enough calories consumed. And I'm happy to report that after doing this for about 10 days - I'm seeing a consistent steady loss. I'm feeling much better about the whole thing.

But Harrington5 has a very valid point - one program does not work for all when it comes to weight loss - and it sometimes takes several trials & errors to get it right. Keep up the great work. I think your doing great --- and congrats on getting halfway to your first goal -- that's awesome!!

Enjoy the weekend! emoticon

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HARRINGTON5 7/18/2009 10:59AM

    Elizabeth, That sounds very close to what I am doing. I went months without doing any movement at all. Maybe it takes some time for your body to figure out what it should be doing. I had gained weight and two weeks ago, lost what I had gained. This morning, I'm starting to lose weight than had not been lost before. (I threw it out, but somehow, it kept creeping back in) I think I have the door shut and locked this time! Congratulations for being so dedicated and trying to figure out the exact system that works for you. We are all so different, I have tried many many times to do something that worked for someone else, but it never worked for me. You are well on your way. Go girl!

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MARTY19 7/18/2009 10:49AM

    I am rooting for your success. If it works for you, then I am going to try this. My scale hates me and it isn't moving. LOL


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I'm sparking along

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I got out for a nice long sweaty powerwalk today and ran maybe 25 min of it. emoticon
I'm trying not to because of my knee but I like to get my heartrate up periodically.
Then I came home and did strength training. emoticon
I messed up on my calorie cycling plan because I'm still learning how to do it.
You're supposed to have long workouts on high cal days and rest or shorter workouts on low calorie days, which I didn't know until recently and it's just worked out the opposite for me lately.
For example, yesterday I managed to eat a bit over 2000 calories emoticonbut did not get a workout in
so today I did a low cal day emoticon
and ended up having a long workout!
Hope I'm not negating the plan but I don't know how to fix it.

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TRUEFIT 7/19/2009 4:53PM

    You're a real trooper. 25 minutes is a long time to run. That's wonderful you are consistent and reaching your goals. Good to hear!

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KALATHIA 7/18/2009 11:18AM

    Congratulations on making it to the halfway point, Elizabeth!

That calorie cycling thing sound complicated. I'm not sure I could manage it. Hopefully, it will work for you and you'll start seeing better progress on the scale.

Keep Sparking!


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MAINEACK 7/17/2009 11:56PM

    Way to go and get your workout in Elizabeth! It is hard to get into the groove of a new routine, but I know you will get it done. Just keep working towards your goal and it will come together.

It has taken me all the years of my life to FINALLY realize that Rome really wasn't built in a day emoticon. And, that I didn't gain all of this weight in just two days, which is all that I usually gave a diet to magically make them go away. After only several days I would throw my hands in the air and say...see it doesn't work.

Now why do we do that? I certainly didn't stop trying to learn to drive after only two days. Or, water ski, or bike ride, or my job, or anything else that has been worth while. Why do we put such pressure on ourselves when it comes to this? I'm pretty sure if any of us were able to find that easy answer to that one, we'd be pretty rich.

So, keep moving forward, keep working to get the routine down and then one day soon, it will just come together. You are doing GREAT, keep up the good work!

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    What made you decide to do this 'calorie cycling' and where do I get info on it?

You do keep sparking along in every sense ... I need something to push me out of 160Ville - I keep yo-yoing in the same range for the past 3 or 4 months now - need a boost/change to get things moving again!

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KAYAKID 7/16/2009 10:13PM

    Elizabeth, looks like your struggling a bit with cycling calories. You can do it just have to plan those meals out. Its not easy. For me the best I have done it when I exercise 6 days a week and keep them pretty even so the calories are the same. Not everyone schedule allows for 6 days fo working out. Its what has worked for me.
How is my motivation buddy!

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KALATHIA 7/16/2009 8:52PM

    I don't know anything about calorie cycling, Elizabeth, but it just sounds to me like you're going through the learning process. You're a smart lady! I know you'll figure it out and make it work for you. The important thing from where I sit, is that you're still trying to lose the weight you want and be healthy and that's more than half the battle.

Keep going, Sparkler!


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2 days in a row of no cardio!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

This is SO not like me.
Yesterday was a spectacular day but I worked a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the late afternoon with a wonderful celebration picnic lunch (with champagne!) at a Newport yacht club with my two best friends, one of whom joined us in retirement this year, taking up most of the afternoon.
Wednesdays are my busiest work day and then some old friends we hadn't seen in a while called and asked us to go out to dinner.
So, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. emoticon
I did 30 min. of strength training in front of the news yesterday. emoticon
I WILL be out there for a long workout tomorrow, rain or shine. emoticon

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HARRINGTON5 7/16/2009 2:50PM

    I liked this blog, it sounds like a real person and I was beginning to think you were super woman! I'm glad you had a good time.

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SHEILASMILES 7/16/2009 1:21PM

    Elizabeth, you totally deserve to take some time with your friends. You are doing awesome. Relax and be kind to yourself. How's that little cutie, Lucy? I bet she's getting big!


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RO2LOOSE 7/16/2009 10:28AM

    sometimes you just have to make allowances. I'm on vacation for the next 3 weeks, but worry about how i'll fit the daily exercising into my 40 hr work week, and carring for my sick husband. It's going to be a challenge. You're an inspiration to someone like me who still doesn't feel guilty about not exercising. Hope you enjoyed every second of your day off!

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IDEBORAH 7/16/2009 9:07AM

    When I saw the blog title I immediately asked: What, are they serving ice tea in hell today? But now I've read the blog and I'm really happy for you. The whole point of getting healthy (we'll just gloss over the vanity part for this conversation) is to better enjoy life and our loved ones, which it sounds like what you are doing. WTG.

Besides it gives me time to rest before I have to run over here and congratulate you on ANOTHER fitness minute milestone. emoticon

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MARTY19 7/16/2009 8:27AM

    I have been wondering lately if all the exercise I have been doing is actually hindering my weight loss. I don't intend to stop but I do wonder.
Life is so short that when you have the opportunity to spend qualitity time with friends grab it with both hands and enjoy it. You never know what tomorrow will bring.


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KALATHIA 7/16/2009 6:56AM

    Did you have a good time? That's what matters. You just pick up with your fitness today and you'll be fine! Anybody who stays dedicated to their new lifestyle while on vacation in the islands can take a day or two off to visit with friends!

You're doing great, Elizatbeth!


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    You are doing so well and I agree - Life Happens and we have to enjoy the company of good friends when we can!

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SCHATZI4MO 7/16/2009 1:48AM

    choosing quality time with friends over cardio ... i think you made the right choice. moments spent with people who know and love you are move valuable than any amount of calories burned. ... besides never miss an opportunity to show off your fabulous new/fit/toned bod! emoticon

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KAYAKID 7/16/2009 1:06AM

    Elizabeth, Lif e happens - why do you think the busiest day at the gym is Monday!!!! do an extra 15 minutes of cardio for us....

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RKSPICY 7/15/2009 11:37PM

    And so your problem with Life is???? I think this stuff happens all the time and we just kick butt more the next, next day when we can and not let it bother us. Because we know that living real life is out there but still taking care of ourselves is important! emoticon

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LEWISCANDACE 7/15/2009 10:56PM

  Everyone needs a break every once and awhile and it sounds like you are willing to make up for it tomorrow!!! Good Luck!

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Slightly embarrassed at how happy this makes me!

Monday, July 13, 2009

I'm not saying that being named a Sparkpeople Motivator
has been a lifelong dream of mine or anything like that, emoticon
but I cannot begin to tell you how much it means to me
to be named one
only because it means that YOU,
my wonderful and amazing sparkfriends emoticon
found my experience, page, blogs, etc
to be in some way motivating to you.
This is really what makes me the happiest; emoticon
that I, in any way, may have helped someone along
on OUR shared journey to better health and fitness.
Thank you so much for honoring me in this way.
I am humbled.

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    I can't believe I missed this blog and a chance to congratulate you when it happened. Truly well deserved!! I can't believe how you get 100 Spark Points a day!! That in itself shows how committed you are to the SP site, lifestyle, and all it has to offer. You not only use it for your own good but provide so much good to others!

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TRUEFIT 7/19/2009 4:55PM

    You deserve the honor and we all appreciate the much needed motivation.

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BJENKINS1014 7/18/2009 4:21PM

    emoticon You certainly deserve this honor! Thanks for being there for all of us and for your wonderful blogs and pictures! I love visiting your page!

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RDEEEEEEEEE 7/15/2009 10:10AM

    You SO deserve the honor. WHen you came along I was reaching the point where my sprit was flagging and you nearly daily contact kept me going! And it wasn't just any old contact, you always have the right thing to say and the nicest way to say it! You are very inspirational and talented, and not just with wrds, but the way you have embraced the SPark lifestyle and the results you have enjoyed!
Keep on SParking!!

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LULUBELLE1102 7/15/2009 8:00AM

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I am glad to have met you. You have helped me realize more than you know.

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SCHATZI4MO 7/14/2009 4:24PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon YES, YES, YES! and it's about time. you are spark-ulous, you spark-ivate, you are spark-mazing, spark-a-docius, spark-tastic, and spark-errific .... it's wonderful that sparkpeople spark-cognize your spark-tribution to the spark-munity. hugs ~ april

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MARTY19 7/14/2009 1:19PM

    emoticon on this honor. I felt the same way you do. But to receive it, one must be a person who is there for others, who cares enough to support and encourage others. And you are.


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HARRINGTON5 7/14/2009 12:47PM

You have motivated me from day one, so I am thrilled that you were finally recognized as a motivator. I have loved everything you have ever written to me and enjoyed every picture you published! Can you tell I am on your admiration team? Cynthia
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STEPHANIE0904 7/14/2009 12:08PM

    congratulations to you!!! I knew there was a reason I recently added you to my friends emoticon

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SHEILASMILES 7/14/2009 12:07PM

    Elizabeth, of course you are a Spark People Motivator! You rock! You always work hard and are there for everyone. You deserve all the great recognition!


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LATVIAN_SANDY 7/14/2009 11:46AM

    emoticon You go girl!!!

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MRDAYS 7/14/2009 11:02AM

    All my friends are SparkPeople Motivators, and I continue to be the SparkPeople Warning to Others.


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KALATHIA 7/14/2009 7:14AM

    All I can say is, "'Bout time!"

You've been here motivating me since I began with your wisdom, dedication, and "Sparky" spirit, Elizabeth!

Thank you for all you do the help make SP the special place it is!


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CPCJONES01 7/14/2009 5:40AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are such a motivator and so deserving of this emoticon emoticon

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KAYAKID 7/14/2009 12:45AM

    Elizabeth, you are motivating - I too was given this honor yesterday! Now what. do we change the way we have been doing things or what. Do we have to better examples!!!! I am just honored that somebody thinks enough of me and my story to vote for me. Congrats to you and I know you deserve it.


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NEWMOMOVER40 7/13/2009 11:58PM

    Congratulations, Elizabeth! You deserve it!
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GRANNYOF05 7/13/2009 11:12PM


You ooze motivation. You are always upbeat and positive.

Thanks for being a sparkfriend.

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a bit of this and that

Sunday, July 12, 2009

*I noticed a few days ago that I have actually only been eating half a serving of oatmeal. I always measure but I got confused between uncooked and cooked oats and between old-fashioned and steel cut.
* If you haven't figured out the food groupings tab in the nutrition tracker, do it today! There are 6-8 meals or snacks that I eat regularly and it makes it SO fast and easy to add those groupings to your tracker.
*I'm loving the calorie cycling/alternate day/Wendie's plan/zigzag thing, so far. I can plan it so I am so busy on the 2 low cal days I don't have time to be hungry and the one 2000 cal day a week can be a relaxing day at home or going to a party or something. I also can't afford the calories to drink on low days so that helps me with my AF (alcohol free days) goal, as well.
*My husband asked if he could walk with me again. emoticonThis is the most exercise he's had since he stopped playing racquetball 25 years ago. I miss my ipod when he comes along but I am just so happy about it!
*Here's a picture (hope I didn't share this already) of my sister and I trying on our dresses for her informal Aug 1st wedding. I am furiously working on toning my arms. I can hardly walk by a wall w/out stopping and doing 10-20 wall pushups! Our dresses complement each other but, man, don't she look fine?

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HARRINGTON5 7/13/2009 12:50PM

    You and your sister are beautiful! I love that color.

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LULUBELLE1102 7/13/2009 9:00AM

    You girls look fab! It's great that hubby wants to walk with you. Al and I have a hard time getting into sync when we try. So I am either to fast or to slow. Actually I think he is the problem not me. LOL

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DIET_NO_MORE 7/13/2009 8:34AM

    Wow, Elizabeth! You and your sister look beautiful in those dresses! emoticon The color is absolutely delicious, and you both look so radiant! Please congratulate her for me. And that's so exciting about the Wendie plan! So you just stay very busy on the lower-calorie days; what a perfect solution! Best of all, you can imbibe on that 2,000-calorie day. Talk about adding some built-in interest to a weight-loss regimen - you've done it! - Susan

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PERFECT01 7/12/2009 11:54PM

    I hadn't seen it before, but that might be because I wasn't on line for a while. You both look great and I love the color! I am happy to hear the cycling is working for you! Keep it up!

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BVICTORIOUS 7/12/2009 9:18PM

    You both look beautiful!!

I will have to check out the groupings, I haven't seen that yet. Not much time to write today, I will try to add more tonight....

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STEPHANIE0904 7/12/2009 8:10PM

    Well I have not seen the dresses before and I think you both look fabulous. I think you both look wonderful!

It's so nice to hear that your husband is walking with you again.

I too love wall pushups. I do alot of them at the office when nobody is around.

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SHEILASMILES 7/12/2009 7:39PM

    Elizabeth, When I was tracking I had just started to use the groupings. It really helped. Good luck on your calorie cycling. I hope it works for you.

Yes you showed us the dresses before. And both times you talked about your sister's dress looking great. What about you? You look gorgeous and I love that color! Glad hubby is going to walk with you. It is always nice to have someone to share things with.


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MARTY19 7/12/2009 12:25PM

    I love your dress - both the color and the design. Every once and a while it is always good to accurately measure what you think is the correct portion. sometimes you get a surprise.
I'm glad this way of doing calories is working for you. I think I would get too confused but if it works, go with it.


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    You had shared this pic before and you neglect to say that YOU look fine too! Don't be so hard on yourself and critical... you can not compare how you are next to your sister because you each have your own beauty!

Glad to see your hubby will be going out for walks with you! It's always nice with a companion!

PS - Curious to know about the tab you speak of with meals/snacks planned out. Not sure where you are referring to exactly. Maybe e-mail me to let me know.

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