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Argh.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Feeling really frustrated today. This is the second week in a row where I've gained weight, not lost, not even stayed the same. I'm UP a full pound over the last two weeks.

And what's different, you might ask? Exercise.

But I'm not exercising less, I'm exercising MORE. My knee is finally strong enough again to return to my treadmill desk, so I've been walking (slow, like 1 mph) for 3-5 hours a day, 4 days a week. And somehow the magical calories in/ calories out formula fails again. I actually lost more sitting on my ass on the couch while I was laid up with a hurt knee.

Super annoying, right?

Trying to keep things in perspective. More energy, muscle vs. fat, blah, blah, blah. Hoping for a breakthrough soon. Ugh.

  
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68ANNE 4/30/2013 7:46PM

    It is very hard to deal with any gain but I agree with others. Muscle weights more. Give it time, it will level out and fall off

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JENSTRESS 4/29/2013 4:04PM

    Do remember that you may have lost some muscle while not being able to workout... and maybe that is too much for your body?

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HEALTHY-SPARK 4/29/2013 3:29PM

    Hang in there. When that happens I try to remind myself that no matter what sort of "fuzzy logic math" my body is apparently trying to pull over on me, that I'm better off continuing with the exercise than I am sitting on the couch. For me personally, I also found that certain types of food (like carbs especially), seem to cause more problems for me (despite staying with the calorie range etc), if I have them 1-2 days before I weigh in weekly. Whether or not that's really true, or the real culprit, I'm not sure -- but when I discovered that, it did make me feel a little better. Keep up the walking -- that's definitely good for you!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 4/29/2013 3:26PM

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 4/29/2013 3:05PM

    It's hard when the scale won't move - I'm having one of those weeks too.
Although I notice my knee doesn't hurt quite as much, so I consider that a sign of progress.
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MARCIEMCGOWAN 4/29/2013 2:42PM

    I am sorry, I know how you feel. Have you used a measuring tape to see how you measure up in that area. I did and it made a big difference. Just don't give up. Everything will pay off eventually.

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Success must be...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Really liked this today!

  
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68ANNE 4/25/2013 7:03PM

    That is a thoughful one

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SUSANBEAMON 4/25/2013 1:07AM

  sort of like "fake it until you make it"

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WORKNPROGRESS49 4/24/2013 7:01PM

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JAMBABY0 4/24/2013 7:00PM

    So very true

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Weekly Goal Review #3

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Here's my weekly goal check-in:

WEIGHT GOAL: Gained .6 lbs but trying not to take it too seriously. I'm sticking to my food and exercise plan and I think it's a normal fluctuation, especially with last week's big loss. Still 2.8 lbs. OVER my weekly weight loss goal of 1 lb. per week, even with the minor gain.


Here's how I did on my other goals this week:

ALL YEAR GOALS
1.) Track my food every day and stay within my calorie ranges. THIS WEEK: Nailed it!

2.) Track my exercise every day and reach my short term exercise goals. THIS WEEK: Tracked, yes. Met goals, ALMOST!

3.) Drink my water. 8 cups per day every day. THIS WEEK: Not great. Lost some motivation late in the week. Only 4 days out of 7.

4.) Take my vitamins. Every. Day. THIS WEEK: Having trouble with this big time, partially due to needing to replace some vitamins. My multivitamin has caffiene in it and it's been keeping me up all night.

5.) Weigh myself regularly, at least three times per week, to make sure I'm keeping track of what's working and what's not. THIS WEEK: Done

6.) Check back to this blog weekly to see how I'm doing on each of these action steps. THIS WEEK: Done!


THIS MONTH's GOALS
1.) Get 10 minutes of exercise every day. This can be walking on the treadmill or elliptical. It can be 10 minutes of weight lifting or yoga or pilates. Regular daily steps tracked on the FitBit don't count. THIS WEEK: 6 out of 7 days!

2.) At least one group exercise class or dedicated 60 minute workout per week. THIS WEEK: Nope. Didn't make it to one this week. Need a better plan this week.

3.) Stick with the Intermittent Fasting plan and see how it works. This means eating within a 6-8 hour window every day. THIS WEEK: Done

4.) Blog my progress once a week, on Mondays. THIS WEEK: Does Tuesday count?


Have a great week everyone!

  
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MELISAF 4/24/2013 1:05PM

    Thanks for the good wishes everyone!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 4/24/2013 10:08AM

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TAWDRYELEPHANT 4/24/2013 9:09AM

    Great goals, and great work! Love how motivated you are.

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DOLPHIN7769 4/23/2013 11:37PM

    you will have up and downs just dont let it get you down. your doing great..

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DONDAIN 4/23/2013 11:27PM

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Weekly Goal Review

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hre's my weekly goal check-in:

WEIGHT GOAL: Lost 2.8 lbs. this week. What!?! Now I'm 2.8 lbs. OVER my weekly weight loss goal of 1 lb. per week. This will definitely come in handy as things naturally start to slow down. :)
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Here's how I did on my other goals this week:

ALL YEAR GOALS
1.) Track my food every day and stay within my calorie ranges. THIS WEEK: Nailed it!
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2.) Track my exercise every day and reach my short term exercise goals. THIS WEEK: Tracked, yes. Met goals, definitely getting better. See below for more details.
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3.) Drink my water. 8 cups per day every day. THIS WEEK: 6 Days out of 7. Getting better at this!
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4.) Take my vitamins. Every. Day. THIS WEEK: 2 Days out of 7. Abysmal! Must do better with this!
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5.) Weigh myself regularly, at least three times per week, to make sure I'm keeping track of what's working and what's not. THIS WEEK: Done
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6.) Check back to this blog weekly to see how I'm doing on each of these action steps. THIS WEEK: Done!
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THIS MONTH's GOALS
1.) Get 10 minutes of exercise every day. This can be walking on the treadmill or elliptical. It can be 10 minutes of weight lifting or yoga or pilates. Regular daily steps tracked on the FitBit don't count. THIS WEEK: Not quite, but so much closer. Had some knee pain early in the week. (I've been recovering from a meniscus tear for a couple months.) It took me out for three days, but I did the other 4. Progress, not perfection
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2.) At least one group exercise class or dedicated 60 minute workout per week. THIS WEEK: Check! Water jogging! Awesome!
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3.) Stick with the Intermittent Fasting plan and see how it works. This means eating within a 6-8 hour window every day. THIS WEEK: Done
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4.) Blog my progress once a week, on Mondays. THIS WEEK: Does Tuesday count?
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Have a great week everyone!

  
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Gratefulness

Monday, April 08, 2013

This week, thanks to a friend's blog (see bottom of post for link), I've been thinking a lot about gratefulness. At first when I read it I was like, yeah, yeah, yeah. Be grateful, what-evs. I'm pretty grateful already, aren't I?

Then I started thinking about the concept as it applies to food. The answer quickly became no. I don't have a hard time during the week, but weekends are always a bit tough. I want to go out and have a good time and reward myself for my awesome, angelic week of perfection with "fun foods." But that strategy? Well, it's exactly what got me into this position and it's exactly what kept me from reaching my goals before now.

So I decided to try to approach my feelings of missing out from the perspective of gratefulness. Being grateful for the food I can eat instead of the food I can't. Being grateful for what that food is doing for my body. Being grateful for that food pointing my life in the direction I want it to go.

I won't say that I've nailed it yet. I still had one or two sourpuss thoughts this weekend as I watched others consume some of the foods I enjoy but get me into trouble.

However, it did create a HUGE shift in the way I thought about things. It calmed me down right away. I didn't feel nearly as deprived or sorry for myself. I didn't have to focus so much on resisting the lure of things I didn't need. I felt happy, focused, and was able to enjoy what I did have instead of what I didn't.

And it gave me an epiphany, too. How will this ever work if I'm constantly feeling like I'm being cheated out of something I want? It won't. It hasn't yet.

I need to change my mindset about this or it will always be a problem. And I think focusing on gratefulness might just be the way to do it.

If you have a similar issue, I'd highly recommend giving it a shot.

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Alright, so here's my weekly goal check-in:

WEIGHT GOAL: Stepped on this scale this morning and was greeted with a 2 lb. weight loss for this week! Yay! That puts me 1 lb. ahead of my goal to hit 155 by December 31st! Which is great, because we all know that there are THOSE WEEKS when, no matter what you do, you're body refuses to move the scale down. It feels good to have some money in the bank, so to speak.

Here's how I did on my other goals this week:

ALL YEAR GOALS
1.) Track my food every day and stay within my calorie ranges. THIS WEEK: Nailed it! Every day, every morsel, all within range. emoticon
2.) Track my exercise every day and reach my short term exercise goals. THIS WEEK: Tracked, yes. Met goals, nooooooooo. See below for more details. emoticon
3.) Drink my water. 8 cups per day every day. THIS WEEK: 5 Days out of 7. Not bad, but could be better. emoticon
4.) Take my vitamins. Every. Day. THIS WEEK: 5 Days out of 7. Not bad, but could be better. emoticon
5.) Weigh myself regularly, at least three times per week, to make sure I'm keeping track of what's working and what's not. THIS WEEK: Done! emoticon
6.) Check back to this blog weekly to see how I'm doing on each of these action steps. THIS WEEK: Done! emoticon

THIS MONTH's GOALS
1.) Get 10 minutes of exercise every day. This can be walking on the treadmill or elliptical. It can be 10 minutes of weight lifting or yoga or pilates. Regular daily steps tracked on the FitBit don't count. THIS WEEK: Um, nooooope! Worked out on Monday, all excited and motivated, then got super sick on Tuesday and had to spend the week recovering. Feeling better now and planning to tackle this goal anew! emoticon
2.) At least one group exercise class or dedicated 60 minute workout per week. THIS WEEK: Check! Aqua Zumba! emoticon emoticon
3.) Stick with the Intermittent Fasting plan and see how it works. This means eating within a 6-8 hour window every day. THIS WEEK: Done! This is getting easier and easier every day. Super excited to see how this plan plays out long-term. emoticon
4.) Blog my progress once a week, on Mondays. THIS WEEK: Done! emoticon wellthofhealth.wordpress.com/2013/04
/03/some-thoughts-on-gratefulness/

  
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MELISAF 4/8/2013 3:23PM

    So true WAYSOFGRACE! So true! And I love the mani/pedi reward! I've got to get on that! My heels look like hooves at the moment! Haha!

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WAYSOFGRACE 4/8/2013 3:17PM

    You can have debauchery, you just have to change the form/definition of it!

For me, it's been getting my fingernails done with my daughter. Not something I do every week, but it's my "reward" for doing the best I can for myself!

I don't deny myself anything in the food department unless it's a huge diabetic no-no. Instead, I have learned to stick with a single portion. That took some doing, but now I can say I am good after that 1/2 cup of ice cream instead of the 5 scoop sundae!

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MELISAF 4/8/2013 3:10PM

    Hahaha! I'm exactly the same way KJMOORE4617! Somehow it always feels like I "deserve" a weekend of debauchery, but it's been totally killing my goals. So, no more! On to thoughts of appreciation instead of deprivation!
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KJMOORE4617 4/8/2013 2:54PM

    Lots to think of here! Makes me think of how I reward myself and those around me. Treats. If I don't get a treat I have not been properly rewarded for a job well done. MMMMmmm! What else can I focus on instead? Food for more thought. (Pun intended!) Karen

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