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Finally!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

So - after weeks of doing everything right, I took a much-needed hiatus from the over-analyzing I'd been doing. I had a beer. I bought and ate, IN MUCH MODERATION, a bag of gluten-free chocolate-covered pretzels. I didn't track, but I made good choices. I didn't count calories and didn't go over-board with the exercise, but didn't become sedentary either. I skiied.

This week, I've lost. Finally. 2.6 pounds to be exact. It's almost like my body (although i was hardly starving it!) went into defense mode when I started in full hilt with exercise and limiting calories to the Spark recommended levels. Today I did track, and I was over by about 300 calories (1771 calories to the recommended high of 1550). I jogged and walked this morning for about 40 minutes and probably burned off about 250-300 calories so I'm not gonna think too much about it.

Worked this week - hopefully the right track will start to show more results.

  
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 1/28/2013 7:29AM

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POINTAFTER 1/27/2013 11:06AM

    You need more protein and calories when you're very active. Maybe your caloric intake was too low before? Every body is different. When you find something that works, run with it!

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Can't believe it's been so long...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Seems like only a few days ago since I posted my last blog. Has it really been a week and a half?

Well, I'm still not losing any weight. I haven't given up, but I did take a bit of a TypeA, hyper-control break. Last week I lost one of my two planning periods every single day. I got behind. I did exercise, but only Monday and Thursday. We skiied on Saturday and Sunday (all day) so that wasn't completely a loss exercise-wise. I didn't track from Friday 'til yesterday... today was my first day back. I didn't count a single calorie; I just made good choices. AND - I gave myself a few breaks. I had a beer (just one). I had some m&ms in my trail mix (not a ton). And I bought a bag of chocolate covered gluten-free pretzels BUT I haven't eaten more than 4 in one day (less than 1/2 a serving) and I haven't had them every day. I just chilled out a little bit.

when, out of cuiousity, I stepped on the scale this morning - it's still the same. At least I didn't gain.

Tomorrow I'm not exercising in the morning - I'm hopeful I will when I get home. But, if not, I'm back on the treadmill on Friday. And pushing myself more. It's still really hard for me to believe that the scale hasn't budged when I'm eating less (and taking less total insulin according to my pump: I'm down by about 28% on a daily basis) and exercising. Maybe my thyroid's up? Maybe I just need to jump-start somehow. I've never had a problem losing at the BEGINNING of a weight-loss program. But - I'm going to keep going. Who knows how long it'll take, but I'm eating better, moving more and making good choices for me and my family. I've gotta continue to focus on that.

  
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GOPINTOS 1/24/2013 2:15PM

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Follow-Up

Saturday, January 12, 2013

After having a bit of a panic attack (well - not really - but it sure didn't feel good) about gaining when I've been doing EVERYTHING right, I've settled down. And weighed myself again - for the official weigh-in of the Biggest Loser Challenge for the team: Working Out at Home. I went down from that supposed +2 gain. And down 0.2 from my SW.

emoticon Scales - We know we should just not look at them, but what other way to we have to notice small, incremental change? Inches take too long to add up - and that weekly "I lost one pound" keeps us going 'til we can see/feel the loss in other more tangible ways.

I'm reminded of my seed-starting projects for my organic garden that our family grows every year. We plant the seeds and take care of them diligently. Some seeds - like basil - sprout almost immediately. It's so fun to watch this happen. Others, like eggplant, can take weeks. We almost give up on them and plant another batch because surely something went wrong. Then one morning they arrive. Just one at first, but it gives us hope. Then another. And another. Before we know it, a whole flat of eggplants have sprouted.

I think I'm going to print and post a picture of an eggplant plant somewhere visible (maybe my screen saver!) to remind me constantly that not all progress is immediately visible.

Happy weekend!

  
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PENNYRILE77 1/12/2013 3:45PM

    I gained the 0.2 you lost! Love the eggplant analogy!

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BATCHICK 1/12/2013 12:11PM

    ugh, I needed this positivity today! I have gained consistently over the past 5 weeks of tracking, working out, eating within range, etc. I will visualize myself as an eggplant... I won't give up on myself!


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What's UP?

Friday, January 11, 2013

So... as I've said before - when I lost 40 pounds about 5 years ago I did it by 1.) clean eating (I just started with this - no exercise for the first couple of weeks... just focused on my food choice). Then added 2.) light aerobics - mostly just walking, although the more weight I lost I began to mix walking and jogging. Then, finally 3.) weights - again, nothing serious, just the free weights/bands/etc. and the exercises I got either from Spark or from magazines. It worked.

Well......
I've been clean eating for 2 weeks now and really sticking with it. I've cut sugar out of so many places (oatmeal, coffee) and I've left a little bit in (say, 1/3 cup vanilla kefir and my calcium gummies) but really - it's almost negligible. And I've been successfully staying in my Spark recommended calories - the low side mostly - for 2 weeks.

And I started working out again - C25K program for aerobics and Spark Workout for strength training.

And (drum roll please)...
Week 1 - lost 1.4 pounds. emoticon
Week 2 --- gained 2 pounds.
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Since I've been measuring EVERYTHING and really keeping to my routine, I'm wondering what's going on! Is it possible (even though I'm not exactly working out like an athlete) - is it possible that my calories are too low???
I did a search online and found that for moderately active females of my weight and age I need to eat 2300 calories approximately to maintain my weight. 500 less than that to lose - so 1800. I've been eating 1300-1550. Is it possible I need to eat MORE (clean foods, of course!) to lose weight?

And, I know, it's not just about the weight. It's about being healthy - feeling better, etc. etc. And I haven't lost that focus. I'm not quitting! But it's just frustrating when you don't see results - and since it's so early, the scale is my only gauge.

Hmmm... thoughts anyone???

  
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POINTAFTER 1/11/2013 6:31PM

    Yes, I would definitely suggest increasing your caloric intake. Try lean protein and whole grains. You may have to play with the numbers a little bit by adjusting things gradually.

I have the opposite problem...my home and office are full of junk food that I can only resist for so long. I've resisted my husband's bundt cake so far, but the chocolate chip cookies at work practically followed me to my desk emoticon

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Just a little self-pep talk...

Thursday, January 03, 2013

I dropped almost 1-1/2 pounds this week. Not bad, but I was aiming for 2 so I was not really excited. And then... well... then I decided to take measurements as part of my tracking and

... wow. That was tough. Actually wrapping the measuring tape around my waist was such a huge eye-opener (I have to admit - I've really avoided looking at myself) without even looking at the numbers. I have never been so disgusted with myself, I swear. Not so much because of where I am right now (or, more likely, where I'm NOT) --- it's more because as I was looking at all my "after" pics from 2008, when I'd lost almost 40 pounds, I was so proud of myself - and should have been. And then there's now. What a depressing moment (or three or four...) HOW did that HAPPEN????

But hey! I have done it before - I can do it again! Here's what I'm aiming for this time:
- loose 35-40 pounds (180-140ish)... I've done it before; I can do it again!
- be able to run a mile (or more) without stopping - I've done it before; I can do it again
- eat clean as a daily lifestyle change... I've done it before; I can do it again!
- exercise daily as a lifestyle change... I've done it before; I can do it again!
- Fit into a size 8...I've done it before; I can do it again!
- have impressive upper body tone... I've done it before; I can do it again!
- have impressive LOWER body tone... I haven't done that yet - but I can do it if I can do all the other stuff!

Pity party? Over!
Onward --- ho!

  
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PENNYRILE77 1/3/2013 10:44PM

    "- have impressive LOWER body tone" That's my goal, too!

And running a mile. I did it ONCE. I'm doing the Couch to 5k program.

Good luck:) Make today count!


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PENNYRILE77 1/3/2013 10:44PM

    "- have impressive LOWER body tone" That's my goal, too!

And running a mile. I did it ONCE. I'm doing the Couch to 5k program.

Good luck:) Make today count!


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PENNYRILE77 1/3/2013 10:43PM

    "- have impressive LOWER body tone" That's my goal, too!

And running a mile. I did it ONCE. I'm doing the Couch to 5k program.

Good luck:) Make today count!


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MC0387 1/3/2013 4:17PM

  I like your thinking- you can absolutely do it all again! emoticon

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