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A fresh start

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Congratulations to me! Three nights ago I graduated with a master's degree in Education, Equity and Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado. It has been a two-and-one-half year journey during which there were times that I was barely hanging on. Needless to say, I didn't always make choices that benefited my health (or weight!) but they were choices I made in order to hang on. I cannot change what's done - I can only move forward. And I will.

In 2008 I lost 40+ pounds. I have gained about 25 of it back. But I know that it can be done, and I know how to do it. Begin step one of my (again) journey...

1. Exercise. This is by far the hardest for me to be consistent with. I don't know why, because when I do exercise I enjoy it. I just hate the process of getting there. My 11 year old daughter comes to mind as I think about this struggle. She loves to ski. LOVES to ski. But, for whatever reason, she HATES the getting-ready process, even though she knows how much fun she will eventually have. Sometimes the process (still!) involves tears and frustrates the *&%! out of me. This is me and exercise. Why? I like it, I like the way I feel... why is it so hard to change clothes, put on my shoes and head out? For cryin' out loud, all I have to do is go down to the work-out area of our basement!

My goal, for the first week, is 5 days of 20 minutes of varying levels of aerobic exerise. I get bored doing just one thing, so I'll walk, jog, run, increase the incline if I'm on the treadmill, walk backwards, etc. But I'm only going to do aerobic activity and only 20 minutes a day for the first week. I can handle this amount of time first thing in the morning, before I go to work.

2. Eating whole foods. This is mostly easy; I am drawn to the natural by nature. I enjoy cooking. But I have to plan for it or it doesn't always happen. So every Sunday I'm going to lay out my dinner menus and options for lunches and breakfasts.

3. Supplements. This is another thing that I hate to do. I don't know why, I just do. And I know there is much argument about the necessity of supplements. But I also know that being highly gluten intolerant I am probably lacking vitamins B from my diet. And, truth be told, I feel better - (more energetic, less cravings) when I include a vitamin B supplement paired with chromium in my diet. And being lactose intolerant as well, I no longer eat much dairy, so calcium is another must. I need to do this; it makes me feel better; like exercise, I need to do it!

4. Plan. As mentioned in #2 above, I know that planning is key. I know that I hit the late afternoon, early evening and I'm prone to throw all my good eating for the day down the drain and indulge (binge?) on something that is not wise. It happens almost every day. But if I'm a.) taking my supplements, b.) exercising, c.) eating good whole foods and d.) planning for this time, I am MUCH less likely to succumb.

Week One -begin!

  
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STEVIEBEE569 5/31/2014 1:41AM

    emoticon on receiving your degree

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 5/30/2014 11:06PM

    Way to go on all the achievements !!!

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CBRINKLEY401 5/13/2014 10:37PM

    Congratulations on your Master's degree!! That took a lot of hard work! I know how hard it is to try and stick to your plan during that time. And I agree, there's nothing you can do about the past now, so best to just let it go and move forward and deal with the things you CAN change!

Sounds like you are moving in the right direction.
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MICHTOTMAN 5/11/2014 3:21PM

    VERY cool about your PhD! WOW! I was asked to consider starting the program where I studied (when I was finished w/ the Masters) but can't even imagine more school right now. emoticon I'm seriously impressed! I"d love to hear what your dissertation is about... really!


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FAITHMABE 5/11/2014 11:20AM

    First of all congratulations on earning your degree! I'm in that boat myself right now. I'm working toward my doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. It is hard to work, study, maintain a home, and be healthy. I've gained about 20 pounds already and probably will not finish my dissertation until NEXT spring. I'm hoping to add in regular exercise now that the classes are over (tomorrow night) and I will strictly be working to write my dissertation. It sounds like you have a good 4 step plan to begin your process. Best wishes! emoticon

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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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