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Hungry

Monday, April 14, 2014

What do you do when you're hungry? I mean, so often I eat because I'm peckish or bored or something looks delicious. At those times I can keep my calorie goals in mind and choose not to eat. But when I'm straight up hungry I wonder, is it good to not eat, even if I'm at the edge of my calorie zone? Often I decide nope, it's not, and I try to eat something healthy, some fruit, some yogurt, a glass of skim milk because I can't believe that a gnawing (or as gnawing as a well fed westerner can experience) hunger is a good sign of a balanced approach to weight loss. Thoughts?

  
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STILLFLYIN 4/15/2014 3:41PM

    If I am actually hungry, lean protein and a cup of hot tea keeps me from coming back and being hungry again - soon. Anything else just doesn't do it for me.

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TIFFA409 4/15/2014 10:20AM

    If you are truly hungry and not anything else, then I absolutely agree with you decision to eat. Also, if you are hungry enough to eat something healthy then you are really hungry and not just feeding you emotions.

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MIRDREAMS 4/15/2014 6:28AM

    A big 16+ oz glass of water and a little time is a good technique to sort real hunger out.

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MCJULIEO 4/14/2014 11:31PM

    Real hunger is not as much a problem as being bored, or emotional, or something else....However, eating carrots helps me keep from doing too much damage to myself...

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STEVENK87 4/14/2014 10:55PM

    Drinking water and prayer works too :)

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LINTPICKER 4/14/2014 9:37PM

    Drink a large glass of water and wait 15 minutes. Try to find something to do that will keep you busy. if after 15 min you are still hungry, by all means eat. But there is a chance you will be so preoccupied you won't even notice being hungry.

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GEMINICHIK 4/14/2014 5:59PM

    Drinking water usually works for me

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Back at it (again)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

I've never thought of myself as a yo-yo dieter. Heck, I've never really thought of myself as a dieter. I've been dissatisfied with my weight as long as I can remember, even when I was the weight that is now my goal weight, but I've also never thought it should be that important. I have several close people in my life who have struggled with eating disorders and who have had very major weight shifts. I never have. I've just been very gradually putting on 40 pounds over the last decade. And I've occasionally thought, ok that's not great, and I've gone to the gym for several years in a row and I did Sparkpeople for a while and lost a little weight, but honestly it's all just been a gradual gain. I can't even say my dissatisfaction has gotten that much greater. A little, especially as my face and belly got rounder, and I stopped liking most photos of myself (even old photos when I was thinner, so I'm not sure what that's about).

I got a Fitbit for myself using a Christmas gift card and since the beginning of the year I've consistently been walking. I've been hitting 10,000 steps consistently, often more. But not tracking food or even restricting it until Lent, when I gave up all pre-packaged junk food. But the scale hasn't budged at all. I am thinking my face is a bit thinner and I've definitely gained more endurance, but my husband still felt he had to give me a "I want you to be healthy" talk. He's a doctor and he said that walking alone wasn't going to be enough. It hurt and it pissed me off but it's also been true so it's hard to argue.

I've been doing more step cardio to get my steps in (leaves me drenched and definitely is a higher impact exercise) and as of April 1st I've started tracking food again. I know that works. So hopefully, I'll see some movement. I really want to feel like I'm actually accomplishing something.

  
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STEVENK87 4/14/2014 10:57PM

    I have the fitbit Flex and I love it. The fitbit does courage me to move my body more. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BODACIOUSCHICK 4/7/2014 11:24AM

    Not giving up in this case is an accomplishment in itself.

I agree with STILLFLYIN on adding in some strength. Muscle may weigh more than fat, but it burns a ton of calories when you're not even working out.

Perhaps you could find an activity you truly love (like dancing or climbing?) and add that to the mix. Or maybe there's something you've heard of but never tried (like Capoeira or Parkour?) , find a class and try it out?

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MIRDREAMS 4/3/2014 10:59AM

    Thanks guys, I will try to keep the right attitude.

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STILLFLYIN 4/3/2014 10:29AM

    You might want to consider some strength exercises/activities in the mix. Building muscles looks great and is an add to your health.

Other than that suggestion, you sound so much like me except that I've lost weight slowly over years and seem to be stuck now. Sigh! And my hubby isn't a doctor.

We press onward and keep working to make ourselves healthier.
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SPARTANJAI 4/3/2014 8:01AM

    I too love my FitBit!
Be glad that your hubby had the courage to say what he felt was true instead of keeping this to himself. He wants you to be around and healthy to enjoy your future together!
Good luck on your journey!

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Rats, Foiled Again (by myself)

Thursday, November 03, 2011

So I haven't been tracking for a while (in fact the last time I was tracking consistently was a week at the beginning of last month). But I have been getting my butt to the gym a few times a week. Which sounds good in principle and I've added in some weight training and I'm up to week 6 on C25K and really working hard at that so I'm pleased with that. But it's getting cold out and I'm not walking for a hour or so on the off days the way I was during the summer. And it shows. I haven't gained any weight back but I hadn't lost any either (was fluctuating within three pounds). So yesterday I stepped on the scale at gym, one of those doctor officy ones that I tend to trust more than our little electric one and was shocked and delighted to see I'd broken the 155 pound barrier and was weighing in at 154. I literally couldn't believe it and I was so happy and I went out and kicked butt in my workout. I mean, I came back into the locker room so red that a woman next to me though I'd been tanning and helpfully suggested it would fade by the next day. Only this morning I went down and weighed myself on our scale before breakfast and found I'm at 157, which feels like a more realistic number given how my pants fit and my current level of activity and calories.

The thing that drives me nuts is it so shouldn't matter. I've run for 20 minutes straight and I didn't throw up or pass out or anything. I can literally take off my old jeans without unbuttoning them. I am changing my body for the better and if I want to take more control I know exactly what I need to do. So here's to control and here's to doing the right thing and trusting the results will take care of themselves.

  
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SKYBLUEGIRL 11/3/2011 9:34PM

    You are working hard and it will pay off! Sounds like it already is. Keep it up! emoticon

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LILMISSRED79 11/3/2011 6:08PM

    Good for you!

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CTTAGENT 11/3/2011 12:45PM

    The scale is a number. I am glad that you are wanting that control to do what you need to... :)

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STILLFLYIN 11/3/2011 12:04PM

    What STELLAR-LIGHTS said. The number on the scale is only a number that is impacted by so many variables. Other indicators are much stronger and more important.
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STELLAR-LIGHTS 11/3/2011 11:14AM

    Congrats on the great work out (I always turn beet red too) and the steady non scale related results. Our bodies tell us faster than any scale how well we are doing with our health efforts.

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Annoyed

Monday, October 10, 2011

I'm annoyed with myself and with the world. That's maybe overstating things but I really want to be ten pounds down. I'm within a pound. I've already bought my reward and told people I'm down ten pounds when they comment on how good I'm looking. I know the scale doesn't matter and I really shouldn't be that caught up with a number but I just want to get that little bit further. Ultimately I want to get back down to 135 but right now I will just be ecstatic when I get to 155.

  
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SKYBLUEGIRL 10/10/2011 12:05PM

    emoticon The scale can be such a mean device. I hope you don't let it steal the satisfaction of what you have accomplished. It stinks when the scale stops BUT it will move again! Celebrate your 9 for now.. 10, 11, 12 ..... will follow! Keep at it, make adjustments, you can do it! emoticon emoticon

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JEANIE07 10/10/2011 11:04AM

  im in the same boat lol, i bought some trousers a uk size14, they close but theyre snug, but i havent moved a pound on the scales in four weeks. I know im changing and my body looks so much better but it still seems to grate on my nerves that the digital dial doesnt say anything different, so you know what i did i measured my waist in milimetres , there i see a difference. the scales may say no but the trousers say different......we will get there....wanna a cyber buddy to motivate you, id love someone to do this with, and who knows we may buy the sexy wee black number yet.

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ANIMAL_L0VER 10/10/2011 11:02AM

    I feel your pain!! I have been hovering at a 8-10 lb loss and can't seem to lose anything more. Fortunately, I took my measurements back in June and when I took them again last week, found that I had lost just over 12 in, so I know I'm doing something right.
Have you considered taking measurements? I'd never done it before, but am sure glad I decided to this time. Or taking pictures along the way in order to compare works for some as well. Find what works for you and stick to it! I'm sure you look fabulous and will keep up the hard work!
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Feeling it

Friday, September 16, 2011

I don't really know what's different this time. I've been on SP before. I've lost some weight before and thought "cool, this works" but it didn't stick and I went back to my regular old ways and the weight crept up and I grew to hate mirrors. This time has been different. Maybe because I haven't put as much emphasis on what my workouts need to be, maybe because even though I've been tracking I've been less stressed about every little piece of food. Maybe because this time it really is a lifestyle change. Eat less, move more. Whatever the reason it's working and I'm starting to like mirrors again.

I went out of town for the last four days for work. Four days of not really tracking and no gym. Four days of eating sensibly and walking as much as I could, even if I didn't track it everyday. Four days of glimpsing what maintenance might look like when I get there. And I got home and got on the scale and I'm down. Which is nice. But what's nicer is my pants are too big and I tried on a size ten pair of jeans while I was in the city and they almost fit. I bought a cute size 12 skirt and it's a little too big (but it's Marshall's so you take the size they've got that you can make work). This time it's working and I feel good.

  
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PHANTOMSSIREN 9/21/2011 8:29AM

    Yay! Glad to hear it's working out for you, it's inspired me to stick with it :)

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SKYBLUEGIRL 9/17/2011 11:33AM

    Great blog! It's a wonderful thing to make those good, permanent changes that will help you be happy and healthy for a lifetime. emoticon emoticon

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STELLAR-LIGHTS 9/17/2011 8:51AM

    Hooray! There is nothing so wonderful as feeling good and healthy AND knowing it can last. You are in control!

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JONICACALDWELL 9/16/2011 2:40PM

    Seriously, great blog. Thank you for sharing and it's very relate-able. Your days on vaca are what we should all strive for. Great job! emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 9/16/2011 1:57PM

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LIVING is what it's all about. Keep on keeping on!


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