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Identifying My Struggles

Saturday, March 08, 2014

I haven't blogged in a while for a few reasons, the main being I have been stuck weight loss wise. Now I expect the reaction of, well you've lost over 100 lbs be thankful for that. And I am (and just for the record no one here has EVER said that to me). I am still 40 ls overweight and would be happy with losing 30lbs of that (which would put me at around 140 lbs -- I am 5' 2").So

So I do all the right things; I eat higher quality foods, track EVERYTHING all the TIME, exercise (both cardio and weights. I am very sure to get all my protein each meal/day. So what am I doing wrong? Well, I got a FitBit for Christmas and recently I have decided to use it's tracking system for food..what I like about it is that you can account for fiber as well..which I was mostly ignoring until the Spring Into Action challenge that had us look at it every day. My initial thought was of course I was going to make the minimum..but after a week, I made the minimum exactly 0 times. This goal is to focus on fiber, see if that gets me anywhere.

As always, thanks for reading and suggestions are always welcome.

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REALLY_ROBIN 3/10/2014 11:46AM

  I have been stuck as well, and then I started taking probiotics and I'm losing slowly, but surely. I'm going to be posting a blog on it soon. You can have spark people tracker keep track of your fiber as well. There is button called track other nutrients at the bottom of the tracker...just a FYI.

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GRLTAZ 3/8/2014 9:59PM

    Good goal ! Hope it moves the scale for you.

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SOON2BCOURTNEY 3/8/2014 9:54PM

    First congrats on your weight loss so far. That is amazing! I k that hitting a platue sucks no matter how many pounds you have lost. I hope that tracking your fiber will give you that extra boost. Best of luck to you!

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wowie kahzowie! awesome that you've achieved such a milestone on the road to a healthier you!

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I too had no idea about the importance of fiber until my college class, Principles of Nutrition ~ that book was wonderful. I'm willing to bet that focusing on fiber will be of value to you.

have a great week!

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STARLITNIGHT 3/8/2014 3:27PM

    That is a good point about Fiber, I had not even thought about it till these last few months.

I also had to switch things up a bit. I stalled here on the food journal, then went back to myfitnesspal food journal and started to lose again.

Funny how just little changes make such a big difference.

I wish you the best on your journey!

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SALAM4545 3/8/2014 2:11PM

    Hey, how cool that you are blogging again! I'm not going to give advice because I suspect you are already doing everything that I could recommend anyway, but I will suggest a novel about a woman who lost a great deal of weight (written by a lady who also lost a great deal of weight) and it has some neat little tricks to shake a plateau. I found it on Amazon. Ada's Rules: A Sexy Skinny Novel by Alice Randall

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TANJAT88 3/8/2014 1:48PM

    That is great that you are digging deeper to see if you can identify what is happening. I am pretty new on my journey, but seeing your progress and your blog just re-inforces that this is changing my whole LIFESTYLE and not just what the scale says. There is always room to improve on things, so throwing up your hands and saying "well, good enough" can sometimes be too easy.

It is great to see such a level of commitment to your life and not just your weight. Keep up the great work :)

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I'm Back to Where I Ended

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Ok so maybe this sounds a bit odd, but I am back to where I ended in Sept before my little SparkPeople hiatus (and thus 5 lb weight gain). This creeping weight gain was very stressful and I could see it potentially undoing all the work I've done over the last 2 years to lose the 100+ lbs.

Gaining 5 lbs in 2.5 months made me feel like a hypocrite and a fraud every time I saw someone and they commented on "wow you look great" or "could you join our team, you're such an inspiration." It took a lot for me to get my wagon back on the track. I've been pretty diligent with my re-found habits of tracking food and getting to the gym as often as I can (at least 5 times a week).

This morning, I hopped on the scale and was .2 away from the weight listed on this page (I refused to increase it when I came back) I am back where I ended off in Sept before my knee injury and my slow plummet back to bad habits.

I am remotivated to move past the 173 (ideally I would like a goal weight of 140-145) and see where I can be by my 50th birthday (which is early January). Onward and downward I go...

Thanks for reading.

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SUNSHINE5268 12/4/2013 6:35PM

    I am soooooooooooooooo happy for you and cant wait until I can get to where you are at now..... yeh!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU are such an inspiration emoticon

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NEW_PARADIGM 11/23/2013 9:03PM

    Great job. emoticon

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REALLY_ROBIN 11/21/2013 11:59AM

  That's awesome....congratulations on all your hard work and dedication!

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I Said NO

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Wow, it's been a long time since I last posted a blog entry. I wish I could say that I've been away and everything's been good. However, that is not the case. Nor can I say that horrible things happened that kept me away, and for that I am grateful. So what's the deal?

Well, school ended in June and so did all my structure. Not too bad since I was available to go to the gym everyday and I stayed on course with that. I stopped tracking food. Then school started, my kids activities started, schedules shifted..I stopped going to the gym every day..barely made it 2 times a week.

Every week, I would recommit..getting back on track, and every week I would fail. Tuesdays was the day I would leave school right at 3:30, get to the gym and work out before getting my own children. Every week, a student would stop in and ask if I could help him/her.."Of course" I would reply.

This week was no different. I recommited and got a good start yesterday. And like every other week, a student stopped by and asked if I could stay after school to help him. Unlike every other week, I said no that I had another commitment. I feel horrible doing this to him but I need to honor my commitment to myself. He was very understanding and said he'd stay with another teacher today.

I have gained 5 lbs since September and need to get back on the program. I am back on SparkPeople, I am tracking food, and I am making myself a priority. Hopefully those 5lbs go away soon, then it's on to the last 30 lbs to lose.

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DEBBIEDAY 11/13/2013 9:59PM

    Congrats for making yourself a priority!!!!

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JUNEAU2010 11/12/2013 3:05PM

    Kudos for saying "no" for the reason that you did. That is so hard to do!

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REALLY_ROBIN 11/12/2013 2:42PM

  Great job on carving out time for yourself and not letting anything get in your way. That would be really hard to do with your heart strings being are amazing! I'm recommitting myself too...onward and upward!

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Kitchen Makeover Recipe

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

My kitchen makeover was to 'get out of the kitchen' and do more grilling. We just bought a new grill so this should be do-able. Our old one I had to have my husband light because the mechanism didn't work right and I hated it. So now I can independently use the new grill.

Mini Challenge: Find a recipe. We have a CSA and get a lot of veggies so I'd like to grill more vegetables this summer. So in my search for a basic recipe I was surprised by what I found. I am used to grilling onions, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, and summer squash. It never occurred to me to grill broccoli or brussel sprouts. So here is a recipe from SparkPeople that adds broccoli to the grill:

I liked that it was easy but tasty. There wasn't a lot of prep. I think I will try the brussel sprout one next.


My Moving Plan

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The last few weeks have been busy and insane, both at home and at work/school. I finally finished the professional development class I was taking and the school year is winding down. So this is an exciting time for me because I have been focused on trying to get back on or at least stay on my exercise track for the past few weeks. Lately, I have only been hanging on my a very thin worn string.

Good thing: I've kept all my personal training appointments (1 x week).

My plan for the duration of the Summer BLC is to

emoticon follow the schedule my trainer makes for me (which is always a combination of cardio and weight training)
emoticon what I will do new for this challenge is to add in at least one new group exercise class (in addition to the spin classes). Ideally, I would like it to be an addition of one yoga class, but we will have to see if the class schedule matches my life schedule.

Let it begin!

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ANNEMAC5 6/19/2013 2:41PM

    Great to have blogged your plan, we are all busy and it is easy to make excuses. Fantastic to have the weekly trainer to help keep you on track great start to the challenge emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/16/2013 2:03PM

    You Go Girl
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