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Do you know were fat goes?

Monday, May 10, 2010

I was doing some reading this weekend and found out something that I wasn't aware of, so I thought I would share it.

(addendum: This info was in a newsletter that was put out by our county health department, hence - no links)

Have you ever thought about where fat actually goes when you lose weight? Well you may or may not know that our body has these little cells that increase in size as they store fat (fat cells). When you burn more calories than you eat, your body uses triglycerides for energy. This makes those little fat cells shrink. There is a whole process that explains how things break down but the end result is that this produces things like water and carbon dioxide. This is another reason that we sweat when we work out.

Now here is the kicker. Those little fat cells shrink down, but stay in place. The bad part is that when you gain weight, you get MORE fat cells and THEY DON'T GO AWAY. They sit there like little sponges just waiting to fill back up again. The average man has about 26 billion fat cells and a woman has about 35 billion. When someone gets obese, that number jumps to as many as 270 billion!

So in my mind, that explains some things. That explains when you go on a diet, and come off it and start eating "normal" again, the weight comes back. We need to get moving as well to get that "burn" going on.

It also explains to me why a healthy lifestyle is what is needed. Knowing that even though I lose weight, my body is just waiting to suck up fat again really inspires me to not only lose, but to keep it off. This isn't an overnight thing and isn't just "for a while". This is for the rest of my life!

Onwards...

  
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DIXIED88 5/12/2010 2:18PM

    Ok, well if I can't make them go away, I'll just be determined to make them get so small that it's almost like their gone!

Take that fat cells! I think I hear them...*I'm shrinking!* emoticon

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POETIC_SPIRIT 5/11/2010 6:07PM

    It's a little depressing to know that I have several more million fat cells than my husband and that I am that many times more likely to regain my weight...ugh! If you have liposuction, will you get those fat cells back? Just wondering!

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SHARONGD 5/10/2010 8:11PM

    Sounds like you really get it! I figured it out too after several years of yo-yoing by not changing my lifestyle! WooHoo! emoticon emoticon

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FOWLSPACE 5/10/2010 1:14PM

    Well.. I guess we're all doomed then. ;o)

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BARBROCKS 5/10/2010 1:06PM

    I probably have about 800 billion of those little suckers in there with all the weight I have lost and gained. I will never gain my weight back again... I have made that vow to me. Thanks for your blog, Ed. You Rock!

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AIMEEM77 5/10/2010 12:39PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this...good to know-if a little bit scary!

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CRIS76 5/10/2010 12:39PM

    Ok, that's depressing ... not that it is a 'whole life' thing, but that those cells don't go away :(

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HAPPYNSMILING 5/10/2010 11:25AM

    Thanks so much for sharing...encouragement to continue my new lifestyle.
My 1-yr Sparkversary is tomorrow, and I am still going strong. I feel great due to eating right and regular exercise.
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SPARKLE1908 5/10/2010 11:20AM

    Thanks for sharing..that's interesting to see how the fat cells just "wait" on us to feed them again...wow!!!!

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JULIE2719 5/10/2010 11:19AM

    Why can't those extra fat cells die of starvation eventually? Seems unfair.

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BRENDY_28 5/10/2010 11:09AM

    I always learn something new everyday. Thanks for sharing :)

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BLESSED2BEME 5/10/2010 10:49AM

    Finally figuring out that this has to be a life style rather than a temporary diet is what has finally made me succeed up to this point. It is an amazing journey, isn't it?

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CATHEITE 5/10/2010 10:22AM

    I've read this before too. It's a little depressing. I'd like to think the fat cells disappear or evaporate when we lose weight, but that's wishful thinking and doesn't help anyone. Thanks for posting and making others more aware.

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SHELYNDA 5/10/2010 10:21AM

    Thank you for posting this information. I think I will have to do some more research now that you have brought this to my attention.

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KARVY09 5/10/2010 10:15AM

    Great blog and reminder. I probably got a ton of those little suckers. I gotta make sure they don't fill up again! Blech!

Thanks for the reminder!

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JRMORFORD 5/10/2010 10:11AM

    Great post, but I really wished you would have given a few links for me to do further research.

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PARKERB2 5/10/2010 9:58AM

    So, it just don't disappear. I wondered. Good to know we have to deal with them even as we lose. emoticon

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CAROLINECHICAGO 5/10/2010 9:55AM

    Wow--thanks for that! I knew fat cells got bigger and smaller when we gain and lose weight. But I didn't realize that we got so many more fat cells when we become overweight or obese!! That visual really helps inspire. Thank you!

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THINRONNA 5/10/2010 9:40AM

    Fabulous blog! I learned a lot. I have noticed those little fat pockets! Now I know...Thanks! You have the right thinking on a healthy lifestyle. emoticon emoticon

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The good, the bad, but no ugly

Friday, May 07, 2010

Stepping on the scale this morning was bitter sweet.

The good news - Mr. Plateau is gone. The bad news - I gained 5 pounds.

However the not so ugly thing is that I'm OK with that. I KNEW I was busting my butt on exercising as normal, but my eating kind of slid off the radar. Then yesterday I didn't get to do my weights as normal, but I was rewarded with learning that my BP is actually lower than I thought! It's almost in the "normal" range and THAT in itself was a huge amount of good news for me.

So I shrug my shoulders, and resolve to get back into a better eating habit, and move forwards. I LOVE the fact that now I just take this all in stride. No more self flagellation about how "bad" I have been and then throwing in the towel and ditching the diet.

Why is that? Well, no diet for one thing. Hard to ditch a healthy lifestyle! I know that weight loss is like life. Since I love cars, I tend to think in those terms. There is no flat road like across the desert. There is no drop off like the edge of a cliff. It's rolling hills. Kind of like what I grew up with around my home town. The road may have it's tops and valleys, but it's always toward the direction that I wanted to go.

So - I gained five pounds this week. I can accept that. It's fine with me. I know I have the power to get back with it and it will be just fine. I'm a good person and love myself and I will just continue,

Onwards...

  
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POETIC_SPIRIT 5/12/2010 6:07PM

    Good for you for not beating yourself up over the weight gain and recognizing the health gain (in the form of normal blood pressure)! I am working on seeing the bigger picture, but admittedly have an issue with self-loathing when it comes to the scale and food...but every day is a new day and I've going to start each new day with a clean slate and a new attitude!
Congrats on getting it right!

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CITYZOZO 5/9/2010 9:25PM

    rock on..great blog...zo

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LYNNLOSING150 5/7/2010 11:56PM

    Just think how good the scale will look next week.

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BRENDY_28 5/7/2010 11:34PM

    Great attitude. :D Good luck on next week's weigh in

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HAWAIILINDA 5/7/2010 10:23PM

    No ugly, another day in learning a healthy life style, the scale is not all powerful, does not have the final word, there are many ways to know we are successful. Great on the blood pressure! In the past I have not cared much what the BP numbers said, but now know how very important it is and what a great success to keep BP in the healthy range.
Linda

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GEORGANNE39 5/7/2010 4:23PM

    You're a real winner, Ed! emoticon

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MANDABEAR11 5/7/2010 1:11PM

    Can you bottle your attitude and send it my way?? Great job, you should be proud of how you reacted, I sure wouldn't!

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OWENZZOO 5/7/2010 12:46PM

    Way to find that silver lining! emoticon

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KARVY09 5/7/2010 12:34PM

    Good attitude. You can rock it next week!

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BLESSED2BEME 5/7/2010 12:25PM

    emoticon Way to celebrate the exit of Mr. Plauteu! I'm not touching the scale today after the bad week I've had. Good for you being able to handle that!

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DEVORA4 5/7/2010 12:18PM

  emoticon regarding blood pressure. You sound so calm and cool and that is emoticon

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CRIS76 5/7/2010 12:17PM

    Love this attitude. Heck, who says its a real 5 pounds anyway. All other systems are go in indicating you are changing your life, so the scale doesn't have to ruin all the progress you've made.

Good for you!

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Oh, this is good

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

I have been feeling down, and craving "unhealthy foods" and just decided - OK, I'm going to get this out of my system.

So I ate what I wanted to tonight. Granted, in the morning I'm going to REALLY wish I had not (or should I say later tonight)

But this is the thing that made me roll on the floor with laughter. Hold on to your keyboards. I consumed a whopping 5029 calories today! There is a capitol OMG if I ever saw it!

But I'm not done. Today was a cardio day for me today. I BURNED 5150 calories (BMR+cardio)!

That's right - by the end of the day here, I STILL managed to burn 121 more calories than I ate.

Oh, I'm not proud by any means and I know that I'm going to regret it. I just couldn't believe it! I stuffed myself when I shouldn't have and I still was under what I burned.

Now - here is the kicker. I know that I overstuffed myself today to basically quash all those stupid cravings but I can almost bet that by the end of the week I will still be doing OK. My body had been thrown for a curve to say the least today. It's not going to know how to react.

Finally - the best part. I AM working out, and I AM eating better. In the past I would have consumed all those calories and been over by 1500 or more calories with NO burn! No wonder I have gained all this weight. I am dedicated that I will exercise as much as I can tomorrow. It will be curtailed a bit (more about that later), but I'll be back eating correctly as well.

Despite all this - I'm still moving...

Onwards!

  
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CATHERINEL66 5/10/2010 6:08AM

    Wow! Incredible burn rate!

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SPARKLE1908 5/6/2010 8:38AM

    Now that you go it out of your system (not to mention you burned plenty of calories), you can move on!!!

Kudos for moving and burning calories to offset any possible "damage" and I'm sure the damage won't be too bad when you get on the scale!!!!

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BLESSED2BEME 5/6/2010 1:11AM

    I'm in craving mode right now and I can't seem to get over it. Even though I am feeding the craving so I don't feel deprived, I can't get it to go away. Very frustrating.

Awesome job on burning more than you ate.

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CARRIEMT 5/5/2010 10:48PM

    I'm sure I did that before I started keeping track, and that's hysterical. I keep telling myself to feed my body- not my mouth- but I totally get the craving thing.
You're doing great. You made a decision for you and now you're moving on- awesome!

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BEANPOD77 5/5/2010 10:27PM

    Way to go Ed! Wow..You really burn! I like the perspective. I will keep the "calorie in burn out" formula in my head, for my next "gonna eat everthing I lay my hands on " day :-)
Keep on keepin' on!!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 5/5/2010 10:15PM

  that is the main thing! that you keep on moving. that is really fantastic. can you imagine what it would be like to consume all those calories and NOT be moving around? you did great. :) my cravings drive me crazy. :( i wish i could get them out of my head. :(

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Help! There's a teenager living inside me!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

So this morning I have this conversation with myself:

Me - I see you got up last night to let the dogs out - thank you.

Teen - Ya, sure.

Me - However I saw that you also finished off the fat free/sugar free pudding from last night.

Teen - Ya

Me - I appreciate that you ate something that wasn't too fattening, but why did you eat it?

Teen - Dunno

Me - That's not an answer. You know you shouldn't be eating late at night.

Teen - Ya, I know.

Me - So, why did you eat it? The night before you had toast and jelly!

Teen - Um - dunno

Me - You know this is why you aren't losing any weight.

Teen - Ya

Me - So, are you going to stop? You know this isn't good for you.

Teen - Ya, I know.

Me - You didn't answer me - are you going to stop?

Teen - Um, I guess.

ARRGH!!!!

  
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RAVIN382838 5/15/2010 11:30PM

  Hysterical. how do you know so much about teens? Do you have one?

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 5/6/2010 11:54PM

    I was...I am...Okay That teenager has left you, she/he is here in Alabama now...Want her/him back? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CASSYCHAOS 5/5/2010 4:28PM

    Consider yourself lucky.
I AM a teenager :)
for another 7 months at least.

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BARBROCKS 5/5/2010 3:26PM

    I know that teenager! Actually when I was in high school, I weighed 97 pounds... maybe there are two teenagers in me. I love sugar free pudding so much that I don't eat it... one only has 60 calories but after I couldn't stop myself and I would eat the whole six pack it ended up being 360 calories. No will-power! Now when I get the sweetness bug, I eat diet jello (not as good or filling!) but I can eat the whole six pack for 60 calories.

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MORETHANWEIGHT 5/5/2010 3:01PM

    ok so you must know my son lol
i think you hit it on the head inthat we all have a part of us that just seems beyond reasoning
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LYNNLOSING150 5/5/2010 11:52AM

    I think you made a good choice for a late night snack. Tell the teen that. emoticon

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BRENDY_28 5/5/2010 11:09AM

    our internal debate. id vs ego. LOL good luck!

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MEGANC1988 5/5/2010 11:03AM

    emoticon I think we all have that teenager inside us.

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KAHOLLIDAY 5/5/2010 10:55AM

  Aww you are so awesome!! This is so true!! Love your brutally honest blogs!! Keep your head up and keep recognizing where you are making your mistakes and you will get there, friend!! emoticon

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DEVORA4 5/5/2010 10:28AM

  Thanks for a good blog It is so true,
I call it the inner child. I went to buy a hoola hoop. The clerk asked if it was for my child or a grandchild,
I replied no it's for the inner child in me.
She didn't get it. emoticon

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SPARKLE1908 5/5/2010 10:19AM

    At least he is eating something decent and not gorging on cookies!!!!

LOL

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BLESSED2BEME 5/5/2010 10:18AM

    I need something small right before bedtime myself. I allow that as a part of my overall nutrition goals that day.

I feel your pain with the teenager within though. I argue with myself too.

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TX_3XDAD 5/5/2010 10:14AM

    So I'm not the only one arguing with an internal crowd? Excellent!
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OTTAWABOUND 5/5/2010 10:01AM

    Have to admit that I can't fall asleep without my jello sugar-free pudding cup in front of the TV. But that is much better than the old habit of a big bag of caramel popcorn!

Harm reduction, my friend, harm reduction.

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GEORGANNE39 5/5/2010 9:45AM

    Don't be overly concerned, Ed. It is total fat/cals for the day. Doesn't matter what time of day you eat it. New studies, many of them, have proven this. It is keeping within daily limits and getting in more exercise that does the trick. You'll be fine! emoticon emoticon

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HAVALOVER 5/5/2010 9:44AM

    Whatever... emoticon

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SLPUCKETT 5/5/2010 9:40AM

    Sounds like conversations I've had with myself. I'm getting better. Good luck to you!

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CATHERINEL66 5/5/2010 9:38AM

    Argh is right! Who's the boss?

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Pay it forward

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Last week when I was watching Biggest Loser, Sam said something that brought home something I had been thinking about for a while now. The statement was to the affect that this weight loss thing is for me, but it's also the case of "Paying it forward".

Joining Sparkpeople has shown me just how many people do "pay forward" with all their comments, their suggestions and most of all their words of encouragement. This is never an easy task to lose weight. That seems odd since it's usually easy to gain it!

I know that I am doing this healthy lifestyle for myself first, but in the end I want to share with everyone else out there as well. Friends, family, anyone that needs just a little inspiration. Whenever anyone asks what I have been doing to lose my weight, I just tell them "A healthy lifestyle". Of course I also try to "spread the Spark" and tell them about this web site as well.

This weight thing didn't happen over night and it's not going to change over night. I have to be patient and just keep on keeping on. All the while on my journey I want to be open and willing to help any others out there that are either on their own journey or are just taking those beginning steps. As we all know - the power of change has to come from within, but by gosh I'm going to be there cheering on whom ever I can.

We are really all in this together. It's similar to baseball. I once heard baseball referred to as "A team sport played between two men". If you think about it - it's true. Only in the case of weight loss, it's me against the weight and I'm going to win. It's just nice to have the support of the rest of the team to get to that goal.

I guess it's a good thing to adopt the feelings of "Paying it forward" in many areas of my life. Being it weight loss, or just helping someone learn a new computer program. (It's a computer geek thing). I believe that we need to be open to help others along the way as well as ourselves. It's what puts the humane part of human within us.

Onwards...

  
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OWENZZOO 5/4/2010 12:45PM

    Great blog and great analogy! Thank you for sharing your thoughts! emoticon


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DEVORA4 5/4/2010 10:47AM

  You are fantastic. Loved your blog and you are right on target. Btavo emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 5/4/2010 10:31AM

    I've always tried to "Make a Difference in the Life of Another" everyday and SP has been a great way to continue that part of my heart. However, I had a hard time receiving that from others. I'm learning here that I really need everyone's support to progress on my journey. Thanks Ed for being an awesome spark friend to both me and everyone else!

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GEORGANNE39 5/4/2010 10:28AM

    It is as if every new sparkfriend is another chink in fat's armor! emoticon

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CRIS76 5/4/2010 10:11AM

    I love this blog *checks box*

I have thought multiple times about what I could be doing to help other people - granted, I'm not near my goal but I'm getting there and honestly, I think the biggest part of the battle is getting started and staying started.

I just don't know how motivational or inspirational I am.... I want to, but yea....

great blog. Thanks!

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LIZBUCK1 5/4/2010 9:54AM

    Oh I do agree! What's the point of this life if we can't help each other along the way. Yes we all have a duty to ourselves to do the best we can towards a healthy body and mind but lets not forget to be at that finishing line cheering each other on. See you there!

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TIANACHANEL 5/4/2010 9:41AM

    I agree! I find that it's becoming a chain effect: the further along I come, the more motivated and healthy I feel, and the better I feel, the more I want to share this feeling with the people that I love!

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